Secluded Oceanfront Hotel Minutes from Myrtle Beach
About 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach's tourist shops and bustling boardwalk, the town of Pawleys Island proudly promotes a laid-back vibe under the unusual moniker "arrogantly shabby." Here, the Atlantic beach and its sand dunes are quiet, fishermen venture to the town creek for crabbing, and rope hammocks symbolize the area's penchant for taking it easy. Soaking in the attitude of the town, The Oceanfront Litchfield Inn evokes a relaxed mood with its location next to unspoiled white sandy beaches.
A private balcony overlooks the Atlantic in each oceanfront Tower room, and private screened-in porches connect to oceanfront Dunes rooms. Each individually appointed room has tropical accents and a beachy palette that evokes summer all year. A complimentary continental breakfast erases morning hunger.
Neighboring the two outdoor pools, Austin's Cabana Café and Beach Bar serves casual lunch and dinner fare and beverages. While the café is open six days a week, hours vary per season. The chic Austin's Ocean One restaurant serves seafood and hand-cut steaks amid views of the Atlantic and synchronized-seagull routines. Diners can talk to the staff sommelier about the copious wine list before digging in to 8-ounce grilled filets mignons or pistachio- and ginger-crusted mahi-mahi prepared by Executive Chef Bill Austin.
Pawleys Island, South Carolina: Laid-Back Beach Town with Antebellum Architecture
Located about 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach, tiny Pawleys Island charms visitors with its laid-back vibe and rich history. The historic district has a number of rustic beach cottages that date back to the late 1700s, when the barrier island was inhabited by wealthy rice-plantation owners.
One of these estates is now home to the Caledonia Golf & Fish Club. Named 1 of America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses by Golf Digest in 2008, the grounds are dotted with centuries-old live oaks and feature an antebellum-style clubhouse. The island’s year-round temperate climate makes golfing a popular pastime no matter when you visit.
At the Hammock Shops Village, you can check out an Audubon store, a candle maker’s shop, and more than 20 other specialty boutiques and restaurants. Built in 1938, the village is surrounded by gardens teeming with moss-draped oaks and azaleas. And, true to its name, the Hammock Shops Village provides hammocks and rockers for pausing and slipping into siestas.