How to Make the Most of Your Litchfield Beach Vacation

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There is a simple formula for having a great vacation experience on the Grand Strand: Play hard, sleep hard, eat hard and shop hard. Do those four things, with lots of rest and relaxation in between, and you will take home plenty of vacation memories. Do those same things at the best places on the Grand Strand, and you're sure to make the most of your getaway.

By staying at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, you've already found the ultimate spot for maximizing your vacation time. In fact, guests can accomplish everything on their to-do list without leaving the property. Located on 600 scenic oceanfront acres, Litchfield Beach offers visitors the opportunity to play golf, play tennis, enjoy swimming and other activities, stay in comfortable accommodations in a tranquil environment, dine at Webster's Lowcountry Grill, and shop and unwind at Stox & Co. salon, spa and boutique — all without leaving the premises. But for those who want to explore everything the South Strand has to offer, here are some of our guests’ favorite ways to make the most of their time within a short drive of Litchfield Beach:

*Attractions: Litchfield Beach guests are fortunate to have two of the most beautiful places on the Strand almost in their backyard. Brookgreen Gardens is the East Coast's oldest and largest botanical sculpture gardens, offering more than 9,000 acres of Lowcountry beauty and charm. Brookgreen also has a zoo, plantation tour and boat rides through the old rice fields. Just across Ocean Highway is Huntington Beach State Park, a 350-acre gem of maritime forests, salt marshes, tidal creeks and beautiful beaches. Atalaya Castle is a must-see, with self-guided tours available, and guests can bike to the park via the Waccamaw Neck Trail. Historic Georgetown, Hobcaw Barony and Hopsewee Plantation are also nice places to step back in time.

*Dining: Seafood lovers have hit the jackpot. Litchfield Beach is surrounded by dining hot spots, from the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk in the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina” to the award-winning restaurants in the neighboring village of Pawleys Island. It's hard to go wrong by visiting the dozen establishments at the MarshWalk — including The Claw House, Dead Dog Saloon and Wahoo's — and Pawleys Island is similarly loaded with great options, such as Frank's, Bistro 217 and the Chive Blossom Cafe. Both towns also have excellent bar scenes with live music at venues like the Hot Fish Club and Pawleys Island Tavern.

*Golf: Guests can play a championship course at the adjoining Litchfield Country Club, and there are several award-winning layouts within a par-5 of the resort, like River Club, The Tradition and Willbrook Plantation. These courses are in the middle of the famed Waccamaw Golf Trail. Just a few miles south of the resort are Caledonia, True Blue, The Founders Club, The Heritage Club and Pawleys Plantation. To the north, TPC Myrtle Beach, Wachesaw East and Blackmoor join the mix to give guests a dozen championship courses to choose from in the neighborhood.

*Relaxing: If life in the slow lane is your idea of a great vacation, you’ve come to the right place. Litchfield Beach’s beautiful beaches, scenic salt marshes and twisting live oaks give guests the perfect setting for chilling out and enjoying doing nothing. Relax by the indoor/outdoor pool deck, or go for a nice stroll or ride on our hiking and biking trails. Or simply kick back in your cozy room and soak up the serenity in this Lowcountry paradise.

Shopping: If a little retail therapy is on your agenda, the South Strand is loaded with shopping opportunities. The nearby Hammock Shops Village features dozens of boutiques and gift shops offering unique items, and historic Georgetown offers waterfront shops and art galleries for a nice window-shopping stroll. Murrels Inlet also has lots of mom-and-pop shops, as well as the Inlet Square Mall for more modern shoppers.

For the ultimate vacation experience, Litchfield Beach, Pawleys Island and the surrounding towns offer all the great things you need to make the most of your visit. Book your room at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort today and get ready for the South Carolina vacation of a lifetime.