“The answer may not be at the beach, but shouldn’t we at least check?”
Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort Source: condo-world.com
Those of us who live in the South are rather close to the beach. I grew up 45 minutes away so now that I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina, six and a half hours seems far. But the trip is so worth it. When tired, I simply fly.
I have found a favorite spot, the Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, south of Myrtle Beach. Less touristy, gated, walking and biking trails, a spa, and lazy rivers. Great shopping nearby.
My idea of heaven is a perpetual lazy river- slowly winding, relaxed, with the warmth of the sun beaming down. My Favorite Yankee and I do this once a year. We get an oceanfront condo to watch the sea and search for dolphins. We eat the local seafood. When he takes an afternoon nap, I travel to Pawleys Island to shop at The Joggling Board, the local Lilly Pulitzer shop. Then I cross the bridge to the island itself. This summer, the economy is better. There are fewer oceanfront houses for sale and several are under renovation. The advertised “Arrogantly Shabby” atmosphere says, “You can’t afford to live here but we are not pretentious.” Pawleys Island, is 70 miles north of Charleston and 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach. It is one of the oldest summer resorts on the East Coast.
Pawleys Island, South Carolina Source: pawleysislandproperties.net/
The families of rice planters who owned plantations on the nearby rivers first settled Pawleys Island in the early 1700s. They moved to the seashore for the summer for health reasons. From this leisurely existence has developed the charm of Pawleys that still remains. Also still remaining are 12 residences in the historic district, which date from the late 1700s to the mid 1800s. Strict zoning rules have preserved the beauty and history of the area. There are no high-rise condos or commercial enterprises along the beach. There is a post office, a small police station and a small quaint church.
I have travelled to many wonderful places around the world but there is something special about this area south of Myrtle Beach. When I travel the back roads of South Carolina to get there (my preferred route), I slowly ease into the quiet and peace of the Low Country. The stress in my neck goes away as the beach beckons to me and with my first glimpse of the ocean, I know I am home.