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Murrells Inlet to Georgetown to Pawley's Island Road Trip

"In my opinion, one of the most beautiful places in South Carolina is the stretch between Murrells Inlet and Georgetown, and the plantations just west of Georgetown. Your visit needs to start at Brookgreen Gardens ... beautiful when the azaleas are blooming in early spring, or during the Christmas season at night when the gardens are all lit up by candles.

Then go over to Huntington Beach State Park and walk on the nature trails. Wind your way through Atalaya while there, which is Anna Hyatt Huntington's former winter home. (And admire the beautiful sidewalk entrance there built as an Eagle Scout project by my son!)

While driving south, drive down Kings River Road from Litchfield to Pawleys Island, which runs between beautiful golf courses, and stop at the historic old church at All Saints with its really neat cemetery. I suppose no trip to Pawleys Island would be complete without a look at the beach. Between Pawleys Island and Georgetown is Hobcaw Barony, with a visitors center. Make sure you plan your trip so as to be in this particular area around about lunch time, and stop at my favorite "hole in the wall" Hog Heaven for the south's best barbeque and fried chicken!

As you drive through Georgetown, make sure to go through the downtown historic district. The Rice Paddy on Front Street is a great place for dinner. (I would also have recommended it for lunch except I already told you to go to Hog Heaven!) As you leave the area, travel on Highway 701 (toward Conway) and wind down the roads that run along the river. That is the sight of many old rice plantations, some of which are still intact. There is an excellent book called Rice Plantations of Georgetown by Alberta Q. Lachicotte which tells where all the old plantations are and the history behind each. (They have the book at local bookstores.)

I forgot to mention, you should stay at the Litchfield Inn in Pawleys Island, for a real step into the old South. If the price there scares you away, try one of the Bed and Breakfast Inns in historic Georgetown, or the old inn on the island in Pawleys, which still has no air conditioning but has huge windows, great breezes, porches with rocking chairs, and family style meals the locals die for! Now if that isn't a great trip in South Carolina, I don't know what is!"
~Submitted in January 2008 by Martha Hamel, a SCIWAY reader

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