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Top 5 Reasons to Book Early

Top 5 Reasons to Book Early

The new year is here but don’t let the winter get you down! Science proves that vacation planning makes you happier and we’ve got the destination for you. Great rates and the best selection are available now on SC’s Hammock Coast.  It’s never too early to make your summer trip a reality along South Carolina’s Hammock Coast. Our superb beaches and coastal communities – Garden City, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield, Pawleys Island and Georgetown – give you something to look forward to through the long winter. Here are the top five reasons to book now:

  1. Tucked between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, the Hammock Coast provides vacationers with laidback luxury and casual charm, without the crowds. Your friends will be green with envy when you tell them you got the coveted beach house because you booked early. The moral of the story is: booking early assures you of getting the vacation you want at the best value.
  2. Always go to the beach a certain time every year? We would hate for you to miss your week because the house you love is already booked. Known for our family friendly beaches that never feel crowded, be first in line for the perfect vacation rental.
  3. Who doesn’t like saving money? By booking early, you are assured to make your hard-earned dollar go the furthest. It’s simple supply and demand, as houses rent, prices tend to go up, so don’t wait.
  4. There’s a reason we say the early bird catches the worm. If you travel with loved ones, families, or pals it’s easier to coordinate if you start early. An organized trip is a good one, and planning early is step one.
  5. Now that you know all the practical reasons to be the first to book, the final one is based on your mental health. Scientific studies have shown planning a vacation makes people happier. Searching for things to do and enjoying photos as you plan your trip can lessen the stress of daily life.

So now that you have all the reason to enjoy a Hammock Coast vacation, what are you waiting for? You know you are taking a trip this year. Go ahead and firm up plans to visit the Hammock Coast and start dreaming of beautiful beaches, delicious dining and the Best. Vacation. Ever.

 

 

Treat Your Sweetheart to a Hammock

Treat Your Sweetheart to a Hammock

Buy it on Your Hammock Coast Getaway!

By Kimberly Duncan

Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, and that makes timing perfect for upping your romantic game with a long beach weekend on SC’s Hammock Coast. If you’re not familiar with this piece of paradise, it’s located on the south end of the Grand Strand, midway between the glitz of Myrtle Beach and the elegance of Charleston, SC. History, natural attractions, shopping, golf and great food abound.

Even if the weather’s brisk, it will be difficult to do everything you want. (Christmas found folks barefoot on the beach!) Trust the buzz, a cool weather getaway to the south end of SC’s Grand Strand will sweep your better half off her – or his – unsuspecting feet. Pick and choose from a wealth of options to fashion the most personal, most memorable getaway ever.

If you’re foodies, The Hammock Coast is a slice of Carolina Lowcountry you will remember as “Paradise Found.” From Murrells Inlet, the Seafood Capital of SC, to the historic port city of Georgetown, dozens upon dozens of restaurants run the gamut from predictable and beloved fresh seafood joints straight to elegant eateries with linen tablecloths and candlelight. Check out MurrellsInletSC.com, HammockCoastSC.com and SeaportGeorgetown.com for a list of choices certain to earn a stolen kisses.

History buffs should buckle up for a wild ride. There are more than a fistful of museums, old plantations with preserved homes open for visiting, historic tours on boats and buses, splendid old churches and gardens steeped in the shade of live oaks older than this nation! A number of these historic gems are perfect for picnics – a quintessential romantic pastime.

If you love nature, you need do little more than look around. Beaches are long and lovely – and blissfully uncrowded this time of year. There’s an award-winning Bike Path from Murrells Inlet through Pawleys Island. There are deep-sea fishing opportunities and several state parks with maritime forest trails, bird watching tours and lots of additional programming. Five rivers and countless creeks provide opportunities for kayaking tours and fly fishing trips.

The Murrells Inlet Marshwalk weaves in and around expansive salt marshes that characterize the Inlet’s storied seafood village. In Georgetown, the Harborwalk meanders along the Sampit River’s edge. There are several marinas, numerous boat ramps and wildlife observation areas.

We’d be remiss not mentioning that at least twelve of America’s most lauded courses are located on the Waccamaw Neck –the Hammock Coast stretch of the Grand Strand – including three of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses,” seven ranked 4.5 stars in Golf Digest’s list of “Best Places to Play in America,” one classed in the “Top 25 in America” by Golf for Women, and one of only three five-star courses in the Southeast. Check out WaccamawGolfTrail.com for a list of alternatives.

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Skip the predictable chocolates and woo your Valentine with a sweet and sexy adventure. Ditch the chilly winter temperatures of the north for the moderate temps of the seaside paradise known as The Hammock Coast. If you love the ocean, shopping, golfing, hiking, biking, fishing, eating, or any combination thereof, this is a place you’ll return to again and again. Love is all around! There’s no time to waste! Check out the Hammock Coast to kick-start your romance.

 

 

Don’t miss the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show!

Wooden Boat Show Celebrates 26th Year in Georgetown, SC

Event Snagged Prestigious Awards
By Kimberly Duncan

Georgetown, SC is the Palmetto State’s third oldest port city. Four rivers slide into Winyah Bay and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. A fifth river spills into the ocean just south of Georgetown. There are hundreds of ancillary creeks, as well as salt marsh habitats, cypress swamps, old rice fields and canals between them. There’s no better backdrop for an autumn escape.

Because water – and boats – are central to Hammock Coast history, it is fitting that historic water exhibitsGeorgetown – sometimes called a “little Charleston” – has hosted a wildly popular boat show for more than a quarter century now. Always held on the third weekend of October, The Wooden Boat Show brings thousands of happy visitors and area residents to the quieter, southernmost end of SC’s Grand Strand. The award-winning two-day show has been recognized as one of the Southeast’s Top Twenty Events. And it’s still growing.

The Harbor Historical Association of Georgetown will present the 26th Annual Wooden Boat Show on Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18. This year’s show will once again showcase one of the nation’s most-lauded wooden boat exhibits. On land and water, there will be nearly 150 classic wooden boats on display. An Opti-Pram regatta will feature the SC Youth Sailing program’s fleet of wooden Optis.

boat building challenge1 The Wooden Boat Challenge –teams of two battling to build a rowing skiff in four hours – is a can’t-be-missed special attraction. Afterward, all Hades breaks loose as participants test their boats for seaworthiness in a rowing relay on the Sampit River. Cash prizes hang in the balance!

There will also be model boatbuilding and knot tying classes and vendors with lots of maritime arts and crafts, jewelry and music, too. Visitors will be able to meet and talk to wooden boat craftsmen, manufacturers and owners. Events and entertainment are scheduled on the waterfront and along Front Street in Historic Downtown Georgetown. Add great restaurants and shopping to the equation, and – for a day or a long weekend – it adds up to a fabulous fall getaway perfect for boaters, sportsmen, couples and grown-ups with kids in tow.

For more information, visit the website at www.WoodenBoatShow.com or the event’s beneficiary, the South Carolina Maritime Museum, at www.SCMaritimeMuseum.org. (The Maritime Museum is one of four must-see museums located Downtown and within walking distance one from another!)

Sometimes seaside locations are overlooked during cool weather months, but everyone should know Georgetown, Pawleys Island, and the fishing village of Murrells Inlet are open and ready for business. The weather is mild. Crowds have returned home. State parks and all manner of eco-activities are abundant. Golf courses are at their best. Shopping is gearing up for the holidays. Restaurants are introducing new menus. Everything there is to love about the southern coast of SC is at its best. And the Wooden Boat Show is only one of many fun events bulking up the Hammock Coast calendar. Find out everything you need to know at HammockCoastSC.com. The options will surprise you!