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Hammock Coast closings, schedule changes due to Hurricane Dorian











As Hurricane Dorian is expected to make its way up the Atlantic Coast and toward South Carolina, several entities that serve the public in the Hammock Coast have announced changes in schedules but remain open. Some have closed, and still others have adopted a wait-and-see approach.

The following is a look at what’s happening around the Hammock Coast region here in Georgetown County. Again, many businesses remain open, but some have altered schedules or plan to. This is not a full list. Please check with the business of your choice as to its exact schedule.

BUSINESSES — What’s Open, What’s Closed, Schedule Changes

We are also hearing from some businesses that have closed, altered hours or are running regular schedules with an eye on the storm.

Grocery Stores — OPEN
Most grocery stores we’ve spoken to will remain open as long as possible and may not close during regular business hours, depending on the severity of the storm. We will update this with any new information received.

Quigley’s Pint & Plate, Pawleys Island — OPEN
The popular Litchfield community restaurant will be open for business Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 3 and 4. A decision on whether the restaurant will be open Thursday, Sept. 4, has not been determined.

BisQit, Pawleys Island — OPEN
The popular restaurant located in The Hammock Shops in Pawleys Island will be open for business Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 3 and 4. A decision on whether the restaurant will be open Thursday, Sept. 4, has not been determined.

Rustic Table, Pawleys Island — OPEN
The Pawleys Island restaurant is open Tuesday, Sept. 3. Open for lunch Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m.  Closing evening of Sept. 4 and all day Thursday, Sept. 5. From management: “Will reopen on Friday (all things considered) for lunch and dinner at BOTH restaurants.” 

Bistro 217, Pawleys Island — OPEN
The Pawleys Island restaurant is open Tuesday, Sept. 3. Open for lunch Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Closing evening of Sept. 4 and all day Thursday, Sept. 5. From management: “Will reopen on Friday (all things considered) for lunch and dinner at BOTH restaurants.” 

Pastria 811, Pawleys Island — OPEN
The Pawleys Island restaurant is open Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Ball & Que, Georgetown — OPEN
The longtime Georgetown restaurant is open Tuesday, Sept. 3, and plans to be open as long as possible Wednesday, Sept. 4, but will be closed Thursday Sept. 5. Will reopen on Friday, Sept. 6.

Strovis Insurance — OPEN
All offices are open.

AllState, Troy Moss — OPEN
Georgetown office is open.

Lee’s Inlet Apothecary —OPEN
Regular hours at store, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Regular hours until further notice. The Soda Fountain, however, will remain closed for the duration of the storm.

Murrells Inlet General Store — OPEN
Regular hours at store, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Hot Fish Club — OPEN
Open Sept. 3 from 4-9 p.m. “We will play it by ear the following days,” management said in a statement.

Incredible Edibles — OPEN
Items priced at “half-off hurricane snacks” and open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Remaining hours for the week will be decided later.

Yagi Sushi and Hibachi, Pawleys Island — OPEN, but plans to close Sept. 4
Will keep normal hours Sept. 3 but will close Sept. 4.

Paradice Ice Cream, Pawleys Island — OPEN, but plans to close Sept. 4
May close early today, Sept. 3, with plans to close Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Harmon & Felts, Georgetown — Plans to close Wednesday, Sept. 4, and Thursday, Sept. 5
The law firm will close Wednesday and Thursday.

Dieter Co. Vacation Rentals & Sales, Pawleys Island — OPEN Sept. 3
Statement from management: “Our office is open for regular business hours today (Sept. 3) to assist with final hurricane preparations and assist with guest checkouts. All vacation rental properties are now under a governor-ordered mandatory evacuation. Please limit calls as we are trying to promptly assist owners and renters in a timely manner. If you were required to leave early for the storm, here is a link to file a travel insurance claim – https://www.csaclaims.com.”

Dunes Beach Home Rentals, Pawleys Island — OPEN but closing Wednesday, Sept. 4
Will close noon Wednesday, Sept. 4. Go to company website and facebook page for updates. 

Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, Pawleys Island — closed
The resort issued a statement saying any guests who had expected to check-in between Sept. 2 and Sept. 6 will receive refunds once the resort reopens, which is expected to happen on Saturday, Sept. 7. Reservations and check-ins for Sept. 7 and after will not be effected by the closure. “We expect our weather and coast to be back to normal as soon as the storm passes,” resort officials said in a statement.

AT&T Store, Pawleys Island — closed
Will reopen as soon as possible after storm.

GentleDentistry, Georgetown — OPEN Tuesday, Sept. 3, but no decision on rest of week
The office will notify patients scheduled for the remainder of the week of any changes on 9/3/19 as staff continues to monitor Hurricane Dorian.

Pearls Dentistry, Murrells Inlet — closing Wednesday, Sept. 4, through Friday, Sept. 6
The Murrells Inlet dentistry practice will close beginning tomorrow for the rest of the week.

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club — course OPEN today, but closing for Wednesday and Thursday
Statement from management: Dorian Update: Please see our schedule this week. Tuesday: Open for Golf. Kitchen is Closed; Wednesday, all departments are closed; Thursday, all departments are closed; Friday, on call, weather-dependent; Saturday, on call, weather-dependent. Our first priority is the safety and well being of our customers and team members. We wish you all safe passage during this time of uncertainty. Please visit our Facebook page for further updates and check us out online anytime to see all we have to offer www.caledoniagolfandfishclub.com

COUNTY GOVERNMENT OFFICES — OPEN until noon, Wednesday, Sept. 4, then closing
Offices will then be closed until further notice.

Beach House Boat Rentals, Murrells Inlet — closed
Statement from management: “All of our inlet boats are headed to safer ground before Hurricane Dorian gets here. We will be closed starting today, Sept. 3, until Friday, Sept. 6. Hoping to be back at it for the weekend but that will depend on how this storm goes.”

Regenerate Chiropractic, Murrells Inlet — closing Wednesday, Sept. 4, at noon
The practice will close at noon on Wednesday. Check Facebook page for reopening.

The Freckled Frog, Pawleys Island — will close Wednesday, Sept. 4, and through Friday, Sept. 6. May open Saturday, but no decision yet.
The store, located at The Hammock Shops, will close for three days listed above.

Fancy Frocks Bridal, Murrells Inlet — will close Wednesday, Sept. 4, and Thursday, Sept. 5
The store, located at the Inlet Square Mall, will close for two days listed above.

Express Watersports, Murrells Inlet — limited hours
Statement from management: “Express Watersports will be operating with limited hours for the next few days. Email, voicemails and other messages will be answered as we are able to. We will be limited on answering phones as we are getting prepared for tropical storm and Hurricane conditions.”

Lakes At Litchfield — evacuations taking place Sept. 3 and Sept. 4
Statement from management: Evacuations for Assisted Living and Memory Care members will take place afternoon of Sept. 3. Those members will be sheltering at a sister community, The Charlotte Assisted Living & Memory Care in Charlotte, North Carolina. On Wednesday morning, Sept. 4, skilled nursing members will be medically transported and safely sheltering at sister community, Brightwater in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Independent-living members who are evacuating will be transported on Wednesday, Sept. 4, to shelter at sister community Wildewood Downs in Columbia, South Carolina. “Staff … available 24/7 to assist our members as we continue our follow mission – to put them first, always,” the facility said in a statement.

Baxter’s Brewhouse, Georgetown — closed until Friday
The Georgetown bed-and-breakfast is closed until Friday.

Applewood, Pawleys Island — closed
The popular restaurant in the Litchfield community is closed.

Austin’s Cabana Club and Ocean One, Pawleys Island — closed
Located in Zone A, both are closed. Will update as soon as possible once evacuated order has been lifted.

Wahoo’s Fish House, Murrells Inlet — closed
Hopes to reopen after the storm passes.

Bovines, Murrells Inlet — closed
Hopes to reopen after the storm passes.

Get Carried Away Southern Takeout, Pawleys Island — closed until Monday, Sept. 9
The popular store and caterer offered a 50-percent sale on Monday and quickly sold out. The store will reopen Monday, Sept. 9.

Georgetown County Kraft Credit Union — one branch closed
Due to the mandatory evacuation, the Georgetown County Kraft Credit Union has closed its Pawleys Island branch at 49 Jetty Way until further notice. As of now, all of other branches will be open on Tuesday for regular hours.

Drunken Jack’s, Murrells Inlet — will close Tuesday, Sept. 3
Murrells Inlet restaurant Drunken Jack’s is open Monday, Sept. 2, but will close Tuesday, Sept. 3. Management of the popular eatery say Drunken Jack’s will reopen as soon as possible following the storm and noted that the island’s goats have been moved to safe haven and will also return as soon as possible after the storm.

Old Chicago Pizza, Murrells Inlet — closed until further notice
Due to Hurricane Dorian, Murrells Inlet restaurant Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin is closed until further notice.

Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin, Murrells Inlet — closed until further notice
Murrells Inlet restaurant Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin is closed until further notice because of Hurricane Dorian.

All 4 Paws — potentially needs foster homes for dogs
The Pawleys Island-based animal adoption group All 4 Paws may need foster homes for dogs. If you can a potential foster parent for a dog during the storm, please email Adopt@a4psc.org and include “hurricane foster” in the subject of the email. If foster homes are needed, you may receive a call.

South State Bank — all offices OPEN, monitoring storm
All Georgetown County offices for South State Bank will be open Tuesday, Sept. 3, but the financial institution will issue updates on potential closings daily.

Tidelands Health – Georgetown Memorial and Waccamaw Community hospitals — OPEN
Tidelands Health hospitals are open and serving patients in Georgetown County. For those with appointments at individual Tidelands Health physicians practices, if a change in the appointment is necessary, a health provider will call to schedule a new time.


Myrtle Beach International Airport — OPEN
Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) is open and operating as usual. While the airport is open, air carriers might delay and/or cancel their flight operations. Many airlines operating at MYR have posted “Travel Advisories” on their websites, providing instructions on how to re-book flights impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Travelers must contact their airlines, not the airport, for up-to-date flight information.
Traveler Tips:
· Prior coming to the airport, travelers should verify flight status with their airlines, do not call the airport.
· Travelers should verify that the airline has the correct contact telephone number and/or email address; the air carrier will notify the passenger directly of flight changes.
· If travelers have questions about airline re-booking and/or cancellation policies they should visit the “Travel Advisory” section found on the air carrier’s website:
• Allegiant Air — www.allegaintair.com
• American Airlines — www.aa.com
• Delta Air Lines — www.delta.com
• Frontier Airlines — www.flyfrontier.com
• Spirit — www.spirit.com
• United — www.united.com
• WestJet — www.westjet.com


Brookgreen Gardens
Brookgreen Gardens closed at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, and will remain closed until further notice. Some essential staff will remain at Brookgreen throughout the storm to take care of animals and monitor the area. Brookgreen will reopen to the public as quickly as possible after the storm. Updates will be posted to Brookgreen’s social media accounts and its website, www.brookgreen.org, as soon as an assessment is made for reopening.

Huntington Beach State Park
By order of the governor, Huntington Beach State Park, which is in Zone A, was ordered to be evacuated at noon, Monday, Sept. 2. All guests and campers have left the park, and it will remain closed until the governor lifts the evacuation order.

Town of Pawleys Island
The town of Pawleys Island — which is found on the historic island — began evacuations beginning at noon Monday, Sept. 2. Access to the island will be restricted beginning Wednesday, Sept. 4, at noon.

Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber of Commerce’s Visitors Centers in Georgetown and Litchfield have closed to the public, but Chamber staff members will continue to update information on its websites and social media sites throughout the storm.

Hopsewee Plantation
Hopsewee Plantation has closed and will reopen as soon as possible after the storm.

Hobcaw Barony
Hobcaw Barony closed until further notice. 

Kaminski House Concert
First it was canceled due to a severe thunderstorm on July 4th and rescheduled for Labor Day, but, because of evacuation orders for many areas throughout South Carolina, the concert has been canceled again.

Georgetown County Schools
Schools are closed until further notice.

Pawleys Island Concert Band
No rehearsals or band activities this week.

Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Georgetown and Conway — closed
Students and staff should visit website for additional info.

Chamber-sponsored Hurricane Preparedness Seminar — postponed
Irony of ironies! A Business Tools Seminar titled “Storms Happen! Be Prepared!” for Friday, Sept. 6, has been postponed. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.

Helping Hands of Georgetown – closing Sept. 3 at 2 p.m
Both Andrews and Georgetown locations closing at 2 p.m. Sept. 3. Closed for Sept. 4 and 5. Check website for reopening information.

Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation – closed
Closed for duration of week.

Georgetown County Library branches – OPEN
All four branches are open. The public is encouraged to check the library’s website and Facebook page for details on any changes.

Georgetown County Museum — closed, program postponed
Statement from museum: “We are sorry to postpone the program by Tommy Graham for Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the museum to a later date. The museum will be closed until the storm has passed. We will announce the reopening when things settle down.”

Music In the Park — canceled
This popular Georgetown Business Association program for Frances Marion Park and downtown Georgetown has been canceled for Friday, Sept 6.


Regional closings reported to us are as follows:

Wild Water and Wheels, Surfside Beach — closing by end of day Sept. 3
The park was closing for the year this week, but the storm and evacuation order forced a one-day early closure. The park will open again next year.

Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach — closing by end of day Sept. 3
Statement from management: “Once we shut down all operations, teammates will be asked to monitor the storm and then return to the property as soon as possible after the storm has passed and it is safe to do so. We remain in hopes that the center of the storm remains off-shore and the impacts to our area will be minimal.” Management advised those who have storage campers who want to remove their campers to do so ASAP.

Miller-Motte Technical College, Conway — Closed
Closed Sept. 3. Students and staff should check for further closings.

Coastal Carolina University, Conway — Closed 
The university is closed until further notice.

CresCom Bank, Myrtle Beach —  Closing Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 2 p.m. Closed Thursday.
All branches and departments will close at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, and remain closed through Thursday, Sept. 5. All are scheduled to reopen on Friday, Sept. 6, based on the current track of the storm.

Better Brands, Myrtle Beach —  Closing Wednesday and Thursday.
From management: “We are making the following decisions to limit our service the remainder of the week: All scheduled delivery accounts we will make every effort to deliver today. Our goal is to have our teams back to the warehouse this afternoon to close up and complete final preparations for the storm both here and at their homes. All operations at Better Brands will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. Our warehouse, sales and administrative teams will return to work on Friday with the intention of getting as many priority orders scheduled as possible. We will then plan to resume delivery to those accounts scheduled and who are able to receive on Saturday. We will resume normal sales and operating schedules on Sunday for next week.”

If you have a closing you would like added to this list, please email mstevens@hammockcoastsc.com. Thank you — and stay safe!



Huntington Beach State Park Camping

Phone:  1 (866) 345-PARK or (843) 237-4440

16148 Ocean Hwy.
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina  29576

Located within Huntington Beach State Park. Beach access. Open all year. Tent and RV camping with 107 sites; 66 with full hook up; each site, except tent sites, has water and electrical hookup. WIFI. Dog friendly, leashes required.

For primitive group reservations, call (843) 237-4440.



Hammock Coast beaches dominate Southern Living’s list Of South Carolina’s best

Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet is one of three Georgetown County beaches to make Southern Living’s list of 7 best beaches in South Carolina. Other Georgetown County beaches along South Carolina’s Hammock Coast making the list include DeBordieu and Pawleys Island. (Photo by Mark A. Stevens)

Georgetown, S.C. — Southern Living, one of the most respected names in lifestyle journalism, has unveiled its list of “7 South Carolina Beaches Perfect for a Relaxing Lowcountry Getaway,” and Georgetown County’s Hammock Coast dominated the list of the Palmetto State’s best. 

In fact, three of the seven South Carolina beaches – Pawleys Island, DeBordieu and Huntington Beach State Park – featured in the Southern Living article are located along the Hammock Coast.

Robert Bilsky snapped this stunning photo of the beach on Pawleys Island.

Pawleys Island, which is just one square mile in size, is long on beauty. The barrier island is almost devoid of commercial business, enhancing its stunning natural scenery. 

Located in Murrells Inlet, Huntington Beach State Park is home to the best-preserved stretch of beach along the South Carolina coast, and visitors get to enjoy one of the state’s best parks, too.

Southern Living said of DeBordieu, “One of the best-kept secrets along the South Carolina coast, DeBordieu is a tucked-away community that teases visitors with the ultimate natural escape.”

“We have long believed the beaches of the Hammock Coast to be South Carolina’s best, and it’s certainly gratifying to receive this type of recognition from Southern Living,” said Mark A. Stevens, director of tourism development for the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce. “With the summer season on the horizon, we can’t wait to welcome vacationers in search of a beach that is as beautiful as it is relaxing.”

The beach along DeBordieu Colony in Georgetown County was included in a list of 7 best beaches in South Carolina by Southern Living. (Photo from www.debordeiu.com.)

South Carolina’s Hammock Coast may not receive the notoriety of its neighbors – Charleston to the south and Myrtle Beach to the north – but savvy travelers have long been aware of the destination’s considerable charms. 

Composed of five seaside communities, Garden City, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield, Pawleys Island and Georgetown, as well as the inland town of Andrews, the Hammock Coast is an oasis for vacationers in search of a relaxing destination, eco-activities and superior dining. 

For more information, visit www.HammockCoastSC.com.

Shelling is a favorite pastime on the beaches that make up South Carolina’s Hammock Coast in Georgetown County. (Photo by Mark A. Stevens)

About South Carolina’s Hammock Coast

Georgetown County’s casual charm and Southern hospitality earned it the nickname Hammock Coast. Adventure and relaxation blend together in perfect harmony, like the flowing and ebbing of waves on the county’s famed beaches. With six communities – Garden City, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield, Pawleys Island, Georgetown and Andrews – comprising the pristine coastal area between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, you can experience South Carolina’s Hammock Coast like never before.

Georgetown County offers an abundance of accommodations for guests, including beachfront homes and condos, hotels, cozy bed and breakfasts and camping. No matter where you stay along the Hammock Coast, the area’s stunning natural beauty is never far away.

Spend some time on the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk

Murrells Inlet MarshWalk

by Kimberly Duncan

Check a SC map, and you’ll see a saltwater estuary unfold on the south end of Myrtle Beach and the famous Grand Strand. It has a rich history populated by Native Americans, the nation’s earliest Europeans, pirates, soldiers, fine fishermen, artists, hermits, writers and modern-day tycoons. Still, it’s retained its charm as an unpretentious fishing village – with a sweet, wide-Couples 3mouthed inlet that spills into the Atlantic –and a reputation for seafood of legendary perfection.

Few would argue the best place to take in the sights and sounds of this slice of SC Lowcountry is Murrells Inlet’s MarshWalk. Expect marsh, creeks and tiny islands that don’t make maps; the views alone are priceless. For more than a mile, a wooden boardwalk, studded with informational signage about marsh wildlife and rich local history, meanders around the water’s edge in a little town famous for hush puppies and deep-sea fishing.

Aside from Mother Nature’s most obvious attractions, a wish list of restaurants and bars line the MarshWalk, one and all offering some mix of big burgers, wood-fired pizza, a bit of sushi, crispy fries, thick steaks, cold beverages and lots and lots of fresh seafood. Add so much fine food to salty views, views, views , sea breezes, moss in the wind, swaying spartina grass and … well, you’ve got yourself a version of paradise that begs a visit.  DeadDogSaloon

Here, there and yonder, there’s live music in quantity – particularly when the weather’s fine (and it usually is). Tunes drifting on the breeze range from Country to Reggae, Classic Rock and Beach, of course. Patrons can sit and linger at one restaurant/bar or amble the Marshwalk willy nilly. Snag a beverage and dance a jig when and where you choose.

MarshWalk strolling, MarshWalk dining , MarshWalk nightlife. Add charter fishing, kayaking, parasailing; things are always hustling on the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. If you’re early enough, you’ll see boaters unloading their catch. Come for lunch; stay the day and play all night. October brings a raucously fun Halloween Costume Contest and Parade and an Annual Oyster Roast with bushels and bushels of sweet local oysters. Check a calendar of events at HammockCoastSC.com. Another great site for researching your visit is MurrellsInletSC.com.

The view, the music and the fun are always free: you’ll find no cover charges here! The MarshWalk is a gathering place where locals and visitors congregate– the former glad to live here and the latter wishing they did!

Halloween on the Marsh – Murrells Inlet

10/31/2013 05:00 PM – 10/31/2013 11:00 PM

Bring the kids out at 5 pm for the Annual Trick-or-Treating and Costume Parade. At 6pm the kid’s costume contest will be held at the pirate statue behind Drunken Jacks’s Restaurant. At 7pm, adults will enjoy a night of outlandish fright, fun, costumes and prizes. Dress up to win or just enjoy the fun. Over &2,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded. All entries must register and visit each of the Marshwalk restaurants. Judging at 10:30 pm.


Contact: (843) 997-2713
City: Murrells Inlet
State: SC
Zip: 29576
Website: www.marshwalk.com
Price: free


Express Watersports

Phone: 843-357-7777
Website: http://www.expresswatersports.com

4042 Highway 17 business
Murrells Inlet
South Carolina

We offer Parasail, Kayak Rental & Tours, Banana Boat rides, Paddleboard rentals, Ocean Sightseeing & Dolphin Watch, Scuba Diving Charters, lessons, and rentals