Mount Pleasant Magazine March/April 2024

46 | | Nothing says “Spring Break” like the Hammock Coast, the stretch of land between Mount Pleasant and Myrtle Beach adorned with spectacular coastal vistas and a Grand Strand of charming little towns such as Georgetown, Murrells Inlet, Garden City, Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach. Whichever section you choose to stay in, there is never a dull moment. Relax by the pool or on the beach; rent kayaks; bicycle around town; tee off at Caledonia, Heritage or True Blue golf clubs or charter a boat to fish for redfish, speckled trout, black drum or flounder. EXPAND YOUR PALATE Stroll through the Hammock Shops on Pawleys Island as well as the Georgetown Historic District with its unique antique stores and art galleries, museums, historic homes and ghost tours and the Harborwalk. In addition, make sure to add Bistro 217 and Rustic Table, featured in Food & Wine magazine, to your list of restaurant reservations. With an extensive menu of craft beers and the freshest ingredients derived from his Lake Swamp Farms, executive chef Adam Kirby blends an artful aesthetic with the taste and history of local dishes such as pulled pork barbeque with a side of Carolina Gold rice, yellow squash and the most delicious jalapeno cornbread you’ve ever tasted. Although Kirby’s barbeque sauce isn’t for sale in the adjacent shop, if you ask nicely, he might send you home with a 12-ounce container for only $6. Reserve your table at TRAVEL THROUGH HISTORY While it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of beach vacation mode, pause to listen to the Spanish moss draping the grand old oak trees, whispering the haunted secrets they have guarded for hundreds of years. Local’s Guide to The Hammock Coast BY SARAH ROSE the hammock coast