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Don't Miss the Hidden Gems on Your Pawleys Vacation

Perry Baker Perry Baker
Perry is a former photojournalist who now serves as the Interactive Manager for
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Landolfis Italian Bakery is a place you might drive by on Highway 17 without so much as a second look. But this is a must-stop spot if you are visiting the area. This easygoing, family-run restaurant makes delicious wood-fired pizzas and calzones, panini, pasta dishes and wonderful Italian-style pastries.

Hobcaw Barony is home to the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, a non-profit organization and owner of this former hunting plantation that once served as the winter retreat for Bernard Baruch, a business magnate, presidential advisor and native of Camden, S.C. Today, Hobcaw Barony is an internationally known center for research, education and conservation and offers several programs and tours focused on the history of this former plantation, the only fully intact slave village on the Grand Strand and the former Baruch homes.

Huntington Beach State Park is a visitor destination for many reasons: the beach, the marsh, the birds and all the creatures that thrive in this coastal zone area. The park offers a fantastic nature interpretation program that you'll want to check out. One of the coolest offerings on its schedule is the Salt Marsh Seining program where park rangers will take you out into the marsh with a net and demonstrate the art of seining the bountiful waters of the marsh. You will get a chance to pull in the net yourself and see what you catch, which could include blue crab and other crabs, small fish, shrimp and perhaps even some young squid. Click here to see a cool video of some of the coastal South Carolina parks nature programming. 

And just because you can’t get enough to eat at the beach, check out Pawleys Island Bakery. Right on Highway 17 near the North Causeway, this nondescript bakery has been creating wonderful treats for years. Just check out the cars parked out front in the very early hours of the morning, hoping to get the fresh-made donuts and apple fritters before they run out for the day! Open 6 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, the bakery offers soups and sandwiches in addition to the sweet stuff.

Perry Baker
Perry is a former photojournalist who now serves as the Interactive Manager for