The Hammock Shops of Pawleys Island are home to refined stores and restaurants

Under the romantic and alluring canopies of moss-draped oak trees, there is an eclectic assortment of businesses collectively known as The Hammock Shops.

There are more than 20 specialty shops and eateries at this wildly popular Pawleys Island, South Carolina place perfect for a day or night out on the town.

One of the most visited stores here is The Original Hammock Shop, where visitors can not only buy hammocks but also see live demonstrations of hammocks being made.

The Original Hammock Shop is among equally impressive businesses selling everything from art deco furniture to lobster and shrimp nachos.

Island Shoes is a store in which shoppers can find an assortment of basic handbags, funky flats, flashy heels and more hot items created for fashion-forward ladies.

The Audubon Shop and Gallery sells a range of items for nature lovers including birdhouses, field guides  and animal-inspired artwork.
Christmas Mouse is a wonderful shop that has a mindboggling array of Christmas collectibles, ornaments, and loads of other items and must-haves tied to the holiday.

The Freckled Frog is a fun children’s store featuring books, games, puzzles, jewelry, clothing and more.

Then, there are the eateries.

Restaurants at The Hammock Shops are prized for fine their food and unique atmospheres.

Take Roz’s Rice Mill Café.

Housed partly in a building that was formerly a post office from the 1800s, Roz’s Rice Mill Café is home to sophisticated, Lowcountry fare where duck stew and bacon-wrapped scallops share the menu with homemade pound cakes, ice creams and other desserts.

Each business, be it a retail store or restaurant, offers uniqueness visitors would be hard pressed to find elsewhere on the Grand Strand.

Guests of The Cottages at North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach will discover The Hammock Shops are deserving of their road trip.

If you go:
What: The Hammock Shops
Where:  10880 Ocean Highway (U.S. 17) in Pawleys Island, S.C. 29585
When: Hours and days of operation vary from store to store.
Information: Visit the official website at http://www.thehammockshops.com/
Directions from the Cottages at North Beach Plantation: Start going west on North Kings Highway/U.S. 17 toward George Cox Street. Stay straight to go onto Main Street/U.S. 501. Merge onto U.S. 17 S. Keep straight. The Hammock Shops are on the left.

Posted on 11/16/12