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The Hammock Shops is home to charming stores and eateries and perfect for Monterey Bay Guests

Unlike like other destination landmarks obviously designed by savvy planners and architects to be effective tourist traps, The Hammock Shops Village, better known as The Hammock Shops, looks as if it is a country park transformed by neighborhood landscapers and gardeners to be a spot where old friends can go to shop without the stress of crowds and have a wondrously delicious dinner in an enchanting restaurant where wait staff greet you with smiles and by your first name.
This is how retail and restaurant life is lived in the nook called The Hammock Shops.

"It is a little bit of a drive from North Myrtle Beach, but it screams low-country and I love that.  My family and I made an afternoon of it and will definitely recommend to all of our friends that come and visit", Linda from Ohio.

Set in an environment given character by its canopy of live oak trees, flowers, shrubbery, cobbled walkways and dainty storefronts, The Hammock Shops are a welcome escape from the typical commercial retail excursion.
Yes, there are people here. And yes, there is chatter. However, the elegance of being in a historic, park-like setting supersedes any intrusiveness shoppers may find unflattering.
The Hammock Shops gives the typical shoppers what they want: shoes, clothes, jewelry, offbeat finds, thingamajigs that are cute but unnecessary, irresistible candy and food good enough to talk about with friends on Facebook.
The Pawleys Island Mercantile, which also houses The Candy Cottage, is a store where visitors purchase clothes, hats, accessories, flip-flops and more. Then, if they dare, they can venture to The Candy Cottage and buy sweets by the pack or by the pound. It is confectionary temptation at its best.
The Freckled Frog presents enticement of another kind. This adorable shop features a large collection of children’s books, toys, puzzles, games, garments and other kid-friendly merchandise that can keep the little ones entertained for untold hours.
Basically, The Hammock Shops have enough of what you like to keep you satisfied
Nosh, for instance, features spinach and pear salad, smoked turkey and brie on focaccia , fried flounder served as a sandwich, shrimp fettuccini and more – and that’s just the eatery’s lunch menu.
Now, some guests of Monterey Bay Suites may think The Hammocks Shops is a little too far out the way. But don’t let the nearly 30-mile drive hold you back. A trip to this idyllic village will not only win you over with its charm, but it will sooner than later become a destination you keep on your itinerary.

If you go:
What: The Hammock Shops Village
Where: 10880 Ocean Highway (U.S. 17), 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 Monterey Bay Suites: Start going southwest on North Ocean Boulevard/S.C. 73 toward 68th Ave. N. Take the second right onto 67th Ave. N. Turn left on U.S. 17 S. Keep traveling U.S. 17 S. until you see The Hammock Shops on the left.

Posted 12/11/12

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