Located in Murrells Inlet, S.C., Ellington at Wachesaw Plantation East offers guests a premier Lowcountry experience from a slice of paradise on the Grand Strand. The resort and its championship golf course are surrounded by a thicket of moss-covered oaks that provide a respite from the high-rise buildings of the Grand Strand, yet all of the excitement of Myrtle Beach is just minutes away.
Ellington features spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom villas with multiple cable televisions, screened-in porches and dining areas, full kitchens, high-speed wireless Internet access, and golf course views. The two- and three-bedroom accommodations even boast laundry spaces, ideal for washing and drying your swimsuits and trunks after a long day at the beach!
You’ll find plenty to do at Ellington, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a separate children’s pool, a hot tub, playground, trails for hiking and biking, and a grill and pub. What’s truly worth enjoying for area residents and resort guests alike, however, is the Ellington's on-site golf course. Wachesaw Plantation East Golf Course offers challenging play for golfers of all skill levels. This championship course, designed by Clyde Johnston, was built on a former rice plantation. Heavily wooded and framed with oaks, freshwater lakes and gentle terrain, Wachesaw Plantation East is a must-play for golfers.
When you’re ready to explore beyond Ellington, start your discovery of the Strand close to “home” at Murrells Inlet. This historic fishing village offers deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, parasailing and jet-ski rentals. The inlet is known as the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina,” and, as such, you’ll find an array of world-class seafood restaurants. One of the best-kept secrets within Murrells Inlet, however, is Brookgreen Gardens, a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve just south of the village. Brookgreen, which opened in 1932, includes several themed gardens with American figurative sculptures, the Lowcountry Zoo, and numerous trails that wind through several ecosystems.
Not far from Murrells Inlet is Pawleys Island, an “arrogantly shabby” destination known as one of the oldest summer resorts on the East Coast. The island is less than four miles long and about one-house wide through most parts, separated from the mainland by salt marches. Parts of Pawleys have changed very little since the 1700s, when the island first became a retreat for wealthy families seeking to escape unhealthy shores during the summers. Close to the island is Huntington Beach State Park, three miles of unspoiled coast with one of the most diverse bird populations on the East Coast, plus viewing areas for alligators and turtles.
A short distance from Ellington at Wachesaw and Murrells Inlet sits the heart of the Grand Strand — Myrtle Beach. Don’t missing strolling the boardwalk at Myrtle Beach, complete with an observational wheel overlooking the Atlantic. Numerous waterparks, grand prix racetracks and amusement parks are located in and around Myrtle Beach. The area is also renowned for its shopping, making it the largest shopping destination in the state and one of the largest in the Southeast. Whether you prefer quaint shops full of antiques and curios, malls with famous anchors, or outlet centers, you’re sure to find the perfect place to exercise your spending power!