Labor Day weekend marked the 26th anniversary of our first visit to the Pelican Inn on Pawley’s Island. The inn closed just after our last visit (and our wedding reception!) 5 years ago, so we were enthusiastic to share this special place with our 3 year old son for the first time.
The Taylor family bought the Inn in 2010 and clearly loves it even more than we do. They have changed a lot, yet it all feels the same, but better. Small touches like the addition of air conditioning and new ceilings and paint in the guest rooms help make it look fresh. The new décor is less shabby and more chic.
The highlight of our time at the Pelican has always been the food. Known for down home southern cooking, they have always served a full breakfast and midday dinner. Our family was pretty sure the food was always great, but Corinne Taylor proved she can make that better too. She is a gourmet chef for sure. Menus include buttermilk fried chicken, sweet potato salad, shrimp and grits, fried oysters and homemade biscuits that melt in your mouth. Even more impressive are her desserts, 5 layer caramel cake, homemade peach ice cream and the best key lime pie I have ever tasted.
This place is only 30 minutes south of Myrtle Beach, yet it is worlds away. The beach is not crowded, the people are friendly and the food is amazing. Our children were equally charmed. My son and his two cousins were just 3 of the 6 children under the age of 5 staying at the Pelican over Labor Day weekend. The Taylors organize crab catching, share their beach toys and generally have a way of making everyone feel welcomed into their home. What a wonderful way to mark the end of our summer! EDV
Emily Verheyen is a Group Travel and Meeting Planner and has extensive international travel experience. She is passionate about helping others explore the world. Emily gives 100% to every client and expects to build long term relationships with each of them.