I don't know if you've already left, and if so, if you have internet access, but I wanted to pop back in with a few other ideas. We just got back late last night from a week in Litchfield/Pawley's and we had such a great time. It was really beautiful and the kids had SO much fun on the beach.
While there, I confirmed my frustration with the no Whole Foods/natural foods store problem, but still managed to do OK. The Food Lion in Pawley's has some natural foods stuff. Nothing like WF or what I'm used to, but I found a few pleasant surprises.
Other things we did while there: My boys went on very long bike rides with their grandfather and loved it- there are miles of paved bike paths through Litchfield and through Huntington Beach State Park (which is cool to visit!) and is just off of Hwy 17 in Litchfield. If you can take bikes, that's great, but there are also a few places I think where you can rent bikes you can ride on the beach.
I also wanted to mention Brookgreen Gardens, a beautiful sculpture garden (outdoors) also in Litchfield off of 17. They have programs there sometimes in the summer and I *think* maybe horse drawn carriage rides?
There's also the Hammock Shops in Pawley's which is historic and a fun place to walk around and shop. (and to buy a locally made Pawley's Island hammock) They even have a very small play area for kids out there and it's just nice to walk around under the oaks and browse in the stores.
Ros's Rice Mill Cafe is back in there and has yummy food and is a great place for lunch. They're known for their soups which are often cream-based but yummy!! There's a pretty good toy store in there and another good restaurant which just opened (took the place of Louis Osteen's great place) that I can't remember the name of but that people said was yummy. I haven't tried it, though.
Up 17 a ways, in southern Myrtle Beach is Broadway at the Beach. There's lots of stuff there and it can be fun to visit. It's an outdoor shopping complex, but there's also Ripley's Aquarium in there which is super nice and an IMAX theater there. My boys saw a 3-D movie about Under the Sea which they were fascinated by. They're both pricey, but both are good options for a rainy day. There's also Putt Putt golf there, which has huge 'castle' and a dragon which sticks its head out of one of the turrets periodically and breathes fire and smoke. My kids think that's really cool.
There are also huge fish and ducks that you can feed with food you buy from little dispensers. I think they may also have remote control boats you can do there. There's also your typical fudge store, ice-cream store (Goodberry's has yummy frozen custard and there's also Ben and Jerry's), gift shops, restaurants, I think there's a Build A Dino (like Build a Bear)......... Elsewhere, there's a huge water slide park called Myrtle Waves (I think that's the name) that can be fun and other touristy things- some Nascar thing, can't remember what else.
As far as back down in Litchfield/Pawley's, just hitting the beach is awesome, especially around low tide when the little ones can play in tidal pools. (check the tide tables so you don't go down at high tide-water can be rough and with very little beach) The marshes are beautiful, too.
If you want a day trip, Charleston is about 1.5 hrs and is really lovely with LOTS of historic stuff to see and do there. (There's also a Whole Foods
Georgetown is about 20 mins down Hwy 17 S and is also very historic and has a nice waterfront area.
Hmmmmmmmm......That's all that comes to mind for now. I felt bad for saying I wouldn't want to live there, like I was a bad South Carolinian! (I'm from there originally!) and after such a lovely time there this week and being reminded how beautiful and relaxing it is there, I felt like I should give some more info.
I still wouldn't want to live there, but it is lovely and relaxing to be able to visit there!
Feel free to ask more ?s if you have any. I hope you have the first of many wonderful trips!! Let me know how it goes!