This review might be viewed as negative. Believe me, it is not. My extended family and I spent a week at the Pelican Inn, and loved every second of it. The Taylor family does an absolutely spectacular job, and they run the Pelican Inn the exact right way that it is supposed to be run. I write this review in this way because the Taylors obviously enjoy what they do, but it doesn't serve anyone's purposes -- including theirs -- if someone comes to the Inn who isn't likely to appreciate its quirks.
Because this experience is not for everyone. As the building itself is quite old, the Inn is somewhat rustic. The rooms are very nice, the beds comfortable, but the walls and doors are quite thin, and in many cases bathrooms must be shared. The other guests can hear almost everything that goes on in your room. There is an outdoor shower with hot water that my family used, and loved. But if you are someone who enjoys privacy and does not do well without the highest level of creature comforts, or would describe yourself as "uptight" or if a four star hotel is your definition of "roughing it" (I'm not judging!) this might not be something you would enjoy. We very quickly got into the swing of things, and didn't mind at all.
Similarly, the meals (breakfast and lunch only) are served family style at set times. If you're a picky eater, or you are someone who doesn't want to have that much structure, you might not enjoy this. We loved it. LOVED it. Our children have some food allergies, and Miss Corrine very gladly accommodated us for our meals. She is a wonderful cook, and she took input from us during the week to see what we might like to try. We are a bit of a foodie family, and I can honestly say that during the week, she didn't miss on a single dish. They were all really, really good. Dinner is on your own. There are good restaurants in Pawleys Island,
Besides meals, your time at the Inn is exceedingly unstructured. You'll have a beautiful stretch of beach almost to yourself, hammocks and rocking chairs everywhere (and the sunsets are magnificent!!), you can fish, go crabbing, or you can arrange for other activities like golf, tennis, kayaking, shopping, etc. For the most part, you're on your own. Folks who are looking for structured activities (think cruise ship) or endless variety (larger resort or city) or even a pool might find this a bit slow.
I hope this review reads as I intended it -- our experience was overwhelmingly awesome. My family is planning to return to the Pelican Inn many times. This was an experience that hit us absolutely right.
Room 7 has glorious afternoon light and looks out over the Pawleys Creek.
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