It’s a testament to Charleston’s rich history and food culture that its beaches are rarely the main draw for out-of-state visitors. That said, one of the East Coast’s longest protected stretches of coastline (Cape Romain) is just 30 minutes north of the city, and communities like Sullivan’s Island have been retreats for Charlestonians for centuries.
When filmmakers conjure an idyllic Southern scene in a movie, they look to Spanish moss dripping from majestic live oak trees, perhaps with an historic riverboat gently gliding by in the background, with dolphins and pelicans in its wake. At Palmetto Bluff, a 20,000-acre wonderland of preserved forests, marsh, and waterways, the Lowcountry magic is real.
The Lowcountry of South Carolina is known for plentiful in-shore fishing, wildlife-rich maritime forests, and celebrated indigenous cuisine. And you can enjoy each aspect of this distinctly Southern lifestyle all in one place at Palmetto Bluff, a conservation-based community and resort nestled at the confluence of the May, New, and Cooper rivers.
Few tastes in this world compare to a first bite of kalua pork that’s just fallen off the bones of a pig you’ve spent two days preparing and roasting. Like the pitmasters of the American South, the Hawaiians know that to create a meal worth remembering for the rest of your life, you can’t cut corners.
Sharks don’t get enough respect. Sure, they’re given their space when they appear near swimmers in the water, but a respect that amounts to, “I’d be happy to see you dead,” does not bode well for the long-term sustainability of an entire class within the animal kingdom. Understanding the need for shark conservation can actually begin with catching them (and releasing them safely back into the ocean).
Beach towns aren’t always bastions of good eating: When you’ve got waves and sand to draw a crowd, it’s easy to get by with cheap burgers and ice cream. a 6-mile sliver of sand known as “The Edge of America” -- stands apart from its peers, with nearly two dozen beach bars and casual kitchens to its name.
It’s been a painful year for the Allman Brothers Band’s musical family, beginning with the tragic suicide of Butch Trucks in January. On May 1, Col. Bruce Hampton collapsed on stage, with ABB guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks only a few steps away. The theory that bad things come in threes proved unbearably true last week, when Gregg Allman finally succumbed to his long-ailing body.
Crosby, Stills & Nash were the sum of their parts, but the man whose name came first was arguably the torchbearer, not just for the band but for the hippie generation's entire folk scene. He dated Joni Mitchell, helped launch Jackson Browne's career, and in his free time, he jammed with Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh under the moniker, David & the Dorks.
When banjoist Béla Fleck first met Chris Thile at Merlefest in the mid-'90s, he wasn't overly impressed. At the time, Thile was a pudgy early-teen, already lauded as a hotshot but still lacking the style and flair that have since made him one of the world's foremost mandolinists. "He sounded great, but he was very straight," says Fleck, recalling Thile's ability to reel off classic fiddle tunes as a youngster.
Bruce Hornsby is a baller. he beat a high school-aged Allen Iverson one-on-one in basketball. He's also director Spike Lee's friend and go-to guy for scoring films like Red Hook Summer and the ESPN documentary, Kobe Doin' Work. It was around 2009, while sitting courtside with Lee at a Knicks game in Madison Square Garden, that Hornsby spotted Donald Trump, a story he recounted for the City Paper over the phone last week.
Ready to get out and see America this summer? Whether you’re hitting the road with your best buddies, your significant other or with the kids in tow, the hours you spend in the car together can either be magical memories or a close-quarters catastrophe. We prefer the former. So, in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Mother Road, Route 66, we present this five-part series, with 66 tips for the ultimate summer road trip.