After wowing audiences the world over with their soulful, get-up-and-dance versions of Sea Island spirituals and work songs, Charleston's own Ranky Tanky returns home to celebrate the music of the Lowcountry.
Once a slow-paced city by the sea, Charleston has transformed from regional secret to international sensation. including a 2016 nod from Travel & Leisure as the “No. 1 City in the World”—are well deserved. An intrepid foodie could book a month’s worth of memorable dinner reservations. Or, visit during Spoleto Festival USA (May-June), Charleston Wine + Food fest (March), or Charleston Fashion Week (March), and you’ll experience a cultural scene that rivals New York City’s, minus the hectic pace.
Most beach vacationers in South Carolina opt for the putt-putt and pancake houses of Myrtle Beach or the golf-and-family-bike-rides feel of Hilton Head. In other words, no matter what kind of vibe you're after, there's a stretch of sandy shore perfect for you. From shag dancing, to rich fisheries, to hanging ten on a wave, South Carolina’s beaches shape and embody the state’s culture.
When it rains on our home, the roof works like a raincoat and the gutters act as an umbrella. The roof and exterior walls keep water out, but installing gutters will make them even more efficient, by actively funneling water away from the house. Gutters are a simple yet powerful tool that a professional can quickly design and install to accommodate your home.
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.
You can get to the Abacos by air, but to reach Hope Town on the sliver of sand known as Elbow Cay—the outermost island of a chain already known as the “Out Islands” of the Bahamas—a sea-level journey is required as part of the itinerary. For Colonial Charleston resident Wyannie Malone, it was a journey entirely by boat.
When my wife, Hunter, and I began shopping for our first house, Folly Beach was not an option. Granted, we lived there, renting a breezy two-bedroom with views across the Atlantic, but a winter lease on the Edge of America is just a temporary taste of the good life. The leap to home ownership would require stepping back into the burbs—freelance writer pay does not a beach homeowner make.
Having lived several winters of my adult life in the great north country (North Carolina, that is), I’m able to commiserate with our poor cousins across the Midwest and New England who suffer from seasonal depression. Even in the relatively balmy environs of Davidson, the freezing evenings of January and February are hardly a time to gather outdoors with friends.