Dewees Island is a hidden gem located about 11 miles north of Charleston, where some people live and where others, including our fellow Charlestonians, love to visit. And simply put, it is where peace and solitude reign supreme.
On this small, secluded barrier island, there are no paved roads, no cars, no restaurants, and most importantly, no stress. Technology, computer screens, and phones can be ignored for the duration of your stay in favor of outdoor fun and relaxation. It is two-and-a-half miles of pure nature: beaches, dunes, an undisturbed maritime forest — a private paradise.
The homeowners of Dewees, ever aware of the conservation needs and uniqueness of the island, strive to leave the tiniest of footprints. The island is truly among the last of untouched places around, where all is unspoiled by the developed world. Since the island is full of Lowcountry wildlife, and it is not uncommon to share your visit with dolphins, turtles, eagles, and an enormous variety of sea and marsh birds.
The island is accessible via a ferry that leaves from 43 41st Street on the Isle of Palms. The ride lasts around 20 minutes, and you must be preregistered with Dewees Island Rentals or personally know a current Dewees owner in order to board. There are two boats- one smaller and faster, and one a bit larger for holding more people, luggage, groceries, and other deliveries. They decide which one to take based on the number of folks signed up to ride and the amount of stuff that’s going over. The ferry is often escorted by dolphins or a variety of seafaring birds and offers curious views all around. Even if you didn’t have the beauty and adventure of the island waiting for you, the ferry ride alone would be worth it. Be sure to call 30 minutes before leaving the island to make sure you get a spot on a returning boat.
Where to stay
Huyler House includes suites that are available for lot owners to stay on the island and homeowners to use for overflow house guests however, you do not have to know a Dewees owner to enjoy all Huyler has to offer. You can rent one of the suites, or choose from a variety of other homes from Dewees Rentals. The amenities are amazing: swimming pool, two tennis courts, billiards table, foosball table, shuffleboard table, screened picnic area with a grill, and wifi in the Great Room and suites.
Dewees is a wildlife preserve, so as we said before, you’ll encounter a variety of living creatures. Our resident Dewees Island expert, Judy Fairchild, is a naturalist who loves to show and tell all about Dewees Island, and especially the wildlife. A short cart ride around the island with Judy feels like a master class. It’s not uncommon to see a few baby raccoons, a basking alligator, or perhaps even an otter or bald eagle on a quick jaunt. While it is truly a thrill to be close to so much undisturbed nature, but there are some critters – like mosquitoes – you’ll want to prepare for in advance. Make sure you pack your bug spray. And, although this should go without saying, don’t feed the wildlife – including those pesky mosquitoes!
Once you step off the ferry and onto the tranquil island, don’t be surprised if you feel a weight lifted off your shoulders as your troubles subside. The roads are made of dirt and your only vehicles are your feet, a bike, or a golf cart. If you’re renting through Dewees Rentals, you’ll find a cart clearly marked for you when you exit the ferry. If you’re visiting friends, do what I do, and hitch a ride on one of their carts and then rely on your own two feet to get you around while exploring We think the best way to travel the length of the island is by foot on the sandy beach! The paths are clearly marked and the beachwalks extend through the maritime forest all the way to the sand.
There are no restaurants or grocery stores on the island, so if you’re going for longer than an afternoon, you’ll want to prepare and package your food in advance. Or, you can catch your dinner!
What to do
Fishing spots abound at Dewees, and there’s even a crabbing dock — but only take what you can eat in a single meal. Remember, conservation is key on Dewees. Other fun outdoor activities include kayaking, golfing, birding, beach walking, swimming, biking and golf carting. Lounging around with a good book is always a good idea, and you’ll find more one perfect spot on Dewees Island.
At every turn, there’s a breathtaking marsh or beach view and there are unparalleled sunrises on the beach and sunsets on the marsh. Views over the Impoundment, the old diked wetlands that can be flooded or drained as necessary, are amazingly serene. The shores are pristine, expansive, and gloriously empty, allowing Dewees to offer an almost private experience unlike any other on the Charleston Coast.
Looking to hear great live music at the beach? Downtown Charleston may be known for its many venues and bars with music spilling onto King and Market streets, but the islands of the Lowcountry know how to put on a good show, too. From dirty blues at Sullivan’s Island Home Team BBQ to legendary rock shows at the Windjammer on the Isle of Palms, there are several sweet spots nearby — both new and old — with plenty of music you can kick back and sip a beer to. Here are just a few of our favorite venues for live music on Sullivan’s and IOP.
Dunleavy’s Pub | 2213 Middle Street
If you love a good, old-fashioned pub, you’ll love Dunleavy’s, where Guinness lovers have cheers’d their beers for over 20 years. Outside are picnic tables for pints in the sunshine, while inside you can enjoy some of the best Irish folk music in Charleston from well-loved local artists like Carroll Brown.
High Thyme | 2213 Middle Street
At High Thyme, Southern seafood fare is always the catch of the day, but you’ll also love all the live music this restaurant/venue has on the menu. Local Celtic folk favorites the Hungry Monks play here on the reg, as do guys like Moon Dog, Carroll Brown (you really can’t get enough of Carroll!), and the Reckoning, the latter of which is a lovely, local Grateful Dead strings cover band.
Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ | 2209 Middle Street
Known for their BBQ and arguably more so for their wings (best in town, y’all), Home Team has more than good grub — it puts on great live music, too, particularly blues, folk, Americana, and country artists.
On the IOP:
The Windjammer | 1008 Ocean Blvd.
Even most new islanders know about the Windjammer — a Charleston, not just an IOP, institution for over 40 years. Legends like Hootie & the Blowfish, the Blue Dogs, Drivin’ N Cryin’, and Southern Culture on the Skids have performed here for decades, both inside and out — the back features a deck majestically overlooking the beach action and the sea. Inside you’ll find the main stage and an open-air bar perfect for ocean breezes that constantly remind you that life is good.
The Dinghy | 8 J C Long Blvd.
The Dinghy is relatively new to the island, having come on board the scene only three or so years ago. Locals love it for the live music you can consistently catch nightly here. Artists are local and much loved by the regulars, making this special spot a lively, neighborly kind of place. Oh, and FYI their Dirty Elvis Fries are a dream.
Morgan Creek Grill | 80 41st Ave.
Situated on the water with brilliant sea breezes aplenty, Morgan Creek Grill is the definition of chill, particularly when you add live music to the mix. Morgan Creek recently added a recurring event called Wintertide: Songwriters in the Round, featuring local singer-songwriters every week along with an oyster roast. Head to morgancreekgrill.com for more details.
What’s your favorite local music venue on Sullivan’s Island or Isle of Palms?
What’s not to love about Park Circle? One of the trendiest places to live in Charleston right now, it is full of entrepreneurs and young professionals who are turning the area into a perfect place to live and/or spend a day off. Here are 10 ways to treat yourself next time you have some time to spend in PC.
1. Zen at Barefoot Yoga
Everyone needs a little zen, which is why it’s essential to have Barefoot Yoga in the neighborhood. Going to Barefoot is on par with a spa visit — total indulgence and totally worth it. The space is calming and quirky, and the staff is warm and welcoming, even for beginners.
2. Laid-back brews at Coast Brewing Co.
About a two-minute drive from downtown area of PC is Coast Brewing, where all the Coast beer magic happens. But it’s not just a brewery: you can hang out and consume their brews in a super laid-back setting inside or out. One flavor to try: the Hop Art IPA.
3. Shave and shoulder massage at Olde Village Barber Shop
Let’s hear it for the beards! Men need pampering too, and that’s their forte at Olde Village Barber Shop. Known for giving one helluva neck and shoulder massage, OVBS is also your PC go-to for a pro shave and a haircut.
4. Local spirits at Barrel House Spirits
Owned by local vocalist Emily Richards and her brothers, Barrel House is the only spot to get your liquor in PC. And they have all your favorites and plenty of great local finds, like bottles from Firefly, Striped Pig, and High Wire.
Park Pizza, y’all. You can’t sit down inside but you can park it outside if there’s a table free (and it’s not raining). Our favorite part? The creative pies. Try the Spaceballs, Teriyabi, She Crab, Bradwell, or the Cordon Bleu. Across the way is E.V.O., another local fave, which features a big dining room, outside tables, a bar full of local brews, and insanely tasty apps, salads, and pizza. EVO uses the freshest SC ingredients, including an Upstate goat cheese fudge for dessert.
6. Lemon Crunch cone at Park Circle Creamery
Spoil yourself silly at the relatively new Park Circle Creamery, known for unique ice cream flavors like lemon crunch, german chocolate, Mexican vanilla, and peach pie. Not your unimaginative Cold Stone in any way — just a creative creamery locally owned AND locally loved.
7. All-day breakfast and more at The Junction Kitchen & Provisions
Not only does the Junction Kitchen & Provisions serve the Park Circle community’s desperate need for an all-day breakfast, but they also offer delicious sandwiches, gluten-free foods, top-shelf dinners, and — provisions! Yep, come and get your local produce, cheese, raw local honey, hen eggs, beer, wine, and cider in one of their grab-n-go coolers. Pretty cool, huh?
Accent has a sweet and knowledgable sommelier named Hal, serves affordable small boards, and is as unpretentious as it gets. Bonus? Wine on tap! Meanwhile, Stems & Skins not only has your perfect tapas and olives and wine, but also some killer desserts, like peach cobbler that goes great with Prosecco FYI.
9. Crawfish mac at LoLa
LoLa = Lowcountry cuisine with a Louisiana twist, which is why their must-have is the crawfish mac! Owned by a father-and-son duo, LoLa also gets the cajun-cum-southern vibe right with their etouffee, poboys, and pecan cornbread.
10. Cha Yen at Orange Spot Coffeehouse
Here you’ll find, by far, the best Thai iced coffee in Charleston. Owned by two old friends, OS also boasts a backyard perfect for sunny days, cold brew coffee, and fresh-baked snacks, like scones and quiche.
What’s your favorite place in Park Circle?
Kiawah Island may be famous for its golf courses, tennis courts, and gorgeous high-dollar homes, but there’s much more to the island that you may have yet to discover. Here are 5 family-friendly Kiawah Island adventures for nature lovers and curious visitors.
From gators to birds to butterflies, the Heron Park Nature Center has a team of passionately knowledgeable tour guides waiting to walk you through all the fascinating history and habitats the island has to offer. Here are just a few of the educational adventures that await you at Kiawah.
If you’ve spent any time on Kiawah, you’ve probably encountered a ‘gator or two, but what do you really know about them? Did you know that in winter they lay dormant on the bottom of a pond or in underground dens scooped out with their own claws and jaws? Learn about that and much more during the two-hour Alligator Adventure tour, which is offered at Kiawah throughout the year for $20 per person.
Back Island Birding
They say that a bird lover’s paradise awaits at Kiawah. The island has well over 220 species of birds! The Nature Center’s birding experts are waiting to take you to remote locations to explore natural habitats while learning all about the natural history of the island’s vast avian wildlife. Comfy shoes, a camera, and drinking water are recommended in hotter months, but the program is offered throughout the year. The three-hour tour is $35 per person, and anyone age 16 and over can get in on it.
Who doesn’t love butterflies? Lucky for us, Kiawah offers a family-friendly tour through the Sanctuary gardens for autumn butterflies. You’ll get to use nets to catch and gently examine butterflies to discover about the resources these stunning creatures have lived on in the island. The walk is stroller accessible, one-hour long, and $12 per person. It’s recommended that you were clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
Night Beach Walk
Kiawah’s Night Beach Walk may have a pretty beach and a sky full of stars to offer you, but there’s so much to learn. Ever wonder why sea turtles cry as they lay their eggs in the island’s dunes? Or why ghost crabs have hairy legs? Or why the sea sparkles in shades of green? The point of the walk is for the whole family to learn about the island’s nocturnal creatures and their habitat. The tour is offered late spring and early fall, it is an hour-and-a-half long, $15 a person, and available to anyone. Note: persons under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Oh, and don’t forget the insect repellent and comfy walking shoes.
Historical Sunset Cycle
If you like to cycle your way through Kiawah, you’ll love the Historical Sunset Cycle, offered year round on Sundays only or by request. Learn about where the word kiawah came from and explore the island’s history and ecology while enjoying a beautiful sunset view from your bike. The tour is an hour-and-a-half-long, $15 per person, and available for anyone. Note: participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. They also recommend wearing comfortable clothing and bringing along a bottle of water.
Call the Heron Park Nature Center to learn more about current tours and schedules. What will be your first adventure?
Date Ideas for James Island Couples
Don’t let everyday stress get to you and your partner — get out and about in your own ’hood and get refreshed! From day dates outside to late, groovin’ nights, there’s a lot you can do in James Island that’ll have you and your significant other forgetting your troubles in no time. Here are a few ideas:
Looking for a great day date? We suggest:
- Wild Blue Ropes
Feeling adventurous? Head to Wild Blue Ropes for some scary good fun with its high-climbing ropes course. WBR is not only known for its team building courses for corporate clients, but also its Couples Climb, which is $50 a pair.
James Island County Park
What CAN’T you do at James Island County Park? We recommend the climbing wall to really get you out of your head, but if it’s hot outside and you’re in the mood to relax, head to Splash Zone Waterpark. If it’s closed, check out the pedal boat and kayak rentals. You can even bring Fido so the whole family can enjoy the fresh air at the best dog park in Charleston.
- Brewery Hop
Yes, James Island has not one, but two breweries now! Go have some fun with a brewery tasting at Low Tide Brewing and Tradesmen Brewing. Low Tide also offers fun events from time to time, like live music, Pints and Painting nights, and more, while Tradesman Brewing is known for its Bendy Brewski Yoga in addition to Hot Dogs and Pints happy hours.
For the more traditional late date:
Terrace Theater + Zia
Dinner and a movie is still the perfect date night, after all these years. Located on Maybank Highway, Zia is a cool little Tex-Mex spot with a delicious margarita menu and some of the city’s most talked-about quesadillas. Go early and then head next door to the Terrace Theater, which is Charleston’s art house theater. Featuring independent films you won’t find at a blockbuster cinema, the Terrace also serves beer, wine, and nifty snacks — if you’re still hungry!
- Pour House + The Lot
There’s a lot to do in this little corner of James Island. Located across the street from the Terrace (and near Riverland Terrace neighborhood), the Pour House is one of Charleston’s most prominent music venues. There’s music here every day of the week: free shows on the back deck at 6:30 p.m. and regional and national/international acts — all genres, like Charles Bradley, Of Montreal, Blackalicious, Sturgill Simpson — on the inside stage later on. On Sundays, there’s an all-day Sunday Brunch Farmer’s Market out back while a soul/gospel band plays on the deck stage. They serve Cuban-fused food at the Pour House via their own food truck attached to the deck as well as next door at the Lot, a renowned farm-to-table restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.
Charleston Performing Arts Center + Stereo 8
Stereo 8 is relatively new to the island. It’s known for being themed around music, which is why local artists perform there on the patio every week. The menu is varied and includes duck confit, pad thai, a burger, tacos, and ramen. In the mood for a musical? Located on Folly Road — not far from the restaurant — the Charleston Performing Arts Center presents stage productions performed by mostly locals, like the recent Dreamgirls,The Revue. Disco, “a celebration of those boogie nights and moves that gave us all Saturday Night Fever,” will run until Oct. 23 and will be followed by Holiday Cabaret, just in time for Christmas.
Wagener Terrace is where downtown locals love to live. Away from the bustle of the more touristy parts of downtown, Wagener Terrace is an oasis filled with wide sidewalks, Spanish moss-covered live oaks, quiet living, and friendly neighbors, the latter of which range from families to young professionals. Still on the Charleston peninsula, Wagener Terrace is biking distance to the city’s theaters, antiques, shopping, and nightlife.
But there’s still plenty of fun to be had within walking distance inside this serene pocket of the peninsula. These are just a few of our favorite things to do in and around Wagener Terrace:
Play: The biggest highlight to living in this area has to be the accessibility to Hampton Park, which is below Wagener Terrace in the Hampton Park Terrace neighborhood. The largest park on the peninsula, Hampton Park is 60 acres of green space where locals jog, bike, walk dogs, picnic, and play. Weddings are held in the park’s picturesque gazebo, books are read by the fountain, and there are plans for an abandoned concessions stand at the park to be restored by the neighboring Park Cafe.
Eat: Speaking of Park Cafe, the bright, airy, and simplistic Rutledge Avenue restaurant is a neighborhood favorite for quality farm-to-table food, wine, and coffee. Just up the street, you’ll find Rutledge Cab Co., another popular local eatery and bar that’s half-owned by actor and Charleston local Bill Murray and features live local music each week. Very close to Wagener Terrace and Hampton Park Terrace is a trendy new spot called NoMo, where you’ll find tons of live music and great wings at Home Team BBQ, a killer brisket at Lewis’ Barbecue, a bar menu and brunch you won’t forget at Edmund’s Oast, and duck-fat fries, taxidermy, and good times at the Tattooed Moose.
Drink: Also close to Hampton Park is Moe’s Crosstown Tavern, a buzzing local dive bar with great grub and a casual, unpretentious atmosphere. For a local craft beer, head straight to Wagener Terrace’s own Cooper River Brewing Co. on Mechanic Street, where you can get anything from a glass of Nitro Stout to a growler of IPA. If you’re in the mood for the lighter stuff, check out Huriyali Gardens, a vibrant wee juice haven on Huger Street with nutrient-rich, organic foods and juices and an adjacent garden that will make you feel like you’ve stumbled upon a magical hidden gem.
Dance: If you’re in the mood for a boogie, head down to the nearby Faculty Lounge on Huger Street. Not only can you find a reason to dance on weekend nights, the Faculty Lounge also features a quality cocktail menu and a chic, local vibe every single evening.
Shop: Locals can bike to Food Lion on King Street, the only large-scale grocery store near the neighborhood. As far as any other types of shopping — be it organic foods or clothes or antiques — there are plenty of great spots a short drive away in either the Historic District or over the Ravenel Bridge in Mt. Pleasant.
If this sounds like your kind of neighborhood, stop by the Real Estate Studio and see what adorable bungalows are for sale!
Looking for things to do in West Ashley? From the always fun West Ashley Park to the brand new farmer’s market and Higgins Pier, there’s a lot of inexpensive (and free!) ways to spend your time outside west of the Ashley River. Here are four of our favorites:
The West Ashley Bikeway starts at Wappoo Road, crosses Highway 61/St Andrews Boulevard, and continues all the way to the beautiful Ashley River, connecting residential neighborhoods along the way, like Sherwood Forest, Maryville, and Ashleyville. And this is a particularly exciting time for the Bikeway, since this summer, Higgins Pier officially opened at the end of the path on the River. The last stretch of the path before the pier is a peaceful one surrounded by forests before giving way to the magnificent view of the marsh. At the pier, you may fish, launch a kayak, or simply meditate with a book under the covered pier head and while away a lovely Charleston Day.
The West Ashley Greenway is a sacred thing for nearby residents, who use the part-asphalt, part-dirt trail for running, walking dogs, and biking. The path is over eight miles long, extending from Wesley Drive (the South Windermere neighborhood) and nearly to Main Road, Johns Island. Along the way is everything from lush, wooded areas, where you can still find fireflies if you go at the perfect hour, to the breathtaking Lowcountry marsh. Go for a walk around 5.30 p.m. and you’ll likely pass many of your neighbors as it’s the most popular time of day to venture out. Don’t forget your bike lights if you go after dark, since the area is not well lit.
Ackerman Park – 55 Sycamore Avenue
This is a two-in-one spot, since you get both produce galore in the great outdoors, plus there’s a dog park — so everyone’s happy, pups included. Launching today, Wed. Sept. 21, 2016, the West Ashley’s farmer’s market is a huge, welcome addition to the area, since with it comes boocoos of both established and fresh, new producers and food products. Get in on the action while you can, because this farmer’s market only goes every Wednesday until October 26.
3601 Mary Ader Avenue
Off Glenn McConnell Highway, you’ll find an oasis from the freeway at West Ashley Park, one of Charleston’s largest recreational parks. The park is 260 acres large, comprising everything from playgrounds (two) and a basketball court to a soccer field and an 18-hole disc golf course, which brings sports lovers of all ages and levels of expertise. Walk on the lush path past gorgeous swamps to a serene pond, where fishermen cast their lines and watch wild birds wander about. Bring your pups, too, because the park also boasts a dog park.
What’s your favorite outdoor spot in West Ashley?
Folly Beach is where Charleston locals and tourists alike flock to for a slice of paradise with a side of fun. More so than any other beach in the area, Folly, though small as it may be, is packed with stuff to do for the whole family.
One of our favorite things to do while on Folly is to hang a left at the end of Center Street, following Ashley Avenue all the way to the end, park, and walk the 15 or so-minute stroll to the Morris Island Light House. Once there, behold the most secluded part of Folly Beach, a shore covered with beautiful driftwood, and the Morris Island Light House. You’ll love the desolate feeling out there, the staggering beauty all around. Bring a camera, because photo opps abound. To actually get in the water and explore, we recommend a kayak adventure through the meandering creeks we love so dearly in the Lowcountry. Folly Beach Adventures is one of many companies that will facilitate the rental of everything from kayaks and golf carts to stand-up paddle boards and surf boards. They also do guided boat tours.
There is definitely no shortage of great food on Folly. We love the Asian-infused food and craft beers at Jack of Cups, the shark tacos at Chico Feo’s outdoor oasis, more Asian-infused goodness at The ‘Wich Doctor, Tex-Mex at Taco Boy, and pizza from Woody’s. Oh, and you can’t miss the tuna watermelon nachos at Rita’s — trust us!
For all-things seafood, the Crab Shack has got you covered, but if you get in the car and drive up Folly Road for less than five minutes, you’ll find another local favorite, at Bowen’s Island (your GPS will get you there just fine!) The restaurant is likely to have a line because it’s that good, but you’ll also find some of the best views in Charleston and a place with a down-home, down-to-earth, casual feel.
For a killer view of the sea to go with your cocktail, go to the rooftop of Snapper Jack’s, a bright, blue-colored building on Center Street that’s unmissable. For fun sake cocktails and delicious beers, make your way to Jack of Cups. Don’t miss the frozen screwdrivers at Taco Boy, beachfront pina coladas at BLU‘s beachfront bar, or pineapple jalapeno margaritas at Rita’s. If you’re one of those people who gravitates to the Irish pub in every city, St James Gate is where you need to be.
Sure, you can find plenty of your run-of-the-mill beach stores on Folly in case you need anything from sunglasses and bathing suits to tacky magnets and tees, but shop with the local surfers at Ocean Surf Shop for all your surf wear needs (located right above our Folly Beach office). For anything from gourmet to-go sammies, boiled peanuts, cool hats, beer, groceries, coffee, and hotdogs, go to the beloved Folly institution of Bert’s Market. It’s actually a must, so put this at the top of your list and thank us later.
Nothing says, “This is the good life” better than live music and an ocean breeze. Luckily, Folly is full of great local talent, and you’ll undoubtedly be able to catch some live tunes one of these spots: Loggerhead’s, Planet Follywood, Chico Feo, Surf Bar, or Drop In Deli.
There’s not a lot of choice when it comes to hotels, but there’s plenty of beach rentals — with either the gorgeous marsh or the Atlantic Ocean as your backyard — where you can make yourself right at home. We recommend stopping by our Folly Beach Vacation Rental office or browse our website for all our vacation properties. Summertime books up quick, but the Fall and Spring are still beautiful times to enjoy the Charleston Coast.
And in the off-chance that you’re in town on a Wednesday during the summer, check out the Folly Farmer’s Market, where you’ll find locally made goodies you can take back home with you. Also on Wednesdays in the summer months, we do movies on the beach! Bring a blanket and watch a movie in the sand behind the Tides hotel. Seeing something like Top Gun while the waves crash behind you — well, it doesn’t get much better than that, folks.
Last week I was thinking about adventures. I was both genuinely happy and genuinely sad when I heard that a co-worker would soon be leaving us to pursue his dreams and embark upon “a new adventure.” Obviously I was happy for him, but not so happy for those of us who have to adjust to working without such a bright, creative, and insightful guy. So in honor of him, I decided to pull together a very small list of everyday Charleston adventures for the rest of us. I’m calling this Part 1 because I intend to make it a series over the next few months. Who doesn’t need more adventure??
1. For those of you who like adrenaline, try ziplining through a canopy of trees in Awendaw. At Charleston Zipline Adventures, you can fly from a 65 foot tower through the trees on 7 zip line cables between tree platforms, towers, 3 swinging bridges, and a grande finale zip of 750 feet.
2. For those of you who crave culinary excitement, Charleston is already a playground. If you haven’t already, make some evening reservations at R Kitchen. This small Rutledge Avenue eatery only holds 15 guests and is designed to give you the feeling of eating in the kitchen. A different prix fixe menu is offered every night. Menus are creative, seasonal, and based on what the chef found interesting at the market. $25 for 5 courses.
3. If you’re looking for something beautiful and quiet, try taking in the sunset at a new Charleston spot this week. Pack a dinner picnic, some chairs or a blanket, and bring along someone special. It’s always a great show and it happens FREE every. single. day. If you can’t decide on a spot, we have a few suggestions for you.
Here’s to new Charleston adventures!
No matter the time of year or where you are, you can’t go wrong with a Lowcountry sunset. And there are plenty of key spots, from the resort town of Kiawah all the way up the coast to secluded Dewees Island, to maximize your evening enjoyment. We’re just going to mention a few here, but you can count on us to post some additional spots throughout the year. Here are some of our favorite places for sunset views on the Charleston Coast.
One of the best and (most delicious) places to enjoy a Kiawah Island sunset is at the Ryder Cup Bar at the Ocean Course. You can grab a drink, sit on the porch, and watch the majesty unfold. In the summers, they host the appropriately named Sunset Raw Bar on the veranda, where you can enjoy fresh seafood with an ocean view. As the sun sets, you’ll hear live jazz blend with the sounds of the sea.
With three miles of pristine beaches on Seabrook Island, you have plenty of perfect places to catch a beautiful sunset. One of our favorite spots is Pelican Beach, which, fittingly enough, is also nicknamed Sunset Beach. Pelican Beach is where the Edisto River meets the Atlantic Ocean, and its gentle current offers little to no waves and still waters. If you’re partial to a sunrise, head to Seabrook’s North Beach, the widest beach in South Carolina, where the early morning views are spectacular.
If you’ve ever been to Folly Beach around sunset, you know there are more than a few places with views that can only be described as life-changing. The vistas from Bowen’s Island Restaurant, which is 2.6 miles from Folly Beach, will make you want to settle down forever in this pocket of the Lowcountry. Similarly, the views from Crosby’s Fish and Shrimp, which you’ll see on the right just before crossing over the bridge to Folly, redefine ‘the good life.’ With the surrounding marsh, shrimp boats, and dolphins, your worries are bound to melt away during a summertime sunset.
The sun sets on the Ashley River side of the peninsula, so for fantastic views, take a picnic to Brittlebank Park, which is located on Lockwood Drive near the Riverdogs stadium and is right on the river. Or you could head across the Ashley River bridge to the round Holiday Inn on Savannah Highway and take the elevator to the top. There you’ll find a cocktail bar with glass walls that allow for breathtaking views of Charleston sunsets. Another tip: Should you be close-by during a thunderstorm, there is no better place to watch a lightning show than from this viewpoint.
There are so many wonderful spots to watch the sun go down in Mount Pleasant. Shem Creek, Patriot’s Point, Alhambra Hall, the Pitt Street Bridge, and the list goes on. But we couldn’t feature the sun’s descent over Charleston without the obligatory Ravenel Bridge shot. Seeing the sun set from any vantage point East of the Cooper is special, but when you can see it go down from atop our beautiful Cooper River bridge, it’s going to be a good night.
For a memorable Sullivans Island sunset, make your way toward the lighthouse (park at Station 19). At low tide, you’ll find one of the widest, smoothest, most relaxing beaches in South Carolina. As the sun sets, you can spot the Ravenel Bridge in the distance. Between the expansive shore and the sea, you’ll often find calming, shallow pools perfect for an evening walk and wade.
Isle of Palms
Not only is Isle of Palms’ Boathouse at Breach Inlet Restaurant well-known for great food and delicious drinks, but it’s also the place to be for a sunset on the island. Directly across from the launch site of America’s first submarine, the HL Hunley, the Boathouse at Breach Inlet provides a perfect spot for sipping a cocktail and enjoying a fabulous evening view with friends.
If you ever make the trek to Dewees Island, and we suggest you do, you’ll want to make sure you stay late enough to catch the sunset. Or better yet, check out Dewees Rentals for an extended visit to this wild, rugged wonderland. Dewees is a nature-lover’s paradise with no restaurants or stores, no cars or stoplights. The sunset from the Ferry dock is amazing, but The Lone Cedar Dock also offers a perfect vantage point to enjoy the last rays of daylight.
We’ll keep adding to this list, but in the meantime… where will you catch your next Lowcountry sunset?