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The Angel Oak Tree Near Charleston; a Free Low Country Favorite

I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. ~ Joyce Kilmer Located near Charleston on Johns Island is The Angel Oak. The enormous tree stands close to 67-feet tall and is estimated to be between four and five hundred years old. Some even surmise it could be up to 1,500 years old! The tremendous tree with its long branches creates shade that covers over 17,000 square feet. The sturdy old oak is just the type of free tourist attraction I find too enticing to skip. Visiting The Angel Oak Tree Planning your time at the […]

Five Things That Make Boone Hall Plantation a ‘Must-See’ When Visiting Charleston

Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens is one of America’s oldest working plantations. It’s also one of the most photographed and a favorite tourist destination situated just outside of Charleston, South Carolina in Mount Pleasant. With its rich heritage dating back to 1681, an engaging story, and a storybook low-country setting, Boone Hall Plantation brings forth to the public its history spanning 330-years each day. Here are five reasons this famous southern plantation is a must-see. The Scenery From the moment the car tires meet the gravel road leading to the tree-lined drive, the scene is set for an experience unlike […]

Discover Patriots Point and ‘Walk in the Steps of Heroes’

The USS Yorktown as seen from the deck of the USS Laffey Destroyer. Standing at the waterfront looking across Charleston Harbor, you’ll see docked with flags waving in the breeze the massive, majestic gray USS Yorktown aircraft carrier. Each year, thousands cross the Cooper River to the Mount Pleasant side of the historic harbor in order to ‘Walk in the Steps of Heroes” at Patriots Point. What’s it all about? Back in the 1970s the Patriots Point Development Authority came together to establish a naval and maritime museum on Charleston Harbor featuring the World War II aircraft carrier, the USS […]

Rita’s Seaside Grille – Nacho Ordinary Beach Food

The South Carolina Lowcountry is renowned for many things, especially its cuisine. While enjoying the sun and surf on a recent writing trip, I happened upon Rita’s Seaside Grille in Folly Beach where I found good food, friendly atmosphere and the most amazing nachos I’ve ever had. Nacho ordinary nachos I love nachos. It’s not unusual for me to order nachos as a meal. So, naturally, trying Rita’s Signature Nachos was a must. In a word, WOW. Piled high, covered with cheese, tasty red and yellow peppers, giant chunks of fresh tuna, spicy jalapeños, and a surprise to my taste […]

Pawleys Island, South Carolina, proudly remaining ‘Arrogantly Shabby’

Travel along the South Carolina coast, encounter the famous Grand Strand, and you’ll quickly learn it’s an exciting, popular resort area attracting visitors from across the country. High rise beach condominiums, beach homes and entertainment venues dot the Carolina coast making it the quintessential beach-goers vacation destination. But for travelers yearning for a slightly more remote, secluded beach experience, keep traveling to the southern-most end of South Carolina’s Grand Strand to find Pawleys Island. 25-miles south of Myrtle Beach and 70-miles north of Charleston, this sleepy village is a hidden coastal gem. Named for George Pawley, who owned the island […]