Wednesday, December 9, 2009

32nd Kiawah Island Marathon

The 32nd Kiawah Island Marathon will be held this Saturday, December 12, 2009.  Race start time is 8 am.

If you are visiting Kiawah this weekend, please be aware of some road closures. The Kiawah Island Parkway will be closed 7:55 am- 8:15 am from the Sea Forest Drive intersection to the Vanderhorst Security Gate.

Runners will be on the Kiawah Island roads and bike paths throughout the morning and early afternoon, so please be cautious while driving.

Here's a rogue idea: How about ditching the car and becoming a marathon spectator for the race? All racers, especially marathoners love to hear the crowds cheering! Gives a runner a little extra boost, especially around mile 21.

To learn more about the Kiawah Island marathon and see a map of the marathon route, visit

Guess who's coming for dinner...?

Mr. Marathon himself, Hal Higdon!   Mr. Higdon will speak Thursday night, December 10, 2009 to the Charleston Running Club.  This free event is being held at the UBS Center, 900 Island Park Drive, on Daniel Island. 

Mr. Higdon is also scheduled to attend the Kiawah Island Marathon pre-race expo on Friday, December 11th and post-race dinner Saturday night, December 12, 2009.

To read more about Mr. Marathon and his upcoming trip to the Charleston area, visit the Post & Courier's site.  

Monday, November 30, 2009

It's Christmas time in the Lowcountry!

What better way to celebrate the holidays than a trip to Middleton Place! 

Bring the family and celebrate Family Yuletide at Middleton Place Stableyards on Saturday, December 12th, 5:30 - 8pm.

Storytelling around a warm fire, Christmas caroling, and craftspeople working in their shops by candlelight set the scene of the plantation's preparations for Christmas. A live nativity scene will feature many of the plantation's animals.

Families who visit on December 12th will be able to go home with their own special holiday decorations. Fresh greenery, berries and other natural items gathered from the plantation will be provided for visitors to make their own holiday wreaths.

Reservations are required and tickets can be purchased on-line at  Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for children (7-15), children 6 and under are free.

Transportation to Seabrook and Kiawah Islands

Ok, I confess.  When I get out on Seabrook Island, I don't ever want to leave...even to pick up family members from the Charleston airport.  Call me selfish.

Last Tuesday (yes, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving; the Tuesday that is one of the most traveled days of the year), I woke up dreading having to drive to the airport to pick up my daughter and my mil.  Heck,  they weren't scheduled to arrive after dark and everyone knows I don't do well at night (uh, did I mention I had a party to attend that night?).

Anyhow, I got the brilliant idea to try to find a limo service or taxi.  A quick perusal of the internet reminded me of the thing Charleston is lacking--transportation.  I was about to give up when I remembered the name of a transportation service someone had mentioned to me in passing.

I quickly dialed the number for Compass Transportation (843-559-0410).  After leaving a voice message, I felt defeated. 

Lo, and behold, less than two minutes later, Jason Cronen, the owner/operator of Compass Transportation returned my call.  It seems he was busy driving other people to and from Seabrook Island.  Even on such short notice, Jason assured me "the girls" would be picked up on time and delivery to our home on Seabrook. 

With flight information in hand, Jason kept up with the changing arrival time AND kept me posted via text messages and a phone call.  Finally, a little after midnight, my daughter and mil were safely at our home (they reported Jason gave them little history lessons and restaurant reviews along the drive.  The report also included that Jason was "really nice").

Thanks Jason Cronen and Compass Transportation!  The best $85.00 I've spent in the Charleston area in a long while.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Blue Bicycle Books--Charleston

Guess who's coming home for a visit?  Author Pat Conroy!  Saturday, December 12, 2009, Pat Conroy will be visiting Blue Bicycle Books (420 King Street).  His latest book, South of Broad, has been well received by fans.

If you haven't already purchased South of Broad, now's your chance.  Drop by Blue Bicycle Books on December 12th  and get your book autographed by the author.  The book signing will take place from 1-3:30 pm.

*This will be Mr. Conroy's only announced book signing for the Charleston Peninsula. 

While we're talking about Pat Conroy, there's a new walking tour in Charleston based on the places written about in South of Broad.

The two-hour tour departs at 11 am Tuesday-Saturday from the lobby of the Mills House Hotel at 115 Meeting St., and ends outside the Gibbes Museum of Art at 135 Meeting St.

Restaurants-A new restaurant opens in Charleston

Can I get an AMEN?  Amen Street Restaurant, that is.

Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar, located at 205 East Bay Street, is Charleston's newest restaurant.  At Amen, you'll enjoy great atmosphere and great food.  The menu consists of traditional Lowcountry fare featuring fresh local seafood, lobster, oysters, clams and more.

Open daily for dining from 11 am until 10 pm; Full bar until 2 am.  To learn more about Amen Street, visit

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Kiawah Island-50% off

The Kiawah Island Golf Resort is having a "fire sale."

Actually, it's a 48 hour sale--7 am Wednesday, November 11 'til -7 am Friday, November 13, 2009. Accommodations (that's ALL-villas, homes, and The Sanctuary!!) are being offered at 50% rack rates.

The special 50% off rates are good for dates from November 11 through December 30, 2009 (excluding the KI Marathon weekend of Dec. 11-12).

Hurry this offer lasts until Friday, November 13, 2009!  For more infomation, visit LifeatKiawah or call 1-800-654-2924.

Monday, November 9, 2009

7th Annual Blessing of the Vine-Wadmalaw Island, SC

Load up the car and head out to Wadmalaw Island on Saturday, November 14, 2009.  It's time for the 7th Annual Blessing of the Vine at Irvin House Vineyards.    Admission is $5.00 per car.  

The fun starts at 1 p.m.   The Blessing will be at 2 p.m.

Other activities will include live music by Smoky Weiner and the Hot Links, children's activities, food and wine for purchase.  

New this year a chili cook-off contest.  Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets.  It's shaping up to be a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

12th Annual Kiawah Island Tour of Homes

Saturday, November 7, 2009, get a glimpse of some of the most exclusive homes on Kiawah Island. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra League has planned a day of magnificent homes, music, and "munchies."

The fun-packed day begins at 9:30 am  at Freshfields Village with the ticket pick-up and concert by the Youth Orchestra of the Lowcountry.  The home tour on Kiawah Island begins at 10:00 am.  Music will serenade tour guests at several of the homes.

Lunch will be available at nearby restaurants.  Please note lunch is not included in the ticket price (some of the homes will provide light refreshments).

The day comes to a close with a free concert by The Charleston Symphony Orchestra on the green at Freshfields Village.

Tickets for the home tour are $40 in advance or $45 on the day of the tour. For details and advance ticket sales, visit  Tickets can also be purchased at Kiawah Island Visitors Center, Indigo Books or by calling the CSO office at 843-723-7528 x110.

Restaurants-A new restaurant opens on Seabrook

A new restaurant recently opened in Freshfield Village on Seabrook Island, South Carolina.  Le Tela Pizzeria serves pizza and so much more.  Handmade pasta and breads will have you thinking you are in Italy (or in the kitchen of an Italian cook!).

Le Tela fills a void in the Seabrook Island restaurant scene.  Need someplace causal to take the children?  Perhaps, you want a good dinner out without the fuss of getting dressed to the nines?  Le Tela Pizzeria should do nicely.

* Le Tela is located in Freshfields Village in the spot where Pizzeria Venti used to occupy.

Seabrook Island Equestrian Center

What better way to enjoy the fall weather and a beautiful lowcountry island than with a horseback ride!  During November and December, the Seabrook Island Equestrian Center is offering a deal on  beginner walking trail rides.  Two people can ride for $100.

For more information call the Equestrian Center at 843-768-7541.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Charleston Tee Times Golf Passbook

Get 'em before they're gone! The 2010 Charleston Tee Times Golf Passbooks are now available. For $165.00 (including a handling charge), you get play time on some great golf courses in and around Charleston.

Here's the list:

ONE ROUND at these courses:
- Charleston National Country Club
- Coosaw Creek Country Club
- Dunes West Golf Club
- Legend Oaks Golf Club
- The Links at Stono Ferry
- Miler Country Club
- Patriots Point Links
- Pine Forest Country Club
- RiverTowne Country Club
- Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club
- Wild Dunes Links and Harbor Courses

THREE ROUNDS total at Kiawah Island Golf Resort: Choice between Cougar Point or Oak Point and choice of Turtle Point or Osprey Point.

ONE ROUND at The Ocean Course with $100 surcharge (includes recommended caddy – gratuity not included.)

The Golf Passbooks are available in limited supplies.  When they're gone, they're gone. 

**Small Print:  The 2010 passbook is good December 1, 2009-December 31, 2010.  Cart fees do apply. To read the other details and restrictions, visit Charleston Tee Times.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Restaurants-A new special from Red Sky

**2016 Update--Red Sky is closed**

Chef Matt Bolus at Red Sky Restaurant on Seabrook Island has done it again! He's made my mouth water! Read his latest Facebook entry:

"Fall has arrived and so has the best food of the year. Braised, baked, simmered, and roasted, all the great low and slow cooked foods. From lamb to beef, local flounder, shrimp, and sword, as well as lobster, mussels, and of course the mighty pork we have it all."

This fall on Monday and Tuesday nights, Red Sky will offer bottles of wine for half price (*up to $50.00).

Fall gets even more fabulous out on Seabrook Island. On Thursdays, Red Sky will offer wine tastings from 5:00-7:00 pm. Thursday, October 29 the tasting will be "To Oak or Not to Oak." November 5th's tasting will include wines from Hedges Family Estate. At a cost of only $5.00 to sample five wines, you can't afford to miss these events.

Check out Red Sky's website to view menus and more.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Seabrook Island's New Lake House

While doing "research" this weekend, I came across a great little video tour of Seabrook Island's new Lake House Community Center.

On my daughter's last visit to Seabrook, she rode over to the Lake House. Her email to dear ol' mom read, "It is amazing!" She took photos but sometimes a picture isn't worth a thousand words...but a video is!


Seabrook Island's Lake House

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Alan Fleming Tennis Tournament-Oct. 7-11, 2009

It's that time of year again. Time for the Alan Fleming Tennis Tournament held out on Seabrook Island, SC. This year's event will take place October 7-11, 2009

The senior state tourney is open to men and women from 40 years old to over 80. There will be 42 events including singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.

For more information about the Alan Fleming Tennis Tournament, now in its 26th year, read this Island Connection article.

Visit to register for the tournament.

See you on the court!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

FREE concert Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra will perform on Saturday, October 3, 2009 on the lawn of the Seabrook Island Real Estate Office.

Pack up your picnic baskets. Throw in your blankets and/or lawn chairs. You'll not want to miss this opportunity to hear beautiful music amid beautiful surroundings. And it's FREE!

The concert titled "Some Enchanted Evening" begins at 5:30 p.m. and is presented by the Town of Seabrook Island and Seabrook Island Real Estate. In case of rain, a rain date has been set for October 4, 2009.

Seabrook Island Vacation Home for Rent!

Come explore Seabrook Island, SC and the Charleston area. I've got the perfect place for you to rent...okay so I'm a little biased. You be the judge.

Watch this new home tour video of Our Great Escape at Seabrook Island, SC:

When you rent Our Great Escape at Seabrook Island, you'll be a block from the beach boardwalk, less than a minute's walk to the neighborhood pool (open from March to October), and a short bike ride to the new Lake House facility.

Isn't it time you planned your next escape?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Fall Home Tours, Concerts, and Other Special Events

Fall is a great time to visit Charleston, South Carolina and the surrounding islands.  Below is just a sampling of what's happening in the Lowcounty! 

Isn't it time you planned your visit?

  • September 24 - October 25, 2009
    Annual Fall Tours of Homes & Gardens  (Thurs., Fri. Sat and Sun. only) The Preservation Society
  • September 24 through October 4, 2009
    Moja Festival
  • September 26 and 27, 2009
    Charleston's Museum Mile Weekend
    A single pass will allow visitors complimentary admission at twelve sites along Meeting Street.
    Museum Mile Weekend passes are available online at
  • August 14-October 11, 2009
    2009 Coastal Living Idea Cottage in I'On
    Home tour tickets are $10.00 and may be purchased on line at
  • October 9-11, 2009
    Taste of Charleston:  This three-day celebration of Lowcountry cuisine is hosted by the
    Greater Charleston Restaurant Association (GCRA) and will feature some of
    Charleston's finest, nationally renowned chefs.will take place from. For the event schedule and ticket pricing, visit GCRA's website.
  • October 1-31, 2009
    Fall Festival at Boone Hall:  A must-do fall experience in the Lowcountry.  Last year over 20,000 people enjoyed the festivities.  Visit Boone Hall's website.
  • October 3-31, 2009
    Charleston Corn Maze: Visit Legare Farms' annual 'Amazing Maze in Maize' and Pumpkin Patch.  Please come out to Johns Island and visit a family owned and operated working farm.
    * Pick your own pumpkin!
    * Take a scenic hayride!
    * Try your hand at the Balloon Launch!
    * Hit a pumpkin, win a pumpkin.
    * Make your own Scarecrow!
    Legare Farms' website
    has more details.
If music and performance arts are more your style, check out the upcoming shows at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center:
  • The Avett Brothers, Sept. 17, 2009
  • Jamie Foxx,  Sept. 20, 2009
  • Loggins & Messina, Sept. 22, 2009
  • Willie Nelson and Friends, Oct. 16, 2009
  • Kathy Griffin, Oct. 18, 2009
  • Camelot, Best of Broadway 2009-2010, Oct 20-21, 2009
  • MercyMe with special guest FEE & Jonny Diaz, Oct. 23, 2009
  • REO Speedwagon & Styx
  • with special guest NIGHT RANGER, Oct. 29, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Loggerhead Turtles at Risk

An recent article posted by the Associated Press reports findings by the federal government that concluded loggerhead turtles could face extinction. 

To read the article, click here.

Seabrook Island: Loggerhead Turtle update

The 2009 turtle hatching season on Seabrook Island is coming to a close.  An inventory of Nest #35 on September 6, 2009 was not a let-down for the crowd that had gathered to witness the "checking of the nest."  Two hatchlings were found alive and were carefully escorted to the wide open ocean.

To read more on this loggerhead turtle nesting season, visit Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol's website.

Visit Turtle Tracks to learn about loggerhead turtles on neighboring Kiawah Island.

Learn more about Fripp Island's Turtle Nest Protection Program and the 27 nests they found this year by visiting the Turtle Nest webpage.

Additional information about loggerhead turtles along the South Carolina coast can be found here.  Patti Romano, author of the article, is also a big part of Planet Bonehead, an educational environmental tv show for kids.

South Carolina Wildlife

I found a great wildlife website recently.  The Kiawah Island Nature Program posts frequently with wildlife sightings from around the island.

Check out the "Wildlife: As We See It" site to see what creatures the naturalists have observed recently.  You'll learn a lot about the wildlife that can be found on Kiawah and Seabrook Islands.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Concert Alert: REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Night Ranger

It seems everything old is new again. Or perhaps many of us are just trying to recapture our youth.

Regardless if you are old or young, seeing REO and Styx live in concert is a great way to spend an evening out.

Here are the details:

REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Night Ranger will roll into the Lowcountry on Thursday, October 29, 2009 for a 7 pm concert at the North Charleston Coliseum.

Tickets range from $40-75.00 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

For this holiday weekend only, all seats in the 200 level are half off--only $20 (plus applicable fees). Enter the "Labor Day Weekend Promotion" code to purchase discounted tickets (*hint* the code is the five lettered word in this holiday weekend's name-LAB_ _ ).

This discount offer is only good Friday, September 4 – Monday, September 7 at 10 pm.

"Giada's Weekend Getaways"

How did I miss that Giada DeLaurentiis of the Food Network had visited the Charleston area?

Get your tivo programmed for September 26, 2009, 4 a.m. EST. That's when "Giada's Weekend Getaways" television show will feature Charleston and the Lowcountry.

Charleston shrimp and grits with tasso blue crab gravy is the special recipe for the episode.

Click here
to go to the episode guide for Giada's getaway to Charleston.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Kiawah Island Marathon-continued

Update from Charleston's Post & Courier newspaper:

Marathoner and running writer, Hal Higdon, will conduct a book signing event prior to the Kiawah Island Marathon. Book signing will take place at the packet pickup on Dec. 11, 2009.

Celebrate at the post-race Lowcountry Bash on Dec. 12, 2009, where Mr. Higdon will be speaking.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Kiawah Island Marathon

On your mark...get set...GO!

If you haven't started your marathon (or half marathon) training, it's time to kick it into high gear. The Kiawah Island Marathon is just around the corner.

The 32nd Annual Kiawah Island Marathon will be held December 12th, 2009. While "open" registration for both the half and full marathons is closed, you can still enter the race by purchasing accommodation/race packages through the Kiawah Island Resort.

The Kiawah Island Marathon begins at the East Beach Conference Center, runs out to the famous Ocean Course Golf Course, back to the conference center and repeats (the full marathon is a double loop design). The course is scenic, flat, and fast. Just what runners appreciate! The KI Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier.

If running is not your sport, consider being a race cheerleader! Spectators are allowed along certain parts of the course (be sure and confirm which sections are available for spectators). Having run two marathons, I can honestly say there is nothing more revitalizing as hearing claps and cheers. Spectator support helps a runner stay focused on the finish line (especially around mile 21!).

And, remember, if you missed the entrance deadline for this year, there's always next year! Marathon information usually comes out in early August of each year.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Museum Mile Weekend- Sept 26-27, 2009

Visit Charleston September 26-27, 2009 and you'll be able to tour five museums, six historic buildings and one powder magazine all for $20!

Sites include:
  • Aiken-Rhett House, 48 Elizabeth Street
  • The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street
  • Children's Museum of the Lowcountry, 25 Ann Street
  • Confederate Museum, 188 Meeting Street
  • Joseph Manigault House, 350 Meeting Street
  • Charleston's Huguenot House
  • Powder Magazine, 79 Cumberland Street
  • South Carolina Historical Society, 100 Meeting Street
  • Gibbes Museum of Art,135 Meeting Street
  • Old Slave Mart Museum, 6 Chalmers Street
  • Heyward-Washington House, 87 Church Street
  • Nathaniel Russell House,51 Meeting Street
  • The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon,122 East Bay Street
For more information, visit the Charleston Musuem Mile's website.

Concert: Roger Daltrey: "Use It or Lose It" Tour

Roger Daltrey of The Who will embark on a solo tour in October with a scheduled stop in Charleston on November 24, 2009.

Roger is sure to be rocking the N. Charleston Performing Art Center with his solo material as well as renditions of The Who's classic hits.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and start at $75.00

To catch up with Roger, visit

3rd Annual Lowcountry Wine and Beer Festival

Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 6, 2009, 5-8pm. You don't want to miss the Lowcountry Wine and Beer Festival taking place at The Green at Freshfields Village.

This event benefits the Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic. What better way to support a good cause AND enjoy food and wine from around the world!

New to this year's event is the addition of craft beer for the tasting. Live music provided by Cobblestone Trio is sure to keep the evening humming. Door prizes and live and silent auctions will keep guests busy between tastings.

Tickets are $25.00 in advance and may be purchased from the following places: Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic, Schoen Ace Hardware, Rosebank Farms Cafe, Resort Quest, Indigo Books, Guest Services at Freshfields Village, Seabrook Island Real Estate, the town of Kiawah office and Kiawah Island Real Estate.

The day of the event, tickets will be available at the gate for $30.00.

For more information about the 3rd Annual Lowcountry Wine and Beer Festival or the Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic, contact Eugenia Beach at 843-266-9800.

Monday, August 24, 2009

6th Annual Grape Stomping Festival

Irvin-House Vineyards will host its annual grape stomping festival Saturday, August 29, 2009 from 2-6 pm.

Load up the car (admission is only $5.00 per vehicle) with your picnic basket, blanket and/or chairs. You won't want to miss this afternoon of fun.

There will be live music, activities for the kids, and grape stomping! For those who like to keep their shoes on, grape picking will be available.

Wine and other foodstuffs will be available for purchase.

For more information, visit Irvin-House's website. For directions to the vineyards on Wadmalaw Island, click here.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Hatchlings have arrived!!

Turtle hatching season on Seabrook Island has finally arrived! And hatchlings have been spotted!

To follow the "when, where, and which nests" have hatched, click on the Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol website.

You're lucky if you get to visit Seabrook Island. You are even luckier if you get to see hatchlings during your visit.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

31 and counting!

As of July 14, 2009, 31 loggerhead turtles' nests have been found on Seabrook Island, SC. Wouldn't you know it-- three nests were found the day I left Seabrook.

To stay up to date with the nests found, visit the Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol's website. Pay attention to the dates in the far right-hand column. These are the "hatch" dates. Looks like some baby turtles could be hatching soon and making their way to the big, blue ocean.

If you haven't taken your summer vacation, it's a great time to visit Seabrook. Now through the end of August, you could even have a chance at seeing a turtle's nest "boil" and the hatchlings race to the water!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Nest #16 found today!

As of June 21, 2009, Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol has identified 16 loggerhead turtle nests on our beaches. Last year there were over 60 nests found.

If you are visiting Seabrook Island during turtle nesting season, here are some helpful hints to help us protect the loggerhead turtles.

  • Observe the nesting areas from a safe distant. Do not disturb markers or protective screening over turtle nests. The nests are being studied and protected.
  • Avoid walking on the dunes along the beach.
  • Don't disturb a turtle that is crawling to or from the ocean or laying eggs. Watch from a distance.
  • Lights out on beach front homes at 10 p.m. It is a good idea to avoid shining lights on the beach at night. Female turtles may be frighten away from nesting. Bright lights can interfere with baby turtles' ability to find the sea.
  • Bring food and drinks in plastic containers instead of glass and cans. Cans are especially harmful to animals when washed into the water where they confuse wildlife. Plastic drink holders can and do entangle birds, fish, and turtles.
  • Remove all personal property from the beach at dark so that turtles can come ashore unobstructed.
  • Do your part to spread the word about creating safe nesting environs for the loggerhead turtles.

DID YOU KNOW?: Loggerheads lay 4 to 7 nests per season, typically about 14 days apart. The average number of eggs per nest ranges from 100 to 126. The eggs typically incubate for 50 to 60 days. And, then the nest "boils" to reveal turtle hatchlings. The hatchlings instinctively know to get to the ocean.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Dining on Seabrook Island

Within the gates of Seabrook Island, South Carolina, dining options are limited to the restaurants owned and operated by the island's private club.

Recently the Seabrook Island Club has revamped more than its buildings. Its food venues have undergone makeovers.

Located in the old Island House building, Bohicket's Lounge is open for lunch only, 11:00 am-2:30 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Bohicket's Lounge will offer a limited menu of pre-made cold sandwiches, hot dogs, and snacks as well as full bar service through July.

Dress code for Bohicket's Lounge is "sports casual." Golf and tennis attire are appropriate. Jeans are permitted, provided they are not torn or baggy. Beach wear including bathing suits, cover-ups, tee shirts, short shorts, gym shorts and cut-offs are not permitted. Hats are not to be worn.

The Island House Restaurant is closed.

The new Pelican's Nest is now open at the oceanfront Beach Club area. The Pelican's Nest is open for lunch and dinner. Pelican's Nest will be open 7 days a week from 11 am until 9 pm. A take-out menu consisting of salads, sandwiches, and pizza is available by calling 843-768-7785 (take-out is not available after 3 pm on Sundays). Click here to download the take-out menu.

Special events at Pelican’s Nest include:
  • Live music/entertainment every Friday and Sunday night from 5-9 pm;
  • Fish Fry Buffet on Sunday evenings beginning at 5 pm. Due to the popularity of the buffet and Pelican’s Nest, no reservations are accepted at this time.

Casual beachwear, cover-ups and footwear are required while dining or at the bar. Pool users are required to dry off prior to entering the dining areas.

Monday, June 8, 2009

June Happenings at Freshfields Village

Freshfield Village, located at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook Island, and John's Island, is gearing up for summer fun for the whole family!

Summer events include: Farmer's Market on Mondays; Starlight movies on Wednesdays; and Music on Fridays.

The entertainment schedule for June 2009 is below:
  • Monday, June 15th, June 22nd, June 29th, Farmer's Market on The Village Green
    4-8 pm. local farmers and artisans will offer for sale a variety of local produce and unique handmade crafts.
  • Wednesday, June 10th, 9 pm, Starlight Cinema on the The Village Green- Akeelah and the Bee;
    Wednesday, June 17th, 9 pm, Starlight Cinema - Fantastic 4 - Rise of the Silver Surfer;
    Wednesday, June 24th, 9 pm, Starlight Cinema - The Rookie
  • Friday, June 12th, Music on the Green on The Village Green, 6-9 pm, Featuring Shrimp City Slim;
  • Friday, June 19th, Music on the Green on The Village Green, 6-9 pm, Featuring Men of Distinction;
    Friday, June 26th, Music on the Green on The Village Green, 6-9 pm, Featuring David Archer Trio

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Looking for something new in Charleston?

I'm always on the lookout for new things to do while visiting Charleston, South Carolina. Here are a couple of fun new shops which have recently opened in the Charleston area.
  • WineStyles-a wine store and so much more. WineStyles is located in Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre at 1628 Palmetto Grande Drive, Mt. Pleasant, SC. WineStyles is designed to look like an Old World wine cellar. Here you'll find wines organized and displayed by "style" categories instead of by regions or varietal of grape. You can read more about Mt. Pleasant's WineStyles shop by visiting its website: WineStyles.
  • MoonPie General Store-The first MoonPie store opened Memorial Day 2009 at 48 N. Market, Charleston, South Carolina. For those of you not from the South, you may be asking, "What the heck is a MoonPie?" A MoonPie is a huge cookie shaped concoction of marshmallow sandwiched between two graham crackers dunked in chocolate. Mmmmm! Enjoy your MoonPie with a RC cola and you're experiencing a true Southern tradition. The new MoonPie store will be serving up fresh MoonPies and cold RC colas.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Go Fish!

Attention all fishermen and women!

Beginning July 1, 2009, all people saltwater fishing for fun in South Carolina will be required to have a fishing license.

This new legislation specifically affects those people who have fished from the shore (beach, bank, private dock, free public pier, etc.) and harvested shrimp and/or crab without a license in the past.

Saltwater Recreational Fishing License fees are as follows:
  • Annual Resident - $10
  • 14-day Resident - $5
  • Annual Non-Resident - $35
  • 14-day Non-Resident - $11
There are some exceptions to the required saltwater fishing license. If you are fishing from a licensed commercial public fishing pier or a licensed chartered boat, you are not required to purchase a license (technically, you would be using the license owned by the pier or boat).

If you are casual crabbers like my family, you will not need a license when fishing, crabbing, shrimping with three or fewer drop nets or fold-up traps; or when crabbing with three or fewer hand lines with a single bait and no hooks (chicken necking).

For more information, visit the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources website. You can read more about the new law at Charleston's Post and Courier online newspaper.

To purchase a saltwater fishing license online, visit SCDNR. A license can be purchased at most sporting goods stores throughout South Carolina.

If you are visiting Kiawah or Seabrook Island, Seacoast Sports located in Freshfields Village is the closest fishing license seller.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Family Beach Portraits

Are you and your family visiting Kiawah Island or Seabrook Island this summer? Would you love an extra special memento to remind you of your visit? You should consider family beach portraits.

Years ago when our children were younger, we had family beach portraits taken. It was amazing how the photographer, whom we'd never met before our appointment, was able to capture the essence of our children.

Last summer I knew it was time for an updated family beach portrait. Our older daughter was heading off to college. Perhaps it would be our last summer vacation as a family (Moms worry about these things!)?

I contacted Judy Percival of JP Photography, Kiawah Island, SC, about photographing our family on Seabrook Island. Judy was a delight to work with even in the sandstorm conditions we had the evening of our photo shoot. How she was able to get such great shoots of our family with wind and sand blowing is still a mystery to me.

Here's a sample of our family beach portraits:

Walking on Seabrook Island's North Beach

Beach fun on Seabrook Island's North Beach

Do consider a family beach portraits photographer for your next beach vacation. You'll have a keepsake of all the fun you had at the beach.

And, yes, our college aged daughter will be back at the beach house with her family this summer!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Sea turtle season on Seabrook Island, SC

It's that time again--sea turtle nesting season. On May 19, 2009, Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol(SITP) located the first loggerhead turtle nest of the season.

Nest #1 was found on the Edisto River Beach near the Pelican Watch condos.

To follow the Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol and the 2009 nesting season online, check SITP's website often.

If you're lucky to be visiting Seabrook Island this summer, keep a watch out for the turtle patrol. They're the folks wearing green tee shirts that say "Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol."

You usually find the members of the turtle patrol walking the beach early in the mornings looking for turtle tracks (or crawls). The SITP are eager to educate others about loggerhead turtles.

See you on the beach!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Seabrook Island 2nd Annual July Run

Lace up those running shoes! It's time to start training for Seabrook Island's 2nd Annual July 10K Fun Run. Here are all the specifics:

Date: Friday, July 3, 2009
Time: Race begins at 8:30 a.m. EST
Length: 10K or 6.4 miles
Course: Race starts and finishes at the Fitness Center near the Beach Club. Runners will remain on Seabrook Island Road for the duration of the race.
Cost: $15.00. If registered by June 19, you'll be guaranteed a run t-shirt.

Other important information:

Race day check-in will begin around 7:30 a.m. You'll receive your running bib at this time.

This course is a flat course. Water stations will be located at every mile. Remember it is hot and humid on SI in July. Keep hydrated!

A cash bar featuring bloody marys and mimosas will be available at the end of the race.

To register, call the Fitness Center at 843-768-7964

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Speed Traps

One of my Seabrook Island neighbors recently got a speeding ticket on her drive back to the island from Charleston.

Apparently, the speed limit is not clearly posted as you turn off HWY 17 onto Main Road (I believe it is 35 mph before the bridge).

While I encourage all drivers to slow down when traveling on the roads on John's Island ( how else will you be able to fully appreciate the magnificent live oaks lining the roads?), here's a website I found to locate speed traps:

Click on the "Find Speed Traps" button in the upper navigation bar. You can search by state and then by town.

If Seabrook Island is your final destination, please remember the speed limit inside the gate of Seabrook Island is 25 mph. It is closely monitored for the protection of bikers, walkers, joggers, etc. Security has been known to write speeding tickets for 26 mph.

**As a safety precaution, drivers, please do not pass bikers in the traffic islands located throughout Seabrook Island.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Hurray! It's picking time!

Strawberry picking time that is. If you're headed out to John's Island, Kiawah, or Seabrook Island, plan on making a stop at Stono Farm Market. Fresh strawberries along with other cool season crops are ready for the eatin'.

For the adventurous folks, head over to the Ambrose Family Farm and pick your own strawberries for $1.75/lb. The farm is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. (they are closed for holidays and rain).

Be sure and check out the farm's website:

Save the Date--Food and Wine Festival

The 2009 Charleston Food and Wine Festival was a huge success! Plans are already in the making for the Fifth annual Charleston Food and Wine Festival to be held March 4-7, 2010.

Tickets for the 2010 Food and Wine Festival will go on sale September 3, 2009.

Below is a recap of the 2009 event:

  • More than 15,000 guests attended the festival
  • Over 50 events were held during the 2009 Food and Wine Festival
  • $50,000 will be donated to MUSC Children's Hospital, the Food and Wine's designated charity for 2009
  • 3,000 pounds of food was donated to Crisis Ministries
  • 3,000 pounds of cardboard and 8,000 pounds of glass were recycled during the course of the festival
For more information on the 2009 event and to get up to minute news on the 2010 festival, visit the Charleston Food and Wine Festival's website.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Seabrook Island Club updates

The Seabrook Island Club (SIC) will soon begin opening its new facilities. The first venue to open--the new Seabrook Shoppe.

The grand opening for the Seabrook Shoppe is set for Friday, May 15th from 5-7 p.m. The regular operating hours will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

In the past, the Seabrook Shoppe has offered visitors and property owners a selection of home decor, clothing, souvenirs, and other sundries. It will be fun to see what will be offered in the new shop.

The new SIC Beach Club pools are scheduled to open on Wednesday, May 20th. The operating hours for the pools for the summer will have the pool opening at 7 a.m. for lap swimming and closing at 8:30 p.m.

The new Pelican's Nest restaurant will open Wednesday, May 20th for lunch starting at 11 a.m. For the summer, Pelican's Nest is open daily from 11 a.m. until the last person leaves.

On Friday and Saturday nights from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. , there be live entertainment at the Pelican's Nest.

Please note, amenity cards are needed to access the club's pools and Pelican's Nest restaurant.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Full Moon Fun on Seabrook Island!

Saturday, May 9th is a Full Moon night, which means beach party on Seabrook Island.

Come out and join friends and guests for a Seabrook tradition--Full Moon Bonfire and Beach Party. Folks will start arriving at the North Beach Boardwalk around 7:30 pm. The sun sets at 8:08 pm and the moon rise is scheduled for 9:02 pm.

Bring food, drink, a log for the fire, and chairs if you want to sit.

Parking for non-property owners is available in the parking spots along Oyster Catcher Court.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Lowcountry Oyster Roasts

If you've never had oysters or think you don't like them, you must experience a Lowcountry oyster roast! Attending a roast is almost as much fun as eating the oysters.

The last couple of summers we've headed over to Mingo Point on Kiawah Island to partake in its oyster roasts held on Monday evenings.

The Mingo Point oyster roast is an experience. The marsh views are spectacular and there's plenty of food to go around. While the main attraction are the oysters, a full buffet of pulled pork, bar-b-qued chicken, salads, veggies, and desserts are enough to fill any empty stomach.

Once you've had your fill of eats, work off the calories by dancing along with the music. Kids, young and old, will enjoy hearing the musical sounds of the Lowcountry.

For Summer 2009, the Mingo Point oyster roasts will start on Saturday, May 23. During June, July, and August, oyster roasts will be held every Monday from 6-9:30. A closing oyster roast will be held Saturday, September 5.

Prices for the Mingo Point oyster roast are $34.95 + tax for adults, $18.95 + tax for children (6-12), children under 6 are free. Call 1-800-654-2924 to make reservations for the "Mingo Point Oyster Roast."

View overlooking the Marsh

Shucking oysters!
**Tip--invite someone who doesn't like to eat oysters to help you shuck. Tell 'em it's all part of the experience;-)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Sun'll Come Out Tomorrow...

And the next day and the next day!

Are you headed to Seabrook Island, Kiawah, or some other sunny locale soon? If you haven't purchased your skin protection, here's a great alternative--sun protective clothing.

Lands End has come out with a line of protective clothing called Sun.Life. The Sun.Life clothing contains UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) ranging from 30-50. Other sun protective clothing can be found at Alex and Me Co., The SPF Store, and Coolibar(**You still need to slather up the uncovered parts of your body with sunscreen).

Don't want to buy a whole new wardrobe? Try Rit's SunGuard, a laundry wash-in aid. SunGuard lets you add UPF to your own clothing. A plain white cotton tee shirt has an UPF rating of 5. Wash in SunGuard and you will increase your sun protection 6 times, providing a UPF rating of 30. Order SunGuard from its website.

For additional on protective clothing, visit the Skin Cancer Foundation's website.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Seabrook Island Earth Days 2009

Ahhh, celebrating Earth Day for only ONE day is not good enough for Seabrook Island, SC. A week of activities will make up this year's Earth Days 2009, April 22-25, 2009.

The theme for this year's Earth Days is Sustainable Seabrook. All the events will take place on the lawn of the Seabrook Island Real Estate office (unless noted otherwise on the schedule of events). The event is sponsored by the Town of Seabrook Island and organized by the SIPOA Environmental Committee.

  • Wednesday, April 22: RECYCLING DAY
  • Friday, April 24: EXPLORATION DAY
  • Saturday, April 25: FLORA & FAUNA DAY
To download the full schedule of events, visit

Sight-seeing + Running = Fun!

Here's an unique way to see the sights of Charleston, City Running Tours. Sign up for one of City Running Tours guided tours and choose from three designed downtown Charleston routes or have a running route specially designed for you.

Prices start at $60.00 per person. Each running tour includes:
  • A City Running Tours guide
  • Choice of an existing route or a custom designed route
  • City Running Tours tee shirt
  • Souvenir photo
Running tours through Charleston begin at distances of 3 miles. For those who are interested in longer runs, there are tours to the barrier islands around Charleston.

Lace up those running shoes! There's no better way to see Charleston AND get fit.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A day at the beach with your dog!

With warmer weather (hopefully) ahead, more owners and their dogs will be heading out of doors. Regardless if you’re a visitor or a full-time islander, now is a great time to brush up on the local leash laws before you head to the beach with your four-legged friend. Below is a recap of the leash laws for Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, and Sullivan’s Island:
  • Folly Beach: Dogs are welcome on the beach but must be kept on a leash at all times. From Memorial Day through Sept. 30 dogs are prohibited from being on the public beach at any time between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Isle of Palms: Leashed dogs are welcome on the beach year round. Leash laws are in effect daily, except 5 a.m.-8 a.m. when dogs must be under voice command and the owner must have a leash in hand. If cited for non-compliance, fees range from $100-$500.
  • Kiawah Island: Dogs must be on a leash at all times from March 16 to October 31 except east of the Beach Club & west of Beachwalker Park. From November 1 to March 15, dogs can be unleashed for the entirety of the beach so long as the animal is under voice control.
  • Seabrook Island: Seabrook Island has designated an area east of the Property Owners’ Community Center boardwalk to the Atlantic Ocean for dogs. From May 1 until October 31 within the Designated area, dogs are allowed off leashes daily before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m. provided they remain under voice control. From November 1 until April 30, dogs are allowed off leashes at all times during the day. In all other beach areas outside of the Designated Area from May 1 until October 31, all dogs must be on leads. From November 1 until April 30, dogs can be off lead prior to 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
  • Sullivan's Island: Dogs can be on the beach from April 1, 2009- October 31, 2009. Off-leash from 5 a.m.-10 a.m.; on-leash from 6 p.m.-5 a.m. NO DOGS on the beach from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets island-wide.

    An additional pet requirement for Sullivan’s Island is: All dogs kept by residents and visitors within the town limits must have a town-issued tag and collar. This tag is required for all dogs whether on the beach or throughout any other part of Sullivan’s Island. Tags can be purchased for a $25 annual fee at Town Hall, 1610 Middle St. Monday- Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For information call 843-883-3198. The fine for non-compliance is a hefty $500.00.

Monday, March 30, 2009

A Must See: Rosebank Farms

A recent guest of Our Great Escape at Seabrook Island, SC reported going to Rosebank Farms every single day of her visit to Seabrook. WOW! That's a lot of trips to the farm but I can certainly understand her enthusiasm. My teenagers insist on visiting Rosebank every time we vacation in the Lowcountry.

So what is Rosebank Farms and what makes it so special? Rosebank Farms is one of the last family owned and operated farms on John's Island. Here you'll find locally grown fresh produce and flowers for sale. And, don't miss the fresh shrimp caught daily by local shrimpers!

Kids, young and old, will delight in the menagerie of animals--some traditional farm animals, some not. My kids are especially fond of the rabbits (baby bunnies are the cutest, aren't they?) and the stair-climbing goats.

Rosebank Farms goats

So, back to the guest. When I asked why she kept going back to Rosebank she said, "Crab cakes, key lime pie, and the most delicious tomato pie."

Guess what's on my list to buy the next trip to Rosebank? Tomato Pie!

Click here to see what else is available at Rosebank Farms.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

High over the Lowcountry

Looking for a better way to see the Lowcountry? How about taking a helicopter or plane ride?

Charleston Helicopters offers aerial tours of John's, Kiawah, and Seabrook Islands. Other popular tours include viewing Morris Island, Fort Sumter, and downtown Charleston all from the sky.

Charleston Helicopters flies out of Charleston Executive Airport located on John's Island.

Helicopter not your style? Check out Flying High Over Charleston. Package tours in a Cessna Skyhawk start at $125.00 for up to three guests.

Flying High Over Charleston flies from Atlantic Aviation, located off I-26 at West Aviation Avenue.

Cars in the Park

Make plans now to attend the Kiawah Island Community Association's Car Show April 25, 2009 from 9 am until 1 pm. Night Heron Park will be the place to see rare antique and exotic cars from all over the world.

Here's a sampling of the cars that will be on display:
  • 1931 Ford Model A
  • 1953 MG-TD
  • 1955 Porsche Speedster
  • 2003 50th Edition Corvette
  • 2005 Ford GT
  • 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo
  • Thunderbirds, Ferraris, Bentleys, and more!
The event is free and open to anyone with a love of cars! In case of inclement weather, the rain date will be Sunday, April 26.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Spring has sprung in Charleston!

And that means it's home and garden tour time! I've updated the blog's calendar with the latest dates for tours.

The 62nd Annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens begins in Charleston on March 19 and last through April 18, 2009. Be sure and check out the Historic Charleston Foundation's festival calendar too.

Kiawah will hold its ninth annual art and house tour on Friday, April 17, 2009. Proceeds from this event benefit the Gibbes Museum of Art. For more information, click here.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

St. Paddy's Day comes early!

Seabrook Island will start celebrating St. Patrick's Day, Friday, March 13, 2009 (Friday the 13th?!?) with a street party at Freshfields Village.

The party begins at 5:30 pm and will last until 8:30 pm on Freshfields Drive between King Street Grille and Carolina Clay Gallery. King Street Grille will have Irish fare available to eat and drink (for a fee, of course). Click here to see the St. Paddy's menu.

Music will be provided by The Hungry Monks.

For more St. Patrick's Day events in the Charleston area, check out City Paper.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Just in time for Valentine's Day

HGTV's FrontDoor has put out its top ten romantic places to live (or just visit). Guess who made the list? Charleston, South Carolina! Just another reminder that our city has all that Southern charm and then some.

To view and read about the top ten romantic places, click here.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Restaurants-a comprehensive list...sort of

There was a post recently on Trip Advisor about the lack of “nice restaurants” near Seabrook Island and Kiawah. Perhaps the poster was looking for 5-star restaurants, which can be found a short drive away in Charleston, the culinary capital of the South.

Regardless if you’re looking for quick and casual dining or fine dining, it can be found near Seabrook. You just have to know where to look. To help your culinary quest, I’m attempting to list the restaurants that I know of near Seabrook and Kiawah.

Whether you live in the Lowcountry or are just visiting, it is always a good idea to call the restaurant first. Operating hours change frequently and restaurants do go out of business (we lost two old favorites in 2008—Cindy’s and Chez Fish).

Seabrook Island Restaurants:
  • Inside the Seabrook gate, the Seabrook Island Club operates the only food establishments . Currently, the Island House and Bohicket's Lounge are open.
  • Directly outside the Seabrook gate, one can find Red Sky. Red Sky has reopened last fall under new ownership. Chef Matt Bolus appears to be bringing some food and beverage creativity to Seabrook.
Bohicket Marina:
  • Rosebank Cafe(843-768-1807) is a perennial favorite serving up traditional Lowcountry fare.*CLOSED*
  • Fischer's Sports Pub and Grill (843-243-0210) is another longtime mainstay.
  • The Bistro at Bohicket (843-768-2424) serves sandwiches and burgers for lunch; pizza and pastas for dinner.*CLOSED*
  • Up Da Creek (843-243-0512) serves up seafood. If it's nice weather, request to eat outside overlooking the marina.*CLOSED*
  • Parrot Cove Ice Cream Cafe (843-301-1919)
**I do have copies of the menus for Fischer's, Bistro, and Up Da Creek. Email me if you'd like a copy.

Freshfields Village:
Kiawah Island: Some of Kiawah's restaurants are restructioning in 2009 in hopes of offering diners better selection and service at various price points. To see a list of the current restaurants on Kiawah, click here.

Main and Maybank:
  • El Mercadito: (843-559-7216) 3575 Maybank Hwy *CLOSED*
Maybank Highway:
Main Road near Hwy 17:
Savannah Hwy (aka Hwy 17):

I'm sure there are plenty of restaurants I've left off the list. If you have a favorite, tell us about it.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Special Events for February 2009

Here are a couple of special events happening in the Charleston area in February:

February 6, 2009--Lunch with Siddons and Seitz; Blue Bicycle Books will host an authors' luncheon with Charleston's Anne Rivers Siddons and novelist Nicole Seitz. For information visit Blue Bicycle Books.

February 6-16, 2009--Lowcountry Blues Bash, Charleston; 44 acts, 19 venues over 11 days. Click here for more info.

February 12, 2009--Lily Thomlin in Concert at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $46.50 plus applicable fees and are available at the Coliseum Ticket Office and

February 13-15 2009-- Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Charleston. This is the largest wildlife art and nature event in the nation. It promises to have something for every member of your family. To view all the happenings for this special weekend and to get ticket information, visit SEWE.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Restaurants-More Specials

WOW! I've found the most terrific list of restaurant deals, or should it be "restaurant steals"?

Stephanie Barna over at Charleston City Paper started this wonderful list: click here.

Restaurants-More Specials

Here are a few of the February restaurant deals I've found for Charleston:

  • Poogan's Porch, is rolling back the dinner menu prices to 1978! Enjoy dinner Sunday through Thursday nights for what it cost in 1978.
  • Tristan, is offering a three course prix fixe menu on Monday and Tuesday evenings for $40.00. Enjoy 1/2 off selected bottles of wine regularly priced at $75.00 and less. Only interested in a "sip and snack?" Tristan is celebrating Happy Hour Monday through Friday 5-7 p.m. with a new bar menu and special prices on beers and cocktails.
  • Enjoy 1/2 of bottled of wine ($50.00 and below) at Blossom, Sunday through Thursday evenings.
  • Circa 1886 is serving up two specials in February. Manager's Favorite Wine Finds will have you tasting wine for retail price (not restaurant price) plus a $10.00 corkage fee. Dinner of Desserts consists of three desserts for $25.00.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Restaurants-More specials

Moving back out to Seabrook Island, Hege's Restaurant in Freshfields Village is offering a Sunday night special!

All year long, Sunday evenings are made extra-special with Hege's Homeowner's Sunday Night Dinner. A three course prix-fixe dinner can be had for only $28.95 + tax.

Yum, it all looks delish!

Dog Parks in and around Charleston, SC

For those of you visiting Seabrook Island and Kiawah Island with your four-legged friend, here are some great dog parks for Fido to romp:

Charleston County operates three off leash dog parks.

James Island County Park
871 Riverland Dr.
Charleston, SC 29412

Wannamaker County Park
8888 University Blvd.
North Charleston, SC 29406

Palmetto Islands County Park
444 Needlerush Pkwy.
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Other Off-leash Dog Parks:
• Ackerman Park Dog Run-55 Sycamore Dr (Off of 61), West Ashley
• Hazel Parker Dog Run-70 East Bay Street, Charleston
• Hampton Park Dog Run-Rutledge Ave. and Grove St., Charleston

Downtown Charleston Dog Parks: (*note*-most of these are "on-leash only" parks)
• Alberta Long Park-Halsey St.
• Allan Park- 365 Ashley Ave.
• Ansonborough Fields- Concord St.
• Brittlebank Park- Lockwood Blvd.
• Cannon Park – Rutledge Ave.
• Chapel Street Triangle – Chapel St.
• Charleston Maritime Center- 10 Wharfisde St.
• Colonial Lake – Broad St.
• Horse Lot- Chisolm St.
• Marion Square- Meeting St.
• Moultrie Park -41 Ashley Ave
• Tiedemann Playground- 40 Elizabeth St.
• Washington Park – 80 Broad St.
• Waterfront Park- 1 Vendue Range
• White Point Gardens-2 Murray Blvd

Other area Outdoor On-leash Parks:
• Charleston Towne Landing West Ashley
• Folly Beach County Park-1010 W. Ashley Ave. Folly Beach
• Fort Moltrie, Sullivans Island
• Isle of Palms County Park-1 14th Ave, Isle of Palms
• Johns Island Park-1770 Bozo Ln
• Magnolia Plantation
• North Charleston Park Circle
• Sunrise Park James Island
• West Ashley Greenway
• West Ashley Park

Please remember to follow the dog park rules. To view Charleston County's rules, click here.

Get out and play!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Need more reasons to visit the Lowcountry?

Winners of Southern Living’s 2008 Readers’ Choice Awards have just been announced. Charleston and the surrounding islands have taken home many prizes.
  • BEST CITY--#1 Charleston, SC
  • BEST SMALL TOWN--#1 Beaufort, SC
  • BEST NEIGHBORHOOD FOR SHOPPING--#2 King Street, Charleston, SC
  • BEST FESTIVAL/FAIR--#4 Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, SC May 22-June 7, 2009
  • BEST WEEKEND GETAWAY--#3 Charleston, SC

Friday, January 16, 2009

Restaurants-More specials

Java Java Coffee House, located in Freshfields Village on Seabrook Island, is offering a lunch special through February 28, 2009. For only $3.99 you can get a cup of soup and a half of sandwich and surf the internet for FREE!

Got some time to kill? How about making a day of it at Java Java? Stop in for a delicious breakfast muffin or pastry, stay 'til lunch, and then hang around for Happy Hour! Sounds like a great day!

To read more about Java Java, click here.

Parking in downtown Charleston

Parking a car in downtown Charleston just got a little easier. Instead of "feeding the meter" with coins, now you can use a plastic card.

SmartCards will make parking in Charleston more convenient. No more digging through your auto's console or the depths of your purse looking for spare change. Now you can swipe your card and go. Another great feature of the SmartCard, you can get money back for extra time you have left on the meter.

Click here to read more about smartcards.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy 2009!

Make 2009 the year you treat yourself to something special...a vacation to Seabrook Island, South Carolina.

View the video below to see the one-of-a-kind vacation you could have while visiting Seabrook Island: