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Carolina Lowcountry

Combine African and European cultures, with a semi-tropical climate, and the smell of salt marsh and oysters,and you get the exotic Lowcountry. Edgar Allen Poe, George Gershwin, William Gilmore Simms, Josephine Pinckney, Pat Conroy, Jonathan Green, and Dorothy Benton Frank are among a long, diverse list of artists and writers inspired by its sultry allure.

Shakespeare said “There is a tide in the affairs of men”, and no where is this better felt than in the sensual nature of the food, music, and tone of life reflected in the rhythmic, yet ever changing ebb and flow of Lowcountry life. But don’t be fooled. Time has shown that the quiet strength of these waters conceals the potential for storms – in the form of violent hurricanes or the emotional passions of colorful characters who change the course of history.

Cosmopolitan Charleston is her capital, with Beaufort and Georgetown nearby. Storied plantations and small hamlets are linked by thousands of miles of creeks and rivers. And despite the dark corners of her past, it remains a beautiful and soulful place that begs exploration – of her character, places, history, and the thoughtful optimism of her people.

Vince Grahams' Charleston Walking Tour
Sullivan’s Island

Bars and Restaurants

Poe's Tavern
Get a burger or fish tacos. Sit outside if weather is nice. Inside by the fireplace if cold.

Dunleavy’s Pub
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Classic Irish pub at the beach.

Sullivan’s Restaurant
Classic family beach place. Fried seafood and soul food.

Atlanticville Restaurant
Casual elegance

Station 22 Restaurant
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Vintage 1970s.

High Thyme Restaurant
My favorite food on the island.

Café Medley
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Outstanding coffee, excellent wine/beer selection.

Points of Interest

Ft. Moultrie and Ft. Moultrie Visitors Center
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Beaches Best surf fishing is on west end in front of Ft. Moultrie. Best kite boarding on east end. Best place to see and be seen: between Stations 17 and 23.

Isle of Palms
Huck’s Restaurant
Excellent food and comfortable atmosphere.

Morgan Creek Grill
Nice casual place. Good seafood and awesome views up top.

The Sea Biscuit
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Best place for breakfast.

Coconut Joe’s
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Great rooftop overlooking the beach.

The Windjammer
Live music, bikini contests, etc.
Mt. Pleasant - Bars and Restaurants
The area between Sullivan’s Island and the Cooper River Bridge offers lots of good restaurants along Coleman, Ben Sawyer, and Chuck Dawley Boulevards, in the Old Village and along Shem Creek.
Old Post House
Great seafood and atmosphere. Check out cozy bar in back.

The Wreck of the Richard and Charlene
aka – “The Wreck”. Most expensive food you can buy on a paper plate, great Lowcountry atmosphere. Head out back and drink beer next to shrimp boats.

Red Drum
Best food in Mt. Pleasant. Excellent service.

Boulevard Diner
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Popular breakfast and lunch place.

Page’s Okra Grill
794 Coleman Boulevard Mount Pleasant, SC
Home style. Another great breakfast spot.

1034 Chuck Dawley Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, SC
Cozy Italian.

Mustard Seed
Great casual lunch place.

Water’s Edge Restaurant
Casual dining and bar on the water.

Vickery’s Restaurant
Pretty good food. Great setting to catch sunset.

Metto Coffee & Tea
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Best coffee on Coleman Boulevard.

Italian. Kind of loud, but food is excellent.

Art’s Bar
413 Coleman Boulevard Mount Pleasant, SC
Good late night place to hear music.

Red’s Ice House

Good pizza, family atmosphere.

La Pizzeria
Better pizza, cozy atmosphere.

Bambu Asian Bistro
Popular for sushi and cougars.

Buddy Roe’s Shrimp Shack
Shag and play mini-golf.

Langdon’s Restaurant
Second best food in Town.

Jacob’s Kitchen Restaurant
Excellent food in I’On.

Charleston Café
Great place for breakfast and lunch.

Five Loaves Café
Another lunch favorite.

Seewee Restaurant
4808 North Highway 17 Awendaw, SC
Heading out of town toward Awendaw. Old roadside store. A bit of a hike to get there, but worth it. Excellent seafood and soul food.
Mt. Pleasant - Points of Interest


Toller’s Cove Marina – Power boat rentals.

Charleston Charter Boats – Charleston Harbor Marina. At Patriots Point.

Halfmoon Outfitters – Kayak and paddle board rentals.

Haddrell’s Point Tackle Supply – Fishing/hunting gear. Good source to find where fish are biting.

Mike’s Bikes – Bike rental.

Coastal Expeditions – Professional guides offering kayak tours of local waters.

Nice places to walk around and see beautiful Lowcountry architecture...

I'On – Miles of walking trails, including paths along Eastlake and Westlake, and the 2-mile Marsh Walk.

Old Village – stop in the Pitt Street Pharmacy for a milk shake.


Farmer's Market – Every Tuesday afternoon/evening from late spring to late fall.

Mt. Pleasant Seafood – Best place to buy fresh fish. Located on Shem Creek next to bridge.
Wando Shrimp Company – Buy shrimp fresh off the boat. Located on Shem Creek just down from the Wreck.

Magwood and Sons – The Magwoods have been shrimping these waters forever. Excellent fresh shrimp and tall tales.

Patriots Point Golf Links – 18-hold public course. Easy play. Great views of Charleston Harbor.

Rivertowne Golf Course – semi-private.

Snee Farm Golf Course – semi-private

Towne Centre – (pronounced “Townee Centra”) has all the big chain stores you see everywhere else in the U.S. Mt. Pleasant’s outdoor “mall.”

Palmetto Grande – (pronounced “Palmetto Grandee”) metroplex theater.

Cinnebarre – Metroplex theater. Waitresses will serve you beer, wine, popcorn, and sandwiches at your seat.

Patriots Point – USS Yorktown Maritime Museum, Congressional Medal of Honor Museum.

Fort Sumter – Where Mr. Lincoln’s War to Prevent Southern Independence began. Ferry departs from Patriots Point.

Spoleto Festival

Food & Wine Festival
Nearby Historic Plantations & Day Trips
Boone Hall

Middleton Place


Drayton Hall

Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge

Among the most beautiful southern towns. Hollywood loves this place (The Big Chill, Forrest Gump, The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, and many more were filmed here). Allow three hours round trip. Old Sheldon Church Ruins – north of “Garden’s Corner” - catch on return from Beaufort.
Another favorite city. Allow five hours round trip. Best to allow 2-3 days.

Georgetown/Brookgreen Gardens
Third oldest city in South Carolina after Charleston and Beaufort. Charming Main Street offers good places for lunch and dinner. Brookgreen Gardens has outstanding collection of statuary in midst of glorious gardens. Both of these can be done in a day.

Funky old fishing village on road to Georgetown.

Small resort hamlet on Wadmalaw Island south of Charleston. A soulful southern place to walk around. Don’t miss the porch of the Sea Island Yacht Club or walking along old post road between houses and river.

Kiawah Island
Charleston’s best known resort island.