Discovery

Top Breathtaking Carolina Sunsets

As Charleston gets warmer and the days grow longer, there isn’t a better way to end the day than with a Holy City sunset. The Lowcountry provides so many great places to take in the beauty of sundown so grab a friend and head to one of these charming spots between 7:30pm and 8:00pm to the catch the last few rays of the day.
The Battery
This inviting park is one of the most visited places in Charleston due to its vast history and gorgeous landscape. Take a stroll along this park at sunset to enjoy the beautiful views with a waterfront backdrop. Arrive early, bring a picnic and blanket and revel in the beauty of the day’s end.
Pitt Street Bridge
Spend the day exploring the Old Village of Mount Pleasant then retreat to the Pitt Street Bridge to experience one of the undisputed, best views of the Lowcountry.  A favorite with locals, the bridge is always filled with people fishing, biking, walking dogs and enjoying the gorgeous scenery. With tidal flats and salt marshes on your left and the Charleston harbor to your right, this hidden gem will leave you yearning to come back again and again.
Schooner Pride Sail
Take a sunset sail on board the Schooner Pride and see the sun slip below the horizon from the harbor. The boat sails around the waters surrounding the peninsula so you will see a marvelous sundown set against church steeples and historic architecture. Help the crew raise and trim the sails or just sit back and enjoy the stunning views.
  
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
Visiting the Ravenel Bridge is a must when exploring Charleston. Drive or stroll to the middle of the bridge where the Cooper and Ashley Rivers meet and take a break on the benches at dusk to experience an unbelievable sunset. Don’t forget your camera! Almost as beautiful as sundown itself, the bridge offers great charm of its own.

A Charleston sunset is unlike any other so leave yourself plenty of time to take it all in. You’ll be dreaming of it until your next visit to Charleston, which we hope is sooner rather than later.

 

 

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Arts & Culture

Oh Lord, Here Comes Summer in Charleston

Summer in Charleston sort of hangs on you like a wet blanket—a very nice and elaborate blanket, but one nonetheless. And that’s the way we like it. The heat and humidity are a given. When asked by visitors if it’s always this hot, locals reply with the standard, “Oh, you should have been here last week.”

The trick to surviving a Charleston summer is in how you dress and what you drink. Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Cotton. Sure, those new highfalutin fabrics are nice. Names so fancy they take five syllables, but nothing wicks moisture off your skin and is as soft as cotton.

2. Seersucker. A staple. Shorts, shirts, dresses, suits, you name it. Puckered cotton means less fabric is touching your skin.

3. Pimm’s Cup. Yes, it’s a British concoction and your pals will be asking you rules to the polo club they think you’ve joined, but it’s all good. While they conjure witty banter, you’ll be as cool as a cucumber.

4. Planter’s Punch. Some say it’s Charleston’s first cocktail. We’ll say you can’t go wrong with its simplicity. Rum, sugar and citrus.

Like we said, these are just to get you started. We can’t give you everything. And no, the summers actually aren’t that bad. With a steady breeze, the aroma of salt in the air, and towering live Oaks, fresh is close and hot stays at bay. Of course, you should have been here last week.

What would you add to the list we’ve started? Let us know what tips you have in your arsenal to keep cool in Charleston’s summer.

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Arts & Culture

It’s Tee Time in the Lowcountry

Most people know that the game of golf originated in Scotland, but did you know that the first game of golf ever played in North America was in Charleston, South Carolina? In the 1700s Charleston was the major port city on the East Coast. Many Scottish merchants working within the port were able to ship clubs and golf balls from Scotland to the United States through Charleston’s port. One Scotsman in particular, David Deas, organized a group of men to play regularly at Harleston’s Green, an area between what is now Calhoun and Bull Streets. While records show that they played for fun, they did seriously put Charleston on the map as the first golf course and club in North America.

Today, the Lowcountry is known for its perfectly balanced golf courses, which provide challenging courses adjacent to breathtaking views. Charleston offers a variety of golf courses residing along the water, from Patriots Point Links on the Charleston Harbor to the Country Club of Charleston beside Wappoo Creek. With many golf courses in the Charleston area designed by the very best players, River Towne Country Club by Arnold Palmer and Kiawah Island Resort Turtle Point Golf Course created by Jack Nicklaus, it is no wonder these challenging yet inspiring courses are among some of the best in the nation.

In 2012, the PGA Championship was held at Kiawah Island Resort just south of the Peninsula and will return in 2021. This renowned championship brought big players to the area like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island also rank among the top 100 Greatest Golf Courses according to Golf Digest.

With over 20 golf courses in the area providing varying levels of difficulty, one thing is for sure; the Charleston region continues to carry on its great golfing heritage.

 

Resources: FinleyOnGolf.com, GolfDigest.com

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