2017 Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island Guest Guide

Island Magazine’s Guest Guide is a fast reference to the best that the islands and surrounding areas have to offer. The headings run alphabetically from Attractions to Tours. It’s an easy way to choose activities to fill your day and find the perfect restaurant for dinner – all in one place. Please be sure to tell every business you visit that you read about them in Island Magazine!

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Also see Entertainment and Recreation; Golf; Tours

Boone Hall Plantation: Recognized as the #1 Plantation in the Charleston Area according to USA Today’s 10 BEST, and “A must-see on any trip to Charleston, South Carolina” according to NBC daytime television. The world-famous Avenue of Oaks at Boone Hall is one of the most spectacular entrances anywhere in the world and forms the corridor that welcomes visitors to America’s most photographed plantation. Boone Hall Plantation offers a wide variety of tours and attractions that appeal to visitors of all ages, including: house tours; gardens; a critically acclaimed Black History in America exhibit on display in original slave cabins; plantation coach tours; live Gullah performances; and more. They all combine to present more than 300 years of history, beauty and grace. Boone Hall Plantation’s house and grounds have been a location for many movies and television shows, such as North and South, Queen and The Notebook. Located at 1235 Long Point Road in Mt. Pleasant. www.boonehallplantation.com (843) 884-4371

Charleston Zip Line Adventures: Zip Lines are better than tan lines! Come enjoy a great outdoor adventure in the trees and create memories with your family at Charleston Zip Line Adventures, the only zip line canopy tour in the Charleston area. Your family will be zipping through the treetops of a 10-acre forest on seven zip lines and three swinging bridges. Tours culminate with a grande finale extreme zip of 750 feet. The Zip Line Canopy Tour is for ages 10 and up. For younger adventurers, there is a kids’ zip line course and a climbing wall for ages 5-10. Charleston Zip Line Adventures offers something fun for all ages – book your adventure today! Located a short drive north of Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island at 1152 Guerins Bridge Road in Awendaw. www.charlestonziplineadventures.com (843) 928-3947

The Edmondston-Alston House: One of the first dwellings built on Charleston’s High Battery, The Edmondston-Alston House is the only downtown house museum with a view of Charleston Harbor. Visitors enjoy a 30-minute tour of the home’s public rooms and piazzas with focus on its Federal and Greek revival design and the vast collection of family silver, decorative arts and furniture. From its piazza, General P.T. Beauregard watched the fierce bombardment of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, signaling the start of the Civil War. And on December 11, 1861, General Robert E. Lee sought refuge here when a fire threatened his safety at a Charleston hotel. Despite the ravages of the Civil War, earthquakes, hurricanes, the Alston family pieces remain in place much as they have for more than 170 years. Located at 21 East Battery, Charleston 29401. www.EdmondstonAlston.org (843) 722-7171

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens has been the ancestral home of the Drayton family since 1676. Today, Magnolia is the oldest plantation on the Ashley River, and it has played important roles in the colonial settlement, Revolutionary War, Civil War and Reconstruction. Magnolia offers nearly 500 acres of gardens and grounds, with miles of bike and walking trails that wind through diverse habitats. Tours of the plantation house showcase Drayton family heirlooms. Additional activities and attractions include a Nature Train, Boat Ride, Zoo, Petting Zoo, Nature Center and the fascinating From Slavery to Freedom exhibit that includes four original slave cabins, each restored to represent a certain era of history. Magnolia has earned a reputation as Charleston’s most visited plantation, and travel writer Charles Kuralt once described it as “My greatest Charleston pleasure.” Located at 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston 29414. tours@magnoliaplantation.com www.magnoliaplantation.com (843) 571-1266

Middleton Place: A National Historic Landmark, home to America’s oldest landscaped gardens and birthplace of a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Explore the magnificent gardens on a Garden Tour or Middleton Place’s African-American history on a Beyond the Fields Tour. Both are free with paid admission. On the House Tour, see original Middleton family pieces, portraits by Benjamin West and Thomas Sully, fine silver and more. In the Plantation Stableyards, enjoy a self-guided tour where a weaver, cooper/carpenter, potter and blacksmith, along with heritage-breed animals, offer a look into life on a Lowcountry rice plantation. Step back in time on a carriage ride or nature walk. At the adjacent Inn at Middleton Place, kayak tours in a cypress swamp or on the Ashley River are available. Dine on Lowcountry fare for lunch and dinner at the Middleton Place Restaurant. Located at 4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston 29414. www.MiddletonPlace.org (843) 556-6020

Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market: From April-September, the Farmers Market is the place to be on Tuesdays from 3:30-7 p.m. Enjoy live music as you browse through booths of the freshest local vegetables, fruits, seafood, flowers, meats, snacks and freshly cooked meals to eat there or bring home. The Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market isn’t just fresh produce. It offers everything from olive oil, specialty coffees and gourmet pizza sauce to homemade pickles, artisan cheeses, baked goods, gourmet popsicles and savory pies. Plus, it’s an event for the entire family, complete with free children’s activities and special events. Stop by for fresh ingredients; take home delicious ready-made meals; or simply enjoy some Kettle Korn, a smoothie or a funnel cake and listen to great live music. To see what is currently growing, visit the website and click on the Seasonal Crop Calendar. Located next to Moultrie Middle School on Coleman Boulevard. www.ExperienceMountPleasant.com (843) 884-8517

Outdoor Adventure Center by Nature Adventures Outfitters, Inc.: Discover the “Wild Side” of Charleston! Explore beautiful blackwater cypress swamps with 1,000-year-old-trees, and gently flow and paddle down creeks and rivers in the Francis Marion National Forest by kayak or canoe. Take a day hike or bicycle ride on the Awendaw Passage of the Palmetto Trail. Wonder at a 4,000-year-old ceremonial Indian shell ring and see endangered red wolves along the way. This Adventure Center has it all. Safely paddle or fish in an 8-acre freshwater lake or journey out into the waterfront of the Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge. Cabins, tree hammocks, tents, trails, fishing, paddling, camp store and more! Located 30 minutes from the islands in Awendaw/McClellanville at 8257 Highway 17 North, close to Charleston Zip Line Adventures – come spend the day and play! www.NatureAdventuresOutfitters.com (843) 697-2075

South Carolina Aquarium: At the South Carolina Aquarium overlooking Charleston Harbor, connect with more than 5,000 amazing animals and learn how you can protect them. Come face-to-face with sick and injured sea turtles being rehabilitated at their newest addition, Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery, and follow their journeys from rescue to rehabilitation to release (see page 15 for an article about the new Sea Turtle Hospital and learn about this amazing addition to the South Carolina Aquarium). Visit two touch tanks for a hands-on experience with stingrays, sharks, horseshoe crabs, sea stars and urchins. Learn fascinating details about the natural world at daily dive shows and animal encounters. Discover the wonder of water, wildlife and wild places at the South Carolina Aquarium. Located at 100 Aquarium Wharf in downtown Charleston. www.scaquarium.org  (843) 577-FISH (3474)

BOATING, BOAT TOURS and fun on the water
Also See Fishing

Adventure Outdoors Boat Tours: Captain Fritz von Kolnitz will make your day on the water one to remember! He has been boating and fishing out of the Isle of Palms Marina for 17 years and is a lifelong Lowcountry resident. Adventure Outdoors offers harbor cruises and boat rides for families, groups, bachelor and bachelorette parties – anyone who would like to get out on the water and see Charleston from the other side. Take the family on a trip they will never forget! Located at the Isle of Palms Marina at 50 41st Avenue. www.advoutdoors.com (843) 345-9969

Barrier Island Eco Tours: Naturalist guided boat excursions to Capers Island Preserve and the surrounding waterways are offered at Barrier Island. Learn about the plants and animals that inhabit the marsh ecosystem. Excursions include: Capers Island Wildlife Exploration, a cruise through winding tidal creeks to Capers Island; Dolphin Discovery Sunset, a cruise to see and learn about dolphins and sea turtles with a stop on Capers Island; Blue Crabbing Expedition, a cruise to a crabbing spot where guests catch their own crabs and enjoy a crab boil on the beach; and Beachside Cookouts – relax on a pristine beach as a Lowcountry boil is prepared for you! Up for fishing? Choose the 4-hour private inshore charter on their 3- 6- or 16-passenger boats. Barrier Island also offers a per-person rate on a 3.5-hour creek fishing trip. Located at the Isle of Palms Marina at 50 41st Avenue. www.Nature-Tours.com  (843) 886-5000

Charleston Water Taxi: Dolphin and sightseeing cruises! The Water Taxi is a great way to see and photograph Charleston’s beautiful harbor, watch the dolphins or just enjoy a relaxing ride on the water. Simply come to one of four locations and purchase a $12 all-day pass. Cruises last about one hour. Locations are: Charleston Waterfront Park, Charleston Maritime Center, Patriots Point and Charleston Harbor Resort. www.CharlestonWaterTaxi.com (843) 330-2989

Coastal Expeditions: Whether kayaking beneath oak limbs draped with Spanish moss or riding a ferry through the pristine waters of Cape Romain, the Lowcountry was meant to be seen by water. You will never forget dolphins swimming alongside your kayak, bald eagles soaring overhead or standing before the captivating Boneyard Beach on Bulls Island. Coastal Expeditions offers kayak and paddleboard tours, lessons and rentals, personalized private tours to the destinations of your choice and a regularly scheduled passenger ferry to Bulls Island in the Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge. Located at both the Isle of Palms Marina on 41st Avenue, Isle of Palms (843) 886-9590 and 514-B Mill Street, Mt. Pleasant (843) 884-7684. www.CoastalExpeditions.com  www.BullsIslandFerry.com

Isle of Palms Marina: The place to go for family fun and a memorable vacation! Rent a powerboat to cruise the Intracoastal Waterway, stop on an island for a beach picnic, fish or just relax and enjoy the Lowcountry scenery. The marina has a fleet of boats suitable for a variety of activities. No prior experience is necessary to rent, so call today to make a reservation. Custom excursions are also available, including: harbor and sunset cruises; dolphin watching; and adventures to the Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge. Inshore and offshore fishing charters are available with some of Charleston’s finest fishing guides. Visit the Marina Market for everything from clothing and beach supplies to groceries, beer, wine and gifts. Mention Island Magazine for 10 percent off a half- or full-day powerboat rental. Located at 50 41st Avenue. www.iopmarina.com (843) 886-0209

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Photograph by Judy Drew Fairchild

Nature Adventures, LLC: Enjoy kayaking or paddleboarding in the beautiful waters surrounding Charleston in a variety of ways – take a tour or rent on your own! Tours are led by professional master naturalists. Half- and full-day rentals are available seven days a week. See historic shrimp boats and paddle out to beautiful Crab Bank Island Seabird Sanctuary. Reservations are suggested. Located next to Mt. Pleasant Seafood on Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant. www.KayakCharlestonSC.com (843) 568-3222

Outdoor Adventure Center By Nature Adventures Outfitters, Inc.: Discover the “Wild Side” of Charleston! Explore beautiful blackwater cypress swamps with 1,000-year-old-trees and gently flow and paddle down creeks and rivers in the Francis Marion National Forest by kayak or canoe. Take a day hike or bicycle ride on the Awendaw Passage of the Palmetto Trail. Wonder at a 4,000-year-old ceremonial Indian shell ring and see endangered red wolves along the way. This Adventure Center has it all. Safely paddle or fish in an 8-acre freshwater lake or journey out into the waterfront of the Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge. Cabins, tree hammocks, tents, trails, fishing, paddling, camp store and more! Located 30 minutes from the islands in Awendaw/McClellanville at 8257 Highway 17 North (see center map), close to Charleston Zip Line Adventures – come spend the day and play! www.NatureAdventuresOutfitters.com (843) 697-2075

Sandlapper Water Tours: Enjoy a variety of tours aboard Sandlapper’s 45-foot catamaran the Palmetto or the 27-foot skiff the Sandlapper. Children will enjoy watching as crab pots are pulled up and the “treasure” is added to the on-board touch tank on a Nature Tour. Some tours land on uninhabited Morris Island for excellent shelling. History tours point out Charleston’s significant buildings, including the stately homes along Charleston Battery, and entertain with tales of pirates, shipwrecks and plantation days gone by. Unwind on the Sunset Cruise with a glass of wine or beer and enjoy sights of dolphins and birds, with the breathtaking backdrop of sunset over the Charleston skyline. The only water-based ghost tour in Charleston regales its passengers with stories of the pirates and others who haunt Charleston Harbor. Chartered tours are available and can include an oyster roast or Lowcountry boil dinner on an uninhabited barrier island or a ride to or from waterfront dining. Tours originate at the Charleston Maritime Center, one-half block from the South Carolina Aquarium. www.SandlapperTours.com (843) 849-8687

Sealand Adventure Sports: Everything you need for kiteboarding, paddleboarding and a great day at the beach is available at Sealand Adventure Sports, including a huge variety of boardshorts, sandals, sunglasses, sunscreens, towels and so much more! Their family-friendly paddleboard tours are a must try. Professional and certified instructors will ensure that everyone in the group has an enjoyable paddleboarding experience, and guests will surely enjoy the sightseeing and dolphin spotting on the backside of the islands! Paddleboard, bicycle, golf cart and surfboard rentals are all available, as well as kiteboarding, paddleboarding and surfing lessons. Located on Sullivan’s Island, just two blocks from the beach at 2120 Middle Street. www.SealandSports.com (843) 330-8156

Sea Shell and Lighthouse Cruise: Hop onboard the Carolina Rover, as it takes you on a three- to four-hour eco-tourism cruise that is guaranteed to be unlike any other along the Grand Strand. Their comfortable, shaded, 40-foot-long, pontoon boat will cruise on smooth inland waters to a remote barrier island. Travel through a bird-watcher’s paradise to South Carolina’s oldest lighthouse, the Georgetown Light (circa 1811), which lit the way for two centuries of seafarers. Guests then disembark on the island to explore and enjoy an ever-changing shelling opportunity. During the adventure, see the sight of the wreck of the Union flagship, the Harvest Moon, as naturalists provide an informative commentary on plantation tidelands. Keep an eye out for dolphins, alligators, sturgeon and, perhaps, a sea turtle! Tours embark from 735 Front Street in Georgetown, about 50 minutes north of Isle of Palms. www.RoverBoatTours.com (843) 546-8822

Tidal Wave Water Sports: Charleston’s premier, one-stop shop for fun on the water! Parasailing: You’ve never seen the beach like this before! Fly up to 800 feet over the Atlantic Ocean during 8-10 minute flights. Each trip lasts up to 2 hours and may include up to 12 people. And if you want proof for the people back home, add a GoPro – you keep the card. Banana Boat Rides: Hang on, as the whole family skims across the water on a big yellow banana – group tubing at its best! Rides are approximately 30 minutes and accommodate up to six passengers (minimum is three). WaveRunners: Available for a 1-hour rental or a 1.5-hour, 30-mile guided Safari Tour, a high-speed tour of the surrounding barrier islands with a stop on Capers Island. Water Skiing and Wakeboarding: Trips are 2 hours long and accommodate 1-6 people. All equipment and instruction is provided to allow each member of the family a fun, safe water adventure, including a kneeboard or tube for the children. Reservations are recommended. Tidal Wave also offers custom charter trips and tours with an itinerary of your choosing, such as bachelorette or cocktail parties, island hopping and Charleston Harbor tours. Check the Facebook page for discounts. Located at the Isle of Palms Marina at 50 41st Avenue. www.tidalwavewater sports.com (843) 886-8456

ENTERTAINMENT AND RECREATION
Also See Boating, Boat Tours and Fun on the Water; and Golf

 Charleston Zip Line Adventures: Zip Lines are better than tan lines! Enjoy a great outdoor adventure in the trees and create memories with your family at Charleston Zip Line Adventures, the only zip line canopy tour in Charleston. Your family will be zipping through the treetops of a 10-acre forest on seven zip lines and three swinging bridges. Tours culminate with a grande finale extreme zip of 750 feet. The Zip Line Canopy Tour is for ages 10 and up. For younger adventurers, there is a kids’ zip line course and a climbing wall for ages 5-10. Charleston Zip Line Adventures offers something fun for all ages! Located a short drive north of Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island at 1152 Guerins Bridge Road in Awendaw. www.charlestonziplineadventures.com (843) 928-3947

Nature Adventures Outfitters Hiking, Bicycling, Fishing and Wildlife Viewing Adventures: Tours take place in the Francis Marion National Forest about 30 minutes from Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island and are led by master-naturalist guides for optimum interpretation of the flora and fauna. Choose a two-mile journey through a shaded blackwater swamp and see neo-tropical songbirds, wetland wading birds, alligators, wood ducks and otters. See mysterious Carolina bays, 4,000-year-old Indian ruins, 1,000-year-old cypress trees and historic plantations. Longer hikes and bike rides (2.5-4 hours) include the Palmetto Trail and the Santee Coastal Reserve. No experience is necessary, however age 6 and up is recommended. If you hike or bike on your own, Nature Adventures offers a shuttle service back to your car along the Palmetto Trail, or paddle one way and hike back to your car at their Outdoor Adventure Center. Reservations are suggested. Recognized as a Recommended Outfitter by National Geographic Adventure and an Outstanding Guide Service by Canoe & Kayak magazine. www.NatureAdventuresOutfitters.com (843) 697-2075

Photo of a young boy playing with beach toysFISHING

Adventure Outdoors: Captain Fritz von Kolnitz will make your day of fishing a day to remember! He has been fishing out of the Isle of Palms Marina for 17 years and is a lifelong Lowcountry resident. Captain Fritz will use his 39 years of saltwater knowledge to provide the best experience possible for all levels of anglers. Reel in redfish, trout, sharks and more aboard the 24-foot Pathfinder bay boat that has cushioned seating and a top for welcome sun protection. Take the family on a trip they will never forget! Adventure Outdoors provides everything except your food, drink and camera. Charters can last anywhere between 2-6 hours. The 5-hour summertime jetty fishing trip is a favorite. Adventure Outdoors also offers boat tours for families, groups, bachelorette and bachelor parties – anyone who would like to get out on the water. Located at the Isle of Palms Marina at 50 41st Avenue. www.advoutdoors.com (843) 345-9969

Barrier Island Eco Tours: Spend a fun-filled day fishing with Barrier Island. The salt marshes surrounding Isle of Palms and neighboring barrier islands are excellent places to catch redfish, flounder, sharks, trout and many other species of fish. All licenses, tackle and supplies are provided. Choose the 4-hour, private inshore charter on their 3- 6- or 16-passenger boats. For individuals and families who want to experience fishing without having to pay for a private charter, Barrier Island offers a per-person rate on a 3.5-hour creek fishing trip! The friendly captains at Barrier Island know where to find the fish and will make your fishing excursion a day to remember. Their patient guides take special care that children have the best experience possible. Large group charters are available. Barrier Island also offers eco tours, crabbing tours, beachside cookouts and many other activities. Located at the Isle of Palms Marina at 50 41st Avenue. www.Nature-Tours.com (843) 886-5000

Charleston Fish Finder: Having grown up in the tiny fishing town of McClellanville, South Carolina, Captain Ben Floyd has been catching fish in Lowcountry waters since he was 8 years old, and much of what he knows was learned from a family full of boaters and fishermen. His experience, together with a love of what he does will make your charter an experience to remember. Whether you are a novice or an experienced fly fisherman, Captain Ben will provide a safe, exciting and productive time on the water. His main charter boat, the Windsor Anne, is Charleston’s number one fishing vessel – tournament rigged and ready to take your family or group on a fishing adventure! There is also plenty of cushioned seating and shade from the sun. Depending on where you want to fish, reel in redfish, sharks, flounder, cobia, sea bass and more. Located at the Isle of Palms Marina at 50 41st Avenue. www.CharlestonFishFinder.com (843) 670-3123

Isle of Palms Marina: Get ready for an adventure! Whether you are a novice or come with experience, you’ll enjoy the inshore, near shore and offshore fishing charters at the Isle of Palms Marina, led by some of Charleston’s finest fishing guides. Choose the size boat you need, the trip length and the kinds of fish you would like to catch, and the marina will help get you on the water. Their experienced staff knows the local waters and understands how the weather and the time of day can affect fishing prospects. Trips include a U.S. Coast Guard captain, all fishing equipment and fishing licenses. Reservations are required, so call now! The marina also rents powerboats and offers custom excursions, including sunset tours and dolphin watching. Vacations are to make memories! And the family will never forget the day you rented a powerboat, cruised the Intracoastal Waterway, anchored at an uninhabited barrier island and took a dip in the water! Mention Island Magazine for 10 percent off a half- or full-day powerboat rental. Located at 50 41st Avenue on Isle of Palms. www.iopmarina.com (843) 886-0209

GOLF

Dunes West Golf and River Club: Located on the site of historic Lexington Plantation is Charleston’s nationally acclaimed golf facility, Dunes West Golf and River Club. Designed by Arthur Hills, Dunes West is a par-72, 6871-yard masterpiece. The course was voted 2009 Golf Course of the Year by the Charleston Golf Course Owners Association. Set amid Bermuda-covered dunes and 200-year-old oaks draped in Spanish moss, this course blends its historically rich environment with the best golf facilities offered anywhere today. The Dunes West clubhouse, which was built in the area where the plantation’s main house and outbuildings were located, was specifically designed to capture the old Southern charm of the Lowcountry. The setting was voted Best in Wedding by theknot.com three years in a row. Call for a tee time today! Located at 3535 Wando Plantation Way in Mt. Pleasant. www.duneswestgolfclub.com (843) 856-9000

Harbor Course at Wild Dunes: Designed by Tom Fazio, the Harbor Course is known for its challenging design, beautiful views and, most of all, water. From lagoons and salt marshes to the Intracoastal Waterway, this varied golf course offering beautiful Lowcountry scenery will test all aspects of your game. Book tee times online for the best rates and availability. Golf at Wild Dunes is open to the public, so book your tee time today! Practice facilities are located across from the Links Course clubhouse and include a driving range, chipping area and putting green. Located in the Wild Dunes Resort on Isle of Palms at 5757 Palm Boulevard. www.wilddunes.com/golf  (855) 729-2269

Links Course at Wild Dunes: Newly renovated with breathtaking Lowcountry scenery, rustling palm trees and a finishing hole overlooking the Atlantic, the Links Course is South Carolina golf at its finest. Lush, rolling fairways, hump-backed sand dunes and a water hazard others like to call the ocean. That’s the Links. Golfweek magazine calls it “One of America’s Best Resort Golf Courses,” and Golf Digest ranked it one of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. This course was one of Tom Fazio’s first and is still among his favorites. Practice facilities, including a driving range, chipping area and putting green are located across from the Links Course clubhouse. Book tee times on the renovated course today! Reserve tee times online for the best rates and availability. Golf at Wild Dunes is open to the public. The pro shop in the Links clubhouse stocks clothing for all ages and plenty of equipment to keep you in the game. Located in the Wild Dunes Resort on Isle of Palms at 5757 Palm Boulevard. www.wilddunes.com/golf (855) 729-2269

RiverTowne Country Club: Situated on the marsh in beautiful Mt. Pleasant, RiverTowne County Club offers Lowcountry hospitality, a resort golf experience and an exceptional value. The club is home to the only Arnold Palmer course in the Charleston area and maintains a 4.5-star rating from Golf Digest. Open to non-members, RiverTowne’s course also maintains Best You Can Play status from the South Carolina Golf Panel, and it was named Charleston Golf Course of the Year in 2015. RiverTowne amenities include a driving range, practice area, putting green, plantation-style clubhouse, pro shop and PGA teaching professionals. Thirteen of 18 holes feature a view of the Wando River or Horlbeck Creek. A variety of membership levels, including non-resident membership, are available to frequent visitors, and the club is also affiliated with the national ClubCorp network. Located at 1700 RiverTowne Country Club Drive 29466. www.RiverTowneCountryClub.com (843) 849-2400

Photo of a boat and docks at sunsetISLAND ESSENTIALS FOR RENT

Coastal Expeditions: Whether kayaking beneath oak limbs draped with Spanish moss or riding a ferry through the pristine waters of Cape Romain, the Lowcountry was meant to be seen by water. Estuaries and rivers weave together to create a beautiful and soulful South Carolina coast, and Coastal Expeditions knows it well. You will never forget dolphins swimming alongside your kayak, bald eagles soaring overhead or standing before the captivating Boneyard Beach on Bulls Island. Coastal Expeditions offers kayak tours, kayak and paddleboard lessons and rentals, personalized private tours to the destinations of your choice and a regularly scheduled passenger ferry to Bulls Island in the Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge. Located at both the Isle of Palms Marina on 41st Avenue, Isle of Palms (843) 886-9590 and 514-B Mill Street, Mt. Pleasant (843) 884-7684. www.CoastalExpeditions.com www.BullsIslandFerry.com

Isle of Palms Marina: The place to go for family fun and a memorable vacation! Rent a powerboat for a family excursion to cruise the Intracoastal Waterway, stop on an island for a beach picnic, fish or just relax and enjoy the Lowcountry scenery. The marina has a fleet of boats suitable for a variety of activities. No prior experience is necessary to rent, so call today to make a reservation. Custom excursions are also available, including: harbor and sunset cruises; dolphin watching; fishing; and adventures to the Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge. Inshore and offshore fishing charters are available with some of Charleston’s finest fishing guides. Visit the Marina Market for everything from clothing and beach supplies to groceries, beer, wine and gifts. Mention Island Magazine for 10 percent off a half- or full-day powerboat rental. Located at 50 41st Avenue. www.iopmarina.com (843) 886-0209

Lightning Bugz: UNLIKE golf carts, the LSVs (low speed vehicles) that Lightning Bugz rents are street legal and can be rented inside Wild Dunes and driven around the island DAY OR NIGHT! They also have seatbelts, seat three across, are car seat friendly and can accommodate 4-8 passengers. Lightning Bugz vehicles make it easy to carry all of your chairs, heavy coolers and toys to and from the beach each day – and zip back to your rental house if you need to. Don’t worry about parking spaces or sand in your car! They are also a fun way to cruise around the island, go to the grocery store or get to your favorite island restaurant. They book up quickly in the summer, so visit the website for rates and to make your reservation! Located at 2205 Middle Street on Sullivan’s and 38 41st Avenue on Isle of Palms. www.lightningbugzrentals.com (843) 609-8776

My Favorite Things: The best gift shop on the beach is also the place to rent bikes by the hour, day or week. Also available for rent by the day are surfboards, wakeboards, beach chairs, beach umbrellas and skim boards. My Favorite Things has been locally owned and operated for 24 years. They also sell beautiful kites, novelty items, sea shells, a huge selection of Isle of Palms clothing, gifts and souvenirs. Come in to see “Bubba” the bird – he’s famous! Located in the front beach area of Isle of Palms on Ocean Boulevard. (843) 886-6387

Nature Adventures Kayak, Canoe and Paddleboard Rental Outfitters: Half-day, full-day and overnight kayak and paddleboard rentals are available seven days a week at the Shem Creek location. Kayak and canoe rentals may be available at blackwater locations with a 24-hour advance reservation. Nature Adventures rents only the highest quality sea and recreational kayaks, canoes and paddleboards – no other outfitter compares! It has been recognized as a Recommended Outfitter by National Geographic Adventure and an Outstanding Guide Service by Canoe & Kayak magazine. Walk-ups are taken, but reservations are recommended. Get out on the water! There’s nothing like it. See the Boating section to learn about the new Outdoor Adventure Center run by Nature Adventures, with kayaking, paddleboarding, bicycling, fishing, cabins, tents and tree hammocks! The Shem Creek and Crab Bank Island location is at 1 Shrimpboat Lane in Mt. Pleasant, right next to Mt. Pleasant Seafood. www.KayakCharlestonSC.com (843) 568-3222

Pipeline Surf Shop: Paddleboard and surfboard sales and rentals are available at Pipeline. Try something adventurous and bring a board to the waves on a perfect day. You might start something that you’ll enjoy for the rest of your life! The Pipeline store is packed with beach and surf products, such as chairs, umbrellas, bathing suits, body boards, souvenirs and so much more! Pipeline brings the beach lifestyle to locals and visitors. Whether your favorite activity is swimming, sun tanning, beach lounging or surfing, Pipeline has something for everyone! Stop by Pipeline to make your summer the best it can be. Located at 1134 Hungry Neck Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant. www.shoppipeline.com (843) 388-4378

Sealand Adventure Sports: Everything you need for kiteboarding, paddleboarding and a great day at the beach is available at Sealand Adventure Sports, including a huge variety of boardshorts, sandals, sunglasses, sunscreens, towels and so much more! Their family-friendly paddleboard tours are a must try. Professional and certified instructors will ensure that everyone in the group has an enjoyable paddleboarding experience, and guests will surely enjoy the sightseeing and dolphin spotting on the backside of the islands! Paddleboard, bicycle, golf cart and surfboard rentals are all available, as well as kiteboarding, paddleboarding and surfing lessons. Bicycles are the best way to get around the islands! Sealand offers daily and weekly bicycle rentals on a wide variety of children’s and adult beach cruisers. Located on Sullivan’s Island, just two blocks from the beach at 2120 Middle Street. www.SealandSports.com (843) 330-8156

Tidal Wave Water Sports: Hit the water for adrenaline pumping action with a WaveRunner rental or a 30-mile Safari Adventure. Drivers must be at least 16 years of age. Located at the Isle of Palms Marina at 50 41st Avenue. www.tidalwavewatersports.com (843) 886-8456

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AND LESSONS
Also see Restaurants for businesses that offer beach cookouts and catering

The Body Garden: Don’t wait until the end of your vacation to feel beautiful and relaxed; start out that way! A Sullivan’s Island staple for 15 years, the Body Garden is not a spa; it’s a relaxation center. It offers a wide variety of services, including the best massages in the Charleston area, all at affordable prices. Available massages include deep tissue, Swedish, Reiki and Hot Stone Balance. Several different facials will help you look and feel your best, including a Revitalizing Anti-Aging Facial. The Body Garden also does waxing, as well as airbrush tanning. The Body Garden professionals will even come to your vacation home, as outcalls and onsite chair massages are available. Located on Sullivan’s Island at 2213 Middle Street. (843) 883-9131

Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina: Blending Southern charm with breathtaking waterfront views, the Charleston Harbor Resort offers 10 inspired venues for intimate gatherings of 15 guests to grand celebrations for 500. The resort features a private Wedding Pier and Harborside Beach for ceremonies that capture the essence of the Lowcountry with stunning views of the Charleston skyline over the harbor. Distinctive reception venues such as the Yacht Club, Lookout Pavilion, Harborside Lawn and Sunrise Terrace offer the perfect setting for friends and family to celebrate. The restaurant on-site, the Charleston Harbor Fish House, provides additional venue options for rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons and farewell brunches. The wedding venues at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina offer everything needed to entertain guests with luxury and style. Located at 20 Patriots Point Road in Mt. Pleasant 29464. www.CharlestonHarborResort.com (843) 856-0028

Charleston Water Taxi: The water taxi runs on a continuous loop around Charleston Harbor between Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant and downtown Charleston, from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Watch dolphins and enjoy iconic Charleston scenery as you relax on a ride across the harbor. Don’t worry about where to park or parking fees! Culinary tours, eco tours, carriage rides, fantastic food and the South Carolina Aquarium all await you downtown. Catch any of the hourly boats back to Mt. Pleasant. All day passes are $12. The taxi departs from four locations: Charleston Waterfront Park, Charleston Maritime Center, Patriots Point and Charleston Harbor Resort. www.CharlestonWaterTaxi.com (843) 330-2989

Liquid Highway Car Wash: The beach is a dream come true for your family, but a nightmare for your car! Get the sea salt, bugs, travel grime and acids off before they cause serious damage. Liquid Highway’s Flex-Serve format allows the customer to choose services, from a quick exterior wash to the famous Maui Detail. While your car gets the spa treatment, relax in Liquid Highway’s elegant waiting room, with Wi-Fi, gourmet snacks, TVs and a beautiful tiki-themed aquarium. It’s no wonder Liquid Highway was named one of the Top 50 Car Washes in America and the Best Car Wash in Mt. Pleasant from 2013-2017! Located at 1126 Hungry Neck Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant, just off the Isle of Palms Connector next to Pipeline. www.LiquidHighwayCarWash.com (843) 849-2774

Nature Adventures Kayak, Canoe and Paddleboard Tour and Rental Outfitters: American Canoe Association certified courses on kayaking and paddleboarding are taught at Nature Adventures, as well Paddlefit classes, paddleboarding yoga classes and Focus Clinics on a wide variety of specialized skills. The Shem Creek location is located at 1 Shrimpboat Lane in Mt. Pleasant 29464 – right next door to Mt. Pleasant Seafood. www.KayakCharlestonSC.com (843) 568-3222

Relish Distinctive Catering: Serving the Tricounty area since 2005, the Relish team has had a hand in creating hundreds of unique wedding celebrations, corporate events and family gatherings. Relish specializes in full-service catering, offering clients affordable access to: a talented chef, customizable menus, a professional wait staff, experienced event coordinators and exclusive venues (Kensington Plantation, RiverTowne Country Club and Snee Farm Country Club). Exclusive venue connections yield an exceptional value. Tables, linens, chairs, glassware, flatware, china and day-of coordination are available at RiverTowne Country Club and Snee Farm Country Club for no additional charge. Complimentary linens, glassware, flatware, china and day-of coordination are available at Kensington Plantation. Relish is a preferred vendor for many other popular wedding venues in Charleston. www.RelishDistinctiveCatering.com (843) 849-2412

Sealand Adventure Sports: Don’t miss out on the fun! Kiteboarding, paddleboarding and surfing lessons are available through Sealand Adventure Sports. Located on Sullivan’s Island, just two blocks from the beach at 2120 Middle Street. www.SealandSports.com (843) 330-8156

Sticky Fingers Ribhouse: Smokin’ up the BBQ scene in Charleston for the past 25 years, Sticky Fingers is known for slow-smoked ribs, no-sauce-needed hickory-smoked wings and Memphis-style barbecue pork and chicken. With classic sides to complement their meats, plus a full bar and homemade desserts, you’ll understand why Sticky Fingers is legendary. Not up for dining-in? Let them bring the award-winning ribs and barbecue to you. They are also a catering powerhouse – perfect for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, business functions and any other time you want to “Get Sticky.” Available for full-service catering or events in their banquet rooms. Located at 341 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant. www.stickyfingers.com (843) 856-RIBS (7427)

Photo of a lady looking at oceanRESTAURANTS, FOOD AND DRINK
Also see Shopping, for groceries and the Farmers Market

Acme Lowcountry Kitchen: Combining upscale coastal offerings with a classic beachside setting, this Isle of Palms restaurant is proud to support local fishermen and farmers. Acme Lowcountry Kitchen only serves local shrimp. Acme’s crab is from North Carolina; their oysters are from Virginia or North Carolina; their clams are local; and the list goes on! Under the stewardship of Executive Chef Charles Arena, Acme Lowcountry Kitchen has become a Platinum Partner for sustainability with the South Carolina Aquarium. Open daily for breakfast, brunch and dinner. Acme also features a full bar, for a relaxing drink after a day at the beach. Reservations are recommended. Located a short stroll from front beach at 31 J.C. Long Boulevard. www.acmelowcountrykitchen.com (843) 886-FISH (3474)

Banana Cabana: An abundance of outdoor seating right on the ocean and a menu with something for everyone makes Banana Cabana the place to eat at the beach! Stop in for a drink and choose from a large variety of “Beach Bites,” including boiled shrimp, conch fritters, wings and nachos, or enjoy cool ocean breezes during a relaxing lunch or dinner. The menu ranges from burgers, sandwiches, quesadillas and salads to fried seafood platters, steak and grilled shrimp and scallops. And don’t forget a refreshing frozen drink! Located at 1130 Ocean Boulevard on front beach Isle of Palms. www.thebananacabanasc.com (843) 886-4361

Barrier Island Eco Tours: Whether you need to feed a family or a large group, Barrier Island offers a Lowcountry dining experience like no other. Sign up for the weekly Lowcountry Boil Beachside Cookout trip, on which guests cruise to Capers Island to explore and enjoy shelling while a delicious Lowcountry boil is prepared for them as the sun sets over the marsh. BYOB and coolers are welcome. On the Blue Crabbing Expedition, guests learn to catch their own crabs, which are then cooked for them on uninhabited Capers Island. Families, groups, parties and weddings can have Barrier Island prepare a delicious meal right on the beach on Capers or Goat islands. Boats depart from the Isle of Palms Marina at 50 41st Avenue. www.Nature-Tours.com (843) 886-5000

Bistro Toulouse: Dine in Paris without leaving Mt. Pleasant! Bistro Toulouse offers modern interpretations of classic regional French dishes, more than 20 wines by the glass and creative cocktails. The atmosphere features a large granite bar, soft lighting, great music and outstanding service. Chefs/Co-Owners Matthew Schulz and Candice Mahala select fresh, local seafood, meat and produce to create memorable dishes, including Mussels Mariniere, Cassoulet, Steak & Frites, Bouillabaisse, Lavender Crème Brulee and Dark Chocolate Soufflé. Enjoy a great selection of cheese and charcuterie. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Wine Wednesday – $10 off all bottles all day. Located in Mt. Pleasant at 1220 Ben Sawyer Boulevard in the Sea Island Shopping Center. www.bistrotoulouse.com (843) 216-3434

The Boathouse: Poised at the “breach” between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, The Boathouse offers spectacular sunset views and balmy ocean breezes. Arrive early for cocktails and appetizers at The Rooftop Bar or enjoy a full menu at The Inlet Bar overlooking Hamlin Creek. Inside, the pine and mahogany interior creates a warm atmosphere with a distinctly nautical feel. “Local” has been a commitment at The Boathouse from day one. The original motto “Simply Fresh Seafood” has remained a pledge of excellence to its guests for 20 years, and it continues to use only the freshest local seafood and produce. Located at 101 Palm Boulevard on Isle of Palms. www.boathouserestaurants.com (843) 886-8000

Bricco Bracco: After being voted the #1 Italian Restaurant three years in a row by Mt. Pleasant Magazine and by the Post and Courier, Bricco Bracco continues to provide the best authentic Italian cuisine in town. Their fresh mozzarella, homemade pastas, delicious pizzas and signature dishes, such as Chicken Giambotta and Shrimp Bricco Bracco, leave their guests wanting to try something new with every visit. This place is a local favorite. Come join the family and enjoy! Visit the website for special offers. Located at 1161 Basketweave Drive in Mt. Pleasant. www.BriccoBracco.net (843) 416-8290

Charleston Harbor Fish House: Fresh Seafood. Fresh Drinks. Fresh Air. Voted one of the Top 25 Restaurants in Charleston by Charleston Living Magazine, the Fish House is Charleston’s premier location for waterfront dining and offers unparalleled views of the harbor and the downtown Charleston skyline from both the main dining room and the rooftop bar. The menu, which changes seasonally, offers a variety of options from both land and sea with a focus on featuring the freshest catches of the day and locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Private dining options and large party bookings are available. Located at 32 Patriots Point Road in Mt. Pleasant 29464. www.charlestonharborfishhouse.com (843) 284-7070

Coastal Provisions: Executive Chef Brett Sparman created a crave-worthy dinner menu based around seafood, meat and seasonal vegetables sourced from local and regional purveyors. Pair your thoughtfully prepared, stunning dish with something special from their wine bin, a local craft beer or a cocktail that sounds as delightful as it is delicious. Lunch options include a colorful salad topped with fresh, local ingredients, a Dunes Burger or a turkey club with pecan wood-smoked bacon. Coastal Provisions is located inside Wild Dunes Resort on Isle of Palms, but people not staying within the resort are welcome. www.CoastalProvisionsRestaurant.com (843) 886-2200

Coconut Joe’s Beach Grill and Island Joe’s: A favorite on Isle of Palms, Coconut Joe’s offers oceanfront dining and spectacular views from every seat in the house, whether you choose to dine in air-conditioned comfort or on a covered deck with salty-air breezes. Weather permitting, live entertainment is featured on the Rooftop Deck every night from April through mid-August. Joe’s serves breakfast (seasonal hours) and lunch and dinner (year-round). Just in front of Coconut Joe’s Beach Grill is Island Joe’s Ice Cream & Espresso and Joe’s To Go. In this spot, you will find ice cream, lattes, fresh coffee and high-quality fast food items. Walk in for lunch right off the beach! “Joe Town” is the family place on Isle of Palms. Located at 1120 Ocean Boulevard on Isle of Palms. www.coconutjoes.biz (843) 886-0046

Coda del Pesce: Stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean can be seen from the outside deck or through floor-to-ceiling windows in the spectacular dining areas and bar of Coda del Pesce. Owned by three-time James Beard Award semi-finalist Chef Ken Vedrinski, he opened this Italian-influenced restaurant to showcase the ocean’s bounty, so most every dish at Coda del Pesce features fresh, locally or sustainably caught seafood. The menu changes daily based on what’s fresh. Authentic Italian ingredients have been chosen by Vedrinski during trips through Italy; pastas are made fresh daily; and the all-Italian wine list is extensive. Both Vedrinski’s downtown restaurant, Trattoria Lucca, and Coda del Pesce were included on the 2016 Zagat list of “Charleston’s Best Restaurants.” Open Monday-Saturday, the bar opens at 5 p.m. and dinner service begins at 5:30 p.m. Located at 1130 Ocean Boulevard on Isle of Palms. www.codadelpesce.com (843) 242-8570

DeRoMa’s Pizzeria: The best pizza in town can be delivered right to your vacation home – that’s the way to end a day at the beach! Don’t cook or stand in line at a restaurant for hours. DeRoMa’s is a wonderful family owned and operated pizzeria featuring New York-style pizza. It also offers fabulous side and dinner salads, a variety of hoagie sandwiches, wings, and meatball, chicken, eggplant and Italian-sausage sandwiches. Try the special manicotti or stuffed shells for a real treat. You can honestly taste the difference between the chains and an independent pizzeria like DeRoMa’s. Give them a try and they’ll prove it to you. Call for free delivery! Located in the Seaside Farms Shopping Center, just off the Isle of Palms Connector at 1948 Long Grove Drive in Mt. Pleasant. www.deromaspizza.com (843) 972-1780

The Dinghy: Welcome to The Dinghy Tap Room and Kitchen! From the second you walk through the door you will be taken back in time to an old beach bar feel. Grab a seat at the bar or order your favorite drink and enjoy it on the patio. If you are in the mood for beer, The Dinghy has 12 taps with a great selection of local brews. Their menu will remind you of a Key West vibe – try the alligator bites or conch fritters. Have fun with Nintendo, a jukebox, arcade games, a giant Connect Four and Jenga. Located at 8 J.C. Long Boulevard, across from front beach on Isle of Palms. www.dinghyiop.com (843) 242-8310

Photo of a beach towel hanging over railingFill Restaurant & Piano Bar: Located in Mt. Pleasant in the Iron Gate Shopping Center off the Isle of Palms Connector, Fill Restaurant & Piano Bar is your destination for lively fun, remarkable entertainment and mouthwatering cuisine. Fill features an American eclectic, chef-driven menu for dinner and late night. Guests enjoy live entertainment by solo pianists throughout the week and amp up their Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with dinner and a dueling piano show. With two dueling piano shows on Friday and Saturday nights, Fill offers Charleston a new and unique take on live entertainment. Reservations are strongly recommended. Located at 1150 Hungry Neck Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant 29464. www.FillBar.com (843) 800-3042

Jack’s Cosmic Dogs: Locals love it and people come from all over the country to visit it. Voted Best Hot Dog by the City Paper since 2000! Jack’s will charm you with its retro-futuristic style and WOW! you with its out-of-this-world hot dogs and house made toppings. Also featured are hand-cut, shoestring french fries, draft root beer, vintage longneck sodas, milkshakes and soft-serve ice cream. Vegetarian? Jack’s has the best tofu dog and veggie burger in town. Bottles of beer, local craft draft beer or wine by the glass are available. Hurley’s unique roadside treasure has been featured on The Food Network (Alton Brown’s Best Thing I Ever Ate and Feasting on Asphalt) and The View. Open daily from 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Located at 2805 Highway 17 North, Mt. Pleasant, three miles north of the Isle of Palms Connector. www.jackscosmicdogs.com (843) 884-7677

Joey Tomatoes: Mt. Pleasant’s first authentic Italian deli and market. Created by the owners of Bricco Bracco who love keeping a little bit of Jersey Italian here in the Lowcountry. Come in early, grab a seat and enjoy one of their hearty breakfast offerings. Lunch features homemade, fresh, savory soups, salads, authentic Italian deli sandwiches and more! No time to dine? No problem! J.T.’s Market offers a wide variety of fresh, homemade, “Grab and Go” soups, salads, pasta, and good ole’ Jersey sandwiches, as well as a daily selection of fresh cakes and Italian pastries. Call ahead for take-out. Located at 1034 Chuck Dawley Boulevard. www.joeytomatoes.org (843) 352-2294

Kudzu Bakery and Market: A Lowcountry tradition for nearly 30 years, Kudzu Bakery and Market offers everything you need for a complete meal at home and more. From gourmet to-go casseroles, appetizers, entrées and sides to breads, desserts, wine and cheese, their focus is on quality and taste. The scratch-made items are baked on-site daily using fresh, local ingredients. These baked goods, home style in appearance and full of flavor, would be equally at home on your kitchen table as at a dinner party or special event. Whether you’re looking for bagged lunches for the beach, complete dinners, dessert or even gift baskets, Kudzu Bakery has what you need. Located at 794 Coleman Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant.  (843) 284-8847

Mex 1 Coastal Cantina: The local place to go for flavorful Baja Mexican food and margaritas served with a friendly, laid back, come-as-you-are vibe that embodies the surfing and coastal lifestyle. All of the food at Mex 1 is made in house and prepped daily to provide a fresh, flavorful menu. Enjoy a variety of tacos, such as the Bangin’ Shrimp and Mahi Fish, as well as quesadillas, rice bowls, tortas and fresh salads. Equally important as the food at Mex 1 are the drinks! Mex 1’s margaritas are made with only fresh lime juice and the highest quality tequilas and Mezcals, which are often house infused with creative ingredients, including pineapple, pineapple habanero, berry serano and jalapeno. Mex 1 Coastal Cantina is new on Sullivan’s Island, so drop in and check it out! Located at 2205 Middle Street in Sullivan’s Island. www.mex1coastalcantina.com (843) 882-8172

Middleton Place Restaurant: Located on the grounds of Middleton Place plantation, Middleton Place Restaurant integrates the freshest local ingredients in a blended style of traditional Southern cuisine with a contemporary edge. Lunch and dinner menus specialize in Lowcountry cuisine. The restaurant presents a combination of historic and present-day delights, such as she-crab soup, shrimp and grits and Huguenot torte. Guests may enjoy a stroll through the gardens before dinner. A lead supporter of South Carolina farmers, about 50 percent of the restaurant’s dinner menu is either from the Middleton Place Organic Farm or locally sourced seafood and poultry. Middleton Place Restaurant is a two-time winner of the Sustainable Seafood Initiative award. Located at 4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston 29414. www.MiddletonPlace.org/Restaurant (843) 266-7477

Morgan Creek Grill: Located on beautiful Isle of Palms, Morgan Creek Grill offers unparalleled views of the Intracoastal Waterway and marshes. Charleston’s best seafood, steaks and appetizers are offered nightly with Southern hospitality. For a more casual atmosphere, head to the Upper Deck Bar & Grill for great burgers, seafood, sandwiches and lighter fare. The Upper Deck’s open-air dining features the best sunsets in the Lowcountry. If you like live music, enjoy performances from local musicians at the Creekside Patio and Stage. Come by boat, bike or car for an easy getaway from the everyday. Located at 80 41st Avenue on Isle of Palms, right next to the marina. www.MorganCreekGrill.com (843) 886-8980

My Father’s Moustache: A one-of-a kind eatery serving Old World favorites from England and Ireland. Come in and enjoy the pub atmosphere, with darts, billiards, shuffleboard, the best selection of beer and, of course, an extensive selection of whiskey. You don’t have to fly over the Atlantic to enjoy fantastic Bangers and Mash, Shepherd’s Pie and Fish and Chips. Other possibilities include eight hand-crafted burgers, specialty salads and sandwiches. Patio dining and $5 kids’ meals are available. Happy Hour is Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m. Live music every Friday and Saturday night! Located just over the Sullivan’s Island Causeway and Ben Sawyer Bridge at 1405 Ben Sawyer Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant. www.MyFathersMustache.com (843) 884-2425

The Refuge: A gorgeous oasis on Isle of Palms, The Refuge is the newest standout for island dining. With a coffee bar on one side and a full restaurant and bar on the other, The Refuge is perfect any time of day. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in a chic, coastal atmosphere that focuses on food that is simple, delicious and local. Locals return over and over for the signature crab cakes; Monday Steakhouse Night; and gourmet grilled cheese masterpieces. Brunch is served every weekend and features unique cocktails and live music on Sundays. Stop in and discover what all the buzz is about! Located at 1517 Palm Boulevard, Isle of Palms. www.therefugeiop.com (843) 242-8934

Relish Distinctive Catering: Serving the Tricounty area since 2005, the Relish team has had a hand in creating hundreds of unique wedding celebrations, corporate events and family gatherings. Relish specializes in full-service catering, offering clients affordable access to: a talented chef, customizable menus, a professional wait staff, experienced event coordinators and exclusive venues (Kensington Plantation, RiverTowne Country Club and Snee Farm Country Club). Tables, linens, chairs, glassware, flatware, china and day-of coordination are available at RiverTowne Country Club and Snee Farm Country Club for no additional charge. Complimentary linens, glassware, flatware, china and day-of coordination are available at Kensington Plantation. www.RelishDistinctiveCatering.com (843) 849-2412

Sandlapper Water Tours: Delight your group or family with an authentic oyster roast, barbecue or Lowcountry boil on an uninhabited island. The festivities begin after boarding the Palmetto, followed by a cruise around the harbor while you enjoy refreshments of your choosing. On the island, relax on the sand, enjoy breathtaking views and indulge in a delicious meal. Boxed lunches and other catering options are also available. Sandlapper offers a variety of private cruises for large and small groups on their two boats, as well as scheduled nature, history, ghost and other tours. Tours depart from the Charleston Maritime Center at 10 Wharfside Street. www.SandlapperTours.com (843) 849-8687

Shem Creek Bar & Grill: Overlooking breathtaking Shem Creek, Shem Creek Bar & Grill has been a staple for both locals and visitors for more than 33 years. It offers fresh grilled and fried seafood, sandwiches, salads and more in a casual, rustic atmosphere. Shem Creek Bar & Grill features a spacious dining room and indoor bar, as well as a raw bar, an outdoor patio and a dock bar that is open seasonally, offering guests unforgettable views of the marsh. With fresh-squeezed juice cocktails and an extensive selection of beers and wines, Shem Creek Bar & Grill is a hotspot for Happy Hour, served weekdays from 4-7 p.m. Open daily serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Reservations are recommended. Located at 508 Mill Street in Mt. Pleasant. www.ShemCreekBarandGrill.com (842) 884-8102

SOL Southwest Kitchen & Tequila Bar: Located in Mt. Pleasant on Highway 17 just north of the Isle of Palms Connector, SOL features colorful, made-from-scratch dishes full of bold Southwest flavors blended with Southern culinary influences. Choose from a variety of just-juiced margaritas, more than 60 premium tequilas, house cocktails and 16 local and craft beers on tap. SOL features an expansive dining room and indoor bar, as well as a covered outdoor lounge, patio and bar. Dedicated to giving back to the community, SOL uses its Kitchen Karma program to team up with different local charities to raise money and awareness for their causes. Open daily at 11a.m., serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. (Yes, they have a kids’ menu!) Three area locations: Summerville, downtown Charleston and Mt. Pleasant at 1101 Stockade Lane. www.solsouthwestkitchen.com (843) 388-4302

Steel City Pizza: Hands down, the best pizza around! Locals and visitors alike have been gathering at Steel City over the past 11 years for their award-winning pizza, signature Weggie sandwiches, satisfying pastas, crisp cold salads and amazing wings. The full bar has a variety of old favorites, as well as locals and crafts on tap; celebrated as the coldest in town! They have a game room for the kids and a large comfortable patio. Take-out and delivery are also available. Located just minutes from the beach at 1440 Ben Sawyer Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant. Order online at www.SteelCityPizza.com. (843) 856-2525

Sticky Fingers Ribhouse: Smokin’ up the BBQ scene in Charleston for the past 25 years, Sticky Fingers is known for slow-smoked ribs, no-sauce-needed hickory-smoked wings and Memphis-style barbecue pork and chicken. With classic sides to complement their meats, plus a full bar and homemade desserts, you’ll understand why Sticky Fingers is legendary. Not up for dining-in? Let them bring the award-winning ribs and barbecue to you. They are also a catering powerhouse – perfect for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, business functions and any other time you want to “Get Sticky.” Available for full-service catering or events in their banquet rooms. Located at 341 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant. www.stickyfingers.com (843) 856-RIBS (7427)

Yamato: South Carolina’s original Japanese steakhouse and sushi bar. Yamato has a tantalizing variety of appetizers and the best fresh sushi and sushi dinners in town. The hibachi dinners offer countless combinations of beef, chicken and fish, all served with clear soup, salad, a shrimp appetizer, fresh vegetables, fried rice and sherbet. Talented chefs entertain guests and cook dinner right before their eyes. It’s a unique dining experience and fun for the whole family – perfect for a special occasion! Yamato serves only the finest quality seafood, and the beef is all U.S.D.A. Choice and cut in house. A children’s menu is available. Yamato has a full bar and a tempting array of frozen cocktails. Located just off the Isle of Palms Connector in the Seaside Farms Shopping Center, across from Harris Teeter. www.yamatoinc.com (843) 881-1190

 

Photo of South Carolina coastal marsh

Photograph by Chuck Lawrence

SHOPPING

Affordables Apparel: The “go to” store for visitors and locals alike looking for style and value. With seven stores from Pawleys Island to Savannah, Affordables prides itself on providing timeless styles and accessories that are sure to please women of all ages. Their sales staff revels in assisting customers to create a new look or update one with a few key pieces. Stop by and experience the selection and service that have made them a Lowcountry favorite. Like Affordables on Facebook to keep up with new arrivals and store happenings. Open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Located in the Northcutt Shopping Center at 280 West Coleman Boulevard. www.affordablesapparel.com (843) 881-0211

Boone Hall Farms Market: Boone Hall Plantation is one of America’s oldest working plantations and has been continuously growing and producing crops for more than three centuries. The agricultural arm of the plantation is known as Boone Hall Farms, which is best described as part farmers market, part specialty store. The market features fresh produce grown on the farm in season, as well as local seafood straight from the docks, prime-cut meats, Boone Hall-label specialty items, a wine alley and more. No trip to the market would be complete without trying some of the delicious cuisine at the Boone Hall Farms Market Café. Located at 2521 Highway 17 North in Mt. Pleasant 29466. www.boonehallfarms.com (843) 856-8154

Copper Penny: The collections at Copper Penny are curated with a Southern eye – aimed at capturing the effortless beauty that embodies Charleston’s unique cosmopolitan lifestyle. Find everything you need to compose a distinctive wardrobe – designer clothing, footwear, jewelry and accessories – all selected expressly for you by an expertly trained staff. Breezy sophistication and fine quality are the hallmarks of Penny Vaigneur, the founder and soul of Copper Penny. Stop by Copper Penny Shooz to find the perfect finish to any outfit. Three area locations include: 311 King Street downtown (843) 723-2999; 280 West Coleman Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant (843) 881-3497; and 1228 Belk Drive at Towne Centre in Mt. Pleasant (843) 881-9889. www.shopcopperpenny.com

Karen’s Korner Frame and Art:  Mt. Pleasant’s choice for framing and art!  Visitors are guaranteed to find unique work by local artists, including sculpture, jewelry, pottery, photography, originals and giclée. Karen’s Korner Frame and Art is located in the Shoppes at Gateway to the Beach – coming from the island, it is just over the Sullivan’s Island Bridge (Ben Sawyer Bridge). With more than 38 years of experience, Karen will be happy to help you select that perfect item for yourself or as a gift. No matter the budget or your taste, you are sure to find that special something. Located at 1405 Ben Sawyer Boulevard, Suite 101 in Mt. Pleasant. www.KarensKornerFrameandArt.com (843) 971-4110

Kudzu Bakery and Market: A Lowcountry tradition for nearly 30 years, Kudzu Bakery and Market offers everything you need for a complete meal at home and more. From gourmet to-go casseroles, appetizers, entrées and sides to breads, desserts, wine and cheese, their focus is on quality and taste. The scratch-made items are baked on-site daily using fresh, local ingredients. These baked goods, home style in appearance and full of flavor, would be equally at home on your kitchen table as at a dinner party or special event. Pick up bagged lunches for the beach, complete dinners, dessert or even gift baskets. Located at 794 Coleman Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant. (843) 284-8847

Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market: From April-September, the Farmers Market is the place to be on Tuesdays from 3:30-7 p.m. Enjoy live music as you browse through booths of the freshest local vegetables, fruits, seafood, flowers, meats, snacks and freshly cooked meals to eat there or bring home. The Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market isn’t just fresh produce. It offers everything from olive oil, specialty coffees and gourmet pizza sauce to homemade pickles and savory pies. Plus, it’s an event for the entire family, complete with free children’s activities, live music and special events. Take home delicious ready-made meals; or simply enjoy some Kettle Korn, a smoothie or a funnel cake. Located next to Moultrie Middle School on Coleman Boulevard. www.ExperienceMountPleasant.com (843) 884-8517

My Favorite Things: The best store around for Isle of Palms clothing, jewelry, hats, shells, souvenirs, gifts and novelty items. My Favorite Things has been family owned and operated for 24 years. They also have a fantastic variety of kites to fly on the beach and a great selection of beach necessities for rent, including beach chairs, beach umbrellas, surfboards and bicycles. Just look for “Bubba” the bird … he’s famous! Located on Ocean Boulevard in the front beach area of Isle of Palms. (843) 886-6387

Parrot Surf & Skate: The store locals trust for surfing and skate boarding gear and accessories. If you’ve just caught the surfing bug, the knowledgeable team at Parrot lives the lifestyle, and they’ll offer honest recommendations and guidance, pair you with the perfect equipment and get you started the right way. Stop by for a new board, rash guard, leash, wetsuit or whatever is on your list. Parrot also has a great assortment of sunglasses, casual clothing, flip flops, watches, boardshorts and other essentials. The best selection of full skate board setups, hardware and accessories in town is found here. Stop by for everything needed to make a memorable vacation. Located at 811 Coleman Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant. www.ParrotSurfShop.com (843) 884-1035

Pipeline Surf Shop: Whether your favorite activity is swimming, sun tanning, beach lounging or surfing, Pipeline has something for you! The Pipeline store is packed with beach and surf products, such as chairs, umbrellas, bathing suits, body boards, souvenirs and so much more! Paddleboard and surfboard sales and rentals are available at Pipeline. Try something adventurous and bring a board to the waves on a perfect day. Pipeline brings the beach lifestyle to locals and visitors. Stop by Pipeline to make your summer the best it can be. Located at 1134 Hungry Neck Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant. www.shoppipeline.com (843) 388-4378

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Photograph by Judy Drew Fairchild

TOURS
Also see Attractions; Boating, Boat Tours and Fun on the Water

Bulldog Tours: Voted Charleston’s Best Tour Company for the past eight years, Bulldog Tours guides visitors through some of Charleston’s spookiest spaces and historic haunts. The popular Ghost & Dungeon Walking Tour is the only tour that ventures into the Old Exchange Dungeon. The Ghost & Graveyard Walking Tour takes visitors into one of Charleston’s oldest graveyards at night. The Old City Jail tours take guests through the spookiest building in downtown Charleston. Also available are The Dark Side of Charleston Walking Tour and the Charleston Strolls Tour, which may be enjoyed as part of a package with Bulldog’s Savor the Flavors of Charleston food tour (see description on this page). For adults, Bulldog offers a Haunted Pub Crawl that combines libations at some of the city’s finest bars with ghost stories, a bit of history and the history of alcohol in the city. Tours are led by fully licensed, experienced guides. Located downtown at 18 Anson Street. www.bulldogtours.com (843) 722-8687

Charleston Carriage Works: When you visit Charleston, a carriage tour should be at the top of your list of things to do. There is no better way to experience the charm of this great historic city than a carriage tour, and no one does carriage tours better than Charleston Carriage Works. With beautiful horses, a fleet of custom designed carriages and a staff focused on customer service, your experience will be exceptional. Tours last about an hour and meander through Charleston’s Historic District at a pace that is perfect for pictures, memories and truly understanding the wealth of information being presented by the licensed tour guides. Tours depart from the Charleston Carriage stable at 20 Anson Street every 20-30 minutes, seven days a week. Reservations are strongly suggested, as many tours book days in advance. Tickets can be purchased at the stable, online or by calling. www.MyCharlestonCarriage.com (843) 779-1279

Charleston Food Tours: Featured in Southern Living, Cooking Light, Bon Appétit, the Michelin Guide and on The Food Network, Charleston Food Tours is the best way to walk, talk and eat your way through the Holy City. Get a behind-the-scenes understanding of many of the chefs who are responsible for the Charleston Cuisine Renaissance on the Charleston Chef’s Kitchen Tour, a 2.5-hour walking tour that stops at several great restaurants where visitors learn the chef’s approach to culinary excellence and take a kitchen tour. Or choose the Savor the Flavors of Charleston Tour, a 2.5-hour tour that will immerse you in the history and culture of the Lowcountry. The Savor the Flavors of Charleston Tour may also be purchased in a combination package with Bulldog Tour’s Charleston Strolls Tour. Sample the finest desserts in Charleston on the Charleston Desserts Tour or stop in some of the trendiest and best restaurants in Charleston on the Savor the Flavors of Upper King Tour. Located downtown at 18 Anson Street. www.CharlestonFoodTours.com  (843) 722-8687

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