2018 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!

ATTRACTIONS

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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 variety of tours and attractions, 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 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. 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

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 and friends at Charleston Zip Line Adventures, the only zip line canopy tour in the Charleston area. Your group 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

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, it is the oldest plantation on the Ashley River and 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. 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. 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

Mount 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 Mount 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, gelato and farm fresh eggs. Plus, it’s an event for the entire family, complete with free children’s activities. Stop by for fresh ingredients; take home delicious ready-made meals; or simply enjoy some Kettle Korn, a lemonade slush 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.facebook.com/MountPleasantFarmersMarket (843) 884-2528

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 in rehabilitation at the Sea Turtle Care CenterTM, and follow their journeys from rescue to rehabilitation to release. 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. Located at 100 Aquarium Wharf in downtown Charleston. www.scaquarium.org  (843) 577-FISH (3474)

The Windjammer: Charleston’s premier live music beach venue for the last 46 years, The Windjammer has everything from local bands to big name artists, where guests can enjoy the best in live music. The Windjammer also offers delicious beach eats with menu items including buffalo chicken wings, cheeseburgers, fish & chips and more. Relax and sip on a cold beer or refreshing cocktail while taking in the unbeatable beach views. The Windjammer – where it’s always a JAM good time! Located at 1008 Ocean Boulevard in the front beach area of Isle of Palms. www.the windjammeriop.com (843) 886-8596

BOATING, BOAT TOURS and FUN on the WATER

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Beachside Excursions: With Beachside Excursions, day and sunset flights over beautiful Charleston go from a dream to reality. Sea excursions are also a specialty, with guests choosing from boat charters and sunset cruises to individually planned day adventures. Beachside also offers water sports outings, including water skiing, tubing, parasailing and knee boarding. And yes! Inshore and near shore fishing charters are also available. Whew! That’s an exciting adventure for every day of your vacation! Located at 1204 Palm Boulevard on Isle of Palms. www.beachsideexcursions.com  (843) 242-7700

Barrier Island Eco Tours: Naturalist guided boat excursions to Capers Island Preserve and the surrounding waterways are offered at Barrier Island. 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; 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: 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. 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

Coastal Expeditions: You haven’t seen the Lowcountry until you’ve seen it by water! Join Charleston’s original outfitter on an adventure by kayak, stand-up paddleboard or boat for an experience that will be the highlight of your vacation. Explore historic Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant, kayak the dolphin-rich waters around Isle of Palms or take the ferry to Bulls Island in Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Guided tours, rentals and charters are available daily. Full Moon Kayak Tours, Beach Drops and other special trips are offered throughout each month. Walk-ups are welcome. 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: 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. 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

Nature Adventures: Enjoy kayaking or paddleboarding in the beautiful waters surrounding Charleston in a variety of ways – team-building, take a tour or rent on your own! Tours are led by professionally trained guides. 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 and can be made online. Located next to Mt. Pleasant Seafood on Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant. www.natureadventureschs.com (843) 568-3222

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. Private history tours point out Charleston’s significant buildings and entertain with tales of pirates, shipwrecks and plantation days gone by. Unwind on the Sunset Cruise with a glass of wine or beer. 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. www.SandlapperTours.com (843) 849-8687

Sea Shell and Lighthouse Cruise: Join Rover Tours’ experienced captain and naturalist on the ultimate 4-hour family voyage. The Carolina Rover cruises 12 miles through smooth inland waters to North Island. Your group will explore a pristine, undeveloped beach and collect seashells. View the Georgetown lighthouse, while discovering tales of rice planters, indigo exporters, pirates and watermen who cast their histories in the estuary of Winyah Bay. See dolphins and waterfowl, as well as spectacular scenery. Don’t miss the best nature-based tour in the Lowcountry! Seating is limited, so reserve early. Tour times vary depending on tides. Tours depart from the Harborwalk in historic downtown Georgetown, just 50 minutes north of Isle of Palms. www.RoverBoatTours.com (843) 546-8822

Sharkin Charleston: Jump on board Charleston’s only “head boat” fishing trip. For just $89 per person, you and your family can catch 3-10 foot sharks on light tackle in the protected water of Charleston Harbor. In addition to sharks, catch redfish, whiting, black sea bass, croakers, bluefish, trout and more on Sharkin Charleston’s 2.5-hour fishing trips. All bait, equipment and licensing is provided, just bring your own food, drink (no glass bottles), sunscreen and camera. Sharkin Charleston also offers dolphin watching, barrier island, photography and sunset cruise trips. Mention Island Magazine and get 30 minutes extra for free! Tours usually depart from Shem Creek. www.sharkincharleston.com (843) 557-6627

Tidal Wave Water Sports: Charleston’s premier, one-stop shop for fun on the water! Parasailing: 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. 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. 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). Custom Charter Trips and Tours: Choose your own itinerary, such as bachelorette or cocktail parties, island hopping and Charleston Harbor tours. Reservations are recommended. Located at the Isle of Palms Marina at 50 41st Avenue. www.tidalwavewater sports.com (843) 886-8456

ENTERTAINMENT, RECREATION and GOLF

Also see Boating, Boat Tours and Fun on the Water

Beachside Excursions: With Beachside Excursions, day and sunset flights over beautiful Charleston go from a dream to reality. Sea excursions are also a specialty, with guests choosing from boat charters and sunset cruises to individually planned day adventures. Beachside also offers water sports outings, including water skiing, tubing, parasailing and knee boarding. And yes! Inshore and near shore fishing charters are also available. A portion of all the proceeds at Beachside is given to local animals to support the “No Kill/No Harm” mission of Charleston. Located at 1204 Palm Boulevard on Isle of Palms. www.BeachsideExcursions.com (843) 242-7700

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 and friends at Charleston Zip Line Adventures, the only zip line canopy tour in Charleston. Your group 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. 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

Dunes West Golf and River Club: Located on the site of historic Lexington Plantation, Dunes West Golf and River Club was designed by Arthur Hills and 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, 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 designed to capture the old Southern charm of the Lowcountry. Located at 3535 Wando Plantation Way in Mt. Pleasant. www.duneswestgolfclub.com (843) 856-9000

RiverTowne Country Club: Situated on the marsh, RiverTowne County 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. Located in Mt. Pleasant at 1700 RiverTowne Country Club Drive. www.RiverTowneCountry Club.com (843) 849-2400

The Windjammer: Charleston’s premier live music beach venue for the last 46 years, The Windjammer has everything from local bands to big name artists. The Windjammer also offers delicious beach eats with menu items including buffalo chicken wings, cheeseburgers, fish & chips and more. Relax and sip on a cold beer or refreshing cocktail while taking in unbeatable beach views. The Windjammer – where it’s always a JAM good time! Located at 1008 Ocean Boulevard in the front beach area of Isle of Palms. www.windjammeriop.com (843) 886-8596

FISHING

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 18 years and is a lifelong Lowcountry resident. 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. If you 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. Located at the Isle of Palms Marina at 50 41st Avenue. www.Nature-Tours.com (843) 886-5000

Beachside Excursions: With Beachside Excursions, day and sunset flights over beautiful Charleston go from a dream to reality. Sea excursions are also a specialty, with guests choosing from boat charters and sunset cruises to individually planned day adventures. Beachside also offers water sports outings, including water skiing, tubing, parasailing and knee boarding. And yes! Inshore and near shore fishing charters are also available. Whew! That’s an exciting adventure for every day of your vacation! A portion of all the proceeds at Beachside is given to local animals to support the “No Kill/No Harm” mission of Charleston. Located at 1204 Palm Boulevard on Isle of Palms. www.BeachsideExcursions.com (843) 242-7700

Isle of Palms Marina: Get ready for an adventure! Anglers of all levels will 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 get you on the water. Trips include a U.S. Coast Guard Captain, all fishing equipment and fishing licenses. Reservations are required. The marina also rents powerboats (no experience necessary) and offers custom excursions, including sunset tours and dolphin watching. 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

Sharkin Charleston: Want to have an exciting adventure and make some memories without breaking your wallet? Then jump on board Charleston’s only “head boat” fishing trip. For just $89 per person, you and your family can catch 3-10 foot sharks on light tackle in the protected water of Charleston Harbor. Also catch redfish, whiting, black sea bass, croakers, bluefish, trout and more on Sharkin Charleston’s 2.5-hour fishing trips. All bait, equipment and licensing is provided, just bring your own food, drink (no glass bottles), sunscreen and camera. Mention Island Magazine and get 30 minutes extra for free! Tours usually depart from Shem Creek. www.sharkincharleston.com (843) 557-6627

ISLAND ESSENTIALS FOR RENT

Coastal Expeditions: You haven’t seen the Lowcountry until you’ve seen it by water! Join Charleston’s original outfitter on an adventure by kayak, stand-up paddleboard or boat with family and friends for an experience that will be the highlight of your vacation. Explore historic Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant, kayak the dolphin-rich waters around Isle of Palms or take the ferry to Bulls Island in Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Guided tours, rentals and charters are available daily. Full Moon Kayak Tours, Beach Drops and other special trips are offered throughout each month. Walk-ups are welcome. 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. Call today to make a reservation. Custom excursions are 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. 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 DAY OR NIGHT and can be rented inside Wild Dunes! 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 25 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. www.myfavoritethingsiop.com (843) 886-6387

Nature Adventures: Enjoy kayaking or paddleboarding in the beautiful waters surrounding Charleston in a variety of ways – team-building, take a tour or rent on your own! Tours are led by professionally trained guides. 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 and can be made online. Located next to Mt. Pleasant Seafood on Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant. www.natureadventureschs.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! Mention Island Magazine for 15 percent off your purchase. Located at 1134 Hungry Neck Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant. www.shoppipeline.com (843) 388-4378

Tidal Wave Water Sports: Charleston’s premier, one-stop shop for fun on the water, including parasailing, jet skis, wakeboarding, banana boat rides and custom charters! Parasailing: 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. 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. 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). Custom Charter Trips and Tours: Choose your own itinerary, such as bachelorette or cocktail parties, island hopping and Charleston Harbor tours. Reservations are recommended. Located at the Isle of Palms Marina at 50 41st Avenue. www.tidalwavewater sports.com (843) 886-8456

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

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Beachside Excursions: With Beachside Excursions, day and sunset flights over beautiful Charleston go from a dream to reality. Sea excursions are also a specialty, with guests choosing from boat charters and sunset cruises to individually planned day adventures. Beachside also offers water sports outings, including water skiing, tubing, parasailing and knee boarding. And yes! Inshore and near shore fishing charters are also available. Whew! That’s an exciting adventure for every day of your vacation! Located at 1204 Palm Boulevard on Isle of Palms. www.BeachsideExcursions.com  (843) 242-7700

The Body Garden: A Sullivan’s Island staple for 16 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 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 and bridal luncheons. 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. 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 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, TVs and a beautiful aquarium. 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

Olive Massage: A boutique massage studio in Charleston that focuses on the client, Olive Massage’s services vary from craniosacral therapy (light touch), reiki and lymph drainage to deep tissue massage. Melt stress away with a healing positive touch that leaves you rejuvenated in mind body and spirit. Also specializing in neuromuscular, sport, Swedish, myofascial release and hot stone massage. Wendy uses her intuition and education to provide her clientele with the most effective treatments available in a comforting professional atmosphere. Located at 1537 Ben Sawyer Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant. www.olive-massage.com (843) 813-4105

On Purpose Adventures: Explore the Holy City in a unique way with On Purpose Adventures’ GPS-scavenger hunt app. From date night to competitive hunts with family, friends and co-workers, you get to see the town whenever it’s convenient for you. For groups of eight or more, On Purpose Adventures offers bubble soccer and combat archery (dodgeball with bows and arrows) at local parks. They also plan proposals and adventure-based bachelor(ette) parties. Located at 915 Folly Road on James Island. www.onpurposeadventures.com (843) 580-3757

Relish Distinctive Catering: 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 access to: a chef, customizable menus, a professional wait staff, experienced event coordinators and exclusive venues (RiverTowne Country Club and Snee Farm Country Club). Exclusive venue connections yield an exceptional value. Tables, linens, chairs, glassware, flatware and china are available at RiverTowne Country Club and Snee Farm Country Club for no additional charge. Relish is a preferred vendor for many other popular wedding venues in Charleston. www.RelishDistinctiveCatering.com (843) 849-2412

RESTAURANTS, FOOD and DRINK

Also see Shopping for liquor stores and the Farmers Market

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 refreshing 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. 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 Capers Island. Families, groups, parties and weddings can have Barrier Island prepare a delicious meal right on the beach. Boats depart from the Isle of Palms Marina at 50 41st Avenue. www.Nature-Tours.com (843) 886-5000

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 more than 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 four years in a row for Best Italian East of the Cooper by the Post and Courier, Bricco Bracco continues to provide the best authentic Italian cuisine in town, with fresh seafood dishes and new special dishes every night. 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. They also cater parties and special events! 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. 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. www.charlestonharborfishhouse.com (843) 284-7070

Coda del Pesce: Stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean can be seen from the outside deck, dining areas and bar of Coda del Pesce. Owned by three-time James Beard Award semi-finalist and one of only 15 percent of chefs ever to win on the Food Network’s show Beat Bobby Flay (with his signature Gnudi), Chef Ken Vedrinski opened this Italian-influenced restaurant to showcase the ocean’s bounty. 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. Open Monday-Saturday 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 just off the Isle of Palms Connector at 1948 Long Grove Drive in Mt. Pleasant. www.deromaspizza.com (843) 972-1780

Eggs Up Grill: A favorite for East of the Cooper, Eggs Up Grill serves breakfast and lunch all day from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. with a wide array of favorites, from eggs just about any way you want (including their signature omelets) and breakfast sandwiches to wraps, soups, salads and lighter side dishes. They also have heart-healthy and gluten-friendly menus. Be sure to check out their fresh take on catering, with breakfast buffets and trays, sandwich platters and box breakfasts and lunches available. Located at 2664 Highway 17 North in Mt. Pleasant. www.eggsupgrill.com (843) 388-3654

Grace & Grit and The Grit Counter: At this chef-driven, Southern-style restaurant, local seafood, Lowcountry cuisine and hospitality are the focus. Guests can look forward to an abundance of fresh local fish and shrimp, local produce and daily specials. Southern staples highlight the menu, but it’s the grits and their many different flavor offerings that form the foundation for many of Grace & Grit’s dishes. Their take on Southern cuisine has inspired the recent opening of their lunch spot, The Grit Counter. Featuring a more casual spin on the dinnertime offerings, The Grit Counter introduces “Grit Bowls” along with more traditional lunch fare. Both restaurants are located on the first floor of 320 Wingo Way in Mt. Pleasant. www.gracegrit.com (843) 698-GRIT (4748)

The Hammock Shops Village: A collection of 25 unique shops and restaurants with handcrafted collectibles and jewelry, fashionable clothing, gourmet kitchen items, wine and more. A Pawleys Island tradition since 1938, The Hammock Shops Village is situated on eight lush acres with the shops housed in historic buildings. Daily wine tastings, hammock weaving demonstrations and a fun-filled playground are favorites of all. Open seven days a week. Located at 10880 Ocean Highway. www.TheHammockShops.com

Jack’s Cosmic Dogs: Voted Best Hot Dog by the City Paper since 2000 and featured on The Travel Channel’s show Food Paradise (The Bucket List episode), 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, vintage longneck sodas 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. Jack’s 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 was voted one of the Top Ten New Restaurants in 2017 by the Post and Courier. Come in early, grab a seat and enjoy one of their hearty breakfast offerings. Lunch features homemade, 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. Let Joey Tomatoes cater dinner for your family and guests, or you can pick up a few trays of great Italian food in the store. Call ahead for take-out. Located at 1034 Chuck Dawley Boulevard. www.joeytomatoes.org (843) 352-2294

Long Point Grill: This classy neighborhood grill is a well-kept secret popular with both locals and in-the-know visitors. Tucked away on Long Point Road, just off I-526 in Mt. Pleasant, Long Point Grill is away from the bustling crowds of downtown and the islands. Owner Sal Parco has created a cozy spot that is inviting and WOWs diners with culinary offerings that are far from ordinary. The broad menu includes vegetarian and health minded options, plus clever rotating specials. Full bar available. Open for Sunday brunch. Located at 479 Long Point Road in Mt. Pleasant. www.longpointgrill.com (843) 884-3101

 

Mex 1 Coastal Cantina: The local place to go for flavorful Baja Mexican food and margaritas served with a friendly, 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. Drop in for some killer tacos, as well as quesadillas, Baja 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 100% Blue Agave Tequila, which are often house infused with creative ingredients. Mex 1 is the place to be whether for a quick lunch, margaritas with friends or listening to live music on the weekends. 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 menu items specialize in Lowcountry cuisine, 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. 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/Explore/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, along with the best sunsets in the Lowcountry. Enjoy live music 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

Mustard Seed: Owner Sal Parco planted the seeds of this healthy alternative restaurant in 1995, focusing on good food made with the freshest ingredients, which are showcased in inventive, ever-changing specials. Don’t be surprised if you bump into him meeting and greeting visitors or cooking on the line. There are no bad seats at the newly renovated Mustard Seed, with its full bar that is comfortable to belly up to for lunch, dinner or happy hour. Located at 1036 Chuck Dawley Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant. www.mustardseedsc.com (843) 849-0050

Relish Distinctive Catering: 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. Tables, linens, chairs, glassware, flatware and china are available at RiverTowne Country Club and Snee Farm Country Club for no additional charge. www.RelishDistinctiveCatering.com (843) 849-2412

Saltwater Cowboys: Come to the creek! Saltwater Cowboys has been voted Shem Creek’s best restaurant by the Post & Courier for good reason. Enjoy fresh local seafood that is right off the boat or try their great house-smoked BBQ. Enjoy great food and drinks in the spacious dining room overlooking the creek or outside on the expansive deck, with an unmatchable view. Open daily at 11 a.m. for lunch and dinner. Sunday brunch starts at 10 a.m. Happy hour is Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m. After a day on the boat, at the beach or sightseeing, come to the creek’s best sunset view. Located at 130 Mill Street in Mt. Pleasant. www.saltwater-cowboys.com (843) 856-0700

Sandlapper Water Tours: Delight your group or family with an authentic oyster roast or Lowcountry boil on an uninhabited island. The festivities begin after boarding the Palmetto, followed by a cruise around the harbor. On the island, 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. 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 34 years. It offers fresh seafood, sandwiches, salads and house-made desserts in a casual, rustic setting. Sit inside in the spacious main dining room or the indoor bar; enjoy fresh oysters at the raw bar; dine al fresco on the huge outdoor patio; or put your flipflops up at the waterfront dock bar. Fresh-squeezed juice cocktails and an extensive selection of beer and wine make Shem Creek Bar & Grill a hotspot for Happy Hour, served weekdays from 4-7 p.m. Lunch and dinner are served daily, plus they have a true Lowcountry Sunday brunch. Reservations are recommended. Located at 508 Mill Street in Mt. Pleasant. www.ShemCreekBarandGrill.com (843) 884-8102

Steel City Pizza: Hands down, the best pizza around! Locals and visitors alike gather at Steel City 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. 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

Vickery’s Bar & Grill: The loveliest views in the Lowcountry complement a menu of fresh delicious seafood served on crisp salads, heaping platters or in a signature Vickery’s dish such as Lowcountry Sauté, made with shrimp, crabmeat, crawfish, fried oysters and creamy grits. There are also dishes with Cuban and other ethnic and regional influences. Open for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. every day. Sunday brunch is a local favorite, and the nightlife, along with a special late-night menu, is always divine. Located at 1313 Shrimp Boat Lane in Mt. Pleasant, right on Shem Creek. www.vickeryscharleston.com (843) 884-4440

The Windjammer: Charleston’s premier live music beach venue for the last 46 years, The Windjammer has everything from local bands to big name artists. Enjoy delicious beach eats with menu items such as buffalo chicken wings, cheeseburgers, fish & chips and more. Relax and sip on a cold beer or refreshing cocktail while taking in unbeatable beach views. The Windjammer – where it’s always a JAM good time! Located at 1008 Ocean Boulevard in the front beach area of Isle of Palms. www.windjammeriop.com (843) 886-8596

SHOPPING

Boone Hall Farms Market: Boone Hall Plantation is one of America’s oldest working plantations and has been continuously growing 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, as well as local seafood, prime-cut meats, Boone Hall-label specialty items, a wine alley and more. Located at 2521 Highway 17 North in Mt. Pleasant 29466. www.boonehallfarms.com (843) 856-8154

Bottles Beverage Superstore: Locally owned and operated, Bottles is Charleston’s destination for quality wine, beer and spirits. The store is conveniently located just minutes from downtown, Shem Creek and the beaches. The friendly and attentive staff are happy to make recommendations or help customers find the perfect product. Featuring a wide selection of craft and macro beers, a 24-tap growler station, unique wines from around the world, spirits, mixers, ice and more, Bottles has everything you need to build your home bar, entertain or stock your cooler. Located at 610 Coleman Boulevard in Mt Pleasant. www.shopbottles.com/locations/mt-pleasant (843) 849-WINE (9463)

The Hammock Shops Village: A collection of 25 unique shops and restaurants with handcrafted collectibles and jewelry, clothing, gourmet kitchen items and more. A Pawleys Island tradition since 1938, The Hammock Shops Village is situated on eight lush acres with the shops housed in historic buildings. Daily wine tastings, hammock weaving demonstrations and a fun-filled playground are favorites of all. Open seven days a week. Located at 10880 Ocean Highway. www.TheHammockShops.com

Mount 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 and meats. The Farmers Market isn’t just fresh produce. It offers everything from olive oil and specialty coffees to homemade pickles and fresh farm eggs. Plus, it’s an event for the entire family, complete with free children’s activities. Take home delicious ready-made meals; or simply enjoy some Kettle Korn, a lemonade slush or a funnel cake. Located next to Moultrie Middle School on Coleman Boulevard. www.facebook.com/MountPleasantFarmersMarket (843) 884-2528

My Favorite Things: The best store around for Isle of Palms clothing, jewelry, hats, shells, souvenirs, gifts and novelty items. 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. www.myfavoritethingsiop.com (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. 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 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. Mention Island Magazine for 15 percent off your purchase. Located at 1134 Hungry Neck Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant. www.shop pipeline.com (843) 388-4378

Southern Living Store: For Southerners by Southerners.The intent at Southern Living is to provide a relaxed family-oriented shopping experience that allows customers an opportunity to explore and savor the timeless traditions and rich heritage of the Southern way of life. They host entertaining food-tastings and events and offer friendly, insightful service. It’s an engaging blend of inspiration, humor and practicality. Mention Island Magazine for 10 percent off your purchase. Located at 1708 Towne Centre Way in Mt. Pleasant. www.southernlivingstore.com (843) 972-8225

TOURS

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

Bulldog Tours: Voted Best Tour Company for the past nine years, Bulldog Tours is sure to entertain while you are in town. Designated Best Ghost Tours in the U.S. by USA Today, Bulldog’s nightly ghost tours will entertain adults and families alike. They offer exclusive access to Charleston’s most haunted locations, such as the Old City Jail, a Pre-Revolutionary Dungeon and the oldest graveyard in town. The Charleston Strolls Walk with History Tour explores the area’s rich history, homes, gardens, historic churches and quaint alleyways dating back to the late 1600s. This is absolutely a must for the first time visitor who wants to see the very best of the historic district. Also check out Bulldog’s Charleston Food Tours, offered seven days a week for the true foodies out there. Come learn the culinary evolution of Charleston while sampling mouthwatering dishes at local restaurants and specialty shops. 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. 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. 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 Street Tour. Located downtown at 18 Anson Street. www.CharlestonFoodTours.com  (843) 722-8687

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