Wednesday, November 2, 2011

SOUTH CAROLINA

(does not include Charleston)

GENERAL
African-American Coastal Trail – Highway 17; sc-heritagecorridor.org; begins just north of McClellanville at Hampton Plantation State Historic Site, passing through Charleston.



BEAUFORT COUNTY
Bluffton
Hotels
Inn at Palmetto Bluff – 476 Mount Pelia; 843-706-6542 or 866-706-6565; palmettobluffresort.com; member of Auberge Resorts; on May River tidal stretch, just west of Hilton Head; spend mornings paddling kayaks along marsh-lined coastal waterways inhabited by snowy egrets and playful dolphins, or pedaling bikes with naturalist on woodland trails fragrant with loblolly pine; 50 white clapboard cottages, landscapes by low-country artists evoke languorous, bygone era; spa treatments include therapeutic mud wrap, followed by soaking in Spanish moss-and-citrus bath (“Boggin’ massage treatment”).

Hilton Head Isle
Restaurants
Hudson’s – 1 Hudson Road; 843-681-2772; hudsonsonthedocks.com; seafood.

Yemassee
Sights & Sites
Auldbrass Plantation – Auldbrass Plantation Road; 843-521-2175; openlandtrust.org/auldbrass-2017; private ticket sales on website; name is variation of “Old Brass,” name given to farmland & local river landing; earliest records date to 1736 when farm known as Mount Pleasant; industrial engineer, C. Leigh Stevens, joined 5 land parcels together along Combahee River to form plantation; main house, stable complex & kennels designed & built by Frank Lloyd Wright from 1940-1951.


BERKELEY, CHARLESTON & DORCHESTER COUNTIES
Awendaw
Restaurants
See Wee – 4808 North Highway 17; 843-928-3609; everything is fresh; worth special trip (from Charleston).

Isle of Palms
Hotels
Boardwalk Inn – 5757 Palm Boulevard; wilddunes.com; 843-866-6000 or 888-778-1876; 30 minutes from downtown Charleston on barrier island; panoramic ocean views.
Kiawah Island
Hotels
Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort – 1 Santuary Beach Drive; 843-768-2121 or 800-576-1570; kiawahresort.com; great location on beach.

Mount Pleasant
Sights & Sites
Boone Hall Plantation – 1235 Long Point Road; 843-884-4371; boonehallplantation.com; antebellum plantation listed on National Register of Historic Places; includes large Colonial Revival plantation house (1933-35) that replaces lost original house, slave cabins (also occupied by sharecroppers well into 20th Century), several flower gardens & historic “Avenue of Oaks”; earliest known reference to site in 1681; originated from land grant given to Major John Boone (470 acres); original wooden house constructed in 1790; among longest & oldest working plantations in America; open for tours.

Summerville
Hotels
Woodlands Resort & Inn – 125 Parsons Road; 843-875-2600 or 800-774-9999; woodlandsinn.com; built by railroad baron in 1906 as winter home.
Restaurants
Guerin’s Pharmacy – 140 South Main Street; 843-873-2531; guerinspharmacy.com; oldest pharmacy in South Carolina (since 1871); excellent for lunch.
Sights & Sites
Colonial Dorchester – 300 County Road (on Ashley River, about 18 miles from Charleston); 843-873-1740; southcarolinaparks.com/colonialdorchester/introduction.aspx; founded in February 1696 by followers of Rev. Joseph Lord from Dorchester, Massachusetts; abandoned in 1751, at Revolutionary War start; only handful original structures remain: brick bell tower of St. George’s Anglican Church, log wharf visible during low tide, and fort made of oyster-shell concrete called tabby; visitors can watch as archaeologists unearth settlement’s history.
Summerville Dorchester Museum – 100 East Doty Avenue; 843-875-9666; summervilledorchestermuseum.org.



FLORENCE COUNTY
Florence (includes Latta)
Hotels
Abingdon Manor – 307 Church Street (Latta); 843-752-5090 or 888-752-5090; abingdonmanor.com; 7-rooms in Victorian manor house.
Restaurants
Abingdon Manor – 307 Church Street (Latta); 843-752-5090; abingdonmanor.com; try Argentine beef with chimichurri sauce.



HORRY COUNTY
Myrtle Beach (includes North Myrtle Beach & Pawleys Island)
Restaurants
Hog Heaven – 7147 Ocean Highway (Pawleys Island); 843-237-7444; hogheaveninc.com; barbecue and seafood.
Sights & Sites
Molten Mountain – 1010 Vereen Drive (North Myrtle Beach); 843-280-5095; cancunlagoongolf.com; miniature golf with volcano that spews what appears to be watered-down, cherry Kool-Aid.



OCONEE COUNTY
Mountain Rest
Sights & Sites
Cherokee Boundary 1777 – near 624 State Park Road; nationalwarmemorialregistry.org/memorials/cherokee-boundary-1777-revolutionary-war-memorial-marker.

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