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he Charleston region is full of life, history and favorite destination for travelers, the Charleston region proudly opportunity. You have probably already discovered this as celebrates its history and the people who have helped shape the you are considering, or have already chosen, the region as area into what it is today. your new home. In addition, quality of life is something each community On the surface, the region’s beauty is takes seriously. Schools are a high impossible to ignore. In fact, it’s probably priority. New pedestrian- and family one of the many things that attracted you friendly neighborhoods are being built to the area. Rivers serenely wind through that mix seamlessly with established scenic marshlands. Historic buildings neighborhoods. There are abundant are shaded by grand live oaks draped in opportunities to experience arts, Spanish moss. There are a lot of advantages culture, outdoor recreation, shopping, to living in an area that’s easy on the dining and nightlife. eyes, whether you’ve set down roots in We invite you to explore the region, Summerville, Charleston, Mount Pleasant get to know your neighbors and discover Shrimp boats line Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant. or somewhere in between. the charms of the Lowcountry. It won’t But much deeper than the region’s beauty is its history, which take long before you become immersed in the area’s progressive dates back to 1670 when the first English settlers arrived and Southern culture and call Charleston your new hometown. established Charles Towne on the banks of the Ashley River. As a We’re certainly glad you’re here. Welcome home.

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The Charleston area is the home of many firsts. The city was founded in 1670, and you can barely take a step in any direction without seeing a historic building, plantation or other landmark. From Rainbow Row and the City Market downtown to Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s The Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra. Island, there is much to see and learn about. The Charleston arts scene is vibrant as well. Performing and visual arts come together in the annual Spoleto Festival.

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There are so many things that make Charleston special! My family enjoys being outdoors, and there’s something to be said about wearing shorts and t-shirts year-round. When company comes to town, we proudly take them downtown or to the beach for a stroll, visit county parks such as the Folly Beach and Mount Pleasant piers, McLeod Plantation Historic Site, and especially the Holiday Festival of Lights. And my sons and I frequent “The Joe” (Joe Riley Jr. Park) to catch Riverdogs baseball games. Obviously, the dining in Charleston is first class.  It’s always fun trying out new restaurants, or returning to our favorite ones that have been around a while.  After dinner, from time to time, we enjoy catching a play at one of the many theaters in the area. Whether it’s in Downtown Charleston, North Charleston, West Ashley, or on one of the Sea Islands, there is always something to do! Phil Macchia Chief Operating Officer, Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission

“Charleston is a beautiful city with a rich history, great food, vibrant arts scene, and warm people engaged in their community, and it’s evolving into a center for advanced technologies and businesses. With the current investments underway at the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, I believe Charleston’s health care system and research mission will shine as brightly as any of that, if not brighter. Over the next few years, South Carolinians will experience scientific breakthroughs and positive health outcomes for generations to come.”

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» Living In 42 Historic Charleston 46 Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island 48 North Charleston 50 Mount Pleasant 54 Daniel Island 55 West Ashley 57 James Island and Folly Beach 59 Johns and Wadmalaw Islands 60 Kiawah and Seabrook Islands 62 Summerville 65 Jedburg and Ridgeville 66 Moncks Corner 68 Goose Creek

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70 Sports and Recreation 74 Dog Parks 77 Golf Courses 78 Dining Out 80 Places to Stay 83 Alternative and Outdoor Venues 85 Arts Abound 88 Attractions and Tours 93 Calendar of Events 96 Newcomer Information and Map

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Volume 10

Guide

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contents

2 Introduction to Charleston 3 Sponsors’ Welcome 6 Why, Thank You 8 Market Facts 16 Education in the Lowcountry 23 Higher Education 28 Health and Wellness

»Resource 2018

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»Welcome


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WHY, THANK

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YOU

The Charleston area keeps racking up the recognition in many areas. Here are a few examples. We’re flattered... Charleston is the No. 1 World's Best City - Travel & Leisure, 2016 No. 1 Best City in the U.S. - Travel & Leisure, 2016, 2017 No. 1 Small U.S. City - Conde Nast Traveler, Readers’ Choice

The Huck Finn Fishing Festiva l is a popular event put on by the Environmental Education divi sion in the City of Charleston .

Awards, 2016 No. 1 The South’s Best City - Southern Living, 2018 No. 4 Best Midsize City for Jobs in 2017 - Forbes, 2016 Named to Top 25 list of America’s

What are Market Facts and Lists? Each year, the Charleston Regional Business Journal collects all kinds of data and facts about our region. These are presented in a visual way in Market Facts, which is published annually. In the following pages, you will be introduced to a sampling of this data, presented in chart, graph and table format. You will also be treated to samples from our annual Book of Lists. The lists are just what they sound like: listings of businesses and other organizations by category. The information is ranked by number of employees or some other criteria, and details about each company are painstakingly gathered by our researchers. The facts and lists published here are ones that will be of interest to newcomers. We hope you enjoy both of these added features to Intro Charleston.

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Best Cities - Outside, 2017 No. 19 Best Places to Live in the U.S. - U.S. News & World Report, 2015 No. 4 Best American Cities for Foodies - Conde Nast Traveler, 2014 Top 12 Technology Hubs in America - SlateTech, 2013

Sources: Charleston County Economic Development, Charleston Regional Development Alliance


Market Facts C

harleston’s economy has been growing and diversifying at a steady pace, with technology, engineering, architecture, service industries and health care ranking as the area’s fastest-growing job sectors. The emergence of technology startups heralds a growing knowledge economy and has earned Charleston the nickname “Silicon Harbor.” An economic driver for the entire state, the Port of Charleston consistenly posts new records for traffic and volume as the global economy continues a pattern of expansion. Ports, logistics, manufacturing and distribution companies account for a significant amount of economic activity in the Charleston region. The demand for residential and commercial real estate and rental properties has surged, while home builders and developers struggle to keep up with that demand. Construction in all sectors of the economy is running at near-record levels. Financial institutions operating in the Charleston area represent more than 25% of the financial assets in banks across the state. In the pages that follow we give you a visual representation of some data on the Charleston market through Market Facts. Each year, the Charleston Regional Business Journal publishes Market Facts: data and facts about our region presented in chart, graph and table format. The information here is from the most recent Market Facts publication.

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In this section Economic Drivers...............................................10 Area Information................................................. 12 Real Estate............................................................. 14


» ECONOMIC DRIVERS Manufacturing Mercedes-Benz Vans and Volvo Cars are in the midst of major manufacturing projects in the Lowcountry, and Boeing just delivered its first-ever 787-10 commercial jet, the first model built exclusively at the North Charleston plant. The companies join a slate of manufacturers in the Charleston region responsible for more

than 10,000 jobs, including Robert Bosch, KapStone, Nucor Steel, Cummins Turbo Technologies, Century Aluminum, JW Aluminum and more. The addition of Volvo and the Mercedes-Benz expansion are also drawing attention to the region from thirdparty companies that serve those major automakers’ supply-chain needs. Source: Charleston Regional Business Journal

Port of Charleston The S.C. State Ports Authority handled more than 1 million containers through April of fiscal year 2017, a 9% increase over the same period in 2016. Charleston’s port is the eighth largest in the U.S., behind Savannah, Ga., its nearest competitor geographically, which ranks sixth in terms of the value of goods handled each year.

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Cars coming, going at the port, 2016

245,579

Finished vehicles exported

22,050

Finished vehicles imported


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2016 tourism by the numbers

5.44 million visitors

$4.2 billion economic impact

Hospitality & Tourism Hospitality and tourism pump billions of dollars each year into the economies of Charleston and South Carolina as a whole. The robust sector serves as a major economic driver for businesses and communities across the state. In 2016, an estimated 5.44 million people visited the Lowcountry and spent an average of $286 per visitor per day. Overall,

tourism generated a total ecomonic impact of $4.2 billion. The year-round tourist season in the Lowcountry pulls visitors to the Charleston area in support of a vibrant food-and-beverage sector with world-class cuisine and events, including the Charleston Wine and Food Festival, Charleston Restaurant Week and the annual Chef’s Feast, among other festivals and events

$286 per person for expenditures per day Source: College of Charleston Tourism Analysis

that center around culinary arts. Retail shopping, performing arts and history, combined with renowned cuisine and the lure of the area’s beaches and waterways, make the Charleston region a natural choice for vacationers and sightseers. Photo/Senior Airman Dennis Sloan

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be a major job creator with manufacturing, technology, cybersecurity and contracting through SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic, Lockheed, General Dynamics, SRC and many other defense contractors throughout the region.

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Joint Base Charleston, which was created when the Naval Weapons Station and the Charleston Air Force Base joined into one military team, serves as the largest employer in the area with more than 20,000 employees. The defense sector continues to

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Defense Sector

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» AREA INFORMATION

Average Daily Population Growth, 2017

2017 Charleston-area population By county and major city

28 NET DAILY IN-MIGRATION

+10

217,937

156,456

Berkeley County

Dorchester County

42,619

50,388

Goose Creek

Summerville

86,668

110,861

North Charleston

401,438

134,875 Charleston

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Mean travel time to work (in minutes), 2015 Metro statistical areas

THE TREND:

URBAN SPRAWL LEADING TO LONGER COMMUTES

As more people move farther from the city centers, to find more affordable housing, the traffic they experience gets worse.

30.7

27.3

$43,348 $42,175

28.1

$41,437

Charleston

Berkeley

$39,656

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$41,002

Dorchester

Charlotte

Raleigh

24.8

Charleston

Source: 2015 Five Year American Community Survey

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$41,307

26.0

U.S. Average

Austin

Source: Charleston Regional Development Alliance

$44,000

24.0

25.9

TOTAL POPULATION GROWTH PER DAY

If you make $44,000 a year in the Charleston MSA, here's what you would need to earn to live similarly in these cities:

MEAN TRAVEL TIME BY COUNTY

26.2

38

Mount Pleasant

Charleston County

Atlanta

BIRTHS MINUS DEATHS

Atlanta

Asheville

Charlotte

Columbia

Greenville

Raleigh

Source: The Council for Community and Economic Research


» REAL ESTATE – 2013

– 2014

A look ahead at residential home sales

– 2015

– 2016

– 2017

– 2018 forecast

Number of homes sold

Average Sales Price THE TREND:

THE TREND:

INCREASING HOME SALES

2%

PRICES CONTINUE TO RISE

2.4%

That’s the forecast growth in the number of homes sold from 2017 to 2018.

25,000

20,000

2013 to 2019

16,002

15,000

That’s the forecast growth in the average sales price from 2017 to 2018.

$350K

46% increase from

13,100

14,256

17,789

18,378

18,746

– 2019 forecast

19,121

$300K

$340K $281K

$291K

$307K

$348K

$359K

$320K

$250K $200K $150K

10,000

$100K 5,000

0

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$50K 0 Sources: Charleston Trident Association of Realtors, 2017 Annual Report; Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Economic Outlook Forecast, 2018-2019

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New construction homes for sale 1,700

April 2016

Top areas: New construction market share in 2017

46.7%

Johns Island Goose Creek/Moncks Corner

1,600

36.3%

Hollywood/Ravenel/ Meggett Area 1,500

Peak of New Construction Inventory

34.1% 30.0% 23.4%

Upper Mount Pleasant Dorchester Road Corridor

1,400

1,300

1,200

1,100

1,000

2013

2014

2015

2016 2017 Source: Charleston Trident Association of Realtors, 2017 Annual Report

Residential home sales in the Charleston region Days on Market Until Sale Top 5 Areas:

Change in Days on Market from 2016

Closed Sales

Kiawah Daniel Island Folly Beach Upper Charleston Peninsula Upper Mount Pleasant

+35.8% +29.6% +14.6% +14.0% +9.7%

100 90

Seabrook Island Edisto Area Isle of Palms Johns Island Kiawah

Top 5 Areas:

Change in Closed Sales from 2016

+37.8% +19.9% +18.4% +16.0% +14.0%

19K

36%

86

Decrease from 2013 to 2017

80

80

18K 17K

18,381

40.2%

17,826

Increase from 2013 to 2017

16,221

70

16K 60

60

58

15K 55

14,257

50

14K

40

13K

13,104

30

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

12K

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Source: Charleston Trident Association of Realtors, 2017 Annual Report MARKET FACTS |

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he greater Charleston region has four school districts covering areas from downtown to suburban neighborhoods to rural and beach communities. Each district offers a variety of school programs, including magnet and charter schools with specialized programs of study. Charleston County School District is the largest, serving about 46,000 students countywide. Students living in the city of Charleston, North Charleston and Mount Pleasant all attend Charleston County schools as well as those on James Island, Johns Island and Sullivan’s Island. Berkeley County School District serves about 33,000 students in more than 40 schools that span the vast county. Students in such areas as Goose Creek, Hanahan, Daniel Island and Moncks Corner attend these schools. Dorchester County is divided into two districts with a total of around 28,000 students. Dorchester School District 2 serves Summerville and areas around it. Dorchester School District 4 educates children in the more rural parts of the county, including St. George, Ridgeville and Harleyville. Details on each district are given on the pages that follow.

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In this section School Districts................................................... 18 Private Schools................................................... 20 Higher Education............................................... 23 Colleges and Universities.............................. 25


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model site for arts infusion in South Carolina and was selected in 2007 as a Kennedy Center Creative Ticket School of Excellence and in 2010 as a National Blue Ribbon School. The Berkeley Center for the Arts at Goose Creek High School offers programs in creative writing, dance, orchestral strings, theater, visual arts, vocal music, and wind and percussion studies. Other innovative programs and schools include Berkeley County Middle College High School, a magnet school on Trident Technical College’s Berkeley Campus, and Scholars Academy, the district’s International Baccalaureate program. Marrington Middle School of the Arts is a National Blue Ribbon School that incorporates the arts as an essential component of the curriculum. The Gifted and Talented program serves academically advanced students. They are enrolled in classes to enrich and accelerate learning beyond the regular school curriculum, including in English and mathematics.

Charleston County School District

High school students from throughout Charleston County participate in the Charleston Regional Business Journal's STEM Career Fair at the Charleston Area Convention Center.

Berkeley County School District 229 E. Main St. Moncks Corner, SC 29461 843-899-8600 www.bcsdschools.net For a complete list of schools in Berkeley County School District, visit www.bcsdschools.net, Schools tab. To determine your neighborhood school based on home address, contact the school district office. Register your child online under the Students and Parents tab.

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Berkeley County School District, the fourth-largest school system in the state, is growing by about 1,000 students per year. It serves about 33,000 students and operates 43 schools, including nine high schools, 12 middle schools, 24 elementary schools and three alternative and adult option schools. Berkeley County provides arts magnet schools at each level of elementary, middle and high school. Howe Hall Arts Infused Magnet School serves students in kindergarten through fifth grade who are selected through a lottery process. Howe Hall is a

75 Calhoun St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-937-6300 www.ccsdschools.com For information on all the individual schools in the district, along with information on registering your child in the district, visit www.ccsdschools.com/Schools. To look up your neighborhood school based on home address, visit croppermap. com/charleston. Charleston County School District is the second-largest school system in South Carolina, representing a blend of urban, suburban and rural schools over nearly 1,000 square miles. The district serves about 46,000 students in 83 schools and several specialized programs. In Charleston County, each school-aged child is assigned to a neighborhood school based on grade level and home address. In addition, the district offers specialized programs, magnet schools and charter schools, including such specialized programming as Montessori, International Baccalau-


» School District Overview School District Map

Student enrollment, 2017

In Dorchester County, the districts divide along Eagle Drive, Indigo Road and Cummings Chapel Road. Berkeley Dorchester County School County School District District 4

50,000 40,000 30,000 20,000 10,000

Dorchester County School District 2

Berkeley

Charleston County School District

reate, military-infused, math and science, arts and technology programs. A number of options for adult education are also offered in the Charleston district, which strives to close the achievement gap and increase the graduation rate. The district is in the midst of completing a new strategic plan, with the focus on ensuring college, career and citizenship readiness for all students.

Charleston

Dorchester 4

Dorchester 2

Dorchester 4

Number of Schools, 2017 100 80 60 40 20 Berkeley

Charleston

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

Dorchester School District 2 102 Green Wave Blvd. Summerville, SC 29483 843-873-2901 www.edlinesites.net/pages/Dorchester_County_SD For a complete list of schools, look under the District Information tab on the website. This link has a list of schools for each subdivision in the area. For questions about attendance zones and which neighborhood school your child would attend, call the district office. Dorchester School District 2 is the largest employer in Dorchester County. The district serves about 26,000 students in suburban Summerville through three high schools, six middle schools and 15 elementary schools, plus an alternative program for grades six to 12

Dorchester 2

and an adult community education program. A school improvement program is underway that provided three new elementary schools. A new Rollings Middle School of the Arts opened in early 2018. The improvement program will also fund major expansions and renovations at five elementary and three middle schools. All three high schools will have classroom additions to accommodate increased career-readiness and technology programs to prepare students for college and the workforce. The new schools are helping alleviate overcrowding at all schools in the district. Recognized as a school system of excellence, Dorchester 2 has been awarded districtwide National Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission.

Dorchester School District 4 500 Ridge St. St. George, SC 29477 843-563-4535 www.dorchester4.k12.sc.us For a complete list of schools in the district, visit the website and check the Schools tab. To determine your neighborhood school zone, call the district office. Dorchester School District 4 is home to six schools — three elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school — and the Odyssey Educational Center, serving a student population of about 2,100. The district offers honors/advanced placement, college prep, tech prep and occupational courses.

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Phone

Website / Email

Enrollment / Teachers

Grades Student:Teacher Ratio B

Administrator(s) / Year Founded

Porter-Gaud School 300 Albemarle Road, Charleston , SC 29407

843-556-3620

www.portergaud.edu admissions@portergaud.edu

975 120

1-12 1:11

Northwood Academy 104 Charger Drive, Summerville, SC 29486

843-764-2284

www.northwoodacademy.com admissions@northwoodacademy.com

750 62

Pre-school through 12th 12:1

Ashley Hall 172 Rutledge Ave., Charleston, SC 29403

843-722-4088

www.ashleyhall.org info@ashleyhall.org

680 75

2 years old through 12th 9:1

Bishop England High School 363 Seven Farms Drive, Charleston, SC 29492

843-849-9599

www.behs.com INP

680 53

9-12 13:1

Pinewood Preparatory School 1114 Orangeburg Road, Summerville, SC 29483

843-873-1643

www.pinewoodprep.com bcrom@pinewoodprep.com

675 75

Pre-K3 through 12th 9:1

Palmetto Christian Academy 361 Egypt Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-881-9967

www.palmettochristianacademy.org lisas@palmettochristianacademy.org

632 84

Preschool through 12th 14:1

Christ Our King-Stella Maris School 1183 Russell Drive, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-884-4721

www.coksm.org frontoffice@coksm.org

610 45

Pre-K through 8th 14:1

St. John's Christian Academy 204 W. Main St., Moncks Corner, SC 29461

843-761-8539

www.sjcacavaliers.com info@sjcacavaliers.com

335 32

K3 through 12th 13:1

843-723-0664

www.masonprep.org mainoffice@masonprep.org www.cathedralacademy.com contact@cathedralemail.com www.charlestoncollegiate.org amulkey@charlestoncollegiate.org

305 30 300 28 300 43

K through 8 13:1 K4 through 12th 15:1 Pre-K through 12th 7:1

David DuBose Egleston 1867 Larry L. Evanoff, Darlene W. Anderson, Melanie Van Deusen 1978 Jill Muti 1909 Patrick Finneran, Nancy Heath, Mary Anne Tucker, Kit Brownell 1915 Stephen M. Mandell, Nicole Bailey, Brooks Crom 1952 JD Zubia 1992 John Byrnes, Susan Splendido 1950 Eric M. Denton Ed. D., Michael S. Overholt Ph. D., Cathy O. Ollic 1966 Erik Kreutner 1964 Patrick Stuart 1999 Hacker H. Burr 1970

School

Mason Preparatory School 56 Halsey Blvd., Charleston, SC 29401 Cathedral Academy 3790 Ashley Phosphate Road, North Charleston, SC 29418 Charleston Collegiate School 2024 Academy Drive, Johns Island, SC 29455

843-760-1192 843-559-5506

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Phone

Website / Email

Enrollment / Teachers

Grades Student:Teacher Ratio B

Administrator(s) / Year Founded

Faith Christian School 337 Farmington Road, Summerville, SC 29486

843-873-8464

www.faithchristiansc.com admin@faithchristiansc.com

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K3 through 12th 15:1

David Freberg 1987

Blessed Sacrament Catholic School 7 St. Teresa Drive, Charleston, SC 29407

843-766-2128

www.scbss.org sbendt@scbss.org

250 25

K3 through 8th 12:1

Katharine Murphy 1948

Charleston Day School 15 Archdale St., Charleston, SC 29401

843-266-9799

www.charlestondayschool.org christina.mahaffey@charlestonday.org

250 36

K-8 6:1

Tom Reid 1937

Sundrops Montessori School 955 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-849-3652

www.sundropsmontessori.com info@sundropsmontessori.com

230 37

6 weeks through 9th 9:1

Ridge Christian Academy 2168 Ridge Church Road, Summerville, SC 29486

843-873-9856

www.ridgechristian.info mrsbray@ridgechristian.info

220 25

Birth through 12th 10:1

Shannon Smith, David M. Douglass 1998 Gentry Ard, Maria P Bray, Brian Benedict 1997

The Oaks Christian School 505 Gahagan Road, Summerville, SC 29485

843-875-7667

www.oakschristianschool.org theoakschristianschool@gmail.com

205 20

K3 through 8th K3-K5 18:2; 1st-8th 18:1

Robin B. Boehler 1998

Dorchester Academy 234 Academy Road, St. George, SC 29477

843-563-9511

www.dorchesteracademy.org headmaster@dorchesteracademy.org

200 15

K3 through 12th 12:1

Roger Duffel 1966

Charleston Catholic School 888-A King St., Charleston, SC 29403

843-577-4495

www.charlestoncatholic.com charlestoncatholic@charlestoncatholic.org

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K4 through 8th 10:1

Fred S. McKay 1991

Summerville Catholic School 226 Black Oak Blvd., Summerville, SC 29485

843-873-9310

www.summervillecatholic.org scs@summervillecatholic.org

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K3 through 8th 15:1

Charlie Tisdale 1984

Coastal Christian Preparatory School 681 McCants Drive, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

843-884-3663

coastalchristian.org info@coastalchristian.org

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K2-12th 1 to 7

David M. Piccolo 1953

Divine Redeemer Catholic School 1104 Fort Drive, Hanahan, SC 29410

843-553-1521

www.divineredeemerschool.com office@divineredeemerchurch.org

140 11

K4 through 8th 12:1

Paulette Walker 1963

James Island Christian School 15 Crosscreek Drive, Charleston, SC 29412

843-795-1762

www.jics.org jics@jics.org

132 22

K2 through 8th 16:1

Jeremy Schwartz 1994

School

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The College of Charleston spring commencement ceremony.

» HIGHER EDUCATION

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hether you are a college-bound student, a college football fanatic, an employee or a resident interested in lectures and continuing education opportunities, there’s a good chance you will find what you are looking for in South Carolina’s higher education system. More than 239,000 students were enrolled in South Carolina’s public and independent two- and four-year institutions as of fall 2016. Founded in 1770, the College of Charleston is the city’s oldest institution. It is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university located in the heart of Photo/Charleston Southern University

historic Charleston. Students attend class in centuries-old buildings, and many spend their evenings working as waiters and bartenders — or pedaling tourists around in rickshaws. Because of their work ethic and spending power, the students are a vital part of Charleston’s thriving hospitality industry. The Citadel is another college with deep roots in Charleston. It’s not uncommon to spot a “knob” walking the Lowcountry’s streets. The freshman class is easily identified by the men’s shaved heads that resemble doorknobs — hence the nickname. A few dozen women also attend the military

South Carolina is home to 84 institutions of higher learning, including: •

Three research institutions

10 comprehensive teachi ng institutions

Four regional campuses of

16 technical colleges

23 independent senior ins

Two two-year independe nt institutions

Two private professional

24 out-of-state degree-grant ing institutions

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Left: Students sitting outside the L. Mendel Rivers Library at Charleston Southern University. Right: Young cadets marching at The Citadel in Charleston.

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Graphic design students at the Art Institute learn the skills they’ll need to enter the thriving design scene in Charleston.

college, although females were not allowed until 1996. The school is unique because it offers a classic military education described as “intense, meaningful and academically strong.” It differs from the nation’s traditional military schools because students are not required to join the service upon graduation. The Medical University of South Carolina is one of the area’s premier hospitals and includes a strong teaching component. Its specialty degree programs include dental, graduate studies, medicine, nursing and pharmacy. It is also one of the region’s largest employers, and the research conducted there is a vital part of the region’s high-tech biomedical industry. The Charleston School of Law is a private institution located in downtown Charleston. While the school was founded in 2003, like most things in this city, it is steeped in history. In November 1825, a group of Charleston attorneys petitioned the S.C. General

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Colleges and Universities

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Ranked by Total 2017 Enrollment

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Institution

Phone / Website Email

Enrollment / Faculty

Public/ Private

Top Three Undergraduate Majors, by Enrollment

Administrator

Trident Technical College 7000 Rivers Ave. North Charleston, SC 29406

843-574-6111 www.tridenttech.edu infocenter@tridenttech.edu

13,271 293

Public

Associate in Arts Associate in Science Nursing

Mary Thornley 1964

College of Charleston 66 George St. Charleston, SC 29424

843-953-5507 gradschool.cofc.edu admissions@cofc.edu

10,863 522

Public

Business Administration Biology Psychology

Glenn F. McConnell 1770

Charleston Southern University 9200 University Blvd. Charleston, SC 29406

843-863-7057 www.charlestonsouthern.edu graduateschool@csuniv.edu

3,733 176

Private

Nursing Kinesiology Business

Jairy C. Hunter Jr. 1964

The Citadel 171 Moultrie St. Charleston, SC 29409

843-225-3294 www.citadel.edu ocm@citadel.edu

3,717 201

Public

Business Administration Engineering Criminal Justice

John W. Rosa 1842

Medical University of South Carolina 171 Ashley Ave. Charleston, SC 29425

843-792-2300 www.musc.edu eslweb@musc.edu

2,962 288

Public

Biology, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Chemistry

David J. Cole 1824

ECPI University & Medical Careers Institute 7410 Northside Drive, Suite 100 Charleston, SC 29420

843-414-0350 www.ecpi.edu jweaver@ecpi.edu

640 25

Private

Health Science Computer and Information Science Electronics Engineering Technology

James Weaver 1966

Lowcountry Graduate Center 3800 Paramount Drive North Charleston, SC 29405

843-953-4723 www.lowcountrygradcenter.org mullernj@lowcountrygradcenter.org

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Public

The Citadel: MS in Project Management USC: Master of Social Work Anderson University: Master of Criminal Justice

Nancy Muller 2001

The Art Institute of Charleston 24 N. Market St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-727-3500 www.artinstitutes.edu/charleston aicscadm@aii.edu

354 8

Public

Culinary Arts Graphic and Web Design Fashion

Todd Harrison 2006

Webster University 4105 Faber Place Drive, Suite 100 North Charleston, SC 29405

843-760-1324 www.webster.edu/charleston charleston@webster.edu

320 2

Private

Management Psychology

Vivian GallmanDeRienzo 1915

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 101 W. Hill Blvd. North Charleston, SC 29404

843-767-8912 www.erau.edu/charleston charleston@erau.edu

300 20

Private

Aviation Management Professional Aeronautics Technical Management

John Johnson 2006

Limestone College Charleston Extended Campus 4500 Leeds Ave., Suite 208 Charleston, SC 29405

843-745-1100 www.limestone.edu sbutler@limestone.edu

297 3

Private

Business, Social Work, Liberal Studies

Darrell Parker 1845

American College of the Building Arts 649 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-577-5245 www.buildingartscollege.us handall@buildingartscollege.us

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Private

Timber Framing Architectural Iron Trowel Trades

Colby M. Broadwater III, James M. Waddell V 2004

USC Darla Moore School of Business 151 Market St. Charleston, SC 29401

803-777-2730 http://www.sc.edu/study/ colleges_schools/moore/index.php gradinfo@moore.sc.edu

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Public

International Business Finance and Marketing

Peter Brews 1975

Saint Leo University - North Charleston Center 7499 Dorchester Road North Charleston, SC 29418

843-554-2111 www.saintleo.edu/northcharleston northcharleston@saintleo.edu

58 2

Private

Business Administration Health Care Administration Criminal Justice

Stephanie D. Stinski 2012

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Culinary Institute students work in a commercial-grade kitchen at Trident Technical College.

Assembly for a charter institution. The following year, the Forensic Club started offering law lectures, beginning the Southeast’s earliest law school. In 2002, prominent Charleston judges and attorneys set out to establish a law school that would continue the 19th-century club’s tradition. The school earned accreditation in 2006 and graduated its first class the following year. The Charleston region is also home to several technical colleges that offer a host of two-year degrees and trade certifications.

The aerospace training program at Trident Technical College gives students a hands-on experience.

These include Trident Technical College in North Charleston, the state’s largest twoyear school. Upon the Boeing Co.’s 2009 announcement that it would locate an assembly plant for its 787 Dreamliner in North Charleston, Trident Tech announced it would expand its aviation electronics programs and dedicate nearly 10,000 square feet of space for Boeing-related training programs at its main campus. Students also have the option of attending satellite campuses for specialty training,

such as Embry Riddle Aeronautical University's two Lowcountry locations at Joint Base Charleston and in North Charleston. The Art Institute of Charleston opened in 2007 and is a branch of the Art Intitute of Atlanta. Its programs include commercial photography, culinary arts, fashion and retail management, graphic design and more. Charleston is also home to the American College of the Building Arts, which trains students in historical building trades such as ironwork or plaster. Photo/Mike Ledford/College of Charleston

The School of Sciences and Mathematics Building at the College of Charleston.

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The Lowcountry Graduate Center in North Charleston is an organization that formed to help working professionals gain advanced degrees through collaboration between the state’s colleges and universities. Despite myriad choices, South Carolina, like many states, is at a crossroads when it comes to higher education. Many exciting programs are underway here, including the South Carolina Centers for Economic Excellence program. The state created the Centers for Economic Excellence program in 2002 to provide incentives for the state’s research universities to raise capital from private sources to fund endowments for specialized research professorships. The professorships serve a unique role in helping cultivate critical public-private industrial partnerships and expanding the state’s knowledge base. At the same time, South Carolina is grappling with decreasing state funds and increased tuition costs. Without money for

The Health Science building at Charleston Southern University.

new facilities, demand in the coming years may outstrip capacity. And schools are constantly challenged with training students for the evolving high-tech industry. The good news is that university officials and lawmakers spend countless hours studying, debating and creating innovative ways to advance higher learning in South Carolina — without putting the financial burden on students and their families. The state’s colleges and universities — including many in the Lowcountry — offer a competitive education to traditional and

returning students. They also help fuel the local economy by serving as some of the area’s largest employers, by luring students and families to town, and by fostering relationships with the community and businesses. The Lowcountry’s institutions of higher learning are — and will continue to be — a major part of the cultural fabric of this region. For more information on higher education institutions in South Carolina, visit the S.C. Commission on Higher Education at www.che.sc.gov.

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Health and Wellness W

e like to take things easy here in the Lowcountry, but that doesn’t mean we don’t give attention to a diet and activity level that contributes to our health and wellbeing. In this section you will read about all the reasons living here can help inspire you to healthy living. And when medical care is what you need, we offer the finest in physicians, clinics and hospitals. Charleston has long been home to some of the top hospitals in South Carolina. When you are moving to a new place, finding out about health care can be a challenge. In these pages, we give you a list of urgent care centers, hospitals and retirement communities with full information about each. We hope you’ll find our guide useful in helping you settle into a healthy lifestyle. It’s one of Charleston’s charms.

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Photo/Brian Fancher Photography

James Island County Park East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival.

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ll the pieces are in place for a healthy lifestyle when you move to Charleston. The weather is mild all year, fresh food and outdoor activities are readily available, and when you need it, topnotch medical care is close by. So what are you waiting for? If you need a nudge to get started, there are organized efforts to help you. Just one of the many possibilities is Adventure Out, an outdoor fitness program presented by a partnership of Medical University of South Carolina and City of Charleston Parks and Recreation Department. Every week, a free fitness class is offered in a city park. It might be yoga at Brittle Bank Park or Hampton Park. It’s a great way to try out something new. For a schedule, see www.musc.edu/adventureout or the Adventure Out page on Facebook. If you prefer to exercise independently,

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try walking, swimming or hiking, suggests Suzie Walters, fitness specialist program coordinator in Health Sciences at Trident Technical College. “You have to enjoy what you do,” Walters said, so that you’ll stick with it. Just think about walking across the Arthur J. Ravenel Jr. bridge over the Cooper River or jogging along Folly Beach for inspiration. If you tire of the scenery in your own neighborhood, go walk downtown or along the water. You’re never more than 10 minutes away from a public park, and Charleston area parks have dozens of activities on the weekend. MUSC also partners with other groups on programs that promote the active lifestyle. One of those programs is the Charleston Healthy Business Challenge. It is free for any business and includes a website with scorecard and tips to help improve the cul-

ture of wellness with stress management, healthy eating and exercise. Go to www. chbchallenge.com for more information. Like to run or walk with a lot of new friends? Find organized events and get registered at www.eventbrite.com/d/sc-Charleston/races/ Honoring a former MUSC president, the Greenberg Greenway is a series of greenscapes that connect people with places that support the environment and ecology of the MUSC campus, provide opportunities for hands-on learning, and create an inviting space for exercise and other health-promoting activities. Components of the Greenway include the MUSC Arboretum, Urban Farm, Porcher Medicinal Garden, Walking Trails, and the MUSC Fitness Park. The greenway will continue to evolve with the campus. For information, visit musc.edu, Office of Health Promotion.


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For learning about healthy food – and observing how it grows – the Urban Farm at MUSC is a marvelous resource. “It’s five acres on the MUSC campus. We grow crops year-round, with 40 varieties of fruits, herbs and vegetables,” said Susan Johnson, director of Health Promotion at MUSC. The farm, at the corner of Bee and President streets, offers free gardening and health programs, field trips for school children, a wellness and dietitian program, guest speakers and community events. Visitors are invited to take a self-guided tour, or volunteer to help with gardening tasks. You won’t go home empty-handed, as the harvested crops are shared with the community. “It’s a free resource for our community,” Johnson said. There are Saturday work and learn programs with a kid focus. You just might be inspired to plant your own garden – and the Lowcountry climate is congenial for that. During the growing season, fresh foods are always available at the many farmers markets in the Lowcountry. Two of the larger

Varieties of homemade pasta from Rio Bertolini’s at the Johns Island Farmers Market.

ones are at Marion Square downtown and in Mount Pleasant. Another way to get your fresh food is by CSA – Community Supported Agriculture. About 10 farms in the area deliver fresh produce weekly to those who pur-

chase a CSA membership. Information about CSAs, farmers markets and roadside markets can be found at agriculture.sc.gov. “When you buy local, you’re not promoting use of fossil fuels,” said Walters of Trident

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Tech. “It’s also fresher and better for us.” She pointed out that fresh seafoods are also easily found in the Lowcountry. The local seafood won’t contain the antibiotics of farmed seafoods and will be much fresher. When your quest for wellness means you need medical care, you’re in a good place. The Lowcountry is home to several major hospitals and many specialty clinics, rehabilitation services, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. MUSC is building a new hospital dedicated to the care of women and children. The MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and the Women’s Pavilion are scheduled to open in 2019. The hospital will have a 10-story patient tower, with the top floor dedicated to children’s cancer care, and a five-story inpatient procedure area, with a dedicated floor for labor and delivery. Ground was broken for the hospital, at Calhoun and Courtenay streets, in August 2016. Patient rooms will be larger and furnished to accommodate short or long stays by patients and their families.

The Cooper River Bridge Run attracts more than 40,000 runners to the annual spring event.

The hospital will have a neonatal intensive care unit and a comprehensive pediatric heart center. The Advanced Fetal Care Center will be the state’s first comprehensive prenatal center for families expecting babies with complex congenital birth defects and medical

problems. In addition, Roper St. Francis is constructing a hospital and medical office building at Carnes Crossroads, where U.S. Highways 17-A and 176 intersect near Goose Creek, which will serve growing Berkeley County.


» MAKE ROOM FOR GOOD HEALTH IN YOUR BUSY DAY Always on the run with no time to exercise or plan meals? Here are some tips to help:

1. Don’t allow technology to get in the way. Take the stairs, park a couple of blocks away from your destination, and at the golf course, walk rather than taking a cart. 2. At work, incorporate a treadmill desk if possible. You can walk at low speed while talking on the phone or reading reports. 3. Schedule workout meetings, where you walk while you talk. 4. With your children, look for exercisebased outdoor fun. Go to a park or seek out a “Mommy and Me” exercise class. Exercising with kids builds family bonds and healthy habits. When you play with your children, you’re creating memories.

5. When you’re doing household chores or gardening, add a deep knee bend or squat in between steps of a task. Do arm curls with the cans while putting away groceries.

6. Choose the manual tool rather than the power tool when doing chores. A broom or rake gives you more exercise than a power blower. 7. When you’re tired at the end of the day, try the “10-minute ticker.” You can do anything for 10 minutes – such as walking or using the treadmill – and once you start, you’ll continue longer and feel energized. 8. Find a support group to walk or run with. You’ll make new friends and strengthen bonds with your community.

9. Learn to read food labels. Watch out for high levels of sugar and sodium in processed foods. Be sure to eat breakfast to get your metabolism going. 10. Make family meals a time to nourish your body and family by spending quality time with each other. Research suggests that eating family meals at home helps reduce risk of obesity in kids and helps adults maintain healthy weight. 11. Grow your own vegetables to provide fresh produce while improving health, easing stress and building family connections. 12. Teach the value of exercise by teaming up with your children for a fund-raising race. These 5Ks are usually family friendly with a mix of walkers and runners.

Source: Susan Johnson, director of Health Promotion, MUSC; Suzie Walters, fitness specialist program coordinator, Health Sciences, Trident Technical College

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Urgent Care Centers

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Listed alphabetically Care Now Urgent Care www.carenow.com 843-507-8925 515 St. James Ave., Goose Creek, SC 29445 Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Treatment of accidental injuries, allergy symptoms, bronchitis, bug bites, minor bruises and burns, ear infections, eye infections, fever, flu and cold symptoms, joint pain, sprains and strains, pink eye, skin conditions, nausea Centre Point Emergency www.tridenthealthsystem.com 843-849-2400 5249 Emmett I. Davis Jr. Ave. North Charleston, SC 29406 Hours: 24/7 Full service ER Concentra www.concentra.com 843-554-6737 4115 Dorchester Road Suite 100 North Charleston, SC 29405 Hours: M-F: 8:00-5:00pm Treat a wide range of injuries and illnesses, including sprains and broken bones to coughs, colds, and flu Concentra www.concentra.com 843-735-5020 7519 Rivers Ave., North Charleston, SC 29406 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m.-5 p.m. Workers comp injury, drug screening, physicals, medical consulting, immigration physicals, vaccinations Doctors Care Charleston West www.DoctorsCare.com 843-402-6834 3424 Shelby Ray Court, Charleston, SC 29414 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Online check-in. Urgent care, family care. Onsite lab and X-rays; foreign travel medicine; sports and camp physicals; cold, flu and allergy testing and care; sprains, cuts, burns and other minor injuries. Non-surgical osteoarthritis knee treatment. DOT physicals and employer health services. Open late and on weekend, walk-ins welcome. Doctors Care Dorchester Road www.DoctorsCare.com 843-871-7900 10160 Dorchester Road, Summerville, SC 29485 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Online check-in. Urgent care, family care. Onsite lab and X-rays; foreign travel medicine; sports and camp physicals; cold, flu and allergy testing and care; sprains, cuts, burns and other minor injuries. Non-surgical osteoarthritis knee treatment. DOT physicals and employer health services. Open late and on weekend, walk-ins welcome. Doctors Care Ivy Hall www.DoctorsCare.com 843-884-6424 3074 U.S. Highway 17 North Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Online check-in. Urgent care, family care. Onsite lab and X-rays; foreign travel medicine; sports and camp physicals; cold, flu and allergy testing and care; sprains, cuts, burns and other minor injuries. DOT physicals and employer health services. Open late and on weekend, walk-ins welcome.

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Doctors Care James Island www.doctorscare.com 843-762-2360 743 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29412 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Online check-in. Urgent care, family care. Onsite lab and X-rays; foreign travel medicine; sports and camp physicals; cold, flu and allergy testing and care; sprains, cuts, burns and other minor injuries. Non-surgical osteoarthritis knee treatment. DOT physicals and employer health services. Open late and on weekend, walk-ins welcome. Doctors Care Moncks Corner www.doctorscare.com 843-899-3870 459 U.S. Highway 52 N., Moncks Corner, SC 29461 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Online check-in. Urgent care, family care. Onsite lab and X-rays; foreign travel medicine; sports and camp physicals; cold, flu and allergy testing and care; sprains, cuts, burns and other minor injuries. DOT physicals and employer health services. Open late and on weekend, walk-ins welcome. Doctors Care Mount Pleasant www.DoctorsCare.com 843-881-0815 631 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Online check-in. Urgent care, family care. Onsite lab and X-rays; foreign travel medicine; sports and camp physicals; cold, flu and allergy testing and care; sprains, cuts, burns and other minor injuries. Non-surgical osteoarthritis knee treatment. DOT physicals and employer health services. Open late and on weekend, walk-ins welcome. Doctors Care Northwoods www.DoctorsCare.com 843-572-7000 8091 Rivers Ave., North Charleston, SC 29406 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Online check-in. Urgent care, family care. Onsite lab and X-rays; foreign travel medicine; sports and camp physicals; cold, flu and allergy testing and care; sprains, cuts, burns and other minor injuries. DOT physicals and employer health services. Open late and on weekend, walk-ins welcome. Doctors Care Summerville www.DoctorsCare.com 843-871-3277 410 N. Main St., Summerville, SC 29483 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Online check-in. Urgent care, family care. Onsite lab and X-rays; foreign travel medicine; sports and camp physicals; cold, flu and allergy testing and care; sprains, cuts, burns and other minor injuries. Non-surgical osteoarthritis knee treatment. DOT physicals and employer health services. Open late and on weekend, walk-ins welcome. Doctors Care West Ashley www.DoctorsCare.com 843-556-5585 1851 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Charleston, SC 29407 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Urgent care, family care. Onsite lab and X-rays; foreign travel medicine; sports and camp physicals; cold, flu and allergy testing and care; sprains, cuts, burns and other minor injuries. Non-surgical knee pain treatment. DOT physicals and employer health services. Open late and on weekend, walk-ins welcome.

Health First - Mount Pleasant www.healthfirstcares.com 843-572-5990 2863 U.S. Highway 17 N., Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Urgent care, including treatment of cough, flu, cold, fever, sore throat, sinus and ear infections, allergic reactions and allergies, sprains Health First - North Charleston www.healthfirstcares.com 843-572-5990 8740 Rivers Ave., North Charleston, SC 29406 Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Urgent care, including treatment of cough, flu, cold, fever, sore throat, sinus and ear infections, allergic reactions and allergies, sprains

Palmetto Urgent Care palmettoprimarycare.com 843-302-8840 2550 Elms Centre Road North Charleston, SC 29406 Hours: Mon.-Sun. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. General medical care Renew Medical IV Spa and Urgent Care www.renewmedicalcare.com 843-800-8110 442 King St., 2nd Floor, Charleston, SC 29403 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Sat.- Sun. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Urgent care services including treatment of allergies, arthritis, asthma, bites and stings, bladder and urinary infections, couch and congestion, cuts and scrapes, ear infections, flu, joint inflammation, rashes and eczema, ringworm, sexually transmitted diseases, sinus infection, strep throat, upper respiratory infection; house calls, IV Therapy, Boost camp

Health First - Summerville www.healthfirstcares.com 843-572-5990 1675 N. Main St., Summerville, SC 29483 Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Roper St. Francis After Hours Care Urgent care, including treatment of hacking www.rsfh.com/late cough, flu, cold, fever, sore throat, sinus and ear infections, allergic reactions and allergies, sprains 843-402-5283 180 Wingo Way, Suite 110, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Health First - West Ashley After hours primary and urgent care www.healthfirstcares.com 843-572-5990 Roper St. Francis Express Care 1115 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407 www.rsfh.com/express-care Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 843-402-5283 Urgent care, including treatment of cough, flu, 319 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29412 cold, fever, sore throat, sinus and ear infections, Hours: Mon.-Sun. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. allergic reactions and allergies, sprains Treatment of many minor injuries or illnesses such as: cold or flu symptoms, sore throats, sinus Kiawah-Seabrook Medical & Urgent Care infections, earaches, upset stomachs, diarrhea or www.urgentcare.com/clinic/3800/kiawahvomiting, sprained ankles, minor cuts or scrapes seabrook-medical-amp-urgent-care 843-768-4800 Roper St. Francis Express Care 345 Freshfields Drive, Suite J101 www.rsfh.com/express-care Johns Island, SC 29455 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed noon-1 p.m.); 843-402-5283 8901 University Blvd., Suite 131 Sat. 8 a.m.-noon North Charleston, SC 29406 General family medicine and primary care, lab and X-ray services, urgent care and occupational Hours: Mon.-Sun. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Treatment of many minor injuries or illnesses medicine-worksite partners such as: cold or flu symptoms, sore throats, sinus MedCare Urgent Care Center - North Charleston infections, earaches, upset stomachs, diarrhea or vomiting, sprained ankles, minor cuts or scrapes www.medcareurgentcare.com 843-552-3629 8720 Dorchester Road, North Charleston, SC 29420 Roper St. Francis Express Care www.rsfh.com/express-care Hours: Mon.-Sun. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 843-402-5283 Walk-in treatment for injury and illness; coughs, colds, fevers, rashes, allergic reactions, abdominal 1114 N. Main St., Summerville, SC 29483 Hours: Mon.-Sun. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. pain, lacerations, sprains, fractures workers’ Treatment of many minor injuries or illnesses compensation injuries; on-site lab, digital X-ray, such as: cold or flu symptoms, sore throats, sinus CT scans, EKGs, IV fluids, immunizations and infections, earaches, upset stomachs, diarrhea or vaccinations; annual physicals, sports physicals vomiting, sprained ankles, minor cuts or scrapes MedCare Urgent Care Center - West Ashley Roper St. Francis Express Care www.medcareurgentcare.com www.rsfh.com/express-care 843-793-6093 843-402-5283 1850 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Charleston, SC 29407 4278 Ladson Road, Summerville, SC 29485 Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sun. Hours: Mon.-Sun. 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. Walk-in treatment for injury and illness; coughs, colds, fevers, rashes, allergic reactions, abdominal Treatment of many minor injuries or illnesses such as: cold or flu symptoms, sore throats, sinus pain, lacerations, sprains, fractures workers’ infections, earaches, upset stomachs, diarrhea or compensation injuries; on-site lab, digital X-ray, vomiting, sprained ankles, minor cuts or scrapes CT scans, EKGs, IV fluids, immunizations and vaccinations; annual physicals, sports physicals


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Active Staff Physicians / Registered Nurses

Administrator(s) / Year Founded

MUSC Medical Center 169 Ashley Ave. Charleston, SC 29425

843-792-2300 www.muschealth.org INP

700 37,897

904 2,794

David J. Cole, Patrick J. Cawley 1824

Roper Hospital 316 Calhoun St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-724-2901 www.rsfh.com INP

316 12,539

425 677

Stephen Porter, Matthew Severance 1829

843-797-7000 www.tridenthealthsystem.com INP

313 17,393

400 745

Todd Gallati 1975

843-402-1000 www.rsfh.com INP

204 8,946

362 402

Anthony Jackson 1882

843-577-5011 www.charleston.va.gov INP

152 4,415

200 450

Scott R. Isaacks 1966

843-970-5000 www.tridenthealthsystem.com INP

94 6,500

530 292

Lisa Valentine 1989

Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital 3500 U.S. Highway 17 N. Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

843-606-7000 www.rsfh.com INP

85 1,922

275 128

Anthony Jackson 2010

Roper Rehabilitation Hospital 316 Calhoun St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-724-2842 www.rsfh.com INP

52 1,136

6 48

Troy Powell 1992

Moncks Corner Medical Center 401 N. Live Oak Drive Moncks Corner, SC 29461

843-761-8721 www.tridenthealthsystem.com INP

8 0

42 16

Todd Gallati 1986

Cognitive & Behavioral Health Center of Charleston 29 Leinbach Drive Charleston, SC 29407

843-501-7001 cbhealthcenters.com j.monnier@cbhealthcenter.com

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Cindy Carter, Jeannine Monnier 2014

843-899-7700 www.rsfh.com INP

0 0

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Brenda R. Myers 1992

Trident Medical Center 9330 Medical Plaza Drive Charleston, SC 29406

Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital 2095 Henry Tecklenburg Blvd. Charleston, SC 29414

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center 109 Bee St. Charleston, SC 29401

Summerville Medical Center 295 Midland Parkway Summerville, SC 29485

Roper Hospital - Berkeley 730 Stony Landing Road Moncks Corner, SC 29461

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Retirement Communities

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Transportation

Sandy Stoll, Mark Lee 1892

Robin Miller 1958

Kathryn Woolley, Dina I. Mewett 2003

Megan Martin 2002

Tyler Mikell 2000

Janine N. Bauder 1929

Benjamin Bowles 1980

Laundry

Sarah E.H. Tipton 1850

Library

Guest Apts.

General Store

Beds / Employees

Fitness Center

Administrator / Year Founded

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Salon/Barber

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Services

843-406-6298 www.bishopgadsden.org

402 275

843-856-4700 frankeatseaside.org

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The Village at Summerville 201 W. Ninth North St., Summerville, SC 29483

843-873-2550 www.PresCommunities.org

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Summit Place of Daniel Island 320 Seven Farms Drive, Charleston, SC 29492

843-884-4104 www.summitplaceofdanielisland.com

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The Palmettos of Charleston 1900 Ashley Crossing Drive, Charleston, SC 29414

843-852-0505 www.thepalmettosofcharleston.com

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Savannah Place Senior Living 1501 Secessionville Road , Charleston , SC 29412

843-499-1657 www.enlivant.com

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843-556-8314 www.charitiessc.org

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Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community 1 Bishop Gadsden Way, Charleston, SC 29412

Franke at Seaside 1885 Rifle Range Road , Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Carter-May Home/St. Joseph Residence 1660 Ingram Road, Charleston, SC 29407

Bowles Community Care Home 9270 N. U.S. Highway 17, McCellanville, SC 29458

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ach year, more and more retirees discover the benefits of relocating to the Charleston area. The mild weather, historic surroundings, cultural arts and idyllic location on the water make it a picturesque place to celebrate days of leisure. South Carolina also has low property taxes and no estate tax, enticing retirees to move to the area. The cost of living is at the national average and crime remains low in the Charleston area. The price of new and existing homes varies significantly in the Lowcountry, depending on how close to the water you want to live and which county you choose. Charleston County homes sell for an average of just over $300,000, while the average price in Berkeley and Dorchester counties is about $190,000. Of course, deep-water-access and beach homes can easily cost in the millions. A robust economy, quality health care

facilities and a host of recreational activities give the Charleston area everything retirees require for a relaxing lifestyle. The population of those 65 years and older is growing nationwide, and the Charleston area is no exception. That means planning

for more health care facilities, more affordable housing and recreational activities to address the needs of the aging population. The Medical University of South Carolina, Roper St. Francis Healthcare and East Cooper Medical Center all serve area health care

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Moncks Corner Senior Center Berkeley Seniors Inc. (BSI) 103 Gulledge St. Moncks Corner, SC 29461 843- 761-0390

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Awendaw Senior Center South Santee Senior and Community Center 6655 N. U.S. Highway 17 Awendaw, SC 29429 843-928-3280

Senior Program at Echo House Coastal Catholic Charities 3921 St. John’s Ave. North Charleston, SC 29405 843- 308-9361

Dorchester

St. Stephen Senior Center Berkeley Seniors Inc. (BSI) 1264 Russelville Road St. Stephen, SC 29469 843- 761-0390

CASC Senior Center Charleston Area Senior Citizens Inc. (CASC) 259 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29401 843- 722-4127

Faith Sellers Senior Center Dorchester Seniors Inc. 312 North Laurel St. Summerville, SC 29483 843- 871-5053

South Berkeley Senior Center Berkeley Seniors Inc. (BSI) 103 Thurgood Road Goose Creek, SC 29455 843- 761-0390

Lowcountry Senior Center 865 Riverland Drive Charleston, SC 29412 843-990-5555

David Sojourner Senior Center 5361 E. Jim Bilton Blvd. St. George, SC 29477 843-563-3707

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needs. Trident Health Care System is another provider in the Charleston area, with locations in Summerville and Moncks Corner. The Summerville Medical Center has found a niche in treating ailments common in seniors, routinely scoring top points from the Joint Commission for its treatment of heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia. Palmetto Primary Care Physicians is building a new medical campus in the Nexton mixed-use community in Summerville. Berkeley County is scheduled to have its first full-service hospital when Roper-St. Francis’ new facility at Carnes Crossroads in Goose Creek opens in 2019. Strong retirement communities and long-term assisted living facilities are abundant in and around the Charleston area. The Charleston area offers a number of public recreational activities and options for a healthy lifestyle. The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission has a host of parks and waterfront piers and offers discounts on yearly memberships for seniors.

The James Island County Park, Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park and North Charleston Wannamaker County Park offer walking trails, canoeing, kayaking and shelters for gatherings. For those looking for an easy stroll along the beach, there’s the Isle of Palms County Park and Kiawah Beachwalker Park. The Folly Beach Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier has become a hot spot for catching fish. Charleston County wants to create more biking options in the area. In the next several years, the county plans to construct the

Lowcountry Lowline, which will add miles of bike trails to connect all of the county’s parks. Numerous farmers markets offer fresh, local produce. A weekly Saturday morning market draws hundreds to downtown Charleston between April and November. A similar market draws residents and visitors in Mount Pleasant on Tuesday afternoons. Food stands dot the landscape, and most accept vouchers for seniors under the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP).

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ow that you have decided to make the Charleston area your new home, you’ll need to decide where you want to live. There are so many choices, and all have something unique to offer. You could live in the historic downtown, across the harbor in Mount Pleasant, in a suburban neighborhood or at the beach. You really can’t go wrong, whether you settle in booming North Charleston or neighborly Moncks Corner. In these pages, we tell you at length about each of the possibilities. We talk about the community, the history, the neighborhoods and businesses and a touch of the lifestyle you can expect. To help you visualize, we show some photos of each area. And when you get ready to move in, you’ll find phone numbers and websites to help you get settled. Enjoy!

In this section Historic Charleston........................................... 42 Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island............ 46 North Charleston............................................... 48 Mount Pleasant................................................... 50 Daniel Island........................................................ 54 West Ashley.......................................................... 55 James Island and Folly Beach..................... 57 Johns and Wadmalaw Islands..................... 59 Kiawah and Seabrook Islands..................... 60 Summerville.......................................................... 62 Jedburg and Ridgeville.................................... 65 Moncks Corner................................................... 66 Goose Creek......................................................... 68

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Historic Charleston A blend of old Southern charm and new development

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city that defines Southern grace and charm, Charleston draws in visitors and residents with its rich history, vibrant culture and waterfront panoramas. Stroll down King Street to browse boutiques, wander through art galleries in the French Quarter, or tour some of the city’s wonderful old homes and churches. Fine dining has become synonymous with the Lowcountry, and downtown Charleston is the heart of a growing world-class culinary scene. Unforgettable dining experiences abound throughout the peninsula. Charleston is home to a well-established higher education community. The College of Charleston was granted a charter in 1785 and the school maintains a large presence downtown. In 1824, the Medical University of South

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Carolina was founded, becoming the first medical school in the South. The MUSC campus and hospital occupy a large area on the peninsula’s western side between Calhoun and Bee streets, along with other health care providers, such as Roper St. Francis and the VA Medical Center. Charleston is an old city, but new projects have risen all over the peninsula. A surge in renovation and construction, spurred by record tourism numbers and a thriving economy, has added numerous hotels, mixed-use and retail spaces. But the old charm prevails. Despite wide-

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Sweetgrass Baskets One of the oldest handcrafts of African origin in the U.S. Numerous resident artists still create these baskets from indigenous plants at the Charleston City Market.

All phone numbers are 843 area code, except where noted

City of Charleston................................................. 577-6970 www.charleston-sc.gov Charleston County School District.........937-6300 Building permits....................................................577-5550

Charleston Water System..............................727-6800 S.C. Electric & Gas Co..............................800-251-7234 Trash and recycling............................................724-7364


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Charleston Wine and Food Festival Held in late February/early March, this annual festival celebrates the culinary history and culture of the Lowcountry. Photo/Spoleto Festival USA

The Pineapple Fountain is an iconic landmark in downtown Charleston. Photo/Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Spoleto Festival USA This 17-day festival draws dozens of music, dance and theater companies to Charleston with more than 120 performances at many historic and unique venues starting in May. Photo/SEWE

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition Conservation exhibits, birds of prey, retriever demonstration and Dock Dogs are among the highlights of this expo held each Crowds flock to the Charleston City Market on Market Street.

February.

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spread damage from a major earthquake in 1886 and Hurricane Hugo in 1989, Charleston still has some of the most historic homes and buildings in the South. A designated “historic district” preserves many residential properties.

Neighborhoods

Rainbow Row is one of the most famous landmarks on the peninsula.

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The housing options downtown range from the sprawling, pastel-colored, multimillion-dollar homes to new luxury condos overlooking the Ashley River. The median price of homes downtown is higher than surrounding areas. South of Broad is the neighborhood literally south of Broad Street that includes the often-photographed Battery and Waterfront Park. This area has some of the most expensive real estate in Charleston with most of the houses coming with a price tag in the millions. Walk down the streets in this quiet, storied neighborhood to catch a glimpse of traditional Charleston gardens and verandas. The French Quarter, above Broad Street, is bound by Market and Meeting streets

Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor is where the Civil War began and is open for public tours.

and Waterfront Park. It is characterized by the many art galleries, cobblestone streets and restaurants that fill the area, and it is named for the French merchants who once occupied the area. Above the French Quarter is Ansonborough, the peninsula’s first neighborhood, although much of it was destroyed in a fire in 1838 and had to be rebuilt. Many of the houses have Greek Revival characteristics


Photo/Home Team BBQ

Home Team BBQ has multiple locations around the Charleston area, including downtown Charleston, West Ashley and Sullivan’s Island.

and were built by some of Charleston’s oldest family names, such as Joseph Legare and Edward McCrady. Harleston Village is another one of the old neighborhoods that was developed in 1770. It encompasses the area north of Broad Street to Calhoun Street. It includes Colonial Lake, which was set aside for public use in 1768. Renovations in 2016 added more seating and pathways, popular with joggers and dog walkers. The architecture includes Italian and Georgian, as well as styles that span the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Radcliffeborough is bound by King, Vanderhorst, Smith and Radcliffe streets and contains much of the College of Charleston campus. Many of the houses have Italian and Gothic Revival influences. To the west and north of Radcliffeborough are Cannonborough and Elliottborough, where homes are being renovated at a rapid rate. Close to MUSC, this area is popular with medical students and families who want a house downtown without the price of a lower-peninsula property. To the east of Radcliffeborough is the

Mazyck-Wraggborough neighborhood, which stretches from King over to Washington Street. Anchoring the area is the landmark Marion Square, the 10-acre public park that houses a farmers market on Saturdays from April to December The area also includes the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, the Charleston Museum and the newly renovated Gaillard Center, Charleston’s premier venue for performances and special events. Farther up the peninsula, Hampton Park Terrace and Wagener Terrace offer more housing options with turn-of-the-century and brick bungalow homes. The Citadel campus is part of the Hampton Park area. New developments are opening up residential spaces, such as the Midtown project on upper King Street that includes condominiums and single-family houses mixed in with commercial space. The WestEdge project is revitalizing areas near the medical district and the Ashley River. The massive project will ultimately include medical research, residential, retail and office space.

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KNOWLEDGE Many of the streets and buildings around the peninsula are pronounced in a very distinct way by the locals. Mispronunciation will be a telltale sign that you’re “from off.” Here are a few pronunciations and sayings that will have you sounding like a local, right from the start.

Huger Street Pronounced Hugh-Gee

The Gaillard Center Charleston’s premier venue is pronounced Gil-yard

From off If you weren’t born in Charleston, then come and live here, you’ll always be “from off ”

Pluff mud The mud of the tidal marshes that emit the signature smell of the Lowcountry

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Aerial view of Isle of Palms.

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Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island For a day’s visit or a lifetime, islands’ beaches beckon

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ing spaces and public uses. Victorian homes line shaded streets. About 2,000 people live on the 3.3-square-mile island, which remains a popular destination for beach-goers from Charleston and Mount Pleasant. But with no hotels, the beach is seldom crowded. Easements and strict regulations protect the island’s dunes and maritime forests, and its lighthouse, which began operation in 1962, was conveyed to the National Parks Service in 2008. Though Sullivan’s Island was home to

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Release program Sea turtles that have been rehabilitated at the S.C. Aquarium are released at the Isle of Palms.

All phone numbers are 843 area code, except where noted

City of Isle of Palms...........................................886-6428 www.iop.net Town of Sullivan’s Island.................................883-3198 www.sullivansisland-sc.com Charleston County School District.........937-6300 Isle of Palms building permits...................886-9912 Isle of Palms Water and Sewer.................886-6148

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ast Cooper’s two beach-front islands are connected by one bridge but represent two distinct lifestyles. Sullivan’s Island lies at the entrance to Charleston Harbor and spent much of its history as a slave port. Its strategic position made it a key to the seaward defense of the city of Charleston and it was fortified well into the 20th century. To Charlestonians of the late 19th and early 20th century, Sullivan’s Island was the beach to which they escaped by boat when the summer heat grew unbearable. Today, the island’s military and beach-retreat heritage give the place an elegantly shabby, slow-moving style that is unique among Southern beach communities. Islanders have adapted abandoned fortifications and disused buildings from Fort Moultrie’s sprawling past into creative liv-

City of Isle of Palms trash..................................720-7111 Sullivan’s Island building permits...........883-5727 Sullivan’s Island water system................. 883-3947 Sullivan’s Island trash.......................................884-8518 S.C. Electric & Gas Co..............................800-251-7234 Recycling (Charleston County).....................720-7111


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DO’S Isle of Palms Connector Run The nonprofit 5K and 10K race benefits child abuse prevention efforts. The 2018 run will be held Oct. 6.

Poe’s Tavern is one of the lively restaurants Sullivan’s Island residents enjoy.

million-dollar homes line the water and its Front Beach commercial district bustles with restaurants and shops. The IOP’s Windjammer Lounge is a classic beachfront bar and music venue, and the annual Polar Bear Swim on Sullivan’s Island, which draws thousands of high-spirited bathers every New Year’s Day, originates at Dunleavy’s Pub in the island’s tiny downtown. Life on the islands offers distinct choices for those who can afford them — the upscale energy of the IOP versus the quirkier charms of Sullivan’s Island. Residents of both islands benefit from one of the area's finest elementary schools, enjoy easy access to shopping via the Isle of Palms Connector and can often be spotted tooling around in their ubiquitous electric golf carts.

Isle of Palms Farmers’ Market Shop local food and art, and enjoy live music entertainment. The market is open every Thursday from 4-7 p.m.

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KNOWLEDGE “Meet me at Station 12.”

Isle of Palms County Park offers year-round amenities, including boardwalks, playground, sand volleyball court, and picnic/grill areas.

Photo/Charleston County Parks and Recreation

two settlements in the 19th century, the neighboring Isle of Palms remained a remote, sparsely populated vacation spot until the early 20th century. A 50-room hotel opened in 1906, followed in 1912 by a beach pavilion and amusement park. First known as Hunting Island, and then Long Island, developers renamed it the Isle of Palms in 1913 to attract tourists. Development of the 5.6-square-mile island didn’t begin in earnest until the 1940s. The boom started in 1944 with the purchase of 1,300 acres by The Beach Co., which laid out roads and began building a mixture of vacation and affordable housing. The Ben Sawyer Bridge connecting Mount Pleasant to Sullivan’s Island completed the Charleston-to-IOP automobile link in 1945 and more growth followed. By the 1970s, developers turned their eyes toward a 1,600-acre tract and began construction of what is today the gated Wild Dunes Resort. This exclusive community features two golf courses, extensive tennis facilities and a system of walking and bicycling trails. Hurricane Hugo destroyed 95% of the IOP’s buildings in 1989 and the influx of insurance cash led to a burst of luxurious gentrification. Today, the island has a population of more than 4,500, multi-

All of the cross streets on both Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms are called stations. Each one is numbered, so an easy way to make plans to meet on the beach is to pick a station and let all of your friends know.

Where the waves are The Isle of Palms is the place to go to catch a wave on this side of town. Surfers of all types and skill levels can be seen catching the waves on most days.

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Photo/Tony Tassarotti/City of North Charleston

The High Water Festival draws a large crowd to Riverfront Park.

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North Charleston

Area is home to Boeing, ice hockey, concerts and conventions

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In the 1990s, the federal government closed the navy base in North Charleston. The city of North Charleston has since partnered with developers to infuse new life into the area’s historic neighborhoods. Redevelopment areas include Park Circle, a community of neighborhoods planned early in the 20th century. Park Circle is now a trendy and vibrant community with a number of restaurants and bars. Residential developments such as Oak Terrace Preserve have earned a reputation for their sustainable building practices. Nearby Montague Avenue is a Main Street of the past

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Photo/Ryan Johnson/City of North Charleston

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orth Charleston is an area in transition. With industrial and military roots, the city in recent years has committed to redeveloping its central neighborhoods and reinventing itself as a trendy yet affordable place to live. The area north of Charleston was developed as plantations by early colonists, but after the Civil War, it grew into an industrial center. Just after the turn of the 20th century, the U.S. Navy targeted a huge swath of land along the Cooper River for a new naval base, and planned neighborhoods began to unfold to house workers, the military and their families. The North Charleston area boomed during World War II. The dynamic area incorporated as a city in 1972 and has expanded to include land in Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties.

The Charleston area was directly in the path of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring celestial events, a total solar eclipse, on Aug. 21, 2017.

All phone numbers are 843 area code, except where noted

City of North Charleston ..............................554-5700 www.northcharleston.org Charleston County School District ........937-6300 Building permits .................................................. 740-2578

Charleston Water System ............................727-6800 S.C. Electric & Gas Co. ...........................800-251-7234 Trash ...............................................................................745-1026 Recycling (Charleston County).....................720-7111


Photo/Ryan Johnson/City of North Charleston

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The South Carolina Stingrays, part of the East Coast Hockey League, start their season in October.

alive again with shops and restaurants. Redevelopment is ongoing on the former naval base as well, where once-empty military buildings now bustle with art studios, private offices and other commercial activity collectively known as the Navy Yard at Noisette. North Charleston remains a center of business activity for the region, with many of the Charleston area’s commercial and industrial employers located there. Boeing Co. announced plans in late 2009 to locate its second assembly line for its 787 Dreamliner in North Charleston. In 2011, South Carolina officials along with Boeing celebrated the completion of the assembly plant. One of the area’s major attractions is the

North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center and adjacent Charleston Area Convention Center. The complex is home to the Stingrays, a minor league hockey team, and is a venue for concerts, performances and meetings large and small. The Charleston International Airport is also located in North Charleston. Nearby shopping centers include the Tanger Outlet Center and Northwoods Mall. Interstate 26 runs through North Charleston as it carries travelers east to Charleston and west toward Columbia. Interstate 526, which has terminal points in Mount Pleasant and West Ashley, reaches its peak in North Charleston.

North Charleston Farmers Market The 2018 market takes place every Thursday from 3-7 p.m. May 10 through Oct. 25 at the Felix C. Davis Community Center. The market offers an abundance of fresh, locally grown produce, and features art and craft vendors, food trucks, specialty foods, kids’ activities and entertainment.

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KNOWLEDGE

Photo/Ryan Johnson/City of North Charleston

MUSC breaks ground on a new pediatric campus in North Charleston.

Craft brewery capital of the Lowcountry North Charleston boasts many breweries, with more on the way. To imbibe on the local brews check out: • Coast Brewing Co. • Freehouse Brewery • Holy City Brewing Co. • Lo-Fi Brewing • Rusty Bull Brewing Co. • Commonhouse Aleworks LIVING IN NORTH CHARLESTON |

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Palmetto Islands County Park offers paddle boating, walking trails, a water park and more.

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Mount Pleasant

Town across the harbor offers many residential options

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espite its reputation as a suburban gateway to Charleston and the East Cooper beaches, the historic heart of Mount Pleasant can still be found near picturesque Shem Creek, where the local fishing fleet dock beside popular locally owned eateries. The Old Village, founded in 1680 and incorporated in 1837, sits on breezy bluffs that overlook the harbor just seaward of Shem Creek. The opening of the $650 million Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in 2005 marked the beginning of a new era for what has become the state’s fourth-largest municipality, now home to more than 80,000 people. Locals still treasure the area’s 18th century homes, quaint Pitt Street commercial district and the neighborhood’s authentic shade-drenched ambiance. Residents and

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visitors alike enjoy trips to Alhambra Hall Park and the nearby Pitt Street Bridge, which once connected the town to Sullivan’s Island by trolley but now offers views of Charleston Harbor and easy access to fishing and crabbing. Other glimpses of Mount Pleasant’s past can be found across town on scenic Long Point Road. On one side of the road, motorists may turn off and wander down a broad alley of oaks that leads to Boone Hall Plantation. Settled in 1743, it remains a working plantation. Its “you-pick ’em” fields and seasonal

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Shrimp season Fresh shrimp can be bought right off the boat on Shem Creek. Typically, brown shrimp are caught from May to August and white shrimp from September to December.

All phone numbers are 843 area code, except where noted

Town of Mount Pleasant .................................884-8517 www.tompsc.com Charleston County School District ........937-6300 Building permits ..................................................884-5184

Mount Pleasant Waterworks ....................884-9626 S.C. Electric & Gas Co. ...........................800-251-7234 Blue Flame Gas ......................................................884-2017 Trash and recycling ...........................................884-8518


Photo/Charleston County Parks and Recreation

events are beloved by local families. On the other side of Long Point Road, the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site interprets life at Snee Farm Plantation, home of one of the original signers of the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Park Service staff makes a special effort to explain and preserve the region’s Gullah culture. Glimpses of that Gullah heritage can be seen along U.S. 17, where the area’s “basket ladies” still make and sell the Lowcountry’s signature sweetgrass baskets from simple roadside stands. A weekly farmers market on Tuesday afternoons from April to October gives access to affordable, healthy food. The town unveiled two new modern hospitals in 2010. East Cooper Regional Medical Center and Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital. Fitness has also been on the upswing since the new bridge opened with a lane for bicyclists and pedestrians. Residents make extensive use of the town’s numerous parks, ballfields and gyms, and recreational sports leagues are numerous.

Splash Island Waterpark in the Palmetto Islands County Park.

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DO’S Cooper River Bridge Run Tens of thousands of runners participate

This historic wooden pier known as Pitt Street Bridge is part of a modern greenway for pedestrians and bicyclists.

in this world-class 10K held in late March

Palmetto Islands County Park, a 943acre facility, has nature trails, picnic areas, a water park and pedal boat rentals. Patriots Point on Charleston Harbor boasts a staterun military museum that displays four World War II-era vessels and more than a dozen vintage aircraft. Patriots Point also connects to the Ravenel Bridge by way of Memorial Waterfront Park. Mount Pleasant’s neighborhoods have varying styles and offer residents a range of choices, including large historic homes in the town’s “Old Village,” new family home construction in many neighborhood developments and upscale condominium communities. I’On, a new-urbanist development off Mathis Ferry Road, is an award-winning neighborhood of beautiful homes, elaborate public spaces and mixed-use construction.

or early April. The race starts on the Mount Pleasant side of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge. Runners get amazing views of Charleston Harbor as they run over the bridge to Charleston. Photo/Greater Charleston Restaurant Association

Lowcountry Oyster Festival More than 65,000 pounds of oysters are loaded on tractor trailers ready for hungry folks during this annual January event at Boone Hall Plantation.

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Photo/Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Tucked away at the end of Pitt Street in the Old Village area of Mount Pleasant, the Pitt Street Bridge offers sweeping views of the Lowcountry and plenty of spots to drop a fishing line.

Farther out, the sprawling new developments of Park West and Carolina Park are moving the geographic center of town more to the north. With people come businesses, most of them oriented on either U.S. Highway 17 or Coleman Boulevard. The town’s most prominent shopping area is Towne Centre, between the Isle of Palms Connector and the end of Interstate 526 along U.S. 17. In keeping with tradition, the town loves a good festival. Mount Pleasant hosts festivals for the arts, oysters, Scottish games, local foodies and children. Every April, the town turns out for the annual Blessing of the Fleet at Memorial Waterfront Park. The Christmas parade is a big draw, as is the Cooper River Bridge Run, which attracts runners and walkers by the tens of thousands each spring.

The USS Yorktown as seen from Patriots Point.


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Daniel Island

A master plan guides development of luxury neighborhoods

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he Lowcountry’s newest address is also one of its most attractive. Daniel Island has grown from an undeveloped expanse of forest and farmland into a thriving community of more than 5,000 people. The 4,000-acre island at the tip of the Cainhoy Peninsula was essentially uninhabited when Interstate 526 crossed it in the 1990s, linking the land between the Wando and Cooper rivers to the mainland for the first time. Development, guided by a master plan worked out in conjunction with the Guggenheim Foundation (which owned the island from 1947 to 1997), began in the late 1990s. Today, the Daniel Island community spans nine neighborhoods, a central commercial district, more than 400 acres of public parkland, two golf courses, a professional soccer stadium and a world-class tennis facility. Daniel Island is incorporated into the city of Charleston, even though it is located in Berkeley County and residents must pass through Mount Pleasant or North Charleston to reach it. Though generally considered a bedroom community, the island’s daytime population swells to an estimated 8,500, thanks to employers such as software firm Blackbaud and the 34-acre campus of Bishop England High School, which moved to the island in 1998 after more than 80 years in downtown Charleston. Home prices range from the $300,000s to more than $3 million, with select lots selling for upward of $1 million. Condominiums are available for less than $200,000, but the island’s network of public spaces, services, shopping, education and amenities generally tends to put a premium on property values. Plans point

The Daniel Island Club Clubhouse and Ralston Creek Golf Course.

toward an eventual population of 15,000. Life on the island benefits from 23 miles of shoreline, much of it open to the public, and the extensive system of parks and docks give neighborhoods plenty of public spaces and room to socialize. The island’s event calendar gets more crowded every year, thanks in large part to the Family Circle Tennis Center, which hosts the world-class Volvo Car Open Women’s Tennis Association tournament in April, and MUSC Health Stadium, home pitch for the Charleston Battery Soccer Club. These modern facilities are increasingly in demand for concerts and festivals.

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Osprey Ospreys are large raptors that nest near water. Several osprey nests are located on Daniel Island, prompting The Daniel Island School to name the bird as its mascot. The Daniel Island Garden Club built an “Osprey Trail” garden oasis with an 11-foot-tall copper osprey sculpture for the community to enjoy.

All phone numbers are 843 area code, except where noted

Daniel Island/City of Charleston .............724-3765 www.danielisland.com Berkeley County School District ............899-8600 City of Charleston building permits ..... 724-7320

Charleston Water System ............................727-6800 S.C. Electric & Gas Co. ...........................800-251-7234 Trash (City of Charleston) .............................724-7364 Recycling (Berkeley County).......................719-2383


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The Avondale Point area of West Ashley bustles with shops, restaurants and bars.

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West Ashley

One of the first suburbs has old plantations, visionary greenway

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he area west of the Ashley

New residential development has continued

River in Charleston is home to

in recent years, especially past the western

some of the area’s oldest sub-

boundary of Interstate 526, in neighborhoods

urban neighborhoods and, a

like Shadowmoss and Carolina Bay.

little farther out, some of the newest. West Ashley, as it’s called, also features a

Long-ago residents of West Ashley have left behind several historic plantations and

range of old and new shopping centers and

gardens that have been preserved and are

restaurants, historic plantations and other

open for tours. Magnolia Plantation, Middle-

Hidden art

attractions, and a unique outdoor walking trail.

ton Place and Drayton Hall Plantation allow

Neighborhoods closest to the Charleston

visitors to learn about the architecture and

Stroll Avondale and you’ll find art commissioned by the chART Outdoor Initiative & Gallery, which consists of public community spaces supporting contemporary artists working in the visual arts.

peninsula were built in the 1920s through the

life of South Carolinians in the 1700s and the

1950s. Among the older subdivisions are Old

centuries following.

Windermere, Byrnes Down, Moreland, Avondale and The Crescent. Development continued through the 1970s and 1980s in neighborhoods farther out from the city, such as Northbridge, Northbridge Terrace and Wespanee Plantation.

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All phone numbers are 843 area code, except where noted

West Ashley/City of Charleston ..............724-3765 www.charleston-sc.gov Charleston County School District ........937-6300 City of Charleston building permits ..... 724-7320

Charleston Water System ............................727-6800 S.C. Electric & Gas Co. ...........................800-251-7234 Trash ..............................................................................724-7364 Recycling (Charleston County).....................720-7111 LIVING IN WEST ASHLEY |

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Photo/Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Middleton Place Middleton Place’s 110 vibrant acres include 65 acres of America’s oldest landscaped gardens – floral allées, terraced lawns, a pair of ornamental lakes shaped like butterfly wings – as well as a house museum, Eliza’s House, working stableyards with artisans and heritage breed animals, a restaurant, inn and organic farm – all waiting to be explored.

The iconic bridge at Magnolia Plantation. Photo/Gavin Lyons

Photo/Avondale 5K board

Another historic destination in West Ashley is Charles Towne Landing, the site of the English settlement that would become the Carolina colony. The 664-acre attraction is a state park. When getting around by car, main highway corridors in West Ashley are U.S. 17, called Savannah Highway, and S.C. 61, also known as Ashley River Road. The two highways are

Avondale 5K This popular annual neighborhood 5K race winds through the scenic Avondale subdivision in West Ashley with a lively

Boulevard. Interstates 526 and 26 connect West Ashley to North Charleston to the north and Mount Pleasant to the east. For those interested in seeing West Ashley

Shopping is plentiful in West Ashley. The area is home to Citadel Mall, one of the area’s two enclosed malls. Shopping centers anchored

after-party at the Triangle Char + Bar

by foot or bike, the West Ashley Greenway is a

by national retailers and restaurants surround

parking lot. Strollers and dogs are welcome.

good option. This 10.5-mile walking and biking

Citadel Mall, which is located just inside I-526

The race benefits Charleston’s Charles

path weaves among residential areas and

near the intersection of U.S. 17 and Sam Rit-

Webb Center, which serves children with

shopping centers and through small marshy

tenberg Boulevard. West Ashley also includes

areas and swaths of trees. The trail starts near

eclectic shopping strips filled with many locally

the South Windermere Shopping Center and

owned stores and eateries, such as the Avondale

stretches to Johns Island.

shopping area along U.S. 17.

special needs.

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connected by S.C. 7, also called Sam Rittenberg

The Oak Barrel Tavern is a regular stop for the residents of the Avond ale neighborhood.

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Located on the "Edge of America," Edwin Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier boardwalk attracts tourists and saltwater anglers.

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James Island and Folly Beach Looking for the beauty of nature? You’ll find it here.

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 ames Island and Folly Beach, located just south of Charleston, represent a distinctly independent streak in the Lowcountry character. Long a semirural area, James Island has seen its population boom since the early 1990s and the opening of the James Island Connector, a bridge that links the island directly to the Charleston peninsula. James Island is bounded by Wappoo Creek, Charleston Harbor and the Stono and Folly rivers. Its network of marshes, inlets, sounds and creeks gives it one of the most scenic natural environments in the region. It was a strategic key to Charleston during the Revolutionary and Civil wars.

The Confederate attack on Fort Sumter began in 1861 with a shot from the island’s Fort Johnson, modern-day home of a stateof-the-art government marine science research facility. McLeod Plantation, with its alley of slave cabins visible from Folly Road near the foot of the Wappoo Bridge, stands near the entrance to the private Country Club of Charleston. The Riverland Terrace neigh-

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borhood, located between Maybank Highway and Wappoo Creek, features enormous live oaks and deeply shaded lanes. A nearby commercial district offers fine restaurants, antiques and the Terrace Theatre, the area’s only art-house cinema. Recreational options include the Charleston Municipal Golf Course and James Island County Park, a 643-acre facility with trails, fishing docks, a 50-foot

All phone numbers are 843 area code, except where noted

Town of James Island .........................................795-4141 www.jamesislandsc.us City of Folly Beach .............................................588-2447 www.cityoffollybeach.com Charleston County School District ........937-6300 City of Charleston building permits ..... 724-7320

Charleston Water System ............................727-6800 S.C. Electric & Gas Co. ...........................800-251-7234 Berkeley Electric Cooperative...................559-2458 James Island trash .........................795-9060, ext. 118 Folly Beach Public Works ...............................513-1831 Recycling (Charleston County).....................720-7111

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Folly festivals Folly Beach street festivals are held throughout the year. The Sea & Sand Festival, FollyGras, Taste of Folly, Follypalooza and the Follywood Oyster Roast are major events that feature live music, food and art vendors.

the holidays with more than three miles of 700 light displays. It has been named one of the best holiday displays in the country.

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KNOWLEDGE Milton P. Demetre Park Formerly known as 'Sunrise Park,' it offers sweeping views of the harbor from James Island.

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ntures

The James Island County Park lights up for

n Outdoor Adve

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Holiday Festival of Lights

climbing wall, kayak rentals, picnic areas and a campground. The park’s Splash Zone water park is extremely popular with families during summer months, and the county park’s annual Holiday Festival of Lights attracts motorists on winter nights. James Island ends where Folly Road enters a marsh marked by the landmark “Folly Boat,” an abandoned hull that was deposited on the roadside by Hurricane Hugo. Locals have been painting messages on it ever since. Another treasured local landmark – Bowen’s Island Restaurant – sits on a tidal creek in a hummock of trees in the vast marsh between James Island and Folly Beach. Folly Beach calls itself “The Edge of America,” and the seven-mile island certainly seems to take the nickname seriously. The island celebrates its bars, fishing shacks, funky eateries and nefarious characters, and East Coast surfers swarm to the spot they call “The Washout” whenever an Atlantic swell pushes big waves ashore. A county-run 1,000-foot fishing pier

Photo/Charlesto

Above: Kayakers at the James Island County Park. Right: A dolphin swims by the Morris Island lighthouse.

Each benefits a local nonprofit.

marks the center of the island. The undeveloped eastern end of the island was the longtime site of a Coast Guard station. Morris Island, where the Union assault depicted in the movie Glory took place, lies across the inlet from the old station. The island has been heavily eroded, and the Morris Island Lighthouse has been surrounded by water for decades. Long described as the Lowcountry’s “poor man’s beach,” Folly’s signature shacks ceased to be affordable escapes for drifters, starving artists and beach bums a decade ago. Nonetheless, the island’s 2,300 yearround residents preserve its identity as a place where corporate homogenization hasn’t taken over – yet.


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Johns and Wadmalaw Islands Home to many farms, plant nurseries and produce stands, these are among the Lowcountry’s last rural sea islands Photo/Liz Segrist/Charleston Regional Business Journal

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The Angel Oak’s age is the subject of much debate. Estimates range from 400 years to more than 1,500 years.

The Charleston Executive Airport is a small facility that offers convenience to resort visitors and flying lessons for locals. A 16,000-square-foot library, completed in 2004, is the county’s largest branch. Much of the development on the island today is upscale, including The Preserve at Fenwick Hall. Other developments offer a mixture of affordable and luxury choices, varying from waterfront lots to Charlestonstyle urbanism to custom rural seclusion. The island’s central commercial district is located at the intersection of Main, Maybank and Bohicket roads. Johns Island is a stronghold of Gullah culture and holds a special place in the Lowcountry’s civil rights history. Native son Esau Jenkins, despite no formal education beyond fourth grade, understood in the 1950s and ‘60s that the future of the island’s black communities would depend on bootstrapping programs for their education

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and health. He and others founded “Citizenship Schools” that helped residents — many illiterate — qualify to vote, and their Sea Island Health Corp. brought doctors and nurses to rural corners that had never received proper care.

Photo/Johns Island Farmers Market

ohns Island, the Lowcountry’s last remaining rural sea island, is a vast swath of land between James Island, the mainland west of Charleston and the private barrier islands of Kiawah and Seabrook. Its future is one of the most important undecided questions in the Lowcountry. The island grows much of the area’s fresh organic produce and is home to numerous farms, nurseries, packing houses and produce stands. And though its main transportation arteries are heavily trafficked, the island has miles of long, quiet, tree-lined roads that attract Lowcountry bicyclists. Traffic remains one of the island’s most pressing issues. The debate continues, as opponents don’t want to trade their rural way of life for the suburban development better roads would bring. The island boasts the Angel Oak, believed to be one of the oldest trees east of the Mississippi. Estimates of its age range from 400 years to more than 1,500 years. However old it is, this ancient oak is a graceful giant, 65 feet tall and more than 25 feet around. Owned by the city of Charleston, it is open to the public. Another local gem is the village of Rockville at the end of neighboring Wadmalaw Island. This remote, picturesque village plays host each August to the Rockville Regatta, an event that dates back more than 100 years and marks the end of the Lowcountry’s competitive sailing season. Horses raised for work, transportation or recreation have long been a part of life on the island. The public Mullet Hall Equestrian Center at Johns Island County Park provides facilities for horse shows, plus 20 miles of riding trails.

Johns Island Farmers Market The market features more than 50 local farmers and artisans, food vendors and live music. Check out goods like breads and pastries, local seafood, free-range eggs, handcrafted cheeses, olives and olive oil, pet food, kosher honey, pickled products and more.

All phone numbers are 843 area code, except where noted

City of Charleston ............................................... 724-3745 www.charleston-sc.gov Charleston County School District ........937-6300 City of Charleston building permits ..... 724-7320 Charleston Water System ............................727-6800

St. John’s Water Co..............................................559-0186 S.C. Electric & Gas ....................................800-251-7234 Berkeley Electric Cooperative...................559-2458 Republic Services (trash)............................. 937-4048 Recycling (Charleston County): ..................720-7111 LIVING IN JOHNS AND WADMALAW ISLANDS |

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Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course played host to the 2012 PGA Championship and will do so again in 2021.

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Kiawah and Seabrook Islands Life on private islands is like a vacation every day

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iawah and Seabrook islands, two private resort communities south of Charleston, offer a quality of life that includes world-class golf, upscale homes and breathtaking views of the Lowcountry’s landscape. Pottery found on Kiawah Island dates as far back as 4,000 years. Ownership of the island changed many times through the years from the Indians to the British and then to some of the earliest “Charlestonians.” Its history is linked to names you may already be familiar with: Gibbes, Vanderhorst and Middleton, to name a few. Development of the island loosely began in the 1950s when C.C. Royal, who made his fortune in the lumber business, purchased

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the island. He built a home for his wife and seven children and then sold 65 lots to friends. In 1974, the Kuwait Investment Co. purchased the island from Royal’s heirs and created a land plan that consisted of a resort and residential development. Kiawah Development Partners is currently the master developer of the island. Approximately 1,200 full-time residents inhabit the island, but the population swells in the spring and summer when about 600

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Strand feeding Bottlenose dolphins along the Kiawah River feed on mullet by “stranding” them onto shore. The dolphins then launch themselves on shore to feed on their catch.

All phone numbers are 843 area code, except where noted

Town of Kiawah Island .................................... 768-9166 www.kiawahisland.org Town of Seabrook Island .................................768-9121 www.townofseabrookisland.org Charleston County School District ........937-6300 Town of Kiawah building permits .......... 768-9166

Kiawah Island Utility (water)......................768-0641 Berkeley Electric Cooperative...................559-2458 Kiawah trash and recycling ....................... 768-9166 Seabrook Island building permits............768-9121 Seabrook Island Utility Commission......768-0102


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Horseback riding The Equestrian Center on Seabrook Island offers a rare opportunity for visitors and

An aerial view of the Beach Club clubhouse on Seabrook Island.

and conference center location, the island has evolved into a private oceanfront community. There are more than 2,500 properties on Seabrook Island and more than 700 families live on the island year round. There is no shortage of things to do on Seabrook Island, from golfing on two private courses, to playing tennis, horseback riding and boating. There are also several restaurants to choose from. Inhabitants of both islands place a high value on the environment and have made sure that the buildings are constructed in harmony with the natural surroundings. There are also plenty of opportunities to observe and study wildlife, whether strolling on the beach or exploring the waterways via kayak or canoe. Just 30 minutes from Charleston, the islands are close enough for a day trip into the city. However, if shopping is your pleasure, there are several opportunities for excursions on both islands. Freshfields Village on neighboring Johns Island offers a variety of stores, from sporting goods to groceries, as well as several restaurants.

beautiful trails along the beach. A full-service Equestrian Center caters to riders of all skill levels.

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of the island’s properties are rented. The island is also home to the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, which includes five public golf courses and two private courses; The Sanctuary, a AAA Five Diamond hotel; an award-winning spa; and several restaurants. In August 2012, the PGA Championship was played at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course. The PGA major brought more than $200 million of economic impact to the area, including millions of dollars worth of worldwide exposure. The Ocean Course will host the event again in 2021. Outside of golf, the island also caters to tennis players and is a destination for runners during the annual Kiawah Island Marathon, held each December. Seabrook Island, just across the marsh from Kiawah Island, is a 2,200-acre mix of forest, salt marsh and beach. The island was discovered by settlers in 1666 and indigo and rice were its first cash crops. The island was first called Jones Island, then Simmons Island and finally Seabrook when it was purchased by William Seabrook in 1816. Originally developed in 1972 as a resort

residents to ride horseback on three miles of

Rory McIlroy won the 2012 PGA Championship.

PGA bragging rights Kiawah Island is home to five championship golf courses. The PGA Championship will return to Kiawah’s Ocean Course in 2021, nine years after first hosting the PGA Tour major. The Ocean Course is one of only four courses in the U.S. to have hosted every major PGA of America event. LIVING IN KIAWAH AND SEABROOK ISLANDS |

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Hutchinson Square in Summerville's historic downtown.

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Summerville

Town is alive with family friendly festivals and natural beauty

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ummerville is a community that still gathers at Town Square to celebrate the Fourth of July and a place where Friday night high school football draws a spirited crowd. In early December, the holiday season is ushered in with an annual Christmas tree lighting downtown. In this modern Southern city, progress and preservation are inextricably intertwined, making it a dynamic and diverse place to live and work. Downtown Restoration, Enhancement and Management (D.R.E.A.M.), a nonprofit group spearheaded by local residents, has done much since its inception in 1992 to bring focus and support to Summerville and its historic downtown district. The commercial area is bustling again with unique

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shops, a local bookstore, art galleries and eateries. Guerin’s Pharmacy — the oldest still operating in South Carolina — contains antiques, a full-service pharmacy and an old-style soda fountain that serves drug store classics such as cherry and vanilla Cokes, milkshakes and chili dogs. The Summerville Dorchester Museum documents cultural and natural history with a film and exhibits of colonial settlers, early churches and architecture. More than 700 buildings have been placed on the National

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Register of Historic Places. Summerville traces its roots to the 1780s, when it was known as Pineland Village to plantation owners wanting to escape the swamp fever and insects of the Lowcountry summer. After being deemed by medical specialists in 1899 as one of the best areas in the world for lung and throat disorders, the area experienced a golden era, with special lodgings and resorts springing up to accommodate pulmonary patients. The most famous was Pine Forest

All phone numbers are 843 area code, except where noted

Town of Summerville..........................................851-4201 www.summervillesc.gov Dorchester District 2 schools......................873-2901 www.dorchester2.k12.sc.us

Building permits....................................................851-4220 Public Works............................................................851-4225 S.C. Electric & Gas Co. ...........................800-251-7234 Waste Pro (trash)..................................................619-0800


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Flowertown Festival One of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast, the Flowertown Festival is held every spring with thousands of festival-

Azalea Park

sculpture typically features more than 30 artists from across the country representing a range of sculpture from Western to whimsical. During the event, patrons also can explore 22 permanent sculptures displayed in public places in Summerville. Summerville residents can take to the trails at nearby Givhans Ferry State Park, on the former site of an 18th-century ferry that once crossed the Edisto River. The park features camping, cabins, fishing, picnic areas and river access. At Francis Beidler Forest in Four Holes Swamp, shaded boardwalks wind through ancient groves of towering cypress and Pleistocene swamps. The forest — a National Natural Landmark — is protected and managed by the National Audubon Society and is the largest remaining virgin stand of bald cypress in the world. A popular destination for visitors, Summerville offers plenty of hotel rooms and bed and breakfast inns, including the Linwood Bed & Breakfast, built in 1883 by Julia Drayton Hastie, heiress to Magnolia Plantation. The Victorian mansion is surrounded by nearly two acres of award-winning landscaped gardens. The mansion itself

Azalea Park among the blooming azaleas and wisteria. The charity festival supports the Summerville YMCA.

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KNOWLEDGE Photo/Kim McManus/Charleston Regional Business Jounral

Inn, which sometimes served as the Winter White House for Presidents William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt. Today, Summerville is Dorchester County’s largest city with an estimated population of more than 49,000. Named one of the 50 best small towns in America by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, Summerville offers residents the best of both worlds in terms of quality of life and housing. Known for its stately Victorian homes, the city also offers a variety of new construction options attracting families, businesses and military personnel to the area. Dubbed “Flower Town in the Pines,” Summerville still gets high marks for natural attributes. The Flowertown Festival draws more than 200,000 people every spring for a weekend dedicated to artisans and crafts amid the profusion of blooms in Azalea Park. This event is consistently ranked one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Azalea Park, a 12-acre oasis of ponds, paths, fountains and tennis courts, has also been the site for one of South Carolina’s premiere outdoor arts events, Sculpture in the South. This exhibit and sale of original

goers and more than 200 artists set up in

Largest glass of sweet tea Summerville was awarded a trademark to be considered the birthplace of sweet tea, and the town holds the Guinness World Record for the largest glass of sweet tea made from scratch—more than 2,500 gallons of the drink set a new record in June 2016.

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Photo/West Rock

The Parks Apartments at Nexton are within walking distance of corporate offices, the Brown Family Park and the Carolina Ale House.

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is appointed with heart of pine floors, high ceilings, chandeliers, Victorian bays and triple sash windows, many with original glass. Summerville has plenty of fine and fun dining options. Across the board, restaurants use style and originality to create menus that appeal to an array of tastes. Summerville’s eateries include both chain and independently owned restaurants. Downtown, you’ll find an area called Short Central, a cobblestoned, pedestrian-only streetscape with shops and cafés just a block from Town Hall. For those interested in stocking up on ingredients to create a feast at home, Summerville’s farmers market is a popular event. It runs weekly on Saturdays from April to November and is located near Town Hall. The market features artisanal foods and local produce. With many established neighborhoods and communities, an up-and-coming neighborhood is Nexton, a 4,500-acre master planned community located at the intersecton of U.S. Highway 17-A and I-26. It includes offices, hotels, apartments, schools, parks and trails, and several options for dining, entertainment and shopping.

The Corner House Cafe and Information Studio at newly built Summers Corner provides a place for residents, newcomers and people in the community to gather, learn about the planned residential development and enjoy fresh, local food and beverages.

The community is South Carolina’s first gigabit community, which means internet speeds will be 100 times faster than the average fixed high-speed Internet connection, a plus for businesses that want to send large files quickly. Nexton was selected as the 2015 Community of the Year by the Charleston Home Builders Association. Adding to the town’s many things to do and places to go, Summerville officials have created a Sweet Tea Trail that promises an adventure in Southern hospitality through

history, food and shopping. The trail tells the story of sweet tea’s birth in Summerville. It’s said that tea plants landed in Summerville in the late 1700s by way of the Ashley River. Andre Michaux, a French explorer and botanist, imported them along with varieties of camellias, gardenias and azaleas near Charleston at what is now known as Middleton Place Plantation. In 1888, a wealthy scientific philanthropist acquired 600 acres in Summerville and established the Pinehurst Tea Plantation. The plants were eventually moved to a spot on Wadmalaw Island, which is now known as the Charleston Tea Plantation and is owned by Bigelow. The town has held a Sweet Tea Festival in recent years to celebrate Southern traditions and, of course, sweet tea. From its Friday night football games to its annual festivals, Summerville is a place where rich history and progress mix seamlessly. Leaders focus on stimulating economic development in and around Summerville while making sure Flower Town in the Pines does not lose its smalltown charm.


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Jedburg and Ridgeville Rural countryside poised to change with industrial development

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he suburban sprawl that has enveloped the Lowcountry slowly fades as you head northwest out of Summerville on U.S. Highway 78, past Jedburg Road, and approach the town of Ridgeville. But that rural, small-town feel belies the fact that this part of Dorchester County is undergoing a profound change. That transformation started in 2015 when Swedish automaker Volvo announced its first North American production facility at the Camp Hall tract, about seven miles northeast of Ridgeville across Interstate 26 in Berkeley County. The campus has started manufacturing operations of the S60 sedan and is in the midst of hiring 2,000 people. The company’s long-range plan is to add production lines to build the XC90 SUV by 2021 and hire a total of 4,000 workers, a number that could rise based on demand for the two models that will be built there. That influx of skilled automotive workers will change forever this sleepy stretch of pine forests, farmland and small communities. A drive through Ridgeville’s business district will take you into a quintessential Southern railroad town, past barbecue restaurants, a general store and other small businesses. It’s a place where just about everybody knows each other, where store owners have served multiple generations of the same families. The U.S. Census lists Ridgeville’s population at approximately 1,600, but that includes nearly 900 inmates at the state’s Lieber Correctional Institute on the outskirts of town. Quiet and close to nature, Ridgeville is just minutes from the Francis Beidler Forest, a National Audubon Society wildlife sanctuary, and Givhans Ferry State Park,

Downtown Ridgeville (above) is a mix of family owned restaurants, retail and other businessess typical of a small Southern town. The final assembly facility (right) for Volvo’s new automotive manufacturing plant near Ridgeville is the largest building on the site.

along the Edisto River. The Cypress Methodist Camp Ground off S.C. Highway 173, a religious and community gathering place established more than 200 years ago, is still in use and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Volvo project is also attracting other new industry and infrastructure improvements. An industrial park is being planned near the intersection of U.S. 78 and S.C. Highway 27, and a new interchange near Volvo at Interstate 26 is being added to accommodate the increase in commuter and

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commerical traffic. Growth is also evident in the area around Jedburg Road. New businesses have opened in anticipation of increasing demand for gas, food and other consumer needs. Developers have initial plans for several new residential communities to meet expected demand from Volvo workers and a growing population in the Summerville area. Other large employers in the area include Showa Denko Carbon, which supplies a key component for steel manufacturing, and Key West Boats, a recreational boat maker.

All phone numbers are 843 area code, except where noted

Town of Ridgeville mayor’s office.............871-7960 Email................................ridgevillecityhall@sc.rr.com Dorchester School District 4......................563-4535 Building permits..................................................... 832-0011

Ridgeville Water Dept.......................................873-3286 S.C. Electric & Gas Co..............................800-251-7234 Edisto Electric Cooperative............................245-5141 Waste Pro (trash and recycling)..............619-0800 LIVING IN JEDBURG AND RIDGEVILLE |

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The Old Santee Canal Park commemorates the historic canal system built from 1793 to 1800.

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Moncks Corner

Quiet, close-knit community also home to Google’s data center

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oncks Corner was a colonial trading post with a history that dates back to 1735. It was founded by landowner Thomas Monck, for whom the town was named. In 1853, Moncks Corner became an official scheduled stop on the North East Railroad and two buildings were subsequently built to accommodate freight and passengers. The original train depot was destroyed by fire in 1915, and the existing building was constructed at the current site. The train depot was an important social landmark for residents in the early 1900s, just as it is today. Officials renovated the historic building in 2000 to serve as the town’s visitor and cultural center. Special events are held at the depot throughout the year, including the Fourth of July Street Dance and Christmas festivities. Residents also

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can rent it for special events. Moncks Corner today has more than 9,000 residents and is the Berkeley County seat. The original downtown is populated with progressive shops and restaurants and the town has positioned itself for growth. Moncks Corner is home to the corporate office for Santee Cooper, a state-owned utility company. The area was selected by Google in 2007 as the site for a $600 million investment for two data centers, and the facility was expanded in 2013 with another another $600 million investment. Swedish automaker Volvo has begun production at its first North American

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manufacturing facility at the Camp Hall tract about 15 miles west of town. The company plans to eventually hire up to 4,000 workers, and other new jobs will likely be created as suppliers bring their operations to nearby locations. With the area’s growth, Moncks Corner’s neighborhoods offer residents a convenient location in a quiet community. Neighborhoods include Cypress Ridge, Fairmont South, Stoney Creek and Foxbank Plantation. There are several options for schools in Moncks Corner. Students attend public schools within the Berkeley County School District, which received 22 Palmetto Gold and

All phone numbers are 843 area code, except where noted

Town of Moncks Corner...................................719-7900 www.monckscornersc.gov Berkeley County School District.............899-8600 www.berkeley.k12.sc.us Moncks Corner building permits..............719-7900

Berkeley Electric Cooperative.....................761-8200 Public Works Commission.............................719-7965 Berkeley County Water & Sanitation...... 761-8817 Santee Cooper Electric Utility....................761-8000 Republic Services (recycling).....................552-4751


been closed since sustaining damage in the October 2015 floods. Work to repair the damage is ongoing and officials are hopeful that the park can reopen in late summer 2018. World-class waterskiing, wind surfing, sailing, boating and fishing are popular on Lake Moultrie, as well as the state’s largest lake, Lake Marion. The Palmetto Trail, a recreational trail that stretches statewide, takes trekkers off the beaten path for a closer experience with Southern fauna and wildlife. In addition to these options, a 52-acre recreation complex opened in 2015 which now holds four lighted baseball fields, paved parking, a concession stand/press box, event signs, paved access road, an irrigation system and walking trails. The complex is also home to the Moncks Corner Farmers Market from 3-7 p.m. Thursdays through December. The town invested $5.4 million into phase one of the center with future plans for tennis courts and a recreation center with a basketball court, swimming pool, jogging track and community rooms. Picnic areas and playgrounds are also planned for the complex.

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Silver awards for excellence in for the 2014-15 school year. Private schools also are available. Moncks Corner’s proximity to area attractions, parks and more make it a match for residents who enjoy outdoor living. Old Santee Canal Park commemorates America’s first summit canal, which began operating in 1800. In addition to tours of the historic site, the park features the Berkeley County Museum and Heritage Center. Exhibits and artifacts portray the region’s history, including that of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion, who was also known as the “Swamp Fox” and was born near Moncks Corner. The museum also includes the history of Native Americans, colonial life, the Civil War and the Francis Marion National Forest. Mepkin Abbey, a former plantation perched on bluffs above the Cooper River, now serves as home to a Trappist monastery with a garden and chapel open to the public. Visitors can tour the monastery and gardens, or take part in spiritual retreats. Cypress Gardens, a county-owned public park and well-known tourist attraction, has

Lights at Santee Cooper This popular event includes a driving tour of dozens of holiday light displays, a Holiday Fair and “Tinsel Trot” Holiday Fun Run. A car admission fee of $5 goes to local charities. Presented by Santee Cooper, the lights are fully powered with renewable energy from Santee Cooper’s Green Power program.

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The City of Goose Creek’s Sounds of Summer concert series draws a crowd to Crowfield Golf Club.

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Goose Creek

New homes spring up where rice plantations once ruled

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he magazine Bloomberg Businessweek reported in 2012, “Goose Creek is on our list of best places to raise kids for the second year in a row. There are more than a few reasons. This quiet, pretty suburb of Charleston has much to offer, from great parks to solid schools, to rolling bike trails.” Indeed, Goose Creek, located about 20 miles north of Charleston, has become a very desirable place to live in the Lowcountry. It ranks as the state’s eighth largest municipality with more than 42,000 residents. While the exact origin of the city’s name is unknown, this area of the Lowcountry has been called Goose Creek since the late 1600s. Early settlers were planters from

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Barbados who brought with them knowledge of various crops, including rice and indigo. These crops were successfully grown in the region for more than 100 years. Fast forward to 1961, when the city of Goose Creek was incorporated and farmlands in the area began to be sold and subdivided to accommodate the fast-growing area and subsequent housing boom. Today Goose Creek is the most densely populated city in Berkeley County. Its easy

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access to I-26 and its proximity to Charleston continue to make it a popular bedroom community in the region. Well-known housing developments include Carnes Crossroads, Crowfield Plantation and Cane Bay Plantation. Crowfield, a former rice plantation, spans 382 acres and includes residential housing, as well as commercial development, churches and schools. Its recreation amenities include a golf course and country club, lakes, hiking and biking trails,

All phone numbers are 843 area code, except where noted

City of Goose Creek............................................ 797-6220 www.cityofgoosecreek.com Berkeley County School District.............899-8600 www.berkeley.k12.sc.us/ Building permits..............................797-6220, ext. 1100 Garbage......................................................................824-2200

Berkeley Electric Cooperative.....................761-8200 S.C. Electric & Gas......................................800-251-7234 Goose Creek water service...........797-6220, ext. 0 Berkeley County Water & Sanitation...... 761-8817 Charleston Water System ............................727-6800


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Carnes Crossroads community offers an active lifestyle.

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City of Goose Creek Police officers on bike patrol.

Goose Creek Fall Festival Thousands of residents and visitors attend

Goose Creek is home to the Naval Weapons Station, which is part of the Lowcountry’s largest employer, Joint Base Charleston. The Naval Weapons Station employs nearly 13,500. The base is the command center for the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Power Training program. Other major employers in Goose Creek include aluminum manufacturers Alcoa Mount Holly and JW Aluminum, and lighting manufacturer Quoizel Lighting. Quoizel, founded in 1930 in New York, relocated its headquarters to a state-of-the-art, 500,000-square-foot facility in Goose Creek. Google built a $600 million data center in 2008 in Mount Holly, which is between Goose Creek and Moncks Corner. The internet search engine expanded its facility with another $600 million investment in 2013. In addition to creating jobs, Google helped fund the city’s free WiFi network that has been implemented at four locations in the county, including Central Avenue downtown. Swedish automaker Volvo has begun production at its first North American manufacturing facility at the Camp Hall tract, about 25 miles northwest of town. It expects to eventually hire up to 4,000 workers.

this popular, family friendly event with live entertainment, vendors, a kids’ play area, climbing wall and plenty of food. Proceeds from the festival go to Helping Hands of Goose Creek. Held behind the Goose Creek municipal center on U.S. Highway 52 (Goose Creek Boulevard) every October.

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and recreational areas. Cane Bay Plantation spans 4,500 acres and includes several neighborhoods — including Del Webb, an active senior living neighborhood — as well as schools, parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, hiking and biking trails, and retail centers. Carnes Crossroads is a another sprawling, planned community of 2,300 acres near the intersection of U.S. Highways 176 and 17-A. It is projected to be home to more than 15,000 people at final buildout. Opportunities for outdoor living in the Lowcountry are plentiful and Goose Creek is no different. The city’s recreation department has constructed several parks throughout the area featuring playgrounds, picnic areas and ball fields. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy 18 holes at Crowfield Golf and Country Club, which also has tennis and swimming. There also are plenty of activities within a short drive of Goose Creek. Soccer enthusiasts can enjoy a Charleston Battery game at MUSC Health Stadium, or tennis fans can watch the annual Volvo Car Open tennis tournament, held each spring at the Family Circle Tennis Center. Both stadiums are located on nearby Daniel Island.

Hiker biker trail A popular hiking and biking trail behind the City of Goose Creek Municipal Center draws a number of recreation enthusiasts. The trail encircles a lake behind the municipal center at 519 N. Goose Creek Blvd. and connects to a trail that goes up U.S. Highway 52/ Goose Creek Boulevard.

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ne of the best things about life in the Lowcountry is the myriad opportunities for outdoor activities. The weather is good most of the year, and sports and recreational activities are there for the taking. You can join an organized team or take up an individual activity, such as kayaking or paddle boarding. Every community in the Charleston area has a well-developed sports and recreation program. In the pages that follow, we tell you about the recreation offerings for each city and town, with some of the highlights of the year. There is also a listing of other recreational possibilities beyond the municipal departments, such as bocce, roller derby or rugby. So, pick your favorite and get out there and enjoy yourself!

In this section City of Charleston Recreation Department...................................72 Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission..............74 Dog Parks...............................................................74 North Charleston Parks and Recreation.......................................75 Mount Pleasant Recreation...........................76 Golf Courses.........................................................77 Dining Out............................................................. 78 Places to Stay...................................................... 80 Alternative and Outdoor Venues............... 83 Arts Abound......................................................... 85 Attractions and Tours....................................... 88 Calendar of Events............................................ 93 Newcomer Information and Map.............. 96

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City of Charleston Recreation Department 823 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29403 Laurie Yarbrough, director www.charleston-sc.gov check under departments tab for recreation The City of Charleston Recreation Department serves downtown Charleston, James Island, Johns Island, West Ashley and Daniel Island.

Sports offered: Soccer, tennis, football, baseball, softball, basketball, track, cross country, golf, wrestling, lacrosse, volleyball, aquatics, karate

Other activities: Cheerleading, gymnastics, double dutch, camps, dance, yoga, cooking, art, environmental education, therapeutic recreation, bocce, bowling, Ultimate Frisbee, fencing

Top three citywide events of the year

Easter Eggstravaganza: held near Easter; egg hunt, activities, games; Hampton Park.

Celebration of Summer: An end-of-summer party held in Hampton Park in late July. Family friendly with pony rides, jump castles and more.

Trick or Treat in the Park: just before Halloween; wear costumes and trick or treat at decorated cars; Hampton Park.

A few places to check out Park hours are dawn to dusk unless otherwise posted. Some of the city’s popular parks are:

 azel Parker Community H Center and Playground 70 E. Bay St. "Let's Create" family days; Painting on the Peninsula

James Island Recreation Complex 1088 Quail Drive camps and classes, and sports for all ages

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Youth soccer with the City of Charleston Recreation Department is offered throughout the area.

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n the Lowcountry, outdoor living is a special draw. You can go surfing, kayaking, fishing or biking – all in the same weekend. But outdoor recreation is just the start. When you move your family to a new community, a concern may be whether your new hometown offers the sports and recreational activities your family enjoys. In the Lowcountry, you will find most activities are available, even some you might not expect, such as lacrosse and ice hockey. This section includes a listing of the offerings by the major parks and recreation departments in the area. The largest are City of Charleston, Mount Pleasant and North Charleston, but smaller departments such as Summerville and Isle of Palms also have a lot to offer. While recreation departments are set up to serve the residents of their communities, most allow non-residents to register for programs for an added fee. Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission provides mostly individual park-based activities, such as kaya-

king, climbing and water parks. The county does run team sports in some rural areas that aren’t served by other departments. Most parks offer programs for all ages, from preschool to senior adults. In general, permits are required to hold an event in a park; check with the local parks department to see what is needed. And if your interest runs to college or professional sports, the Charleston area has a lot to offer. Charleston Southern University, The Citadel and College of Charleston all have standout sports programs. The Lowcountry is home to three professional teams: the Charleston RiverDogs (baseball), a Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees; the Charleston Battery (soccer) of the United Soccer Leagues; and the South Carolina Stingrays (hockey), a member of the East Coast Hockey League affiliated with the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. The Volvo Car Open tournament brings women’s tennis stars to Daniel Island every spring. Charlie is the mascot of the Riverdogs. (Photo/Charleston Riverdogs)


861 Riverland Drive, Charleston 29412 843-795-4386 David Bennett, executive director www.ccprc.com A clickable map is available at www.ccprc.com/DocumentCenter/14480/ AGENCY-MAP Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission provides park and recreation services but does not duplicate services provided by municipalities and other special recreation districts. The county commission has developed a countywide park system that emphasizes individual and family activities such as outdoor recreation, environmental education and public beach access. The commission runs rural recreation sports programs in areas not otherwise served at McClellanville, Johns Island and Hollywood.

Activities: Summer camps, water parks, climbing wall, geocaching, group and corporate services, nature and history programs, swim lessons and water safety

Top events Holiday Festival of Lights: family event held in November and December, James Island County Park

Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series: swim 600-yard freshwater lake; bike 12 miles; run 5K; separate dates in May, June, July and August; James Island County Park

Photo/Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission

The Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier has some of the best saltwater fishing in the area.

For outdoor fun, Folly Beach is considered a top surfing destination on the East Coast, and you can check conditions at its storied “Washout” via webcam. Kayaking in the blackwater rivers and swamps or quieter areas of Charleston Harbor is a favorite. Outfitters along Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant rent equipment. Recreational boating and sailing are local passions. Each April hundreds of sailors take to Charleston Harbor for Charleston Race Week, sponsored by the Charleston Ocean Racing Association. Deep sea fishing charters are available at Shem Creek and other locations.

Dog Parks

Some of the most popular parks are:

City of Charleston

James Island County Park

CawCaw Interpretive Center 5200 Savannah Highway, Ravenel

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Ackerman Park Dog Run, 55 Sycamore Drive Bees Landing Recreation Complex, 1530 Ashley Gardens Blvd. Governor’s Park, 165 Fairbanks Oak Alley Hampton Park Dog Run, corner of Rutledge Avenue and Grove Street Hazel Parker Dog Run, 70 E. Bay St. James Island Recreation Complex, 1088 Quail Drive

Charleston County

James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive North Charleston Wannamaker County Park, 8888 University Blvd. Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park, 444 Needlerush Parkway All dogs must be up to date on vaccinations and must be under their owners’ supervision at all times.

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SK8 Charleston Skate Park 1549 Oceanic St., Charleston

Here are some parks set up expressly for dogs and their owners.

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871 Riverland Drive, James Island camping, challenge course, climbing wall, water park

Photo/Charle

A few places to check out

Locals fish off piers at Folly Beach or the Memorial Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant, or net crabs in tidal creeks. Running has grown in popularity since the founding of the Cooper River Bridge Run in 1978. The Bridge Run takes place each April, attracting world-class 10K runners and tens of thousands of amateur athletes and walkers. The race begins in Shem Creek and finishes in downtown Charleston. The area’s flat roads make for fast cycling. The Lowcountry hosts a series of popular cycling events, including group rides and races. So, test out your old favorites or try something new. It’s all here.


Photo/City of Charleston Recreation Deptartment

North Charleston Parks and Recreation  2500 City Hall Lane North Charleston, S.C. 29406 843-740-5814 Ed Barfield, recreation director www.northcharleston.org North Charleston Parks and Recreation serves the city of North Charleston.

Sports offered: Softball, baseball, basketball, football, soccer, wrestling, volleyball, track and field

Activities: adult and senior fitness, after-school programs, aquatics, camps, ceramics, dance, disc golf, cheerleading

Top events Youth Pitch, Hit and Run: local competition held in April; winners advance to sectional competition Easter Eggstravaganza in Hampton Park is the City of Charleston Recreation Department’s largest event.

Other parks and recreation departments Isle of Palms Parks and Recreation

Hanahan Recreation and Parks 3100 Mabeline Road, Hanahan, SC 29410 www.cityofhanahan.com The department serves the city of Hanahan. Offered are basketball, football, baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, as well as T-ball, dance, tumbling, camps and fitness.

515 W. Boundary St., Summerville, SC 29485 843-851-5211 www.summervillesc.gov Among the sports offered are softball, baseball, tennis, football and cricket. The town has a major sports center, the Jerry Blackwell Sports Complex, at 515 W. Boundary St. Also unique are the Sawmill Branch Trail and a skate park.

A few places to check out Among North Charleston’s gems are: Photo/Ryan Johnson/City of North Charleston

24 28th Ave., Isle of Palms, SC 29451 www.iop.net This department serves the Isle of Palms with baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball and soccer. Also offered are fitness, dance, taekwondo, gymnastics, and camps. Events include the Sand Sculpting Contest; the IOP Beach Run and Community Wellness Fair.

Summerville Parks and Recreation

Winter Wonderland: held in November and December for young children at Armory Park

Goose Creek Recreation 843-569-4242 www.goosecreekrecreation.com Goose Creek Recreation serves residents at Goose Creek Community Center and Goose Creek Activity Center, as well as a city pool and parks. Activities offered include baseball, softball, golf, basketball, volleyball, pickleball, football, cheerleading, gymnastics, camps, soccer and tennis.

Moncks Corner Recreation Department 118 Carolina Ave., Moncks Corner 843-719-7900 The recreation department offers baseball, T-ball, football, soccer, cheerleading, basketball and softball.

Riverfront Park 1001 Everglades Ave. On the Cooper River with beautiful views, a performance pavilion and meadow

Park Circle Butterfly Garden 4800 Park Circle Butterflies and plants, picnics, walking paths

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Mount Pleasant Recreation 3 91 Egypt Road, Mount Pleasant 29464 843-884-2528 Steve Gergick, director www.tompsc.com Mount Pleasant Recreation Department serves the town of Mount Pleasant.

Sports offered: Tennis, baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, softball, track, cross country, football, lacrosse, volleyball

Also: Camps, art, therapeutic recreation, music, aquatics, dance, skate park

Top events Spring Carnival: held in May, children’s activities; at Alhambra Hall Park

Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival: held in April; blessing of the fleet ceremony, boat parade, seafood sampling, music, arts and crafts; Memorial Waterfront Park

Music and Movies in the Park: Fridays in August; Memorial Waterfront Park.

Old Village Harbor 5K Run, Walk, Stroller and Dog Jog: held in November

North Charleston’s Recreation Department leads robust youth athletics programs throughout the city.

Other Sports and Rec Sports Event Organizers, Volunteer Groups, Training Resources and Sports Facilities

BADMINTON

Gymnastics Academy of Charleston www.gymnasticsacademyofcharleston. com

Charleston Beach Volleyball & Social Club www.charlestonvolleyball.net

BOCCE

A few places to check out

Park West Recreation Complex 1251 Park West Blvd. Lighted tennis courts, indoor pool, athletic fields, lake pavilion, walking trails.

The view from the porch

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Coastal Climbing coastalclimbing.com

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Hurricane Boxing Club hurricaneboxing.net

131 Middle St. Reception hall, waterfront green space, playground.

FOX HUNTING

Charleston County PRC ccprc.com

Middleton Place Hounds Hunt Club www.middletonplacehounds.com

starting at Alhambra Hall Park; for all ages

Alhambra Hall and Park

ROCK CLIMBING (WALLS)

Fencing Fight Club facebook.com/fencingcharleston/

Charleston Badminton Group www.facebook.com/ badmintoncharleston

Chucktown Bocce League www.facebook.com/pages/ChucktownBocce-League/101115219964370

Some of Mount Pleasant’s best-loved parks are:

FENCING

BOXING

DANCE

Ballroom Dance Club of Charleston www.ballroomdancecharleston.org Charleston Shag Club www.charlestonshagclub.com

DISABLED SPORTS

Charleston Miracle League www.charlestonmiracleleague.org Special Olympics of the Lowcountry www.facebook.com/solowcountry

GYMNASTICS

Lowcountry Highrollers Women’s Derby team www.lowcountryhighrollers.com

RUGBY

HIKING

Charleston Outlaws Rugby Football Club www.charlestonrugby.com

ICE HOCKEY /SKATING

Charleston Hurricanes Women's Rugby www.facebook.com/ Charleston-Hurricanes-WomensRugby-244597408915995/

West Ashley Greenway Bike/Hike Trail www.westashleygreenway.org Carolina Ice Palace www.carolinaicepalace.com Figure Skating Club of Charleston fscofcharleston.com

LACROSSE

Charleston Hurricanes Men’s Lacrosse Club facebook.com/CharlestonHurricanesLax Lowcountry Lacrosse Youth League www.lowlax.com

STANDUP PADDLE BOARDING www.charlestonsupsafaris.com

SURFING

Southern South Carolina/ Eastern Surfing Association ssc.surfesa.org

ULTIMATE FRISBEE

MARTIAL ARTS

Charleston Ultimate Players Association www.charlestonultimate.com

OCEAN RACING

WAKEBOARDING & WATERSKIING

Charleston Martial Arts chas-ma.com

Summerville Miracle League www.summervillemiracleleague.org

Charleston Ocean Racing Association www.charlestonoceanracing.org

DODGEBALL

POLO

Charleston Sports & Social Club www.charlestonssc.com

Charleston Polo Club charlestonpoloclub.com

DOG SPORTS

Hyde Park Polo Club www.hydeparkpoloclub.net

Low Country Dog Agility Club www.lowcountrydogagility.com

ROLLER DERBY

Trophy Lakes Watersports Center www.trophylakesports.com

Source: Charleston Area Sports Commission


Golf Courses Berkeley Berkeley Country Club at Exeter Plantation 772 Exeter Plantation Road Moncks Corner, SC 29461 Semiprivate with event facilities 843-761-4653 www.berkeleycc.com Crowfield Golf Club 300 Hamlet Circle Goose Creek, SC 29445 Semiprivate, public 843-764-4618 www.crowfieldgolf.com Redbank Plantation Golf Course 2316 Redbank Road Goose Creek, SC 29445 Private 843-764-7802 redbankplantationgolfcourse.com

Charleston Beresford Creek course at Daniel Island Club 600 Island Park Drive Daniel Island, SC 29492 Private with event facilities 843-971-3555 www.danielislandclub.com Charleston Municipal Golf Course 2110 Maybank Highway Charleston, SC 29412 Public 843-795-6517 www.charleston-sc.gov/golf Charleston National Country Club 1360 National Drive Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 Semiprivate 843-884-3673 www.charlestonnationalgolf.com Coosaw Creek Country Club 4110 Club Course Drive North Charleston, SC 29420 Semiprivate with event facilities 843-767-9000 www.coosawcreek.com

Cougar Point Golf Club, Kiawah Island Golf Resort 1 Sanctuary Beach Drive Kiawah Island, SC 29455 Public; resort with event facilities resort 843-266-4020 kiawahresort.com Country Club of Charleston 1 Country Club Drive Charleston, SC 29412 Private 843-795-2312 www.countryclubofcharleston.com Crooked Oaks Golf Course 3772 Seabrook Island Road Seabrook Island, SC 29455 Private with event facilities 843-768-2529 www.discoverseabrook.com Dunes West Golf & River Club 3535 Wando Plantation Way Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 Semiprivate with event facilities 843-856-9000 www.duneswestgolfclub.com The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek 4000 Briar’s Creek Lane Johns Island, SC 29455 Private 843-768-3050 www.briarscreek.com The Links at Stono Ferry 4812 Stono Links Drive Hollywood, SC 29449 Semiprivate with event facilities 843-763-1817 www.charlestongolfweddings.com Oak Point at Kiawah Island Golf Resort 4394 Hope Plantation Drive Kiawah Island, SC 29455 Resort with event facilities 843-266-4100 kiawahresort.com The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort 1000 Ocean Course Drive Kiawah Island, SC 29455 Public resort with event facilities 843-266-4670 kiawahresort.com

Ocean Winds Golf Course 3772 Seabrook Island Road Seabrook Island, SC 29455 Private with event facilities 843-768-2529 www.discoverseabrook.com Osprey Point at Kiawah Island Golf Resort 1 Sanctuary Beach Drive Kiawah Island, SC 29455 Resort with event facilities with event facilities 843-266-4640 www.kiawahresort.com Patriots Point Links 1 Patriots Point Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Public 843-881-0042 www.patriotspointlinks.com Ralston Creek at Daniel Island Club 600 Island Park Drive Daniel Island, SC 29492 Private with event facilities 843-971-3555 www.danielislandclub.com RiverTowne Country Club 1700 RiverTowne Country Club Drive Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 Semiprivate with event facilities 843-849-2400 www.rivertownecountryclub.com Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club 20 Dunvegan Drive Charleston, SC 29414 Semiprivate with event facilities 843-556-8251 www.shadowmossgolf.com Snee Farm Country Club 1200 Club Drive Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Private with event facilities 843-884-8571 www.sneefarmcc.com Turtle Point at Kiawah Island Golf Resort 1 Turtle Point Drive Kiawah Island, SC 29455 Public resort with event facilities resort 843-266-4050 www.kiawahresort.com

Wild Dunes Resort Harbor Course 5881 Palm Blvd. Isle of Palms, SC 29451 Resort with event facilities 843-886-2004 www.wilddunes.com Wild Dunes Resort Links Course 1 Sundial Circle Isle of Palms, SC 29451 Resort with event facilities 843-886-2002 www.wilddunes.com Wrenwoods Golf Club 100 Cusabee Trail, No. 601 Charleston, SC 29404 Semiprivate 843-963-1833 www.jbcharlestongolf.com

Dorchester The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation 5000 Wescott Club Drive Summerville, SC 29485 Public with event facilities 843-871-2135 wescottgolf.com Legend Oaks Golf Club 118 Legend Oaks Way Summerville, SC 29485 Semiprivate with event facilities 843-821-4077 www.legendoaksgolf.com Pine Forest Country Club 1000 Congressional Blvd. Summerville, SC 29483 Semiprivate 843-851-1193 www.pineforestcountryclub.com Summerville Country Club 400 Country Club Blvd. Summerville, SC 29483 Semiprivate; public with event facilities 843-873-2210 www.summervillecountryclub.com

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Nothing caps off a day on Folly Beach like a burger and brew from Bohemian Bull on James Island.

» DINING OUT C harleston loves to eat well. The view is beautiful, the things to do are fun, the beach beckons – but soon after you get here (maybe even before), you’ll find yourself hungry. And luckily, there’s a world of good food to choose from. The signature dish of Charleston may be shrimp and grits. It’s so popular that most every restaurant has its own version, sometimes in a tomato sauce, other times in a cream sauce. The shrimp will be fresh from the sea and the grits ground in a nearby mill. It makes a filling meal that marries the two flavors perfectly. If grits aren’t on your menu of likes, then you might like to try Lowcountry boil. This hefty stew generally includes shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes, but once again, everybody has their own version. Some

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recipes include oysters, fish or mussels, depending on the season. In any event, when the concoction is turned out hot and steaming onto a sideboard, you’ll find your mouth watering. Speaking of oysters, there’s no better season of the year than oyster season – late fall through March – in our opinion. The plump bivalves roasted outside are the food of the gods. There’s just enough work involved to get them out of the shell. Immediately, you feel a connection to the sea. Seafood not your favorite? Then head out for barbecue. South Carolinians lay claim to originating mustard-based sauce, but many places offer a variety including vinegar-based and tomato-laden. The slow-smoked meat is the most important factor anyway.

If your passion is fried chicken, then you’re in luck. Southern home cooking restaurants and even pickup places pride themselves on the tastiness of their chicken. And you’ll want to pair it with fresh biscuits and sweet tea. Charleston is home to dozens of top-notch restaurants. Eating out or meeting friends for drinks is treated with reverence here. Whenever there’s a contest for the best city for food, Charleston is in the running. If you’re feeling like something more casual, we’ve got that too. There’s no shortage of bar and grill, coffee shop and drive-in eateries. And you won’t have to look far for foodrelated events. The Charleston Wine and Food Festival and the Lowcountry Oyster Festival are just two of many.


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The Bangin’ Shrimp and Baja Fish tacos at Mex 1 Coastal Cantina in West Ashley.

The Shrimp and Grits at Hominy Grill in downtown Charleston.

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The Full Board at Home Team BBQ in downtown Charleston.

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harleston is a top travel destination – and that means plenty of places to stay the night when you’re visiting. You’ll find rooms available at historic inns and bed and breakfasts, beachfront resorts and everything in between. Wake to the sound of the ocean or the sight of yachts in the harbor.

The Charleston area has the perfect accommodations for you and your family, whatever your needs. And should you want to plan your wedding in Charleston, as hundreds of people do every year, there’s a whole list of possible venues awaiting you. They are also available for family reunions, meetings

Hotels Properties in the Charleston Area, Ranked by No. of Guest Rooms Hotels

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Phone / Website Email Phone / Website

Rooms / Mtg. Rooms / Avg. Corp. Rate Rooms / Mtg. Rooms / Avg. Corp. 1,500 Rate

Hotel Amenities

Sales Manager Sales Manager

General Manager / Year Founded General Manager / Year Founded

888-845-8880 www.wilddunesmeetings.com wilddunesmeetings@destinationhotels.com 888-845-8880 www.wilddunesmeetings.com wilddunesmeetings@destinationhotels.com

525 15 $229 525 15 $229

Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, Amenities pool,Hotel 24-hour room service, airport shuttle, fitness center, spa, Wi-Fi, free breakfast, business Free on-site restaurant, center pool, 24-hour room service, airport shuttle, fitness center, spa, free breakfast, business center Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, fitness center, spa, business center Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, fitness center, spa, business center

800-455-2427 CharlestonPlaceMeetings.com info.cph@belmond.com 800-455-2427 CharlestonPlaceMeetings.com info.cph@belmond.com

434 36 $395 434 36 $395

Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, 24-hour room service, airport shuttle, fitness center, business Free spa, Wi-Fi, on-site center restaurant, pool, 24-hour room service, airport shuttle, fitness center, spa, business center

Charleston Marriott 170 Lockwood Blvd. Charleston, SC 29403 Charleston Marriott 170 Lockwood Blvd. Charleston, SC 29403

843-723-3000 www.marriottcharleston.com mhrs.chsmc.sales@marriott.com 843-723-3000 www.marriottcharleston.com mhrs.chsmc.sales@marriott.com

344 13 $179 344 13 $179

On-site restaurant, pool, fitness center, business center

Lori Cox

2007

On-site restaurant, pool, fitness center, business center

Lori Cox

2007

North Charleston Marriott 4770 Goer Drive North Charleston, SC 29406 North Charleston Marriott 4770 Goer Drive North Charleston, SC 29406

843-747-1900 www.marriott.com/chsmn mhrs.chsmn.sales@marriott.com 843-747-1900 www.marriott.com/chsmn mhrs.chsmn.sales@marriott.com

291 14 $169 291 14 $169

Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, 24-hour room service, airport shuttle, fitness center, business center Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, 24-hour room service, airport shuttle, fitness center, business center

Alan Strozier

2016

Alan Strozier

2016

843-722-0600 www.francismarioncharleston.com info@thefrancismarion.com 843-722-0600 www.francismarioncharleston.com info@thefrancismarion.com

235 14 $169 235 14 $169

Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, fitness center, spa, business center Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, fitness center, spa, business center

Tressa Wright

1924

Tressa Wright

1924

843-577-2400 www.millshouse.com info@millshouse.com 843-577-2400 www.millshouse.com info@millshouse.com

216 10 $275 216 10 $275

Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, fitness center, business center Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, fitness center, business center

Joseph Kramer

1853

Joseph Kramer

1853

Courtyard Charleston Waterfront 35 Lockwood Drive Charleston, SC 29401 Courtyard Charleston Waterfront 35 Lockwood Drive Charleston, SC 29401

843-722-7229 www.marriott.com/chscy chscy@jhmhotels.com 843-722-7229 www.marriott.com/chscy chscy@jhmhotels.com

179 2 $169 179 2 $169

Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, fitness center, business center Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, fitness center, business center

Christine Greenleaf

1997

Christine Greenleaf

1997

Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview 301 Savannah Highway Charleston, SC 29407 Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview 301 Savannah Highway Charleston, SC 29407

843-556-7100 www.holiday-inn.com/chs-riverview emanley@hiriverview.com 843-556-7100 www.holiday-inn.com/chs-riverview emanley@hiriverview.com

178 3 $149 178 3 $149

Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, fitness center, business center Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, fitness center, business center

Erin Manley

1971

Erin Manley

1971

843-558-8000 thedewberrycharleston.com sales@dewberryhotels.com 843-558-8000 thedewberrycharleston.com sales@dewberryhotels.com

155 3 $249 155 3 $249

Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, 24-hour room service, fitness center, spa Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, 24-hour room service, fitness center, spa

Ann Palmer

2016

Ann Palmer

2016

Property Kiawah Island Golf Resort One Sanctuary Beach Drive Kiawah Island, SC 29455 Kiawah Island Golf Resort One Sanctuary Beach Drive Kiawah Island, SC 29455 Wild Dunes Resort 1 Sundial Circle Isle of Palms, SC 29451 Wild Dunes Resort 1 Sundial Circle Isle of Palms, SC 29451 Belmond Charleston Place 205 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29401 Belmond Charleston Place 205 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29401

Francis Marion Hotel 387 King St. Charleston, SC 29403 Francis Marion Hotel 387 King St. Charleston, SC 29403 The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel 115 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29401 The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel 115 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29401

The Dewberry Hotel 334 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29403 The Dewberry Hotel 334 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29403

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Email 843-768-2749 www.kiawahresort.com bryan_hunter@kiawahresort.com 843-768-2749 www.kiawahresort.com bryan_hunter@kiawahresort.com

30 $295 1,500 30 $295

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Marty Couch

1976

Marty Couch

1976

Jody Harris

1972

Jody Harris

1972

Charlie Wellman

1986

Charlie Wellman

1986

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Phone / Website Email

Rooms / Mtg. Rooms / Avg. Corp. Rate

Hotel Amenities

Sales Manager

General Manager / Year Founded

843-518-6200 www.charlestonairportsuites.doubletree.com connie.hess@hilton.com

149 6 $129

Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, airport shuttle, fitness center, business center

Campbell Wiltshire, Kevin Sandhu

2013

843-518-6200 CharlestonAirportSuites.Doubletree.com CHSNC_DS@hilton.com

149 6 $149

Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, airport shuttle, fitness center, business center

Kevin Sandhu

2011

843-637-4074 www.charlestonwaterfrontdowntown.hgi.com chsdw-salesadm@hilton.com

141 3 $279

Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, fitness center, business center

Mamie Bush

2014

843-724-8800 www.tinyurl.com/cbvonaw chsms_ds@hilton.com

139 4 $189

Free Wi-Fi, pool, fitness center, free breakfast, business center, in-room kitchen

Jenna Joseph

2017

Aloft Charleston Airport & Convention Center 4875 Tanger Outlet Blvd. North Charleston, SC 29418

843-566-7300 www.alofthotels.com/charleston sales@aloftcharlestonairport.com

136 1 $139

Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, airport shuttle, fitness center, business center

Blair Stegall

2008

Hilton Garden Inn Charleston/Mount Pleasant 300 Wingo Way Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-606-4600 www.charlestonmtpleasant.hgi.com Jennifer.maxwell@hilton.com

133 7 $149

Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, fitness center, business center

Jennifer Maxwell

2015

843-588-6464 www.tidesfollybeach.com sales@tidesfollybeach.com

132 5 $189

Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, fitness center

Hope Johnston

1985

843-284-0900 www.marriott.com/chscm juliana.shores@marriott.com

130 5 $159

Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, fitness center, business center

Ashley Miller

2007

Property DoubleTree by Hilton - Charleston Airport 7401 Northwoods Blvd North Charleston, SC 29406 Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston Airport 7401 Northwoods Blvd. North Charleston, SC 29406 Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Waterfront 45 Lockwood Drive Charleston, SC 29401 Homewood Suites by Hilton Charleston Convention Center/Airport 415 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29403

Tides Folly Beach 1 Center St. Folly Beach, SC 29439 Courtyard by Marriott Mount Pleasant 1251 Woodland Ave. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

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Hotel Amenities

Sales Manager

General Manager / Year Founded

129 6 $105

Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, fitness center

Stephen P. Clarke, Erin T. England

1984

843-744-4202 www.charlestonairportconventioncenter.home2suites.com chscc_ds@hilton.com

122 0 $149

Free Wi-Fi, pool, airport shuttle, fitness center, free breakfast, business center, inroom kitchen

Tom Brinkerhoff

2011

843-352-5100 www.wyndhamgardenmtpleasant.com mmanson@wyncmtp.com

120 3 $119

Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, fitness center, business center

Michael Manson

2014

Residence Inn by Marriott Charleston Riverview 90 Ripley Point Drive Charleston, SC 29407

843-571-7979 www.marriott.com/chsri ashley.a.sundstrom@marriott.com

119 0 $159

Free Wi-Fi, pool, fitness center, free breakfast, business center, in-room kitchen

Christine Greenleaf

2000

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mount Pleasant 350 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-375-2600 www.hiemountpleasant.com mlytton@charlestownehotels.com

116 1 $99

Free Wi-Fi, pool, fitness center, free breakfast, business center

Meredith Lytton

2009

843-207-2299 www.hyatthousecharlestonhistoricdistrict.com rachel.frost@hyatt.com

113 5 $239

Free Wi-Fi, pool, fitness center, free breakfast, business center, in-room kitchen

Rachel Frost

2015

843-414-6800 -

112 0 $89

Free Wi-Fi, pool, fitness center, business center, inroom kitchen

CJ Westerman

2008

843-856-8817 www.choicehotels.com qisales@hgmhotels.com

103 2 $100

Free Wi-Fi, pool, fitness center, free breakfast, business center

Peggy Foltz

1999

843-553-1600 www.hiexpress.com/chastni-26 gm@hiexpressnorthwoods.com

98 1 $109

Free Wi-Fi, pool, fitness center, free breakfast, business center

Tara McConnell, Cheryl Tobias

1999

843-723-7451 www.kingcharlesinn.com reservations@kingcharlesinn.com

91 $200

Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, fitness center, business center

Ray Berrouet

1960

843-881-1599 www.marriott.com/chsmp juliana.shores@marriott.com

90 1 $179

Free Wi-Fi, pool, fitness center, free breakfast, business center, in-room kitchen

Ashley B Miller

2002

843-571-6100 www.thecharlestoninn.com brichards@charlestownehotels.com

87 $99

Free Wi-Fi, pool, free breakfast, business center

Bill Richards

1982

Holiday Inn Express-North Charleston 2435 Elms Center Road North Charleston, SC 29406

843-569-3200 www.hiexpress.com/charleston-n gm@hiexpresshwy78.com

86 1 $115

Free Wi-Fi, pool, fitness center, free breakfast, business center

Cheryl Tobias, Tara McConnell

2007

Moncks Corner Inn 505 Rembert C. Dennis Blvd. Moncks Corner, SC 29461

843-761-5900 www.monckscornerinn.com monckscornerinn@homesc.com

84 1 $99

Free Wi-Fi, pool, fitness center, free breakfast, business center

David Hansen

1997

Property Town & Country Inn and Suites 2008 Savannah Highway Charleston, SC 29407

Home2 Suites by Hilton, Charleston Convention Center 3401 West Montague Ave. North Charleston, SC 29418

Wyndham Garden Charleston Mount Pleasant 1330 Stuart Engals Blvd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Hyatt House Charleston - Historic District 560 King St. Charleston, SC 29403

Suburban Extended Stay Hotel 7582 Stafford Road North Charleston, SC 29406

Quality Inn & Suites at Patriots Point 196 Patriots Point Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charleston-Ashley Phosphate 7670 Northwoods Blvd. North Charleston, SC 29406

King Charles Inn 237 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29401

Residence Inn by Marriott Mount Pleasant 1116 Isle of Palms Connector Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Best Western Charleston Inn 1540 Savannah Highway Charleston, SC 29407

Phone / Website Email

Rooms / Mtg. Rooms / Avg. Corp. Rate

843-571-1000 www.thetownandcountryinn.com sales@thetownandcountryinn.com

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84 1 $289 80 2 $67

843-225-4411 www.hawthorn.com charlestonhawthornsuites@gmail.com 843-556-6959 www.sleepinn.com/hotel/sc212 brichards@charlestownehotels.com 843-971-7070 www.bestwestern.com mtpleasantbestwestern@earthlink.net 843-886-3003 PalmsCharleston.com info@thepalmshotel.us 843-853-8439 www.harbourviewcharleston.com gm@harbourviewcharleston.com 843-881-1000 www.shemcreekinn.com info@shemcreekinn.com 843-722-1900 www.fqicharleston.com frontdesk@fqicharleston.com 843-720-2600 www.fultonlaneinn.com 843-937-8800 www.andrewpinckneyinn.com bhutto@charlestownehotels.com

Property The Vendue 19 Vendue Range Charleston , SC 29401 North Charleston Inn 2934 W. Montague Ave. North Charleston, SC 29418 Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Charleston/West Ashley 2455 Savannah Highway Charleston, SC 29414 Sleep Inn Charleston 1524 Savannah Highway Charleston, SC 29407 Best Western Patriots Point 259 McGrath Darby Blvd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 The Palms Oceanfront Hotel 1126 Ocean Blvd. Isle of Palms, SC 29451 HarbourView Inn 2 Vendue Range Charleston, SC 29401 Shem Creek Inn 1401 Shrimp Boat Lane Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 French Quarter Inn 166 Church St. Charleston, SC 29401 Fulton Lane Inn 202 King St. Charleston, SC 29401 Andrew Pinckney Inn 40 Pinckney St. Charleston, SC 29401

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Hotel Amenities

Sales Manager

General Manager / Year Founded

Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant

Mirka Siewicki

2014

Free Wi-Fi, pool, free breakfast, business center

George Prioleau

1973

77 1 $79

Free Wi-Fi, pool, fitness center, free breakfast, business center, in-room kitchen

John W. Bizzak

2006

74 0 $99 70 $120 68 0 $189 52 1 $209 51 $159 50 2 $199 45 1 $139 41 1 $159

Free Wi-Fi, pool, free breakfast, business center

Bill Richards

2000

Free Wi-Fi, pool, airport shuttle, free breakfast, business center

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2004

Free Wi-Fi, pool, free breakfast, business center

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2000

Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, business center

Jessica R. Bowman

1998

Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, free breakfast

Meredith Lytton

1986

Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, business center

Jessica R. Bowman

2002

Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast

Jennifer Huber, Linn Lesesne

1994

Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, business center

Jessica Bowman

1995

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Alternative & Outdoor Event Venues Ranked by Maximum Capacity Ranked by Maximum Capacity Venue Venue

Exchange Park Exchange Park 78 9850 U.S. Highway 9850 U.S. Ladson, SCHighway 29456 78 Ladson, SC 29456 MUSC Health Stadium B MUSC HealthIsland Stadium 1990 Daniel DriveB 1990 DanielSC Island Drive Charleston, 29492 Charleston, SC 29492 Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park Joseph P. RileySt.Jr. Park 360 Fishburne 360 Fishburne Charleston, SC St. 29403 Charleston, SC 29403 McAlister Field House McAlister Field 171 Moultrie St. House 171 MoultrieSC St.29409 Charleston, Charleston, SC 29409 Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Patriots MuseumPoint Naval & Maritime Museum 40 Patriots Point Road 40 Patriots Point SC Road Mount Pleasant, 29464 Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 North Charleston Performing Arts North CenterCharleston Performing Arts Center 5001 Coliseum Drive 5001 Drive North Coliseum Charleston, SC 29418 North Charleston, SC 29418 Middleton Place Middleton 4300 AshleyPlace River Road 4300 AshleySC River Road Charleston, 29414 Charleston, SC 29414 Charleston Gaillard Center Charleston Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun St. 95 Calhoun SC St. 29401 Charleston, Charleston, SC 29401 Candlelite Pavilion Candlelite Pavilion at Summerville Country Club at 400Summerville Country ClubCountry Blvd. Club 400 Country Club Blvd. Summerville, SC 29483 Summerville, SC 29483

Phone / Website Phone Email / Website Email

843-572-3161 843-572-3161 www.exchangepark.org www.exchangepark.org denise@exchangepark.org denise@exchangepark.org 843-971-4625 843-971-4625 www.charlestonbattery.com www.charlestonbattery.com info@charlestonbattery.com info@charlestonbattery.com 843-723-7241 843-723-7241 www.riverdogs.com www.riverdogs.com melissa@riverdogs.com melissa@riverdogs.com 843-953-2665 843-953-2665 www.citadel.edu/events www.citadel.edu/events reservations@citadel.edu reservations@citadel.edu 843-881-5989 843-881-5989 www.patriotspoint.org www.patriotspoint.org info@patriotspoint.org info@patriotspoint.org 843-529-5002 843-529-5002 www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com 843-556-6020 843-556-6020 www.middletonplace.org www.middletonplace.org info@middletonplace.org info@middletonplace.org 843-724-5212 843-724-5212 gaillardcenter.org gaillardcenter.org info@gaillardcenter.org info@gaillardcenter.org 843-873-2210 843-873-2210 www.summervillecountryclub.com www.summervillecountryclub.com sblanton@knology.net sblanton@knology.net

Top Local Top Local Year Official(s)/ Official(s)/ Year Founded Founded Michael Carney, Michael Carney, Denise Carner Denise 1979 Carner 1979 Andrew Bell Andrew 1999 Bell 1999

Melissa Azevedo Melissa 1997 Azevedo 1997 Allison Bringardner Allison 1939 Bringardner 1939 Mac Burdette, Mac BobbyBurdette, Kotlowski, Bobby Kotlowski, Chris Hauff Chris 1975 Hauff 1975 Frank Lapsley Frank 1999 Lapsley 1999 Charles H. Duell, M. Charles H. Duell, M. Tracey Todd Tracey 1741 Todd 1741 Steve Bedard Steve 2015 Bedard 2015 Bo Blanton Jr., Bo Blanton Jr., Bufort Blanton Bufort 2009 Blanton 2009

Max. Capacity / Max. Capacity Outdoor / / Outdoor / Reception Reception 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 14,000 14,000 5,100 5,100 6,000 6,000 5,000 5,000 1,000 1,000 6,000 6,000 0 0 6,000 6,000 3,500 3,500 3,500 3,500 1,500 1,500 2,300 2,300 -2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 1,850 1,850 -800 800 800 800 500 500

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Venue buildings, open land with pond, 70 acres of indoor and outdoor Venue buildings, openacres land with pond, space 70 acres of indoor and outdoor event space and 100 of parking event space and 100 acres of parking space Home of the Charleston Battery, 1,400 parking spaces plus overflow Home of the Charleston Battery, 1,400 parking spaces plus overflow available available Outdoor picnic areas available as well as the stadium's sky suites Outdoor picnic areas available as well as the stadium's sky suites 6,000-seat multipurpose facility and home to the Citadel's basketball, 6,000-seat multipurpose facility and home to the Citadel's basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams volleyball and wrestling teams With unmatched views of the harbor and Charleston city skyline, the USS With unmatched and Charleston cityoffer skyline, the USS Yorktown aircraftviews carrierofisthe theharbor most unique venue; we competitive Yorktown carrier the most offeron competitive pricing andaircraft more than 20isvenues for unique groups venue; of 15 towe 3,500 board the pricing more than 20 venues for groups of 15 to 3,500 on board the ship andand landside. ship and landside. Performing arts center Performing arts center 18th-century plantation, America's oldest landscaped gardens, house 18th-century America's oldest landscaped gardens, house museum and plantation, plantation stableyards with indoor and outdoor reception museum and plantation stableyards with indoor and outdoor reception sites sites Comprised of intimate lobby spaces, a uniquely styled Grand Ballroom Comprised of intimate spaces,lawn a uniquely Grand Ballroom with a stunning view oflobby the terrace and thestyled Gaillard Center’s park with a stunning view of the terrace lawn and the Gaillard Center’s park and gardens and gardens Covered outdoor pavilion with pull-down curtains if needed; large outdoor Covered outdoor with pull-down curtains needed; largeavailable; outdoor patio suitable for pavilion oyster roasts and weddings withif40' x 40' tent patio for oyster tablessuitable and chairs on siteroasts and weddings with 40' x 40' tent available; tables and chairs on site Researched by Business Journal staff Researched by Business Journal staff

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Max. Capacity / Outdoor / Reception

The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation 5000 Wescott Club Drive Summerville, SC 29485

843-871-2135 wescottgolf.com lmonroe@wescottgolfclub.com

Lindsey Monroe, Perry Green, Jason Narwold 2000

600 500 500

Antebellum-style clubhouse with wraparound porch, hardwood floors, twin fireplaces and vaulted ceilings; 6,000-square-foot tented patio for weddings and outdoor events

Beresford Creek course at Daniel Island Club 600 Island Park Drive Daniel Island, SC 29492

843-971-3555 www.danielislandclub.com diinfo@danielislandclub.com

Greg Keating 1999

500 500

Nationally ranked Tom Fazio layout available on a limited basis for member-sponsored charity and corporate events when course is closed for member play (Tuesdays)

Charleston Fun Park 3255 U.S. Highway 17 N. Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

843-971-1223 www.charlestonfunpark.com info@charlestonfunpark.com

Brian N. Lee, Melissa A. Benner 2006

500 500

corporate meetings, corporate events, team building, birthday parties, group events, school functions

Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina 20 Patriots Point Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-856-0028 www.charlestonharborresort.com reservations@charlestonharborresort.com

Loyd Weston, Rand Pratt, Nick Saltmarsh 1986

500 1,000 500

We offer 61,00 sq ft indoor and 34,000 sq ft outdoor event space. For meetings up to 100 people and outdoor events for 500 on our private 21,000 sq ft beach front or pavilion.

Daniel Island Club 600 Island Park Drive Daniel Island, SC 29492

843-971-3555 www.danielislandclub.com info@danielislandclub.com

Greg Keating 1999

500 500

Private country club featuring two championship golf courses; 7,100 square foot ballroom, dividable; private board room; outdoor venues; fullservice catering options. Popular for weddings, corporate events and fundraising events

Harborside East 28 Bridgeside Blvd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-606-2718 www.harborsideeast.com chelsea@harborsideeast.com

Chelsea Banias 2006

500 500 500

One of Charleston’s premier indoor venues located minutes from downtown at Patriot’s Point, Harborside East offers spacious and striking interior reception space and a stunning waterfront patio with breathtaking views of the sunsets

Laurel Hill County Park 1400 N. Hwy 41 Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

843-795-4386 www.ccprc.com/2005/Laurel-Hill-County- David Bennett Park 2015 customerservice@ccprc.com

500 500 -

Features an oak allee, large open meadows, and gorgeous backdrops; Laurel Hill can handle very large groups up to 500 people, but is still intimate enough for a small private function

Old Towne Creek County Park 1400 Old Towne Road Charleston, SC 29407

843-795-4386 ccprc.com/1728/Old-Towne-CreekCounty-Park customerservice@ccprc.com

David Bennett 2011

500 500 500

West Ashley’s Old Towne Creek County Park is an ideal in-town country setting for weddings, corporate picnics, oyster roasts, or any occasion needing a convenient and secluded location; features large open meadows, marsh views, gorgeous backdrops

Ralston Creek at Daniel Island Club 600 Island Park Drive Daniel Island, SC 29492

843-971-3555 www.danielislandclub.com -

Greg Keating 2006

500 500

Nationally ranked Rees Jones layout available on a limited basis for member-sponsored charity and corporate events when course is closed for member play (Tuesdays).

South Carolina Aquarium 100 Aquarium Wharf Charleston, SC 29401

843-579-8656 www.scaquarium.org/plan-your-event specialevents@scaquarium.org

Kevin Mills 2000

500 -

Aquarium Galleries and Harbor Overlook comfortably accommodate guest counts from 50 to 500 and enable creative placement of food and action stations, bar service, dance floors and musical entertainment. Personalize your event with one-of-a-kind e

The Cedar Room 701 East Bay St., Suite 200 Charleston, SC 29403

843-793-4103 thecedarroom.com gervin@theindigoroad.com

Graham Ervin 2015

500 175 500

Designed by architect David Thompson, The Cedar Room at the Cigar Factory is an open space featuring historic wood columns, blonde reclaimed wood floors from the original space and rustic elements of the circa 1881 building.

Johnson Hagood Stadium - Club Level 68 Hagood Ave. Charleston, SC 29403

843-953-6703 www.citadel.edu/events reservations@citadel.edu

Allison Bringardner 2006

SpiritLine Cruises and Events 360 Concord St., Suite 201 Charleston, SC 29401

843-722-2628 www.spiritlinecruises.com sales@spiritlinecruises.com

Ian Harris 1961

400 350

Available for corporate meetings and outings, private cruises and charters and for all types of group tours; offering onsite event planners; additionally, an executive chef to make your next event one to remember

The Altman Center 68 Hagood Ave. Charleston, SC 29403

843-953-2665 www.citadel.edu/events reservations@citadel.edu

Allison Bringardner 2001

400 50 200

A multipurpose facility that has the ability to host conferences, luncheons, wedding receptions, parties and various other gatherings

Charles Towne Landing State Historic 843-852-4200 Site www.charlestownelanding.travel 1500 Old Towne Road ctlandingsp@scprt.com Charleston, SC 29407

Rob Powell, Jason Robinett 1970

300 300 300

Site of first permanent English settlement in the Carolinas; includes three special-event venues: Founders Hall, the historic Legare Waring House and the visitor center classroom

Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission 861 Riverland Drive Charleston, SC 29412

843-795-4386 www.charlestoncountyparks.com customerservice@ccprc.com

David Bennett 1968

300 -

County parks department, with facilities and programs throughout the county

Covered Shelters at James Island County Park 871 Riverland Drive Charleston, SC 29412

843-795-4386 www.charlestoncountyparks.com customerservice@ccprc.com

Randy Woodard, Kevin Gillum 1990

300 300 300

Equipped with picnic tables, grills, electricity, James Island County Park offers: Picnic Center Porch, 768 sq. ft./cap. 75; Wando & Stono shelters, 1600 sq. ft./cap. 200 each; Wappoo Shelter, 2100 sq. ft./cap. 300. Also Picnic Center Stage, cap. 75.

Venue

450 20,000 450

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Two outdoor terraces available with 500-person capacity each

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The opening ceremony of the 2018 Spoleto Festival was held at City Hall in downtown Charleston.

» ARTS ABOUND The depth and breadth of Charleston’s arts scene may surprise you. From established galleries and historic theaters to funky festivals and improv comedy, the Holy City and surrounding areas have much to offer. The following is just a small selection of what’s available to satisfy your artistic cravings.

Visual arts Charleston Gallery Association www.charlestongalleryassociation.com The Charleston Gallery Association is made up of more than 40 galleries showcasing local, regional and national artists’ work. The association holds art walks four times a year, on the first Friday of March, May, October and December.

Charleston Renaissance Gallery fineartsouth.com Focusing on fine art of the American South, the Charleston Renaissance Gallery has offerings ranging from 18th century portraits and engravings to contemporary paintings and sculpture. 103 Church St., Charleston; 843-723-0025 City Gallery at Waterfront Park citygalleryatwaterfrontpark.com The City Gallery presents several exhibits

each year focusing on contemporary visual arts created by local, regional, national and international artists. 34 Prioleau St., Charleston; 843-958-6484. Gallery Chuma www.gallerychuma.com Specializing in the works of the Gullah people of coastal South Carolina, Gallery Chuma features Gullah art, books, crafts, storytelling, tours and food. 188 Meeting St., #N1, Charleston; 843-722-1702.

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Gibbes Museum of Art www.gibbesmuseum.org As Charleston’s only visual arts museum, the Gibbes also offers educational programs, group tours and art discovery walking tours. The museum recently completed extensive renovations. 135 Meeting St., Charleston; 843-722-2706.

Piccolo Spoleto www.piccolospoleto.com Piccolo Spoleto was created in 1979 to coincide with the international Spoleto Festival USA and primarily features artists from the Southeast. Held at a variety of locations in downtown Charleston. 843-724-7305. Spoleto Festival USA spoletousa.org Held each spring since 1977, this 17-day festival features visual art exhibits and more than 120 performances from opera to jazz music. 843-579-3100.

Performing arts The Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina www.actorstheatreofsc.org Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Charleston, the Actors’ Theatre has members who travel the state presenting a full season of performances as well as acting classes and a film division. 843-696-2761. American Theater www.pphgcharleston.com/venues/ the-american-theater The American Theater opened in 1942 as one of Charleston’s premier movie houses. It closed in 1977 but was revitalized and reopened in 2005 as a state-of-the-art meeting and conference facility. It also hosts a variety of performances, including Spoleto activities. 446 King St., Charleston; 843-853-1810. Charleston Music Hall www.charlestonmusichall.com Said to offer some of the best acoustics in Charleston, the Charleston Music Hall welcomes a variety of performers throughout the year from bluegrass to blues. 37 John St., Charleston; 843-853-2252. Photos/Ryan Johnson/City of North Charleston

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art halsey.cofc.edu Administered by the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art was created to advocate, exhibit and interpret visual art, with an emphasis on contemporary art. 161 Calhoun St., Charleston; 843-953-4422.

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The Gibbes Museum of Art.

MOJA Arts Festival www.mojafestival.com Started in 1984, the annual MOJA Arts Festival is a celebration of African American and Caribbean arts and features music, visual art, storytelling, performances, crafts, children’s activities and more. 843-724-7305. North Charleston City Gallery www.northcharleston.org, arts and culture tab Located in the commons area at the Charleston Area Convention Center, the North Charleston City Gallery features exhibits that are rotated on a monthly basis. 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston; 843-740-5854.

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Red Guitar by Carl Billingsley of Greenville, N.C., is part of the 12th annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, a component of the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest. Presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique, 12-month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought-provoking, extraordinary sculptures.


Charleston Symphony Orchestra charlestonsymphony.org Founded in 1936, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra is known for its Masterworks and Pops series. The CSO also offers holiday performances and family concerts throughout the year. CSO makes its home at the newly renovated performance hall at the Gaillard Center. 843-723-7528. Dock Street Theatre www.charlestonstage.com/dock-streettheatre.html The historic Dock Street Theatre reopened after undergoing a three-year, $20 million renovation. It originally opened in 1736 and was the first building in America built specifically for theatrical productions. It is a performance venue for Spoleto Festival USA and home of Charleston Stage. 135 Church St., Charleston; 843-577-7183. Flowertown Players www.flowertownplayers.org This community theater presents a range of productions from musicals to serious dramas as well as performances and classes for children. 133 S. Main St., Summerville; 843-875-9251. Footlight Players Theatre www.footlightplayers.net Since 1931, the Footlight Players Theatre has presented a variety of stage productions and has become known as one of the top community theaters in the South. A typical season includes six performances. 20 Queen St., Charleston; 843-722-4487. The Gaillard Center www.gaillardcenter.com Recently renovated and reopened, the $142 million Gaillard Center is a world-class

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Charleston Stage www.charlestonstage.com Charleston Stage, which calls the renovated Dock Street Theatre home, was founded in 1978 and is the state’s largest professional theater company. 843-577-7183.

performing venue. It hosts a multitude of events and performances from Charleston Symphony Orchestra concerts to rock-‘n’roll. 95 Calhoun St., Charleston; 843-242-3099. The Have Nots! Comedy Improv theatre99.com Theatre 99 has developed into a company of about 50 individuals, who along with visiting artists create affordable improv, sketch and stand-up offerings three or four nights a week. Local shows are held at Theatre 99, the group’s own theater. 280 Meeting St., Charleston; 843-853-6687. Memminger Auditorium memmingerauditorium.com Built in the 1930s as an auditorium for Memminger High School, the building had stood vacant since the 1960s and was severely damaged by Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Spoleto Festival USA played a large part in the building’s recent $6 million renovation and the facility reopened in 2008. Now used for a variety of performances and also available for rental for events. 56 Beaufain St., Charleston; 843-724-1196. North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com The North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center hosts events as varied as hockey games and Broadway shows throughout the year. The coliseum seats 13,000-plus for concert performances. The Performing Arts Center seats 2,300. 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston; 843-529-5000. PURE Theatre puretheatre.org PURE Theatre has gained respect as a small professional theater focusing on the works of contemporary playwrights. 477 King St., Charleston; 843-723-4444.

O.A.R. plays at Riverfront Park in North Charleston during their XX Tour.

Sottile Theatre sottile.cofc.edu The Sottile Theatre opened in 1927 as the Gloria Theater and hosted the premiere of Gone With the Wind in 1939. It’s now the home of various events, including Charleston Comedy Festival performances. 44 George St., Charleston; 843-953-6340. South of Broadway Theatre Co. southofbroadway.com The South of Broadway Theatre Company produces a season of seven shows plus PlayFest, showcasing local playwrights and actors. The theater also offers classes and Summer Theatre Camp. 1080 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston; 843-745-0317. Woolfe Street Playhouse woolfestreetplayhouse.com The 200-seat Woolfe Street Playhouse is home to the Village Repertory Co., which brings bold productions of new and established works. The company moved into a century-old meatpacking warehouse in the former industrial center of the Charleston peninsula. 34 Woolfe St., Charleston; 843-856-1579.

For more about arts events in the area, visit charlestonarts.org.

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The Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier.

Âť ATTRACTIONS AND TOURS Aiken-Rhett House Museum 48 Elizabeth St. Charleston, SC 29403 843-723-1159 www.historiccharleston.org Admission: $12 Intact mansion and associated outbuildings demonstrating urban life in antebellum Charleston.

Audubon Center & Sanctuary at Francis Beidler Forest 336 Sanctuary Rd. Harleyville, SC 29448 843-462-2160 sc.audubon.org Admission: $10 1.7-mile boardwalk, canoe trips and night walks in authentic, old-growth swamp.

Boone Hall Plantation 1235 Long Point Rd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-884-4371 www.boonehallplantation.com Admission: $24 One of America’s oldest working, living plantations. Presents over 300 years of history, beauty and grace.

Angel Oak Park 3688 Angel Oak Road Johns Island, SC 29455 843-559-3496 www.angeloaktree.com Admission: free 66.5-foot-high live oak tree provides 17,000 square feet of shade; estimated by some to be more than 1,500 years old.

Berkeley County Museum & Heritage Center 950 Stony Landing Road Moncks Corner, SC 29461 843-899-5101 berkeleymuseum.org Admission: $3 Exhibits displaying Lowcountry culture and natural history; located in Old Santee Canal Park.

Calhoun Mansion 14-16 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-722-8205 www.calhounmansion.net Admission: $17 The largest privately owned Gilded Age house museum on the Charleston peninsula.

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Carolina Ice Palace 7665 Northwoods Blvd. North Charleston, SC 29406 843-572-2717 www.carolinaicepalace.com Admission: $6-$10 Two National Hockey League-size ice skating rinks, sports lounge, meeting rooms, pro shop, birthday party rooms, catering, figure skating and hockey. Caw Caw Interpretive Center 5200 Savannah Highway Ravenel, SC 29470 843-762-8015 www.ccprc.com Admission: $2 Hundreds of acres with intact rice fields, interpretive trails, exhibit center and wildlife.


Charles Pinckney National Historic Site 1254 Long Point Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-881-5516 www.nps.gov/chpi/index.htm Admission: free Country estate of Charles Pinckney; Constitution history, archaeology, African-American history. Charleston Fun Park 3255 U.S. Highway 17 N. Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 843-971-1223 www.charlestonfunpark.com Admission: $3-$100 Mini golf, go-karts, climbing wall, virtual

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Center for Birds of Prey 4719 U.S. Highway 17 N. Awendaw, SC 29429 843-971-7474 www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org Admission: $18 Dozens of species of birds of prey from around the world including eagles, hawks, falcons and owls; guided tours and flight demonstrations.

Caw Caw Nature & History Interpretive Center. reality coaster, bumper cars, mini bowling and arcade. Birthday parties and group events too. Charleston Museum 360 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29403 843-722-2996 www.charlestonmuseum.org

Admission: $12 America’s first museum, showcasing a variety of cultural and natural history artifacts relating to the South Carolina Lowcountry. Charleston Stage at the Historic Dock Street Theatre 135 Church St.

Charleston, SC 29401 843-577-7183 www.charlestonstage.com Admission: varies South Carolina’s largest professional theater company, produces a full season of plays and musicals and theater for youth programs.

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Charleston Zip Line Adventures 1152 Guerins Bridge Road Awendaw, SC 29429 843-928-3947 www.charlestonziplineadventures.com Admission: $79 Zip Line Canopy Tour - A two-hour adventure zipping through the trees, swinging bridges and a grand finale extreme zip at 750 feet. Kids Zip Line, climbing wall. Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site 1500 Old Towne Road Charleston, SC 29407 843-852-4200 southcarolinaparks.com/charles-townelanding Admission: $10 Birthplace of the Carolinas. Charleston’s largest natural habitat zoo, costumed interpretation, 17th-century trading ship, picnic areas and bike rentals. Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry 25 Ann St. Charleston, SC 29403 843-853-8962 exploreCML.org Admission: $10 The museum offers learning adventures for children, birth to 10 years, and their families. Coastal Carolina Fair 9850 U.S. Highway 78 Ladson, SC 29456 843-572-3161 www.coastalcarolinafair.org Admission: $10 Annual fair that opens for 11 nights, starting last Thursday in October. The Exchange Club of Charleston donates all proceeds to local charities.

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Charleston Tea Plantation 6617 Maybank Highway Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487 843-559-0383 www.charlestonteaplantation.com Admission: Factory tour free; trolley ride $12 Tea plantation with informational tours of the on-site factory and trolley rides designed to educate the public on the growing and processing of tea.

Drayton Hall contains the oldest preserved plantation house in America. Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site 300 State Park Road Summerville, SC 29485 843-873-1740 www.southcarolinaparks.com/ colonialdorchester Admission: $2; $1.25 for S.C. seniors Archaeological park on the site of Dorchester, an inland trading town on the Ashley River that flourished from 1697 through the Revolutionary War. Deep Water Vineyard & Winery 6775 Bears Bluff Road Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487 843-559-6867 www.deepwatervineyard.com Admission: $7 tastings Winery tour and tasting area. Dock Street Theatre 135 Church St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-577-7183 charlestonstage.com/dock-streettheatre.html Admission: varies Site of America’s first theater, houses the state’s largest professional acting company and is the centerpiece of Spoleto Festival USA. Drayton Hall Preservation Trust 3380 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414 843-769-2600

www.draytonhall.org Admission: $32 Founded in 1738, an icon of Colonial America and the nation’s oldest preserved plantation house open to the public with 1790s African-American cemetery. Edisto Island Serpentarium 1374 S.C. Highway 174 Edisto Island, SC 29438 843-869-1171 www.edistoserpentarium.com Admission: $14.95 Reptile zoo and gift shop. Edmondston-Alston House 21 E. Battery Charleston, SC 29401 843-722-7171 Edmondstonalston.com Admission: $12 Daily tours, private tours available as well as reception and dinner space. Fort Moultrie 1214 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482 843-883-3123 www.nps.gov/fosu/learn/historyculture/ fort_moultrie.htm Admission: $3 History of American seacoast defense from 1776-1947; visitor center with museum exhibits, film and bookstore.

Fort Sumter Tours 340 Concord St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-722-2628 www.fortsumtertours.com Admission: $22 Daily tours departing from Liberty Square in Charleston and Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant. Friends of the Hunley 1250 Supply St. North Charleston, SC 29405 843-743-4865 www.hunley.org Admission: $16 See the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley undergoing restoration at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center. Gibbes Museum of Art 135 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-722-2706 www.gibbesmuseum.org Admission: $15 Houses one of the foremost collections of American art from the 18th century to the present, in addition to six to eight special exhibitions annually. Heyward-Washington House 87 Church St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-722-2996 www.charlestonmuseum.org


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Admission: $12 Charleston’s Revolutionary War house; Townhome of Thomas Heyward Jr., signer of the Declaration of Independence; rented by George Washington in 1791. Hopsewee Plantation 494 Hopsewee Road Georgetown, SC 29440 843-546-7891 www.hopsewee.com Admission: $20 Original rice plantation attic-to-cellar tour; birthplace of Thomas Lynch Jr., Declaration of Independence signer and member of Continental Congress. James Island County Park Challenge Course 871 Riverland Drive Charleston, SC 29412 843-762-8035 www.charlestoncountyparks.com/ challengecourse Admission: Varies High and low ropes course for teambuilding; customized programs for all ages and abilities. James Island County Park Climbing Wall 871 Riverland Drive Charleston, SC 29412 843-795-4386 www.charlestoncountyparks.com/wall Admission: $12 50-foot climbing wall and 1,000-square-foot bouldering wall for supervised climbing. James Island County Park Splash Zone 871 Riverland Drive James Island, SC 29412 843-795-4386 www.ccprc.com/1659/splash-zone Admission: $11.99 Two 200-foot slides, lazy river, Caribbean play structure, concessions, kiddie pool, lockers, lifeguards, vending. Joseph Manigault House 350 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29403 843-723-2926 www.charlestonmuseum.org Admission: $12 An exceptional example of Federal period architecture with a remarkable

The climbing wall at James Island County Park. collection of early 19th-century furnishings. Karpeles Manuscript Museum Library 68 Spring St. Charleston, SC 29403 843-853-4651 www.rain.org/~karpeles/chasfrm.html Admission: free Displays historical manuscripts on a wide variety of cultural, scientific, social, intellectual, economic and historical subjects. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens 3550 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29461 843-761-8509 www.magnoliaplantation.com Admission: $20 Pre-Revolutionary War plantation house with early American antiques, biblical garden, antebellum cabin, train tour, nature boat tour and slave cabin tour. Mepkin Abbey 1098 Mepkin Abbey Road Moncks Corner, SC 29461 843-761-8509 www.mepkinabbey.org Gardens are open to the public

Middleton Place 4300 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414 843-556-6020 www.middletonplace.org Admission: $28 A National Historic Landmark and home to America’s oldest landscaped gardens. Learn about the rice barons of South Carolina and enslaved people here. Nathaniel Russell House 51 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-724-8481 www.historiccharleston.org Admission: $12 200-year-old Federal townhouse with elaborate plasterwork, fine furnishings and a magnificent free-flying staircase. North Charleston Fire Museum and Education Center 4975 Centre Pointe Drive North Charleston, SC 29418 843-740-5550 northcharlestonfiremuseum.org Admission: $6 Guest of all ages will love the museum’s interactive exhibits, hands-on equipment, play area with functioning fire pole and theater experience.

Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon 122 East Bay St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-727-2165 www.oldexchange.org Admission: $10 Revolutionary War museum completed in 1771, featuring historical artifacts from Charleston’s Colonial, Revolutionary and Civil War periods. Palmetto Islands County Park 444 Needlerush Parkway Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-406-6950 www.charlestoncountyparks.com/picp Admission: $2 943-acre nature-based park with playgrounds, trails, boating, biking, shelters, water park, special events. Palmetto Islands County Park Splash Island 444 Needlerush Parkway Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-795-4386 www.ccprc.com/1660/splash-island Admission: $6.99 plus $2 park admission 200-foot slide, Cyclone swirling water ride, 16-foot otter slide, kiddie pool, sprays, waterfalls, geysers, vending. ATTRACTIONS AND TOURS |

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Whirlin’ Otter Bay racer slide in the Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark at Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum 40 Patriots Point Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-884-2727 www.patriotspoint.org Admission: $24 Patriots Point is home to the USS Yorktown, USS Laffey, the interactive Vietnam Experience Exhibit and the Medal of Honor Museum. Sewee Visitor & Environmental Education Center 5821 U.S. Highway 17 N. Awendaw, SC 29429 843-928-3368 www.fws.gov/seweecenter Admission: free Center features tourist information on recreational opportunities available in the Francis Marion National Forest Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. SK8 Charleston 1549 Oceanic St. Charleston, SC 29403 843-795-4386 http://ccprc.com/1725/SK8-Charleston Admission: $3 SK8 Charleston is handicapped-

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accessible and has a raised building with a large viewing deck overlooking all the action along with a skate shop. Sky Zone Charleston 411 Wando Park Blvd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-588-5777 www.skyzone.com/charleston Admission: $11 for 30 minutes 15,000 square feet of wall-to-wall trampolines. South Carolina Aquarium 100 Aquarium Wharf Charleston, SC 29401 843-577-3474 www.scaquarium.org Admission: $29.95 Discover more than 5,000 animals. Enjoy interactive dive shows and explore the Zucker family sea turtle recovery. SpiritLine Cruises and Events 360 Concord St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-722-2628 www.spiritlinecruises.com Admission: $24 and up Fleet is available for private charters and dinner cruises.

The Alley 131 Columbus St. Charleston, SC 29403 843-818-4080 www.thealleycharleston.com Admission: $35-$45 per lane per hour Full service restaurant & bar, event space, eight lanes of bowling, arcade games, outdoor space

Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark 8888 University Blvd. North Charleston, SC 29406 843-762-5585 www.ccprc.com/1658/whirlin-waters Admission: $19.99 27,000-square-foot wave pool, lazy river, treehouse play structure, kiddie pool area, seven-story multislide complex, racer slides, birthday parties.

The Reel Deal Charters LLC Multiple locations in area Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-388-5093 www.thereeldealcharters.com Admission: $225 and up Year-round inshore and offshore, deep sea and big game saltwater fishing. Licenses, bait and tackle included

Wild Blue Ropes 1595 Highland Ave. Charleston, SC 29412 843-225-1555 wildblueropes.com Admission: $19-$45 Aerial adventure park experience with high climbing ropes and challenge course.

Wescott Park 9006 Dorchester Road North Charleston, SC 29420 843-767-0782 www.northcharleston.org Admission: varies by event Enclosed shelter, open shelters, playgrounds, adult fitness area, ball fields, batting cages, Ripken training area, dog parks

Yorktown Ghost Tours 40 Patriots Point Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-277-0587 www.yorktownghosttours.com Admission: $25 Explore the sacrifice, heroism and mystery of the USS Yorktown, including the devastating history and documented strange activity.


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Center for Birds of Prey flight demonstrations at the annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.

» CALENDAR OF EVENTS Charleston is a busy city – there’s always a race, festival or tour of homes going on. If it’s January, there must be oysters; if it’s spring, there must be a race over the bridge. You can count on it. Here are some of the main events that shape our year.

JANUARY Happy New Year, Charleston This is a time to celebrate as only the Lowcountry knows how. There will be crowds everywhere as Charlestonians and visitors welcome the New Year at venues all over the area. Folly Beach and Sullivan’s Island both have popular “polar bear” plunge events on New Year’s Day and hundreds of people run from the beach into the freezing ocean water to celebrate the new year.

Lowcountry Oyster Festival www.charlestonrestaurantassociation. com Each January, two tractor trailer loads of oysters – more than 65,000 pounds – are brought in for the annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival at Boone Hall Plantation. Contests, live music and other activities are scheduled throughout the day, including an oyster shucking contest, oyster eating contest and a contest among local chefs for the best oyster recipe.

FEBRUARY Southeastern Wildlife Exposition sewe.com Known for its world-class original art, diverse exhibits and animal demonstrations, the annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition brings 120 artists and more than 350 exhibitors to venues throughout Charleston for a long weekend. Conservation exhibits, birds of prey and retriever demonstrations, and Dock Dogs are among the highlights.

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The Culinary Village at the Charleston Wine and Food Festival.

MARCH

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Charleston Wine and Food Festival charlestonwineandfood.com Starting in early March, this festival celebrates the culinary history and culture of the Lowcountry. Foodies can enjoy dozens of events during the five-day event. Marion Square is the center of the action.

thusiasts are treated to an array of English, European and American antiques from dealers across the country. Visitors can learn through educational presentations and purchase furnishings, decorative and fine art, architectural elements, garden furniture, vintage jewelry and silver. Held at Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St.

Charleston Antiques Show www.historiccharleston.org Each year in mid-March, collectors and en-

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Charleston Fashion Week charlestonfashionweek.com This week showcases emerging designers and modeling talent under the tents on Marion Square. More than 30 runway shows are featured. The latest trends from local designers and boutique owners are featured.

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Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens www.historiccharleston.org Starting in late March, this monthlong event opens some of Charleston’s finest historic gardens and houses for touring. Let the Historic Charleston Foundation be your guide for one of the tours that give a rare chance for a glimpse inside private homes.

APRIL World Grits Festival worldgritsfestival.com Who could resist a festival that’s all about grits? This family oriented festival in St. George celebrates all forms of coarsely ground hominy and crowns a winner in the official Grits Rolling Contest.


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The Miami City Ballet performing at the Spoleto Festival USA.

Summerville Flowertown Festival www.flowertownfestival.com The three-day event showcases the beautiful blooming azaleas, wisteria and dogwood in Summerville, a northern suburb of Charleston. The festival brings a host of artisans, food vendors, children’s activities and musical performances. It is organized by the Summerville Family YMCA. Cooper River Bridge Run bridgerun.com Start in Mount Pleasant and run across the Cooper River on the expansive Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. You’ll wind up in downtown Charleston. Held in late March or early April each year, the event features a popular world-class 10K run as well as a walk. Volvo Car Open www.volvocaropen.com In 2015, the week-long Charleston women's professional tennis tournament became the Volvo Car Open. Home to the tournament is the Family Circle Tennis Center, built through a partnership between the city of Charleston and Family Circle magazine. The tournament is held at the Daniel Island center each April. Watch the stars play, then come back to attend concerts and events held throughout the year.

MAY & JUNE

SEPTEMBER

Spoleto Festival USA spoletousa.org Each year since 1977, dozens of music, dance and theater performances as well as visual arts exhibits have come to the Charleston area for Spoleto USA. The 17day festival begins in late May and continues into June. It fills Charleston’s historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with more than 120 performances.

MOJA Arts Festival www.mojafestival.com In late September through early October, the MOJA Arts Festival celebrates African American and Caribbean arts. Featured are music, visual arts, storytelling, performances, crafts and children’s activities at various locations.

Piccolo Spoleto USA www.piccolospoleto.com This festival, running concurrently with Spoleto Festival USA, focuses primarily on artists from the Southeast, offering theater, music, visual arts, dance, ethnic culture presentations, comedy, crafts and film. It takes place at a variety of locations around Charleston.

JULY Fourth of July www.patriotspoint.org Fireworks launched from the flight deck of an aircraft carrier at Patriots Point and a shoreside party with beach music make Independence Day in Charleston fun. Communities all over the area have their own celebrations. Sit on the beach and watch fireworks all around.

OCTOBER Fall Tour of Homes and Gardens www.preservationsociety.org Charleston’s historic homes and gardens welcome visitors on a rotating basis, starting in late September through most of October. Over five weeks, you can experience history close up while helping the Preservation Society raise funds.

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER Holiday Festival of Lights www.ccprc.com Experience the spirit of the holidays with millions of sparkling lights at James Island County Park. The display opens the second week of November and continues through New Year’s. There are more than 600 light displays, many reflected in the park’s waterways.

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17

26

78

17A

Berkeley County

78

Dorchester County

Summerville

Goose Creek

17A

17A 52

61

17

165

Hanahan

33 41

North Charleston

17 7

642

Daniel Island

26

526

Mt. Pleasant

517

17

Ravenel

West Ashley

17

162

Isle of Palms

Charleston 30

Charleston County

699

703

Sullivan's Island

James Island

Atlantic Ocean

164 700

Johns Island

171

Meggett Folly Beach Kiawah Island

174

Seabrook Island

» NEWCOMER INFORMATION TELEPHONE AT&T 800-331-0500 www.att.com Home Telecom 843-761-9101 www.homesc.com WOW! 843-225-1000 www.wowway.com

CABLE

ELECTRICITY AND NATURAL GAS Berkeley Electric Cooperative 843-761-8200 www.becsc.com Edisto Electric Cooperative 800-433-3292 www.edistoelectric.com Santee Cooper 843-761-8000 www.santeecooper.com

Comcast 800-266-2278 www.comcast.com

South Carolina Electric & Gas 800-251-7234 www.sceg.com

WOW! 843-225-1000 www.wowway.com

GARBAGE

Spectrum (formerly Time Warner) Cable 866-892-7201 www.spectrum.com

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City of Charleston 843-724-7364 www.charleston-sc.gov City of Goose Creek 843-824-2200 www.cityofgoosecreek.com

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City of Hanahan 843-529-3413 www.cityofhanahan.com

Town of Summerville 843-619-0800 www.summervillesc.gov

City of Isle of Palms 843-886-6148 www.iopwsc.com

City of Isle of Palms 843-886-8956 www.iop.net

WATER AND SEWER

James Island Public Service District 843-795-9060 www.jipsd.org

James Island Public Service District 843-795-9060 www.jipsd.org Town of Moncks Corner 843-719-7900 www.monckscornersc.gov Town of Mount Pleasant 843-884-8518 www.tompsc.com City of North Charleston 843-745-1026 www.northcharleston.org Town of Sullivan’s Island 843-883-3198 www.sullivansisland-sc.com

Berkeley County Water & Sanitation Authority 843-572-4400 www.bcwsa.com Charleston Water System 843-727-6800 www.charlestonwater.com Dorchester County Water and Sewer Dept. 843-563-0075, 843-832-0075 www.dorchestercounty.net City of Folly Beach 843-588-2447 www.cityoffollybeach.com City of Goose Creek 843-797-6220, ext. 1 www.cityofgoosecreek.com

Town of Moncks Corner 843-719-7900 www.monckscornersc.gov Johns Island 843-559-0186 St. Johns Water Co. Town of Sullivan’s Island 843-883-5733 www.sullivansisland-sc.com Summerville Commissioners of Public Works 843-871-0810 www.summervillecpw.com Mount Pleasant Waterworks 843-884-9626 www.mountpleasantwaterworks. com

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