THE IRON FISH GALLERY is a must-visit. Winner of Martha Stewart’s American Made Audience Choice Award, 2014, artist Chase Allen is an island legend. His colorful historic Gullah home and gallery feature a large array of his aquatic-themed sculptures and an outdoor gallery. You are likely to find Allen welding and crafting his sculptures in his outdoor studio. There is an honors system where customers can leave money for purchases under the door, or you can leave your number and he will call you for your credit card information. ironfishart.com, 843.842.9448
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BLOODY POINT GOLF CLUB offers members and guests a chance to privately indulge in luxurious amenities, experience the wildness of the island, and enjoy miles of secluded beach. This is why it has attracted moguls and celebrities in search of a secluded escape: the lodging accommodations, the golf course, and the most pristine, quiet beaches that offer spectacular views of Harbor Town, Tybee Island, and Hilton Head. bloodypointresort.com, 843.341.3030
what to do while at folly beach The island is also known for its good food and expansive beaches. Whether one wants to hit the beach or hit the town, have quiet and alone time or hang with everyone around, there’s always something to do: from adventurous water sports to leisurely bike rides, from hot local dining to wild entertainment.
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Photo Credits: Iron Fish Gallery/ Bloody Point Golf Club and Resort/ Avocet Hospitality
Fondly referred to by locals as the “Edge of America,” Folly Beach is a surfer’s paradise with consistent surf conditions. The best surfing on Folly is in the area known as “The Washout.” Experienced surfers say this is where surfers can ride the best waves on the South Carolina Coast. Hurricane Hugo was responsible for “The Washout.” Where a cluster of houses once stood, the wind now blows unimpeded across the beach, through the wetlands and then to the Folly River. This wind effect is what experts say causes the water there to “roll” so well. Folly Beach also has a rich history because of its role in the Civil War, its famed ghost stories, and the historic Morris Island Lighthouse. This unique and charming island town is a favorite among beach devotees. follybeach.com