This summer has been packed with travel and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Last summer Ian left for Afghanistan mid-June, so I was riding solo on the summer visits. It’s much better having him around this time! We met in South Carolina in college and still have lots of family and friends there. Here are a few places we visited these past two weeks. If you’re planning a trip to South Carolina soon, you can’t go wrong with these gems.
P.S. Three cheers for the Confederate flag coming down. Let’s focus on all the good things South Carolina has to offer– see below!
Hunting Island State Park: a few miles East of Beaufort. It has a gorgeous beach, a historic lighthouse, and eerie, beautiful washed-up trees.
Saint Helena Island: you’ll drive through this residential, sleepy island to get to Hunting Island. Roll down the windows, watch the birds, photograph the shrimp boats, and admire the bright green marshes. Also, stop at the Marsh Tacky Market for a BLT + pimento cheese and a cold coke.
Yemassee: On the way into Beaufort, you’ll pass through Yemassee. Stop and walk around the Old Sheldon Church Ruins. Everyone walks around quietly, transfixed by the Spanish Moss-draped grave sites. A memorable road stop to say the least.
Pawley’s Island & Litchfield Beach: this might be my new favorite beach! It is quiet, wide, and lovely. On Pawley’s, there is one teeny road that cuts through the beach and the marshes with the only main building being the Town Hall. I could look at those all day! We’re hoping to go back in the fall and stay at the Pelican Inn.
Dinner in the Hammock Shops Village on Pawley’s, surrounded by humidity and crepe myrtles. You can watch them make the original Pawley’s Island rope hammocks!
Driving along the back roads to avoid Highway 17– highly recommended during peak travel season!
My adorable sister-in-law lives in Beaufort with her husband and new puppy (!) and after eating breakfast at Blackstone’s (Cajun shrimp & grits were amaze) we honed in on this Sweet Tea Bar around the corner. Heaven. They put fresh sherbet in your iced tea and have a zillion toppings. Also, plenty of unique, interesting gifts made by local artists. Go there now!
Wander around the historic section of downtown Beaufort after eating breakfast or lunch. Lust over the wide, double porches, perfect gardens, and gas-lit lanterns. Creep on the house in The Big Chill.
Those trees get me every. dang. time.