South Carolina Travel Articles



Our collection of South Carolina Travel Articles offers a look into the Palmetto State’s unique culture, exciting festivals, unparalleled history, championship golf, outdoor adventure and so much more.

You’ll learn about our Deep South culinary tradition, view the world-renowned golf courses that make the state famous, and even uncover a South Carolina travel surprise or two along the way.

So sit back, relax, and travel South Carolina … without ever leaving your chair!


Ladies, pack your stilettos. It's time for fashion camp.
Published: 1/19/2009
Charleston has gotten in touch with its inner fierceness, launching its own fashion week.

Abbeville
Published: 1/9/2009
Historic, entertaining, delicious and charming. Abbeville is a “small town” that knows exactly how wonderful a small town can be for a day trip or a relaxed weekend.

Let's have a festival!
Published: 1/9/2009
We love our festivals in South Carolina. We have food festivals, history and heritage festivals, festivals that bloom and arts festivals.

23 reasons to see Santee
Published: 1/1/2009
Just a short drive from Charleston, this treasure is off the usual tourist path—and well worth the effort.

A Bed & Breakfast Holiday
Published: 1/1/2009
A crackling fireplace, family and friends, sumptuous food and best of all, you don’t have to lift a finger to enjoy it at a number of South Carolina bed and breakfasts.

A Perfect Girls Day Out
Published: 1/1/2009
What was once a rundown warehouse district is now is now home to restaurants of all sorts, stylish boutiques, galleries showcasing both the avant-garde and the classic, and even a few original establishments like Adluh Flour Company.

A Road From Then to Now
Published: 1/1/2009
It’s an 11-mile stretch of road that once required a full day’s journey. No doubt, the families of the Draytons, Middletons and Bulls often covered this route on horseback or by carriage as they celebrated holidays, discussed politics or offered assistance to a neighbor.

Art globally, viewed locally.
Published: 1/1/2009
The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, features a surprisingly international collection in its 25 galleries.

Art in the open
Published: 1/1/2009
Experience the unique charm of the Artist Colony in Sumter and Lenoir Country Store in Horatio.

Campground Cookoff Has Smoking Flavors
Published: 1/1/2009
2008 marked the first official South Carolina Old 96 District Campground CookOff on Lake Richard B. Russell. Here, the art of cooking meets the fun of out-in-nature camping.

City of Life
Published: 1/1/2009
Greenville, SC, is a city of life with scenic Falls Park, a bourgeoning arts scene, boutiques and great eats.

Day Trippin' Treasures
Published: 1/1/2009
Everyone knows about Charleston, Myrtle Beach and other famous South Carolina destinations. But what about those spots that only the locals know? Discover some of South Carolina's hidden treasures.

Don't Miss This
Published: 1/1/2009
Even if you think you’ve seen it all, there’s always something exciting, different or new in South Carolina.

Feast on the Arts in Aiken
Published: 1/1/2009
cultural, performing and visual arts have long flourished in Aiken, SC. And Aikenites have a number of premier venues that feature drama, comedy and international troupes.

First Look at the New Granddaddy
Published: 1/1/2009
Golfers who tee off at the “new” Pine Lakes will not be disappointed. Pine Lakes is Myrtle Beach’s oldest course, designed by Robert White, the first president of the PGA and the place where the idea of Sports Illustrated was first conceived.

Girls Gone Shopping
Published: 1/1/2009
It's a weekend of shopping in Myrtle Beach with just the girls.

Hittin' the Sauce
Published: 1/1/2009
It’s called the Festival of Discovery in Greenwood, SC, a barbeque competition and blues festival held the second weekend in July. And it might be a chance to discover just how much barbeque one stomach can handle.

Just Add Water
Published: 1/1/2009
Just say, “Let’s go to the beach,” and most of us can be ready in under 10 minutes. You don’t need much. After all, the point of going oceanside is to relax, get away and leave your baggage behind.

Kids Gone Wild
Published: 1/1/2009
Nestled inside the already amazing South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston is a whole new world that’s especially for kids.

Kids' Games
Published: 1/1/2009
Here are some cool games to make the kids' trip to South Carolina a little more interesting

Lessons from a wise woman and the good eats that come with 'em
Published: 1/1/2009
If you’re visiting The Upcountry, here are a few great restaurants that guarantee a good meal and the lessons that go along with it.

Mud, sweat and gears
Published: 1/1/2009
It’s one of the most physically demanding sports in the world, the Big Buck Grand National Cross Country race. And the Big Buck track, in Union County, SC, is tough.

Myrtle Beach Days and Nights
Published: 1/1/2009
When it comes to showing visitors a good time, the Myrtle Beach Area — with its glorious coastline, endless array of activities and options galore for dining and lodging — doesn’t mess around.

Native goodies
Published: 1/1/2009
South Carolina cooks have found some incredible ways to turn locally grown products into some best-you-ever-tasted dishes.

Now this is more like it.
Published: 1/1/2009
South Carolina is home to America’s most photographed plantation - Boone Hall Plantation.

Open benne!
Published: 1/1/2009
Around the South Carolina Lowcountry, the favorite use for sesame seeds is in the crisp, delicious benne seed cookie (or wafer).

Out of the way in a very good way.
Published: 1/1/2009
Sometimes you can find the most interesting things in the most out-of-the-way places. South Carolina constantly surprises.

Pee Dee in three
Published: 1/1/2009
Just off Interstates 95 and 20 — accessible, beautiful and fun - the Pee Dee region.

Perfectly Pawleys
Published: 1/1/2009
There’s a reason families flock to Pawleys Island: uncrowded beaches give children room to throw Frisbees and build sandcastles, and, on the marsh side, twisty waterways are perfect for casting nets for shrimp,crabbing and kayaking.

Postcard pretty
Published: 1/1/2009
Bamberg, SC, is a treasure waiting to be discovered.

Rise and Shine
Published: 1/1/2009
One of the best things about a vacation is having time to indulge in breakfast. In South Carolina, you’ll get your day off to a delicious start at any of these morning glories, all located in Hilton Head Island.

Six Magical Places to Spend an Afternoon
Published: 1/1/2009
If you’re looking for a special way to spend an afternoon in Greenville, take the whole family to a place where their imaginations will soar.

South Carolina's West Coast
Published: 1/1/2009
Explore South Carolina's West Coast and discover 1,200 miles of shoreline, scenic championship golf, tennis, canoeing and some of the area’s best camping, hiking and fishing.

Sweeet.
Published: 1/1/2009
Why do Southerners love sweet tea? Get a recipe for classic sweet tea and recipe for sweet tea on the rock using Firefly Vodka.

Swingin' Ole School Style
Published: 1/1/2009
If you’re looking for a unique golfing getaway, the Olde English District is the perfect place to find both inexpensive and incredible golfing opportunities.

Take the road less traveled!
Published: 1/1/2009
Check out the South Carolina's roads less traveled: greenways.

The Big Mo
Published: 1/1/2009
The Big Mo Drive-In Theatre in Monetta, SC, has reopened and shows movies each year from March to around November.

The Grape of the South
Published: 1/1/2009
Take your taste buds on a side trip during your next visit to South Carolina, and explore some of the state’s unique wineries.

The island tour.
Published: 1/1/2009
There’s so very much to do in the Lowcountry and Resort Islands. Why not hop on a tour?

The Old Guard
Published: 1/1/2009
South Carolina’s coast offers some of the nation’s most picturesque lighthouses and accompanying scenery.

Water, water everywhere!
Published: 1/1/2009
From the coast to the mountains, water plays a role in almost every trip to South Carolina.

When Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary
Published: 1/1/2009
Pearl Fryar’s Topiary Garden is an extraordiary site in the small town of Bishopville.

Where the Hunting is Easy and the Fishing is the Best
Published: 1/1/2009
There is an abundance of game all across the Old 96 District, a district which stretches from the wide Savannah River to the central midlands of South Carolina. And Santee Cooper Country is a fisherman's paradise.

Woven in the Past
Published: 1/1/2009
The ancient West African tradition of weaving sweetgrass into art flourishes in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Yo Ho! Yo Ho! It's a Pirates lunch for me.
Published: 1/1/2009
Enjoy a good pirate-themed restaurant in one of the city’s toniest neighborhoods — Daniel Island.

A Desperate Stand at the Rivers Bridge
Published: 1/1/2008
Confederate soldiers took a stand against Sherman’s troops at Rivers Bridge on the Salkehatchie River in what is now Bamberg County. About 100 Confederate and Union troops died and are buried in a mass grave near the battlefield which became Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, the only state historic site that commemorates the Civil War.

A Little Dancing. A Whole Lot of 'Que.
Published: 1/1/2008
Barbecue is big in Hemingway, SC. Each year, the town hosts the South Carolina Bar-B-Que Shag festival and celebrates for three days with dancing and 'que.

A Sight to See
Published: 1/1/2008
The Story of Phil Blackwell, South Carolina’s World Champion Blind Golfer.

A Taste to Remember
Published: 1/1/2008
In the lovely Lowcountry town of Beaufort, SC, The Chocolate Tree boils and stirs and dips and creates luscious confections in front of thousands of visitors each year.

An Island Full of Tennis
Published: 1/1/2008
Every April, 100,000 sports enthusiasts converge on Daniel Island’s Family Circle Tennis Center for one of the hottest professional women’s tennis tournaments around.

Bright Lights, Holy City
Published: 1/1/2008
The newly established Theatre Charleston is now helping to establish Charleston’s reputation as a vibrant theater destination.

Carolina Adventure World: Where to Ride
Published: 1/1/2008
Carolina Adventure World, a 2,600-acre park in Winnsboro, SC, sets the standard as the ultimate outdoor recreation experience the entire family can enjoy.

Cruising the Coast
Published: 1/1/2008
Cruise South Carolina's coast for beautiful sites, great restaurants and fresh seafood.

Frankie's and Fun
Published: 1/1/2008
An evening wining and dining makes kids and big kids happy. You can have both at Frankie's Fun Park.

Gardens of the Heritage Corridor
Published: 1/1/2008
Few places in America are endowed with a gardening heritage as enchanting and diverse as those found along the South Carolina Heritage Corridor.

General Elliott Inn - Southern Hospitality and More
Published: 1/1/2008
Accommodations at General Elliott Inn include three elegantly appointed guest rooms in the main house—a two-room executive suite affords views of the pastures and ponies, and two large guestrooms share a bath.

Georgetown: South Carolina's Picture-Perfect Town
Published: 1/1/2008
You might not have heard of Georgetown, SC, but chances are you’ve seen it. That’s because in late 2006, the city was chosen as Picturetown USA by the Nikon® camera company.Dozens of the surprisingly stunning images were featured in a series of advertisements that ran in nationally distributed magazines and newspapers, in movie theaters and on television stations throughout the country, with hundreds more on display on the Nikon Picturetown website at stunningnikon.com/picturetown.

Girls Gone Shopping
Published: 1/1/2008
Get a group of girls together and go shopping in Myrtle Beach! The day after Thanksgiving is always an adventure. From traditional to non-traditional shopping, Myrtle Beach has it all!

Heritage Corridor Discovery Centers
Published: 1/1/2008
From Table Rock Mountain to the wharves of McClellanville, the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor is a self-guided tour through the storied history of the South and the lifestyle of its people. Along the way are two Heritage Corridor Discovery Centers—in Edgefield and Blackville—to make the most of your adventure.

In Their Own Words
Published: 1/1/2008
Three authors uncover South Carolina’s heritage and history while pursuing their passions.

Keeing Ahead of the Game
Published: 1/1/2008
Pete Dye returns to Sea Pines to transform an aging course into a whole new ballgame.

Kids Games
Published: 1/1/2008
South Carolina kids like crossword puzzles and text message brain teasers are sure to entertain you little South Carolina visitors. Bet your kids can beat you at these games. Try it!

Leapin Leprechauns at the South Caorlina State Museum!
Published: 1/1/2008
Irish folklore has snuck into the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia.

Life on the Farm Without All the Work
Published: 1/1/2008
Alpacas form a major part of the charm of the new-but-looks-very-old Farmhouse at Bush River in Clinton, SC. The cozy inn features four guestrooms, a parlor for games and refreshment, a Pub room and dining room

Made in South Carolina
Published: 1/1/2008
Take a special keepsake home from your South Carolina visit.

May I Have Your Autograph?
Published: 1/1/2008
A lot of buzz was created in the Upstate during the filming of Universal Pictures “Leatherheads,” co-written,directed and starring George Clooney.

Middleton Place Brings the Antebellum South to Life
Published: 1/1/2008
Middleton Place, offers a glimpse of plantation life and a stroll through America’s oldest and most historic gardens.

Mom, that log is looking at me.
Published: 1/1/2008
you and the kids just might learn something while exploring this fascinating place - Cypress Gardens.

New Discoveries Blanket the Palmetto State
Published: 1/1/2008
Attractions at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, a state park in Cheraw and a Medal of Honor Museum in Charleston are among the new developments that came on line across the Palmetto State in the past year or will debut this year.

Not-So-Hidden Treasure
Published: 1/1/2008
Treasures on South Carolina's beaches.

On the Hunt Flea Market Finds
Published: 1/1/2008
The hordes of visitors to South Carolina flea markets certainly attest to the belief that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. You can find plenty of treasures at South Carolina flea markets.

Paw Pics
Published: 1/1/2008
South Carolina's pet friendly hotels.

Play Ball!
Published: 1/1/2008
ThE Ripken Experience gives youth teams a taste of the majors.

Romantic Golf in South Carolina
Published: 1/1/2008
Bring your sweetheart and that twinkle in your eye, and come to South Carolina for a long weekend of romance and golf.

Share the Road and the Off-Road
Published: 1/1/2008
South Carolina is a truly bike-friendly state. So grab a water bottle, a map and start peddling. It’s a great way to see the state at a slower pace.

Short Stuff
Published: 1/1/2008
Try a kid's-eye view of beach resorts. They know how to make the most of a South Carolina beach vacation.

Small Town Downtown is Doing Just Fine
Published: 1/1/2008
Elloree sits just a few miles off Interstate 95 and not far from Interstate 26. A grassroots effort has sparked Elloree’s revival.

South Carolina State Parks Mark 75 Years
Published: 1/1/2008
South Carolina State Parks mark 75 Years of conservation, recreation and history. Come out and play!

Stirring Up Flavor
Published: 1/1/2008
There is no more beautiful place to first work up an appetite then enjoy a hearty meal than at one of South Carolina’s beautiful state parks.

The Birthplace of American Civilization
Published: 1/1/2008
Flags from four different countries have flown over Port Royal, a small town in the southern tip of South Carolina. The charming town boasts beautiful scenery and rich history, great dining and shopping.

The Front Porch of the Lowcountry
Published: 1/1/2008
Known for Southern hospitality and historic homes, Walterboro is truly “The Front Porch of the Lowcountry.“

The Run for the Cup
Published: 1/1/2008
Each spring, one of the South’s largest outdoor parties is held at Springdale Race Course in Camden, SC, where more than 70,000 people jockey for a prime position.

Upcountry Dining
Published: 1/1/2008
A sample of the Upcountry's best restaurants.

Women Tee Up for a Weekend on the Greens
Published: 1/1/2008
Women have an above par experience at the first Ladies Golf Weekend event at Hickory Knob State Resort Park.

A Bird's Eye View
Published: 1/1/2007
Whether it be their song, beauty markings or simply their power of flight, birds have delighted and inspired people the world over. We mimic their calls and envy their travel. From a bird’s eye view,South Carolina is a paradise of great swaths of forests, protected habitats and people who care. for our winged and beaked buddies

A Garden of Grace
Published: 1/1/2007
A 14-acre retreat where visitors can escape life's hectic pace and bask in the gracious world of a century ago.

A New Look At An Old Story
Published: 1/1/2007
South Carolina’s oldest European settlement is all new at Charles Towne Landing.

A Plethora of Petals
Published: 1/1/2007
It’s not only the inherent beauty that attracts flocks of flower fanatics—Azalea Park hosts a variety of annual events every year, including the Flowertown Festival, Taste of Summerville and Sculpture in the South.

Aiken Bluegrass Festival
Published: 1/1/2007
If you follow the sound of mountain music down the last narrowing ridge of the Great Smoky Mountains, you’ll come to a foot-stompin’ halt at the Aiken Bluegrass Festival.

B&B on the High Seas
Published: 1/1/2007
Aboard one of Charleston’s boat and breakfast yachts, land-lovers and seafarers alike can get exactly what they want out of a visit to Charleston.

BBQ Side Show
Published: 1/1/2007
Here are some of the sides you’re likely to encounter on a whirlwind barbecue tour of South Carolina.

Charleston Food and Wine Festival
Published: 1/1/2007
The four-day celebration of things that taste really good is really fun.

Charleston For Less
Published: 1/1/2007
The Old-World charm of Charleston isn’t lost on King Street where great shops, eateries and hotels inhabit the unique buildings of centuries past.

Child's Play
Published: 1/1/2007
There’s much to attract kids along the South Carolina Heritage Corridor.

Coffeehouses are Buzzing with Activity
Published: 1/1/2007
Half caf, no caf, with poetry or just by itself, no matter how you take your coffee, you can find it in South Carolina

Dining High in the Lowcountry
Published: 1/1/2007
No matter what type of elevated experience you’re in search of, the vantage point from any of these rooftop bars will show you more than a good time.

Ft. Sumter A Place of Valor
Published: 1/1/2007
It all started so very, very politely. A note was sent to Major Anderson, U.S. commander of Fort Sumter.

Fun by the Boatload
Published: 1/1/2007
There is no doubt that Lake Jocassee is one of the most idyllic lakes in the nation, perhaps the world. Located in the northwest corner of the state, it is surrounded by the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Most of its shoreline is protected and unspoiled by development,and Devils Fork State Park makes a perfect entryway to enjoy these translucent waters.

Golf Pros' Favorite Holes
Published: 1/1/2007
When asked "what is your favorite golf hole in South Carolina?" Most experts are stumped. "It's tougher than choosing a flavor at Baskin-Robbins," said John Winterhalter, head golf professional at the Venerable Forest Lake Club in Columbia, SC, when asked to pick his favorite golf hole in the state.

Hand Picked
Published: 1/1/2007
Sample the farms and orchards along the SC National Heritage Corridor that affords visitors the opportunity to pick their own fruits and vegetables and have fun at the same time. It makes the mouth water just to think of it!

Hobcaw Barony
Published: 1/1/2007
Hobcaw Barony stands as a 60-mile testament to the natural beauty of South Carolina’s seashore.

Hot Nights. Cool City.
Published: 1/1/2007
It's Thursday night in Columbia, and you've got no excuse to be bored. Not when a James Brown wannabe in a shiny red cape is singing "Make it Funky" at Mac's on Main and a poet named Mecca is reciting eye-brow-raising work while a jazz combo plays at Hunter-Gatherer.

Kicking Up Their Heels
Published: 1/1/2007
One of the meccas of horse riding and showing in South Carolina is a place where one might not expect it, a state park.

Lilies and Locks
Published: 1/1/2007
A trip to Landsford Canal State Park reveals a brilliant display of spider lilies, history and a fun setting for a picnic.

Made in South Carolina
Published: 1/1/2007
Products made, grown or produced in the Palmetto State.

Myrtle Beach Rocks!
Published: 1/1/2007
For years, the best show in Myrtle Beach was the nightly cruise along Ocean Boulevard. That all changed in 1986 when Missouri native Calvin Gilmore opened Carolina Opry in a small venue in nearby Surfside Beach and premiered the region’s original music variety show.

Myrtle Beach Sizzles
Published: 1/1/2007
Decade after decade, season after season, sun and fun go hand-in-hand in Myrtle Beach. That’s why it’s called the Grand Strand.

North Augusta's Living History Park
Published: 1/1/2007
The North Augusta Living History Park is an eight-acre oasis open year-round as a delightful, passive park and serving on several weekends as the site of acclaimed historical interpretive events.

PGA Knows Where to Play
Published: 1/1/2007
If you’ve got great South Carolina golf on your mind, the Carolinas PGA is waiting for you

Pick Pickens
Published: 1/1/2007
There is something distinctly charming about any small, close-knit town. One that believes bigger is not necessarily better. Welcome to Pickens, SC.

Read it and Eat
Published: 1/1/2007
Walk into any bookstore, and the number of “regional” cookbooks available will be overwhelming. But what a delicious way to be overwhelmed!

Restoring History
Published: 1/1/2007
Historic. Luxurious. Relaxing. These are just a few of the words that can be used to describe Kilburnie Inn as it stands today on Craig Farm near Lancaster, SC. But over the years, Kilburnie has undergone many changes — even a change in location — to become the wonderful inn that it is today.

Rock Hill's Big Backyard
Published: 1/1/2007
Gardens are places that stir the senses. Where vibrant colors of earth and sky and sweet smells of spring blooms have inspired artful words and beautiful paintings the world over

RVers Find Variety at South Carolina State Parks
Published: 1/1/2007
It started with tent camping. However, as we aged, the earth beneath us grew increasingly hard and eventually gave way to an air mattress then finally to a new RV.

Santee - An Oasis of Recreation
Published: 1/1/2007
Golf simply doesn't get any more affordable or uncomplicated than in Santee, SC.

Sit a Spell
Published: 1/1/2007
On my porch, you will find two Kennedy rocking chairs, a porch swing,ceiling fans and, depending on the season, ferns/impatiens/mums/pansies. Best of all, on my porch you will often find people.

South Carolina Offers Palmetto Dinnerware
Published: 1/1/2007
Discriminating hostesses can now tastefully serve the spirit of South Carolina to their guests on handcrafted Italian dinnerware.

Splish Splash
Published: 1/1/2007
There’s something magical about a South Carolina summer — nature is enveloped in a green embrace, gentle breezes tousle sun-splashed tresses, and the air carries the scent of cool watermelon and warm sunshine. There’s only one thing that could improve upon such perfection — a screaming, 30-foot drop into a pool of cool water. It’s summer, and it’s time for fun at one of South Carolina’s county waterparks!

Stealing Away to Moncks Corner
Published: 1/1/2007
Mepkin Abbey welcomes day guests, retreatants or Monastic Guests.

Talking Shop
Published: 1/1/2007
In addition to its trademark waterfront park, Southern manses, Gullah culture and tree-lined avenues, Beaufort boasts an eclectic selection of shops. Along historic Bay Street is a trove of chic boutiques, art galleries, bookstores and specialty shops with something for everyone.

That's Just How it is Around Here
Published: 1/1/2007
All over Bluffton, one of South Carolina’s most historic small towns, owners of the quirky boutiques and lovely galleries that line the shady streets make visitors feel like family.

The Curtain Has Risen
Published: 1/1/2007
Be it the awe-inspiring resonance of a perfectly pitched aria, the flirty twang of a fiddle or a large scale musical’s joyful whirl of color and sound, there’s something magical about watching a live performance of theater, dance and music.

Treasured Coast
Published: 1/1/2007
As Pat Conroy wrote in his prologue to The Prince of Tides, “My wound is geography.” You’ll understand why when you visit. This is a landscape so beautiful it hurts.

Why You Can't Keep Your Eye on the Ball
Published: 1/1/2007
With more than 380 golf courses from stem to stern, many of them on the coast or sequested among the rolling heights of the Blue Ridge, it's not surprising that golfing in South carolina offers some dramatic vistas.

Worth Getting Up For
Published: 1/1/2007
Pull on a pair of salt-crusted shorts, a softly wrinkled T-shirt and leave them sleeping. A quiet escape through the door, a walk across dewy grass and you are there. The beach at sunrise.

You're Never Too Young to Play
Published: 1/1/2007
All summer long—every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in June, July and August — Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday conducts a series of one-day tournaments throughout the Grand Strand.

A Good Old-fashioned Flash Back
Published: 1/1/2006
There’s something about running across an item in a store that you haven’t seen since childhood. It can open a vault of memories. Take a stroll through Mast General Store on Main Street in Greenville, SC, and moments like these are unleashed.

A Little Nugget Will Do You
Published: 1/1/2006
OK, go ahead and admit it. You’ve always dreamed of striking it big and retiring early. In today’s world that usually means a lottery win. However, almost a century ago the concept was associated with another event – gold.

An Island Unto Itself
Published: 1/1/2006
Even before you cross the bridge to Hilton Head Island, you get the feeling. This is a unique place. Everything just seems so “right.” That’s because Hilton Head Island is an island with a plan. From its earliest development, Hilton Head Island has been resolute in its pursuit of creating a laid back atmosphere with minimal ecological impact.

Art's Everywhere at Artisphere
Published: 1/1/2006
Got six minutes? Brian Olsen will paint for you a 4-foot, 6-inch picture of Bob Marley while the reggae legend's music surrounds the bouncing crowd.

As Good As It Gets
Published: 1/1/2006
No houses, no traffic. Forsests, lakes, wildlife and 18 holes of terrific golf are in the center of two South Carolina State Parks.

Bed and Breakfasts Add Charm to Small Towns
Published: 1/1/2006
For a quiet pastime sit in the swing on the upper porch of the B&B or in a rocking chair on the lower porch and “watch life go by in a real Southern small town.”

Better Than Home
Published: 1/1/2006
Whether you’re looking for the best beaches, a Lowcountry retreat, mountain magic or a citysavvy oasis, these dreamy South Carolina hotels and inns will pamper you with lovely touches that bring Southern hospitality to life

Capt. Bo Gator's
Published: 1/1/2006
Jim Rozier knows the Cooper River Lowcountry as well as anyone, and now he's sharing it with everyone willing to go for a two-hour ride in his 25-foot "john boat on steriods."

Cooling Off in the Lowcountry
Published: 1/1/2006
When most people think of vacation, they picture relaxing on an expansive beach, sipping some sweet team and letting the day go by without a care in the world. They want to unwind...catch up on their sleep...do nothing. Then there are the others.

Falling Water Rising Joy
Published: 1/1/2006
Up here in the Upcountry, mountain breezes blow away your troubles, cool streams refresh aching feet, and nature’s shower — a waterfall—sends shivers down the spine.

Growing Immortal
Published: 1/1/2006
A couple took an acre of land, a retirement hobby and a love of nature and then cleared, dug, planted and nurtured it until they transformed a backyard garden into a 10-acre public garden and woodland preserve right in the middle of a bustling Upstate city.

Gullah Spirituals
Published: 1/1/2006
Some of the most beloved American spirituals emerged from the talents of the Gullah people of coastal South Carolina. Slave songs such as "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore," "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Had," and "Blow Your Trumpet, Gabriel" were first written down in the Port Royal area or near Charleston during the Civil War.

Inspiration in Bloom
Published: 1/1/2006
Riverbanks Botanical Garden has fully blossomed into what is now considered the jewel of the Midlands.

Kiawah Retreat
Published: 1/1/2006
Ask any kid under 17 who has had the good fortune to spend time on this sea island and they are likely to remember the first sighting of a real alligator, making tie-dye T-shirts in the park, casting crab nets in the salt marsh or watching for sea turtles under a star-filled sky. This island is well versed in the delights of family play and nature education.

Kids Gone Wild
Published: 1/1/2006
For Stegenga, a father of three, state parks offer prime family fun.

Let's Go Someplace Nice to Eat
Published: 1/1/2006
Great food is abundant in the Myrtle Beach area, but here are just a few suggestions for your gastronomical journey.

Living on the Wildside
Published: 1/1/2006
In one weekend, thousands will be entertained, enlightened, enriched and hopefully engaged to protect and admire America’s fantastic wild places.

Made in South Carolina
Published: 1/1/2006
Products made, grown or produced in South Carolina

Nothing but the Best
Published: 1/1/2006
Everywhere you travel in South Carolina you'll find great golf courses designed by all of the world's top architects. And every year you'll find South Carolina courses recognized by leading golf magazines as among the finest in the nation. Here are some perennial favorites and some new courses making their national reputations.

Oasis of Luxury
Published: 1/1/2006
If you and your girlfriends are finding yourself bored with bunco, sick of scapbooking and not quite ready to start a shuffleboard club, it might be time to consider the ulitmate girls' getaway; a spa weekend.

Spectacular Myrtle Beach
Published: 1/1/2006
Myrtle Beach conjures images as far as the imagination can span. For area baby boomers, this southern icon evokes a sense of youthful nostalgia – “sweet Carolina girls.” For vacationers, visions of world-renowned 18-hole golf reputation as one of the hottest travel destinations around. But just where did the phenomenon of Myrtle Beach begin?

State Parks - A Living Legacy
Published: 1/1/2006
The CCC was at the heart of the conservation movement of the 1930s and ‘40s and produced many of our state and national parks and encouraged us to think more about conservation and preservation.

Swept Away in Boykin
Published: 1/1/2006
Susie makes each broom she sells herself, using antique equipment taught herself to use. She averages about a dozen brooms a day.

The Artist Connection
Published: 1/1/2006
“It’s amazing to see a piece of art created before your eyes, to see the work that goes into it.”

The Great Escape
Published: 1/1/2006
Pawleys Island is notorious for its simplicity. Crabbing, fishing and swimming are the most popular activities. Still, both on the island itself and the mainland town of the same name – there is no shortage of things to do.

Turnin' Up the Heat
Published: 1/1/2006
The cobblestoned corner of Cumberland and East Bay streets in Charleston, SC is bustling with activity as the sun grows dim and street lights appear. In the entryway of Charleston Cooks! Kitchen Store stands a little blackboard sign with a scrawled message about tonight’s sold-out culinary show.

When Summer's Ripe in South Carolina, So Are the Peaches!
Published: 1/1/2006
The sweet, wholesome smell of peaches is a simple pleasure of summer in South Carolina. Add a flaky crust or a crumbly topping and a gooey roux of butter, sugar, flour and cinnamon, and that simple pleasure escalates to culinary ecstasy.

A Battleground of Freedom
Published: 1/1/2005
With the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution, it is only fitting that the motto from South Carolina’s Bicentennial American Revolution celebration, “Battleground of Freedom,” is beingused again for this anniversary.

A Journey Through Time
Published: 1/1/2005
The Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway (SC 11) is a throwback in every sense of the word. It is the Sunday afternoon drive you took with your family as a child, complete with wonderment at the many surprises you would find around every turn. It is a living reminder of how America used to travel-at a slower pace with plenty of time for sightseeing and discovery.

Abbeville
Published: 1/1/2005
There’s an old church in Abbeville, with a wonderful stained glass window that legend says was transported here after a blockade-runner brought it ashore in Charleston. Its 125-foot spire slices into the sky, a graceful landmark that exudes a sense of well being over the 7,000 souls who call Abbeville home. This is Trinity Episcopal, “the pink church” where many of its members died in the Civil War not long after its consecration in 1860.

Blooms for All Seasons
Published: 1/1/2005
The camellia collection blooms in the winter and contains hundreds of varieties; azaleas, daffodils and the vast display of woodland wildflowers usher in the spring; varieties of annuals and perennials provide warm colors in the lazy summer; and deciduous tree leaves and chrysanthemums blaze their way through the autumn.

Boxwoods and Beyond
Published: 1/1/2005
Pearl Fryar only wanted to win a "Yard of the Month" award from his local garden club when he first took up his clippers.

Forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go downtown
Published: 1/1/2005
An older couple walks by hand in hand. A toddler laughs and rolls across the grassy slope. Teenagers shuffle by in a laughing group. Three generations of family point and gaze across the river. Two 20-somethings play the bongos for a small group of spectators. Young couples, dressed for the symphony, stroll by. Tourists pose for pictures. Children walk gingerly--learning that, yes, bridges have some movement.

From Charleston to Sea
Published: 1/1/2005
If you plan to cruise from the city, give yourself time to enjoy a little of the renowned Charlestonian hospitality and natural beauty.

From The Beginning
Published: 1/1/2005
It was part of a Puritan plan. Settlers from Dorchester, MA, would settle in an arc around the already thriving city of Charleston, SC. Though Native American tribes had long been in the area, Dorchester, SC, saw its first European settlers in 1696; near-by Summerville in the late 1700s. The area, just upland from the coastal plantations, was regarded as a summer resort for rice planters. In time, the area became a year-round resort with a railroad connecting it with Charleston and the upcountry.It seems that the pine scent of the surrounding forests was viewed as particularly healthy.

Get on Board for Golf
Published: 1/1/2005
Imagine cruising down South Carolina’s spectacular Intracoastal Waterway in a luxury yacht, beverage in hand, watching the sun set amongst live oaks draped with Spanish moss from a 28-foot-high deck before dining on a five-course gourmet meal and retiring to a guest room with all the comforts of home.

Girls Love to Golf
Published: 1/1/2005
Rest assured, “women-friendly” does not equate to “easy.”

Greens in the Trees
Published: 1/1/2005
Almost every hole we encountered was either neatly carved through tall pines or nestled right along the 70,000-acre lake.

Hartsville-Simple Pleasures, Natural Treasures
Published: 1/1/2005
Simple pleasures are the best...An old-fashioned, fountain Coca-Cola... a taste of artesian water- a crisp 50 degrees-bubbling up from an ancient aquifer... A native azalea, its bewitching fragrance sweeter than honeysuckle... spring flowers’ shimmering blackwater reflections. Hartsville, S.C., simplicity. Revel in it.

Hunting and Fishing in South Carolina
Published: 1/1/2005
Three friends sitting around planning their next hunting and fishing trip are glad they live in South Carolina. “If you love to hunt and fish, there isn’t a better state in the nation than South Carolina,” said local Bill Weeks. Weeks has hunted all across the state and the country with close friends, Bob Harte and Tom Galardi, all from Aiken

Keeping It Cool
Published: 1/1/2005
There are plenty of ways to cool off on a warm summer day in South Carolina. A splash in the ocean, a dip in the pool, catch the breeze off a mountain trail, or the sweetest treat of all... a happy mouth full of ice cream. Whether you dig deep into a parfait dish or deftly handle scoops piled high on a cone, you’ll love the rich creamy choices South Carolina has to offer. Here’s just a sample of our favorite ice cream parlors:

Let's Go to the Beach!
Published: 1/1/2005
What could be more inviting and exciting than a day at the beach? Or, better still, a beach vacation?

Made in South Carolina
Published: 1/1/2005
Locally made, grown or produced products.

Montgomery's Grove Bed and Breakfast
Published: 1/1/2005
Arriving at the historic Montgomery mansion in the Pee Dee village of Marion in 1992, it was love at first sight for soon-to-be-innkeepers Coreen and Rick Roberts. “It was just gorgeous, exactly what we were looking for,” recalls Coreen. “Unfortunately, the price was a bit more than we could afford.”

Play with your Food
Published: 1/1/2005
Perhaps we should just head someplace where we can eat--and play. Someplace where we can eat, drink and be merry!

Pop Star of Hilton Head
Published: 1/1/2005
Where Gregg Russell goes, kids follow.

Road with a View
Published: 1/1/2005
One of the country most historic and beautiful highways, the Ashley River National Scenic Byway is an 11.5-mile stretch that extends through Charleston and Dorchester Counties in South Carolina.

Roaming the Ocean Highway
Published: 1/1/2005
Like a sea breeze, Highway 17 blows through a Lowcountry land of plenty. Trailing Calabash fragrances, it leaves North Carolina to plunge through rice country, court the sea, cross a modern marvel, and teach us something about nature.

Santee Cooper Country Offers A Lot of Everything
Published: 1/1/2005
Santee Cooper Country has long been legendary for its fishing and hunting, but there's more, a lot more, going on in this five-county region of south-central South Carolina.

Sea to See
Published: 1/1/2005
They swim back and forth, and you stare in a sort of hypnotic trance--fascinated by their movements and their colorful beauty. You’d love to get up close to piranha, eels and sharks--without the danger. You are the perfect candidate for either of South Carolina’s two aquariums

South Carolina Loggerheads
Published: 1/1/2005
Under cover of mid-to-late-summer nights, hatchling loggerhead turtles emerge from the safety of dark dunes along the Carolina coast and scurry across the sand and into the surf.

South Carolina's Children's Museum
Published: 1/1/2005
Whether you’re looking for a fun way to spend a rainy afternoon, or just want to have a play date with your children, South Carolina’s children’s museums will help spark a love of learning for your child...and create memories along the way. child... and create memories along the way.

Still in the Race
Published: 1/1/2005
Cot Campbell came home to Aiken, SC, from the 2004 Kentucky Derby with a fourth-place check and the satisfaction of a race well run. Limehouse (named after a 1920s Dixieland jazz song), is Campbell’s seventh Derby entry from Aiken’s Dogwood Stable. They finished third with Impeachment in 2000, and second with Summer Squall in 1990, two weeks before “The Squall” won the Preakness trophy that sits in the entrance foyer of Cot and Anne’s beautiful York Street home.

The Big Mo - A Cultural Icon
Published: 1/1/2005
When Richard and Lisa Boaz opened the Big Mo March 26, 1999, they saved a cultural icon from junkyard duty. The Wizard of Oz debuted, and some 60,000 cars have since rolled in for family films and a return to the 50s...

The Dawn of Creation
Published: 1/1/2005
To travel back in time you need only enter a cypress-vaulted cathedral called Congaree National Park. Here, South Carolina’s last virgin forest stands as tall as any temperate deciduous forest the world over.

The Hunley
Published: 1/1/2005
On Saturday, April 17, 2004, tens of thousands of re-enactors,history buffs and the world’s news media alike converged in Charleston, SC, for an extraordinary funeral. Eight maritime pioneers who had been lost at sea for 140 years were finally laid to rest.

The Island Time Forgot
Published: 1/1/2005
Nestled between Hilton Head Island, Sc and Tybee Island, GA is tiny Daufuskie Island. With no bridge connecting this eight-mile-square treasure to the mainland, it is only accessible by boat.

The Sanctuary at Kiawah
Published: 1/1/2005
Breathtaking natural beauty meets absolute luxury. Nestled among live oaks and miles of unspoiled beach, a grand seaside mansion majestically awaits. Named “The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island” this four-story 255-room hotel is Kiawah’s newest enhancement - and the state’s most lavish hotel ever to be built.

World Tour Golf Links
Published: 1/1/2005
There are golfers among us who have the resources to play at Augusta National, St. Andrews, Winged Foot and Valderrama. Fortunately, for the rest of us, there is the World Tour Golf Links in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Portraits of Civil Rights
Published: 1/1/2004
When the well of human emotions runs as deep as your soul, not even a thousand words can rescue you from the weight placed on your heart. The simplicity of one silent picture, however, can speak volumes, stirring feelings decades old. And in an instant begin the healing again. This is the nature of art.

Any Excuse for an Oyster Roast
Published: 1/1/2003
There's a chill in the air and the laughter of old friends floats crystal clear through the azure sky. It is a beautiful time in South Carolina and the perfect time for that old Lowcountry tradition of the oyster roast.

Bringing Edgefield's Glory to Light
Published: 1/1/2003
They waited under centuries of earth t oshare their stories. Every stoneware pot, wood-fired jug, porcelain plate or piece thereof, was brimming with tales of their link to Edgefield, SC. Rescued from the ravages of time, they found their voice and home, again.

Cascades of Southern Charm
Published: 1/1/2003
Like a whisper that blows from ear to ear, the lore of Spanish moss survices like an old fable. She hangs in wisps of tangled streams from old Lowcountry oaks. Full of nostalgia, history, and comfort, her cascades of willowly flowers spread a familiar sweet scent in the early summer nights that embrace you and say, stay a while.

Corny Fun that will Amaze the Entire Family
Published: 1/1/2003
Imagine yourself wandering through an impenetrable forest of corn stalks following a puzzling labyrinth of criss-crossing trails. There’s only one way out and the sun is beginning to set in the western sky. You could be lost in the dark! In a field of crop circles!! Aliens!!

Just One More Cast
Published: 1/1/2003
His name was Roland Newman. He was my uncle.

The Giving Game
Published: 1/1/2003
In a sport where a "gimme" is often permitted in friendly play, "give to others" is the rule in South Carolina's tournament play.

The Other Coast: South Carolina's Best-Kept Secret
Published: 1/1/2003
While most people flock to South Carolina's atlantic ocean coastline, many remain unaware of another, lesser-known freshwater coast situated on the state's western boundary with Georgia. It boasts more waterfront shoreline that the entire state of California and myriad forms of outdoor recreation.

Too Tough to Tame
Published: 1/1/2003
Visiting Darlington Raceway is a journey into the very heart and soul of stock car racing.

Up a Tree with a Paddle
Published: 1/1/2003
If you, like many of us, thought Huckleberry Finn and the Swiss Family Robinson had it made—just floating on water, living in a tree house, taking it slow and easy—this is your trip. It’s a trip down the Edisto River with an overnight stay in a tree house that would be the envy of the entire Robinson clan.

African-American Monument
Published: 1/1/2002
Stepping onto the Middle Passage of the African-American Monument, I am forced to remember my ancestors on the auction block, taken from the only world they had ever known.

Angel Oak
Published: 1/1/2002
Standing resiliently through hurricanes, wars, feast and famine is Angel Oak. Originating from a mere acorn more than 1,400 years ago, Angel Oak grew and flourished in Johns Island, SC to become one of the largest living oak trees in the world.

Behold, the Biscuit
Published: 1/1/2002
JUST A HINT. That’s all I needed. The lady said it was a “biscuit.” But what had happened to it? It was concrete-hard and assumed the same flavor and texture. Apparently it was a “scone” travelling under the name of biscuit. I can’t blame it for changing its name. But beware... a scone by any other name is still a rock.

Beware the Buccaneers
Published: 1/1/2002
Here, along the beaches of South Carolina and the marshes of the Lowcountry, some of the past's most infamous criminals hid vast riches for safekeeping. However, in many cases, the owners never returned to claim their treasures. Instead, they often met unforeseen delays caused by a hangman's noose.

Bulls Island
Published: 1/1/2002
We were lured by the natural beauty of a place where red wolves, dolphins, bald eagles, alligators, egrets and heron live peacefully in a pristine environment.

Celestial Gazing
Published: 1/1/2002
What does the Aborigine see when he looks into the sky? What did ancient mariners see when they looked skyward for celestial guidance? What stars make up Andromeda? If you've ever looked up on a clear evening and wanted to know more about the glorius lights of our solar system, you should make your first exploration one of South Carolina's six state-of-the-art planetariums.

Dolphins in our Midst
Published: 1/1/2002
We grew to love the little gray bottlenose that seemed to wave and talk in Flipper. We’re fascinated by their grace and trusting nature. And nothing can quiet a crowded beach and turn our gazes seaward like the cry of “dolphins.”

Dori Sanders - A Harvest of Human Kindness
Published: 1/1/2002
Oh, your mouth just gets to watering thinking about your first bite of a sweet and juicy Sanders Farm peach picked ripe that morning from the tree. You can just close your eyes and tilt your head back giving you nose free reign to guide you like a compass to one of the sweetest spots of South Carolina.

Down Home Goes Uptown!
Published: 1/1/2002
Southern cooking is in the midst of a steamy, delicious love affair - it's a threesome, actually, enjoyed by the diners (that's you and me), the creators (that would be the chefs) and the food itself (get ready for details that will leave your mouth watering).

Healing Springs
Published: 1/1/2002
Do these artesian springs really have healing properties?

Island Life for Kids
Published: 1/1/2002
The family vacation. It ranks right up there with barbecues and swimming pools as one of America's favorite summer pastimes.

King Street
Published: 1/1/2002
Completely apart from the seaside beauty and historic significance of Charleston, there is the shopping. And if it is shopping you want, King Street is one of the most interesting, charming, and beautiful aras anywhere.

Mepkin Abbey - Nature's Spiritual Side
Published: 1/1/2002
We need quiet to truly listen. But in today's harried world, it is hard to find coves of silence. Mepkin Abbey is place where visitors can shut out the noise and find nature's spiritual side.

Ninety Six National Historic Site
Published: 1/1/2002
Every other year, hundreds of reenactors converge on a site unknown by many today, but critical in the waging of the war for American Independence. The story began on the eve of the Revolution, in Ninety Six, S.C., a thriving village of 12 houses, a courthouse and a jail. Some 100 people lived in the vicinity. However, on Nov. 18, 1775, some 1,800 Loyalists attacked a group of Patriots only one-third that size who had gathered at Ninety Six. The attack has been called the first major land battle of the American Revolution in the South.

Raising the Par on the Grand Strand
Published: 1/1/2002
For decades, the Intracoastal Waterway of the Grand Strand was an almost impenetrable obstacle separating the bustling resort towns of Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, and their dozens of championship golf courses from the nearly uninhabited timber lands just on the other side. But not anymore. Barefoot Resort and Grande Dunes, a pair of luxury developments on the west bank of the waterway, have built bridges across the water, greatly expanding the area golf map and providing interesting new options for visiting golfers.

Relax and Rejuvenate
Published: 1/1/2002
From pampering pedicures to weight loss and water therapies, South Carolina spas restore inner balance and cleanse the spirit.

Sun, Sand and I Do's
Published: 1/1/2002
If you’re looking for added ambiance on your wedding day, nothing compares to South Carolina sea breezes and surf.

Trailing Cotton's Legacy in the South
Published: 1/1/2002
South Carolina's Cotton Trail is splattered with recollections of living off the fertile land. The haves and the have nots. Gracious majestic antebellum mansions and proud tin-roof sheds. Endless seas of cotton and rows upon rows of tobacco.

Who Left the Water Running?
Published: 1/1/2002
A great day for exploring. Springtime in South Carolina is met with crystal blue skies, warm breezes and promises of all things new and fresh. Today, my daughter and I set off in search of something different. One of the prettiest and most awe-inspiring works of nature - a waterfall.

An Indoorsman's Experience in South Carolina's Great Outdoors
Published: 1/1/2001
I admit, I'm not what you would describe as an avid outdoorsman. I used to love the outdoors, but those were the days before I discovered how easy it is to live vicariously through the man on television as he swims with crocodiles.

Barbeque - Getting to the Meat of the Matter
Published: 1/1/2001
South Carolinians joke that in a lot of places the word barbecue is a verb that simply describes the act of cooking something, anything, outside. Here in the South, however, it is the distinct process of cooking meat, typically pork, very slowly in an open pit while slathering it with a sauce.

Fancy Footwork - the South Carolina Shag
Published: 1/1/2001
You have to love a state that has an official state dance. The Carolina shag is a rock and roll eight-step that's the legend of the beach.

Let's Eat
Published: 1/1/2001
Southern cooking is renowned. As well it should be. In our early memory, when Grandma put on a spread, it included fried chicken, grits, hot biscuits, fresh collard greens, just-out-of-the-garden sliced tomatoes, and peach cobbler with homemade ice cream. Oh, and don't forget the sweet iced tea.

Shell Seekers
Published: 1/1/2001
What is it that draws young and old, tourists and locals alike to spend hours searching for the perfect seashell? Is it the thrill of the hunt, the quest for a unique treasure, or simply an excuse to wander the beaches aimlessly for hours? No matter the reason, South Carolina provides numerous beaches perfect for avid shell hunters.

Taking the Old Road
Published: 1/1/2001
It might be nostalgia, or maybe the love of fresh, boiled peanuts, or perhaps just the familiarity of traveling down this old road, this byway I've been down now for the past 40 years.

To Catch A Wave
Published: 1/1/2001
They call this place The Washout, where the restless ocean gnaws away at the shoreline, attempting to make two Foly Islands where there is only one.