With 187 miles of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and an array of coursing creeks, rambling rivers and lovely lakes, it only makes sense that South Carolina would have a vast selection of waterfront bars and eateries.
But for beach lovers and bar-goers "of a certain age," there is one that stands out: The Windjammer.
Founded by brothers Malcolm and James Burgis - originally known as the SufDeck and later The Sea Side before closing in 1969, the brothers reopened in 1972 to stay. This Isle of Palms oceanfront bar has everything you'd expect of a decades-old beach institution, from its wood-framed, two-story structure with a broad porch overlooking the ocean and dunes, to its outdoor sand volleyball pits, cold beers and live music.
Darius Rucker, native South Carolinian, country music superstar and lead singer for SC's own Hootie & The Blowfish, says he's performed on The Windjammer's stage "200 or 300 times," and still returns to sing at charity events.
But even on a slow summer afternoon, without the bands and the crowds, The Windjammer is the perfect place to sit, sip, unwind and soak up the sun as the surf crashes nearby. If you're looking for one of Charleston's favorite pastimes, look no further.
In fact, though, you should look further, because South Carolina has plenty of other welcoming waterfront establishments. Here's a list; come sit, sip and enjoy.