South Carolina

Tips and Articles in South Carolina

The 21 guest rooms in this Second Empire Victorian house have all the fashionable frills a Charleston cotton magnate could have desired back in 1886. The social climber who built the mansion, Francis Silas Rodgers, wanted to make an emphatic state...
You've had your summer holiday and you should be content. So why do you find yourself staring wistfully out the window as late-summer green gives way to early-fall orange?Well, stop staring and grab the car keys. Whether you want to bask in summer...
1. Pronghorn Bend, Oregon Six hundred paces into the volcanic caverns beneath the Fazio golf course at Pronghorn is an unlikely office where Ron Davis, the community’s director of development, toils by lamplight with old Pink Floyd albums as bac...
From the veranda of the Cuthbert House Inn, you can watch the tide retreat through tall marsh grass, exposing oyster beds, and spy dolphins playing in Beaufort Bay. A breeze rustles Spanish moss draped on live oaks that front this gracious Federal...
For many months after I was transplanted from our nation's capital to Charleston--West Virginia's small-town capital--I glumly defied the bromide "Find beauty in your own back yard." Finally, dubiously, I embarked on a get-acquainted road trip t...
If you want great food, go to the source: food festivals. These gatherings celebrate local fare at its freshest and purest, straight from the field to the table, prepared by grandmas in towns with names like Irmo, Indio, and LaBelle. We've eaten o...
Every August my family went to Nantucket. I have fond memories of bright beach umbrellas, cobblestones, windmills, scallop shells, and the accordion player who strolled along Main Street in the evenings while I ate my ice cream cone. I always drop...
It started nearly 10 years ago, when we left our native Charleston, South Carolina, to attend colleges in the Northeast. Sure, New England's fall colors were dazzling, but not enough to distract us from the fundamental questions that came to mind ...
King Street, Charleston's longtime retail haven, has competition. Savvy shoppers are trekking a few blocks north to the city's first design district—nicknamed ChoHo—where more than two dozen boutiques have opened in Civil War—era buildings. Cloth...
My brother Charles and I spent most of our school years living north of Charleston, South Carolina, in an 18th-century plantation house on the Santee River delta. The house, called Harrietta, was uninhabited when we first saw it,and hidden by ramp...
SHIP OFF TO ALASKA Glide past glaciers and pan for gold on a shore excursion. Early- or late-season Alaskan cruise departures can save you hundreds of dollars over midsummer sailings. Royal Caribbean (800/327-6700; www.royalcaribbean.com) has a se...
Let me tell you the tale of Adams Run and how this Low Country hamlet got its name. Some fool with a fuzzy sense of geography once mistook neighboring Edisto Island for the Garden of Eden-- and if you've ever seen its vine-tangled thickets and swe...
I started coming to Aiken in the late 1980's, when my parents bought a house just off the Whiskey Road. The property came with a small (by Aiken's standards) stable, and it was close to the Hitchcock Woods, a 2,200-acre tract of public woodland. M...
Get The Facts. "Welcome to the best place on God's earth," says the man behind the wheel of the gray 1985 Oldsmobile. We're driving on a slender road that eases across swirling sweet grass and dusky marsh toward a steely vault of ocean. Crabbers...
My southern-born mother wanted to send me to charm school. I was a teenage tomboy with scabby knees and tangled hair, and nothing could have been further from my imagination. To her disappointment, I never became the belle she'd envisioned—perfect...