— Folly Beach —
Life on Folly Beach follows a fun, relaxing pace. During the winter, it is a small town at the end of the highway. In the summer, it is a vacation destination. Locals proclaim, “We have the best waves, the best nightlife and the best beach atmosphere along the Charleston Coast. But don’t tell anybody.”
Folly Beach is a natural barrier island that forms the outermost western tip of Charleston Harbor. It is the home of the famous Morris Island Lighthouse, colorful locals, sand, sun, and some of the best surf on the East Coast. Also home to many species of endangered wildlife, Folly is a nature-lover’s dream complete with a maritime forest and dolphin-filled waters. Due to the abundance of outdoor activities and water sports, this normally sleepy beach town comes to life during the warmer months, welcoming visitors and locals alike to water ski, fish, crab, and surf. Folly offers the best of both worlds with six miles of beach on one side and equally stunning river views on the other.
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Why We Love It
This is city life at a different speed.
Begin your morning with a stroll to one of our favorite coffee spots – perhaps City Lights on Market Street or Second State Coffee on Beaufain. Cafés and corner shops serving light breakfast abound – perhaps a smoothie and crepe at Queen Street Grocery or a croissant and latté at Café Framboise will start the day right.
Even on the busiest of workdays, the aura of Historic Charleston moves at a pace ostensibly designed to be stress-relieving. Professionals from offices, banks, and law firms in the historic business district saunter to delis and cafés with the harmony of noontime church bells ringing from every direction.
Spend an afternoon on the promenade of Waterfront Park while sailboats whip around the harbor, and stroll into any number of shops and galleries in the historic French Quarter. For a heightened view, head to one of our rooftop venues: Pavilion Bar, The Rooftop, Élevé, and The Watch – where an evening cocktail with a panoramic view of the city provides the perfect finish to your day.
A stroll into South of Broad provides a constant joy to anyone who appreciates fine architecture and formal gardens – this residential neighborhood preserves centuries of history while always refreshing its particulars.
Buffering South of Broad from Charleston Harbor is The Battery, a century-old seawall adjacent to the oak canopies of White Point Garden, walkable across the length of the southern tip of the peninsula.
Enthusiasts of fine arts have much to discover in the French Quarter, where dozens of galleries house works ranging from antebellum masterpieces to avant-garde contemporaries.
Be sure to check in with the ever-evolving collections at our treasured Gibbes Museum of Art, and my personal favorite on Queen Street – the welcoming Robert Lange Studios.
For theatre devotees there is always an evening treat on Queen Street – a variety of performances from Charleston’s oldest theatre group, Footlight Players, and for a through immersion into historic thespianism, pay homage to the Dock Street Theatre – the first building in America built exclusively for theatrical performances.
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