A Good Food, Dog-Friendly Surfer Town
My friends and I got together this past weekend and took a road trip to Folly Beach, SC. Folly Beach is a kind of relaxed surfer town with good food, nice people, and it’s dog friendly – even some of the restaurants. The locals call it “The Edge of America.” Three out of four of us had already been here once back in April of 2013. I love the charm of this southern town. Folly Beach is on James Island located roughly 11 miles from downtown Charleston. We fit a lot into our itinerary in just a few days and we certainly could have done more, but it’s always nice to leave a place with a reason to go back, especially if it’s this charming.
On this trip we stayed right on the beach in a hotel called Tides at Folly Beach. If you drive down Center Street and head towards the ocean, you can’t miss it. We had a great room on the third floor overlooking the salt water pool, the beach and an extremely long pier that I first photographed in April 2013. The Tides has its own bar and restaurant called, Blu, and a coffee shop that opens nice and early so you can slip out the back door and have your morning coffee by the pool or the ocean if that’s your preference – it was mine.
This post will mostly show the shots of the beach and pier that I took from the room at various times (7am, 4pm and 8pm – thereabouts). I have other shots I’ll share in my next post of the local beach community.
Before I share my photos, one last thing: If you’re a foody like I am, you’ll appreciate all of the fine choices for dining. Our friend told us that Charleston is home to a big percentage of the world’s best chefs and it shows. Here’s are places we enjoyed:
- Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch: Lost Dog Cafe – Bring your four-legged friends, they have water bowls for them! Unbelievably good food.
- Lunch/Dinner: The Crab Shack – (Have a Bloody Mary!) She-crab soup, fried green tomatoes …
- Lunch/Dinner: The Wich Doctor – great pizza, unusual menu – all good stuff.
- Dinner (open 11am to 11pm) – Fuel (Downtown Charleston)
All of these places were great and most have been featured on various Food Channel shows (checkout the web links). This is five-star dining in flip flops – you can’t beat that!
And now for a few shots via the third floor at Tides:
Folly Beach allows surfboards, sailboards, dogs and food, but no alcohol – except at the hotel where you can order drinks, but the public beaches prefer you don’t drink (and trust me, as hot as it is, just bring lots of water and you’ll be happy). Parking is tricky, but not too impossible but don’t expect a boardwalk like Seaside Heights or Pt. Pleasant at the Jersey Shore, it’s just a few wooden planks’ walk over the dunes and you’re on the beach. If you’re lucky, you’ll see pods of dolphins lazily swimming by, and there’s never a lack of pelicans and seagulls.
At the hotel you can surfboard, get surf lessons or checkout their jet skis, play volleyball on the beach, or just sit and order food and drinks at the pool and enjoy the ocean without getting sandy.
In my next post, I’ll give you a more local view of FB. If you’re planning on visiting Charleston, Folly Beach is easy to get to and so worth the visit.