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Recent South Carolina reviews

  • BACK AGAIN AND LOVED IT

    "Another family visit to Anderson, and our third stay at the cottage. Another great experience, the house is as fresh as it was the first time. Our “local” family members just love the house as it provides a perfect venue to un-wind after the day’s activities. It has everything one would need to be as hospitable as if we were in your own home. It’s a real gem! Our Anderson plans will always include this beautiful place."
    Guest: George & Kathy Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 1, 2014
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  • We had such a wonderful vacation!

    "The condo was very comfortable. We had Mom Mom and Pop Pop and my son's family with 3 small children. Plenty of room, the kids loved taking a bath in the jetted tub. The owner's were so nice to deal with. We had everything we needed. We did cook some meal's and there was plenty of supplies in the kitchen and groceries stores nearby. Restaurants nearby we thought were great we're Flying Fish and Greg Norman. We also visited the Alligator farm which the kids loved. Otherwise we were in the pool and ocean everyday. On the 4th of July we had front row seats for the fireworks on the balcony! We would love to come back."
    Guest: Mom Mom Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 18, 2014
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  • Super Home for Family Togetherness!

    "This beautiful home (much more than just a house) has everything anyone could ask for and more! Our family of 9 greatly enjoyed our week here, from the comfortable furnishings on the inside, to a well-stock kitchen (we were able to host 6 additional family members for a special dinner for 15 on Sunday), and the lush greenery on the outside (the secluded backyard is so peaceful). The owners were very helpful and quickly responded to our requests, both prior to our visit when we were planning for our vacation as well as when we got here and had a problem with the TV (it was quickly replaced). We highly recommend this home for others, as it is located within a quick walk/bike ride to the ocean. Plus, with 8 bikes in the garage, the beach chairs and beach toys/boards, there is no need to pack all of that or worry about rentals once here. Another awesome perk about this home is the flexibility regarding arrival day. As opposed to many other options which rent Sat-Sat or Sun-Sun, this home has the added benefit of being rented as available, which made a Tues-Tues rental the perfect option for the destination wedding we attended in Charleston on Saturday. A great all around choice! :)"
    Guest: Chris Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 8, 2014
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  • Frippin' Out in October!

    "Great time at Fripp, as usual! We have stayed at this house several times and always love coming back! It is a great place to "get away" and still feel at home. This beach house is comfortable, spacious, and only steps away from the ocean! We especially enjoy having the kayaks and the golf cart to use during our stay. The kitchen has everything you need for a large group, and the downstairs cooking area is perfect for preparing the local shrimp and oysters! The desk area in the sunroom turned into my husband's office on this trip so he could work and play! We love the front and back porches-hammocks are everywhere! This is "going to the beach" like you have never experienced it before. Thank you for sharing your special beach house!"
    Guest: Kim P. Date of Stay: October 2013 Review Submitted: November 8, 2013
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South Carolina Travel Tips

South Carolina provides the perfect mix of coastal charm and Southern living. Here are some tips on what to see and do in each of the four major tourist areas of South Carolina:

Columbia

Columbia is the capital of South Carolina and its largest city. It’s located in the very center of the state near a large collection of lakes collectively named Lake Murray. Here are some of the must-sees on your trip to Columbia:

- Visit Congaree National Park, which is just a short drive southeast of the city. It’s the largest remaining area of old-growth hardwood forest in the United States. Go hiking on Weston Lake Loop or Bluff trails or follow the 20-mile Cedar Creek canoeing trail as you traverse this swampy, biodiverse area.

- Visit Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens, located near Interstate 126 and the Lower Saluda River. The zoo is easy to navigate and the lush gardens are at their most beautiful at dusk.

- Take the kids to EdVenture, an incredibly fun children’s museum that boasts a 40-foot, 17.5-ton mascot named Eddie, a giant 10-year old boy who adults and children can climb in and through, exploring his stomach, brain and heart in the process. This is just a taste of the awesome, child-friendly experience provided at EdVenture. It’s a kid’s paradise!

- Everyone will enjoy the Columbia Museum of Art. Kids are given Art Explorer backpacks to keep them occupied and adults will enjoy the impressive traveling exhibits.

Charleston

Charleston is South Carolina’s second largest city and was founded in 1670 to honor King Charles II of England. Here are some of this city’s highlights:

- Hop on the ferry from 340 Concord Street at Liberty Square for a quick ride to Fort Sumter National Monument, which is perched on an island in the Charleston Bay. The first shots of the Civil War were fired by Confederate forces here on April 12, 1861.

- Take a scenic walk in Battery Park and White Point Garden for views of the harbor and rows of coastside mansions.

- Walk or bike across the Cooper River via the architectural gem that is the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.

- Kids will love a visit to the South Carolina Aquarium on Charleston Harbor or the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, which provides several interactive art exhibits for tiny hands.

- Check out the pretty Isle of Palms for sandy white beaches and a peaceful atmosphere.

- Go shopping on King Street, where you’ll find high-end boutiques like Hampden Clothing and Luna, bookstores, art galleries and plenty of excellent restaurants like Pane e Vino and Rue de Jean. Don’t miss out on elegant chocolate creations at nearby Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier on nearby Society Street.

- Check out Rainbow Row, a collection of 13 pretty pastel-colored homes on East Bay Street that have been here since the 1700s.

Northern Coast

The most prominent city on South Carolina’s northern coast is family-friendly Myrtle Beach. There is plenty for both kids and parents here:

- Catch a minor league baseball game at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ baseball park off of Robert M. Grissom Parkway.

- Go shopping at Broadway at the Beach, which also hosts an awesome carousel, miniature golf park and performances by music legend impersonators at Legends in Concert. Grab something to eat at the pyramid-shaped Hard Rock Cafe or chill out at the KISS Coffeehouse (yes, the band).

- The 1.2 mile-long Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is the place to be. After catching some sun on the beautiful beach, people-watch on the boardwalk, eat fried fair food and take a ride on the innovative Skywheel LLC, a 187-foot tall ferris wheel with 42 glass-enclosed gondolas that are also temperature controlled.

- Cool down at Myrtle Waves waterpark or take stand up paddleboard lessons from Carolina Paddle Company.

- Head south to the Brookgreen Gardens and Huntington Beach State Park in Murrell’s Inlet to immerse yourself in nature.

Southern Coast

Hilton Head Island is the most popular destination on South Carolina’s southern coast. Here are the best things to see in this pristine vacation area:

- Go golfing at Palmetto Dunes or Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines. Each of these offers impressive Atlantic views.

- Rent kayaks, learn how to sail or relax on a dolphin boat tour launched from Shelter Cove Marina.

- Get your fill of nature at the boardwalks over marshy swamps at 400-acre nature preserve Sea Pines Forest. Take an eco tour from The H2O Nature Center, watch dolphins participate in strand feeding, where they actually lie on their sides to grab fish they’ve herded into the low tides, and take a long bike ride through wooded trails.

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