The reviews are IN and it's official... our guests LOVE Slightly Off Center! We knew when we began this ambitious project on Folly Beach that it had the potential to be something truly unique. After watching this project grow from an innovative idea on paper, into a life-sized project with all of our Luxury Simplified teams of Construction, Development and Luxury Simplified Retreats working collaboratively together ... to finally seeing guests enjoying them and making memories ... well that just makes all of our efforts worth while. Don't take our word for it though, hear what our guests have to say about our four brand new Folly Beach retreats!
Stretching from picturesque Waterfront Park all the way to Colonial Lake in Harleston Village, Queen Street intersects some of the most iconic streets in Charleston, a beautiful and beloved connector to the best of everything in downtown Charleston. Whether it's shopping on King Street, exploring restaurants on East Bay Street, or prowling around the antique stores and art galleries of the French Quarter, it's all just a short, beautiful walk. Queen Street itself is home to some of the areas most popular restaurants and is a part of the city's theater district. There's no better way to experience all that this part of historic, downtown Charleston has to offer than with a stay at The Queen's Studio, where you're surrounded by the best of the Holy City.
The Holy City is known for its deep history, natural beauty, and elevated Southern cuisine, among many other distinctions, and year after year Charleston tops national lists as one of the best cities to visit and live. Home to the South Carolina Aquarium and The Charleston Riverdogs baseball team, it's also a city full of fun for the whole family, with activities and attractions the little ones (and little ones at heart) are sure to enjoy.
Widely known for its history as an early American port city, strategic military post, and booming gem of the antebellum South, Charleston has long been a popular destination for history lovers. Among the many popular historic sites and landmarks, visitors rarely make a trip to Charleston without experiencing one of the beautiful and sprawling plantations throughout the lowcountry. Oak-lined alleyways. Expansive grounds and gardens. Historical significance. Not only are plantations some of the most picturesque areas of the Holy City, they offer a glimpse into Charleston life throughout the years. But which one should you visit?
Whether you're a longtime oyster aficionado or are falling in love with them for the first time, you'll notice right away that oysters from different regions have distinct flavors. Unlike most delicacies, oysters don't get their flavors from a sauce or seasoning, they develop their unique salty brine from their environment. The coastal waters surrounding Charleston SC have their own ecosystem and produce oysters with a flavor that you won't find anywhere else. For the freshest oysters, best variety, and enjoyable atmosphere, you'll want to visit these 5 local oyster bars when you're in the Holy City:
As a colonial era city able to trace its roots back to 1670, Charleston SC has long been a popular destination drawing history enthusiasts from around the world. Its rich history includes a role in the American Revolution, an Antebellum era boom, leading the charge in the Civil War, and surviving the post war era and desegregation which changed the fabric of the South and the face of the city. Thanks largely to a strong preservationist movement, much of this history has been preserved in the city's building, plantations, landmarks, and monuments. With a seemingly limitless number of historic attractions it can be tough to select a few to include in a visit to Charleston. We've taken the liberty of putting together an itinerary sure to please the history lover in your group.
It's no surprise that the center of life on Folly Beach SC is aptly named Center Street. This is, after all, the "main drag" of this charming, beachside town, known locally as the spot that offers some of the best surfing along the eastern seaboard and refered to in travel publications as "The Edge of America." Center Street is home to much of the local shopping, dining, and nightlife that this funky surf town has to offer. As the singular road onto and off of the island, it divides the island neatly in two, East and West, stopping only when it reaches the ocean. The eastern side is home to popular surf spot "The Washout" and scenic Lighthouse Inlet which, at the northernmost tip of the island, offers amazing views of the historic Morris Island Lighthouse. The west end of the island is home to the beautiful Folly Beach County Park. And from Center Street, you're close to EVERYTHING!
We recently developed a relationship with a local couple in their search for a new vacation rental management company for their two Folly Beach homes. With a list of criteria for their new management company, we were happy to meet their needs and welcome the two stunning homes into our portfolio. The two, side-by-side, 4-bedroom homes are located just across the street from the beach, and with their expansive two-level porches, you can enjoy ocean views from just about anywhere in either house! Each home offers their own experience with different decor and layout, but exceptional water views.
Vacations and margaritas go together like limes and tequila. Whether you like yours "blended & frozen," or "on the rocks," this classic cocktail is a popular staple of any beach vacation. Anyone who loves a good marg will tell you, there's simply nothing worse than a weak margarita, and oftentimes, using a top shelf tequila is key to getting it right. These longtime local favorite Mexican spots serve up the best margaritas in the Lowcountry.
We can all agree, brunch is a staple of any good vacation. The mid-morning combination of breakfast and lunch, with a tasty cocktail, is hard to beat. This is even more true in a foodie destination such as Charleston, where seemingly every restaurant serves up their own unique twist on southern breakfast favorites. From elevating humble grits to incorporating locally caught seafood into traditional egg dishes, or a dish of oysters plated over ice, Charleston knows how to do brunch. It wouldn't be a southern brunch without a cool, sippable cocktail, like the over-the-top Bloody Mary garnished with okra, pickles and even bacon, or the bottomless pitchers of bubbly mimosas. In no particular order, here are our top 7 "lesser-known," but still savory and scrumptious brunch spots in Charleston SC: