Lowcountry Rainy Day Plans

Sure, today may be sunny and nearing 85 degrees, but these past few weeks have also been peppered with thunderstorms and tropical storm warnings. Wondering what to do when you’re faced with rain as a local or visitor? Below are some default rainy day plans for all.

Get Active
Being indoors doesn't limit you to sitting down in the Lowcountry. Velocity Air Sports (N. Chs) and SkyZone Trampoline Park (Mt. P) are two great options for all ages.

@skyzonecharleston

Catch a Flick
If you're a local, it's likely you spend less time at the movies in Charleston that you have anywhere else you've ever lived. There's simply too much going on! But really, it's a shame because we have great theaters like Cinebarre (Mt. P), where you can dine and view, and the Terrace Theater (James Isl.) that hosts some less accessible films in a beautiful building.

Take a Drive
Yes, we prefer to view window boxes and The Battery on foot, but think of how much ground you can cover in your car. Make a game out of it for the whole family; How many different color homes do you see? What is the purpose of those cement boxes on all the streets? What year do you think the homes were built?

@dunesproperties

Exercise Your Brain
Being a city, we're fortunate to have attractions like the Gibbes Museum of Art (Downtown) and the Charleston Museum (Downtown). The South Carolina Aquarium (Downtown) is another hot spot for education on conservation and seeing some aquatic friends. The Yorktown at Patriots Point (Mt. P) is another viable option, if you don't melt from the run from car to the museum.

@thegibbesmuseum

@southcarolinaaquarium

Freshen Up as a Foodie
You'll spend a good part of your time in the Lowcountry indulging on delicious cuisine, so why not learn how to prepare your own at home? In the Kitchen With Chef Bob Waggoner (Downtown).

Entertain by Theatre
Our city is home to a plethora of theaters that feature many different genres of performance. Check out The Dock Street Theatre (Charleston Stage), Woolfe Street Playhouse, Pure Theatre and Black Fedora Mystery Theatre (All Downtown). Looking for a laugh? Theatre 99 (Downtown) absolutely never disappoints.

@theatre99

Become a Kid Again
When's the last time you flexed your pinball fingers? The Alley (Downtown) is not only popular for bowling; their arcade games are a strong draw with options like Ms. Pac-Man, Mortal Combat, and a personal favorite, Skee Ball.

@thealleychas

Photo by:  Ridiculously Photogenic Photography by Will B. King    @riphopho

Photo by: Ridiculously Photogenic Photography by Will B. King @riphopho

And since it is so gorgeous outside today, here's Charleston Magazine's Summer Guide for 24 hours of outdoor fun to entertain you for now.

Where do you like to spend your rainy days in the Lowcountry?

Neighborhood Spotlight: Riverland Terrace

There are hundreds of neighborhoods in the Lowcountry area, but how do you know which is the right fit for you?  A truly unique characteristic of most neighborhoods in the Lowcountry, is their historical significance. This week, we focus on one neighborhood, a James Island community called Riverland Terrace.

Riverland Terrace started to develop in the 1920s and is James Island’s oldest neighborhood. The Terrace is located just a few minutes west of downtown Charleston along Wappoo Creek and the inland waterway. Neighborhood highlights include a public boat landing, Charleston Municipal Golf Course, a shaded playground, three city parks (Medway Park, Parkway Park, and Plymouth Park), and two ball fields.

Leading into the neighborhood is the historic Avenue of Oaks (recognized as one of SC’s most scenic roads), consisting of over 70 live oak trees believed to be over 100 years old. They once led to Wappoo Hall Plantation, owned by Lt. Col. George Lucas of the English Army and managed by his daughter Eliza Lucas Pinckney. She developed the indigo industry of the colony as a successful cash crop before the American Revolution. The plantation fronted the Stono River. Fort Pemberton, one of the largest confederate forts constructed in the defense of Charleston during the Civil War, was built in 1862 and remains today on the Stono River side of the community.

The Terrace consists of approximately 800 homes. Sizes and prices vary greatly. Smaller homes of 900 square feet in the front of the community begin around $300,000 and vary all the way to 2 million plus for deep water lot homes in the back of the community. There is an active volunteer neighborhood association that meets three to four times each year. The neighborhood's 'Hometown Feel' is attributed to the association actively working to preserve the historical integrity of the community.

Around the corner from the residential community, you will find The Terrace Theater, several restaurants (which include: The Lot, How Art Thou Cafe, Crust, Zia Taqueria, Maybank Public House), multiple antique shops including the Terrace Oaks Antique Mall and A World Apart, two florists, and two spas (check out Charleston Medical Spa if you are ever in the neighborhood). In addition, if you enjoy exercising, you can join in one of the boot-camps that meet at Medway Park, or check out Studio Barre where men and margaritas are always free on Fridays. The community also hosts a Sunday Farmers Market and Sunday community yoga in the cooler months.  The neighborhood is in the process of building a community garden for all neighbors to access, this endeavor is sponsored in partner with the Charleston Parks Conservancy.

The largest event of the year is Halloween Under the Oaks Trick or Treating. The community closes the streets to traffic and several neighbors turn their homes into scary haunted houses. It truly is a great time to be a part of the community.   If you’re ever in the area, feel free to park your car and walk the streets of the neighborhood. A volunteer community garden club keeps the neighborhood beautiful. There are multiple public swings and benches where you can rest and take in the scenery and the shade of the historic oaks not only keeps you cool, but makes you feel like you have entered a truly secret paradise.

*The Riverland Terrace Neighborhood Association (RTNA) is a not-for-profit volunteer neighborhood organization for those who live, work, or play within Riverland Terrace. RTNA is committed to promoting and protecting the beauty, safety, stability, cleanliness, and social and economic viability of the neighborhood by fostering alliances with the local residents, merchants, and government officials. RTNA seeks to represent community interests as a single voice.

**Facts throughout this article were from wikipedia.org/wiki/RIverland_Terrace

Lowcountry Staycation: Summer Edition

So you’re visiting the Lowcountry and want the ‘true’ Charleston experience? What should you do? How can you possibly choose what to see with all of the amazing things to do and see here?  This week, we decided to see what a local would do given a chance to vacation in their own city...  

Folly Beach steps to my beach chair

Folly Beach steps to my beach chair

I had a few days to myself and decided to have a true ‘Staycation.’ For those unfamiliar with the term, a staycation is when you vacation in your own home town. I started my planning by writing down all of the ‘tourist hotspots’ as they’re known to us locals; places that I’ve always meant to go, but never really taken the time to visit/tour. Since moving here many years ago, I’ve always enjoyed exploring. Especially in my line of work, exploring different neighborhoods and communities is in the job description.

I started the staycation by enjoying Second Sunday on King Street. It was a hot day, so I made sure to enjoy a cool popsicle from the King of Pops. My husband and I strolled down King Street, admiring the local musicians, performers and artists. I had a craving for tacos, so we decided to make our way to East Bay Street to try out Minero. We had heard great things about it and love chef Sean Brock, so decided to give it a try. We weren’t disappointed. On the way back to King Street, we cut down Queen Street and discovered a cute vintage shop, Curiosity. It was a bit off of the beaten path, but definitely worth wandering into (located at 56 1/2 Queen Street).  

Checkout @shopcuriousity on instagram!

Checkout @shopcuriousity on instagram!

Day two I decided to head down to Folly Beach for a beach day. I dropped into Baguette Magic to grab a quick breakfast, making sure to leave reasonably early so that I could beat the beach traffic. To my surprise, I was able to get to the beach with little hassle (parking at Folly Beach is free if you head away from Center Street and ensure that all four of your tires are off of the road). After some sunbathing and frolicking in the ocean, I decided to walk to the Folly Beach Pier. Here they have public restrooms, a restaurant, and showers. After a quick break, I crossed the street to The Juice Joint and bought myself a refreshing juice for the walk back to my beach chair. I decided to end the day with a stop at The Barrel for a cold beer, game of cornhole, and to enjoy some live music. The sunset over the marsh was spectacular and I’m never disappointed with the views that The Barrel has to offer.

On my last day of my staycation I decided to go for some cooler options and catch a mid-day movie at the Terrace Theater. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to go to a movie in the middle of the day when all of your friends/family are at work. It felt mischievous. If you’ve never been to the Terrace Theater, it’s worth checking out! A nice glass of wine and scoop of gelato while watching an indie film was the perfect ending to my mini-vacation, I meant staycation.

While I admit, I didn't actually make it to anything on my list, such as Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation, or The Black Fedora Comedy and Mystery Theater, I did get to experience just enough to go back to work relaxed and satisfied!