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South Carolina Low Country Good Food & Hidden Places – Great Road Trips. Focus on Hwy 17 from Myrtle Beach headed South…

South Carolina Hidden Places Great Road Trips. Focus on Hwy 17 from Myrtle Beach headed South….


    • Magnolia Beach Club and McKenzie Beach Resort in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. The McKenzie Beach Resort was the first African American resort on the “Grand Strand”

Old Magnolia Motel Pawleys Island the first Motel to allow people of color. “It’s Private Property so look as you drive by”

  • Carolina Country Store STEP BACK IN TIME…………when you enter the Carolina Country Store. Originally built in the 1920’s, the Carolina Country Store has been restored to it’s original conditioDon’tont miss the Cornmeal & Grits Milled here on site  11725 S Fraser St, Georgetown, SC 29440
  • Hampton Plantation House and Hampton Plantation State Historic Site, is a historic plantation, now a state historic site, north of McClellanville, 1950 Rutledge Rd, McClellanville, SC 29458
  • St. James Church, Santee, c 1768, also known as St. James Episcopal Church, Santee, is a historic church located in a remote portion of Francis Marion National Forest in Charleston County.
  • SeeWee Shell Ring  This shell ring in Awendaw is over 4000 years old… National Forest and walk the Sewee Shell ring interpretive trail to learn more.  7915-7941 Gull Bay, Awendaw, SC 29429
  • North Island, on the coast just outside historic Georgetown, South Carolina.  SHELLING AND LIGHTHOUSE CRUISE ABOARD THE CAROLINA ROVER  
  • Morris Island Light  Morris Island Light is a lighthouse on Morris Island in South Carolina. The light stands on the southern side of the entrance to Charleston Harbor, Head to Folly Beach and take a left onto East Ashley Avenue and then follow it to the end. Find a legal spot to park your car and hit the trail. It starts here.
  • Castle Pinckney – Castle Pinckney was a small masonry fortification constructed by the United States government by 1810, in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina.It is collapsing into the sea. It was abandoned in 1951 by the National Park Service and left to rot in the spoils of the salt air, sea and wind.
  •  the ACE Basin, is also one of its largest, encompassing a massive 350,000 acres. The ACE Basin is named for the three rivers – the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto Rivers – that converge here and drain into St. Helena Sound which spills into the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Bull Island has seven pristine miles of completely undeveloped beach.
  • The ruins of Old Sheldon Church are the most visited attraction in Yemassee, The grounds include the ruins of the church, a historic old cemetery, large live oak trees with lots of Spanish moss and a great opportunity for a picnic in the shade. Park across the street.
  • Daufuskie Island, is a barrier island along coastal South Carolina between Hilton Head Island and Savannah, Georgia. It’s a place you can only get to by boat. They have 5 unique, well decorated and well-equipped cottages
  •  Angel Oak, Johns Island  is a Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island near CharlestonSouth Carolina. The tree is believed to be around 400 years old.
  • The Center for Birds of Prey, Awendaw. dedicated to conservation through education… see more than 100 birds of prey…      The Center for Birds of Prey 4719 Highway 17N Awendaw, SC 29429
  • Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, From the Sewee Indians to pirates, from a Confederate tower to two nineteenth-century lighthouses, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge houses a rich history across the refuge’s maze of tidal creeks, marshes, and barrier islands.  Visitor Center: The Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center is located ¼ mile north of the refuge office on U.S. Highway 17 North. Sewee Center 5821 Highway 17 North Awendaw, SC 29429   
  • God’s Acre Healing Springs is located on SC-3 about three miles north of Blackville, South Carolina. The spring is available 24 hours a day.
  • Vien Quang Buddhist Monastery of Clover, SC was founded in July of 2012.  a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monastery with a large temple, and 22 acres of grounds to explore. 1038-1044 Galway Ln, Clover, South Carolina. Visiting hours were recently posted as Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.    
  • The Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden, Bishopville is located at 145 Broad Acres Road, Bishopville, SC, 29010..



Food Worth the drive

  • Grace & Grit, Mt Pleasant.  Creatively flavored grits accompany the surf ‘n’ turf at this area-sourced Southern specialist. Local ingredients, 15 different flavors of South Carolina Grits.    320 Wingo Way, Mt Pleasant,
  • Grace & Grit

  • Jestine’s Kitchen, 251 Meeting Street, Charleston.  Old-school eatery serving fried chicken, gumbo & other Southern classics in a cozy storefront.
  • The Cabana Cafe is right on the beach, at the Litchfield Inn,
  • Sun City Cafe  This place is super good!, first place i ever had a fish taco, they have a burrito w mashed potatos as an ingrediant, Mexican, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian-Friendly     801 Main St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
  • Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits – Charleston.    476 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
  • Hog Heaven BBQ & Raw Bar, Pawleys Island.Rustic, a homespun destination for seafood & BBQ with indoor seating, & outdoor picnic tables & a popular buffet.   7147 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC 29585  
  • McClellanville Diner, Mc Clellanville.  A casual, roadside eatery with plenty of local character. Fresh seafood, veggies of the day, grits, homemade soups, sandwiches, Southern and Lowcountry cuisine. The fried shrimp and red rice are tops.   9905 N Hwy 17. Mc Clellanville, SC 29458
  • Seewee Restaurant, Awendaw.    Southern-style Local seafood, local farm to table veggies, sinful homemade desserts, & other fried fares in a casual joint with checkered tables & homey decor.  4808 N Hwy 17, Awendaw, SC 29429  Video on the travel channel click here.
  •  SEWEE OUTPOST, Awendaw.   the kitchen specializes in homemade southern foods. Made from scratch biscuits every morning and various specials for lunch. sandwiches feature fresh bakery bread and top quality ingredients. The deli meat is Boar’s Head brand Fantastic homemade chicken, shrimp or egg salads. A freezer is stocked with goodies including local meats, “Darling Farm meat cuts” veggies, desserts, and of course our famous cheese biscuits! The dry shelves are stocked with a variety of jams, jellies, sauces, marinades, and honey.
  • Jack’s Cosmic Dogs, Mt Pleasant.    Kitschy space-themed spot serving hot dogs topped with creative condiments, plus sides & ice cream.   2805 N Hwy 17, Mt Pleasant, SC 29466
  • Jacks Cosmic Dogs

  • Captain John’s Seafood Grill, Pawleys Island,   Comfortable, a booth-lined place with a Boston maritime theme & specialties like haddock, Ipswich Whole Belly Clams “My Favorite” & lobster rolls. 13057 Ocean Highway Pawleys Island, SC 29585  
  • Wreck of the Richard & Charlene, Mt Pleasant What you do get are paper plates filled with fresh local seafood 106 Haddrell St, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
  • Lost Dog Cafe, Folly Beach. Lost Dog Cafe is to Folly as a biscuit is to gravy.  People talk about friendly service, huevos rancheros and best shrimp and grits. My order is a cinnamon bun “made in house” and a side of Boars Head Bacon, and a House Coffee, “Dogs allowed outside
  • Lost Dog Cafe Folly Beach SC

    Lost Dog Cafe Folly Beach SC

  • PLT – Pine Lakes Tavern, Myrtle Beach.  Myrtle Beach First Non-Smoking Sports Bar, This rustic, smoke-free sports bar serving locally sourced food, daily specials on the Chalk Board Menu, has deck seating on a lake & entertainment, great food, good times. Dogs allowed on the patio.  5201 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
  • Bummz Beach Cafe, Myrtle Beach. Ocean Front  Laid-back American eatery with a large patio, ocean views & a menu of seafood, steak & burgers.  Indoor, and outdoor seating, great good, fantastic views.
  • Manny’s Subs  Manny’s deli was founded in 1993 by the Ardeljan family: Jon, Mary and their children Manny, Manuela and Marinela. Still solely operated by the family, Manny’s has blossomed into a thriving business, offering fresh subs, salads, sandwiches, and wraps. A local and tourist favorite, Manny’s always offering freshly sliced meats and made to order food.  5702 S Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
  • Donzelle’s RestaurantConway.  Located at 1703 Main St, Conway, SC 29526
  • Tomato Shed Cafe is located on Main Road on Johns Island and inside the Stone Market. farm-to-table restaurant
  •  Harold’s Country Club, Yemassee. located inside this converted filling station at 97 Highway 17 & 21 in Yemassee. This is a one of a kind ICONIC restaurant.
  • Mill Pond Steak House in Boykin.  open only for dinner and only Tuesday – Saturday nights.   84 State Rd S-28-2, Rembert, SC 29128.


Ferry to Daufuskie Island 

Google map from Myrtle Beach with some of these listed on it

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