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Aiken, South Carolina
There’s much more to Aiken than magnificent weather and natural beauty. A town of approximately 30,000 people, it offers its residents and visitors historic charm, tree-lined streets, an array of shopping and dining establishments, a highly-rated...
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Fort Mill, South Carolina
Fort Mill, South Carolina, is more than just a rest stop along Interstate 77 between Rock Hill and the thriving financial metropolis of Charlotte, North Carolina. The town of just over 10,000 people can boast of an interesting history, a famed favorite...
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Summerville, South Carolina
Summerville offers its residents and visitors excellent local eateries and a variety of chain restaurants, retail shopping and health care facilities. The area is by no means short of recreational opportunities, from golf and tennis to hunting, fishing and boating. And the beaches of the Carolina coast are within a...
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Aiken, South Carolina
There’s much more to Aiken than magnificent weather and natural beauty. A town of approximately 30,000 people, it offers its residents and visitors historic charm, tree-lined streets, an array of shopping and dining establishments, a highly-rated...
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Beaufort, South Carolina
Even 20 years later, the locale that served as the setting for the classic baby boomer film, “The Big Chill,”continues to attract people longing for a connection to the past and the peace of mind found only in a town like Beaufort, South Carolina...
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Bluffton, South Carolina
SITUATED HIGH ON A BLUFF overlooking the May River, Bluffton continues to be one of South Carolina’s fastest growing small towns. The population has nearly doubled since the 2000 census, largely due to the temperate climate, affordable housing and low cost of living...
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Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is rated the fifth most popular vacation destination in the United States, and it surely must rank in the top five among places to spend the rest of your life. If it doesn’t yet, it eventually will...
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Columbia, South Carolina
MANY PEOPLE SEEKING A NEW home in the South are torn between the beach and the mountains, but, when they visit Columbia, South Carolina, their decision becomes easier. That’s because Columbia is situated in the middle of the Palmetto State, equally distant from the best of both worlds...
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Conway, South Carolina
OFTEN REFERRED TO AS “THE Gateway to the Beach,” Conway has long been more than just a rest stop for residents on their way to the Grand Strand. Conway is a thriving town and one of South Carolina’s top inland retirement...
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Daniel Island, South Carolina
IT TOOK YEARS OF THOUGHTFUL planning and vision to make the thriving community of Daniel Island a reality. Not long ago, the island, which is within the Charleston city limits but also in Berkeley County, was nothing but acres of farmland and marshes. Now it is a nationally acclaimed town designed to provide its residents with a true feeling of...
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Dillon, South Carolina
You`ve seen the signs if you`ve ever driven the Carolina stretch of I-95. Pedro welcomes you to South of the Border and Dillon, South Carolina. It is, perhaps, one of the tackiest attractions you`ll ever see, consisting of stores that sell a variety of Pedroland knick-knacks and rides, including the tower ride which rewards you with a panoramic view of...
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Edisto Island, South Carolina
Legend has it that, as delegates from across South Carolina gathered to debate seceding from the United States in 1861, the representative from Edisto Island leapt to his feet and declared that if South Carolina did not vote for immediate secession, then, by God, Edisto Island would secede by itself. We all know what happened after that...
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Florence, South Carolina
It's not all sports and hiking, however. Florence has developed a strong cultural and arts community. Some of the more notable groups include The Florence Museum of Art, Science and History, the Florence Regional Arts Council, the Florence Little Theater and the all-volunteer Florence Symphony Orchestra...
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Folly Beach, South Carolina
FOLLY BEACH WAS NOT ALWAYS the laid-back beach town it is today. In the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, carnival rides and big band leaders such as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey attracted crowds to the island now known as “The Edge of America” from up and down the East Coast. By day, visitors would lie in the sun and play in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean. By night they would dance to some of the biggest names in music at the...
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Fort Mill, South Carolina
Fort Mill, South Carolina, is more than just a rest stop along Interstate 77 between Rock Hill and the thriving financial metropolis of Charlotte, North Carolina. The town of just over 10,000 people can boast of an interesting history, a famed favorite...
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Fripp Island, South Carolina
The most seaward of the Carolina Sea Islands, Fripp is three miles long and nearly a mile wide at its broadest. Bordered to the north by Hunting Island, and to the south by the Pritchards Island Nature Conservancy, Fripp is secluded and not for...
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Georgetown, South Carolina
GEORGETOWN MIGHT SEEM like a small, sleepy Southern city, but the quiet tree-lined streets belie a colorful history rich with pirates, Revolutionary War leaders, elegant plantations and a bustling seaport....
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Goose Creek, South Carolina
The first recorded inhabitants of the Goose Creek area were native Americans of the Etiwan and Sewee tribes, who at first welcomed the early settlers, teaching them how to survive the harsh conditions of the frontier. These English settlers arrived in the late 1600s from the island of Barbados, where they had accrued vast wealth by selling their plantations. The transplanted Barbadians followed the Cooper River in search of...
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Greenville, South Carolina
THE CITY OF GREENVILLE traces its beginnings back to the site of a pre-Revolutionary War Indian trading post and mill run by Richard Pearis, who established his camp on Cherokee land. In addition to the trading post, Pearis built a house, smoke house, stables, dairy, blacksmith shop, sawmill, grist mill and slave quarters. In 1797, Lemuel Alston purchased this land and obtained...
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
BEFORE IT WAS A TOP TOURIST and retirement destination, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, was made up of 24 cotton, rice, sugar cane and indigo plantations. Skillful planning has helped develop the land into one of the most exclusive resort and residential communities in the Southeast. The island offers residents...
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Isle of Palms, South Carolina
Located north of Charleston Harbor, the upscale barrier island exudes a feeling of community that most resort islands simply cannot offer. IOP is known for its cool breezes, mild winters and pleasant summers, the perfect setting for people in search of a year-round, warm-weather...
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James Island, South Carolina
But there is more to James Island than battles. It is home to McLeod Plantation, which was built in 1854 and still has intact slave cabins, as well as the Seashore Farmer’s Lodge Hall. Dedicated to preserving the heritage of the island, a 53-year-old tradition has been revived—the Island Heritage Festival...
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Johns Island, South Carolina
MUCH OF SOUTH CAROLINA and North Carolina have seen a population boom in recent years, with builders putting up housing developments as quickly as possible, then moving on to the next project. Despite its proximity to Charleston, Johns Island, located just across the Stono River, has retained its pastoral charm, a veritable sea of tranquility surrounded by...
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Kiawah Island, SC
IT HASN’T BEEN LONG SINCE Kiawah Island was an overgrown hunting reserve accessible only by boat. Today, the exclusive island retreat, located 30 miles from historic downtown Charleston, is home to some of the most valuable real estate in the...
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Litchfield, South Carolina
Formally established in 1978, Litchfield’s mild climate has drawn a burgeoning number of retirees to the area. The water temperature averages 66 degrees and the average air temperature is 65 allowing for...
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Little River, South Carolina
HEADING NORTH ALONG WELL-traveled Highway 17, as the bright lights of South Carolina's Grand Strand begin to dim, you'll find Little River, once an important port city but now a small town striving to maintain its well-earned reputation as a quaint fishing village...
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Loris, South Carolina
The Chadbourne Lumber Company was rolling through vacant Carolina land in the 1890s, plowing through trees and laying down railroad tracks, and purchased the Loris area property from James Gould Patterson. Historians are unsure exactly why the lumber company named the area Loris, but according to...
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Manning, SC
Centrally located in Clarendon County just off Interstate 95, Manning, South Carolina has a population slightly larger than 4,000 people. What began in 1855 as 'the Village of Manning' it is now a great place to live while enjoying many recreational activities. Lake Marion, nearby Manning, was created...
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Meggett, SC
The town of Meggett, South Carolina – known as Meggetts in its earliest days – has been around a little more than a century. Granted a charter by the state in January 1905, it was something of a boomtown and was, in fact, the cabbage capital of the world. The source of this prosperity was the rich soil on which the town is situated, coupled with a spur of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and a large wharf on Yonges Island...
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McClellanville, South Carolina
Surrounded by the Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge, the Francis Marion National Forest and the Santee Coastal Reserve, the small fishing village of McClellanville is the perfect refuge from the outside world...
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Moncks Corner, South Carolina
A favorite activity of residents and locals alike is wandering through the lush gardens and marshes of Cypress Gardens and Old Santee Canal Park. Both offer visitors a glimpse of what the area looked like when Europeans first set foot in the...
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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Located across the Cooper River from historic Charleston, Mount Pleasant has played an important role in South Carolina and U.S. history for more than three centuries. The many Colonial and antebellum homes in Mount Pleasant’s Old Village draw tourists in large numbers, inviting them to wander the narrow, oak-lined streets and take a peek back into the...
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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Treasures of another kind are abundant at Murrells Inlet, in the form of centuries-old live oak trees and other beautiful vegetation that grow along the area’s many salt marshes and tidal creeks. Inlet residents can hike at nearby Huntington Beach State Park, which, along with Brookgreen Gardens, was once part of a massive plantation owned by railroad heir Archer Huntington, stepson of Colis Huntington, one of four men who built the...
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Recreation in Myrtle Beach is a serious business. Probably known best for golf, the Grand Strand features almost 200 courses, including some by the top designers in the country. Sportsmen have both saltwater and freshwater fishing opportunities, along with some of the best hunting in the region. There are also historical...
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North Charleston, South Carolina
Aside from the extensive recreational activities such as boating, fishing, hunting, tennis and golf, residents also enjoy the 13,500-seat North Charleston Coliseum, which is home to the South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League. Many musical shows and plays are held at the...
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North Litchfield : Pawleys Island, South Carolina
Life in North Litchfield is casual yet refined, and the residents fully embrace their natural surroundings. Defined by well-preserved oak trees, towering palms and healthy dune lines, North Litchfield boasts large lots that...
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North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Besides quaint beach houses, beautiful beaches, fabulous golf and other recreational options, Cherry Grove is known for having some of the best fishing on the Grand Strand. Several marinas offer deep-sea charters to fish the warm waters of the nearby Gulf Steam. For those a little less adventurous, there is fishing on the Intracoastal Waterway and in the...
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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
In an attempt to keep the island from being overdeveloped, local planners have instituted a series of strict zoning codes, all but making it impossible to overbuild the island. Consisting mainly of classic-style beach homes, locals affectionately refer...
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Port Royal, South Carolina
While maintaining its sense of history, Port Royal is looking to the future. Adding to its walking trails, community beach, boardwalk and observation tower, the town has launched a revitalization program featuring new homes as well as a remodeled historic district that includes...
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St. George, South Carolina
At one time it was determined that the residents of St. George consumed more grits per capita than anywhere else in the world. No wonder, then, that this small town south of Charleston bills itself as the "Grits Capital of the World." In fact, each April, the town hosts the...
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Santee, South Carolina
SANTEE IS PERFECTLY SITUATED, with its proximity to two major interstates and a major north/south artery. You could almost say that all roads lead to Santee. The earliest known residents were the Santee Indians, who lived on the banks of a river by the same name.....
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Seabrook Island, South Carolina
Today, Seabrook Island is known for its beautiful beaches, tidal marshes, creeks and wooded trails and for its efforts to make sure these natural resources are maintained for generations to come. Seabrook is home to two magnificent golf courses, Crooked Oaks and Ocean Winds, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Willard Byrd, respectively. In addition to world-class golf, residents and visitors can enjoy the...
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Sullivans Island, South Carolina
Today, Sullivan’s Island epitomizes the unhurried, casual lifestyle of a beach community. Residents get around on foot, on bikes or in golf carts. When they need to leave the island, they travel across an old-fashioned drawbridge. There are no hotels of any sort and rental properties are frowned upon in this...
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Summerville, South Carolina
Summerville offers its residents and visitors excellent local eateries and a variety of chain restaurants, retail shopping and health care facilities. The area is by no means short of recreational opportunities, from golf and tennis to hunting, fishing and boating. And the beaches of the Carolina coast are within a...
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Surfside Beach, South Carolina
LOCATED ON THE GRAND Strand just minutes south of Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach is “The Family Beach,” two miles of beautiful shoreline and high dunes drenched by the warm breezes of the Atlantic Ocean. While life in Surfside Beach centers around the water, as the town’s name implies, there’s much more to this...
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Walterboro, South Carolina
Many of the homes built more than two centuries ago - and three structures listed in the National Register - are still standing, and many of the moss-draped oaks that lined the streets of Walterboro then are still thriving now. The city’s main street has been virtually unchanged since the 1940s. In the central business district, local residents and...
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