The Windjammer bar on Front...
The Windjammer bar on Front Beach, Isle of Palms, SC.
Great all weekend. Doing the pub crawl on Friday/Saturday nights.
We hit a few clubs, like Zebos, The Radio Room, The Farm etc.
Bumming around at the beach, bars or restaurants with friends on the weekend.
Sweetgrass Baskets-A Regional Art
Sweetgrass Baskets--an art, not a craft! You'll find individuals selling these baskets all over the city, especially near public buildings and at THE MARKET, but don't think you're going to run away with a real bargain because pieces of art can be pricey.
The knowhow for making these baskets came from slaves who were brought here from West Africa. These baskets are woven in coils and made out of a specific type of grass found growing in this part of the country. They have been part of South Carolina's tradition since the 18th century.
Recognized as art, the better samples have been placed in museums around the country and even The Smithsonian. They can take as little as a few hours for smaller pieces to several months for more complicated creations--and priced accordingly. We were shown a large, woven 'platter' shaped piece said to cost $10,000!
Example: A small round basket (approx., 5" by 5") which I thought would be great for jewelry cost $119. I didn't purchase a basket at this time, but you might want to. You'll have many opportunities to do so, just be selective.
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Visit An Old Oak Tree
You will need a car to see this one. The Angel Oak is located on Johns Island. Estimated to be 300 to 400 years old, the tree is only 65 feet high but has a circumference of 25.5 feet and its area of shade is over 17,000 square feet. Other statistics, the largest limb has a circumference of 11.5 feet and the length of the longest limb is 89 feet.
The Angel Oak is a Live Oak which is native to the Lowcountry (Coastal Carolina). The oak is located in a small park owned by the City of Charleston. To get there you take US Highway 17 out of Charleston to Johns Island, get on Folly Road to Maybank Highway. On Maybank Highway you will see a small sign on the right hand side of the road. You will take this small bumpy road to the Angel Oak.
For the gift happy they do have a small gift shop and the day we were there a lady was outside the gift shop selling the straw baskets you see everywhere in Charleston.
Admission is Free, although they do accept donations or like us a small purchase in the gift shop made us feel better.
Aaah.... Bob Ellis, how best to describe the shoe store that has catered to at least three generations of my family? As you pass the shop, you look in the window and see the magic names: Manolo, Jimmy, Marc, Stuart, Prada....etc, etc, etc. It is difficult for many outsiders to understand the selection of fine ladies shoes available here, with such a vast array of styles.
Your curiousity piqued, you walk into the store and start looking at the shelves of shoes lining the wall. As you pick up the first pair that really gets you, a polite man comes over and offers his assistance. You point to that pair, and that pair, and that pair as he follows your progression around the wall of shoes. At last, your work done, you take a seat in one of teh upholstered chairs and wait for him to come back wiht oyur requests....
And he comes back with boxes and boxes and boxes--first showing you teh ones you asked for, and then pulling out "some other pairs from the back I thought you might enjoy." Sheer heaven, but incredibly dangerous to your pocketbook. However, a few times of year, you will be lucky, and as you sit, he will whisper the magic words "of course, they ARE on sale..." Mmmmm... In addition to the fine selection of shoes, they also have a nice array of desinger handbags to complement your look. There are mens shoes as well, but I don't really botehr with that whole side of the store. How much will you spend? I suppose that will depend on your appetite for shoes and your credit limit :)