James Island, South Carolina

James Island, South Carolina

Located in James Island, just 15 minutes from Folly Beach (and the Atlantic Ocean) and only a 7 minute drive from the beautiful, historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, the Retreat offers inspiration and motivation in the uniquely beautiful landscape known as The Lowcountry.

Folly Beach, South Carolina

Called “one of the last real American beach towns”, Folly Beach, South Carolina is a playful paradise with something for everyone. With more than six miles of pristine beach, people come from all over the world to spend a weekend, a week, or a lifetime. From beach-combers to bird-watchers, from kite-boarders to kayakers, from sunbathers to surfers, Folly Beach is a celebration of natural beauty and bohemian attitude.

Long called “The Edge of America” for its laid-back lifestyle, Folly Beach is a barrier island known for its wild beauty where the pelicans swoop, the dolphins leap, and giant turtles hatch in accord with their ancient lineage. Visitors can take an eco-tour of the salt marshes and tidal creeks, a deep- water fishing trip or just sit and watch the clouds go by from your beach chair.

Folly Beach’s downtown (just one block from the Writers’ Retreat) has always been synonymous with fun. Today’s lively mix of restaurants, cafes, and shops offers everything from shrimp and grits to surf boards; from a great massage to gourmet groceries. And with million dollar homes sitting in peaceful harmony with historic beach cottages, Folly Beach has attracted visitors seeking both fun and solitude.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is a city rich in history, tradition, and Southern culture, making it one of the top destination cities in the country. In fact, Conde Nast Traveller recently noted it as tje Number One destinatoin city in the U. S. and USA Today recently wrote that for “the second year, the South Carolina destination famed for antebellum architecture and fine dining was ranked the No. 1 U.S. destination in the magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards survey, taken by a record 46,476 people. Charleston also was anointed the favorite city in the world (pretty amazing considering Paris, Rome or London often have a lock on such laurels). Ranking criteria included atmosphere, friendliness, lodging, restaurants, culture, attractions and shopping. Charleston’s “food, history, architecture and people are wonderful,” one survey respondent was quoted as saying. “It’s a bucket list city!”

 

The Historic Downtown District has stood throughout Charleston’s history as the cultural capital of the South, and is considered by many to be a living museum. The New York Times called it the “Jewel of the South” for its fantastic restaurant scene and its Lowcountry cuisine. It’s worth visiting Charleston for the architecture alone. The houses and gardens are known worldwide for their historic authenticity which is part of the reason why it serves as a location for so many Hollywood films. Stroll along the waterfront of the Battery where you’ll see the beautiful Charleston harbor on one side, and rows of carefully restored mansions from the 1700’s and early 1800’s  on the other side, and you’ll begin to understand the breathtaking beauty of this Southern City. It is a city to walk in—to take your time and explore. There are literally hundreds of small art galleries and cafes where you’ll experience lowcountry specialties such as she-crab soup, shrimp ‘n’ grits, and true Southern hospitality. Because it’s only a twenty minute drive away, the Lowcountry Writers’ Retreat offers a place where writers can have the best of both worlds: the culture and sophistication of Charleston, and the laid-back charm of Folly Beach.