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Visit Beaufort SC Lowcountry

July 13th, 2020

Visit Beaufort SC Lowcountry

When you are visiting South Carolina be sure to make time for the Lowcountry area around Kiawah Island and the town of Beaufort. This area is one of the prettiest and most fun in South Carolina, replete with festivals, great restaurants and all sorts of other things to do and see.

Want to See Awesome Beauty? Visit Beaufort SC Lowcountry



Beaufort is the ultimate gracious Southern town with a pleasing combination of urban refinement and Lowcountry friendliness. It is replete with exquisite cuisine, antebellum architecture and rich heritage. Add in the beach, a large number of sunny days, and great walkability and you have a wonderful beach town.

Strictly speaking, Beaufort is not directly on the ocean although you can see an amazing Beaufort SC sunset from the docks in the late afternoon.

It actually lies along the banks of the Beaufort River and the Port Royal Sound. There is open Atlantic water about 16 miles east of Beaufort's historic town center. Here Hunting Island State Park boasts three miles of the most beautiful beaches in South Carolina. There is also abundant marshlands and maritime forest, as well as the only lighthouse in South Carolina still open to the public.

Beaufort boasts a very walk-able downtown area which bookstores, art galleries, and antique shops, all perfect for an afternoon of shopping or browsing. The many restaurants serve fresh, off-the-boat seafood and traditional Low country meals such as just-picked collard greens and spicy, thick gumbos. The area also includes a vast waterfront park which is the perfect venue for live concerts.

The area surrounding Beaufort is rich with southern history. Beaufort's downtown area is a designated National Historic Landmark, as is St. Helena Island where a rich Gullah heritage is remembered and nurtured by descendants of slaves.

Beaufort natives differentiate between those whose families have been in town for generations and those who are more recent arrivals, say within the last twenty years. A comeyeah is a more recent arrival, meaning 'come here' or a new comer. Beanyeah means 'been here' and refers to what Beaufort calls the locals. Since Beaufort is South Carolina's second oldest city, beanyeah status is not easily achieved.

Beaufort's history starts when the Spanish arrived back in the early 1500s. They failed to create a successful settlement. Later on, the French also attempted to create a settlement at Beaufort, but like the Spanish were not successful. It wasn't until 1711 that the British were able to establish a successful settlement despite frequent attacks by the Yemasee Indians.

Despite its early beginnings, it is the Civil War which still resonates with more locals in Beaufort. Many local residents still remember what the war meant and talk about its aftermath. One of Beaufort's most beautiful areas is the historic Old Point neighborhood where homeowners have found bullets and arm bones from the Civil War.

Beaufort was the first and last town in the Confederacy occupied by Union Troops. These troops arrived in 1861 which caused more than 1,400 residents to flee the town. However, it was this occupation which spared Beaufort much of the destruction experienced by other Southern cities. Most of the homes were turned into hospitals and were not destroyed, so still remain today.

Beaufort SC is a wonderful combination of history, cuisine and Low country living. It is a perfect place to experience the beauty of South Carolina.

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Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park - Gone But Not Forgotten

June 23rd, 2020

Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park - Gone But Not Forgotten

The Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park was officially built in 1948. In 1951, a pint-sized wooden coaster called the Comet Jr. opened at the amusement park. The roller coaster remained a favorite until the late 1960s.

The year 1954 brings the German Baden-Band Organ, which became one of the park’s most iconic attractions.This organ was originally built for display at the 1900 World Exposition in Paris Before being brought to Myrtle Beach, the organ toured Europe on a wagon for decades.

50''s & 60's At the Myrtle Beach Pavilion - Good Years



The Myrtle Beach Pavilion area flourished during the 50's and 60's. This pointed the way for Myrtle Beach to become one of the top vacation destinations on the East Coast.

1978 - Big Year for New Rides



In 1978, the pavilion added the Corkscrew, which was its first steel roller coaster and stayed in operation for over 30 years.Thrill-seekers really got their thrills with the 70-foot drop and two looping corkscrews.

The Haunted Hotel, originally called the "Haunted Inn" also opened in 1978. This was a dark ride with scary, animatronic ghosts and ghouls inside. So, people afraid of the dark either skipped it or got their pants scared off.

Several new rides were added in the 80's for adults and children. These included The Enterprise, Mind Scrambler, and a small train-themed roller coaster.

The Hurricane: Category 5



The park’s signature roller coaster, the Hurricane: Category 5, was built in 2000 for $6 million. It became the tallest, fastest and longest wooden coaster in South Carolina.

The ride was a 3,800-foot-long, hybrid-structure coaster that featured an out-and-back style layout with 14 turns, a 100-foot drop, and a top speed of 55 mph.

End of An Era



Burroughs & Chapin announced that the Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park will close at the end of the 2006 season due to financial instability

The park was closed to the public on Sept. 24, with a ticketed “The Last Ride” event held on Sept. 30 and a final private party send-off at The Attic in October.

In 2007, demolition began on the Pavilion and it included several of the park’s rides.The Pavilion Nostalgia Park opened at Broadway at the Beach later in the year.

The park featured relocated pieces of the Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park including the Herschell-Spillman Carousel,and the Baden Band Organ.

Other relocated pieces included an arcade, the Pirate Ship, tea cups and various other kiddie rides.

Thanks For the Memories



To me Myrtle Beach is just not the same without the laughter and the screams coming from the kiddie rides and thrill rides at Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park.

Hopefully, one day soon we will hear those sounds again.

But, I will always cherish the wonderful memories I have of Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park.

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USS Yorktown - A Visit to USS Yorktown Charleston SC

August 31st, 2018

USS Yorktown - A Visit to USS Yorktown Charleston SC

I have been visiting tourist centers all over the world but my 2-hour visit to USS Yorktown Charleston SC remains one of the best moments of my vacation. USS Yorktown is one of the famous aircraft carriers that were built during the second World War.

USS Yorktown is One of American's Greatest - Battle of Yorktown



It was built for the United States Navy. One of the greatest battles fought by the Americans is the American Revolutionary battle known as the Battle of Yorktown. The carrier is named after this battle.

However, it is not the only carrier that has been given the name. In fact, it is the fourth to bear the name.

USS Yorktown is about 266 meters in length and it was launched on 21 January, 1943.

It is open to the public every day from 9AM to 6.30PM. I went there on a Wednesday and it took up to 2 hours to explore every part of the carrier.

Naval History Buff - That's Me!



It is not a must to spend up to two hours. Some other tourists did not stay that long.

As for me, my curiosity took me into every cabin and other significant parts of the ship and I enjoyed every bit of it.

There was a friendly curator that took me and other visitors around. Am sure he answered questions more than he usually answers because I hit him with a lot of questions. I wanted to know everything about the great carrier.

I had heard about the ship several times before visiting it and added it to my travel vacation ideas list.

So I bombarded the curator with thousands of questions and he responded to all of them in a friendly manner and even made explanations where necessary.

Grandeur of the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier



It carried between 90 and 100 aircraft in its lifetime. Although it was launched in January 1943, it was not commissioned until 15 April in that same year.

The great USS Yorktown was built by Newport News Shipbuilding Company. The ship was decommissioned the first time on 9th January 1947, about 4 years after it was launched.

It was later re-commissioned on 2 January, 1953 and decommissioned on 27 June 1970. I got all these information about the ship because I didn’t stop asking questions. The maximum speed of the carrier was 33 knots or 61 km/h.

It was modified a couple of times to suit the needed purpose. It was converted to an antisubmarine carrier at some point. It was also used as a recovery ship for Apollo 8 space mission

It was also used in two different movies – Tora! Tora! Tora! and The Philadelphia Experiment.

It earned a total of more than 16 battle stars in its life time. It became a museum ship in 1975, about 42 years ago.

Imagine how many tourists would have visited the great ship that can best be described as a national historic landmark.

USS Yorktown - Museum Experience of a Lifetime



You really need to visit USS Yorktown Charleston SC at least once in a lifetime. It was worth every minute of my visit.

Here are some thoughts about the USS Yorktown from several reviewers on yelp:

"There's no question that visiting the USS Yorktown is must for all tourists whether or not a naval history buff. If not for anything else, just the grandeur if her physical size is worth the price of admission."

"This really is a must see if you visit Charleston. The history is so fulfilling from submarines, ships, veterans museum, etc. The view from the flight deck shows everything you could possibly want to see."

On your next journey to the low country, take the time to stop by Patriot's Point and take some photos of the USS Yorktown and other great exhibits.

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Andrew Jackson State Park Lancaster SC

June 8th, 2018

Andrew Jackson State Park Lancaster SC

I captured many fond memories and South Carolina art photos from all my visits to Andrew Jackson State Park Lancaster SC. It is the perfect place for family gatherings or just a getaway for the day.

I would like to share this gourd artwork I created from a display I discovered at Andrew Jackson State Park Lancaster SC.

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The Andrew Jackson State Park SC in Lancaster is really one of the most popular parks in South Carolina.I would have to say this is because it is definitely not a boring place..

This gourd artwork at Andrew Jackson State Park SC shows only one of the many displays you will see in the 18th century replica schoolhouse.

Therefore, if you happen to be a teacher making plans for a future field trip, I highly recommend this park. Especially, a visit to the old school house is perfect for a group of young school kids.They will see what a classroom was like before their time.

Popular Andrew Jackson State Park Events?



The park combines many different events throughout the year within its premises, giving people a reason to go there.

Historical, artistic and community events run through out the year. If you are visiting South Carolina, you can't go wrong paying the park a visit.

Highlights of the park include living history programs, and a statue of Andrew Jackson.

Other points of interest in the park include a museum, camping grounds, picnic facilities, a fishing lake and character trails.

In addition, you or your group can take a self-led tour from the park museum and schoolhouse throughout the hours when these facilities are open.

Pets Are Allowed - But Not All



Pets are permitted in many outside areas as long as they are on a leash not more than six ft.

Pet owners are going to be requested to get rid of noisy or harmful pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife.

Other than the fair warning on pets, you can pretty much do anything at this park.

Fun for All Ages



Andrew Jackson State Park has special events several times through out the year. You will be amazed at how alive it is with people flocking the area to attend an event.

My family & I have had several family reunions at this beautiful park. Everyone had a great time since there was an activity for all ages of the family. I highly recommend going to the park because it is a perfect place for rest or recreation.

Of course, just like any other park, it has restrictions on what you can and can't do. But, you shouldn't let this put a damper on your ability to have fun in the park.

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Fine Art Photo Myrtle Beach Pavilion SC

May 28th, 2018

Fine Art Photo Myrtle Beach Pavilion SC

Hi, it's another sunny day here in Myrtle Beach. I want to introduce my fine art photo of the Myrtle Beach Pavilion SC - which doesn't exist any longer.

This South Carolina fine art photo makes a welcome addition to any wall decor. And, it especially works well for beach houses. So, if you are staying in your Myrtle Beach home for the summer, add this picture to your art collection.

Why I Want to Share my Fine Art Photo of Myrtle Beach Pavilion SC With You!



Even though there have many changes at Myrtle Beach South Carolina, Jean & I always enjoy getting a photo assignment there. On every visit I made to the Low Country, I captured a unique art picture.

This fine art photo of the Myrtle Beach Pavilion SC was created in 2006. Yes, the year ushered in the farewell season for the Pavilion.

The Myrtle Beach Pavilion once was the main attraction on the Grand Strand the entire family could enjoy.

In times past, it captivated everyone who decided to spend some time in the area.

I Remember the Myrtle Beach Pavilion



I remember when we first heard the news that The Pavilion in Myrtle Beach would be torn down. Jean & I both were devastated.

Yes, I imagine you could call me a nostalgic person. But, some things just shouldn't be torn down. That's my feeling about this fine old building.

Why? Just because it remained an iconic symbol of the Grand Strand in South Carolina for many years.

And later, the original Hard Rock Cafe joined the list of condemned Myrtle Beach properties. Where will it all end?

Fortunately, I Created My Myrtle Beach Pavilion Find Art Photo BEFORE It Was TOO LATE!



At least, I created a fine art photo of the Myrtle Beach Pavilion SC before the wrecking crew came in. So, this gave me a little happiness about the situation.

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Picture of Palmetto Bluff SC

May 26th, 2018

Picture of Palmetto Bluff SC

Palmetto Bluff, SC is a perfect example of South Carolina's Lowcountry. Surrounded by an ancient maritime forest and bound on three sides by the Cooper, May and New Rivers, Palmetto Bluff represents the best that South Carolina offers.

Fine Art Picture of The Inn At Palmetto Bluff: Best Of the South Carolina Lowcountry



When you visit Palmetto Bluff, you travel through history. Days are easy and slow, measured by the ocean tides. Whether you are visiting or looking to stay, Palmetto Bluff offers a world of opportunity. One of the best places for a visitor to spend their time is The Inn at Palmetto Bluff.

More like a southern plantation than an inn, Palmetto Bluff provides their guests a one-of-a-kind experience which combines the SC Lowcountry's natural beauty with southern history. The estate boasts an incredible natural environment with misty marshes, rivers, salty breezes and old oaks covered with Spanish moss.

Palmetto Bluff's main hotel building looks like it came right out of a Civil War movie. A traditional southern mansion, compete with columns and a sweeping porch, it greets each visitor like a long lost friend. There are also 50 guest cottages and cottage suites which are both luxurious and homey at the same time. Each includes a working fireplace, gorgeous bathrooms, and screen porches.

Guests to Palmetto Bluff can enjoy a wide range of activities, including bicycling, gold, croquet, tennis, swimming and kayaking. There are two pools for guests, as well as a full luxury spa. Perhaps the biggest draw to Palmetto Bluff SC is the Carolina Lowcountry itself.

South Carolina's Lowcountry is often described by visitors as ethereal, mystical, and hauntingly beautiful. The area is home to saltwater marshes, rivers, wetlands, and mossy forests. The entire area feels both distinctly American and enchantingly exotic at the same time.

The Carolina Lowcountry around Palmetto Bluff SC is still inhabited by Gullah natives who still thrive within their own culture and language. Most of the historic architecture in Palmetto Bluff is beautifully preserved and the natural environment of the surrounding area is relatively untouched.

A 20,000 acre development just 20 miles east of Hilton Head Island, Palmetto Bluff is a perfect example of the best of the Lowcountry. The development sits along the banks of the May River, which is a tributary river to the Atlantic Ocean. The area is tranquil and quiet. Visitors arrive under a canopy of trees via a private road.

Palmetto Bluff boasts a beautiful main square within Palmetto Bluff village and includes a boat house, fitness clubs, pools, and golf club. The arrangement and equipment of Palmetto Bluff's facilities and landscape provide a feeling of openness even when inside.

Palmetto Bluff SC is considered one of the best resorts and accommodation within South Carolina, if not the entire United States. The main house of the Inn at Palmetto Bluff offers glorious views and many common spaces for families and friends to gather. These include a library, a wide front porch, and a small lobby. There are also a chapel and a host of recreational facilities.

Planning a visit to Palmetto Bluff SC must include a stop at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff. Take the time to thoroughly enjoy all that this beautiful region has to offer.

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Attractions in Myrtle Beach SC

February 7th, 2015

Attractions in Myrtle Beach SC

For decades, people have flocked to Myrtle Beach, SC for a relaxing getaway. The area has so much to offer both residents and visitors alike. If you are interested in learning about some of the many attractions in Myrtle Beach South Carolina, keep reading. I promise you'll get your travel shoes on - or off!

Add Fun, Sun and Attractions in Myrtle Beach SC for a Fabulous Beach Vacation!



Since Myrtle Beach is located on the Atlantic Ocean, beaches are the main reason why people visit the area. Some of the best, most beautiful beaches are found in or around Myrtle Beach. While I was visiting the Low Country, I shot this art photo of Myrtle Beach pier at sunrise and then had to step back to enjoy it in real time!

A few of the sandy towns & communities you'll see include Surfside Beach, Huntington Beach, Garden City Beach and Myrtle Beach itself. The best part is that all of these beaches have tons of hotels and resorts to stay in, so getting to the beach involves simply walking out your door!

If you enjoy the nightlife, Myrtle Beach is a great place for you! From comedy clubs to bars and lounges, there is something to do at nighttime for just about everyone. Make sure to check out Carolina Comedy Club, The Bowery, Wet Willie's, Sandal's Lounge at Sands, and The Comedy Zone - House of Blues.

Another reason why people love Myrtle Beach is for its golf. Some of the country's best courses are located in the Myrtle Beach area. And the best part is there are courses for beginners, professionals and everyone in between. Some of the top courses in the area include Caledonia, True Blue, TPC Myrtle Beach, The Heritage Club, and Grande Dunes.

One thing most people do not realize about Myrtle Beach is that it is very family-friendly. There are a number of Myrtle Beach attractions for family members of all ages will enjoy. Medieval Times, Captain Hook's Adventure Golf, Mt. Atlanticus, Backstage Mirror Maze, Ripley's Aquarium, and Family Kingdom Amusement Park are some of the many activities the whole family will love!

Is Beach Shopping Really an Attraction?

Shopping is plentiful in Myrtle Beach. No matter who the shopper is, they will have no problem finding the store that best suits their needs. If you plan on shopping in Myrtle Beach, make sure to go to one of two Tanger Outlets in the area, Coastal Grand Mall and Rainbow Harbor Shopping Center.

Myrtle Beach's ocean location means outdoor activities are plentiful in and around the city. Myrtle Beach Safari is one such activity. Here, you will experience an adventure like no other; in addition to learning about very aspects of wildlife, you can get up and close with animals you never thought you could, like tigers.

Ash Myrtle Beach ATV Tours offers an ATV tour around the area. For those with even more adventure in them, make sure to stop in to Carolina Paddle Company. The company allows surfers and water lovers to rent surfboards and paddle boards. You can even go windsurfing!

If you have read this article, you must have an urge to visit the South Carolina beaches. From outdoor activities to those that are family-friendly, you will never get bored. When you do visit Myrtle Beach, whether it is your first visit or tenth, try out some of the above suggestions!

I only scratched the surface of the endless string of attractions in Myrtle Beach SC and I'm sure when you vacation here you'll be able to write your own review when you return home. Pack your bags, get out your camera and swimsuit, take off your shoes and hit the beach!