Desirable Places in Charleston, SC to Escape Life

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By Minta Pavliscsak

Ever have one of “those” days? Sure you have; we all have. The type of day where you just want to be alone and escape life for a bit. Between work, school, family, friends, and the constant connection with technology, places where you can just be alone are difficult to come by.

However, as long as you do not check in on Facebook or Yelp when you get there, you can seclude yourself and escape life if you wish to do so. Turn off your phone, bring a book, magazine, your puppy, a notebook, or simply your own thoughts, take a few deep breaths and enjoy your solitude.

Here are a few of the best hidden places in Charleston to escape life, if only for a few minutes.

Folly Beach: You have a few options here. The best places to go to be alone with your thoughts are as far east as you can go on the island, and as far west as you can go. On the east end you will enjoy a scenic view of Morris Island Lighthouse. The far west end is a bit further of a walk, but totally worth it. The walk there is part of the destination itself.

Charleston Waterfront Park swings at night: There’s not a sound much more soothing than the sound of water, and when accompanied by the feeling of gently swinging back and forth under the moonlight, worries seem to melt away. Bring a comfy sweatshirt, even in summertime as it tends to get a little chilly.

Melton Peter Demetre Park (formally Sunrise Park): If you want a unique view of Charleston and the surrounding areas, here is your spot. Nestled deep within James Island, this is the perfect place to start your day or spend the afternoon in peacefulness.? In the distance you can view the Cooper River Bridge or the church steeples of the peninsula.

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Allan Park

Fishing and Crabbing Dock at James Island County Park: Even if there is someone fishing, they usually just nod to say hi and focus on catching a big one. The dock is large enough for you to have your own spot to yourself. Bring your fishing pole, crab net, or just sit and enjoy the view.

Allan Park: Located just off of Ashley Avenue near Hampton Park, Allan Park is a splendid half acre of tranquility. There is a large fountain in the center and plenty of grass for picnics. There are also benches around the fountain if a blanket is not your thing.

Caw Caw Interpretive Center: Located about sixteen miles from downtown Charleston, Caw Caw Interpretive Center has remained virtually untouched over the years. Once several rice plantations, it is now home to a multitude of wildlife which you can enjoy along over six miles of trails winding throughout swamplands, cypress trees and boardwalks.

Magnolia Cemetery: Not many people think “relaxing” when it comes to cemeteries, but trust us on this one. Magnolia Cemetery is located on the banks of the Cooper River and in our opinion has to be one of the most beautiful places one could spend their resting days. Taking a stroll through this 92 acre stretch of land can give a whole new meaning to “escaping life”.

MUSC Urban Farm:? Right in the heart of the medical district off of Bee Street between Ashley and Courtenay is a safe haven.? In the heart of this square escape is an educational community garden where you will find everything from lemons, to rosemary to sunflowers with free gardening and nature lessons weekly.? Just outside the garden are open grassy areas and benches to relax, have a meal or just daydream.? Also, enclosed in this area are stretching equipment to keep your body physically fit.? This is a true mental and physical realm of health and solitude in the heart of the Charleston peninsula.

 

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Magnolia Cemetery

We know there are more, but we do not want to give away all of the secrets! If you have a favorite spot that you like to go to escape life and would like to share, please comment below.

Why a Folly Beach Sunrise is the Most Therapeutic Experience You Can Have

By Mark A. Leon

In a community focused on beauty, balance and family, where yoga and puppies rule and wellness is a state of body and mind, Charleston offers some of the most stress relief moments of therapeutic tranquility.? One that stands out is a Folly Beach sunrise.? It is often overlooked due to late nights or work obligations, but the few that make it out for a picture or surf cannot deny the power of the sun and ocean and how it puts you at complete peace.

If these words do not convince you,? I think these images will.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See you on the beach

 

 

GALLERY: Dawning of a New Day: Sunrise at Folly

By Mark A. Leon

How many times do we dream of a sunrise over the ocean, with a cool western breeze tickling our face?? To feel the grains of sand between your toes, as the sun rises from the horizon and the sound of the waves echo in our ears.? How amazing does that sound.? For many of us that call Charleston home, this is a reality we cherish every day.

Yet, not all of us have that luxury.? We would like to share our version of Charleston paradise with a photo expose entitled:? Dawning of a New Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a deep breath and soak it all in.? The warmth, the beauty and the tranquility.

 

Obscure and Silly Landmarks of Folly Beach – Part II

By Mark A. Leon
By Mark A. Leon

Nowhere else in this fine land of ours can you walk down any residential home and see a carnival of creativity flowing in all directions.? Each home a unique entity, each entrance way a gateway to another world and each experience different from the last.? Folly Beach is a safe haven; a place whose only rule is that there are no rules.? The locals live by a single code:? Be kind to one another and be there for each other.? It is a simple rule, but one that governs this coastal culture with charm, loyalty and kindness.

We love our journeys through the secret corridors where life and fantasy become one.

Now, it is time to take you on a sequel journey to more obscure and silly landmarks of Folly Beach.? Put on your favorite technicolor hat and 3D sunglasses and enjoy another ride through the wonder of Folly.

Step onto Bourbon Street and feel the warmth of a warm Louisiana Night while listening to jazz on the Bayou.

Something wicked this way comes.? Beware the Alligator entrance.

The greenhouse is flourishing with fresh produce for all the eye can see.

The mermaid clubhouse

Don’t look too closely; her beauty can kill.

Beware what goes on through those gates.? This home is guarded by the passionate bearer of the globe of prediction.

The sculpture garden awaits.

Welcome to the seahorse house.

For all your Sesame Street fans, here is the Snuffleupagus tree

Remember:? Time Began in a Garden

Here lies the Wild’s Brigade Cemetary

We hope you enjoyed the newest journey through the wild unknown fantasy land of Folly Beach.? Come back soon for another storied adventure.