Wild Dunes Resort Receives TripAdvisor 2018 Certificate of Excellence

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – August 24, 2018 – Wild Dunes Resort, A Destination Hotel, has been named a TripAdvisor 2018 Certificate of Excellence award winner, which celebrates the top 10% of hotels that consistently achieve great traveler reviews over the past year. Since 2011, TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence has honored hospitality businesses that deliver superior service across the world. There is no application process for the Certificate of Excellence, as the achievement is earned over time and determined by guest experiences and reviews.

“We are extremely honored to have achieved the TripAdvisor 2018 Certificate of Excellence,” shared Wild Dunes Resort’s Managing Director Frank Fredericks. “It is wonderful to know that so many guests have enjoyed their experience at the Resort over the years. We truly credit our amazing staff and the top-notch service they deliver day in and day out.”

To celebrate this achievement, Wild Dunes Resort is offering 20% off nightly rates across the resort in select vacation homes and condo rentals for stays September 7 through December 30, along with a variety of unique packages including its new S.C. Aquarium Family Sea Turtle Package, which gives families the chance to experience Charleston’s marine life at the downtown Aquarium along with a beachside resort stay. In addition, the resort’s new City to Sea: The Best Of Both Worlds Package offers guests the opportunity to enjoy two nights downtown soaking in Charleston’s rich history at hip downtown hotel The Restoration, along with two nights basking in the salt air at Wild Dunes Resort.

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For more information on Wild Dunes Resort or to book a reservation, please visit www.wildunesresort.com or call 843.886.2218.

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About Wild Dunes Resort, A Destination Hotel

Nestled on the northern tip of Isle of Palms, a lush barrier island off the coast of South Carolina, Wild Dunes Resort, is located 30 minutes from the charm and grace of historic downtown Charleston. The Resort occupies 1,600 acres of oceanfront paradise with a variety of accommodations ranging from the AAA Four-Diamond Rated Boardwalk Inn and the Village at Wild Dunes to private condos and luxury home vacation rentals. Offering a year-round menu of championship golf, nationally-ranked tennis, award-winning recreation, spa services and restaurant options, Wild Dunes Resort has been distinguished by many publications and associations as a top destination for families, golfers, tennis lovers, and meeting and event planners. Visit Wild Dunes Resort online on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Destination Hotels

Destination Hotels is a collection of more than 40 upscale and luxury independent hotels, resorts and residences across North America. Each property is intentionally diverse and true to its location, transcending status quo in fresh, authentic and unforgettable ways. Serving as both the explorer and the guide, Destination ensures a sense of genuine belonging and the chance to encounter life-enhancing discoveries. The award-winning portfolio features 19 renowned golf courses, 18 indigenous spas, and 112 exceptional food and beverage options including bars, restaurants, cafes, and rooftops.?Destination Hotels captures the unique essence of each location through authentic experiences, immersive programming and genuine service. For more information, visit?www.destinationhotels.com. Follow us on Instagram:?@destinationhotels?and Twitter:?@Destination. Like us on Facebook:?DestinationHotels.


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Isle of Palms Named #1 Safest City in South Carolina Based on 2018 Survey

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The 2018 list of the the Top 20 Safest Cities in South Carolina compiled by Safewise.com has been released and coming in at #1 is Isle of Palms.? Also making the list from the Lowcountry are Mount Pleasant at #6, Hanahan at #11 and Charleston at #20.

Below is an explanation on how the list was determined and a detailed breakdown of each of the Top 20 Safest Cities in the state.

How the List was Selected

To identify the twenty safest cities in South Carolina, we reviewed the 2016 FBI crime report statistics and population data. Cities that fell below identified population thresholds or that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI were excluded from the ranking system.

Our evaluation is based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city. If there was a tie, we also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). To level the playing field, we calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city. This makes it easier to directly compare the likelihood of these crimes occurring in cities with vastly different populations.

The 20 Safest Cities in South Carolina

1. Isle of Palms

Population: 4,419
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0
Property crimes per 1,000: 26.70
Total crimes: 0% violent, 100% property

2. Tega City

Population: 10,032
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.80
Property crimes per 1,000: 19.24
Total crimes: 4.15% violent, 95.85% property

3. Surfside Beach

Population: 4,372
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.14
Property crimes per 1,000: 48.26
Total crimes: 2.37% violent, 97.63% property

4. Edgefield

Population: 4,762
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.26
Property crimes per 1,000: 8.19
Total crimes: 15.38% violent, 84.62% property

5. Bluffton

Population: 17,498
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.43
Property crimes per 1,000: 15.26
Total crimes: 9.36% violent, 90.64% property

6. Mount Pleasant

Population: 84,277
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.51
Property crimes per 1,000: 17.00
Total crimes: 8.86% violent, 91.14% property

7. Clemson

Population: 15,767
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.65
Property crimes per 1,000: 29.37
Total crimes: 5.62% violent, 94.38% property

8. Clover

Population: 5,874
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.70
Property crimes per 1,000: 21.80
Total crimes: 7.81% violent, 92.19% property

9. Duncan

Population: 3,350
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.80
Property crimes per 1,000: 28.96
Total crimes: 6.19% violent, 93.81% property

10. Fountain Inn

Population: 8,450
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.90
Property crimes per 1,000: 18.82
Total crimes: 10.06% violent, 89.94% property

11. Hanahan

Population: 22,357
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.97
Property crimes per 1,000: 18.74
Total crimes: 10.50% violent, 89.50% property

12. Travelers Rest

Population: 5,074
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.97
Property crimes per 1,000: 44.93
Total crimes: 4.39% violent, 95.61% property

13. Mauldin

Population: 25,540
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.11
Property crimes per 1,000: 19.85
Total crimes: 10.65% violent, 89.35% property

14. North Augusta

Population: 22,755
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.15
Property crimes per 1,000: 43.46
Total crimes: 4.95% violent, 95.05% property

15. Fort Mill

Population: 14,150
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.40
Property crimes per 1,000: 21.48
Total crimes: 11.15% violent, 88.85% property

16. Liberty

Population: 3,242
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.47
Property crimes per 1,000: 47.81
Total crimes: 5.16% violent, 94.84% property

17. Port Royal

Population: 12,417
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.58
Property crimes per 1,000: 22.63
Total crimes: 11.39% violent, 88.61% property

18. Belton

Population: 4,374
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.74
Property crimes per 1,000: 49.38
Total crimes: 5.56% violent, 94.44% property

19. Williston

Population: 3,007
Violent crimes per 1,000: 3.00
Property crimes per 1,000: 30.93
Total crimes: 9.68% violent, 90.32% property

20. Charleston

Population: 135,153
Violent crimes per 1,000: 3.02
Property crimes per 1,000: 24.85
Total crimes: 12.15% violent, 87.85% property

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Photo Credit:? Mark A. Leon (Charleston Daily)

The Morgan Creek Grill Experience: A Coastal Delight

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By Mark A. Leon

Charleston is known for great dining, warm weather, cool coastal breezes, waterways and a down home sense of hospitality.? Rarely, does a restaurant embody all these qualities in a truly memorable dining experience like the experience you will have at Morgan Creek Grill on Isle of Palms.? Situated right on the Intracoastal Waterway offering cinematic views of the boats and sunset, Morgan Creek is a haven for locals and tourists alike.? We had an opportunity to spend some time with the staff and enjoy a truly remarkable local meal last week.

Whether you are cozied up on the porch with a Lowcountry Lemonade enjoying a spectacular Western sunset over the Intracoastal Waterway, shucking oysters on the sand while listening to relaxing live music and eating S’mores by the fire pit or enjoying an intimate meal for two, Morgan Creek Grill will make every minute of your stay feel like home.

Get to Know Scot

While you are here, you will surely meet General Manager Scot Goldfarb, who goes out of his way to stop by each table and get to know you.? Once you become a regular, you might even have your favorite table waiting for you upon arrival.? Scot has a comforting demeanor that makes you feel like you have known each other for years and you can just “trust” him.? In fact, Scot was so convincing, he managed to talk me into the Chicken Piccatta served over sour cream mashed potatoes, quoting, “It is one of the top five piccatta dishes I have ever had.”? Given that I was overlooking the water in a seafood themed restaurant and I went the route of Italian Food is a sign of true honesty and trust.? Saying this in true Southern fashion, “by golly, he was right”.

One Can Survive on Starters Alone

I am at liberty to say, that one could stop at the starter dishes and leave content.? With exquisite flavor and presentation, you will fall in love with every bite of the savory options on the

menu.? I cannot speak for all, but give high praise to the Oysters Rockefeller, Charcuterie Board and Seared New Bedford Sea Scallops.? There is a burst of flavor and well-designed combination of compliments to the scallops and oysters that form a rainbow on your palate.? Some restaurants add an artistry to menu preparation and design and Morgan Creek is no exception.? They take pride in taking customer feedback and preparing dishes that are desired by its patrons. We can thank Karnan Devlin, for playing a role in this latest menu creation.? She was recently promoted to executive chef and is proud of the carefully selected items on this current menu.? We want to thank Ian, who was head chef on the evening we dined.? Ian has hailed from a number of great establishments, including Fat Hen.? He understands the importance of partnering with local fisherman and farmers to instill the highest quality of freshness and takes extreme pride in hearing from the customers and took time at the end of the night to talk to us about his role at Morgan Creek Grill.

Seared New Bedford Sea Scallops

Salad or Swordfish

If your stomach is seeking a lighter and healthier fare, Morgan Creek currently offers a Butternut squash, Brussels and Farro salad with a Cranberry Vinaigrette and Roasted Beet Salad with Red and Gold Beets, Whipped Goat Cheese, Candied Pecans and a Champagne Vinaigrette.? The combination of ingredients are sure to be fresh and zesty with flavor.? That salads are tailored to the season and built using local producers.

The entrees are cultivated to offer patrons a fine selection of variety including Ramen Bowl, Grilled Atlantic Salmon, Grilled & Blackened Ribeye, Grilled Porkchop, Sunflower Crusted North Carolina Swordfish, Grilled South Carolina Wreckfish, BBQ Glazed Seared Sea Scallops and a number of local favorites.

If you are torn, we would like to recommend the Shellfish Stew.? This steamy dish includes shrimp, fish, mussels, clams and calamari in a tomato saffron broth.? Of course, for picky coastal patron, you can choose from five fresh catch offerings and prepare your meal just the way you like it.

Something for Everyone

One of the things that truly makes Morgan Creek stand out is its restaurant structure allowing for all types to partake and feel right at home.? The main dining area has the feel of fine dining with dark wooden coastal décor and an intimate setting.? Upstairs you can enjoy a few craft beers or cocktails while watching Saturday football.? The patio is home to the sunset chasers who can lose themselves in the waterway and endless horizon and the sand patio with fire pit and stage speaks for itself hosting an Oyster Roast every Saturday during the season.

Morgan Creek is not just about great food, live entertainment, a gathering place for family and friends, majestic sunsets or a sports bar hang out.? It is about a family feel, right on the water, the way the Lowcountry intended it to be.

*Oysters Rockefeller Photo Credit – Morgan Creek Grill

Ramen Bowl with Petite Filet

South Carolina Aquarium Turtle Trek 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run

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South Carolina Aquarium Turtle Trek 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run

  • Venue:Saturday Afternoon
  • Saturday, September 23, 2017 – Length:4PM – 9PM

About the Turtle Trek

Run for the turtles! The South Carolina Aquarium Turtle Trek, a 5K sunset beach run/walk, will take place Saturday, September 23 on Isle of Palms. Proceeds from the Turtle Trek support the Sea Turtle Care Center? and the Aquarium’s conservation initiatives.


About the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center

Worldwide, all seven species of sea turtles are listed as threatened or endangered, four of which are found locally: the loggerhead, the Kemp’s ridley, the green and the leatherback. To help ensure that sea turtles have a future in our oceans, the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center aids sick and injured sea turtles in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Sea turtles arrive at the Care Center suffering from bacterial or fungal infections, shock from exposure to cold temperatures, injury from a boat strike or shark bite, or ingestion of plastic from the ocean. Our staff veterinarian diagnoses each turtle and works with Sea Turtle Care Center staff and volunteers to provide treatment and rehabilitative care.

To date, we have rehabilitated and released more than 200 sea turtles back into their natural habitats. With your support, we can continue efforts to sustain these species into the next century and beyond.

The Mission of the South Carolina Aquarium

Our mission is to inspire conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and research, and by providing an exceptional visitor experience.

The South Carolina Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Questions or comments? Please contact Stephanie Gabosch at 843-579-8540 or sgabosch@scaquarium.org

Matthew Lagace Named Executive Chef at Morgan Creek Grill and he is bringing new menu options

CHARLESTON, S.C. (FEB. 27, 2017) – Morgan Creek Grill [1], a
waterfront retreat on Isle of Palms, is pleased to announce that Matthew
Lagace has been hired as Executive Chef. A Rhode Island native with more
than a dozen years of kitchen leadership, Lagace has introduced a new
menu highlighted by inventive seafood preparations and seasonal local

“Since arriving, Executive Chef Lagace has brought new inspiration not
just to the kitchen but to the entire grill,” shares Morgan Creek
Grill General Manager Kayleigh Lauffer. “With a vibrant mix of casual
and fine dining options in Charleston’s ultimate waterfront setting,
we look forward to welcoming new and returning guests this spring.”

Originally from Lincoln, Rhode Island, Chef Lagace earned his stripes at
The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Massachusetts. After working up
the ranks to Executive Sous Chef at The Oceanaire Seafood Room in
Boston, Chef Lagace brought his passion for sustainable seafood and
produce to Charleston in 2016.


CRAB & ORZO STUFFED LOCAL FLOUNDER with grilled jumbo asparagus, beurre

SPANISH FARRO BOWL with roasted corn, pico de gallo, dried blueberries,
hearts of palm and guacamole

OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER with Eastern Virginia selects, collard greens,
bacon, panko and beurre blanc

BACON MUSTARD BRUSSELS SPROUTS with bacon fat and parmesan cheese

SHRIMP SCAMPI with chorizo, garlic butter and cavatappi


AHI TUNA POKE BOWL with ponzu, wakame, sesame and wontons

NEW ENGLAND STYLE MAINE LOBSTER ROLL with bacon, scallion, house

BLACK GROUPER FISH TACOS with kale, cabbage slaw, pico de gallo, ancho

BUFFALO FRIED CAULIFLOWER with blue cheese crumbles

Morgan Creek Grill’s menu specials change on a daily basis and revolve
around seasonal produce. The restaurant is located on 80 41st Avenue
Isle of Palms, S.C. 29451.


Perched above the Intracoastal Waterway on Isle of Palms, Morgan Creek
Grill pairs coastal classics and southern hospitality with panoramic
views of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. The Grill is located less than
20 miles from downtown Charleston and prides itself in delivering the
ultimate waterfront escape for friends, families and couples of all
ages. For more information and reservations, visit
www.morgancreekgrill.com [1] or call 843-886-8980 [2].