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.

Florence, SC Veterans Park – An Honored and Respected Tribute to our Military

By Mark A. Leon

By Mark A. Leon

On a rare occasion, you find a place ordained with honesty, emotion, respect and admiration.? A place that pays tribute to those dedicated contributors who put their lives on the line to stand beside the flag of freedom.? On this, our Memorial Day Weekend, we had a chance to take a solemn walk through the Florence Veterans Park and pay tribute to the branches of military and their continued dedication to the preservation of freedom.

The following pictures will paint a beautiful picture, but walking through this pristine park, we were honored to say this is a testimony to the commitment South Carolina places on the importance of military service and the honor it deserves.

To the City of Florence and all the people that made this park possible, thank you and for all those that have and continue to wear the uniform proud, we are indebted to you and your service.

If you have not visited this park, located just over two hours northwest of Charleston, we urge you to spend time here.? This is a park that we would categorize in the level of some of the most cherished tribute parks in Washington, D.C.

Take a virtual walk with us through Florence Veterans Park

 

 

Saluting the Flag
Saluting the Flag

 

Center courtyard monument
Center courtyard monument

 

Memorial Fountain
Memorial Fountain

 

Purple Heart Monument
Purple Heart Monument

 

Memorial Wall
Memorial Wall

 

 

Sailor's Creed

 

USS South Carolina Bell
USS South Carolina Bell

 

MIA Memorial
MIA Memorial

 

 

Merchant Marine
Merchant Marine

 

Armed Forces
Armed Forces

 

Flags of Pride
Flags of Pride

 

Daughters of the American Revolution
Daughters of the American Revolution

 

The Marine Corps
The Marine Corps

 

 

 

The Oath of Enlistment
The Oath of Enlistment

 

Desert Storm
Desert Storm

 

Branches of the Armed Forces
Branches of the Armed Forces

 

U.S. Navy
U.S. Navy

 

Family Reunited
Family Reunited

 

 

9/11 Pentagon Memorial
9/11 Pentagon Memorial

 

 

To those that have served, we thank you.

 

 

Charleston Hidden Nature Treasure: Dock Street Park

One thing about being a resident of Charleston is that you never stop discovering new and wonderful places if you let your curiosity take you off the beaten path.? We are a complex set of waterways, inlets, peninsulas and park systems that allow us to lose ourselves in wonder.

Just a half a mile off of Folly Road and just 3 1/2 miles from downtown Charleston, there is a small piece of land that will take you away and let you be you.

On an evening just this week, we went to the end of the dock, where there is a picnic bench, enjoyed a bottle of Italian red wine and took photographs of the sunset over the marsh.? In the distance, a teen in a white tee-shirt played guitar, two women shared the dock with us and later as the sun set to the west a couple sat on the rocking bench as their dogs wandered the park.

This small hideaway offers so much in so little space:

  • You can fish off the pier into the marsh
  • View of the sunrise and sunset
  • View of Harbor View Road, James Island Connector and the Cooper River Bridge
  • Romantic rocking bench
  • Swing sets
  • Picnic tables and a small grill
  • Secluded and safe
  • Stunning views

Let us go on a photographic journey together and you too will fall in love.

Welcome to Dock Street Park
Look at the reflection of the clouds in the water
The tree stump adds something special
Who is up for a swing?
The tree stump adds something special
Birdhouse in the marsh
Time for a walk on the pier
Even the clouds are rejoicing
Sunrise moment

If you are looking for a quiet escape, a romantic swing, great photo opportunity, a picnic or some personal serenity time, find your way to Dock Street Park.? It will leave a lasting impression.