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Buying a home is one of the most significant investments that you will ever make. Like most good things, finding the perfect home comes with a lot of work. From your initial search online to your home tour and finally closing, there are many difficult decisions to make along the way. The bottom line is that the entire home buying process can be very stressful, especially when it comes to finding the right mortgage broker and loan for your new home. Since market conditions and mortgage programs change frequently, you have a lot riding on your broker's ability to provide quick and accurate financial advice. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or own several residential properties, you need a mortgage broker in Folly Beach, SC, who can educate you on mortgage rates and provide trustworthy guidance to help you make an informed decision.

My name is Dan Crance - Folly Beach's most trusted mortgage loan officer with more than 30 years in the mortgage industry. I bring unparalleled insight and decades of experience into your home loan process. If you're looking for a new home loan, are interested in refinancing your current mortgage, or need information regarding FHA, VA, or other types of loans, Dan Crance is Your Mortgage Man.

Unlike some mortgage loan officers in Folly Beach, my primary goal is to help you make the right mortgage choice for you and your family. Mortgage lenders have a horrible reputation for turning over clients quickly to expedite cash flow and make the most money possible. While some mortgage brokers come off as pushy and impatient, I encourage my clients to take as much time as they need to ask questions and review their mortgage agreements. I'm here to help answer those questions and provide you with easy-to-understand advice so that you can rest easy knowing you made the right choice. I could say that I strive to provide service that exceeds your expectations, but I'd rather show you. In the end, I want you to leave feeling confident in the loan you've selected, as well as in your choice of broker.

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Why Choose Dan Crance As Your Mortgage Lender in Folly Beach, SC?

Clients choose my mortgage company because I truly care about helping them navigate the often-confusing landscape of the mortgage process. I am fiercely dedicated to my clients and make every effort to provide them with trustworthy advice and an open line of communication.

In my business, I work for two different customers. On one hand, I have the buyer: the person entrusting me with the responsibility of guiding them through one of the most important decisions ever. Serving homebuyers is not a task that I take lightly. I work with them daily to help them through the process and provide timely updates and news on their mortgage status. On the other hand, I have the realtor: the person who works with my client to find their dream home. Since their commission is in my hands, working with realtors is also a very important task. I update these agents on the status of their customers weekly. Only when I take care of both parties can I say my job as a mortgage loan officer is complete.

As a mortgage broker with more than 30 years of experience, I pledge to give you the highest level of customer service while providing you with the most competitive loan products available. That way, you can buy the home of your dreams without second-guessing your decision.

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At Classic Home Mortgage, our team works diligently to close on time without stress or hassle. Whether you're a seasoned homeowner or are buying your new home in Folly Beach, we understand how much stress is involved. Our goal is to help take that stress off of your plate by walking you through every step of the home loan process. Because every one of our clients is different, we examine each loan with fresh eyes and a personalized approach, to find you the options and programs you need.

With over 30 years as a mortgage professional in Folly Beach, Dan Crance will help you choose the home loan, interest rate, term options, and payment plans that fit your unique situation.

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When you work with Classic Home Mortgage, you can always count on our team to:

  • Put your needs first.
  • Work efficiently and quickly. Many of our home loans close in 30 days or less.
  • Offer you a variety of home loans to choose from, and help you make an informed decision.
  • Provide you with competitive rates that make sense for your budget and lifestyle.

While no two loan terms are the same, a few of the most common loan types include:

30-Year Loan - This loan is often considered the most secure option to choose. With a 30-year loan, you can lock in a low payment amount and rest easy knowing your rate won't change.

FHA Loan - If you're not able to make a large down payment, an FHA loan could be the right choice for you. With an FHA loan, many of our clients have successfully purchased a home with less than 4% down.

VA Loan - This loan is reserved for military veterans and active-duty men and women. Those who qualify may be able to purchase a home with no down payment and no Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).

Choosing a home loan is an important step in the home buying process. At Classic Home Mortgage, we are here to make choosing a loan as easy as possible, so you can focus on the joys of being a homeowner. Contact our team of experts today and ask how you can get pre-qualified for your home loan in Folly Beach, SC.

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Because home mortgage rates in the U.S. have been so low over the last year, many current homeowners are opting to refinance their home loans. Simply put, refinancing is replacing your existing mortgage with a different mortgage under new terms. Homeowners who refinance their homes enjoy lower interest rates, lower monthly payments, and even turn their home's equity into cash. If you're interested in refinancing your home, it all begins with a call to your mortgage broker in Folly Beach, SC - Dan Crance.

Here are just a few reasons why more homeowners in the U.S. are taking advantage of lower rates and refinancing their homes:
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Shorter Term Loan

Shorter Term Loan

Refinancing from a 30-year to a 15-year mortgage might seem counterproductive on the surface because your monthly payment usually goes up. However, interest rates on 15-year mortgages are lower. And when you shave off years of your previous mortgage, you will pay less interest over time. These savings can be very beneficial if you are not taking the mortgage interest deduction on your tax returns.

Do Away with FHA

Do Away with FHA

FHA loans are notorious for paying premiums for the life of the loan. Mortgage insurance premiums for FHA loans can cost borrowers as much as $1,050 a year for every $100k borrowed. The only way to get rid of mortgage insurance premiums is to refinance to a new loan that the Federal Housing Authority does not back.

Switch to Fixed Rate or Adjustable-Rate Home Loan

Switch to Fixed Rate or Adjustable-Rate Home Loan

Sometimes, borrowers with adjustable-rate mortgages refinance so they can switch to a fixed rate, which lets them lock in an interest rate. Doing so is beneficial for some homeowners who like to know exactly how much their monthly payment is each month. Conversely, some homeowners with fixed rates prefer to refinance to an adjustable-rate mortgage. Homeowners often go this route if they plan on selling in a few years and don't mind risking a higher rate if their plans fall through.

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Common Questions About Home Loans

Finding the right loan can be a difficult proposition, even if you have been through the process before. This is especially true since mortgage rates and market conditions change frequently. If you're like most of my clients, you probably have questions about interest rates, refinancing options, and a litany of other topics. To help alleviate some of your stress, here are just a few common questions with answers so that you can better educate yourself as we work our way to securing your loan.

Generally speaking, you should consider refinancing when mortgage rates are 2% lower than the current rate on your home loan. For some homeowners, refinancing makes sense when there is only a 1% difference. Reducing your mortgage rate is a great way to save money or apply your savings to a home upgrade. The money you save on your refinanced loan depends on your loan amount, budget, income, and charges from interest rates. It's crucial that you work with a trusted mortgage loan officer in Folly Beach, SC, to help calculate your refinancing options.
This is one of our most frequently asked questions at Classic Home Mortgage. In simple terms, points let you make a tradeoff between the upfront costs of your loan and your monthly payment amount. Points are essentially costs that you have to pay to your mortgage lender to get financing under specific terms. A point is defined as a percentage on your loan amount. 1-point is equal to 1% of the loan. So, 1 point on a loan worth $100,000 is equivalent to $1,000. When you pay some of the interest on your home loan upfront, you use discount points to lower your interest rate.
If you plan to live in the property for a few years, it makes a lot of sense to pay points to lower your interest rate. Doing so will help lower your monthly loan payment, which you can use to save money. Paying points may also increase the amount of money that you can borrow. If you do not plan on living in the property for at least a few years, this strategy might not make financial sense because you might not be able to make up the amount of the discount points you paid up-front.
In short, yes, your mortgage lender will need to know your credit score. Credit scoring is a system that creditors use to decide whether they will give you credit. Your credit score helps creditors decide how creditworthy you are or how likely you will repay your loan. In most circumstances, creditors will use your FICO scores during the loan process. Your score will fall between high risk (350) and low risk (850). Your credit score plays a big role in the loan process, and as such, your score must be accurate before submitting a credit report when applying for a loan.
The answer to this question depends on how money you choose to put as a down payment on your home. On a conventional loan, if your down payment is less than 20% of the price of your home, your mortgage broker in Folly Beach may require you to get Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI for short. This insurance protects your lender in the event you default on your mortgage. The best way to avoid paying for this insurance is to make a down payment of 20% or more of the purchase price of your home.
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Whether you're selling, buying, refinancing, or building the home of your dreams, you have a lot riding on your home loan specialist. When you need a mortgage broker who works tirelessly for you, answers your questions, provides guidance, and does so with a genuine smile, Dan Crance is your mortgage man. Contact Dan today at 843-478-5612 to get pre-approved and discover why Folly Beach loves Classic Home Mortgage.

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Most commissioners not in favor of beach smoking ban

Beachgoers who enjoy a cigarette or two at the beach can continue to puff away at their leisure on St. Simons Island.Of the seven Glynn County commissioners polled, only one favors following the lead of Tybee Island, which recently banned smoking on its beaches.While the issue has not come up among county commissioners, five are not inclined to outlaw cigarettes on the beach at this time.Commissioner Allen Booker did not respond to the poll.But if prohibiting smoking on the beach ever does come up, Commissioner Wa...

Beachgoers who enjoy a cigarette or two at the beach can continue to puff away at their leisure on St. Simons Island.

Of the seven Glynn County commissioners polled, only one favors following the lead of Tybee Island, which recently banned smoking on its beaches.

While the issue has not come up among county commissioners, five are not inclined to outlaw cigarettes on the beach at this time.

Commissioner Allen Booker did not respond to the poll.

But if prohibiting smoking on the beach ever does come up, Commissioner Walter Rafolski will be all for it.

“I would support such a ban,” Rafolski said.

Discarded filters continue to be trouble on island beaches. In addition to being unsightly litter and just plain yuk, they can be harmful to marine life.

Lea King-Badyna, executive director of Keep Golden Isles Beautiful, knows a lot about it firsthand. She and her volunteers have picked up enough of the discarded cigarette filters over the years.

“Cigarette butts on St. Simons Island beaches are problematic,” she said. “Not only do some folks simply flick the butts onto the beach, but they are also buried in the sand as well, so not all discarded filters present are seen until the tide uncovers them.”

The anti-litter organization is in its fifth summer of an educational and outreach effort dubbed Georgia’s Coast Is Not an Ashtray. Glynn is one of six Coastal Georgia counties participating in the campaign.

“Cigarette butts are the nation’s No. 1 most littered item, and a quick glance around the Golden Isles confirms that is indeed the case in our community as well,” she said. “Made out of cellulose acetate, a type of plastic, cigarette butts do not easily biodegrade and are particularly problematic in our coastal environment. Once wet, the toxins trapped in the filters leach into the environment.

“Also when wet, the butts ‘string out’ and resemble jellyfish tendrils, becoming ingested by sea turtles and other marine life.”

Jason Lee, Georgia Department of Natural Resources program manager, notes that it is not just marine life that could be negatively affected.

“Since cigarette butts contain multiple toxic chemicals, there are likely effects that are more difficult to observe but still very impactful,” Lee said. “For instance, birds using them as nesting material could be hazardous to young chicks through direct exposure.

“Also, especially due to the volume of cigarette butts, there are concerns that that toxicity enters the marine food chain.”

Tybee Island voted to ban cigarette smoking and the use of other tobacco products on its beaches after plucking 500,000 cigarette filters from the sand over a five-year period. City officials see the rule as a way to reduce beach litter.

Tybee is not alone. Other beaches on the East Coast have taken similar actions, including Folly Beach, S.C., one of Charleston’s barrier islands, and Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina.

The future of beach smokers is not a topic on the minds of Glynn commissioners. No one is talking about it.

“I am not considering this at this time,” said Glynn County Commissioner Wayne Neal. “I don’t believe there has been any conversation regarding this subject.”

Commissioner Sammy Tostensen offers an explanation why he would be opposed to prohibiting smoking on the beaches, noting, “As a conservative, I’m not in favor of government overreach.”

Commissioner Bill Brunson, uncertain whether the county has the authority to even enact such a ban, is unsure he would support it even if the county could. “It would be difficult to enforce,” he said.

County Commissioner Chair David O’Quinn acknowledged that discarded cigarette filters pose a big problem for KGIB but said he has not given a ban any thought, nor has Commissioner Cap Fendig, whose District 2 encompasses the island.

Worried about getting caught in a rip current this summer? Experts share lifesaving tips

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) — This weekend saw two separate incidents where first responders from several agencies were called to Lowcount...

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) — This weekend saw two separate incidents where first responders from several agencies were called to Lowcountry beaches to help distressed swimmers.

The first happened on Folly Beach following calls that a white male in his 30s was struggling to stay afloat near the pier around 3 p.m. Sunday.

“They were watching what they described as a subject’s head bobbing up and down and then going down lower and then it disappeared under the surface,” said Rocky Burke, Deputy Director of Folly Beach Public Safety.

Crews from Folly Beach Public Safety, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Coast Guard and the City of Charleston searched for roughly three hours before calling off the search just before 6 p.m.

“Right now there are no plans to resume the search until new information, or if new information comes,” Burke said. “If we get a report about a missing subject or something, when they were last going to Folly Beach or swimming in the surf, we get a call. We haven’t received any calls like that.”

As the search on Folly came to a close, another incident was unfolding.

Chief Craig Oliverius of the Isle of Palms Fire Department said Sunday evening, crews found one adult and two juveniles had been rescued before they arrived to the area near 21st Street on the Isle of Palms.

Two were taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

“We had an off-duty NWS employee that was on the beach on Isle of Palms and he saw the distressed swimmers being pulled out to sea which he realized was from a rip current,” said Meteorologist Emily McGraw of the National Weather Service.

McGraw said rip currents can occur on any day, anywhere along the shoreline.

“A rip current is a narrow channel of water that’s moving away from shore so it can extend from the shoreline back past the breaking waves,” McGraw said. “It can take even experienced swimmers out to sea.”

McGraw and her colleagues issue a beach forecast daily during the spring and summer months, alerting beachgoers whenever there is an enhanced risk of rip currents. The forecasts can be found on the NWS Charleston, SC Twitter page.

She said those are days swimmers need to be extra cautious.

But if you find yourself in a caught in a rip current?

“Stay calm and don’t panic,” McGraw said. “You want to float out, let it take you away, and then you can try to wave your hands up in the air to call for help. And then when it’s safe to do so, you can swim parallel to shore.”

McGraw and Burke said there are ways swimmers can stay safe before they even arrive to the beach.

They recommend going to the beach with a friend, never swimming alone, and letting someone know where you plan to be.

Folly Beach to expand eParking services

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCSC) - Folly Beach leaders plan to provide an electronic payment option for drivers using the city’s existing paid parking spaces.The City of Folly Beach says it made nearly $1.7 million in parking fees in 2021, an increase of almost 56% over 2020′s $1.1 million, before expenses.Starting in January, the city will extend its “TapToPay” option so that every paid parking spot will have an electronic option. The city started rolling out the ParkWhiz program in some areas this summer as an...

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCSC) - Folly Beach leaders plan to provide an electronic payment option for drivers using the city’s existing paid parking spaces.

The City of Folly Beach says it made nearly $1.7 million in parking fees in 2021, an increase of almost 56% over 2020′s $1.1 million, before expenses.

Starting in January, the city will extend its “TapToPay” option so that every paid parking spot will have an electronic option. The city started rolling out the ParkWhiz program in some areas this summer as another option for payment.

City administrator Aaron Pope says they want to make it clear that through this program, they are not adding any additional paid parking, just adding an electronic option to existing pay-to-park spaces.

Pope says currently there are 2,881 right-of-way parking spaces on Folly Beach and 9% of those are paid spots. He says they plan to keep it that way for now.

All of the pay-to-park areas include public beach access, some areas of Arctic Avenue and the Washout on Ashley Avenue.

Folly Beach City Council will give a summary of their parking payment collection and traffic enforcement plan Tuesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

After expenses, Folly Beach says it made nearly $1.3 million in parking fees in 2021. That figure is more than they expected to make, after budgeting for $833,376.02 this year.

Pope says after the companies running the paid parking and parking enforcement programs are paid, the city uses the remaining funds to pay for road shoulder improvements, beach access improvements and repairs, public safety calls, beach and litter patrol, and extra sanitation runs at the beach accesses during the summer.

Folly Beach also reports that over 11,000 parking citations were issued this year and 79% of those have been collected.

The city’s parking contractor, Jared Glass, says they collect unpaid citations by sending late notices to folks who have a citation that is 30 days delinquent. If not paid, they send a follow-up late notice at 60 days informing them of the fine and the intention to release the owed fine to a collection agency. At 90 days, the citation is eligible to be sent to a collections agency to attempt to collect the fine.

Glass says they also have a vehicle immobilization device for violators that they encounter.

Pope says all paid access spots on Folly except for three will still offer a physical pay station option. Those are the 10E access, 1587E access, and the 1670E access.

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7 Gorgeous Beaches To Visit Near Charleston, South Carolina

All products featured on TravelAwaits are independently selected by our writers and editors. We may earn commission when you click on or make a purchase via our links.Charleston’s bustling downtown area is a major attraction in this historic coastal town; the King Street shops are the top of mind. But, the gorgeous beaches should be an integral part of your Charleston itinerary. The coastal islands offer some of the best beaches in South Carolina.With a short drive or wind-in-your-hair boat ride, you can be exploring a se...

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Charleston’s bustling downtown area is a major attraction in this historic coastal town; the King Street shops are the top of mind. But, the gorgeous beaches should be an integral part of your Charleston itinerary. The coastal islands offer some of the best beaches in South Carolina.

With a short drive or wind-in-your-hair boat ride, you can be exploring a serene beach, frolicking at a family-friendly sandy locale, or enjoying a lively oceanside recreation zone. The beach towns and island playgrounds will add a relaxing vibe to your Charleston getaway.

Best For Lively Entertainment

When you want to be in the middle of all the action, Folly Beach is the best entertainment beach in the Charleston area.

Folly Beach, known to locals as “The Edge of America,” is a barrier island between the Folly River and the Atlantic Ocean. By day, Folly Beach is a fun, family-friendly beach frequented by Charlestonians and vacationers in search of some fun in the sun. By night, the lively main drag is a hot spot for sun-tanned revelers looking for the perfect beach day ending with great seafood, fun libations, and rockin’ music.

Of course, Folly Beach is blessed with a beautiful sandy beach to lounge away the day. The Folly Beach Pier is under reconstruction and is scheduled to open again in the spring of 2023. However, the deck and restrooms are open for public use and offer a great view.

Grab a nosh at The Crab Shack where you will be perfectly comfortable in casual beach togs and flip flops. Another fun Folly Beach joint is Rita’s Seaside Grill where you can kick back and enjoy a relaxing meal. When the sun goes down, the lights come up and Center Street’s rooftop venues turn up the music and party atmosphere.

Street parking with the Passport Parking app is plentiful for early beach goers. Using the app is easy and you can add time with your phone without ever leaving your blanket if you choose to stay longer.

Pro Tip: The Folly Beach County Park offers clean restrooms, picnic facilities, and dressing rooms. It is a good spot for families or groups with youngsters.

Best For Quiet Beach Walks

Some beach adventures require quiet and solitude, which can be challenging to find in popular vacation spots. Three island beaches near Charleston offer guests a place to soak up the southern coastal sunshine while maintaining their own personal, zen vibe.

Sullivan’s Island is a charming island accessible by a bridge. A smaller beach by barrier island standards at just over 3 miles long, the beach, at low tide, is exceptionally wide and welcoming.

In bygone days, visitors were shuttled around Sullivan’s Island on an electric trolley, stopping at public beach access points called stations. The station reference remains today, and you will notice each beach stop referred to by its station number. Plan a romantic sunset on the beach. Secure a blanket spot at station 18 by the lighthouse to watch the sun fade to orange over the horizon.

After the gorgeous sunset, head over to the Obstinate Daughter for exceptional lowcountry favorites served with a European flare. Consider their Miss Cina Pizza with red and green tomatoes topped with mozzarella and basil for a relaxing dinner.

Pro Tip: Explore Fort Moultrie while visiting Sullivan’s Island. This fort has been reinvented many times over the years and you can see a timeline that begins in 1776 highlighting the Fort’s evolution through World War II.

When you are longing for a slice of nature, the rough, uninhabited Bulls Island will soothe your soul with its rugged beauty.

The famous Boneyard Beach is home to fallen, sun-bleached trees. The expansive eerie sight is reminiscent of an abandoned burial ground strewn with gigantic bones. A slow and peaceful walk through the cemetery of trees is the perfect spot for personal reflection. Created by intense hurricane damage, the beach is a reminder of the ferocity of Mother Nature’s power.

Bulls Island is a naturalist’s escape and intriguing laboratory. It is an important stop on the migratory bird path and is home to a wonderful array of birds. The Carolina Bird Club has an extensive list of sited migratory and native birds. Rare bird sightings on Bulls Island include the masked bobby, magnificent frigatebird, common eider, western kingbird, fork-tailed flycatcher, and snow bunting.

Pro Tip: The Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge runs ferries to Bulls Island. The schedule varies by season and days of the week; refer to the website for the most up-to-the-minute schedule information.

Isolated and uninhabited, Capers Island is easily accessible by kayak or boat. You will find another boneyard beach on Capers Island reflecting the island’s weather-beaten history.

Rent a kayak from Charleston Kayak for a glorious on-the-water workout and a fairly secluded island to explore as your reward. For visitors who would prefer not to paddle, Barrier Island Eco Tours offers a half-day trip out to Capers Island with a focus on the local marine life and ecology.

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Pro Tip: The coastline is heavily vegetative, so sunbathing is not the best reason to visit. Capers Island is the perfect island for adventurous explorers.

Best For Family Enjoyment

Bring the kids, grandkids, and best friends to these three Charleston beaches for a family fun beach vacation getaway.

Isle of Palms Beach is a vacation destination that invites families and friends to relax and enjoy oceanfront rentals, charming beachy establishments, and ample parking for day-trippers.

The 7-mile stretch of soft white sand is a playground for beach lovers along with a seemingly endless soft, wave-dodging walking path. Apply copious amounts of sunblock and build giant sandcastles. Isle of Palms is the prescription for bringing joy and laughter into your getaway.

During sea turtles’ nursery season (May–October), Isle of Palms is popular with loggerhead turtles nesting and caring for their eggs and hatchlings. These amazing creatures are making a comeback from severely dwindling numbers. You may be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of a nest in a cordoned-off dune.

Pro Tip: Public beach access paths are plentiful; narrow lanes sit between residential and getaway structures along Ocean Boulevard.

The beautiful island of Kiawah is one of Charleston’s worst kept secrets — everyone wants to be there when the sun is shining and the temperature is rising.

The public beach, Kiawah Beachwalker Park, is a long and lovely white sand beach. Access to the beach is provided by a wooden boardwalk that slowly meanders through the dunes from a small parking lot. If you want a parking space during prime season, plan to arrive early.

A large section of Kiawah Island is a gated community with no public beach access. Gorgeous rentals like this five-star ocean view property are the key to your private island getaway stay. Alternatively, the luxurious five-star oceanfront hotel, The Sanctuary, is an oasis of casual elegance and indulgence.

Enjoy a lovely lunch or relaxing dinner at The Sanctuary’s Jasmine Porch restaurant. Serving elegant dishes in classic southern style, the staff tends to guests like Carolina royalty. Another gorgeous setting to enjoy a light lunch or libation is the Ryder Cup Bar at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Pro Tip: You need a plan when visiting Kiawah Island. Early arrival for a day at the beach or reservations at Jasmine porch and you will thoroughly enjoy your visit. Check out our Kiawah Island destination guide to get you started on the right path.

South of Kiawah Island and a little over an hour from Charleston sits Edisto Beach State Park. It features toes-in-the-sand fun for the entire family along with hiking, biking, an educational center, and lots of trails to explore.

Overnight campsites are available through the South Carolina State Park reservation system. You can enjoy the park with rustic tent and camper sites that allow you to immerse yourself in this wooded refuge.

If you need something a little less camping focused, this ocean view cottage sleeps 12 — perfect for a family reunion gathering at the beach. Spacious and family friendly, it comes with a five-star review from happy guests. What better way to enjoy your family getaway; everyone gathered together for a long weekend of beachy fun.

Charleston’s South Carolina Coast

You will be delighted when you visit these gorgeous white sand beaches in Charleston and the nearby area. Whether you are looking for a peaceful spot to rejuvenate, a romantic getaway, or a family reunion, you will find just the right vibe on these soft sand, sunshine kissed beaches.

While you are visiting Charleston, make sure you experience the amazing restaurants in the area. Our Best Restaurants in Charleston recommendations will point you in the right dining direction. When you are ready to plan your getaway to this delightful southern coastal city, Explore Charleston has all the up-to-date information about the city’s beaches.

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Folly Beach restaurant dishing Czech, Hungarian hits this winter

You won’t find comfort food like the Eastern European-inspired dishes rolling out of Jack of Cups Saloon’s kitchen anywhere else in the Charleston area.Creamy mushroom soup with a hint of black truffle; borscht — but in dip form and served with salted pumpernickel bread; mashed potato shlishkes (dumplings) with black pepper sour cream.And that’s just a few of the appetizers.From now through mid-March, Jack of Cups Saloon...

You won’t find comfort food like the Eastern European-inspired dishes rolling out of Jack of Cups Saloon’s kitchen anywhere else in the Charleston area.

Creamy mushroom soup with a hint of black truffle; borscht — but in dip form and served with salted pumpernickel bread; mashed potato shlishkes (dumplings) with black pepper sour cream.

And that’s just a few of the appetizers.

From now through mid-March, Jack of Cups Saloon executive chef and co-owner Lesley Carroll is serving her spin on the Hungarian and Czech recipes her grandmother, a first generation immigrant from Czechoslovakia, cooked when Carroll was growing up.

Appetizers include vegan meatballs with sauerkraut; Hungarian cabbage salad; that warming mushroom soup, which serves as an ideal companion on a chilly day; and the bright pink borscht dip, a light and airy contrast to the heartier beet soup of the same name that’s a staple in Eastern Europe.

For entrees, Carroll is serving options like bean goulash, her personal favorite; halupki, or braised and brined cabbage leaves stuffed with rice and tender ground beef; and pierogi lasagna topped with caramelized onions.

Since 2014, patrons have flocked to Folly for Carroll’s take on fusion dishes with roots in India, Asia and Europe, but the winter menu swap isn’t new to Jack of Cups.

During the last three winters when it’s far less busy on Folly Beach, Carroll has served Italian food to drive more business. After a recent DNA test found that, in addition to her connection to the Czech Republic and Slovakia, she also has roots in Hungary, she decided to switch gears.

“This year I just decided to do something a little closer to home,” Carroll said.

Carroll has fond memories of eating the homemade perogies, borscht and stuffed cabbage her grandmother brought with her when she moved to the United States. When Carroll went vegan at age 13, her grandmother, who grew up on a farm that slaughtered its own animals, was confused and perhaps a little disappointed, Carroll recalled.

The chef found redemption in college when she developed the recipe for the pierogi lasagna found on Jack of Cups winter menu. Her grandmother, who has since passed away, was impressed with the resulting dish; a surprising rich indulgence for anyone from Poland, where pierogis are the national dish, to Pittsburgh, a city with an affinity for the half-circular dumplings made from noodle flour dough.

“As I grew up, I obviously just became very interested in our heritage and started exploring some things I could eat. That was definitely a little private nod to her,” said Carroll, who credits her mom and sister with teaching her how to make some of the other Hungarian and Czech staples she’s riffing on at Jack of Cups. “It definitely feels like a family affair.”

Like Jack of Cups’ regular menu, 90 percent of Carroll’s Czech and Hungarian offering is meat-free, but you wouldn’t know it unless someone told you. Guests with their eyes on more meat can add roasted chicken, kielbasa and paprika-braised short rib to any dish, too.

“For me now, it’s not as challenging as it was before,” said Carroll of creating vegetarian dishes out of ones classically served with meat. “We’re a restaurant that hopefully could appeal to everybody.”

The Hungarian and Czech menu will stick around at Jack of Cups, 34 Center St., through mid-March, but Carroll said she might tweak one or two of the winter dishes for her spring menu. The restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday through Monday; it’s closed on Tuesdays.

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