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You can tell from her smile that Kristen Odom is full of joy. Just talk to her for 30 seconds, and you’ll find that joy stems from her overwhelming gratitude. She’s happily married with an adorable 2-year-old, Caroline, and loves her job teaching at a local school. Sure, that’s a lot to be thankful for…no wonder she’s so happy!

But talk to her a little bit longer, and it’s clear there’s a reason for that abundant thankfulness. Almost 2 years ago, Odom had complications after her daughter’s delivery. Odom was only able to hold her beautiful newborn baby for several minutes, before she started feeling dizzy. Seconds later, she was whisked away to an operating room with no explanation.

As a longtime Folly Beach local, I’m here to give you the best few hours you can spend on Folly Beach for free. There are tons of restaurants, bars, and shops to spend money on during the rest of your trip, but use this guide for some ways to have fun on the island without bringing your wallet!

The entire island is 5 miles wide. To stay completely free, you can accomplish this tour with your own car and some easy walking. But to have a little more fun, I typically recommend some alternative transportation such as bicycles, mopeds, or golf carts.

The order of this tour is up to you, and you can even break it up into a few different times of day, or different days of your vacation. My preferred order is to explore both ends of the island, then finish at the center of town.

If you’re paying a visit to the Lowcountry, there are several classic Charleston dishes you really ought to try.

After all, Charleston cuisine – good southern cooking with an elevated twist – is one of the main draws of the Lowcountry. Local restaurants have made many national “best of” lists, and for good reason.

Charleston is the largest city in the state of South Carolina with more than 135 thousand people living in it. It has a long and rich history, and this city is one of the hottest markets in terms of rental properties. The official data show that some 45% of people rent their living space here. That is why many investors decide to invest in Charleston, SC rental property nowadays. If you are thinking of taking a page out of their book, maybe we can help you choose the best area to put your money in.

Cool water, cool breezes, the smell of salt in the air and the sand at your feet. What better way to escape the Southern heat than at the beach? Isle of Palms is one of the most popular beaches in the Charleston area for tourists and locals alike. In order to protect the natural beauty of the island and keep beachgoers safe, here are the rules put in place for the beach by the City of Isle of Palms...

You may have never even heard of oyster shell recycling. But here in South Carolina it’s a thing. A big thing. In fact, South Carolina’s DNR – Department of Natural Resources – is counting on you to do so.

But more about that in a minute.

If you’ve spent much time here, you probably know how much the Lowcountry loves its oysters. They are a huge part of our local culture and a centerpiece of the classic South Carolina coastal party, the oyster roast. In fact, the world’s largest oyster roast (the Lowcountry Oyster Festival) just took place this past weekend at Boone Hall Plantation, where they served 80,000 pounds of them.

We want everyone to be able to enjoy their time at Folly Beach. In order for beachgoers to continue to enjoy a clean, safe beach environment, as well as to protect that environment and the wildlife, the City of Folly Beach asks you to please adhere to the following rules...

At its core, the Epic Center represents Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) North Star, always putting their patients first, with easier access to state of the art care.

West Ashley revitalization is happening. A key goal for the city of Charleston is to help the Citadel Mall. Establishing the new MUSC Epic Center at the Mall, is a major factor in creating a new life and purpose for the Citadel Mall area in West Ashley. MUSC stepped in, worked hard, and presented a life changing and lifesaving gift to West Ashley.

Happy Valentine's Day! Whether it's an afternoon stroll through the winding streets and alleyways of historic downtown, a candle-lit dinner at one of Charleston's famed restaurants, or just an evening at home, the Holy City has plenty of Valentine's Day options. Here are a few ideas for how to make this year with your loved one special when you're visiting Charleston.

When visiting a new destination, it’s always interesting to tour the different buildings in the area–from important government buildings to unique museums. If you’re looking for destinations with some of the most beautiful churches, you should check out our list of top places. Of course, beautiful churches exist throughout the country, but these cities are home to some of the greatest. If you’re visiting Charleston, S.C., you'll find dozens of churches to explore as this coastal Southern town has been dubbed the Holy City because of the vast number of steeples that dot the area. Read on to learn more and start planning your next escape.

When we bought a 700 SF bungalow in Park Circle almost two years ago, it was to fix and flip. Well, we quickly found out the house and neighborhood had other ideas...

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