Charleston, SC Locals Reveal Best Spots to View Lowcountry Beauty
There are many places and ways to view the Lowcountry – just ask any local. We check in with five to see where they go to take it all in.
“The Breach Inlet on Isle of Palms. You sit a few feet from the water and see the entire length of Isle of Palms, over to Sullivan’s Island and Charleston in the distance. Looking through the bridge, you can see the Intracoastal Waterway, where the ocean flows into the marshes and, at sunrise, the color against the sky takes your breath away.”
–Mickey Bakst, general manager at Charleston Grill
“Sitting on the roof deck at the Morgan Creek Grill on the backside [of Isle of Palms] as the sun goes down is a grand relaxing place to spend the evening. Watching the water traffic going by…the inshore fishing boats, the snow birds motoring to and from Florida, and that red, end-of-day light coming off the water may as well be a painting.”
–Rep. Mike Sottile, former Isle of Palms mayor and lifelong resident of the island
“One of my favorite views is from the top floor of the Old Exchange Building in Charleston. Standing in The Great Hall, looking through those weighty glass windows onto Broad Street, it’s a snapshot of a living, breathing Charleston with its commercial buildings all lined up and the people moving about below. In the same place where George Washington was entertained and where the constitution of South Carolina was ratified, you can feel the importance of Charleston in the history of this country.”
–John LaVerne, owner of Bulldog Tours and a born-and-raised Charleston native
“It has been said that sailing into Charleston is compared only to the loveliness of Venice. Charleston Harbor is a tight harbor, a still harbor, where dolphins sometimes play. At sunrise along The Battery, the scene looking out over Fort Sumter, Fort Johnson, and Fort Moultrie reminds me of the controlling destinies of our city from the War of Independence and The Great Unpleasantness [The Civil War].”
–Mitchell Crosby, a Charlestonian whose family has been in the Lowcountry since 1694
“My best view is probably at the very northern tip of Isle of Palms at the end of the public beach. Here, there are marshlands that stretch into tidal creeks and beyond. There are these marsh hammocks that are [almost the size of a football field]. In the fall, it’s crisp out and the tidal grasses are a lovely golden color. In the marshland, you can see raccoons, shore birds, and deer that sometimes head out to the hammocks during high tide.”
–Shane Ziegler, naturalist and owner of Barrier Island Eco Tours
This article written by Michael Persson is featured in the 2013 Edition of 5757 Palm, The Official Magazine of Wild Dunes Resort published by Hawthorn Publications.