Mind-blowing shrimp ‘n’ grits just minutes from an awesome southern surf scene. To wake up under the ornate fourteen-foot ceilings of the Wentworth Mansion is to wonder if some southern heiress took you home with her the night before. The stately digs were once the city’s finest home, and they make you feel not like you live in Charleston but like you own it.
Plus, you’re within walking distance of the Hominy Grill and its unparalleled shrimp ‘n’ grits—a dish that earns its place on breakfast, brunch, and lunch/dinner menus, and makes you want to stretch out on your daybed at the Mansion.
Instead, follow signs to Folly Beach and keep heading east along the water until you’re past the cars parked under the palmetto trees. You can sleep off breakfast in the sun, but between the temperate climate and generally mellow swell, it’s a good place to pick up surfing—or to shred if you can. Southern hospitality extends to the water: You won’t find friendlier locals on the East Coast.