In the Lowcountry of South Carolina nestled between Hilton Head and Charleston is Edisto Island. Time has virtually stood still on this small, barrier island. You won’t find any high-rises or hotels. The island has a handful of restaurants, a few beach shops, a single grocery store, one seafood market and one farm stand. The only big brand name on the island is Wyndham, which runs time-share condominiums and a golf course.
The two-lane, Route 174 is the only way on and off the island. Traffic lights don’t exist and golf carts are allowed on the main road. Bike lanes abound. The drive along the main road is flanked by acres of marshland with tall grass growing and the occasional egrets hidden in the grass. Massive live oak trees adorned by Spanish moss line the roads creating a welcoming canopy of branches overhead.
You will find is a quiet island with a fabulous beach, stretching from the ocean to around the horn to the sound. It’s a place where the popular mode of transportation is not a car, but a golf cart or bicycle. Kids can roam around unaccompanied on their bikes, go for ice cream or just walk around without worry. We have been coming to Edisto for the past six+ years (other than the exception of HHI) and have loved every second of it.
FOOD + DINING
Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, SeaCow Eatery is exactly the sort of relaxed restaurant that you want for your beach vacation. No matter what time of the day you come, you’ll leave full of simple, fresh, and delicious diner food, with plenty of seafood ready for your enjoyment. You’ll find the widest variety of seafood at dinner, when the choices range from fresh, Edisto-caught shrimp that you get to peel yourself to Mahi Mahi, flounder and crab cakes. Don’t forget to save room for dessert, the pies, brownies, cookies, and cheesecakes are all baked on-site from time-tested recipes.
McConkey’s Jungle Shack has all the basics down, burgers, hot dogs, fried seafood, and so on, but their menu also offers some exciting other options if you’re looking for something a little different. The Mexican section of their menu is a sure bet, especially with their fish tacos, a favorite around town. However, you won’t just be coming to McConkey’s for the food. They also have a great beer menu, which includes both a number of ubiquitous brews (Bud Light for the novice, Sierra Nevada or Harpoon IPA for the seasoned beer drinker) and a featured brewery, usually one nearby, with an ever-changing menu of drinks.
Briny Swine is a fabulous mix of smokehouse genius and chilly oyster bar delights! A perfect mash up of traditional Lowcountry culinary arts! Enjoy an amazing view and great food!
E&O Taco is one of Edisto’s two Mexican Restaurants. Located inside Wyndham next to Ella & Ollie’, E&O Taco is open for lunch only until 4pm. Serving tacos, chime changes and fresh margaritas, you can finally get your Mexican fix on Edisto!
“There is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline no matter how many times it is sent away.”SARAH KAY
Beach days are 90% of the reason why we love Edisto. The shoreline at Edisto is never busy and there are shells that abound. EB is a quiet stretch of beach that hosts families with kids, older couples and everything in-between.
If you are unsure of what all to pack in your beach bag, check out my “Beach Day Essentials” post for some of my favorites that are always a must!
BOTANY BAY PLANTATION
The Botany Bay Plantation is a wildlife and heritage preserve located right outside of Edisto Beach, on the Island. Although most of the original plantation structures are long-gone, it is definitely worth a visit. Originally the area was used for farming and cotton growing; it is now a wildlife sanctuary with a 6-mile, self-guided tour.
Upon entering the preserve, you drive under massive live oaks, arching over the road. At the first parking lot, you stopped at a small stand with information about the area and a driving guide that we took along with us for the journey. The guide is numbered with descriptions and history of what you will see at each location. The entire drive takes only 15-20 minutes. The pleasant drive provides plenty to see, including the massive live oaks, plenty of birds, and some of the original plantation structures.
For as long as the island has been around has been bingo (only kidding, but it feels like it). Bingo is at the Edisto Beach Lions Club every Thursday during the summer and doors open 5:30 p.m. with games beginning promptly at 6:00 p.m. Make sure to go early to reserve your space, because people will
DAY TO CHARLESTON, SC
For those of you who know, you know. You could spend a week in the Holy City alone, but my mom spent a morning and afternoon in Charleston.
*Check out my Travel Guide to Charleston blog for some of my recommendations on my favorite things to in Chucktown.
EDISTO FARMER’S MARKET
Y’all… The Farmer’s Market is probably one of my top three things to do on the island. The Farmer’s Market is every Wednesday morning + afternoon from 9am-3pm. They have lots of local vendors who sell a variety of different goods; from amazing pork rinds, to sweet water grass baskets, paintings and even yard art.
KINGS FARMER’S MARKET
We stumbled upon this Market on our way to Edisto Beach. They are located on the main street that takes you into Edisto, and they have signs in front that you can’t miss. What really made us stop was their sign about Key Lime Pie.
This small market is well stocked with all different dry staple items: jars of pickled vegetables; jars of jelly, jam and honey; jars of chow chow; different kinds of grits; cornbread mix; several varieties of specialty bagged rice, and many more dry staple and jarred foods.
There is also a great selection of fresh, refrigerated and frozen foods: flowers; herbs; produce; fruits; local beef; eggs; dips and spreads; soups; salads; sandwiches; casseroles/meals; baked goods; desserts; ice cream; etc.
They also sell merchandise, like baskets, postcards, t-shirts, and other small items.
This is a great stop to stock if you are staying at one of the rentals on the island and then stop on your way back home to take their amazing products with you…you will crave them!
ADDRESS: 2559 SC-174, Edisto Island, SC 29438
Sorry again for being in MIA here lately! I was at Edisto for a week and then moved to Charlotte, NC with my husband all within two weeks!
For those of you who vacation at Edisto or around the area, what are some of the top things on your vacation?