5 Fun Things to Know Before You Move to South Carolina
Every state has its quirks and South Carolina is no exception. Some quirks of course are more fun than others and in the Lowcountry we excel at fun. Before you move to our fair state, there are a few things you should know so you can settle right in and be a part of Lowcountry living.
South Carolina is the Birthplace of Sweet Tea and Southern Hospitality. A little over an hour from Hilton Head Lakes is Summerville South Carolina, the birthplace of sweet tea. Of course, ALL tea in South Carolina is sweet – don’t even think of trying to order unsweetened, it’s just not done. There’s a long history of sweet tea here, in fact some sweet tea recipes have turned up in Southern cookbooks dating back to 1830!
We Put Hot Sauce on Everything. And we mean everything. There are local hot sauces galore to sample, including the famous Smoking Ed’s Carolina Reaper. Many of the sauces have clever, fun names as well. One example by the PuckerButt Pepper Company, home to Smoking Ed’s Carolina Reaper, is called ‘I Dare You Stupit’. Think you can avoid our hot sauce passion? Guess again. Chili sauce has a way of sneaking into many a recipe providing an intense, memorable aftertaste.
There’s Nothing Better than Napping in a Hammock. Life in the Lowcountry is easy and laid back and there’s no better way to spend an afternoon than a nap in a hammock. Although hammocks weren’t invented in South Carolina (that honor goes to people living in Central America 1,000 years ago), legend has it that the standard for the classic American hammock was actually set in South Carolina in 1889 by a riverboat captain named Joshua John Ward. They say he was so frustrated with how hot and sticky traditional naval hammocks were on the humid South Carolina coast that he set out to design something better. And it was then that the Pawley’s Island Hammock – a woven cream-colored cotton rope hammock – was born. In fact, there’s a whole section of South Carolina known as the Hammock Coast – a stretch of beaches between Myrtle Beach and Charleston that includes Pawley’s Island.
Rocking Chairs on the Front Porch are Your Best Friend. There is nothing quite so soothing as sitting on a South Carolina front porch in a rocking chair with a glass of sweet tea. In South Carolina, front porches are taken very seriously. Some homes boast porches that wrap all the way around, others have porches on the second or even third story. Whatever the size of the porch, you’ll find comfy seating and a great place to enjoy easy charm of the day.
Water Sports – Be Prepared to Become an Amphibian. From the beaches to the marshes, from creeks to the local swimming hole, water is everywhere and there are multiple ways to enjoy water and water sports. Kayak through the marshes, jet ski or go boating on the lakes, try parasailing, stand-up paddle boarding, or take a stroll along the glorious beaches. There’s something for everyone.
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