Take a weekend trip to Sullivan’s Island

Boneyard Beach near Folly Beach Lighthouse

If you’re looking for a friendly, laid back travel destination, look no further than Sullivan’s Island. Ten miles away from the heart of Charleston, and neighboring the beautiful Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island offers visitors the best of both worlds. Visitors can take in the rich history of the Charleston area and enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation all without ever leaving the island. 

This charming, character-laden coastal oasis is still deeply rooted in its past. Take for example Sullivan Island’s most striking feature: its lighthouse. Known today by locals as the Charleston Light, this lighthouse helped welcome faraway travelers to the area throughout the 17th century. Take a stroll down Sullivan Island’s middle street and you will find Poe’s Tavern. Named after the famous English poet Edgar Allen Poe, it pays a tribute to the time Poe spent on Sullivan’s Island and the influence it had on his work, The Gold Bug. 

folly beach
Photo credit: Jamey Price

If you’re still looking for more ways to explore the area’s history, head to Fort Moultrie. It’s been fully restored to resemble the iconic role it placed in the Revolutionary War. From there, the fort played important roles in the Civil War and both World Wars. Visitors today have the privilege of examining Fort Moultrie up close and learning more about its abundant history in the museum on-site. 

While Sullivan’s Island is a history buff’s paradise, it also offers visitors so much more. Take for example the eclectic dining experiences common throughout the Charleston area. A popular lunch and dinner spot is the Obstinate Daughter, where you can enjoy Southern cuisine reimaged. Drawing upon French, Italian and Spanish flavors, Obstinate Daughter is well-known for its unique spin on European classics like pizzas and pastas. If you’re craving a meal with more local flair, head to High Thyme where you’ll find an array of different seafood dishes and other American staples. Their weekend brunch is one of the best times to pay a visit. 

No trip to Sullivan’s Island would be complete without taking a trip to the shoreline. Grab kayaks and paddleboards or fish alongside the beach.  If you’d rather bury yourself in a good book or take a relaxing walk at sunset, the beach at Sullivan’s Island is a prime spot to do so. 

From its impressive local history to the twists on coastal cuisine, Sullivan’s Island ensures that you don’t need to travel far to experience the very best of the lowcountry.