As South Carolina destinations go, we Love Myrtle Beach, but it's not always easy to find books written exclusively for this area. In Off the Beaten Path South Carolina, the authors, William Price Fox and Lee Davis Perry endeavor to cover the state by dividing it into sections.
A map at the beginning of the book shows the state divided into five areas, one for Columbia and the "Up Country," one for the sandhills, and three for the "Low Country" coastal region. The Grand Strand section stretches from McClellanville to Little River at the North Carolina state line and extends inland almost to Interstate 95.
Published by Globe Pequot Press, the book is a traditional travel guide format and one of a long-standing series. Written in 1996, the book has been revised and updated several times, the most recent revision in 2013. Unfortunately, some of the editing hasn't kept up with the revisions, so there are parts of the book that are out of date. For instance, in the anecdote about Hurricane Hugo decimating McClellanville, the last sentence says that many of the teachers who were there that night still teach at the school. That was nearly 30 years ago. It appears, however that the addresses and phone numbers of the many South Carolina destinations mentioned in the book are correct, but I'd advise calling ahead just to make sure the place is open.
One of these attractions is the Pawleys Island Hammock Shops that offers unique shopping and dining. You can watch hammocks being made just they have been for centuries, and take one home along with gifts, clothing, and home goods.
The authors include well known attractions like Brookgreen Gardens and Ripley's Believe It or Not, but they also point out some "hidden" gems such as the Surf Diner on the pier at Surfside Beach, and the Museum of Coastal Carolina, which is actually in North Carolina in the Brunswick Islands, but a great place to go for families.
There are lots of interesting stories, tips and tid-bits, history, out of the way places, and more than a few ads, or at least they sound like it, but they do actually lead you to some places you might enjoy. Since the book covers the whole state, it's certainly useful for travel beyond the Grand Strand. Click here for more information.
Off the Beaten Path South Carolina
by William Price Fox and Lee Davis Perry
Globe Pequot Press, 2013, $14.95
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