Charleston South Carolina was voted the #1 tennis town in america in a competition sponsored by the US Tennis Association. The city received $100,000 award for this honor. Ken Edwards, president of the Lowcountry Tennis Association accepted the award on the city’s behalf. The prize money will be used to sponsor junior tennis programs and make enhancements to tennis facilities through out the community. Charleston hosts the Family Circle Cup professional tennis tournament in April. This WTA sponsored event attracts the top professional women players each year. Charleston also has some of the best resort resorts in the United States. The Seabrook Island Club boasts an amazing tennis center with a brand new tennis club house. Enjoy playing on one of the 15 Har Tru Clay tennis courts. The Club offers private instruction, drill sessions and match services. Players of all experience and level will enjoy a tennis vacation at Seabrook Island. Call Seabrook Exclusives for special tennis package rates! http://www.pamharringtonexclusives.com/seabrook_rentals/
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Lace up those running shoes, it’s time to get serious about training if you plan to run the Kiawah Island Marathon this year. This year’s race day is Saturday, December 11, 2010. This is the 33rd running of the event! Participate in the 1/2 marathon or go the distance! Get a good nights sleep. The race starts at 8 am. Don’t wait too long to secure accommodations. The best options are now starting to book. Stay with us on Seabrook Island and save $$. You also get to enjoy the amenities of the Seabrook Island Club. http://www.pamharringtonexclusives.com/seabrook_rentals/
One of my favorite Saturday outings is the farmers market followed by brunch at Virginias on King. The Charleston Farmers Market is located in Marion Square in downtown Charleston. The market offers an abundance of locally grown produce, fresh pastas and artisinal cheeses, flowers, juried arts and crafts, and live entertainment. Many folks bring their dogs. Last weekend I even saw a cat in a stroller!! After purchasing a few treats my friends and I head to Virginias on King for a leisurely Saturday brunch. Virginias restaurant is the perfect combination of traditional southern recipes updated with a modern flair. Each dish is lovingly prepared with the freshest, local ingredients. The menu changes seasonally with a true farm to table philosophy. The pimento cheese appetizer with crackers reminds you of sitting on the porch at grandmas with a glass of tea, but grandmas never tasted this good! On a recent visit the menu offered classic shrimp and grits, BLT with fried green tomatoes, fried oyster and spinach salad and butter bean and cornbread casserole just to name a few choices! The sandwiches come with sweet potato fries and blue cheese coleslaw. Oh my everything is so tasty! Virginias is named for Virginia Bennett, a fine southern lady who understands the importance of family and good food. Each week the Bennett family gathers for a family meal to share time, love and of course some great cooking! This is a tradition started in 1939 and still carries on today. These family recipes are now being shared with all of us at Virginias on King. Gracious southern hospitality and a warm, inviting dining area with exposed brick walls are waiting for you here! Virginias serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Visit their website http://www.virginiasonking.com
Alan Fleming Sr. Open Clay Court State Championship Tournament, October 6-10, 2010
The 27th Alan Fleming Senior Open Clay Court State Championship, to be held at the Seabrook Island Racquet Club, was recently voted “South Carolina Adult Tournament of the Year”. This is a South Carolina Level 1 State Championship event as well as a Southern 200 point tournament with 44 events including singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. Age categories for both men and women range from 40 years old to over 80 years. The event was originally established in 1981 under the leadership of Seabrook resident Alan Fleming, a resident of Seabrook Island along with his wife Sally. Before moving to Seabrook, Alan had been a nationally ranked tennis player whose resume included matches played at Forest Hills, the precursor to the US Open. Alan was a NJ State champion and a National Father-Son champion with son Peter. Alan was often ranked #1 in his age group in both New Jersey and South Carolina. The tournament, originally called the Seabrook Island Senior Tennis Tournament, ran continuously until Hurricane Hugo forced a two year hiatus in 1989. After Alan’s death in 1997, the tournament was renamed in his honor. His son, Peter, went on to become a tennis professional and in the early 80’s was the Seabrook Island Club’s touring pro. But, it was with his doubles partner, John McEnroe, that Peter made tennis history. Together, Peter Fleming and John McEnroe won over 50 doubles titles including four at Wimbledon and three at the U.S. Open. In 2001, the tournament added a fundraising component for Hospice of Charleston including the Hospice House, a 20+ bed facility opened in 2006. Last year’s tournament donated over $30,000 to benefit Hospice. In recognition of the nearly $150,000 donated over the last eight years, one of the rooms in the Hospice facility is named in honor of the Seabrook Island tennis community. Over the years, participation in the tournament has grown to over 250 players from all over the Southeast and beyond. In 2007, the tournament received its current designation as a South Carolina Level 1 State Championship event and a Southern section 200 point tournament – one of only four events at this prestigious level in a nine state region.
The Alan Fleming Tournament is a great place to test your skills against some of the best players around. We have great accommodations available for this awesome event. Please call us at 843-768-0808 to reserve your home or villa for this event. To register to play: REGISTER FOR THE TOURNAMENT: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=84298 *******information reprinted from the Seabrook Island Club.***
When you visit Seabrook Island you are almost guaranteed to see the adorable atlantic bottle nose dolphins that make their home in our local waters. In the Atlantic Ocean, bottlenose dolphins are found from Nova Scotia to Patagonia and from Norway to the tip of South Africa. They are the most abundant dolphin species along the United States coast from Cape Cod through the Gulf of Mexico. We enjoy a large, year round population of the ecotype known as coastal bottlenose dolphins. In general, the coastal ecotype seems to be adapted for warm, shallow waters. Its smaller body and larger flippers offer increased maneuverability and help with heat dissipation. These dolphins are found in abundance traveling through our local creeks and along the shoreline. In the early morning and evening the dolphins are most active as they search for food. It’s an amazing experience to watch them herd fish. They herd schools of fish against a sand bar or shoreline to trap them in shallow water where they are easy prey! Here is a picture taken by Sherri. She is at North Beach on Seabrook Island watching the dolphins firm up their dinner plans. The pelicans also benefit from the efforts of the dolphins. Be sure to say hi to Flipper the next time you visit us at Seabrook Island.
Yesterday I enjoyed the pleasure of going on a kayak tour with Paddlefish Tours . Paddle Fish offers eco kayak tours daily. They run tours all day with the last tour ending around 5:30 pm.
PaddleFish also offers eco-tours and other family activities:
- Turtle watching tours
- Dolphin watching excursions
- Shelling tours
- Sunset boat tours
- Private charters.
For my big adventure I met up with my tour guide Patrick for a 9:30 am start. He is a South Carolina native who grew up playing in the waters of Bohicket Creek. Patrick gave us the choice of paddling a kayak alone or with a partner. After a brief training and distributing of equipment we were off!
Patrick so knowledgeable and really adds to the whole experience. He knows so much about the biological environment through his formal education and growing up navigating the creeks and salt marshes. His favorite subject to talk about was the oysters and how beneficial they are to our waters. Paddlefish is part of a volunteer program to refurbish the oyster beds in our area.
During our tour we saw stingrays, blue crabs, fiddler crabs, various birds and yes we did see dolphins!! The tour lasted almost 2 hours. It was an amazing experience. One of the girls on the tour took advantage of the mineral rich pluff mud. She covered herself with it! Apparently it is really good for your skin and chances are you may have been covered with it at your local spa.
This is such a great adventure! Even if you have never kayaked before you should come out and try it! The guides are highly experienced and there to assist everyone.
Paddlefish offers kayak tours, turtle tours to Botany Island, dolphin watching and shelling tours, sunset boat tours, and even private charter tours! Call Mike to arrange for your lowcountry excursion….Tell him Sherri at Seabrook Exclusives sent you! Happy paddling!!! 843-330-9777
If you are planning a trip to Seabrook or Kiawah Island don’t miss the opportunity to experience the true Lowcountry. The Lowcountry isn’t just a position relative to sea level. The Lowcountry is about the sights, sounds, smells, flavors and nuances that make our area so magical. I can’t think of a better way to get the true feel of the Lowcountry than to spend a day with Captain Brad Rumph. Brad is the epitome of Charleston charm. Brad grew up right here on Johns Island. As a youngster he looked no further than the back yard to see the majesty of spanish live oaks draped in moss. The tidal creek laid just beyond teeming with shrimp, crabs, oysters, and numerous species of fish. For over 30 years Brad has navigated these waterways stalking redfish on the flats or casting a net for the succulent white shrimp.
Now Brad is sharing his love of our natural environment with everyone! Join Sonny Boy Brad for a day on the water. Brad offers several options for guests to experience the Lowcountry at its best. Take a half day inshore fishing trip out to the reef and cast for spanish mackerel, black sea bass, cobia, BIG channel red fish, spade fish and our beloved flounder. Spend 3-4 hours with Captain Brad casting and trolling on his 25 ft. Seacraft center console.
If you are a serious angler, Brad will take you out on is 18 ft. Hughes Red Fisher. Bring your best buddy because this trip only accomodates two at a time. You’ll be stalking our native red fish on the flats in very skinny water. This excursion challenges your senses with lots of visual cues. Let your instinct guide you. Four hours will fly by!
Whether you are a seasoned angler or just learning the ways of the water he will make sure you enjoy a great day. He includes bait, ice, tackle and the fishing licenses too!!
Not up for fishing? No problem. Brad also offers sunset cruises. This 2 hour trip meanders up the Bohicket River. You’ll pass the historic village of Rockville. This community started as a summer retreat for plantation owners seeking to escape the stifling humidity and mosiquitos of the farm. Here folks gathered to enjoy the frequent ocean breezes and a slight reprieve from life without AC. The Sea Island Yacht Club at Rockville hosts the oldest sailing regatta on the east coast. The first weekend in August sailors will gather for the 120th Rockville Regatta. The event has evolved into a party as much as a race. The Sea Island One boat is a design distinct to this area and races primarily only in this event. It’s a great tradition and a good time to see old friends and make some new ones.
While you are enjoying the best sunset imaginable you will certainly be greated by a family or two of dolphins. Their presence is pretty constant during the summer. They are so close you can almost pet them! Its wonderful to enjoy them playing in their natural environment.
One final option with Sonny Boy Charters is a custom tour. Make your own day with Brad as your guide. This is a great choice for families. You may package a day with tons of variety sure to keep the kids interested. Dolphin watching, crabbing, shelling and learning to throw a cast net are some of the activities you may enjoy. Four to six guests may enjoy a custom cruise.
If you are visiting with us on Seabrook Island this summer, treat your family to a taste of the true Lowcountry. If you need an extra crab pot for dinner, call me and I’ll find you one!!
Call Brad at 843-708-1486 or visit his website www.sonnyboycharters.com
Save some shrimp for me
When I think about the beach, I always think about my mom. Some of the best times we shared were our “girls” vacations at the beach. It would usually start with a “wouldn’t it be great to go to the beach?” and soon after a plan was hatched! Mom would pack everything but the kitchen sink in the trunk of her car. Me, being the impulsive and impatient sort would be ready in 10 minutes. What do you need other than a couple of pairs of shorts, flip flops and a bathing suit? It was truly an art how she managed to bring fans, heating pads, clothes for all occassions, and Lord knows what else she might need for our sojourn. So off we went in search of sun, sand and relaxation. My dear father would stay home, tend to the animals and hold down the home fort. He always smiled as we drove away, maybe a bit relieved to enjoy the peace for a few days . Once we arrived at the beach, all our daily cares and troubles evaporated or were carried away with the ocean breezes. We sunned too much, ate decadent meals without respect to caloric intake and took long, leisurely walks along the beach. During these walks we shared our successes and hopes for the upcoming months, and gossiped about this cousin or that aunt. Mom is older now and dad needs her around more. Our beach time is restricted to a quick walk on the scenic shoreline at Seabrook Island. We are so fortunate to live close to the beach now. I hope you get to visit with your mom this weekend and share each others company. I hope to see you walking with your mom at the beach Sunday!
If you like to commune with nature by slapping a little white ball around a manicured lawn, dodging hazards like sand traps, lagoons, alligators, and tidal marsh then come see us at Seabrook Island! The Seabrook Island Club offers two championship golf courses that offer a great challenge to golfers of all levels. I am a lady golfer and I get really tired of going to courses where the lady tees are an after thought. You wait for the manly men to blast it away and then when you get up to the ladies tee it’s a slanted, tiny postage stamp sized area that is so far to the right you would have to hit a banana slice to get around the trees and be back in the fairway. Thankfully at Seabrook Island the tee boxes are thoughtfully laid out to give all golfers a fair chance at a decent tee shot. After that, you’re on your own!
Ocean Winds opened to play in 1975. Willard Byrd designed this 18 hole track that plays 6805 yards from the tips. With a slope rating of 138 this course has all the challenge you want! It’s a beautiful layout, winding through a maritime forest steeped in nature. The course heads out to the Atlantic ocean and comes back in along the tidal marsh. The course was renovated in 2004 when the Club installed Champion Ultra Dwarf Bermuda grass greens.
Once I had a great golf outing in North Carolina and I sort of let it go to my head. I thought, “yeah I’ve figured this game out. What is everybody whining about?” Then I returned home to Seabrook Island. I went out and after just a few holes on Ocean Winds, I threw my bag down in the fairway, sat on it, and began to cry. Ahh, my first truly humbling memory of learning the game…..and know this…..we are always learning no matter what level of play we attain. I am lucky because I can’t think of a better place to learn the game!
Our second course is Crooked Oaks and yes they are! Crooked Oaks golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. It plays to just under 6800 yards from the championship tees with a slope rating of 139. The live oak trees are draped in spanish moss, lining the perfectly manicured fairways.
Did you know that Seabrook Island’s golf courses are a certified member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf? It’s an awesome accolate that comes with a good bit of environmental responsibility. The golf maintenance crew has to work really hard to maintain the pristine condition for golfers while maintaining a healthy, welcoming environment for the abundant wildlife that makes its home here.
There’s a slight breeze out this morning, “just enough to keep the bugs away” as Henry Picard the great Masters and PGA champion would say. I think it’s time to dust off the cleats and go beat some range balls. Maybe I’ll see you at the 19th hole!
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