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Obesity is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the United States. Recent statistics show that more than 78 million people are affected by obesity, whether that's through diabetes, heart disease, cardiovascular issues, or even death. Millions try to lose weight every year to combat the negative effects that obesity brings about, but a large number of those people are unsuccessful. It can be easy for those without weight problems to say, "just lose the weight!" but unfortunately, weight loss isn't something that happens overnight. When done properly, it involves careful planning and professional help. When done incorrectly, it involves yo-yo dieting, fad diet solutions, and other unsafe methods.

Fad diets seen on TV can be encouraging, but the truth is most of these "programs" are less about healthy weight loss and more about losing weight fast. These unhealthy, unbalanced diets often foster weight gain, not weight loss over time.

Fortunately, more and more overweight adults and even children are turning to professionals for help, who not only help them achieve their weight loss goals but keep them on track and healthy for the long term. If you're looking for the highest quality medical weight loss in Folly Beach, SC, look no further than Back 2 Health Physical Medicine.

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Losing Weight and Getting Back 2 Health the Right Way

If you were to ask one of our experienced clinicians their tips for a healthy life, maintaining a healthy weight would be at the very top of the list. This is especially true given the prevalence of certain viruses like COVID-19, which can wreak havoc on the body of an unhealthy, overweight individual. Unfortunately, given the sheer number of diet plans and "miracle" weight loss supplements, dieting can be a confusing, counterproductive journey. To make matters worse, many of these weight loss programs are not medically tested or supervised, which is dangerous.

At Back 2 Health, our team is committed to helping our clients lose weight and maintain that weight loss, so they can live a healthy, fulfilling life. Unlike some weight loss companies that tout "quick weight loss solutions," Back 2 Health Physical Medicine focuses on real results through time-tested techniques, strong support, and sustainable habits. There are no starvation diets or extreme exercise plans at our weight loss clinic in Folly Beach - only medically-backed programs customized to your lifestyle.

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Our medical weight loss programs include:

  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Medical Counseling
  • Health Metrics
  • Access to Our Knowledgeable Weight Loss Team
  • Medication Management
  • Customized Weight Loss Program
  • Blood Work
  • Available Health Supplements Such as B-12 Injections

Why Choose Back 2 Health for Medical Weight Loss in Folly Beach, SC?

If you have tried to lose weight in the past but have failed, don't sweat it - there are millions of other men and women in your shoes as well. Your weight loss challenges are less about you failing and more about the diets or regimens you used. When it comes to healthy weight loss, there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. That's why, when you walk into our medical weight loss clinic, we will conduct a thorough assessment and develop a custom weight loss strategy that you feel good about.

Our clients choose Back 2 Health Physical Medicine because we truly care about our customers' health. Our goal is to be as flexible and open about your weight loss journey as possible. Our customized plans fit not only your health needs but also your fitness goals and budget requirements.

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Our comprehensive medical weight loss plans include:

  • Regular follow-ups to ensure that you are staying healthy as you slim down
  • Cutting-edge treatments that reduce food cravings and speed up your metabolism
  • Ongoing support from our highly trained weight loss team
  • Personalized diet and exercise plans created with your lifestyle and medical history in mind
  • Education about exercise and how you can start a regular exercise routine
  • Prescription medications when needed
  • Enthusiastic tips and recommendations if you hit a weight loss plateau or don't achieve your goals
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Choosing a medically supervised weight loss treatment plan from Back 2 Health Physical Medicine ensures that you lose weight safely and effectively, even after you achieve your weight loss goals. As you shed excess weight, we can also provide training and recommendations that keep the pounds off for good. If you're ready to give up on crash dieting and unsafe fads, it's time to call Back 2 Health in Folly Beach, SC. Your body, your friends, and your family will thank you!

A Safe Solution to Long-TermWeight Loss

If you were to ask someone on the street to name a popular fad diet, they probably wouldn't have much trouble. From Atkins to South Beach and Keto to Paleo, we've all heard of at least one popular weight-loss trend. The problem with these diets is that they only work for some people. Even then, the results are often short-lived.

If you're wondering whether you have been on or are currently using a fad diet, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is there a "magic" food source that will melt the pounds off your body?
  • Is the speed of weight loss unnatural or unrealistic?
  • Can you achieve "weight loss" without proper diet and exercise?
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If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, chances are it's a fad diet, and it most likely won't be very effective over the long run. With fad diets, balanced nutrition often takes the back seat to sketchy weight loss pills or extreme life choices - all of which are counterproductive to a healthy life.

If you have struggled with your weight for any length of time, there's no doubt you're stressed out trying to find an effective solution. You probably have many stories about following fad diets, taking unhealthy diet pills, or even dropping big bucks on expensive exercise equipment. If you're like most of our clients, you're still struggling with your weight, despite your best efforts. The common theme here is that all of your self-made attempts happened without the medical guidance of a true medical weight loss clinic in Folly Beach, SC.

If this sounds like you, we've got great news. The safest, most effective solution to losing weight starts with the help of Back 2 Health's medical weight loss plans. Instead of choosing a fad diet, speak to one of our weight loss healthcare professionals. We can help you lose weight in a way that you find enjoyable, so you actually like

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Factors That Contribute to Obesity

Obesity is a nuanced disease that involves excessive amounts of body fat. It's not just a cosmetic concern. It's a medical issue that raises a person's chance of severe diseases and health problems. Often, obese people have problems losing weight because of physiological, genetic, and environmental factors. There are many other contributing factors to weight gain, including:

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Inactivity

People who live sedentary lifestyles will take in more calories than they burn off through exercise or day-to-day activities. Inactivity is a huge problem in today's society, especially with the constant presence of computers, smartphones, and tablets that encourage the user to stay glued to their screen.

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Unhealthy Diet

If your daily food intake consists of high-caloric fast-food meals full of oversized portions, expect to gain weight quickly.

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Liquid Calories

Alcoholic and other high-calorie drinks like sodas cause people to intake large amounts of calories without ever feeling full. When combined with a poor diet and lack of water intake, consuming liquid calories can be a significant contributor to weight gain.

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Pregnancy

Weight gain is very common during pregnancy, but some women find it hard to lose the added pounds once they have given birth. With time, this weight gain will contribute to obesity.

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Lack of Sleep

When you don't get enough sleep, your whole body suffers. If you're only getting a few hours of sleep a night, you may notice increased appetite and even hormone changes. Both factors can contribute to obesity.

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Smoking Cessation

Quitting smoking is one of the healthiest choices you can make as an adult. However, sometimes smoking cessation causes weight gain. For some, this weight gain gets out of control and leads to obesity. Often times this happens as former smokers use food to cope with their withdrawals.

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Stress

When you're stressed out, you may turn to a chocolate bar or cheeseburger as "comfort food" to deal with whatever problem you're facing. Turning to fast food and sweets is not a healthy way to deal with stress and can lead to obesity.

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Consequences of Obesity

Although being obese is considered a physical condition, obesity's effects stretch far beyond a person's body composition and weight. Being overweight is associated with several long-term health problems. Many of these problems rank among the nation's leading reasons for premature death. Generally, the more excess weight you carry around, the more likely you are to develop negative complications with your health.

Individuals who are clinically obese have a heightened risk of the following ailments:

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  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol)
  • Cardiovascular Issues (stroke, heart attack, and more)
  • Acid Reflux and Heartburn
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Joint Pain, Back Pain, and Orthopedic Issues
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Blood Clots
  • Fatty Liver Disease
  • Skin Infections
  • Incontinence from Stress
  • Breathing Problems
  • Cancer (colon, uterus, esophagus, cervix, pancreas, prostate, and more)
  • Severe Symptoms Resulting from COVID-19

The good news? Substantial weight loss is possible with diet, physical activity, and the help of a medical weight loss team. You do not have to be destined to live with obesity and a shorter life expectancy. Back 2 Health Physical Medicine is here to steer you down the path to a positive, healthy life for years to come.

Benefits of Using a Medical Weight Loss Clinic in Folly Beach, SC

Controlling your weight is a healthy habit that allows you to maintain proper health. However, losing weight isn't just about looking better. It's about feeling better too and is a very important part of being healthy and well. Before you throw caution out the window and try a "miraculous" weight loss solution, contact Back 2 Health Physical Medicine. Our medical weight loss clinicians don't just focus on making you slimmer. Instead, we oversee improvements relating to hormonal imbalances, high blood pressure, cholesterol, digestive problems, and diet. We are devoted to changing the lives of our clients, one weight loss plan at a time.

Here are just a few benefits of using a medical weight loss clinic:

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Inactivity
Inactivity

People who live sedentary lifestyles will take in more calories than they burn off through exercise or day-to-day activities. Inactivity is a huge problem in today's society, especially with the constant presence of computers, smartphones, and tablets that encourage the user to stay glued to their screen.

Unhealthy Diet
Unhealthy Diet

If your daily food intake consists of high-caloric fast-food meals full of oversized portions, expect to gain weight quickly.

Liquid Calories
Liquid Calories

Alcoholic and other high-calorie drinks like sodas cause people to intake large amounts of calories without ever feeling full. When combined with a poor diet and lack of water intake, consuming liquid calories can be a significant contributor to weight gain.

It's Time to Make a Change

When you sign up with Back 2 Health, know that you are taking a hugely important step to living a healthier life. If you're ready to feel better, look better, and live longer, call our medical weight loss clinic in Folly Beach today. Before you know it, you will look and feel better than you ever have before.

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Worried about getting caught in a rip current this summer? Experts share lifesaving tips

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) — This weekend saw two separate incidents where first responders from several agencies were called to Lowcount...

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) — This weekend saw two separate incidents where first responders from several agencies were called to Lowcountry beaches to help distressed swimmers.

The first happened on Folly Beach following calls that a white male in his 30s was struggling to stay afloat near the pier around 3 p.m. Sunday.

“They were watching what they described as a subject’s head bobbing up and down and then going down lower and then it disappeared under the surface,” said Rocky Burke, Deputy Director of Folly Beach Public Safety.

Crews from Folly Beach Public Safety, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Coast Guard and the City of Charleston searched for roughly three hours before calling off the search just before 6 p.m.

“Right now there are no plans to resume the search until new information, or if new information comes,” Burke said. “If we get a report about a missing subject or something, when they were last going to Folly Beach or swimming in the surf, we get a call. We haven’t received any calls like that.”

As the search on Folly came to a close, another incident was unfolding.

Chief Craig Oliverius of the Isle of Palms Fire Department said Sunday evening, crews found one adult and two juveniles had been rescued before they arrived to the area near 21st Street on the Isle of Palms.

Two were taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

“We had an off-duty NWS employee that was on the beach on Isle of Palms and he saw the distressed swimmers being pulled out to sea which he realized was from a rip current,” said Meteorologist Emily McGraw of the National Weather Service.

McGraw said rip currents can occur on any day, anywhere along the shoreline.

“A rip current is a narrow channel of water that’s moving away from shore so it can extend from the shoreline back past the breaking waves,” McGraw said. “It can take even experienced swimmers out to sea.”

McGraw and her colleagues issue a beach forecast daily during the spring and summer months, alerting beachgoers whenever there is an enhanced risk of rip currents. The forecasts can be found on the NWS Charleston, SC Twitter page.

She said those are days swimmers need to be extra cautious.

But if you find yourself in a caught in a rip current?

“Stay calm and don’t panic,” McGraw said. “You want to float out, let it take you away, and then you can try to wave your hands up in the air to call for help. And then when it’s safe to do so, you can swim parallel to shore.”

McGraw and Burke said there are ways swimmers can stay safe before they even arrive to the beach.

They recommend going to the beach with a friend, never swimming alone, and letting someone know where you plan to be.

Folly Beach to expand eParking services

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCSC) - Folly Beach leaders plan to provide an electronic payment option for drivers using the city’s existing paid parking spaces.The City of Folly Beach says it made nearly $1.7 million in parking fees in 2021, an increase of almost 56% over 2020′s $1.1 million, before expenses.Starting in January, the city will extend its “TapToPay” option so that every paid parking spot will have an electronic option. The city started rolling out the ParkWhiz program in some areas this summer as an...

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCSC) - Folly Beach leaders plan to provide an electronic payment option for drivers using the city’s existing paid parking spaces.

The City of Folly Beach says it made nearly $1.7 million in parking fees in 2021, an increase of almost 56% over 2020′s $1.1 million, before expenses.

Starting in January, the city will extend its “TapToPay” option so that every paid parking spot will have an electronic option. The city started rolling out the ParkWhiz program in some areas this summer as another option for payment.

City administrator Aaron Pope says they want to make it clear that through this program, they are not adding any additional paid parking, just adding an electronic option to existing pay-to-park spaces.

Pope says currently there are 2,881 right-of-way parking spaces on Folly Beach and 9% of those are paid spots. He says they plan to keep it that way for now.

All of the pay-to-park areas include public beach access, some areas of Arctic Avenue and the Washout on Ashley Avenue.

Folly Beach City Council will give a summary of their parking payment collection and traffic enforcement plan Tuesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

After expenses, Folly Beach says it made nearly $1.3 million in parking fees in 2021. That figure is more than they expected to make, after budgeting for $833,376.02 this year.

Pope says after the companies running the paid parking and parking enforcement programs are paid, the city uses the remaining funds to pay for road shoulder improvements, beach access improvements and repairs, public safety calls, beach and litter patrol, and extra sanitation runs at the beach accesses during the summer.

Folly Beach also reports that over 11,000 parking citations were issued this year and 79% of those have been collected.

The city’s parking contractor, Jared Glass, says they collect unpaid citations by sending late notices to folks who have a citation that is 30 days delinquent. If not paid, they send a follow-up late notice at 60 days informing them of the fine and the intention to release the owed fine to a collection agency. At 90 days, the citation is eligible to be sent to a collections agency to attempt to collect the fine.

Glass says they also have a vehicle immobilization device for violators that they encounter.

Pope says all paid access spots on Folly except for three will still offer a physical pay station option. Those are the 10E access, 1587E access, and the 1670E access.

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7 Gorgeous Beaches To Visit Near Charleston, South Carolina

All products featured on TravelAwaits are independently selected by our writers and editors. We may earn commission when you click on or make a purchase via our links.Charleston’s bustling downtown area is a major attraction in this historic coastal town; the King Street shops are the top of mind. But, the gorgeous beaches should be an integral part of your Charleston itinerary. The coastal islands offer some of the best beaches in South Carolina.With a short drive or wind-in-your-hair boat ride, you can be exploring a se...

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Charleston’s bustling downtown area is a major attraction in this historic coastal town; the King Street shops are the top of mind. But, the gorgeous beaches should be an integral part of your Charleston itinerary. The coastal islands offer some of the best beaches in South Carolina.

With a short drive or wind-in-your-hair boat ride, you can be exploring a serene beach, frolicking at a family-friendly sandy locale, or enjoying a lively oceanside recreation zone. The beach towns and island playgrounds will add a relaxing vibe to your Charleston getaway.

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When you want to be in the middle of all the action, Folly Beach is the best entertainment beach in the Charleston area.

Folly Beach, known to locals as “The Edge of America,” is a barrier island between the Folly River and the Atlantic Ocean. By day, Folly Beach is a fun, family-friendly beach frequented by Charlestonians and vacationers in search of some fun in the sun. By night, the lively main drag is a hot spot for sun-tanned revelers looking for the perfect beach day ending with great seafood, fun libations, and rockin’ music.

Of course, Folly Beach is blessed with a beautiful sandy beach to lounge away the day. The Folly Beach Pier is under reconstruction and is scheduled to open again in the spring of 2023. However, the deck and restrooms are open for public use and offer a great view.

Grab a nosh at The Crab Shack where you will be perfectly comfortable in casual beach togs and flip flops. Another fun Folly Beach joint is Rita’s Seaside Grill where you can kick back and enjoy a relaxing meal. When the sun goes down, the lights come up and Center Street’s rooftop venues turn up the music and party atmosphere.

Street parking with the Passport Parking app is plentiful for early beach goers. Using the app is easy and you can add time with your phone without ever leaving your blanket if you choose to stay longer.

Pro Tip: The Folly Beach County Park offers clean restrooms, picnic facilities, and dressing rooms. It is a good spot for families or groups with youngsters.

Best For Quiet Beach Walks

Some beach adventures require quiet and solitude, which can be challenging to find in popular vacation spots. Three island beaches near Charleston offer guests a place to soak up the southern coastal sunshine while maintaining their own personal, zen vibe.

Sullivan’s Island is a charming island accessible by a bridge. A smaller beach by barrier island standards at just over 3 miles long, the beach, at low tide, is exceptionally wide and welcoming.

In bygone days, visitors were shuttled around Sullivan’s Island on an electric trolley, stopping at public beach access points called stations. The station reference remains today, and you will notice each beach stop referred to by its station number. Plan a romantic sunset on the beach. Secure a blanket spot at station 18 by the lighthouse to watch the sun fade to orange over the horizon.

After the gorgeous sunset, head over to the Obstinate Daughter for exceptional lowcountry favorites served with a European flare. Consider their Miss Cina Pizza with red and green tomatoes topped with mozzarella and basil for a relaxing dinner.

Pro Tip: Explore Fort Moultrie while visiting Sullivan’s Island. This fort has been reinvented many times over the years and you can see a timeline that begins in 1776 highlighting the Fort’s evolution through World War II.

When you are longing for a slice of nature, the rough, uninhabited Bulls Island will soothe your soul with its rugged beauty.

The famous Boneyard Beach is home to fallen, sun-bleached trees. The expansive eerie sight is reminiscent of an abandoned burial ground strewn with gigantic bones. A slow and peaceful walk through the cemetery of trees is the perfect spot for personal reflection. Created by intense hurricane damage, the beach is a reminder of the ferocity of Mother Nature’s power.

Bulls Island is a naturalist’s escape and intriguing laboratory. It is an important stop on the migratory bird path and is home to a wonderful array of birds. The Carolina Bird Club has an extensive list of sited migratory and native birds. Rare bird sightings on Bulls Island include the masked bobby, magnificent frigatebird, common eider, western kingbird, fork-tailed flycatcher, and snow bunting.

Pro Tip: The Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge runs ferries to Bulls Island. The schedule varies by season and days of the week; refer to the website for the most up-to-the-minute schedule information.

Isolated and uninhabited, Capers Island is easily accessible by kayak or boat. You will find another boneyard beach on Capers Island reflecting the island’s weather-beaten history.

Rent a kayak from Charleston Kayak for a glorious on-the-water workout and a fairly secluded island to explore as your reward. For visitors who would prefer not to paddle, Barrier Island Eco Tours offers a half-day trip out to Capers Island with a focus on the local marine life and ecology.

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Pro Tip: The coastline is heavily vegetative, so sunbathing is not the best reason to visit. Capers Island is the perfect island for adventurous explorers.

Best For Family Enjoyment

Bring the kids, grandkids, and best friends to these three Charleston beaches for a family fun beach vacation getaway.

Isle of Palms Beach is a vacation destination that invites families and friends to relax and enjoy oceanfront rentals, charming beachy establishments, and ample parking for day-trippers.

The 7-mile stretch of soft white sand is a playground for beach lovers along with a seemingly endless soft, wave-dodging walking path. Apply copious amounts of sunblock and build giant sandcastles. Isle of Palms is the prescription for bringing joy and laughter into your getaway.

During sea turtles’ nursery season (May–October), Isle of Palms is popular with loggerhead turtles nesting and caring for their eggs and hatchlings. These amazing creatures are making a comeback from severely dwindling numbers. You may be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of a nest in a cordoned-off dune.

Pro Tip: Public beach access paths are plentiful; narrow lanes sit between residential and getaway structures along Ocean Boulevard.

The beautiful island of Kiawah is one of Charleston’s worst kept secrets — everyone wants to be there when the sun is shining and the temperature is rising.

The public beach, Kiawah Beachwalker Park, is a long and lovely white sand beach. Access to the beach is provided by a wooden boardwalk that slowly meanders through the dunes from a small parking lot. If you want a parking space during prime season, plan to arrive early.

A large section of Kiawah Island is a gated community with no public beach access. Gorgeous rentals like this five-star ocean view property are the key to your private island getaway stay. Alternatively, the luxurious five-star oceanfront hotel, The Sanctuary, is an oasis of casual elegance and indulgence.

Enjoy a lovely lunch or relaxing dinner at The Sanctuary’s Jasmine Porch restaurant. Serving elegant dishes in classic southern style, the staff tends to guests like Carolina royalty. Another gorgeous setting to enjoy a light lunch or libation is the Ryder Cup Bar at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Pro Tip: You need a plan when visiting Kiawah Island. Early arrival for a day at the beach or reservations at Jasmine porch and you will thoroughly enjoy your visit. Check out our Kiawah Island destination guide to get you started on the right path.

South of Kiawah Island and a little over an hour from Charleston sits Edisto Beach State Park. It features toes-in-the-sand fun for the entire family along with hiking, biking, an educational center, and lots of trails to explore.

Overnight campsites are available through the South Carolina State Park reservation system. You can enjoy the park with rustic tent and camper sites that allow you to immerse yourself in this wooded refuge.

If you need something a little less camping focused, this ocean view cottage sleeps 12 — perfect for a family reunion gathering at the beach. Spacious and family friendly, it comes with a five-star review from happy guests. What better way to enjoy your family getaway; everyone gathered together for a long weekend of beachy fun.

Charleston’s South Carolina Coast

You will be delighted when you visit these gorgeous white sand beaches in Charleston and the nearby area. Whether you are looking for a peaceful spot to rejuvenate, a romantic getaway, or a family reunion, you will find just the right vibe on these soft sand, sunshine kissed beaches.

While you are visiting Charleston, make sure you experience the amazing restaurants in the area. Our Best Restaurants in Charleston recommendations will point you in the right dining direction. When you are ready to plan your getaway to this delightful southern coastal city, Explore Charleston has all the up-to-date information about the city’s beaches.

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Folly Beach restaurant dishing Czech, Hungarian hits this winter

You won’t find comfort food like the Eastern European-inspired dishes rolling out of Jack of Cups Saloon’s kitchen anywhere else in the Charleston area.Creamy mushroom soup with a hint of black truffle; borscht — but in dip form and served with salted pumpernickel bread; mashed potato shlishkes (dumplings) with black pepper sour cream.And that’s just a few of the appetizers.From now through mid-March, Jack of Cups Saloon...

You won’t find comfort food like the Eastern European-inspired dishes rolling out of Jack of Cups Saloon’s kitchen anywhere else in the Charleston area.

Creamy mushroom soup with a hint of black truffle; borscht — but in dip form and served with salted pumpernickel bread; mashed potato shlishkes (dumplings) with black pepper sour cream.

And that’s just a few of the appetizers.

From now through mid-March, Jack of Cups Saloon executive chef and co-owner Lesley Carroll is serving her spin on the Hungarian and Czech recipes her grandmother, a first generation immigrant from Czechoslovakia, cooked when Carroll was growing up.

Appetizers include vegan meatballs with sauerkraut; Hungarian cabbage salad; that warming mushroom soup, which serves as an ideal companion on a chilly day; and the bright pink borscht dip, a light and airy contrast to the heartier beet soup of the same name that’s a staple in Eastern Europe.

For entrees, Carroll is serving options like bean goulash, her personal favorite; halupki, or braised and brined cabbage leaves stuffed with rice and tender ground beef; and pierogi lasagna topped with caramelized onions.

Since 2014, patrons have flocked to Folly for Carroll’s take on fusion dishes with roots in India, Asia and Europe, but the winter menu swap isn’t new to Jack of Cups.

During the last three winters when it’s far less busy on Folly Beach, Carroll has served Italian food to drive more business. After a recent DNA test found that, in addition to her connection to the Czech Republic and Slovakia, she also has roots in Hungary, she decided to switch gears.

“This year I just decided to do something a little closer to home,” Carroll said.

Carroll has fond memories of eating the homemade perogies, borscht and stuffed cabbage her grandmother brought with her when she moved to the United States. When Carroll went vegan at age 13, her grandmother, who grew up on a farm that slaughtered its own animals, was confused and perhaps a little disappointed, Carroll recalled.

The chef found redemption in college when she developed the recipe for the pierogi lasagna found on Jack of Cups winter menu. Her grandmother, who has since passed away, was impressed with the resulting dish; a surprising rich indulgence for anyone from Poland, where pierogis are the national dish, to Pittsburgh, a city with an affinity for the half-circular dumplings made from noodle flour dough.

“As I grew up, I obviously just became very interested in our heritage and started exploring some things I could eat. That was definitely a little private nod to her,” said Carroll, who credits her mom and sister with teaching her how to make some of the other Hungarian and Czech staples she’s riffing on at Jack of Cups. “It definitely feels like a family affair.”

Like Jack of Cups’ regular menu, 90 percent of Carroll’s Czech and Hungarian offering is meat-free, but you wouldn’t know it unless someone told you. Guests with their eyes on more meat can add roasted chicken, kielbasa and paprika-braised short rib to any dish, too.

“For me now, it’s not as challenging as it was before,” said Carroll of creating vegetarian dishes out of ones classically served with meat. “We’re a restaurant that hopefully could appeal to everybody.”

The Hungarian and Czech menu will stick around at Jack of Cups, 34 Center St., through mid-March, but Carroll said she might tweak one or two of the winter dishes for her spring menu. The restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday through Monday; it’s closed on Tuesdays.

Folly Beach businesses ‘excited’ for flip flop drop’s in person return

FOLLY BEACH (WCSC) – Business owners on Folly Beach say they are excited to welcome back a New Year’s tradition for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.The city’s flip flop drop will be held on New Year’s Eve along Center Street.“We’re very excited to have that happen again,” Rita’s Seaside Grill Manager Tayler McBarron said.Charlotte Goodwin, the brainchild of the event and the mayor’s wife, said the event has helped make Dec. 31 the busiest night the lo...

FOLLY BEACH (WCSC) – Business owners on Folly Beach say they are excited to welcome back a New Year’s tradition for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The city’s flip flop drop will be held on New Year’s Eve along Center Street.

“We’re very excited to have that happen again,” Rita’s Seaside Grill Manager Tayler McBarron said.

Charlotte Goodwin, the brainchild of the event and the mayor’s wife, said the event has helped make Dec. 31 the busiest night the local businesses will have throughout the year.

McBarron said she expects to have at least 100 more customers for this year compared to 2020, when the event was held virtually.

“All the bars had to be shut down and all alcohol off the tables by 11 o’clock,” McBarron said. “So we couldn’t even celebrate New Year’s at our restaurant with people in it.”

Folly Beach Council Member DJ Rich owns Planet Follywood, a local dive bar off Center Street.

He said the flip flop drop helps bring in people across the Lowcountry to Folly Beach.

“Events like this are always better when they’re in person,” Rich said. “You know, you just get more of a feel. You’re more in the spirit, things of that sort. You just have a lot more fun when it’s in person.”

Goodwin, meanwhile, added that this year’s drop will be the 11th time it’s held.

“People are excited. We’ve had people walking by, and they’re just looking, saying, ‘Oh, they’re excited,’ and we’re going to be here to see them.”

Although the pandemic has taken its toll on the Lowcountry, business owners said they are excited to have a holiday tradition come back.

“It’s one of our favorite events of the year, and because it’s in the offseason, and it’s just something that’s very unique, very community oriented,” Rich said. “You’ll see people from the community of all ages come out.”

Organizers will be closing Center Street at around 10 p.m. to prepare to welcome the new year.

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Construction on new Folly Pier still on schedule, projected to open spring 2023

FOLLY BEACH — Fishermen and beach lovers will have to wait at least one more year before they can soak up the views and make record catches from the new Folly Beach Pier.The replacement project that started in Oct. 2020 is expected to wrap up next spring. Right now the work is on schedule, and county park officials are crossing their fingers in hopes that no unforeseen circumstances arise.After nearly two decades of operation, the iconic pier closed right before construction on the new piece began because of heavy damage ...

FOLLY BEACH — Fishermen and beach lovers will have to wait at least one more year before they can soak up the views and make record catches from the new Folly Beach Pier.

The replacement project that started in Oct. 2020 is expected to wrap up next spring. Right now the work is on schedule, and county park officials are crossing their fingers in hopes that no unforeseen circumstances arise.

After nearly two decades of operation, the iconic pier closed right before construction on the new piece began because of heavy damage from shipworms. The effort to replace the pier is expected to take 28 months and cost $14 million.

The new pier will look similar to the last one with fishing stations and an architectural diamond at the end. But improvements will include unobstructed views of the ocean, more covered fishing areas and better pedestrian access.

The structure is being built with cement pilings that are stronger, resistant to marine worms and expected to last more than 60 years.

Crews are currently working to construct the new walkway, said Bruce Wright, the pier replacement project manager. Substructure for the end-of-pier diamond head is complete, and the gazebo is being built there.

“The gazebo is the big thing that they’re working on, finishing up on that,” Wright said.

The diamond head will be close to completion once the gazebo is done, except for the addition of electricity and lights.

Parking at the pier is still at half-capacity. Part of the lot is being used as a staging area to hold the contractors’ equipment and supplies. The full parking lot probably won’t reopen until the last part of the replacement project is done, according to Wright.

“We’re just hoping that we have good weather and nothing unexpected or unanticipated (happens) during the remaining construction of driving the piles and doing the construction of the walkway,” Wright said.

If things go as planned, the pier should be ready for the spring 2023 opening.

The first part of the structure reopened to visitors about a year ago, and the Pier 101 Restaurant recently began serving customers again.

While work continues, nostalgia lovers can take advantage of the opportunity to claim a piece of the old pier.

Charleston County is selling slices of the pier’s pilings for $75 each, with proceeds benefiting the parks foundation. The pieces are cylindrical slabs, or cross sections, of the pile. Each piece will vary in diameter and be less than 10 inches thick. Many of them will include distinctive patterns from marine borers.

The Park and Recreation Commission has sold 1,500 pieces of the pier so far. Because of the limited quantity, the initial batches were offered to those who had completed an online interest form, said Sarah Reynolds, spokeswoman for Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission.

Only 5,000 total pieces will be created. Since each one is handcrafted, production will take time. The next batch is anticipated to be completed in the coming weeks, and will be available for purchase to the general public at that time, Reynolds said.

Those who are interested in collecting a piece of the old pier’s pilings should follow the PRC’s social media accounts or join its email list to learn when the pieces will be ready for sale.

Folly Beach, South Carolina

The largest settlement on Folly Island, a barrier island in South Carolina's Charleston County, the public city of Folly Beach, is a popular surfing and seaside hotspot situated about 18 km south of Charleston. With a total area of 48.9 square km and a modestly small population of just over 2,000, Folly Beach is an exciting be...

The largest settlement on Folly Island, a barrier island in South Carolina's Charleston County, the public city of Folly Beach, is a popular surfing and seaside hotspot situated about 18 km south of Charleston. With a total area of 48.9 square km and a modestly small population of just over 2,000, Folly Beach is an exciting beach community with plenty of memories ready to be made.

Climate Of Folly Beach

Winters in Folly Beach are short and cool, while summers are often oppressively hot; from May to September, the average daily temperatures reach 29°C, with July as the hottest month and highs of 32°C. Winters typically lasts from December to March, and the temperature climbs no higher than 17°C on average. January is considered the coldest month, with lows of 6°C. The wet season typically lasts from June to September, with a 35% chance of rainfall on any given day. Statistically, August is the wettest month, with an average of 15 days out of 31 with at least 1mm of precipitation, while November is the driest, with only six days on average recording any rain. Due to its coastal location on the Atlantic Ocean, Folly Beach and Island often face the effects of tropical storms and hurricanes; amongst the notable storms to hit the area was Hurricane Hugo in 1989, which destroyed up to 80% of the settlement.

History Of Folly Beach And Island

From the Old English word "Folly," an area with undergrowth and densely packed forestation, the history of Folly Island date back to the 17th century. In 1696, the British Monarch William III endowed the area to a settler named William Rivers. Throughout the years, ownership of the Island and its eventual largest settlement, Folly Beach, passed to several different proprietors. While it was officially a British and later American possession following the Revolutionary War (1775-1783), the indigenous Bohicket Tribe continued to populate the area, often with an uneasy relationship with the European colonizers. Because of its location on South Carolina's Atlantic coast, in the 18th and 19th centuries, numerous shipwreck survivors found themselves temporarily lodged in the town and Island. Among these were passengers of the Amelia in 1832. But Folly Beach and Island began its actual industrialization during the American Civil War when Federal Troops were stationed there. Supply depots, forts, roads, and other strategic posts were constructed during this period, and the beach city and its surrounding foliage served as an essential site in the battle to retake Fort Sumter. Following the Civil War, and as part of the Federal Government's social and economic program of Reconstruction, Folly Beach and Island grew as a seaside retreat area; through the rest of the 19th century and into the 20th century. Several cottages, boardwalks, piers, small businesses, and even amusement park rides began to fill the area. Music-halls and clubs grew rapidly, particularly in the immediate post World War II period, and big bands like Glenn Miller's entertained residents and tourists alike. Folly Beach is furthermore forever tied to a classic of modern American music and composer, George Gershwin. While vacationing on the Island and Beach in the summer of 1934, the composer and pianist completed his famed opera Porgy and Bess, which is set in the South Carolina town of Charleston.

Attractions In Folly Beach

Referred by locals as "The Edge of America," Folly Beach houses numerous surfing spots, which see hundreds of enthusiasts descend into town; amongst the most popular of these spots are Washout, Folly Beach Pier, and 10th Street. Along with these sites, tourists and surfers can find great waves on the water and even better hospitality on land. An eclectic range of restaurants, gift shops, bars, and offices color the town's scenery, while such landmarks as the Atlantic Pavilion and Oceanfront Hotel provide comfortable lodging and entertainment. A glimpse of the North Atlantic right whales can occasionally be seen during their respective migration seasons. These enormous creatures migrate along the coast of Folly Island, often leaving whale watchers with a spectacular exhibition of nature in all its wonder.

Just off the coast of Folly Beach, visitors can also marvel at a human wonder and the famed Morris Island Lighthouse. First constructed in 1872, the Lighthouse is noted for its slight lean, directly resulting from an earthquake in 1886.

The historically-minded tourist will surely love to take a 30-minute drive and visit Fort Sumter, the site of the attack that began the Civil War in 1861. This living museum is an eternal reminder of the tremendous toll the Civil War took on American society and its enduring presence in political and popular culture.

These and a plethora of other local museums and parks round out any visit to Folly Beach and Island; whether it is to enjoy the beach life and surfing, take in some great live music performances, or step into a bit of American history, any stopover at this unique Island and City will be one to surely write about.

Spring Break in South Carolina: Folly Beach & Charleston

Like most people, when I go on vacation with my family, I like to take a break from work. Hence, why there aren’t in-depth posts here on the blog about most of our travels. When we’re away, I don’t want the pressure of recording all the details or feeling like I need to check out certain things to report back; on vacation, I generally like to go with the flow and relax. I’ve written about some of our shorter closer-to-home tr...

Like most people, when I go on vacation with my family, I like to take a break from work. Hence, why there aren’t in-depth posts here on the blog about most of our travels. When we’re away, I don’t want the pressure of recording all the details or feeling like I need to check out certain things to report back; on vacation, I generally like to go with the flow and relax. I’ve written about some of our shorter closer-to-home trips, but the bigger ones I usually just share through Instagram posts (if interested, check out Idaho, Asheville, Mexico, Croatia, Barcelona, Maine, Vermont, California, Nicaragua).

This is my rambling way of explaining why this post about our Spring Break trip to South Carolina — specifically Folly Beach and Charleston — is mostly scenes and quick tips, less of a thorough guide. But sometimes, that’s all you need — inspo for a destination, a starting point for planning, and a few ideas for activities.

So, the quick gist of our trip: We spent three nights in Folly Beach, three nights in Charleston (and one in NC on the way down to break up the eight-hour drive). At the last minute, my friend Margaret and her family decided to meet us there, so we spent a lot of time with them (though stayed in separate places since we’d already booked when they decided to join). Our crews always have a great time together and similar traveling sensibilities (very important when traveling with others). She also posted about the trip in her Designer’s Guide to Charleston SC (she’s an architect and interior design extraordinaire), which includes details that this post doesn’t, so be sure to check it out for even more travel inspiration!

FOLLY BEACH

This actually wasn’t our first Spring Break getaway to the area, though last time we stayed in Charleston and Isle of Palms. During that trip, we took a drive south to Folly and decided that next time we would stay there. Both are great in their own ways, but Folly has a more laid-back surf vibe and more of a town, plus there is excellent fossil hunting! We found a rental through Airbnb that was perfect — just the right size for our family, an easy walk to the beach, and surrounded by leafy trees.

Part of the reason we went to SC for Spring Break was better chances for warmer temps than more northern beaches, and that was a good call, because the weather was fantastic. Sunny and high 70s made for very pleasant days on the beach, and the water wasn’t too cold for swimming.

We ate most of our meals out, but had breakfast and snacks at the house. There are a bunch of good restaurants and places to get a bite in town, most of them casual and fun. Our favorite easily Chico Feo, with delicious tacos, sandwiches, bowls, and drinks. For snacks and stuff at the house, Bert’s Market had everything we needed and then some. It’s not a huge grocery store, but they also have take out sandwiches and other freshly made fare, plus it’s open 24 hours. And non-food related, but I must mention the great massage I had at Folly Beach Medispa.

Before we headed to Charleston after we left our digs in Folly, we went to see Morris Island Lighthouse. You can’t actually go in or even get up close to it, but we walked to a small beach to get a view. However, the path leading to the beach may have been the highlight, the stretch of asphalt covered with colorful graffiti. The walk should have been quick, but we kept stopping to check out the art beneath our feet.

CHARLESTON

Okay, I’ll be straight up: This part of our trip was really a lot of eating and drinking and walking around. We’d been to the city before and had done a lot of touristy stuff — Fort Sumter and tours of historic places, etc. — and we didn’t feel the need to repeat them. So, besides the guys taking a water taxi to the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum (while Margaret, Sasha, and I shopped on King Street), we really mostly ate, drank, strolled, and just enjoyed hanging out with everyone. Here’s a recap of that in pictures.

Have you been to Folly Beach or Charleston? What are some of your favorite things to do and places to go there?

10 highest-rated restaurants on Folly Beach

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCBD)- Tired after a long day of sun, surf, and sand? Talk a walk down Center Street and pop into a popular local restaurant for a quick bite and refreshing beverage.We compiled a list of the most popular eateries on Folly Beach. In order to qualify, the restaurant must have at least 50 reviews.Here are the top 10 highest-rated establishments, according to Yelp:Jack of Cups Saloon, which serves mainly Hungarian-Czech-inspired dishes, comes highly recommended by Yelp reviewers. Customers describe the am...

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCBD)- Tired after a long day of sun, surf, and sand? Talk a walk down Center Street and pop into a popular local restaurant for a quick bite and refreshing beverage.

We compiled a list of the most popular eateries on Folly Beach. In order to qualify, the restaurant must have at least 50 reviews.

Here are the top 10 highest-rated establishments, according to Yelp:

Jack of Cups Saloon, which serves mainly Hungarian-Czech-inspired dishes, comes highly recommended by Yelp reviewers. Customers describe the ambiance as “quirky” and “quiet and removed from the Folly craziness/hustle and bustle.”

Popular Dishes: Halupki, Pierogi Lasagna, and Hungarian Lentil Dip Location: 34 Center St. Rating: Five stars out of 404 reviews

Four-legged friends are always welcome at this small, local hot spot on Folly Beach. Because this cafe is so popular, you can expect it to be pretty crowded on the weekends. What could be better than breakfast all day?! “Worth the drive!” as one Yelp reviewer said.

Popular Dishes: Huevos Rancheros, French Toast, Folly BenedictLocation: 106 W Huron St.Rating: Four and a half stars out of 874 reviews

Fair warning: Yelp reviewers say the place can get crowded and it’s “a bit confusing figuring out how to order.” But, if you do figure out how to order you won’t be disappointed as the tacos have been described as “next level.” Plus, it’s open late so consider it a must-stop on the way home from the Folly Beach bars!

Popular Dishes: Chicken Tacos, Mahi Tacos, Bun ChaLocation: 122 E Ashley AveRating: Four and a half stars of out 270 reviews

“Best food and best prices on the island,” wrote one Yelp user. The Drop In is known for its deli favorites and specialty sandwiches which are perfect to pack in your beach bag or scarf down after a long day in the sun.

Popular Items: Little Havana Sandwich, Pasta Salad, the War Pig Location: 32-B Center St. Rating: Four and a half stars out of 73 reviews

While visitors praise the menu variety and “beachy vibes” at Rita’s, what really shines is the staff. One Yelp user said it best: “They made a Painkiller specifically for my grandmother even though it wasn’t on the menu! Now that’s service!”

Popular Items: Fish & Shrimp Tacos, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Grouper SandwichLocation: 2 Center St. Rating: Four stars out of 920 reviews

“Classic American Irish styled pub. They poured the Guinness correctly and the atmosphere is just right,” one Yelp reviewer wrote. Need we say more?

Popular Items: Fish and Chips, Frozen Irish Coffee, Irish Tater Tots Location: 11 Center St. Rating: Four stars out of 216 reviews

Reviewers love Loggerhead’s proximity to the beach and weekday happy hour specials. “What more could one ask for in a beachside restaurant?” one reviewer asked. “If your answer is a friendly staff, live music, and a place that supports local causes, then Loggerhead’s Beach Grill is the joint you’re gonna want to hit up when on Folly Beach!” You can even listen to live music while you stare out over the Atlantic Ocean.

Popular Items: Conch Fritters, Onion Rings, Lowcountry Alfredo Location: 123 W. Ashley AveRating: Four stars out of 363 reviews

Affectionately nicknamed LOLO may not be right on the main strip of Folly Beach, but according to Yelp reviewers, it is a “must stop.” If you’re hoping to avoid the lines on Center St, try LOLO. One Yelp user even said it has “best she-crab soup in all of South Carolina,” but we’ll let you be the judge of that!

Popular Items: She Crab Soup, Shrimp Burger, Fried/Grilled ScallopsLocation: 2293 Folly RoadRating: Four stars out of 87 reviews

Bowen’s Island is a can’t miss spot when visiting Folly Beach. It’s a little off the beaten path (meaning you’ll have to drive down a dirt road to get there), but once you arrive you’ll be met with delicious seafood and spectacular views. You have to order at the counter before sitting, so prepare to wait in long lines. It’s no wonder Yelp users call Bowen’s Island “a truly amazing local dining experience” and “THE REAL THING.”

Popular Items: Fried/Grilled Shrimp Platter, Steamed Oysters, Frogmore Stew Location: 1870 Bowens Island Rd Rating: Four stars out of 562 reviews

Pizza and the beach may not seem like the most classic combination, but Yelp users believe Woody’s is up to the task. The slices are pretty large, so you may be headed home with leftovers. Quick tip: Woody’s only delivers on the island!

Popular Items: the Woody, Homemade. Ranch. Dipping. Sauce.Location: 39 Center St.Rating: Four stars out of 178 reviews

Folly Beach County Parks experience flooding, erosion after weekend high tides

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCSC) - High tides at Folly Beach that led to flooding and erosion this past weekend reached eight and a half feet, Folly Beach Officials said.Photos taken on Wednesday show the waterline up against the dunes. The dunes along the beach were put in place to protect the seawater from rushing further inland, Folly Beach Coastal Consultant Dr. Nicole Elko said.Rising sea levels and climate change are to blame for the tidal flooding, Elko said.“We are experiencing bigger spring tides – that&rsqu...

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCSC) - High tides at Folly Beach that led to flooding and erosion this past weekend reached eight and a half feet, Folly Beach Officials said.

Photos taken on Wednesday show the waterline up against the dunes. The dunes along the beach were put in place to protect the seawater from rushing further inland, Folly Beach Coastal Consultant Dr. Nicole Elko said.

Rising sea levels and climate change are to blame for the tidal flooding, Elko said.

“We are experiencing bigger spring tides – that’s what they used to be known as,” Elko said. “Nowadays, people call them king tides, so these are our larger tides that occur during the new moon, particularly during this time of year.”

For every dollar spent on beach restoration, six dollars get put back into South Carolina’s economy because of increased visits to the state’s beaches and parks, officials said.

South Carolina’s accommodation taxes help fund beach restoration efforts, officials said.

“The past weekend’s flooding event was very impactful to the beach and dune system,” Elko said. “The higher waters drove large waves over and flooded the entire beach system, and the dunes were also overtopped.”

Elko added that the dunes helped retain the encroaching water that threatened the nearby marshland and inland communities.

“Previous dune and beach restoration projects have increased the elevation of the beaches and dunes on places like Folly Beach,” Elko said. “So while the dunes are eroded and while the beach went underwater during the storm, we didn’t have those waves and flooding impacting the infrastructure, so these natural projects actually are protecting and serving as flood mitigation.”

As the sun started to set and the tide receded, the extent of the erosion on Folly Beach came into view.

The roots of trees, previously battling waves, were visible, and the wounds created by Mother Nature have scarred the shoreline.

Cale Shipman calls West Ashley home during the winter.

“I feel lucky to be able to spend my winters here, and [flooding] is a big issue for all of these coastal areas, whether it be Charleston or anywhere along the coast,” Shipman said.

Shipman and his wife Marcia spent Wednesday on Folly Beach admiring the waves and discovering what was left behind after the tides rolled in.

“I think these king tides that we’re experiencing this week are unusual in the fact that they’ve had so many of them in a row,” Shipman said.

While the systems in place on the beach held up, those who ventured out on Wednesday witnessed Mother Nature’s power.

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