Folly Beach – The Beach and the Book

The Beach

A few years ago, my mother in law and I spent Labor Day weekend vacationing in  charming Folly Beach. While it may not have the same notoriety as Myrtle Beach or Hilton Head, the beaches are beautiful, the people are friendly, and the quick 20 minute drive to Charleston made it the best of both worlds.  Our days were filled roaming the city streets of Charleston, visiting the historic city market, and having some of the BEST food at restaurants like Fleet Landing. After a haunted pub crawl or sunset cruise, Folly Beach was just a quick drive across Folly River Bridge where we drank at Loggerhead’s and Surf Bar. Despite being a holiday weekend, the beaches were not overly crowded which made our fun in the sun days perfect for enjoying the waves, rays and a good book.

The condo we stayed in was perfectly located in the center of town. We were able to walk to the beach or one of the laid back bars and restaurants. Check it out here!  https://www.vrbo.com/756033

The Book

Am I the only crazy person who coordinates her books with the travel destination? (If so, look away with your judgey eyes!) One of my all-time favorite vacation and book pairings was our trip to Folly Beach and Dorothea Benton Franklin’s book, Folly Beach.

Franklin’s Folly Beach is primarily the story of Cate Cooper, a likable character who must rebuild her life after the death of her husband completely turns her life upside down. Life leads her to Folly Beach, in a home whose previous residents included artist and writer, Dorothy Heyward and her husband. The story toggles back and forth between past and present, Cate and Dorothy’s life.  Each of the character’s stories was interesting and the home as the common setting added further charm to the story.

As a self-proclaimed history nerd, I loved being able to experience the places I was reading about as I explored Folly Beach and Charleston. This location, trip, and book are all still one my favorites!


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