Category Archive: Roadtrips Charleston

Apr 14 2016

Searching For The Food Of The Gods

By Carol Antman for Island Eye News  Our driver came back to the van to tell us that he’d been given “Costa Rican directions.” In other words we were still lost. We’d driven four hours from San Jose towards the Caribbean coast. The twelve of us were weary and looking forward to a pit stop …

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Feb 26 2016

The Things He Did For Love

By Carol Antman for Island Eye News When unrequited love turns into craziness spurned lovers might binge on reality TV and Ben and Jerry’s, turn into stalkers or post revealing photos on the Internet. Bonfires of discarded clothes and curse words scratched into cars can result. As passion turns to obsession, pets have even been …

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Feb 01 2016

Swimming With Manatees

By Carol Antman for Island Eye News Photos by River Ventures For a wildlife adventure that you’ll remember forever, head to western Florida. Swimming with the manatees is one of the Southeast’s greatest outdoor experiences. During the winter, over 400 of these docile creatures migrate to the headwaters of Crystal River where they enjoy the …

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Dec 09 2015

Roaming The Rooms At Snowbird Mountain Lodge

By Carol Antman for Island Eye News My cozy room came with earplugs. Floors creaked beneath me. Footsteps pattered above. I didn’t mind. I had lots more rooms. Steps away was the massive living room/lobby lined with books, games and a blazing fireplace. Sunny porches adorned with fancifully painted totems were outside; hammock swayed on …

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Nov 04 2015

Jacksonville Beach: What Has Endured

By Carol Antman for Island Eye News Elizabeth Stark came to what she called the “perfect paradise” of Mayport, Florida in 1914. There were too many gray-haired people in the rest of the state to suit her she quipped. Ambitious and savvy, she and her husband bought all the land they could: hundreds of coastal …

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Jul 04 2015

Get Your Big City Buzz In Charlotte

By Carol Antman for Island Eye News In 1941, sick and confined to bed, unable to stand at an easel and paint, it seemed Henri Matisse’s artistic life was over. Critics had labeled him the “wild beast” for his startlingly bold colors. Now he was a broken man But Matisse was not bowed. He began …

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Mar 31 2015

Dewees Island Is A Beach Vacation Without The Crowds

By Carol Antman for Island Eye News Photos by Joe Marie Brown If your vacation calls for a detox from the debilitating effects of modern life, if you’re craving a big dose of nature, you’ll be happy to hear that your remedy is only a 20 minute boat ride from the Isle of Palms. Step …

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Mar 03 2015

Misadventures In Paradise

By Carol Antman for Island Eye News This was not the greeting I expected as my husband and I checked in at the Charleston airport for a long awaited trip to St. Lucia. “I’m not going to be able to issue your boarding passes because your passports expire in less than 90 days.” “But we’re …

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Feb 03 2015

Boogie (Half-way) Down

By Carol Antman for Island Eye News What happened to my generation? We joyfully danced in the mud at Woodstock and in the street with Martha and the Vandellas. I hope we’re not getting stodgy and leaving all the fun for the younger music lovers. There are plenty of chances within a half day’s drive …

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Jan 23 2015

Afternoon Adventures For 2015

By Carol Antman for Island Eye News After you’ve visited the greatest hits that every nature loving Charlestonian should know, a wealth of destinations remain to be enjoyed in just an afternoon. Hopefully you’ve been to Middleton and Magnolia Plantations, Cypress Gardens, Mepkin Abbey, Brookgreen Gardens and our wonderful county parks. Now get off the …

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