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If I could quarantine in this fabulous driftwood teepee on Botany Bay I would gladly do so.Until symptoms subside, I’ll be out of commission for a bit. Thanks for understanding y’all! 😷

If I could quarantine in this fabulous driftwood teepee on Botany Bay I would gladly do so.

Until symptoms subside, I’ll be out of commission for a bit. Thanks for understanding y’all! 😷
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In commemoration of Martin Luther King's Birthday, here's a bit of local African American heritage we should all be aware of in our backyard: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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As one of the first towns settled by free slaves, Lincolnville SC is closely related to Charleston's notable African America heritage, as well as being a significant component of the Gullah Geechee Corridor.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Pictured is one of the oldest remaining buildings in Lincolnville, a town founded in 1867 by seven African American men immediately following the Civil War. Reputed to be one of the first towns settled by freed blacks, they named their new settlement after President Lincoln. Other freed slaves and their families — who only a decade previous had been enslaved — quickly joined the small community.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Lincolnville is considered to be the only SC town founded by freed slaves that still exists. Bordered on 3 sides by Summerville, it is but a stone's throw from where the new community inhabitants endured horrible conditions on nearby Charleston plantations.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is a National Heritage Area, designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape. It's purpose is to preserve, share and interpret the history, traditional cultural practices, heritage sites, and natural resources associated with Gullah Geechee people of coastal North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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For more information click the link in our bio and find "LINKS FOR SOCIAL POSTS" - from there you'll be able to click through to more information on the Gullah Geechee Corridor, the town of Lincolnville, and the book, 'The History of Lincolnville, South Carolina', by Christine W. Hampton and Rosalie W. Washington.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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📸 @vasmalls | Executive Director, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor

In commemoration of Martin Luther King's Birthday, here's a bit of local African American heritage we should all be aware of in our backyard: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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As one of the first towns settled by free slaves, Lincolnville SC is closely related to Charleston's notable African America heritage, as well as being a significant component of the Gullah Geechee Corridor.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Pictured is one of the oldest remaining buildings in Lincolnville, a town founded in 1867 by seven African American men immediately following the Civil War. Reputed to be one of the first towns settled by freed blacks, they named their new settlement after President Lincoln. Other freed slaves and their families — who only a decade previous had been enslaved — quickly joined the small community.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Lincolnville is considered to be the only SC town founded by freed slaves that still exists. Bordered on 3 sides by Summerville, it is but a stone's throw from where the new community inhabitants endured horrible conditions on nearby Charleston plantations.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is a National Heritage Area, designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape. It's purpose is to preserve, share and interpret the history, traditional cultural practices, heritage sites, and natural resources associated with Gullah Geechee people of coastal North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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For more information click the link in our bio and find "LINKS FOR SOCIAL POSTS" - from there you'll be able to click through to more information on the Gullah Geechee Corridor, the town of Lincolnville, and the book, 'The History of Lincolnville, South Carolina', by Christine W. Hampton and Rosalie W. Washington.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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📸 @vasmalls | Executive Director, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
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Have you ever taken the plunge? The Polar Bear Plunge that is? It’s time for the 8th Annual Bill Murray Look-a-Like Polar Bear Plunge. Prizes for best look-a-likes in multiple categories (entry fee) followed by the free 1pm race to freeze your “Bills” off in Folly’s chilly waters. 🧊 ❄️ 💦 🐻‍❄️ 🏆 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Registration and contest @tidesfb⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#follybeach #northcharleston #mtpleasant #discoversc #charlestonlife #explorecharleston #chucktown #jamesisland #follybeachsc #follybeachpier #billmurray #polarbearplunge #polarplunge #plunge #poseforthecamera #celebrit #celebinspired #chs #charleston #coastalcarolina #bringthejoy #charlestonsouthcarolina #visitcharleston #charlestonlocal #charlestonforlife #socharleston #embracelife #charlestondaily #celebritylookalike #chsgatewayloves2share

Have you ever taken the plunge? The Polar Bear Plunge that is? It’s time for the 8th Annual Bill Murray Look-a-Like Polar Bear Plunge. Prizes for best look-a-likes in multiple categories (entry fee) followed by the free 1pm race to freeze your “Bills” off in Folly’s chilly waters. 🧊 ❄️ 💦 🐻‍❄️ 🏆 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Registration and contest @tidesfb⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Copy/paste for all the scoop here:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
https://www.facebook.com/events/tides-hotel-folly-beach-sc/8th-annual-bill-murray-look-a-like-polar-bear-plunge/4507511146034565/⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#follybeach #northcharleston #mtpleasant #discoversc #charlestonlife #explorecharleston #chucktown #jamesisland #follybeachsc #follybeachpier #billmurray #polarbearplunge #polarplunge #plunge #poseforthecamera #celebrit #celebinspired #chs #charleston #coastalcarolina #bringthejoy #charlestonsouthcarolina #visitcharleston #charlestonlocal #charlestonforlife #socharleston #embracelife #charlestondaily #celebritylookalike #chsgatewayloves2share
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How often do you look up?
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I’m usually watching my feet to avoid tripping on Charleston’s infamous “lumpy by tree root sidewalks” — can’t have those cherished old trees without them!
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But wow, what an amazing change of perspective when we take the time to stop, settle our footing and look around — especially up!
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Thanks Kim Graham for the reminder. We’ve seen this festive facade through the holiday season but never captured so beautifully as your “UP”!
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What changing perspectives are you prepared to make for the new year?
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How often do you look up?
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I’m usually watching my feet to avoid tripping on Charleston’s infamous “lumpy by tree root sidewalks” — can’t have those cherished old trees without them!
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But wow, what an amazing change of perspective when we take the time to stop, settle our footing and look around — especially up!
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Thanks Kim Graham for the reminder. We’ve seen this festive facade through the holiday season but never captured so beautifully as your “UP”!
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What changing perspectives are you prepared to make for the new year?
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Do you like your Bloody Mary's bold or smooth? Traditional with celery and olives or piled high with seafood delights? The possibilities are endless but one thing's for sure: New Year's Day brunch isn't the same without one. 🎉 🍹
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Lauren from Coastal Badass Co. makes hers with:
• Firefly Vodka
• Charleston Bloody Mary Mix - Bold and Spicy
• her own Coastal Badass Blackening Rub for the rim
• Celery, Shrimp, and Stone Crab Claws
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Comment your go-to recipe below!
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Cheers y'all! 🥳💫
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📸 @drewsomervillephotography

Do you like your Bloody Mary's bold or smooth? Traditional with celery and olives or piled high with seafood delights? The possibilities are endless but one thing's for sure: New Year's Day brunch isn't the same without one. 🎉 🍹
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Lauren from Coastal Badass Co. makes hers with:
• Firefly Vodka
• Charleston Bloody Mary Mix - Bold and Spicy
• her own Coastal Badass Blackening Rub for the rim
• Celery, Shrimp, and Stone Crab Claws
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Comment your go-to recipe below!
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Cheers y'all! 🥳💫
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📸 @drewsomervillephotography
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It’s a merry holiday week and nothing could be sweeter than delectable donuts for a lazy breakfast in bed morning. Add coffee, juice and a Netflix binge session ... voila!
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It’s a merry holiday week and nothing could be sweeter than delectable donuts for a lazy breakfast in bed morning. Add coffee, juice and a Netflix binge session ... voila!
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The best gift is to be grateful for what you already have. A very happy holiday to you all!

The best gift is to be grateful for what you already have. A very happy holiday to you all! ...

Feelin’ the love? What better way to welcome the new Love Shack Fancy to town than with Charleston’s very own Fiona the Pink Figgy. Get on downtown and get your girly girl on y’all!💖🌸💖#socharleston #charlestonly #chastyle #charlestonsc #charlestonblogger  #charlestonblackbloggers #blufftonsc #boutiqueaccessories #charlestonshopping #shoplocalsc #shopcharleston #charlestonphotographer #chs #charlestonlocalbusiness #easygifts #giftsforgirlfriend #charlestonboutique #charleston #charlestonstyle #southerncharm #chsliving  #charlestonliving #obsessedwithpink #pinkflashesofdelight #reallifeandstyle #lifestyleblogs #pinkinmyfeed #allthingspretty #bloggerbabe #chsgatewayloves2share

Feelin’ the love? What better way to welcome the new Love Shack Fancy to town than with Charleston’s very own Fiona the Pink Figgy. Get on downtown and get your girly girl on y’all!

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#socharleston #charlestonly #chastyle #charlestonsc #charlestonblogger #charlestonblackbloggers #blufftonsc #boutiqueaccessories #charlestonshopping #shoplocalsc #shopcharleston #charlestonphotographer #chs #charlestonlocalbusiness #easygifts #giftsforgirlfriend #charlestonboutique #charleston #charlestonstyle #southerncharm #chsliving #charlestonliving #obsessedwithpink #pinkflashesofdelight #reallifeandstyle #lifestyleblogs #pinkinmyfeed #allthingspretty #bloggerbabe #chsgatewayloves2share
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A note from the publisher:

Thrilled you’re here and thanks for stopping by.

It’s said that putting face to name makes a more meaningful connection, and though I’m not necessarily camera-shy, this site is all about Charleston, not me. Still, business buddies told me to get over myself. Ugh. The hesitant hurdle is worth scrambling over, especially for the authentic connections I want to make with you all.

So after a semi-awkward photo session with the terrific photographer Paolo Ciccone (me the awkward one, him the patient pro), and with a deep breath I said, okay, let’s put a face here.

Instead of Paolo encouraging the usual, “Say cheese, smile!” he suggested I think about my Charleston memories, and places I love around the Lowcountry. I think it worked; I hope you see the sentimentality and passion I feel for sharing it all with you.

It isn’t just the love that brought me to Gateway though — I humbly share that I’m fairly well qualified to do what I do based on decades of marketing, publishing, writing, and travel experiences. Growing up in downtown Charleston, and the Old Village, also provides me with unique perspectives for Gateway’s content. Plus, my community connections facilitate terrific visibility and reach for our valued advertisers.

I live in the quiet historic neighborhood known as Harleston Village and count myself truly fortunate to be able to walk out the door, or ride my bike, to just about anywhere on the peninsula. When I’m not enjoying the various parks and neighborhoods or indulging in the ridiculously fantastic restaurants, I’m answering questions from tourists I meet around the Lowcountry and through social media, and researching content for Gateway’s print guides, website, and social media posts.

The majority of our content is written by local sources, or visitors who’ve been here, not by out of town folks who haven’t experienced what they write about. One of my top publishing goals is to protect Gateway’s reputation as the trusted source it’s been since 1955, giving residents and guests fresh, first-hand ideas for living in, and visiting Charleston: what to see and do, where to eat and shop, and even where to stay. If we haven’t experienced it, we don’t write about it. Period.

I’m elated to be Gateway’s owner and publisher and would love to hear from you. Introduce yourself via email, social messaging, or a phone call anytime; tell me what you want to see featured or share your favorite memories and experiences; query me with your writing or photography; ask me for ideas where to stay and eat; or just say hi – I love meeting new people.

Let’s celebrate all things Charleston together!

Emily Benedict

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