Walterboro

"Welcome Back to Let's Remember." This sleepy Southern town makes Charleston look like Manhattan. Its main drag, East Washington Street, still looks like it did in the 1950s. While continuing to embrace its endearing small-town ways, it is moving in a new, savvy direction. To wit, its marketing slogan is "Walterboro, the front porch of the Lowcountry," with a cherry-red rocking chair as its logo. Those rocking chairs can be found outside shops and restaurants, inviting passersby to sit awhile.

Walterboro has become a fun day trip for Charlestonians. The South Carolina Artisans Center has become a major draw, as have the moderately priced antiques and collectible stores. The annual events, which for decades included the Rice Festival on the last weekend in April and the Fall Plantation Tour in October, have been augmented by the Edisto Riverfest on the second weekend in June, the Walterboro Antiques, History & Arts Festival in mid-May, and the Downtown Walterboro Criterium International Bike Race in early May. A proliferation of inexpensive motels like Days Inn sprang up near the interstate, then limited-service chain hotels like Hampton Inn. Travelers wanting more local flavor opt for the homey bed-and-breakfasts in restored houses in the Historic District.

POINTS OF INTEREST

Colleton Museum & Farmers Market

This museum chronicles the history of a small Southern town, displaying everything from butter churns to the country's first anesthesia…

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South Carolina Artisans Center

This lovely center is a showcase for more than 250 South Carolina artists. Look for jewelry, sculptures, glass, woodwork, and…

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Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary

Boardwalks and hiking, biking, and canoe trails weave through this lovely 600-acre park. One of the paths traces the colonial-era…

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