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Coastal Expeditions
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Shem Creek Flagship Store
514-B Mill Street
Mount Pleasant, SC
(843) 884-7684/ www.coastalexpeditions.com

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Hello friends!  It’s Sly here.  I’ve taken some time off this summer to be a “Tourist Fox” in my own town.  Many don’t realize how much more there is to do in Charleston than just visiting plantations and riding horse drawn carriages!  This city is a hub for water sports and wildlife enthusiasts alike.  Almost wherever you go in Charleston you are surrounded by water.  I decided to hit the marshy waterways and get my foxtail wet to enjoy the gorgeous summer days in and around the Holy City.  Just a quick 10 minute ride over the Ravenel Bridge and I found the perfect spot on Shem Creek.  The team at Coastal Expeditions, a family owned business since 1992, outfitted me with the perfect gear to begin my journey up the creek and out into the main Harbor of Charleston.  Little did I know that I would not only be kayaking, but I found myself enjoying an enthralling history lesson about Charleston and a biology lesson right there on the water.  4
The team at Coastal Expeditions prides themselves on setting the standard for environmental education and stewardship in the region.  Did you know that the Lowcountry is second to the Rainforest in Biodiversity?  Neither did I!  As we made our way through the marsh waterways of Shem Creek we experienced many types of wildlife from dolphins to pelicans.  My life was made complete when I saw the most amazing sunset right over the city and the Ravenel Bridge from the water.  I can certainly tell you, I’ve never had an experience quite like this.  I absolutely recommend you visiting us and then hitting the water to experience everything Charleston has to offer!  Also, be sure to tell the guys out at Coastal Expeditions I sent you!  They can take groups up to 200 people out for excursions and we can cater your lunch!

Stay foxy everyone!

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Greetings to all my foxy friends of the Francis Marion!  I have been a busy fox lately and wanted to share one of my fabulous outings.  Recently, I ventured up King Street just a couple blocks to the new and exciting Charleston Distilling Company.  Wow!  From the moment I saw the beautiful copper-clad exterior of the distillery, I could tell this is a special place.  Guests are first welcomed into a small shop to get set up for a tour and tasting or buy some of their fabulous liquors to take home!

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The distillery is simply gorgeous inside, and it was especially exciting to get a tour and learn more about the processes they use to make these local libations!  Then, a stop in their tasting room will surely be pleasing to your pallet.  You can visit them for tastings Monday through Saturday, 11am to 7pm.  Plus, if you wish to spend more time enjoying the venue – they book special events!  One of my groups at the hotel walked down for an evening outing and the event was perfect – delicious Francis Marion food combined with the distillery’s delicious cocktails, all in a unique setting – wonderful!

So, as you can tell, this fox had a fabulous time at the Charleston Distilling Company – you should check them out too!

http://www.charlestondistilling.com/

501 King Street

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Hello to all my foxy followers!!  It was a BUSY weekend here in Charleston because Saturday, 4/5 was the 37th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run. This 10k race draws upwards of 40,000 people, and at least one fine Fox this year!  I got up extra early and caught a bus from downtown, over to the starting line in Mount Pleasant.

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The run was tough, but I made it!  It is an amazing feeling to cross the beautiful Cooper River surrounded by fellow runners.  The view was almost as good as the view from my home at the Francis Marion Hotel.

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I even ran with two women who had each participated in the race at least 30 of the last 37 years – WOW!  Charleston does a great job putting on the run with plenty of water, lots of bands along the way and wonderful Charleston scenery, so who wouldn’t want to come back each year?  After surviving the 6.2 miles, I was excited to relax at the Finish Festival in Marion Square Park (across from the Francis Marion).  With food stations, massages and live music, it was the perfect end to my race.  Plus, when I was ready to wind down, I was in the perfect location to head home for a nap!

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Hope to see you all on the bridge next year!

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In honor of this beautiful spring weather and the start of tourist season in Charleston, I decided to visit the local Charleston Visitor Center. This great resource to visitors is only 1 ½ blocks from my home here at the Francis Marion.

The Visitor Center has tons of information on all activities in Charleston including bus tours, carriage tours, walking tours, plantation tours and much more! At the Visitor Center you can also view a video called “Forever Charleston,” that introduces you to our amazing city. They also have a great gift shop of Charleston souvenirs and gifts so I could buy gifts for my friends and family back at the Francis Marion.

During my visit I learned that the exhibit featuring the 85 year old replica of the Best Friend of Charleston Train is about to open. This steam-powered railroad locomotive is widely acclaimed to be the first locomotive built entirely within the United States. I was lucky enough to hop on board for a quick photo.

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So…walk and enjoy my beautiful city this spring. There’s a lot waiting for you to see, including Charleston’s Best Friend.

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I had the pleasure of attending the Baker Motor Company’s 8th Annual Charleston Fashion Week last night.  Charleston Magazine hosts Fashion Week every year just across from my hotel in Marion Square -five nights of fun and fashion! Their mission is to give aspiring east coast designers the opportunity to showcase their work and potentially win a grand prize valued over $20,000.

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I browsed the “Style Lounge” tent, which featured clothing, accessories and jewelry from up and coming designers. They also had an awesome DJ playing music and beverages available for the thirsty crowd.  Next–I was onto the “Belk” tent, where I got to see some great styles featured from Belk Department Store.

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When 7:30pm rolled around, it was time for the fashion show! Amazing lighting effects and loud music made the runway show so exciting to watch! They kicked off the show with local contemporary violinist Daniel D.  I loved watching the models walk down the runway with so much pizazz!  Saturday morning is the Bridal show—always a favorite.  Then Saturday evening is the exciting Fashion Finale!  Plan to attend next year’s Fashion Week…and don’t forget to see me on King Street shopping couture for my next photo shoot!

www.charlestonfashionweek.com