Located mostly in Dorchester County with some parts in Berkeley and Charleston counties, Summerville is where over 46,000 residents are lucky to call home. On the south-most end of Summerville lies the Ashley River. The motto Sacra Pinus Esto which means “The Pine is Sacred” comes from the towns conservation law of its pines dating all the way back to 1847. And due to its dry and sandy whereabouts, it has been known to be one of the top places in the world for the healing and recuperation of respiratory illnesses. One of the town’s main attractions is its historic downtown area filled with unique shops and boutiques. Some of downtown’s wonderful stores include a full-service salon and spa, fashionable women’s boutiques, a kid-friendly toy train hobby shop, one-of-a-kind art galleries, wine and bar dining and even a Carolina-infused olive oil and vinegar shop! Stop by Colonial Dorchester, Middleton Place, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens or Drayton Hall for a day filled with some of Summerville’s greatest history. With numerous fun activities all year-round, the Farmers’ Market located just behind the Town Hall is another one of the locals’ favorites. Open every Saturday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, the First Citizens Bank parking lot is filled with fresh local foods ranging anywhere from meats and seafood to produce and baked goods. The town continues to attract all walks of life with its luscious green parks and running trails.
Along with its gorgeous parks, Summerville residents can also partake in biking or kayaking in the close by waterways. If you are looking for a more fun and challenging afternoon, then you must check out any of the three Summerville golf and country clubs. Summerville Country Club, Pine Forest Country Club and Legend Oaks each offer breathtaking courses and opportunities to become full-time members. You know you are in the South when sweet tea is always at your fingertips. Summerville is home to “Mason”-The World’s Largest Sweet Tea which also holds the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest (Sweet) Iced Tea on National Iced Tea Day. The list of sensational events continues with Summerville’s annual Flowertown Festival. The Flowertown Festival is South Carolina’s largest arts and crafts festival and it takes place the first weekend of April. The towns endless activities for everyone to enjoy are no wonder why Summerville residents are always happily living the “Sweet Life.”