Marie McAden



Looking for the perfect S.C. outdoor gift? Read on!

Posted 12/8/2011 6:43:00 PM

Need help in finding that perfect little piece of South Carolina to give your friends and relatives this year? Have we got a list for you!

Our Insider experts scoured the state, looking for holiday gifts to celebrate all the wonderful things about South Carolina.

Whether you’re looking for golf items, crafts, food or are buying for children, we’ve got a taste or experience for you.

South Carolina Park Passport: With this hangtag pass you get unlimited entry into all 47 South Carolina State Parks for you and everyone you can pack in your car. The $50 pass is good for one year from the date of purchase and can be transferred from one car to another.

If you really want to go hog wild, buy a $99 Park Passport Plus. In addition to free admission to all the parks, you’ll receive a host of other benefits, including admission to historic home tours at Redcliffe, Rose Hill and Hampton plantations, the historic lighthouse at Hunting Island State Park, the historic Atalaya castle at Huntington Beach State Park, swimming at Paris Mountain, Oconee and Table Rock state parks and a copy of “Beautiful Places,” a coffee table book of photographs showcasing the state parks.

Passports can be purchased at the individual parks, by calling (803) 734-0156 or online by clicking here.

Folbot: You’ve got to love a kayak that can be stuffed into a duffle bag and hauled around in the trunk of your car — or on a train or plane. Made of a rubber and polyester skin that fits over an aircraft-grade aluminum frame, Folbots are assembled like a tent and can be out of the bag and in the water in just 10 minutes.

They track like a champ and are as fast as kayaks made from rotomolded plastic or Kevlar. And they’re quieter in the water.

Pick from eight models ranging in size from the 10-foot long Citibot to the 17-foot Greenland II, an expedition kayak that can be paddled by one or two people. The smallest of the kayaks weighs 24 pounds and carries a maximum payload of 210 pounds; the largest comes in at 62 pounds and can carry up to 600 pounds. The boats run from $1,295 to $2,695.

Handmade in Charleston, these versatile kayaks come with a lifetime guarantee. They can be purchased at the factory, at Eastern Mountain Sports or online. Want more details? Visit the Folbot website or call (800) 533-5099.

Keen Newport H2 Water Shoes: I love these shoes! I bought them to tube on the Saluda River and they’ve become my go-to shoe for all of my favorite water sports, including kayaking, sailing and paddleboarding. They dry quick, won’t scuff up the boat deck and they’re extraordinarily comfortable.

In the fall and winter, I throw on a pair of socks and I can use them for hiking. Unlike most sandals, they feature a tough rubber toe guard that protects your feet even in rough terrain. Below deck, you’ve got knife-cut, carbon-rubber soles that offer great traction on rocky and wet surfaces.

You can pick up a pair for $95 at Half-Moon Outfitters stores in Charleston, Columbia, Mount Pleasant or Greenville or at the online store here.

Sunset sail on the “Cythera:” Planning a romantic trip to Charleston this spring? Give your sweetie a gift she’ll never forget — a sunset cruise aboard the 42-foot classic sailing yacht “Cythera”.

Built in England in 1969, this Alden Caravelle yawl offers a very different perspective of the seaport city and its beautiful Charleston harbor. You’ll set sail from the Charleston Harbor Marina in Mountain Pleasant, flying across the channel to the famed Battery.

With the wind in your sails, you’ll travel past Charleston’s waterfront enjoying a view you just can’t get from a horse-drawn carriage.

A sunset sail for up to six people runs $425 and includes soft drinks, mixers and snacks. A two- to three-hour afternoon cruise is $375.

For a truly unique Charleston experience, try the Bed & Breakfast Couples Package, which includes an evening sail and overnight accommodations on the docked boat. The following morning, a gourmet continental breakfast will be delivered to the cockpit. The cost is $550.

Book online here or call (843) 388-9242.

A Table Rock Vacation: Instead of the latest and greatest electronic gizmo, give your family a summer vacation sure to fill up the pages of your scrapbook. Reserve a cozy cabin at Table Rock State Park

Hand-built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, these historic bungalows feature classic “parkitecture” design with hand-hewn beams, heart of pine floors and chinking between the logs.

Each of the one-, two- and three-bedroom cabins is fully furnished and includes bath and bed linens and basic cooking and eating utensils. A seven-night stay between Memorial Day and Labor Day runs from $560 to $707.

During your week in the mountains, paddle a canoe on Lake Pinnacle, do a cannonball off the high diving board in the lake’s swimming area, tell ghost stories around the campfire, hike to the top of Table Rock and then cool off in the inviting pool below Carrick Creek Falls.

It’s the kind of old fashioned entertainment families enjoyed before there were big-screen TVs and Nintendo Wii.

Reserve your cabin online here or call (866) 345-PARK.

Not shopping for an outdoor lover? Check out our Insider gift lists for Families, Foodies, Golfers, Artsy friends or those who seek out the Less Traveled spots. We’ve got you covered for South Carolina stuff!