Live Like A Local - Chad Timmons, Beachside Vacations Reservations Manager

Chad Timmons, Reservations Manager
As a Palmetto state native, Chad grew up a quick three-hour road trip from the Holy City.  Chad's father had an office in Charleston, and many times he would bring the entire family along  when he would make the trip.  During business hours, Chad, along with his mother and sister, would tour the Charleston Battery, explore the USS Yorktown, or shop the downtown streets of Charleston.  At night, the family would all head out to dinner for some great local seafood ending the perfect lowcountry day.  With such fond memories of Charleston growing up, Chad knew he would someday call it home.  2016 marks the 20th year Chad has called Chucktown home.  Chad has been with Beachside Vacations since the doors opened in 2006.  
1.  Taking the wife & twins to Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park.  Located right under the Arthur Ravenel Bridge on the Mount Pleasant side, this park has an incredible Ravenel Bridge themed playground, large spaces for picnicking/playing/viewing outdoor movies, a huge 1,250-foot-long fishing/walking pier, and the delicious River Watch Cafe Sandwich & Ice Cream shop.  With Movies in the Park, Party in the Parks, and other seasonal festivals, there is always some fun to be had here!
2.  Lunching at Home Team BBQ -  Sullivan's Island.  If you are on Sullivan's for lunch, there is a great chance you will catch Chad grabbing a bite at his back left table.  The food is incredible and a staple of Charleston now with three locations (West Ashley, Sullivan's Island, and Downtown Charleston).  Home Team offers a variety of food with incredible BBQ, brisket, smoked chicken wings, shrimp tacos and daily lunch specials that keep you coming back for more.  Always quick to the table delivered with a smile.   It's also a great place for local music in the evenings. 
3.  Enjoying Lunch, Dinner, and/or Drinks on Shem Creek.  Shem Creek is a Mount Pleasant landmark located in the Charleston area.  Whether you are dining on a porch, seated indoors, or simply having a cocktail outside at one of the many establishments on Shem Creek, you will have a great view of the creek, local shrimp boats, and usually porpoises that frequent the area.  Have a cocktail at Vickery's Shark Fin Bar, eat some World Famous Fish Bites at Water's Edge Cabana Bar, and slurp the best oysters in Charleston at Shem Creek Bar & Grill's back Oyster Bar.  After you eat, take a stroll along the new boardwalk at Shem Creek Park to take in the breathtaking views of the creek and its surrounding wetlands.    
4.  Coastal Fishing.  If you like to fish, Charleston has plenty of it.  Head offshore for a full day deep sea fishing for Yellow Fin Tuna, Wahoo, Dolphin, and Sailfish with Jabez Offshore Fishing Charters. .  Or experience the lowcountry from a flats boat fishing the marshes and inshore waters for redfish, sea trout, tarpon, and cobia with Johnny Crislip.  
5.  Taking in The Charleston Music Scene.  With a plethora of indoor and outdoor music venues throughout the Charleston area, there is always more than enough options for live music any day of the week and any time of the year in the lowcountry.  If your favorite band or performer has not performed in any of these locales, they have never played in Charleston.  The Charleston Pour House, The Music Farm, The Windjammer, The Galliard Auditorium, Charleston Performing Arts  Center (PAC), Volvo Cars Stadium (formerly Family Circle stadium), and the North Charleston Coliseum have all seen many musical greats grace their stages over the years and will for many years to come.   

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