7 ridonkulous reasons we'd rather be in Charleston than Columbia in the summer 

Columbia has the state capitol, a zoo, and (slightly) cheaper airfare. But everything else that you might find in the centrally located metropolitan hub can be found right here in the Holy City. That may include our fair share of murders, corrupt politicians, and tabloid drama, but we've got sweetgrass baskets, too!

1. The heat. It's a summertime complaint in both cities, but Columbia's heat is more like an armpit than a sauna. And it lacks the ocean breeze that the Lowcounty offers when you're not even looking for it.

2. The ocean. You know what passes for the beach in Columbia? A rocky riverfront park.

3. The food. Great chefs not only find a start in Charleston, they don't want to leave.

4. The drinking. The Holy City and Cola-town have equally lively nightlife scenes, but just do a head count at Sunday brunch in Charleston and you'll know who partied hardest.

5. Porches. This one comes directly from President Barack Obama. You don't like it, talk to him.

6. Hot people. Our academic bodies stick around for the summer, and they bring in all their USC and Clemson pals, too.

7. Fewer assholes. They've got Jake "raghead" Knotts and Joe "You Lie" Wilson. We had André Bauer, but he left. And Gov. Mark Sanford is more likely to live in Argentina than along our shores.

8. Cocks vs. coke. All we're going to say is former state Treasurer Thomas Ravenel may have been working in Columbia, but he was doing his partying in Charleston.

Summer Guide 2010

  • 7 ridonkulous fireworks

    If you haven't been a part of a bottle rocket war, you haven't lived. The smell of sulphur in the middle of the night sure as hell beats the smell of napalm in the morning. But finding a place to wage war — and enough people to participate — is damn near impossible these days. And rightfully so. Stray rockets have a way of starting unintentional fires and wayward ocular accidents. So stick to the relatively safe stuff.
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 6 ridonkulous places to be seen in your Donk

    What's a Donk? Well, it's kind of like pornography: You'll know it when you see it. What? That's not good enough? You need more? OK. Look for a boat of a car — like an Oldsmobile or an Impala — painted the color of a Blow Pop and sporting rims that would fit on Godzilla's ring finger.
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 5 ridonkulous watersports to pick up

    Sailing, Kayaking, Kiteboarding, Surfing, Paddleboarding
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 5 ridonkulous reasons to go to Edisto Beach

    The Drive, Dockside Restaurant, Campgrounds, Old Post Office Restaurant
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 6 ridonkulous summer treats

    Charleston is teeming with sweets shops that we enjoy throughout the year, but when the weather starts getting sticky, sometimes wolfing down a cupcake isn't the most appealing option. Then you know it's time to switch to the icy cold treats.
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 7 most ridonkulus Fourth of July celebrations

    4th of July Celebration, North Charleston July 4th Festival, Patriots Point Independence Day, Fourth of July Party on Ashley Point, An American Celebration, S.C. Aquarium Fourth of July Celebration, Uncle Sam Jam
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 7 most ridonkulous things to do with a watermelon

    Summer is shoving your face into a fruit the size of your head. It's a seed-spitting contest at a backyard barbecue. It's wondering if that one seed you accidentally swallowed will germinate in your stomach. It's bright green and even brighter pink. Summer is watermelon.
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 5 ridonkulous reasons to go to Folly Beach

    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 5 ridonkulous reasons to go to Sullivan's

    Middle Street, Free parking, Fort Moultrie, View of downtown, Picturesque paths
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 7 ridonkulously cool things to do with the kids this summer

    Carolina Ice Palace, AMF Charleston Lanes, Hot Wheels, Party Kingdom, CHildren's Museum, S.C. Aquarium, Fisher-Price Movie Series at The Terrace
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 5 most ridonkulous places to buy a swimsuit

    Las Olas, Sally Bettes Resort Shop, Everything But Water, McKelvin's Surf Shop, Target
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 5 most ridogulous places in Charleston

    James Island County Park, Riverfront Park, Isle of Palms, Palmetto Islands County Park, Hampton Park
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 5 most ridonkulous weekend getaways

    Sanctuary at Kiawah, Beaufort, Go camping, Savannah, Asheville
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 8 most ridonkulous outdoor bars

    Blind Tiger, Taco Boy downtown, Red's Ice House, Rooftop Bar, Coconut Joe's, Triangle Char & Bar, Salty Mike's, Vickery's
    • Jun 23, 2010
  • 6 ridonkulous outdoor attractions for ridonkulous fun

    Frankie's Fun Park, Blackbeard's Cove, Whirlin' Waters, Charles Towne Landing, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Center for Birds of Prey
    • Jun 23, 2010

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