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Stay Cozy With School Grounds Coffee

Photo Dec 09, 12 46 09 PMNestled on a dirt road, in the old school kitchen sits Daufuskie’s newest gem, School Grounds Coffee.

This quaint coffee shop is quite an island treat. Located at Maryfields School on School Road, the coffee shop reflects the history of Daufuskie. Photos and articles of days past give patrons an idea of what the space once was.

Pam and Brian Cobb opened School Grounds Coffee in early November. The Cobbs first came to Daufuskie Island in March of 2016. Escaping from Raleigh for a relaxing vacation, Pam and Brian fell in love with the island. Mrs. Pat, Photo Dec 19, 10 22 11 AMof Daufuskie Island Community Farm, knew right away they were destined to live on Daufuskie. She even accurately predicted that they would move in across the street.

The Cobbs, partnering with Leanne Coulter and Photo Dec 08, 1 48 56 PMRhonda Davis, have created the perfect cafe atmosphere. Walking in brings you back to days of handwriting practice and read alouds. This warm and inviting space calls you to sit and visit with island locals and visitors. Their menu boasts dIMG-0187elicious espresso drinks made with fair trade, single origin, 100% arabica beans, an assortment of teas, and rich, creamy hot chocolate.

Pam and Brian have big plans for School Grounds Coffee. They intend to get the kitchen DHEC approved. And if you have ever had one of Pam’s cakes or treats, you’ll understand our excitement in this endeavor. They also hope to build on a porch. With mild winters and sunny summers, an outdoor venue is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing morning.

So stop by Maryfields School for a tasty beverage and some warm conversation.

Give Memories with Tour Daufuskie

With Tour Daufuskie, give an experience.

For friends and family who reside on Daufuskie, full or part time, or frequent the island, consider the Tour Daufuskie Explorers Membership. With varying levels of membership and flexibility in scheduling, this gift is sure to please the entire family. 

Or, consider giving a day on Daufuskie. For adventurous loved ones, we can set up a day of self-exploring on our golf carts, kayaks or paddleboards. Otherwise, send friends and family on one of our guided tours. They can join Sallie Ann on her Native Gullah Tour, explore the island on our History and Artisans Tour, or experience Daufuskie’s natural side on our Eco-Tour or Kayak Tour. We can also work in transportation to and from Daufuskie as part of their gift.14333672_656260897869173_4929731680326422355_n

The best part of giving an experience? It won’t be wasted. With flexibility in scheduling, your loved ones can use their gift at a time most convenient for them.

Give us a call to create an unforgettable, unplugged gift this holiday season.

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More People, More Fun: Hosting Large Groups

Looking for something off the beaten path to entertain your group? Come spend a day on Daufuskie Island.

20935115_831797660315495_7227380518880467332_oTour Daufuskie can create an excursion tailored to you. From a private, catered family adventure to a seamless team building event, Tour Daufuskie can craft an unforgettable experience on this unique island.

We get it. Navigating a group trip to Daufuskie may appear to be a logistical nightmare. However, we have it under control. From transportation to the island to epic adventures on Daufuskie, we can handle all of the details.

Getting your group to our bridgeless island is part of the experience. Tour Daufuskie can schedule boat transportation to meet your people on boatneeds. We work with a number of water touring companies in the Hilton Head, Bluffton and Savannah area. We can schedule open-aired rides with knowledgeable captains, comfortable and enclosed trips with professional staff, or leisurely cruis22426589_857093377785923_7342165182138508940_oes focused on the Lowcountry’s beautiful waterways.

Once on the island, Tour Daufuskie can offer an assortment of tours and activities. With a slew of local guides on hand, no adventure is impossible. Your day can focus on Daufuskie’s unique and rich history. Or, we can spend the day with Daufuskie’s many artisans. Our supply of kayaks and paddleboards, as well as miles of white sandy beaches, offer endless possibilities for your group. We can also coordinate a day with Sallie Ann Robinson, 6th generation native Daufuskie islander and expert on the Gullah culture. (Check out more on Sallie Ann.)

22180094_852486388246622_4978760734750743816_oWith numerous restaurants on the island, grabbing a bite to eat can be easily coordinated. Or, we can provide a picnic option for your group to dine at one of the many beautiful outdoor venues on the island.

Tour Daufuskie can offer half day and full day adventures. Activities, tours, transportation, dining. You name it, we do it.

Give us a call to create an unforgettable island exploration for your group and to get more details on group rates and tour packages.

USA Today Got Off the Beaten Path

This past winter Brian Barth, a writer for USA TODAY, explored some hidden gems of the South Carolina Lowcountry. One of his stops: Daufuskie Island.

Book a tour with Sallie!

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Stepping off the beaten path and onto Daufuskie’s dirt roads, Barth had the chance to explore the island with Sallie Ann Robinson. Enjoy his piece, recently published on USA TODAY’s website. Come experience Sallie Ann’s Native Gullah Tour and, in the words of Barth, her “never-ending well of laughter.”

USA Today: South Carolina’s Lowcountry

 

Our Favorite Local

If you have spent any time enjoying the waters surrounding Daufuskie, you can probably attest to our playful, vibrant bottlenose dolphin population.

All around the Lowcountry’s waterways you will see these beautiful marine mammals. A rounded, gray dorsal fin will arc through the surface of the water as the dolphin draws for air. If you’re lucky, the dolphin will linger at the surface for a few moments, shooting you a playful “smile.”

Interested in bottlenose dolphins? Join a Tour Daufuskie guide and enjoy the area’s creeks by kayak, keeping a watchful eye out for a glimpse of these friendly locals. Or rent some kayaks on your own to scout them out. Give us a call to book a reservation! (843)842-9449

Did You Know?

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Daufuskie Island: South Carolina’s Travel Oasis – Jeff Stafford

 

Tour DaufuskieStafford Article Image2 has the pleasure of exposing this beautiful sea island with people who truly appreciate her. We thank Jeff Stafford for his representation of and reflections on the island.

Check out his article!

Daufuskie Island: South Carolina’s Island Oasis

 

Activities on Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie Island is a place to unplug, unwind, and escape the day-to-day buzz.  That being said, you may be looking for some activities to balance your down-time while on the island.  Here are our top picks for activities on Daufuskie Island:

1.  Take a yoga class!  Yoga is offered Sundays 9:30-10:30am and Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm.  Classes are held at the Melrose Fitness Center, which is located next to the Melrose Restaurant.  To reserve your spot, email Laura Winholt at db1945@hargray.com.

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2. Hit the water with on a kayak or paddle board.  Daufuskie’s waters are teeming with wildlife, so you may have encounters with dolphins, bald eagles, osprey, and wading birds.  If you’re new to kayaking and want some security on the water, take a guided kayak tour with Tour Daufuskie.  Our experienced kayak guide will take you to creeks and inlets that you wouldn’t access on your own.  On the other hand, if you want to do some unguided paddling, go for a kayak or paddle board rental and hit the ocean from our Kayak Shack in the Melrose Resort!  Call for reservations.

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3. Join a guided tour with Tour Daufuskie!  You can choose from a Sallie Ann Native Gullah Tour, Kayak tour, History & Artisans tour, or a “Wild Daufuskie” Eco-tour.  Call to book your adventure today.

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4. Need to do some shopping? Check out our local artisans, including The Iron Fish GalleryDaufuskie Blues, and Daufuskie Peach!

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Chase Allen, owern & artist at the Iron Fish

 

Daufuskie Blues, hand dying with natural indigo

Daufuskie Blues, hand dying with natural indigo

 

Hand-crafted bath and body products by Daufuskie Peach

Hand-crafted bath and body products by Daufuskie Peach

 

5. Volunteer at the Daufuskie Island Community Farm!  Contact Pat at bowwow@hargray.net to find out about any group work days.  Don’t feel like working?  Check out the farm anyways and grab a self-guided tour at the Welcome Center.

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volunteers feeding baby goats at DICF

 

6. Grab your binoculars and try bird-watching at the Melrose Rookery.  Here you’ll find a variety of species including Wood Storks, Egrets, Herons, Cormorants, and Anhingas.

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7.  Love horses?  Go horseback riding with Haig Point Equestrian Center!

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8.  Explore Daufuskie Island’s historic district!  Visit the Billie Burn Historic Museum & Gullah Learning Center, the First Union African Baptist Church, Maryfields School, Bloody Point Lighthouse, and more!

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First Union African Baptist Church

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Frances Jones House

An Evening on Daufuskie

With a rarity not common in our modern world, Daufuskie makes the perfect venue for intimate weddings and private events.

Photo Nov 16, 11 31 31 AMHer natural beauty is overwhelming. Imagine a small, private ceremony in the beautiful First Union African Baptist Church. Originally built in 1884, this restored house of worship is the perfect location for a memorable day.

Or you can take advantage of our gorgeous, secluded beaches.

In addition to the ceremony, Daufuskie offers numerous hidden gems perfect for a reception or private event.

Iron Fish Gallery

Iron Fish Gallery: Lit in the Evening

The Iron Fish Gallery is a breathtaking outdoor gallery that can accommodate groups up to 100. With lights strung, this romantic space is the perfect way to spend your evening.

Wineand Woodworks can offer a serene indoor/outdoor venue right on the Cooper River. This post and beam building can accommodate up to 100 guests. From private rentals on the water to outdoor catered venues, these are just two of numerous location options.

Daufuskie Island Wine and Woodworks

Daufuskie Island Wine and Woodworks

Lowcountry style cuisine pairs perfectly with the island’s emanate beauty. Local restaurants and chefs can cater anything from small hors d’oeuvres to a four-course meal. Lucy Bell’s Café has years of experience catering on Daufuskie Island. Or give Marshside Mama’s a call for some local favorites. There is also Sallie Ann Robinson, who can create an unforgettable Daufuskie dining experience.

Photo Nov 19, 5 52 40 PMDaufuskie’s quaint atmosphere is unlike anywhere else. An evening spent with friends and family on this special island would be one for the books.

Tour Daufuskie Kayak & Paddle Board Rental Rates

Tour Daufuskie Kayak & Paddle Board Rental Rates

Tour Daufuskie not only offers guided kayaking and stand up paddle boarding tours, but we also rent out our kayaks and stand up paddle boards.  All rentals are available by the hour, day, week, even month! Be sure to call 843-842-9449 to book in advance to ensure your rental with Tour Daufuskie as only limited supplies are available.  Click here for rental rates.

– Get Outdoors!

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