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Exploring Daufuskie on Two Wheels. Worth It?

Although many visitors choose to explore Daufuskie on golf carts, biking this little island may be more appealing to some. Touring the island by bike is feasible, and maybe even enjoyable, when the biker is prepared.Biking Tour Daufuskie Island

It is a good idea to do some research prior to touring Daufuskie by bike. Although Daufuskie is small, the island’s restaurants, galleries, historic spots, and various points of interest are spread out. There is no “downtown” area on Daufuskie. Be ready for miles of exploring by bike. You most likely want more than just a few hours on the island, so consider staying for the day.

In addition to the distance between visiting locations, about half of the roads on the island are dirt. Well let’s be honest, sand. And if you have ever biked through the soft sand, you will understand the difficulty in riding around on Daufuskie. It is best to come a day or two after a rain when sandy roads are a bit more condensed. We warn you, too much rain will turn the sandy roads into mush. Also making it impossible to navigate.

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Our recommendation? Plan ahead. Decide where you want to explore. Map out a route. If you want to visit places on dirt roads, come after a rain has packed down the roads. Otherwise, you may end up doing more walking than riding. If it has been dry, then look into exploring places on the island with paved roads.

Check out the map to the left. All accessible paved roads on the island are marked in gray. Be ready. Even paved roads over here can be a rough ride. If you want to grab a bite to eat, Marshside Mama’s is right off Haig Point Road, which is paved. If you want to picnic on the beach, you can ride through Melrose to Biking Daufuskie Paved Road MapAvenue of Oaks for beach access. Or, you can ride down Oakridge to Beach Road. Beach Road is a dirt road, so you’ll have about a half mile walk or ride to get to the beach.

Haig Point Road has a couple of stops along your way down island. The Billie Burn Historic Museum is accessible via Old Haig Point Road, which is paved up to the Museum. You can also enjoy a walking tour of the Community Farm as you bike. Daufuskie Island Rum Company is also off Haig Point Road. Although you are looking at a short ride down a gravel path to get to the distillery, the gravel usually stays packed down enough for a bike ride. And the reward is sweet.

If the roads aren’t too soft, there are a number of places you can visit that are just farm-signa short ride from a paved road. The Lighthouse Museum is about 100 feet down Beach Road, which is dirt. If you would like to visit Wine and Woodworks, Freeport Marina with Old Daufuskie Crab Company, or the Marsh Tacky Society, you are looking at a quarter mile ride on a dirt road.

In order to get to Lucy Bell’s Café, you will need to ride about a half mile down the dirt road Benjies Point. About a quarter mile down from there are two of our local artisans, Iron Fish Gallery and Silver Dew Pottery. Don’t worry; both ship items so you don’t have to balance your newfound art as you bike.

Photo Nov 16, 11 31 17 AMIf you want to visit Maryfields School, where Pat Conroy taught, be ready for almost a mile ride on dirt roads. However, if it has rained recently the stop is worth the ride. Located at the school is Daufuskie Blues, natural indigo dyers, and School Grounds Coffee. You will also pass by First Union African Baptist Church; this 1884 church is definitely worth a glance.

Renting bikes is an option once you arrive to Daufuskie Island. Give Sports Addiction a call to reserve a beach cruiser for the day. Otherwise, Daufuskie Island Ferry will bring your bike over free of charge. We recommend bikes with thick tires for better grip and an easier ride on our rough roads.

If you want to bike Daufuskie, come prepared. Plan a route and bring some snacks and drinks. Give yourself the entire day to ride around the island and explore.

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Bike Daufuskie. Tour Daufuskie. Enjoy Daufuskie.

A Year With Sallie: Looking Ahead

With 2017 in the books, we’re looking at all good things for 2018. So what’s new?

First, we have added an additional day to Sallie’s tours. Tour Daufuskie will run the Sallie Ann Robinson Native Gullah Tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 

We’ve also made a slight adjustment on times. In order to accommodate all water transportation to and from Daufuskie, we now offer her tours at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. 

Wanting to grab lunch before or after your tour? With two restaurants on the island, Tour Daufuskie can provide a 2 hour cart rental pre or post tour for $45.00. That will give you time to grab a bite to eat and do a little exploring on your own. 

With the Sallie Ann Tour, we can also take care of transportation to and from the island. We will handle all of the details and reservations for you! 

Tour Daufuskie and Sallie Ann have big plans for 2018. Give us a call at (843)842-9449 to book the only Gullah Tour on Daufuskie Island.

There’s only one Sallie Ann Robinson, and we have a feeling she will be in high demand this year! 

Tour Daufuskie: Not Just Island Operations

Tour Daufuskie is the only locally owned and operated tour company on Daufuskie Island. But we don’t just take care of transportation and tours solely on Daufuskie. 

When you book a guided tour or self-guided rental with Tour Daufuskie, we can coordinate getting you and your group to Daufuskie Island. 

Although Tour Daufuskie does not operate any boat transportation services, we do have numerous partners who run exceptional water services. Located all over the Lowcountry, we can coordinate the easiest option to fit your needs. 

We understand. Getting to Daufuskie Island can be tricky. Navigating the different water transportation services, times and details can become overwhelming. Don’t let that discourage you from visiting Daufuskie Island. We are experts on the waterways, boat services, tours, and island details. If you are unsure about a day on the island, give us a call. Our receptionists are always available to walk you through the process and answer any questions you have. We can schedule the transportation, the tour or rental, and all other aspects of your day. 

We know the island. We know the surrounding Lowcountry. We know how to make things easy. 

Call us to book your tour! (843)842-9449

A Year With Sallie: Best of 2017

22426589_857093377785923_7342165182138508940_oAlthough we kicked off Sallie’s tours at the end of 2016, chilly weather kept things quiet until the beginning of spring. Warmer days with bright sunshine brought our first tours of the year. At the beginning of March, Sallie and her tour groups took advantage of Daufuskie’s beautiful early spring. 

This ushered in to one of Sallie’s busiest months of the year, May. May, along with October, proved to be the two most popular months for Sallie’s tours. In both months, tours were booked solid Tuesdays and Saturdays. From couples enjoying a day on the island to corporate groups taking a well needed reprieve, the gorgeous weather in May and October made for perfect tours. 22291350_1126490654152166_8246878185553409075_o

Throughout the year, Sallie had the opportunity to host a number of different groups. Family reunions, company retreats and social organizations all came to spend a day with Sallie. Of the many wonderful tours, one of our favorites was the Beaufort Theatre Company. As a part of the Pat Conroy Literary Festival the theatre company put on Conrack, the performed adaptation of Pat Conroy’s The Water is Wide. Sallie Ann gave an island tour to the performers, allowing for an authentic understanding of the days Pat was on the island teaching at Maryfields School. 

Asking Sallie if she had a favorite memory? She laughed and replied, “Just one? I can’t pick out just one!”

 

 

A Year With Sallie: The Word Has Gotten Out

Screen Shot 2018-01-28 at 1.38.03 PMHaving been in the public eye for years, Sallie is no stranger to the press. However, 2017 featured a number of articles and videos on the author, chef and expert of Gullah culture. With too many to count, Tour Daufuskie has picked a few of our favorites from this past year. 

 

SC ETV: Gullah Chef Sallie Ann Robinson – Featuring Sallie and her incredible cuisine. 

 

USA Today: Get off the beaten path and head to the South’s Low Country -Brian Barth visited the Bluffton, SC area early in the year. May River Excursions brought him over to enjoy a day on Daufuskie Island. One of the Daufuskie gems Barth features in his article is Sallie Ann.Sallie Ann's_cardfront

And Hilton Head Monthly, a couple times. Popular Chef and Author Sallie Ann Robinson and Daufuskie Deviled Crab 

The word is beginning to spread. Sallie’s infectious laugh, remarkable story-telling skills, and upbeat personality makes for a memorable time. How could one not write about her?

 

Interested in her tours? 

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A Year With Sallie

IMG_7540Just over a year ago, Tour Daufuskie launched Sallie Ann Robinson’s Native Gullah Tour. And how much fun have we had! Sallie’s exuberant spirit, infectious laugh and immediate warmth makes her completely and utterly unforgettable. 

Sallie shares a perspective of Daufuskie Island with visitors and locals that has an authenticity unmatched by just about anyone else on the island. Join us in taking a look back at the adventures Sallie and Tour Daufuskie have experienced in 2017 with our 5 part series, “A Year With Sallie.”

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.

13580477_622857041209559_8957127120836734484_o Oh, and you can’t go wrong with Tour Daufuskie merch.

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.

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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

 

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