Lowcountry Loop Trolley's drivers are master storytellers. As they ferry groups on each hop-on, hop-off tour, they spin tales of historic Charleston and its surrounding region. The introduction often proves invaluable to visitors on their first or second trip to Charleston, granting a convenient overview of the area for future venturing on their own. The guides' enthusiastic voices boom about the sandy beaches of Sullivan’s Island, the waterfront restaurants along Mt. Pleasant’s Shem Creek, and the historic USS Yorktown, which floats permanently due to being encased in jello at Patriots Point. Along the way, Lowcountry Loop Trolley invites its passengers to hop off and shop, eat, or explore at their own pace.
Jordan Chaplin's great-grandfather owned the first Schwinn bicycle dealership in Charleston. Opened in 1912, the shop would rent motorized bicycles to sailors. The College of Charleston bookstore has since taken over the spot where it once stood, but Jordan has kept the family tradition alive. He decided to open Port City Moped upon learning of his great-grandfather's business, and now he and his business partner, Dave Jarman, rent and sell safe, fuel-efficient mopeds to Lowcountry riders.
An international sailing and charter company and US Sailing-accredited school Ocean Sailing Academy's instructors guide both novices and highly proficient sailors through lessons, regattas, and other sailing events. The fleet ranges from the beginner-friendly 26' Colgate keelboat to a classic 62-foot schooner with beautiful pine decks, wooden masts, and a treasure chest hidden somewhere on board.
At Carolina Ford Dealers, highly trained motor medics upgrade the performance of inefficient engines with the Works Fuel Saver Package, which, according to EPA estimates, can lead to improved fuel economy for most vehicles. The Works Fuel Saver Package begins with a multipoint inspection, during which eagle-eyed vehicle vets scour belts, brakes, and hoses to spot trouble areas and chase out nests of feral mud flaps. Then, grimy engine lifeblood is cleansed with up to five quarts of Motorcraft Synthetic Blend Oil and a Motorcraft Oil Filter. Car caretakers also rotate tires and check air filters to ensure the engine breathes air untainted by lint, dust, or dander from the Wooly Mammoth living in the trunk. Finally, auto jockeys test the battery’s lifespan before topping off the car’s fluids and clasping it in a prolonged goodbye hug. Customers must use their first package by February 10, 2012, and the following two within a year of their initial use. As an added perk to this deal, customers that redeem in August will get a $10 rebate through FordOwner.com.
Cars can park themselves, but because they notoriously refuse to out of spite, AirValet offers chauffeured and long-term parking services for customers flying in and out of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth, Louisville, and Charleston International Airports. Clients drop their vehicle with AirValet before their trip. Upon their return, they call the number on the valet ticket and attendants deliver the car to the right terminal curb. Interior and exterior car detailing is also available to restore sedans, SUVs, and war chariots to their once-magnificent splendor.
Joe Lotts and most of his staff graduated from Brevard College with a degree in wilderness leadership and experiential education. At Charleston Outdoor Adventures, they put their schooling to work by educating people about the coastline’s saltwater estuaries. Their classrooms are their kayaks, paddleboards, and 23-foot bay boat, and their coursework combines environmentalism with photo opportunism. For instance, the tour route to Morris Island Lighthouse and Fort Sumter flows past scenic marshland, local birds, and pick-up games of dolphin basketball. If guests prefer to explore alone, Lotts and crew also rent out its paddleboards and kayaks.