if you need a dose of laid back beach living with access to lots of wild beauty,then edisto island is for you. an hour south of charleston, it features long dirt roads with a canopy of live oaks and spanish moss, acres and acres of pristine beaches and wide expanses of marsh grass. lots of primeval beauty, and plenty of good eatin’, too. be sure to catch a meal at po pigs barbeque on the way in it’s on highway 174, and it’s a southern food buffet the likes of which you have never seen. it’s more variety than you can possibly eat, and voted the best barbeque in south carolina. open thursday - saturday.also check out botony bay, a new 4600 acre state park. it’s got a half mile walk over wild marshes to the beach, which has never been built on or inhabited much since the old plantation days. lots of wild beauty to stir your soul.