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10 Jan 2024
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Winter is the slower season on the Charleston coast, but that does not mean there is nothing happening. How you spend your time during your beach vacation is up to you. From music to high-end galas to outdoor activities, there is something for everyone. 

The Off-Road Duathlon takes place Jan. 13 at Laurel all County Park in Mount Pleasant. The three-part, beginner-friendly course event includes a two-mile run, seven-mile bike, then another two-mile run. Registration is $4 for ages 14 and up. 

Enjoy live music? Listen to Jazz Night at the Porch Bar from 6-8 p.m. the last Thursday of each month - Jan. 25 and Feb. 29 - at the Andell Inn on Kiawah Island. The Folly Bluegrass Society performs from 6-9 p.m. on Jan. 18 and Jan. 26 at Chico Feo, 122 E. Ashley Ave. in Folly Beach. Music starts around 6 p.m., so get there early for a great night of music, food and cold beer.

Hit up Freshfields Village for Cars & Coffee from 9-11 a.m. on Jan. 20 and Feb. 17. Stroll the streets to check out the modern roadsters and vintage vehicles. Drive your own classic or admire the ones on display while you sip coffee and snack on pastries, available for purchase at Java Java

Make a splash at the Polar Bear Plunge, 10 a.m. to noon on Jan. 27 at Folly Beach Baptist Church, 77 Center St., Folly Beach.  

Enjoy the good life during the 16th Gourmet & Grapes four-day culinary experience, which takes place Feb. 1-4 at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island. Highlights include a gourmet & grant (BBQ and bourbon) mashup, wine gala, silent and live auction, and exclusive black-tie dinner. The event pairs local and regional culinary talent with award-winning wineries. Tickets for this elegant affair start at $250 for the Caviar & Champagne Brunch. 

Take a sip at Kiawah Spirits in Freshfields Village, which holds tastings from 1-5 p.m. each Friday and Saturday for the over-21 crowd. The store features different liquors each week from the 200 spirit brands in stock. From single malt scotches to small batch bourbons to tequila, the featured spirits are available as long as the supply lasts.

What are your plans this winter?