Water's Edge Inn at Folly Beach

79 West 2nd Street, Folly Beach, South Carolina 29439
Innkeeper(s): Paul Lauer
  • Welcome to Water's Edge Inn!

    Welcome to Water's Edge Inn!

  • The Floridian guestroom

    The Floridian guestroom

  • The Islander guestroom

    The Islander guestroom

  • The Charleston guestroom

    The Charleston guestroom

  • The Atlantic guestroom

    The Atlantic guestroom

  • Private guest bathroom

    Private guest bathroom

  • 24-hour hot tub access provided for all of our guests.

    24-hour hot tub access provided for all of our guests.

  • Enjoy breakfast on your own private screened in outdoor patio

    Enjoy breakfast on your own private screened in outdoor patio

  • Breakfast and happy hour are served daily

    Breakfast and happy hour are served daily

  • Happy Hour served daily 4-7. Includes lite hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, & world famous Folly Punch

    Happy Hour served daily 4-7. Includes lite hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, & world famous Folly Punch

  • Enjoy dining at our outdoor patio area.

    Enjoy dining at our outdoor patio area.

  • Beach chair and umbrella rentals available.

    Beach chair and umbrella rentals available.

  • Private guest bathroom

    Private guest bathroom

  • Our newest guestroom - The Regatta

    Our newest guestroom - The Regatta

  • 3-bedroom 3-bath villas are available for larger groups.  See our website for more details.

    3-bedroom 3-bath villas are available for larger groups. See our website for more details.


Folly Beach Cuisine 23 Jul 2014, 12:51 pm

Looking for a way to enhance your Folly Beach experience? Well here is a list of our top 3 favorite places to enjoy some great local cuisine. Each has something unique to offer, so why not try all three?

Rita’s Seaside Grille- The most fun spot on Folly Beach, just steps away from the beach and the Folly Fishing Pier. Dine indoors or outside on our very comfortable, dog-friendly patio. We’re open every day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. Saturday and Sunday brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our fabulous menus have everything from bacon and eggs to our famous burger, award-winning Rita’s Chili, prime steaks and luscious seafood. A great time at The Edge of America.

Our Favorite Dish: Pulled Pork Sandwich

Lost Dog Cafe- When opening Lost Dog Cafe’ in 2002, we knew we wanted a laid back beach cafe. We would serve breakfast all day featuring huge breakfast burritos, bagel sandwiches and some good coffee. We wanted a place where the staff was friendly and the locals and tourists could eat, meet and mingle, a gathering place. We enjoyed four years on Center Street meeting the folks of Folly, learning the secret to grits and starting our own dog wall of fame. Then it seemed like it happened over night, we had out grown our location. We sought out a new home for “the dog” and bought the old laundry mat on West Huron. Please come by and give us a bark.

Our Favorite Dish: Whistlin’ Dixie Shrimp and Grits

Taco Boy- My name is Taco Boy. There is much to tell about me, but my lawyer says it’s best to keep quiet about my past. I can tell you that I didn’t have enough cash to fulfill my fantasy of buying a sbarro franchise, so I scraped up enough dough to open an authentic Taqueria/Cantina on Folly Beach. I called it Taco Boy and serve really, really, really tasty tacos and nachos. Fun Margaritas and special Tequila flights, too. My motto is “Skip Siesta, Let’s Fiesta.” People like that. Now I have two Taco Boy’s. Come visit one. Open
11am-2am 7 days a week (kitchen closes at 10pm daily).

Our Favorite Dish: Baja Fish Tacos

Aloha, Y’all Enjoy! 


Travel Packages for Summer Fun! 12 Jul 2014, 3:04 pm

Summer is in full swing! Why not plan one more romantic getaway this season?

In addition to the tranquil, intimate setting of our unique inn, the Water’s Edge offers several inclusive packages, featuring great local activities! Looking to try paddle boarding, sailing, or kayaking? Well look no further. With one of our action-packed adventure packages or our romantic retreat, you can enjoy the day with your sweetheart and then spend a nice relaxing night on your private porch with a glass of World Famous Folly Punch. Cheers!

This package is designed for those who love the outdoors and crave adventure! Make the most of your time by the water.  Your package includes:

One night of luxurious accommodations, bike rentals for your whole stay, and your choice of 2 of the listed activities.

  • 2-hour kayak tour
  • 1.5-hour private sunset cruise
  • 1-hour surfing lessons
  • 2-hour paddle boarding tour
  • 1-hour Jet Ski rental

Water’s Edge Inn is an ideal location to relax and pamper you and your plus one.  Luxurious linens, spa robes and a soothing Jacuzzi bathtub are just the beginning.  In addition to the exceptional amenities that we always offer, our Romance Retreat package also includes:

  • One night of luxurious lodging
  • Bouquet of red roses (other flowers can be substituted upon request)
  • Bottle of champagne or sparkling cider
  • A box of creamy, decadent chocolate truffles or chocolate covered strawberries
  • Couple’s Massage

Imagine the wind in your hair, dolphins playing in the surf, and the peaceful waves of the Atlantic gliding by.  This package was created by our owner who recently experienced the tranquility of this sailboat excursion.  This romantic package includes:

  • One night of luxurious accommodations
  • Two-hour Sailboat Charter
  • Water’s Edge Inn beach bag filled with wine, fruit, and cheese

Aloha, Y’all! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Charleston and Folly Beach July 4th Celebrations 18 Jun 2014, 5:39 am

Still no plans for 4th of July?

Well, never fear, because here is a list of the top events and attractions our historic city has to offer. With food, fun, and fireworks, Charleston guarantees a patriotic good time!


Folly Beach, 4th of July Celebration: Folly Beach fireworks display from the Ocean at dark.

8th Annual Sizzling Southern Celebration: Join Wentworth Mansion® and Circa 1886 in celebrating Independence Day in true southern fashion with libations and delicious 3 course “Grill” dinner, all accompanied by live music.

Craft Brews Cruise: Come enjoy the 4th on the Carolina Queen for craft brews, live music, and food! Boarding is at 8:00pm and ends at 10:30pm. Fireworks start at 9:00pm.

Evenings in the Market: A weekly event featuring local artists, vendors, and designers from 6:30pm-10:30pm.

July 4th Cross Country 5K: 5K run around Trophy Lake, located in John’s Island at 3050 Marlin Rd. The race starts at 8:00am.

Patriot’s Point 4th of July Blast: A shore-side beach party with a beach music band and professional fireworks.

Uncle Sam Jam: Enjoy the cool harbor breeze as you dance to live beach music at a great venue for celebrating our independence – the Mount Pleasant Pier! Gates open at 7:00pm and music starts at 8:00pm.

Pier Fishing on Folly Beach 30 May 2014, 9:58 am

Looking for an inexpensive way to enjoy a summer day on Folly Beach?  Don’t forget to check out the Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier.  Whether you are an experienced angler or just getting started in the sport, the Folly Beach pier will never cease to entertain you and your family for hours on end.

Depending on your catch and fish cleaning skills, you might just end up with free supper!  At the pier gift shop, you can rent a rod for $10 a day (plus a $25 deposit), and daily adult fishing permits go for just $8, or $5 if you’re a Charleston County resident. They’ll also sell you frozen shrimp, squid, mullet chunks, or finger mullet for $4.60 a container, or you can pick up some live bait at a local tackle shop. Bonus: The pier is the only place where you can still drink alcohol on the beach, provided you buy it from Locklear’s Beach City Grill, which is located on the pier.

Spoleto Festival 2014 21 May 2014, 7:34 am

It’s that time of year again!  Tomorrow May 22nd kicks off Spoleto 2014!  For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston, South Carolina’s historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned artists as well as emerging performers in opera; theater; dance; and chamber, symphonic, choral and jazz music. Now approaching its 38th season, Spoleto Festival USA is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival. Follow the link below for the full calender, there is sure to be something of interest for everyone in the family!

http://spoletousa.org/current-season/schedule/ .

Happy Mother’s Day from Water’s Edge Inn! 9 May 2014, 7:34 am

With Mother’s Day only two days away we would like to take a moment to honor and recognize all of the mothers in our families who have sacrificed so much to help make us who we are today.  We thought you would enjoy reading some interesting facts about her special day.

  • Mother’s Day became an official national holiday in 1914, but there was an observance that dates back to the 16th century in Europe called “Mothering Sunday.” It took place on the fourth Sunday of Lent, and it was observed by returning to their “mother church.” It later changed to a less religious honoring of mothers
  • In the United States, Mother’s Day was “started” by Anna Jarvis who, in 1908, who wanted to honor her late mother. Her mother had organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day” in 1968 as a way to promote reconciliation following the end of the Civil War.
  • Mother’s Day is the name of the holiday, not Mothers’ Day. Jarvis’ intent was to honor each individual mother (your own), so the name is kept singular, not plural.

Here are some interesting Mother’s Day statistics:

$1.9 billion is spent annually on flowers for Mother’s Day. 69% of all gifts given are flowers. 13% of mothers buy themselves flowers for Mother’s Day.

There are 133 million cards exchanged for Mother’s Day each year, according to Hallmark. That makes Mother’s Day the third-largest holiday for card exchanging each year.

The total number of telephone calls increases 37% on Mother’s Day.

Happy Mother’s Day to all from of us at Water’s Edge Inn on Folly Beach!

Folly Beach Farmers Market Returns May 7th 2 May 2014, 6:53 am


The highly anticipated Folly Beach Farmers Market is back & even better this year! Come out and enjoy live music while supporting our local farmers & vendors at the opening event!  Continue to enjoy the market every Wednesday this summer  (weather permitting) 5:00pm-9:00pm.
(next to The Grill)

~to list a few of the vendors ~
*Folly’s Favorite Artist MEGAN DAY
(custom woodworks)

“Our Little Island” 24 Apr 2014, 8:16 am

Our Little Island

Check out this cool video and song about Folly Beach!  Although it was filmed a few years ago, it’s cool to see that not much has changed on “Our Little Island”  You can read more about James Justin & Co at www.jamesjustinandco.com.


Coming Soon Regatta Inn Folly Beach! 8 Apr 2014, 9:54 am

The Water’s Edge Inn family is expanding!  We are thrilled to announce the groundbreaking of our brand new bed and breakfast opening this summer.  Located on the breathtaking Sunset Cay Marina, the Regatta Inn will feature 10 elegantly appointed guest rooms, free breakfast each morning and happy hour everyday from 4-7 each evening.   The Regatta Inn will also have the perfect backdrop for your special events on the rooftop terrace overlooking the marina!  Please like our new Facebook page to stay up do date on all of the construction progress, www.facebook.com/RegattaInnFollyBeachSC.  We are looking forward to serving you soon!

Spring is in the air in Folly Beach! 30 Mar 2014, 1:48 pm

All one has to do is check out the weather forecast for the next week to see things are starting to warm up, let’s hope for good now. It seems spring has finally arrived! Spring in Folly Beach and Charleston is great in that it’s not too hot during the day, in fact very comfortable and at night it cools down so that there’s only a mild chill in the air. It’s also a time when a lot of fun events start cropping up ushering in the warmer weather season. For just a few examples of what I mean:

  • The Charleston Farmers Market at Marion Square begins April 12
  • Sea and Sand Festival on Folly Beach April 11-13
  • Spoleto Festival kicks off April 11
  • Lowcountry Cajun Festival April 6
  • Flowertown Festival in Summerville from April 4-6

This is just a taste of what we have going on here in the lowcountry. I think everyone can agree we’ve got a bit of cabin fever from this cold winter and ready for spring to really start,  so we’ll see you at the beach. Aloha y’all!