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.


Gearing Up For Summer 5 Mar 2015, 2:59 pm

The weather has given us a teaser for what is in store shortly and I couldn’t be more thrilled! Folly Beach came alive today with beachgoers and locals alike as the sun decided to show its face once again. The fog burned off and the rays of sunshine went a long ways towards warming the chill in the air. But enough about the weather!

Today was spring cleaning day here at the inn! We gave the entire place a quick sprucing up and let me tell you, it sure felt great. Our event coordinator, Maria, and myself spent the hours sweating in our storage area, moving everything around and organizing everything our hotel owns. And we can definitely vouch now that we sure do own a lot! Our beach chairs and umbrellas are ready to be used and see the sun and sand once again. Our beach towels are soft and fluffy and our ice machine is ready to fill those coolers that all our guests bring to the beach.

The island is not actually full. Don’t turn back. Take a right on Indian Ave and a right on W. 2nd. We have room!

Amidst all of the sweating, organizing, and back-breaking work, I think I caught spring fever. I can feel it in my bones. I am ready to fling off the jackets and scarves and start donning the flip flops and sundresses. Plus, now I have realized that I should probably go home and do the same thing. It is the time of year to dig through that pile of stuff you haven’t touched in months and start donating everything you no longer need. However, after all the cleaning we accomplished today, I feel more like sitting down in a nice lounge chair with a glass of Folly Punch in hand or possibly a glass of our new wine.

Did I mention that we have a new wine in house now? We all love our Monte Maria Pinot Grigio but it is nice to mix it up every now and then with a new refreshing bottle of Trebbiano d’Abruzzo.

A productive day, overall!

Southern Living Boasts About Regatta Inn! 15 Jan 2015, 12:01 pm

Our beautiful new sister property, the Regatta Inn, just gained national attention in Southern Living’s articles this month. Located on Sunset Cay Marina, this beautiful hotel has not only been named one of the best new hotels in 2015 but also the best budget hotel! We couldn’t be more proud of this accomplishment. Click on the picture below to read the article and come stay at our beautiful new property. Watch the dolphins and sip on Folly Punch while you enjoy the most relaxing stay!

Folly News! 7 Jan 2015, 7:53 am

Are you getting sick of seeing all of the construction while driving onto our beautiful island town? Have no fear, soon it will be over! Our new bridges are getting closer and closer to being done.

The bridges, one crossing the Folly River and the other the Folly Creek, have been under construction since around 2011. The bridges will not add any extra lanes but will provide more space for walkers and bikers to traverse the waterways safely. The finished date is currently set for before summer 2015!

In other news, don’t forget to come to the Oyster Roast at Bowen’s Island on January 11. They will be raising money for the Morris Island Lighthouse. If you are looking for somewhere to stay this weekend, come to our hotel. We are right down the road from Bowen’s Island and just a short walk to the beach as well.

Happy New Year’s Eve! 31 Dec 2014, 5:13 am

Looking for something to do tonight on New Year’s Eve? Charleston has a great number of events going on!

Celebrate on the USS Yorktown for great music, food, and a splendid kick off for the New Year.

Go down to the Aquarium for the Snyder Grand Ball. Wear your best attire and meet some fabulous people to spend your first night of 2015 with! Drink, eat, and be merry.

For a beach adventure, come down to the Tides Hotel tonight for their bash as well! The best part is that we still have rooms available so you can continue celebrating into the very wee hours of the morning.

Thank You! And Happy Holidays, Y’all! 20 Dec 2014, 10:58 am

We wanted to send out a thank you to everyone who has been a great help to us this year! And what a year it has been! We have had some great times and some hard times but through it all, Water’s Edge Inn has had the greatest support and the best staff we could ever ask for.

Thank you to the Folly Beach community for helping us to open a new and amazing boutique inn on the island. Without the Folly Beach locals, we never would have been up and running as quickly as we were.

Thank you to the Folly Beach fire department for helping us after we were struck by lightning. Our beautiful inn is back to its original state and you can’t even tell that we took damage this past August!

Thank you to wonderful photographer Merideth from A Spot in Time Photography for all the work she does with our beautiful eloping couples! We love helping people get hitched and we couldn’t do it without Merideth and also our great officiants. Thank you to Folly Beach Massage, Jerry, Randy, and everyone else who takes time out of their day to support our little hotel.

Thank you to the entire crew of CDI Homes and everyone else who helped to build the beautiful property we now call the Regatta Inn. They built us the most beautiful sister property we could have ever asked for.

Our wonderful staff and family here at Water’s Edge Inn is the best part of our hotel. They deserve all of the thanks in the world for all the work they do.

But most of all, we want to thank our guests. The new guests, the return guests, the guests who could only stay for a night, and the guests who stay with us for weeks. Without you all, we would be nothing more than just a house on Folly Beach. Because of our great guests, we are able to give the best hospitality in the South!

Folly Beach Christmas Parade! 12 Dec 2014, 1:36 pm

Folly Beach knows how to do Christmas the right way! Kick start your holiday spirit with our small town parade. On Saturday, December 13th at 1:00 pm, starting at Marsh Winds Condominiums, this local parade will begin the trek down Center Street. Make sure you are on the island before 1:00 though because we shut the streets down for this great holiday spectacle!

We are all ready for it. Are you?

Dashing through the snow! 8 Dec 2014, 12:13 pm

Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on your perspective, Charleston is lacking in snow at the moment. A lack of snow doesn’t mean a lack of holiday spirit though! Christmas is rapidly approaching and Charleston is prepping for the season. Here is just a small peek into what you can expect from this beautiful city!

This past Saturday, December 6th, downtown Charleston lit up with the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The 60-foot tree of lights is a magnificent sight to see when wandering the historic district.

Next weekend is the 33rd Annual Holiday Parade of Boats. View the parade as it travels through the waterways between Mount Pleasant and Charleston. It is a Charleston event that you won’t want to miss out on!

Also currently running is the James Island Festival of Lights! Best light spectacle in the lowcountry!

If you would like more information or need help planning your trip to Charleston this holiday season, don’t hesitate to give us a call! We love giving recommendations to all of our future guests.

Happy Thanksgiving! 27 Nov 2014, 11:55 am

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our wonderful past, present, and future guests out there. On this day, we like to reflect on everything that we are thankful for. Too often we all forget to appreciate the little things in our lives but not today!

I personally am thankful for my family, my friends, and the wonderful people I work with here at this beautiful boutique hotel on Folly Beach. Even if you aren’t spending this season with your family, don’t forget to tell them how much they mean to you. I am thankful for the community we have here in our small island town and how supportive we are to one another. I am thankful to have a place to live, food to eat, and even Christmas music to listen to, though I might not appreciate the music in about a week

Don’t forget to tell the people special to you how much you care about them. Everyone deserves to hear it.

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” 20 Nov 2014, 10:25 am

Brr! This week the temperatures have plummeted and it has left everyone feeling a little gloomy. But here at the beach we are still having a great time. It might be cold but there are plenty of things to do that make this weather a little more bearable.

1) Drink hot chocolate! We never say no to a delectable mug of steaming hot cocoa.
2) Take a nap
3) Watch a movie
4) Play Monopoly. It is never too late to start a family feud with the classic game of Monopoly.
5) Read a book
6) Better yet, why not write a book?
7) Make some chili. It is that time of year and chili always keeps you warm. Find some great chili recipes here
8) Turn on the fireplace and roast some marshmallows
9) Go ice skating. We can’t do this here at Folly Beach but plenty of places have seen enough snow!
10) Do some online shopping or maybe, just maybe, sell some of your unnecessary items online
11) Write a letter to a friend you haven’t seen in awhile
12) Like our Facebook page!
13) Start learning a new language today
14) Rearrange your furniture
15) Travel somewhere warmer. Like our boutique hotel!

Just a few ideas to get your day started off right.

Why YOU Should Stay At Water’s Edge Inn 10 Nov 2014, 6:32 am

When you come to Folly Beach, you are coming to a place with beautiful weather, fun activities, and charm that only the South can offer. From the moment you cross over the bridge and drive onto the island, you are enveloped in that small town feel. On both sides of Center Street there are little shops, businesses, a church, kayaking rentals, and the best local dives on the beach.

The first question you are going to ask yourself is which hotel should I stay at while vacationing on Folly? Which hotel will offer that southern charm, beach proximity, cleanliness, and unique experience that you are looking for? What hotel will greet you by name, offer you a glass of World Famous Folly Punch the moment you step in the door, and show you to your room personally while answering any questions you may have about the area? Which hotel will offer the amazing views and a hot tub right on the marsh where you can watch the tide come in and out?

Water’s Edge Inn! That is the easiest answer you will ever find! With everything that Folly Beach has to offer you, you need a hotel that will give you the relaxation and comfort you need after a day exploring our little town and the hustle and bustle of downtown Charleston. For that intimate vacation, stay at Water’s Edge Inn instead of a larger hotel property. Situated just a few blocks from the ocean and within easy walking distance of all the attractions of Folly Beach, you can’t go wrong with us!