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.


Cheesy Delight! 25 Oct 2014, 5:36 am

If you enjoy macaroni and cheese, dogs, and paddleboarding, we have the perfect weekend for you! Charleston is hosting many great events this weekend to keep you entertained, and all for a great cause!


Start your day off right with the Magnolia Plantation Mutt Strutt. For the month of October, anyone who adopts a dog from a Lowcountry animal shelter will receive free admission to Magnolia Plantation. On October 25th, the doggie-owner costume contest will begin at noon for this “howl-o-ween” event! What a great and creative way to help the Charleston Animal Society’s overcrowding issue.


My favorite event of the year is here! Charleston Mac Off is back for 5th annual mac & cheese event! Come sample macaroni from various vendors and enjoy entertainment and games on October 25th in Mount Pleasant! All proceeds from the event benefit the Lowcountry Local First to keep our small businesses and farmers thriving. We all love food and this southern comfort mac & cheese promises that no one will go hungry at this event!


And a quick reminder to come check out the SUPer Scary SUP Race today on Folly Beach! Put on your costume and come paddle board for a great cause! The weather is perfect and we want to see you all out here enjoying everything Folly has to offer!

Enjoy the Dark Side of Charleston! 16 Oct 2014, 12:35 pm

The year is winding down and the holidays are approaching but don’t be alarmed! October in Charleston means many great events and gorgeous weather to boot.

Prepare to be scared! Boone Hall presents Boone Hall Fright Nights! Take a hayride through the Wicked Woods or explore Zombie Town. If you want something a little more friendly for the family, visit during the day and enjoy the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch!

Another great event is the fourth annual Super Scary SUP Race!! Come join SUP Safaris and Flipper Finders for a fun packed event on the beach! For a great cause, bring out the family and family pet and enjoy a day on the water. A little competition and food afterwards is a good way to spend a Saturday.

If you want an action packed event, why not check out the Zombie Paintball in Mount Pleasant? 



Grand Opening of The Regatta Inn on Folly Beach! 6 Oct 2014, 6:16 am

What a great week it has been here on Folly Beach! We were able to meet some amazing people who came to help us celebrate our newest addition to our Folly Beach community, the Regatta Inn.

The sky was cloudy and the weather was blustering but good company and great food made for an amazing weekend. Our amazing caterers, Hamby, provided our friends and family with delicious hors d’oeuvres that were devoured immediately. Our ribbon cutting went off beautifully as well.

Our owners, Paul and Ivan, open our doors with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.


Since the grand opening, our beautiful property with its sunset views has filled its rooms and hosted a gorgeous wedding. To help two people bring their lives together was an incredibly heartfelt event. Romance is in the air!


The Regatta Inn is Almost Here! 17 Sep 2014, 11:13 am

After months of hard work and dedication, it is almost that time! The clock is ticking down and soon our sister property, the Regatta Inn, will be up and open for business. To celebrate our grand opening, we are inviting all of our friends and family to our Open House next weekend on Friday, September 26th and Saturday, September 27th from 5 pm to 10 pm. Come get a first glimpse at the rooms and spectacular views our new inn has to offer while enjoying some heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine. Plus it is a great way to meet all of the individuals who have put their heart and soul into our new hotel.

Located on Sunset Cay Marina, the Regatta Inn boasts some of the most remarkable views of the water that Folly Beach has to offer. With a modern contemporary nautical vibe, the Regatta Inn features ten guestrooms with a variety of amenities. Also included with each stay is our complimentary happy hour on the Madeline Bell terrace and daily breakfast. We also have an event venue that can host not only small, intimate elopements but full size weddings!

Help us celebrate this momentous occasion!

Charleston Restaurant Week 3 Sep 2014, 12:07 pm

Charleston Restaurant Week starts today! Looking for great food at a great price? Well look no further! Charleston Restaurant Week offers great deals at classic Charleston eateries. Take this opportunity to try something new. Check out their website for menus and availability. Cheers, Y’all!



SUP Safaris and Flipper Finders 11 Aug 2014, 11:18 am

Looking for a way to have fun and stay active on your next vacation? Well, check out SUP Safaris and Flipper Finders for some great water activities. From sailboat rides to paddle boarding, these Folly Beach treasures are guaranteed to offer a spectacular experience!

Want more information or need advice on what to try? Give our friendly guest service staff a call, and we’ll help you pick the perfect activity for you!

Paddleboarding Rentals and Tours are available on Folly Beach

Shark Week! 4 Aug 2014, 11:15 am


Are you a fan of these aquatic carnivores? Visit the South Carolina Aquarium August 1-10 for Shark Week!

Shark Week activities: 
Reel in the Shark Week experience with tons of toothy fun! From shark themed dive shows, interactive shark carts, and our popular Shark on the Shelf, there’s excitement for all ages all week long: 

-Bruce, the Aquarium’s giant inflatable shark, will welcome guests 
-Bamboo shark touch experience (limited times only) 
-Shark-themed dive shows 
-“Shark on the Shelf” making a special summer appearance 
-Shark-themed interactive education stations such as Sharkeology where you can dig for shark artifacts, and our Shark Cart with fossils, teeth, and more! 
-Photos in a giant Megalodon jaw 
-Shark dress-up area 
-Marvel at 13 sharks which call the Great Ocean Tank home, including sand tiger sharks! 

For more information on Shark Week, please visit the website provided. 

The aquarium is open daily from 9:00am-5:00pm.

Not Just a Beach Vacation… 26 Jul 2014, 3:32 pm

Charleston is a wealth of charm and history. Enhance your beach vacation by visiting beautiful Downtown Charleston and its many museums and famous sites! Enjoy the bustle of the Charleston City Market, or the tranquil peace of one of Charleston’s historic places of worship. Take in a show at the Dock Street Theater or indulge in one of Charleston’s many culinary tours. Too many to decide? Well, here are a few we recommend! Happy hunting Y’all!

Mimosas & Mystery Old Time Radio HourVolunteers from the audience are invited to play alongside the cast in this chamber theatre style ode to the old-timey radio mystery. Our favorite famous fictional detectives find themselves embroiled in a Holy City whodunit. Staged as a live radio broadcast, the Black Fedora gang will look to the audience for help in telling the story, providing sound effects, and simply laughing loudly and often.

Church Street Daughters of the Late Unpleasantness Garden, Gun & Gin Club MysteryThe Church Street Daughters of the Late Unpleasantness have held their monthly Garden, Gun & Gin Club since back when such decent ladies knew their place in society, before miniskirts, meter maids, and men wearing shorts ruined everything. And certainly there had been more than a few meetings which dissolved into a bit of hair-pullin’, heir-provin’, and homemade hare-puddin’ pitching. Still until this new sort of female up and invited herself, the crème of Charleston’s ladies hadn’t ever had to dirty their white gloves with something so revoltingly common as a … murder! Featuring the five o’clock shadow blue-haired detectives (the more masculine cast members, which might not be saying a lot), it’s a murder mystery with manners.

Firefly Friday: Charleston Harbor Dolphin Sunset SailSet Sail for a dolphin sunset sail with the Palmetto Breeze with proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen fight against breast cancer. With purchase of a ticket, you will receive a free Firefly Vodka cocktail. Set sail from Shem Creek beside Red’s Ice House on the Charleston Harbor.  $35/adult, $20/children 12 years and under. Tickets are non-refundable. Complimentary Bottled Water and Soft Drinks. Cash bar for beer, wine and pre-mixed margaritas. 

Seersucker Sundays at the JoeSupporters of preservation now have another reason to wear seersucker, discounted RiverDogs tickets! For all of the remaining Sunday home games, fans of Historic Charleston Foundation will pay $7 per ticket, three dollars off the price of admission for an upper reserve seat. A portion of the ticket savings will be donated to historic preservation in Charleston. 

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!