Looking to slake thirst on the way to Parris Island, we stopped in the Carolina Cider Company and drank ourselves silly. Not on anything alcoholic, mind you, but on the squeezin's of Muscadine grapes to be sure, as well as of apples, cherries, and peaches. This little shop by the side of the road specializes in juices made from local fruits ... as well as dozens of other products that reflect the Lowcountry's rich harvest.
It's a tiny place inside, the shelves and tables crowded with jellies and jams, fruit syrups, pickled okra and hot chow chow, black-eyed pea relish, and praline mustard glaze. Other available groceries include she-crab soup by the can, grits and rice by the half-pound bag, boxes of pecans, and bags of benne wafers. Two kinds of boiled peanuts are available -- warm, of course -- for snacking right away: regular and Cajun-spiced.
Guests are invited to sip complimentary little cups of whichever ciders they think they might like. And if you are traveling light, there's a small mail-order brochure available so that any of these regional treats can be ordered and shipped home.