Stratton Lawrence

Travel Writer | Editor | Content Marketing Manager

Folly Beach, SC

Stratton Lawrence

Travel Writer | Editor | Content Marketing Manager


The 29 Waterfront Seafood Spots You Need to Try Right Now

There’s no better (or safer!) way to consume the fruits of the ocean than with a paper plate on your lap, the wind in your hair, and creaky floorboards beneath your feet. My contributions here include Bowens Island and The Wreck of the Richard and Charlene
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The Best New Restaurants in Charleston in 2021

In a city known for its food, these eight newcomers are worth a reservation.
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The Perfect Weekend Getaway to Greenville, SC

This South Carolina city is growing in all the right ways, while staying true to itself. Come to enjoy fast cars, slow bike rides, and inspired eats.
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Discover Charleston's Offbeat Underbelly

Get funky in the Holy City.
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It List 2021: Our Editors’ Picks of the Best New Hotels in the World

Emeline — Charleston, South Carolina It's the little things that make a hotel memorable, and Emeline is an inspired newcomer (just off Market Street in downtown Charleston) that delivers pleasant surprises by the bushel. The experience begins in the Living Room, where guests and locals mingle on leather armchairs and sofas over locally roasted coffee by Second State and country ham biscuits and kombucha from Clerks Coffee Co., one of two on-site restaurants.
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This Tiny U.S. Island Is Full of Quiet Beaches, Art, Rum, History — and Some Say Voodoo

Imagine an island with pristine beaches and vast forests, less than a mile from one of the largest resort destinations on the East Coast. For decades, developers have eyed Daufuskie Island with plans to capitalize on its incredible beauty, yet they've mostly failed. Some blame it on access — the island is only accessible by boat — while others chalk it up to voodoo.
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Hilton Head Island Travel Guide

Hilton Head's 12 miles of beaches and slow pace of life have drawn families and travelers for decades. Two dozen golf courses weave through the island's 25,000 acres, including the internationally renowned Harbour Town Golf Links. Balmy, breezy weather makes it a haven for world-class tennis and excellent inshore fishing, while an island-wide network of paved trails makes it possible to travel the island from end to end via bicycle.
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5 Steps for Training with a Less Experienced Partner

Running with another runner is a great way to stay motivated. However, sometimes that person may be a bit slower or less experienced than you are. These five steps from Stratton Lawrence will help you get in the training you need while staying with your partner. For both positive and negative results, the power of suggestion is a powerful thing.
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‎Fodor's InFocus Great Smoky Mountains National Park

I co-authored this book. After a three-week research trip in August 2020, I wrote the chapter covering the Tennessee side of the park.
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Hiking the Appalachian Trail in Georgia: Where to Go and What to Bring

The Appalachian Trail (AT) crosses 14 states on its journey up the East Coast, but it begins (or ends, depending on your direction) in Georgia. Springer Mountain has served as the starting point for countless adventures and as a celebratory finale for those completing the 2,200-mile hike from Mount Katahdin in Maine.
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Lessons Learned from Wet Weather Hiking Mishaps

There's much to be said for the old Boy Scout maxim, "Be Prepared." But being prepared doesn't necessarily mean that you've got every piece of gear in your pack you could ever need. Sure, it would be nice to have an ax when you're 50 miles into the 100-Mile Wilderness and wanting to build a fire, but carrying the ax may actually leave you less prepared for the 5,000 feet of elevation change that you plan to traverse the following morning. Link to Story

5 Things I Wish I’d Known Packing For The Colorado River

It can take more than a decade to get a permit for a private rafting trip through the Grand Canyon, so when a friend’s family offered my wife and I two spots on their 16-person trip, we immediately requested time off from work and booked our flights. Over the next month, we read up on the river and prepared our gear, but by the first night camping on a sandy Canyon beach, we learned that there’s no way to fully know how to pack for the Colorado until you’ve spent time on the water.
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Stratton Lawrence

Reporter | Editor | Content Marketing Pro

Current roles:

Managing Editor at Perficient Digital - hire and manage a team of editors and writers generating SEO-optimized web copy for corporate clients (Home Depot, Comcast,, eBay)

Active freelance writer for AFAR, Fodor's, Thrillist, Travel + Leisure

I'm the author of the books Images of America: Folly Beach and Fodor's InFocus Charleston, and co-author of Fodor's The Carolinas and Georgia and Fodor's The National Parks of the U.S.

Get in touch at or 843.452.7429



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