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Is it hot enough for ya?

Publisher Lori Goodridge-Cribb is shown grillin’ and chillin’ on her back deck with a spicy vodka cocktail. Find three perfect summertime sippers on page 136.

The Lowcountry turns up the summer heat in more ways than one.

When it comes to weather, we’re pretty spoiled. Remember how beautiful it was in February? While our northern friends and family were digging out of snow and ice, we were enjoying sunny beach days, relaxing kayak adventures and extended bike rides. Our mild winters are amazing. Spring and fall here are absolutely fantastic as well. Summer? Hot as a firecracker. A few other fun ways to describe our July is “hotter’n blue blazes” or “hot as all get-out.” 

Many believe it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. You don’t have to hop on a plane to visit the tropics when you live here — simply walk out your front door, and it hits you like a ton of bricks.

You’re not a true local until you’ve experienced AC failure on the hottest day of the year. It happened to me a few years ago in the middle of July. The heat index was around 100 when our system decided to call it quits. To make matters worse, I had a house full of guests. We placed buckets of ice in front of fans to help us sleep that night. I do not recommend doing this at all. I do recommend having a great relationship with your AC provider and believing them when they tell you your equipment is on its last leg.

As hot as it gets, summers here are still great — they just take a bit of getting used to. With July being our warmest month of the year, we embrace the heat with this sizzling summer issue. 

Discover a few under-the-radar hot spots for summer fun, add some hot new books to your reading list, and learn local secrets for summer fishing, golfing and gardening. Heat up your culinary repertoire by cooking with peppers and spices. Learn to make fire by hand with local wood and tinder. Soak up local tips for beating the heat, and grasp the science behind how and why we sweat. 

Hot fashion, hot technology, hot boats, hot home trends, hot travel destinations, hot grills, hot art … you’ll find all of that and more inside this hot-off-the-press issue. We hope you take advantage of all of the wonderful experiences a Lowcountry summer offers — cool pools, ice cream, barbecues, Tuesday fireworks, outdoor movie nights, community concerts, perfect beach days … the list goes on and on. Just don’t forget the deodorant. To the hottest summer ever! 

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“Do not wait to strike ’til the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”

-William Butler Yeats, poet

Lori’s hot list 

Food: Tomatoes. They are just about perfect this time of year. 

Style: Replacing my Covid sweat pants with real clothes again. I forgot how fun shopping in person is! 

Movie: “Collateral Beauty” with Will Smith. Sad but good. I just found it on Netflix. 

Exercise: Pilates with Esmeralda still rules.

Activity: Hugging my grandbabies!