About Us – Since 2007

Paul Lauer is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. He moved to Folly Beach, South Carolina in 1997 and founded CDI Homes. While working as a developer and living on Folly Beach, he discovered the need for upscale overnight accommodations and began constructing Waters Edge Inn, which opened its doors in March 2007. Since then, Water’s Edge Inn has become a premier Folly Beach hotel, offering a comfortable yet elegant beach experience. Created around the concept of offering premier customer service full of unexpected surprises and personal touches, a stay at Water’s Edge Inn is sure to be memorable.


Paul lives on-site and enjoys mingling with the guests. He also works as a Folly Beach Firefighter and spends his free time with his two children.

About Folly Beach

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1. The Edge
of America

Folly Beach has always been part of coastal South Carolina’s history and charm. Nestled between the Folly River and the Atlantic Ocean, we are just 20 minutes from historic Charleston. Locals refer to it as “the Edge of America”.

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2. Around
the Area

On the northeastern tip of the island, you’ll find an outstanding view of the Morris Island Lighthouse. For the sportsman, you can fish from the Edwin S. Taylor Pier which extends over 1,000 feet into the Atlantic Ocean. Visit our attractions page for more information.

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3. Feast
in Folly

Whether you’re sinking your teeth into a satisfying sandwich or indulging in some southern fried chicken, from fine dining to fresh seafood Folly Beach has it all. Visit our restaurants page for more information.

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4. Things
to Do

From pirates to soldiers to shipwrecks, uncover Folly Beach’s history. Or, stick to the simple kayaking, paddle boarding, relaxing on the beach and more! Visit our attractions page for more information.


Cannot say enough about this place!!!

What a lovely bed and breakfast inn! The room was immaculate with a stunning marsh view. The staff was incredible we will definitely be repeat customers

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We loved everything about our stay!

We loved everything about our stay at Water’s Edge Inn from the charming staff and friendly owner to the delicious breakfast and happy hour, clean and comfortable rooms as well as all the amenities. Already looking forward to the next time we can return!

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Enchanting little Inn!!!

Why stay in yet another cookie-cutter hotel when the Water’s Edge Inn is available? It’s a charming little venue hidden away amongst the flora and fauna of Folly. (Even friends who are natives didn’t know it was there.) We fell in love with it.

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We are booking again next year and can’t wait to return!

This was not our 1st visit to Folly but it was the first time to stay at Water’s Edge. It was absolutely lovely. The ladies who were at the front during happy hour and breakfast were so friendly and made sure we had everything we needed. We enjoyed talking with the other guest during happy hour and breakfast. The rooms are very cozy with fireplaces and everything you need to enjoy your stay.

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Would definitely recommend and will be back.

Easy check-in, helpful staff. Very cozy, homey and quiet. Much better than a hotel room. Very clean. Enjoyed drinking coffee and eating breakfast on the screened porch each morning.

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Loved it again!

I truly appreciate the warm and inviting feeling that I had during my stay. From checking in, to checking out, one feels that you are their only customer. The two night stay is exactly what my wife and needed.

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