Home to some of America’s most iconic tourist and resort destinations, the Lowcountry has long been a pioneer in the development of retirement communities where respect for the natural environment enhances the healthy outdoor lifestyle.
LOWCOUNTRY DESTINATIONS TO EXPLORE
Start your Lowcountry adventure in South Carolina’s “Holy City” of Charleston, named in 2018 as America’s No. 1 destination by readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, as well as “The South’s Best City” by Southern Living. The list of must-see sites is seemingly endless: The Battery and Rainbow Row homes, Fort Sumter National Historic Monument, the South Carolina Aquarium, Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum, and antebellum plantation gardens along the Ashley River. The entire historic district offers one delightful walking-tour stop after another from unique Market Street merchants to world-class art galleries, museums, and churches, plus award-winning restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and wine bars. Direct flights from most major cities arrive daily at the recently expanded Charleston International Airport, and lodging choices include downtown hotels and nearby oceanfront resorts.
KIAWAH ISLAND KiawahResort.com
Located just south of Charleston, Kiawah Island offers 10 miles of pristine beaches, shopping at Freshfields Market, complete golf packages with play on the acclaimed Ocean Course, and ocean-view suites at the sumptuous Sanctuary Hotel.
The waterfront town of Beaufort is truly the heart of the Lowcountry, with unique restaurants, shops, museums, and bed-and-breakfast inns in a downtown area that’s a 300-acre National Historic Landmark. Among the most popular visitor activities are tours of the nearby Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station and Parris Island Training Depot, as well as kayaking on the unspoiled surrounding waterways and hiking on the Spanish Moss Trail. One-of-a-kind local attractions include the new Pat Conroy Literary Center and the nostalgic Highway 21 Drive-In Theater.
More than just the “Gateway to Hilton Head,” Bluffton is
“A State of Mind” that’s crafting a fresh 21st-century identity with new residential and retirement communities, while Old Town Bluffton preserves its riverfront-village traditions with historic sites, Lowcountry cuisine restaurants, and 30+ art galleries and boutique shops.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HiltonHeadIsland.org
Hilton Head Island is the Lowcountry’s world-class vacation destination, with big-name resorts along the 12-mile oceanfront like Sea Pines, Palmetto Dunes, Omni, Weston, Marriott, and Sonesta. In addition to the famed Harbour Town Golf Links, there are 24 superb local courses that welcome players year-round, plus more than 300 tennis courts and 60 miles of bike paths connecting public parks and beaches.
Georgia’s “First City” and one of America’s founding ports, Savannah is an unrivaled destination in any season, but especially in spring when the Historic District’s 22 park-like squares come alive with azalea and magnolia blossoms. Take a self-guided walking tour or use the free trolley service, but be sure to check out the renowned Telfair Museums’ art exhibits, the delightful City Market shops, and the scores of exquisite downtown restaurants. Among the best local day trips are visits to the nearby Tybee Island beaches and the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. Vacation accommodations range from full-service hotels to romantic bed-and-breakfast inns, while getting there has never been easier with new non-stop flights to the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport.
LOWCOUNTRY EVENTS TO ENJOY
MARCH 28-APRIL 13
SAVANNAH MUSIC FESTIVAL SavannahMusicFestival.org
From classical to country and gospel to rock, the Savannah Music Festival presents 17 days of stirring performances in downtown theaters, churches, and gardens. Headliners for this year’s event include international stars Roby Lakatos, Angelique Kidjo, and Jerusalem Quartet, as well as All-American favorites like Maceo Parker, Ricky Skaggs, and Asleep at the Wheel.
RBC HERITAGE RBCHeritage.com
South Carolina’s only PGA TOUR stop, the 51st RBC Heritage golf tournament on Hilton Head Island welcomes the world’s best players to the legendary Harbour Town Golf Links. Special events include an Easter Sunrise Service under the Liberty Oak.
TASTE OF BEAUFORT FESTIVAL BeaufortChamber.org
Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort is the host site for this annual celebration that includes an arts & crafts fair, road races for adults and kids, music concerts every evening, and local restaurants that feature their special local seafood dishes.
MAY 24-JUNE 9
SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA SpoletoUSA.com
The 43rd season of Charleston’s signature Spoleto Festival USA promises to be the biggest and best ever with more than 140 music, dance, and theater performances at a dozen downtown venues. Among the featured events this year will be a new production of the classic Richard Strauss opera Salome, the world premiere of Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai’s Letter to a Friend in Gaza, a rare U.S. jazz concert by the Carla Bey Trio, and three Shakespeare plays by the London-based Globe company. Piccolo Spoleto features regional performers, author readings, art shows, and kids’ events.
BEAUFORT WATER FESTIVAL BFTWaterFestival.com
For 64 years and counting, the Beaufort Water Festival has been the Lowcountry’s premier family-fun event with raft races, water-skiing exhibitions, fishing tournaments, live music and dancing, an Arts & Crafts Market, fabulous food, and a finale that includes the Commodore’s Ball and the Parade of Boats.
SIDE TRIP TO THE MIDLANDS
South Carolina’s capital city of Columbia (ExperienceColumbiaSC.com) features a revitalized Vista District with new gourmet restaurants and art galleries, plus traditional family events like the 46th Annual Governor’s Cup Road Race (May 17-18), and the 61st Lexington County Peach Festival (July 4). Just beyond the downtown area, Saluda River Club offers maintenance-free patio homes in a peaceful riverside setting (SaludaRiverClub.com), while Timberlake Pointe is Lake Murray’s newest waterfront community (TimberlakePointe.com).
THE CHARING TOWN OF AIKEN
(VisitAikenSC.com) is the heart of the state’s “Thoroughbred Country” and hosts a full slate of springtime steeplechase, polo, and horse show events. Woodside is the area’s premier master planned community with resort-style amenities and championship golf (WoodsideCommunities.com). The Mount Vintage community features superb amenities that include a 27-hole golf course and a Town Center & Athletic Club complex (MountVintage.com).
Lowcountry Communities to Visit
K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay features homes and homesites around 300 acres of lakes in the Summerville area, with active-adult amenities like an eight-mile blueway for kayakers and 25 miles of hiking trails.
Cresswind Charleston offers energy-efficient Kolter homes in a quiet Summerville setting with superb clubhouse amenities, 20+ miles of walking trails, an on-site YMCA, and the unique Farmhouse Social Center for community gatherings.
Dataw Island Club is a Beaufort-area community with spacious Lowcountry-style homes amid maritime forests of moss-draped oaks and amenities that include 36 holes of award-winning golf and a tennis center ranked among the nation’s best.
Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head is a new age-55+ community inspired by singer Jimmy Buffett’s laid-back lifestyle with Lake Latitude Club resort amenities and plans for walkable neighborhoods around a lively Town Center.
Logan Homes built the showcase 2018 Ideal Home in Hampton Lake near Bluffton and specializes in custom-crafted, energy-efficient residences for families and retirees in the finest Lowcountry master planned communities.
The Landings on Skidaway Island is 10 minutes from Savannah and residents have all the amenities close to home: six spectacular golf courses, three complete tennis centers, 30 miles of hiking trails, 100+ community clubs, and more.
WaterWays is a 2,300-acre master planned community near Savannah with traditional Southern-style homes, a lagoon system designed for fishing and kayaking, a new fitness center, and a Marina Village centerpiece on the horizon.