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The South Carolina

Lowcountry

Hilton Head Island • Bluffton • Beaufort • Daufuskie Island Flanked by the historic cities of Charleston to the north and Savannah to the south, the Lowcountry of South Carolina offers an abundance of destinations that will make you glad that you came, and never want to leave. If you are thinking about where you might want to retire, or are interested in investing in a second home for vacation getaways, or if you are just looking for a great place for your next vacation, we have the ideal destination for you. On the following pages, you will find a selection of exceptional resort and residential communities that provide the utmost in luxury and amenities located in nature’s most beautiful and inspirational settings. You’ll also find information about shopping, dining and all sorts of activities. Whether you’re searching for the perfect beach, the perfect place to play golf, or the perfect place to live, you’ll find it here. We invite you to come and stay for awhile. We’re confident that once you come for a visit, you’ll come back to stay for good.

Photos provided by the Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau, Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Savannah Area Chamber and Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Contents Hilton Head Island Bluffton - Beaufort Daufuskie Island

Places to Stay Things to Do Dining & Leisure Shopping Sports & Activities Golf Places to Live

Savannah & Coastal Georgia Places to Stay Things to Do Dining & Leisure Tours & Attractions Places to Live

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Heritage

A Rich and History

Whether you are looking for the ideal place for your next vacation or the perfect place to live, South Carolina’s Lowcountry is the place for you. Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty and blessed with a mild year-round climate, the Lowcountry offers an abundance of great things to see and do. Miles of dazzling white sand beaches, brilliant green salt marshes and rivers, and stately maritime forests under a canopy of bright Carolina-blue skies provide a perfect environment for an unbeatable lifestyle. Against nature’s spectacular backdrop, you will enjoy the hospitality and charm of the South combined with the rich diversity of friendly people who come from all over the world to make the Lowcountry home. From the historic cities of Charleston to the north and Savannah to the south, the Lowcountry has a rich history and heritage. Native Americans, English, Spanish, and French colonists, pirates, African-Americans, and soldiers have all left their footprints on the sands of the region. Evidence of early residents dates back to 1450 B.C. with the Indian Shell Ring in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve on Hilton Head Island. In 1663, Sir William Hilton lent his name to the island while searching for the entrance to Port Continued on next page

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Royal. His glowing report of the ideal farming conditions promoted British colonization. The historic town of Beaufort was discovered by the Spanish in 1514 and chartered by the British in 1711. The city enjoyed great prosperity as indigo, cotton, and rice plantations thrived prior to the Civil War, and wealthy plantation owners built their large second homes overlooking the river. Today, Beaufort’s graceful past can still be enjoyed with more than 90 historic structures and the entire downtown listed on the national register. Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and Daufuskie Island have all played important roles in American history – from the American Revolution through the Civil War and the Reconstruction, and up to the present time where the famed Parris Island Marine base located near Beaufort trains new recruits. The Gullah culture and language is a living legacy of African-American history in the region. Gullah is a word used for both the native islanders and the language they speak. These islanders, former slaves from the West African coastal countries of Senegal and Sierra Leone came with their own traditions, beliefs and skills, which they were able to maintain given the relative isolation that came with living on the islands. They have lived here for generations, and their unique culture remains largely intact. Today, the Gullah culture can be seen at a number of locations throughout the region.

Flanked by the beautiful and historic cities of Charleston to the north and Savannah to the south, South Carolina’s Lowcountry is a wonderful place for history buffs.

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Nature’s Bounty

Here, where the marshes, rivers, and forests compete with the ocean in daily beauty contests, you’ll understand why so many people are drawn to the Lowcountry. With its maritime forests, salt marsh and ocean, the Lowcountry is home to an astonishing variety of birds, fish, and land animals. Walking or bicycling on the many trails is the best way to quietly eavesdrop on our wilder residents. See alligators and turtles sun themselves on the banks of lagoons, or walk along the beach and watch dolphins glide gracefully through the water while pelicans and seagulls dive for fish. One of the benefits of living in nature’s paradise is our beautiful and exotic birds. The foliage is, quite simply, spectacular in any season. Majestic seapines share the landscape with redbuds, gum trees, Chinese tallow trees, and ancient live oaks dripping with Spanish moss. Marsh grasses, ferns, orchids, water lilies, cattails, swamp potatoes, and flowers of every color, shape, and aroma will fill your senses. Like the loggerhead turtles that toddle to the sea from their nests, you’ll be drawn to the ocean and the flat, smooth beaches. Give in to the daily cycles of sunrises, sunsets, and the ebbing and flowing of the tide, and you’ll find how easy it is to relax to nature’s rhythms.

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Entertainment

Arts, & Attractions

In addition to sports and outdoor activities, the Lowcountry offers a wide array of cultural activities including theater, museums, galleries, festivals, concerts and live entertainment virtually everyday and night of the week. Hilton Head offers a world-class Arts Center that welcomes Broadway-caliber performances to the stage and the superb Hilton Head Orchestra continually features some of the most talented musicians in the world. During summer months, Shelter Cove Harbour on Hilton Head entertains with weekly fireworks displays. Bluffton and Beaufort feature thriving art galleries and craft shops filled with the work of local artists inspired by the Lowcountry’s scenery and spirit. Intriguing exhibits rotate frequently in the various galleries. The Beaufort Orchestra performs concerts at the University of South Carolina – Beauforts’ Performing Arts Center. Coastal Destinations


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Hilton Head

Island

Named after English Captain William Hilton, who sighted the high bluffs of the island while exploring the Port Royal Sound in 1663, Hilton Head Island is the largest island in the southeast. For most of the next three centuries following Hilton’s discovery, Hilton Head Island remained isolated and accessible only by boat. Its plantations produced rice, indigo, and cotton. Then, in the nineteen-fifties, Georgia businessmen Joseph Fraser and Fred Hack purchased 19,000 of the Island’s 25,000 acres for its timber. It was Joseph Fraser’s son, Charles, who brought about the early growth of Hilton Head Island into a resort community when in 1957 he broke ground for Sea Pines, a new resort located on the Island’s south-end. Sea Pines represented a whole new approach to land development. By focusing on preserving the natural environment, Charles Fraser brought a system of land use that became the prototype of many other successful developments throughout the southeast and all over the world. Soon, other developments, such as Hilton Head Plantation, Palmetto Dunes Plantation, Shipyard Plantation, and Port Royal Plantation followed, imitating Sea Pines’ architecture and landscape. When Fraser started planning Sea Pines Plantation, Hilton Head Island was an isolated place, but Sea Pines’ extraordinary success changed all of that. Today, Hilton Head is one of the premier resort destinations in the world where over 2.3 million visitors a year come to relax, reconnect and rejuvenate in a lush and pristine beach-side environment. Hilton Head offers a unique combination of scenic beauty, clean sandy beaches along with worldclass golf, a wide variety of outdoor activities, plus museums and cultural events, shopping and more than 200 restaurants for every imaginable taste. It provides a vacation experience that will long be remembered.

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Hilton Head’s

Beaches

One of Hilton Head’s primary attractions for both visitors and residents is the island’s 12 miles of pristine beaches. Whether you’re enjoying a pleasant walk, basking in the surf, reading a good book, or in search of that perfect South Carolina tan, Hilton Head Island’s beaches offer a charm and grace you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Hilton Head’s beaches are broad and flat with long tidal pools, making for hours of recreational hunting for shells and dawdling fun for children. At low tide the hard-packed sand is perfect for bike riding, jogging, Frisbee or a game of bocce. The beaches here are much more than mere strips of sand at the ocean’s edge. They are places of great natural beauty, geologic diversity and deep primal appeal. A late evening stroll can be especially rewarding. On summer nights huge female loggerhead turtles lumber up the beaches like great dark boulders and bury their eggs in the low dunes. For late-night beach goers lucky enough to see one of these magnificent creatures it’s an experience never to be forgotten. Hilton Head Island


Bluffton Ancient oak trees draped with Spanish moss line the quaint streets of historic Bluffton. Incorporated in 1852, Bluffton was the first town in southern Beaufort County. The bluffs along the May River offered strong breezes that provided a welcome summer refuge from the heat, isolation and mosquitoes of the surrounding plantations. Today, Bluffton is a friendly community known for its historic charm and relaxed Lowcountry lifestyle. Located just over the bridge from Hilton Head Island and a short drive to historic Savannah and Beaufort, Bluffton is home to a thriving arts district. The original one square mile historic district of Bluffton's Old Town offers a charming blend of antique shops, restaurants, art galleries, and historical and cultural events that bring this eclectic community alive and attract thousands of visitors each year. The historic district of Old Town Bluffton is merely the introduction to this vibrant community. The town continues to expand and today Bluffton is home to some of the area’s best shopping, fine dining, world class golf courses, quiet neighborhoods and luxurious private communities.

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Beaufort

Beautiful, historic Beaufort offers scenic beauty and a slow pace of life wrapped around history and culture which enchants both visitors and residents alike. When you stroll the streets of Beaufort, you are literally taking a walk through history as you are surrounded by spectacular historic homes and mansions. It is one of the few towns with more than 90 historic structures and its entire downtown designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a historic district. Beaufort entered its golden era in the early 1800’s, when the successful cotton, rice, and indigo crops created wealthy plantation owners who built their large second homes overlooking the river. Fortunately, Beaufort escaped destruction during the Civil War, and today reminders of the area’s colorful history abound in architecture preserved with loving care and folkways honored across generations. Hollywood has also discovered Beaufort and the Lowcountry. More than a dozen major motion pictures have been filmed in the area. A guided tour, either walking or by horsedrawn carriage is a great way to enjoy this charming town. Spring and fall events offer special opportunities for visitors to tour several private homes and gardens. In Beaufort, you’ll find special cuisine, culture, history and heritage to suit any interest. Visual and performing arts are appreciated in Beaufort where a gallery or antique shop is easy to find, and cultural events are often staged along the waterfront where they combine fine food with arts and music to treat all of the senses. Every season brings a festival or special event and locals take to the streets regularly to welcome visitors.

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With more than 90 historic structures and the entire downtown listed on the National Resister, Beaufort’s graceful past can still be seen today with its beautiful antebellum homes and mansions. Beaufort’s waterfront park located downtown is a great place to eat, to browse the many shops and galleries, or just relax and watch the boats.

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Daufuskie

Island

Just one nautical mile off the coast of Hilton Head there is an island so close yet so far from the ordinary. An island you can only reach by boat; an enchanted place that once you arrive, greets you with tall live oaks, with warm ocean breezes and an unspoiled charm. A place where traffic jams are left behind in favor of riding trails and bike paths; where cars are seldom seen so your only worry is whether to tour the island by golf cart, horseback, bicycle or a stroll along the beach. Once home to sea captains, Indians, patriots and plantation owners, Daufuskie Island one of the last unspoiled Carolina sea islands- is quite different from its glamorous resort neighbor. While most of the land on Hilton Head has been developed, Daufuskie Island remains rural, with lush and largely untouched forests and marshland. Inhabited mostly by Gullahs, the descendants of the slaves freed after the Civil War, Daufuskie Island greatly resembles the Hilton Head of 50 years ago. Today, Daufuskie Island is home to the private community of Haig Point and the worldclass Daufuskie Island Resort which boasts two of the area’s finest golf courses, Melrose and Bloody Point. There are boat trips from Hilton Head, and once on Daufuskie, you may rent a golf cart or take a more organized tour to explore the island's beauty including the remains of an old plantation winery, the rural school that was the setting for Pat Conroy’s memoir The Water is Wide and a Gullah church. Whether you come for a day or for a weekend getaway, Daufuskie Island offers the ideal place to escape the stress of everyday life.

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Great Places to

Stay

For vacationers and other visitors, the Lowcountry offers a wide variety of places to stay, ranging from full-service oceanfront resorts and hotels to luxurious rental homes and villas to quaint bed and breakfasts. Whether you are planning a weekend getaway or a large family gathering, the following pages provide you with a directory of great places to stay while visiting the Lowcountry.

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BEACH PROPERTIES OF HILTON HEAD

Come discover what Hilton Island and Beach Properties has to offer. Owners Ray and Linda Moloney have dedicated themselves to providing the finest quality care and personal service to their owners and guests for the last 14 years. Whether you’re looking for a team of experts to manage your investment or a luxury oceanfront property to rent for that special vacation, you can count on Beach Properties to take care of you. Beach Properties specializes in luxury vacation rentals. Offering privately owned 1 to 7 bedroom oceanfront or near ocean vacation homes and villas in Sea Pines, Forest Beach, SeaCrest and Palmetto Dunes. Whether it is just the two of you or a large family gathering, we can select the right location for you. We want to make your vacation experience the best it can be by providing you with exceptional service and quality care. Coastal Destinations


Contact us for more information or to book your reservation. Toll Free: 800-671-5155 Email: rentals@beach-property.com Mention you saw us in the online Destinations Magazine and receive $200 off a weekly vacation. Click Here For More Information Places To Stay


RESORTQUEST HILTON HEAD ISLAND

This is how vacationing was meant to be…. A ResortQuest vacation is the experience of having it all: the spacious comfort, come and go freedom and privacy of a luxurious home or villa, and a vacation spot certain to satisfy your individual taste for adventure, good times and relaxation. ResortQuest offers one- to seven-bedroom homes and villas in all the great locations that Hilton Head Island has to offer, plus exclusive benefits including: • Free Tennis • Discounted Golf • Free DVD Rentals • ResortQuest Recommends Program offering deals and discounts to nearly 160 shops, restaurants and activities • Book Now Pay Later, offering to reserve your vacation for just a $250 deposit

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THE WESTIN HILTON HEAD ISLAND RESORT & SPA

The Ideal Place to Relax and Reinvigorate Located in the center of Hilton Head Island within the gracious Port Royal Plantation, and with easy access to all of the island’s amenities, The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa is the ideal place to relax and reinvigorate. Enjoy our pristine stretch of sandy white beach or grab a chair and relax by one of our three swimming pools. Golf at one of Port Royal’s three championship courses adjacent to the resort, or play tennis on one of fourteen courts. You can work out at our WestinWORKOUTTM health club or take time out for yourself at our Heavenly Spa by WestinTM. Or, explore other area favorites such as kayaking, sailing, deep-sea fishing and horseback riding. Each of the resort’s 412 guest rooms comes with its own private balcony, allowing you to enjoy the naturally soothing surroundings of Hilton Head Island. A vacation at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa is one you will long remember. This is how it should feel. Coastal Destinations


For More Information: 2 Grasslawn Avenue Hilton Head Local: 843-681-4000 Click Here For More Information Places To Stay


HILTON HEAD RENTALS & GOLF

Vacation in Paradise! Twelve miles of beautiful beaches, hundreds of restaurants, world-famous golf courses, miles of bike trails, numerous tennis courts, great water activities from fishing and boating to para-sailing, all add up to a vacation paradise. Add to this forty plus art galleries, theater, picturesque harbors, incredible shopping in unique boutiques and factory outlets, and this beautiful semi-tropical island offers a vacation experience like no other. To make your Hilton Head vacation truly memorable, Hilton Head Rentals and Golf offers an exclusive selection of luxury accommodations. You can choose from one to seven bedrooms on the ocean or near the ocean, with spectacular ocean front views or serene lagoon or golf course settings. These beautiful homes offer a dazzling variety of luxurious amenities including high ceilings, beautiful cove moldings, gourmet kitchens with granite countertops, expansive great rooms, fireplaces, multiple televisions and DVD players, high Coastal Destinations


speed internet. They also include elevators, balconies, travertine floors, private baths, spa tubs, designer furnishings, pools and spas, even putting greens. For the golf enthusiast, Hilton Head Rentals and Golf’s full-time golf planner will develop customized golf packages tailored to your specific needs. Visit Hilton Head Rentals and Golf ’s website and let the island’s experts help you find your perfect retreat in a vacation paradise. Hilton Head Rentals and Golf offers a large number of vacation rental homes on Hilton Head including a number of spectacular oceanfront homes with a dazzling variety of luxurious amenities.

For More Information: Hilton Head Rentals & Golf 578 William Hilton Parkway Hilton Head, SC 29928 Toll Free: 800-445-8664 (800-HILTONHEAD)

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DAUFUSKIE RENTALS & GOLF

Escape to Enchanting Daufuskie Island! This is your escape from civilization to paradise. A vacation like no other awaits you on Daufuskie Island. This enchanting five mile Island, located one nautical mile from Hilton Head Island, can only be reached by ferry and is where the golf cart is the primary mode of transportation. Miles of pristine and secluded sandy beaches, ancient forests, hidden lagoons and abundant wildlife are awaiting your discovery. Whether you desire a vacation experience that includes riding a horse through the surf, golf, tennis, fishing, kayaking, historical tours, a relaxing day at the spa or lounging at the pool and more, Daufuskie Island will rejuvenate your body and soul. A wide selection of Daufuskie Island vacation rental properties is offered by Hilton Head Rentals & Golf. All of the options ranging from one bedroom cottages up to an eight bedroom ocean front home can be viewed online at www.daufuskievacation.com. Here you Coastal Destinations


will find multiple photos of all properties along with a write up describing the property, the amenities, pricing and availability. Hilton Head Rentals & Golf vacation specialists will assist you in making the right choice for your vacation goals. Call 800-445-8664 for more information. So whether you are planning a family vacation, a romantic getaway, a reunion, golf outing or even a wedding requiring a wedding gazebo in an oceanfront home that sleeps up to 32, we have the vacation rental property that’s just right for you.

RENTALS & GOLF For More Information: Daufuskie Rentals & Golf 578 William Hilton Parkway Hilton Head, SC 29928 Toll Free: 800-445-8664

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VACATION TIME OF HILTON HEAD

Fun for Everyone! We offer the exhilaration of an oceanfront vacation at the heart of this world famous resort getaway destination. Here you can enjoy all the best there is to offer from scores of eclectic restaurants and night spots to specialty and outlet shopping. For Everyone. Whether you are a honeymooning couple, a young family, a large extended family or a group of friends simply getting together to share old times – there is nothing like days and evenings spent along the oceanfront to relax and get reunited. Activities Galore. It’s all here. We offer discounts at 21 outstanding golf courses. Complimentary tennis on site or lessons may be arranged nearby. Local Marinas offer inshore and offshore fishing excursions. Windsurfing, sailing and jet skis also available. The top-rated Players Club provides a complimentary fitness center – just minutes from your door. Discounted bicycle rentals are available for your enjoyment. Coastal Destinations


Adventure Inn Resort & Rentals Contact us for more information . 3 Lemoyne Avenue and South Forest Beach Drive Toll Free: 800-845-9500 Click Here For More Information Places To Stay


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THE HEAVENLY SPA BY WESTIN

Soothe the Spirit - Rejuvenate the Body Enrich the Mind Take time out for yourself during your stay on Hilton Head and visit the Heavenly Spa by Westin at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. A truly heavenly oasis, Heavenly Spa is set amidst palmetto-lined boardwalks, lush gardens, serene fountains, and enchanting lagoons. Celebrating the revitalizing benefits of the region’s herbs, minerals, and customs, we invite you to experience innovative treatments that soothe the spirit, rejuvenate the body, and enrich the mind. With soothing massages, luxurious body treatments, revitalizing facials, and much more, we are dedicated to providing instinctive and highly personalized service that brings harmony and peace.

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For More Information: 2 Grasslawn Avenue Hilton Head Local: 843-681-1019 Click Here For More Information Things To Do


Shopping in

the Lowcountry

For shoppers, the Lowcountry is heaven. Hilton Head Island is home to Shelter Cove Mall, the area’s enclosed mall while the Tanger Outlets Center in Bluffton features more than 100 brand-name factory outlet stores. Scattered throughout Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort, are more than 50 smaller shopping centers with hundreds of wonderful stores and shops -including chic boutiques, art galleries, antique stores, specialty gift shops, gourmet stores, sporting goods shops and jewelers - offering a bewildering variety of items. After a busy day of golf, tennis or shopping, you can pamper and indulge yourself at one of the area’s many spas where you’ll find an array of treatments and packages that will leave you relaxed and refreshed.

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You can literally“shop till you drop� as you explore the hundreds of interesting shops and galleries in Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort.

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PINELAND STATION

Discover Hilton Head’s Shopping and Dining Destination Pineland Station - Every Store Offers More We invite you to discover Pineland Station and discover the joy of shopping in a relaxed, peaceful environment shaded by a canopy of majestic live oaks, magnolias and sea pines. Conveniently located in the center of Hilton Head Island, for thirty years Pineland Station has been Hilton Head’s premier shopping and dining destination. At Pineland Station, you can browse our many enchanting shops where owners pride themselves on “service beyond compare,” and where you will find something for every taste and budget. You can relax over coffee and pastry, or enjoy a quiet lunch overlooking our beautifully landscaped courtyard and lagoon while listening to the soothing sounds of water and birds singing, or linger over a gourmet dinner at one of our fine locally owned restaurants. Visit Pineland Station, where you will indulge your senses and discover your new favorite place to shop and dine. Coastal Destinations


SHOPS ABC Hearing • AT&T Art League of Hilton Head Doncaster Outlet Heritage Fine Jewelry Ichiban Island Bath Boutique Kickin Gator Lowcountry Baby Marco Polo Imports Nail Tech Palmetto Quilt Guild Paper Party Plantation Paul’s Optical Sassy Shears • Stein Mart Stevens Pharmacy The Little Student Cooking Too Cute Tradewinds Ladies Apparel Tuesday Morning RESTAURANTS Comedy Club • Dye’s Gullah Fixin’s Il Carpaccio • Le Bistro Starbucks • The French Bakery Vic’s Tavern

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PINELAND STATION

Welcome to the Doncaster Outlet... Extraodinary Apparel. Extraodinary Prices. We invite you to experience what a select few have known for over 75 years. Doncaster, the luxury apparel brand famous among the shopping elite for its timeless elegance and exceptional styling is now available in a retail setting. For nearly a century Doncaster has had the great privilege of offering beautiful products to women of discerning taste through its extraordinary network of Wardrobe Consultants throughout the nation. It is the combination of these partnerships, the exclusive shopping experience and the exceptional quality of its designs that has allowed Doncaster to thrive and become the most influential apparel brand of its kind in the industry. We are thrilled to share with you Doncaster’s extraordinary apparel at the Outlet’s extraordinary prices. If you love what you see and want to see more, simply visit us at www.doncaster.com to view our current season.

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Heritage Fine Jewelry Hilton Head Island’s Jeweler for over 30 years. A family based jewelry store that you can trust, with reliability and integrity. Personal service and attention to detail set us apart, with exclusively unusual designer styles at exceptional value. The most reasonable diamond prices in the Lowcountry. Voted “Best Jeweler” by Island residents for the last 5 years. As a full service jeweler, we specialize in the following: • Custom Design, Manufacturing, and Jewelry Repair • 14k Sea-Life & Nautical Jewelry and Hilton Head charms • Direct Importer of Diamonds, Pearls, & Gemstones • Sterling Silver Jewelry, & Gifts, with Full Engraving Services • We buy gold at best market value. Free Evaluation

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The French Bakery and Courtyard Cafe Experience the simple old world charm of a European Café! One of Hilton Head’s most popular dining destinations, The French Bakery and Courtyard Café is a charming casual café that uses traditional French recipes, baking methods and imported French ingredients to create their famous crusty French Baguettes, unique Artisan Breads, French breakfast treats, custom European Cakes and gourmet dessert pastries Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea or coffee can be enjoyed inside in the charming cafe or outside in the courtyard overlooking Pineland Station’s beautiful gardens and waterwheel. It’s the perfect place to relax with a Cappacino or Latte and a fresh baked pastry.

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Lowcountry

Dining

With more than 300 restaurants, the Lowcountry offers bountiful choices in dining. In addition to traditional Lowcountry dishes such as shrimp and grits, Lowcountry boils, oyster roasts, and she-crab soup, area restaurants offer a little taste of everything under the sun – a veritable United Nations of international cuisine that includes French, German, Italian, Caribbean, Japanese, Greek, Chinese, Thai and Mexican, along with All-American fare like pit-cooked barbecue, prime steaks and home-style Southern specialties. And, of course, what Lowcountry vacation would be complete without sampling the famous local seafood: succulent shrimp, sweet blue crab and briny oysters. Choose your ambience as well – from elegant candlelit dinners to casual outdoor oyster roasts to childfriendly establishments.

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The Lowcountry is a gourmet’s delight offering everything from finger-licking barbeque to the most elegant and sophisticated dining in the South.

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SANTA FE CAFÉ

Bringing the “Santa Fe Experience” to Hilton Head Santa Fe Cafe captures the spirit of New Mexico. Dine in the warmth of white washed adobe walls, fireplaces, vigas and Bancos. Its elegant yet casual, cozy atmosphere exudes a charming backdrop for the authentic yet innovative southwestern cuisine. Enjoy cocktails while listening to Spanish guitar music in the upstairs open-air cantina which is warmed by a stucco fireplace and heaters for year-round enjoyment. The feast for the eyes is just the beginning. Savor a menu of powerfully flavored food. In keeping with southwest tradition, we grill over mesquite hardwoods and implement only authentic New Mexican chilies into our menu.

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THE OLD OYSTER FACTORY

Great Food. Spectacular Views. Situated on Broad Creek, The Old Oyster Factory was built on the site of an original oyster cannery. From 1925 until the 1990’s, 1700 acres of nearby creeks and wetlands were harvested and their yield brought to a one-story concrete building located directly under the restaurant. After canning, the oysters were shipped all over the Lowcountry bearing the appellation of the Broad Creek Oyster Factory. Today, the Old Oyster Factory is a delight for family and children of all ages. Enjoy superb, innovative seafood and steaks while taking in one of the Lowcountry's best panoramic views of the marshland landscape.

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CHARLEY’S CRAB

An Incomparable Dining Experience A popular choice among fine-dining aficionados, Charley’s Crab offers the freshest seafood and mouthwatering culinary creations. Combine the award-winning menu with our elegant décor and excellent service, and guests can expect an incomparable dining experience. As an added bonus, enjoy spectacular sunsets and waterfront views overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. Coastal Destinations

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Sports and Activities Being active in the Lowcountry is almost as easy as relaxing. Beaches, bike trails, tennis courts, and some of the nation’s premier golf courses all conspire to keep you moving. The average year-round temperature of 65 degrees only adds to the temptation, and few can resist the lure of the outdoors. There are many ways to explore the natural beauty of the area. Hilton Head is one of only a few places where you can ride a bike on the smooth beach at low tide. Runners, walkers, and bike riders enjoy miles of scenic trails that wind around lagoons, rivers, and the lush foliage throughout the Lowcountry. There are also numerous horseback riding facilities on Hilton Head and in Bluffton. Surrounded by rivers, bays and the ocean, the Lowcountry features a wide variety of water activities. Boating, from kayaks to sailboats to cruises can satisfy most desires for nautical adventure. Hilton Head, Bluffton, and Beaufort offer numerous kayaking adventures and tours. The Lowcountry is a fisherman’s paradise whether you prefer deep sea fishing or surf fishing from the beach. And then, of course, there’s the golf. Golfers are drawn to the bounty of world-class courses found within the Lowcountry’s resorts and residential communities. From the moment the island’s first course (the Ocean Course at Sea Pines) opened in 1961, the island golf community has maintained a commitment to providing an unparalleled level of excellence that has earned the area the title as “The Golf Island,” a reputation that Hilton Head and the Lowcountry deliver one golfer at a time. Things To Do


OUTSIDE HILTON HEAD

Celebrating 30 Years of Outdoor Adventure For more than 30 years, Outside Hilton Head has been providing fun and memorable outdoor activities. Our programs include guided Kayak Tours, Kayak Fishing, boat based Dolphin Tours, Charter Fishing, Boat Charters and Rentals, tours of historic Daufuskie Island, and Team & Leadership programs. Our experienced, knowledgeable and personable interpretive nature guides and USCG licensed Captains all have one thing in common - a great love of the outdoors and desire to share it. The entire Outside Hilton Head team is passionate about creating, for you, a memorable outdoor adventure in the lowcountry.

Contact us for more information . Toll Free: 800-686-6996 The Plaza at Shelter Cove Click Here For More Information

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LAWTON STABLES

Explore the Beauty of Hilton Head on Horseback Lawton Stables is a full service Equestrian Center nestled on 24 acres within the Sea Pines Plantation with easy access to the adjacent Sea Pines Forest Preserve which covers 606 acres of natural beauty. As you meander through the lush acres of the Preserve on horseback beneath a canopy of Palmettos and moss covered oaks, you will really get a feel for the true untouched beauty of the Lowcountry. We offer one-hour escorted western-style trail rides on our trail trained horses several times daily. We also offer pony rides for our younger visitors, and all of the family will enjoy our collection of small animals. Here at Lawton, there is something for all of the family to enjoy!

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Golf in the Lowcountry

The Hilton Head/Bluffton area offers some of the world’s most beautiful and challenging golf courses – including the famed Harbour Town Links, home of the Verizon Heritage Tournament – fashioned by some of the game’s most well-known architects such as Arnold Palmer, Arthur Hills, Robert Trent Jones, Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus. From design to conditioning to service, the Lowcountry’s golf community has always strived for perfection. The area offers 26 public-play courses and 21 private courses to suit virtually every taste and ability level. There are traditional parkland courses with tree-lined fairways and challenging water hazards; breathtaking coastal layouts with marsh and wetlands creeping close on numerous holes; and even links-style courses reminiscent of an earlier age. Not surprising, millions of visitors are drawn to the bounty of world-class courses found within the Lowcountry’s resorts and residential communities. Add to that the charms of the region itself -- warm ocean breezes, golden tidal marshes, abundant coastal wildlife, stately clusters of Spanish moss-adorned live oaks and you have a golf experience like no other.

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Crescent Pointe Golf Club The only public golf course in the Hilton Head area with Arnie’s name on it, Crescent Pointe Golf Club is one of the one of the most enjoyable golf courses in the Lowcountry. This Arnold Palmer designed Signature course is situated on a spectacular property that celebrates the beauty of the Lowcountry. It will take your breath away with spectacular marsh views, magnificent century-old oaks, pines and magnolias, and dramatic white-sand “beach bunkers” that cascade down to the water’s edge of the many ponds that add to the beauty and challenge of the course. A unique feature of this world-class course is elevated greens and tees not usually found on the other Lowcountry courses. Crescent Pointe Golf Club is a shot maker’s delight where each hole is unique, memorable and challenging. For Information & Tee Times: 843-706-2600 • 888-292-7778 www.crescentpointegolf.com Coastal Destinations


ics from Arnie and Davis Eagle’s Pointe Golf Club PGA Champion Davis Love III has an affinity for the Hilton Head area. He has won the Verizon-Heritage golf tournament five times and he has designed Eagle’s Pointe Golf Club, one of the area’s finest public golf courses. A true and fair test of golf for players of all ability levels, Eagle’s Pointe features wide, well-defined fairways, dramatic bunkering and magnificent undulating greens – all surrounded by the area’s native grasses and towering pines. The hallmarks of Eagle’s Pointe are its classical, risk-reward design, natural beauty, strategy, variety and superb conditioning. Winding through stands of moss-draped live oaks and pines and fresh-water wetlands and lagoons, Eagle’s Pointe’s spacious corridors allow the golfer to keep driver in hand, while its dramatic bunkering and contoured putting surfaces combine to create one of the most enjoyable golf venues in the South Carolina Lowcountry. For Information & Tee Times: 843-757-5900 • 888-325-1833 www.eaglespointegolf.com Golf in the Lowcountry


Melrose

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Enjoy an awe-inspiring golf experience. How often can you combine a round of golf with a relaxing and enjoyable boat ride? Located on Daufuskie Island and accessible only by boat, this Jack Nicklaus Signature Course is one of the most acclaimed courses in the Lowcountry. Rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest magazine, this masterfully designed jewel offers challenging play and stunning views. Named after the Melrose mansion that once occupied the property during South Carolina’s antebellum era, this links-style design features smaller target greens, a mixture of short and long par 4’s (many with risk and reward options), a diversity of par 3’s (two with forced carries over water) and spectacular par 5’s. Melrose offers challenging play with incomparable ocean views as well as lush subtropical forests and picturesque lagoons. Melrose is most recognized for its three finishing holes which run along the Atlantic Ocean. Most notable is the signature par 4 18th hole which flanks the Atlantic. It features a split fairway dissected by an islet of trees and a bevy of Scottish dunes and bunkers in the middle of the fairway. The 18th green sits on a small peninsula that seems to jut right out into the ocean. Melrose is as challenging as it is picturesque and provides an awe-inspiring golf experience sure to be reminisced upon for years to come. For More Information, Click Here. Coastal Destinations


Melrose is renowned for its three finishing holes which run along the Atlantic Ocean.

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Live

In addition to being a great vacation destination, the Lowcountry has become a primary destination for people looking for the perfect place to retire or to invest in a 2nd/vacation home. With its natural beauty, mild year-round climate, and its close proximity to world-class golf, restaurants, shopping and cultural activities, the Lowcountry provides a relaxed laid back lifestyle that is hard to find anywhere else. It also offers a wide variety of real estate options to fit virtually every taste and budget.

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Spring Island

A Peaceful Refuge in South Carolina’s Lowcountry

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SPRING ISLAND

For more information . Toll Free: 866-740-0400 Spring Island 42 Mobley Oaks Lane Okatie, South Carolina 29909 Click Here For More Information Coastal Destinations


A Peaceful Refuge in South Carolina’s Lowcountry Located midway between historic Beaufort and Hilton Head Island on South Carolina’s lush Lowcountry coastline, Spring Island is the last of the great, private sea-islands on the Atlantic coast. Bounded by the Colleton and Chechessee Rivers, Spring Island covers 3,000 acres of primordial maritime forest teeming with wildlife. The island’s thirteen miles of shoreline is bordered by pristine marshland and tidal creeks, and its high bluffs, which reach up to 30 feet above sea level, capture nurturing breezes and provide stunning views of the surrounding marshes, tidal creeks, and rivers. Spring Island’s habitation predates recorded history, and its stunning natural beauty has remained virtually unchanged to this day. It is, without exaggeration, one of the rarest and most beautiful places left in America today and this magnificent setting has been transformed into an extraordinary master-planned community that preserves a rare slice of American wilderness for the exclusive enjoyment of fewer than 400 families. In addition to its incomparable natural beauty, Spring Island offers an incredible diversity of activities for its residents to enjoy. The centerpiece of this remarkable development is Old Tabby Links, a private Arnold Palmer-designed golf course that is widely viewed as one of the finest residential courses in the country. The community also maintains an impeccable 30-acre equestrian facility with 35 miles of riding trails, private tennis and fitness facilities, community boat docks; 33 freshwater and saltwater fishing lakes and a 1,200-acre nature preserve and wildlife education center. Fisherman and boaters find at their doorstep nearly 30 fresh and salt water ponds, 3,500 acres of marsh and tidal creeks, and two of America’s cleanest and most beautiful rivers with easy access to the nearby Atlantic Ocean. Connected to the mainland by a causeway and bridge, Spring Island is about 20 minutes from Hilton Head Island and the historic town of Beaufort. Savannah and its airport are an easy 40 minute drive from the Island and Charleston lies 75 miles to the north. Homesites range in size from cottage lots to estate lots of two acres overlooking marsh and rivers, to expansive 10-acre homesites secluded among giant live oaks and towering loblolly pines. Designed to blend seamlessly with their natural surroundings, Spring Island homes have set an architectural standard for Lowcountry islands, creating a supreme sense of tranquility in the heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Places To Live


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USSERY GROUP

Contact us for more information . Toll Free: 866-746-3797 Local: 843-757-7712 PO Box 2143 Hilton Head Island, SC 29925 Click Here For More Information Coastal Destinations


One of the Lowcountry’s Most Spectacular Home-sites Just moments from Hilton Head Island, Colleton River Plantation is a 1500 acre private residential golf club community with seven miles of scenic shoreline, private deep water docks, and breathtaking views over the Colleton River and Port Royal Sound. With two Top 100 courses, Colleton River is widely considered one of the finest private clubs in the Southeast. Arguably the most dynamic Homesite in the Lowcountry, this Colleton River icon is the only deep water property in the Lowcountry that also enjoys direct golf views. Along with its immediate deep water access, J 46 presides over the most photographed hole in Colleton River, the par three 17th of the acclaimed Nicklaus course. Call today for a custom site analysis including prevailing breezes, viewing corridors, orientation, building envelope, and dock design.

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HAMPTON LAKE

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The 900-acre gated community of Hampton Lake offers outstanding, already completed, family-friendly amenities that take advantage of the 165-acre freshwater lake and beautiful natural settings. As consecutive winners of prestigious national awards for “2007 Best Community Facility in America” and “2008 Best Community in America”, this admired community offers residents a resort-style pool with a lazy river, lakeside restaurant, impressive fitness and spa facilities, tennis courts, a dog park, a boathouse complete with covered boat docks, and a tackle shop. After listening closely to the desires of its buyers, Hampton Lake introduced its successful series of LifeSmart™ homes. These environmentally conscious, lowmaintenance, single family homes are attractively priced from $315,000. What residents love most about Hampton Lake is that it is an all-ages highly amenitized lifestyle community that embraces the joy and vitality that comes from its close-knit neighborhood of young families, retirees, grandchildren and grandparents. Places To Live


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and Coastal Georgia Tybee Island • St. Simons Island From Savannah’s cobblestone streets and historic homes to the mysterious Okefenokee Swamp that straddles the Georgia/Florida border, coastal Georgia is filled with adventure, fun and discovery. The 120 mile drive along Interstate 95, which flanks the coastline from the South Carolina border to the Florida border, takes about two hours, but there are so many places to see and things to do along the way that you can spend many weeks exploring this beautiful and historic region. In addition to Savannah, there are many historic and quaint towns including Midway, Darien, Brunswick and St. Marys to visit and explore. Of the 10 major barrier islands along the Georgia coast, only Tybee Island, St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island are accessible by car, while the rest are accessible only by private boat or public ferries. Most of the barrier islands were once owned by wealthy families who used them for their timber or as private retreats. Today, these islands have been converted into nature preserves and state parks with spectacular secluded beaches. With its mild climate, spectacular beauty, rich history, and old-fashioned southern hospitality, the Georgia coast has become a magnet for people looking for the ideal vacation home or place to retire. As a result, a large number of new communities are being developed throughout the region providing new residents with a wide choice of real estate options. Whether you are looking for a great place for a weekend getaway, a family vacation, a business retreat, or the perfect place to retire, coastal Georgia has a lot to offer.

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Weddings Hilton Head Island Bluffton - Beaufort Daufuskie Island Places to Stay Things to Do Dining & Leisure Shopping Sports & Activities Golf Places to Live

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Savannah


She is elegant and refined yet secretive and seductive. She is Savannah… Georgia’s First City. Eccentric and romantic, Savannah is the sultry Southern Belle of the Georgia Coast. One of the South’s most intriguing and mysterious cities, Savannah will captivate you with her natural beauty, eccentric charm and traditional Southern hospitality. Savannah


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On February 12, 1733 General James Edward Oglethorpe and the 120 passengers of the good ship “Anne” landed on a high bluff along the Savannah River near the location where City Hall now stands. Oglethorpe named the thirteenth and final American colony Georgia, after England’s King George II, and Savannah became its first city. For more than two and a half centuries Savannah has survived wars, epidemics, fires and hurricanes, always bouncing back to glorious life afterwards. During the American Revolution, the British occupied the city, but after the war the city prospered as cotton and rice plantations thrived and wealthy planters built lavish homes and churches throughout the city. With the onslaught of the Civil War, the city’s economy was devastated. In 1864, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman began his march to the sea, but upon entering the city Sherman was so taken by its beauty that the city was spared as a “Christmas Gift” to President Lincoln. The city will captivate you with its beauty and charm, but along with its history and rich tradition, Savannah is a modern, exciting city that offers visitors and residents an abundance of things to see and do. Stay at one of Savannah’s many charming bed & breakfast inns or elegant hotels. Explore the city in a horse-drawn carriage. Enjoy gourmet dining in the city’s many fine restaurants, and shop in quaint stores and boutiques. Charming… intriguing… romantic… captivating; a vacation in Savannah is one you will long remember.

Relax in the shade of century-old live oaks in Savannah’s squares while admiring the antebellum mansions that surround them.

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Savannah’s Historic District Savannah is home to one of the largest National Landmark Historic Districts in the United States. This 2.5-mile district, which runs from River Street to Forsyth Park, features quaint shops, charming boutiques and world-class restaurants nestled beneath a canopy of majestic Live Oak trees. Georgia’s First City also features stunning examples of Federal, Italianate, Georgian and Victorian architecture. More than 40% of Savannah’s buildings have architectural or historic significance. Savannah’s Squares Savannah is credited as being America’s first planned city. General Oglethorpe laid the city out in a series of grids that allowed for wide open streets intertwined with shady public squares and parks that served as town meeting places and centers of business. Savannah had 24 original squares with 22 still in existence. Savannah’s squares are often considered the city’s precious jewels, and each has its own personality. Some squares have monuments and others have fountains. Graced by century-old live oaks draped with Spanish moss, and surrounded by splendid antebellum mansions, refined churches and assorted shops and galleries, the squares are a beautiful haven for relaxing and strolling.

The Mercer House was made famous by the best-selling book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

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Tybee

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Located just 20 minutes east of downtown Savannah, Tybee Island feels worlds away. This quaint beachfront community has been known as “Savannah’s Beach” for decades, attracting beachgoers in search of sea, sand and sanctuary. With spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and five miles of public beaches, Tybee Island is the ideal place to spend a sunny afternoon. Time seems to slow down on this laid-back barrier island, which features award-winning seafood and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the water. There are miles of beach to stroll, forts and museums and a great old lighthouse to explore, kayaks and bikes to rent (along with all kinds of hotels, motels, cottage and condo rentals too). Days on Tybee Island are as active, or lazy, as mood demands. Local galleries, shops and restaurants offer changes of pace and taste. And, of course, historic Savannah’s nearby.

Tybee's Light Station, built in 1773, is Georgia’s oldest and tallest (154 feet) lighthouse. It has been guiding mariners safely into the Savannah River for more than 235 years. Still a functioning navigational aid, the station’s light can be seen 18 miles out to sea. Visitors willing to climb the 178 steps to the top of the recently restored lighthouse will enjoy a spectacular view of the entire island.

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Georgia’s

Golden Isles

A Vacation Getaway Where You Can Soak Up Sun and History

Nestled along the Georgia coastline, about midway between Savannah and Jacksonville, Florida, you will discover a wonderful vacation destination where you can relax and rejuvenate both your body and your brain. Georgia’s Golden Isles provide all of the activities you would expect to find in a world-class resort destination; miles of white sand beaches, twelve championship golf courses, acres of tennis courts, plus fishing, boating, biking, shopping and gourmet dining. You can even ride horseback on the beaches. St. Simons Island The four barrier islands adjacent to Brunswick are known as the Golden Isles. St. Simons Island is the largest of the four. In 1736, General James Oglethorpe who four years earlier had founded Savannah, Georgia, built Fort Federica on St. Simons Island. Six years later, Oglethorpe’s troops defeated the Spanish at The Battle of Bloody Marsh and secured the Georgia colony. Historic remnants of bygone eras abound on St. Simons Island, including Fort Federica, the sites of antebelum plantations and the St. Simons Island lighthouse. Today, St. Simons Island offers vacationers a dazzling variety of places to stay, and things to do that appeals to every interest and age. Watch the sun rise on a quiet beach. Shop for interesting items from around the world, or enjoy a variety of cuisines from fresh local seafood to fine candlelight dining. Experience the history of the Island at Fort Frederica, Christ Church and the St. Simons Island Lighthouse. Participate in a dazzling variety of recreational opportunities, including golf, salt and freshwater fishing, sailing, biking, kayaking and nature tours, tennis, and much more.

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Sea Island Just across a causeway, serene Sea Island is famed for its manicured streets lined with handsome private homes, and for a coastal legend called The Cloister. Built in 1928 by Howard Coffin, the automaker who invented the Hudson, The Cloister is one of the most famous resorts in the world. Little St. Simons Island Reached only by boat, Little St. Simons Island is a secluded coastal retreat that offers gracious accomodations for just thirty guests. Its 10,000 acres of maritime forests, tidal creeks and miles of pristine beaches offer a rich natural environment for a host of outdoor recreational activities. Jekyll Island Jekyll Island, the southernmost of the quartet, was founded in 1886 when a group of the world’s wealthiest families including the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Morgans, Goodyears, Goulds, and Pulitzers bought the island as a seasonable escape from northern winters. They established the exclusive Jeckyl Island Club and also built their compound of enormous “cottages” along the banks of Jekyll Creek. The rambling mansions built by these captains of industry are now part of a 240-acre historic district that is open to the public. The turreted Jekyll Island Clubhouse has been modernized and born again as the Jekyll Island Club Hotel where you can experience the opulent lifestyle of these bygone tycoons. Brunswick While you’re soaking up the sun, you can also soak up some interesting history in nearby Brunswick, home of world famous Brunswick stew. Explore the vintage neighborhoods in Old Town that display a wealth of Victorian houses, then head for Bay Street where shrimp boats unload the day’s catch, a bounty you can sample at local restaurants. A getaway to The Golden Isles will provide a memorable vacation experience where history lingers around every corner.

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Great Places to

Stay

Savannah offers visitors a wide variety of accommodation options from state-of-the-art hotels to charming inns located in historic buildings. In the downtown historic district, you can enjoy the ambience of staying in a spectacular Victorian mansion featuring period furniture, high ceilings, hardwood floors and four-poster beds. For business travelers and families on budgets there are many comfortable fullservice hotels and motels throughout the area. For those seeking a beach vacation, nearby Tybee Island offers resort hotels and home and villa rentals. Other options include St. Simons Island and Hilton Head Island.

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ARMSTRONG INNS

Your own private historic retreat in Savannah! If you are looking for a unique vacation experience, you should try Armstrong Inns. Each of Armstrong’s four bed and breakfast inns is unique and perfectly appointed. All four of the Armstrong Inns offer the experience and the ambiance of living in a historic home in the heart of Savannah. Each are within walking distance to River Street, City Market, and Forsyth Park as well as fine dining and shopping. In your private guest retreat, you can enjoy a cozy fire and awaken to a beautiful selection of breakfast pastries and other temptations, in your own private well-stocked kitchen. You will sleep in the most luxurious beds with inviting goose down duvets, plush down-feather mattresses, and exquisite linens. Armstrong Inns are ideal for executives and business travelers and perfect for getaway vacations, honeymoons, romantic holidays, or family gatherings. Coastal Destinations


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BALLASTONE INN

An Invitation to Luxury! Escape for an embellished romantic getaway vacation to yesteryear at The Ballastone Inn, the historic district’s most celebrated luxury hotel. Built in 1838, the four story antebellum mansion reflects an old-fashioned elegance and charm with modern-day conveniences and amenities. Located in Savannah’s Historic District, the Ballastone Inn is within walking distance to all of the treasures the city has to offer. Whether you’re joining us for a romantic weekend, vacation getaway, or business travel, your vacation at this prestigious Savannah bed and breakfast will be delightful. Anticipate a genteel pace, southern hospitality, spacious and exquisitely appointed guest rooms, and tea and evening hors d'oeuvres. The congenial staff will make arrangements for a historic carriage ride, nature tours, golf outings, the best private guided tours in Savannah, spa appointments, and of course, the best of Savannah’s fine restaurants. Coastal Destinations


THE BALLASTONE For More Information: 14 East Oglethorpe Avenue Savannah, GA 31401 Toll Free: 800-822-4553 Click Here For More Information Places To Stay


HAMILTON-TURNER INN

Envelop Yourself in the Romance of Old Savannah Savannah’s stately Second Empire mansion combines Southern charm with luxurious accommodations and an array of amenities. Situated in the center of the historic district, the inn is perfect for discovering all the secrets of this landmark city. Enjoy one of our 17 guestrooms or suites, including grand suites overlooking the mossdraped oaks of the park; handsome individually appointed rooms; garden-view courtyard rooms; and three clustered carriage house rooms. Some accommodations offer fireplaces, and whirlpool spa baths. Wake each morning to a full gourmet southern breakfast in our charming dining room. Refresh from an afternoon of sightseeing with iced tea and sweets in the parlor. Meet other guests while savoring complimentary evening wine and hors d’oeuvres and wind down the day with a late evening port in our relaxing parlor. With expert concierge service, we anticipate your needs throughout your stay and expertly provide for them. Coastal Destinations


For More Information: 330 Abercorn Street Savannah Toll Free: 888-448-8849 Click Here For More Information Places To Stay


THE WESTIN SAVANNAH HARBOR GOLF RESORT & SPA

Re-imagined Luxury - Refined Rejuvenation Escape to The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa and feel your senses awaken. The resort provides complete business services, and a multitude of recreational activities. Test your skills on the Troon-managed golf course designed by Bob Cupp and Sam Snead. Replenish at the world-renowned Greenbrier Spa, or relax at our tranquil riverside oasis. In addition to golf and tennis, you can enjoy charter fishing and local tours of Savannah. The elegance of the old South is reflected in the design and location of this hotel which overlooks the Savannah River and faces the historic district. With its domes and cupolas that echo the antebellum architecture of the South, the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa is set in lush landscaped gardens which include an 18-hole golf course and a 400 foot floating dock on the river from which guests catch a 2 minute water ferry ride to town. Guests of The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa will enjoy state-of-the-art amenities with Old South charm. Coastal Destinations


For More Information: 1 Resort Drive - Savannah Local: 912-201-2000 Click Here For More Information Places To Stay


THE OLDE SAVANNAH INN

Savannah’s Premier Bed & Breakfast Savannah’s stately Second Empire mansion combines Southern charm with luxurious accommodations and an array of amenities. Situated in the center of the historic district, the inn is perfect for discovering all the secrets of this landmark city. Enjoy one of our 17 guestrooms or suites, including grand suites overlooking the mossdraped oaks of the park; handsome individually appointed rooms; garden-view courtyard rooms; and three clustered carriage house rooms. Some accommodations offer fireplaces, and whirlpool spa baths. Wake each morning to a full gourmet southern breakfast in our charming dining room. Refresh from an afternoon of sightseeing with iced tea and sweets in the parlor. Meet other guests while savoring complimentary evening wine and hors d’oeuvres and wind down the day with a late evening port in our relaxing parlor. With expert concierge service, we anticipate your needs throughout your stay and expertly provide for them. Coastal Destinations


For More Information: 217 East Gaston Street Savannah, GA 31401 Local: 912-247-8254 Click Here For More Information Places To Stay


RIVER STREET INN

Experience Savannah’s Riverfront Hospitality Perched on the bluff overlooking the Savannah River, the River Street Inn is an intimate guest hotel, which preserves the charm of the past in harmony with the conveniences of the present. Built in 1817, the structure was used originally for the storing, grading and exporting of cotton. Today, this five-story historic inn on Savannah’s Riverfront is preserved to offer leisure and business travelers a taste of yesterday with all the modern amenities. The Inn’s comfortable guest rooms feature private baths with polished brass bath fixtures and a variety of decor and exquisite furnishings, including four poster and canopy beds, and hardwood floors with fine oriental rugs. Situated between historic Factor’s Walk and River Street at the beginning of Savannah’s Landmark Historic District, the Inn offers views of the Savannah River and is an easy stroll to all Historic District tours, attractions, museums, shopping, river cruises and restaurants. Coastal Destinations


For More Information: 124 E. Bay Street Savannah Local: 912-234-6400 Click Here For More Information Places To Stay


INN AT MULBERRY GROVE

“Savannah for Less!”SM EVERYDAY best deals from $59.95/night. FREE hot, southern-style breakfast buffet, hotel parking, WiFi, plus dollar stretching Savannahinsider information. Ask about Paula Deen Package, or 2-day Sightseeing Package. Easy in/out @ I-95, Georgia Exit 109. 10 minutes from downtown Savannah. BOOK DIRECT for even more! Email: info@innatmulberrygrove.com Call: 912-965-9666. FREE “Pecan Pie for 2” when visiting downtown. FREE sweet when visiting downtown café. Restaurant discount day-pass.

101 O’Leary Road Port Wentworth, GA 31407 Coastal Destinations

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SAVANNAH INN

Frugal, Simple Comforts Everyday room deal from $39.95/night. FREE hot waffle breakfast, hotel parking, WiFi and dollar-stretching information. Try our best-value 2-day SIGHTSEEING PACKAGE $119.95 – 1to-2 guests only, 2 nights’ lodging, tour 2 days in the city with unlimited on/on at your pace, plus FREE amenities above. BOOK DIRECT for even more! Email: info@savannahinngeorgia.com Call: 912-965-9555. FREE “Pecan Pie for 2” when visiting downtown. FREE sweet when visiting downtown café. Contact us for more information . I-95, Georgia Exit 109

100 Travelers Way Port Wentworth, GA 31407

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HODNETT COOPER

St. Simons Island…a taste of paradise on the Georgia coast. St. Simons Island appeals to every interest and age, and Hodnett Cooper offers the best selection of St. Simons Island vacation rentals. Choose from a private home or condo, or one of our many partner resorts. Hodnett Cooper also makes enjoying your St. Simons Island vacation easy... with easy check-in (you go straight to the property), easy check-out (just lock the door), and friendly and responsive guest services (anyone will help you, anytime). Whether you choose to stay a day, a week, or a lifetime, Hodnett Cooper Real Estate also offers the best selection of coastal Georgia real estate! From vacation homes to primary residences, from cottages to castles, and anything in between, we have it. So, pack your golf shoes and your flip-flops and join us at the Georgia coast!

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For More Information: 520 Ocean Boulevard St. Simons Island, GA 31522 Toll Free: 888-638-4750

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THE SORREL-WEED HOUSE

Revisit the Antebellum Days of the Old South! Considered one of the most important homes in Savannah, the Sorrell-Weed house represents one of the finest examples of antebellum Greek Revival/Regency architecture in the United States. Completed in 1840, it was “the” house to be invited to for social parties and celebrations among Savannah’s leading families. The Sorrel-Weed House has a reputation for being one of the most haunted buildings in Savannah. If you are into history and/or architecture, you will enjoy the daily tour where you will experience this Grand Savannah Home with its rich and extraordinary atmosphere of southern history, fine antiques, and outstanding architecture.

Contact us for more information . Local: 912-236-8888 6 W Harris Street - Savannah Click Here For More Information

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SAVANNAH RIVERBOAT CRUISES

See Savannah From the River That Made Her Savannah is a river town, so what better way to get an overview of her harbor and port than to cruise with the River Street Riverboat Company? The 600 passenger Savannah River Queen and the 600 passenger Georgia Queen are triple-decker vessels that offer a variety of different tours all throughout the harbor. Relive a bygone era on board one of our riverboats. Hear our captain’s intriguing tales and historic facts as you travel a river once used by the founders of our beautiful city. Take advantage of our large-pane window views in our dining rooms and the canopied, open-air third deck as you learn about the fascinating history of Savannah.

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Savannah

Dining

When it comes to dining, Savannah offers a cornucopia of cuisines and settings. You can dine amid the brickwork and wooden beams of a one-time cotton warehouse on River Street, dine outdoors at the City Market, or enjoy the elegant ambience of a Victorian mansion or a restored 18th century townhouse, all served with good old Southern hospitality. As one would expect from a historic coastal city, fresh seafood is Savannah’s specialty. When in Savannah, be sure to try some of the regional dishes such as red rice, deviled crab and Lowcountry boil which includes shrimp, sausage and corn on the cob. Whether you have an appetite for steak, fresh seafood, the new fusion menus or some of the best barbecue you’ll ever eat, Savannah offers a wide variety of dining choices to suit the most discriminating palate.

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700 DRAYTON

Savannah’s Most Eclectic Dining Experience Located within the new, chic and luxurious Mansion on Forsyth Park, 700 Drayton Restaurant is home to Savannah’s most eclectic, talked-about dining experience. A relaxing, vibrant and artistic restaurant and cocktail lounge, adorned with chic artwork, stunning chandeliers and the full restoration and artistic touches of this original 1888 Savannah Mansion. Savannah’s new evening hotspot – Casimir’s Lounge – offers live entertainment, and a stunning rooftop marble patio overlooking the historic scenery of Forsyth Park. 700 Drayton Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Contact us for more information . Local: 912-721-5002 700 Drayton Street Savannah Click Here For More Information

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BONNA BELLA YACHT CLUB

Spectacular Waterfront Dining An unexpected treasure in a convenient midtown location, Bonna Bella Yacht Club offers one of the most spectacular waterfront dining experiences in the Savannah area. Our large deck areas, literally over the water, offer panoramic views of the neighboring islands, open marshes and our deepwater dock. Our casual, family atmosphere is made even more special with our fine dining menu, creative wine list and specialty drink selections. Our expert chefs serve only the freshest local seafood, handcut steaks, salads and delicious homemade desserts. We hope you’ll stop by to experience Savannah's most memorable gathering spot.

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SAPPHIRE GRILL

Fresh Market Cuisine with A Southern Flair Since opening in January, 1998, Sapphire Grill has received numerous accolades from The New York Times, Southern Living, Atlanta Magazine, Bon Appétit, and the Food Network. Sapphire’s “Fresh Market Cuisine” is Chef Nason’s eclectic interpretation of Savannah’s antebellum culinary heritage, featuring organic ingredients including fresh caught seafood, organic free-range meats, game, poultry, vegetables and herbs from local and regional farms. The oven and stock pot resonate 24 hours a day, cycling fresh bread and decadent pastries from exquisitely created recipes during the day, and slowly roasting and simmering vegetables and stocks throughout the night.

Contact us for more information . Local: 912-443-9962 110 West Congress Street Savannah Click Here For More Information

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TANGERINE FUSION & SUSHI BAR

Savannah’s New Asian Fusion Restaurant Serving Thai cuisine with a twist of Pan-Asian flair in a romantically stylish setting. Located on Savannah’s southside, Tangerine Fusion & Sushi Bar offers a distinctive Pan-Asian menu set in elegant surroundings. Tangerine's fine attention to detail from the fresh flowers, the attractive garnish, to the crisp linens, is set off by the elegant ambiance. As gracious as the atmosphere is, the menu adds another layer of depth, detail and delicious options. The culmination of flavors in each exquisite dish burst in your mouth. Excellence in every bite!

Contact us for more information . Local: 912-920-5504 11215 Abercorn Street Savannah

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Great Places to

Live

Savannah and coastal Georgia is not only a great place to visit it’s also a very special place to live. The population of the city of Savannah is 130,000, while the greater Savannah area is home to 335,000 residents. For newcomers there is a huge selection of housing options ranging from historic homes in the city to peaceful suburban neighborhoods to private, gated communities that cater to retirees and owners of 2nd/vacation homes. As you travel down the coast, you will find a large number of new private communities being built that offer an escape from cold weather, spectacular scenery, all sorts of amenities and a relaxed southern lifestyle.

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COOPER’S POINT COMMUNITIES

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An Unrivalled Community off the Georgia Coast Tucked away off the beautiful, undiscovered coast of Southeast Georgia, Cooper’s Point at Shellman Bluff is a fully planned, gated community with large wooded lots and magnificent marsh and golf course views. Surrounded by miles of unspoiled waterways and salt marsh, Cooper’s Point spans across 800 acres of prime real estate showcasing spectacular views of the salt marshes of the Intracoastal Waterway. Canopied with awe inspiring ancient Live Oaks covered in Spanish moss, Cooper’s Point is a place where local flavors and Southern charm abound and the peacefulness of nature blends perfectly with the active lifestyle of today. While surrounded by the unrivaled beauty of the Lowcountry, Cooper’s Point is conveniently located just eight miles from I-95. Savannah, Hilton Head Island, and St. Simons Island are all easily accessible from the community. Residents of Cooper’s Point enjoy the adjoining Sapelo Hammock Golf Club, a beautiful and challenging par-72 layout that winds through mature forests of moss-draped Live Oaks, Southern Pines, and Spanish Palmettos. The course meanders through ponds and culminates with glorious marsh views of the Sapelo Sound. Whether you are looking for a wonderful place to retire, or a great retreat for a vacation home, Cooper’s Point at Shellman Bluff is a place where there is life without compromise amid beauty beyond words. Places To Live


THE FAIRWAYS AT SAVANNAH QUARTERS

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Welcome to Your New Way of Living If you believe that we are a product of our environment, then you are about to become content, enriched and invigorated. We think of it as a part of the daily rewards you’ll enjoy by living in The Fairways at Savannah Quarters. You’ll think it’s the most comfortable place you’ve ever called home. The Fairways at Savannah Quarters combines a country club experience with maintenance-free living. Our single-story, two and three bedroom villas are perfect for empty nesters, young couples or just people on the go who enjoy the mobility of “lock and leave” ownership. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Savannah and with convenient and quick access to a myriad of entertainment, shopping, and dining venues, The Fairways at Savannah Quarters is also close to Savannah International Airport, healthcare facilities and the beaches of Tybee Island. Residents of The Fairways are social members and have the opportunity to become golf members of the Savannah Quarters Country Club which features an 18-hole Greg Norman Signature Golf Course, a resort-style swim and fitness center, tennis courts, and a 29,000 square foot clubhouse.

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Lowcountry

Weddings

With its gorgeous scenery, its many historical locations and its mild climate, the coastal Lowcountry is the perfect place for weddings. It offers more spectacular venues for weddings than any other place in the country; from beach weddings on Hilton Head, Tybee, Daufuskie and St. Simons Islands to historical mansions in Savannah and Beaufort. For out-of-town guests, a wedding in the Lowcountry provides an opportunity to enjoy a vacation in paradise and to take advantage of the area’s beautiful beaches, golf courses, activities and historical sights. Because the Lowcountry attracts so many weddings, it offers an abundance of world-class services to help make your wedding perfect.

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THE WESTIN HILTON HEAD ISLAND RESORT & SPA

Your Destination for the Perfect Destination-Wedding With its pristine white sand beaches, its mild year-round climate and its world-class activities and attractions, Hilton Head Island is one of the leading wedding destinations in the world. The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa is the perfect setting for your destination wedding. Our award-winning catering and conference services have earned The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa a reputation for being one of the finest wedding destinations in the country. The beach, the Oceanfront Pavilion, the Pool Terrace and the Pool Deck are ideal for elegant outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions. The 13,200-square foot Grand Ballroom provides an elegant indoor setting, while the Gazebo Room is just the right size for a small reception, rehearsal dinner or brunch. The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa also provides a memorable vacation getaway for your guests, with amenities and activities including golf, tennis, water sports, shopping, sightseeing, and the Heavenly Spa by Westin full service spa and salon. Coastal Destinations


For More Information: 2 Grasslawn Avenue Hilton Head Local: 843-681-4000 Click Here For More Information Lowcountry Weddings


BRACKETT PHOTOGRAPHY

Capture the Memories Your wedding is one of the signature events in your lives, so you want a professional photographer who can capture your special day with the most beautiful and memorable images. John Brackett’s passion and vision have been centered in South Carolina’s Lowcountry for over 20 years. His unique and striking photography for wedding, journalistic, editorial, and commercial clientele have taken him from the beaches of South Carolina to the Bahamas, Hawaii, Guatemala, Honduras and the Virgin Islands. More recently his aerial and lifestyle images have been published in Town & Country, I Do, and locally published books and magazines.

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For More Information: 12 Gardenia Street Hilton Head Local: 843-298-7427 Click Here For More Information Lowcountry Weddings


WEDDINGS BY MICHEL

Planning Your Special Day Hilton Head Island provides the perfect setting for a fairytale wedding, but planning a wedding especially a destination wedding – involves an enormous amount of work and stress. As a professional wedding consultant, Michelle Hanley helps you select and coordinate with all of the different vendors from the ceremony and reception locations, to food, flowers, photographers, entertainment, wedding cakes, and welcome parties for your guests. Michelle even offers professional ballroom dance choreography. Your wedding is the beginning of a wonderful journey. Weddings by Michel will help make sure your special day is one of elegance, style and grace. Coastal Destinations

For More Information: Michelle Hanley (ACPWC) Local: 843-338-2606 Click Here For More Information


NICOLE GRACIA - BEAUTY CONSULTANT

Enhancing Your Natural Beauty Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day and Nicole Gracia, Face Designer/Beauty Consultant will make you and your wedding party look radiant. As a professional model, Nicole knows all of the techniques of applying makeup to enhance your natural beauty. Her style is classy, clean, and delicate. Call or email Nicole to schedule a consultation. Nicole’s Technique is Unique!

For More Information: Nicole Gracia Call: 949-030-5960 Click Here For More Information Lowcountry Weddings


SHERI’S EDIBLE DESIGNS

Truly Unique Cake Art Your wedding cake is the centerpiece of your reception. It is the largest and most noticeable piece of art you and your guests enjoy, so the first glimpse of the wedding cake is a very dramatic and beautiful moment. Wedding cake is also one of the last items served at a wedding reception, and guests take the memory of the cake with them. Sheri’s Edible Designs, a truly unique cake art studio, specializes in creating elegant wedding and special event cakes. Sheri has combined a unique artistic gift to create great tasting works of art. Her attention to detail and color can be seen in every cake she creates, from traditional to whimsical. She also believes that every cake should taste as good as it looks, which is why she only uses the best ingredients and never freezes her cakes. Sheri’s Edible Designs offers many designs from which to choose, or she will work with you to create a completely new design with your own personality, ideas and flair. Let Sheri create that special cake that will make your event even more memorable. Coastal Destinations


For More Information: Sheri’s Edible Designs The Bridge Center - Hilton Head Local: 843-683-3132 Click Here For More Information Lowcountry Weddings


KIWI FLEUR

Creating Unique Floral Designs New Zealand born and trained Vicki Sepielli has been in the floral business for over 25 years and has created designs for many distinguished events around the world. Vicki’s designs are inspired by the vibrancy and elegance of European and International designs and cutting edge trends. With her talented team, Vicki’s store front is always a delight to eye, stocked with beautiful and unusual arrangements, exotic plants and orchids and unique gifts ready for daily deliveries for all occasions. Weddings are Vicki’s passion and they are a true partnership with her Brides to create a unique and magical day to remember always. To date she has been published in three national magazines, including I DO Magazine, Inside Weddings and Weddings Unveiled Magazine and also numerous local publications. When the ordinary won’t do, stop in or call the professional at Kiwi Fleur. Coastal Destinations


For More Information: 4503 Habersham Street Savannah Local: 912-352-0995 Click Here For More Information Kiwi Fleur Photography Credit: Donna Von Bruening

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