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LOWCOUNTRY LEISURE

GUIDE Where to Go • What to Do

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Lowcountry Wildlife abounds T hewithLowcountry wildlife, making this

area a natural wonderland.

Listen for birdsongs from cardinals and mockingbirds by day, the familiar hoot of the barred owl at night and the bobwhite quail whistle at daybreak. Birders enjoy the diversity of avian creatures in the Lowcountry, particularly in the spring and fall. Some birds can be seen all year, including the great blue heron, night heron, white egret and laughing gull. Bring a pair of binoculars to look for native and migratory birds. White-tailed deer roam the Lowcountry, nibbling on wild leaves and fruit. They can be shy during the day, but at sunset the local deer population tends to migrate, so beware of deer entering roadways at dusk or late at night. Near the many lagoons, alligators and bullfrogs are plentiful. Never feed, taunt or get too close to the local population of alligators – remember that alligators truly are wild animals, however docile they may seem. Each year, loggerhead sea turtles nest on the beaches of the Lowcountry between May and August. Nesting occurs at night, when the female crawls ashore on the beach and digs a nest in the sand with her flippers. Loggerhead turtles typically lay between 100 to 125 eggs, before covering the nest with sand and returning back to the ocean. Approximately 60 days later, the baby sea turtles hatch and head towards the sea, ready to begin their journey of life. Keep your eyes and ears alert for wildlife in the Lowcountry. You won’t be disappointed!


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CONTENTS March 2020-March 2021

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Hilton Head 7 Hilton Head Island 8 Eco-Friendly Guide to Hilton Head 10 Hilton Head Events 14 Recreational Pathways Guide

Bluffton 17 Bluffton 18 Shopping Guide to Bluffton 20 Bluffton Parks 22 Bluffton Events 23 Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge 26 5 Facts About Old Town Bluffton Photography by Joyce Harkins, Hilton Head Island Photography, Inc., Southern Salt Marsh

Beaufort 27 Beaufort 28 Hunting Island 29 Beaufort Events 30 The Ace Basin 31 Film Location Guide To Beaufort 32 Spanish Moss Trail

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33 Savannah 34 Savannah Events 38 Photo Hot Spots Guide To Savannah 39 Why is Savannah one of America’s Most Haunted Cities? 40 Local Airports 42 Lowcountry Directory 46 Lowcountry Map

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Single copies of The Lowcountry Leisure Guide may be obtained by mailing a check for $5.00 for postage and handling to Island Communications, P.O. Box 5511, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938. e-mail: icom@ hiltonhead.com. Every effort is made to provide dependable data; however, the publisher does not war­rant that the data herein is complete or accurate. Any rates, special offers, etc. are subject to change by the individual adver­tis­ers and are not guaranteed by Island Communications. Copyright 2020. Island Communications. All rights reserved.

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elcome to the Lowcountry! From award-winning restaurants to fascinating historic sites, there’s so much here to explore and enjoy. You’ll want to return again and again to experience the best that the area has to offer. Here's a quick overview of the main areas of interest in the Lowcountry: .....................................................................

Hilton Head Island, SC This crown jewel of the Lowcountry offers 12 miles of white, sandy beaches and lush maritime forests, as well as award-winning dining, exceptional shopping and outstanding family-friendly activities. This boot-shaped sea island, nestled along the South Atlantic coast, has earned a well-deserved reputation as a beach, golf and tennis mecca. Hilton Head Island features wide beaches, gentle waves, rolling dunes and a temperate climate, providing the ideal setting for a diverse range of outdoor activities, from saltwater fishing to ziplining.

Bluffton, SC Enjoy the “Bluffton State of Mind,” which is laid-back, quirky and fun, when you visit Old Town Bluffton. Wander the town’s historic streets, shaded by massive live oak trees, and discover creative art galleries, charming boutiques, delicious restaurants and inviting pubs. Tucked along the majestic May River, Bluffton offers an authentic Southern village atmosphere that is home to friendly locals, vintage Lowcountry architecture and fresh seafood.

Beaufort, SC Southern charm comes to life in Beaufort, from its quaint waterfront dotted with porch swings, to its historic homes, which date back to 1717. Beaufort served as the inspiration for the setting of Pat Conroy’s novel, The Prince of Tides, and is featured in a wide range of movies such as Forrest Gump and The Big Chill. This former port, which was home to wealthy planters before the Civil War, boasts scenic streets shaded by massive live oaks, as well as cozy restaurants, lively festivals, friendly cafés and inviting boutiques.

Savannah, GA Founded by General James Edward Oglethorpe in 1733, Savannah originally served as Britain’s 13th colony in the New World. Today, it’s a foodie’s fantasy and a pedestrian paradise. Thanks to the innovative city plan developed by Oglethorpe, visitors can explore the National Historic Landmark District on foot, marveling at the network of squares that crisscross the downtown area. From the seaport charm of River Street to the cosmopolitan flair of Broughton Street, Savannah offers a wide range of options and experiences to suit every taste. Make the most of every moment in the Lowcountry. Happy travels! 6

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HILTON HEAD

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esignated “The Best Island in the Continental U.S.� in 2019 by Travel + Leisure readers, Hilton Head Island is a boot-shaped paradise brimming with

white, sandy beaches and natural wonders. Adventure abounds on the many kayak nature tours, deep-sea fishing excursions, walking trails within wildlife preserves and over 50 miles of paved public pathways. No wonder Hilton Head holds a special place in many hearts. Whether enjoying an afternoon of shopping, playing 18 holes on a world-class golf course or savoring a meal at one of the hundreds of fabulous local restaurants, life on this Island is always laid-back. Beachfront hotels and harborside condos offer spectacular sunrise and sunset views, adding a taste of luxury as well.


Eco-Friendly

GUIDE TO HILTON HEAD Paddle on the Water Besides being a great workout and a lot of fun, kayaking and standup paddleboarding are environmentally safe ways to enjoy and travel the water. Several tours focusing on Lowcountry wildlife are offered in this area.

Reduction in Plastic Starting in November 2018, retailers in Beaufort Country stopped providing single-use plastic bags to customers. Throughout the Island, you will notice a reduction in the use of plastic straws and Styrofoam to-go containers.

Pedal Your Way Around On a 12-mile-long and 5-mile-wide Island, there are 6 miles of bike lanes, 117 miles of shared-use pathways, and 24% of the arterial streets have bike lanes or paved shoulders. Leave your car parked and enjoy the beautiful Island pathways and beaches.

Oyster Shell Recycling Local restaurants and residents are encouraged to work with the Oyster Recycling and Reef Build Initiative to collect oyster shells and safely return them to the water. Make sure to drop shells off at recycling sites, instead of throwing them into the water, because they might need to be treated for contamination.


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HILTON HEAD EVENTS MARCH 2020

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Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival March 9-15 www.hiltonheadwineandfood.com

Gregg Russell Concerts at Harbour Town May 22-24, 27-29 www.seapines.com

HHI St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 15 www.hiltonheadireland.org

Memorial Day Weekend Sale May 22-25 www.tangeroutlet.com/hiltonhead/ events/may

24th Annual WingFest March 21 www.hiltonheadwingfest.com Harbour Town Spring Fest March 22 www.seapines.com/events Spring Music & Taste on the Harbour March 26-May 24, Thursdays www.welcometosheltercove.com/ music-taste-on-the-harbour Blues & BBQ March 28 www.exploremitchelville.org

APRIL 2020 Easter Eggstravaganza April 4 www.tangeroutlet.com/hiltonhead Gregg Russell Concerts at Harbour Town April 6-10, 13-15 www.seapines.com/events Hilton Head Island Music Festival April 10-11 www.hhimusicfest.com Easter Bunny Wagon Rides April 10-11 www.seapines.com/events

Hilton Head Art Festival May 23-24 www.sheltercovehiltonhead.com/ art-festival Harbourfest May 23 & 24; May 25-August 30, Monday-Friday www.sheltercoveharbourfest.com

JUNE 2020 Gregg Russell Concerts at Harbour Town Monday-Friday www.seapines.com Harbourfest May 25-August 30, Monday-Friday www.sheltercoveharbourfest.com Beach Bum Triathlon & Duathlon June 13 www.gotrisports.com Harbourfest Fireworks June 16, 23 & 30 www.sheltercoveharbourfest.com Summer Jams June 16, 23 & 30 www.islandreccenter.org

JULY 2020

Easter Eggstravaganza April 11 www.islandreccenter.org

Gregg Russell Concerts at Harbour Town Monday-Friday www.seapines.com

Easter Egg Hunt April 12 www.seapines.com

Harbourfest May 25-August 30, Monday-Friday www.sheltercoveharbourfest.com

RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing April 13-19 www.rbcheritage.com

July 4th Weekend – Summer Sale July 3-6 www.tangeroutlet.com/hiltonhead/ events/july

MAY 2020 8th Taco Fest May 17 10

Harbourfest Fireworks July 4, 7, 14, 21 & 28 www.sheltercoveharbourfest.com

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Summer Jams July 4, 7, 14, 21 & 28 www.islandreccenter.org Beach Bum Triathlon & Duathlon July 11 www.gotrisports.com

AUGUST 2020 Gregg Russell Concerts at Harbour Town Monday-Friday (till Aug.21) www.seapines.com Harbourfest May 25-August 30, MondayFriday www.sheltercoveharbourfest.com Harbourfest Fireworks August 4, 11 & 18 www.sheltercoveharbourfest.com Summer Jams August 4, 11 & 18 www.islandreccenter.org SC Tax-Free Weekend August 7-9 www.tangeroutlet.com/hiltonhead/ events/august

SEPTEMBER 2020 Gregg Russell Concerts at Harbour Town September 3-6 www.seapines.com Labor Day Weekend Sale September 4-7 www.tangeroutlet.com/hiltonhead/ events/september

OCTOBER 2020 Jeep Island October 10-11 www.jeepisland.org 10th Latin Music Festival October 11 www.laislamagazine.com Pumpkin Patch October 23 www.islandreccenter.org Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance October 23-November 1 www.hhiconcours.com Trick-or-Treat TangerStyle! 12

October 25 www.tangeroutlet.com/hiltonhead/ events/october

NOVEMBER 2020 Hilton Head Island Lantern Parade November 7 www.culturehhi.org/portfolio/ lantern-parade Nutcracker 5K November 7 www.gotrisports.com Hilton Head Oyster Festival November 8-9 www.hiltonheadoysterfestival.com Holiday Tree Lighting Festival November 21 www.tangeroutlet.com/hiltonhead/ events/november Turkey Trot November 26 www.islandreccenter.org Christmas Village and Santa Visits South Beach November 27-December 25 www.saltydog.com

DECEMBER 2020 Christmas Village and Santa Visits South Beach November 27-December 25 www.saltydog.com Santa Photos November 28-December 20 www.tangeroutlet.com/hiltonhead/ events/december Winter Wonderland Festival December 4 www.islandreccenter.org Jingle Jingle Run December 24 www.bearfootsports.com

JANUARY 2021 Hilton Head Snow Day January 30 www.islandreccenter.org

FEBRUARY 2021 HHI 25th Gullah Celebration TBD www.gullahcelebration.com

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RECREATIONAL PATHWAYS GUIDE The Town of Hilton Head Island provides nearly 60 miles of public path­ways and nature trails for the enjoy­ment of pedes­trians and cyclists.

RULES FOR THE ROAD: • Please obey all traffic signals and pathway markings. Stop signs must be obeyed for safety. Bicycles are vehicles and must obey SC traffic laws. • Travel the pathways at speeds that allow for the safety of pedes­­­ trians and other users. • Never ride within the roadway against traffic. State law requires bicycles to drive like all other vehicles. • Please do not ride on roads when a pathway is available. • Please ride single file and keep a safe distance from other bicy­ clists.

• WATCH OUT FOR MOTORISTS!

Motorists must yield to pedestrians and bicyclists within marked crossings, but they may not see you. • Please yield to pedestrians. When resting or stopped, please move off the pathway. • Most sections of the pathways are not illuminated. If you must bike at night, please wear light-colored clothing or carry a flash­light. Bicycles must have a red rear reflector and a headlight when biking at night. • When approaching slower pathway users from behind, please sound your warning device, or call out, “Passing on your left.” Always pass on the left. • Bicyclists should always wear a helmet, especially children 12 and under. • Make eye contact and use hand signals. Assume other bicyclists and motorists don’t see you. Hand signals tell motorists and other path users what you intend to do and will ensure everyone’s safe enjoyment of the paths. Be courteous, alert and predictable. 14

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PATHWAY MARKINGS: WHITE DIAMONDS RESTRICTED TRAVEL LANE Travel with the flow of traffic

WHITE STRIPE & STOP SIGN ROAD CROSSING Stop and look for motorists

YELLOW CENTER LINE TWO-WAY TRAFFIC Keep to the right

SEVERAL WHITE DIAGONAL STRIPES CROSSWALK ­­Watch out for other bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists

Information and map courtesy of The Town of Hilton Head Island. (843) 341-4600 • hiltonheadislandsc.gov. 16

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ust minutes from Hilton Head Island, right on the banks of the May River, sits the quaint town of Bluffton, South Carolina. Filled with gorgeous ante-

bellum homes, historic churches, all kinds of artisan shops and wonderful restaurants, Bluffton is anything but quiet. It was even named #1 for Amazing Non-­Beach Getaways by Huffington Post, which is no surprise, since the gorgeous oak trees draped in moss and the scenic views of the May River give Bluffton some of the sweetest Southern charm in all of the Lowcountry. No matter whether you’re looking for a great place to fish or explore by kayak, somewhere to have a family vacation, destination wedding or even a new place to call home, Bluffton is bound to have somewhere perfect for you. Discover this casual, friendly community that’s filled with Southern style. SU MMER 2 0 1 9 | LOWC OUNTRY LEISURE G U I D E

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Shopping

GUIDE TO BLUFFTON Shopping and Dining on Calhoun Street Calhoun Street has become the “go-to place” in Bluffton, due to the shopping and dining options that await you. The nightlife is booming, but Calhoun Street also has plenty to offer in the way of family atmosphere.

Galleries and Specialty Shops Bluffton is brimming with all kinds of art – and artists. From eclectic creators to plein air painters, the artists in our little corner of the Lowcountry, marked by scenic marshlands, shores and rivers, inspire in their own way.

The Promenade

Come check out all that is happening in the promenade. Whether you are looking for a place to eat or browse, this is the place to be.

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Bluffton

PARKS Explore the beauty and charm of Bluffton, while discovering the many parks and recreational activities along the moss-laden oaks lining the streets. There is something to discover for everyone in the family.

DuBois Park 67 Lawrence Street Playground, open-air pavilion, picnic tables, restrooms, benches and open lawn area.

Bluffton Oyster Factory Park 63 Wharf Street Boat ramp access to the May River, open-air pavilion, picnic tables, restrooms, fire/oyster roast pit and a view of the May River.

Rotary Community Center 7 Recreation Court


Enclosed, air-conditioned space with large wrap-around porch and full-service kitchen, tables, restrooms, open lawn area.

Oscar Frazier Community Park 77 Shults Road Large park with 3 ball fields, a soccer field, playground, tennis courts and a community center.

Pritchard Pocket Park 132 Pritchard Street View of the May River, benches.

Tom Herbkersman Commons 67 Lawrence Street Benches, brick inlay map of Old Town.

New River Trail Located off May River Road (S.C. 46/170) Linear recreational trail for walking, running or biking. In addition to the activities listed above, visitors and residents of the town can fish and boat from the Calhoun Street Dock, located at the end of Calhoun Street on the May River.


BLUFFTON EVENTS MARCH 2020 Lowcountry Home & Garden Show March 27-29 www.lowcountryhomeandgardenshow.com

APRIL 2020 High on the Hog Bourbon Gala April 3 www.blufftonchamberofcommerce.org Easter Eggstravaganza April 4 www.tangeroutlet.com/hiltonhead/ events/april A Taste of Bluffton April 4 www.blufftonchamberofcommerce.org 2020 Bluffton Sunset Party Kick Off Festival April 24 www.blufftonsunsetparty.com

MAY 2020 MayFest – Bluffton Village Festival May 9 www.blufftonchamberofcommerce.org Sunset Palooza May 15 www.blufftonsunsetparty.com Memorial Day Weekend Sale May 22-25 www.tangeroutlet.com/hiltonhead/events/may

JUNE 2020 Palmetto Bluff Summer Concert Series June 16 www.palmettobluff.com Blues & Brews on the Bluff June 19 www.blufftonsunsetparty.com

JULY 2020 July 4th Weekend – Summer Sale July 3-6 www.tangeroutlet.com/hiltonhead/ events/july Palmetto Bluff Summer Concert Series July 7 www.palmettobluff.com 22

Sunset Party July 15 www.blufftonsunsetparty.com

AUGUST 2020 Palmetto Bluff Summer Concert Series August 4 www.palmettobluff.com South Carolina Tax-Free Weekend August 7-9 www.tangeroutlet.com/hiltonhead/events/august Rise & Run August 8 www.palmettobluff.com

SEPTEMBER 2020 Labor Day Weekend Sale September 4-7 www.tangeroutlet.com/hiltonhead/ events/september Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival September 12 www.blufftonchamberofcommerce.org Blufftember Fest September 19 www.blufftonsunsetparty.com

OCTOBER 2020 Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival October 17-25 www.blufftonartsandseafoodfestival.com Cars & Coffee — Bluffton/ Hilton Head October 17 www.facebook.com/carsandcoffeehhi

NOVEMBER 2020 Music to Your Mouth November 16-22 www.palmettobluff.com Bluffton Book Festival November 19-21 www.blufftonbookfestival.com

DECEMBER 2020 Annual Town of Bluffton Christmas Parade December 5 www.townofbluffton.sc.gov

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Pinckney Island

National Wildlife Refuge

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stablished in 1975, Pinckney Island is a 4,053-acre wildlife refuge located just off Highway 278, one-half mile west of Hilton Head Island.

Hiking/Biking Trips:

All trips begin and end at the park­ing area located half a mile from the refuge entrance; distances are round-trip, and estimated times are based on a leisurely walking pace, allowing for periodic stops to observe wild­life. • Ibis Pond: 1.2 miles; 1 hour, 30 minutes • Shell Point: 4.6 miles; 4 hours,15 minutes • Starr Pond: 2.0 miles; 2 hours,30 minutes • Osprey Pond: 3.0 miles; 3 hours • Nini Chapin and Barker Ponds: 3.6 miles; 3 hours, 30 minutes • Bull Point: 5.0 miles; 5 hours • Dick Point: 7.4 miles; 6 hours, 30 minutes • Clubhouse Pond: 6.2 miles; 5 hours, 30 minutes • White Point: 7.8 miles; 7 hours

Regulation Reminders: Freshwater fishing is prohibited; saltwater fishing and shellfishing are permitted in waters adjacent to the refuge. Feeding, capturing or hunting wild­life is strictly prohibited unless autho­rized by permit. All of the refuge’s arche­ological and natural resources are protected. Antique and artifact hunt­ing are not allowed. Do not pick or cut vegetation. Dogs, cats and other pets are not permitted on the refuge. Some areas may be closed seasonally to pro­tect wildlife from human disturbance. Such areas are posted: “Area Beyond this Sign Closed.”

Safety Reminders: Drinking water and rest­rooms are not available on the island. There are no shelters for pro­tection from the sun or inclement weather. The graveled road from the park­ing area to Clubhouse Pond is well maintained, but in the summer, overgrowth on the grass trails may conceal snakes, poison ivy or sting­ing insects. An occasional alligator may be encountered near any pond or on the adjacent trails. Do not molest this reptile in any way. Hikers are urged to stay on the paths at all times. No off-road or off-trail biking is permitted. Bicyclists should be cautious of loose gravel, potholes and puddles. Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex 694 Beech Hill Lane, Hardeeville, SC 29927 (843) 784-2468 | www.fws.gov/pinckneyisland MARCH 2020- MAR C H 2 0 2 1 | LOWC OUNTRY LEISURE G U I D E

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Facts

ABOUT OLD TOWN BLUFFTON Old Town is a great destination for visitors.

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Situated along a natural bluff overlooking the May River, Old Town Bluffton features historic homes converted into chic boutiques, treasure-filled antique shops, caffeine-rich cafés and colorful art galleries. Wander through Bluffton’s shady streets, play cornhole, sample happy hour specials and discover beautiful works of art by Lowcountry artists.

History lives on Bluffton’s streets.

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Although some of Bluffton’s homes were burned in 1863 during the Civil War, the historic structures that remain offer insight into the mercantile society of river traders who once occupied them. Today, Calhoun Street has the community’s densest concentration of historic homes and art galleries.

Southern hospitality is always in style. The Heyward House, locat-

ed at 70 Boundary St., is the Official Welcome Center for the Town of Bluffton, offering free maps, information and more. This historic home, built in 1841 and inspired by planters’ homes in the British West Indies, is open for guided tours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bluffton offers memorable architecture.

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Bluffton’s Church of the Cross, located at 110 Calhoun St., is nestled along the scenic shores of the May River. This unusual Carpenter Gothic structure was built in 1857 and added to the National Register in 1975. Today, the church is open to the public for tours and worship services.

Festivals abound throughout the year.

Popular annual events in Bluffton include Mayfest, which originally started in 1978 and unites local artisans and musicians to celebrate local culture, and the Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival, which features original art, kayak tours, a 5K run and plenty of fresh, local seafood.


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ueen of the Carolina Sea Islands, many flags have flown over Beaufort, Port Royal and the surrounding

area since the Spanish established Santa Elena

on Parris Island in 1566 — 40 years before Jamestown. Home to one of only three National Historic Landmark Districts in South Carolina, as well as Hunting Island State Park, Parris Island Marine Recruit Depot and a Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort’s celebrated antebellum charm, combined with its natural beauty, proud military facilities, Native American and Gullah heritage, has long attracted nature lovers, artists, history buffs, moviemakers, veterans and others looking for an out-ofthe-ordinary escape. SP R IN G 2 0 1 9

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Hunting Island ith five miles of pristine beach, a historic lighthouse, visitor and nature centers, a saltwater lagoon and ocean inlet, fishing pier, trails through acres of marsh and maritime forests and oceanfront camping, Hunting Island State Park attracts more than a million visitors each year. 

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It is the most-visited state park facility in South Carolina, and is a part of the ACE Basin estuarine reserve area. Known for its natural environment, the island remains one of the few remaining undeveloped Sea Islands in the Lowcountry.

Hunting Island State Park is located 17 miles east of Beaufort on U.S. 21 (2555 Sea Island Parkway). Call (843) 838-2011 or visit southcarolinaparks.com for camping reservations, program, parking and general park information.  Photograph courtesy of Allyson Jones

South Carolina’s only publicly accessible lighthouse was originally built in 1859, and rebuilt in 1875 following its destruction during the Civil War. In 1889, it was dismantled and relocated a mile inland due to severe beach erosion. The nature center on the south end of the island features live reptiles and exhibits highlighting the park’s natural resources, as well as special programming throughout the year.


BEAUFORT EVENTS MARCH 2020 Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day at Port Royal Sound Maritime Center March 21 www.portroyalsoundfoundation.org/ programs-events 7th Annual Bridges Block Party – Shrimp & Grits Cookoff March 28 www.bridgesprep.org 3rd Annual Lowcountry Fair with Historical Flair March 28 santa-elena.org/lowcountry-fair-2020

APRIL 2020 65th Beaufort Water Festival 5K-10K April 4 runsignup.com/Race/SC/ PortRoyal/63rdBeaufortWaterFestival5K10K Great Helicopter Easter Egg Drop April 4 www.beaufortacademy.org Soft Shell Crab Festival April 18 www.oldvillageportroyal.com

MAY 2020 A Taste of Beaufort May 1-2 www.beaufortchamber.org The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra “Made In America” May 5 www.beaufortorchestra.org Beaufort Children’s Theatre’s Seussical, The Musical, Jr. May 15-17 www.uscbcenterforthearts.com The Original Gullah Festival of Beaufort May 22-24 www.originalgullahfestival.org

JUNE 2020 Beaufort River Swim June 6 runsignup.com/Race/SC/Beaufort/ BeaufortRiverSwim Annual DragonBoat Race Day June 27 www.dragonboat-raceday.com

JULY 2020 July Celebration and Fireworks at

the Sands of Port Royal July 4 www.portroyal.org Independence Day at Parris Island July 4 www.mcrdpi.marines.mil Beaufort Water Festival July 17-26 www.bftwaterfestival.com

AUGUST 2020 Lowcountry Butterflies August 7 www.beaufortchamber.org Habersham’s Third-Fridays August 21 habershamsc.com/marketplace

SEPTEMBER 2020 Edisto Beach Music and Shag Festival September 4-6 www.edistochamber.com Habersham’s Third-Fridays September 18 habershamsc.com/marketplace

OCTOBER 2020 Beaufort Shrimp Festival October 4 www.beaufortchamber.org Fall Festival of House and Gardens October 23-25 www.historicbeaufort.org Downtown Beaufort Halloween Trick-or-Treat Party October 31 www.cityofbeaufort.org

NOVEMBER 2020 Veterans Day “11th Hour, 11th Day, 11th Month” November 11 www.facebook.com/ DAV-Chapter-12-BeaufortSC-654664178323855 Penn Center Heritage Days Celebration November 14-20 www.penncenter.com/heritage-days

DECEMBER 2020 Beaufort Holiday Weekend December 4-6 www.cityofbeaufort.org

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ACE BASIN

ust a short drive from Beaufort lies a natural marvel untouched by commercial industry. The ACE Basin -- named for the convergence of the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto Rivers -- offers 350,000 acres of diverse ecological beauty and the Southeast’s most expansive estuary system.

Although some of the area’s tidal wetlands were converted to rice plantations in the mid-1700s and into hunting retreats in the late 1800s, the Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge has ensured that approximately 12,000 acres of this natural environment will serve as a protected habitat for the creatures that call it home, including a number of endangered and threatened species. Bird watchers travel to South Carolina’s ACE Basin to watch bald eagles soar overhead, and to marvel at the ospreys, egrets, herons and sandpipers as they gracefully flit around the wetlands of Bear Island. Hunters seasonally descend upon the forests of the basin’s Donelley Wildlife Management Area in search of whitetailed deer and wild turkey. The basin’s collection of pristine freshwater streams, saltwater marshes, tidal creeks and brackish waters offers fishing enthusiasts a chance to catch large bass and to spot members of the ACE Basin’s large family of alligators. Visitors are invited to paddle through this area by kayak or canoe, and enjoy the sights and sounds of this natural treasure. Offering excellent hiking, biking and nature trails, the ACE Basin is the perfect place to introduce children to the wonders of biology and ecology. The less adventurous can get a taste of the basin’s swamps, wetlands, uplands and forests by driving along designated dirt roads, or down the makeshift road to Grove Plantation lined by moss-draped live oak trees. The antebellum house that now serves as the office of the 30

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge, was once owned by Brooks Brothers’ President Owen Winston, and was occupied by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. The ACE Basin’s public sites, including Bear Island, Donelley Wildlife Management Area, the Edisto River and the ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge, are open to the public year-round during daylight hours. Dogs are permitted, but must be on leashes.

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Film Location

GUIDE TO BEAUFORT View the Historic Homes of Beaufort Beaufort is home to many antebellum homes that have stood the test of time since the Civil War days and before. Come see why Beaufort is known as an architect's dream destination. Some of these homes were locations for films, and some of the biggest movie stars stayed at these locations while in Beaufort.

Take a Tour of Pat Conroy's Beaufort

Stay at the Historic Beaufort Inn

This tour will take you to the home of the late Pat Conroy, author of The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides. It also takes you to the school site where Pat attended and taught. Conroy's novels also became movies, which you will learn more about during the tour.

The Inn was built in 1897 and helped shape the history of the United States and Beaufort. Another cool part of The Beaufort Inn is the stars who stayed here over the years. Those include Julia Roberts, Robert Duval, Sharon Stone and Blythe Danner, to name a few.

Catch a Movie Tour of Beaufort This one-hour tour by van will cover the historic district of downtown and the history of Beaufort. Tours will give you a look into movie locations and the landmarks from such movies as Forrest Gump, The Great Santini, Something to Talk About, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Forces of Nature and more.


Spanish Moss Trail

Discover the Great Outdoors on a Majestic Rails-to-Trail Paved Pathway.

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f you enjoy hiking, biking, walking, fishing, dog walking, riding a scooter, skateboarding or rollerblading, don’t miss the Spanish Moss Trail, which connects beautiful Beaufort to historic Port Royal and offers 10 miles of scenic beauty.

enthusiasts from near and far.

Part of the East Coast Greenway, the Lowcountry’s only paved Railsto-Trail destination, provides breathtaking waterfront and marshfront views along a flat,12-foot-wide pathway that is open to pedestrians and nonmotorized transportation year-round (motorized wheelchairs are welcome!). Six parking trailhead areas are available, and pets are welcome, as long as they are on a leash.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Lowcountry on the Spanish Moss Trail. Whether you’re on foot or on a bike, you’ll make memories that last a lifetime!

The handicapped-accessible trail offers several bridges and trestles with exceptional recreational fishing, as well as amazing opportunities for wildlife viewing and historic points of interest, like the old Beaufort Depot, which was originally built in 1901. The trail runs along the former Magnolia Rail Line, which once connected the Lowcountry with Augusta, GA. In 2009, the Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority obtained the right-of-way to use the former railway as a utility corridor. In 2011, Beaufort County secured an easement to establish a recreational trail that would appeal to locals as well as visitors. Thanks to the generosity and foresight of local residents and businesses, the Spanish Moss Trail attracts outdoor

Today, the 10-mile trail cuts through Spanish-moss-draped neighborhoods and woodland tracts. When the Spanish Moss Trail is fully developed, it will be approximately 16 miles in length.

The Spanish Moss Trail is open daily from dawn until dusk. Learn more at spanishmosstrail.com.


SAVANNAH

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ust across the South Carolina border, Georgia’s First City awaits with cobblestone streets, brick sidewalks and a canopy of live oaks shading the squares sur-

rounding eighteenth- and nineteenth-century buildings scattered throughout the National Historic Landmark District. Strolling through Savannah is almost like being transported to a European city with its bustling bistros, cozy cafés, excellent Southern eateries and upscale restaurants. Enjoy the intricate architecture, incredible art galleries, unique boutiques, historic (and often haunted) hotels, magnificent museums, eerily beautiful cemeteries and monuments memorializing historic figures. Get a taste of the city and discover all her secrets by going on one of the many tours, and then head out to Tybee Island, a.k.a. “Savannah’s Beach.”


SAVANNAH EVENTS MARCH 2020 The 85th Annual Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens March 26-29 www.savannahtourofhomes.org Savannah Music Festival March 26-April 11 www.savannahmusicfestival.org The Historic Savannah Theatre “Savannah LIVE” March 26-May 28 www.savannahtheatre.com

APRIL 2020 Savannah Riverboat Cruises’ Easter Brunch & Easter Dinner Cruises April 12 www.savannahriverboat.com Savannah Philharmonic “Sing Sing Sing” April 17 www.savannahphilharmonic.org Annual Susan G. Komen Savannah Race for the Cure® April 18 www.komencoastalgeorgia.org/race

MAY 2020 Savannah Philharmonic “A Promise Renewed” May 1 www.savannahphilharmonic.org Savannah Riverboat Cruises’ Mother’s Day Brunch & Dinner Cruise May 10 www.savannahriverboat.com

JUNE 2020 Savannah Mega Comic Con 2020 June 6-7 www.savannahmegacomiccon.com Savannah Riverboat Cruises’ Father’s Day Brunch & Dinner Cruises June 21 www.savannahriverboat.com Old Skool Music & Arts Festival June 26 www.oldskoolmusicfest.com

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July 3-5 www.riverstreetsavannah.com Savannah Riverboat Cruises’ 4th of July Dinner & Fireworks Cruise July 4 www.savannahriverboat.com Tybee Island’s Annual Celebration of America’s Birthday July 4 www.tybeeisland.com

AUGUST 2020 The Savannah VOICE Festival August 1-23 www.savannahvoicefestival.org Georgia Bridal Show August 16 www.georgiabridalshow.com Tybee Equality Fest 2020 August 27 www.tybeeequalityfest.com

SEPTEMBER 2020 The 2020 Savannah Jazz Festival September 20-26 www.savannahjazzfest.com Fiesta Latina 2020 September 26 www.facebook.com/events/ 154800995959251/ Savannah Philharmonic “Opening Night with Maestro Harada” September 27 www.savannahphilharmonic.org

OCTOBER 2020 37th Annual Oktoberfest October 2-4 www.riverstreetsavannah.com 16th Annual Tybee Island Pirate Fest October 8-11 www.tybeeisland.com/pirates The Savannah Speed Classic October 22-25 www.svra.com/events/2020savannah-speed-classic/ The Shalom Y’All Jewish Food Festival October 25 www.mickveisrael.org/food-festival 21st Annual Savannah Film Festival October 24-31

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NOVEMBER 2020 Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon November 7-8 www.runrocknroll.com/Events/ Savannah The Savannah Food & Wine Festival November 9-15 www.savannahfoodandwinefest.com The Savannah Philharmonic “The Messiah” November 14 www.savannahphilharmonic.org. Christmas Made in the South November 20-22 www.madeinthesouthshows.com/ savannah-details

Savannah Riverboat Cruises’ New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise December 31 www.savannahriverboat.com The “Up the Cup” New Year’s Eve Celebration December 31 www.riverstreetsavannah.com City Market New Year’s Eve December 31 www.savannahcitymarket.com

JANUARY 2021 22nd Annual Tybee Polar Plunge January 1 www.tybeeisland.com. The Savannah Hockey Classic January 15-16 www.savannahhockeyclassic.com

The Savannah Riverboat Cruises’ Thanksgiving Day Dinner Cruise November 26 www.savannahriverboat.com

The Savannah Philharmonic “Feeling Romantic” January 16 www.savannahphilharmonic.org

Boat Parade of Lights November 28 www.savannahharborfoundation. com/boat-parade

MLK Observance Day January 18 www.mlkingsavannah.com

DECEMBER 2020 City Market Holiday Open House December 4 www.savannahcitymarket.com Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and the Savannah Children’s Choir “Holiday Spectacular” December 5-6 www.savannahphilharmonic.org Christmas for Kids Celebration December 5 www.savannahcitymarket.com The Savannah Waterfront Association’s Christmas on the River December 11-13 www.riverstreetsavannah.com Christmas on the River Lighted Parade December 12 www.riverstreetsavannah.com The 156th Annual Muster at Fort McAlister State Park December 12 www.explore.gastateparks.org 36

Mountainfilm on Tour January 21-23 www.mountainfilmsav.org/festival/ schedule-events

FEBRUARY 2021 Savannah Philharmonic Stephen Hough February 8 www.savannahphilharmonic.org The Savannah Book Festival February 11-14 www.savannahbookfestival.org

MARCH 2021 Savannah Philharmonic “Great G Minor” March 13 www.savannahphilharmonic.org St. Patrick’s Day on River Street March 14-15 www.riverstreetsavannah.com/ event St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 17 www.savannahsaintpatricksday.com

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Photo Hot Spots

GUIDE TO SAVANNAH

Forsyth Fountain Modeled after the fountains found in Place de la Concorde in Cuzco, Peru, the Forsyth Fountain is home to the Farmers' Market every Saturday, and festivals and special events throughout the year.

Chippewa Square One of the most well-known squares in all of Savannah, there’s a lot to see and photograph. Forrest Gump made the square famous with its park bench scenes, and while there are no markers to indicate where his bench was located, it was placed on the side facing Bull Street.

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist The oldest Roman Catholic Church in Georgia is a stunning example of architecture found in Savannah. So whether you are taking a photo outside or inside this magnificent Victorian Gothic cathedral, you will be able to capture the breathtaking stained glass windows, paintings and statues.

Gingerbread House Built in 1899, the Gingerbread House is a great example of Steamboat Gothic architecture. The house is a leading event venue, the site of romantic weddings, anniversary parties and corporate events, but passersby are welcome to take a photo in front of the beautiful Victorian house.


WHY IS Savannah ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST Haunted Cities?

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rom USA Today to the Travel Channel, Savannah is on the list of “America’s Most Haunted Cities,” along with New Orleans and Salem, as being a center of paranormal activity for centuries. But what is it about Georgia’s First City—the 13th colony—that captures the souls of spirits and spurs them to stick around? To find these answers, one must dive into Savannah’s somber history and discover how the city came to have such enigmatic energy on its cobblestone streets underneath moss-laden tree canopies. Here are few of the most chilling reasons Savannah’s supernatural side makes it one of the most haunted cities in the United States:

1. Bloody Battles

To walk the bloody fields of past wars is often unsettling, but many say it’s not just a feeling, but a reality in Savannah, where catastrophic conflicts abounded throughout the centuries. From the Siege of Savannah in 1779 (240 killed, 600 wounded), to Savannah’s capture by General Sherman during the American Civil War, fatal clashes have left their mark. Speculators say that these battles left a spiritual residue, and souls of unsettled soldiers linger on the land and in the homes of the bloodstained ground.

2. Deadly Diseases

Soldiers aren’t the only restless spirits in Savannah. Many believe victims of the 1820 Yellow Fever Epidemic are bound to this earthly realm. In 1820, this disease decimated a

tenth of Savannah’s population and nine more epidemics followed. One in 1876 killed 1,066 Savannahians. When harrowing happenings such as these befall a community, it is said that those who lost their lives feel they can’t move on because of the agony they endured.

3. Fearsome Fires

The outbreak of disease in 1820 was accompanied by additional devastation on the morning of January 11. A rapidly spreading fire broke out in a stable, destroying 500 buildings, before dwindling that afternoon. But this wasn’t the first catastrophic fire Savannah endured. In 1796, a deadly fire ravaged the city, destroying 229 houses and 146 outbuildings. The untimely deaths resulting from these fires is said to have perplexed the deceased, thus linking them to the place of their passing.

4. Mysterious Murders

While every city has crime, everything has a little more dramatic flair in Savannah, even its murders (and ghosts). If you participate in one of the 40+ ghost tours in the Historic District, no doubt more than one murderous tale will be told. For instance, the crime made popular by Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (the murder of Jim Williams’ assistant, Danny Hansford) at the Mercer House on Monterey Square, or the controversial 1959 murder of three sisters at 432 Abercorn Street on Calhoun Square. More than a few antebellum mansions in Savannah have pasts that are anything but pretty, and the city’s dark secrets are often inside these historic buildings.

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Local Airports Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport offers convenient, nonstop destinations and countless connections to suit your travel needs. Delta, United, Allegiant, JetBlue, Sun Country, Air Canada and Frontier Airlines service the airport. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m.midnight, daily. We recommend arriving at least 90 minutes prior to your scheduled flight time for parking, check-in and passing through the security checkpoint. Parking: All parking spaces serve passengers on a first-come, first-serve basis. Passengers pay for parking upon exiting at the automated parking machines at the exit plaza. Free luggage carts are available. Long-Term/Hourly Parking: A convenient parking deck at the terminal. $1/Hourly, $12/Daily, $60/Weekly Economy Parking: A convenient parking deck, just steps from the terminal. $1/Hourly, $8/Daily, $40/Weekly SAV Value Park A short walk to the terminal. Value Parking is open air. $1/Hourly, $5/Daily, $35/Weekly

Wherever you need to go, the airlines serving Hilton Head Island Airport can get you there. American, Delta and United operate out of the airport, linking passengers to the world through the convenience of their hometown airport. Please plan to arrive early so you can be in your security line in plenty of time for your flight departure time. It is recommended that you arrive at the airport about 90 minutes before your flight. Passenger check-in closes 30 minutes before the originally scheduled departure time. The airport opens 90 minutes prior to the first flight, and closes one hour after the last flight. Parking: Parking costs a flat rate of $10 per day. All airport parking is pre-paid using the automated parking machine kiosks located outside the middle entrance to the terminal. Your license plate number is required to purchase your ticket. The first two hours parking are free.

Transportation: You can travel by shuttle, rental car or taxi to Hilton Head Island.

Transportation: We have four on-site transportation services. Please check our transportation page for more information.

On-site rental car companies include: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and Thrifty

On-site rental car companies include: Alamo, Avis, Budget and Dollar.

400 Airways Ave., Savannah, GA | (912) 964-0514 | www. savannahairport.com.

120 Beach City Rd., Hilton Head Island | www.hiltonheadairport.com.

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LOWCOUNTRY DIRECTORY

Bluffton.com GPS: 40 Persimmon St. Ste. 102 __________________________ bluffton.com Phone: (843) 757-9889

Bluffton Pg. 41

The Daufuskie Difference Broad Creek Marina GPS: 18 Simmons Rd. Hilton Head Island ____________________________ daufuskiedifference.com

Pg. 15

Phone: (843) 342-8687

Dolphin & Nature Tours Broad Creek Marina GPS: 18 Simmons Rd. Hilton Head Island ____________________________ hiltonheadtours.com

Pg. 11

Phone: (843) 681-2522

Hilton Head Bicycle Company Islandwide Delivery & Pickup GPS: 112 Arrow Rd. Hilton Head Island __________________________ hiltonheadbicycle.com

Pg. 9

Phone: (843) 686-6888

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HiltonHead.com GPS: 40 Persimmon St. Ste. 102 Bluffton __________________________ hiltonhead.com

Pg. 41

Phone: (843) 757-9889

Kayak Hilton Head Broad Creek Marina GPS: 18 Simmons Rd. Hilton Head Island __________________________ kayakhiltonhead.com

Pg. 9

Phone: (843) 684-1910

Kilwins Hilton Head Shelter Cove Towne Centre GPS: 28 Shelter Cove Ln. __________________________

Hilton Head Island

kilwins.com/stores/kilwinshilton-head-shelter-cove

Pg. 11

Phone: (843) 785-2727

Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head Hwy. 278 GPS: 356 Latitude Blvd. __________________________

Hardeeville

latitudemargaritaville.com/ hilton-head

Pg. 3

Phone: (843) 287-9406

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Old Town Trolley GPS: 234 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Savannah __________________________ trolleytours.com/savannah Phone: (912) 373-7995

Outside Hilton Head Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge Hwy. 278 Shelter Cove Marina GPS: 1 Shelter Cove Ln. __________________________

Palmetto Bluff

outsidehiltonhead.com

GPS: 37 Boathouse St., Bluffton

Phone: (843) 686-6996

Pgs. 24 & 25

Outside Savannah Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa GPS: 1 Resort Dr. __________________________ outsidehiltonhead.com

Savannah Pg. 48

Phone: (843) 686-6996

Savannah.com GPS: 513 E. Oglethorpe Ave., Ste. I __________________________ savannah.com Phone: (912) 238-1453

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Savannah Taste Experience GPS: 118 Barnard St. Savannah __________________________

Pg. 37

savannahtasteexperience.com Phone: (912) 221-4439

Sky Pirate Parasail & Watersports Broad Creek Marina GPS: 18 Simmons Rd. Hilton Head Island

__________________________ skypirateparasail.com

Pg. 13

Phone: (843) 842-2566

Stephen Kasun City Market GPS: 306 W. Congress St. Savannah __________________________

Pg. 35

kasunstudio.com Phone: (407) 474-0411

Tanger Outlets Hwy. 278 GPS: 1256 & 1414 Fording Island Rd. Bluffton

____________________________ tangeroutlets.com/hiltonhead

Pg. 19

Phone: (843) 837-5410

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