If you have seen the latest Travel & Leisure, you know that Hilton Head Island was voted #1 Island in the Continental United States. It is the 4th year in a row to have that honor.
I spent years exploring the world and had the pleasure of living in New York City, Croatia, US Virgin Islands, and Washington, DC. Six years ago, I landed in this beautiful corner of the country, I discovered its charm and now happily call it home.
I count myself lucky to live and grow a family here. Let me share the charm and a few reasons I fell in love.
As a New Yorker, when I first visited the area I was delighted by the southern charm and welcoming spirit of the south. It is a world away from the hustle and bustle of NYC.
I LOVE the beach! I love them in the summer but also the spring, fall, and winter. One of the beautiful things about the Lowcountry? The mild falls and the occasional beautiful winter days that call for a stroll or bike ride on the quiet beach. With 12 miles of beach, there are so many wonderful spots to choose from. One of my favorites? Burkes Beach. Once on the beach, walk to the right and you will find a creek flowing into the ocean. A great quaint area for relaxing, playing, wading and bird watching.
The Salt Marsh
When I first visited the Lowcountry, I was in awe of the scenery. I still am! In the Lowcountry, the saltmarsh is all around you. I love to watch it transform from golden yellow in the winter to bright green in the spring. It means summer, my favorite season, is coming! Take in its tranquility from ashore or hop on a boat, kayak or paddleboard for an up-close experience. Meander through it, spot dolphins and sea turtles, listen to the sounds, stop on sandbanks. Relax and have fun!
I will be honest, I wasn't a “bird” person before moving to the Lowcountry. It was here that I fell in love with birds. My favorite bird? The Great Blue Heron! Beautiful, calm and purposeful. Look for them in creeks on your way to the beach, near ponds, and in the grassy marsh during low-tides. Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge is one of my favorite spots for bird watching and nature walks.
Sunsets on the water, sailing and relaxing! In my books, that is a perfect ending to an already fabulous day.
Just across the bridge from Hilton Head is the quaint and charming town of Bluffton. Bluffton is home to art galleries, shops, wonderful restaurants, and Oyster Factory Park - my go-to spot on the May River!
Brunch is my favorite meal and brunch overlooking the waters of Hilton Head is extra special. With so many wonderful places to eat it, it can be difficult to choose. A few lovely locations with a view? Skull Creek Boathouse, Dockside, Hudsons, Fishcamp, The Oyster Factory... And if there is a wait, not to worry, grab a drink and take in the view.
The beach will keep the kids entertained for a long time. When they tire or need a break, there is more to do. Here are a few we love:
Kayaking and paddleboarding
The Sandbox Children's Museum
Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn Plantation
Horse Back Riding at Lawton Stables
Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge for a walk or bike ride
Whether you are looking for a summer vacation or an off-season getaway, family fun or a romantic escape, Hilton Head Island and the surrounding
areais a wonderful choice!
Come explore the outdoors!
Come indulge in delicious cuisines!
Come relax and have fun!