Greatest Destinations 2018 - Lowcountry



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(Farm in Bluffton)

Along South Carolina’s coast, you will find the area known as the Lowcountry. Not only does the term Lowcountry define the geographic region, it also describes the culture. The coastal atmosphere is reflected in nearly everything you’ll find in these two Lowcountry cities, Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC. 

EAT

Farm - It seems everyone is doing farm-to-table these days, but no one in the Lowcountry does it better than Farm. The menu changes regularly to feature the freshest seasonal ingredients from local vendors to give you an authentic taste of Lowcountry cuisinefarmbluffton.com

(Farm in Bluffton)

Old Town Dispensary - One of the hottest spots to see and be seen in Bluffton with great food and drinks and live music by the fire pit. Hit up their daily happy hour for food and drink specials including $1 tacos and delectable parmesan and truffle fries with curry ketchup or opt for their signature dish, the life-changing OTD Grouper. otdbluffton.com

(Old Town Dispensary)

Lucky Rooster - Chef Clayton Rollison has put in appearances at the James Beard house and has been name dropped in Garden & Gun. Bartender Paul Rabe crushed the bourbon category at the Savannah Food and Wine Festival bartender challenge with his Darjeeling 1888 Punch. That’s some serious hardware for a strip-mall restaurant built from a shuttered Longhorn steakhouse. One visit and you’ll find out how they earned it. luckyroosterhhi.com

(Lucky Rooster)

Old Oyster Factory - There was a time before tourism came to the south when oysters were South Carolina's top industry. Hilton Head Island’s waterways were dotted with shucking houses and canneries, which all shuttered and were lost to time. Old Oyster Factory was built atop one of the last of them, but the mountains of oyster shells on all sides of the restaurant speak to its previous life as a cannery. And the exquisite seafood on display speaks to its current status as one of the island’s best. oldoysterfactory.com

Toomer’s Family Seafood House - Nobody knows Lowcountry seafood better than the Toomer family, whose ancestors have been pulling a freshest catches out of local waters and selling them at the Bluffton Oyster Co. for generations. The restaurant serves up those same harvests right from the May River to give you the freshest local seafood around. blufftonoyster.com

 

STAY

The Inn at Harbour Town - Set smack dab in the middle of all the shopping, dining and golfing of Harbour Town, the Inn at Harbour Town has truly raised the bar for luxury on the island. The only Forbes four-star resort on the island, the Inn was named No. 5 in the Top Hotels in the U.S. by Conde Nast. With 60 guest rooms redolent with high-end décor and endless amenities, they come by the accolades honestly. seapines.com

 

Vacation Company - Hilton Head Island may be famed for its hotels, but not every stay on the island needs to be in a resort. The exquisite homes that dot the shoreline of the island’s beaches make for some of the worlds best vacation rental properties. Check out specialists like The Vacation Company and see how you can live like the rich and famous for the week.  vacationcompany.com

(37 St. George)

PLAY

(May River at sunset)

GET ON THE RIVER - May River Excursions operates not much more than a stone’s throw from the May River and offers a variety of experiences on the water, including dolphin tours, ecological excursions, and fishing, shrimping and crabbing trips. mayriverexcursions.com

Golf Harbour Town Golf Links - This is the obvious pick, but it’s the obvious pick for a reason. Hilton Head Island is famed as a golf destination, and if you’re coming here to golf why not do it where the pros play? Send one rocketing down the fairway on 18 and you can chuckle during next year’s Heritage when golfer after golfer loses theirs in the Calibogue. youngbloodboutique.com

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina - For a small, community arts center, this place puts on some powerhouse shows. The stage here regularly pulls from the same talent pool as the big Broadway production thanks to the island’s obvious allure and the pedigree it has established as a performing venue. This season will see performances of Evita and Saturday Night Fever the Musical. artshhi.com

 

SHOP

(Youngblood Boutique)

SPARTINA 449 - Founded on the nearby, bridgeless Daufuskie Island, Spartina 449 creates handbags, accessories and jewelry that capture the spirit of the Lowcountry. The flagship store in Old Town Bluffton offers the company’s latest designs, or you can shop for bargains at their outlet store at the Tanger Outlets. spartina449.com

Coligny Plaza - The nickname “Hilton Head’s downtown” isn’t just a clever marketing slogan. This beachside collection of boutique shops and restaurants stands on the spot where the island had its first grocery store (as well as, among other firsts, its first post office). It’s still ground zero for summer visitors, drawn by its easy walkability, variety and plentiful al fresco dining options.colignyplaza.com

(The Store)

The Store - Not many places can pull off a name like “The Store,” but this is one of them. Built in 1904, this eclectic antique shop is the gem of the Calhoun Street shopping scene. You’ll find plenty of surprises inside, including local writer and owner Babbie Guscio, who is a character unto herself. hiltonheadisland.org

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Chefs are invisible artists. They keep us salivating, our minds fixated on the last time we ate at our favorite restaurant, and when the next time we plan on going. For all the times we stuffed our faces with our favorite dish, let’s give it up to the chefs behind the meal. Nominate your favorite chef now!

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Events Calendar

  • "The Prints of Dame Laura Knight" Exhibition at Telfair Museums

    Jan 19, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Telfair Museums' Jepson Center

    Telfair Museums exhibits nine prints by Dame Laura Knight (British, 1877-1970), together for the first time since they were acquired by the museum...

  • "Keita Takahashi: Zooming Out" Exhibition at Telfair Musuems

    Jan 24, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Telfair Museums hosts the first museum survey of the work of visionary videogame designer Keita Takahashi (Japanese, b. 1975). Takahashi is noted...

  • Ready. Set. Summer. at Bluemercury!

    May 13, 2019
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM @ Bluemercury

    Summer is quickly approaching – stop into your local neighborhood beauty store Bluemercury for all the essentials you need to refresh your summer...

  • “Jaume Plensa Talking Continents” Exhibition at Telfair Museums

    Mar 01, 2019
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Jaume Plensa (Spanish, b. 1955) is one of the world’s foremost living sculptors. He is widely known for large-scale public artworks and more...

  • "Rembrandt and the Jewish Experience" at Telfair Museums

    Mar 15, 2019
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    This exhibition contains 21 etchings by Rembrandt and one drawing by Rembrandt’s teacher Pieter Lastman (Dutch, 1583-1633). These works highlight...

  • 200th Anniversary Celebration

    May 22, 2019
    5:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

    Join us for the 200th anniversary of the SS Savannah's historic trans-Atlantic crossing - the WORLD'S FIRST oceanic voyage under steam! In...

  • Fermenting Our Meditation Practice with Susan Lamb

    May 01, 2019
    7:15 PM - 8:30 PM @ Savannah Power Yoga

    Most of us begin meditation practice hoping to feel less anxious, to be more focused, or remain in a steadier state when approaching the challenges...

  • Rembrandt Exhibit

    Mar 15, 2019
    All Day @ Jepson Center

    Rembrandt lived and worked in Amsterdam during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. Although most residents of Amsterdam during...

  • National Maritime Day

    May 22, 2019
    All Day @ Ships of the Sea

  • SS Savannah (1819-2019)

    May 23, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Ships of the Sea Museum

    2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the SS Savannah's groundbreaking trans-Atlantic crossing.  In recognition of this monumental achievement,...

  • SS Savannah (1819-2019)

    May 23, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Ships of the Sea Museum

    2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the SS Savannah's groundbreaking trans-Atlantic crossing.  In recognition of this monumental achievement,...

  • Moose Tracks - 10,000 Scoops Challenge

    May 23, 2019
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Ellis Square

    Enjoy FREE Mayfield Creamery Moose Tracks Ice Cream to help raise $10,000 for The Salvation Army of Savannah. Moose Tracks is partnering with...

  • Hospice Savannah Party and Art Auction

    May 23, 2019
    5:30 PM @ Cha Bella

    Hospice Savannah’s  Board members invite the community to celebrate 40 years of “The Art of Living”  at a Summer Nights Party and Art...

  • Friday Concert Series

    May 03, 2019
    7:00 PM - 12:00 AM @ Historic Courthouse, Downtown Blairsville on the S

    Come enjoy live music every Friday Night from the first Friday of May through the end of October. The Historic Union County Court House will host...

  • Savannah Mile

    May 25, 2019
    8:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Forsyth Park

    The 14th Annual Savannah Mile presented by the Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire honors our fallen first responders, their families, and our...

  • Bug Fest

    May 25, 2019
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Savannah Children's Museum

    Savannah Children’s Museum invites the public to attend Bug Fest 2019, the annual family-friendly celebration abuzz with bug crafts,...

  • Interstellar Echoes Present Pink Floyd!

    May 25, 2019
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    The Southeast's premier Pink Floyd Tribute, Interstellar Echoes, back at the Post after a sold-out concert last year, pride themselves on...

  • Memorial Day Parade

    May 26, 2019
    10:00 AM - 11:45 PM @ Downtown on the Square, Blairsville

    Bring your friends and family to the Blairsville Memorial Day Parade on May 26 at 10:00 a.m. Celebrate this time of remembrance and watch the...

  • Franklin Pond Chamber Music Competition and Awards Concert

    May 26, 2019
    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Spivey Hall

    The third annual Franklin Pond Chamber Music Competition Awards Concert on Sunday, May 26, 2019, 4 p.m. showcases Georgia’s most talented young...

  • Spring Arts, Crafts & Music Festival

    May 27, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Downtown on the Square, Blairsville

    Bring your friends and family to the Spring Arts, Crafts & Music Festival at Downtown Blairsville! From May 27-28 from 10- 5:00 p.m., enjoy locally...


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Scenes of the South

SCAD Fashion Show 2019

It's the celebrated return of SCAD's spring fashion shows, touting the Savannah debut of the latest collections by top senior and graduate students. Live for the runway and off-duty looks over this four-day campaign as you get to know the next big names.

Nine Line Foundation Dinner

On Friday, May 17, Nine Line hosted their Foundation Dinner that included special guests WWE Superstars Mark Calaway Aka: The Undertaker, Dustin Rhodes aka: Goldust, John Tiegen "Tig" hero of Benghazi portrayed in the movie "13 Hours", Chad Prather, Comedian and Social Media Celebrity, and Graham Allen, Social Media Celebrity. Guests mingled with the superstars and bid on auction items to raise money for the foundation. Matt Lyda put on a stellar performance as the MC of the event and kept the crowd entertained and bidding.

6th Annual Nine Line Run for the Wounded

The Nine Line Foundation and Nine Line Apparel celebrate Armed Forces Day for their 6th Annual 5K/10K Run for the Wounded in Savannah, Georgia. Proceeds from the race go directly towards their newest initiative: building a transitional community, a Veterans Village, for homeless veterans right here in Savannah, Georgia. With both 5K and 10K options available, this twilight run turned out to be another great success.

Nine Line Foundation Dinner

On Friday, May 17, Nine Line hosted their Foundation Dinner that included special guests WWE Superstars Mark Calaway Aka: the Undertaker, Dustin Rhodes aka: Goldust, John Tiegen "Tig" hero of Benghazi portrayed in the movie "13 Hours", Chad Prather, Comedian and Social Media Celebrity, and Graham Allen, Social Media Celebrity. Guests mingled with the superstars and bid on auction items to raise money for the foundation. Matt Lyda put on a stellar performance as the MC of the event and kept the crowd entertained and bidding.

SCAD40 Block Party

SCAD celebrated their 40th anniversary with a grand block party. Fellow alumni reconnected with university faculty and staff. ShopSCAD had live artist demonstrations, live music at the Gryphon, keepsakes and SCAD40 merchandise to purchase at the Art’s Café, SCAD food trucks with tasty treats and much more.

Kessler Collection’s Armstrong-Kessler Mansion Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Local hotelier Richard Kessler and his company The Kessler Collection officially cut the ribbon on his newly restored home in Savannah, the Armstrong-Kessler Mansion. This iconic home celebrates its 100th birthday this year, and his been meticulously restored to its former grandeur as one of the foremost examples of Italian Renaissance architecture and design in America. Congratulations to Richard Kessler and The Kessler Collection!

The Clyde

The Clyde Venue is Savannah’s newest, most modern, wedding venue located in the Historic Landmark District. The space has been completely renovated, and a work in progress for more than a year. The venue is 5,200 square feet and includes a grande room, large marble bar, catering prep area, and restrooms. It’s located at 223 Martin Luther King Boulevard.

The Fire Ball

IAFF Savannah Firefighters gathered together at Savannah Station March 15th to celebrate with friends and family. They welcomed their newest members, honored those that recently retired and acknowledged departments joining from around the world! The event was a blast. From 6pm-10pm guests danced to live music, sampled premium foods and even played with local puppies up for adoption.

Savannah's Newest Hot Spot Opens

SEED Eco Lounge, Barrelhouse South and Rogue Water welcomes a new addition to the family. Vice is located on Broughton at Saya's former location. Few pursuits tap into the pleasures of nightlife more than music. Giving yourself over to the rhythms, the lights, and the energy is a total release. Amazing DJs get the crowds moving, and other patrons ensure that there's plenty to see and socialize with. This sleek and sexy underground spot is sure to be one of the best spots for Savannah's night life.

The Royal Flush Casino Night Presented by Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah

Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah hosted “The Royal Flush Casino Night” on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Savannah Station, with all of the proceeds going to benefit families at the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire. The casino-themed party will feature heavy hors-d’oeuvres, an open bar, live music, dancing and complimentary casino.