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4 Reasons To Visit Hilton Head

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hilton head island

Hilton Head is a breathtaking, tropical-like island located in South Carolina just outside of Bluffton. The island stretches over 12 miles and is filled with numerous activities to participate in. Whether you wish to sink your toes into the sand or would like to enjoy an assortment of outdoor shopping centers, Hilton Head makes an awesome choice for your next vacation. I was lucky enough to be invited by my grand mother to join her on a business trip to Hilton Head where we stayed at a fabulously nice resort. Below you will find four activities to enjoy while visiting:

Beaches

Hilton Head offers several miles of beachfront land to explore, offering easy access to the Atlantic Ocean. This is one of the reasons why Hilton Head attracts so many to this intriguing destination. To enjoy the official beach season, each year visitors flock to the area between April 1st and September 30th. A few public accesses to the beach can be found off South Forest Beach Drive, off Coligny Circle, and at the end of Beach City Road.

Explore and Admire the Natural Beauty

The combination of sun, surf, and turf makes extremely inviting natural scenery that creates grassy dunes, lush forests, and tidal marshes. There are plenty of opportunities to explore the beautiful surroundings created by natures best. Hilton Head is considered a barrier island, which is comprised of a headland, beach, surf zone, and sand spit. This is the perfect mixture to provide a much-needed breath of fresh air.

Satisfying Sightseeing

When visiting Hilton Head, a trip to Harbour Town makes for a great sightseeing tour associated with the lap of luxury. This is where multi-million dollar yachts and homes are situated about various marinas. Famous celebrities have also bought into the land in Hilton Head, including singer-songwriter, John Mellencamp and former NBA star, Michael Jordan.

Wildlife Explorations

Hilton Head also serves as a haven for wildlife, so if you enjoy the company of animals, there will be plenty of opportunities to visit with the wild locals. Some of the residents include alligators, large water birds, deer, bobcats, mink, wild boars, the loggerhead turtle, and the bottle-nosed dolphin. To enjoy a guided nature tour and cruise, contact the Coastal Discovery Museum for excursions that visit points of nature interest, such as the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, and the Audubon-Newhall Preserve.

Charleston, SC: A Honeymooner’s Guide

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drayton hallChoosing a place for a honeymoon can be a difficult decision for a young couple. For the couple who loves history and wants the romance of the Old South, Charleston SC, affectionately known as “Chucktown” by locals, can offer both. With many different things to see and do, Charleston is the perfect place to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Kiawah Island – Kiawah Island is an ideal place for honeymooners to enjoy the relaxed environment of a beach community but still be close enough to the city to take advantage of all that Charleston has to offer. There are a variety of vacation house rentals available for couples who are looking for a place to call their own for their honeymoon. The island offers small shops and restaurants that are within biking distance from most of the vacation rentals as well as world-class golf courses for the couples who want to spend part of their honeymoon on the links.

The Battery – Situated between the Cooper and Ashley Rivers, the Battery is the perfect place for a romantic sunset walk. In the past, the Battery has been used for military protection of the city and is still used to protect the area from hurricanes. In addition to an amazing view of Charleston Harbor, some of the most expensive, grandest houses in Charleston are located here. The homes on the Battery are a blend of new builds and old antebellum homes, seamlessly fitting together to create a fabulous place to walk and see the beauty of the varied architecture in Charleston.

Plantation and House tours – Charleston is home to many antebellum plantations as well as many colonial homes. Plantations such as Magnolia Plantation, Boone Hall, and Drayton Hall show visitors what life was like in the Old South. Within the city, houses such as Nathaniel Russell House and the Aiken-Rhett House combine history with examples of Federalist architecture at its finest. Many of the houses in the city are within walking distance of each other so couples can easily make a day of visiting the stately old homes of Charleston. While most of the plantations are outside of the city, it is well worth the drive to see these well-preserved examples of the homes of the Old South.

Charleston City Market – No trip to Charleston is complete without a visit to the Charleston City Market. The Market is one of the oldest in the country, a treat for history lovers. Filled with a variety of small stalls selling everything from art to clothing, the Market is a great place to find tasteful souvenirs and mementos of your trip to Charleston. The City Market also serves as a central place for visitors and locals to meet for dining and shopping. The ideal place to take a rest and people watch, the Market is a popular place for locals and visitors alike to enjoy an afternoon snack or dessert in the evening after a day of sightseeing or shopping. It also is a great place to pick up an evening carriage tour to see the sights of Charleston from a carriage and learn more about the city’s history. The City Market also serves as home to the Daughters of the Confederacy museum.

Restaurants – Charleston boasts some of the finest restaurants in the South, many of the specializing in the cuisine of the Lowcountry. The food of the Lowcountry features seafood, rice, and other staples of southern cooking yet is a little lighter than some of the more traditional cuisine of the Deep South. With restaurants ranging from very formal to very casual, Charleston has the right place to suit all tastes. For the honeymooning couple, a trip to 82 Queen or Poogan’s Porch will provide the ideal place for a romantic dinner for two. Many of the restaurants in Charleston are housed in old homes or other old buildings that have been repurposed as restaurants.

A honeymoon is a time for a young couple to relax after the stress of planning and having a wedding and being their lives together. For it to be perfect, the location should be romantic and feature places that will allow a couple to look back on their honeymoon with fond memories to last a lifetime. Charleston, SC, with its blend of history and romance, is the ideal place for a honeymoon couple to enjoy their first vacation as a married couple and begin their married life with the romance only this gem of the Old South can offer.

More resources:

Charleston Visitor’s Bureau

TripBuzz: Charleston

WikiTravel: Charleston