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Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island - Perfect for a Fun 4th of July Weekend Getaway

Charleston Heritage Federation Announces Summer 2019 Events

Looking for a Family Getaway this Summer? Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island’s “Family Fun Package” Could Be Just What You Are Looking For

Wild Dunes Resort Announces Array of New Teambuilding Activities
- Perfect for Groups, Corporate Retreats and Family Reunions-

Kiawah Resorts spring/summer 2019 Happenings

Edisto Beach is South Carolina's best-kept secret

Drayton Hall Preservation Recently Opened New Orientation Hall, Education Center and Exhibition Galleries

Favored Lowcountry Links: Top Four Best-Value Courses In The Charleston Area

Inn at Harbour Town Receives Forbes Four-Star Award

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CHARLESTON

Where to Stay

Wild Dunes Resort Announces Array of New Teambuilding Activities
--- Perfect for Groups, Corporate Retreats and Family Reunions-

This year, groups searching for a chic beachfront getaway can look no further than Charleston's beloved Island Resort, Wild Dunes Resort, A Destination Hotel. Wild Dunes has launched a collection of new teambuilding activities catering to corporate retreats, family reunions, girlfriend getaways and every group in between. Artists, adventure lovers, foodies, health enthusiasts and golfers alike can enjoy quality time together steeped in Lowcountry charm and tradition with a collection of new and themed group activities and experiences.

Below is a sampling of new teambuilding offerings now available at Wild Dunes Resort:

The Adventurer:

Wild Dunes Resort is the perfect place for adventure-lovers to break out of the boardroom and enjoy some outdoor fun. Home to 1,600 acres of stunning landscape on the Atlantic Ocean, there is plenty of space for guests to enjoy Charleston’s perfect year-round weather and breathtaking surroundings. Colleagues can cruise along the Intracoastal waterway, spotting dolphins, osprey and other wildlife, with the resort’s Osprey Boat Charter. Skeet shooting is even available off the back of the boat. Three-hour charter / 8-49 participants

The Artist:

Charleston’s unique arts scene is one stepped in rich culture, history and tradition. Whether looking to observe or roll up those sleeves and learn firsthand, groups can get artsy with a number of unique workshops and tours available through Wild Dunes Resort. Popular amongst groups of all ages, the resort’s Indigo Dying Workshop gives guests the chance to learn about the history of indigo in Charleston and to try their hand at Shibori to make their own unique piece to take home. Participants can leave with either a set of napkins or scarf. One to two hours, 2-20 participants

The Foodie:

What better way for groups to build comradery and a sense of tribe than by breaking bread with one another. And where better to do it than in the culinary capitol that is Charleston. Guests can dine at one of Wild Dunes Resort’s six on site restaurants or head downtown to sample delicious Lowcountry cuisine. The resort also offers a variety of culinary experiences perfectly-designed for groups such as the Charleston Protocol Southern Experience. Groups can choose from options like a welcome reception, tea time or champagne brunch, all led by Lowcountry ladies who specialize in Charleston’s one-of-a-kind southern hospitality. One hour, 10-250 participants

The Altruist:

Groups looking to give back during their company outing or retreat will love Wild Dunes Resort’s vast array of opportunities to support the local community. Guests can choose from a variety of activities including building and restoring oyster beds, mentoring children in need and helping to fight homelessness through local partner One80 Place. In addition, groups can head to the beach and pick up trash while learning about the South Carolina’s Aquarium’s efforts related to ocean conservation during the popular SC Aquarium Beach Sweep. One and a half hours, 10-150 participants

The Health Enthusiast:

Those wishing to nurture and refresh both their body and mind during their stay can enjoy Wild Dunes Resort’s new healthy programming catering to fitness buffs, yogis or simply those looking to break away from their day-to-day office grind. A perfect escape from the norm is the resort’s Relaxation Station, where guests s can choose to partake in two of the following five stations to relax, pamper and restore: Chair Massage, Foot Reflexology, Oxygen Bar, Paraffin Hand Dip, and Eye and Lip Treatment.  One hour, 10-30 participants

The Golfer:

Home to ideal weather year-round, Wild Dunes Resort’s 36 holes of championship golf on both the Links and Harbor courses offer challenging yet forgiving play for beginners and pros alike. Guests can enjoy golf on these two beautiful courses as well as a variety of golf-centric team events like a Golf Clinic, Putting Contest or nighttime Glow Golf. The resort’s courses make a great alternative to a conference room for meetings and team pow-wows, and the perfect place to get out and have some fun with colleagues, friends and family.

For more information on these activities at Wild Dunes Resort or to book a group getaway, please visit www.wilddunes.com or call 855.264.4232.

About Wild Dunes Resort, A Destination Hotel

Nestled on the northern tip of Isle of Palms, a lush barrier island off the coast of South Carolina, Wild Dunes Resort, is located 30 minutes from the charm and grace of historic downtown Charleston. The Resort occupies 1,600 acres of oceanfront paradise with a variety of accommodations ranging from the AAA Four-Diamond Rated Boardwalk Inn and the Village at Wild Dunes to private condos and luxury home vacation rentals. Offering a year-round menu of championship golf, nationally-ranked tennis, award-winning recreation, spa services and restaurant options, Wild Dunes Resort has been distinguished by many publications and associations as a top destination for families, golfers, tennis lovers, and meeting and event planners. Wild Dunes Resort will also be opening a new 153-room hotel, scheduled to be completed in January 2021. Visit Wild Dunes Resort online on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Destination Hotels

Destination Hotels is a collection of independent hotels, resorts and residences across North America that joined Hyatt in late 2018. Ranging from upscale to luxury, each property is purposefully crafted for discovery – of place, of people and of self, capturing the unique essence of its location through authentic experiences, immersive programming and genuine service. The award-winning collection features renowned golf courses, indigenous spas, and exceptional food and beverage experiences including bars, restaurants, cafes, and rooftops. Current properties are located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii (Island of Hawaii, Kauai, Maui), Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington. For more information, visit www.destinationhotels.com.

What to See & Do

Charleston Heritage Federation Announces Summer 2019 Events

Charleston’s rich history, culture and charm come alive in the summer, as Charleston’s historic museums, landmarks and organizations that make up the Charleston Heritage Federation (CHF) announce an abundance of exciting new events.

From never-before-seen exhibits at the The Charleston Museum and Gibbes Museum of Art, to archeology demonstrations at Drayton Hall, to an unforgettable Fourth of July celebration at Middleton Place, Charleston locals and visitors of all ages will have endless opportunities for educational exploration and fun this summer. Guests can gain access to all nine CHF properties for one low cost with the Charleston Heritage Federation Passport, available for purchase online or at the Charleston Visitor Center, North Charleston Visitor Center and Mt. Pleasant Visitor Center.

Here are the upcoming CHF events taking place in the Holy City this summer:

The Charleston Museum’s New “War on Fashion” Exhibition
Now through December 1

Fashion has always changed dramatically following worldwide periods of warfare. This new exhibition at The Charleston Museum is an in-depth examination of both how and why fashion changed after the Age of Revolution, World War I and World War II. For more information, visit www.charlestonmuseum.org. Included with admission to The Charleston Museum.

Archaeology Thursdays at Drayton Hall
July 11, August 8 and September 12, 10am-2pm

Drayton Hall will host its Archaeology Thursdays the second Thursday of every month in Hill Hall. Drayton Hall is an active archeological site with excavations dating back 40 years. Guests will be able to view the objects and hear the stories associated with the archeological process. For more information, visit www.draytonhall.org. Included with admission to Drayton Hall or membership.

Hanging Planter Macrame Workshop with Marie Frier at The Charleston Museum
June 15, 10am-12pm

Guests are invited to say farewell to The Charleston Museum’s Lobby exhibit, Preserving Nature’s Beauty: The Art of Herbaria, with this special workshop with Marie Frier. Attendees will learn the fundamentals of macramé knots and construct their own planters, just in time for summer. They will also have the chance to explore the Museum’s exhibit and learn more about the art of herbaria before picking out the perfect plant for their new planter with Plant Babe- a specialty plant shop in downtown Charleston. Registration is required. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2EquExJ.  $35 for Charleston Museum members and $50 for non-members.

Family Tours at the Aiken-Rhett House and Nathaniel Russell House Museums
June 18-August 8, Tuesdays and Thursdays only

Families are invited to the Nathaniel Russell House on Tuesdays and the Aiken-Rhett House on Thursdays for special family-focused tours and activities. Docent-led family tours start on the half-hour between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and will be followed by time for play with historic games and toys. For more information, visit www.historiccharleston.org/museums. $12/adults, $5/children 6-16 and free for children under six.

Beyond Barbados: The Carolina Connection Premiere at Middleton Place
June 20, 6:30-8:00pm

Guests are invited to join South Carolina ETV (SCETV) at the Middleton Place Pavilion for a screening of their new Carolina Stories special- “Beyond Barbadoes: The Carolina Connection.” The documentary explores the diverse links between the colonization of South Carolina and the West Indies islands and looks at the impact of Barbados’ rich history, culture, language and way of life in South Carolina. The screening of this one-hour special will be followed by an opportunity to meet the film’s producers and historians. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2VR0w9w. No cost

Gibbes Museum of Art: Luminous Landscapes- The Golden Age of British Watercolors
June 21-October 6

Drawn from the collection of British watercolors bequeathed to the Gibbes Museum of Art by John Wigger in 2004, this exhibition showcases a selection of works on paper created during the “Golden Age of Watercolor” in the 18th and 19th centuries in England. These romantic landscapes emphasize brilliant colors, loose brushstrokes and attention to light and atmospheric effects. Many of the artists featured in Luminous Landscapes such as John Varley (British, 1778–1842), Paul Sandby (British, 1725–1809) and David Cox Sr. (British, 1783–1859), were instrumental in elevating the status of watercolor painting over the century as it was brought to its full maturity in England. Their work heavily influenced that of burgeoning Lowcountry artists, Thomas Coram and Charles Fraser, who were among America’s first landscape painters. For more information, visit www.gibbesmuseum.org. Included with admission to the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Naturalization Ceremony at Middleton Place
June 26, 10:00-11:30am

Guests can celebrate Arthur Middleton’s 277th birthday and welcome our country’s newest Americans as they take the oath of citizenship at the home of an ardent patriot and Founding Father of our nation who signed the Declaration of Independence. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2HvalkI. No cost

Independence Day Celebration at Middleton Place
July 4, 10am-4pm

Families can spend their Fourth of July at the home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Readings of the Declaration and interactive demonstrations will take place throughout the day, including meeting a Revolutionary soldier, colonial drafts, games and a hands-on military drill. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2JYeWgV. Included with admission to Middleton Place and free for Foundation members.

Drayton Hall Gallery Talks
July 5, 12, 19 & 26; August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: 12:30-1pm

Every Friday in July and August, Drayton Hall’s curators take guests beyond the exhibits into a variety of topics associated with their historical research. For more information, visit www.draytonhall.org. Included with admission to Drayton Hall or membership.

Hot in the City: Drinks for a Cause at Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co.
July 11, 5-8pm

Presented by Drayton Hall’s Palladian Society, guests come to this “Fun Fundraiser” to drink, connect and socialize to preserve one of Charleston’s most iconic historic structures. To RSVP, visit https://bit.ly/2VN00t3.

Junior Historian Summer Camp at Middleton Place
July 15-19

Children can engage in South Carolina history while learning about one of America’s Founding Families and activities of a working Lowcountry rice plantation. Fun and education programming will inspire students ages eight and older with an interest in history, social studies, science and art. Registration and program information coming soon.

Fashion Illustration Watercolor Workshop with Daniel Velasco at The Charleston Museum
July 20, 10am-2pm

Inspired by The Charleston Museum’s new exhibit, War on Fashion, guests can join fashion illustrator, artist and designer Daniel Velasco to view the exhibit before diving into exploring watercolors. Daniel will introduce participants to a variety of techniques including layering, dry and wet brush techniques, rendering fabrics and creating gowns and suits. Born in Venezuela, Velasco earned his Master of Fine Arts in Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and went on to work with a number of Hollywood stylists and designers. All materials for the workshop will be provided and registration is required. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2WrDqpv. $50 for Charleston Museum members and $65 for non-members.

Hot Nights in the Holy City at Middleton Place Restaurant
August 25, 6-9pm

To commemorate the end of summer, Middleton Place Restaurant will present a menu of sustainably caught seafood dishes paired with heat quenching local brews in the Pavilion courtyard. For more information on Middleton Place Restaurant, visit www.middletonplace.org/explore/restaurant/.

About Charleston Heritage Federation

Charleston Heritage Federation is the united voice of numerous historic landmarks, museums, plantations and houses in the Charleston area. A mission-driven organization focused on educating, preserving and telling the authentic story through experiences, Charleston Heritage Federation prides itself on capturing the essence of the city's rich history while fostering a deeper understanding of the Lowcountry. Members of Charleston Heritage Federation include Avery Research Center for African American History & Culture, Charleston Library Society, The Charleston Museum, Drayton Hall, Gibbes Museum of Art, Historic Charleston Foundation, Middleton Place, Preservation Society of Charleston and South Carolina Historical Society. For more information, visit www.explorecharlestonculture.com.

About the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

The mission of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is to unify and lead the local travel industry in marketing the Charleston area as an individual, meeting, incentive and group destination to both the domestic and international markets. For more information, visit www.explorecharleston.com.

Drayton Hall Preservation Recently Opened New Orientation Hall, Education Center and Exhibition Galleries

Drayton Hall Preservation Trust (DHPT), the privately funded nonprofit responsible for the operation, administration and interpretation of Drayton Hall, a National Trust historic site, recently opened its new orientation hall, education center and corresponding facilities for visitation on May 1, 2018. The project was undertaken to enrich the visitor experience and enable the organization, for the first time, to display its collection of historic artifacts.

A new welcome area now greets visitors with an interactive orientation hall to mark the start of their unforgettable journey. A visitor center shares the site’s rich and complex history while Drayton Hall’s priceless collection of objects and artifacts—many of them not found anywhere else—are now publicly displayed and interpreted on site.

Key features of the project include:

The Sally Reahard Visitor Center, with its welcome area, museum shop and orientation hall, includes gallery space where Drayton Hall’s internationally significant furniture, artwork, manuscripts and archaeological finds are on exhibit for the first time, illuminating daily life at the estate;

The Interpretive Gardens include historically accurate botanical plantings evoking the Drayton family’s scientific pursuits and international connections during the 18th and 19th centuries;

Expanded parking, convenient restroom facilities, improved wayfinding, accessibility and more.

Following a November 2016 groundbreaking, work continued for 16 months, culminating in an on-time completion of all planned structures and improvements. The project was funded by the “Drayton Hall Reimagined” campaign, an outpouring of support from donors around the world resulting in more than $5 million in project capital to date. To learn more about the campaign, the new facilities and the vital work of Drayton Hall Preservation Trust, visit www.draytonhall.org.

ABOUT DRAYTON HALL PRESERVATION TRUST
The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust is a privately funded nonprofit organization responsible for the operation and administration of Drayton Hall, a National Trust historic site. Drayton Hall’s main house is an icon of colonial American architecture and identity. The oldest unrestored plantation house in America still open to the public, it is the nation’s earliest example of fully executed Palladian architecture. Its African American cemetery is one of the oldest in the nation, documented and still in use. Surrounded by live oaks and bordered by the historic Ashley River, Drayton Hall offers daily guided house tours and programs, customized private tours, and educational programs that bring to life the history of the site and the stories of its people for visitors of all ages. Drayton Hall is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Years Eve and Day. <http://www.draytonhall.org>www.draytonhall.org.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. www.savingplaces.org.

Where to Stay

About Wild Dunes Resort, A Destination Hotel

Nestled on the northern tip of Isle of Palms, a lush barrier island off the coast of South Carolina, Wild Dunes Resort, is located 30 minutes from the charm and grace of historic downtown Charleston. The Resort occupies 1,600 acres of oceanfront paradise with a variety of accommodations ranging from the AAA Four-Diamond Rated Boardwalk Inn and the Village at Wild Dunes to private condos and luxury home vacation rentals. Offering a year-round menu of championship golf, nationally-ranked tennis, award-winning recreation, spa services and restaurant options, Wild Dunes Resort has been distinguished by many publications and associations as a top destination for families, golfers, tennis lovers, and meeting and event planners. Visit Wild Dunes Resort online on www.facebook.com/WildDunesResort www.instagram.com/wilddunesresort, Twitter and www.youtube.com/wilddunesresort

About Destination Hotels

Destination Hotels (Destination) is a collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels, resorts and residences across the United States and Caribbean. Offering authentically-immersed and enriching experiences, each property is individual at heart, yet connected by a commitment to drawing upon the best of each location. Highly distinct, the Destination experience is always memorable and matchless; guests will feel the locale in a genuine way through each property and during the engaging moments cultivated both in and outside of them. Continuously growing with more than 40 properties, the award-winning portfolio features 19 renowned golf courses, 18 indigenous spas, and 112 exceptional bars and restaurants. Destination Hotels are true to our place; diverse by design. For more information, visit www.destinationhotels.com.

The Charleston Area Golf Experience

More than 200 years ago, Charleston was the site of America's first golf club. This heritage of golfing excellence is evident today. Guests have convenient access to more than 19 championship courses, created by legendary architects including Arnold Palmer, Rees Jones, Gary Player, Arthur Hills, Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The area also offers plenty of year-round activity off the course. They range from historic tours and attractions to inshore and offshore fishing and award-winning dining, as well as a year-round calendar of festivals and events.

For reservations or more information on these packages and others available in the area, please visit www.charlestongolfguide.com or call 800-774-4444.

The mission of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is to unify and lead the local travel industry in marketing the Charleston area as an individual, meeting, incentive and group destination to both the domestic and international markets. For more information, visit www.explorecharleston.com explorecharleston.com 

Soak in Seaside Serenity: Wild Dunes Resort, A Destination Hotel, Debuts New Lowcountry-Inspired Spa Offerings

Wild Dunes Resort, A Destination Hotel, is the ideal location for a relaxing and rejuvenating Charleston vacation, now offering a number of new locally-inspired massages, facials and body scrubs at the resort's Sand & Sea Salon and Spa. Set amidst a tranquil landscape overlooking the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean, Charleston's premier island resort is the perfect place to melt away stress and soak in serenity. Girlfriend groups, bachelorette parties and couples seeking a peaceful getaway are invited to enjoy a variety of new, specialty spa services found below:

Honey Magnolia Massage
An aromatic, light to medium pressure massage that leaves guests with notes of southern magnolia flowers and hints of honey. 50 min: Sun-Wed, $105; Thurs-Sat, $120

Rainbow Row Massage
A Swedish massage using a hydrating combination of honey and island-inspired 'Rainbow Road' shea butter. 50 min: Sun-Wed, $105; Thurs-Sat, $120

Farmer's Market Facial
An organic customized facial that utilizes products made from ingredients found at local farmer‚s markets including strawberries, blackberries, greens and cantaloupe. Includes extractions. 50 min: Sun-Wed, $115; Thurs-Sat, $130

Mother Glows Best
Reducing hyperpigmentation, this facial returns a youthful glow to skin. Includes extractions. 50 min: Sun-Wed, $115; Thurs-Sat, $130

'Pluff Mud' Detoxifying Wrap
This Lowcountry-inspired wrap utilizes locally-made products to naturally draw toxins and impurities from the skin. 50 min: Sun-Wed, $115; Thurs-Sat, $130

Sweetgrass Pedicure
The ultimate Charleston pedicure including honey magnolia soak, sweetgrass scrub and 'Rainbow Road' shea butter massage. 45 min., $70

Lowcountry Essentials
Using products that are reminiscent of the physical beauty of the Lowcountry, an afternoon of pampering awaits with a Lowcountry Massage, Lowcountry Body Scrub and Lowcountry Pedicure. 120 min: Sun-Wed, $225; Thurs-Sat, $225

Sweet Tea Surrender Massage
A sweet tea body scrub paried with a hydrating honey, magnolia and fruit tea inspired „Front Porch‰ sea butter. 75 min: Sun-Wed, $170; Thurs-Sat, $200

Warm Seashell Massage
Harnessing the life energy of the sea, this massage uses shells rubbed smooth by sand and heated from within, aiding in muscle relaxation and stress release. 50 min: Sun-Wed, $99; Thurs-Sat, $114

For a full list of Wild Dunes Resort‚s Sand & Sea Salon and Spa offerings or to book appointments, please visit www.wilddunes.com/salon or call 844.750.0964

What to See & Do

Charleston Heritage Federation Events

About Charleston Heritage Federation

Charleston Heritage Federation is the united voice of numerous historic landmarks, museums, plantations and houses in the Charleston area. A mission-driven organization focused on educating, preserving and telling the authentic story through experiences, Charleston Heritage Federation prides itself on capturing the essence of the city's rich history while fostering a deeper understanding of the Lowcountry. Members of Charleston Heritage Federation include Avery Research Center for African American History & Culture, Charleston Library Society, The Charleston Museum, Drayton Hall, Gibbes Museum of Art, Historic

About the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

The mission of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is to unify and lead the local travel industry in marketing the Charleston area as an individual, meeting, incentive and group destination to both the domestic and international markets. For more information, visit www.explorecharleston.com.

Favored Lowcountry Links: Top Four Best-Value Courses In The Charleston Area

Home to optimal year-round weather, breathtaking scenery and more than 19 courses designed by world-class architects, the Charleston area remains a favored destination for golfers of all skill levels. While high season golf is often associated with high greens fees, many premier Charleston area courses offer exceptional play at special rates. Please see below for a list of the Charleston area’s top four best-value courses, favorites among locals and visitors alike for a fun fall day on the links.

1. Legend Oaks Golf Club

Located on the site of a former rice plantation, Legend Oaks Golf Club was designed by Scott W. Pool and is surrounded by the natural beauty of 300-year-old majestic live oak trees and a host of Lowcountry wildlife. (7,011 yards, par 72)
www.legendoaksgolf.com
843-832-0808
1068 Beach Hill Rd., Summerville, SC

Rates begin at $42/person- weekend, carted 18

2. Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club

Carved from an original Charleston Plantation, Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club was designed by Russell Breeden and offers gorgeous natural surroundings, generous fairways and immaculate Champion Bermuda greens. (6,701 yards, par 72)
www.shadowmossgolf.com
843-556-8251
20 Dunvegan Dr., Charleston, SC

Rates begin at $46/person, carted 18 holes

3. Pine Forest Country Club
Nestled among the Carolina Pines of historic Summerville and designed by Robert Spence and Ken Killian, Pine Forest Country Club’s 12th hole, fittingly named “Little Augusta,” features one of the narrowest greens in the world at only seven yards in the center and 12 yards wide. (6,905 yards, par 72)
www.pineforestcountryclub.com
843-851-1193
1000 Congressional Blvd., Summerville, SC

Rates begin at $38/person, carted 18 holes

4. The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation
  

Course architect Dr. Michael Hurdzan designed the 27-hole Golf Club at Wescott Plantation on one of the Lowcountry’s oldest plantations, featuring wide fairways and immensely undulating greens. (7,100 yards)
www.wescottgolf.com
843-871-2135
5000 Wescott Club Drive, Summerville, SC

Rates begin at $45/person- weekend, carted 18

For reservations or more information on the Charleston area’s golf courses, please visit www.charlestongolfguide.com or call 800-774-4444.

Charleston & Resort Islands Golf
More than 200 years ago, Charleston was the site of America’s first golf club. This heritage of golfing excellence is evident today. Guests have convenient access to more than 19 championship courses, created by legendary architects including Arnold Palmer, Rees Jones, Gary Player, Arthur Hills, Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The area also offers plenty of year-round activity off the course. They range from historic tours and attractions to inshore and offshore fishing and award-winning dining, as well as a year-round calendar of festivals and events. For reservations or more information on these packages and others available in the area, please visit www.charlestongolfguide.com or call 800-774-4444.

The mission of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is to unify and lead the local travel industry in marketing the Charleston area as an individual, meeting, incentive and group destination to both the domestic and international markets. For more information, visit explorecharleston.com 

Charleston Tops Travel + Leisure Rankings. Readers Cite Attractive People and Antique Stores Among City’s Prized Attributes

Charleston is the friendliest city in the United States according to a ranking released by Travel + Leisure today.  The annual survey of America’s Favorite Cities also listed Charleston in the No. 1 spot for attractive people, noteworthy neighborhoods, stylish boutique hotels, b&bs/inns and antique stores. Worth mentioning are additional top five nods for categories including family vacation, relaxing retreat, romantic escape, cultural getaway, farmers’ markets, stylish, cleanliness, peace and quiet, weather, safety, vintage shops, home décor stores, independent boutiques, among others.

The Charleston area welcomes nearly four million visitors annually and is celebrated for its authentic history and award-winning culinary scene. With the arrival of Southwest Airlines in March 2011, travel to the destination will become easier and more affordable.

The Mount Pleasant Visitor Center

is a 5600 sq. foot facility opened July, 4 2009. This Lowcountry inspired center houses the visitor center as well as a hall able to seat 150 people and boasts an impressive catering kitchen. With views to the river and the park, this a perfect space for receptions and meetings of all types. Contact John Willson 843-958-3621 for more information.

Founders Hall

on the grounds of Charles Towne Landing, provides space for large receptions and meetings and invites guests and attendees to relax on a large screen porch while soaking up the Lowcountry atmosphere. Website www.foundershallcharleston.com

The Charleston Museum--

Hands on History Workshops for ages five and up, Yoga, Clay Creations, Diamond Del’s Gem Mining Experience and Doll Daze.

Additionally, Kid Tours are available the first Wednesday of every month. Each program will consist of a discussion and a craft project or activity. The whole family can join in the fun with special Saturday programs dedicated to educating and exciting families about different aspects of history. Upcoming themes include: Pirates of Charleston, History Girl Party, A Country Fair at The Charleston Museum and Around the World. For more, visit www.charlestonmuseum.org or call 843.722.2996.

Dungannon Heritage Preserve

Dungannon Heritage Preserve hosts amazing flowers, a productive wood stork rookery, & other beautiful sights. Join CCPRC & SCDNR staff for a day dedicated to birds & blooms. Pre-registration required. A registered & paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 & under.
Meets at: Caw Caw Interpretive Center Age: 12 & up

Old Slave Mart Museum Opens

The Old Slave Mart Museum (www.nps.gov/nr/travel/charleston/osm.htm) is open!Drawing upon the most contemporary scholarship, exemplary historical interpretation and rich collections which have been inaccessible for some time, the museum, located at 6 Chalmers Street, recounts the story of Charleston’s role as an urban slave-trading center during the domestic slave trade.

While many Americans are familiar with the trans-Atlantic slave trade between the 15th and early 19th centuries, many are not aware that the United States constitution, ratified in 1780, contained a provision that led to a ban on the importation of African slaves after 1808, 53 years before the Civil War. It was this vacuum in the increasing demand for labor that the domestic slave trade, in part, filled.

This interstate trade was a hugely profitable economy organized by local and regional slave traders and dealers within the United States who, between 1789 and 1861, forcibly relocated approximately 1 million American-born slaves from the upper South to the lower South. During that same period, over two million African-American slaves were sold in local, interstate and state-ordered sales combined. The Old Slave Mart Museum focuses on the history of this particular building and site and the slave sales that occurred there.

The Old Slave Mart was once part of a complex of buildings known as Ryan’s Mart that occupied the land between Chalmers and Queen Streets. The complex consisted of a yard enclosed by a brick wall and contained three additional buildings: a four-story brick building partially containing a “barracoon” or slave jail, a kitchen, and a “dead house” or morgue. The Slave Mart building is the only structure remaining from this complex.

Slave auctions at the Old Slave Mart ended in November 1863, and the property changed hands many times after the Civil War, and between 1938 and 1987 the building, which by then had come to be known locally as “The Old Slave Mart”, housed a museum featuring African American and –later, African - arts and crafts.

The Old Slave Mart Museum’s permanent exhibition is divided into two main areas. In the orientation area, visitors will be provided with an introduction to the domestic slave trade within the greater historical context of slavery in the United States as well an overview of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. An architectural side-bar tells the story of the building, using visual and archival documentation of the site’s changing footprint and function over time.

The orientation area also explains the systems as well as the mechanics of domestic slave trade operations and the major social, political, and economic impact that trade had on American antebellum society. Exhibit elements explain how the trade became a force for modernizing South Carolina; how it strengthened Charleston’s financial, social, and political networks within the state; and how it extended the city’s influence throughout the upper South, the lower South, and the emerging West.

In the main exhibit area visitors will also get a closer look at the daily process of slave sales at Ryan’s Mart from the perspectives of a number of its historically documented buyers, traders, and enslaved African Americans. This section explains this antebellum slave market’s role within Charleston’s larger, but concentrated, slave-trading district.

The Old Slave Mart Museum’s permanent exhibit also speaks to the stories, the contributions and the legacies of those who shaped the outcome of the domestic slave trade. Various narratives are presented in different media (personal letters, oral histories, documents, audio, video and artifacts) to provide visitors a sense of the “real people” who passed through Ryan’s Mart, where they lived and how visitors can find their various legacies today. A final element in this section directs visitors to other sites in the Lowcountry where they can follow up on these stories and see the contributions of individuals whose stories are found at the Old Slave Mart Museum.

This permanent exhibition was curated by Nichole Green, Director of the Old Slave Mart Museum, designed and fabricated by Rowland Design, Inc. of Louisville, KY and MurphyCatton, Inc. of Walton, KY, respectively. The project team also included museum consultant, Deborah L. Mack, Ph.D. and text writer, Toni Wynn. Curator, Elaine Nichols; archivist, Harlan Greene; and historians, Bernard E. Powers, Jr., Edmund L. Drago, Ph.D., Steven Deyle, Ph.D. served as advisors.

In its upstairs gallery, the Old Slave Mart Museum features a portion of Lest We Forget: The Triumph Over Slavery, an enlightening exhibition that offers an inspiring look at the cultural, political, economic and social practices enslaved Africans developed while enduring the dehumanizing conditions of slavery. Lest We Forget is an exhibition created by The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, in conjunction with the UNESCO Slave Route Project.

The exhibit features eighteen of the original thirty-one full-color panels that reflect the experience of slavery through topics including slave labor and slave systems in the Americas, the struggle against slavery and its abolition, and the triumph over slavery. Lest We Forget was curated by Howard Dodson, Director of the Schomburg Center.

Both exhibitions are highlighted with artifacts from the Old Slave Mart Museum’s Rebecca R. Hollingsworth collection as well pieces from the personal collections of local sweetgrass basket artist, Jeanette Gaillard-Lee and blacksmith, Phillip Simmons.

The Old Slave Mart Museum -www.nps.gov/nr/travel/charleston/osm.htm - is open from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., Monday through Saturday. The museum will be closed on Thanksgiving day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Sundays.

For More Information contact (843) 724-3746. NOTE: Registration is required for all programs and some special events. Please call (843) 795-4FUN or visit www.ccprc.com to register for programs and events.*

Daniel Island

has again been recognized as one of America’s 100 Best Master-Planned Communities by Where to Retire magazine.  On Daniel Island, more than 400 acres are dedicated to a network of parks and open greenspace, and 12 miles of trails (with more to come) link parks and neighborhoods with downtown Daniel Island shops restaurants and conveniences.  Additionally, Golfweek has named Daniel Island’s Ralston Creek “One of the Nation’s Best New Golf Courses” and dubs it a “Lowcountry version of St. Andrews.”  www.danielisland.com.

Wentworth Mansion

Make it five in a row for the Wentworth Mansion. The luxurious historic Charleston hotel scored its fifth diamond from AAA’s prestigious Diamond Rating System for the fifth consecutive year. The only hotel in downtown Charleston to earn the honor, the 21-room Wentworth Mansion is in the company of 99 other properties who received the ranking, just 0.27 percent of the 60,000 Diamond Rated lodgings and restaurants throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Located in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, S.C., the Wentworth Mansion is a 21-room, AAA Five Diamond luxury hotel that offers guests a taste of Southern hospitality in an intimate setting. Elegant rooms and expansive suites feature gas-lit fireplaces with their original marble mantels, king-size sleigh beds with European linens, inlaid design floors, whirlpool tubs and double, glass-walled walk-in showers. Guests can relax at the Spa at the Wentworth Mansion enjoy a 360- degree view of the city from the hotel's rooftop cupola or dine on sophisticated Southern cuisine with a twist at Circa 1886, the AAA Four Diamond restaurant located on the hotel grounds. For more information, please visit www.wentworthmansion.com.

Naval Base Memorial

at Riverfront Park in North Charleston has been unveiled.  The site on the Cooper River is adjacent to the northern boundary of the former Navy Shipyard offers stunning views. To the south, in the foreground, one can see the piers of the old shipyard and Naval Station. In the distance is the beautiful Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge connecting Charleston to Mount Pleasant. Looking to the north is the expanse of North Charleston’s new Riverfront park with pathways leading to the future site of the recovered and restored Confederate Submarine H.L. Hunley.  Within Memorial Park are the pavilion rises from the earth in a graceful shape reminiscent of the bow of a ship.  The Pavilion wall is segmented into 5 historical periods, i.e., Early Years, WWI, WWII, Korean/Vietnam/Cold War and Base Closure, each containing period photos. To learn more, please visit: www.northcharleston.org/memorialpark.aspx 

Museum Mile --

already exists as almost precisely a mile-long stretch that features stops at the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry, the Charleston Museum, the Gibbes Museum of Art, the South Carolina Historical Society, the Old Slave Mart Museum, the Washington Light Infantry and more.   For updated information on this ongoing project, continue to check www.charlestoncvb.

Drayton Hall

recently acquired 43.8 acres of marshland that will be forever protected thanks to the Historic Ricefields Association (HRA).  The marsh parcels are located on the west bank of the Ashley River and down-river from Drayton Hall.  The Ashley River Region, named one of the “11 Most Endangered Places in America” by the National Trust, is made up of a diverse habitat.  For more information, please visit www.draytonhall.org.

USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum

The elite fighter jet Hornet is on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum.  One of the most impressive and feared fighter jets in military history is now on display on the flight deck.  Hornet becomes the second new museum aircraft to join the Patriots Point air wing in less than a year.  The single seat Hornet last served as part of the Flying Gators, squadron VMFA-142 stationed at Naval Air Station Atlanta, where aircraft and crew served in the Marine Corp Reserve Hornet squadron.  In 2005, the Flying Gators became the first fixed wing Marine Reserve unit activated to combat since the Korean War, flying missions in Iraq.  In addition to the priceless collection of vintage aircraft in Yortown’s hangar bay, Hornet joins an impressive roster of modern jet aircraft on the carrier flight deck including the F-14 Tomcat, S-3 Viking, A-7 Corsair and A-6 Intruder.  Learn more at www.patriotspoint.org.

Carolina FoodPros

Carolina FoodPros, led by local food expert, Amanda Dew Manning, and her culinary team will host special holiday culinary walking tours that are sure to please chocolate enthusiasts’ taste buds.  Indulge yourself in chocolate lover’s dream as you go behind the scenes to meet pastry chefs, bakers and Chocolatiers.  Discover why chocolate has played such a significant role throughout history.  Taste some of the world’s best chocolate and comfort your soul with a sampling of decadent chocolate desserts at some of Charleston’s finest restaurants, bakeries and specialty shops.  Register online at www.carolinafoodpros.com or call 1.800.979.3370.

Folly Beach Fishing Pier Has Reopened

Fishermen can once again cast their lines off the Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier. After almost six months of extensive renovations, the fishing pier reopens with a daylong celebration, which includes free fishing and parking!
The pier railings, windows, building exterior, gift shop facility, public restrooms, and Locklear’s Beach City Grill were renovated.

For more information please call the Park and Program Service Center of the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission at (843) 795-4FUN.

Charleston County Waterparks --open daily

Splash Zone at James Island County Park
Splash Island at Mt. Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park
Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark at North Charleston Wannamaker County Park
Visit splashparks.com or call 795-4FUN (4386) for waterpark hours and rates.

The Footlight Players

located on Queen Street in Downtown Charleston, have announced their new season. Productions include:  Biloxi Blues, Puttin’ on the Ritz, Inspecting Carol, Match, Sordid Lives, La Cage Aux Folles, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, Autobahn and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. For tickets and more information, visit www.footlightplayers.net or call 843.722.7521.

South Carolina Aquarium's Camp Carolina

is the South Carolina Aquarium’s new exhibit. Grab your gear and prepare for an outdoor adventure! Explore the wilderness of the mountains in a whole new way - Barn owls, skunks, freshwater fish, snakes and even a bald eagle will be on hand for this adventure in nature. For more visit www.scaquarium.org or call 843.577.3474.

Pegasus Charters

announced its newest charter boat - THRILLER Charleston is a 55 foot Coast Guard inspected 43 passenger vessel that will be offering harbor tours covering 25 miles of South Carolina coastline. THRILLER is operating daily out of Ripley Light Marina and is available for private charter. For more, contact Barbara Fox at bjfox@foxrose.com or call 843.276.4203.

Folbot Has Created a New Boat for Urban Dwellers --

The U.S. folding kayak manufacturer, Folbot, has created a new model that is perfectly suited for urban dwellers. The Citibot, the lightest weight boat in the 75-year old company’s line of quality kayaks, has been unveiled. The Citibot weighs 24 pounds and is designed to fit easily in the relatively confined spaces like apartments and condos, while still providing a quality kayak paddling experience. The Citibot can be assembled in 10 minutes once paddlers arrive at their favorite launch site. Folbot has built dependable kayaks in North Charleston, SC since 1953. To learn more, visit www.folbot.com or call 800.533.5099.

Where to Eat

Rita's Seaside Grille-- Next to Folly Beach -- With a New Breakfast Menu

Located steps away from the beach and the Folly Fishing Pier, Rita's Seaside Grille provides a memorable dining experience for visitors and locals alike. Known for its high standards in hospitality, casual American cuisine, house smoked BBQ and an unforgettable oceanside dining experience, Rita's is owned and operated by the Hall Family of Halls Chophouse downtown, offering the same exceptional hospitality and service.

Guests have their option of dining indoors in a comfortable, beach-themed environment, accented with hanging surfboards, nautical-themed decor and numberous TVs. If dining al fresco, they can enjoy a casual and inviting dog-friendly patio, complete with live music in the spring and summer, and outdoor TV to watch the big game while soaking up the sun.

Executive Chef Antonia Krenza serves up a winning selection of seaside eats, perfect for pre or post-beach time. The Grill is open for brunch, lunch and dinner, offering everything from bacon and eggs to its famous burger, award-winning Rita's Chili, signature nachos, delicious BBQ, sandwiches and fresh seafood. Diners also have a full bar, featuring Rita's famous drinks. The catering service offers full-service event planning and catering packages, creating custom menus for groups. Options include smokin' Barbeque, a Lowcountry Boil or traditional Oyster Roast, perfect for tailgate parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties, anniversaries or birthdays. Pick-up or delivery service is available as well as full-service catering.

NEW Breakfast menu --

The all-new breakfast menu features a selection of sweet and savory dishes sure to satisfy beachgoer’s early-morning cravings. Available weekdays from 8-11 a.m., Rita’s is the perfect spot for locals and visitors alike to kick start their morning with sunshine and a hearty meal. 

Families and friends can wake up with a number of mouthwatering items such as Crab Cake Benedict, Chef’s Quiche of the Day and Fried Chicken and Pancakes. Kids will love the Mini Rita’s Breakfast or Captain Crunch French Toast, tailored especially for lil’ ones looking to fuel up before a day spent at the ocean. Adults can indulge in various thirst-quenching cocktails sure to relax and rejuvenate including $3 Mimosas and unique Bloody Marys available in flavors such as Prickly Pickle and Pecan Bourbon served with a Maple-Bacon Rim.

About Rita’s Seaside Grille

Located steps away from the beach and the Folly Fishing Pier, Rita’s Seaside Grille provides a memorable dining experience for visitors and locals alike. Known for its high standards in hospitality, casual American cuisine, house smoked BBQ and an unforgettable oceanside dining experience, Rita’s is owned and operated by the Hall Family of Halls Chophouse downtown, offering the same exceptional hospitality and service.

Location: On Folly Beach at 2 Center Street. Pay parking is available.

Hours: Lunch daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Dinner everyday from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Reservations: Available by phone at 843-588-2525. Walk-ins are welcome. Private events can be reserved for indoor or outdoor on the patio. All credit cards are accepted.

For more information go to web site www.ritasseasidegrill.com

Restoration on King’s Culinary Experience package--

brings the restaurant to your room with a sophisticated level of epicurean room service. Sixteen suites featuring exposed brick walls and original wood flooring blend classic character with contemporary style, while chef-grade kitchens allow for a unique in-room dining experience—a five-course dinner prepared in-suite by one of Charleston’s noted chefs. A cooking lesson at Charleston Cooks Center and a gourmet breakfast round out this special package. Positioned on the corner of one of Charleston's most famous streets, this beautifully restored boutique property combines the exemplary service and comfort of a hotel with the luxurious amenities of a fully furnished apartment.

Circa 1886

features sustainable seafood, organic beef, Tupelo honey and antelope loin are just a few of the ingredients listed on the new streamlined seasonal menu at Circa 1886. Chef Marc Collins is offering an eclectic mix of cuisine inspired by turn of the century Charleston fare. Whet your appetite at www.circa1886.com.

Hall’s Chophouse

is a new upscale family-run restaurant on Upper King Street. The menu is mouthwatering and atmosphere is inviting. Currently serving dinner and will begin a lunch and brunch service soon. Visit the website to learn more.  www.hallschophouse.com

Fish Restaurant

has launched its printemps dinner menu. Executive Chef Nico Romo’s inspiration for the menu comes from Provence, a region of his native France. Chef Nico also continues to find delicious inspiration from an array of local growers. Arugula and radishes from Rita’s Roots on Wadmalaw Island, goat cheese from Split Creek Farm in Anderson and Bibb lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers from Moncks Corner. Highlights from the new menu include petite plates: spring rolls with dried fruit, goat cheese and honey, ginger glaze, lamb meatballs with Swiss cheese and mint and much more. To learn more, visit www.fishrestaurant.net or call 843.722.FISH.

Girls Gone Gourmet,--

offered by the Fulton Lane Inn, is a great way to walk, talk and taste your way through Charleston. Wake up to breakfast in bed. Stroll across the peninsula with a culinary walking tour that makes stops at local eateries, markets, bakeries and restaurants. Learn to prepare beloved local recipes with a contemporary twist during a two-hour cooking class with Chef Marc Collins of Circa 1886. Indulge in an old-fashioned gab session over cocktails at Bin 152, the hot neighborhood wine bar.

The Dining Room at Woodlands

For the twelfth consecutive year, AAA has bestowed upon The Dining Room at Woodlands the prestigious Five Diamond Award, the only South Carolina restaurant to receive that designation from the nation’s largest travel organization. In addition, Woodlands for the eleventh consecutive year received a Five Diamond rating for its luxurious accommodations.  Woodlands Resort & Inn is an immaculately restored 1906 classic revival mansion set amidst 42 acres of parkland grounds.  The resort is just minutes from Charleston in the charming village of Summerville. www.woodlandsinn.com

Andrew Pinckney Inn’s Charleston Culinary Adventure--

gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the Lowcountry’s rich food heritage. The leisurely-paced two-hour Savor the Flavors walking tour visits culinary landmarks, where guests sample fare synonymous with the area, including benne wafers and grits. Drinking tea is a tradition-steeped ritual for Charlestonians, and a tour of the Charleston Tea Plantation, the nation’s only commercial tea farm, offers an organic look at the commodity that in part sparked the American Revolution. This package also includes dinner at one of Maverick Southern Kitchens’ three area restaurants, breakfast served on the inn’s rooftop terrace overlooking the historic City Market, freshly baked cookies at tea time and a gift basket with Charleston Tea and cheese straws. andrewpinckneyinn.com.

Reasons to road trip, outdoor adventures, romantic retreats, epicurean experiences and family fun are some of the package themes offered throughout the Charleston area. Pair your passion with a travel package and save money on your next trip to the destination. From time-sensitive deals to unique opportunities, the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website is an up-to-date clearinghouse of travel package deals. Visit ExploreCharleston.com

EDISTO BEACH

What to See & Do

Edisto Beach is South Carolina's best-kept secret

Edisto is the ultimate vacation destination. Come rent a beach cottage, throw a cast net for shrimp, dip your toes in the surf, or build a sandcastle. Experience the perfect combination of oceanfront beaches, saltwater marshes and Lowcountry oaks draped in Spanish moss. A year-round temperate climate provides for excellent outdoor recreational opportunities. Our coastal waters are filled with fish, shrimp, crabs and oysters. Take a leisurely bike ride, hike a nature trail, or kayak in a tidal creek. Beach walks and golf are yet another popular pastime for that perfect day on Edisto.

Enjoy local seafood in the restaurants and look for unique items in gift shops. Historic sites are prevalent on the Island and the picturesque roads beg for a drive. Here, there's a rich cultural heritage in which you can share. Boat and land tours are available. The lifestyle is casual and slow pace and are a welcome break from the rush of everyday life.

For your most memorable vacation, or your premier choice for destination weddings, come to where the rivers meet the ocean, let your cares drift away, and let these great lifetime experiences become your memories of a lifetime.

Stop by the Chamber office, 42 Station Court, for information about this area. You may also call 888-333-2781 or 843-869-3867.

Latest Events

Edisto Beach State Park Monthly Programs
There are daily activities and programs going on at our beautiful State Park. Check out the latest calendar at: https://southcarolinaparks.com/edisto-beach/programs-and-events

GREENVILLE

Halls Chophouse

Charleston's premier steakhouse, Halls Chophouse, has opened its second location in the existing High Cotton Greenville space on Main Street on the bank of the Reedy River. Halls Chophouse Greenville will be led by Owner Bill Hall, a veteran in the hospitality and dining industry, along with his family, wife Jeanne and sons Billy and Tommy. Joining Halls Chophouse in January as General Manager is Matthew Blakeley, who brings 15 years of steakhouse experience to the team. Additionally, Pam Falvey has also been named the assistant general manager, having worked previously at Del Frisco‚s steakhouse in Dallas and Nantucket Seafood in Greenville.

Since the 2009 opening of Halls Chophouse in Charleston, the Hall Family has been steadfast in their commitment to operate their flagship steakhouse with dedicated precision and a finely-tuned penchant for impeccable hospitality. Halls Chophouse has received national acclaim and numerous awards, including recently being named the #5 Best Restaurant in the U.S. by TripAdvisor‚s 2015 Traveler's Choice Awards and #4 Best Restaurant in the U.S. 2016 by OpenTable. The Hall Family plans to apply the same principles of unsurpassed service and exquisitely-prepared cuisine refined over seven years to the forthcoming Halls Chophouse Greenville.

Offering wet and dry-aged USDA Prime and Choice Beef as well as locally-sourced fish, poultry, vegetarian and gluten-free options, the Halls Chophouse Greenville menu will feature expertly-crafted dishes that highlight the essence of culinary creativity and distinguished flavor. Like its renowned flagship restaurant, Halls Chophouse Greenville will be a destination for relaxing and enjoying an exceptional meal along with live entertainment offered nightly. The Hall Family will have a regular presence in the Greenville location, offering the same personalized experience and attentive hospitality to ensure guest‚s expectations are met with every visit.

Located at 550 S. Main Street in downtown Greenville, Halls Chophouse will be open for dinner seven nights a week, serving until 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on the weekends. The bar will be open until 2am daily.

For more information, please visit www.hallschophouse.com.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND

Where to Stay

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island:
Perfect for a Fun 4th of July Weekend Getaway

The Sea Pines Resort

One of the true crown jewels of American golf, The Sea Pines Resort is home to legendary Harbour Town Golf Links (home of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage) designed by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus, Heron Point by Pete Dye, and the Ocean Course. The resort’s best-in-class collection of golf courses, amenities, meeting facilities and accommodations makes Sea Pines one of the most sought-after leisure and group destinations in America.

In addition to 54 holes of pure Lowcountry golf, Sea Pines features 23 clay tennis courts, Eco-Adventure, water sports, fine and casual dining, 14 miles of bike and walking trails, horseback riding and five miles of unspoiled beaches. Guests choose from an array of accommodations, including 300 villas, 100 rental homes and the luxurious 60-room Inn at Harbour Town, a Forbes Four-Star boutique hotel and Preferred Hotel Group member.

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island

Aboout Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island: Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is a AAA approved Four Diamond resort offering 340 guestrooms and suites overlooking lushly landscaped semitropical gardens, with spectacular beach and lagoon-style swimming pool. Its first-class amenities include several dining options, health spa, fitness center and lap pool. Complimentary transportation is provided to and from the world-class golf and tennis offerings available within Hilton Head’s Shipyard complex. The resort is situated 45 miles from Savannah, GA, and seven miles from Hilton Head Island airport, in an area surrounded by outdoor recreation, shopping and fine dining.

About Sonesta
Sonesta is a growing, global hospitality brand with 80 properties in seven countries, centered on a corporate dedication to delivering a guest experience that provides more than just a place to stay. With a portfolio of diverse and distinctive properties as individual as its guests, there is no typical Sonesta. Offering a full range of exceptional experiences found in many of the most memorable destinations in the world, Sonesta proudly exceeds guest’s expectations time and time again.

Discover Royal Sonesta and Sonesta Hotels & Resorts in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Hilton Head Island, Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Jose, Scottsdale, St. Louis, St. Maarten (2), Chile (2), Colombia (7), Ecuador (2), Peru (6), and Egypt (2 + 3 cruise ships). Sonesta ES Suites is an extended stay hotel brand managed by Sonesta found in 42 locations across the US. For more about Sonesta, visit Sonesta.com or call +1.617.315.9200 or 800.Sonesta (800.766.3782) in the U.S. and Canada.

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island - Perfect for a Fun 4th of July Weekend Getaway

Interested in a 4th of July weekend getaway? The AAA Four Diamond-rated Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is just what you are looking for. In addition to providing stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean along the coast of South Carolina’s picturesque Hilton Head Island, the lushly landscaped beachfront resort is offering an array of activities that weekend for everyone in the family.

Recreational options for those staying at the resort July 4th - 7th, 2019 include water aerobics; beach yoga; turtle feeding at the resort’s Turtle Beach; craft hours; dive-in movies; a cornhole tournament; build-your-own Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar; poolside bingo; tie-dying t-shirts; and a trivia contest.

The resort also will host special “Sandbar Nights” on Thursday, July 4th and Saturday, July 6th, from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at its Sandbar at Marker 72 beach bar. Providing a fun, relaxing, family-friendly atmosphere, the evenings will feature a live band from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., games (like cornhole and ping pong), drink specials, and optional Lowcountry food stations. On Friday, July 5th, the resort will present its popular Friday Night Seafood Buffet.

Plus, the resort offers its Just Us Kids Camp, a daily supervised program for children ages 3-12. Designed not only to be fun but also a learning experience, the program offers a variety of activities including scavenger hunts, turtle feeding, beach adventures, arts and crafts, swimming, and learning about nature. Please note reservations are required. Learn more at http://bit.ly/justuskids.

In addition to providing access to miles of pristine white-sand beach, the resort also has a zero-entry lagoon swimming pool, heated shade pool, full-service Arum Spa, fitness center, hot tub, bike rentals, concierge services and five on-site restaurants and bars. The resort also just opened a new Sonesta Scoops Ice Cream Shoppe where you can make your own sundae creation with a variety of toppings.

Want more reason to visit? Hilton Head Island was recently voted the “No. 1 island in the continental U.S.” in Travel + Leisure magazine’s prestigious “World’s Best Awards”; the “No. 1 island” in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s “Reader’s Choice Awards”; and the “#1 Beach Town in the South” by the readers of Southern Living magazine.

“Whether you want to simply relax at our beautiful resort, or participate in one of the many very fun activities we are offering, there is something to please virtually everyone in the family,” said Jay Wiendl, the resort’s general manager. “Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is a terrific choice for a getaway.”

For more information, reservations, and available offers and packages (for 4th of July weekend and throughout the summer and fall), visit Sonesta.com/HiltonHeadIsland, specifically http://bit.ly/hiltonheadoffers. This includes the resort’s special “Summer Sale,” which provides a nice 10% discount off stays of four or more nights through September 2, 2019, for bookings by June 30, 2019. To contact the resort directly call 843.842.2400 or 1.800.SONESTA (766-3782). Also, follow the resort on social: Facebook (SonestaHiltonHeadIsland), Instagram (@SonestaHHI) or Twitter (@SonestaHHI).

About Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is a AAA approved Four Diamond resort offering 340 guestrooms and suites overlooking lushly landscaped semitropical gardens, with spectacular beach and lagoon-style swimming pool. Its first-class amenities include several dining options, day spa and fitness center. Complimentary transportation is provided to and from the world-class golf and tennis offerings available within Hilton Head’s Shipyard complex. The resort is situated 45 miles from Savannah, GA, and seven miles from Hilton Head Island airport, in an area surrounded by outdoor recreation, shopping and fine dining.

About Sonesta
Sonesta is a growing, global hospitality brand with 80 properties in seven countries, centered on a corporate dedication to delivering a guest experience that provides more than just a place to stay. With a portfolio of diverse and distinctive properties as individual as its guests, there is no typical Sonesta. Offering a full range of exceptional experiences found in many of the most memorable destinations in the world, Sonesta proudly exceeds guest’s expectations time and time again.

Discover Royal Sonesta and Sonesta Hotels & Resorts in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Hilton Head Island, Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Jose, Scottsdale, St. Louis, St. Maarten (2), Chile, Colombia (7), Ecuador (2), Peru (6), and Egypt (2 + 3 cruise ships). Sonesta ES Suites is an extended stay hotel brand managed by Sonesta found in 42 locations across the US. For more about Sonesta, visit Sonesta.com or call +1.617.315.9200 or 800.Sonesta (800.766.3782) in the U.S. and Canada.

Looking for a Relaxing Spring Break Getaway? Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island’s “Family Fun Package Could Be Just The Answer

Spring is here!. If you and the kids have not made plans yet, check out Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island’s “Family Fun Package.” Nestled along the coast of South Carolina’s picturesque Hilton Head Island, this AAA Four Diamond beachfront resort provides stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, access to miles of pristine white-sand beach and a wealth of on-site amenities of great appeal to families.

In addition to accommodations in a spacious guestroom with luxurious bedding and a balcony, the “Family Fun Package” includes a $50 food & beverage credit and a $50 leisure activities credit to use during your visit. The leisure activities credit may be used for bike rentals or other on-property leisure activities. With a two-night minimum stay required, the package starts at just $209 per night, plus taxes and service charges. Available through December 31, 2019, the pricing is based on the dates of the stay and room type selected.

Resort amenities include a zero-entry lagoon swimming pool, heated shade pool and hot tub, full-service Arum Spa, 24-hour fitness center, concierge services and five on-site restaurants and bars. Dining options at the resort include the signature Heyward’s Restaurant, serving delicious Lowcountry-inspired cuisine for lunch and dinner, with a combination of steaks and seafood, as well as delightful made-from-scratch desserts. While Seacrest Terrace and Patio, overlooking the pool and grounds, is both an indoor and outdoor dining concept serving delectable sandwiches, salads and entrées in a casual setting.

At Arum Spa you can enjoy a variety of specialized massages, indulgent body treatments, luxurious facials, and signature nail services in a relaxing ambiance that engages the senses. Available treatments include the Arum Signature Massage, Hydrating Indulgence Wrap, Arum Sensory Journey, Revitalize Hot Stone Massage, Tropical Escape Sugar Rub and the Regenerator Facial.

Add in the diverse array of recreational choices available on Hilton Head Island, and it is easy to see why the destination was recently voted the “No. 1 island in the continental U.S.” for the third year in a row in Travel + Leisure magazine’s prestigious “World’s Best Awards,” and the “No. 1 island” in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s acclaimed “Reader’s Choice Awards.”

Options on the island include bicycle rentals with 50 miles of paths for bicycling and hiking along the shore, world-class golf (with resort signing privileges), tennis on 20 courts at the adjacent Van Der Meer Tennis Academy, and surfing, kayaking or paddle boarding on some of the best beaches in the country. The resort is also within minutes of the charming and popular Coligny Plaza shopping district, featuring more than 60 specialty shops and restaurants within walking distance of the beach.

“Whether you want to stroll on the soft white-sand beach, relax by the pool, enjoy a refreshing service at the spa, or enjoy the many recreational options on the island, Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is a terrific choice for your spring break, as there is something to please virtually everyone in the family,” said Jay Wiendl, general manager of the resort.

For more information, or reservations, visit www.sonesta.com/HiltonHeadIsland, specifically www.sonesta.com/us/south-carolina/hilton-head-island/sonesta-resort-hilton-head-island/offers . Or, call the resort at 843-842-2400 or Sonesta reservations toll-free at 1-800-SONESTA (766-3782).

Looking for a Family Getaway this Summer? Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island’s “Family Fun Package” Could Be Just What You Are Looking For

Planning your next family vacation? Look no further, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina is the perfect destination for the entire family. This location offers a diverse array of activities in a breathtaking setting. Recently voted the “No. 1 island in the continental U.S.” in Travel + Leisure magazine’s prestigious “World’s Best Awards,” the island also was recently voted the “No. 1 island” in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s “Reader’s Choice Awards” and the “#1 Beach Town in the South” by the readers of Southern Living magazine.

Stay at the AAA Four Diamond-rated Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. Nestled along the coast, the beachfront resort provides stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, access to miles of pristine white-sand beach and a wealth of on-site amenities tailored to families.

Resort amenities include a zero-entry lagoon swimming pool, heated shade pool, full-service Arum Spa, fitness center, hot tub, bike rentals, concierge services and five on-site restaurants and bars. Additionally, the resort just opened a new Sonesta Scoops Ice Cream Shoppe where you can make your own sundae creation with a variety of toppings.

Plus, from Memorial Day to Labor Day the resort offers its Just Us Kids Camp, a daily supervised program for kids. This program is designed not only to be fun but also a learning experience with a variety of activities including turtle feeding, scavenger hunts, beach adventures, arts and crafts, swimming, and learning about nature. Please note reservations are required. Learn more:  http://bit.ly/justuskids.

Additional activities offered at the resort during the summer include beach yoga, water aerobics, poolside bingo, craft hour, dive-in movies and live entertainment.

Book the resort’s “Family Fun Package” to enjoy guestroom accommodations with luxurious bedding and a balcony, a $50 food & beverage credit and a $50 leisure activities credit to use during your visit. The leisure activities credit may be used for bike rentals, Just Us Kids program or other on-property leisure activities. With a two-night minimum stay required, the package starts at just $279 per night, plus taxes and service charges.

For more information or reservations, visit Sonesta.com/HiltonHeadIsland, specifically
http://bit.ly/hiltonheadoffers. To contact the resort directly call 843.842.2400 or 1.800.SONESTA (766-3782). Also, follow the resort on social: Facebook (SonestaHiltonHeadIsland), Instagram (@SonestaHHI) or Twitter (@SonestaHHI).

About Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is a AAA approved Four Diamond resort offering 340 guestrooms and suites overlooking lushly landscaped semitropical gardens, with spectacular beach and lagoon-style swimming pool. Its first-class amenities include several dining options, health spa, fitness center and lap pool. Complimentary transportation is provided to and from the world-class golf and tennis offerings available within Hilton Head’s Shipyard complex. The resort is situated 45 miles from Savannah, GA, and seven miles from Hilton Head Island airport, in an area surrounded by outdoor recreation, shopping and fine dining.

About Sonesta
Sonesta is a growing, global hospitality brand with 80 properties in seven countries, centered on a corporate dedication to delivering a guest experience that provides more than just a place to stay. With a portfolio of diverse and distinctive properties as individual as its guests, there is no typical Sonesta. Offering a full range of exceptional experiences found in many of the most memorable destinations in the world, Sonesta proudly exceeds guest’s expectations time and time again.

Discover Royal Sonesta and Sonesta Hotels & Resorts in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Hilton Head Island, Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Jose, Scottsdale, St. Louis, St. Maarten (2), Chile (2), Colombia (7), Ecuador (2), Peru (6), and Egypt (2 + 3 cruise ships). Sonesta ES Suites is an extended stay hotel brand managed by Sonesta found in 42 locations across the US. For more about Sonesta, visit Sonesta.com or call +1.617.315.9200 or 800.Sonesta (800.766.3782) in the U.S. and Canada.

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island’s “Romantic Getaway Package”

Looking for a romantic escape this Valentine’s Day weekend or a thoughtful Valentine’s gift for that special someone? Consider taking advantage of the enticing “Romantic Getaway Package” that is being offered by Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, a AAA Four Diamond property. Providing stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, the beachfront resort sits on 11 acres of lushly landscaped property along the pristine white-sand coast of South Carolina’s scenic Hilton Head Island.

Featuring spectacular views as far as the eye can see, the award-winning resort features an impressive array of onsite amenities. This includes the full-service Arum Spa which provides a variety of specialized massages, indulgent body treatments, luxurious facials, and signature nail services in a relaxing ambiance that engages the senses. Among the available treatments are the Arum Signature Massage, Hydrating Indulgence Wrap, Arum Sensory Journey, Revitalize Hot Stone Massage, Tropical Escape Sugar Rub and the Regenerator Facial.

Additional amenities at the resort include a zero-entry lagoon swimming pool, heated shade pool and hot tub, 24-hour fitness center, concierge services and five on-site restaurants and bars. Dining options include the signature Heyward’s Restaurant, specializing in delicious Lowcountry-inspired cuisine for lunch and dinner, with a combination of steaks and seafood, as well as made-from-scratch desserts. Overlooking the pool and grounds is Seacrest Terrace and Patio, an indoor/outdoor dining concept which serves delectable sandwiches, salads and entrées in a casual setting.

Hilton Head Island also offers onsite bicycle rentals, world-class golf (with resort signing privileges), tennis on 20 courts at the adjacent Van Der Meer Tennis Academy, and surfing, kayaking or paddle boarding on some of the best beaches in the country.

Want more reasons to visit?  Hilton Head Island was recently voted the “No. 1 island in the continental U.S.” for the third year in a row in Travel + Leisure magazine’s prestigious “World’s Best Awards,” and the “No. 1 island” in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s acclaimed “Reader’s Choice Awards.”

In addition to accommodations in a spacious guestroom with luxurious bedding and a balcony, the resort’s “Romantic Escape Package” includes champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival, breakfast buffet-for-two each morning in Heyward’s Restaurant, turndown service each night, and a late checkout of 2 p.m. The package starts at just $174 per night, plus taxes and service charges. Available through December 31, 2019, the pricing is based on the dates of the stay and room type selected.

“Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is the perfect place for couples to enjoy a romantic getaway because of the truly beautiful setting, relaxing atmosphere, and the wealth of recreational options available at the resort and on Hilton Head Island,” said Jay Wiendl, general manager of the resort.

For more information, or reservations, visit Sonesta.com/HiltonHeadIsland , specifically www.sonesta.comOr, call the resort at 843-842-2400 or Sonesta reservations toll-free at 1-800-SONESTA (766-3782).

KIAWAH ISLAND

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort --

recently received the following awards:

    • Five Diamond Award – American Automobile Association
    • Top Resort Hotels in America (No.1)– Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report
    • Top Family Resort in America (No.1) – Travel + Leisure Family
    • Top Continental US and Canada Hotels (No.5) – Travel + Leisure
    • Among Top 10 North American Resorts – Conde Nast Traveler
    • Gold List Award – Conde Nast Traveler
    • No. 2 Ranking for Hotel Spa in Continental U.S. and Canada by Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards

                         www.kawahresort.com

Kiawah Resorts spring/summer 2019 Happenings

Last spring, the Kiawah Resorts embarked on a resort-wide expansion that will position Kiawah Island Golf Resort to remain the premier golf and recreation destination in the U.S. into the next generation. The stunning new Cougar Point Clubhouse is mere months from opening. In addition to ably serving the recently renovated course, it will also greatly complement our current dining and entertainment amenities. The Sanctuary Chapel is quickly taking shape on the hotel’s east wing. Eight of our ten new Har-Tru HydroCourts are in service at the Roy Barth Tennis Center, with the final two nearing completion. Work on the rest of the developments is moving along nicely.

Sitting on a prominent knoll overlooking the 18th fairway, the clubhouse will be anchored by a 40-seat bar and a 125-seat sports tavern, The Players’ Pub, where guests will enjoy upscale pub fare with a recognizable Southern infusion focused on the finest local and regional ingredients. The Players’ Pub will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, making it an ideal place for pre- or post-round nourishment or as a communal gathering place for residents and resort guests of all ages.
To find more information about the new Cougar Point Clubhouse and the rest of our island-wide additions and renovations, visit kiawahresort.com/expansion
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Events during spring/summer 2019

Walk On
The Ocean Course has adopted a walking- only policy. Carts are provided for those requiring one due to a medical condition and cart requests will be honored after 10:00 AM, June through August. Pete and Alice Dye designed The Ocean Course for walking, with minimal distance between greens and tee boxes. Offering walking with a caddie
is also the resort’s way of preserving one of the most enduring traditions in golf.

SPRING GOLF STAY & PLAY VILLAS from $235
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THE SANCTUARY from $445
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*See website for details. Book your package today

That New Court Smell
This spring, the Roy Barth Tennis Center cut the ribbon on 10 new, all-lighted Har-Tru HydroCourts, expanding the resort’s tennis program beyond its already world’s - best offerings and marking the consolidation of all tennis facilities into one location. (The West Beach Tennis Club closed to make way for the redevelopment of West Beach Village.)
Before you hit the new courts, make sure you check out our online pro shop for your Kiawah Island tennis gear. Pickleball, Anyone? Invented in 1965, pickleball bears a close resemblance to tennis, except it’s played on a more compact court divided by a lower net. Players use paddles rather than a strung racquet to hit a hollow plastic ball with holes (similar to a whiffle ball). In response to a steady increase in guest requests for the game, we are expanding our pickleball offerings.Jonathan Barth, director of tennis, explains, “We started with informal drop-in socials, but will launch formal instruction for the first time in 2019. Eight of our courts are now permanently lined for pickleball—with four of them lighted for nighttime play.” Two of the factors fueling pickleball’s popularity are schools around the country introducing the game to students and pickleball’s more simplified approach to scoring. End result? Pickleball can demand much less time than a tennis match. Given the rush-rush pace we all seem to keep, even on vacation, it’s no surprise that pickleball is quickly gaining fans around the world. And the resort is proud to offer this popular option to our guests.

The Kiawah Culinary Team Welcomes Two Renowned Chefs Last month, Kiawah Island Golf Resort celebrated its signature culinary event over four days—raising $770,000 for the Hollings Cancer Center. James Beard Award–winning guest chefs from
Donald Link’s New Orleans eateries lent this year’s edition a Gulf Coast flavor. The Gourmet & Grain evening featured Bourbon royalty with Julian Van Winkle. And James Beard Award–winning chef and cancer survivor Steve McHugh, who was awarded the 2018 Courage in Cancer Award, was honored at a Gourmet Culinary Luncheon.
11th Annual Gourmet & Grapes Highlights
Before John Ondo joined Kiawah Island Golf Resort as chef de cuisine of The Atlantic Room, he was chef-owner of Lana, a celebrated downtown Charleston restaurant that highlighted Ondo’s innovative approach to rustic Mediterranean cooking. His philosophy
of developing menus of unpretentious “just good food” allows the honesty of fresh,
locally sourced ingredients to shine through in The Atlantic Room. Charleston native
Jordan Snider returned home to become executive pastry chef for The Sanctuary Hotel. He brings a wealth of rich experience, as both a competitor on team USA at the biennial Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie in France and through former posts in Las Vegas at the Mandarin Oriental, among others.

LOW COUNTRY

Festivals Galore in Low Country

In the Lowcountry check out the three annual shrimp festivals in Yemassee, Edisto and  Beaufort... as well as the Hardeeville's Catfish Festival... In downtown Yemassee there will be a Parade, Battle of the Shrimp, Mud Run, Talent Show, Street Dances featuring live music from The Tams, Arts & Crafts, Beauty Pageant and more.  

What's Happening?

Ongoing

Edisto Beach~ Arts & Crafts Market
Wednesdays, 9 am-5 pm

Hilton Head Island~Until September 6th HarbourFest
Shelter Cove Harbour
Monday-Friday, 6-9 pm

Port Royal~ Lowcountry Master Gardeners
Lunch & Learn Series
Saturdays, noon

Hilton Head Island~ Free Family Golf Night every Mondays, 4-8 pm

Coming Soon

Farmers Market

Farmers Market of Bluffton Thursdays, 2-7 pm

Downtown Beaufort Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 2-6 pm

Town of Port Royal Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9 am-noon

Ridgeland - Jasper County Farmers Market
Fridays, 1-6 pm

Walterboro ~ Colleton Museum & Farmers Market
Saturdays, 10 am-2 pm

For more information contact the Lowcountry & Resort Islands Tourism Commission | PO BOX 615 | YEMASSEE | SC | 29945

MYRTLE BEACH

What to See & Do

Myrtle Beach is within a half-day’s drive of population centers like Washington D.C., Raleigh, Charlotte and Atlanta. Moreover, Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) is conveniently located to all Seaside properties. Serviced by Delta, Continental, Spirit Airlines and US Airways, it features daily, nonstop flights to over 25 destinations including Philadelphia, Baltimore, Newark and Chicago.
 
All lodging options provide easy access to dining, shopping, beaches and other area attractions on the world-famous Grand Strand.
 
For additional information and reservations: Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts, 888.571.4104

About Mystical Golf

The Witch sits on 500 acres of tranquil cypress groves and wetlands teeming with flora and fauna. Tactical play is rewarded on the par-71, 6,702-yard layout. With 4,000 feet of bridges wending through swamps (front nine) and rolling hills (back nine), golfers may spy cranes, bald eagles, alligators and black bears.

Man-O-War is revered for its back-to-back island greens and water features touching every hole. With a commanding 141 slope rating, the par-72, 6,967-yard layout is offset by straight-forward shots and excellent, bent-grass greens.

Reminiscent of classic, wind-swept links courses in Scotland and Ireland, The Wizard presents deep bunkers, mound-framed fairways and dramatic elevation changes. Trademark stone bridges and an Old-World, castle-style clubhouse add character to the par-72, 6,721-yard shot-maker’s course.

The Witch, Man-O-War and The Wizard are in the heart of Myrtle Beach and within 15 minutes of Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), beaches, accommodations, restaurants and other attractions. A short distance from I-95 and other major thoroughfares, Mystical Golf courses are easily accessible. More than two dozen cities – including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York and Washington – offer direct flights.

Mystical Golf – offering "Myrtle Beach’s finest 54 holes of golf” – announces this year, 2016, marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of its acclaimed Man-O-War and Wizard courses.

Since joining Mystical Golf’s first course – The Witch, which debuted in 1989 – Man-O-War and The Wizard have formed a trifecta continually lauded by customers and major golf media. Designed by Dan Maples, the trio have been consistently recognized among Myrtle Beach’s “five best courses” and “best values.”

The Witch and Man-O-War courses were recently ranked in the “Top 15 Courses in South Carolina” in Golf Channel’s Golf Advisor rater reviews for 2015. Man-O-War’s 15th hole ranks among GOLF Magazine’s “Five Most Memorable Island Greens” alongside No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass, the “Alcatraz” hole at PGA West’s Stadium Course and Coeur d’Alene Resort’s movable, floating putting surface. The Wizard has earned an exceptional 4-1/2 stars from Golf Digest.

Perfect to enjoy playing at Mystical Golf during the summer until Sept.7, the three-day Gold Package starts at $99 (per person, per day, taxes included). Features include three rounds with cart on each of the much-admired Mystical Golf layouts (plus one complimentary round), three nights’ lodging in well-appointed three-bedroom villa (four beds), free iHOP breakfast daily (available 24 hours per day), and a gratis steak dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse (includes non-alcoholic beverages, taxes).

Additional package extras include two free beers and lunch at the course each day, complimentary daily range balls, instant replay round for cart fee only, and $15 gift card toward a golf shirt. Extra night stays are available at a moderate cost per person.

Offered during the same time span, the Silver Package starts at $89 (per person, per day, taxes included) and features all the highlights of the Gold Package except the complimentary round, daily breakfast and steak dinner. Both stay-and-plays offer one complimentary golfer for booked groups of 20 or more players.

Mystical Golf’s three layouts are highlighted by wonderfully fun elements including the only back-to-back island greens in the game (Man-O-War), a front nine of dramatic holes weaving through secluded swampland teeming with wildlife (The Witch), and a splendid layout reminiscent of Scotland and Ireland’s classic courses complete with authentic sod-faced bunkering and castle-style clubhouse (The Wizard).

For Mystical Golf information: www.mysticalgolf.com, 843.282.2977.

Ripley's Aquarium

I didn't want to visit Ripley's Aquarium, but my partner talked me into it -- and I'm glad he did.   While there, I learned a lot of fun facts about the inhabitants - such as -- Lionfish have poisonous, needle-like spines and can be dangerous to humans; Porkfish are good cleaners and can be seen eating tiny parasites off other fish; Moray eels are nocturnal and usually only come out at night - maybe because they have extremely poor vision and rely on their sense of smell for feeding - and many more facts.

The Aquarium, built in 1997, has one of the largest (86,000 square feet) acquariums I've ever seen where visitors are completely submerged in the aquatic environment . It was truly fascintating to be here surrounded by so many species of fish - which, of course, were enclosed in water while we stayed nice and dry! There are dozens of interesting exhibits to explore, each with large viewing windows, in addition to a multi-experience, interactive Sea-For-Yourself Discovery Center, where all ages can learn about sea life through a variety of exhibits. The Classroom, complete with laboratory equipment, was interesting to see, and special events are offered year round. Try the themed multi-level restaurant looking onto the fascinating Dangerous Reef exhibit. Before leaving, visit the gift shop for a wide range of entertaining and educational merchandise reflecting the natural beauty of the seas and its many creatures.

Location: 1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; 643-916-0888         

Where to Stay

About Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts

Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts is a collection of six oceanfront and ocean view condo-hotels in North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Avista Resort, Prince Resort, Horizon at 77th, Grande Shores, Seaside and the Towers at North Myrtle Beach all provide the comforts of full-service resort hotels with the space and luxury of condominiums.

Each property features modern décor that reflects a coastal lifestyle and breathtaking views of the pristine northern region of the world-famous Grand Strand. Elegant yet affordable, units are spacious one to three bedrooms with fully-equipped kitchens, washer / dryer, and private balconies. Most hotels have fitness centers, an array of indoor and outdoor pools, on-site dining and access to world-class beaches.

For more information go to web site myrtlebeachseasideresorts.com

PORT ROYAL

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