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Savor Summer and Great Savings at Charleston's Barrier Island Resort -- Wild Dunes Resort

Mystical Golf Announces Exceptional Late Spring, Summer Stay-and-Play Packages

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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About Wild Dunes Resort & Destination Hotels & Resort

Nestled on the northern tip of Isle of Palms, a lush barrier island off the coast of South Carolina, Wild Dunes Resort, by Destination Hotels & Resorts, is located less than 30 minutes from the charm and grace of historic 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. It is one of more than 30 independent, upscale and luxury hotels, resorts and golf clubs in the United States managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. 

Visit Wild Dunes Resort online on www.facebook.com/WildDunesResort Facebook, twitter.com/WildDunesResort Twitter and www.youtube.com/wilddunesresort Youtube.

Destination Hotels & Resorts is an authentic collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels and resorts across North America. Offering enriching, locally-inspired experiences from alpine adventures and stunning beachfronts to urban landmarks, each property reflects the natural surroundings and culture of its distinctive locale. With more than 40 properties in premier travel destinations, including Aspen, Chicago, Denver, Lake Tahoe, Los Angeles, Maui, Miami, New Orleans, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Santa Fe, Seattle, Vail and Washington D.C., the award-winning portfolio features renowned golf courses, indigenous spas, and exceptional culinary venues.

For more information on Destination Hotels & Resorts, visit www.destinationhotels.com. For more information on Wild Dunes Resort’s Lowcountry Learning opportunities and activities, please see the vacation planner. To make a reservation, please call 888-778-1876 or visit www.wilddunes.com.

Savor Summer and Great Savings at Charleston's Barrier Island Resort -- Wild Dunes Resort

Summer in Charleston is in full swing and Wild Dunes Resort, A Destination Hotel, has announced incredible seaside savings and new offerings for guests to soak in the season. With rates starting at just $249 per night, guests can choose from a variety of accommodation options including the newly-renovated AAA Four Diamond Boardwalk Inn, Village at Wild Dunes and select vacation homes and condo rentals.

Whether seeking a mid-week escape, long weekend getaway or lengthy summer vacation, Wild Dunes Resort offers guests a 'best of both worlds' experience, located just 30 minutes from the endless array of activities found in historic downtown Charleston. To celebrate summer, Wild Dunes Resort is offering 15% off nightly rates for stays through August 31. Guests who book four or more nights will also receive a $100 Resort Credit to be used on dining, retail or a fun excursion.

In addition, the resort has debuted a new Design at the Dunes package, ideal for creatives looking to explore the iconic art and design that distinguishes the Lowcountry as such a unique destination to experience. Please see below for package details:

Design at the Dunes package:

Guests can discover Charleston's rich art traditions and channel creativity with the resor'‚s Design at the Dunes package, priced at $425 per night, based on double occupancy, for stays through August 31 and including:

Accommodations at newly-renovated AAA Four-Diamond rated Boardwalk Inn

Playing with Fire Ironworking.

Led by local artisan James Irving, guests learn the prized skill of ironworking which is so prevalent around downtown Charleston's gates for homes, buildings and gardens. Ironworking is a true art form that's cherished, highly-respected and well-reserved in Charleston.

Sweetgrass Basket Weaving Class

Guests learn about the prized art-form and time-honored tradition of sweetgrass basket weaving in the Lowcountry and create a beautiful basket to take home.

Dunes Photography Tour

Led by an expert local photographer, this two-hour tour caters to photographers of all skill levels looking to further their knowledge in a picturesque setting. Guests will explore and shoot throughout the resort‚s serene landscape, home to stunning seascapes, marshland and trails. Guests are encouraged to bring their own camera or smart phone. This tour can be upgraded to include a signature commemorative photo that is professionally printed with exceptional detail and beautiful luminescence.

Also not-to-be-missed this summer is the highly anticipated Solar Eclipse, occurring on August 21. For the first time in 99 years, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible across the U.S. and its final stop before heading to the Atlantic will be the Isle of Palms, S.C. To celebrate, Wild Dunes Resort is hosting a variety of themed-events including an ' Eclipse Eve' dive in movie and 'Night at Noon' beachside celebration, best experienced with the resort's Solar Eclipse Viewing Package (complete with additional amenities). More details can be found www.destinationhotels.com/wild-dunes/packages/seasonal-packages/solar-eclipse.

For more information on Wild Dunes Resort or to book a summer vacation, please visit www.wilddunes.com or call 844.743.0584.

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 

Wild Dunes Resort Completes Major Renovations at Boardwalk Inn

Wild Dunes Resort, A Destination Hotel has announced a number of extensive renovations have been completed at its AAA Four Diamond rated Boardwalk Inn. Located just 150 yards from the beach, the Boardwalk Inn has refreshed its accommodations with a balanced mix of beachy aesthetics and historic Charleston charm. Also new to the Boardwalk Inn is its nautical-themed restaurant Coastal Provisions, which opened April 2016 and offers both casual and upscale seafood, meats and craft cocktails, with the option for poolside terrace dining. Like all properties in the Destination Hotels collection, Wild Dunes offers authentically-immersed experiences that are true to its place.

'The overall design concept for the Boardwalk Inn embraces the best of what Charleston has to offer, a historic past and seaside oasis,' states Kelley Levesque of design5280‚, llc. 'Combining old and new furnishings with hints of Charleston‚s famous ironwork, and sprinkling in unexpected beachy elements, I‚ve aimed to create an atmosphere that is sophisticated and special for a romantic couples getaway, and casual and comfortable for a memorable family vacation. Sipping drinks at the bar of Coastal Provisions, passing time playing checkers in the lobby or relaxing in a cabana by the pool, the Boardwalk Inn is the place that will welcome you after a day in the sun or seeing the sights.'

The renovated Boardwalk Inn lobby features a classic and timeless black and white color scheme livened up with pops of color in the furniture and accessories. The updated lobby is also home to a community table for guests to work and socialize. Improved guestrooms exhibit Charleston charm in the traditional bathroom vanity, tufted headboard, classic desk and desk chair. Golden sunlight walls, seagrass-inspired tile, airy white linen drapery, quirky log coffee tables and a mix of modern and classic art evoke an oceanside experience. The lobby features an assortment of regionally inspired art concentrating on local artists in partnership with Hagan Fine Art Gallery.

For more information on Wild Dunes Resort, please visit www.wilddunes.com or call 843.886.2297.

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

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

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. The restaurant opened on January 22, 2016.

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

 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.

The Inn at Harbour Town – the acclaimed, 60-room boutique hotel at The Sea Pines Resort – announces its "Extended Stay Package" with savings up to 15% for three- or four-night stays. 

The Inn has recently received numerous prestigious accolades including TripAdvisor’s No. 1 ranking, additions to Condé Nast Johansens and Southern Living Hotel collections, “Four Diamond” and “Four Star” ratings from AAA and Forbes respectively, and the South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Hotelier of the Year Award.

The Sea Pines Resort has been named one of Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top 150 Resorts” in the World,” and made Celebrated Living’s prestigious “Platinum List.”

The Inn at Harbour Town’s myriad luxury amenities includes a striking outdoor pool and patio overlooking famed Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage. The value-packed offer includes:

10% discount on 3-night stays, 15% discount on 4-night stays or more
$50 resort credit redeemable for golf, dining and activities
Complimentary valet or self-parking
Complimentary adult bikes and reduced rates on children's bikes
Free internet service in guest rooms and resort areas
10% off food and non-alcoholic beverages at resort’s restaurants, as well as preferred reservations
10% off full-priced items at the golf pro shops
Reduced rates at all three golf courses, including Harbour Town Golf Links
Two hours of complimentary tennis court time
Special discounts on Eco-Adventures and activities
Complimentary access to the resort’s fitness center and Inn at Harbour Town pool

Complementing Harbour Town Golf Links, the legendary Lowcountry destination features two additionally lauded 18s and a full menu of activities including tennis with 21 clay courts, five miles of sweeping Atlantic seascapes, hiking in the enchanting 605-acre Forest Preserve as well as simply strolling along the nearby Harbour Town Yacht Basin with its superb shopping and dining options.

For more information please check web site www.seapines.com, or call 866.561.8802. 

The Sea Pines Resort – Hilton Head Island's most celebrated golf and leisure retreat – has been named "Hotelier of the Year” by the South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association.

The Hotelier of the Year award honors a deserving hospitality property annually based on exceptional customer service, community relations, and dedication to the advancement of the travel industry in South Carolina.

The Sea Pines Resort is raising the bar for tourism on Hilton Head Island with more than $55 million in capital investment. The substantial effort includes the 26,000 square-foot Harbour Town Clubhouse opening in March, the Sea Pines Beach Club and Plantation Golf Club servicing its Heron Point by Pete Dye and Ocean Course.

The legendary Lowcountry resort has recently received other prestigious accolades for its boutique hotel, The Inn at Harbour Town, including the Forbes Four-Star Award, No. 1 ranking on TripAdvisor and inclusion in the Condé Nast Johansens collection.

Additionally, the resort’s full slate of activities includes 54 holes of exceptional golf, tennis with 21 clay courts, five miles of sweeping Atlantic seascapes, and 15 miles of leisure paths for biking and hiking. Nearby Harbour Town Yacht Basin is ideal for sightseeing as well as featuring superb dining and shopping options.

The Inn at Harbour Town’s “Extended Stay” package starts at $143 (per person, per night) and offers up to a 15% discount for a three- or four-night stay.

For more information please check web site www.seapines.com, 866.561.8802. 

Inn at Harbour Town Receives Forbes Four-Star Award

The Inn at Harbour Town – the acclaimed, 60-room boutique hotel at The Sea Pines Resort – has been honored with the prestigious Forbes Four-Star Award in recognition of its exceptional level of luxury and service.

This is the 57th annual list of Forbes Travel Guide’s Star Rating winners – the worldwide benchmark for hotels, restaurants and spas. Expert, anonymous inspectors visit thousands of properties annually to evaluate standards, quality, value and overall experience.

The Inn has recently received other numerous accolades, including a No. 1 ranking on TripAdvisor and a recent addition to the Condé Nast Johansens collection. Among other luxurious amenities, The Inn showcases a striking outdoor pool overlooking famed Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage.

Complementing Harbour Town Golf Links, the resort offers two other superb courses, Heron Point by Pete Dye and the Ocean Course. Additionally, the resort’s full slate of activities includes tennis with 21 clay courts, five miles of sweeping Atlantic seascapes, and 15 miles of leisure paths for biking and hiking. Nearby Harbour Town Yacht Basin is ideal for sightseeing as well as featuring superb dining and shopping options.

The Inn at Harbour Town’s “Extended Stay” package starts at $143 (per person, per night) and offers up to a 15% discount for a three- or four-night stay.

For more information check web site www.seapines.com, 866.561.8802

The Inn at Harbour Town-- the award-winning 60-room boutique hotel at The Sea Pines Resort -- named Top Tier of Conde Nast Traveler’s ‘Best Resorts in the South’

The Inn at Harbour Town – the award-winning 60-room boutique hotel at The Sea Pines Resort – is ranked No. 6 in Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious 2014 “Top 20 Resorts in the South.”

The survey is the magazine’s 18th annual “Readers’ Choice Awards” with more than 1 million votes cast worldwide for hospitality excellence. With its trio of celebrated golf courses, elegant Inn at Harbour Town, abundant dining options and array of family activities, The Sea Pines Resort is repeatedly ranked in the highest echelons of preeminent destination properties. 

The coveted Lowcountry destination is also one of the premier business meeting and conference centers in the U.S. Accommodations also include ocean-side villa retreats and beachfront homes.
 
For more information on its wide selection of additional package options visit www.seapines.com, or call 866.561.8802. 

For more information: please check web site www.seapines.com, 866.561.8802.

What to See & Do

About The Sea Pines Resort

Situated on the southernmost tip of Hilton Head Island, the legendary Lowcountry destination features five miles of unspoiled beaches, 21 clay tennis courts, 14 miles of bike and walking trails, horseback riding, Eco-Adventures, water sports, and the 605-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve filled with wildflowers, wetlands and more than 130 species of birds. As the first Eco-planned destination in the U.S., The Sea Pines Resort has become the blueprint for numerous beach developments around the country.

One of the crown jewels in the world of golf, The Sea Pines Resort is home to Pete Dye’s classic Harbour Town Golf Links (home of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage) Heron Point by Pete Dye, and the Ocean Course. The property has recently gone through extensive redevelopment with its Sea Pines Beach Club and Plantation Golf Club both opening in 2014. The new 44,000-square-foot Harbour Town Clubhouse opened in March 2015.

Guests may choose from an array of accommodations, including 300 villas, 100 rental homes and the luxurious 60-room Inn & Club at Harbour Town, a Forbes Four-Star boutique hotel and Preferred Hotel Group member. 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.
 

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

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

Bluffton~Until August 30th..."No Time for Sergeants"

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.

Mystical Golf Announces Exceptional Late Spring, Summer Stay-and-Play Packages

Mystical Golf – offering "Myrtle Beach’s finest 54 holes of golf” on its celebrated Witch, Man-O-War and Wizard courses – announces stay-and-play packages ideal for exceptional vacations to the “Golf Capital of the U.S.”

Mystical Golf’s trio of courses are consistently recognized by Golf Channel to be among Myrtle Beach’s “five best courses” and “best values.” The Witch and Man-O-War courses are ranked in the “Top 15 Courses in South Carolina” in Golf Channel’s Golf Advisor rater reviews.

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 Witch is praised by PGA.com for presenting one of America’s “great ninth holes” and The Wizard has earned 4-1/2 stars from Golf Digest.

Through Sept. 6, 2017, the three-day Gold Package starts as low as $99 (per person, per day, taxes included). It includes 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).

Over the same time span, the Silver Package begins at $89 (per person, per day, taxes included) and features all the components 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.

“Simply put, we offer the best stay-and-play packages in the U.S.,” says Claude Pardue, President and CEO. “Our three courses continue to draw nothing but raves from our first-time guests, loyal repeat customers returning year after year and the major golf media.”

Additional package highlights 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.

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.

Mystical Golf Announces Exceptional Easter Week ‘Golf Buddy’ Getaway Packages --- Includes Play on Three Acclaimed Courses, Villa Accommodations, Numerous Extras

Mystical Golf – offering "Myrtle Beach’s finest 54 holes of golf” on its acclaimed Witch, Man-O-War and Wizard courses – announces stay-and-play packages ideal for exceptional Easter week “golf buddy” getaways this April.
                                         
All three Mystical Golf courses are consistently recognized by Golf Channel to be among Myrtle Beach’s “five best courses” and “best values.” The Witch and Man-O-War courses are ranked in the “Top 15 Courses in South Carolina” in Golf Channel’s Golf Advisor rater reviews.
 
From April 10 - 19, Mystical Golf’s Gold Package over the Easter holidays starts at $119 (per person, per day, taxes included). It includes 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 highlights 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. 

Also offered over Easter week, the Silver Package starts at $109 (per person, per day, taxes included) and features all the components 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.

“Just like Augusta National during the Masters week, April also offers glorious golf weather here in Myrtle Beach,” says Claude Pardue, President and CEO. “Our golf packages are widely known as the best in the U.S. and we offer three courses that are magnificent to play in the spring.”

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).
 
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 Witch is praised by PGA.com for presenting one of America’s “great ninth holes” and The Wizard has earned 4-1/2 stars from Golf Digest.

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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ST. HELENA ISLAND

What to See & Do

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