Stand and Paddle
Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced paddler, come join us in the fun and adventure of the fastest growing sport in the world! We offer Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) lessons, group and family outings and tours, sunset paddles, moonlight paddles, sunrise paddles, SUP race training, and even a little SUP yoga and fitness.
The Kazoo Factory
The Kazoo Factory houses “Kazoobie Kazoos”, America’s only full-time manufacturer of plastic kazoos. Our building also houses “The Kazoo Museum”, a wonderful collection of historic and interesting kazoos. We offer Factory Tours and a chance to make your own kazoo. Perfect for families, school groups, bus tours, and senior citizens. Our gift shop sells all kinds of kazoos and fun musical instruments. Open year round. Free Wi-Fi. Bus and RV Parking. Handicap Accessible. 3 and under Free. $5 4 and up. 12 John Galt Rd.
Seas So Shallow Guide Service
Seas So Shallow guide service specializes in inshore fishing for Redfish, Flounder, Sea trout, Cobia, Tarpon, Sharks, Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel and a few other species.
Sanctuary Golf Club @ Cat Island
Welcome To Sanctuary Golf Club! Sanctuary Golf Club at Cat Island is a most beautiful, nature-filled location for recreation, memorable events or just relaxing with friends, family and entertaining business associates. Tucked away in a stunning and tranquil setting steeped in history near the shore, Sanctuary Golf Club features award-winning golf & tennis.
Beaufort Arts Council
Since its founding in 1991, the Arts Council has served the cultural communities of Beaufort County. The BAC maintains an ongoing dialogue with community members, artists, schools, and businesses to keep its programming fresh and pertinent to the needs of County with vibrant programs, ideas, and extensive services. 921 Ribaut Rd., TCL Campus Building 1.
Beaufort History Museum
713 Craven Street | Beaufort | 843-379-3079
TGC at Pleasant Point Plantation
8 Barnwell Drive | Beaufort | 843-986-9432
2121 Boundary Street, Suite 101 | Beaufort | 843-379-4327
The Legends Golf Course
Belleau Wood Road | Beaufort | 843-228-2240
Chechessee Creek Club
18 Chechessee Creek Drive | Okatie | 843-987-7000
630 16th Street | Port Royal | 843-524-6600
Lady’s Island Country Club
139 State Road S-7-578 | Beaufort | 843-524-3635
Ocean Creek Golf Course
Ocean Creek Boulevard | St Helena Island | 843-838-1576
The Lowcountry is full of subtle surprises this season.
Ah, fall! This favorite season conjures up images of vibrantly colored leaves. The nip in the air makes us yearn for hot spiced cider and s’mores and being bundled up around a toasty fire. We pull out our jackets, sweaters, hats, mittens and boots to prepare for Mother Nature going full Frosty on us.
That is, unless you live in the Lowcountry.
In the Lowcountry, fall is a season that is so subtle, some would swear it doesn’t exist. With November temperatures hovering around 70 degrees and no vivid fall colors to herald in the seasonal change, it feels downright weird to see Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations begin to pop up around town. However, if you know what to look for, late autumn in the Lowcountry is a fascinating time of year that features a host of natural treasures and beckons you outside.
With the slight drop in temperatures and significant drop in humidity, late fall offers the perfect weather for hiking and biking and is the perfect time to discover the subtle changes of the season on foot or by bike.
While hitting the trails, be sure and look to the trees. While our semi-deciduous live oaks and evergreens may not offer fiery autumnal foliage, they are home to multitudes of birds that enjoy spending the colder months here as much as our human snowbirds. American Goldfinches, Baltimore Orioles, Belted Kingfishers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets are just a handful of the winged jewels taking to our trees in the late fall and winter.
The noble Bald Eagles also become more abundant as they return from summering up north to reconnect with their mates and start restoring their enormous nests. If you have ever spotted what you suspect might be an eagle’s nest, keep a watchful eye, as eagles return to the same nest year after year to expand their feathered family.
If you really want to witness more dramatic seasonal changes, grab a kayak or a standup paddleboard and get out into the tidal salt marshes. Here you will see our Spartina alternaflora, locally referred to as cordgrass, morphing from its vivid summer green to straw gold, as it goes to seed and begins to die back. Tailing Redfish abound and you can watch young Sharpnose and Bonnethead Sharks feeding in the grass.
This is also the only time of year when you can spot Hooded Mergansers and Buffleheads, ducks that are delightfully unique in their plumage. Other water birds — like Willets, Piping Plovers and American Oyster Catchers — are more abundant and easier to spot in the coming months.
So while we may still be wearing flip-flops and tank tops in November here in the Lowcountry, signs of fall and the coming winter are all around us. Visit outsidehiltonhead.com to discover how Outside Hilton Head and Outside Palmetto Bluff can help facilitate all your adventuring needs to get you out exploring autumn.
For more than 30 years, Outside Hilton Head has provided personalized adventures for all ages, from kayak, fishing, nature and dolphin tours to kids’ camps, history excursions, family outings and standup paddleboarding. To book an outing with Outside Hilton Head, call (843) 686-6996 or outsidehiltonhead.com.
16 Penn Center Circle E | St Helena Island | 843-838-2432
Secession Golf Club
100 Islands Causeway | Beaufort | 843-522-4600
121 Dataw Drive | St Helena Island | 843-838-3838
Holden On Charters
29 B Market Street, Unit 2 | Beaufort | 843-466-9988
Captain ‘Eddie’s’ Fishing Charters
Fripp Island Marina | Fripp Island | 843-838-3782
Beaufort Kayak Tours
600 Linton Lane | Beaufort | 843-525-0810
Old Tabby Golf Links
42 Mobley Oaks Lane | Okatie | 843-987-2013
Auldbrass Plantation showcases the architectural genius of Frank Lloyd Wright. Location: Combahee River, East of Yemassee on River Road, Beaufort County A true architectural treasure, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is nestled in the backwoods of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Located just outside Yemassee, Auldbrass Plantation is the only Southern Plantation designed […]
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As a five-year-old girl, Jery B. Taylor learned the art of sweetgrass basket weaving from her grandmother on the grounds of Boone Hall Plantation near Charleston, SC. Today, Taylor owns Jery’s Baskets, an artist studio located in the heart of Savannah’s City Market that showcases her handwoven baskets, bowls, trays, fans and vases, as well […]
You might be thinking you’ve heard about Beaufort, SC a lot lately. Well, you’re right! Recently, our town has been recognized by numerous publications and websites for all of its appeal. Here’s just a few of the honors we received. Southern Living Magazine named Beaufort ‘6th Best Small Town in the South’ Bliss Award recipient for “Best Beach […]
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Discover the Great Outdoors on a Majestic Rails-to-Trails Paved Pathway If you enjoy hiking, biking, walking, fishing, dog walking, riding a scooter, skateboarding or rollerblading, don’t miss the Spanish Moss Trail, which connects beautiful Beaufort to historic Port Royal and offers 10 miles of scenic beauty. Part of the East Coast Greenway, the Lowcountry’s only paved Rails-to-Trails destination, provides […]
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Love is in the air in all year long in Beaufort. Residents of our town have know that for years. And now theactivetimes.com and MSN.com have named Beaufort “The Most Romantic Locale” in the state of South Carolina. Along with its Southern charm, Beaufort offers picturesque historic homes, elegant live oak trees, laden with Spanish moss, fine eateries, […]
Explore the great outdoors this season and enjoy exceptional hiking and biking opportunities at area nature preserves, state parks and greenways. Bluffton Buckwalter Place Greenway Trail This 1.35-mile scenic trail attracts residents and visitors alike. Enjoy the opportunity to explore nature at your own pace. A free interpretive walking guide is available for download by scanning […]
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If you have any connection to environmental issues in the Lowcountry, you have likely heard that Hilton Head and Beaufort County are considering ordinances that would ban single-use plastic bags. What you may not have heard about is a bill, pushed by the plastic industry, that would prevent local governments from passing ordinances that regulate […]
Founded in 2016 to honor the legendary author of “Prince of Tides,” “Beach Music” and “The Water is Wide,” the Pat Conroy Literary Center has a mission to educate, inspire and empower readers, writers and teachers in the Lowcountry and beyond. Located in a historic house at 308 Charles Street in Beaufort—Conroy’s beloved hometown—the Center […]
This buoy is special. Why, you ask? Because this buoy has a history and a lot of miles on it. Once upon a time, it was afloat in Port Royal Sound and directed ships in the area. Then in 1970, a large strorm cut it loose. One year later, Port Royal’s Traveling Red Buoy showed […]
Two historic churches representing two distinct segments of Lowcountry society. This journey through the past begins just outside of Pritchardville at St. Luke’s Methodist Church. Originally a parish of the Anglican Church, St. Luke’s was authorized by an act of the Colonial Assembly in 1767 and built in 1786 on land donated by prosperous planter […]
Did you know? Coral is, in fact, an animal that has evolved to incorporate a garden in its own tissue. Coral doesn’t eat the plant– it simply protects it, feeds it and benefits from the products of photosynthesis necessary for its survival. Approximately 200 million years of symbiosis have produced a relationship so cohesive, the plant and […]
Craving homegrown melons, vegetables, peanuts and other produce, fresh seafood, flowers, meats or prepared foods? Then pack up your reusable bags and baskets and hit the road to discover the farm-fresh offerings available at some of our local farmers markets, certified roadside stands and kitchens. Call ahead to confirm dates, times and hours of operation. […]
Recipe courtesy of the Beach House Cookbook by Mary Kay Andrews Way back when I was in college kid, sangria was new and exotic—like fondue. And crépes. Admittedly, I liked sangria better than either of those ‘70s throwbacks. I prefer it made with my favorite summer sipper, rosé. You can add whatever fruit you like […]
Bluffton Brighton Beach: For that small-town Lowcountry feel, Brighton Beach at the end of Alljoy Road is the place to go. The Alljoy Boat Landing provides access to the May River and Calibogue Sound. Limited parking is available, so drive your golf cart over early! It’s the perfect place to unwind, perhaps after a day […]
The sea islands that extend along the Eastern coast of South Carolina and Georgia have a history and a style all their own. From the sandy beaches of Edisto Island, SC to the isolated beauty of Cumberland Island, GA, the South Atlantic coast boasts a variety of islands that appeal to the dreamer in each […]
Beaufort has gained a new distinction by being one of a handful of cities across the country for which a new southern-oriented print company, Old Try, has created a limited edition letterpress poster. They are being sold exclusively through Historic Beaufort Foundation and are available at the Verdier House at 801 Bay St.
Golf is a funny game: To succeed, you have to slow down. You can take the right path toward the ball and know your clubs inside-out (pun intended), but if you rush your swing, all will be lost. The first piece of advice I give almost any golfer is simply to slow down. Why? Because […]
Hitting a golf ball straight is difficult enough from a flat lie. When you and the ball are suddenly on different levels, it becomes even harder. Facing an uphill lie, downhill lie or sidehill lie is daunting, but like many situations in golf, it can be handled well with an appraisal of the physical situation […]
Oysters have been a favorite staple for islanders for centuries. Early Native American harvested oysters, subsisting on the plentiful bivalve populations in Lowcountry waters. At low tide, oysters can be seen rising from tidal saltmarsh creeks throughout the area. In fact, Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort’s waters have traditionally been considered some of the richest […]
The Parris Island Museum is open daily from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Family and Graduation Days. Explore the long, rich legacy of the Marine Corps, as well as the exciting history of the Port Royal region. Admission is free. The Depot is home to the Marine Corps’ first Command Museum, the […]
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