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Every region has its Halloween traditions and ghost stories and the Carolinas are no exception.
When you visit Coastal South Carolina and the Lowcountry you can’t help but notice the lovely 18th and 19th Century homes that dot the landscape and fall under their spell. Who wouldn’t love to take a peek behind the garden walls and explore the rich history of these architectural beauties? It just so happens that Fall is the perfect time of year to do that very thing.
In cooler climates, gardeners are saying goodbye to fresh produce and putting their gardens to bed for the year. Not here in the Lowcountry!
As summer draws to a close and the breeze turns chilly and damp many folks drag out their flannels, test their home’s furnace, and plan foliage tours up North. Not here.
At Hilton Head Lakes, history surrounds you. It is everywhere: in the towns, in the Lowcountry way of life, and even in the waterways. The May River is no exception.
Ah… golden sunshine, sandy beaches kissed by ocean breezes, lush greens on the golf course glistening with morning dew and the relaxation of another beautiful day at Hilton Head Lakes. But in case all that isn’t enough, and you are just a wee bit tense or in need of a good stretch, there’s yoga.
We’ve all heard the expression “the dog days of summer”. We immediately think of hot, sticky days when the neighborhood dogs lie around panting, too hot to move. But where did the expression come from? You might be surprised to know that the phrase wasn’t originally about the heat, it was about the stars.
You’ve seen us use the term “Discovery Visit” in blog posts and on social media. You’ve read about the Lowcountry way of life and how we encourage you to come try it out for yourself. But you may be asking: what IS a Discovery Visit anyway?
So you’ve made the move to the Lowcountry, or maybe you’re planning to, and you’re wondering what you can now include in your garden that you’ve never been able to have before. Or perhaps you’re hoping to enjoy your favorites more given the longer growing season. Before you start planning what to buy at the garden center there are a few things you need to know.
Each year Forbes Magazine publishes a list of the 25 Best Places to retire. Numerous criteria are considered from affordability to walkability and just about everything in between. This year we are pleased to say that Bluffton, SC made the list and received “top marks” for walkability. This is quite the honor as the editors looked at 600 cities across the country to develop their top picks.
It’s early Summer here in the Lowcountry and things are hopping. As Discover South Carolina Tourism says, “Each year South Carolina hosts more than 300 fairs and festivals around the state, celebrating everything from food and wine to art, music, Gullah culture, and azaleas.” Whether you’re looking for summer camp arts opportunities for kids, want to enjoy live music any night of the week, or bask in the beauty of nature there is an activity, a festival, and/or an event to grant your wish.
When you think of the South Carolina coast, you think of the wonderful beaches. Miles and miles of sundrenched sand, blissful warmth and water sports. The perfect vacation location. Plenty to see and do if you like to be active, plenty of ways to relax if you’d rather kick back.
Warm weather. Sunshine galore. The call of the water. It’s late Spring in the Lowcountry and there are so many reasons to be outside it is difficult to know where to start.
Have you been contemplating a visit to the South Carolina Lowcountry? One of the best times to visit is during the month of May. The temperature is perfect – warm days averaging 78 degrees, pleasant nights averaging 67 degrees – and, of course the living is easy.
Every state has its quirks and South Carolina is no exception. Some quirks of course are more fun than others and in the Lowcountry we excel at fun. Before you move to our fair state, there are a few things you should know so you can settle right in and be a part of Lowcountry living.
It’s that time of year! Time to drag the clubs out of storage and hit the links. Maybe you already have played a few rounds this year. Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who can play pretty much all year ‘round. Whether you’ve already shaken the dust off your clubs or already have mud on your favorite golf shoes, we have some suggestions to get your golf season off to a good start.
Without a doubt the biggest holiday of Spring is Easter and every family has its own way of celebrating. In the midst of all the bunnies, fluffy chicks and colored eggs, the parades and Easter bonnets we thought we’d take a look at some Southern traditions for the season.
At last, the official first day of Spring is almost here. In the Lowcountry, the evenings can still be quite chilly but the days are lovely and warm on a more consistent basis. You’re able to be outside for longer periods of time and before you know it the azaleas will be in all their magnificent glory.
It’s March in the South Carolina Lowcountry and things are getting green. Not just the grass and those early budding trees either! Green beer, green shirts proudly proclaiming: “Kiss Me, I’m Irish”, shamrocks decorating anything that will hold still and leprechauns on pretty much every corner. St Patrick’s Day is almost here and that means two of the best parades of the year – The 35th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Hilton Head Island (March 11th) and the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 17th). And the best part? You can attend both. Held on separate weekends, these fun-filled events will make you proud to be Irish, even if it is only for a day. Celebrate on March 11th at 3:00 p.m. on Hilton Head Island and you’ll have plenty of time to recover for the celebration in Savannah on March 17th at 10:15 a.m.
Moving. The very word can make you cringe. The packing, the truck rental or moving company hiring, the list making so you don’t forget to do anything, the cleaning – of your current place AND your new home, the list seems endless. Of course, when your destination is the South Carolina Lowcountry it does make a person feel better. The great climate, the easy pace of living, the natural beauty and charming amenities of the Lowcountry make any stress of moving here worthwhile. Here are some other ways to take some of the stress out of moving:
You’ve decided to build your dream home. Congratulations! Whether you’re planning a second home for vacations and getaways or your perfect retirement home you might be wondering how to decide on a floor plan. There are so many options! We’ve pulled together some suggestions to consider when choosing the floor plan for your dream home.
So, it’s nearly Spring and you want to improve your golf game this year. We’ve pulled together some tips and insights for you that just might help you take your game to the next level. Before you head out to play a few practice rounds, consider the following…
Ah, Valentine’s Day! Grab a dozen red roses, pick up some luscious chocolates and maybe something that sparkles for her to wear and you’re all set, right? Why not set yourself apart from the crowd and try something a little different? If you’re interested in creating your own traditions, we have a few suggestions for you some even have a Southern flair.
One of the biggest decisions we make in life is deciding when to retire. Should you wait until age 70? Retire on schedule in your sixties? Or do you head out early and retire in your fifties? You’ll find just as many opinions as the number of people you ask.
At the risk of repeating ourselves, Lowcountry living is the best. We have the climate, we have the charming communities, we have ocean breezes, we have something to do for everyone, and a laid-back pace that makes for delightful days and enchanting evenings.
Another new year has arrived and you’re starting to seriously consider retirement locations. You’re looking for some place with a pleasant climate, plenty of options to stay busy and involved or maybe to just kick back and relax. And you’re looking for a place where staying active is a way of life. Hilton Head Lakes has all of that and more.
While the cold winds of winter are blowing up north and gardeners are huddled around their seed and flower catalogs dreaming of abundant vegetable and flower gardens, here in the Lowcountry as early as February gardeners are busy preparing the soil and planting.
With normal daytime temperatures in the high 50s and low 60s January in the South Carolina Lowcountry is hardly a time to huddle indoors, there’s still so much to do and enjoy outside. While it is true that from time to time there is snow and it can get cold, on average folks in the lowcountry experience mild weather while other parts of the country shiver. Here is a brief taste of January in the lowcountry to tempt you to cast off your winter gear and come visit Hilton Head Lakes:
We all have our holiday traditions, rooted in family legends and rich in history. Those special ornaments on the tree, that recipe handed down through the generations, and the favorite Christmas carols that lift our spirits.
It’s the holidays! The aroma of holiday baking fills the air, festive decorations greet the eye, and familiar songs are heard everywhere you go. Whether you prefer the convenience of an artificial tree or the tradition – and scent! – of a fresh cut tree, chances are you will be bringing live plants into your home to brighten up your surroundings.
Is this your first Thanksgiving in the Lowcountry? Maybe you can’t be here physically but you’re here in spirit, dreaming of the mild weather and all the southern charm that makes this region so special. Whether you’re here or away, why not infuse your Thanksgiving with a taste of the Lowcountry? We have some menu items to suggest and have gathered up the recipes for you.
The new amenities center and golf course clubhouse are under construction and progressing nicely at Hilton Head Lakes. In the planning stages for some time, development and construction of both facilities is currently underway.
Hilton Head Lakes is located amid several charming communities in the Lowcountry. So far we have featured Bluffton, South Carolina and Beaufort, South Carolina. This week our focus is on Hardeeville, South Carolina. Founded in 1911, the City of Hardeeville is a charming, friendly town with deep roots in the timber industry and located on the Lowcountry coastal plain and bordered by the beautiful Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Hilton Head Lakes is located amid several charming communities in the Lowcountry. Last week we featured Bluffton, South Carolina. This week our focus is on Beaufort, South Carolina. Located on Port Royal Island in the heart of the coastal Sea Islands, Beaufort is known for its antebellum mansions and downtown historic district.
Hilton Head Lakes is located amid several charming communities in the Lowcountry. One of those is Bluffton, South Carolina. Located in Beaufort County – the southernmost county in South Carolina – the town of Bluffton was established in 1825. Situated on a high bluff overlooking the May River, a pristine waterway that has strongly contributed to the town’s history and success, Bluffton embodies Lowcountry charm.
You are years away from retiring but you’re starting to think about it, to dream a little about the ideal home. If you’ve ever thought of building your dream home, it’s worth taking another look at the possibility of building that dream retirement home before you retire.
Retirement. It’s one milestone that everyone looks forward to at some point in their life. Usually during the chaos of life when you’re shuttling back and forth to work. It’s a time to slow down and enjoy life without the stress of career and kids. So, what does this laid-back milestone hold for most? Trends show that many people migrate to warmer climates during this phase of life.
Winter is coming. We all know it. In the northern parts of the country we might even fear it a little. Dealing with the harshness of winter – shoveling snow, scraping ice and those heating bills – can be more than a little frustrating. You don’t have to put up with what Old Man Winter dishes out, you have a choice.
South Carolina is a golfer’s dream. Weather is rarely a discouraging factor for golf here in the Lowcountry. There’s just enough change of season to appreciate the difference but not enough to keep you off the links. Even in January the average high is 60 degrees and the average low is only 39. It only gets better from there.
When you just aren’t ready to say good-bye to the warmth of Summer and the chill rain of Autumn is simply not your cup of tea, it’s time to consider a visit or even a relocation to the South Carolina Lowcountry. Things don’t begin to cool off down here until November and even then, the average temperature is 71 degrees F.
As summer fades away and the days become cooler it’s time to think about readying your garden for its end of season nap. Did you know? September and October are the best time to get your garden ready for next year’s growing season.
There is a lot to consider when choosing a retirement home and the location is one factor that can make all the difference. At Hilton Head Lakes, you have both outstanding, quality homes and a fabulous location.
What are the benefits of golf course living at Hilton Head Lakes? As if our 18-hole championship, Tommy Fazio designed course wasn’t enough to convince you that golf course community living is beneficial, we’ve come up with a few other tidbits to entice you:
Mid to late summer can simply be too hot for outdoor gardening, yet you still long to enjoy the lovely blooms that summer days bring.
What should you retire to South Carolina’s Lowcountry? So many reasons! Here are just a few: Forbes regularly lists South Carolina as one of the 25 Best Places to Retire and one of 25 Great Places to Follow Your Passion in Retirement. The mild climate is fabulous all year long. You can always find something to do, or relax and enjoy having nothing to do. You can breathe.
What and where is the Lowcountry? In terms of geography, it is the southern corner of South Carolina predominately composed for four counties: Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper. In terms of living it is the breath-taking coastline, sea islands, marshes, swamps and countryside. It is an area rich in history and southern hospitality.
Tired of the bustle and hustle? Do you long for the peace and beauty of nature, a comfortable climate, and a slower pace? According to Livability.com there are eight great reasons to relocate to South Carolina.
So you’re thinking about coming to the lowcountry and Hilton Head Lakes, maybe to retire or maybe to make it your vacation home. You’ve heard that the living is easy but you wonder if it might be so laid-back it’s too boring for you. Well, life here might very well be laid-back and for some chasing sunsets is about as active as they get but it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s a lot to see and do!
Golf has a deep tradition in the lowcountry. In fact, the first Golf Club in America was established in 1786 in Charleston, South Carolina.
Life moves at a different pace in the lowcountry. Living on the water has its own rhythm, an ebb and flow like that of the tide. But that doesn’t mean there is nothing to do. If you’re not one to enjoy your day by simply relaxing on the porch or patio, Hilton Head Lakes and the surrounding region offer plenty of options to explore and enjoy life in the lowcountry.
Looking to add a splash of color to your patio or porch? Not sure where to begin? Consider containers. Many of South Carolina's iconic plants can be successfully grown in pots and today's garden centers have many lovely containers to choose from in all shapes and sizes.
Hilton Head Island is a popular tourist destination with more than 2.5 million visitors annually. Over the past few years the island has steadily become a popular place to call home. Currently more than 39,000 people call this small island home – and many are currently looking for Hilton Head Island homes to buy.
With each New Year comes the exciting promise of change. So many things to look forward to! So if your change for this new year is to buy a new home, look no further. If you’re on the prowl to find homes for sale in South Carolina, we’ve got you covered.
Retirement. It’s one milestone that everyone looks forward to at some point in their life. Usually during the chaos of life when you’re shuttling back and forth to work. It’s a time to slow down and enjoy life without the stress of career and kids. So what does this laid back milestone hold for most? Trends show that many people migrate to warmer climates during this phase of life.
In observation of Veterans Day today, our blog celebrates the selfless and profound individuals who’ve put their lives on the line to fight for our great nation.
Homes in Hilton Head SC are in high demand – trends show that it’s one of the fastest growing real estate markets in the US. There are currently more than 479 homes for sale, but before you make plans to purchase, see why many people are choosing to buy homes outside of Hilton Head.
Fishing is one of America’s favorite past times – approximately 37.4 million people report fishing as a favorite recreational activity. From rivers and ponds, to lakes and oceans, when it comes to Hilton Head fishing, there’s a mix of it all.
Lowcountry real estate is in demand. What was once the best kept secret of the south is now a sought out location. So what is the lowcountry and what makes it great? Let us tell you …
The holidays are just around the corner. As you make plans for this year, have you considered where you’d like to spend this wonderful time of year in the future? Consider a home at Hilton Head Lakes.