At the top of the Lowcountry lies the port city of Charleston.
Charleston is one of the most popular tourist destinations on
the east coast. Known for its beautiful antebellum mansions
along the battery, colorful rainbow row, old French quarter
and straw market, Charleston breathes history. It is the place
where the first cannons retorted to mark the beginning of
the Civil War. You can stroll along the battery and see Fort
Sumter across Charleston Harbor, and imagine the cannons
firing the first shots in April of 1861.
Charleston, also the known as the ‘The Holy City’ due
to the religious tolerance of its early citizens, is dotted with
the steeples of many beautiful churches including the iconic
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.
Charleston is not only history though. Many of the new
visitors come hungry, which is a good thing. Charleston is
known for its many incredible restaurants and chefs with their
modern takes on traditional Lowcountry cuisine. Charleston
is also a city of the arts. Each May, it hosts the world-renowned
Spoleto festival. Founded in 1977 by Pulitzer Prize-winning
Italian composer Gian Carlo Menotti, Christopher Keene
and others, it was created as an American counterpart to the
annual Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. Each May, the
multi-week celebration brings the best in opera, theater, music
and visual arts to this historic Lowcountry city.
If you travel south from Charleston about 70 miles, you
will find yourself in the quintessential Lowcountry town of
Beaufort, SC. In fact, it has played the part in print and in
Beaufort was the birthplace of the Secessionist movement, which helped bring about the Civil War. Beaufort,
pronounced ‘bewfart’ was the location of the first meeting
to draft the Ordinance of Secession, which took place at the
Milton Maxey House, today known as the Secession House.
More recently, it has been featured in the New York Times,
named “Best Small Southern Town” by Southern Living
and named a “Top 25 Small City Arts Destination” by
American Style, with close to 20 galleries downtown adding
to the arts landscape. It is also a popular sport fishing
and adventure destination. But, perhaps you may already
know Beaufort; it is the setting of many Pat Conroy novels
including The Prince of Tides, which was also filmed there.
In fact, Beaufort has served as the location backdrop for
films such as Forrest Gump, The Great Santini, The Big
Chill, GI Jane, Platoon and Forces of Nature.
If you love golf, the Lowcountry is for you. A bit further
down the coast, just north of Savannah, lies Hilton Head
Island, and it is a vacationers dream. Hilton Head consists of
twelve miles of unspoiled Atlantic beaches and golf courses
designed by golf royalty such as Palmer, Fazio, Dye and
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