Scotland.’ Your only problem will be choosing which of the
fine courses to play. The Charleston area alone boasts 20
courses, golfer’s paradise Hilton Head Island has 21 public courses, plus a clutch of private and semi-private ones
and Kiawah Island has seven. Among the very best are the
Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, which will host the U.S.
PGA Championship in August 2012, and the challenging
Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island. www.discoversouthcarolina.com
10 Watch Dolphins on Kiawah Island Kiawah Island is probably one of the best places on the East Coast to get up close and
personal with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Kiawah Sailing
runs small charter eco tours from Bohicket Marina, between
Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. Their captains know the best
places to observe these playful creatures feeding and playing. If you are very lucky, you may witness them ‘strand
feeding’, where the dolphins herd a school of fish onto the
shore in order to feed, a behavior only documented along
the coast in South Carolina. Seeing these majestic creatures up close is an experience you are unlikely to forget.
11 Eat at a Backwater Crab Shack The South Carolina coastline is dotted with crab shacks, but only a very few are genuine
backwater eateries that have been serving great seafood for
generations. Bowen’s Island Restaurant is one of these, offering locally harvested roasted oysters, fried shrimp, Frogmore stew and hushpuppies all washed down with cold
beer. There are plenty more upscale places to eat local seafood, but if you’re after an authentic crab shack, this place,
located only 15 minutes from Folly Beach, is the real deal.
12 Buy a Sweet Grass Basket If you want to take home a unique hand- crafted souvenir of your time in the Lowcountry, buy one of the expertly woven sweet grass baskets
from the vendors in Charleston’s Old Market. Sweet grass
basket weaving came to South Carolina from Africa with
slaves over 300 years ago, and the tradition continued
throughout the plantation era. Today, it is maintained by
a small number of expert craftspeople who have handed
down their skills from generation to generation as a way of
keeping the local Gullah culture alive.
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