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Spring is here, which means warmer weather, more time spent outdoors, and memorable trips. Whether you’re planning a week-long vacation with the family or a weekend getaway, the Lowcountry is ripe with opportunity for leisure and adventure. As long-time experts in the Lowcountry’s finest communities, we created this guide to help you select the ideal destination and ultimately make the most of your well-deserved vacation.


Foodies, history buffs, and art lovers: this one’s for you. Beautiful Charleston is a must-visit for those seeking cultured experiences.

The food scene in Charleston is one of the best on the East Coast, with classic Lowcountry cuisine that feeds both body and soul.

Teeming with historical landmarks, enjoy spending your days meandering through cobblestone streets and discovering stories of days gone by. Both self-guided exploration and official tours will leave you with an appreciation for the vibrant heritage of the Holy City.

If architecture and art are your passion, Charleston will not disappoint. Have your camera ready for architectural standouts like Saint Michael’s Church and Rainbow Row, among countless other icons. Booking a horse-drawn carriage will help you cover more ground and provide a fun photo op as well.

Looking for the perfect artisanal gift? The Charleston City Market is your best bet. Here, over 300 local vendors display and sell their work. Support a local maker and pick up a unique souvenir to take home with you while you’re at it!

Charleston is overflowing with activity options, so ultimately you can tailor your trip to your preferences. Whether you’re visiting as a family, a couple, or a group of friends, this lively location covers all the bases.

Hilton Head Island

If you’re a nature lover, avid golfer, or family who’s looking for some fun, Hilton Head Island might be calling your name.

The island is nationally recognized for its expansive beaches, which are perfect for swimming, playing beach volleyball, taking a long stroll or bike ride, and much more. With upscale resorts and vacation rentals, the overall experience offered by Hilton Head Island is second to none on the East Coast. 

Hilton Head Island is also a highly sought-after destination for golfers. With several championship golf courses designed by some of the biggest names in the sport, Hilton Head is the annual host of the highly-anticipated RBC Heritage tournament, which draws world class golf pros and enthusiasts alike.

During your stay, you’ll enjoy plenty of opportunities for shopping among the charming boutiques at Coligny Plaza and Shelter Cove Towne Centre. Local dining options are unique and expansive, ranging from high-end seafood, to fusion restaurants, to casual coastal cuisine, and everything in between.

Palmetto Bluff

Palmetto Bluff is the Lowcountry’s premier destination for those seeking a combination of luxury, privacy, outdoor adventure, fine dining, and so much more. Situated amid 20,000 acres, Palmetto Bluff offers the opportunity to enjoy a tranquil getaway amid jaw-dropping natural beauty. 

For the ultimate Palmetto Bluff experience, check out Montage Palmetto Bluff, which was recently ranked the #1 resort in the South by Condé Nast Traveler. A charming selection of cottages are also available for short-term rental within the Montage program. Classically designed with coastal flair, a stay in a Montage cottage will give you a taste of what it’s like to live in Palmetto Bluff.  

A defining feature of Palmetto Bluff is the access the community provides to unparalleled natural beauty. Spacious parks, nature trails, and waterfront views offer ample opportunities for getting outdoors and recouping from the hustle and bustle of life. You can take your time exploring these spots yourself, or you can hop on a guided walk or bike ride for a fully immersive experience. 

Of course, no trip to the Lowcountry is complete without spending time on the water. Rentals and tours are available through Montage or Outside Palmetto Bluff, with options for kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, boating, and beyond. 

Time spent relaxing doesn’t have to mean time spent lounging around (although that’s always an option). Get active with pickleball, racquetball, a workout class, and more at Montage. Organized activities involving fitness or hobbies are a specialty of Palmetto Bluff, with activity groups and community events daily. 

The May River Golf Club (available exclusively to Montage visitors or members of the club) is a golfer’s paradise. The 18-hole championship course, which was designed by Jack Nicklaus and is set against the May River, beautifully integrates with the Lowcountry landscape. If you’re not a member of the club or staying at Montage, you’ll still be able to enjoy some time on a Lowcountry course. Check out other local options here.

Palmetto Bluff’s restaurants and shops are local, upscale, and welcoming, making for one-of-a-kind experiences at every turn. For a complete guide to Palmetto Bluff dining options, click here

All Things Lowcountry

Whether you’re seeking more information about the local lifestyle or ready to relocate, our Lowcountry real estate team is deeply invested in our community and would love to be your go-to for all things Bluffton and beyond. Let’s connect today! Give us a call at 843-757-7712 or email info@usserygroup.com to get started with our team.