I recently purchased a painting by an artist from the S.C. Lowcountry. Can you tell me more about this area? We want to stay five days around the first of July in this area but have no idea what attractions there are for us. - Sue, Venice, Fla.
is made up of South Carolina’s four southernmost counties, bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by the Savannah River and Georgia. Traveling through this beautiful coastal region will bring you to some of the state’s most atmospheric towns and beaches.
The area offers a variety of different attractions. Art lovers will appreciate a stop in Walterboro at the South Carolina Artisan Center
, and the town is filled with antique shops, perfect for an afternoon of browsing.
If you like history and architecture, head to Beaufort and sister city Port Royal
. In addition to the lovely waterfront scenery you’ll find a marvelous collection of antebellum homes spared destruction during the Civil War.
Nearby, military enthusiasts will find Parris Island
, a Marine training depot with an excellent museum that traces the history of the Marine Corps.
Hilton Head Island
offers miles of sandy beaches, great golf, shopping, and art galleries. The Coastal Discovery Museum
gives an overview of the area’s history and ecology, as well as nature trails, a heritage garden and special tours.
But the real draw of the entire region is the unique natural attractions: moss covered live oak trees, salt marshes, cypress swamps and ocean views.
For more information on planning your Lowcountry vacation visit www.southcarolinalowcountry.com