Pairing bourbon and bacon is a southern staple. The savory and sweet indulgences are a match made in pure southern love. Aside from the countless recipes, perhaps the true value of bourbon and bacon lies in expert tasting notes, generations of secrets, and a bit of southern humor. Purveyors have shared their expertise of bacon tasting, the best cuts, and tips to preserving the meat.
Whether you love them or hate them, oysters are a Lowcountry delicacy. Oyster season is upon us in the Lowcountry and we know this with the subtropical, humid climate along the South Carolina coast. These tidal variety oysters live in shallower areas along the coast, as well as in the salt marshes. Paddling among the Broad Creek is an easy place spot oysters. The temperature of the air dictates the temperature of the shallow water where oysters dwell. Oysters are too risky to eat in the summer months due to a rise in water temperature and the surrounding bacteria. The general rule is, oysters are safe to eat in any month ending in “R” plus Jan/Feb. This marks the kick off of oyster season and an exciting time for oyster lovers. Aside from oysters being an important industry for coastal communities, they also taste delicious and even have many nutritional benefits. People in the coastal areas associate oysters season with the cooler months into winter.
Keeping the holiday spirit alive even when there’s no snow in sight
The holiday season is a magical time, but for many of us in warmer climates, there is no sparkly snow, no crackling fire, and no cozy scarves and sweaters (at least without breaking into a furious sweat by 2pm). It can be tough to keep up your Christmas cheer when it’s warm and balmy out, especially if you’ve experienced those magical chilly winters. Well we’re here to help you amp up the spirit all season long. Read more
There’s something about an island, swimming pools, cold concoctions, sandy beaches and live music. One cannot deny the happiness a good, live music act can bring while guests enjoy happy hour or dinner on vacation. The Lowcountry is jam-packed with musical talent and on any given night there are solo, acoustic acts, duos, small ensembles and full out rock bands playing a variety of genres in bar and restaurant venues all around town. If you dig, laid-back island tunes, classic rock favorites, jazz, country, metal and alternative rock your stay on Hilton Head will be very satisfying.
As soon as you cross the bridge onto Hilton Head Island you will feel the Zen of a good vacation. Without being gaudy or sparkly, the island is still a dreamy mixture of luxury and natural simplicity. Emerald green, perfectly manicured gardens next to the wild dunes and weeping willows. You can opt for an afternoon of sunbathing and sparkling blue swimming pools, or get a little salty kayaking in the green marshes. Whatever you define as luxury, you deserve to have it – and we’re here to help you capture it on a budget.
The much anticipated family vacation has finally arrived and Mom & Dad, the in-laws, the four kids convey a care-free attitude as they embark on their travel to the award-winning, foot-shaped sea island of Hilton Head. With the weather forecast looking good and the stresses of work and a busy home life in the rearview mirror, the family imagines their days making memories that will be cherished from year to year. Last year’s trip didn’t include the grandparents and the youngest had not yet made her arrival. The twins are now teenagers and their siblings, a toddler and a baby will be a handful. Suddenly the thought of pleasing everyone seemed like an impossible task. Could Mom and Dad sneak away some alone time? Would there be fun teen activities for the oldest two? How could the little ones find safe and age appropriate activities? Would there be family friendly activities that the entire group could enjoy together? We all love the entertainment value of Chevy Chase with his on-screen family all eye rolling as he attempts to drag them on his planned itinerary in the classic hit, National Lampoon’s Vacation. Those kinds of hilarious moments belong on the big screen but not in the annual family vacation memories!
“To market, to market to buy a fat pig, home again, home again jiggity jig. To market, to market to buy a plum bun, home again, home again market is done,” The well-known nursery rhyme captures the simplicity and long-lived tradition of the farmer’s market. The modern farmers market has evolved into an experience that is a treat for the senses. It is a weekly hullabaloo that brings the farmers and the community together through food, art and music while supporting the environment and local economy. From big cities to sleepy, coastal towns awaits some of the most celebrated farmers markets to be discovered. Whether you are hungry and drop in for lunch or dinner, are grocery shopping or merely browsing you will have a memorable time. Read more
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