A Quick Trip Through Southern Heritage
The southern South Carolina coast is a region steeped in southern antebellum nostalgia. A short trip down coastal route 17 is perfect cross section of southern culture. Experience everything from the southern comfort cooking in the hundreds of restaurants dotting the region to one of the bed and breakfasts featuring southern hospitality.
The 60 mile trip between Charleston and Savanah offer the perfect southern daytrip under moss-draped oaks. Locally owned shops to stop off and browse for kitsch run the gamut from book stores, antique shops, pottery stores and furniture retailers.
Home to some of the best native trees for furniture building, the Lowlands are a haven for furniture enthusiasts and builders alike. Among the most solid, handmade wooden furniture available, the trees harvested in this region of the country include oak and a wide range of conifers. But in addition to the trees cut down and harvested are the long-felled swamp trees.
Because much of the backwoods in South Carolina is composed of peat swamp forest, fallen trees are not allowed to fully decay. This has to do with the high water table and subsequently waterlogged soil preventing oxygen levels from accumulating. The result is solid furniture with breathtaking grain patterns and knots.
Also on your way down the coast, be sure to stop off and visit the barrier islands. The Hilton Head Lowcountry resort island, serving as an entry point to the Port Royal Sound, offers some of the most spectacular golfing in the entire region. Meanwhile, Fripp Island has some of the best restaurants on the South Carolina Barrier Islands and very affordable real estate.