TOWNS GREAT FOR SNOW­BIRDS

The Island Packet - - Front Page - BY LISA WIL­SON lwil­[email protected]­land­packet.com

More snow­birds may find out that Beau­fort County lo­cales are a trea­sure, thanks to two re­cent travel site list­ings.

Many res­i­dents think of Hil­ton Head and Beau­fort as hid­den gems — busy, but not too busy — es­pe­cially dur­ing the off-sea­son win­ter months.

How­ever, more snow­birds may find out that Beau­fort County lo­cales are a trea­sure, thanks to two re­cent list­ings.

Ex­pe­dia’s AARP Travel Cen­ter picked Beau­fort as one of its “9 Places for Snow­birds to Es­cape to This Win­ter,” and the House Method dig­i­tal mag­a­zine says Hil­ton Head Is­land is among “20 Small Towns Per­fect for a Win­ter Get­away.”

“While much of the state is oc­ca­sion­ally sub­jected to con­di­tions that closely re­sem­ble a true win­ter cli­mate, Beau­fort rides out the win­ter with ease,” the post on Ex­pe­dia.com says. (Per­haps the word “usu­ally” should be added to that sen­tence af­ter last Jan­uary’s Low­coun­try snow­storm.)

The writ­ers rec­om­mend snow­birds take in the an­te­bel­lum ar­chi­tec­ture and specif­i­cally men­tion the Robert Smalls House, Tabby Manse and the John Mark Verdier House.

Other attractions that get a shout-out are Hunt­ing Is­land State Park and the Ka­zoo­bie Ka­zoo Fac­tory and Mu­seum.

Among the other cities Ex­pe­dia and AARP touted as best for snow­birds are Mesa, Ari­zona; Orange Beach, Alabama; and Clear­wa­ter, Florida.

HIL­TON HEAD IS­LAND

House Method, which tests and re­views home and well­ness prod­ucts and

also of­fers de­sign and lifestyle in­spi­ra­tion, calls Hil­ton Head “the per­fect win­ter des­ti­na­tion for those who want to skip the sum­mer tourist rush.”

In ad­di­tion to Hil­ton Head, the pub­li­ca­tion also likes Charleston’s bou­tique ho­tels and restau­rants and Wilm­ing­ton, North Carolina’s art scene and brew­eries.

It rec­om­mends vis­i­tors to Hil­ton Head get out­doors. Among the sug­ges­tions are pad­dling the la­goon at Pal­metto Dunes, hit­ting one of the is­land’s many world-class golf cour­ses or bird­watch­ing on Pinck­ney Is­land.

“We at House Method be­lieve that, wher­ever you go, a beau­ti­ful and unique en­vi­ron­ment is key to the ex­pe­ri­ence,” the pub­li­ca­tion says. “... Off-sea­son vis­its are won­der­fully peace­ful, an op­por­tu­nity to en­joy this quiet is­land for its marshy At­lantic beauty and take full ad­van­tage of killer ho­tel rates.”

This isn’t the first time the Beau­fort County mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties get a nod from na­tional web­sites.

Ear­lier this year, South­ern Liv­ing re­ported that Beau­fort was among its reader-se­lected Best Small Towns and the South’s Friendli­est Towns. CBS called it one of the most ro­man­tic get­aways and TripAd­vi­sor named the city one of the “most charm­ing South­ern va­ca­tions you need to ex­pe­ri­ence.”

In Oc­to­ber, Condé Nast Trav­eler an­nounced Hil­ton Head earned the top spot in the 2018 Read­ers’ Choice “Best Is­lands in the U.S.” poll for the sec­ond year in a row. Ear­lier this year, Travel + Leisure mag­a­zine read­ers voted Hil­ton Head Is­land “Best Is­land” in the con­ti­nen­tal United States in 2018 for the third year in a row.

The house once owned by Robert Smalls, at 511 Prince St. in Beau­fort, is be­ing fea­tured by HGTV.

KATHERINE KOKAL [email protected]­land­packet.com

The iconic Har­bour Town light­house. House Method, which tests and re­views home and well­ness prod­ucts and also of­fers de­sign and lifestyle in­spi­ra­tion, calls Hil­ton Head “the per­fect win­ter des­ti­na­tion for those who want to skip the sum­mer tourist rush.”

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