Sneak away to Hilton Head Island, where the beauty of the Lowcountry truly shines.
Only 20 miles northeast of Savannah, Georgia, sits the serene city of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where there is a strong connection to nature and the desire to maintain it. From all the opportunities for boating, kayaking, paddleboarding, and fishing to the fresh, local seafood that shapes the area’s cuisine, it’s the natural elements of Hilton Head that make it worth the trip and keep visitors coming back year after year.
The focus on nature at Hilton Head Island is intentional, and it has become a prototype worldwide for eco-friendly developments. In the 1950s, Charles Fraser, whose family owned much of the island, had a vision for planning a resort community there. He created the first Hilton Head family resort, Sea Pines Plantation, and focused on preserving the natural environment. Appreciation and respect for the beautiful habitat is evident in everything from a lack of streetlights to allow better stargazing to rules requiring that paint colors blend with natural surroundings. A height limit on buildings helps to maintain ocean views, and the focus on sustainability and preservation continues to give Hilton Head the sense of being untouched.