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January 3, 2023 • Bluffton

Lowcountry Living: Winter Wellness & Recreation

Moderate temperatures, clear blue skies, and camellias in bloom – no, it’s not spring. It’s winter in the Lowcountry! Aside from the occasional cold snap, there’s no time to hibernate here while blissfully uncrowded beaches, trails, and waterways await. Here are four ways to embrace the season and live well this winter.

Winter Water Activities in the Lowcountry

Residents and visitors in the Lowcountry flock to the water from late spring to early fall, but its restorative qualities are not bound to a season. With options like kayaking, paddle boarding, and boat cruises, the water is accessible year-round here, even if you don’t have your own equipment. Companies like Coastal Expeditions, located in Charleston, SC offer a variety of rentals and guided tours.

Horseback Riding in the Lowcountry

The Lowcountry is home to noteworthy equestrian facilities for the serious rider, like Palmetto Bluff‘s renowned Longfield Stables. If you’re a relative newbie, try a trail ride at Hilton Head Island’s Lawton Stables. The perfect combination of scenic and stimulating, their guided trail ride explores the 600+ acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve.

Winter Golfing in the Lowcountry

The Lowcountry is synonymous with world-class golf, and for good reason. Home to some of the best courses in the country, like the two-time PGA championship site, The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island and Sea Pines Resort, host of the RBC Heritage, the Lowcountry’s mild winters allow for pleasant play all year. 

Bicycling in the Lowcountry

From beaches to trails to historic downtowns, cycling is an active way to enjoy the Lowcountry’s various landscapes. Cruise past Savannah’s famed downtown squares and make your way around 30-acre Forsyth Park, or venture out to Tybee Island for a breezy-beach ride. 

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