The countdown to summer vacation has begun, and with it the annual question faced by all parents: What are we going to do with the kids? Whether you’re looking to ship the kids off for a whole week, or just get them out of the house for a few hours so they don’t spend the whole day watching Netflix, there is a great selection of summer camps right here in the Lowcountry.

Sea cows making their spring trip to local waters

Most people think of manatees as lazily floating about the waterways of Florida. But each spring, these docile creatures get the urge to travel.

Their search for cooler waters brings them north, with many making Beaufort County rivers and estuaries their summer homes. Some migrate as far as Cape Cod, until fall and winter temperatures send them back to Florida’s warmer waters.

Photography Lisa and Mark Staff / Styling Roxanne Madere Gilleland / Models Katie Casey, Mike Casey, Kety Marquez, Mackenzie Hilton, Cheyenne Wright, Leslie Hughes, Jock Miller, Marianna Elizabeth Epps / Makeup Maria Noel Bagnulo of Head Makeup Artistry and Esthetics / Hair Rebecca Bianchi of Le Spa of Sea Pines / Special thanks Harbour Town Yacht Club and Mike Casey for use of his boat

Still searching for just the right outfit for the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing? The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce's Chamber Fashion Week has you covered.

There’s no question that Bluffton and Hilton Head Island are well-known for their beauty and for being among the best places in the country to live, retire and vacation. Here are just a few of the latest headlines praising the area, according to the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce:

Local Rotary clubs work together to improve Lowcountry life

FOR 50 YEARS, the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club has been pitching in and raising money to improve the community and the lives of residents.

Since buying Hilton Head’s first ambulance, the club has raised more than $1.7 million for local needs and helped make possible such mainstay institutions as the Island Recreation Center and a permanent home for charitable organization The Deep Well Project.

Advanced degrees linked to better health, community involvement and well-being

Knowledge is power.

And the power of higher education can last a lifetime.

People who earn college degrees not only are more likely to have higher-paying jobs and increased job security, but also health insurance, retirement savings and other benefits, according to the College Board’s “Education Pays 2016” report. The nonprofit group’s study also links education to better health, community involvement and well-being. 

The family that plays together, stays together. In the Lowcountry, it’s easy to find plenty of ways to do just that. 

Hilton Head Island has been a favorite family vacation destination for generations. And it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Last year alone, Hilton Head was named among one of the “30 Best Beaches for Families” by and “Best Family Vacation Spots” by U.S. News & World Report, and was featured as a family-friendly destination in Carolina Parent, Traveling Mom and NY Metro Parent, among others. This doesn’t include the dozens of other “best of” lists that Hilton Head Island was named to, or the awards garnered in respecting publications like Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler.   

Love of country a lifeline of humanity for many Lowcountry residents

The United States of America may not feel all that united at the moment, but one thing’s for sure: Patriotism is alive and well, even if it looks very different to different people.


Furry friends make many Lowcountry residents kinder, healthier and happier

Darlene Schuetz, who runs Hospice Care of the Lowcountry’s Hos-Pets Pet Therapy program, has an endless supply of stories to illustrate the power of pets. But the one that sticks out involves her own dog, a Great Dane named Milo.