Life is better at the beach

At the Helm

LORI-GOODRIDGE-juneGrowing up, I always looked forward to our summer vacations spent on Hilton Head. Our family usually stayed at Turtle Lane Club in Sea Pines, across the street from a wooded path that led straight to the beach.

The beach was like heaven for us kids. So beautiful with so many things to do! We built sand castles, we buried each other in the sand, we checked out the sea critters in tidal pools, we inspected what washed up on the beach — all the stuff kids do here.

We moved here permanently in 1986 and I was lucky enough to raise two beach kids on the same sand I loved as a child.

Going to the beach with children was more difficult back then. There was no beach matting or any of the fancy contraptions you see today for hauling chairs, coolers, toys, umbrellas and the thousands of other things you need for a beach day with kids. Parents today have no idea how good they have it.

Setting up was a struggle, but it was always worth it. The beach at low tide has to be the best place in the world for a kid to experience total freedom. I considered myself such a great parent for raising my kids in this environment, so of course, both grew up and moved away to the mountains!

A good portion of this magazine is dedicated to our beautiful beaches, the people who spend time on them, beach wildlife and beach games. We also break down the differences between the different beaches of the island. Searching for the best waves? Check out Folly Field Beach. Want privacy? Mitchelville Beach is for you. Riding a bike? North Forest and South Forest beaches can’t be beat.

June is the start of tourist season. It’s also the start of hurricane season. If you live here or will be visiting during that time, you need to have a plan in place, just in case. Inside you will find useful tips for what to do before, during and after a storm.

You will also find an expanded bridal section with stories on summer weddings and the hottest trends of 2015. Homeowners will be interested in the special kitchen and bath content we have on page 92.

We also take a closer look at the Circle to Circle Committee everybody has been talking about, get the scoop on island magician Gary Maurer, test ride the new golf bikes at Palmetto Dunes and share our favorite spots for summer salads.

And don’t forget that Father’s Day is coming up on June 21. Find the perfect gift for your dad on page 64. Have a fantastic summer!