LOOK OUT YOUR WINDOWS FOR GREAT DECORATING IDEAS

With its year-round natural beauty, the Lowcountry offers abundant choices for holiday decorating — endless colors, fragrances, textures and other elements that can be used to welcome the season. 

Inspiration for making and decorating garlands, wreaths, Christmas trees, planters, mailboxes, mantels and front doors is everywhere — in your yard and the nearby woods as well as at local nurseries. 

WEICHERT REALTORS OPENS NEW LOCATION, ADDS FOUR

Weichert Realtors Coastal Properties recently cut the ribbon to its new office in Old Town Bluffton, at 1250 May River Road. Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Bill Miles, Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka, agents, clients and staff gathered to celebrate the grand opening. 

Weichert Realtors Coastal Properties also welcomes Kathryn Hickey, Darlene Johnson, Kim McElman and Evie Schoepf as real estate professionals. 

AREA GROWERS HELP RESIDENTS EAT LOCAL

Thanks to the nationwide focus on health and wellness, many Lowcountry residents want to know where their food comes from and want to support the local economy by supporting nearby family farms. Eating locally can both reduce your carbon footprint and ensure that your fruits and vegetables are as fresh and tasty as possible. 

Luckily, there are several farms producing fresh food right here in the Lowcountry. Here are just a few: 

SEA PINES WINS AWARDS, WILL ELECT BOARD MEMBERS

Sea Pines Country Club has again received Distinguished Club recognition from BoardRoom magazine. The Distinguished Clubs program uses a rating system that recognizes facilities, management and staff based on member experience. In July, the Sea Pines club celebrated its newly unveiled state-of-the-art fitness facility.

VACATION RENTALS GET HELP WITH TAX COLLECTION

Lowcountry homeowners in the short-term vacation rental business have many options when it comes to managing their properties, like private management companies or web-based marketplaces like VRBO and Airbnb. 

Now, those homeowners are getting some help when it comes to taxes. 

FIRE FEATURES CREATE COZY SETTINGS

Lowcountry residents love their outdoor living spaces, especially at this time of year: The air is crisp and the temperature drops starting in the late afternoon as darkness falls. Sitting by an open fire when it’s chilly outside is many people’s idea of a perfect fall or winter evening. Lowcountry homeowners head to their backyards, patios or decks to enjoy the season and good company. 

BLUFFTON GARDENER GROWS HOBBY INTO A BUSINESS

Orchids, like the ever-popular Lowcountry architectural style, come in countless styles and variations. 

In fact, the only thing the 30,000 or so orchid species in the world have in common is that each has three petals, three sepals and one lip. Other than that, each varietal has its own bloom color, size and shape, as well as fragrance and foliage. 

SPANISH WELLS CELEBRATES 50 YEARS

Spanish Wells on Hilton Head Island is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and Broad Creek, the private community is home to 200 families. The original Spanish Wells Club golf course, opened in 1969 as a 9-hole par 36 course, was designed by George Cobb. It was re-designed by Clyde Johnston in 2005. Spanish Wells offers a pier and deep-water dock, tennis, swimming, kayak storage and a clubhouse with pro shop. 

PROTECT YOUR HOME WITH THESE FALL MAINTENANCE TIPS

WHEN TEMPERATURES IN THE LOWCOUNTRY COOL OFF A BIT IN OCTOBER, HOME MAINTENANCE BECOMES LESS OF A CHORE. TAKE SOME TIME NOW TO DO NEEDED TASKS WHILE THE WEATHER IS BEAUTIFUL. HERE’S A CHECKLIST OF FALL HOME MAINTENANCE TASKS:

HAVE YOUR ROOF INSPECTED

Make sure it’s still doing well. Maintaining your roof can prevent leaks and extend its life. 

BERKELEY HALL PLANTS SEEDS FOR GARDEN’S SUCCESS

As an experienced and visionary horticulturist, Kayne Hoecht sees the beauty and vitality in flowers, plants, shrubs and trees. His green thumb can be observed and appreciated throughout Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton, especially when members and guests come upon the magnificent 1-acre Savannah Gardens. 

It’s the 980-acre property’s signature showpiece.