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A flat-screen TV, classical music, freshly fluffed pillows topped with a mint: The amenities would have even the most discerning hotel guests drooling.

Of course, drooling is second nature to the four-legged visitors at Southpaw Pet Resort on Hilton Head Island’s north end — especially when there are treats involved.

Animal LeagueAIR TRAVEL OPENS NEW DOOR FOR SHELTER DOGS HELPED BY PALMETTO ANIMAL LEAGUE

Palmetto Animal League has spent years working on strategies to get homeless animals adopted: An extensive foster care network, a spay/neuter program, an easy-to-access adoption center.

But it’s the nonprofit group’s latest strategy that’s really taking off. PAL’s transport program turns to “freedom flights” to send at-risk shelter animals in Beaufort, Jasper and nearby counties to no-kill shelters in the north that are less crowded.

THE DISCOVERY MAKES MARINE EDUCATION FUN

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Some of the Lowcountry’s future marine biologists will have discovered their vocation on the Discovery, which takes kids out on the water to do real science.

Educational excursions aboard the 45-foot catamaran have offered students from May River High School, Hilton Head Christian Academy, Hilton Head Preparatory School and other area public and private schools what environmental educators call “placebased” lessons — their focus is the natural environment where the kids live.

Ebenezer“Ebenezer Has a Word for Everything”

WRITTEN BY CHELSEA ROWE / ILLUSTRATED BY FRANK DORMER

Chelsea Rowe always wanted to be a writer. She had written for newspapers and magazines in the past, but whe she began home-schooling her four kids, she realized she wanted to write a children’s book.

“I was reading a lot of stuff that frankly, I didn’t love,” Rowe said about the books she read to her children. “I felt like you could combine education with fun and humor, and it would be enjoyable for a child to read.”

This season is all about color, patterns and texture. From pale peach to saturated corals and periwinkle, there is a look for every mood.

TRAVEL MAGAZINES BOOST HILTON HEAD’S BRAND

In a time when so-called influencers can boost or burst reputations with one or two keystrokes, Hilton Head Island has drawn award-winning acclaim in national travel publications.

The island continues to receive accolades from readers — and probably their families and friends, too — in some of the country’s most well-known travel magazines. For example, over the past several years Hilton Head has been labeled the “No. 1 Island in the Continental U.S.” by Travel + Leisure, the “Best Island in the U.S.” by Conde Nast Traveler, and the “South’s Best Beach Town” by Southern Living.

The arrival of July has ushered in an all-out invasion of visitors to the island. And while this annual onslaught does wonders for the local economy, it takes a well-regulated militia of workers to prepare for the tourists who choose to vacation here. To see how things were going on the front lines, Monthly checked in with some of the island's fearless foot soldiers.

Adding a pool this summer? Here are a few trends to keep in mind:

DARK INTERIORS

Dark interior finishes will continue to be a big trend in 2019. Historically, dark interiors have been reserved for high-end hotels and spas, but there has been a recent increase in homeowner demand.  The dark interiors are often made of tile and styled with natural features like rocks or waterfalls to create the essence of a relaxing lagoon. These darker finishes also have functional qualities, as they attract and retain heat more effectively as well as mask any dirt or debris.

TAKE A WALKING TOUR THROUGH HISTORY

Some of the greatest secrets of Savannah are hidden in plain sight along the oak-lined streets of the city’s historic district. Its squares are a prominent feature of the district, and their unique history and Southern charm make them must-see destinations.

Savannah’s founder, Gen. James Oglethorpe, designed the city in a grid pattern to allow for easy navigation and growth while encouraging citizens to get out and about. Johnson Square was Savannah’s first established square, dating back to 1733. And while back then the city’s squares served two purposes — gathering spots for local residents and practice area for the militia — today they are serene spots to sit and observe the city.

THERE’S NO NEED TO PACK A TOWEL FOR THESE SUMMER ACTIVITIES. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HAVE A BLAST ON DRY LAND.

There’s a lot to be said for dry land. For one, it’s dry. You can have all the fun you want without having to pack a bathing suit and a towel and you don’t wind up with water in your ear.

And in the Lowcountry, there’s no limit to the good times you can have without ever once touching the waves. Whether you’re looking to improve your handicap, spend a little quality time with the family or discover the island’s history, enjoyment awaits. Get out there and find it.