Netflix’ latest sensation Outer Banks features a thrilling treasure hunt with the underlying theme of a classic David versus Goliath tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. While the storyline has all the ingredients to keep you clicking, “Yes, I’m Still Watching,” what really sets this series apart is the setting. The breathtaking views of sunsets over marsh grass, shrimp boats floating in the marina and stunning historical architecture that shape the stories of John B., his crew of local “Pogues,” and their wealthy “Kook” nemeses were captured in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
An OBX Inspired Weekend in South Carolina
As you watch, you’ll see signature South Carolina views of the Morris Island and Hunting Island lighthouses, the Carolina Belle on the Charleston Harbor, scenes of Shem Creek and the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort, and Lowndes Grove Plantation as the infamous Tanneyhill homestead. If the beautiful world of “OBX” has you daydreaming of discovering some Lowcountry views for yourself, we’ve got some ideas for planning your very own South Carolina adventure.
A Pogue-Style Weekend
In the show, the Pogues are the true OBX locals. They know all the best fishing spots, local haunts and hidden gems. They appreciate the history and natural beauty of their surroundings, and they’re always up for an adventure. To experience South Carolina like a laid-back local, here are some ideas for your visit.
Arrive in Charleston on Friday evening, and check into your rental house right on the water on Folly Beach. Often referred to as “The Edge of America,” Folly is known for being one of the most relaxed destinations you’ll ever have the pleasure to visit. After settling in, grab dinner at the iconic Folly Beach Pier. The live music, ocean breeze and fresh-off-the-boat menu of Pier 101 Restaurant & Bar will easily acclimate you to the relaxed pace of your weekend escape.
Start the morning off with a walk on the beach. Seeing the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean with views of the Morris Island Lighthouse in the distance will be an experience you won’t soon forget. Folly is also home to surprisingly great surfing because of "The Washout," a natural phenomenon that was created when Hurricane Hugo washed away a block of beachfront homes, allowing the wind to blow unimpeded across the shore.
Spend the morning surfing while learning from the best at McKevlin’s, the oldest surf shop on the East Coast. Or if surfing isn’t your game, rent a paddleboard from FB Watersports. Then head out to find a fun lunch spot and bohemian boutiques as you bike along Center Street, shopping for keepsakes and searching for the best ice cream cone.
Finish your day strong on a sunset cruise with Water Music Charters. As any local will tell you, the best place to be for a Lowcountry sunset is on the water.
Dive in to some of Charleston’s history when you take a tour of Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island. Fort Moultrie is a series of fortifications that have remained relatively unchanged since the Revolutionary War. Interestingly, Edgar Allan Poe was stationed here for a year, and the island was the setting of his short story, “The Gold-Bug.”
And in keeping with that theme, grab a bite of lunch at Poe’s Tavern, so named for the famed American writer whose style is reflected in the decor and style of the restaurant.
It wouldn’t be a Lowcountry vacation without a sea-to-table dining experience. Sing for your supper by trying your hand at crabbing like the locals on the Station 16 community dock. After a day in the sun, head back to the house and spend the evening savoring your own catch of the day family-style with your crew as the sun sets on a perfectly Pogue vacation in South Carolina.
A Kook-Style Weekend
In comparison, the Kooks of the OBX like to live life to the fullest, yet they can always find ways to relax and indulge as one only can on vacation. If pampering is a priority for you, and you don’t mind splurging on travel experiences, then this Kook-Style vacation in South Carolina might be just the ticket.
Check in to The Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island. While there are several accommodations to choose from, you’ll find a wide array of rental homes just a walk or short bike ride from the resort’s five miles of pristine beach, many offering a beautiful fairway view or a sparkling lagoon beyond the back deck.
Have a champagne toast to your first dinner on the island at Coast, a luxury venue with oceanfront views and coastal flavors that will set the tone for your one-of-a-kind vacation on America’s Favorite Island.
Hilton Head Island is known for world-class golf and Sea Pines features three unique and highly-acclaimed courses. Spend the morning playing the crown jewel and highly favored home of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links.
In the afternoon, enjoy perusing gorgeous clothing stores, fabulous gift shops and delightful home accessories and artwork. With boutiques, galleries and gift shops encircling the yacht basin at Harbour Town, you’ll discover a shopping experience that is uniquely Hilton Head.
After a day at the resort, venture out to get a taste of the season’s freshest ingredients at Chef Clayton Rollison’s Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar. The restaurant serves “American Bistro with Southern Soul” and the menu can change as often as daily. You’ll love his elevated take on Southern fried chicken and shrimp and grits, but nothing is more indulgent than the local favorite and must-try menu item, “bread cheese.”
Start your Sunday by pampering yourself at LeSpa at the Sea Pines Resort, where you can enjoy world-class services in a luxurious and relaxing ambiance before you head out for the day’s activities.
Take a short drive to Bluffton, settled on the banks of the May River and just minutes from the island. Bluffton is a quiet town, and as you walk through the streets blanketed in shadows from the Spanish moss-draped trees, you’ll experience a true sense of the Lowcountry’s particular magic.
Climb aboard your private boat tour with Outside Palmetto Bluff to spend your final day the only way it should be spent — on the water. Keep an eye out for the dolphins you’ll likely encounter throughout the trip.
There’s no better place to end your Kook weekend in South Carolina’s Lowcountry than at the Montage Palmetto Bluff. After browsing the shops for a quick-change Val and Vlad style, enjoy a farewell dinner at Octagon. The elevated Carolina flavors, signature cocktails and attentive hospitality will make an impression that is certain to bring you back to the Palmetto State very soon.