Spend a day experiencing coastal living at its finest by taking a day trip through the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Start your day with a morning bike ride through Old Town Bluffton, where you'll have ample opportunity to see dozens of Lowcountry-style homes with their signature front porches. Don't miss the gorgeous views of the May River located at the south end of downtown Bluffton.
Next, make your way up Boundary Street, which runs through the heart of Old Town Bluffton. Stop at the Heyward House Historic Preservation Center for a taste of Bluffton's history, or visit the many shops and art galleries on Calhoun Street, like The Storybook Shoppe, May River General Store and Eggs 'n' Tricities. Finish up with brunch at The Cottage or Old Town Dispensary.
After brunch, head to Hunting Island State Park, which is located just about an hour's drive from downtown Bluffton. Spend a couple of hours sunbathing or combing the beach; the five miles of beach at Hunting Island are perfect for collecting seashells and sharks' teeth. While you're there, don't miss the opportunity to climb the Hunting Island Lighthouse, one of the only lighthouses in South Carolina where visitors can get a bird's-eye view of what beaches looked like before commercial development.
Something about the beach always works up your appetite, and it's only fitting that you dine on the freshest seafood the Lowcountry has to offer. Nearby Beaufort and Port Royal have numerous seafood festivals during the year - especially in the fall - and they're a great way to experience local food, culture and personalities.
If you're not lucky to visit during one of the seafood festivals, there are a number of excellent restaurants in the area where you can enjoy an excellent meal, seafood or otherwise. Check out David's Crab House, 11th Street Dockside or Panini's on the Waterfront and conclude your day trip with a full stomach.