Beaches, golf courses, tennis, and fresh seafood are abundant on Hilton Head Island, SC - not to mention first-rate resorts, off-the-beaten-path adventures like jet skiing, kayaking, paddleboarding, zip-lining, and cruises to see bottlenose dolphins.
DAY 1: HIT THE BEACH AND THE LINKS
Right out the back door of all of the island's resorts are pristine, sandy beaches. There are 12 miles of beaches on Hilton Head Island waiting to be explored.
Hit the links on one of 33 world-class, championship golf courses. Many of the destination's numerous public and private courses were sculpted by such legends as Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Pete Dye, and Jack Nicklaus. Golf has been a Lowcountry tradition since Scottish immigrants organized America's first golf club in South Carolina in 1786.
DAY 2: GET IN MOTION
Not only are there more than 60 miles of multiuse trails for your group to enjoy, but biking on the beach is popular as well. Getting your group in the saddle will be easy, as all of the resorts have bikes available for rent, not to mention the nearly 30 bicycle rental shops with more than 15,000 bicycles on the island.
Get a glimpse into the Gullah Geechee history, culture, customs, and songs at the Gullah Museum, housed in a small, blue house that was built for William Simmons, also known as "Bubba Duey," on land purchased with the money his formerly enslaved grandfather earned by enlisting in the Civil War.
DAY 3: STEP BACK IN TIME
After a guided tour of the Cole-Heyward House, one of only eight remaining antebellum homes in the area, it's time for a stroll down picturesque, oak-lined streets to learn about the history, architecture, and cultural heritage of Old Town Bluffton.
The evolution of freedom is on display at Mitchelville, the first self-governed freedman's town in America. It is here in 1862 that a group of escaped slaves created its own self-governed town on the grounds of the former Drayton Plantation on the Island.
This article appears in the January 2017 issue of Successful Meetings.