Experience Winter Wonders in South Carolina’s Lowcountry

Hang up your down coat. Store your hats and gloves. Pack away those snow boots. In South Carolina’s Lowcountry, winters are mild. (The Charleston area boasts an average high temperature of 58 degrees in January.) This opens the doors to adventure — whether inside or out — all season long.

oysters-tableIn the Mood for Food?

Fresh local ingredients both from the sea and the land — are always at the heart of Lowcountry cooking. You can take a culinary tour of the region during Charleston Restaurant Week, sponsored by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, from January 7 – 18. This year’s event boasts 140 participating eateries offering delicious prix fixe lunch and dinner menus.

Ready for some serious shellfish? The Lowcountry Oyster Festival will serve up 80,000 pounds of the tasty marine morsel on January 25. So make plans to take part in this festival that the Southeastern Tourism Society named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast.”

Memorable dining is on the menu when you book Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Golf or Gourmet Escape, available through February 27. Guests who take the Gourmet option enjoy two nights of luxurious accommodations and two dinners in award-winning restaurant at the resort.

Time To Be Active

After all of that decadent eating, you may want to amp up your workout regimen. South Carolina’s Lowcountry offers ample opportunity to sweat off some pounds all winter long.

You can ease into motion by strolling the Charleston Battery and touring its historic homes. A kaleidoscope of colors can be seen along the waterfront, plus monuments and artifacts from long ago. Meandering through the downtown streets and capturing all the sights and sounds of this beautiful destination will be so much easier now that the seasonal crowds have thinned.

If a marathon has always been on your bucket list, the 5th Annual Charleston Marathon is being held January 16 – 18. If you need more training time to get in top form, you can make plans now for the Kiawah Island Marathon, which is hosted every December.

Get your game face ready because Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers an array of recreational pursuits and hosts a variety of sporting events all winter along. January marks the start of the resort’s popular Women’s Tennis Weekends.

“Our Women’s Tennis Weekends are great events that are very popular among ladies’ teams from across the region — and around the country,” said Jonathan Barth, head tennis professional at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. “Participants really enjoy the instruction, social play and competition. These weekends are perfect for a girls’ getaway or intensive tennis retreat.” Golfers can find their share of competition and camaraderie in Kiawah’s Golf or Gourmet Escape, available through February 27; Women’s Golf Getaway, held February 19 – 22; 9th Annual Friendship Cup, held March 5 – 8; and the National Pro Am, held March 8 – 12.

Get in Touch with Nature

No need to hibernate indoors this winter when Mother Nature is clearly calling your name. From fishing, Motorboat Eco Charters and Alligator Tours to biking, Winter Wonder Walks and birding, Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s comprehensively designed Nature Program offers an array of exciting ways for the entire family to break away from modern technology and reconnect with the environment.

comedy-weekend-logoLaugh Off the Winter Blues

You’ve seen them on The Late Late Show, Conan, Comedy Central and other TV shows and networks, and now you can catch seven top comics performing live at the first annual Kiawah Comedy Weekend, January 23 – 25. Two nightly shows with distinctive lineups will feature emcee Jeff Jena and headliners Mike Armstrong and Keith Alberstadt as well as Sid Davis, Julie Scoggins, Danny Browning and Bengt Washburn.

Now that you’ve filled your January calendar with Lowcountry fun, it’s time to reserve your stay on Kiawah Island with a room in the Five-Star Sanctuary or Resort Villa. By booking directly with the resort — either online or at 800.654.2924 — you’re ensured exclusive benefits and savings, complimentary island transportation and the best selection of accommodations for your wonderful winter getaway.