Rejuvenating Day Spa offers a retreat from the daily ritual of work, family, and pole-vaulting through your bedroom window with an indulgent array of beautification services. A highly trained esthetician renovates complexions with a Dermalogica facial or swiftly nixes unflattering hair from brow outskirts with hot wax. Clients may also retreat to a private room for the spa’s therapeutic deep-tissue bodywork.
Licensed massage therapist Nancy Cromer improves range of motion in achy human hinges with her signature bodywork. Clients may solicit Nancy's flowing Swedish strokes to promote relaxation or access lower-layer muscle aches with deep-tissue therapy. Gift of Touch also staffs a licensed esthetician for restorative facials to cleanse and exfoliate the complexion.
Inside South Carolina’s 47 state-registered parks, visitors explore secluded forest trails, sweeping cerulean lakes, roiling saltwater surfs crashing on white beaches, and streams and rivers overgrown with thick canopies of trees. The protected areas, many of which were assembled nearly a century ago by the Civilian Conservation Corps, encompass more than 80,000 acres and span turf from the rambling Blue Ridge Mountains to the sandy Atlantic-coast beaches. Abundant activities for guests include canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and accidentally startling long-forgotten lumberjacks wearing headphones.
Visitors experience colonial history up close at some parks, where registered historic homes, plantations, and landmark buildings stand preserved or in their natural state. These structures grant a glimpse into the lives of European settlers, Native Americans, and African Americans through building tours, archaeological collections, and live history demonstrations. Overnight camping is available at many parks, ranging from primitive campsites to cabins, villas, and tent sites that offer running water. Much like a scientist designing a soda-can-powered robot, park administrators follow a rigorous recycling program to ensure the preservation of the wilderness.
Designed by 1997 PGA Championship—winner Davis Love III, The Patriot Golf Course spans 7,045 yards of lush, rolling terrain flanked by the docile waters of Lake Greenwood. Rounds begin and end at the faux–brick ruins that surround the first tee and 18th green, which replicate a Revolutionary War fort—a tribute to the fact that the war's first land battle was waged nearby and a solemn reminder to modern golfers never to submit to the tyranny of chronic slices and snap-hooks.