Beaufort, a historic low-country seaport, is so charming that films such as Forrest Gump and The Prince of Tides shot scenes here. The quaint downtown area encompasses a smattering of boutiques, restaurants, and galleries all within walking distance of the inn. Seventeen miles north, at the end of a long country road, lie the crumbling, tabby-colored ruins of the prerevolutionary Old Sheldon Church. Built in the late 1740s, the church was torched by the British army in 1779, rebuilt in 1826, and torched again by Sherman's troops during his march to the sea in 1865. Today, visitors rest in the shadow of oaks draped in spanish moss and pause to reflect in front of the graves. Hunting Island State Park, a semibarrier island, runs parallel to the Atlantic Ocean, with a 5-mile stretch of beach and thousands of acres of marsh and tidal creeks abounding with wildlife. At the top of the park's 133-foot black-and-white lighthouse, visitors look out on panoramic views of the ocean and aerial views of sea-turtle flash mobs.
Sportsman's Shop T&T Sports, which has been in service for more than 60 years, preps athletes for myriad playing fields with equipment and apparel from brands such as Adidas, Easton, New Balance, and Nike. Players can wiggle into the flexible fibers of Under Armour duds such as women's comp shorts ($24.99) or the Tech T ($19.99), which affords drying protection against moisture buildups and sneezy fire hydrants. For Canton-bound flankers and soft-handed tire targets, rubber-covered Wilson footballs ($18.99) provide a more pliable catching surface, and Baden basketballs ($27.99) supply hoopsters with bouncy adaptability for indoor or outdoor play. Protect hand branches from a baseball bat's reverberating sting by sliding finger-first into a pair of Easton batting gloves ($12.99). Use the mesh links of a volleyball net ($30.29) to separate spiked shots or finally achieve checkered tan lines.
Breakthrough Fitness Center keeps minds and bodies in tune and toned with a full schedule of active group-fitness classes led by energy-laden instructors. Yoga sessions stretch limbs and soothe stress by emphasizing deep breathing and core balance. Pedal past virtual plains and digital hills in spinning class, a stationary cycling tour that mobilizes the cardiovascular system into its own spandex-clad road-racing team. Pilates is a core-strengthening regimen that aligns and firms the body. All classes are helmed by the motivational prowess of a highly trained teacher, letting students experience the benefits of an animate instructor instead of a treadmill with eyes drawn on it.
Wood-trimmed walls accent the mountain-lodge-like atmosphere at this Hilton Head pub, where you can settle in for any of 36 draft beers crafted by breweries including Yuengling, Magic Hat, and New Belgium. The Lodge's cooks whip up an array of hearty eats ranging from massive double burgers to tater tots smothered in spicy ranchanero sauce, and then serve them in classic pub-style baskets. Feel free to sip a beer and eat while seated at the bar or a table, or place a candle and a vase of flowers on one of the billiards or shuffleboard tables.
Cramming the corners of their cozy shop with gently worn fashions, Sacks Designer Consignment Boutique’s deal-minded merchants curate a cornucopia of consigned designer civvies and accessories. Fan through the shop’s expansive selection, which spans sizes zero to 3X and boasts of brands including Talbots, Fendi, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Tommy Bahama, and more. Trade in Napoleonic pantaloons for a modernistic pair of Talbots pants ($15.99), which nicely complement a Liz Claiborne top ($10.99). Bronx-accented outfits include Jones New York dresses ($19.99) and DKNY blouses ($14.99), which take cover under an Eileen Fisher cardigan ($29.99). Clog-hop with feet fashionably shod in Cole Haan ($24.99) or a pair of mod Ferragamos ($39.99), conquering nights on the town or impressing observers with cocktail-party coal-walking demonstrations.