Southern Estate Surrounded by Palmetto Trees and Championship Golf Courses
Hilton Head Island is only 12 miles long and 5 miles wide, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in recreational abundance. Each year, more than 2.5 million visitors pass through the island, sunning themselves on some of the Atlantic seaboard's finest beaches, riding through the countryside on miles of scenic bike trails, and teeing off at more than 45 championship golf courses. Shaded by magnolia and palmetto trees, Park Lane Hotel sits in the center of the island, just minutes from beaches, shopping, and gourmet restaurants. The hotel caters both to those seeking relaxation and action, combining laid-back luxury with sports facilities including tennis courts, a basketball court, and a kids' playground.
An arched driveway leads to the hotel's stately entrance, which is adorned with thick columns and white chimney stacks rising from a slate roof. Inside, each spacious suite features a full kitchen with granite countertops. Overstuffed armchairs and fireplaces create a cozy environment for unwinding or pretending to be Alistair Cooke on Masterpiece Theatre.
Hilton Head, South Carolina: Southern Hospitality and East Coast Adventure
Set along the Atlantic coast just northeast of Savannah and two hours from Charleston, Hilton Head Island combines southern elegance with relaxed oceanfront living. The island's subtropical climate—with highs in the 60s during January—makes it a haven for outdoor-sports enthusiasts, especially golfers, who can choose from dozens of lush, championship courses and several herds of free-range caddies roaming the land. Additionally, more than 50 miles' worth of bike and rollerblade pathways crisscross the island, many of them leading to Hilton Head's wealth of justly lauded beaches.