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Hilton Head and Bluffton – The Ideal Combo for Retirement

Posted by Darle Booher on September 14, 2019
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A winter beach on Hilton Head Island

People who are at the retirement stage of life have many options.   Many wisely choose the Lowcountry – especially those who are looking for an active lifestyle. 

Hilton Head Island is one of the finest resorts in the country offering outstanding beaches and incomparable natural beauty.  With this comes great restaurants, excellent shopping and much to do.

Newcomers learn about the area in many ways.  Watching the RBC Heritage golf tournament at the Harbour Town Golf Course in Sea Pines has tempted many golf enthusiasts to choose the area after seeing the spectacular vistas and impressive golf found in this area.  However, many of our residents discovered the Lowcountry by visiting as children, then adults, and ultimately choosing it  to call it home.  

The multi-generational factor is one of the things that makes the Hilton Head area so special.   Knowing that children and grandchildren will want to visit is a key element in the decision.   Because the island is a one-day drive from locations throughout the Northeast and Midwest, it offers assurance that family members and friends will be able to come often.

Since many of our newcomers are moving from cooler climates that have a definitive change of seasons, they often appreciate that the Lowcountry also has  4 seasons.  While considerably more subtle then a snowy, wintry day, our cooler temps and ever-changing landscapes throughout the year  provide a natural rhythm  to the passing years.  

The tree canopy is spectacular with moss draped Live Oaks, Southern Magnolias, various types of holly, pines, and hardwoods.  There are flowers that bloom throughout the year.  The habitat is ideal for a variety of shore and land birds.  Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Snowy Egrets, Pelicans, and Blue Heron are among the birds seen daily.

There are special benefits to living in a year-round community.  One worth mentioning is access to fantastic cultural events – far more than one would expect from a community of our size.  The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro John Morris Russell, also conductor of the Cincinnati Pops, is outstanding.  The Arts Center entertains with high quality musicals and drama productions along with a variety of other special programs. The Chorale Society provides some incredible performances and offers an opportunity for locals who have a passion for singing to become a society member.  It is easy to participate and get involved – these and other art forms in the area offer something for everyone!

The World Affairs Council brings excellent speakers, focusing on topics that are relevant and informative.  The appreciative audiences are more than 500 members strong, showing enthusiastic community support and interest.  This year’s calendar can be found at

Much to do in Old Town

Old Town Bluffton has a style and character all its own.  Loaded with galleries, boutiques and restaurants from coffee shops to gourmet dining, it is a major drawing card for locals and guests.  The trendy small town atmosphere is a natural gathering place in a historic setting on the May River.  Markets and festivals abound delivering southern charm and hospitality, as no other place can.

There is so much to do that even those who have recently retired have never been busier.  With time to volunteer, participate in sporting activities, take classes, entertain family and friends, and dine at the excellent restaurants, the calendar will fill up quickly. 

Perhaps the best thing about living here is that it is a very friendly and welcoming community.  Almost everyone has moved here from another location and extends the same hospitality to new residents they received as newcomers.

Both Bluffton and Hilton Head are recognized by major publications ranking the best places to live, the best beaches, top golf courses and communities, top retirement communities, and much, much more.   The combination of the best of island resort living and the small town atmosphere of Bluffton are hard to beat!  Fortunately, they are close enough that locals can enjoy both, no matter where they live in the Lowcountry. If you are planning to relocate, be sure to check out both island living and mainland charm. 

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