One of South Carolina's oldest and most historic cities, Georgetown is as charming as it is beautiful. Established in 1732, Georgetown's oak-lined streets and colorful architecture evokes a Southern charm and the feel of a "little Charleston" next to a vibrant harbor filled with dining and shopping venues. For culture lovers, Georgetown offers several museums, art galleries, and festivals. National and state parks abound for nature enthusiasts and allow those who enjoy outdoor recreation to indulge in a number of activities including hiking, golfing, fishing, and whitewater rafting.
Some of the attractions you won't want to miss include:
-The Harborwalk: This quaint waterfront boardwalk is packed with restaurants, art galleries, boutiques, and more.
-The Harold Kaminski House Museum: This pre-Revolutionary home is the place to be. Dating back to 1760, this museum features stunning architectural detail, rare furniture, and antiques. Much of the home's interior has been left intact, including moldings and the original floors.
-The Georgetown Lighthouse: This lighthouse is the ideal place for visitors to try their hand at shelling. It is also an excellent spot go bird watching.
-Rover Tours: Embark on a two-hour sailing adventure along the marshland of the Intracoastal Waterway, Winyah Bay, and Goat Island. The "River Rover" takes guests through Carolina's wetlands and backwater creeks where alligators, pelicans, and unique creatures reside. While on board, look for dolphins, sea turtles, and other marine creatures.
-Hampton Plantation State Historic Site: This plantation house was built in the 1730's and the original family resided there until the 1960's.
-Hobcaw Barony Visitors Center: This 17,500-acre wildlife refuge is a part of a non-profit organization initially owned by Bernard Baruch. It offers tours, programs, and a wealth of historical information.
With your vacation rental perched along the shores of the Atlantic, it is just a short walk to the beach where you can enjoy plenty of swimming, sailing, snorkeling, and kayaking. Throw out your line from the private dock of your beach house or villa and then grill the day's catch on your back porch or patio as you watch the sunset over the water.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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