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6. Tabby

The vernacular building material known as tabby is particular to the Lowcountry along the South’s Atlantic coast. Made of lime, sand, water, and oyster shells, the rough, grayish cement was used beginning in the colonial era to build houses, fortifications, and slave quarters.
Ocean Lodge

33. Ocean Lodge Roof, St. Simons Island

The grand Spanish-style hotel, located across from the beach, towers over neighboring cottages.
geocaching

31. Geocaching, Skidaway Island

This 588-acre playground includes campgrounds with new camper cabins.

39. Georgian Room, Sea Island

Sea Island’s Georgian Room is the state’s only Forbes five-star restaurant.
Huck-a-Poo's

13. Huc-a-Poo’s, Tybee Island

You go to Huc-a-Poo’s for the hassle-free, beach-hangout vibe; the pizza is just a bonus.
Gascoigne Bluff

35. Gascoigne Bluff, St. Simons Island

Watch the sun set at this scenic park near Epworth by the Sea Methodist conference center.

2. Mermaid Cottages, Tybee Island

There is plenty of lodging on Tybee Island, but the colorful Mermaid Cottages have quirky, retro charm. Among the offerings, which rent from $165 to $525 a night, are the beach homes of celebrities like chef Paula Deen and author Mary Kay Andrews.

5. Ossabaw Island Hog

Georgia has its own version of Jamón Ibérico. The isolated Ossabaw Island hog is a descendant of the famed Spanish pigs brought over by colonists four centuries ago.
Christ's Chapel

38. Christ’s Chapel, Darien

The “Smallest Church in America” is located along U.S. 17. Built in 1949, it was the brainchild of local grocer Agnes Harper.

Getaway: Beaufort, North Carolina

First, let’s get the Beaufort/Beaufort confusion out of the way. Beaufort (pronounced “Bew-furt”), South Carolina, is a perfectly fine town—but not our destination this time. I prefer to head up the coast to Beaufort (pronounced “Bo-furt”), North Carolina, for an experience entirely different from the barrier islands south of Charleston: no palm trees, golf courses, or Lowcountry cuisine here.

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