If you’re looking for a charming new island escape on the East Coast, get away to a locale many have yet to discover. Daufuskie Island considers itself the Nantucket of the South, a hidden gem off the Southeast Coast, near Savannah, Georgia, and Hilton Head. The luxurious environment is unpretentious, but filled with all the amenities discerning family travelers need.
The 1,100-acre island is only accessible via boat or helicopter (available from airports in Savannah (SAV) and Hilton Head (HHH); the helicopter rides begin at $400 per person and takes about 10 minutes, depending on where you’re traveling from). There are no cars on the island, everyone gets around via electric golf cars or the occasional horse. The primary “town” is Haig Point, a community with plenty of relaxing, leisure activities and unique accommodations.
One of those accommodations your family can take advantage of — The 1873 Lighthouse overlooking Calibogue Sound. The lighthouse offers accommodations for four, with rates starting at $850 per night. Enjoy having the 40-foot tower to yourself, as you lounge by the luxurious fireplace, take a dip in the clawfoot bathtub or rock the day away on the rocking chair-lined porch. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to spot the dolphins swimming in the Sound.
There are also currently two new guest cottages under construction in Haig Point. Another accommodation option is Strachan Mansion.
When you’re ready to get out and explore, you’ll have plenty of activities to choose from, including horseback riding, nature watching, golf or history. A 20-hole Rees Jones signature golf course offers seven waterfront tee boxes. Waterfront horseback riding allows you to explore the shores at a slower pace.
Gullah history is particularly plentiful on the 10-square-mile island with its population of just less than 400. Check out the local indigo dyeing shop Daufuskie Blues, and the Tabby Ruins, located on the indigo and cotton plantation, now part of the Haig Point community. See the first African Baptist Church, the Mary Fields School House and more.
As for cuisine, expect plenty of waterfront eateries and seafood, with a Southern flair. Favorites include Old Daufuskie Crab Company, Melrose on the Beach and Eagle’s Nest. There are no grocery stores on the island, but you can be assured everything is fresh (but if you plan to cook on your own during your stay, make sure to bring your own provisions on your boat or helicopter ride to this exclusive southern escape).
The Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card recently launched BoldFamilyTravel.Chase.com, an interactive, online resource allowing families to plan future travel together. The launch followed the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card Survey of parents and grandparents that revealed most parents believe children are important resources for planning family vacations and that one-third of parents don’t currently involve their children in planning but would like to.
Coconut water is an amped-up version of plain H2O with many beneficial properties. For starters, it replenishes electrolytes after a hard workout and provides a source of vital nutrients, like potassium and vitamin C, to keep you on your best game. The best part about the delicious drink is it tastes like you are drinking straight from the coconut.
If your family is a fan of thrills and waterparks, it’s time for a trip to the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania: Camelback Lodge is the perfect family-friendly getaway for families of all kinds. When you book a stay at Camelback Lodge, access the resort’s indoor waterpark Aquatopia with more than 12 slides, a lazy river, interactive play areas, wave pool and more.
When guests book at Colonial Williamsburg Resorts, they receive up to two complimentary, length-of-stay admission tickets to explore the Historic Area and Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. The offer is exclusive to those booking stays at colonialwilliamsburgresorts.com.
Dog-loving people will let you know traveling with their furry companion is a bonding experience like no other. At Bark Social in Bethesda, Maryland, guests can sit back, relax and enjoy a brew or two surrounded by energetic pups. No need to worry about the occasional dog outburst as professionally trained Bark Rangers monitor the grounds for a clean, safe play area.