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for its bloody marys and fsh tacos, and the Sea Shack, where patrons line up to order blackened seafood plates. Breakfast lovers staying in Sea Pines pedal to The Harbour Town Bakery & Cafe, a quaint spot to savor cofee and pastries under the island's ubiquitous Spanish moss‑draped trees. Excursions, Entertainment Hilton Head also ofers two excursions worth a day trip. The frst, accessible only by boat, is Daufuskie Island, where descendants of slaves still speak Gullah (also known as Geechee) — a language with roots in Africa and depicted in the 1974 movie "Conrack," starring Jon Voight and based on the Pat Conroy book "The Water is Wide." An afternoon on Daufuskie is a step back into the sea islands of yesteryear, best seen on a two‑hour golf cart tour of historic sites and artist galleries, accompanied by an interpretive guide. The second excursion is Blufton, which Forbes just ranked as one of the Best 25 Places to Retire in 2016. Twenty minutes by car from Hilton Head and just across the Intracoastal, Blufton is perched on the May River. It exudes many charms, including a historic district, pottery and art galleries, and fne locavore dining at The Cottage, NEO and The River House at Montage Palmetto Bluf, currently on the national media radar for its elegant accommodations and cuisine. On the shopping front, Hilton Head's newest attraction is Shelter Cove Towne Center, a $129 million open‑air ■ continued from page 88 Hilton Head has a chic Lowcountry vibe without compromising the area's ecological sensitivity that visitors love. BALLANTYNE | escape Hilton Head is a leader in the mariculture movement, led by Andrew Carmines (left), manager of Hudson's Seafood House on the Dock, one of the island's oldest and most famous restaurants. This shop in Bluffton is one of many charming places to explore along the May River. Courtesy of the Hilton Head Island Visitor & Convention Bureau Courtesy of the Hilton Head Island Visitor & Convention Bureau Courtesy of the Hilton Head Island Visitor & Convention Bureau continued on page 92 90 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE SUMMER 2016