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S O U T H C A R O L I N A L O W C O U N T R Y Charleston Area Beaches Charleston is more than just one of the countryʼs most beloved cities, itʼs home to several beach towns, each with its own distinctive character, including: Catch A New Sense Of Spirit On Hilton Head Folly Beach Affectionately known as "the Edge of America," Folly Beach is an eclectic, laidback beach community just 15 minutes from downtown Charleston where surfers, locals, and vacationers can revel and relax in the natural beauty and casual vibe. Meeting sites include Tides Folly Beach, which received a renovation early this year and is investing an additional $250,000 this winter to ensure guests feel like they have arrived at a newly finished hotel with the smell of fresh paint, newly refinished floors, steam cleaned rooms and a renovated pool area, said Ken Merkel, general manager. The hotel and its BLU Restaurant and Bar Hilton Head Island VCB have spent over $7.5 million on renovations over the past few years. Kiawah Island This 10,000-acre barrier island has 10 miles of uninterrupted beaches, 30 miles of marsh and riverhead. Meeting sites include Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Isle of Palms A family beach with a balanced blend of full-time residents and visitors, the Isle of Palms offers golf courses, a marina, and miles of sweet sand and surf. Meeting sites include Wild Dunes Resort. ■ 36 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜NOVEMBER 2013 Located within a short drive from Charleston, S.C., and Savannah and Atlanta, Ga., Hilton Head Island is a resort area to play golf, dine at incredible restaurants and shop until you drop. The signature red and white striped Harbour Town Golf Links Lighthouse distinguishes the resort area as a world-renowned golf paradise. Additional teambuilding activities like kayaking are also quite popular. "Customized teambuilding experiences with Outside Hilton Head allow participants to kayak to an island and participate in a number of challenges and programs," said Jack Reed, director of sales with the Hilton Head Island Visitor and Convention Bureau. And, maritime research is a teambuilding program where guests enjoy the beauty of the island while diving into the world below. "As an island, Hilton Head is a unique destination; however, tree canopy ziplines, natural dolphin habitat water tours, kayaking, paddle boarding, beach yoga and more mean an island experience not found in many locations," Reed said. "Hilton Head is home to 24 golf courses and we're an island 12 miles long, and five miles wide." A restful ambience where visitors can see the stars at night is available due to the lack of street lights. Yet there are plenty of festivities such as the Concours Motoring Festival, one of the top three events of its kind in the world. Mark Lyle, executive director of RDA Advantage shared his positive experiences during the company's recent conference at Sea Pines Resort. "Attendance at the annual spring conference included 16 shareholder companies and more than 50 top suppliers. Sea Pines team members interacted with and played a key role in making our conference so successful." ■ w w w. c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m