The South’s Best of 2022 is officially out, and it looks like the Lowcountry and neighboring City of Savannah have officially won over the hearts of those at Southern Living as well as their readers. With fourteen categories in total, South Carolina captures the “winningest state” title, earning the number one ranking in five divisions. Four out of the five are located right here in the Lowcountry:
- The South’s Best Beach Town: Hilton Head Island, SC
- The South’s Best Small Town: Beaufort, SC
- The South’s Best City: Charleston, SC
- The South’s Best Brewery: Palmetto Brewing Company (Charleston, SC)
We’re also excited to see the South’s Best Bakery, Back in the Day Bakery, is located in the lovely, Savannah, GA, which was also the runner up to the South’s Best City!
You can’t deny the charming allure of these destinations, and Southern Living has written fantastic accounts that’ll make you want to pack a bag and visit! After winning the South’s Best Beach Town in 2019, Hilton Head Island has reclaimed its rightful title once again. There’s something to be said about a place where pristine, near-perfect beaches are just the starting point as to why it’s considered the best beach town.
The article sings Hilton Head’s praises in detail, stating that the island’s Gullah roots, environmental mindfulness, and delicious local fare are just some of the many factors that have shaped the island into the flouring coastal community that it is today. With a heavy nod to the surrounding waterways—be it oysters, beautiful views, or boats and watersports—the article includes comments from locals who have never taken the island’s splendor for granted.