Much to do and see in Daufuskie Island, SC
SHERYL NANCE-NASH | 9/26/2019, 7:36 p.m.
There are getaways and then there are places to get away—from most everything. Daufuskie Island is such a destination. Fly into Savannah, Georgia and make your way to Hilton Head to board the ferry to “The Island with No Bridge.”
Right away you’ll notice the absence of streetlights and hardly any cars. Transportation is via golf carts for the 400+ people who call the Haig Point community home. You might feel like you’re in Neverland on this South Carolina island that’s nestled between Savannah and Hilton Head Island.
It is dreamy indeed with acres and acres of live oak trees draped with Spanish moss. Not only are they a thing of beauty, but legendary and listed on the National Registry of Famous and Historic trees. When you arrive at Haig Point, whether you rent one of the homes, villas or check into the Strachan Mansion and stay in one of the four bedrooms in the mansion built in the early 1900s, you’re in for something special. For an experience you’ve likely never had, reserve the 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom lighthouse built in 1873 and renovated in the 1980s. The lengthy back porch with rocking chairs has spectacular ocean views. You can sit there all day watching the boats go by. Talk about a spot to have your morning cup of coffee or watch the sunset with a glass of wine.
Much as you might want to stay put, there’s plenty to see and do. The island is quite flat, making it ideal for e-bikes or regular bikes. Golf and tennis top the itinerary of many visitors. The Haig Point Club features a 20-hole Rees Jones Signature championship golf course. Another favorite past time is horseback riding along the trails and along the beach. You’ll have to remind yourself you’re not on some Caribbean island. With the tropical setting and hot climate in summer, it is surely reminiscent of one. If you’re not into the beach, there are two pools, one is adult-only.
When you’re ready for lunch, head to Lucy Bell’s Café. Go early, locals and tourists pack the restaurant that has limited seating inside, but a big front yard with gorgeous live oaks, tables with umbrellas and chairs. Owner Brad Klieve is all smiles, greeting customers by name. He’ll slip off to man the grill, looking happy grooving to a soundtrack of greatest, hits. On this particular day, it’s 60s oldies but goodies. Lucy Bell’s is southern food at its best, be it fried chicken, Brad’s pulled pork sandwich, James’ blackened shrimp po’boy, or Lucy Bell’s Favorite Shrimp & Grits, simmered in a country ham cream sauce with onions and sweet peppers served over creamy cheddar stoneground grits. The eating is good at the Old Daufuskie Crab Company too. Sit outside at color picnic tables with umbrellas and waterfront views. Go for the island specialty, deviled crab, shrimp, fish and chips. You can shuck your own oysters off the roasting pit. If you choose to stay at Haig Point and eat at the Calibogue Club, you’ll be glad you did. Whether you want traditional lowcountry cuisine like a combo of shrimp and andouille sausage, or perhaps you fancy a duckling, expect to have a major dilemma. No worries, there’s no wrong choice. Go ahead, enjoy yourself, there’s also a fitness center to burn off calories.