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What is the Difference Between Independent Living and CCRC?

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Making plans for your golden years can feel overwhelming as so many retirement community options exist. However, most seniors who currently live on their own consider one of two choices: an independent living facility or a continuing care retirement community (also known as a CCRC). How should you weigh these two retirement options?

Independent Living

Independent living simply refers to any housing arrangement aimed exclusively at seniors, most typically those 55 or older. While a range of housing styles within independent living exists, including apartments and detached homes, these types of communities are intended to work well with seniors’ particular needs as they are easy to navigate with little yard work or maintenance. Senior residents do live independently, but the sense of community is strong due to arranged activities, amenities and services. Depending on the community, these features can include swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses, on-site spas, continuing education classes, housekeeping services and more. However, one key feature of independent living communities is that they do not offer a nursing staff or on-site medical care; residents are expected to be in good health and need little to no assistance handling necessary daily activities.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (or CCRCs) offer all of the same features as independent living communities with additional services and amenities. In short, CCRCs are designed to offer independent living facilities, assisted care facilities and nursing home facilities within the same community. Any required acute care (such as following a slip-and-fall accident) will occur at a local hospital. In almost every case, seniors are only accepted into a CCRC while they are still healthy and independent enough to live in the independent living facility. However, as residents need increasing levels of care due to advancing illness or age, they can move to the assisted care or nursing home facilities on campus.

Independent Living vs. CCRCs

As previously stated, independent living facilities and CCRCs do have many features in common. Both are likely to offer their residents a variety of recreational amenities. Common dining rooms and planned social activities help build a sense of community in both types of facilities. Most importantly for many seniors, both kinds of retirement communities allow those seniors who are still able to live independently a significant degree of freedom within a supportive community of their peers.

The major difference between independent living and CCRCs – and the reason why many seniors ultimately opt for the latter when evaluating their retirement choices – is the range of available care and options once living independently is no longer possible due to health or age. Residents of independent living must change facilities once they need a higher level of care, losing the community that they had become a part of. Once residents of a CCRC require greater daily assistance; however, they can simply move to the assisted living or nursing home facility within their existing community, providing CCRC residents with a greater sense of continuity of support.

A Continuing Care Retirement Community located in beautiful South Carolina, the Cypress of Hilton Head aims to cultivate a country club atmosphere for its vibrant senior community. To learn more about our independent living options, contact us today to schedule a tour.

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Practice Pool Exercises Year Round In Our Indoor Pool

Pool ExercisesHealth experts widely agree that consistent pool exercise is one of the most effective ways for adults and seniors to stay fit. While gym exercises and other cardio workouts such as running provide numerous benefits, they can also come with risks such as knee damage or strained muscles. The natural traction of water provides ideal support for any exercise regimen without any of the associated long-term risks.

Perhaps the only drawback to pool exercises is that most people don’t have access to a heated indoor pool during winter time. Residents of our award-winning retirement community however, enjoy ample access to one and are encouraged to take advantage of this valuable amenity.

The Cypress of Hilton Head Island offers its residents access to a gorgeously designed interior pool. This pool is part of our 30,000-square foot Cypress Clubhouse which includes a library, bar, fitness center and beauty salon among other amenities.

Five Great Pool Exercises For Adults & Seniors

Some of the key benefits to aqua aerobics exercise are increases to metabolism, cardiovascular health, muscle mass and reaction time. To make the most of these benefits, it is recommended that adults and seniors choose exercise regimens that concentrate on these factors:

Swimming Laps

  • The Front Crawl—Also commonly called the freestyle stroke, this style requires you to kick with your feet in a regular rhythm while stroking your arms ahead of your head, pushing the water back. This stroke usually offers the most speed out of any, and it works out your back, chest and legs equally.
  • The Backstroke—The backstroke is similar to the front crawl, but you float on your back and propel yourself through the water backwards. By keeping your breath in time with your leg kicks, you’ll be able to keep yourself perfectly horizontal and maintain buoyancy effectively. This stroke works out your biceps, triceps, core and legs.
  • The Butterfly—With the butterfly stroke, you combine a dolphin-style kick and a two-handed diving motion before separating your hands and pushing the water to each side. This recruits your core muscles and your chest especially. To make the most of the butterfly stroke, attain a rhythm that takes you through each portion of the stroke.
  • The Breaststroke—Use a frog-style kick to start, and then sweep your arms out from your chest, sweeping them back in to push the water behind you. If your body remains perfectly straight between strokes, you’ll be able to easily attain speed while working out your core, lower legs, arms and chest.

Leg Swings
Leg swings are a great and simple way to strengthen leg muscles. Simply hold onto the side of the pool and swing your outside leg forward as far as it can go while keeping your other leg straight. Hold this position for five seconds before swinging your leg back behind you and holding that position for another five seconds. Perform this action between 10 to 15 times before taking a break.

Leg Pushes
In medium-shallow water, bend your right leg at the knee and bring it up until your lower leg is at a 90-degree angle with your upper one. Now place the flotation device around your upper foot and push down until your legs are straight. Now, bring your leg back up slowly, bending at the knee until you return to your original position. Repeat this exercise 15 times before switching your legs for another 15 repetitions.

Arm Circles
To perform arm circles, move to the deeper section of our pool and adopt a balanced stance with one foot in front of you and one behind. Raise your arms just above the water, parallel to the rest of your body. Begin making circling motions while keeping your arms straight and your palms facing downwards. After 15 seconds of repetition, reverse the direction.

Wall Chair
One of the most effective abdominal exercises you can perform in a pool is the wall chair. First, find a section of the pool with a corner where you can support your weight with both arms. Keeping your body straight, slowly raise your legs towards your chest and then release them slowly. Repeat this motion 15 times and try twisting your body as you raise your legs to work out your oblique muscle group.

The Cypress of Hilton Head Is Invested In Your Well-Being

There is a good reason why we’ve invested so much in offering our residents these kinds of activities and amenities in our Clubhouse. The Cypress of Hilton Head encourages its residents to invest in themselves through exercise, rewarding social activity and more—it’s all a part of what makes our community special. The country club atmosphere that we’ve created is one you won’t find at any other retirement community in South Carolina, so give us a call and schedule a visit today.

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4 Ways Seniors Can Manage The Stresses Of Holiday Travel

manage travel stressWhether staying around Hilton Head, South Carolina this holiday season or traveling to another part of the country (or world), the thought of making a trek in uncertain weather amid the hustle and bustle of other busy travelers can be anxiety-inducing for many seniors. Slips, falls, and even fender-benders that may not have fazed younger adults can be more debilitating for those nearing their retirement years. Fortunately, with a bit of research, it can be easy to bypass many of the complexities of modern travel. Read on for some tips and tricks to make your holiday travel as safe, enjoyable, and as stress-free as possible.

1. Research air travel options
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has enacted some shortcuts for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities that can substitute a quick pat-down for an electronic scanner or even allow those age 75 and older to keep on their shoes and a light jacket to avoid temperature discomfort.
Seniors also have the right to request assistance from the time they arrive at the airport until their plane’s wheels leave the ground. From temporary wheelchair use to cart rides to the departure gate, the FAA and airlines are committed to ensuring seniors who travel by air have a comfortable and safe experience.

2. Consider capsule packing
Traveling for more than a few days can often result in sore backs or shoulders from lugging a week’s worth of clothes, shoes, toiletries, and gifts around an airport or rental car agency. Lightening one’s load (literally) with a coordinating capsule wardrobe of lightweight fabrics can free up luggage space and minimize the amount of cargo space required. Large holiday gifts that need to travel a great distance may be better shipped directly to their destination (with a small additional charge for gift wrapping) rather than toted by car, train, or plane.

3. Look into supplemental health insurance
While Medicare provides expansive medical coverage to seniors, it does have its gaps — and those traveling in foreign countries or who incur certain medical expenses may find themselves saddled with a hefty bill if coverage is denied. Before embarking on a trip, it’s worthwhile to investigate one’s current Medicare coverage and any available supplemental policies (like out-of-country travel policies) to ensure any potential injuries or illnesses are covered.

4. Travel with company
Those who are recently widowed or whose children and grandchildren live far away may find the holidays to be a lonely time of year. Heading out on a trip — whether to see family or just cut loose — with a traveling companion or two can make it much more memorable.

One way to meet some active and like-minded friends is by making your new home at The Cypress of Hilton Head. We are an upscale retirement community that accepts only healthy adults aged 62 and over who want to maintain independence while enjoying companionship in a vibrant beachfront setting. If you’ve been longing for a feeling of community, give us a call or check out our website today!

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The Importance of Sunshine and Vitamin D for Seniors

Benefits of Vitamin D for SeniorsWhile excessive sun exposure is often labeled as a health risk, a recent study has found that the benefits of sunlight and the production of vitamin D sun exposure can provide a long list of health benefits for senior citizens. The typical recommendation to stay out of the sun, this study suggests, might not apply completely to older adults. Because seniors generally stay indoors more often than their younger counterparts and because aging skin is less effective at converting sun exposure into vitamin D, older adults might benefit from moderate sun exposure.

The many health benefits of sunlight and vitamin D

While vitamin D is important at any age, getting the appropriate amount of this nutrient is particularly important for senior citizens. Vitamin D is key to maintaining good skeletal and vascular health, which are often of particular concern for older adults. The nutrient has been shown to reduce the risk of many health conditions senior citizens commonly face, including hip and other bone fractures, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. Indeed, vitamin D has even been demonstrated to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

Sunlight and the resulting vitamin D production can also help seniors in less tangible ways. Many older adults report issues with depression and insomnia, and vitamin D and sunlight can help reduce the incidence of both conditions while boosting your mood and immune system in general.

How to increase your vitamin D intake

Certainly, one of the easiest ways to boost your body’s vitamin D reserves is to step outside and take in a little sunlight. While long exposure to the sun is still advised against, many doctors recommend that senior citizens get out in the sun for shorter periods of time several days a week. Further research is necessary to determine the exact optimal amount of sun exposure to maximize health benefits for older adults.

Of course, some older adults have health concerns that require them to limit their sun exposure, such as a history of skin cancer, suspicious skin changes or a proclivity for sunburns. These senior citizens–as well as those without sun exposure issues–can boost their body’s vitamin D levels by eating foods rich in the nutrient. Fatty fish, fortified orange juice and milk, yogurt and eggs all contain high amounts of vitamin D.

Supplements containing vitamin D are also available. Senior citizens should check with their doctor before taking a vitamin D supplement because it is possible to have a build-up of too much vitamin D in the body if it’s not absorbed correctly.

At Cypress of Hilton Head, seniors can enjoy soaking up the sun on our 100-acre campus filled with green spaces and hiking trails. Please contact us today to learn more about Cypress of Hilton Head and its extensive amenities for seniors!

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Benefits of Slowing Down

slowDo you feel that you’re constantly busy but can never get everything done? If you’re always rushing — and neglecting self-care in the process — it may be time to take a deep breath and slow down.
While you can’t realistically change the frantic pace of modern life, you can make the conscious decision to practice mindfulness as you go through your daily routine. By tamping down your hurried pace, you can reap a number of benefits.

Here are five benefits of slowing down:
Lowering Stress
Sticking to a continuously packed schedule can cause stress. And stress is linked to all manner of health problems, including diabetes, anxiety and depression, asthma, headaches, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, research has found that stress can cause you to age more quickly.
To slow down as you go about your routine, you can physically move a little less quickly when walking, driving or riding a bike. You also can take a few moments to yourself throughout your day to look around and appreciate life.

Experts say that when we eat, the brain needs approximately 20 minutes to realize that the stomach is full. If you slow down the pace of eating, you can allow time for the “full” signal to reach your brain before your stomach becomes overly stuffed. To slow down your eating pace, try not to wait until you’re ravenously hungry to get some nutrition.
Reconnecting With Your Creativity
With seemingly unlimited sources for distractions these days — including email, text messages, websites, phone calls, meetings, social media, TV and more — you may have given up on finding a spare moment to hear yourself think. As a result, your creative skills may have become a little rusty.
Whether you enjoy writing, painting, photography, performing music, woodworking, or making crafts, by slowing down you can free up some space in the creative areas of your brain.
Protecting Your Heart
If you stand in a line, you can usually spot a person who’s fuming at having to wait. Getting worked up over life’s little delays can significantly increase the risk of high blood pressure, experts say.
If you feel your pulse rising because someone in front of you is slow, try some soothing self-talk. Focus on the big picture, and take the opportunity to consciously relax your mind and body.
Focusing on the Important
It’s so easy these days to go through the motions of life without taking a step back to evaluate. Chores, errands, distractions and unimportant commitments can steal the precious time you have for focusing on the things that matter most to you. By taking a few moments throughout the day to breathe and think, you can give your attention to the activities that help you truly enjoy life.

At The Cypress of Hilton Head, you can enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle that frees up your most valuable resource: time. To learn more about life in South Carolina’s beautiful Lowcountry, please contact us today.

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What’s the Difference Between Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s?

dementia-595638_960_720If you or a loved one have become more forgetful recently, you might chalk it up to an expected effect of aging. Or you might worry that it’s Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.

As we age, it’s not uncommon to experience changes in our brains and cognitive capabilities. But how can you tell what the problem is — memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s — and the proper course of action to take?

Memory Loss

What memory and cognitive changes are simply part of the normal effects of aging? For most seniors, the brain and body begin to work less quickly with age, although intelligence typically remains at the same level.

People also become less flexible physically and mentally, and processing information can take longer. Recalling places, people’s names and other facts often becomes tougher.

In some seniors, memory problems or other cognitive issues can indicate a condition known as mild cognitive impairment, which usually shows up on mental functioning tests and is noticeable to friends and family members.

MCI typically is not serious enough to interfere with everyday activities, but people with the condition are at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later.

Dementia and Cognitive Functioning

Dementia patients usually show impairment of two or more types of cognitive functioning, such as memory and language ability. Although many people use the term interchangeably with Alzheimer’s, dementia actually refers to a group of symptoms, including:

  • Language problems.
  • Confusion.
  • Changes in personality.
  • Flawed judgment.
  • Cognitive impairment.
  • Physical coordination problems.
  • Loss of problem-solving abilities.
  • Loss of control of emotions.
  • Paranoia, agitation or hallucinations.
  • Social withdrawal.

A number of medical conditions can cause dementia, including Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, vitamin deficiencies and drug interactions. Dementia often responds to treatment and can be reversed in some cases.

The Slow Progression of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease stands as the most common cause of dementia, believed to be responsible for more than two-thirds of cases among seniors. Medical experts believe that in excess of 5 million Americans currently suffer from the disease, which predominantly strikes older adults but also can affect younger people in its early-onset form.

The only definitive method for confirming Alzheimer’s disease is through an autopsy following the death of a patient.

Symptoms usually appear after age 60 and can include:

  • Trouble swallowing and speaking.
  • Disorientation and confusion.
  • Difficulty communicating.
  • Behavioral changes.
  • Trouble with vision.
  • Difficulty with walking.

In the first phases of the disease, patients may exhibit trouble remembering conversations, names and recent activities. They also may show signs of apathy and depression.

Diagnosing Cognitive Impairment

If you’re concerned that you or a loved one may be suffering from memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s, it’s important to see your doctor. Several different diagnostic tools are available — including blood tests, mental status evaluations and brain scans — to try to understand the source of the symptoms.

At The Cypress of Hilton Head, memory care patients enjoy beautiful green spaces and are surrounded by their own belongings in safe, private suites. For more information, please contact us.

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Fun Things To Do With Your Grandkids in Hilton Head

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If you’re looking for fun activities that grandparents and grandchildren can enjoy together, Hilton Head is the perfect setting. On our beautiful island, you’ll find activities of all stripes to please everyone in the family — from bookworms to budding pirates.

With Grandparents Day coming up on Sept. 11, we think it’s the perfect time to plan some activities that will provide hours of fun for you and your grandchildren. Here are a few of our favorite island attractions that appeal to all ages.

Go on a Dolphin-Watching Cruise

Who doesn’t adore dolphins? Hilton Head is home to hundreds of them and you can choose among a variety of cruises where you’re sure to spot these water-dwelling mammals. Some cruise lines even offer special educational tours tailored to kids, and many of the boats have shaded decks for everyone’s comfort.

Go Horseback Riding

When you’re ready to spend time on terra firma, horseback riding is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy some physical activity. By embarking on a horseback trail ride, you also get a bird’s-eye view of the Lowcountry natural environment, including forests and lakes. For children under 7, pony rides are available.

Hunt for Treasure and Defeat Smelly Sam

Do you have an aspiring pirate in the family? If so, he or she will love joining the Black Sparrow crew in the hunt for “Smelly Sam,” Hilton Head’s favorite pirate. As kids board this authentic pirate ship, they’ll don their pirate garb, have their faces painted, get a pirate tattoo and learn all the pirate lingo. They’ll also find treasure including jewels, gold coins and other surprises.

Play in The Sandbox

The Sandbox is an interactive museum especially for kids and features exhibits like an international bazaar, an observational saltwater aquarium, a T-rex tracking adventure and more. The museum offers a variety of activities targeted to young children through age 8.

Visit Adventure Cove

Adventure Cove includes the only arcade on the island and features a variety of games, from the classics to the newest titles. Kids can win tickets, which they can redeem for prizes like electronics and stuffed animals. The park also offers miniature golf and is home to two 18-hole courses surrounded by gardens, waterfalls, rocky terrain, lagoons and more. The “Lost Lagoon” course even features a two-story cave.

Go to the Beach!

Without a doubt, the jewel in Hilton Head’s crown is its stunning, pristine beaches. You and your grandchildren can splash in the water, collect shells or build sand castles as you enjoy the beautiful weather. You can choose among numerous public beach access areas as home base for getting to more than 12 miles of seashore. If you want to swim during your stay, be sure to select one of the beaches with designated swimming areas.

Visit The Cypress of Hilton Head

While you’re in town, we hope you’ll plan a visit to The Cypress of Hilton Head. We offer a variety of activities, whatever your pleasure — from golf to yoga, games, performances, travel, art classes and more. Please contact us today to learn more!

 

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7 Questions Your Doctor Wants You to Ask

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Are you one of those people who won’t go to the doctor no matter what? Or maybe you’re the opposite, constantly seeing your doctor with worries that you might be ill.

Regardless of the frequency of visits, doctors want their patients to be informed and ask questions about their medical care. Here are some of the questions doctors say they wish their patients would ask.

Am I Getting the Right Nutrition?                          

Research indicates that many people — especially seniors —  fail to get all the necessary vitamins and minerals. By the time symptoms show up, you may have developed a deficiency in a critical nutrient. Early signs that you may need better nutrition include:

  • Hair loss.
  • Sores or skin rashes that linger.
  • Cracking around the corners of the mouth.
  • Pale-colored tongue.
  • Extreme fatigue.

Is it Normal to Not Have an Appetite?

For a variety of reasons, many seniors see a significant decrease in their appetites. Seniors typically are less active than younger people, and they often require fewer calories to be healthy. In addition, a declining sense of taste may diminish the appeal of eating. Lost appetite also can be a symptom of depression or other health issues.

Why Do I Need This Prescription?

By asking about the purpose of a specific medication, you give your doctor an opportunity to discuss your treatment plan. Your medical professional likely wants you to understand your medications and why you take them, along with possible side effects.

Should I Take Supplements?

There’s conflicting research on whether seniors should take multivitamins and other supplements, and most medical professionals will tell you that it’s better to get vitamins and minerals from a healthy diet. But in certain cases — such as treating some health conditions and for people on a limited diet — supplements may make sense. Be sure to talk to your doctor before taking any supplements.

Is an Antibiotic Necessary for This Condition?

Many patients ask for antibiotics for any little sniffle. Before you ask, understand that overuse of antibiotics has contributed to an increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. If your doctor offers an antibiotic, take time to discuss the need for it in treating your current health concern.

How Can I Prevent This Problem in the Future?

Your doctor wants to make sure you get well, and she wants to prevent you from developing the same problem again. Some doctors may offer information about preventing illness, but you can also bring up the subject. It’s important to be proactive so your doctor can help you develop a plan that works for your specific needs.

What Are the Goals for the Next Visit?

Work with your doctor to determine how you can best use the time before your next appointment. Instead of waiting to react to health issues, take the initiative to commit to your own preventive care.

Next time you visit your doctor, be sure to take along a list of questions. You’ll come away better-informed and with the tools to take action to protect your health.

We’d love to talk with you about how you can maintain a healthy lifestyle at The Cypress of Hilton Head. Please contact us to learn more!

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Getting Started with Birding on Hilton Head Island

Are you interested in a fun activity that gets you outdoors, helps you meet new people and gives your health a boost? If you’re in the Hilton Head area, birding is a great choice.

The popularity of bird watching has really picked up steam in recent years, and for good reason: It’s inexpensive and environmentally friendly, there’s almost no learning curve, and people of all ages and all levels of physical ability can enjoy it. Here in Hilton Head, we’re proud to have so many options for birding; why not take a gander?

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For many reasons, Hilton Head is the perfect place for taking up the birding hobby. The island is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, loggerhead sea turtles, dolphins, alligators — and hundreds of bird species. In addition, the Town of Hilton Head is known for its commitment to development that is environmentally friendly, and the town retains significant tree cover.

When you begin bird watching on Hilton Head Island, you’ll find that you can spot approximately 200 types of birds, according to the Hilton Head Island Audubon Society. Visit areas like docks, bike trails, marshes and lagoons to see birds including Osprey, Heron, the Brown-headed Nuthatch, Painted Bunting, Red-shouldered Hawk, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Towhee and many others.

Best Birding Sites on the Island

Hilton Head has a number of designated birding sites, including several that belong to the Hilton Head Island Birding Trail. If you’re a smartphone user, be sure to download the mobile app that provides driving directions along with information about the birding sites and birds you may see.

The Audubon Society also lists popular birding sites in and around Hilton Head, including Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge off U.S. 278 and Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, which is about 22 miles south of Hilton Head.

Getting Started with Bird Watching

If you’re new to birding, you may find it challenging at first to identify specific birds. Especially in light that’s dim or very bright, keeping up with fast-moving birds may take some practice. Consider these tips to help you spot and identify birds on the island:

  • When you locate a bird, watch it rather than immediately reaching for your field guide. By studying the bird’s characteristics including markings, movements and song, you can remember it for later identification.
  • Try to jot down some quick notes, including the bird’s general shape and size, along with color and unusual markings.
  • Watch for patterns in how a bird walks, flies and jumps, and try to observe what and how the bird eats — for instance, by moving its bill through water.
  • Record details about the habitat, including the current weather, and your own observations.

Armed with your notes, you can later refer to your field guide to confirm the species of the birds you observed on the island. To learn more about birding and other fun activities in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, please contact us today to plan your visit to The Cypress of Hilton Head.

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What is Lowcountry Cuisine?

Frogmore stew. Hoppin’ John. She-crab soup. If these odd-sounding names don’t make your mouth water, you must not be from South Carolina’s Lowcountry!

Lowcountry cuisine goes with Hilton Head like peanut butter goes with jelly, and we think it’s the best thing since sliced bread. If you’re not familiar with this regional cuisine, you’re in for a treat when you visit Hilton Head Island.

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What Exactly Is Lowcountry Cuisine?

Lowcountry cuisine shares some features with Southern cooking, but it’s unique to the South Carolina Lowcountry region. The cuisine draws inspiration from our coastal estuaries and uses oysters, fish, shrimp and crabs as its foundation — you can expect some combination of seafood dishes at any Lowcountry meal. And the African and Caribbean influences add just the right amount of spicy kick.

Grits, rice, and local, fresh produce also play a significant role in this style of cooking. Rice cultivation saw a downturn here following the Civil War, but it’s picked back up in the past several decades. Today, rice — whether served on its own as a side dish or made into a pilau with tomatoes and vegetables — shares center stage with seafood in Lowcountry dining.

Plan Your Own Lowcountry Boil

What’s the Hilton Head equivalent of a New England clam bake? A Lowcountry boil!

To host your own, get the freshest shellfish you can find and put it in a huge pot with spicy, smoked sausage and vegetables. Add potatoes and corn if you want, along with some seriously spicy boil seasoning. Once it’s done, you’ll turn it all out on a table covered with newspapers — we recommend doing so outdoors — and enjoy a very messy Lowcountry feast.

Here’s a recipe we love for one Lowcountry boil variation using crawfish and shrimp. Enjoy!

Where to Find Authentic Lowcountry Dishes

If you want to enjoy Lowcountry cuisine in Hilton Head without cooking it yourself, you’ll find some great choices. One of our favorite restaurants is A Lowcountry Backyard, which offers an exceptional Lowcountry menu in a quaint, comfortable atmosphere.532499_10100936126506955_1469680810_n Try the Lowcountry Shrimpburger, Potato Chip Meatloaf, Island Crab Cakes, and, of course, Shrimp and Grits.

To get a taste of Lowcountry flavor in a variety of Hilton Head settings, consider a Savor the Lowcountry food tour. You can choose among several different tours with stops that include the island’s Coligny Beach district along with premier shopping and dining areas.

Enjoy Fine Dining Anytime as a Resident of The Cypress

While you’re in Hilton Head sampling the Lowcountry fare, we hope you’ll take time to stop by The Cypress, where our residents enjoy delectable cuisine in a variety of dining venues ranging from casual to elegant: The Cypress Dining Room — our white linen restaurant,  The Bistro — for informal, tasty bites, our Patio Dining— for gorgeous views, our Private Dining Room — for special events, and of course our fully-stocked Bar. To learn more or to schedule your personal tour, please contact us today.

 

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