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Old 12-08-2008, 01:03 PM
 
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Thanks for all the replies everyone. If anyone else has more insight, please keep on sharing your thoughts.

- I'm still having a hard time wrapping my head around the "snob appeal" theory - that HH is a place to go if you are well-off or from the right side of town. I guess that's because where I'm from (Florida) we have our own social snobbery that tells us that South Carolina is inferior to Florida or Georgia!!

- I hadn't really thought about the fact that South Carolina beaches are the closest drive to Cincinnati. It makes sense, certainly. Although I would still contend that if you are going to drive 11 hours, you might as well drive 15. Or you could go to Savannah, which is right there.
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Old 12-08-2008, 01:04 PM
 
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goyguy, interesting post. I grew up in SC, and I've never understood the fascination with Hilton Head. It always seemed like its a status symbol that you pay a huge premium for. For some folks its a big deal to drive around with their HHI stickers.

For the money you may as well go to Debordieu, Kiawah, Edisto Beach, Pawleys Island, Sullivans Island, or Litchfield Beach.



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I guess that's because where I'm from (Florida) we have our own social snobbery that tells us that South Carolina is inferior to Florida or Georgia!!
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Old 12-08-2008, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I hadn't really thought about the fact that South Carolina beaches are the closest drive to Cincinnati.
It's about 10 hours to New Jersey.

But then again, you're in New Jersey.

And it's less than 4 hours to Sandusky and Lake Erie!
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Old 12-08-2008, 01:40 PM
 
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LOL ... I guess that's my Florida snobbery again. It's not really a beach if the water temperature means you can't comfortably swim in it !!
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Old 12-09-2008, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
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Haha. Yeah, the closest beaches to Cincy are VA Beach and Myrtle Beach. And what i say beach i mean the usual tourist destination. Experienced travels know, while these are nice beaches, there are other places off the beaten path that could have more to offer. But for a family, looking to get away, they will head to HH or Myrtle because they know what they will get from those places.

G Man
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Old 12-09-2008, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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There's always East Fork, too.

*shudder*
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Old 12-10-2008, 09:26 AM
 
Location: at the foot of my mountain
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Carolinians look at HH and Myrtle the same way Tennesseans look at Gatlinburg, as a vacation spot for Buckeyes.

You got that one dead-on!
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Old 12-10-2008, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Windsor, Vero Beach, FL
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A native Southerner chiming in here ( I currently reside in Columbus)

I grew up going to all these places mentioned, just like many folks from OH. OH licencse plates are the most prevelant in SC vacation areas followed by PA.
I think the resaon folks pick one place over the other has to do with where they went when they were growing up, lifestyle (money and family situations), etc.

Savannah and Charleston are great places and I love them both now that I am older. When I was younger I wanted to be at the beach - and honestly Savannah & Charleston are known for their historic charm, fine dining, nice hotels but not for their beaches. Myrtle Beach is the best place for a family vacation. Beaches, shopping and overall family entertainment are better there. There are desirable & trashy areas of the Grand Strand (which is a pretty big area) so you can choose something a bit more upscale or moderate. As far a HH goes, I have never seen the appeal. Beaches are not that great and even now that I am older the snob appeal seems to reign supreme. Personally, our family can afford HH but it is not our idea of a fun, laid back vacation.

My kids are older now so the beach is still important but they like nicer restaurants and the historic value of Savannah and Charleston. We hit MB if we want cheaper golf, beaches and family fun. HH is just honestly not our on list when deciding.

Even when we lived in Atlanta we chose the NC, SC, GA coastal areas over FL. Time wise it takes just as much time to get to SC coast as it does to the Destin area. I would rather go to the Caribbean than the Panhandle though - that area seems to have a lower reputation than MB in my opinion.

Thats my 2 cents.
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Old 12-10-2008, 09:55 AM
 
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Default Help

I am flying into Charleston, S.C. from Canada - what is the cheapest way to get to Hilton Head Health without renting a car? I would appreciate anyone's help.
Thanks.
R
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Old 12-10-2008, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Windsor, Vero Beach, FL
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Haha. Yeah, the closest beaches to Cincy are VA Beach and Myrtle Beach. And what i say beach i mean the usual tourist destination. Experienced travels know, while these are nice beaches, there are other places off the beaten path that could have more to offer. But for a family, looking to get away, they will head to HH or Myrtle because they know what they will get from those places.

G Man
Growing up in NC we never considered VA Beach. Most Tarheels didn't consider it either. OBX takes a while to get to even if you live in eastern/central NC - but that was the northern most coastal area people would go to. Wrightville and Carolina Beaches (near Wilmington) were the popular destinations that many folks have discovered. Wilmington natives still have not fully embraced the growth and high COL that has occured since they've been "discovered".

There are a myriad of other destinations that folks have discovered. Most people do pick places like MB over & over again because its tradition.
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