June 2019

Editor's Note: June 2019

Author: Maggie Washo

Shortly after Hurricane Irma rolled through Florida and up our coast in September of 2017, Walt Disney World opened up four of their resorts to canine friends. What I was told by a cast member was that they had opened up their hotels for evacuating coastal-living Floridians, and it had sort of been a test-run for a dog-friendly initiative. I guess it went well, because the program is still going today. If you are traveling with Fido, you are welcome to stay at The Yacht & Beach Club, The Cabins at Fort Wilderness, The Art of Animation Resort, or Port Orleans (additional fees apply, of course).

As an annual passholder and frequent guest, this was even better news than the Galaxy’s Edge announcement in 2015 (and I am a huge Star Wars fan). I always loved getting away for a few days, but my heart sank a little every time I left Lucy behind. Pets are a huge part of our lives, and a lot of resorts are getting wise to the fact many baby boomers are traveling with them as they see the States during their retirement years. We have several pet-friendly resorts on Hilton Head Island, and we visited one of them (The Sonesta Resort in Shipyard Plantation) in our big fashion spread this month, Eight Beach Bars You Can Bike to, page 38.

In this summer travel issue, we journey to some remote locations and hit a few a little closer to home. Rebecca Edwards takes us on her birthday trip to the north in 40 Things to Do in Iceland when you’re 40. In a comprehensive list of eat, see and do, she shares what not to miss if you decide to fly 3,309 miles into former Viking country. Michele Roldán-Shaw hits 1-95 South and lands in St. Augustine, America’s oldest city. Her article is like a mini-history lesson, coupled with highlights of her trip. Justin Jarrett and his family headed even further south in Florida to share with us what’s new in Hollywood Studios, with an in-depth look at Toy Story Land. If you are wanting to take the kids to Disney, June is a good time to go. You can find great discounts (25 percent off room rates) at Walt Disney World Resorts through the end of August. Just get there before Galaxy’s Edge opens!

For a heart-warming read, and perhaps a little chuckle, check out the adorable artwork submitted by the young students at Hilton Head Christian Academy and Red Cedar Elementary in our Salute to Dad section. We asked them to tell us why they love their dad and draw us an accompanying photo. Unfortunately, we could not fit all of them in the print edition, so head to our website to see all of the submissions. Be sure to check out the profiles on all of our dadpreneurs as well, starting on page 53.

Have you ever wanted to break up with your hairdresser? Linda Hopkins tells you the right (and polite) way to do it in her article on page 79. And coincidentally, immediately following that article is a special section highlighting Lowcountry hairstylists, in case you just moved here and are looking for a new “do.”

Have a fantastic June. See you on the beach!

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