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7 Ways to Start 2017 Off Right on Seabrook Island 

Whether 2016 is ending on a high note or low note in your life, you’re undoubtedly already looking forward to kicking off 2017. And, naturally, you want to do so on the right foot — who’s to say this won’t be your best year yet?

The mere act of existing at Seabrook Island ensures you’re off to a pretty great start. If you’re looking for more actionable ways to set the right tone for 2017, though, here are a few suggestions.

  1. Cover some ground

As 2016 comes to a close, it’s easy to forget how much you actually accomplished or how many good things happened throughout the year. Doing a yearly review can help give you some much needed perspective before heading into a new year, and there’s no better time for doing such a review than during a long stroll — or bike ride — on the serene and expansive stretches of beach at Seabrook.

  1. Pick a new hobby

If looking back over the last year leaves you feeling as though perhaps your life has grown a bit stale, it might be time to expand your horizons. New year, new hobby! Fortunately, there are plenty to choose from in this lovely island town, from bird-watching and beachcombing to tennis and golf.

  1. Break a sweat

There’s a quote by Isak Dinesen that reminds us, “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.” Just being at Seabrook takes care of the ‘sea’ part, and you can easily find the ‘sweat’ — and quite possibly ‘tears,’ too — at The Lake House Fitness & Wellness Center. Inside the 26,000 sq. ft. facility, you’ll find everything you need to start the year off healthy and happy.

  1. Hit the High Seas

Need a reminder of how vast and wonderful our world is? Charter a boat and head for open water. There are few things more breathtaking (and humbling) than staring out at the seemingly endless surface of the ocean. If you’re feeling adventurous, consider making it a fishing charter so you can reel in a big one while you marvel at the sea’s wonders.

  1. Say Hello

To anyone, or everyone. The truth of the matter is that one of the most beautiful things about being on Seabrook is the sense of community. When you pass by someone at Bohicket Marina or riding bikes along a trail canopied by moss-covered oaks, smile and say hi. If the moment warrants it, introduce yourself. Sharing the good fortune of being on the island at the same time makes for an instant bond.

  1. Saddle Up

Have you ever watched a movie where people gallop horseback through the surf on a sandy shore somewhere and thought, “One day, I’m going to go horseback riding on the beach, too.” Well, what are you waiting for? You can make your “one day” happen in 2017 with a quick visit to Seabrook’s Equestrian Center.

  1. Fix a Plate

Any Southerner worth their salt knows you can’t very well head into a new year on the right foot without fixin’ a heaping helping of food on New Year’s Day. Of course, this can’t just be any food — we’ve got a system ’round here. To up your odds of having a year filled with fortune, find a local restaurant serving Hoppin’ John (the black-eyed peas represent coins), collard greens (representing cash),

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