Note for 2013: This year we decided to spend our “Black Friday” dollar locally and grab our tree from A&A on Friday instead of Saturday. Here are this years photos!
Growing up in Los Gatos, California, at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains, my family would go “Christmas Tree Hunting” to find our annual tree. Just picture the movie Christmas Vacation, except we were a bit more sane and no trash talking “burn some dust here, eat my rubber” or truckers! We simply parked the car, got the saw out, let the dog run and hiked through the mountains “hunting” for the perfect Fraser Fir.
Fast forward 20 years and Joe and I have had our own Lowcountry “Christmas Tree Tradition” for years and years. We have found the most adorable Christmas Tree Farm, carved out in the Okatie area of South Carolina between Hilton Head Island and Beaufort. A & A has been in business forever, owned by two true Lowcountry Locals, Jerry & Diane Youngblood have everyone in their family working at the farm each year. They proudly grow Leyland Cypress and White Pine’s, which you can cut down and they also import fragrant Fraser Firs from North Carolina (totally the route we go, can’t have Christmas without that amazing Christmas Tree Smell!!!) Open the day after Thanksgiving daily from the 10am till dark, my family makes our annual pilgrimage the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The farm is located right before Spring Island off 170 – down a two lane road with views of the Okatie River.
Most years we bring the dogs, this year we did not. Last year we walked the entire farm and discovered the most amazing oak tree right on the marsh just begging for a photograph. And don’t forget to stop on the way in for the view of this road below…..one of my favorite spots in the Lowcountry – I actually used this image on our wedding invitations!
A & A Tree Farm also offers decorated wreaths, ornaments and locally crafted jams, soups, gumbo and local seasoning from Hudson’s Seafood On The Docks. Find their website here.
I hope you enjoy the holiday season here in the Lowcountry…..
With Love From The Lowcountry,