There’s no doubt that kids of all ages (including adults!) love Shannon Tanner, a longtime fixture at Harbourfest in Shelter Cove Harbour, our hallmark event of the year. Tourists and locals come from near and far to do the “crazy hair dance” and see Shannon don his trademark beanie each summer night while singing song after family-friendly song. But one recent visitor had an even more memorable experience than most: bonding with his daughter in a moment that he’ll never forget. This father wrote us to tell us how his 8-year-old daughter was upset that she was missing her school’s father/daughter dance because of their recent Hilton Head vacation. A little sad, she and her family headed out to Harbourfest and found themselves along with many families enjoying the fun that is Shannon Tanner. He writes: “It was about that time in the show where you asked the little girls to grab their dads for a song you were about to do. For the first time in the day she got excited and grabbed my hand and dragged me up to dance with her. You then sang a song I had never heard before and it was a moment in my life that I will never forget. It was Cinderella. As I listened to the words, I related to the song and couldn't hold back my emotions as I held my little girl while we danced together.” Later that night, she told him she was so happy because she got to dance with her dad after all. “I melted right then and there,” said the dad. “I have since downloaded the song from iTunes and can't listen to [it] without remembering that night and getting emotional.” We’re so glad that this family will have happy memories of Shelter Cove, Palmetto Dunes and Hilton Head forever, and we hope you’ll come make your own memories, as well.
What’s better than a week off from work, relaxing on the beach and sleeping in? Why, bragging about doing all those things on social media so your co-workers, friends and boss can drool while they sit at their desks and cubicles, of course! But here at Palmetto Dunes, we’ll give you even more reason to get “social” with us while you’re on vacation. Heck, you can save money and hear first about all the cool things we have going on. Are you on Foursquare? This smartphone app lets you “check in” at different locations to get special deals, earn badges and try to become “the mayor.” Be sure to check in at the tennis center, golf courses and see what goodies are in store for you! You can also use the location-based service to read recommendations for others or get tips on the best burger and happy hour specials around town! If you have a question about anything Hilton Head, please “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and we’ll be happy to find the answer. We also love seeing pictures of your family enjoying a bike ride on the beach or playing cornhole so please share your experiences and photos on our Facebook page or tweet about it! We’ll also keep you updated about many events and special deals we have going on year round here at Palmetto Dunes. Did we convince you to get social yet?
If you’ve ever played the Robert Trent Jones course on a Thursday then you’ve definitely seen and, if you’re lucky, had the pleasure of meeting Starter, Sammy Mulrain. Sammy has been with us at Palmetto Dunes for more than 30 years and he is one of very few people who can say they’ve never missed a day of work. Sammy’s never even been late! Sammy, who is 95, might have gotten his work ethic when he stormed Normandy in World War II or maybe even when he played baseball with “The Scooter” himself, Phil Rizzuto. After living across the world, he moved to Hilton Head, S.C. and we are so grateful he did. Sammy gives back to our community by working with several non-profits in the area. For example, he spends his own time collecting lost golf balls, which a local church can then sell as a fund-raising activity. Sammy won the 2009 Employee of the Year award from Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association, a much deserved recognition, but to us here at Palmetto Dunes, but he’s Employee of the Century! We love ya Sammy!
One of the benefits of staying at Palmetto Dunes is having everything right at your fingertips. The beach, bikes, golf and fishing are all within walking or biking distance from your villa. The same goes for food. Whether you’re craving burgers, burritos or a seafood diner paired with wine, it’s available at Palmetto Dunes or across the street at Shelter Cove Harbour.
If you’re headed down to Hilton Head in May, we hope you’re here in time to catch a local favorite annual event, the Rib Burnoff and Barbeque Fest. This year’s event will be Saturday, May 14 from Noon-4 p.m. at the Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive.