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    • Posted on 11th Mar 2015, 12:00 am

      Music, Food and Dancing is Back at Shelter Cove This Spring

      Coming to the island this spring? You’re in luck! You may be here for our seasonal Music & Taste on the Harbour event at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina.

      Every Thursday evening from April 2-May 21, visitors to Shelter Cove will enjoy live music from local bands, as well as appetizers and drink specials from Shelter Cove restaurants. One of the best parts of the evening is dancing! Everyone joins in around the iconic Neptune Statue as the musicians perform while the sun sets over Broad Creek.

      The event runs from 6-9 p.m., so be sure to stop by before or after dinner at one of our delicious Shelter Cove restaurants, offering everything from Mexican and Italian to Mediterranean and French -- all with a water view.

      If there’s a certain band you’re looking to see, here is the schedule to help you plan your visit:

      • April 2 – Deas Guyz
      • April 9 – Target, the Band
      • April 16 – The Headliners
      • April  23 – Candace Woodson
      • April 30 – Target, the Band
      • May 7 – Deas Guyz
      • May 14 – The Chilly Willy Band
      • May 21 – The Headliners

      This event is free to the public and weather permitting. Please remember no coolers or outside food is allowed. We will also be accepting canned good donations for the Deep Well Project.

      See you at Neptune Statue this spring!

    • Posted on 19th Feb 2015, 8:45 am

      Palmetto Dunes Scores More Awards from National Media

      Palmetto Dunes is first and foremost a family resort. Our resort was developed by a family and, our staff, who is like family, works hard to insure that you feel a part of the Palmetto Dunes family during your stay. We are passionate about Hilton Head Island and our guests’ experience is of utmost importance. We could not be more proud to announce that our guests have rewarded us by crowning us with accolades from Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler! 

      This month, Travel + Leisure selected us as a Top 500 World’s Best Hotels. We were the only Hilton Head Island resort included! The publication asks readers to vote on their favorite hotels around the globe and you voted for us! Thanks so much for putting us in such great company. 

      In the November 2014 issue of Conde Nast Traveler, the magazine named Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort as one of the Top 25 Resorts in the South. In fact, we came in pretty high at No. 13. This award is also voted on by readers, so we greatly appreciate your support and recognition. 

      Hilton Head Island overall has received some new accolades lately, as well. Fodor’s Travel named Hilton Head Island a Top 15 U.S. Destination on the Rise and Yahoo Travel picked us as one of America’s Buzziest Beach Towns. We also loved that The Travel Channel said we were one of the 22 Best U.S. Islands! 

      Thank you so much for your continued support. We could not be happier that you love Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort just as much as we do! 

      What is your favorite thing about Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort? 

      For more information about booking your Hilton Head vacation and Palmetto Dunes getaway, visit www.palmettodunes.com or call 866-650-4130.

    • Posted on 16th Feb 2015, 8:45 am

      The Best To-Do List You’ll Ever Complete at Palmetto Dunes

      Palmetto Dunes Spring

      There is so much to do when visiting us this spring! For those of you counting down the days until you arrive to gorgeous Hilton Head Island and Palmetto Dunes, we’ve compiled a spring to-do list for you. See how many you can complete and let us know: 

      • Snap a selfie with Neptune Statue - Take the bike route under the highway to Shelter Cove Harbour and snap a selfie with the iconic Neptune Statue, the largest figurative sundial in the world!
      • Bike to breakfast - Hop on your bikes one morning and ride to the Palmetto Dunes General Store to snag some sinful cinnamon rolls straight out of the oven along with some freshly brewed coffee.
      • Nosh on fish tacos at the Dunes House - Take a break from the beach for lunch and head up to the oceanfront Dunes House for their famous fish tacos. Oh and be sure to smile for the camera at the Dunes House where your friends back home can catch you on our beachfront webcam.
      • Finish a plate of Big Jim’s nachos - Can your family take on a plate of Big Jim’s famous nachos and win? Insider tip: Try them with pulled pork & chicken for finger lickin’ good Southern flavor!
      • Go on a heron hunt - Rent a kayak or canoe from Hilton Head Outfitters and see if you can spot a great blue heron. In fact, count up all the birds you spot on your peaceful journey.
      • Find Nemo Jaws - Head to the beach with rental fishing gear from Hilton Head Outfitters and see if you can catch a shark from the beach. The best time to try is around dusk.
      • Tennis Challenge - Can you volley the ball 17 times on one of our 26 tennis courts? Try it out with your two hours of free tennis court time with your Palmetto Dunes Hilton Head vacation villa reservation. If you need a little help, sign up for one of our many clinics and lessons weekly.
      • Take your pic with a pro - Enjoy our free weekly golf demonstration 4 p.m. on Mondays at the Jones course and snag a pic with former PGA pro and director of golf instruction Doug Weaver. Hint: Ask him what alligator arms are!
      • Fly high - If you’ve got a daring crew, try jet packing or parasailing across the street at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. 

      What’s missing from our Palmetto Dunes To-Do List? Is there anything your family cannot leave the resort without doing? 

      To book your Palmetto Dunes vacation this spring, visit www.palmettodunes.com or call us at 866-650-4130.

    • Posted on 23rd Jan 2015, 10:30 am

      7 Services You Didn’t Know About for your Hilton Head Vacation Rental at Palmetto Dunes

      We’ve already outlined the many reasons you should consider staying in a vacation rental on your Hilton Head vacation from access to a washer/dryer and kitchen to privacy and space to spread out.

      To make your stay in a Hilton Head vacation rental even more awesome, here are 7 services you can take advantage of that you may not know about:

      1. Bike Rentals - You probably knew you could get your Hilton Head bike rentals from Hilton Head Outfitters, but did you know they deliver them right to your door? Forget about carting your own bikes on a rack down to the island or walking over to the shop to pick up your rentals. Hilton Head Outfitters, located just inside Palmetto Dunes, will leave your bikes at your vacation rental before you arrive and then pick them up in the same spot when you’re done. Simple as can be!

      2. Dunes Buggy - If you’re visiting Palmetto Dunes April through September, you can hop a ride around the resort or Shelter Cove Harbour on the Dunes Buggy. This free shuttle service is available first-come first-served, though it generally arrives within 10 minutes.

      3. Catering - Want to have a get-together while you’re vacationing on the island and don’t feel like doing the cooking? Our very own catering service Dunes Catering can help. Whether you’re looking for plated meals, a casual BBQ or an oyster roast, they’ll prepare it and clean it up so you can focus on enjoying your party.

      4. Take out from Big Jim’s Restaurant - If you’re not throwing a party, but just don’t feel like making dinner and want a night in, order take-out from Big Jim’s restaurant at the Robert Trent Jones golf course at eat in your villa’s dining area. The kid-friendly menu features everything from burgers and BBQ to salads and seafood.

      5. Grocery Delivery - Don’t feel like hitting the Kroger as soon as you arrive? Services like Cyber Valet Grocery in Bluffton will delivery your selection of groceries direct to the door of your vacation home or villa. Your family can relax and unwind while someone else does the grocery shopping!

      6. Babysitting - Want to have an adults night out but make sure the kids are entertained and safe? Try Hilton Head Nannies, which offers vacation babysitters and in-room nannies and sitters.

      7. Pet Boarding - If you’re not staying in one of our pet-friendly rentals, you may want to board your pet while you’re visiting the island. There are a variety of options including Evergreen Pet Lodge, Southpaw Pet Resort and All About Pets. If you need someone to stay with your pet in one of our pet-friendly villas, HIlton Head Nannies also offers in-room pet sitting!

      For more information about booking your very own Hilton Head vacation rental at Palmetto Dunes, visit www.palmettodunes.com or call us at 866-650-4130.


    • Posted on 21st Jan 2015, 1:00 am

      What Experts are Saying About January Fishing on Hilton Head Island

      A new year and barring any severe weather great fishing should continue!

      We are so blessed here with many days reaching the 70's and sometimes 80 degrees in winter.  Trout fishing has been great this season, getting a limit of ten per person has been easy a lot of days. They are hitting almost any artificial you throw at them and live bait is always good.

      Reports of large "gator" trout are common and large flounder seem to be more plentiful. Redfish are with us year round and this time of year can be caught inshore and offshore.  While artificials will work in the creeks for the redfish, cut mullet, live mud minnows and shrimp will all but guarantee some lively action.  Fishing around docks and oyster beds on either side of low tide seems to be the best method for these battlers.

      Sheepshead fishing around the docks and old pilings is also great this time of year.  Live fiddlers and clams the favorite baits of choice for these convict striped fish.  Master bait thieves you have to be vigilant for the ever so subtle strike.  Not many fish can top the sheepshead for table fare, which has earned them the nickname "river snapper".

      Sheepshead can also be caught at the nearshore reefs but black sea bass pose a problem in winter.  Also hard to beat for the table the black sea bass are out of season this time of year and while you can literally catch hundreds on a trip now, but…you have to release them all.

      While many over slot reds are being caught in the creeks the really big boys will be off the beach.  This time of year searching for the gannets diving on bait schools will help you locate the bull redfish.  Once you locate them place squid, menhaden or cut mullet beneath them and hold on!  Averaging 30 plus pounds look for at least two or three if not more scorching runs out of these guys.

      One other option this time of year is up the Savannah River.  In late December and January the striped bass run up the freshwater rivers and offer a rare treat for those that seek them.  Trolling big Cisco Kids or similar lures along the banks with stout tackle can produce fish twenty pounds and up.  Be careful of large ships passing as the deep draft of these ships will pull the water six feet or more from the bank.  All in all there is plenty of good fishing this time of year, so don't put those rods away!

      By Guest Blogger Captain Miles Altman

      Book a fishing charter with Capt. Miles by calling 843-842-7001. Bayrunner Charter Fishing is offering a 3-3-3 special in Jan and Feb…3 hours, 3 people for 300!

    • Posted on 13th Jan 2015, 12:30 pm

      Keep Your Teen Entertained with These Hilton Head Island Activities

      If your family is happily making plans in the winter cold for your warm weather spring break or summer escape to Hilton Head Island, you’re probably wondering what there is to do for each member of the family. 

      While all ages will find many activities to float their boat, we’re taking a look at teens in this post. Here are some activities that even the finickiest of teen will find worthy. 

      Stand up Paddleboarding

      Stand-up paddleboarding, also known as SUP, will appeal to your nature-loving, adventuresome teen. This fastest growing watersport combines surfing with kayaking. You stand on a specially-designed paddleboard, similar to a surfboard, and use a paddle to cruise through a body of water, such as a harbor or the ocean. It’s a whole body workout, using your core for balance, your arms for paddling and more. 

      Jetpacking

      Got a teen who loves bungee jumping or other adrenaline-rushing activities? Let them try jetpacking over Broad Creek at Shelter Cove Harbour, the resort’s waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment district complete with a marina. This will make an awesome photo to post on Instagram and share with all of their friends. And what a view…! 

      Shark Fishing

      Daring teens can try their hand at shark fishing on one of our night shark fishing excursions if you’re planning to visit during the summer months. May through August you can head out on the high seas for a three-hour shark fishing charter to try and reel in Jaws -- or even just a hammerhead or tiger shark. There’s nothing like the feeling of battling one of nature’s most amazing creatures! 

      Be a Beach Bum

      Some teens may prefer to “hang out” more than anything else. Good news! We’ve got plenty of teen-friendly places to do so. They can relax by the pool at your Hilton Head vacation rental or head to our 3 miles of Atlantic Ocean beach for a swim, to lay in the sun or to take a casual stroll. They’ll also love our beachfront Dunes House restaurant, which is great for a quick bite to eat and meeting new friends.

      GoPro Adventure

      Let teens bring their GoPro along and see how many different adventures they can record. Try diving into the pool or ocean if they’ve got a waterproof GoPro, heading out on their Hilton Head bike rental, paddleboarding or even surfing during the summer months. What a fun way to showcase their Hilton Head vacation for years to come! 

      What do your teens like to do when you visit Palmetto Dunes?

      For more information about booking your Spring Break or summer Hilton Head Island getaway, visit www.palmettodunes.com or call us at 866-650-4130.

    • Posted on 2nd Jan 2015, 12:45 pm

      Palmetto Dunes Got Social in 2014: Here’s What You Loved the Most

      The year 2014 has been a great one for Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort socially! We crossed over 15,000 friends on Facebook, tweeted with our 4000+ followers on Twitter and joined both Pinterest and Instagram to share all of our beautiful Hilton Head Island pictures. 

      Here at the end of the year, we thought we’d recap some of our most popular postings across various social media outlets. 

      Twitter

      On Twitter, we found that our followers would much rather be at Palmetto Dunes than whatever they were doing. This simple tweet that asked our followers to RT if they’d rather be here had the most retweets and interaction.

      Pinterest

      You guys were loving our golf quotes on Pinterest throughout 2014. This quote from Ben Hogan took off like wildfire and is holding at 628 repins and more than 100 likes to date. One woman even shared it with her husband, noting “this one’s for you dear.” :-)

      Ben Hogan golf quote

      Fun in the Sun Blog

      On the Palmetto Dunes blog, apparently everyone was looking for something to do New Year’s Eve on Hilton Head Island because our post on 2014 New Year’s Eve activities was far and above the most read post of the year. In second was our post with advice on how to become the Macgyver of golf trips.

      Facebook

      Our Facebook friends were ready to melt the snow and head straight down to Hilton Head Island in the midst of winter’s fury. This image asking, “Who needs snowflakes when you have seashells?” has more than 1000 likes and 400 shares and is holding strong.

      Seashells and snowflakes

      YouTube

      On YouTube, this heart-warming video of a soldier surprising his family and wife undergoing chemotherapy with his return during Shannon Tanner’s HarbourFest show last summer at Shelter Cove Harbour was the most viewed of the year. Almost 1000 people have watched this uplifting reunion.

       

      Instagram

      Our new Instagram account captured the attention of beach lovers galore with our “Sandy Toes Selfie” contest and fun photos of activities throughout the resort. PalmettoDunesSC’s followers simply loved this photo of a perfect beach day at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

       

      Are you on social media? Be sure to follow us at all of the links below!


    • Posted on 30th Dec 2014, 9:15 am

      5 Apps to Help You Stay Fit on Your Hilton Head Vacation

      It’s almost the New Year, the time when everyone sets resolutions, many of which are health or fitness related. While there’s plenty of calorie-burning activities you can do on Hilton Head Island outside of the gym from running on the beach to kayaking our 11-mile lagoon to surfing the waves, we’ve put together 5 cool apps that can help you meet your more traditional fitness resolutions when you vacation with us. 

      1. Seven - If you don’t want to spend too much of your Hilton Head vacation working out, try Seven, an app that gives you a quick workout that lasts just seven minutes. Anyone can fit in seven minutes before breakfast or before bed and you’ll feel better knowing you got in some cardio and exercise. Choose from full body workouts or more targeted exercises for the core, upper or lower body for a small fee. You can also select workouts to burn fat, for strengthening or for stretching. 
      2. Sworkit - Sworkit is similar to Seven, except you can select longer workouts. Choose from a 5-45 minute workout and tell the app if you’d like to do yoga and stretching, strength and cardio, or if you want to design your own. You can also focus on different body areas that you’d like to work on.
      3. Argus - It’s always fun to see how far you’re walking on vacation -- often it’s a lot more than when you’re sitting behind a desk or at home on your regular schedule. Argus is a free app that tracks the steps you take as measured by your height and thus the length of your stride. Strive to get in 10,000 steps every day strolling our paved paths and the beach and keep up the momentum when you return home.
      4. WODBOX - Crossfitters, don’t miss a single workout while on vacation! Simply download WODBOX and see what the WOD (Workout of the Day for non-Crossfitters) is during your vacation. If you don’t have all the tools you need to complete the WOD on your own, head over to CrossFit Hilton Head at 1 New Orleans Road and join in the workout with fellow CrossFitters.
      5. Lumosity - Don’t forget about your mental fitness, too! We love Lumosity, an app that lets you play challenging, but fun brain games. It’s the perfect activity when you’re riding in the car, on a plane or just standing in line. You’ll feel yourself getting sharper by the minute! 

      For more information about booking your Hilton Head vacation at Palmetto Dunes, visit us at www.palmettodunes.com or call 866-650-4130.

    • Posted on 26th Dec 2014, 8:15 am

      6 Reasons to Stay in a Vacation Home or Villa on Hilton Head Island

      Many of our visitors tell us how much they love staying in a Hilton Head vacation home or villa when they visit the island. We thought we’d share with your our 6 top reasons why you’ll love staying in a Hilton Head vacation rental.

      More space - Forget crowding in a small hotel room with all your family members; in a vacation home or villa, you can spread out, giving everyone some breathing room. Each member can have their own bedroom or you can share, but Mom and Dad can retreat to the master for a break either way.

      Pack light - In Palmetto Dunes’ vacation homes and villas, you get access to your own washer and dryer, which makes packing so much easier. Instead of packing for every single day you’ll be visiting, you can wash and re-wear clothing throughout your trip. This is also very handy for wet swimsuits, and you can even return home with a suitcase full of clean rather than dirty clothes.

      Save on dining - With access to a kitchen in our homes and villas, you can eat some of your meals there. You may choose to start off the day with breakfast each morning in the villa, enjoy some lunches there as you take a break from the day’s activities or even cook an entire dinner for your family. The choice is yours!

      Amenities - Many of our homes and villas come with amenities like multiple big screen TVs, DVD players, free WiFi, private decks and patios, ocean views and more, providing additional activities for your family and making your experience more luxurious.

      Privacy - With a vacation home or villa, you often get more privacy than at a busy hotel. Head back for some peace and quiet any time you need a break from the action. With the additional space and amenities, you won’t dread coming back to your accommodation, but enjoy it.

      Priority Access - When you book your Hilton Head vacation home with Palmetto Dunes, you get special priority access to our resort activities. For each night you stay, you enjoy two hours of free tennis court time, access to our beachfront Dunes House only available to resort guests and property owners, as well as discounts on dining, golf, tennis lessons, resort shopping, kayaking and more. 

      Which vacation home should you choose? Browse our many options and filter them by number of bedrooms, location, view or even the number of individuals it will sleep. Book online or give us a call at 866-650-4130.

    • Posted on 18th Dec 2014, 1:45 pm

      Featured Hilton Head Vacation Villa: 38 Hickory Cove

      The weather is turning frightful for much of the country -- doesn’t a sunny getaway to Hilton Head Island sound delightful? Whether you come in winter or wait until the more balmy spring and summer months, it’s always a great time to hang your hat at this Palmetto Dunes vacation villa.

      This beautiful Hilton Head vacation villa located at 38 Hickory Cove offers a pool view and room to sleep up to nine vacationers. The two-story rental has a spacious living room, full kitchen with breakfast bar and a large private deck with grill for outdoor barbecues.

      It features three bedrooms, one of which is downstairs with a queen bed and its own bath. Upstairs, you’ll find the master suite with king bed along with a twin daybed for extra room. Off of the master, a private balcony overlooks the pool. The third bedroom, also upstairs, has two double beds and its own bathroom, as well.

      The villa also comes with a handy washer and dryer, so you can wash and wear as you go without the need to pack quite so much. 38 Hickory Cove is also just steps from the pool and a short bike ride from the beach or the Dunes House.

      Remember, when you book through Palmetto Dunes, you also get access to the Dunes House, open to property owners and guests only, as well as discounts and priority access to all resort amenities, as well as two hours of tennis court time daily at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center.

      For more information about booking this Hilton Head vacation rental, visit www.palmettodunes.com or give us call at 866-650-4130.

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