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    • Posted on 21st Feb 2015, 7:00 am

      8 Reasons You Must Eat at Hilton Head’s Oceanfront Restaurant, The Dunes House

      With Palmetto Dunes’ famous oceanfront Dunes House restaurant opening later this month, we wanted to get you excited for your chance to eat at this classic beach location on Hilton Head Island. Here are 8 reasons you don’t want to miss a visit to the Dunes House on your Hilton Head vacation:

      1. You can’t beat the view - The Dunes House is one of a few Hilton Head beachfront restaurants where you can sit outside, enjoy the day and listen to the waves and the activity on the beach. Watch kids fly kites, look for dolphins in the surf and pet the dogs who join their owners for a bite.
      2. It’s only for Palmetto Dunes’ guests and property owners - Because it’s only open to guests of the resort and property owners, you won’t have to haggle with the rest of the island for a seat. While it is busy during summer months, it’s worth the wait. It’s also a good idea to come during non-peak hours between lunch and dinner during busier seasons.
      3. The fish tacos rock - While you’re on Hilton Head Island, you should enjoy your fill of seafood and the Dunes House is known for their yummy fish tacos. Order them up with your favorite drink and you’ll have all the fuel you need to finish your day at the beach.
      4. You can ride your bike - Forget trying to find a parking space at the Dunes House. Simply hop on your Hilton Head bike rental from Hilton Head Outfitters and enjoy a leisurely ride from anywhere within the resort. Park your bike right up front and it’ll be ready to take you to the beach, to the tennis courts, to the golf courses -- or wherever you’re headed next.
      5. All the cool kids are there - The Dunes House is a longtime Palmetto Dunes tradition for meeting up with friends and family. Teens will enjoy hanging out and even meeting new friends. It’s always a lively atmosphere and everyone’s in a good mood because they’re at the beach!
      6. You can go swimming immediately after - Wear your cover-up over your swimsuit and dash directly to the beach after lunch or dinner (waiting 30 minutes for your food to digest, of course :)). Where else can you dine and swim?!
      7. They have music - On select evenings during spring and summer, the Dunes House features live music just to make your experience on the beach even better.
      8. You’ll save - Guests of the resort get discounts on every meal at the Dunes House - cha ching! 

      Have we convinced you that the Dunes House should be your first stop when you arrive on Hilton Head Island? Be sure to check out our resort calendar for upcoming events. 

      For more information about booking your Hilton Head vacation, 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 27th Jan 2015, 11:30 am

      10 Places to Kiss at Hilton Head Island’s Palmetto Dunes

      Best Places to Kiss on Hilton Head

      While any beach is romantic, we think there’s something extra special here on the South Carolina coast of Hilton Head Island when it comes to lighting a spark, especially here within our beautiful beach resort. We’ve collected our top 10 places to steal a smooch on your next visit to Palmetto Dunes:

      1. Robert Trent Jones Course No. 10 - With its fantastic ocean views this is a great place to pucker up, especially if you or your sweetheart beat par! This gorgeous spot is also a popular location to get engaged and say I do!

      2. Neptune Statue - An iconic landmark on Hilton Head Island, we highly recommend getting a selfie of the pair of you in a liplock while this famous figurative sundial stands in the background.

      3. In a canoe - Head out on our peaceful 11-mile inland lagoon system for some precious alone time together by renting a canoe from Hilton Head Outfitters. Marvel at the natural beauty of the lowcountry and lean in for a kiss just when it couldn’t get any quieter.

      4. On a sunset dinner cruise - Hop aboard a romantic Hilton Head sunset dinner cruise leaving from Shelter Cove Harbour and enjoy a gourmet meal as the sun sets over the marsh. That’s sure to start some loving feelings!

      5. Ocean view villa - Rent one of our Hilton Head ocean view villas and prepare a romantic dinner for two (Dunes Catering can assist if you need a little help in this department). Then step out on to the balcony as the winds sweeps through your hair to make your move!

      6. At the beach - It’s tough to beat kissing at the beach with the sound of the ocean waves crashing in the background. Kick off your shoes and head for a barefoot walk down our 3-mile stretch of beach. Why not make it a game and kiss every time you see a dolphin?! Collect some shells as mementos of your romantic vacation.

      7. On the tennis court - Why not show your “love” during a tennis match? We recommend leaning in over the net at one of our 26 Hilton Head tennis courts. Try a night game with our lighted courts to kick up the romance level.

      8. Over dinner at the Dunes House - Is there a more romantic place to dine than overlooking the beach? Share a shrimp cocktail, some fish tacos and cheer your relationship over some frozen drinks.

      9. Dinner with a harbour view - Second only to the beach in romantic dinner options is a view of the harbour at Shelter Cove. Choose from several gourmet restaurants with a water view at Shelter Cove Harbour like ELA’s Blu Water Grille and Bistro 17.

      10. On a bike for two - Get some fresh air with your amour by renting a tandem bike from Hilton Head Outfitters. You’ll have to work together as you pedal throughout the resort as you cruise beneath palm trees and sweeping live oaks with hanging moss.

      Have you stolen a smooch on the island? Got any secret spots?

      To plan a romantic getaway to Hilton Head Island, consider our romance packages that combine accommodations, activities and spa services. Want to customize a vacation just for you and your sweetheart? Give us a call at 866-650-4130 and we’ll get it all set up!


    • 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 5th Dec 2014, 1:45 pm

      8 Secrets to the Perfect Family Beach Vacation

      When you're planning your annual beach trip, you want everything to go just perfectly so you'll have wonderful family memories for years to come. But with kids of different ages and sometimes grandparents along for the trip, too the planning part can be slightly challenging.

      Here are 8 secrets from the staff at Palmetto Dunes for planning the perfect family beach vacation:

      1) Choose a villa or home rental

      Over and over we hear from families who stay at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort how much they love staying in our Hilton Head vacation rentals and homes. Families can spread out instead of being cramped in a hotel room and enjoy some down time between activities. Plus, you have access to a full kitchen and a washer and dryer, which makes packing so much easier.

      2) Reserve early

      Be sure to reserve your Hilton Head beach vacation as soon as you can to ensure you get your first choice of Hilton Head vacation rentals, as well as the best rates. That also goes for our Hilton Head bike rentals, kayak rentals, tee times at our three championship Hilton Head golf courses and more, especially during busier seasons.

      3) Sign up for our emails

      Looking for a deal? You're sure to find the best ones if you subscribe to our emails. We regularly share inside tips and savings just for our past guests and subscribers. You'll be the first to know about the latest offers and events at the resort.

      4) Check the events calendar

      Before you arrive – or even plan your vacation – check to see what's going on at the resort on our events calendar. We have activities year-round, but if you have a specific event or activities for a certain age group in mind, you can plan your visit around that schedule. During summer, enjoy HarbourFest at Shelter Cove, and during spring and fall, there's Music & Taste on the Harbour. We also regularly host golf and tennis clinics, summer surfing lessons, live music at the oceanfront Dunes House restaurantand more.

      5) Don't over-schedule

      When you come to Hilton Head Island, there's so much to do, you can wear yourself out! We highly recommend choosing just one main activity per day, such as golf, tennis, a nature cruise or kayaking, and allowing plenty of time for relaxing at your vacation home or villa. That's what makes it a vacation!

      6) Get bikes

      Hilton Head Island is the perfect place to ride your Hilton Head bike rentals. With 50 miles of paved paths to explore, there's always somewhere new to go. You'll be happy you're not sitting in traffic, and you'll get a firsthand view of our beautiful scenery. Plus, you're getting exercise, too! Safely ride to the Dunes House, the General Store, the Tennis Center or any of our 3 golf courses within Palmetto Dunes. You can also pedal through our safe passageway under the highway to Shelter Cove Harbour.

      7) Learn a new skill

      Why not come back from vacation with a new skill? Palmetto Dunes offers ample opportunity for learning a new skill or sport. Take a class at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy, hone your golf skills at our three varied golf courses, each of which has been named the South Carolina course of the year, or take a lesson at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center. Learn to surf during the summer with our Hilton Head surfing lessons or take a Hilton Head fishing charter and learn how to fish from the Lowcountry experts. Crabbing is another great activity for all ages!

      8) Go grocery shopping

      Since you're staying in a vacation home or villa, you have access to a full kitchen, and it's incredibly handy to be able to pop back for a snack or enjoy breakfast in the villa before you head out for the day. Head to the new Kroger or Whole Foods close by upon your arrival or use a Hilton Head grocery shopping service like Hopper Shopper or Grocery Run and have your rental stocked before you even arrive!

      What are your tips for a great beach vacation? We want to hear them!

      For more information about booking your family beach vacation at Palmetto Dunes, visit www.palmettodunes.com or give us a call at 866-650-4130.

    • Posted on 2nd Dec 2014, 10:15 am

      Travel Bloggers Share Family Fun at Hilton Head’s Palmetto Dunes Resort

      Over the last month, we had several travel bloggers visit the resort with their families and they blew up social media with all the fun they had! We wanted to share a recap of their families’ activities and outings to give you an idea of what you and your family can enjoy the next time you’re on the island.

      For this post, we wanted to share the adventures of Malise Terrell with Carolina Mama and her family of four, including two teenage boys, who visited in early November. They were pleased to find weather warm enough (68 degrees!) for several dips in the ocean. 

      Hilton Head family vacation

      The Terrells enjoy tennis, so they decided that some evening tennis court time would be just what they needed after their drive from North Carolina. Their family played after dark on our lighted courts, which just require a token from the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center to operate.

      Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center

      They also headed to the beach with some fishing rental gear from Hilton Head Outfitters to see what they could reel in. No catches this time, but they enjoyed the view and the time together! 

      Hilton Head family fishing

      Biking was a top activity for the family, using Hilton Head bike rentals also from Hilton Head Outfitters, which were waiting for them when they arrived at their vacation villa. The crew took a ride down the beach and up to the beachfront Dunes House, as well as explored the resort.

      Hilton Head bike rentals

      The Terrell family loved their Hilton Head vacation rental and Mom was especially fond of her comfy chair and quiet spot for reading, as well as the gorgeous master bath at newly-renovated 714 Barrington Park just a short walk from the beach. 

      Hilton Head vacation rental

      Hilton Head vacation home

      Of course, our favorite picture had to be the boys holding light sabers on the beach, perfect timing with all the talk of the new Star Wars trailer and very controversial new light saber!

      Hilton Head beach

      Follow Malise on Instagram to see all of her pics and call us at 866-650-4130 to book your own family getaway to Palmetto Dunes!

       

       

    • Posted on 29th Nov 2014, 6:45 am

      Palmetto Dunes Named Top Southern Resort by Conde Nast Traveler

      Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

      What’s your favorite resort in the south? We hope it’s Palmetto Dunes! It seems that it is for many of you, as Conde Nast Traveler just announced we landed at No. 13 on their Reader’s Choice Top 25 Resorts in the South. South Carolina dominated the list with seven resorts, including us, represented.

      For the Reader’s Choice Awards, Conde Nast Traveler asked nearly 77,000 readers to vote on their favorite cities, hotels, resorts and cruise lines to help inspire others about the best places to travel around the world.

      To determine the rankings for the awards, which began back in 1988, the magazine hires a research firm to tabulate the results. In order to be eligible for an award, a candidate must receive a minimum number of responses.

      Readers are asked to judge each individual candidate on a set of criteria relevant to their category, based on a standard five-point scale: excellent, very good, good, fair and poor. The mean average determines the final score and thus ranking.

      Why is Palmetto Dunes a top U.S. resort? Let us count the ways! Golf, tennis, 3 miles of beach, a beautiful inland lagoon system, shopping, dining, fishing, kayaking, bike riding and the list goes on…

      Why do you think Palmetto Dunes is one of the best resorts in the south?

      To book your Hilton Head Island getaway, give us a call at 866-650-4130 or visit us at www.palmettodunes.com

    • Posted on 7th Nov 2014, 3:30 pm

      5 Hilton Head Holiday Gift Ideas

      If you’ve got some folks in your family who simply adore Hilton Head, why not give them a little taste of the island as their holiday gift? We’ve got 5 ideas for the Hilton Head lovers in your life:

      1)      Golf flag – For the golfers in your family, why not give them a fun reminder of their rounds at Palmetto Dunes? Come shop in one of our Hilton Head golf pro shops for a flag with the name of one of our golf courses or we’re happy to ship it to you. Why not reserve them a future golf round, as well?

      2)      Beach-themed ornament – Christmas tree ornaments can be fun reminders of people and places near and dear to your heart. That’s why you should have an ornament representing Hilton Head on your tree. The Palmetto Dunes General Store always has some cute ones in stock – be it Santa riding an alligator or climbing a palm tree J.

      3)      Hilton Head vacation – Want to see the family go bananas on Christmas morning? Let them unwrap a gift that tells them they’ll be vacationing to Hilton Head Island next spring or summer! Go ahead and book your Hilton Head vacation home and include a few pictures for them to ogle along with a sample itinerary of biking, golfing, playing tennis, kayaking, fishing and more!

      4)      Palmetto Dunes logoed gear – Our new online store makes it easy to order something and have it sent direct to you without ever having to step outside the door. Choose from a variety of apparel all printed with the Palmetto Dunes logo, including fleece jackets, hats, polos and even robes.

      5)      Palmetto Dunes Gift Card – For the people you just don’t know what to get, why not a Palmetto Dunes gift card? They can use it at any-resort owned property for goods and services, such as accommodations for vacation rentals, meals at the Dunes House or Big Jim’s, rounds of golf, tennis lessons, bike rentals or even surfing lessons next summer! Buy online.

      Which of these Hilton Head Island gifts would you like the most this holiday season? Do you think your family would enjoy receiving them?

      If we can help you plan your Hilton Head vacation or ship gift items direct to your doorstep, give us a call at 866-650-4130.

    • Posted on 1st Nov 2014, 2:56 pm

      Have Yourselves a Merry Little Beach Holiday on Hilton Head Island

      While many plan their beach getaways during the busier spring and summer seasons, we think fall and winter is the perfect time for seaside retreat, especially with your significant other!

      As the weather gets cool up north, it’s incredibly uplifting and refreshing to head to warmer climes, even if just for a brief respite. It can lift the spirits and give you endurance to make it through the rest of the cold winter months!

      Hilton Head Island and Palmetto Dunes make for great winter and holiday escapes for couples. Plan to take a long weekend away from the kids during holiday break or any weekend you can get away. Just picture in your mind’s eye strolls on the beach, waterfront gourmet meals, and long bike rides, stopping to have a picnic under the palms.

      Palmetto Dunes offers many activities for couples. Choose from any or all of the below:

      1)      A round of golf at any of our 3 championship Hilton Head golf courses

      2)      2 hours of complimentary tennis court time daily with a Palmetto Dunes vacation home or villa

      3)      Golf or tennis lessons

      4)      Paddle our 11-mile inland lagoon system in a double kayak or canoe from Hilton Head Outfitters

      5)      Rent bikes from Hilton Head Outfitters and explore the 50 miles of paved paths on Hilton Head Island

      6)      Have a massage or Hilton Head spa service at Ocean Tides Spa at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort or Spa Soleil at Hilton Head Marriot Resort and Spa

      7)      Enjoy a gourmet meal with a waterfront view at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina. Choose from restaurants ranging from French and Italian to Mediterranean and Mexican.

      We offer a variety of romance packages that combine accommodations with many of these activities. For more information about a couples’ holiday getaway, visit www.palmettodunes.com or call us at 866-650-4130.

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