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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 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 11th Nov 2014, 12:30 pm

      Host your Hilton Head Holiday Party at Palmetto Dunes



      Hilton Head party venue

      Are you the hostess with the mostest? Then you’ll definitely want to wow your friends, family and colleagues with a holiday party that stands out during this season packed with gatherings. Whether you want to win them over at home or socialize beachfront, Dunes Catering & Events, part of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, is here to help you pick the perfect party venue and menu.

      Who can argue with a Christmas party at the beach? Invite your northern friends down for a taste of a South Carolina coastal Christmas when you choose to have your party oceanfront at the Dunes House, a casual outdoor setting for up to 200 people. This venue regularly hosts weddings, reunions, corporate parties and more, so our staff is ready and able to decorate it to your heart’s content and prepare some fantastic Lowcountry food as you enjoy the ocean breeze.

      If you’re looking for an indoor venue for your holiday function, consider the Centre Court Pavilion at Palmetto Dunes, which offers a ballroom-style setting for up to 150 party-goers. The Pavilion is a large, bright and airy room that overlooks the tennis courts and grand oak trees. It also offers a covered, open-air dining pavilion for serving guests a relaxed dinner buffet.

      Whether you call the island home year-round or love to find the perfect vacation “home” away from home during the holidays, we’re happy to bring the party to you. Our team is ready to prepare a Southern meal for your guests wherever you desire. Request an event proposal here.

      Wherever you choose to enjoy the company of friends and family, Dunes Catering & Events provides a delicious menu of options for dining. Choose from plated dinners, buffets or intimate dinners for smaller groups. We offer a selection of hors d’oeuvres, gourmet cheeses, carving stations, action stations (sushi bar, mashed potato bar and more), dinner menus, buffets (Lowcountry boils, Taste of the South, Southern BBQ) and a full bar and wine selection. View our menu.

      Are you ready to plan your Hilton Head holiday party? Give Lou Anne or Lindsay a ring at 843-686-9623 to get started.

    • Posted on 21st Oct 2014, 7:00 am

      Spend Your Thanksgiving at the Beach with These Holiday Travel Deals

      If you’re looking for something to shake up your holiday celebrations this year or want to start a new family tradition, consider Thanksgiving at the beach here on beautiful Hilton Head Island. At Palmetto Dunes, we offer everything you need to have the perfect family festivity and enjoy a vacation at the same time.

      Our Thanksgiving Week Special combines the best of Turkey Day with all that the beach and Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has to offer. Stay at least three nights and get 10 percent off select Hilton Head vacation villas within the resort and head over to the oceanfront Dunes House restaurant for your traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner.

      The package also encourages you to stay active on the holiday to burn off all those pumpkin pie calories with 20% off bike, canoe and kayak rentals, 15% off of Hilton Head golf tee times at our three championship courses, as well as two hours of complimentary tennis court time daily. Guests who book through the resort also receive merchandise and dining discounts, as well as preferred rates and priority access to all resort activities and amenities.

      In addition to the package, we offer accommodation rates at our Hilton Head vacation rentals, starting at just $159 per night. For an additional cost, you can choose to dine at the Dunes House, which offers a buffet on Nov. 27 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., or head over to Big Jim’s restaurant, which will be serving plated dinners complete with all the fixings!

      If you’d prefer to have Thanksgiving dinner in the comfort of your vacation home or villa, pick up your Thanksgiving dinner to go from Big Jim’s starting at 11 a.m. on Nov. 27. Reservations are required for the Dunes House buffet, and we recommend reservations and pre-ordering for Big Jim’s in-restaurant or to-go meals. Call us at 843-686-9136.

      To reserve the Thanksgiving week special or Hilton Head accommodations over the holiday, visit www.palmettodunes.com using promo code THANKSGIVING14 or call us directly at 866-650-4130.

    • Posted on 16th Oct 2014, 1:45 pm

      Fall Deals and Specials at Hilton Head Restaurants at Shelter Cove Harbour

      Hilton Head restaurant

      Shelter Cove Harbour, Palmetto Dunes’ waterfront marina and entertainment district, offers many wonderful choices for dining and more than 150 waterfront tables! Choose from six restaurants, serving everything from Mediterranean to Mexican and Italian to seafood – all with fantastic views.

      Here’s a round-up of current special offers available at these Hilton Head restaurants to enjoy when you visit Palmetto Dunes this fall:

      San Miguel’s Mexican Café

      Gather the girls for an afternoon margarita or bring the family for some fish tacos at San Miguel’s. Enjoy a daily happy hour, plus live entertainment from 5:30-9:30 p.m. nightly.

      Mediterranean Harbour Bar & Grill

      Did you know you could see belly dancing on Hilton Head Island?! You can at Mediterranean Harbour Bar & Grill on Fridays throughout October and November from 7-9 p.m. They’re also currently offering a dinner special of $29.95/person that includes the soup of the day or side salad, the chef’s special entrée and a dessert.

      La Fontana Waterfront Grill & Pizzeria

      La Fontana is a great place to watch football while you’re visiting Hilton Head. The new Italian restaurant has six big screen TVs, an outdoor bar and plenty of drink specials.

      Bistro 17

      At gourmet restaurant Bistro 17, be an early bird and get a special deal. Those who choose to dine with them between 5 and 6 p.m. get 15% off, plus a free glass of house wine.

      Scott’s Fish Market

      Scott’s Fish Market has a different deal every day. For example, on Tuesdays get a free bottle of wine with the purchase of two main course entrees, while on Thursdays join in their Lobster Love Fest! On Saturdays and Sundays, they host a special football lunch from 11:30 a.m. -3 p.m.

      ELA’s Blu Water Grill

      A favorite of celebrities, ELA’s waterfront restaurant has live entertainment Thursday-Sunday evenings and features a Sunday brunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., also with live music.

      Now, you’ve got six different places to try, all offering some great fall dining deals and fantastic views! While you’re there, be sure to enjoy Shelter Cove’s outstanding shopping , as well as Music & Taste on the Harbour Thursdays through Oct. 23 for free live music, dancing and small bites from Shelter Cove restaurants.

    • Posted on 16th Oct 2014, 9:15 am

      Discover New Wines at Weekly Dunes House Event through October

      Wine Tasting Hilton HeadSip wine seaside at a new event offered at the beachfront Dunes House restaurant, open to Palmetto Dunes resort guests and property owners.

      At Wine Tasting Wednesday, every Wednesday in October from 5-7 p.m. at the inside room, guests can try new wines paired with sumptuous cheeses while enjoying a beautiful oceanfront view.

      The event is $10 per person first come, first served and will include different wines each week. For example, on October 15, featured wines will be:

      • Moobuzz Chard
      • Moobuzz pinot noir
      • Plungerhead Cab
      • Pennywise Petit Syrah
      • Pennywise Sauv Blanc

      Wine distributors will also be on hand to answer your most burning wine questions J. 

      Come enjoy wine and cheese on your fall Hilton Head vacation! Stroll over or ride your bike from your Hilton Head vacation home and meet us at the Dunes House. See you there!

    • Posted on 25th Sep 2014, 2:49 pm

      Spend Game Day at Big Jim’s Hilton Head Restaurant at Palmetto Dunes

      Hilton Head restaurant football

      Sports fan? Can you think of a better spot to enjoy game day than enjoying food and drink specials with amazing views of an oceanfront golf course just outside the window? That’s what you’ll find at Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers and Pizza restaurant at the Robert Trent Jones golf course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

      Designed to be sports friendly for football fans and beyond, the restaurant offers lots of big screen TVs, showing different games, and daily food and drink specials along with happy hour every day from 4-7 p.m. Eat your fill of wings, nachos and sliders while sipping cocktails and a variety of brews.

      If you’re looking for a spot to root for your favorite college football team, enjoy fall-off-the-bone ribs 2 for 1 on Saturdays. On Sundays, when the NFL takes the spotlight, try our 2-for-1 wings and $2 sliders. On both days, you’ll find $15 buckets of domestic beers.

      You can even bring the kids, as we offer a family-friendly environment and full kids menu. As the air gets a little crisper in winter, we even set up an outdoor fire pit for socializing during half-time and pre- and post game.

      Got a group headed to your house or vacation home to cheer for the home team? Big Jim’s offers party packages and platters starting at $30 so you can leave all the cooking to us! Just give us a call at 843-785-1165.

      Big Jim’s is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. View the full menu.

    • Posted on 20th Sep 2014, 9:15 am

      Hilton Head Dining Options at Shelter Cove Harbour

      Hilton-Head-restaurants

      Whether you’re looking for a casual burger or a more upscale meal, you’ll find it at Shelter Cove Harbour, which is home to a variety of Hilton Head restaurants all close to the marina and many offering a waterfront view.

      Centrally located on the island across from Palmetto Dunes, Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina is a Mediterranean style shopping and entertainment district with activities for all ages from fishing and kayaking to jet packing and parasailing. When it comes to dining, patrons have a great selection from Italian to Mediterranean and beyond.

      Shelter Cove Harbour restaurants include:

      La Fontana Waterfront Grill & Pizza

      Curb your craving for Italian at La Fontana whose owners and chefs hail directly from Naples, Italy. La Fontana serves authentic Italian cuisine and pizzas and features a patio and outdoor bar for enjoying the views.

      Mediterranean Harbour Bar & Grill

      Experience fresh Lebanese cuisine right in the midst of the Lowcountry at Mediterranean Harbour Bar & Grill, which opened in summer 2014. The restaurant is known for its healthy selections, which include steaks, lamb, seafood and vegetables, as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options. It also has an outdoor bar with marina views.

      San Miguel’s

      One of the most popular spots in Shelter Cove Harbour is San Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant. During the warmer months, this Hilton Head Mexican restaurant often has live music and it offers outdoor seating, as well. You’ll want to be sure to try a margarita at San Miguel’s and, of course, their fish and shrimp tacos!

      Scott’s Fish Market

      One of the most established restaurants at Shelter Cove Harbour is Scott’s Fish Market, which has been around for more than 20 years. Located marina-front right next to the iconic Neptune Statue, the restaurant has a large outdoor dining area and specializes in seafood, steaks and pastas.

      ELA’S Blu Water Grille

      A hot spot for celebrities visiting the island, ELA’s is a fine dining Hilton Head restaurant with a beautiful water view. Paula Abdul and Jane Seymour have each been spotted dining at the restaurant. ELA’s is known for its fresh catch seafood, steaks and wine selection.

      Bistro 17

      Another gourmet establishment at Shelter Cove Harbour is French restaurant Bistro 17. Entrees at Bistro 17 include duck confit, rack of Colorado lamb, steak frites and wild salmon. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily and it has a newly expanded dining area overlooking the water.

      Which Hilton Head restaurant is your favorite at Shelter Cove Harbour? Which would you like to try next?

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