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    • Posted on 15th Dec 2014, 1:45 pm

      Ring in 2015 Beachside: New Year’s Eve Celebrations on Hilton Head Island

      New Year's Eve Hilton HeadAs you countdown to the New Year and celebrate with a glass of bubbly, you might as well be doing so seaside! Come spend New Year Eve with us here at Palmetto Dunes and enjoy a rolicking night of fun at one of the below celebrations or hang out in your villa or home rental for a more private party.

      Be sure to take advantage of our special winter rates, starting at just $159 per night for a two-bedroom villa through February, including New Year’s Eve! Plus, if you book by Dec. 26 for a stay through Jan. 31, 2015, using code HAPPYNEWYEAR, you’ll receive 15% off 3-night stays and a $50 resort gift card, plus discounts on tee times, bike/kayak/canoe rentals and two hours of complimentary tennis court time daily.

      The beachfront Omni Hotel inside the resort will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party. Beginning at 6 p.m., enjoy a special four-course dinner, music and dancing at the hotel’s XO Lounge. David Bohn, a 12-string acoustic guitarist who plays favorites from the 60' and 70's, will entertain during dinner followed by Candace Woodson, an island favorite who engages the crowd and fills up the dance floor with a unique blend of R & B, Motown, pop and requests. XO lounge is a cosmopolitan night spot just steps from the ocean, voted best Hotel Bar on the island by Hilton Head Monthly readers. The cost for the event is $85/person with dinner.

      Head across the road to Shelter Cove Harbour for a New Year’s Eve celebration at ELA’s Blu Water Grille, a favorite of celebrities when they visit the island. This beautiful restaurant with fantastic marina views will have dinner specials, live music, dancing, a balloon drop and a champagne toast at midnight. Dinner seatings will be at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. with live music from the John Wasem Duo. The pre fixe menu includes appetizers, an entree and a dessert with entree choices of seared Branzino, sweet & bubbly surf and turf, or a veal chop.

      Give us a call at 866-650-4130 or visit www.palmettodunes.com to reserve your Hilton Head Island stay for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. We can’t think of a better way to start off 2015!


    • 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 4th Nov 2014, 10:15 am

      Hilton Head Holiday Happenings at Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove

      The holiday season is upon us and we’ve got many fun events in the works for those of you considering a Hilton Head holiday getaway. Who can blame you for wanting to gather with your family on our beautiful island with the beach just outside your door?

      Hilton Head Island offers all the traditional seasonal activities, as well, like visits with Santa, plentiful holiday shopping and delicious restaurants with seasonal offerings. Here’s just a few of the events you can look forward to throughout November and December:

      Santa Claus is Comin’ to Shelter Cove!

      Bring the little ones across the street from Palmetto Dunes to Shelter Cove Harbour on Friday, November 28, to see Santa as he makes a quick stop at the beach to find out what every little boy and girl would like under the tree this year.

      Santa arrives at noon via a fire truck where he’ll be stationed at Neptune Statue for some great Instagram-worthy Christmas pics! The fun starts long before Santa arrives around 11 a.m. with holiday music, a moon bounce house, a kiddy train ride around the marina and special offers and sales from Shelter Cove merchants.

      Santa will hang around until 2 p.m. before leaving our mild beach weather to head back to the snowy North Pole.

      Sales Galore

      Shelter Cove Harbour offers outstanding Hilton Head shopping with a beautiful view. Stroll through our many boutiques and shops for one-of-a-kind items like local ornaments at Christmas on the Harbour and amazing artwork from Nash Gallery. The newest store to open at the Harbour is Seasons, which features women’s apparel, accessories, shoes, jewelry and resort wear -- the perfect spot to find dazzling outfits for upcoming holiday parties!

      Throughout the weekend after Thanksgiving and all during the holiday season, Shelter Cove stores will offer sales and specials to cover all of your holiday shopping needs.

      It’s Oyster Roast Season!

      As we like to say here in the Lowcountry, any month ending with an “r” is the perfect month for an oyster roast, but things really get in full swing in November and December. The Dunes House, open to resort guests and owners at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, hosts an annual oyster roast for our dear friends and family each November.

      This year’s event will be Saturday, November 29 from 2 p.m.- 7 p.m. Come shuck some oysters and eat them your favorite way – with lemon, hot sauce or however you prefer! We’ll also have beer specials and a full menu, and did we mention the fantastic ocean view?!

    • Posted on 30th Sep 2014, 1:00 pm

      Hilton Head in the Off Season Offers More Bang for your Buck

      Afraid Hilton Head Island prices are beyond your reach? Think again! Palmetto Dunes, especially in the off season, which includes the holidays, may be more economical than you thought. 

      From October 2014-March 2015, we have rates for a two-bedroom resort view villa starting at only $159/night! And unlike a traditional hotel room, you get a full villa with many of the amenities of home like a full kitchen and dining area and a washer/dryer, which makes packing so much easier. Our villas also have TVs, wireless Internet access and many have porches, balconies or decks to enjoy Lowcountry views, as well as gyms, pools and elevators. Additional bedrooms and ocean views are available for a higher starting rate. 

      Plus, when you book through Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, you get even more value for your nightly rate, including two free hours of tennis daily and 20% off resort dining and items at select retail outlets. Our guests also receive preferred rates and priority access to our three championship Hilton Head golf courses and golf lessons, Hilton Head tennis clinics, Hilton Head bike rentals, kayak rentals, fishing charters and more. 

      Got a pooch who wants to join you at the beach? No problem! We offer several Hilton Head pet-friendly accommodations during this season. 

      Always dreamed of spending the holidays watching the waves crash after your turkey dinner or opening gifts? These prices remain the same during Thanksgiving or the December holiday break, too – an amazing deal! 

      Fall and winter are wonderful seasons to visit the island with much milder temperatures than you’ll find up north and all the same fun Lowcountry activities available. Take a look at our recent blog on 7 Fall Activities to do on Hilton Head Island

      Let us know if we can get that $159/night rate locked in for you and your family! Give us a ring at 866-650-4130 and browse our Hilton Head vacation rentals to find the perfect vacation home for your visit.

    • Posted on 23rd Sep 2014, 3:45 pm

      Tales from Hilton Head’s Haunted Lighthouse

      Haunted Hilton Head Lighthouse

      Looking to get spooked this Halloween on your vacation to Hilton Head Island? You’ll definitely want to make a stop at a famous landmark that just happens to be located right here at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

      The Leamington Lighthouse, or the Hilton Head Rear Range Lighthouse, is located within the Arthur Hills golf course and legend holds that there have been a Hilton Head haunting or two within this historic structure.

      Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the lighthouse was built between 1879 and 1880 to help guide ships into Port Royal Sound. It originally included a keeper’s house, forward beacon (whose light could be seen from 15 miles away) and rear lighthouse; however, only the rear lighthouse remains standing along with a water cistern and brick oil house.

      The lighthouse was taken out of service and abandoned during the 1930s, but during World War II, it was used as a lookout post for enemy ships entering the sound. It is one of the few surviving lighthouses in South Carolina and the only one of its type remaining in the state. Greenwood Communities and Resorts, the parent company of Palmetto Dunes, restored the structure in 1985 and opened the grounds to the public. It’s now an iconic landmark for those playing the Hills Hilton Head golf course.

      The tale goes that in 1898 as a major hurricane swept through the area, the lighthouse keeper died of a heart attack as the storm raged, but his 21-year-old daughter kept the light burning after his death.  However, she died just three weeks later.

      Ever since, there have been reported sightings of a female ghost in a long blue dress on dark, rainy nights. Let us know if you see her…. 

    • Posted on 16th Sep 2014, 3:10 pm

      7 Fabulous Fall Activities on Hilton Head Island

      Fall Activities Hilton Head Island

      The fall forecast for Hilton Head Island? AWESOME! We want you to come on down and enjoy the mild weather, Carolina sunshine and great activities that make autumn a wonderful time of year to visit Hilton Head Island.

      Here are 7 of our favorite fall activities on Hilton Head Island and at Palmetto Dunes:

      1)      Music & Taste on the Harbour – Is there anything better than live music outdoors with a beautiful view? We put it all together at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, located just across Highway 278 from the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Every Thursday, through October 23, Shelter Cove will feature live music from local bands along with light appetizers and drink specials from Shelter Cove restaurants. It’s a free event, so don’t miss the fun!

      2)      Fishing – It’s hard to top fall fishing on Hilton Head Island. The red fish are especially abundant, because they spawn, forming large schools, during fall. We have more than 6000 red fish, ranging in size from 1-40 pounds, stocked in our 11-mile inland lagoon, so you’re bound to catch one. If you’d like to have some “reel” fun, head out with Captain Trent Malphrus, who knows all the right spots, on one of our Hilton Head fishing charters!

      3)      Biking – With the milder temperatures, it’s a great time to hop on a bike and explore the 25 miles of paved bike paths within the resort or venture beyond to the more than 50 miles of paved paths across the island. Stop by Hilton Head Outfitters for the perfect bike rental, options for kids and all the bike accessories you’ll need.

      4)      Kayaking – Another great activity for all ages here at the resort is kayaking or canoeing. Enjoy a peaceful paddle in our lagoon system and take in the beautiful natural surroundings and golf course views. Hilton Head Outfitters rents kayaks and canoes, including singles and doubles for families who want to bring along young kids. You can also fish from our kayaks and canoes.

      5)      Beachcombing – Autumn can be the perfect season to search for shells. The beaches are not as crowded and the sun isn’t beating down on you quite so much. Keep your eye out for various shells, shark teeth and even the occasional Native American artifact! Here are more beachcombing tips for Hilton Head Island.

      6)      Golf – Challenge your best friends to a round – or several rounds – of golf at our three varied, championship Hilton Head golf courses. We offer lots of benefits for groups, such as stocked beer, logoed merchandise and access to our TripCaddie app that lets you track scores and even award trophies! Get a group golf quote here.

      7)      Tennis – You can work up a sweat playing tennis at one of our 25 courts in a hurry, but in fall you won’t be quite as soaked. Enjoy some of the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center fall tennis tournaments like the Banana Open Challenge, take a Hilton Head tennis clinic offered daily or try our Cardio Tennis class for a real calorie-burning workout! 

      What activity are you most looking forward to this fall on Hilton Head Island? If we can help you plan your fall Palmetto Dunes vacation, visit our new website at www.palmettodunes.com or give us a call at 866-650-4130.

    • Posted on 9th Sep 2014, 10:15 am

      New Palmetto Dunes Website Makes Hilton Head Vacation Planning a Breeze!

      Hilton Head Beach vacations

      Planning a Hilton Head Island vacation just got even simpler with our brand new user-friendly website designed to be easily viewed on a range of devices, including lap tops, desk tops, smart phones and tablets.

      At PalmettoDunes.com, you can now view almost 150 Hilton Head vacation homes and rentals by availability, location, view, number of bedrooms and more! As a surprise, we rewarded the first person to book a Palmetto Dunes vacation on the new site with a $250 resort gift card and we’ll be doing the same for the 50th and 100th reservations. So book now to see if you’re a winner!

      We’re also offering 20% off select villas along with a $50 resort gift card through September 30, 2014 in celebration of the new website. Just use code CHECKITOUT14 to score the savings.

      Guests can also now reserve golf tee times, bikes, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, beach chairs and more via a click of the mouse. “During peak times when activities and gear can easily sell out, the ability to quickly reserve your rentals and tee times online in advance will help guests ensure they have access to the activities most important to them,” says Brad Marra, assistant vice president of resort operations for Palmetto Dunes.

      Reserving activities and gear ahead of time also means you don’t have to worry about any planning while you’re enjoying your vacation.

      Other features of the new website include an easy-to-navigate resort calendar that helps users view all of the events taking place during their vacation, which can include nearly 30 tennis clinics weekly, along with golf clinics, dining specials, live music, family events at Palmetto Dunes’ waterfront Shelter Cove Harbour and others.

      An interactive map lets you clearly view and highlight the location of various activities and hubs within the resort, including our three championship golf courses, Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, oceanfront Dunes House restaurant, Hilton Head Outfitters, bike paths, beach access points and more. You can also see where specific neighborhoods and vacation units are located within the resort and their proximity to different activities.

      Golfers can watch virtual flyovers of all three of our courses, see maps of each hole and sneak a peek at the immensely popular Robert Trent Jones golf course web cam, watching golfers start and conclude their rounds.

      Check  out the new website and let us know what you think! And, remember, we’re awarding the 50th and 100th reservations with a $250 resort gift card – it might as well be you!

      Planning a Hilton Head Island vacation just got even simpler with our brand new user-friendly website designed to be easily viewed on a range of devices, including lap tops, desk tops, smart phones and tablets.

      At PalmettoDunes.com, you can now view almost 150 Hilton Head vacation homes and rentals by availability, location, view, number of bedrooms and more! As a surprise, we rewarded the first person to book a Palmetto Dunes vacation on the new site with a $250 resort gift card and we’ll be doing the same for the 50th and 100th reservations. So book now to see if you’re a winner!

      We’re also offering 20% off select villas along with a $50 resort gift card through September 30, 2014 in celebration of the new website. Just use code CHECKITOUT14 to score the savings.

      Guests can also now reserve golf tee times, bikes, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, beach chairs and more via a click of the mouse. “During peak times when activities and gear can easily sell out, the ability to quickly reserve your rentals and tee times online in advance will help guests ensure they have access to the activities most important to them,” says Brad Marra, assistant vice president of resort operations for Palmetto Dunes.

      Reserving activities and gear ahead of time also means you don’t have to worry about any planning while you’re enjoying your vacation.

      Other features of the new website include an easy-to-navigate resort calendar that helps users view all of the events taking place during their vacation, which can include nearly 30 tennis clinics weekly, along with golf clinics, dining specials, live music, family events at Palmetto Dunes’ waterfront Shelter Cove Harbour and others.

      An interactive map lets you clearly view and highlight the location of various activities and hubs within the resort, including our three championship golf courses, Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, oceanfront Dunes House restaurant, Hilton Head Outfitters, bike paths, beach access points and more. You can also see where specific neighborhoods and vacation units are located within the resort and their proximity to different activities.

      Golfers can watch virtual flyovers of all three of our courses, see maps of each hole and sneak a peek at the immensely popular Robert Trent Jones golf course web cam, watching golfers start and conclude their rounds.

      Check  out the new website and let us know what you think! And, remember, we’re awarding the 50th and 100th reservations with a $250 resort gift card – it might as well be you!

    • Posted on 14th Aug 2014, 9:45 am

      7 Fun Activities to do at Shelter Cove Harbour

      Hilton Head fishing

      Right across the street from Palmetto Dunes is Shelter Cove Harbour, our Mediterranean-style marina, dining and shopping village. Ride your bike beneath Highway 278 to access the marina or hope a ride on the free Dunes Buggy during the summer season.

      There, you’ll find many different unique boutiques, gourmet restaurants with waterfront views and all sorts of fun activities that you can do in and around the harbour and marina. Here are 7 of our favorites:

      1)      Take a Hilton Head fishing charter – Several different fishing charters operate out of Shelter Cove Marina, including Gullah Gal, True Grits and Bayrunner. You can choose to go inshore fishing, offshore fishing, wreck fishing and even shark fishing!

      2)      Go jetpacking – You only live once (#YOLO), so why not give jetpacking a go? It’s definitely a bucket list item. Blast off over Broad Creek with HHI Jetpack.

      3)      Rent a kayak – The waters of Broad Creek are a great spot to explore via kayak. Look for dolphins, birds and even the occasional otter and manatee as you navigate our waters with your Hilton Head kayak rental.

      4)      Go parasailing – Get a view of Broad Creek from above with Parasail Hilton Head. Get 10% off your ride using code “Web.”

      5)      Ride a bike – Rent bikes from Hilton Head Outfitters and pedal over from Palmetto Dunes. Explore all Shelter Cove has to offer from restaurants to shopping to views and entertainment by bike!

      6)      Try stand up paddleboarding – Outside Hilton Head offers stand up paddleboards, or SUP, for rent out of Shelter Cove Marina. It’s one of the fastest growing water sports and a total-body workout that uses your core, legs and upper body as you balance and paddle through the water. If you’re really daring, try SUP yoga!

      7)      Go water skiing – Get the whole family in on this activity. With Family Ski Day, you get several hours to tube, water ski, wake board and knee board for up to six people. 

      What activity would you most like to try at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina?

      For more information about Hilton Head vacation rentals on your next vacation, visit www.palmettodunes.com or call us at 866-650-4130.

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