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    • Posted on 27th Oct 2014, 1:45 pm

      Stay a Month or More with Palmetto Dunes’ Long-Term Hilton Head Sports Memberships

      It’s getting to be that time of year where the cold weather up north drives lots of people down south for our mild, sunny winters. To escape the cold and snow, many of our visitors stay for several weeks or months at a time. To cater to those guests, we offer a variety of sports memberships to make playing golf, tennis or more a daily activity and easier on the wallet.

      Golf Memberships

      Fall and winter are the ideal months to play golf with less hot and humid weather and less crowded courses. We offer 30-day golf memberships starting at $650/person and $1080/couple to make sure you get in all the playing time you can handle when visiting us for a longer Hilton Head vacation. You get access to all three of our championship Hilton Head golf courses, as well as discounts in our golf pro shops, grills and ranges. You can add additional days on a pro-rated basis.

      If you visit Hilton Head Island frequently or are a full-time resident, consider our annual golf membership for a $430 yearly fee per person. This affords you 24-hour advanced tee time reservations and member 18-hole rates, including green fees and cart fees. You also receive discounts in our golf pro shops, grills and ranges with this membership.

      Monthly Bike Passes

      Hilton Head Island is a fantastic island to see on two wheels. Plus, you’ll bypass traffic while getting exercise at the same time. To help you along, we offer monthly bike passes starting at just $49.99 so you can do all the pedaling you’d like. We even have the bikes waiting for you at your Hilton Head vacation rental upon your arrival and pick up them upon your departure.

      Kayak and Canoe Rentals

      Sign up for Hilton Head Outfitters’ annual memberships and get unlimited access to kayak and canoe rentals for navigating our 11-mile inland lagoon. With the Hilton Head Outfitters’ annual membership, you also get 10% off all other equipment rentals, such as paddle boards, beach chairs, jogging strollers and more. These memberships are $199 for one person and $299 for two people.

      Monthly Sports Membership

      If all of the above sounds great to you, consider our Monthly Stay and Sports Membership, which gets you 30-days of accommodations, as well as unlimited golf, Hilton Head bike rentals, two 2-hour kayak rentals and two hours of tennis court time per day, starting at $1459 per person. This package is available Nov. 1, 2014-Feb. 28, 2015.

      We also offer monthly and annual memberships for tennis aficionados. Call 866-306-4330 for rates.

      Which of these memberships floats your boat? Will we see you on your bike or on the courts for a month or more this fall or winter?

      For more information about any of these options, visit www.palmettodunes.com or call us at 866-650-4130. 

      Stay a Month or More with Palmetto Dunes’ Long-Term Hilton Head Sports Memberships

    • Posted on 18th Oct 2014, 1:00 pm

      Red October

      by Captain Miles

      Fall is a special time here in the Lowcountry for many reasons, the weather is better, the crowds thin...and the bull redfish swarm inshore waters. The bulls, 20 pounds upwards to the 50 pound mark are here or offshore all year, but this time of year they come close in big numbers with catches of 20 or more fish in a trip not at all uncommon.

      The strength of these fish is incredible, rivaling any other fish its size short of an amberjack or tuna. I usually fish heaby spinning reels with 50 pound braid and even with a heavy drag they will strip line off at an alarming pace, and do it several times in a battle. I have fished lighter tackle but the lengthly battle takes a toll on these big fish and they must be released, the law being everything over 23 inches must be returned to the water.

      The smaller redfish also invade the creeks this time of year offering the best light tackle sport available. Shrimp, live or dead, cut mullet and menhaden all are favorite baits when fishing inshore. The "slot" or keeper size is 15-23 inches and by SC law you may keep three fish per person. Not only are redfish a blast to catch, but they are delicious. Before Chef Pail Prudhomme introduced "blackened redfish" these fish were locally known as spot tail bass or puppy drum. Officially, their proper name is red drum. Coloration is usually a deep burnt orange or copper across the back with a single spot at the base of the tail. Some fish have multiple spots from the tail to the middle of the fish. A strong and broad tail and thick shoulders give it all the horsepower it needs to make your day.

      Good conservation and our local mariculture center have provided some of the best stocks of redfish I have seen in forty years of fishing this area. Al Stokes and his crew at the Mariculture Center have been boosting the local population with their work for years.  The proof is in the pudding whether you want to light tackles redfish in the creeks or chase the big bulls, now is the perfect time.

    • 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 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.

    • Posted on 19th Jun 2014, 10:27 am

      Shark Fishing on Hilton Head Island with Bayrunner

      If you like to fish, but are looking for an even bigger adventure, try shark fishing. Captain Miles Altman and Bayrunner offer shark fishing charters out of Shelter Cove Marina throughout summer, a great time to hunt for sharks.

      Around Hilton Head Island you can find many different types of sharks like Atlantic sharp nose, blacktips, spinners, dusky, lemon, bull and tiger sharks. Captain Miles says that at times in the summer, it’s hard not to catch one! “You haven’t been to Hilton Head until you have caught a shark,” he says.

      Captain Miles says sharks can be lots of fun to catch, and kids especially will enjoy the battle and later bragging rights. What kid wouldn’t love to share a picture of his freshly caught shark with all his or her friends?

      Blacktips and spinners like to add an aerial aspect to the battle, says Captain Miles, while bulls and tigers offer a brutish slugfest guaranteed to leave you with some sore muscles. Expect to have a bent rod by the time you’re finished!

      Check out this video of a huge 10-foot tiger shark caught in Hilton Head after a two-hour fight.

      Fishing with Captain Miles is a great experience, as he’s been trolling the waters of the Atlantic for more than 40 years and knows just where to find the best Hilton Head sharks.

      The Bayrunner is a 24-foot boat that holds four people for a 3-hour evening shark fishing excursion. Book your shark fishing charter by calling us at 866-650-4130. W can’t wait to see your pictures!

    • Posted on 23rd May 2014, 3:58 pm

      Hilton Head’s Renowned Summer Celebration HarbourFest is Back for 2014

      It’s that time of year again! Time for Hilton Head’s famed HarbourFest to return to Shelter Cove Harbour to entertain thousands of visitors to the island once again this summer. Now in its 26th year, you can expect the same fun activities that have made this seasonal celebration a Southern staple for so many years.

      As always, Shannon Tanner is back with both new tunes and the old classics that you love. His island-style show is entertaining for young and old, and many parents return with their own children after having watched Shannon for so many years when they were children themselves.

      Don’t forget to bring your beanie hat, which Shannon is known for, so he can sign it for yet another year with an inspirational message. Shannon will be performing two shows May 24 & 25 at 6:30 and 8 p.m. and then regularly Monday-Friday at 6:30 and 8 p.m. May 26-August 31.

      Cappy the Clown will also return this year Monday through Friday from 6-9 p.m. from May 26 through Labor Day. Enjoy face painting, balloon animals and other fun clown activities! On select HarbourFest nights, there will also be arts and crafts, bouncy houses and more entertainment for families.

      Fireworks are one of the hallmarks of HarbourFest with the largest July 4 fireworks show on the island. There will also be fireworks, weather dependent for set up and the show, on the following Tuesdays at dusk: June 17 & 24; July 4, 8, 15, 22 & 29; Aug. 5 & 12. Watch the beautiful show light up the night sky over Broad Creek and Shelter Cove Marina and make family memories for a lifetime.

      Also throughout the summer on Thursdays June 19-August 14, Shannon Tanner will perform a special Caribbean-inspired concert called Parrot Palooza. He’ll play classic tunes with his band Shan Tan and the Oyster Reefers.

      What part of HarbourFest are you most looking forward to?

      To book your summer Hilton Head vacation during HarbourFest, give us a call at 866-650-4130.

    • Posted on 9th May 2014, 12:57 pm

      Tennis Tips from Palmetto Dunes Pros: Returning Serve in Doubles

      When you’re returning a serve in doubles, your main goal should be to keep the person on the other side of the net from returning a winning shot. Brian Kiggans, head golf pro at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, says you should always view the return serve as a set-up shot.

      To do this effectively, you need a plan. “You should already know where you are wanting the return to be directed before your opponent serves the ball,” says Kiggans. “You should have a plan on the forehand side and on the backhand side (or the same for both).”

      According to Kiggans, you have three main choices when returning:

      1)      Back to the server

      2)      Toward the net person

      3)      Lob over the net person

      “For example, if John Doe is serving to me, I have preprogrammed my mind that if the ball comes to my forehand I am going to return crosscourt back to the server. If it comes to my backhand, I am going lob over the net person,” says Kiggans. “This is my plan and I am sticking with it no matter what is happening on the other side of the net. If the serve is really difficult to handle and I can’t execute my plan, I just do my best to get the ball back in play.”

      You should also plan the action you’re going to take after the return is made as to whether you are going to the net or staying back. Says Kiggans, “For example, I have planned to return crosscourt if the ball comes to my forehand and follow it to the net if it comes to my backhand. I am going down the line and staying back.”

      In conclusion, planning ahead is one of the most important things you can do when returning serve and in life!

      Get more information Hilton Head tennis clinics and lessons on our website or by calling us at 866-650-4130.

    • Posted on 31st Mar 2014, 6:32 pm

      6 Great Spring Break Activities for Kids on Hilton Head Island

      We finally made it to spring break! Say goodbye to the bad winter weather and hello to warm sunny South Carolina skies. If you’re headed down our way for spring break, we’ve got some great suggestions for kids to enjoy here at the resort. From golf to swimming to fishing and more, there’s no time for video games or for getting bored here on Hilton Head Island.

      Here’s our list of top spring break activities for kids on the island:

      1)      Swim -- What child doesn’t love to jump in the water and splash away? We figure that’s probably the first thing they’re going to want to do when they arrive, so we put it first on the list. Depending on the weather, if the ocean waters are a little too cool yet, hit the pool at your Hilton Head vacation rental, some of which are heated, and should be plenty warm in the sun.

      2)      Ride a bike – Our next suggestion that kids will love is riding their bike. We’re sure they’re already used to it at home and now they’ve got an entirely new area to explore. We recently replaced most of our bike paths, which number 5 miles within the resort alone. Instead of driving your car, ride your bike to the beach, to lunch, to golf, you name it! Get your Hilton Head bike rentals and all the gear you need at Hilton Head Outfitters.

      3)      Learn a new skill – Palmetto Dunes offers wonderful junior programs for both golf and tennis. Not only will kids and teens stay active and keep their minds firing, they’ll come home from Hilton Head Island proud to show their friends what they’ve learned. Watch these fun videos about our Little Swingers golf class and junior tennis clinics.

      4)      Explore nature – Nature is all around you on Hilton Head Island from the moss-draped live oak trees and colorful azaleas to shore birds and plentiful fish. Rent double kayaks and put an adult with each child for a peaceful kayak through our calm 11-mile lagoon system. See who can spot the most birds!

      5)      Reel in a big one – We have lots of great fishing around Palmetto Dunes, including our fair share of “monster” fish. Take a Hilton Head fishing charter on our lagoon and see if you can reel in Elvis, the giant red fish, or head out into the ocean for some exciting shark fishing for the whole family.

      6)      Go crabbing – This one may surprise you, but crabbing in Hilton Head is one of our favorite activities for families because everyone can get involved. Our charter, the Crabber J, teaches you how to catch a crab and then awards their world-famous Crabber J T-shirt to the person who catches the most!

      What do you think your kids will enjoy the most on their Hilton Head Island spring break?

      If you still need assistance booking a Hilton Head vacation villa or would like to book any of the above, please contact us at 866-744-7558.