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  • Posted on 30th Nov 2016, 11:40 am

    Golf Returns to Hilton Head Island's Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on December 1st!

    Golf at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort will be back and better than ever starting Thursday, Dec. 1, with the reopening of the Robert Trent Jones and Arthur Hills courses, along with the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy. During storm cleanup following Hurricane Matthew, all three of the resort’s world-class layouts were overseeded — tee boxes, fairways and greens — so they will be in lush condition and fully playable this holiday season.

    “Palmetto Dunes golf is back,” said long-time Director of Golf Clark Sinclair. “Golfers are going to find some lush, green courses and no issues with cart paths or anything else. We are very excited.”

    The George Fazio course at Palmetto Dunes is scheduled to reopen around mid-December. Book your tee time today and take advantage of special December rates.

    Palmetto Dunes features a trio of golf courses designed by three of the game’s most unique architects — Robert Trent Jones Sr., George Fazio and Arthur Hills — all three of which have been awarded the Palmetto State’s “Golf Course of the Year” by the South Carolina Board of Directors of the National Golf Course Owners Association.

    The Jones Course was ranked No. 9 in Golfweek magazine’s 2016 rankings of the “Best Courses You Can Play in South Carolina” and recently cracked Golfweek’s Top 100 of “Best Resort Courses in the United States.”

    In October, Condé Nast Traveler named Palmetto Dunes a “Top 20 Best Resort in the South.”

    For more than a half-century Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has represented the best Hilton Head has to offer. Generations of families from across the globe have enjoyed the resort’s seemingly infinite bounty of outdoor activities with a family focus: Outstanding golf and award-winning tennis, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding on an 11-mile lagoon system, bicycling, dining and shopping, all of it along a three-mile stretch of pristine Atlantic Ocean beachfront.

  • Posted on 21st Nov 2016, 4:34 pm

    It’s beginning to look a lot like a #ShelterCoveChristmas!

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    The holiday season is upon us and that can only mean one thing: #ShelterCoveChristmas is back! Celebrate the beauty of the holiday season with Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina and you could win our Palmetto Dunes Grand Prize Getaway. We’re getting ready to light up the night at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, and we invite you to come be a part of the fun! Help us show off Shelter Cove at Christmas and win!TO ENTER: Follow and tag Palmetto Dunes on Instagram. Snap a photo that captures holiday cheer at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina and share it with us by tagging @PalmettoDunesSC and using #ShelterCoveChristmas.

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    OUR ULTIMATE SHELTER COVE PRIZE INCLUDES:

    • A 2-night stay at Palmetto Dunes (valid Fall 2017)
    • 2-hour guided Kayak Tour of Hilton Head Island
    • $50 Gift Card from Nash Gallery at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina
    • A decorated Christmas Ornament from Christmas on the Harbour
    • $25 Gift Card to Neptune’s Niche in Shelter Cover Harbour and Marina

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    We can’t think of a better place to spend the holidays than Hilton Head Island. If you’re looking for the best places to shop in Hilton Head Island, or the perfect restaurant for a holiday get-together, Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina has all you need to make your Christmas merry and bright.

    Entries must be submitted within the contest dates: November 24, 2016 – January 2, 2017. Overnight stay subject to availability. Blackout dates and restrictions apply. Open to US Residents only.

  • Posted on 21st Nov 2016, 10:04 am

    Palmetto Dunes’ Holiday Gift Guide 2016

    The most wonderful time of year is fast approaching! It truly is better to give than receive, and so we’re back with our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Add some Hilton Head Island to your holidays with gifts perfect for the Lowcountry lover in your life.

    The Perfect Beach Bag

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    If you’ve been to Palmetto Dunes, you know that the beach is the best escape anyone can have, so why not broadcast it with this handcrafted Escape Canvas Bag? Throw in a customized ball cap from the Palmetto Dunes Online Shop, beach towel, and sunscreen and you're ready to hit the beach! This bag would also be perfect for toting essentials to a weekend getaway to Palmetto Dunes!

    Game-Changing Golf Gear

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    Our golf clinics and expert golf instructors—including one of South Carolina’s top instructors, according to Golf Digest—can help improve your game during your stay at Palmetto Dunes Resort, and today’s impressive golf technology can help shave a few points off your handicap too. Straight off the Golf Digest 2016 Hot List, the Callaway XR OS offers increased lofts for height regardless of your swing speed and Cobra Max irons are half hollow irons with wide soles, perfect for hackers in need of a hand. Schedule a club fitting with one of our experts, and stop by one of our pro shops for some top-of-the-line golf apparel from the sport’s most popular brands.

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    Take the guesswork out of your long game with the NEXUS Laser Rangefinder. Improve your course management and shot accuracy with powerful precision magnification. The Precision Pro Rangefinder is accurate within 1 yard and it’s available at the Palmetto Dunes Online Shop!

    A Little Touch of Lowcountry

    There’s nothing quite like a Hilton Head Island vacation and there’s no reason why you can’t take our laid-back Lowcountry lifestyle with you during the hectic holiday season! Give a beautiful beach-themed ornament to remind your loved one of long walks on Palmetto Beach, or perhaps a bike ornament as a reminder of days spent cycling the Island’s beautiful bike trails. If you’ve ever visited Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina then you’ll remember the incredible year-round store Christmas on the Harbor. It's one of many shops in the area and the perfect place to pick up a special holiday memento for a Palmetto Dunes fan.

    A Present for a Pup

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    We know that our four-legged guests love Palmetto Dunes as much as you do, and our pet-friendly vacation rentals on Hilton Head Island offer the perfect excuse to bring your furry friend with you on vacation. Don’t forget Fido or Spot during the holidays! This Harry Barker Pup Expedition Kit is hand-packaged in Charleston and is filled with toys and treats to make sure your dog has a holly jolly Christmas, too.

    The Coolest New Camera Gear

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    Hilton Head Island is one of the world’s best—and most beautiful destinations. We love seeing the Island through your eyes, or lens rather, on Facebook and Instagram. Y’all sure can snap pretty pictures! The Olloclip Active Lens Kit clips right onto your smartphone and is ideal for taking photos of all of your Palmetto Dunes adventures.

    The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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    There’s always that one person on the list that seems to already have everything. Enter the Palmetto Dunes Gift Card. Our gift cards are redeemable throughout the resort, and are the perfect excuse to start planning the next Palmetto Dunes getaway! Order your gift card from our online store soon to guarantee its arrival before Christmas. If you’re more of a last-minute shopper we’re happy to send you an email version of your gift card.

    Still feeling stumped? Check out the Bestsellers at our online shop! Our online shop always offers free shipping. If you’re looking to get away from it all this holiday season, check out our Hilton Head Vacation Packages and book a vacation the whole family will love.

    Seasons Greetings from all of us at Palmetto Dunes, and happy shopping!

  • Posted on 14th Nov 2016, 8:58 am

    Hilton Head Social Bakery: Lowcountry Hospitality with French Flair

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    Croissants, baguettes, and pastries, oh my! Life on Hilton Head Island just got a little bit sweeter with the new Hilton Head Social Bakery. The beautiful café and bakery located at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina is a passion project for New York chef Phillipe Feret and his partner Marissa Burnpur. Feret has worked in some of the finest restaurants in New York and had his own restaurant, Brasserie Julien, for 15 years. The talented pastry chef is bringing his Parisian roots and culinary expertise to Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, and we for one cannot wait to taste his delectable desserts.

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    Eclairs, croissants, tarts, turnovers, European-style bread and brioche, chocolates, cakes, is your mouth watering yet? We wanted to learn more about the Hilton Head Social Bakery so we went straight to the source. Check out our interview with Executive Chef Phillipe Feret and don’t forget to check out the Hilton Head Social Bakery next time you visit Palmetto Dunes.

    You’ve been open about a month now. How’s it going so far?

    It’s great! Our initial concern was the customer response to introducing something new and different here, but they love it! This gives us fuel to do even better.

    Your father owned a bakery in France. How does it feel to be following in his footsteps?

    It’s a nice feeling and I’m sure he’s proud of me. I think about him all of the time now that I am baking again, especially when I am using his original baking tools that he gave me just before we opened. He used [them] in our bakery when I was young.

    What bakery item do you enjoy making the most?

    Croissants, because croissants are temperamental and are an interesting challenge. To make a great croissant everything has to [be perfect], the temperature, the environment, the timing, etc. Most of the time they are in a good mood!

    The café is so beautiful! We love all of the reclaimed wood and special touches. What inspired you to create such a beautiful space?

    The bakery is significant because the inside has a story to it. From the floor to the wood cabinetry, to the artifacts. My fiancée and I always wanted to have a barn house with reclaimed wood, so, for now, we combined our talents to build this in a contemporary design. She is my biggest inspiration.

    Do you have a favorite dessert? Which pastry would you recommend?

    All of the desserts I make are my favorite. But most of all, the apple tart and crème brulée. I would never make anything I didn’t like.

    What do you love most about Hilton Head Island?

    The community is very supportive and friendly [and] it’s very peaceful here. The island life is great.

    Thanks to Philippe for answering our questions! If you’d like to learn more about the Hilton Head Social Bakery, check out their Facebook Page. Or visit their new website at www.hiltonheadsocialbakery.com! Bon appétit!

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  • Posted on 7th Nov 2016, 11:44 am

    Cozy Couples Getaway at Palmetto Dunes Itinerary

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    Winter is fast approaching and the holidays are just on the horizon. Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the season rain on the romance in your relationship! This year, fall in love with a couple’s getaway to Palmetto Dunes, complete with intimate accommodation, romantic recreation, and secluded stretches of beautiful scenery.

    Find out why low season in Lowcountry is the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway with this three-day couple’s itinerary:

    Day 1

    Morning: Explore the Island

    Start the day with coffee and a gourmet treat from Hilton Head Social Bakery. Then, you can’t help but fall even more in love while walking hand-in-hand around our picturesque paradise. Exploring the island is a wonderful way to disconnect from the world and reconnect with each other.

    Afternoon: Activities for Two

    Head to Hilton Head Outfitters and get ready for some kinetic connection. Come together and ride a bicycle built for two along the beach and through our extensive bike paths, or paddle down our peaceful inland lagoon system. Not only will you have some precious alone time you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime.

    Evening: Romantic Night Out

    Finish your day off by sipping cocktails and enjoying a candlelit dinner at an oceanfront restaurant in Shelter Cove Harbour.

    Day 2

    Morning: Slow Start

    Another perfect couple’s day awaits you on Hilton Head Island, but first coffee and brunch. Once you’ve satisfied your early morning appetite, take a romantic walk along the beach.

    Afternoon: Couple’s Competition

    What better way to turn up the heat in your relationship than with a friendly competition? Spend the afternoon finding love with a game of tennis or pickleball.

    Evening: The Love Boat

    Hopeless romantics know that there’s nothing like cozying up together as you set sail on the open water. Shelter Cove Marina offers several sunset cruises that will steal your heart and allow you to steal a kiss.

    Day 3

    Morning: Rest and Relax

    Good morning, love birds! You’re on vacation so take some time to sleep in and enjoy your luxury love nest. With oceanfront views, your resort villa is the perfect place for a cuddle session.

    Afternoon: Spa Day

    There’s no better way to set the tone for romance than with a trip to the spa. Pamper your partner with a relaxing treatment such as a couple’s massage or therapeutic body scrub.

    Evening: Beach Bliss

    Whisk your partner away for a private moment on the beach. Cuddled on the sand, with the sounds of waves crashing in the background and the glow of sunset over the ocean, you’ll be in a lover’s paradise.

    Longing for a romantic rendezvous on Hilton Head Island? Check out our romance packages and plan your couple’s getaway to Palmetto Dunes today. To take your romance to new heights, customize a vacation just for you and your sweetheart – simply call 866-650-4130.

  • Posted on 4th Nov 2016, 2:43 pm

    Recipe: Big Jim's Brisket Nachos

    If you’ve visited Palmetto Dunes, then you know that the resort’s best nachos can only be found at Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers & Pizza. A casual meal at this family-friendly restaurant is the perfect way to unwind after a game of golf on the Robert Trent Jones golf course. Thanks to its big screen TVs it’s also a go-to place for guests and locals alike to cheer on their favorite sports teams all year around.

    If you’re looking for things to do on Hilton Head Island this autumn, there are tons of reasons to visit Palmetto Dunes in the fall! Golf season is still in full swing and packages like our Players Golf Special make for a perfect weekend of fall golf. Thanks to our pet-friendly vacation rentals, you can even bring your pet with you on your fall getaway to Palmetto Dunes. Beautiful beach sunsets, unique events like Music & Taste, and of course delicious dining are waiting for you this fall, and all year round, on Hilton Head Island.

    In the meantime, you can bring the taste of Palmetto Dunes to your table with our authentic Big Jim’s Brisket Nacho recipe! Smoky beef brisket, fresh pico de gallo and spicy jalapenos make this no ordinary plate of nachos. Next time you’re settling down to watch a game whip up a batch of Big Jim’s famous brisket nachos! It’s sure to become a fan favorite.

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  • Posted on 28th Oct 2016, 2:03 pm

    Tips For Traveling With Pets To Palmetto Dunes

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    Heading on a vacation to Hilton Head Island this winter? Take your four-legged friend with you! At Palmetto Dunes, all family members are welcome. After all, what’s a vacation without your very best friend?

    To get the most out of your stay at Palmetto Dunes, we’ve compiled a few pet-friendly pointers to help you and your furry friend have the vacation of a lifetime!

    Vacation Preparation:

    1. Double check your pet’s paperwork.

    Before you leave, take a look through all of your pet’s paperwork and make sure they have the appropriate veterinary travel documents.

    2. Do a medical check.

    Ensure all required injections are current. If your pet is on any medications, be sure to visit the vet prior to your trip so that any necessary supplies are in order.

    3. Make a reservation.

    Book a Palmetto Dunes property fit for you and Fido. From one-bedroom condos to spacious villas, the perfect spot for pets up to 40 pounds are available seasonally.

    4. Call ahead.

    Be prepared! We’re here to help with any questions you have or any special needs your pet may require, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch prior to your visit at 866-650-4130.


    Traveling Tips:

    1. Use a crate.

    Whether you’re driving or flying, it’s best to use a crate for safe transport. To help your pet adjust to their crate, let them enter it on their own, and consider tossing in their favorite treat and/or toy.

    2. Review policies.

    If you’re traveling by air, be sure to review the airline’s pet policies, as they’ll likely have specific rules and protocols to get your pet ready.

    3. Plan mealtimes.

    Some pups can be sensitive to motion, so help make things a little easier on their stomach by serving their meal well before transit (4-6 hours is ideal).

    4. Schedule in activity.

    Let your furry friend run or take them for a long walk prior to crate time – a tired dog is much more likely to remain calm during transit.


    Destination Advice:

    1. Familiarize yourself with the surroundings.

    Identify parks, paths, and other locations to get some exercise with your dog. Your front desk staff can point you in the direction of Hilton Head Beaches, which are dog friendly in the mornings and evenings, and a must for your vacation to-do list.

    2. Explore the new environment.

    When you arrive, be sure to take your pup out for a walk. It’s the perfect way to explore, and it helps you both relax and adjust to your new surroundings.

    3. Keep your schedule.

    Pets thrive on healthy routines so do your best to keep to your regular walking and meal times throughout your trip.

    4. Create a comfortable space.

    Make your pet at home with familiar items such as their bedding or favorite toy. This will instantly help them to feel more secure and relaxed.

    Now that you’ve made all of the necessary arrangements, and booked your pet-friendly Palmetto Dunes vacation rental, it’s time to relax and enjoy your vacation!

    Did we miss your top pet traveling tip? Let us know in the comments.

  • Posted on 24th Oct 2016, 2:12 pm

    How to: Host an Oyster Roast

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    There are few experiences as authentically Lowcountry as the Oyster Roast. Cooking outdoors, good friends, fresh local seafood, the Oyster Roast is our way of ushering in the fall and winter, and of having the kind of casual good time one can only enjoy on Hilton Head Island.

    If you’d like to bring some Lowcountry flair to your next gathering, host your own oyster roast! Here’s how:

    Get some fresh oysters. On Hilton Head Island, and throughout the Lowcountry, clusters of oysters are typically used for oyster roasts. Around here, the oysters are often so fresh they’re still covered in mud! However, individual oysters are more likely what you'll be able to find at home. Plan for 10-12 oysters per person.

    Get fired up. Open fire pits may be the tradition for our oyster roasts, but your backyard grill will do just fine. Place a large iron plate or piece of sheet metal on top of your grill and crank up the heat. Test your temperature by sprinkling a few drops of water onto your piece of metal—if it sizzles upon contact you’ll know it’s time to…

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    Get cooking! Lay your oysters onto your iron plate and cover with a thoroughly damp piece of burlap. It’s best to avoid any synthetic fibers, so make sure your burlap is the real deal. For added flavor, douse your burlap with some local beer.

    Get steamy. As soon as your damp burlap hits the heat, it should start to steam. If, as you cook the burlap starts to dry and the steam starts to die down, dump a liberal amount of ice on top of your burlap oyster pile. As it melts, it will create steam to help the oysters cook. The oysters are essentially cooking in their own juices, which is what makes them so incredibly delicious! The steam from the burlap and ice helps this process along.

    Get shucking. After 8-10 minutes your oyster shells should have opened slightly, meaning they’re ready to eat! Use a shovel to take them off the grill and Let them cool for a couple of minutes before carefully shucking the oysters.

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    Now you’re ready to eat! Serve your oysters alongside saltine crackers, with cocktail sauce or fresh lemon juice, or, enjoy their succulent, briny flavor on its own. A Lowcountry oyster roast can last all night long, with pile after pile of delicious, steamed oysters being loaded on and off the grill.

    Oyster roasts are a fantastic excuse to get a group of people together to enjoy simple Lowcountry cooking, fresh seafood, and good company. There’s no such thing as “too many people” at an oyster roast on Hilton Head Island. Don’t believe us? Come on down to The Dunes House on Saturday, November 26 for our annual Dunes House Oyster Roast! Live music, beer and menu specials, and of course, oysters, oysters and more oysters! Between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, call 843-686-9143.

  • Posted on 29th Sep 2016, 2:52 pm

    How to Win in Match Play: Twelve Tips to Becoming a Better Match Player Golfer

    Given our love of golf, all of us at Palmetto Dunes are excited about this week’s Ryder Cup matches at Minnesota’s Hazeltine National Golf Club. With the Ryder Cup in mind, we turned to our longtime Director of Instruction, Doug Weaver, a former PGA Tour player, to pick his brain about some keys to successful match-play competition. Here are a dozen of Doug’s suggestions for how to succeed in match-play golf:

    1. Expect the best

    Rehearse with visualization days before the round hitting every fairway green and making every putt. This is more important than beating balls on the range. The visualization will engage every part of your brain, which gives instruction to your muscles. While visualizing each individual shot, take time to feel the physical sensations. These feelings are equal to pictures. We all agree a picture is worth a thousand words. Rehearse being behind and then coming back to win. In your imagination act like steady Nick Faldo coming from four behind to beat overly aggressive Greg Norman.

    2. Prepare for the worst

    Fred Funk shared that he expects to win by hitting every fairway and green and making every putt. However, he prepares by practicing his short game from all the worse case positions.

    3. Ride your emotions

    If you feel success, go for it by playing to your strengths and avoiding your weakness. If you play a fade then on every dogleg right for a right-handed player, go for it. However on a dogleg left play to the corner and accept the longer distance on your approach shot. If the pin is on the right, go for it. If he pin is on the left go for the center.

    4. Confront gamesmanship

    Paul Azinger and Seve Ballesteros both are fierce competitors. Paul confronted Seve for clearing his throat in Chip Beck’s backswing. It did not happen again. Be social with your caddy or invite a friend to observe and be social with them. Talking with your opponent may cause you to lose your game face.

    5. In one ear and out the other

    Opponents may make statements that seem friendly and complimentary. However these statements can be intended to change your focus. Beware of, “I love your backswing,” which may be intended to get you thinking about your swing and not playing the game. Do not listen to comments about course conditions like wind or green firmness: “The greens are slow” or “the sand is firm.” Be objective, gather your own information and make your own decisions.

    6. Dance with the one you brought

    Accept the game you have today. Be patient waiting for the momentum to turn your way. In one famous Ryder Cup moment, Justin Leonard missed 13 fairways and 13 greens but got up and down 13 times to stay in the match. The 14th green he hit and made par. The 15th green he hit and birdied to go on to victory.

    7. Ask for change

    My playing opponent jingled his change occasionally. I asked “Do you have change for two dollars?” He said “No.” I said, “Here are two dollars for whatever you have.” No more jingling.

    8. Know where your handicap strokes come

    Study the card knowing the handicapping, the opponent may not pay attention and forget where the strokes are. Golf is a numbers game. Keep the score.

    9. Know when to “hold 'em” and when to “fold 'em”

    On difficult holes it may be wise to play to your strengths understanding your opponent’s weakness. Lay up or play to the center when the risk reward is too high. Take the tie or victory but do not give it away because your ego wants to go.

    10. Understand your personality

    A student’s personality plays a significant role in how I coach them to plan and play in match play. My training with MentalGolfWorkshop.com helps me design a strategy to overcoming the opponent’s playing style and personality characteristics. We teach this class at Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy and most students confess they have people they love to play with and people they dread playing with. Similarly, we all have holes we play well and holes we regularly explode on. After this class you learn how to score lower than your comfort zone. You will not be influenced by your opponent, but influence the opponent. The late, great Arnold Palmer’s and Tiger’s charisma won many matches for them. Fred Funk saw this and intentionally befriended Tiger and therefore learned to play his best with the No. 1 player in the world.

    11. 6-6-6

    Most courses are set up daily with six easy holes, six medium holes and six difficult holes. Know where they are by asking for a pin placement sheet. Also, by driving the course or neighborhood, looking at the tee markers and the pins. The caddies do it. Why not you?

    12. Play a Par 4 as a Par 5

    The 18th hole of the Fazio is the No. 2 handicap hole. Sometimes play it as a par 5 and never make a six. When players go for this green in two shots, they easily can make a six. This is the same at No. 12 on the Hills Course, the No. 2 handicap hole, as well as No. 14 on the Jones Course.

  • Posted on 22nd Sep 2016, 2:19 pm

    How to Embrace the Lowcountry Lifestyle

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    There’s something very special about the Lowcountry lifestyle that defines coastal South Carolina. Lowcountry is more than a geographical region, it’s a unique way of living with a culture and cuisine all its own. It’s part of what makes a vacation at Palmetto Dunes so special, and it’s worth cultivating all year long!

    Now that your summer vacation on Hilton Head Island has come to a close, and while you start planning your return trip to Palmetto Dunes, embrace our Lowcountry lifestyle with these easy tips.

    Enjoy the small things in life.

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    Embracing the Lowcountry lifestyle is all about taking the time to enjoy the small things in life. It’s easy to stop and enjoy a stunning Hilton Head Island sunset or wake up early for a sunrise stroll on our white sand beaches while you’re in “vacation mode” at Palmetto Dunes, however, our busy lives and hectic schedules often push us through the day without so much as a pause.

    Similarly, there’s nothing more pleasant for a Lowcountry local than a few quiet minutes sitting on a front porch. In fact, some residents would tell you it’s best to spend an afternoon just relaxing and enjoying the slow pace of life we have here on Hilton Head Island.

    Cultivate the appreciation you feel while in the Lowcountry. Wake up a few minutes earlier to look out at the sky and take a deep breath. Enjoy the simple pleasure of that first sip of coffee in the morning. Take a walk after dinner and leave your cellphone at home. It just takes a few minutes’ pause to enjoy life’s small moments and feel as relaxed and laid back as a warm southern summer breeze.

    Celebrate the great outdoors.

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    We think you’ll agree that the natural surroundings of Hilton Head Island are truly spectacular. Hilton Head Outfitters makes it easy to bike along the island’s white, sandy beaches and oak tree-lined streets, or paddle along the Palmetto Dunes lagoon system and other coastal inlets and estuaries. But just because you’re not enjoying all of the outdoor activities Palmetto Dunes has to offer doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy nature in your neighborhood. Find a local park to visit on the weekend, or even take the time to enjoy the shade from a tree-lined boulevard in your town.

    If you really want to surround yourself with the natural scenery of the Lowcountry, place a photo or piece of local art on your wall, so an escape to Hilton Head Island is a mere glance away. There are some incredible art galleries and artisans’ shops at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, so be sure to stop in on your next Palmetto Dunes vacation to pick a Hilton Head view to call your own.

    Serve up some Lowcountry cuisine.

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    South Carolina Lowcountry has a unique cuisine with influences from North Africa, the Caribbean, and traditional Southern and Native American dishes. Inspired by the area’s agricultural history and coastal landscape, rice and seafood are staples found often in Lowcountry dishes.

    There are plenty of ways to sample Lowcountry flavors at Palmetto Dunes. Try traditional shrimp’n grits or good old-fashioned Southern Barbecue at Big Jim’s, or head to Alexander’s Restaurant for Lowcountry crab cakes. End a day of exploring, shopping, and entertainment at Shelter Cove Harbour with gumbo and fresh oysters at Scott’s Fish Market or a decadent seafood entrée at Ela’s Blu Water Grille.

    We know you'll be yearning for Hilton Head Island's Lowcountry fare, so why not embrace the Lowcountry lifestyle by indulging in some fresh seafood every now and again, or adding ‘peas and rice’ as a side dish at your next meal? A key ingredient of Lowcountry cooking is a casual approach. It's all about good ingredients and sharing a meal with good friends.

    Get inspired by Lowcountry Architecture.

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    You may have noticed while biking around Hilton Head Island, that many of the houses have an architectural style all their own. This Lowcountry style of architecture dates back to the 1700s, and its features are rooted in practicality. Many homes are made of timber and constructed on pillars to keep the main floor away from rising tides, storm surges, and swampy land. Broad roofs and large, covered front porches are another signature of this style. Some of our rental vacation homes are built this way, and many feature large windows, another Lowcountry architectural signature that lets beautiful views and ocean breezes in, and warm air out.

    While constructing a new porch may be unrealistic, simple touches of wood, sea-inspired accents, and a classic rocking chair by the window are easy ways to inject a bit of Lowcountry into your home décor.

    Transport yourself.

    Social media makes it easier than ever to stay connected to the Lowcountry vibes of Palmetto Dunes. Follow us on Twitter or Instagram to see glimpses of life on Hilton Head Island all throughout the year, right in the palm of your hand! Sign up for emails from us, and check our blog to keep tabs on what’s happening at the resort. You can even catch a glimpse of current weather conditions and Lowcountry views on our webcams!

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    *Photo via Alex R.

    The laidback atmosphere of the Lowcountry lifestyle is a huge part of life on Hilton Head Island and embracing this lifestyle is a sure fire way to bring some relaxing vacation vibes into your everyday life. Once you've embraced the Lowcountry lifestyle, you'll be more than ready for your next vacation to Palmetto Dunes.