Palm trees, sweet tea, beautiful beaches, oyster roasts and fresh fish, porches—there are all sorts of signs that you’re in The South. If you listen carefully, you may pick up on another undeniable sign that you’re on Hilton Head Island: our Lowcountry lingo! Have you ever heard any of these phrases while you were staying at Palmetto Dunes?
If you ask a Southerner for directions while out for a bike ride, or if you’re trying to find your way to The Dunes House or one of our Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina restaurants, don’t be surprised if you hear the word yonder in their reply. Yonder describes distance, but how much exactly? No one is too sure.
A common Lowcountry saying that indicates someone is planning to do something. For example, someone might say they’re fixin’ to try the new menu at Alexander’s Restaurant. They may not be heading to the restaurant tonight for dinner, but you can bet it’s on their to-do list.
No, it’s not an insult or an interjection, it’s a sports team! The varsity sports teams of the University of South Carolina are known as the Gamecocks and they’re hugely popular! That is, of course, unless you cheer for their rivals, the Clemson University Tigers. Join us at Big Jim’s to catch all of your favorite sports action.
When you're at Palmetto Dunes you might hear someone talk about the general store. They’re not just talking about any old shop! They’re talking about The General Store, located across from the Tennis Center and by the Robert Trent Jones course. Hilton Head Island pros know that this is the place to fuel up, grab essentials for your vacation rental, and chat with a coffee on the front porch.
This Southern expression is fairly self-explanatory: whomever you’re talking about is extremely happy. Maybe they aced a hole on one of our Hilton Head golf courses or caught a fish while out on one of our boat charters. Or, maybe you and your friends will be happier than a pig in mud after spending the day at Palmetto Dunes Beach.
This versatile Southern phrase is said when a person is expressing a belief, guess, fact, or musing. We reckon that a beachfront villa rental is a perfect place for a memorable vacation! (See what we did there?)
We think you'll find that the people you meet on Hilton Head Island are friendly, helpful, and courteous. We can't help it! Good manners are a way of life down here, and as such, you'll hear "sir” or “ma’am” practically everywhere you go. Chalk it up to Southern charm and gentleness.
Last but not least! We couldn’t talk about Southern sayings and leave out the phrase you’re likely to hear most of all: y’all! This version of the plural second person pronoun is ingrained in our way of speech down here in The South, and we’re sure y’all won’t make it through your Hilton Head Island vacation without hearing it more than once.
What Lowcountry lingo have you heard when visiting Palmetto Dunes? Leave us a comment with your favorite Southern phrase, and start planning your next Hilton Head vacation so you can come hear our Lowcountry lingo for yourself!
Our longtime Director of Golf Instruction, Doug Weaver, was recently selected for induction into the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame. In 2016, his colleagues voted Doug as Golf Digest magazine’s No. 2 Instructor in South Carolina and he was named the Hilton Head Island PGA chapter's “Teacher of the Year.”
At Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy, Doug and his team present a holistic, keep-it-simple approach to learning golf. The resort atmosphere is service oriented, classy and relaxed. The coaching style is the same, turning many students into better golfers.
Here, Doug offers some insider tips for enjoying the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy:
1. Parents Night Out
Enjoy some rare free time with your spouse while your children are having fun and learning golf.
2. Family Golf School
“Together” is an important word in vacation. Those who play together stay together. Create great memories and have photos and videos emailed to you
3. Digital swing analysis
See your swing in slow motion and with all the bells and whistles that will lower your scores fast.
4. Playing lessons on the course
Play with the pro and learn as you go. Play with a two-time U.S. Open contender and record holder.
5. 7 am -8 pm lesson options
Get up early to enhance your game and be back home before breakfast.
6. Free Golf Clinic Monday 4-5 pm
Come try golf for free. Be a volunteer. Win a prize. This class is interactive, hands on and entertaining.
7. Dunes Buggy
Free taxi to and from the lesson. Let others have the car to go shopping
8. Ladies Only Class
The ladies love the gracious patient and nurturing teaching style. It will be fun and cool
9. Free Bows and Arrows
If you didn’t bring your clubs on your vacation but still want to try the Academy, all equipment is provided for free
10. Junior Classes in the Morning or Afternoon.
Introduce your children to golf — a game for a lifetime!
11. Junior Classes featuring Video Instruction
Kids love the exhilaration of a great shot. They also like to observe themselves on video swinging and seeing the ball fly away. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth 10,000 words!
12. Lil’ Swingers for 3-7 year olds
Learn Simple songs that provide rhythm, instruction and structure. This creates success leading to self-confidence and a desire to play. Parents will also learn how to coach their own lil’ golfer.
13. Online lessons
Email your video to Doug Weaver at email@example.com and Doug will respond with his wisdom.
14. Power and Distance
Who wants more distance? Come to this class and learn to use the five major power sources in the golf swing … and gain yardage.
15. Short Game 1
Have you three putted lately? Have you flubbed a chip? This class will lower your score fast and simple.
16. Short Game 2
On the course training where you will practice like the tour players. Led by a former PGA Tour Player — and big fun!
17. Private Lessons
Work one-on-one on whatever you want, when it its convenient for you.
18. Back to Basics
Focus on your fundamentals on the four major shots and golf will be more fun.
Forty percent of the game is putting. Drop your score by five shots … fast!
20. Mental Golf Workshop
Concentrate better and learn to simplify your game without changing your mechanics. This is an online class that amazes every student!
To sign up for one of Weaver’s free, Monday clinics at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort or any of its other world-class golf instruction programs, please call (866) 455-6890 or click here to learn more.
The Fourth of July is the holiday of summer and we can’t think of a better place to spend it than at Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. There will be special events happening all day long, ending with the biggest display of fireworks on Hilton Head Island at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina!
Before you “ooh and ahh” at our spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display, head to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina for music and entertainment by Shannon Tanner, our beloved entertainer and musician from HarbourFest at Shelter Cove.
Tanner will host two performances at 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. on July 4, so get your dancing shoes on and your singing voice ready! Cappy the Clown will also be there with kids activities, face painting and more from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.!
Take the time to stroll around Hilton Head’s largest—and in our opinion most beautiful—marina to visit our shops and boutiques while waiting for the fun to begin. Pick one of the seven restaurants at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and make the most of your Fourth of July holiday by dining in style. Many of our restaurants offer outdoor patios, live music and water views.
Our Independence Day celebration is so popular that parking can fill up quickly at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. Two additional parking lots along Highway 278 will be made available nearby on July 4th. Leave your car in one of these secure parking lots and hop the free shuttle, which runs from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., over to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and back.
View our Fourth of July Parking Map here.
If you’re staying with us at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, an even better way to get to the fireworks is to walk or ride your Hilton Head Outfitters bike. Take the pedestrian access that runs underneath Highway 278 for safety and to avoid traffic. The free Dunes Buggy shuttle will also be running between the resort and Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina for guests of the resort on July 4th from 5 pm - 11 pm.
See you there! Happy Fourth of July from all of us at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
Summer has arrived on Hilton Head Island, and that means one thing: it’s time for sun, sand, and a drink in your hand! After all, the best way to cool down on a hot day is with a refreshing, summery beverage. Luckily, there are plenty of places to grab a delightful drink at Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. Here are ten island favorites.
The Dunes House
This beachfront eatery is a longstanding favorite with Palmetto Dunes guests and property owners. You simply can’t beat that ocean view! (See it for yourself by checking out the live webcam.) The Dunes House is famous for offering the best fish tacos on Hilton Head Island and a wide range of drinks served frozen or on the rocks.
Sip on this: The Arnie Palmer, a frozen cocktail featuring Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka and lemonade.
This waterfront café brings French flair to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, with lunch and dinner menus featuring classic French cuisine. They offer a kids’ menu, so little ones can dine on chicken fingers or grilled cheese while the grownups indulge in favorites like escargot or mussels, paired with the perfect wine.
Sip on this: Rather than a cocktail, try something from Bistro 17’s extensive wine list.
Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
Hilton Head Island guests and locals were thrilled when Alexander’s Restaurant reopened in March of 2017. The upscale seafood restaurant is back and better than ever, thanks to its menu of seasonally inspired cuisine and a revamped atmosphere. The brand new stand-up bar is the perfect place to grab a drink with friends.
Must-Try Cocktail: Enjoy a glass of the house wine for only $4, or choose your favorite from a wine list of over 100 selections.
San Miguel’s Mexican Café
Located in Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, visitors to Hilton Head Island love dining on authentic Mexican food at San Miguel’s – and taking in those incredible Shelter Cove sunsets while they’re at it.
Sip on this: Their award-winning Cadillac Margarita.
XO Sports & Spirits
Located at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, XO Sports & Spirits is a popular place to grab a drink and watch the game. They offer classic pub snacks like pimento cheese dip, wings, and burgers, as well as a wide selection of craft, draft, and bottled beer.
Sip on this: The Peach Palmer includes Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka, fresh lemon, peach puree, and iced tea.
Scott’s Fish Market
This waterfront hotspot has been a Hilton Head Island favorite for over 25 years! The outdoor bar, “Hurricane Harry’s”, offers enticing happy hour deals and an assortment of tropical libations make it one of the best places to grab a drink at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. Grab a seat at Scott's Fish Market on Tuesday nights during HarbourFest and enjoy a cocktail during the fireworks display!
Sip on this: Hurricane Harry’s Rum Runner includes dark and white rum, and tropical fruit juices like pineapple and mango.
ELA’s Blu Water Grille
One of the most popular restaurants on Hilton Head Island, ELA’s was even featured in Bon Appetit magazine. Lowcountry locals and visitors love the outdoor dining, live music, and fresh-caught seafood. It’s the perfect Hilton Head Island spot for a romantic date night. ELA's boasts a fantastic boutique wine list, quality scotches, and perfectly crafted cocktails.
Sip on this: The Lemon Basil Martini features Svedka Citron, Triple Sec, and a splash of orange juice with fresh basil and lemons.
For a casual and fun night out on Hilton Head Island, you can’t go wrong with Big Jim’s —especially if there’s a game on! Watch sports year-round on the restaurant’s big TVs, or sit outside and watch the action on the Robert Trent Jones course. Kids and adults love the menu of burgers, pizza, and other comfort food. Enjoy an ice-cold beer, a glass of wine, or one of Big Jim’s signature cocktails! Pro tip: Visit on Martini Monday for $6 martinis all day.
Sip on this: The Lowcountry Long Island Iced Tea includes gin, vodka, rum, tequila, Triple Sec, Sweet & Sour Mix, and cola.
Bucci’s Italian Cuisine
This family-owned waterfront restaurant at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina is famous for its great Italian cuisine, al fresco dining, and outdoor bar. Wednesdays through Saturdays, you can enjoy live music with your dinner or cocktail! Bucci’s happy hour, every Tuesday through Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., is a popular time to visit.
Sip on this: The tropical and tasty Bucci’s Delight!
Conroy’s Restaurant & Lounge
Located at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, dining at this oceanfront restaurant is a must for seafood lovers.
Sip on this: The bartenders at Conroy’s will happily whip up a classic cocktail for you to toast your Hilton Head vacation.
Mediterranean Harbour Bar & Grill
Take your taste buds on a trip to the Mediterranean with the flavorful Lebanese cuisine served up at Mediterranean Harbour Bar & Grill located at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina.
Sip on this: With such an extensive beer selection and excellent wine list, you’ll find the perfect pairing for your meal!
Wherever you choose to say “cheers”, you’re bound to have a good time when you’re at Palmetto Dunes! Even better, challenge yourself to trying all ten. Start planning your next vacation by checking out these deals and packages. Scoring a great price on your next Hilton Head Island getaway will give you something to toast to.
Summertime and the eating is easy—especially with this light and refreshing summer watermelon salad from Alexander’s Restaurant. Alexander’s, a favorite Hilton Head Island restaurant, recently reopened and they’ve been serving up delicious seafood and seasonally inspired dishes to rave reviews. Chef de Cuisine Sean Carroll has handed over this recipe so you can take the tastes of Palmetto Dunes home with you!
2 Tbsp Honey
1 Tbsp Creole mustard
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 ea. Shallot sliced
1 Tbsp Garlic minced
1 Tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
2 Cup Blended oil (75% Canola 25% Extra Virgin Olive oil)
1 ea. Watermelon, seedless
1/2 Cup Grenadine
2 Tbsp Red wine vinegar
2 ea. Garlic cloves, crushed
1.5 Cup Blended Oil (75% Canola 25% Extra Virgin Olive oil)
2 Tsp Granulated sugar
For the Salad
1 lb. Mixed greens, rinsed
4 Tbsp Smoked almonds, crushed
6 oz. Ricotta Salata cheese, shaved with a peeler
2 oz. Fresh basil, torn by hand
This recipe serves 8 people and can be plated “party style” or individually. Enjoy!
Read up on some more of our favorite Alexander’s dishes and don’t forget to dine with them next time you’re here!
As the U.S. Open rolls around this week, those of us at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort can’t help but think about our own, Robert Trent Jones Sr., who not only designed the resort’s original golf course in 1967, but also was the original “U.S. Open Doctor.”
Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course at Palmetto Dunes Resort
In his seven decades as golf's most prolific architect, Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1906-2000) logged an estimated eight million miles of travel while creating or remodeling more than 400 courses in 45 states in the U.S. and 35 countries worldwide, including more courses — 79 — that have hosted national championships than any other golf architect.
Robert Trent Jones Sr.
“The sun never sets,” he enjoyed saying, “on a Robert Trent Jones golf course.”
Through the years, Mr. Jones worked on 21 courses that would hold the U.S. Open, notably Oakland Hills in Birmingham, Mich., in 1951. None of the world's best golfers broke par 70 that year until the final day when Ben Hogan, the winner, shot 67 and Clayton Heafner shot 69.
At the presentation ceremony, Hogan said, “I’m glad I brought this course, this monster, to its knees.”
The architect known as “Trent” was infamous for his sadistic use of huge bunkers, ponds, creeks and undulating greens that would often anger the touring pros, especially during the U.S. Open. Mr. Jones believed he was merely defending par against the evolution of golf equipment and the golf ball. “The shattering of par without a proper challenge is a fraud,” he often said. “I make them play par.”
When Mr. Jones redesigned the fourth hole at the Baltusrol Golf Club's Lower Course in Springfield, N.J., before the 1954 U.S. Open, some members thought the par 3 over a pond was unfair. He offered to play the hole along with Johnny Farrell, the club pro, and two members while other members watched.
Playing from the 165-yard members tee, Mr. Farrell and the two members each hit balls on the green. Mr. Jones stepped up and swung his 4-iron. His ball landed on the green and rolled into the cup for a hole in one. Turning to the assembled members, he said: “Gentlemen, the hole is fair. Eminently fair.”
In addition to 21 U.S. Open courses, Mr. Jones worked on a dozen courses that have held the PGA Championship and six that held the World Cup. He designed Valderrama in Spain, the site of the 1997 Ryder Cup matches, and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club course in Manassas, Va. — where former President Obama is reported to have recently joined — site of four Presidents Cup matches.
Mr. Jones was the first architect inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He was a founding member and a former president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) and the first recipient of its Donald Ross Award. Perhaps not coincidently, Mr. Jones’s death came on the eve of the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, where Tiger Woods won by a record-setting 15 strokes.
Of course, at Palmetto Dunes we are well aware that this is also Father's Day weekend and Mr. Jones was certainly a good father, too. His two sons, acclaimed architects in their own right, have made an impact on the U.S. Open as well. Bobby Jr., inherited his father’s name, but Rees earned his father’s moniker, “The Open Doctor,” through his renovations of national championship sites, including Torrey Pines and Bethpage Black. The 2015 U.S. Open was contested at Chambers Bay, the first Robert Trent Jones Jr. course to host our national championship.
During this U.S. Open week, visit Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and enjoy the resort’s original golf course while playing tribute to its mastermind, the original “U.S. Open Doctor,” Robert Trent Jones Sr.
June is here and that means that Father’s Day 2017 is just around the corner. Whether your father is a golf addict, a lover of all things laid-back, or a music buff, we’ve rounded up our list of the best gifts to say, “Thanks, Dad!”
Give dad the gift of great tunes with a portable speaker. You can even find waterproof speakers—perfect for listening by the pool at your vacation rental or at a family beach day on Palmetto Dunes Beach. Is his music not quite your taste? He can keep it to himself with a pair of Bluetooth earbuds.
Dad will love a Mission Belt, a popular accessory for years since making an appearance on the TV show “Shark Tank.” These belts are built to be adjustable with a leather strap that clicks into the buckle for a perfect fit. Plus, the company donates money for each belt sold to fight poverty and global hunger.
What would a summer vacation be without a good beach read? Treat dad to a best seller, or the inspiration for one of the summer’s big blockbusters.
We think that men deserve to be pampered, too! Our spas offer several services Dad will love. Or, bring the spa home to him with a soothing beard treatment or facial cream.
Vinyl is back! Get Pop some pop hits from back in the day on vinyl, and get your siblings to chip in for a record player.
Golf headcovers are a booming business. With the right design and brand, limited edition covers can retail for hundreds of dollars per item. PRG offer a wide range of covers; all sizes from rescue club to putter and everything in between.
From grabbing groceries to walking the dog, to biking your way through your next golf game, every bit of exercise counts! Help Dad prove it with a fitness tracker. Some are even waterproof, and track heart rate as well.
Whether you’re about to hit ‘send’ on an important email, or want to take one more photo of a beautiful Hilton Head sunset, nothing is worse than running low on batteries! A portable cellphone charger, or a backup battery cellphone case, is a great gift for dads on the go.
Miguel’s Margarita? Scott’s Fish Market martini? A frozen Tiger Paw from The Dunes House? What’s dad’s favorite cocktail when vacationing on Hilton Head Island? Help him recreate it with ingredients and bar accessories. Is a cold beer more your dad’s thing? He can make his very own brew using a beer starter kit.
The Callaway Chrome Soft X Truvis Golf Balls are best known for the soccer-ball look of the design that will maximize dad’s ability to see (and find) his ball. They have also completely redefined golf ball performance by elevating speed and feel for an unbeatable combination of distance, soft feel and control, along with a piercing and workable ball flight, and an advanced mantle to regulate spin.
Of, course, the very best Father’s Day gift is quality time together at Palmetto Dunes. Browse our vacation packages to start planning your getaway.
This contest is now closed. We will be announcing a winner soon.
We loved your #PDsummer photos so much last year, we’ve decided to bring back the Palmetto Dunes Summer Instagram Challenge! Together we can make summer 2017 the best #PDsummer ever.
How the contest works:
Every Saturday this summer we’ll announce a theme. If you’re staying at the resort, snap a photo (or video!) fitting that theme and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #PDsummer.
Each week, one lucky Instagrammer will win a Palmetto Dunes gift card! Not only that, each #PDsummer submission will be entered to win our Grand Prize Package at the end of the summer.
Weekly winners will be announced on Thursday mornings and must be available to pick up their prizes from the Palmetto Dunes Welcome Center located at 4 Queens Folly Road, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928.
The 2017 Palmetto Dunes Summer Instagram Challenge themes are:
June 10: Fireworks & Festivities
June 17: Courtship
June 24: Beach Waves
July 1: Stars & Stripes
July 8: Sunset Shots
July 15: Good Eats
July 22: On the Water
July 29: On Par
August 4: Two Wheelin’
August 12: Cheers!
August 19: Stunning Wildlife
August 26: My Favorite Place
So what are you waiting for? There’s nothing quite like summer vacation on Hilton Head Island, and we’ve got twelve weeks of summer fun at Palmetto Dunes to share!
With miles of beautiful sand beaches, some of the country’s best golf, fantastic weather, and good old-fashioned Southern hospitality, it’s no wonder Travel & Leisure Magazine voted Hilton Head Island the number one Island in the Continental U.S.!
Your Hilton Head Island vacation is sure to be one to remember, thanks to all of incredible experiences you can see and do. To help you make the most of your Lowcountry getaway we’ve compiled a list of the best festivals and events on Hilton Head Island. Which one will you add to your bucket list?
HarbourFest at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina is a summer staple for those who love the Lowcountry. Spend the evening on the beautiful shores of Shelter Cove Marina enjoying live music and entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks show every Tuesday night. This event is now in its 29th year and has become a can’t-miss summer event for families.
Dates: May 27 – September 3, 2017
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MOTORING FESTIVAL & CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
If you’re a car fan, you won’t want to miss this premiere motoring event on Hilton Head Island. Ten days of events and showcases including races, galas, auctions, and of course, the Concours d’Elegance. The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance was recently awarded the South Carolina Governor’s Cup for excellence in event and tourism promotion. Join the tens of thousands of people who know why.
Dates: October 27–November 5, 2017
HILTON HEAD ISLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
For a decade, the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival has been celebrating local chefs, seafood, and culture with a week’s worth of events including collaborative dinners, celebrity chef demonstrations, art showcases, live music, and more.
Dates: February 19–25, 2018
HISTORIC BLUFFTON ARTS & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
Celebrate two things Bluffton is known for: a vibrant arts and culture scene, and delicious seafood! Every fall, the streets of Bluffton come alive with outstanding cuisine and beautiful works of art from across the region. There’s even a cooking competition and Fun Run!
Dates: October 14–22, 2017
MAY RIVER SHRIMP FESTIVAL
Enjoy all things Lowcountry—good food, good hospitality, beautiful sunsets, and unbeatable live music—at the May River Shrimp Festival at Oyster Factory Park this summer. This event is fun for the whole family; even pets are welcome!
Dates: July 20–21, 2017
MOVIE NIGHT IN THE PARK
Make the most of warm South Carolina summer nights at Movie Night in the Park at Shelter Cove Towne Centre. Weekly showings of your favorite family films in the open air at Shelter Cove Community Park—it’s the perfect family activity for your Hilton Head vacation.
Dates: June 15–August 17, 2017
MUSIC & TASTE ON THE HARBOUR
Head to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina for the best dance party on Hilton Head Island! Every Thursday in the fall and spring, Shelter Cove restaurants serve up delicious dishes while local bands play live music into the night. This outdoor food and music event has become a favorite of locals and returning Hilton Head guests alike.
Dates: March 30–May 18; September 7–October 19, 2017
Oysters hit their peak in the late fall months, and so what better time to have an Oyster Festival to celebrate our favorite shellfish? This annual festival serves up local oysters in every style, and has non-seafood options, too. Kids will love the Kid Zone and football fans will love the Sports Lounge.
Dates: November 10–12, 2017
RBC HERITAGE WEEK
The Island’s premiere golf tournament is a must-do for golf lovers! It’s a week of plaid, golf, camaraderie, and a good time like you can only have in Lowcountry. Watch your favorite golf pros in action at the RBC Heritage Tournament, enjoy family activities like movies and an Easter egg hunt, and of course, South Carolina sunshine.
Dates: April 9–15, 2018
WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
Taste the best Hilton Head Island has to offer at this annual event, now in its 33rd year. Oenophiles will love the International Wine Competition, knowledge sessions and tastings. Foodies will delight in the dinners that pair cuisine by the region’s best chefs with the world’s top wines.
Dates: March 5–11, 2018
Stay at the heart of all the Hilton Head action at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Our vacation homes and villa rentals offer the perfect home base for your Hilton Head adventures, no matter the season! Visit PalmettoDunes.com to view our vacation packages and start planning your Hilton Head Island vacation.
Summer on Hilton Head Island means one thing: HarbourFest! This weekly celebration at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina is a longstanding Lowcountry tradition, and one that Palmetto Dunes guests eagerly await each year.
This signature summer event begins in mid-June and lasts through to mid-August. The fun, family-friendly event delights kids and adults alike. If you’re planning to visit Hilton Head Island this summer, don’t miss it! Here’s a quick guide to HarbourFest’s weekly events.
The flagship HarbourFest event is the weekly fireworks display! In 2017, fireworks will be held (weather permitting) on Tuesday evenings on the following dates:
June 13th, 20th, 27th July 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th August 1st, 8th, 15th
Fireworks displays begin at dusk, but most families arrive at Shelter Cove Harbour early to enjoy live music or grab a bite to eat.
In the event that Tuesday fireworks are cancelled due to rain, they’ll be rescheduled for Wednesday (weather permitting, of course).
Live music is another great reason to check out HarbourFest! Shannon Tanner has been entertaining families at HarbourFest for 29 seasons – kids just love him! Catch him starting Memorial Day, when he plays shows at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Beginning Thursday, June 15, Shannon Tanner will be joined by the Oyster Reefers for a weekly island-inspired “Parrot Palooza” concert series. The shows happen every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Don’t forget to wear your dancing shoes!
Little ones love meeting Cappy the Clown, who performs at HarbourFest Monday through Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Get a feel for the HarbourFest experience by checking out this brand new video!
Beyond HarbourFest, there’s so much to do at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina! Take the family on a dolphin cruise, indulge in a little retail therapy, or dine out at one of Shelter Cove Harbour’s beloved restaurants.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to snap a photo and share it with us on social media! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more #HarbourFest2017 and #PalmettoDunes updates. See y’all at Shelter Cove Harbour soon!