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.
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?!
While many plan their beach getaways during the busier spring and summer seasons, we think fall and winter is the perfect time for seaside retreat, especially with your significant other!
As the weather gets cool up north, it’s incredibly uplifting and refreshing to head to warmer climes, even if just for a brief respite. It can lift the spirits and give you endurance to make it through the rest of the cold winter months!
Hilton Head Island and Palmetto Dunes make for great winter and holiday escapes for couples. Plan to take a long weekend away from the kids during holiday break or any weekend you can get away. Just picture in your mind’s eye strolls on the beach, waterfront gourmet meals, and long bike rides, stopping to have a picnic under the palms.
Palmetto Dunes offers many activities for couples. Choose from any or all of the below:
1. A round of golf at any of our 3 championshipHilton Head golf courses
2. 2 hours of complimentary tennis court time daily with a Palmetto Dunes vacation home or villa
3. Golf or tennis lessons
4. Paddle our 11-mile inland lagoon system in a double kayak or canoe from Hilton Head Outfitters
5. Rent bikes from Hilton Head Outfitters and explore the 50 miles of paved paths on Hilton Head Island
6. Have a massage or Hilton Head spa service at Ocean Tides Spa at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort or Spa Soleil at Hilton Head Marriot Resort and Spa
7. Enjoy a gourmet meal with a waterfront view at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina. Choose from restaurants ranging from French and Italian to Mediterranean and Mexican.
We offer a variety of romance packages that combine accommodations with many of these activities. For more information about a couples’ holiday getaway, visit www.palmettodunes.com or call us at 866-650-4130.
While the sweeping views and tricky ocean breezes of the 10th hole at the Palmetto Dunes’ Robert Trent Jones golf course may get all the attention, the 11th hole is challenging, as well. Part of the resort’s oceanfront Hilton Head golf course, named the 2003 South Carolina golf course of the year, hole 11 is a par 4 that plays 405 yards from the gold tees.
Watch out for the lagoons and sand bunkers to the left and right of this hole, which generally plays downwind. The tee shot needs to be straight, as any approach that slides to the right will most likely find the lagoon, which sits just off to the side.
Need some tips for playing over water? Doug Weaver, our director of golf instruction, says to focus not on lifting the ball over the water but on clipping the tee. Watch:
Says Weaver, “Golf is a game of opposites; when you swing down, the ball goes up.”
Watch the flyover of the Jones 11th hole and of all the holes on our Robert Trent Jones golf course map and be sure to download a scorecard and our free Palmetto Dunes golf app for more tips on the go!
To reserve your Hilton Head golf tee time, visit www.palmettodunes.com where you can save 30% by reserving online in advance. You can also save with multi-rounds of golf starting at just $76 per round in November and $59 per round December through February. Call us at 866-650-4130 for more details.
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.
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
There are many ways to improve your golf game from more practice and Hilton Head golf lessons at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy to using better equipment. Here at the Palmetto Dunes Hilton Head golf pro shops, we keep the latest equipment and the newest technology in store to make sure you have the best selection of gear on the island and in the southeast.
In mid-November, Titleist will be shipping its newest drivers, part of the 915 series. Both new clubs offer the latest technologies to help improve your golf skills and help you look even better on the course!
The 915D2 promises to deliver a higher trajectory. It comes with a larger club head (460cc) and pear profile to help provide confidence and stability.
If you’re looking for more workability and distance, you’ll find it with the Titleist 915D3 with trajectory control. Titleist says that this club produces a noticeably lower ball flight and spin rate than the D2 model.
Both of these drivers come with the Sure-Fit hosel adjustability and seven stock shaft options. According to GolfWeek, they also both have a slot in the sole, which “allows the hitting area to flex more at impact, broadens the area where maximum ball speed is created and reduces spin.” The drivers start at $499.
If you won’t be buying one for yourself, consider asking for it – or giving it -- as a holiday gift this year! Your golf style may be improved with the simple change of a driver when you play your first round in the New Year.
Find both of these drivers in store at the Palmetto Dunes golf pro shops in mid-November, or call us at 866-650-4130 and we’ll ship them direct to your door!
If you’re looking for something to shake up your holiday celebrations this year or want to start a new family tradition, consider Thanksgiving at the beach here on beautiful Hilton Head Island. At Palmetto Dunes, we offer everything you need to have the perfect family festivity and enjoy a vacation at the same time.
Our Thanksgiving Week Special combines the best of Turkey Day with all that the beach and Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has to offer. Stay at least three nights and get 10 percent off select Hilton Head vacation villas within the resort and head over to the oceanfront Dunes House restaurant for your traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner.
The package also encourages you to stay active on the holiday to burn off all those pumpkin pie calories with 20% off bike, canoe and kayak rentals, 15% off of Hilton Head golf tee times at our three championship courses, as well as two hours of complimentary tennis court time daily. Guests who book through the resort also receive merchandise and dining discounts, as well as preferred rates and priority access to all resort activities and amenities.
In addition to the package, we offer accommodation rates at our Hilton Head vacation rentals, starting at just $159 per night. For an additional cost, you can choose to dine at the Dunes House, which offers a buffet on Nov. 27 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., or head over to Big Jim’s restaurant, which will be serving plated dinners complete with all the fixings!
If you’d prefer to have Thanksgiving dinner in the comfort of your vacation home or villa, pick up your Thanksgiving dinner to go from Big Jim’s starting at 11 a.m. on Nov. 27. Reservations are required for the Dunes House buffet, and we recommend reservations and pre-ordering for Big Jim’s in-restaurant or to-go meals. Call us at 843-686-9136.
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.
Shelter Cove Harbour, Palmetto Dunes’ waterfront marina and entertainment district, offers many wonderful choices for dining and more than 150 waterfront tables! Choose from six restaurants, serving everything from Mediterranean to Mexican and Italian to seafood – all with fantastic views.
Here’s a round-up of current special offers available at these Hilton Head restaurants to enjoy when you visit Palmetto Dunes this fall:
San Miguel’s Mexican Café
Gather the girls for an afternoon margarita or bring the family for some fish tacos at San Miguel’s. Enjoy a daily happy hour, plus live entertainment from 5:30-9:30 p.m. nightly.
Mediterranean Harbour Bar & Grill
Did you know you could see belly dancing on Hilton Head Island?! You can at Mediterranean Harbour Bar & Grill on Fridays throughout October and November from 7-9 p.m. They’re also currently offering a dinner special of $29.95/person that includes the soup of the day or side salad, the chef’s special entrée and a dessert.
La Fontana Waterfront Grill & Pizzeria
La Fontana is a great place to watch football while you’re visiting Hilton Head. The new Italian restaurant has six big screen TVs, an outdoor bar and plenty of drink specials.
At gourmet restaurant Bistro 17, be an early bird and get a special deal. Those who choose to dine with them between 5 and 6 p.m. get 15% off, plus a free glass of house wine.
Scott’s Fish Market
Scott’s Fish Market has a different deal every day. For example, on Tuesdays get a free bottle of wine with the purchase of two main course entrees, while on Thursdays join in their Lobster Love Fest! On Saturdays and Sundays, they host a special football lunch from 11:30 a.m. -3 p.m.
ELA’s Blu Water Grill
A favorite of celebrities, ELA’s waterfront restaurant has live entertainment Thursday-Sunday evenings and features a Sunday brunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., also with live music.
Now, you’ve got six different places to try, all offering some great fall dining deals and fantastic views! While you’re there, be sure to enjoy Shelter Cove’s outstanding shopping , as well as Music & Taste on the Harbour Thursdays through Oct. 23 for free live music, dancing and small bites from Shelter Cove restaurants.
Sip wine seaside at a new event offered at the beachfront Dunes House restaurant, open to Palmetto Dunes resort guests and property owners.
At Wine Tasting Wednesday, every Wednesday in October from 5-7 p.m. at the inside room, guests can try new wines paired with sumptuous cheeses while enjoying a beautiful oceanfront view.
The event is $10 per person first come, first served and will include different wines each week. For example, on October 15, featured wines will be:
Wine distributors will also be on hand to answer your most burning wine questions J.
Come enjoy wine and cheese on your fall Hilton Head vacation! Stroll over or ride your bike from your Hilton Head vacation home and meet us at the Dunes House. See you there!
The days of summer are long gone with memories of your beach vacation fading by the day. It’s time to stoke that vacation fever and step out of your fall funk with a group golf getaway to Hilton Head Island. The weather has never been better with 70-degree sunny days and our courses are newly aerified and in great shape.
Palmetto Dunes offers a number of ways you and your buddies can join us for a Hilton Head golf trip to play all three of our varied Hilton Head golf courses, each of which has been named a South Carolina golf course of the year.
With our Ryder Cup group golf package for groups of 12 or more, you can join in the same competitive spirit of this popular world golf event with your friends. It includes three nights of accommodations, three rounds of golf, team shirts, breakfast, free range balls and yardage books, discounts at our Hilton Head golf pro shops and resort restaurants. Beginning October 15, 2014, rates start as low as $529/person for the package!
Another option is our Stay & Play Group Golf Package for groups of 12 or more, which provides you with three nights of accommodations, three rounds of golf and the standard resort discounts and priority access that you receive when booking through Palmetto Dunes. Rates for this package starting October 15 are just $479/person.
Just think, for roughly $500, you could have a much needed getaway and time on the green… You just need to find 11 other friends who feel the same way!
For more information about any of our group golf vacations, give us a call directly at 866-650-4130. As soon as you reserve your group, you can start dreaming of your time on Hilton Head Island!