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  • Posted on 9th Oct 2019, 10:11 am

    Have a Dog Day at Palmetto Dunes!

    Hilton Head Island has been the backdrop of family vacations for decades and here at Palmetto Dunes, we like to make sure that all family members get to partake in the fun. That's why, from October through March, we offer dog-friendly vacation rentals across our resort. Read on to learn more about Palmetto Dunes' dog-friendly rentals (select units) and some of our top tips for traveling with your pet.

    Finding a Dog-Friendly Rental

    To get started planning the perfect Hilton Head family vacation for you and your pet, reach out to one of our reservation specialists, or browse available pet friendly vacation rentals online. Rentals vary from one to three bedrooms, and from apartment-style to complete villas.


    Shown here is 3 Rum Row.

    Pack for your Pup

    When traveling with your dog, it’s just as important to remember to pack what they need as it is to pack essentials for yourself and your family. You'll want to bring your leash, pick-up bags, treats and toys, portable food and water bowls—not to mention food—and a blanket or dog bed so your dog will sleep as comfortably in your Palmetto Dunes vacation rental as you will.

    Travel Smart

    Whether you're arriving in Hilton Head Island by air or by car, there are steps you can take to make sure that the experience goes smoothly—for you and your pet. Make sure you've got the proper-sized pet carrier with plenty of ventilation and label it clearly. If flying, try your best to book a direct route (luckily for you new flights are arriving in the Hilton Head Island and Savannah airports all the time) and if you're driving, consider taking your dog on some shorter trips before you depart to get them used to riding on the road.

    Stay and Play

    Once you've arrived in Hilton Head Island and settled into your pet-friendly vacation rental all that's left to do is have some fun! Grab your leash and head to the beach for a family stroll. Walk your dog to Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina to explore the boardwalk, set out to sea with Outside Hilton Head, or have a seat on one of the dog-friendly patios.

    We love welcoming families to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort to spend quality time together and enjoy all of the amenities that our resort offers, and we can’t wait to welcome you—and your dog, too!

  • Posted on 19th Jul 2019, 8:05 pm

    Where to Hear Live Music This Summer

    Summer is in full swing here on Hilton Head Island and there are plenty of ways to celebrate: summer events, one-of-a-kind activities, water adventures…the fun doesn’t stop! One of our favorite things about summer in the Lowcountry is all of the incredible local musical talent that gets showcased throughout the area with live music shows at some of Hilton Head’s top spots. Get ready to hit the town with our guide to live music in Hilton Head Island.

    The Dunes House

    This beachfront favorite not only boasts one of the best patios around, they offer live music four nights a week throughout the summer months. Locals and return guests will be familiar with the sound and songs of Unicorn Meat—regular performers on The Dunes House patio. Other regulars throughout the summer include A Welcome Distraction, Sound Boy, and NGITW.

    Shannon Tanner

    Family favorite and local star Shannon Tanner plays every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina. You’ll most notably see him on stage at HarbourFest on Tuesday nights, kicking off festivities at 6:30pm with the first of two live performances.

    Parrot Palooza

    Head to Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina on Thursday nights at 7:00pm for Parrot Palooza and enjoy live music from Shannon Tanner and the Oyster Reefers as well as every family’s favorite, Cappy the Clown. This summer tradition runs through to August 22, 2019 and has been entertaining families for generations. There will also be two shows on Labor Day Weekend to end the summer in style.

    ELA’S On the Water

    Aside from one of the best dining views in Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, ELA’S offers delicious Mediterranean cuisine and weekly live music. Sample calamari and fine cocktails while listening to some of your favorite tunes performed by local musicians.

    San Miguel’s

    San Miguel’s legendary margaritas and incredible queso aren’t the only reasons to stop by this popular waterfront spot! All summer long, Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina’s Mexican restaurant welcomes live music on its patio every day of the week.

    Scott’s Fish Market and Bar

    Not only does Scott’s Fish Market offer some of the best seafood around, you get to dine with live music virtually every day of the week! Local crooners will have you swooning for their song styles and acoustic guitar strumming.

    Bucci & Murray’s Pub on the Water

    The hospitality pros at Bucci’s know how to have a good time, and that includes good food, great drinks, and (of course!) live music. Coming up at Bucci & Murray’s Pub on the Water is singer-songwriter Nick Jamerson and two stellar performances from La Bodega. Check out their Facebook Page for all upcoming musical performances.

    Bistro 17

    This waterfront French café is ideally located right at Neptune’s Statue in Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina. It offers beautiful marina views, an extensive wine list, delicious French-inspired cuisine, and the soothing sounds of live piano in the background to truly set the scene.

    Whether you like classics, country, creative covers, or toe-tapping originals, you’ll love soaking in the summer sun and beautiful views of Hilton Head Island with outstanding live music as your backdrop.

  • Posted on 10th Jul 2019, 2:11 pm

    Palmetto Dunes Social Media Summer Scavenger Hunt

    We want to help you to see and do the best of Palmetto Dunes & Hilton Head Island during your family vacation this summer! That’s why we’ve created a social media summer scavenger hunt that gives you the chance to win a $250 Palmetto Dunes activities gift card. We’ll draw for two winners: one at the end of July and one on Labour Day! Participating is easy:

    • Complete at least 5 items on this list and share a public photo of each activity to your Instagram or Facebook feed
    • Use the hashtag #PalmettoDunes and tag us at @PalmettoDunesSC (on Instagram) or @Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort (on Facebook).
    • When you leave, submit your completed form to The Welcome Center, The General Store, or Hilton Head Outfitters (hard copy forms are available for pick-up at all locations, too!).
    • Winners will be contacted via email and announced on our social media accounts.

    (View As PDF Here)

  • Posted on 1st Jul 2019, 8:18 pm

    Can’t Miss Summer Events on Hilton Head Island

    There is no greater time on Hilton Head Island than the summer. The sun is shining, the beaches are glistening, and the temperature is right. Best of all? Hilton Head Island is full of fun summer activities that the whole family can enjoy! If you’re looking for a memorable vacation that’s sure to please everyone—look no further then Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head Island!

    HarbourFest at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina

    Where: Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
    When: Weekly, May-August

    There is no happier time on Hilton Head Island than the annual HarbourFest. Now in its 31st consecutive year, people from all over come to help us celebrate this island tradition. Head over to Shelter Cove Harbour and see for yourself why locals and tourists alike love HarbourFest!

    Treat the whole family to a concert put on by Shannon Tanner, who has been with the festival since its very beginning. Performing Monday—Friday (excluding Thursdays) at 6:30 and 8:00 pm, Tanner will play an array of different musical stylings including 60’s classics, original ballads and even tunes for the kiddos! Shannon Tanner is a true HarbourFest staple and it’s not hard to see why—with his catchy songs and signature beanie, we guarantee you’ll be a fan too! Check out Shannon playing Caribbean classics with the Oyster Reefers as part of Parrot Palooza at the festival every Thursday at 7:00 pm.

    Looking to show the kids a good time? Cappy the Clown is a returning favorite to HarbourFest that never disappoints. Entertaining kids of all ages for over 30 years, she’ll have you laughing and smiling all day long. Don’t forget to get your face painted, pick up a balloon animal, create sand art, and enjoy the variety of kids activities that Cappy offers!

    If you’re looking for a real showstopper you will not want to miss the weekly fireworks at HarbourFest. Happening every Tuesday night!

    4th of July Fireworks

    Where: Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
    When: Thursday, July 4, 5:00-9:00pm

    Meet up with Shannon Tanner & Cappy the Clown again for the island’s famous Independence Day show. Here you will catch Hilton Head’s largest fireworks show while listening to Shannon Tanner’s special patriotic show in honor of the night. Independence Day fireworks are the perfect event for the whole family, where kids can get their face painted, glitter tattoos and animal balloons from Cappy the Clown! Be one of the first 1,500 to get to the Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and receive an American flag to celebrate!

    Turtle Trot 5K Race

    Where: The Dunes House
    When: Every Wednesday, 8:00 am, April- August

    Happening weekly all summer long, the 5k Turtle Trot Walk or Run is the perfect family event. Suitable for all fitness levels, the Turtle Trot is the ideal way to kick off your morning! The race takes place every Wednesday morning and all proceeds go towards the Palmetto Dunes Cares Fund! Grab the whole family and get active while supporting a great cause! The route will either wind through the roads of Palmetto Dunes or take place on our beautiful beach. Kids are encouraged to join—those 12 and under even run for free!

    Sea Turtle Talk & Walk

    Where: Dunes House
    When: June- August, 8:00- 9:00 pm

    Bring the whole family and head to The Dunes House for the Sea Turtle Talk & Walk. Joined by Marine Biologist, Amber Keuhn, you’ll be treated to a fun and educational experience! Learn all about the turtles as you walk along the sand and see what’s happening on our nesting beach first hand! In support of the Palmetto Dunes Cares Charitable Foundation, you will leave with a whole new appreciation for sea turtles and their habitat!

    Sizzling Summer Camps

    Where: Island Rec Center
    When: June- August

    If you’re in search of the perfect summer activities to keep the kids busy, you have to check out Hilton Head Island’s summer day camps! Kids from kindergarten to eighth grade can enjoy arts, crafts, swimming, games, sports and much more! Each week of camp is a different theme—which include different activities and rotations all summer long! Snacks are provided to campers twice all day, all you need to do is send the kids with a bathing suit, towel and lunch and they'll be all set for their full day of activity filled fun!

    There are so many things to do on Hilton Head Island this summer—we’re positive you’ll have a blast! And while you mull over which activity you want to get to first, make sure you check the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort availability to book your stay!

  • Posted on 10th Jun 2019, 10:46 am

    Run in the Sun at Palmetto Dunes: The Turtle Trot is Back!

    While when it comes to getting around Hilton Head Island, a bike is usually the way to go, this spring and summer you can ditch the wheels for a good old-fashioned foot race right here at Palmetto Dunes!

    For the second year in a row, the Palmetto Dunes Property Owners Association is launching its Turtle Trot 5K race series — and you’re invited! Two equally stunning 3.1-mile routes have been created that take you over sand, under shaded oak canopies, and along our lagoon and beautiful oceanfront so you can start your day by trotting past the best that Palmetto Dunes has to offer.

    Each race starts at 8 am on Wednesday mornings. You can sign up in advance or register in person beginning at 7am. Then, it’s off to the races! Depending on which week you participate, you’ll be running a beach or road route. Check out the schedule below.

    Not only is the Turtle Trot an amazing way to start your day, it’s a fun event regardless of your age or fitness level! We’ve had many people walk the route and we love seeing kids having fun participating. In fact, we encourage you to bring the whole family along! Kids aged 12 and under race for free.

    The registration fee is $25 for each race, which includes a Turtle Trot t-shirt. The proceeds from every race go to the Palmetto Dunes Cares Fund, a local charity that promotes health, environment, arts and culture, community development, and education on Hilton Head Island. After you’ve finished your route, stick around for some light snacks and drinks.

    Are you ready to turn your fun in the sun into run in the sun? Sign up for a Turtle Trot race today.

  • Posted on 28th May 2019, 3:16 pm

    Father’s Day Gift Guide

    It’s that time of year again: Father’s Day! Time to celebrate Dads and thank them for all the bad jokes and all the good times we’ve shared so far. We know sometimes Dad can be hard to shop for but don’t stress, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our 2019 Father’s Day gift guide, filled with items and experiences Dad will be sure to love.

    For the Dad who loves Golf:

    The newly launched Nike Jordan ARG Golf Shoes are the perfect gift for a Dad who is eager to get a jump start on this summer’s golf season. These stylish and comfortable new shoes have a plush midsole and flexible outsole, designed to help with the perfect swing. Be sure to check our Robert Trent Jones Pro Shop to get your hands on a pair before they sell out.


    Photo via Nike

    For the Dad who take his beard very seriously:

    Be sure to get him a Beard Grooming & Trimming kit. Made with natural and organic ingredients, this kit was designed to make beard styling easy.


    Photo via Amazon

    For the Dad who loves to read:

    If your Dad loves to read and he doesn’t own an e-reader yet, this is definitely the perfect gift. We love the Kindle Oasis, which is waterproof, so whether your Dad likes to read on the couch, on a flight, on the beach at Palmetto Dunes, or even in the pool he can take his e-reader with him.


    Photo via Amazon

    For the Dad who is always on-the-go:

    Summer brings on a lot of travel, so why not get Dad something practical to suit his travel needs? This duffle bag from Peter Millar is great for packing the essentials for a Hilton Head getaway or to visit friends and family for a weekend.


    Photo via Peter Millar

    For the Dad looking for a new skill:

    Our vacation homes are perfect for hosting, but if dad has never really mastered the art of cocktails, this gift will boost his mixology skills. The Perfect Drink Pro Smart Scale and App Kitchen Tool has over 400 drink recipes and will coach your Dad through all his cocktail mixing (even if he makes a mistake).


    Photo via Amazon

    For the Dad who is fashion forward:

    Dress him up in a new fitted blazer, like this one from Polo. This sport coat is comfortable, classy and suitable for a number of different occasions. Check this one out online, or be sure to find Polo brand items at our Robert Trent Jones Golf Pro Shop.


    Photo via Polo Ralph Lauren

    For the Minimalist Dad:

    Just because time slows down in the Lowcountry doesn’t mean dad can’t have a stylish timepiece! This sleek and simple watch with leather strap and a clean white face will go with just about anything he might wear.


    Photo via Daniel Wellington

    For the Dad looking for the perfect swing:

    Just in time for Father's Day, SwingFit club fitting at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course are $100 (originally $150)! Give Dad the gift of new clubs guaranteed to work. Call 855-225-8214 to request a gift card for the fitting.


    Photo via SwingFit

    For the Dad looking to get in shape and have fun:

    Exercise doesn't have to be confined to the gym. Pickleball is a fun, easy sport that is great exercise and easy to pick up making it an enjoyable experience. Gift Dad with "the paddle the Pro's choose", the new 'Elite Pro' by Engage, which can be found at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center.


    Photo via Engage Pickleball

    And, last, but certainly not least...

    For something you can do together:

    Golf, sailing, spa days, dinners, and more—our Palmetto Dunes vacation packages give the gift of quality time and we can’t think of a better way to say Happy Father’s Day than that. Enjoy time with the whole family while watching the sun go down with a sailing charter with Salt Marsh Sailing.


    Photo via Salt Marsh Sailing

  • Posted on 22nd Apr 2019, 9:14 am

    5 Ways to Stay Active at Palmetto Dunes this Summer

    The temperature is climbing, the flowers are blooming, and summer is well on its way here in Hilton Head Island! Summer vacation may be a chance to while the days away, but with the increasing popularity of wellness travel, it’s also a way to kick start a healthy lifestyle or stick to your current fitness routine. Whether you’re planning your first visit or are returning to Palmetto Dunes for another summer vacation, there are plenty of ways to stay active and have fun while you’re staying at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

    1: Turtle Trot 5K

    The Turtle Trot 5K is back and it’s a fantastic way to meet new people, take in the beautiful Hilton Head scenery, and get a great run in at the beginning of your day. Races run on Wednesday mornings at 8 am throughout June and July and alternate between beautiful beach runs and soothing countryside loops. Click here to learn more and register.

    2: Surf Camp

    Catch some waves regardless of your skill or fitness level, with surf lessons at Palmetto Dunes Beach! It’s a great core and upper body workout that’s also a whole lot of fun! Register for a private session or sign up for one of our 90-minute group lessons! You’ll be hanging ten in no time.

    3: Pickleball and Tennis Lessons

    With 16 Pickleball courts and an award-winning tennis program, your game is in good hands at Palmetto Dunes. Sign up for daily round robins to get your heart racing with some friendly competition, or enroll in tennis or Pickleball clinics to drill your skills and improve your game. Either way, you’ll be outdoors enjoying the Lowcountry sun while having a ball on the court.

    4: Dance the Night Away

    It just wouldn’t be summer at Palmetto Dunes without Harbourfest! This family-friendly event is a chance to see some fireworks as well as old and new friends but it can also be a chance to burn a few calories on the dance floor!

    5: Pedal to It

    It’s no secret that bicycles are the best way to get around Hilton Head Island, and for the health-conscious it’s also an easy way to add some activity to your day. Check out some of our favorite bike trails, bike the beach, or just pedal your way to and from the General Store for a sweet summer treat.

    How do you plan on staying active this summer? Share your summer adventures—action-packed or laid back—with us on Instagram using #PalmettoDunes.

  • Posted on 19th Apr 2019, 2:15 pm

    Palmetto Dunes’ Family Travel Tips

    Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has been welcoming families for decades. With roomy vacation rentals that fit the whole family and activities that are fun for all ages, it’s no wonder! And while we know that a vacation at Palmetto Dunes is laidback and easy breezy, traveling with kids can make for its own set of challenges. Read on for some of our top travel tips so this year you can have the best family vacation ever!

    Tip 1: Make A List

    And check it twice! When it comes to kids—especially young kids—there are a lot of essential items you’re not going to live without. You can always head to a local store to pick up forgotten wipes, diapers, bottles and more, but a little planning and a careful list can avoid any unnecessary vacation stress.

    Tip: 2: Travel Distractions

    Whether you’re traveling by car or plane, you’ll have a smoother ride by making sure you’ve got plenty to keep your kids occupied throughout your travel time. Load up a favorite show or movie on your tablet, bring some books, puzzles, toys, and maybe even a special snack or surprise for your children to add some excitement to the journey.

    Tip 3: Book Accommodations with Separate Sleeping Areas

    At Palmetto Dunes, this is easy! From two-bedroom villas to 6-bedroom homes, there’s a space here that will fit the whole family. Not only do separate sleeping quarters make for a better-rested brood, having a common space to hang out in takes the stress off needing to have every day jam-packed with activity, and a full kitchen makes it easy to make snacks, stick to your normal morning routine, or accommodate any picky eaters.

    Tip 4: Rent Equipment in Advance

    Save yourself some space and time by renting equipment in advance from Hilton Head Outfitters. Strollers, children’s bikes and bike buggies, beach umbrellas, beach chairs and more are available with the option to have your items delivered to your home or villa the day you arrive.

    Tip 5: Don’t Forget Your Day Bag

    Snacks, water, sunscreen, a toy or book, a change of clothes or warm layer; these are all things you’re going to want to have handy as you’re exploring Hilton Head Island with your family. Take some time to pack a lightweight backpack or bag with these items in the morning and you’ll be thanking yourself come afternoon.

    Tip 6: Find Some Structured Activities

    It’s so exciting to explore a new destination with your children or to introduce them to a destination you’ve grown to love. As an adult, you might be fine to follow the day where it takes you, but with kids, a little structure goes a long way. Block out a couple of hours to go on a family canoe trip, sign your kids up for surfing or tennis lessons. Having a couple of activities with a start and end date helps keep everyone having fun without getting too tired out.

    Tip 7: Plan For Downtime

    Speaking of tired out, it’s okay to slow down and take a rest! You’re in The South, after all! And while you (and your kids) might be ready to go, go, go, an hour or two of hanging at your vacation rental will make sure no one gets too much sun, too over-tired, or too cranky.

    Tip 8: Go With the Flow

    After all of that planning, don’t forget to relax! After all, that’s what vacations are for, and Hilton Head Island is the perfect place for your family to do just that! Some of the most incredible travel experiences are those that happen spontaneously. Maybe you stumble upon some live music that your kids just want to dance too. Maybe your morning at the beach turns into a whole day of fun in the sun. With a go-with-the-flow attitude, you and your family can enjoy these moments instead of stressing out that you’re off-schedule.

    We can’t wait to welcome you and your family to Palmetto Dunes for a vacation filled with memory-making fun! We hope that with these tips, each and every member of your family, parents included, will have a stress-free, fantastic time.

  • Posted on 3rd Feb 2019, 2:34 pm

    All-Ages Fun with Hilton Head Outfitters

    Looking to explore the great outdoors on Hilton Head Island? Whether it’s a serene journey down the lagoon, a vigorous bike ride on the beach, or hanging ten on the beautiful ocean waters, this is the perfect destination for kids of all ages to have fun and get active on vacation. Discover the perfect itinerary to get your family outside and enjoying our island’s shining sunshine and warm breezes!

    Ages 2- 5

    Explore the Trails
    The famed bike trails around the island offer picturesque views, and glimpses of exciting wildlife. Too young to ride? No problem! We have plenty of options—jogging strollers, bike seats, kiddie carts, and tagalongs—to take even the youngest members of the family along for the ride!


    Photo Credit: @incrediblecolorado

    Beach Lounging
    It might sound simple, but relaxing on the beach can be a great activity for toddlers. Grab your buckets, shovels, and get ready to make some seriously cool castles! Need a beach chair or umbrella to keep an eye on the kids while you relax? We’ve got you covered.

    Ages 5-10

    Bike the Beach
    The wind in your hair and a little sand on your feet is the best way to experience the great outdoors! Hilton Head Outfitters offers bike rentals for all sizes, including bikes perfect for young ones. The pedal-activated coaster brakes work great on the beach, leaving room to explore between the dunes.


    Photo Credit: @ahippphoto

    Connect with Critters
    There’s no better way to learn about the Lowcountry than from the locals—even the smallest inhabitants! It’s easy to connect with nature on Hilton Head Island. While you’re at the beach, you can spot tiny ocean critters, sea-turtle nests, and even dolphins! It’s like nature’s own treasure hunt.

    Private Surfing Lessons
    For younger children, private surfing lessons are a fun, safe introduction to the sport. The lessons last for 90 minutes with certified instructors, so you can feel comfortable watching them ride the (gentle) waves!

    Ages 11-15

    Bike the Trails
    With more than 80 miles of trails connecting you to anywhere you want to go, the island is truly your oyster—and it’s time to work up your appetite! Your kids will love exploring the Spanish Moss-draped paths with a bike rental from Hilton Head Outfitters.

    Kayak the Lagoon
    Who would win a kids versus parents race? Come find out! With single and double kayak rentals, you can explore the beautiful lagoon with the whole family.

    SUP (Surf’s Up)
    You and your kids can ride the waves straight into family fun! Paddleboard and surfboard rentals are a great way to enjoy the salt water and get active. For beginners, group lessons are available if you want to learn, but if you’re already comfortable with a board you can head straight for the salty water.

    Ages 16+

    Go Fishing in a Canoe
    Triple canoe rentals are the perfect solution for families who want to explore the lagoon together, because the family that fishes together, stays together! These canoes can accommodate two adults with two small children plus fishing equipment, which you can also rent from us.


    Photo Credit: @hollypaddles

    Ocean Paddleboarding
    Renting a paddleboard is a great way to explore the island’s calm oceans. Standing up, you’ll be in a prime position to spot sea creatures swimming beneath you, or something exciting on the horizon! The activity is a great workout, and perfect for more independent,older children.

    Now that you’ve got the perfect itinerary for family fun, there’s only one thing left for you to do: get outside! Don’t forget to share your family selfies with us using #Lowcountry lifestyle to show us how you enjoy the great outdoors on Hilton Head Island.

  • Posted on 24th Nov 2018, 1:53 pm

    The 10 Best Things About Winter on Hilton Head Island

    The low season in Lowcountry—there’s nothing quite like it! When the winter months roll around, Hilton Head Island never runs short of things to see and do. From outdoor adventures to fun festivals and events, a winter getaway promises all the best of summer, plus a few extra perks.

    1. The Weather

    Lower temperatures bring less humidity to the air around the island. From late November to early March, you can expect the temperature to hover around 64°F, rarely dipping down to the forties. Days are still just as sunny as summer, but less stifling. Definitely pack your shorts and t-shirts, but also bring along some warmer wardrobe pieces for after the sun sets. Speaking of sunsets…

    2. Sunrises and Sunsets

    Hilton Head Island is known for its breathtaking sunrises and sunsets—and in the winter months they get even more vibrant. Low humidity gives way to clear, crisp air that allows for reds, pinks, oranges, and yellows to shine brighter—here’s the science behind it. To catch a stunning sunrise, rent a bike and cruise along the east side of the island in the morning. For sunsets, dine al fresco at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina for some of the very best.


    3. Pet-Friendly Vacations

    Want to bring your four-legged family members along on your Hilton Head Island vacation? Winter is the perfect time to do just that. Not only will Fido enjoy those cooler temperatures, there are no restrictions for dogs on the island’s beaches during low season. Browse our pet-friendly vacation homes and villas here.


    4. The Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival

    Authentic Lowcountry cuisine is paired perfectly with wines from around the world at this festival that’s a must for any foodie. From March 11 through 17, festival events are held all around the island to mark the unofficial end of winter. On Thursday’s Sip ‘N Stroll, grab a glass of wine and browse the sales and discounts at the shops around the Harbour Town Yacht Basin. Go big at Friday’s Grand Tasting, and sample over 250 wines and delicious bites at Saturday’s Public Tasting.


    5. The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival

    What could be better than seven days of seafood? From February 18 – 24, sip, shuck, and savor your way through a series of incredible events including an oyster roast, a big barbeque, champagne brunch, plus the much-anticipated James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour. Book a three-day package at Palmetto Dunes and you’ll get VIP tickets to headline events, villa accommodations, and much more.


    6. The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra

    The winter season of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra promises a sophisticated, special night out during your winter getaway. Enjoy the sounds of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Haydn and more surrounded by the stunning architecture and sublime acoustics of the First Presbyterian Church. Special features include ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, featuring all of your holiday favorites, and Coastal Traditions—a showcase of Lowcountry music, stories, and dance. View the orchestra’s performance schedule here.


    7. Holiday Fun

    We think “the most wonderful time of year” is even better around here. Hilton Head Island offers tons of holiday fun with no shovel or snow tires required! Ditch the big box stores and head to Coligny Beach for Black Friday deals from local vendors, and keep kids entertained with wagon rides and scavenger hunts. For some seasonal sparkle, head to Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina to see boats bedecked with Christmas lights. Need to work off some of that holiday feasting? The Jingle Jingle 5K run is perfect for a little outdoor fun.

    8. Water Wonderland

    No snow? No problem! Warm temperatures are perfect for all kinds of aquatic adventures on Hilton Head Island. Paddleboard or kayak along the lazy Skull Creek for a leisurely day, or if it wouldn’t be winter without some kind of skiing, strap on some water skis and zoom around at high speed. Hit the open water on a fishing charter, or get your sea legs with a sailing lesson for even more fun this winter.


    9. Winter Wildlife

    Gators tend to hibernate in winter, but much of the island’s wildlife actually becomes more active and easier to spot from late December to early March. Head to Fish Haul Creek Park beachfront at low tide and you’ll be treated to flocks of migratory shorebirds including curlew, dunlin, dowitcher, godwit, red knot, and willet. Pickney Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to colonies of larger birds like egrets and herons, while the waters all around the island are prime for spotting playful dolphins.


    10. Golf Galore

    The low season means fewer golfers on our courses, giving you more time to perfect your swing and take in the exceptional natural beauty that surrounds you while you play. With three iconic courses on our resort, you won’t have to go far for an award-winning golf experience. Soak in stunning sea views on the Robert Trent Jones course—considered the best in the southeast—challenge yourself on the final four holes of the George Fazio Course, or try the shot-maker’s favorite Arthur Hills Course that perfectly blends in the beauty of the Lowcountry. Try them all with one of our incredible golf packages.

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