Part of our new ‘How-to’ series on the Palmetto Dunes Blog. Check back each month for more how-tos on making the most of your Palmetto Dunes vacation and having the ultimate lowcountry experience!
If getting in shape is one of your New Year’s Resolutions, you may wonder how you’re going to keep up with your fitness goals during your Palmetto Dunes vacation.
Not only will you never run out of things to do on Hilton Head Island, you’ll have a blast staying fit with these fun activities!
Two wheels good, four wheels bad
With over 50 miles of paved bike paths, it’s no secret that a bike is the perfect way to get around Hilton Head Island. Our bike rentals at Hilton Head Outfitters are just the thing to get you out on the open road! Did you know that you can burn up to 300 calories per hour just enjoying our many bike paths and trails?
Take a hike
Whether you’re combing the beaches on Hilton Head Island, strolling along the boardwalk at the marina, or strutting through the shops at Shelter Cove Harbour, incorporating walking into your vacation is a great way to get around, see some sights, and stay active. The incredible beach at Palmetto Dunes is over three miles long, so a walk to the end and back will add up to well over an hour of exercise – and with such a great view, we know you’ll enjoy every minute of it!
Go to court
The tennis facilities at Palmetto Dunes are world renowned, and nothing gets your heart rate going like a fast-paced set of tennis. Whether you’re a new to the game and in need of instruction or a seasoned player looking to play on superb courts, tennis is a fun way to stay fit while on vacation. One hour of tennis can burn up to 600 calories and health benefits of playing the game include cardiovascular and heart health, improved coordination and balance, muscle development, and strengthened bones.
If tennis isn’t quite your thing, try your paddle at Pickleball - the newest net game to hit Palmetto Dunes. This sport is great for all ages, combining elements of tennis, ping-pong and badminton. Best of all, it’s a blast to play.
Add some spin to your golf game
There’s now an easy way to work some extra fitness into your favorite game: the golf bikes at Palmetto Dunes! You can reserve a golf bike just as you would a golf cart when booking your tee time. Bonus: the bikes are easier on the greens than a golf cart! It’s never been easier to pedal and putt your way to fitness at Palmetto Dunes.
Paddle to the metal
If your legs are wearing out from all of your biking, walking and running, hop in a kayak and give your arms a workout. Did we say arms? We meant arms, shoulders, back, abdomen, chest and hands. Yep, kayaking is one heck of an upper body workout, not to mention a fantastic way to discover and experience all of the wildlife Hilton Head Island is home to. Hilton Head Outfitters has a great selection of kayaks to choose from, and Hilton Head Island has over 11 miles of lagoon systems to explore, so what are you waiting for?
We know that vacations are all about sitting back and relaxing, but with so many recreational activities at Palmetto Dunes, incorporating fitness into your vacation has never been simpler or more fun! Besides, an ice-cold drink at The Dunes House tastes mighty fine after a great workout.
Check back next month for another blog post on how to make the most of your Hilton Head Island vacation and have the ultimate lowcountry experience!
Here in Hilton Head where most days the skies are blue and the weather is mild, there is plenty to do to keep active during the winter months.
Here are our top 10 winter activities on Hilton Head Island:
1) Polish your golf game – Our Hilton Head golf academy offers a variety of classes for golfers all winter long. Learn to play more carefree like Bubba Watson, improve your mental golf game or enjoy daily 50-minute clinics on different skills. Check out our winter golf academy schedule for more information.
2) Ride a bike! – With over 50 miles of paved pike paths on Hilton Head Island, there’s no excuse not to get out and enjoy the beauty of our island. Hilton Head Outfitters offers Hilton Head bike rentals for every member of your family, including cruisers, kiddie carts, tag-a-longs and child seats.
3) Get in a cardio workout with a game of tennis – Our mild weather on Hilton Head Island is ideal for outdoor play! Try a Hilton Head tennis lesson from our award-winning Palmetto Dunes Tennis Centre or try something new and get the blood pumping with a game of Pickleball!
4) Shop! – There are plenty of unique boutiques and stores on Hilton Head, so make sure you head home with a one-of-a-kind souvenir of your Hilton Head vacation. Our favorite spots to shop are along the waterfront at Shelter Cove Harbour, the golf pro shops at Palmetto Dunes and our tennis pro shop.
5) Paddle the 11-mile lagoon – Rent a kayak or canoe from Hilton Head Outfitters and head out mid afternoon, when the weather is warmest. Enjoy a peaceful tour of our 11-mile inland lagoon system, take in the wildlife and see Palmetto Dunes in an entirely new way.
6) Beach combing! – Take a walk on the beach and look for shells. With fewer people visiting Hilton Head in the winter, you could have the beach all to yourself and you’ll have a better chance of finding some stunning seashells. Keep your eye out for dolphins in the surf and see what treasures have washed ashore.
7) Catch a redfish! – Fall and winter are some of the best times to catch a “big red” and our team of experienced fishermen can help you do it. Whether you take an offshore or inshore Hilton Head fishing charter, or rent some gear and cast-off from the beach, learn to fish from our pros and see if you can land a trophy-sized red!
8) Eat oysters – Oysters are never as fresh and delicious as they are in the fall and winter on Hilton Head Island, so slurp up! Whether you prefer a touch of lemon, a dash of hot sauce or plain, these are a perfect lowcountry delight.
9) Go birdwatching – The birds are out in winter, and in fact, over past years we’ve spotted more species than ever before! Grab some binoculars and head out on a kayak in the lagoon, or take a Hilton Head boat tour to Daufuskie Island or Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge for some great birdwatching. Head to the Hilton Head Outfitters blog for more birdwatching tips.
10) Do nothing! – What’s a vacation without a little bit of R&R? After you’ve done our Top 9, relax, unwind and do nothing at all! Kick back in your Hilton Head vacation rental and enjoy an ocean or palm tree view. Embrace the charm and ease of lowcountry life; grab a book, a cup of coffee and rest. Ahhh…
Palmetto Dunes offers plenty of vacation packages to help you work in everything on your ‘Things to Do’ list! From our spa packages to Hilton Head tennis and golf packages.
Call us at 866-744-7558 and start planning your 2016 Winter Getaway!
With holiday decorations and thousands of twinkling lights perfectly placed, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and Shelter Cove Towne Centre. Visitors from near and far have joined us to celebrate the season, shop for the perfect gift and indulge in some festive flavors at our shops and restaurants this holiday season.
Visitors have shared some beautiful #ShelterCoveChristmas photos so far – entering them in a chance to win our fabulous Ultimate Shelter Cove Experience. You too can have a chance to win this Shelter Cove Christmas present, by sharing your favorite holiday display with us!
These photos perfectly capture the cascading, colorful light displays strung at the Dove Street Festival of Lights at Shelter Cove Towne Centre.
Shared by @julianerose, @hhiraltor, @ashotwell1990 and @ruavt2
From Christmas palm trees, to Santa’s sleigh to Frosty the Snowman, these photos showcase the ornaments adorning the town.
Photos shared by Casi Weatherford, @jcbehlert, and @ashotwell1990
Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina is steeped in the sights and lights of Christmas. Visitors can’t help but strike a pose with our festive Neptune statue and admire the beautifully decorated boats. We’ve even heard that Santa Claus can be found boat hopping this holiday season!
Shared by @ACWOA, Jim Grant and @thagoodguy
Don’t miss your chance to win the Ultimate Shelter Cove Experience – including three nights for you and your family in a two-bedroom villa at Harbourside III, and gift certificates from the amazing restaurants and shops at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina.
Head out to Shelter Cove, snap a photo of your favorite light display and share it using #ShelterCoveChristmas on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Want a second entry? Submit your email address on the Hilton Head website.
We know shopping for the holidays can be stressful, and finding the perfect gift for that special someone on your list can be a challenge. So to help, here’s our list of holiday gift ideas, and a few of our favorite things:
Garmin’s Approach Series is tailor-made to help you with your game. This ‘wearable caddie’ has over 30,000 golf courses pre-programmed into it – including all three award-winning courses at PalmettoDunes – and will show you course previews and distances, track your stats and swing metrics, keep score, and all with a sleek look and glove-friendly touch screen.
We love this sunscreen powder from Sunforgettable. It’s easy to apply and water resistant!
Lounge on the sand to your heart’s content and stay protected from the elements with a large, SPF umbrella. It will keep the wind and rays off you – not to mention make your spot easy to find when you’re coming in from the surf.
Help your tennis lover ace her or his courtside style with a quality tennis bag, like this one from our online store.
Stop by the Tennis Center Pro Shop at Palmetto Dunes, it’s the largest on Hilton Head Island! With top brands like Nike, Wilson, Head, Fila and Prince your tennis player will definitely be looking like a pro. Or how about getting some lessons for your tennis lover? Palmetto Dunes offers a wide variety of tennis clinics and lessons as well as private lessons. Call 843.785.1152 to inquire. A tennis lover isn’t going to fault you for a gift like that!
There’s more to Hilton Head Island than sports and recreation! There are over a dozen art galleries on the Island, including La Belle Image Fine Art Gallery at Shelter Cove Harbour. In fact, Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina has a ton of shops and restaurants to explore, not to mention music and events all year round.
There’s always something riveting going on at the Arts Centre of Coastal Carolina, and tickets for a show during your next Palmetto Dunes Stay would make a wonderful gift!
With over 11 miles of scenic lagoons, 3 miles of beaches, and island-wide bike trails, there are tons of ways to enjoy the great outdoors at Palmetto Dunes!
You know what they say: you can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf! Our amazing surf instructor has over 35 years of experience, and a surf lesson is the perfect gift for an outdoor enthusiast who loves the sea!
The best way to get around Hilton Head Island is by bike, and the folks at Hilton Head Outfitters can rent you all the bike gear you need for exploring. Add some style to your cycle with a handy and charming bike bag! This one is perfect for loading up on all sorts of goodies, whether you’re grabbing something from the General Store or cycling around your hometown.
Can’t decide what to give your loved one for Christmas this year? A Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort Gift Card is the gift that keeps on giving! Order yours by December 14 to guarantee delivery before Christmas. (And if you buy one for yourself, we promise we won’t tell!)
Hilton Head Island is simply stunning at this time of year, and we love following your fall adventures! If you’re staying at Palmetto Dunes, tag your Instagram photos with #PalmettoDunes. From golf games to beach strolls to wedding vows, you’ve shared some amazing photos with us this month. Here are five of our favorites:
Despite some weather woes this October, the beaches at Palmetto Dunes remained stunning and inviting. @rebeccainclt shared a great video of her kids running into the water and we love it! Palmetto Dunes really is the ultimate family destination.
There’s no better way to get around Hilton Head Island than by bike, and we love this photo @calipowders shared from her morning beach bike ride! Rent a bike for your Palmetto Dunes stay from Hilton Head Outfitters - you can even reserve online!
In case you’ve forgotten just how unbelievably beautiful Palmetto Beach is, @lucymalsmom shared an amazing photo to remind you.
Of course, the beach isn’t the only destination for waterside adventure. @lafranchise12 shared this photo of a perfectly still lagoon at sunrise. Kayaks and canoes are perfect for exploring our incredible lagoon system!
We’re proud to offer pet-friendly rental accommodations for you and your furry friend, and we love seeing photos of you and your dog enjoying Palmetto Dunes, like this one shared by @antdeedee.
Check back for more great photography and Palmetto Dunes news, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram at Instagram.com/palmettodunessc.
1. TAKE THE PHOTO HORIZONTALLY
Hold your camera or phone in a horizontal position. This way, you can capture more stunning Hilton Head scenery and then crop for Instagram if you need to.
2. KNOW YOUR CAMERA
Whether you have the latest and greatest professional camera or simply your cell phone, know the tool you are working with.
Digital cameras have tons of setting options to allow you the best photo possible. Read your camera’s manual to make the most of each photo.
Who needs a fancy camera when you always have your phone on hand? Your smartphone can take beautiful pictures too! Learning the settings of your camera and how to use them makes taking brilliant photos a snap!
3. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
Don’t hesitate to get dirty! How cool would a picture of the waves rolling in be if it was taken from the sand instead of standing at the water’s edge? Think outside the box to find unique camera angles that capture an image in an unexpected way.
4. DON’T BE AFRAID OF THIRD-PARTY APPS
Explore your phone’s app store for a variety of camera apps and photo editors. Apps allow you to tweak the brightness, colors and sharpness of your image, and often have cool filters too! Change a photo from good to great with the help of a little “studio work”. Some of our favorites are: VSCOcam, Camu (iPhone only) and PicsArt.
5. FOCUS YOUR SHOT
Most mobile cameras allow you to focus the photo by pressing your finger on the screen where you want to center the focus. This can be a helpful tool when trying to take a portrait of the family before an awesome kayaking trip with Hilton Head Outfitters, or to kick it up a notch and focus on the condensation of your perfectly frozen drink at the Dunes House. Making the focal point of your photo stand out makes for excellent pictures.
6. LIGHTING IS ESSENTIAL
Is there anything more beautiful than watching your kids nap on the beach as the sun sets after a long day of playing in the ocean? Can anything outdo the view on Jones Hole 10 as the sun climbs into the sky? It’s important to think of the lighting when you’re capturing these memories with your camera. Is the light in front or behind you? Is it harsh and casting shadows or causing a soft glow? We love soft lighting, like at sunrise and sunset; the silhouettes are uncanny.
7. BECOME ONE WITH NATURE
Hilton Head Island is a beautiful place. Capture Hilton Head Island wildlife with some nature shots! Clouds, birds, gators, sunrays, and even rainstorms make for stunning imagery. Make use of a good zoom lens to capture the detail of bird in the distance, or use burst mode or a faster shutter speed to get the perfect shot of a gator as it shoots by. Walk, kayak, or ride your bike, and make the time to take it in.
8. TAKE A BIG BITE
Apps like Instagram have us drooling over delicious food all the time. Why not add some foodie shots into your vacation album? Try framing one of Big Jim’s mouth-watering burgers, or snap a shot of your buddy taking the first sip of a cold beer after 18-holes on Hills.
9. MIND THE RULE OF THIRDS
Placing the subject of your photo off-center is an example of the rule of thirds and can often make for a more interesting photo. Many cameras and phone cameras have grid functions to help you align your focal point (think 18th green flag).
10. CHECK YOUR FRAME
Nothing can ruin a photo like a stranger strolling through your special moment or one of the kids picking their nose during your family portrait. Check the frame to make sure your photo is capturing exactly what you want. When in doubt – take another!
11. CLEAN THE LENS
It’s important to clean the lens of your camera - especially when using your phone. Post bike ride you might have some glistening sweat to clear, or after a Palmetto Dunes General Store visit you might need to rid the lens of the legendary cinnamon roll icing. A clean lens means clarity and sharpness in your pics.
12. LET GO!
Forgo the filter! Don’t suck in for your bathing suit photo! Who cares if Tommy has ice cream stains on his brand new shirt? The best part about being on vacation is relaxing and experiencing new things with your loved ones. So let loose! Sometimes the best photos are taken when no one is paying attention, and instead they are just enjoying their time at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
Have a photo tip to share? Comment below! Want to share your favorite vacation photos with Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort? Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @PalmettoDunesSC and “Like” us on Facebook. Say cheese and use the hashtag #PalmettoDunes!
We know that your dog is part of the family. So if you’re heading to Palmetto Dunes this winter, bring your furry friend with you!
From one-bedroom condos to spacious villas we have incredible Palmetto Dunes properties that are pet-friendly and have enough room for everyone to enjoy their time on Hilton Head Island!
We think your dog is going to love Hilton Head Island as much as you do! Hilton Head beaches are dog friendly in the mornings and evenings, so grab your leash and head to the beach! There’s no better way to start the day than with a seaside stroll with your pooch.
If your dog loves to be surrounded by action, head to the boardwalk at Shelter Cove Harbour. Between the restaurants, shops and bustling activity, there will be no shortage of new sights and smells for you and your dog to discover!
So grab your pug or your poodle, or dachshund or doodle and head to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort! Check out all of our dog friendly vacation rentals here.
(photo credit: moonlightproductions)
Before arriving to Hilton Head Island, turn to PackPoint, a free travel packing list organizer and packing planner perfect for every family on the go! Eliminate the worry of forgetting the essentials (from your favorite waterproof mascara to the baby’s favorite pacifier) and keep yourself from over packing car with non-essentials. Once your build your packing list in the app, you can share with your friends and family in case they need help packing too! You can even select the types of activities you are participating in during your vacation and PackPoint will help you choose the right items, even taking weather into consideration.
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Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, you have probably already heard of or have already downloaded Instagram. This free photo sharing and editing tool will take your Hilton Head Island vacation photos to the next level! Not only can you share your awesome experiences and photos from your trip, but you can follow Hilton Head Island accounts for great suggestions of what to do, where to eat and what you need to see.
Follow these Hilton Head Island Instagrammers for the inside scoop:
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Download the Hilton Head Island Compass app to build your own custom Hilton Head Island experience! The app serves as an interactive map to find activities, restaurants and special offers nearby. You can also search for activities to create your own itinerary with restaurants, beaches, shopping and everything in between. Check-in to receive exclusive deals from your favorite places. Make sure to review Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s golf courses, Tennis Center, Hilton Head Outfitters, Big Jim’s and the Dunes House.
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Enhance your ultimate golf vacation with the free Palmetto Dunes Golf App! The app allows you to receive notifications with exclusive offers and tee time specials. You can book your tee time directly from the app! During play, take advantage of the interactive scorecard, GPS system, hole descriptions, playing tips, live tournaments and leader board, course tours, Facebook sharing and even order lunch from the food & beverage menu.
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The best part of vacationing on Hilton Head Island is enjoying the natural beauty of the beaches, shady bike paths and endless walking/jogging trails. More and more, people want to stay active while on vacation and “Charity Miles” provides an added bonus! “Charity Miles” is an app available for iOS and Andriod and donates money to a charitable cause on your behalf for every mile that you run, walk or ride your bicycle. Now, you can burn calories, spend quality time with your family and donate to a great cause simultaneously! You do not have to solicit donations, just launch the app, pick a charity and hit the ground running (or the beach walking, or the pavement walking)!
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Palmetto Dunes is the perfect place to vacation, whether you love to sit back and relax or are an outdoor adventure junkie! Here’s our list of Palmetto Dunes adventures that you cannot miss.
Whether you’re looking to try fishing for the first time, or are an adept angler, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time sport fishing off the coast of Hilton Head Island. Sea bass, mackerel, barracuda, red fish and even sharks have been caught on our fishing expeditions! Head to Shelter Cove Marina to set off on your fishing adventure.
Explore the ‘Outback’ by Kayak
If you think Hilton Head Island is beautiful on land, wait until you’ve seen it from the water. Rent a kayak and head out to explore the 11-miles of lagoons on the island. Or, if you’re feeling truly adventurous, why not take advantage of our Outback tour, where you’ll head to Page Island, a stunning secluded area that will put you right in the thick of Hilton Head wildlife.
Make a Splash
Now that you’ve been out on the water, it’s time to try skimming on top of it! Grab the family or a group of friends to board the Centurion for a day full of wakrboarding, wakesurfing, wakeskating, waterskiing, kneeboarding and tubing. Just call the Shelter Cove Marina Ship’s Store at 843-842-7001 to book your adventure today.
Hit the Surf
Learn to hang ten with professional instructors at the Hilton Head Outfitters’ Surf School! You’ll be ready to brave the waves after our 90 minute session and then it’s time to get out there and catch a few! Already know the basics? You can rent surfboards from Hilton Head Outfitters too.
It’s no secret that bikes are the best way to get around Hilton Head Island. Make your own adventure by renting a bike and hitting the road. See what wildlife you can spot, whether it’s dolphins off shore, pelicans on the beach, gators in a lagoon, or deer in a field. When you’re biking around Hilton Head Island, you never know what you’ll discover next!
So what are you waiting for? Plan your trip to Palmetto Dunes, and let the adventure begin!
Fall is almost here and the weather is cooling off. But that doesn’t mean the fun is stopping! Autumn is the perfect season to enjoy sports and outdoor activities at Palmetto Dunes Resort. We created a fun infographic to show how much fun you can have this fall!
One of the most unique things about Palmetto Dunes is our lagoon. Did you know that it’s 11 miles long? The waters are calm, making kayaking or canoeing a great family activity. Your kids will have so much fun spotting the different kinds of wildlife.
There are 3,000 bikes at Hilton Head Outfitters, including one with your name on it. Book ahead, and have it delivered to your vacation home or villa. Talk about easy riding! You can ride your bike along the three miles of pristine beachfront at our resort – or just grab a chair, a good book, and relax.
If golf is your game, fall is a great time to visit! Our 54 holes of golf can keep you entertained for days. Book online in advance to save up to 30%!
After all that kayaking, golfing and biking, you’ve probably worked up an appetite! Luckily, there are 11 different restaurants to try out while you’re here. Sample the frozen cocktails at Dunes House, stop by the General Store for their famous fried chicken, or have a romantic date night at HH Prime.
That’s not all! Did you know that the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center boasts the most courts of all of Hilton Head Island? Tennis fans love our 23 clay and two Nova ProBounce courts, our daily round-robin tournaments, and our world-renowned tennis instruction!
What are you waiting for? The perfect fall adventure awaits. Here’s one more number: Call 1-877-567-6511 to get started!