Hilton Head Island has everything you need for the perfect vacation! Beautiful beaches, warm weather, friendly people, stunning scenery, top-notch golf, there’s no end to all of the things you can experience! But there are some things that you can only experience at Palmetto Dunes. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your Palmetto Dunes vacation so you can cross these one-of-a-kind activities off your list.
1. Outdoor Pickleball
Pickleball is one of America’s fastest growing sports. This fast-paced paddle racket sport is often played in gymnasiums but at Palmetto Dunes you can play it outdoors in the South Carolina sunshine! Our tennis center offers 8 outdoor Pickleball courts and a variety of round robins, clinics and lessons for players of all ages and skill levels.
2. Lagoon Fishing
The man-made lagoon at Palmetto Dunes is one of our most unique features. It not only helped create the dunes our beach is famous for, it’s a vibrant ecosystem that weaves its way past our golf courses and through the property. The lagoon is home to a variety of fish and the experts at Palmetto Lagoon Fishing Charters have all of the gear and knowledge you need to land a catch!
3. See a Mermaid
The waters of Hilton Head Island are home to an astounding array of marine life, but, if you head out from Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina at Palmetto Dunes, you just might see the most elusive and mystical marine creature of all: the mermaid! This one-of-a-kind experience is a memorable family excursion and a fun experience for kids of all ages.
4. Fried Chicken at The General Store
If you don’t think the fried chicken at The General Store is an experience then you haven’t tried it! It’s no secret that fried chicken is a staple of Southern cuisine, and the homemade recipe that’s made daily at The General Store is crispy, juicy, and just plain delicious!
5. Fireworks at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
Summer in Hilton Head isn’t complete without the weekly fireworks display at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina! Join us throughout the summer for HarbourFest, and experience all that Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina has to offer, plus live music, family entertainment, and of course fireworks!
There’s no doubt that Palmetto Dunes is the perfect place for a family vacation. Vacation rentals and vacation homes provide space for everyone, as well as the convenience of a cooking space, and in some cases even an on-site pool. Hilton Head Outfitters offers bike equipment in all sizes so you can be sure your little ones are cycling safely. Best of all, Palmetto Dunes offers some fun activities and beautiful outdoor spaces to explore. Don’t believe us? Check out our Family Itinerary!
There’s no better way to explore Hilton Head Island than by bike, so first stop on our Family Itinerary is Hilton Head Outfitters! Did you know that you can reserve your bike in advance and they will deliver your bike right to your rental unit? Mine was waiting for me when I arrived, ready to roll as soon as I had settled in and wanted to head out exploring. If your child is still learning to bike, rent a kid’s beach cruiser with training wheels or a tag-a-long bike attachment. Child seats and kiddie carts allow even the smallest of your brood to enjoy the ride.
To start my day with an unbeatable breakfast, I headed to The General Store. This bustling hub is an excellent starting point for a day of adventure. After fueling up on eggs, bacon and grits, I headed off to Hilton Head Outfitters for a morning of paddling and nature exploring on Palmetto Dunes’ lagoon.
The man-made lagoon at Palmetto Dunes is ideal for novice paddlers. No large boats are allowed in the lagoon, and any motorboats must be electric in order to preserve the lagoon’s pristine environment. This makes for an incredibly peaceful and calm paddle. One of the things I’ll never forget from my kayak trip was the wildlife I was able to witness up close and personal! Brave baitfish leaping out of the water. Cormorants drying their wings, egrets and heron patrolling the water’s edge, turtles sunning, even a small herd of deer enjoying some shade by the lagoon!
A morning of cycling and water sports drums up quite the appetite! For a Mexican feast fit for a family, we dined at San Miguel’s. Complete with a kid’s menu that doubles as a coloring page, this Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina restaurant is a delightful place to stop for a family meal. (And the queso dip was delicious!)
One of the most exciting items that is included in our Family Itinerary is a dolphin watching tour! I couldn’t wait to get back out onto the open water to see what other wildlife I could find. There are some excellent charters and cruises available at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, and many of them can even be booked online! We boarded the Dolphin Seafari and set sail. This time of year you’re less likely to see as many dolphins as you can see in the height of summer, but we were fortunate enough to see a few as we traveled out of Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina and into Broad Creek. The crew on Dolphin Seafari were really knowledgeable. I learned all about local shellfish and fish, and was told that in the summer months they’ll pull up local sea creatures to create an onboard aquarium for kids to enjoy! If you keep your eyes peeled, you may even catch glimpse of a mermaid sunning on a rock while cruising with Dolphin Seafari. What fun!
The winner of our Family Itinerary will receive a dining certificate so you can wrap up a busy day of family fun with some delicious eats! I headed to Big Jim’s. The convenient location, homemade Lowcountry cooking, and casual atmosphere made the perfect recipe for an easy and delightful dinner.
By now your kids might be worn out, but if not I highly recommend an evening walk—or bike ride—on the beach. As for me, I headed to my vacation rental where I relaxed while watching a DVD and went to bed in anticipation of another exciting and eventful day at Palmetto Dunes.
Are you dreaming of a family getaway to Palmetto Dunes? Enter our Palmetto Dunes Your Way contest and you could win our Family Itinerary! Visit our blog for more information on the Palmetto Dunes Your Way contest as well as details on our sports and romance itineraries.
What does your Palmetto Dunes vacation look like? Maybe you’re a sports buff drawn to our golf courses on Hilton Head Island, our tennis courts, or our outstanding outdoor activities. Maybe you’re looking for a secluded escape for two, filled with hazy Southern days and romantic Lowcountry nights. Maybe you’re looking for a vacation destination that the whole family will enjoy.
This February we’re showcasing all that Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers by showing off three ways to make the most of your Hilton Head Island vacation. Starting February 6, Alex from our social media team will be sharing three incredible itineraries at Palmetto Dunes. She’ll be live updating our social media profiles with all of her adventures so make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Of course, we’re always offering vacation ideas and travel tips on our blog so be sure to check back to hear all about Alex’s experiences on Hilton Head Island. Stay tuned and enter to win your favorite itinerary to see Palmetto Dunes your way. That’s right! We’re giving away a jam-packed Palmetto Dunes vacation based on one of our itineraries. There’s no shortage of things to do on Hilton Head Island and when you combine our vacation expertise with our laid back Lowcountry lifestyle, planning the perfect vacation is easy as can be.
Hi, I’m Alex and I can’t wait to share some of Palmetto Dunes’ most memorable vacation experiences with you! Do you have any favorite activities, restaurants or Hilton Head Island views that you think should be included on the ultimate Palmetto Dunes itinerary? Share them in the comments or on our Facebook page.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the holiday season, and to all who entered our #ShelterCoveChristmas contest. Dozens of photos capturing Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina’s festive décor were submitted this year and we enjoyed every single one of them.
Mandy will be receiving our Ultimate Shelter Cove Prize, which includes a 2-night stay at Palmetto Dunes, a 2-hour guided kayak tour of Hilton Head Island, $50 for Nash Gallery at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina and $25 to Neptune’s Niche in Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina. She’ll also get to take home a little bit of Hilton Head Holiday spirit with her—an ornament from Christmas on the Harbour.
The holidays may be over, but there are still some wonderful reasons to visit Shelter Cove! Strolling the marina is one of our favorite things to do on Hilton Head Island, and with nightly entertainment, shops, and restaurants, Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina is the perfect place to shop, dine and play!
The holiday season is upon us and that can only mean one thing: #ShelterCoveChristmas is back! Celebrate the beauty of the holiday season with Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina and you could win our Palmetto Dunes Grand Prize Getaway. We’re getting ready to light up the night at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, and we invite you to come be a part of the fun! Help us show off Shelter Cove at Christmas and win!TO ENTER: Follow and tag Palmetto Dunes on Instagram. Snap a photo that captures holiday cheer at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina and share it with us by tagging @PalmettoDunesSC and using #ShelterCoveChristmas.
OUR ULTIMATE SHELTER COVE PRIZE INCLUDES:
We can’t think of a better place to spend the holidays than Hilton Head Island. If you’re looking for the best places to shop in Hilton Head Island, or the perfect restaurant for a holiday get-together, Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina has all you need to make your Christmas merry and bright.
Entries must be submitted within the contest dates: November 24, 2016 – January 2, 2017. Overnight stay subject to availability. Blackout dates and restrictions apply. Open to US Residents only.
Croissants, baguettes, and pastries, oh my! Life on Hilton Head Island just got a little bit sweeter with the new Hilton Head Social Bakery. The beautiful café and bakery located at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina is a passion project for New York chef Phillipe Feret and his partner Marissa Burnpur. Feret has worked in some of the finest restaurants in New York and had his own restaurant, Brasserie Julien, for 15 years. The talented pastry chef is bringing his Parisian roots and culinary expertise to Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, and we for one cannot wait to taste his delectable desserts.
Eclairs, croissants, tarts, turnovers, European-style bread and brioche, chocolates, cakes, is your mouth watering yet? We wanted to learn more about the Hilton Head Social Bakery so we went straight to the source. Check out our interview with Executive Chef Phillipe Feret and don’t forget to check out the Hilton Head Social Bakery next time you visit Palmetto Dunes.
You’ve been open about a month now. How’s it going so far?
It’s great! Our initial concern was the customer response to introducing something new and different here, but they love it! This gives us fuel to do even better.
Your father owned a bakery in France. How does it feel to be following in his footsteps?
It’s a nice feeling and I’m sure he’s proud of me. I think about him all of the time now that I am baking again, especially when I am using his original baking tools that he gave me just before we opened. He used [them] in our bakery when I was young.
What bakery item do you enjoy making the most?
Croissants, because croissants are temperamental and are an interesting challenge. To make a great croissant everything has to [be perfect], the temperature, the environment, the timing, etc. Most of the time they are in a good mood!
The café is so beautiful! We love all of the reclaimed wood and special touches. What inspired you to create such a beautiful space?
The bakery is significant because the inside has a story to it. From the floor to the wood cabinetry, to the artifacts. My fiancée and I always wanted to have a barn house with reclaimed wood, so, for now, we combined our talents to build this in a contemporary design. She is my biggest inspiration.
Do you have a favorite dessert? Which pastry would you recommend?
All of the desserts I make are my favorite. But most of all, the apple tart and crème brulée. I would never make anything I didn’t like.
What do you love most about Hilton Head Island?
The community is very supportive and friendly [and] it’s very peaceful here. The island life is great.
Thanks to Philippe for answering our questions! If you’d like to learn more about the Hilton Head Social Bakery, check out their Facebook Page. Or visit their new website at www.hiltonheadsocialbakery.com! Bon appétit!
What an incredible summer it’s been at Palmetto Dunes. From fantastic family-friendly events and outdoor adventures to delicious meals and lazy beach days, there really is no better place to spend your summer than Hilton Head Island.
This summer we got to see Palmetto Dunes through your eyes with our #PDSummer Instagram Challenge. For the past 14 weeks we’ve loved checking out your #PDSummer pics and watching you make the most of a vacation on Hilton Head Island, Travel & Leisure’s #1 Island in the Continental U.S.
Congratulations to all of our winners, and thank you to every single one of you who entered this year.
We’ve already shared some of our favorite #PDSummer entries, but y’all shared so many outstanding photos, that we couldn’t help but share some more!
One thing is for sure: Hilton Head Island is a beautiful place to vacation. A number of your entries really showcased the beautiful views that are everywhere at Palmetto Dunes! Whether photographing our white sand beaches, golf courses, or lagoon, you captured our stunning surroundings expertly!
Instagrammer @1madmom shared her beach and pool view with her entry during our “Cheers to Summer” week.
This “Totes y’all” entry from @cate_fitz shows off her cute beach tote and the beautiful waves of the beach at Palmetto Dunes.
We love this amazing rainbow photo by @chrishart_liveloveclick, showing off the views from the tee, and this lagoon pic shared by @karengannon on our “Fourth of July Fun” week.
If you’ve ever stayed at Palmetto Dunes, you know how breathtaking our sunsets can be. The photos you shared for our “Summer Sunsets” theme blew us away and we love how many of them captured the beauty of our beachfront, such as these photos shared by @glendamethvin, @mrdomie, and @palmettotides.
Palmetto Dunes is the perfect place for a family vacation. Our home and villa rentals provide enough space for everyone and are the perfect home base for a summer getaway to Hilton Head Island. All summer long our golf and tennis experts held clinics and lessons for family members of all ages and levels. Our friends at Hilton Head Outfitters provided bikes, canoes, kayaks, surfboards, and more, so you and your family could get outdoors and enjoy Hilton Head Island’s incredible natural surroundings.
There’s nothing like frolicking in the waves at Palmetto Dunes’ beach. We love this fun photo shared by @taffetatulips.
Palmetto Dunes welcomes all family members! @maxwellalexanderl shared this beautiful family portrait, including “fur babies.”
Spending time together is truly what makes a family vacation special, and there are so many ways to do so at Palmetto Dunes! Guest @rayboy55 shared this photo of his family enjoying a sweet treat, and it looks like @hollypaddles and her family had a great time heading out for a boat tour.
There’s nothing like a delicious meal to bring people together, and the food at Palmetto Dunes can’t be beat! From relaxed views at The Dunes House, to decadent desserts, to beach picnics, y’all proved that good eats are an important part of a great vacation!
Everybody loves the food and drinks at The Dunes House! We think @bburgwyn and @amy_margaret01 perfectly captured this beachfront hotspot. Then there were food photos that had our mouths watering, like these shared by user @tdubhokie.
What is your favorite memory from your summer stay at Palmetto Dunes? Tell us in the comments! If all of these photos have you wishing you were back on Hilton Head Island, start planning a return trip! Our vacation packages offer something for everyone, from golf addicts to Pokémon Go players. For even more vacation inspiration, follow us on Instagram to see stunning Palmetto Dunes photos all year long!
Happy August everyone! It’s been an incredible summer here on Hilton Head Island, and one of our favorite parts has been enjoying all of the amazing photos y’all have shared for our #PDSummer Instagram challenge!
We’ve issued 12 Instagram challenges so far, and you have been up to the task! We thought we’d share some of our favorite entries: breathtaking photos, creative snaps and good old-fashioned fun, all with a dose of southern sunshine. Your Instagram photos have perfectly captured summer at Palmetto Dunes.
Our most popular theme so far has been Stunning Sunrises. If you’ve been to Hilton Head Island before, you know that the sunrises on the beach are worth waking up for, and we think these images prove it.
Hilton Head Island is famous for its spectacular beaches, and whether you’re enjoying a good book, picnicking in the sun or feeling the sand between your toes, you know how to take advantage of the beautiful beaches at Palmetto Dunes.
Some have you have gotten quite creative with your entries, and we love it. Check out these #PDSummer pics featuring a one-of-a-kind travel companion, and a sandcastle that’s one for the books!
There are so many things to do when you're on vacation at Palmetto Dunes! Hilton Head Outfitters offers beach chairs, bikes, canoes and more, for exploring all of Hilton Head Island, from our bike trails to beach paths to remarkable lagoon system.
Of course, there are also our tennis and golf facilities – each a perfect way to spend a summer afternoon! Here are some of our favorite submissions from people enjoying all of Palmetto Dunes’ summer activities.
Summer isn’t over yet, and we’ve got more fun themes for our Instagram Challenge. Next up is Cheers To Summer, so get ready to show us your favorite summer drinks. Check out the rest of our #PDSummer themes:
August 11: Totes Y’all – Beach Totes
August 18: Summer Sunsets
August 25: Family Fun
September 1: Dog Days Of Summer
Here’s to summer adventure at Palmetto Dunes! Share your #PDSummer photo for a chance to win. For full contest details visit: www.palmettodunes.com/hilton-head-resort-blog/introducing-palmetto-dunes-summer-instagram-challengeresort-blog/
Palmetto Dunes guests share incredible Instagram photos. Why? Because they’re having the most fun in the most beautiful place!
If you’re vacationing at Palmetto Dunes this summer, we have a challenge for you; The Palmetto Dunes Summer Instagram Challenge!
How the contest works:
Every Thursday morning this summer, we’ll announce a theme. If you’re staying at the resort, snap a photo fitting that theme and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #PDsummer. Each week, one lucky Instagrammer will win a Palmetto Dunes gift card!
The Palmetto Dunes Summer Instagram Challenge themes are:
May 26-June 1: Beach Reads
June 2-8: Picnicking
June 9-15: Stunning Sunrises
June 16-22: Love Tennis
June 23-29: Life’s Better Barefoot
June 30-July 6: Fourth of July Fun
July 7-13: Ice Cream and Popsicles
July 14-20: On the Water
July 21-27: Fore!
July 28-August 3: Lowcountry Food
August 4-10: Cheers To Summer
August 11-17: Totes Y’all – Beach Totes
August 18-24: Summer Sunsets
August 25-31: Family Fun
September 1-7: Dog Days of Summer
Ready, set, ‘gram! And don’t forget to follow Palmetto Dunes on Instagram.
The weather is heating up on Hilton Head Island, and as we inch closer to summer, we at Palmetto Dunes can’t help but be excited for HarbourFest 2016 at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina.
If you’re planning on visiting Palmetto Dunes this summer and you’re looking for things to do on your Hilton Head Island vacation, make sure you add HarbourFest to your list! There’s something for everyone at this family-friendly local event, and it runs all summer long. To help you plan, and get you as excited as we are for all of the exciting summer festivities at Shelter Cove Harbour, here’s your guide to HarbourFest 2016. Arguably the most famous thing about HarbourFest is also the most fantastic – the fireworks at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina! This year, fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m. to make sure everyone is able to get to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and settle in for the show.
HarbourFest fireworks will be held Tuesdays on the following dates:
June 14, 21 & 28
July 12, 19 & 26
August 2, 9, 16 & 23
We want to make sure your Palmetto Dunes vacation is as sunny and stress-free as can be, so if it should rain, we’re planning on holding HarbourFest Fireworks the next day, Wednesday, if the weather permits.
HarbourFest is an event for the whole family, and there is entertainment happening at Shelter Cove Harbour virtually every night of the week, all summer long! Kids will love clowning around with Cappy the Clown, a recurring guest at HarbourFest who has been entertaining kids of all ages for over 25 years. Cappy the Clown will be performing Monday through Friday between 6 and 9 p.m.
Enjoy a long lowcountry summer evening at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina while taking in the tunes of Shannon Tanner, who is returning to HarbourFest again this year to perform every weekday evening at 7 and 8:30 p.m.
If you’re really enjoying living the island lifestyle on Hilton Head, you’ll want to swing by Parrot Palooza on Thursday nights, beginning June 16. Live music and entertainment with an island vibe, what a perfect way to wrap up your Palmetto Dunes day!
Of course, there is a ton to do and see while at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. Head out onto the open water with one of the Shelter Cove Marina water cruises before heading to the concert; or grab a bite before the fireworks at San Miguel’s, Scott’s or any of the incredible dining options at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina.
The excitement of HarbourFest is sure to be a highlight of your Hilton Head Island summer vacation. Don’t forget to capture the fun and share with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram! We love seeing your #HarbourFest2016 photos!