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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
“Golf has fireworks!” says longtime Palmetto Dunes Director of Golf Instruction Doug Weaver.
“Golf is exhilarating and has moments of spectacular celebration,” Doug tells us.
Photo Credit: mattreese03
When — you might ask Doug — will we see these bright lights?
Or consider the following classes that provide equipment and can meet the needs of all skill levels:
Doug Weaver believes that those experiences … and many others on and around the golf course … will allow you to enjoy personal fireworks that you never thought possible.
“Golf is a game for a lifetime,” Doug likes to say. “Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Bring someone close to you and learn to enjoy and love golf.”
Reservations are required by calling (843) 785-1138 or (800) 827-3006.
Planning on saying ‘I do’ with your toes in the sand and the soothing sounds of lapping waves in the background? With a beach wedding on Hilton Head Island, you already have one of the most beautiful backdrops that Mother Nature can provide so all you need are some romantic design elements that will make your beach wedding truly one-of-a-kind.
Check out some of the top beach wedding décor trends we’re seeing so far this year and see how simple it is to take your wedding décor from beach to beach chic!
Floral backdrops, infinity arches, and moon gates, oh my! Romantic backdrops designed using a mix of flowers and grasses are one of the easiest ways to jazz up any beach ceremony. Their ethereal, bohemian vibe and soft, romantic look make them great for multi-purpose use—after your ceremony is over simply move the piece and use it as a photobooth background or a frame for your head table or cake stand. This design element is easily customizable, too, so you can work with a florist to create a piece that represents your wedding style, color, and theme. If you would really like to stay on trend, we recommend designing a floral backdrop created out of pampas grass.
From the ceremony to the reception, DIY signage is a great way to add practical yet cost-effective flare to your wedding day. Lean in to your beach location with simple, hand-written signage on pieces of driftwood. Or stay on-trend with letter boards—these offer a minimalistic look and can be paired with any color palette or decor theme.
If you are going for an earthy vibe at your wedding, you’ll want to hop on the rattan/wicker bandwagon. You can introduce this design element in small or large accents depending on your taste. We recommend adding touches of this woven design to your big day to add a modern, yet casual feel to your ceremony or reception. From creative seating charts to the seats themselves, the opportunities are endless.
Photo: Kerry Patel Designs
As timeless as weddings themselves, candles have always been used to create a romantic atmosphere. There is just something special about that flickering flame of golden glow! To modernize this effortless decor item, we’re seeing a lot of couples using a mix of tall, short, and medium-sized candles throughout their ceremony and table décor. Choose mix-matched tapered candles in the color of your choice to highlight your ceremony aisle, your guest dining tables, or simply to fill an unwanted empty space.
With most destination weddings, you are going to have an array of local, beautiful, natural elements around that you can use to spruce up your décor in an instant. Washed-up coral, colorful sea glass, stained driftwood, bleached rope, and seashells are all a great way to add to the beachy ambience of your big day. These are local, personal touches that you can implement into your table settings, chair decor, or your DIY signage!
Learn more about weddings at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and start planning your perfect wedding décor by getting in touch with one of our wedding specialists—and be sure to share your wedding photos with us on social media using #PalmettoDunes.
It’s heating up here on Hilton Head Island and there is no greater time to visit Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort than the summer. With an array of activities available for everyone in your family, we can guarantee a goal-worthy summer vacation. And while you countdown the days, we’ve compiled the ultimate 2019 Summer #Goals Checklist of things to do at Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina.
Nothing says summer vacation like hitting the beach and there is no shortage of them on Hilton Head Island. Grab your beach bag, rent an umbrella and chair, and prepare to unwind on the three miles of sandy beachfront here at Palmetto Dunes.
Looking for a little adventure? We’ve got you covered! Head over to the Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and partake in one of the many water activities available daily. From boat tours and cruises, water skiing, kayaking, and paddle boarding, to pirate ships and dolphin tours, there is something for everyone in the family.
May we suggest: Family Ski Day, a private and custom adventure available for those of all skill levels. With cruises leaving daily at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, grab your group and choose your adventure—tubing, water skiing, knee boarding or wakeboarding, and prepare for a jam-packed day of fun on the water.
Further explore the Marina by booking one of our many fishing charters. Never fished before? No worries! No matter your experience level, one of our many seasoned fishing captains will customize your adventure. Fishing charters are scheduled daily with an added bonus of evening “Shark Trips”—a three-hour shark fishing adventure exclusively offered in the summer months.
Grab a bike from Hilton Head Outfitters and make use of the over 50 miles of paved bike paths that surround the resort and Island. With bike rentals available for family members of all ages it’s easy to take in the breathtaking views that the Island has to offer.
Our suggestion: Change up the scenery and ride down to the beach and cycle on the sand!
Foodies rejoice! There is no shortage of restaurants on location at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort for whatever your taste buds desire. From grills to cafes and pub fare, prepare for a truly indulgent culinary experience at either The Dunes House, Alexander's Restaurant, or Big Jim's BBQ, Burgers & Pizza. Make your way over to the Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and sit portside while enjoying fresh seafood at the award-winning Ela’s On the Water. Or enjoy some live entertainment at Bucci & Murray’s Pub on the Harbour. Additional dining options at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina include San Miguel's Mexican Cafe, Scott's Fish Market, Bistro17, and Mediterranean Harbour Bar & Grill. With so many options, we can guarantee no one will leave hungry.
Our summer tip: Quench your thirst at one of the many Happy Hours available nightly throughout the summer months on the Marina, from wine, local draughts, margaritas, and more!
With three award-winning courses to choose from, Palmetto Dunes is a golfer’s paradise. With daily lessons and clinics available all summer long, whether you are a beginner or seasoned pro, we’re here to help you with your game. To get started, head to our Robert Trent Jones course and learn tips from former PGA Tour player Doug Weaver and staff at the free golf class and exhibition held every Monday at 4pm throughout the summer months.
It wouldn’t be summer on Hilton Head Island without HarbourFest! Celebrating 31 years, this annual event takes place weekly throughout the summer months and is perfect for the whole family. Prepare for live music and entertainment, arts crafts, kid’s activities and more!
Our tip: Head over Tuesday night (June 11- August 20) for the weekly firework show that’s sure to wow the whole family!
With so many things to do at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort this summer, we can’t wait to see what you get up to! And while you daydream about your stay, check out our available vacation rentals to make your reservation.
Longtime Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort Golf Academy Director & PGA Teacher of the Year for North and South Carolina, Doug Weaver made U.S. Open history three decades ago at storied Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., which recently played host to the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.
As a tour rookie in 1989, during a breathtaking span of one hour and 50 minutes, Doug became the first of four U.S. Open contenders at Oak Hill to ace the sixth hole. Nick Price, Jerry Pate and Mark Wiebe were the other three. The hole-in-one was Weaver’s eighth.
From right: Mark Weibe, Nick Price, Jerry Pate & Doug Weaver
News 8 and RochesterFirst.com sports anchor and reporter Thad Brown put together a video to commemorate the event at Oak Hill, including interviews with all four golfers and other witnesses that day 30 years ago. The video can be viewed here:
For Doug — who was inducted in the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame in 2017 and is consistently ranked among the state’s best instructors — that historic event became one of many professional highlights. He captured 14 mini-tour titles and played in PGA Tour events during six years spanning three decades, including three Top-25 finishes.
Jim Uremovich congratulates Doug on his 5-shot victory in the Old South Pro Am in March of 2019
Doug played and practiced with many of the game’s best including Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, Nick Price, Paul Azinger, Vijay Singh, Lee Trevino and Payne Stewart — and many others. He took lessons during the years from some other legends, including David Leadbetter, Harvie Ward, Davis Love Jr., and Sam Snead.
Doug — who first moved to Hilton Head as a 17-year-old prep athlete, later playing at Furman University alongside Brad Faxon — eventually returned to the island full time to teach and spend more time with his family.
All his PGA Tour experiences Doug firmly believes trained him well for his ultimate calling. “Today, I ask my students, ‘How much are you willing to invest?’ Doug said. “I know what it takes, and if you aren’t willing, I can help you with another game plan. But let’s be realistic and enjoy the journey.”
To sign up for one of Doug Weaver’s free, Monday clinics at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort or any of its other world-class golf instruction programs, please call 866-744-7558 or visit https://www.palmettodunes.com/golf/hilton-head-golf-instruction.
The Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center was recently rated as the world’s “Best Pro Shop” by Tennis Resorts Online.
Palmetto Dunes topped hundreds of outstanding tennis resort’s around the globe. The Resort at Longboat in Key Club, Fla., was No. 2 on the Tennis Resorts Online ranking, followed by The Lodge at Pebble Beach, Calif., and Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
“The Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center caters to a mixture of groups and vacationers,” writes Tennis Resorts Online Editor Roger Cox. “The reception is extremely friendly—these aren't kids behind the desk but adults. All of them play tennis—many in fact are on teams—and so they really do understand tennis players and their needs.”
Boasting 21 clay courts, including four lighted for night play, 16 lighted pickleball courts and a beautifully well-stocked, 1,800-square-foot tennis pro shop — Hilton Head Island's largest — the Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center has been named the top tennis resort in the Carolinas by Tennis Magazine. There's also a helpful, energetic staff whose primary goal is to make your visit a rewarding one.
For tennis enthusiasts, Palmetto Dunes runs back-to-back group clinics and drills so that guests can carpenter together a program day by day that could be as short as one hour or as long as 4.5 hours. And the junior programs coincide with the adult programs, so families can more easily come and go together. Among the options are a 90-minute Grand Slam clinic — a series of fast-paced drills and ball machine workouts — a 90-minute Competitive Edge Doubles clinic, and a 90-minute Competitive Edge drill session. All are scheduled to run one after the other and geared to intermediate-advanced players.
Beginners and intermediates, meanwhile, can choose from less demanding 60-minute stroke-of-the-day, daily drill, and cardio tennis sessions, also scheduled back to back. Because of this thoughtful, modular schedule, those who want activity after activity can easily spend a whole morning and part of the afternoon on court. What's more, as a boon to parents, the junior clinics run at the same time as the adult clinics, so the whole family can come and go as a group. Beyond that the tennis center runs a daily round robin, supervised by a member of the staff, and former Finland No. 1 Tapi Hayrinen runs a set of Cardio tennis sessions. From March to October there is a weekly exhibition and happy hour and a demo day.
The most significant recent change at Palmetto Dunes is the introduction of pickleball, now available on 16 dedicated courts. "We are ramping up our lesson, clinic and round robin offerings for pickleball and really are having fun with it," said Palmetto Dunes Director of Tennis & Pickleball John Kerr. "Pickleball is a great family activity because the learning curve is much shorter than tennis. Nobody is a beginner for very long and soon they are smiling and laughing. The grandparents can compete with grandkids on court, making it a multigenerational activity."
“Tennis remains a focus,” writes Cox on Tennis Resorts Online. “Stop by the (Palmetto Dunes) pro shop, as I did, and you'll find an experienced staff who are at once friendly and very service conscious. Game matching remains a priority: if you give them 24 hours’ notice and book a court, they promise to have someone for you at that time. All in all, the center offers an excellent series of programs.”
Cox has made a career of giving such advice, initially as Tennis magazine's travel and resorts editor and since 1999 as the founder of Tennis Resorts Online. During the course of several decades, Cox has visited more than 350 resorts on five continents and participated in some 50 different tennis camps, many more than once. It is that personal experience—supplemented now by reviews submitted by vacationers — that underpins Tennis Resorts Online.
Since 1999, Tennis Resorts Online has helped vacationers decide where to go on their next tennis holiday.
Palmetto Dunes offers getaway specials for tennis players. The Tennis Stay and Play package includes four days and three nights in a two-bedroom resort-view villa. After breakfast at the Palmetto Dunes General Store, enjoy two free hours of court time and a one-hour clinic, covering either the stroke of the day or a daily drill. The “Extreme Tennis Vacation” package includes an 8-day/ 7-night stay in a two-bedroom resort-view villa for four guests with three 1-hour, semi-private tennis lessons per player, two clinics per player and daily court time. Free court time is based on availability.
“Over the last few years a subtle change has taken place at Palmetto Dunes to the benefit of its vacationers, tennis and otherwise,” writes Cox on Tennis Resorts Online. “Greenwood Communities and Resorts, which owns the resort's recreational amenities, has also taken on a larger and larger share of the villa rentals. That has given them far more flexibility to offer a range of attractive packages that bundle lodging with whatever recreational activities you want as part of your holiday, whether that's tennis, golf, group outings, weddings, family reunions, or other celebrations. With a phone call or online request to a trip planner, you can arrange every detail of your vacation, including lodging in a villa or home at preferred rates.”
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.
With three award-winning golf courses, enviable Pro Shops, and professional instructors, it’s no secret that we’re passionate about golf at Palmetto Dunes! On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, we’re celebrating some of our favorite golfers—women!
National Women’s Golf Day is celebrated across the globe, with special events happening in over 50 countries worldwide. So join us and the 50,000 other golfers who are supporting women and sharing their love of the sport.
Join us at our Robert Trent Jones course at 4 pm for a two-hour golf clinic lead by Krista Dunton and Dana Johnson. Get hands-on attention from these impressive women golf experts as you work on putting, chipping, driving, and more, all in the company of like-minded women who love golf and love learning.
Aching to get off the range and onto the course? Opt for our Women’s Golf Day 9-hole play deal, instead. Head out on the stunning Robert Trent Jones Course from 4–6 pm to get some holes in and enjoy the company of some golf-loving gals.
After engaging two hours of golf, make sure you stay for our Women’s Golf Day Social Hour. You can talk golf, or just meet some new people, all while sipping on complimentary beer and wine and enjoying some light appetizers.
Not only are these unique Women’s Golf Day events a fun way to engage, empower, and support women golfers, they’re affordable, with the two hours of golf and social hour priced at only $30.Register and pay online here
Can’t make it to Palmetto Dunes on June 4th? Treat the women golfers in your life to a round of their favorite game. A Palmetto Dunes gift card can go towards tee time on any of our courses and can even be used to be a round at the “19th hole”.
It’s outdoors, which in Hilton Head Island generally means beautiful, warm and sunny conditions. It also provides wonderful exercise! If you walk an 18-hole course, you can burn up to 1,400 calories. Palmetto Dunes Resort offers a fleet of nimble BagBoy pushcarts on all three golf courses. Our Tempo Walk caddies (available for a small rental fee) are perfect for enjoying a golf course with your gal pals without having to worry about carrying your irons. To pick up the pace, consider renting a golf bike. Aside from the chance for outdoor exercise, golf is also wonderfully social! It’s a chance to catch up and connect with girlfriends or your partner as you swing your way to victory.
As Bobby Jones once famously said, “golf is the closest game to the game we call life,” so get out and live a little with the golf loving women in your life! Show off your Women's Golf Day spirit by wearing red and white on June 4th and don’t forget to share the love by posting on social media, tagging @palmettodunessc and @womensgolfday. See you on the course.