This year was an exciting one. We celebrated Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s 50th Anniversary, HarbourFest’s 30th Anniversary, got some awesome new Pickleball courts and an amazing new Pickleball Pro. Countless golf tournaments, some enviable holes-in-one, and so much more! Cheers to another year of Palmetto Dunes! Count down the top ten photos we shared and get inspired for your 2019 Hilton Head vacation.
This beautiful photo taken by @tarawhitphoto has so many of our favorite things: warm South Carolina sunshine, winding bike baths, and tall trees, and (of course) a Hilton Head Outfitters bicycle.
Just close your eyes and listen to the sounds of the waves on the beach at Palmetto Dunes, expertly captured by Instagrammer @lcr266.
Saved you a seat! This photo, taken by @eluceroveler just screams summer at Palmetto Dunes, don’t you agree?
There’s no time quite like family time at Palmetto Dunes — especially when it’s time spent walking the beach at sunset. This photo by @dunesrealestate is simply stunning.
The path to happiness, are we right? We can see why this serene beach view captured by @peeps on Instagram was one of your faves.
The beach is so popular at Palmetto Dunes, it’s a rarity to find it empty during the summer months! This sunset shot by @thehollyday_ beautifully captures the beach’s natural splendor.
It’s always such a treat to see Palmetto Dunes from a different perspective. Thanks to some handy drone work, this video shared by Instagrammer @treygeiger gives us a birds-eye view of the beach.
The Dunes House on a warm summer’s day…Does it get any better than this? Learn all about our favorite beachfront restaurant.
If you think the view from The Dunes House is beautiful during the day, wait until you see it at dusk!
Our top photo of the year is this candy sky taken by @pelicanharbourside in February. Isn’t it gorgeous? Here at Palmetto Dunes, we're lucky enough to be on three miles of beach. From the looks of top ten photos of 2018, y'all can't get enough of our beautiful beach views, and with photos like these, we can't blame you.
There are few things we love more than seeing all of the incredible photos y’all share of your vacations at Palmetto Dunes, so keep ‘em coming! We can’t wait to see what adventures you get up to in 2019. Happy New Year!
As 2018 comes to a close, newly engaged couples are starting to daydream about their big day in 2019. If you’re planning a Lowcountry celebration, there is one thing we know for sure—guests are bound to have a heckuva good time. After all, there are so many reasons to say ‘I do’ at Palmetto Dunes.
Here are the trends taking wedding planning by storm in 2019:
Destination weddings have become a great option for couples who want to spend the whole weekend with their closest friends and family instead of just one night—and this trend is only going to grow in the new year. One of the best things about a destination wedding at Palmetto Dunes is all of the amazing activities to enjoy during your wedding weekend, giving everyone the chance to create countless lasting memories together.
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It should come as no surprise that one of the biggest influences in bridal trends this year is the Royal Wedding. Expect to see hints of Meghan Markle’s simple and classic aesthetic when you’re wedding dress shopping. Whether it’s an oceanside ceremony or a celebration under our sleepy oak trees, we think that this is a perfect look for your big day.
While sit-down dinners will always be popular for weddings, couples will continue to take the food they serve to the next level in the new year. Expect to see themed food stations instead of one buffet—imagine an oyster shucking station to the left and a Lowcountry boil to the right. Now that’s a true Southern wedding!
Gone are the pastels of years past, next year’s weddings will be awash with hues as bright as the eye can see—think vibrant purples, greens, and blues. With the striking colors of our seaside and our lush landscape, Hilton Head Island the ideal backdrop for this new, bold aesthetic—if we do say so ourselves!
When it comes to entertainment, couples are going the extra mile to treat their guests. From live music and art displays to interactive food and drink stations, couples are looking for new and unusual ways to entertain guests and 2019 sees no stopping of it. Our wedding specialists can give you the inside scoop on the unique options Hilton Head Island has to offer!
In 2019, we will see a new spin on transportation, with couples making more memorable wedding entrances and exits. From boats to bikes, and everything in between (well, almost everything!), we’ve got countless options to bring this trend to life at Palmetto Dunes.
Thinking about planning your own destination wedding? Learn more about exchanging your vows at Palmetto Dunes!
In the early days of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, the subject of technology wasn’t mentioned much when it came to golf. Goes to show how everything changes with time. Fast-forward five decades. Nowadays, golf technology is all the rage. And as always, Palmetto Dunes has remained ahead of the curve.
The most recent example of Palmetto Dunes’ commitment to technology is the introduction of the “Tempo Walk” by Club Car, a fleet of autonomous golf caddie units that provides resort golfers the enjoyment of walking one of PD’s three golf courses, while also enhancing play, and fostering health and wellness.Tempo Walks are available for rental from $25 per round per person at all three golf courses.
The Tempo Walk offers state-of-the-art wireless technology including GPS yardage and hands-free remote control to maneuver easily around the course. Palmetto Dunes has 12 units available for golfers.
“We are delighted to introduce this enhancement to the Palmetto Dunes golf experience,” said Palmetto Dunes Director of Golf Clark Sinclair.“ It is already generating quite a buzz from our resort guests and our staff also enjoys using the technology.”
Constructed with a durable aluminum frame, Tempo Walk contains a lithium ion battery, which holds a 36-hole charge. It moves up to 7 mph and weighs 95 pounds. Additional technology features include a USB port and touchscreen tablet with GPS yardage. Traditional golf car offerings — a cup holder, cooler, divot repair and sand bottle — are also included.
“Tempo Walk is the perfect blend of tradition and technology, bringing a new golf experience to the course; one that will excite golfers and provide a fun, healthy experience for 18 holes,” said Mark Wagner, president of Club Car. “The Tempo Walk further underscores our commitment to move the game of golf forward, particularly for the thousands of golf courses that attract a significant number of health-conscious walkers and are looking to generate a new revenue stream for their operation.”
Palmetto Dunes also boasts a state-of-the-art fleet of golf carts produced by Club Car. The fleets at Palmetto Dunes include golf carts equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS), as well as USB ports to charge cell phones and play music devices — all designed to suit a golfer’s enjoyment and functionality.
You can also try out our 4-person golf carts now available at Palmetto Dunes for groups and families.
In addition, SwingFit arrived at Palmetto Dunes in 2016, its state-of-the-art technology housed at the Robert Trent Jones clubhouse. SwingFit is a true, custom club fitter and club maker. They are also brand agnostic to fit all major manufacturers of clubs.
“We don’t play favorites,” said SwingFit Owner and Lead Fitter Chris Wycoff. “This allows us find the ideal combination of shaft and club head for each golfer. It’s pretty rare someone needs one brand all the way throughout their bag. We can mix and match. You can have the best fit in the world, but if the build isn’t exactly right, the performance won’t equal.”
Wycoff became a Mizuno Top 100 fitter in 2014 and has been included on Golf Digest’s list of the 100 Best Club Fitters in America for the past three years. He is also a member of the International Clubmakers Guild and is FlightScope and Gears Golf certified.
Wycoff said technology is imperative when it comes to finding the right clubs for every golfer. SwingFit’s data-driven fittings are performed by experienced fitters and leverage SwingFit’s extensive matrix of club heads and shafts.
“At SwingFit, we go far beyond the simple loft, lie, length and flex,” Wycoff said. “We incorporate the different shaft profiles. We’re going to test for weight. We’re going to test the shaft — how it’s loading and unloading — so it’s going to give you the right combination of performance and give you repeatable, consistent distance gains, along with improvements in consistency and accuracy by giving you the right feedback to improve your swing.”
SwingFit follows the Palmetto Dunes creed: Give your guest everything they desire to not only have the most memorable visit possible, but also to learn some new information about themselves and develop through the wonders of technology.
“We fit hundreds and thousands of people every year,” Wycoff said. “Our passion is helping find the right equipment for golfers so they can play better golf and have more fun.”
Little wonder Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort was named No. 12 “Best Resort in the South” in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers' Choice Awards and to the Top 25 World’s Best Family Getaways by Travel + Leisure.
For more information about the latest and greatest golf technology at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and many of the resort’s extensive offerings please call 877-567-6513.
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island continues to demonstrate its commitment to the up-and-coming sport of pickleball.
The award-winning Palmetto Dunes Tennis and Pickleball Center has doubled in size recently, expanding from eight pickleball courts to 16. The new courts at the renowned, mid-island Hilton Head resort were unveiled in October.
Along with its 16 pickleball courts (all lighted for night play), the Palmetto Dunes Tennis and Pickleball Center — which has been named the top tennis resort in the Carolinas by Tennis Magazine — boasts 21 clay tennis courts including four lighted for night play and a beautifully well-stocked, 1,800-square-foot tennis pro shop — Hilton Head Island's largest.
The Palmetto Dunes Tennis and Pickleball Center offers year-round dream vacations for racket enthusiasts of all skill levels.
“We added pickleball to our offerings at Palmetto Dunes after seeing how popular the sport had quickly become among all ages,” said Palmetto Dunes Director of Tennis & Pickleball John Kerr. “Now, having seen how popular pickleball is for our resort guests, we wanted to provide them bigger and better facilities.”
In June, Palmetto Dunes hired Sarah Ansboury as its Pickleball Touring Professional and Director of Pickleball Instruction. A nationally ranked tennis player, Ansboury has been a pioneer in the pickleball explosion of the last few years. She discovered pickleball in 2014 and was instantly hooked.
Ansboury entered her first national pickleball tournaments in 2015 and earned Gold and Silver at the September 2015 Tournament of Champions. In late 2017, she medaled four times at the USAPA National Tournament including winning a gold medal in the Women’s Doubles Open with her friend and partner, Gigi LeMaster.
Ansboury and her mixed doubles partner Tyson McGuffin, recently captured a bronze medal at the National Mixed Open.
In September, the first Ansboury Academy was held at Palmetto Dunes followed by an Island Rec Center Pickleball tournament being hosted at Palmetto Dunes.
In addition, Palmetto Dunes has played host to pickleball clinics conducted by some of the world’s top players, and the resort also offers weekly clinics and round robins.
One of America’s fastest growing sports in terms of popularity, pickleball is a fun sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and Ping-Pong. Pickleball can by played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net, and can be played as doubles or singles.
All ages and skill levels can play the game. The rules are simple and pickleball is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.
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.
Ready to book your winter getaway at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort? Browse our vacation packages and specials and find the perfect cure for those winter blues.
The holidays are fast approaching and we know that everyone is looking for that special something for the loved ones on their gift list. We know that Black Friday Deals can be a huge help when it comes to finding gifts at a steal, but if you’re looking for a truly unique gift that says a little bit more, local boutiques often beat out big box stores. This year, celebrate Small Business Saturday with our top picks for small business and specialty stores in Hilton Head Island.
More than just a gallery, Nash Gallery always has a wide variety of unique items for even the pickiest of people on your gift list. TripAdvisor member ChristinaCatLvr says “This is a 100% artists driven gallery and nothing is mass-produced like other shops on HHI. They have gift items at all cost levels so [there’s] lots to choose from.” We couldn’t agree more!
Christmas on the Harbour
Since we’re talking about Christmas gifts, this has to be a must-stop on our list! Christmas on the Harbour is one of the many amazing shops in Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, and despite its name, it is open year round. Find the perfect ornament or stocking stuffer, or get their friendly and knowledgeable staff to help you pick out the perfect present.
This gift shop, located steps from the iconic Neptune Statue at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, is a veritable one-stop shop for stocking stuffers and thoughtful gifts—especially if the person on your list loves Hilton Head Island.
Those who appreciate the finer things in life will love a special something from Taffeta, the European fashion boutique in Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina. Family owned and operated for close to 30 years, this shop finds clothing, shoes, and accessories from Europe and brings them to Lowcountry!
Tradewinds Trinkets and Treasures
As the name suggests, this Shelter Cove stalwart has trinkets and treasures for everyone in on your list—especially if they’re as big a fan of a Hilton Head beach as we are.
Speaking of beach lovers, check out Treasure Island! This surf shop in Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina is brimming with beachwear for the whole family as well as a great selection of toys and souvenirs.
Shopping for someone who loves outdoor adventure? The Ship’s Store at Shelter Cove Marina is the perfect stop! The store carries fishing gear, tackle, and bait, a selection of Sperry footwear, clothing, gifts, and more!
Hilton Head Social Bakery Rum Cake
If you’ve visited Hilton Head Island, you know the food here can’t be beat! Treat the foodie on your list to a special meal with a gift card to their favorite Hilton Head restaurant—or introduce them to one of your own! Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina has some of the best restaurants (and some of the best views) around, and they all offer gift certificates. Stop by Scott’s Fish Market, San Miguel’s, Mediterranean Harbour or Bucci & Murray’s for outstanding casual dining, or grab a gift card from Bistro 17 or ELA’S if you’re looking to impress with something more upscale. Shopping for someone with a sweet tooth? Don’t miss Hilton Head Social Bakery for specialty baked goods or a gift certificate so they can choose their own.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the incredible selection at each of our golf pro shops! Stop in to find the perfect gift for the golfer on your list. We carry brands such as Peter Millar, Greyson Clothiers, Free Fly, Odyssey Golf, and more! Our Tennis & Pickleball Center has an incredible pro shop, too. One of the largest on the island, it’s stocked with top brands in exercise, tennis, and pickleball gear. For a gift that keeps on giving, talk to a member of staff about gifting a golf or tennis membership!
Palmetto Dunes’ Local Stores
Hilton Head Outfitters is known for its rental equipment and outdoor adventure, however, its shop also has an incredible array of gifts for people of all ages! Choose from comfy sweatshirts, awesome tees, beach gear, fishing equipment, and tons more for the outdoor enthusiast on your list. And while the General Store is obviously an excellent choice to stop for breakfast, did you there is a wide selection of gifts on offer there as well!
What’s your favorite shop to visit when you vacation at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort? Whether it’s Small Business Saturday or throughout the year, we love giving these special locally owned and run stores our business and we know you’ll love trolling their treasures to find the perfect gift for that special someone this holiday season. Happy shopping!
Welcome to Palmetto Dunes! A place where Southern hospitality is alive and well. So, in that spirit, why not welcome friends old and new into your home away from home. After all, your vacation rental comes with a fully-equipped kitchen and dining room perfect for hosting a dinner party.
Don’t know how to get started? Here are the ingredients for the perfect dinner party, Palmetto Dunes style:
Food is the star of any dinner party. And while the menu doesn’t have to be complicated, it should be delicious. Luckily, that isn’t hard to accomplish at Palmetto Dunes! Whether you take advantage of your vacation home’s gourmet kitchen or have your event catered, take this opportunity to introduce your guests to some Southern staples like rice, grits, and produce paired with local crab, shrimp, and fish. For a signature drink, you can’t go wrong with a classic mint julep.
Tip: Our motto is to always keep it simple, especially when you’re on vacation. When planning your menu look for things that can be prepared plenty in advance.
When planning a dinner party, the atmosphere you create contributes to the experience almost as much as the meal itself. But with a beautiful backdrop like Hilton Head Island, you don’t have to go to great lengths to decorate. Gather what you can from your vacation home, and pair it with table linens, placemats, napkins, and name cards brought from home.
Tip: For any special must-have items, order them ahead of time to your vacation home. This will allow you to avoid bringing cumbersome décor items with you, and save time and energy once you arrive.
If there is anything you can do for your table setting, it is a great centerpiece. The island has a variety of florists who can help you bring any vision to life. Classic Southern style is all about a simple elegance so your florals do not need to be elaborate or expensive.
Tip: When choosing your flower arrangement, avoid anything too tall that will prevent conversation over the table.
From the start to finish, you want your dinner party guests laughing and having a great time—so be sure to have some activities in your back pocket. Whether its conversation starters or pre-planned games, this will avoid any unexpected lulls in the evening and have your guests leaving your party with great memories.
Tip: For a Lowcountry flare (and a delicious appetizer), we suggest teaching your guests how to shuck an oyster. Learn how to here!
The one thing great dinner parties have in common is a great playlist. When selecting the soundtrack to your evening, pick songs that complement the mood that you want to create. Since you’re serving Southern, why not add some tunes from local musicians to your list!
Tip: It’s easy to forget to hit the play button, so get into the party mindset by turning on the tunes before guests even arrive. This will give you time to test the volume and speaker position.
Feeling inspired to plan your own Palmetto Dunes dinner party? The first step is booking your vacation rental. Learn more here!
Santa Claus is coming… to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, just part of a creative and memorable celebration of the season. Palmetto Dunes will be celebrating Thanksgiving at a pair of popular resort locations.
Beginning Thanksgiving weekend, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina will ring in the holiday season with Thanksgiving dinners, visits from Santa, seasonal lights and much more.
Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina is located on Hwy 278 at mile marker 8, across from the Palmetto Dunes entrance. Visit the Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina Facebook page for more information www.ShelterCoveHiltonHead.com.
Thanksgiving at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
Palmetto Dunes will be celebrating Turkey Day (Thursday, November 22) at a pair of popular resort locations.
Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar will be offering a four-course Thanksgiving Dinner from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. Cost is $55 per person and $25 for Children’s Thanksgiving Meal including dessert (includes tax & 18% gratuity). Reservations required, visit: AlexandersRestaurant.com/Thanksgiving or call 866-921-6639 after 12 noon daily.
In addition, the Centre Court Pavilion will be serving an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Cost is $34.95 per person and $17.95 (plus tax & 18% gratuity) for kids 12 and under. Kids 5 & under are free. Reservations required, visit: www.PalmettoDunesThanksgiving.com. For additional information, please call 877-497-2068.
Santa Comes Friday, November 23rd to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
Thanksgiving is just the start of the holiday season at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina.
On Friday, November 23rd, Santa Claus will arrive at Shelter Cove Harbour — via a firetruck — at 12 noon and stay until 2:30 p.m. for children to share their Christmas wish list and snap a pic with Old Saint Nick at the iconic Neptune Statue.
There will be a variety of holiday activities for both children and adults. Parents and kids can ride the train around Shelter Cove Marina, enjoy the bounce house, and join in other arts and crafts. Adults can stroll through the area’s many unique stores and boutiques while enjoying holiday music.
In addition, the first 200 kids get to decorate a gingerbread cookie; starting at 11 a.m. Cookies are provided by the Hilton Head Social Bakery.
By the end of November, visitors can stroll the 4th annual “Light up the Harbour” display of holiday lights decorating private and commercial boats docked in the marina each evening. The display runs through January 1, 2019.
Schedule for Friday, November 23:
12:00 noon - 2:30 p.m.: Santa arrives at noon aboard a fire truck. Take photos at Neptune’s Statue until 2:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Enter to WIN Prizes: a variety of Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina gift cards or items from Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina shops.
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Enjoy holiday music, bounce house, wax hands & kiddie train rides around the marina.
All day: Holiday sales & dining specials at participating merchants. Enjoy strolling around the marina & the Holiday boat lights & decorations.
Shop at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina’s locally owned boutiques & galleries:
Dine at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina’s seven waterfront restaurants open for the holidays:
Palmetto Dunes has everything: beautiful beaches, challenging golf courses…and even our own ghost. Residents of the island have been telling the creepy tale of the “Blue Lady” for years. This ghostly apparition is said to haunt the outbuildings surrounding the Leamington Lighthouse located on the Arthur Hills Golf Course on stormy days.
There are various versions of the story, but the Blue Lady is believed to be Caroline Fripp. She and her father, Adam Fripp, tended the lighthouse in the late 1890s. In 1898, a major hurricane hit South Carolina—one of the deadliest to hit North America. Legend has it that Adam, dedicated to his job of lighthouse keeper, stayed in the lighthouse throughout the storm trying to keep the light bright for a ship that was dangerously close to the shore. Sadly, Adam dropped to the floor and suffered a heart attack. Caroline took her father to their nearby house and on his death bed he asked her to keep the light burning throughout the storm.
When Caroline returned to check on her father he had already passed. It’s been said that she paced back and forth between the lighthouse and the keeper’s house for several days wearing the same blue dress she had on during the storm and calling out for her deceased father. Some sources have said that Caroline died of shock a few years after her father’s death but others say she lived a long life carrying out her father’s last wishes: keeping the lighthouse lamp lit to warn others of high tides and storms.
Today, the story lives on. Many have reported seeing the “Blue Lady” or feeling her presence on stormy nights. So beware, the next time you visit the Leamington Lighthouse, you might just meet the ghost of Caroline Fripp, a spirit that awakens with the sound of wind and rain!
In search of delicious dining during your stay with us? Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find an array of options sure to satisfy any appetite. From upscale experiences to down-home comfort, let’s dig in to some of our favorite restaurants at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
A Hilton Head institution, Alexander’s Restaurant has been serving up unforgettable culinary moments for decades with an authentic atmosphere, classic Lowcountry décor, and inspired interpretations of Southern classics. With sparkling lagoon views and local, seasonal menus, this is the quintessential island experience for anniversaries, birthdays, or just because! Their friendly, attentive staff will walk you through a delectable menu that includes stuffed flounder, shrimp and grits, Wiener Schnitzel, and much more.
Went with a party of 15 to celebrate our parents 50th wedding anniversary and our server, Laura, treated us like royalty. Great food—prime rib, lobster tails, and summer green salad were all wonderful! Good wine selection.
pvail1, Cincinnati, OH – TripAdvisor
The food was amazing, the service was above and beyond. We celebrated our anniversary and it was perfect.
Bobbie U., Las Vegas, NV – TripAdvisor
When the sun is shining (which is pretty often around here), you’ll find locals and visitors alike flocking to this amazing outdoor dining venue just steps from the beach and surrounded by swaying seagrass. With a casual, laid-back vibe, The Dunes House the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of sand and sun. The outdoor kitchen cooks up the island’s best fish tacos, and their lobster and Lowcountry boil nights are legendary. Top it all off with fun live entertainment and inventive frozen drinks, and you have yourself a classic island outing!
This is the perfect beach bar! Food is good, service is great and the price is right. My family had a great time here one night when we stumbled off the beach and unexpectedly a great band was playing. It was a lot of fun. Very family friendly.
london0574, Philadelphia, PA – TripAdvisor
Can't beat the view here! The dining is relaxed, comfortable, and casual, but you won't leave here hungry! The fish tacos were incredible! So glad to have spent the afternoon with my grandson on the deck at The Dunes House.
TGM7447, Baltimore, MD - TripAdvisor
Treat the whole family to signature Southern dishes, a comfortable, casual atmosphere, and great golf course views at Big Jim’s. Sports fans can certainly get their fix with big screen TVs, and some live action overlooking the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Big Jim’s is ready whenever hunger strikes! Chow down on burgers, unique BBQ pizzas and their signature brisket nachos. You can grab your order to go so you can soak up even more beach time, or get it all delivered if you’re feeding a crowd.
Interesting pizza recipes, excellent sliders, and great happy hour prices on drinks. The staff is friendly and attentive. You know it must be good when you can tell there are groups of regulars there!
Mark G., Boothbay Harbor, ME – TripAdvisor
Food was amazing! Great ribs, great pizza, great burgers! Everyone in our group of ten left satisfied and definitely wanting to go back.
Angie P. – TripAdvisor
A staple of Shelter Cove for nearly three decades, Scott’s Fish Market serves up creative, fresh seafood, with water views from every table. It’s the perfect place to take in the marina’s Tuesday fireworks show with a creative drink from their tropical outdoor bar and the sounds of fun live music—plus their patio is dog friendly! On the surf side of things, popular dishes include oysters (baked, fried, or on the half shell), scallops (all kinds of ways), and seafood enchiladas (while they last). For those that prefer turf to surf, Scott’s pasta and steaks are always cooked to perfection.
Great outdoor seating with a nice view of the sunset. We had great service from our waitress and enjoyed the live music.
Sue H. – TripAdvisor
We went here for lunch and really enjoyed it. We sat on the patio and enjoyed the location and the views. They brought our dog a big bowl of water. The service and food were wonderful. I would visit here again.
BRondeau, Milton, Canada – TripAdvisor
Also located at Shelter Cove, San Miguel’s is renowned for their award-winning margaritas and fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine. You’ll find classics like fajitas, quesadillas, and chimichangas, plus reimaged Southern favorites like she crab soup with a Mexican twist. For lighter fare, San Miguel’s has you covered with the heart smart cabo wabo salad drizzled in chili lime vinaigrette. Marina-side with a laid-back Baja vibe, live music and a friendly atmosphere make this the perfect place to soak in an island sunset.
Our family comes to eat here every year during our summer holiday and it never disappoints. The food is always fresh and tasty, the music and ambience makes this restaurant a place not to miss. During this dinner, we were lucky enough to have Katie as our server. She made this dinner here the best one ever.
Exploration760502 – TripAdvisor
Great margaritas, a good view over the harbour, music in the evening, free salsa and corn chips and delicious food. I love their cabo wabo and husband will happily have anything on the menu. Friendly servers and the service is always good and prompt. Can't recommend enough.
rotterdam0892, Bath, United Kingdom – TripAdvisor
When you want to really treat yourself or someone special, ELA’s should be at the top of your list. You’ll be treated to an unforgettable waterside experience at this establishment named “one of the best al fresco dining restaurants in America” by Open Table. Be sure to book your patio reservation in advance, as these marina view tables fill up fast. Soak in ELA’s sophisticated atmosphere, and savor fresh catch seafood and prime cut steaks. Pair signature dishes like crispy diamond scored flounder and pan-roasted grouper with a selection from their boutique wine collection, and toast to an elevated evening at Shelter Cove.
From the moment we sat down, we felt well taken care of. The setting is very nice with interesting art. Everything about our meal was fantastic. Nice wine selection. Fabulous oysters. Steak was cooked to perfection. Crab cakes were fabulous.
Dawn L. – TripAdvisor
Gorgeous waterfront dining and outstanding service and food. We were greeted with a glass of champagne to celebrate our 21st wedding anniversary. The scallops, oysters and fish were outstanding. Wonderful place for a sunset dinner on the water.
NancyOO7, Raleigh, NC - TripAdvisor