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  • We offer the highest quality new rental equipment on the island.
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  • Island's largest assortment of bikes, kayaks/canoes & beach accessories.

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Learn more about Shelter Cove Marina activities:

  • Shelter Cove Marina is just off the Intracoastal Waterway and is centrally located on Hilton Head Island across from Palmetto Dunes.
  • All boats have U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captains.
  • For fishing all tackle, bait & ice are included. Fish are cleaned and bagged.

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  • Posted on 15th Jan 2018, 11:03 am

    Quiz: What Kind of Palmetto Dunes Vacationer Are You?

    Your idea of a perfect day is…

    A) Sleeping in, finally finishing that novel you’ve been reading, some quality beach time, and heck, maybe even a trip to the spa, because you deserve it.

    B) Waking up with a perfect cup of coffee, whipping up a decadent brunch, and then you’re basically just counting down to your dinner reservations at the hottest new restaurant.

    C) Starting the day right with a morning jog or trip to the gym, and finishing it with a fun outdoor activity, preferably with friends.

    D) It’s hard to say! You usually just head out the door and see where the day takes you.

    The best adventures…

    A) Are complete indulgences.

    B) Are culinary adventures!

    C) Make your heart pound.

    D) Are unexpected detours.

    Your favorite part of vacationing is…

    A) Enjoying R&R with friends and loved ones.

    B) Eating local food.

    C) Finding a new thrill.

    D) Getting to know a new destination inside and out.

    What do you look up when you’re planning your vacation?

    A) The best spas.

    B) The hottest new restaurants (and their menus, of course).

    C) Activities, activities, activities!

    D) Excursions – you want to get to know the place you’re visiting!

    What appeals the most to you?

    A) A mani-pedi followed by a full body massage.

    B) Checking out a restaurant you’ve never heard of based on a local recommendation.

    C) Finally mastering your overhead serve.

    D) Setting sail on an adventure.

    Would you rather?

    A) Spend the day poolside with a good book.

    B) Instagram photos of your latest tasty meal.

    C) Work up a sweat.

    D) Visit a place you’ve never seen before.

    What’s your favorite way to wind down at the end of the day?

    A) Curling up with a glass of wine.

    B) A sweet treat or indulgent chocolate to cap off the day.

    C) Hiking somewhere to watch the sunset.

    Scrolling through your photos of all of the places you discovered.




    If you answered mostly As:
    You love to relax.

    A vacation for you is a chance to wind down and get away from it all. You’re not a big stickler for an itinerary, preferring to just relax and go with the flow. Luckily for you, there are plenty of easy ways to unwind at Palmetto Dunes! Of course, we’ve got three miles of stunning Hilton Head beach for you to enjoy, and with beach rentals like chairs and umbrellas available at Hilton Head Outfitters, you’ll be chilling at the beach in style. When you’re booking your vacation rental, look for one with a pool so you can lounge just outside your door, or a patio perfect for sipping a cup of coffee and soaking in the view. Hilton Head Island’s characteristic laidback, no-fuss lifestyle is perfect for you!

    If you answered mostly Bs:
    You’re a foodie.

    There’s no shame in admitting it—you love food! Travel is a way for you to discover new dishes and flavors, and maybe even pick up some recipes to try on your own. Get excited, fellow foodie, because here in Lowcountry, we love food too. Try Southern Classics like fried chicken sliders and barbecue at Big Jim’s, or fried chicken at The General Store. Treat yourself to something a bit more decadent and upscale with an impeccable meal at Alexander’s Restaurant or ELA’s. Take advantage of the incredible seafood Hilton Head has to offer at Scott’s Fish Market—you can even sample authentic French pastries at The Hilton Head Social Bakery! If you’re really looking for a culinary treat, consider timing your stay with one of our food events, like the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival in February, or The Dunes House’s annual Oyster Roast in the fall.

    If you answered mostly Cs:
    You love to stay active.

    Whether at home or on vacation, you love to keep moving. At Palmetto Dunes, we’ve got plenty of ways for you to enjoy what you love best: having fun while staying fit. Make sure you grab a bike rental from Hilton Head Outfitters (if you order in advance, they’ll even have it waiting for you at your vacation rental!). From there, it’s up to you to choose the activity of the day. Sign up for a tennis lesson or round robin tournament—or try your hand at Pickleball! Rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard to explore Hilton Head’s stunning natural beauty while giving your arms and core a great workout. Our three-mile beach makes for a perfect morning jog, and of course, we can’t forget golf! Rent one of our Golf Bikes to add some cardio to your game.

    If you answered mostly Ds:
    You’re an explorer.

    You love to see the sights, discover new places, and try new experiences. You’ll love strolling Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, and the various excursions on offer there are perfect for you! Set out in search of marine life on a dolphin cruise or sail the open waters on a sailboat charter. You can even embark on a fishing expedition that not only lets you explore Hilton Head by water, but you might just reel in the catch of the day! If you prefer to explore on your own, rent a canoe from Hilton Head Outfitters and spend an afternoon navigating Palmetto Dunes lagoon.

  • Posted on 27th Dec 2017, 9:27 am

    New Year’s Resolutions for the Travel Lover

    For travel lovers, the start of a new year can mean the exciting welcoming of new travel plans and adventures. We’ve compiled a list of New Year’s resolutions for you to try in 2018, to make this your best travel year yet!

    1. Try New Things

    With our hectic lives and busy daily routines, it can be easy to forget to change things up. But what better time is there to try something new than while on vacation? Whether it’s a new dish you’ve never thought of trying, surfing lessons, or Pickleball, add something new to your travel itinerary in 2018!

    2. Live Like a Local

    Wherever you choose to travel in the New Year, make it your goal to act like a local. Try a local cuisine (like a Lowcountry meal of Shrimp & Grits on Hilton Head Island at Alexander's Restaurant), explore new areas you may not have read about in your guidebook. Speak to the people you’re staying with about where to go, or strike up a conversation with locals when you’re out and about. Who knows what interesting, hidden gems you can discover!


    3. Take Time to Unwind

    Sometimes when planning a vacation, we try to squeeze in as much as we possibly can. To get the most out of your vacation days, make sure to schedule some time to relax and unwind. Luckily, Palmetto Dunes has three miles of idyllic, pristine beachfront, so grab your beach towel, sunscreen, and a good book, and head to the beach to relax, soak up the sun, and enjoy some of the little pleasures life has to offer.

    4. Get Active

    There are so many fun activities at Palmetto Dunes that keep you active while still allowing you to enjoy and explore a new place! Whether it’s biking across the island, taking part in water sports like kayaking and water skiing, taking a swing at golf, or even a nice stroll along the beach at sunset, there’s something for everyone. So get out there, release some endorphins, and experience your vacation through a more active mindset!

    5. Spend Time with Loved Ones

    Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or a significant other, there’s no better time to catch up and enjoy time with a loved one than while on vacation. Whether it’s taking part in all of the family-oriented activities Palmetto Dunes has to offer, or going out for a relaxing, romantic dinner, make sure to make time for loved ones and enjoy the company they have to offer in the upcoming New Year.

    6. Take Risks

    Do something risky and outside of your comfort zone. Everyone has different boundaries, so choose something that feels a bit daring to you! Some options could include a speedy CraigCat boating adventure or shark fishing.

    7. Create & Document Your Memories

    When we’re living in the moment and enjoying ourselves, we sometimes don’t stop to think about all the wonderful memories we’re creating. Document your family’s vacation by taking lots of photos, or perhaps even jotting things down in a travel journal. These will then become memories you can share with others that will last a lifetime!

    What are some of your New Year’s resolutions? Regardless of your goals, we can’t wait to welcome you to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort for a memorable Hilton Head Island vacation!

  • Posted on 19th Dec 2017, 10:03 am

    The Top Palmetto Dunes Photos of 2017

    What a year it’s been! As 2017 comes to a close, we’re looking back on all of the fun we’ve shared throughout the year. From action-packed itineraries to Harbourfest adventures, tennis tournaments to #PDSummer fun, it’s been a blast!

    To wrap up the year, we’ve gathered some of our most popular Palmetto Dunes photos to share. A lot of these incredible photos were taken by guests like you! We just love seeing Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort through your eyes. Which one is your favorite?

    Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is on three miles of breathtaking Hilton Head beach, and it makes for a beautiful picture day or night.

    We can’t decide what we love more, waking up to watch the sunrise at Palmetto Dunes Beach, or stopping by to see the sunset. One thing we know for sure is that we love the stunning photos taken by guests like you!


    Photo credit: @vchrzanowski


    Photo credit: @mkate105

    It’s no secret that the best way to get around at Palmetto Dunes is by bike. Hilton Head Outfitters offers bikes of all sizes so the whole family can get out and explore. Based on these photos it looks like everyone’s favorite cycling destination is the beach!


    Photo credit: @mikehikes626


    Photo credit: @destinationangels

    Speaking of Hilton Head Outfitters, this photo was another favorite this year. It’s always a great feeling when the Outfitters’ dock comes into view after a paddle on the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon.

    We can’t forget about all of the incredible shops, restaurants, and views at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina! A sunset stroll after a meal at Bistro 17 or a drink at Scott’s or San Miguel’s is the perfect way to end a day at Palmetto Dunes, and we love how this photo captures the calming beauty of the marina.


    Photo credit: @dawncrna

    We’ve said it before and we’ve said it again—there’s nothing quite like a Hilton Head sunset! Did you know that you can take a sunset cruise from Shelter Cove Marina? It’s a wonderful way to get out on the harbor and experience unobstructed views of the stunning Lowcountry sky.


    Photo credit: @cocobrandi

    Now, this is a familiar sight! Happy Holidays from all of us at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort—even Neptune! We can’t wait to welcome you in the New Year and see what adventures 2018 will bring.


  • Posted on 6th Dec 2017, 9:42 am

    Palmetto Dunes Holiday Gift Guide

    It’s that time of year again! Time to start searching for the perfect gift to put a smile on the faces of your loved ones. Luckily for you, we at Palmetto Dunes are shopping pros! Not only do we have a wonderful selection of stores at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, the helpful staff at our tennis and golf pro shops are happy to help you choose a thoughtful and memorable gift.

    For the golfer in your life, our very own Doug Weaver put together his wish list, The 12 Golf Gifts of Christmas:

    1. Personalized Titleist golf balls and bag tags. Titleist is one of the top names in golf for a reason. Their golf balls are specially formulated and designed to deliver the performance you need with every shot.

    2. Palmetto Dunes hats. With plenty of variety and styles, there’s a logoed hat for every one! Plus, you can buy one get one half off at Palmetto Dunes Pro Shops.

    3. Pre-paid rounds of golf. Did you know that you could make a tee time and pre-pay it? You can also get a gift card for so the golfer on your list can choose which of our three beautiful courses to play.

    4. Dress for success. So maybe your loved one can’t play like Jordan Speith or Lexi Thompson. That doesn’t mean he or she can’t dress like a pro! Send your golfer onto the green dressed to impress with golf wear by Under Armour, Peter Millar, Polo RLX, Nike, and more!

    5. A lesson with a nurturing PGA Professional will allow your golfer to create memories and get better at a game they love. Give them the know-how they need to play better golf. Private lessons include a digital video analysis, emailed notes, personalized golf instruction, and practice before and after. If you have questions, please call the Director of the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy, Doug Weaver, at 843-338-9598.

    6. Protect your loved-one’s clubs with attractive headcovers. Some of our favorites are PRG leather embroidered headcovers and Just 4 Golf covers. Visit our Pro Shops to find the perfect set.

    7. Whether you pick a lightweight carry bag or larger staff bag, one thing is for sure; a golf bag makes a perfect gift for the golfer in your life! Visit our online shop and have your golfer looking like a true professional. PLUS receive 20% everything in our online store now and ALWAYS free shipping!

    8. A well-fitted putter can help your golfer lower his or her score. We love the Odyssey Putters like the Tour players use because they utilize leading golf technology and can be matched to the player.

    9. Footjoy Windshirts are attractive and wearable year around! Keep your golfer comfortable and stylish out on our Hilton Head golf courses regardless of the weather!

    10. For the times when your golfer can’t get out on the course, a must-have golf book is just the thing! Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf is a classic pick that will help your golfer improve his or her game.

    11. Custom Clubs. Did you know that SwingFit at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Palmetto Dunes is the only clubfitter in Hilton Head Island to be recognizes on Golf Digest’s List of 100 Best Clubfitters? Book your golfer in with SwingFit and their custom-fitted clubs will have them swinging better and scoring lower in 2018!

    12. Someone to play with! The best medicine is fresh air and time playing on the course with a professional. Play with a pro and learn as you go. It’s kind of like going fishing in the local salt marshes or ocean — a guide is necessary, otherwise it is blind luck to catch a fish. Studies prove that many people quit golf or reduce their play significantly because they are frustrated, not successful, or not having fun. Awaken your golfer’s love of the game with time with a coach, who reminds them how to enjoy the game.

    Golf is a game for a lifetime. If you need any help choosing that special golf gift, or if you’re in need of golfing advice, call our pro shop at 843-785-1155. We will help you find a gift that will be cherished for many years and we LOVE special orders!

  • Posted on 1st Dec 2017, 10:56 am

    Holiday Happenings on Hilton Head Island

    Christmas is fast approaching, and what better way is there to get into the holiday spirit than enjoying the festivities that Hilton Head has to offer? From family fun to great food to holiday events, there’s something for everyone. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best events on Hilton Head Island we recommend checking out this holiday season.

    Holiday Lights at the Shelter Cove Harbour

    When: December 1 to 31, 6:00 pm onwards.
    Where: Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina

    This December, take a stroll through the Palmetto Dunes’ version of a winter wonderland, as Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina transforms into a colorful affair. Stroll the boardwalk, where the marina and boats will be decorated with holiday lights, and enjoy everything a Lowcountry "winter" has to offer.

    Alexander’s Holiday Luncheons

    When: Wednesday to Friday from 11:00 am–2:00 pm, during the month of December.
    Where: Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
    Cost: 2-course meals for $22 per person, 3-course meals for $32 per person.

    Get festive this holiday season and enjoy some delicious Lowcountry cuisine without the hassle of cooking. Indulge in some delicious holiday-inspired meals created by the chefs at Alexander's Restaurant. They will be offering prix fixe meals, with crowd-pleasers on the menu including their Lowcountry crab bisque and braised beef short ribs.

    Sweetgrass Wreath Making Class

    When: December 2 to December 23
    Where: Coastal Discovery Museum
    Cost: $65 per person.

    Put your creativity to the test as a local Gullah basket maker teaches this traditional Lowcountry art style. You will then be given the opportunity to start a wreath of your own. Register by calling (843) 689-6767, ext. 223 or online here.

    Tis the Season at Shelter Cove Town Centre

    When: November 30 to December 30
    Where: Shelter Cove

    Looking for something fun for the whole family to do? Shelter Cove offers a wide array of family activities, including a skating rink, horse and carriage rides, face painting, or meeting Jolly Ol' Saint Nick! Be sure to check out the calendar for rotating events happening all throughout the month of December.

    Christmas Movie Nights

    When: December 7, 14, and 21
    Where: The Shelter Cove Community Park

    Grab a blanket, some hot cocoa, and head to the park for free screenings of your family’s favorite holiday movie classics. Every Thursday leading up to Christmas, we’re celebrating the season family style, with a lineup of The Polar Express, Elf, and Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

    A Gullah Soul Christmas

    When: December 8
    Where: Northridge Shopping Plaza
    Cost: $35 single, $65 per couple, $500 per table.

    Leave the kids at home and enjoy a night of dining, dancing, and experiencing the true essence of the Gullah culture. Tickets for this Hilton Head Island event include a buffet and live music performances.

    A Night In Bethlehem

    When: December 9, 3:00–6:00 pm
    Where: St. Luke’s Church.

    Take a stroll through the history of Bethlehem with your family as you explore the marketplace, pet live animals, and create some arts and crafts at the local shops.

    Holiday Hookup

    When: Sunday, December 10, 11:00 am–6:00 pm
    Where: Hilton Head Sonesta

    Check some items off of your holiday gift shopping list this year at the Holiday Hookup. This event features homemade gifts and treats created by local women in business. Not only will you be sure to find something for everyone on your list, there will also be a silent auction to benefit a local charity, Hopeful Horizons.

    Sounds of Christmas Concert

    When: December 15
    Where: First Presbyterian Church
    Cost: Between $15 and $40

    Celebrate the holiday season on Hilton Head Island by enjoying some live, festive music. The First Presbyterian Church will be putting on a show featuring carols galore, Vivaldi's Gloria, and Christmas movie soundtracks. It's fun for all ages, giving you the opportunity to sing along to some popular holiday tunes. Tickets are available here.

    Alexander’s Restaurant New Years Eve Dinner

    When: Sunday, December 31, 5:00–9:00 pm
    Where: Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
    Cost: $99 per person (includes a champagne toast, tax, and 18% gratuity.)

    Ring in 2018 with great food and company. Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar will be hosting a four-course fixed meal complete with a bubbly New Year's toast. Be sure to put your reservations in now for a guaranteed enjoyable night.

  • Posted on 17th Nov 2017, 1:26 pm

    Palmetto Dunes Golf Stays Busy as the Holidays Arrive

    As the holiday season approaches, activity around the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort golf courses has not slowed down a bit.


    Photo credit @aedreams

    October was an exceptional month on the links and on one recent chilly, mid-November day, Palmetto Dunes Director of Golf Clark Sinclair said he had nearly 160 golfers. This included one group of 90 Canadians staying for a month, who have spread the word about Palmetto Dunes through the years and who enjoy traveling in a pack.

    “We've got a lot of northerners and Canadians from all provinces,” said Sinclair.


    Photo credit @s2key13

    Sinclair said the three courses are in tip-top shape. “The Zoysia greens are in near perfect condition during the winter,” he said. “We over-seeded the Hills and Jones Courses, but did not over-seed the Fazio Course.”

    Sinclair said now that the weather has started to cool, Palmetto Dunes popular “golf bikes” are being used more than during the heat of the summer. And, for the particularly health-conscious, the courses allow golfers to walk the courses year-round. Finally, Sinclair said, the four-player golf carts offered by Palmetto Dunes were “super popular” during the spring and summer months, particularly for families who wanted to tour the links together.

    Speaking of the holiday spirit, Visage Mobile Golf Information System will be added to the Hills Course fleet of golf carts in December, meaning all three golf courses will now enjoy this cutting-edge technology that serves as “fleet diagnostician, marshal, ranger, concierge, caddie, marketing assistant, security officer and goodwill ambassador.”

    Want to give your special golfer a Christmas present they will remember forever? Give them a visit to SwingFit, the expert club-fitting service at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.. SwingFit is headed by Chris Wycoff, who has been once again named one of Golf Digest magazine’s "Top 100 Club Fitters” in America for 2017-2018. “Swing Fit is doing very well with steady traffic most of the time,” Sinclair said. “We enjoy having this offering because we are a full-service resort and we are offering golfers the ultimate in club-fitting precision.”


    Photo credit @corrigan872

    Sinclair added that the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour will be coming to the Fazio Course Nov. 18-19 for the Hilton Head Junior Challenge, with players from up and down the east coast including plenty of local, Hilton Head-area talent.

    Palmetto Dunes offers numerous packages and specials throughout the year that can be catered to your needs including packages for golf, tennis, spa, family, romance, weddings and seasonal, not to mention some very enticing group offers.

    Clearly, when the holiday season rolls around, there is no better place to be than Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

  • Posted on 16th Nov 2017, 5:54 pm

    Celebrate Thanksgiving in the Lowcountry

    The weather is lovely, the people are friendly, the golf is glorious, and the food delicious! Fall is a wonderful time to be on Hilton Head Island, and Thanksgiving is no exception. If you’re planning on a Lowcountry Thanksgiving, you’re in luck! We’ve got plenty of specials, events, dining options, and more, so come celebrate Thanksgiving with us!

    THE FOOD

    What would Thanksgiving be without a beautiful meal? At Palmetto Dunes, we're cooking up some feasts, and we're looking forward to welcoming you to our table.

    Palmetto Dunes Club Thanksgiving Buffet: Just because you’ve got a fully appointed kitchen in your vacation rental doesn’t mean that you have to cook! Join us for the annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet at the Palmetto Dunes Club on Thursday, November 23 featuring all your turkey day favorites plus all the trimmings!

    Thursday, November 23, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Cost: $43.00 per person
    Child 12 & under: $23.00
    Under 5: FREE
    Price includes tax and 18% gratuity. Reservations required. Call 1-843-686-9143 by November 21 to make your reservation.

    Alexander’s Restaurant: This year, up the ante on your Thanksgiving meal with a decadent feast prepared by the chefs at Alexander’s. Their Thanksgiving menu includes Lowcountry lobster bisque, apple cider and sage-roasted turkey breast, blackened salmon, pumpkin cheesecake, and more.

    Thursday, November 23, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Cost: $55.00 per person
    Child’s Turkey Dinner: $25.00
    Price includes tax and 18% gratuity. Reservations recommended. Call 1-843-785-4999 or visit www.AlexandersRestaurant.com to make your reservation.

    Dunes House Oyster Roast: It’s oyster season in Lowcountry and the annual Dunes House Oyster Roast & Seafood Boil is the perfect way to celebrate. So take a break from turkey and head to The Dunes House on Saturday, November 25 to enjoy oysters by the bucket, live music, food and drink specials, and more!

    Saturday, November 25, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Live music from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Oysters are $20 per bucket.
    (Entertainment, hours and specials are subject to change and are weather permitting.)

    THE FUN

    Thanksgiving isn’t just about eating until you’re too full to move! At Palmetto Dunes, there are some fantastic events that will be fun for the whole family. (Not to mention that nothing burns off a turkey dinner like a round of golf!)

    Shop, Dine & Stroll at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina: Stroll right into the holiday spirit with this annual tradition at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina. Take in the festive holiday lights on the boats in the marina, and even get a head start on your holiday shopping with specials at the stores in Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina happening throughout Thanksgiving weekend.

    Friday, November 24 – Sunday, November 26 Store specials at Nash Gallery, Tradewinds, La Belle Image Fine Art, Christmas on the Harbour, Taffeta, Eliza Bleu Boutique, Ship’s Store

    Santa at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina: One of the highlights of Thanksgiving at Palmetto Dunes is when Santa Claus comes to town! Rumor has it he’ll be pulling into Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina at noon on November 24 to say hello, get some Christmas wishes from kids and kick off the holiday season. Come early to enjoy all of the family fun, including gingerbread decorating courtesy of Hilton Head Social Bakery (while supplies last), a bounce house, wax hands, train rides, and more!

    Friday, November 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Santa’s Arrival: 12 p.m.

    Live Music at The Dunes House: Celebrate Thanksgiving by the beach at The Dunes House! Weather permitting, everyone’s favorite beachside restaurant will be open with a limited menu and live music for your enjoyment on Thanksgiving Day. For the complete monthly schedule, click here.

    Friday, November 24 from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday, November 25 from 2 - 5 p.m.

    Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Palmetto Dunes! Don’t forget to share photos of your Thanksgiving celebrations with us! Use #PDThanksgiving on Twitter and Instagram.

  • Posted on 9th Nov 2017, 9:04 am

    Palmetto Dunes Wedding Guide: Vendors

    Congratulations! You’ve crossed picking the perfect place to say “I do” at Palmetto Dunes off your to-do list! What’s next? It’s time to start putting together the team of vendors that will make your wedding day go off without a hitch. From wedding planners to transportation, and everything in between, here are all the pieces of the wedding puzzle:

    Wedding Planner

    We have an award-winning resort team just waiting to guide you on the day of your dreams. But, if you want to take your wedding to the next level, a wedding planner can help coordinate the smaller details of your big day and make your wedding planning process as smooth as possible.

    Book 12+ months in advance.

    Wedding Officiant

    Your officiant sets the tone for your entire wedding, so make sure you find someone whose style speaks to you. We recommend getting referrals (luckily, we have some!) and taking the time to speak beforehand about your ideal ceremony. After all, you want to make sure it’s the right fit!

    Book 8-10 months in advance.

    Photographer/Videographer

    While your big day will go by in an instant, the memories captured by photo or video will last forever. There are many photographers/videographers to choose from, so do your research and book well in advance to make sure you get the best. We suggest that you check out past work, read through reviews, and set up interviews to talk through your preferred style with a few options before deciding.

    Book 8-10 months in advance.

    Entertainment

    The entertainment at your wedding plays a big role in getting people out on the dance floor and having a good time. Whether you’re choose a DJ or a band, listen to their music, and touch base to discuss what music you want them to play and whether they are open to requests before making the big decision.

    Book 8-10 months in advance.

    Rentals

    The decor of your wedding can truly bring your big day to life. Lucky for you, rentals are one thing that you don’t have to worry about on that front! At Palmetto Dunes, with the facility fee comes set-up and break-down of your choice of tables—60” or 72” rounds for dinner tables, sweetheart tables, highboys, and 8ft tables—white folding chairs, white or ivory linen, cloth napkins (selection of colors available), our in-house supply of centerpieces, and all silverware, glassware, and china. We also have a beautiful arbor available for rent that comes decorated with sheer curtains.

    Confirm 8-10 months in advance.

    Florists

    Arbors. Centerpieces. Bouquets. When it comes to being sure that your wedding makes an impression, your florist is a key player. The first step is establishing your flower style and floral needs. Then, to find a florist to create this wedding day vision, get recommendations (like these!), schedule interviews, and view portfolios of past work.

    Book 8-10 months in advance.

    The Caterer & Cake

    Planning the food and picking the wedding cake is a fun part of wedding planning! Whether it’s hors d'oeuvres, a served meal, or a buffet, the Executive Chef at Dunes Catering & Events will help you select the ideal catered menu for your wedding. Then, it’s time to pick a baker who can satisfy your sweet tooth. Our tip: taste, taste, and taste some more until you find a cake that’s just right!

    Book 4-6 months in advance.

    Transportation

    Before all the fun can start, you, your wedding party, and your guests need to get to your wedding venue. For a smooth, fun, and prompt ride, book your transportation in advance—especially if you are coordinating transport for all of your wedding guests. Lucky for you, if you and your guests stay right at Palmetto Dunes, getting to your venue will be a sinch!

    Book 3 months in advance.

    Beauty

    Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life, so why not go all out to feel your very best! From manicures and pedicures to hair and make-up, your beauty dream team is never far at Palmetto Dunes. Here are our top recommendations!

    Book 2 months in advance.

    Feeling inspired to start planning, check out all of our vendor recommendations here.

  • Posted on 27th Oct 2017, 1:33 pm

    5 Pro Golf Tips For Beginners

    At Palmetto Dunes, life is simply better on the golf course! With three superb courses, top-notch golf pros, daily lessons—not to mention complimentary golf clinics on Monday nights—and fully-stocked pro shops, it’s no surprise that novices and golf legends alike are drawn to our oceanfront resort to perfect their game. To help inspire your next golf trip to Palmetto Dunes, here are 5 golf tips from the pros:

    Palmetto Dunes has not one, not two, but three (yes, you heard us right!) world-class courses to choose from—each guaranteed put your swing to the test! The Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course, South Carolina’s Golf Course of the Year, the George Fazio Course, Hilton Head Island’s only par-70 public golf course, and the award-winning, Arthur Hills Course, challenge and delight golfers of all levels. No matter which you choose, you can trust that your time on the course will be memorable.

    At Palmetto Dunes, not only can you “smell the roses” but you can take in the natural beauty of this South Carolina sea island, including rolling dunes, ocean views, and iconic Lowcountry scenery. On top of that, but you can admire the dozens of species of birds as well as alligators and deer that call the island home. In fact, the scenic Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course has been named a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” for its commitment to providing a sanctuary for wildlife.

    We couldn’t agree more with this quote—that’s why Palmetto Dunes operates one of the finest golf academies in the world. With golf lessons, clinics, and instruction available to golfers of all ages and levels, you’ll be just at the top of your game before you know it—now that’s lucky!

    It’s fair to say the more you play, the better you’ll get—and, of course, the more fun you’ll have! Fortunately, our golf packages offer you the chance to play plenty during your stay at Palmetto Dunes.

    The golf courses at Palmetto Dunes are open year-round, giving you plenty of chances to come back and play like a champion!

    Do these professional tips have you feeling inspired to hit the course? Let us help you plan your perfect golf trip!

  • Posted on 19th Oct 2017, 8:58 am

    How To Shuck an Oyster

    Oysters are practically a way of life in the Lowcountry! Whether you’re eating them on the half shell, à la Alexander’s, or roasted, there’s no denying that they’re simply delicious. There’s a saying here on Hilton Head Island that any month that contains the letter “r” is oyster season, which means we’re right in the thick of it!

    Our local oysters are salty and sweet; with a unique flavor you won’t find anywhere else. Make sure to sample some local oysters the next time you’re at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, and in the meantime, read up on how to shuck an oyster like a pro!

    1. Place the oyster curved-side down and find the hinge where the top and bottom shell meet.


    2. Wedge your oyster knife into the hinge at a 45-degree angle by wiggling it back and forth and pushing it in until it feels “stuck.” Then continue to wiggle and rotate the knife back and forth until the oyster releases and its shell pops open.


    3. Carefully run the oyster knife along the top of the shell to cut the muscle and loosen the meat.


    4. Next, run the knife gently underneath the oyster, taking care not to cut the oyster or spill too much of its juice, to release it from the bottom of the shell and clear out any debris or shell fragments.


    5. Add your topping of choice, be it a squeeze of lemon or a dash of hot sauce, and enjoy!


    What’s your favorite way to eat oysters? What do you think is the best oyster dish on Hilton Head Island? Tell us! And don’t forget to share photos of all of your Hilton Head adventures with the hashtag #PalmettoDunes.