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  • Posted on 7th Sep 2015, 3:01 pm

    Top Five Free Apps to Download Before Your Hilton Head Island Vacation

    1. PACK POINT – Free

    Before arriving to Hilton Head Island, turn to PackPoint, a free travel packing list organizer and packing planner perfect for every family on the go! Eliminate the worry of forgetting the essentials (from your favorite waterproof mascara to the baby’s favorite pacifier) and keep yourself from over packing car with non-essentials. Once your build your packing list in the app, you can share with your friends and family in case they need help packing too! You can even select the types of activities you are participating in during your vacation and PackPoint will help you choose the right items, even taking weather into consideration.

    Download in Apple App Store
    Download in Google Play


    2. INSTAGRAM - Free

    Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, you have probably already heard of or have already downloaded Instagram. This free photo sharing and editing tool will take your Hilton Head Island vacation photos to the next level! Not only can you share your awesome experiences and photos from your trip, but you can follow Hilton Head Island accounts for great suggestions of what to do, where to eat and what you need to see.

    Follow these Hilton Head Island Instagrammers for the inside scoop:
    @PalmettoDunesSC
    @VisitHiltonHead
    @CH2HHIMag

    Download in Apple App Store
    Download in Google Play


    3. HILTON HEAD ISLAND COMPASS - Free

    Download the Hilton Head Island Compass app to build your own custom Hilton Head Island experience! The app serves as an interactive map to find activities, restaurants and special offers nearby. You can also search for activities to create your own itinerary with restaurants, beaches, shopping and everything in between. Check-in to receive exclusive deals from your favorite places. Make sure to review Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s golf courses, Tennis Center, Hilton Head Outfitters, Big Jim’s and the Dunes House.

    Download in Apple App Store
    Download in Google Play


    4. PALMETTO DUNES GOLF APP - Free

    Enhance your ultimate golf vacation with the free Palmetto Dunes Golf App! The app allows you to receive notifications with exclusive offers and tee time specials. You can book your tee time directly from the app! During play, take advantage of the interactive scorecard, GPS system, hole descriptions, playing tips, live tournaments and leader board, course tours, Facebook sharing and even order lunch from the food & beverage menu.

    Download in Apple App Store
    Download in Google Play


    5. CHARITY MILES - Free

    The best part of vacationing on Hilton Head Island is enjoying the natural beauty of the beaches, shady bike paths and endless walking/jogging trails. More and more, people want to stay active while on vacation and “Charity Miles” provides an added bonus! “Charity Miles” is an app available for iOS and Andriod and donates money to a charitable cause on your behalf for every mile that you run, walk or ride your bicycle. Now, you can burn calories, spend quality time with your family and donate to a great cause simultaneously! You do not have to solicit donations, just launch the app, pick a charity and hit the ground running (or the beach walking, or the pavement walking)!

    Download in Apple App Store
    Download in Google Play

  • Posted on 10th Aug 2015, 8:44 am

    Download These Free Summer Printables!

    We don’t know about you, but we’re not ready to say goodbye to summer. There are still plenty of beach days left here on Hilton Head Island!

    But if you can’t make it to Palmetto Dunes, here’s the next best thing: affordable beach-inspired decor! These summery printables for the home let you add a little coastal flair to your decor, without breaking the bank. They’re FREE!

    Simply send an email to palmettosocial@gmail.com or comment with your email address below, and we’ll send you ten fabulous prints that are inspired by Lowcountry living.

    What are you waiting for? Print off your new pieces of art, pour yourself a sweet tea, and pretend you’re relaxing at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

  • Posted on 3rd Aug 2015, 3:05 pm

    Pickleball is a Really "Big Dill" at Palmetto Dunes

    What do you get when you cross ping-pong and tennis? America’s fastest growing sport, Pickleball! This game is easy to learn and fun to play and is now available at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Recognized as the “#1 Tennis Center in the Carolinas” by Tennis Magazine and considered one of the best tennis resorts in the country, the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center strives to maintain its esteemed reputation by hosting USTA sanctioned tournaments, local charity tennis tournaments, daily round robins, a variety of lessons and clinics, fitness programs, carry the latest in tennis merchandise and apparel and keep up with the latest trends in the tennis world.

    The staff at the tennis center was thrilled to learn that everyone from tennis enthusiasts to families were jumping at the opportunity to play this fun sport with a silly name. Now, the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center is home to four pickleball courts, rental equipment and pickleball merchandise. For guests and visitors wanting to give pickleball a shot, pickleball courts can be rented by the hour and rental equipment for a set of four players will only set you back $10. Palmetto Dunes also has a pickleball machine available to rent for those who want to get ahead of the competition.

    For those who are interested in learning more about the strokes, strategies and rules of pickleball, Palmetto Dunes offers a beginner’s clinic from 8:30 – 9:30 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for $20 and on Sunday from 10:00 - 11:00 am. Immediately following this informative and fun lesson from 9:30 – 10:30 am, beginner pickleball round robins allow players to test their skills and master the game of pickleball. Round robin participation is only $10 per player or you can book a “Daily Double” package that includes both the beginner’s clinic and a spot in the round robin for only $25. Palmetto Dunes offers a variety of tennis and pickleball vacation packages for the ultimate Hilton Head Island escape.

    Whether you are serious about the game of tennis or looking for something new to try, come visit the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center to see why we think pickleball is such a “BIG DILL”! For more information or to make a pickleball reservation, please call 843-785-1152.

  • Posted on 30th Jul 2015, 3:38 pm

    Behind the Scenes of HarbourFest Fireworks

    Everyone loves fireworks; it is hard to imagine someone who cannot associate the magic of fireworks to a childhood memory, favorite holiday or great story. Often, when people recount their favorite fireworks memory, they remember their family’s summer vacation and the Tuesday night fireworks at Shelter Cove for HarbourFest Summer Celebration. After 27 years of sending fairy dust into the sky and watching everyone’s eyes light up, we figured it might be fun to give you the inside scoop.

    How much really goes into setting up a fireworks show? You just light the fuse and let them do their thing, right?

    We wish!

    HarbourFest and Tuesday night fireworks begin in mid-June and continue through mid-August, but planning for the event begins immediately following the closing night of HarbourFest. Applications & Permits with a variety of law enforcement entities involved are required to stage such an event. We work closely with the Town of Hilton Head Island Fire Department, Beaufort County Sherriff’s office, the South Carolina State Fire Marshal’s office, SC Department of Natural Resources, etc. Once all the logistic & planning details are approved, the Tuesday night fireworks events are given the green light. The Shelter Cove HarbourFest event has been fortunate to have the continued and generous support of Greenwood Communities and Resorts, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, the Shelter Cove Harbour Merchants Association, the Town of Hilton Head Island & local business sponsors for many years and has received funding to help offset the cost of producing the shows, security, traffic management and facilities maintenance. This additional funding has helped sustain and keep this event going even through the economic downturn.

    With six to eight months of planning complete, it is show time (literally!). Preparation for a Tuesday night fireworks show begins around 2:00pm with fireworks scheduled to shoot at dusk (usually 9:00-9:30pm). As is the case with all outdoor events, weather and safety conditions play a huge part in the execution of the event. Here in the South Carolina Lowcountry, afternoon thunderstorms are a frequent occurrence. The daily weather conditions and forecast are tracked constantly and they dictate when and if we can set-up a show.

    On the show dates, the Fire Marshal & Marina Dockmaster are called by the pyrotechnic company to alert them of their arrival time at the designated location. Once the crew and marina team are assembled, a safe zone clearance of 50 feet is created around the area and boat where the fireworks are being moved. The pyrotechnic company and crew can then begin to transport more than 500 pounds of fireworks (the July 4th show generally exceeds 1,000 pounds of fireworks and entails an 8-10 hour set-up time) onto a boat which is then driven to the barge that is positioned outside the Shelter Cove Marina in Broad Creek.

    The loaded vessel leaves the marina and makes the trip to the barge just a few miles away. All of the fireworks are then offloaded onto the barge, individually wired and covered, if necessary, in case of inclement weather. The fireworks crew then gets back on to the boat to shoot the fireworks remotely from a safe 100 yard distance from the barge. Two additional boats must secure the perimeter of the barge for additional safety measures until the end of the fireworks show.

    The entire loading, unloading and set up process takes four to five hours, weather permitting. As mentioned, factors like rain, wind, lightening and even heat advisories can disrupt the set up of the show and cause a show delay or cancellation. Simply put, if there is a threat of severe weather or any inclement weather during the set-up or firing of a fireworks show, our staff has no choice but to delay or cancel the show.

    We have faced nights where we had to cancel a show at 4:00pm because the fireworks crew cannot set up in thunder and lightning conditions. But when the weather clears and it is sunny and nice by 6:00pm, people want to know why on Earth the fireworks were cancelled. The answer? Safety. The safety of our staff and guests is our main priority and is not something we take lightly.

    Trust us when we say there is no one more disappointed than our staff when a fireworks show is forced into cancellation. We speak to residents and visitors every week who tell us that the Tuesday night fireworks at HarbourFest is the event they look forward to the most every summer with their family. We hate to let these folks down, but unfortunately, sometimes the weather just doesn't cooperate.

    We hope that by explaining the process of Tuesday night fireworks, guests, visitors and locals will gain a better understanding of the reasoning behind a cancelled show. No matter, the magic occurs every Tuesday night, mid-June to mid-August! … Weather permitting. : )

  • Posted on 5th Jun 2015, 11:29 am

    The Top Five Instagrams by Palmetto Dunes Guests

    Did you visit Palmetto Dunes last month? If so, we hope you shared photos from your trip! Tag your photos #PalmettoDunes, and you might see them shared on our social channels, or here on this blog!

    Instagramer @101ThingsILove shared this photo and said “Hard to get sick of this view.” Truer words were never spoken! That’s why guests love returning to Palmetto Dunes year after year.

    Don’t you just love a good round of golf on a sunny Spring day? We have three incredible courses for you to play. Instagramer @jasonphess snapped this photo while playing the Robert Trent Jones course.

    Time flies when you’re having fun! Harry S. and his family went on an eight-mile bike ride during their vacation. You can make your vacation even easier by booking your bicycles online, and having them delivered before you arrive.

    Wow, doesn’t this look like heaven? Sunrise at Palmetto Dunes Beach is so peaceful. Instagramer @elfernandoville posted this gorgeous shot. What’s your favorite time to take a stroll on the beach?

    Gator alert! You’ll see plenty of wildlife when you stay at Palmetto Dunes. @Zalesc shared this awesome photo with us on Twitter.

    Thanks to everyone who shared their photos with us last month! Don’t forget, tag your photos with #PalmettoDunes on Instagram and Twitter to share them with us, or come find us on Facebook! We’ll highlight five more photos next month.

  • Posted on 21st Feb 2015, 6:00 am

    8 Reasons You Must Eat at Hilton Head’s Oceanfront Restaurant, The Dunes House

    With Palmetto Dunes’ famous oceanfront Dunes House restaurant opening later this month, we wanted to get you excited for your chance to eat at this classic beach location on Hilton Head Island. Here are 8 reasons you don’t want to miss a visit to the Dunes House on your Hilton Head vacation:

    1. You can’t beat the view - The Dunes House is one of a few Hilton Head beachfront restaurants where you can sit outside, enjoy the day and listen to the waves and the activity on the beach. Watch kids fly kites, look for dolphins in the surf and pet the dogs who join their owners for a bite.
    2. It’s only for Palmetto Dunes’ guests and property owners - Because it’s only open to guests of the resort and property owners, you won’t have to haggle with the rest of the island for a seat. While it is busy during summer months, it’s worth the wait. It’s also a good idea to come during non-peak hours between lunch and dinner during busier seasons.
    3. The fish tacos rock - While you’re on Hilton Head Island, you should enjoy your fill of seafood and the Dunes House is known for their yummy fish tacos. Order them up with your favorite drink and you’ll have all the fuel you need to finish your day at the beach.
    4. You can ride your bike - Forget trying to find a parking space at the Dunes House. Simply hop on your Hilton Head bike rental from Hilton Head Outfitters and enjoy a leisurely ride from anywhere within the resort. Park your bike right up front and it’ll be ready to take you to the beach, to the tennis courts, to the golf courses -- or wherever you’re headed next.
    5. All the cool kids are there - The Dunes House is a longtime Palmetto Dunes tradition for meeting up with friends and family. Teens will enjoy hanging out and even meeting new friends. It’s always a lively atmosphere and everyone’s in a good mood because they’re at the beach!
    6. You can go swimming immediately after - Wear your cover-up over your swimsuit and dash directly to the beach after lunch or dinner (waiting 30 minutes for your food to digest, of course :)). Where else can you dine and swim?!
    7. They have music - On select evenings during spring and summer, the Dunes House features live music just to make your experience on the beach even better.
    8. You’ll save - Guests of the resort get discounts on every meal at the Dunes House - cha ching!

    Have we convinced you that the Dunes House should be your first stop when you arrive on Hilton Head Island? Be sure to check out our resort calendar for upcoming events.

    For more information about booking your Hilton Head vacation, visit www.palmettodunes.com or call 866-650-4130.

  • Posted on 30th Jan 2015, 1:30 pm

    Keep Your Teen Entertained with These Hilton Head Island Activities

    If your family is happily making plans in the winter cold for your warm weather spring break or summer escape to Hilton Head Island, you’re probably wondering what there is to do for each member of the family.

    While all ages will find many activities to float their boat, we’re taking a look at teens in this post. Here are some activities that even the finickiest of teen will find worthy.

    Stand up Paddleboarding

    Stand-up paddleboarding, also known as SUP, will appeal to your nature-loving, adventuresome teen. This fastest growing watersport combines surfing with kayaking. You stand on a specially-designed paddleboard, similar to a surfboard, and use a paddle to cruise through a body of water, such as a harbor or the ocean. It’s a whole body workout, using your core for balance, your arms for paddling and more.

    Jetpacking

    Got a teen who loves bungee jumping or other adrenaline-rushing activities? Let them try jetpacking over Broad Creek at Shelter Cove Harbour, the resort’s waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment district complete with a marina. This will make an awesome photo to post on Instagram and share with all of their friends. And what a view…!

    Shark Fishing

    Daring teens can try their hand at shark fishing on one of our night shark fishing excursions if you’re planning to visit during the summer months. May through August you can head out on the high seas for a three-hour shark fishing charter to try and reel in Jaws -- or even just a hammerhead or tiger shark. There’s nothing like the feeling of battling one of nature’s most amazing creatures!

    Be a Beach Bum

    Some teens may prefer to “hang out” more than anything else. Good news! We’ve got plenty of teen-friendly places to do so. They can relax by the pool at your Hilton Head vacation rental or head to our 3 miles of Atlantic Ocean beach for a swim, to lay in the sun or to take a casual stroll. They’ll also love our beachfront Dunes House restaurant, which is great for a quick bite to eat and meeting new friends.

    GoPro Adventure

    Let teens bring their GoPro along and see how many different adventures they can record. Try diving into the pool or ocean if they’ve got a waterproof GoPro, heading out on their Hilton Head bike rental,paddleboarding or even surfing during the summer months. What a fun way to showcase their Hilton Head vacation for years to come!

    What do your teens like to do when you visit Palmetto Dunes?

    For more information about booking your Spring Break or summer Hilton Head Island getaway, visit www.palmettodunes.com or call us at 866-650-4130.

  • Posted on 21st Jan 2015, 6:00 am

    What Experts are Saying About January Fishing on Hilton Head Island

    A new year and barring any severe weather great fishing should continue!

    We are so blessed here with many days reaching the 70's and sometimes 80 degrees in winter. Trout fishing has been great this season, getting a limit of ten per person has been easy a lot of days. They are hitting almost any artificial you throw at them and live bait is always good.

    Reports of large "gator" trout are common and large flounder seem to be more plentiful. Redfish are with us year round and this time of year can be caught inshore and offshore. While artificials will work in the creeks for the redfish, cut mullet, live mud minnows and shrimp will all but guarantee some lively action. Fishing around docks and oyster beds on either side of low tide seems to be the best method for these battlers.

    Sheepshead fishing around the docks and old pilings is also great this time of year. Live fiddlers and clams the favorite baits of choice for these convict striped fish. Master bait thieves you have to be vigilant for the ever so subtle strike. Not many fish can top the sheepshead for table fare, which has earned them the nickname "river snapper".

    Sheepshead can also be caught at the nearshore reefs but black sea bass pose a problem in winter. Also hard to beat for the table the black sea bass are out of season this time of year and while you can literally catch hundreds on a trip now, but…you have to release them all.

    While many over slot reds are being caught in the creeks the really big boys will be off the beach. This time of year searching for the gannets diving on bait schools will help you locate the bull redfish. Once you locate them place squid, menhaden or cut mullet beneath them and hold on! Averaging 30 plus pounds look for at least two or three if not more scorching runs out of these guys.

    One other option this time of year is up the Savannah River. In late December and January the striped bass run up the freshwater rivers and offer a rare treat for those that seek them. Trolling big Cisco Kids or similar lures along the banks with stout tackle can produce fish twenty pounds and up. Be careful of large ships passing as the deep draft of these ships will pull the water six feet or more from the bank. All in all there is plenty of good fishing this time of year, so don't put those rods away!

    By Guest Blogger Captain Miles Altman

    Book a fishing charter with Capt. Miles by calling 843-842-7001. Bayrunner Charter Fishing is offering a 3-3-3 special in Jan and Feb…3 hours, 3 people for 300!

  • Posted on 5th Dec 2014, 1:00 pm

    8 Secrets to the Perfect Family Beach Vacation

    When you're planning your annual beach trip, you want everything to go just perfectly so you'll have wonderful family memories for years to come. But with kids of different ages and sometimes grandparents along for the trip, too the planning part can be slightly challenging.

    Here are 8 secrets from the staff at Palmetto Dunes for planning the perfect family beach vacation:

    1. Choose a villa or home rental

    Over and over we hear from families who stay at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort how much they love staying in our Hilton Head vacation rentals and homes. Families can spread out instead of being cramped in a hotel room and enjoy some down time between activities. Plus, you have access to a full kitchen and a washer and dryer, which makes packing so much easier.

    2. Reserve early

    Be sure to reserve your Hilton Head beach vacation as soon as you can to ensure you get your first choice of Hilton Head vacation rentals, as well as the best rates. That also goes for our Hilton Head bike rentals, kayak rentals, tee times at our three championship Hilton Head golf courses and more, especially during busier seasons.

    3. Sign up for our emails
    Looking for a deal? You're sure to find the best ones if you subscribe to our emails. We regularly share inside tips and savings just for our past guests and subscribers. You'll be the first to know about the latest offers and events at the resort.

    4. Check the events calendar
    Before you arrive – or even plan your vacation – check to see what's going on at the resort on our events calendar. We have activities year-round, but if you have a specific event or activities for a certain age group in mind, you can plan your visit around that schedule. During summer, enjoy HarbourFest at Shelter Cove, and during spring and fall, there's Music & Taste on the Harbour. We also regularly host golf and tennis clinics, summer surfing lessons, live music at the oceanfront Dunes House restaurantand more.

    5. Don't over-schedule
    When you come to Hilton Head Island, there's so much to do, you can wear yourself out! We highly recommend choosing just one main activity per day, such as golf, tennis, a nature cruise or kayaking, and allowing plenty of time for relaxing at your vacation home or villa. That's what makes it a vacation!

    6. Get bikes
    Hilton Head Island is the perfect place to ride your Hilton Head bike rentals. With 50 miles of paved paths to explore, there's always somewhere new to go. You'll be happy you're not sitting in traffic, and you'll get a firsthand view of our beautiful scenery. Plus, you're getting exercise, too! Safely ride to the Dunes House, the General Store, the Tennis Center or any of our 3 golf courses within Palmetto Dunes. You can also pedal through our safe passageway under the highway to Shelter Cove Harbour.

    7. Learn a new skill
    Why not come back from vacation with a new skill? Palmetto Dunes offers ample opportunity for learning a new skill or sport. Take a class at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy, hone your golf skills at our three varied golf courses, each of which has been named the South Carolina course of the year, or take a lesson at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center. Learn to surf during the summer with our Hilton Head surfing lessons or take a Hilton Head fishing charter and learn how to fish from the Lowcountry experts. Crabbing is another great activity for all ages!

    8. Go grocery shopping
    Since you're staying in a vacation home or villa, you have access to a full kitchen, and it's incredibly handy to be able to pop back for a snack or enjoy breakfast in the villa before you head out for the day. Head to the new Kroger or Whole Foods close by upon your arrival or use a Hilton Head grocery shopping service like Hopper Shopper or Grocery Run and have your rental stocked before you even arrive!

    What are your tips for a great beach vacation? We want to hear them!

    For more information about booking your family beach vacation at Palmetto Dunes, visit www.palmettodunes.com or give us a call at 866-650-4130.

  • Posted on 29th Nov 2014, 6:00 am

    Palmetto Dunes Named Top Southern Resort by Conde Nast Traveler

    What’s your favorite resort in the south? We hope it’s Palmetto Dunes! It seems that it is for many of you, as Conde Nast Traveler just announced we landed at No. 13 on their Reader’s Choice Top 25 Resorts in the South. South Carolina dominated the list with seven resorts, including us, represented.

    For the Reader’s Choice Awards, Conde Nast Traveler asked nearly 77,000 readers to vote on their favorite cities, hotels, resorts and cruise lines to help inspire others about the best places to travel around the world.

    To determine the rankings for the awards, which began back in 1988, the magazine hires a research firm to tabulate the results. In order to be eligible for an award, a candidate must receive a minimum number of responses.

    Readers are asked to judge each individual candidate on a set of criteria relevant to their category, based on a standard five-point scale: excellent, very good, good, fair and poor. The mean average determines the final score and thus ranking.

    Why is Palmetto Dunes a top U.S. resort? Let us count the ways! Golf, tennis, 3 miles of beach, a beautiful inland lagoon system, shopping, dining, fishing, kayaking, bike riding and the list goes on…

    Why do you think Palmetto Dunes is one of the best resorts in the south?

    To book your Hilton Head Island getaway, give us a call at 866-650-4130 or visit us at www.palmettodunes.com.