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  • Posted on 22nd Oct 2018, 9:31 am

    Haunted Hilton Head: The Blue Lady of Palmetto Dunes

    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!

  • Posted on 13th Oct 2018, 8:42 am

    Dining Guide to the Restaurants of Palmetto Dunes

    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.

    For Elevated Lowcountry: Alexander’s Restaurant

    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.

    What Guests Have to Say

    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

    For Outdoor Eats: The Dunes House

    When the sun is shining (which is pretty often around here), you’ll find locals and visitors alike flocking to this amazing outdoor 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!

    What Guests Have to Say

    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

    For Family Fun: Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers & Pizza

    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.

    What Guests Have to Say

    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

    For Fish Fans: Scott’s Fish Market

    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.

    What Guests Have to Say

    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

    For South of the Border Flavor: San Miguel’s

    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.

    What Guests Have to Say

    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

    For a Special Night Out: ELA’s Blue Water Grille

    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.

    What Guests Have to Say

    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

  • Posted on 22nd Sep 2018, 9:04 am

    #LovePalmettoDunes: A Contest Worth Celebrating

    Palmetto Dunes’ beautiful beachfront, divine restaurants, romantic ocean setting, and unique activities and amenities make it a stunning place to vacation. No wonder so many couples and families return to make special memories year after year!

    All year long, we’ve been celebrating Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s 50th Anniversary by looking back on fond memories and the events, people, and places that make Palmetto Dunes such a special place to visit. We want you to join us and show why it’s a romantic place to visit, too!

    Walks on the beach, dinner for two, Palmetto Dunes is the perfect place to celebrate your love. Have you ever spent your honeymoon in Palmetto Dunes? Or stayed with us for a romantic getaway? Here’s your chance to reignite some Lowcountry Love all over again!

    Follow us on Facebook and share a photo from your honeymoon or couples vacation with the hashtag #LovePalmettoDunes and you’ll be entered to win a romantic weekend trip for two at Palmetto Dunes!

    Share a photo from your honeymoon or couples vacation at Palmetto Dunes Resort in the comments on this Facebook post with the hashtag #LovePalmettoDunes and you’ll be entered to win a romantic weekend trip for two at Palmetto Dunes!

    The person with the winning photo submission will receive one three-night stay at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort* with a $100 gift certificate to Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar for a dinner for two. So what are you waiting for? Spread the #love.

    If you’re ready for romance and already thinking of planning a winter getaway to Hilton Head Island, you’re in luck! We’ve got the perfect cozy couples itinerary for a romantic weekend, not to mention some cheeky spots to steal a kiss!

    Five decades of romantic getaways, proposals, weddings, and honeymoons, all surrounded by lush Lowcountry and beautiful beach views—that’s a lot of love to share!

    Contest ends October 31st. The winner will be drawn and notified the first week of November.

    *Stay valid for two people in a one bedroom resort view villa at Palmetto Dunes Resort. Must be redeemed by December 31, 2018 with stay dates to occur before March 31, 2019. Some restrictions and holiday blackout dates may apply.

  • Posted on 12th Sep 2018, 10:53 am

    Pickleball-Mania at Palmetto Dunes

    Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has carved out an outstanding, worldwide reputation during its first 50 years by remaining on the cutting edge of resort innovation.

    One of the most recent examples of this type leading edge approach is the addition of the sport of pickleball at the resort’s award-winning Tennis & Pickleball Center.

    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 be played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and with a slightly modified tennis net and can be played as doubles or singles.

    What makes the sport particularly appealing is that all ages and skill levels can play. 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.

    Demonstrating its commitment to this fast-growing sport, Palmetto Dunes not only added eight pickleball courts, it also hired one of the sport’s most accomplished players, Sarah Ansboury, as its Pickleball Touring Professional and Director of Pickleball Instruction.

    A nationally ranked tennis player, Ansboury discovered pickleball in 2014 and was instantly hooked. She entered her first national pickleball tournaments in 2015 and earned Gold and Silver at the September 2015 Tournament of Champions. In November, she medaled four times at the USAPA National Tournament including winning Gold in the Women’s Doubles Open with her friend, Gigi LeMaster.

    “Palmetto Dunes is excited to announce our first Ansboury Academy,” said Palmetto Dunes’ Director of Tennis & Pickleball John Kerr. “This academy will be the first of many for Palmetto Dunes that will allow pickleball players to learn from one of the very best instructors in the game.”

    Palmetto Dunes has also announced an expansion of its Pickleball Center. Eight new courts are being constructed and are expected to be open for play by mid-October.

    The first Ansboury Academy will be held September 24-27 at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s Tennis & Pickleball Center. Participants will enjoy a week of pickleball — 15 hours of instruction — with Sarah and Linh Ansboury. Each day will focus on techniques and tactics for every player to improve on the court.

    This week of instruction leads up to The Island Rec Center Pickleball Tournament being hosted at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center September 29-30. Sign up here.

    The Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center has been named the top tennis resort in the Carolinas by Tennis Magazine. Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers outstanding tennis and pickleball packages for players at all skill levels at one of the world's finest family resort destinations. The award-winning tennis resort offers dream vacations for tennis players year-round on Hilton Head Island.

    For those who haven’t experienced this exciting and hot new sport, Palmetto Dunes is offering a perfect opportunity in the fall. Don’t miss out on the fun!

  • Posted on 7th Sep 2018, 4:05 pm

    Alexander’s Restaurant’s Famous Wiener Schnitzel Recipe

    Wiener Schnitzel has been on the menu at Alexander’s Restaurant since it originally opened its doors, so when we heard that National Wiener Schnitzel Day was just around the corner we thought it was the perfect opportunity to catch up with Matt Little, Alexander’s Chef de Cuisine to see how the dish gets made.

    What is Wiener Schnitzel?

    Wiener Schnitzel (German for Viennese cutlet) is a traditional Austrian dish, featuring thin cuts of veal, coated in breadcrumbs and pan-fried. It is long-thought to have been invented in Vienna although its origins may date back as far as the 12th century. The first appearance of a Wiener Schnitzel recipe was in a German cookbook in 1831. It’s traditionally served with a garnish of lemon and parsley.

    Alexander’s Wiener Schnitzel Recipe

    The Wiener Schnitzel at Alexander’s is served with a rich brown butter caper sauce alongside velvety whipped potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Watch how it’s made right in the kitchen at Alexander’s and get the recipe to make it at home, below.

    Ingredients

    1 Veal Cutlet, pounded very thin

    2 Eggs, beaten

    ½ Cup All Purpose Flour

    ½ Cup Panko Bread Crumbs

    Olive oil

    Preparation

    1. Pound veal cutlet very thin.
    2. Set up standard breading procedure in 3 bowls – dip veal cutlet into all purpose flour, then eggs, then lastly the bread crumbs.
    3. In a hot pan, add olive oil and mix around into pan.
    4. Add veal cutlet – cook on medium-high heat for about 2 minutes per side.
    5. Cook veal cutlet in the oven at 450 degrees for about 2 minutes until brown.
    6. Prepare your demi-glace by adding capers to a traditional Espagnole sauce and simmer.
    7. Serve cutlets topped with demi-glace sauce and garnished with lemon and parsley.

    Time to get cooking! Try this recipe at home and bring the tastes of Palmetto Dunes to your kitchen, and then stop by Alexander’s Restaurant on your next Hilton Head Island vacation!

  • Posted on 23rd Aug 2018, 2:54 pm

    A Pickleball Profile: Sarah Ansboury

    Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America and one of our favorites at Palmetto Dunes! We’ve got eight outdoor pickleball courts, clinics, round robins, and now, a new Pro to help you take your pickleball game to the next level. We sat down with Sarah Ansboury, Palmetto Dunes’ Director of Pickleball Instruction, to talk to her about the game and playing it on Hilton Head Island.


    Q: How long have you been playing Pickleball?

    A: I started playing pickleball under five years ago. A little over four years ago, I was teaching tennis at a club. I kind of randomly picked up pickleball and all the club members started doing it. And ever since then it's been nonstop.

    Q: What drew you to the game?

    A: I think what's interesting about pickleball and why I think so many people like it, is that it's such a new sport coming from the tennis community and the tennis world. You know, it’s like the snowboarding versus skiing type of thing. It's a little bit more relaxed and a lot more sociable and it's expanding and growing as we speak, so you can't really deny wanting to be a part of it.

    Q: What are your tips for someone who’s never played before?

    A: I'd say to anyone who wants to start playing that the first thing to do is to get out on the court. Learning pickleball has probably one of the easiest learning curves compared to especially most racket or paddle sports. So coming out, enjoying some open play with just random people, and then taking a couple of lessons and really getting to know how to play the sport properly. Then you can be out competing or socializing any way that you want as soon as possible.

    Q: Do you have a favorite pickleball moment?

    A: I'd say the most memorable moment was actually probably one of my earlier moments—the first time I won nationals. It was in 2015 and my first nationals [and I was playing] with my good friend Gigi Le Master. I don't think I can beat that moment. I was completely not expecting to do very well at nationals, to be honest. It was my first experience with it and to have someone that was so much more experienced playing with me…it's the most amazing thing that I've been able to experience since I started.

    Q: What brought you to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort?

    A: I did not expect to be at Hilton Head at all. I took a job recently with a professional pickleball registry, which is based out of Hilton Head, and I didn't really have the expectation of moving here, to be honest. I came out and I met John Kerr and to look at the club at Palmetto Dunes. I ended up taking out some locals to play. After speaking with him and getting to know the community, I was like, “This is where I want to be.” It was kind of a no-brainer. It was definitely unexpected but it was within a day I recognized what I wanted to do here.

    Q: What are you looking forward to, working at Palmetto Dunes?

    A: Right now, I've been here about a month, but we have a lot of goals in our programming. I'm mostly doing semi-private [lessons], privates, special groups for people who want to come here and kind of set up their own little private academy. We have our first four-day Academy on September 25th so sign-ups started last week. Then, in upcoming months we'll add some evening programming and clinics for adults and kids and everything so we're really looking forward to that.

    We’re so thrilled to have Sarah Ansboury join our team, and we can’t wait to welcome you too, to try Pickleball at Palmetto Dunes.There is limited space left in September's Ansboury Pickleball Academy! Sign up here.

  • Posted on 15th Aug 2018, 3:42 pm

    Restaurant Spotlight: The Dunes House

    If there’s one thing that signals summer at Palmetto Dunes, it’s the bustling patio at The Dunes House. This exclusive beachfront restaurant is open to guests and residents of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and is the place to be for stunning views, easy summer eats, and a good time.

    Whether you’re grabbing a light lunch before hitting the beach, or enjoying live music on a warm, summer night, or swinging by for one of The Dunes House’s epic Lowcountry Boils, you’ll love the casual, laidback atmosphere, frozen cocktails, and friendly service.

    The Restaurant

    The Dunes House is open for lunch and dinner, weather permitting. Its patio is extra large because it has to be—all of the cooking is done in The Dunes House’s outdoor kitchen. So even if you stop by for a casual drink, we bet that once the smell of the grill hits your nose, you’ll be reaching for the food menu in no time.

    There’s limited on-site parking at The Dunes House so it’s no wonder that many prefer to get there by bike. Between April 1 and September 30, you also have the option of taking the free Dunes Buggy shuttle to and from The Dunes House, for the ultimate convenience. Although, once you’re there, relaxing under the shade of an umbrella (or soaking up the sun) and taking in the sights and sounds of Palmetto Dunes’ beautiful sandy beach just steps away, we bet you won’t want to leave.

    The Food

    When you’re working in an outdoor kitchen, the grill is your star player—and boy, do the chefs at The Dunes House know how to grill! Their fish tacos are legendary, the burgers grilled to perfection, and their Carolina BBQ chicken sandwich has just the right amount of sweet and heat.

    Looking for something a little lighter? Grab a salad topped with grilled shrimp or share a plate of nachos. For those who are on a family getaway, there’s even a special menu just for kids! The Dunes House also offers catering for special events, making it the perfect venue for a family reunion, beachfront wedding, or corporate event.

    The Drinks

    The only thing that rivals the incredible beachside food menu at The Dunes House is their drinks menu! It’s definitely one of our favorite places to grab a drink. Craving an ice-cold beer on a hot afternoon? The Dunes House offers a selection of domestic, specialty, and seasonal selections.

    If you really want to try what the bartenders at The Dunes House are known for, go for one of the frozen drinks. The frozen margaritas are blended with Sauza Gold Tequila and classic flavors, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, try one of the house specialties like the Tiger Paw or the Carolina Beach.

    If you’re into more of a “stirred, not shaken” kind of cocktail, try the Ruby Mule or any of their cocktails on the rocks.

    And, since we're in the South, you can bet there's tea on the menu if you're looking for a Lowcountry sip that's non-alcoholic.

    The Events

    Did you know that there are special events happening at The Dunes House almost every day of the month? Live local entertainment livens up the atmosphere every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights during peak season. If you’re visiting in the summer, swing by on Wednesday for a treat! From Memorial Day through to the end of August, Wednesdays are Lobster Night when they serve up fresh lobster dinners with all the fixings. Looking for an authentic Lowcountry dining experience? The Lowcountry Boils at The Dunes House are a must! They take place on Saturday nights throughout the summer. Check the latest events calendar to see what’s going on.

    When it comes to casual beachside dining and laidback Lowcountry entertainment, The Dunes House is the place to be! What’s your favorite thing about The Dunes House? Tell us in the comments! And don’t forget to share your Dunes House photos with us on social media using #PalmettoDunes.

  • Posted on 2nd Aug 2018, 1:29 pm

    The Kid-Friendly Guide to Palmetto Dunes

    Kid-Friendly Activities at Palmetto Dunes

    Go beyond the ordinary for your next family vacation. From first graders to active teens, Palmetto Dunes gives every member of the family a chance to enjoy Hilton Head Island's natural beauty in one of the most pristine beachfront resorts in South Carolina. Not sure where to start? Let us be your guide!


    (photo by georgebryan3)

    Let’s Par-Tee

    From Little Swingers to Advanced Juniors, your young ones will be spoiled for choice when it comes time to hit the greens. One-on-one instruction, week-long clinics, and the opportunity to play with our Palmetto Dunes golf pros are all up for grabs. We even feature permanent Junior Tees on the newly redesigned Robert Trent Jones Golf Course so the whole family can play together!

    Serving Up Fun

    Do you daydream of breakfast at Wimbledon while your child competes on center court? The first step to raising the next Serena Williams or Roger Federer is to teach your kids to love the game. No matter their skill level, Palmetto Dunes’ tennis clinics teach the basics with an emphasis on fun. And, when they’re ready to show off their killer serve, you can join them on the court for an unforgettable game of Parent//Child Round Robin!

    Make a Splash

    Looking for a sure-fire way to keep the kids entertained this summer? Just add water! Start your day with a tour of Hilton Head Island's marshlands from a CraigCat—a surprisingly unique watercraft that you drive it yourself—then head to the beach to hang ten with our experienced surf instructors. Ever dreamed of being a pirate? At Shelter Cove Marina, we have pirate expeditions setting sail daily that are guaranteed to be a swashbuckling good time.

    Cycling

    Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and the surrounding area of Hilton Head Island offer more than 50 miles of paved bike paths ideal for exploring. Hilton Head Outfitters offer a large selection of family-friendly equipment including tandem bikes, kiddie carts, and baby seats perfect for outfitting the entire family. Slow down and connect with each other as you explore the island or try your hand at cycling along the beach.

    Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is renowned as one of the world’s best resorts for family vacations. We are proud to offer a unique selection of family activities for fun in the sun for children of all ages. Summer fun starts here!

  • Posted on 26th Jul 2018, 2:03 pm

    Fun Dolphin Facts

    Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins on Hilton Head Island are beloved by residents and visitors alike. Next time you’re sailing around the island, keep your eyes peeled! You could be delighted by a dolphin taking a leap through the air and splashing in the water. Here are some fun dolphin facts to help you get excited about dolphin watching on your next visit to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

    Have you ever seen a dolphin on Hilton Head Island? Check out our dolphin boat tours and excursions to start planning your dolphin adventure.

  • Posted on 19th Jul 2018, 11:59 am

    10 Reasons Why Hilton Head is the Best Island in the Continental U.S.

    Travel & Leisure Magazine has released its annual World’s Best Awards, and guests voted Hilton Head the Best Island in the Continental U.S for the 3rd year in a row! We’re thrilled, and not surprised. If you’ve ever been to Hilton Head Island you know just how spectacular a destination it is! We hear it from guests all the time! To celebrate this incredible accolade, we’re listing off 10 reasons why Hilton Head is the best island.

    10. The Convenience

    With two airports servicing Hilton Head Island, plenty of non-stop flights, and easy land access, getting to Hilton Head is as easy as a South Carolina breeze! This year Air Canada launched non-stop service from Toronto, Canada so even our neighbors to the north can hop on a plane to our slice of paradise!

    9. The Adventure

    Hilton Head Island offers the perfect setting for outdoor adventure. Hit the open water on a sailboat, kayak, or fishing charter, or enjoy the quiet calm of the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon. Bike trails, pillage like pirates, zip-line across the sky, or zoom full speed ahead on a catamaran built for two! There’s no end to thrilling outdoor activities on Hilton Head.

    8. The Wildlife

    Our scenic natural surroundings provide more than just stunning photo opportunities—they’re home to a vibrant and varied array of wildlife, too! You could see dolphins, sharks, fish, oysters, birds, deer, even gators on your Hilton Head Island vacation.

    7. The Weather

    We’re fortunate, on Hilton Head Island, to have some of the best weather around! Not only can we golf year round, we enjoy comfortable temperatures regardless of the season. During the summer months, temperatures soar as high as 89 degrees and even in winter the temperature hovers around 60.

    How to have fun come rain or come shine.

    6. The Laidback Lifestyle

    There’s something incredibly relaxing about the laidback way of life in Lowcountry. We’re never in a rush down here! Taking the time to enjoy the sunshine, beautiful surroundings, and each other’s company is part of Hilton Head’s charm.

    Learn how to embrace the Lowcountry lifestyle.

    5. The Family-Friendly Atmosphere

    Whether it’s the vacation rentals appointed with every convenience and comfort of home, the kids’ camps, family-friendly restaurants, or simply our quiet atmosphere, Hilton Head offers something for the entire family to enjoy! We have guests who have been visiting with their families for years, and kids who have grown up reveling in the fun of a Hilton Head Island vacation.

    4. The Food

    There’s nothing quite like good old-fashioned Southern cookin’, and no shortage of it on Hilton Head Island. From local staples like oyster roasts and Lowcountry boils to Southern classics like shrimp n’ grits and fried chicken, your taste buds are in for a treat when you’re dining in Hilton Head.

    3. The People

    Over and over, we hear from guests who just can’t get over how friendly and helpful everyone is on Hilton Head Island! We think you’ll find that locals are courteous and kind—and up for a good time! Join us at Harbourfest or down at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina for happy hour and you’ll see just what we mean.

    Talk like a local with our guide to Lowcountry Lingo.

    2. The Golfing

    Hilton Head Island is practically synonymous with good golfing, and it’s no wonder! With over 20 championship golf courses, including our three award-winning golf courses at Palmetto Dunes! There are courses for every experience level and playing style, and some of the best PGA-certified instructors to help you improve all aspects of your game.

    1. The Beaches

    If there’s one thing on Hilton Head Island that will take your breath away, it’s our beautiful beaches! Year round our guests are wowed by Hilton Head’s white sand, calm surf, stunning sunrises and beautiful water. Whether you’re biking along the water’s edge, taking a surf lesson, or simply enjoying the view, we think you’ll agree that spending the day at the beach on Hilton Head Island is top notch.