There’s plenty happening this October and November on Hilton Head Island! We did a quick synopsis of what fun you can have, on history tours, on bike, shopping and even with the Town! Enjoy!
By Joanna Harrison
There is a reason that Ladies Night & Guy’s Night are critical parts of life. We all need that special, once-in-a-while time with our close friends to let loose, have a break from our spouse and kids, and treat ourselves. Whether your travel buddies are the outdoorsy type, foodies, or shopaholics – there is an itinerary for you on Hilton Head Island. And we’ve crafted two travel guides for the essential “His & Hers” vacation – so phone your friends because they’re not going to want to miss this!
By Erin Lentz
September through December are some of the favorite months to visit Hilton Head Island. Though it is hurricane season, the small risk of bad weather should not deter you from a experiencing the island when crowds are low and temps are perfect. If weather predictions are accurate, the 2017 Hurricane season expects slightly below average activity. The six-month season runs from June 1-November 30th The subtropical climate of the Sea Islands and their coastal geography make them vulnerable to hurricanes and tropical storms. Historically, Hilton Head has escaped the ravishing effects of huge named storms that typically make landfall on the coasts of Florida or travel up the eastern seaboard before making landfall in the Outer Banks up to the northeast in North Carolina. The nation waited and watched as Matthew gained strength and made landfall as a direct hit to the island of Hilton Head in 2016, reminding locals that with Mother Nature anything is possible and storm readiness is the key.
By Joanna Harrison
As soon as you cross the bridge onto Hilton Head Island you will feel the Zen of a good vacation. Without being gaudy or sparkly, the island is still a dreamy mixture of luxury and natural simplicity. Emerald green, perfectly manicured gardens next to the wild dunes and weeping willows. You can opt for an afternoon of sunbathing and sparkling blue swimming pools, or get a little salty kayaking in the green marshes. Whatever you define as luxury, you deserve to have it – and we’re here to help you capture it on a budget.
By Erin Laytham Lentz
The much anticipated family vacation has finally arrived and Mom & Dad, the in-laws, the four kids convey a care-free attitude as they embark on their travel to the award-winning, foot-shaped sea island of Hilton Head. With the weather forecast looking good and the stresses of work and a busy home life in the rearview mirror, the family imagines their days making memories that will be cherished from year to year. Last year’s trip didn’t include the grandparents and the youngest had not yet made her arrival. The twins are now teenagers and their siblings, a toddler and a baby will be a handful. Suddenly the thought of pleasing everyone seemed like an impossible task. Could Mom and Dad sneak away some alone time? Would there be fun teen activities for the oldest two? How could the little ones find safe and age appropriate activities? Would there be family friendly activities that the entire group could enjoy together? We all love the entertainment value of Chevy Chase with his on-screen family all eye rolling as he attempts to drag them on his planned itinerary in the classic hit, National Lampoon’s Vacation. Those kinds of hilarious moments belong on the big screen but not in the annual family vacation memories!
By Erin Laytham Lentz
“To market, to market to buy a fat pig, home again, home again jiggity jig. To market, to market to buy a plum bun, home again, home again market is done,” The well-known nursery rhyme captures the simplicity and long-lived tradition of the farmer’s market. The modern farmers market has evolved into an experience that is a treat for the senses. It is a weekly hullabaloo that brings the farmers and the community together through food, art and music while supporting the environment and local economy. From big cities to sleepy, coastal towns awaits some of the most celebrated farmers markets to be discovered. Whether you are hungry and drop in for lunch or dinner, are grocery shopping or merely browsing you will have a memorable time.
By Erin Laytham Lentz
Swimsuit season made an early arrival on Hilton Head after a mild and wonderful winter that had locals and visitors playing outdoors with nothing more than a hoodie for outerwear. Sunny skies and mild temps progressed quickly into the more humid air and soaring temps that have us sailing into summer with only a handful of Spring days. After living on the coast and experiencing the finicky seasons over the years, I have learned the art of layering and to wisely invest in more hot weather clothes and shoes because summer is clearly the season that visits the longest.
By Joana Harrison, Contributor
While it may seem an impossible task to pick a favorite Hilton Head Island beach, we so bravely stepped up to take the challenge. We considered parking, public bathrooms, sand showers, wheelchair accessibility, lifeguards, whether or not the beach is kid-friendly, and extra local amenities like playgrounds, picnic tables, restaurants and shops. Of course there are winners, but there are really no losers here as each beach has a little something for everyone. So get your swimsuits and flip-flops on, and come visit some of these gorgeous beaches!
By Nina Leipold, Contributor
Have you ever been out on a boat and seen a dolphin come right up to you or another boat and thought: “How cute is he?” Or have you ever walked on the beach, found a sand dollar, and took it home with you because it would make the perfect seaside addition to the centerpiece on your dining room table? It turns out that these are common Hilton Head Island temptations, but as a mermaid, I have learned to look at these common allurements from a different perspective.
By Tara Cibula, Contributor
Mid-April sneaks up faster than Grandma Betty Lee’s biscuits after a chilly winter. Sun dresses are ready and the party is about to start. What party? you may ask if you are not an island “local”. It’s the HERITAGE y’all! The PGA comes to town as locals and tourist’s alike head to Harbour Town to catch some great golf, and maybe a cocktail or two. If you’re in town visiting for the Heritage, or are new to the area, here a few tips to doing the Heritage like a local.