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!
“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. Read more
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. Read more
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!
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.
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.
It’s appropriate that Hilton Head Island is shaped like a foot—with Sea Pines Plantation as the toe, Palmetto Dunes/Shelter Cove as the arch, Port Royal as the heel, and Hilton Head Plantation and Windmill Harbor as the ankle—because it hosts some of the best biking and pedestrian paths in the Lowcountry.
The coastal, saltwater marshes are characteristic of the Lowcountry landscape but few people see more than the tall grass that emerges from their salt waters. These low-lying areas are just inland from the ocean, South Carolina boasts about a half million acres of salt marsh, which is more than any state bordering the Atlantic.
Maybe it’s because of our old oak trees adorned with Spanish moss hanging like strewn wedding lanterns. Maybe it’s because our year round temperate climate makes it easy to put on that fun and flirty strapless dress or that handsome cotton polo T-shirt. Or maybe it’s all the Lowcountry love lore rumored about antebellum estates and historic characters, but Hilton Head Island is a surefire romantic destination for anyone—especially on Valentine’s Day.
By Loren Otten, The Heritage Collection on Hilton Head
Golf on Hilton Head Island is truly a treat for anyone — local or visitor, novice or expert. I started playing golf on the island as a beginner and grew to love the game along with the Island’s sandy courses, alligator lagoons, and ocean side greens. Although I haven’t played every course on the Island…