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Spring Break on Hilton Head

Spring Break on Hilton Head

Spring Break is a time for the whole family to spend time together doing what they love, but not all family members have the same interests, and no one wants to be dragged on a vacation they wouldn’t have chosen for their off time. Hilton Head Island is the perfect spring break destination because there’s so much to do that each member of your family will be able to find something that is going to make their trip incredible.

As one of the least crowded Spring Break destination spots, you’re going to be in for an actual opportunity to relax as opposed to working to beat the crowd all week. With all that extra energy saved up, you now have the opportunity to design your vacation the way it was meant to be.

There are tons of daily, weekly, and monthly activities going on this spring for the whole family – no matter what you’re interested in. We dug up some good ones, and put them all here.

Check out the following lists, by category, of things to do this Spring on Hilton Head. For each event, you can click on the link to go to the full description.





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Event Preview: 11th Annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival

Event Preview: 11th Annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival

Next month, Hilton Head will be celebrating southern heritage and culture by showcasing the best culinary experiences the Lowcountry has to offer. The 11th Annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is a week-long culinary and cultural tourism event held February 19-25, 2018.

The Seafood Festival is hosted by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation, a non-profit founded to support other charities on Hilton Head Island. The event features include top chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, local seafood, artisans, live music, and wildlife coming together to give you one of the best festival experiences of the year.

The David M. Carmines Foundation also benefits the Island Rec Center. They also have a breakdown of festival events you can check out by clicking here.

When looking through the event line-up, it is hard to keep your mouth from watering and your inner chef ready to go out and learn from all the master chefs that are going to be showcasing their talents this February. Check out the full line-up below, or click here to go to the event website.

Author’s Note: The event website rocks, and is where we got most of the information included in our event descriptions – credit where credit’s due. Make sure it check it out.


Monday, Feb. 19 – Thursday, Feb. 22

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Hudson’s Seafood on the Docks

Hosted by Christopher and Matthew Shoemaker, two local expert waterman, the Lowcountry Seafood Experience on the Water is a hands-on lesson in shrimping, oystering, clamming, and crabbing. Christopher and Matthew will take their guests through the skills required to “put food on the table”, quite literally since after the work is done you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor for a meal at Hudson’s.

Tickets are $69 and include a complimentary soft drink or draft beer at Hudson’s. Spots are going to fill up fast – you can call Christopher at (843) 304-2878 to reserve.

Want to learn more about these excursions? Check out the Bluffton Episode of Hilton Head Island Cast powered by Palmera.


Thursday, Feb. 22

4:30 – 6:30 PM, Waddell Mariculture Museum

Do you consider yourself a master of the barbecue? Spending your days watching Food Network festival specials, thinking that could be me if only I could attend a seminar on techniques to get that extra edge? If yes, or kind of yes, or even if you just like barbecue – this is the event of the week for you.  The Pitmasters are giving you the opportunity to see what goes into preparing for the Pig Pickin’ and Oyster Roast, teaching techniques and (the main draw) taste testing.

There is a limited class size and tickets are only $39 so they’ll go fast. You can buy yours here.


Thursday, Feb. 22

6:00 – 10:00 PM, Omni Hilton Head Ocean Front Resort

The James Beard Foundation is a New York City (Greenwich Village, to be exact) based foundation with the mission of celebrating, nurturing, and honoring chefs and other culinary leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable…. Which translates to these guys are good at making good food.

This is the first time this event will be featured during the Seafood Festival, and it sounds awesome. It’s a celebrity chef extravaganza with Chopped judge, Maneet Chauhan, Martin Rios, who got his start as a 17 year old dishwasher and worked his way up to Executive Chef at multiple prestigious hotels and restaurants, and Jimmy Banos, Jr., who has “restaurateur” in his blood and was JBF’s RisingStar Chef of 2014.

Tickets are $175 for General Admission, but if you want the premium experience you can get a VIP ticket for $220. VIP Patrons will enjoy a private “Meet and Greet” Champagne reception from 6-7 with chefs and sommeliers – AKA time to pick the brains of some elite culinary experts. Get your tickets here.


Friday, Feb. 23

6:00 – 9:00 PM, Waddell Mariculture Center

Definitely a Friday night for the family! They’ve got local shrimp, whole hogs, whole chickens, chopped barbecue and all those trimmin’s you come to the south for. Not to mention, a line up of brews, wines, signature cocktails and live music to keep you entertained while you enjoy the literal pickin’s.

This isn’t your typical Pig Pickin’ and Oyster Roast (if that exists) – it’s a culinary celebration of not only the Island’s best chefs, but celebrity guest chefs and Pitmasters (which is basically like graduate level of your typical barbecuer). PLUS – if you went to Pitmaster 101, you’ll basically be one of the smartest people there and can show off all your new knowledge. Tickets are $69 and can be purchased here.

Not familiar with the HHI Oyster Scene? Check out our O’Oyster Blog posted last month and learn more.


Saturday, Feb. 24

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Historic Honey Horn Plantation

This is the reason we’re all here – actual festival Saturday, where it all comes together. Here is a list of some of the things will be going on:

  • Area Restaurants and Chefs Serving Up Seafood
  • Kids Zone
  • Silent Auction
  • Famous Crab Races
  • Arts & Crafts Booths
  • Live Music by Deez Guyz for 12-4

Participating Restaurants include (but are not limited to…):

  • Crazy Crab*
  • Carolina Crab Company*
  • Marley’s Shimp and Burger Shack
  • Alexander’s Restaurant and Wine Bar
  • Miss Katie’s Sweets
  • Gullah Fried Sweet with Chef B
  • Sweet Lulu’s Bakery and Cocktail Caravan
  • K&K Gourmet
  • Red Fish
  • Calhoun Street Tavern
  • Sea Eagle Market
  • Old Oyster Factory
  • ACE Food Truck
  • World’s Greatest Funnel Cakes
  • Hudson’s Seafood on the Docks
  • B’s Cracklin Barbecue
  • SERG Restaurant Group

*Denotes Palmera Vacation Club Preferred Vendor

Children 10 & Under get in free, and General Admission tickets are $8, OR you can get a combo pack for $29 that includes two tickets PLUS 10 Food & Beverage tickets. VIP Lounge Admission is $89. Get your tickets here.

Learn more about Hudson’s, Crazy Crab, and other vendors in the “Food Glorious Food” episode of the Hilton Head Island Cast powered by Palmera. There is also information on the Outdoor Eats podcast, listen here.


Sunday, Feb. 25

10:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Hudson’s Seafood on the Docks

There’s nothing like a good brunch to end a good weekend… add in a Bottomless Bloody Mary Bar and it is safe to say there’s no better way to finish off the Seafood Festival. Along with the Bloody Mary Bar, brunch patrons can listen to live music and have a perfect waterfront experience while they enjoy a Special Menu filled with southern classics as well as new dishes, along with a raw bar and beverage stations.

Tickets are $59 and there are 10:30, 11:30, and 12:30 seating options for guests. Click here to get your tickets.

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Bourbon & Bacon – A Southern Love Affair

Bourbon & Bacon – A Southern Love Affair

By Erin Laytham Lentz

Pairing bourbon and bacon is a southern staple. The savory and sweet indulgences are a match made in pure southern love. Aside from the countless recipes, perhaps the true value of bourbon and bacon lies in expert tasting notes, generations of secrets, and a bit of southern humor. Purveyors have shared their expertise of bacon tasting, the best cuts, and tips to preserving the meat.

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O’ Oyster

O’ Oyster

By Erin Laytham Lentz

Whether you love them or hate them, oysters are a Lowcountry delicacy. Oyster season is upon us in the Lowcountry and we know this with the subtropical, humid climate along the South Carolina coast. These tidal variety oysters live in shallower areas along the coast, as well as in the salt marshes. Paddling among the Broad Creek is an easy place spot oysters. The temperature of the air dictates the temperature of the shallow water where oysters dwell. Oysters are too risky to eat in the summer months due to a rise in water temperature and the surrounding bacteria. The general rule is, oysters are safe to eat in any month ending in “R” plus Jan/Feb. This marks the kick off of oyster season and an exciting time for oyster lovers. Aside from oysters being an important industry for coastal communities, they also taste delicious and even have many nutritional benefits. People in the coastal areas associate oysters season with the cooler months into winter.

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Baby, It’s Warm Outside

Baby, It’s Warm Outside

Keeping the holiday spirit alive even when there’s no snow in sight

The holiday season is a magical time, but for many of us in warmer climates, there is no sparkly snow, no crackling fire, and no cozy scarves and sweaters (at least without breaking into a furious sweat by 2pm). It can be tough to keep up your Christmas cheer when it’s warm and balmy out, especially if you’ve experienced those magical chilly winters. Well we’re here to help you amp up the spirit all season long.

Make a Chilled Version of a Classic Holiday Drink


Frozen hot chocolate is a huge trend this year! Just as tasty as classic hot cocoa and pairs well with extra marshmallows. You can add a little extra holiday cheer for the grownups with some Bailey’s, Kahlua or Peppermint Schnapps. Try one of these recipes…

Frozen Hot Chocolate

Frozen Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Other ideas to try

• Iced Eggnog Latte

• “Cold Toddy” with iced tea, lemon, honey, and whiskey

• Apple cider popsicles


Attend or Host a “Snow Day”

You really can have Christmas in paradise. Hilton Head Island has one of the best “snow days” around, with a generator that produces real snow for kids to enjoy. In addition to the “snow field,” there are inflatable rides, live entertainment, and face painting, so you’ve got a full day of activities. If there are no “Snow Days” in your area, you can rent a generator from SnoWonder and throw your own snowy holiday party!


Sandy Snowmen

Who says you can’t have a perfect beach day in December? Pack a bag with some holiday treats and get the whole family to build a sandy snowman! Get creative with decorations… sunglasses, a Hawaiian shirt, maybe a boogie board. You can even turn it into a competition. Once you’re finished, it’s also the perfect photo opportunity for next year’s Christmas card. To top it off, you get to enjoy a fun beach day without the crowds. 


Not-So “Cold and Rainy” Movie Night

Even if it’s 70 and sunny, plan a super cozy evening to snuggle up and watch movies. Close the curtains turn the heat off or kick the air conditioning up a notch and have everyone bundle up in holiday pajamas. If you really want the FULL effect – you can use the website to get the perfect stormy ambiance. Make some hot cocoa and popcorn, and let the marathon begin.

Movies we love: Elf, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, A Christmas Story, Home Alone, and The Santa Clause

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You may not be able to have a real fire in the fireplace, but that doesn’t mean you can’t turn your home into a true winter wonderland. Instead of just decorating a tree, have a marathon craft-party and make a ton of DIY holiday decorations. Garland, snowflakes, string lights, you name it. The Target dollar section always has a bunch of festive décor, so you can get a lot of goodies without dropping too much cash.

Need some ideas for DIY decorations? Check out this list

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Music Scene on Hilton Head Island

Music Scene on Hilton Head Island

By Erin Laytham Lentz

There’s something about an island, swimming pools, cold concoctions, sandy beaches and live music. One cannot deny the happiness a good, live music act can bring while guests enjoy happy hour or dinner on vacation. The Lowcountry is jam-packed with musical talent and on any given night there are solo, acoustic acts, duos, small ensembles and full out rock bands playing a variety of genres in bar and restaurant venues all around town. If you dig, laid-back island tunes, classic rock favorites, jazz, country, metal and alternative rock your stay on Hilton Head will be very satisfying.

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Fall Events on Hilton Head Island

Fall Events on Hilton Head Island

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!

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His & Hers Travel Guides

His & Hers Travel Guides
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!

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Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather
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.

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Tips for a Luxury Vacation on a Budget

Tips for a Luxury Vacation on a Budget
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.

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