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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

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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

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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!

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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. 

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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 www.rainymood.com 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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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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A FAMILY AFFAIR

A FAMILY AFFAIR
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!

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TO MARKET TO MARKET TO BUY A FAT PIG

TO MARKET TO MARKET TO BUY A FAT PIG
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.
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Sizzlin’ Summer Fashion Trends

Sizzlin’ Summer Fashion Trends
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.
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