By Becca Edwards, Contributor
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.
And rightfully so. With its pristine beaches, award-winning spas and restaurants, and seemingly endless opportunities to get on the water, the heart of Hilton Head is beating with ways to, as Stevie Wonder sings, “Say I love you.” Here are just a few:
Get a Couple’s Massage
This is being listed first because it’s something you can do before doing anything else. Even for the folks who claim they don’t like to get rubbed just relax. Truly relax. According to one marriage therapist, “During a massage session, people are almost instinctually driven to let go of the past and the future and turn their attention to the present moment. This practice of being fully engaged in an activity together can help couples reconnect, and with a little effort, they can bring that same level of mindful awareness to their time outside of the massage.” Check out:
- Fountain Day Spa
- Hilton Head Island Spa and Wellness
- Massage Therapy, Inc.
- Namaste Day Spa
- The Sanctuary
Dine at Lucky Rooster
Chef and owner of Lucky Rooster Clayton Rollison says, “There no better way to say I love you than with laughter and we try to create an environment where people can laugh and enjoy life.” When it comes to celebrating special occasions, Lucky Rooster is the go-to hot spot for many people. Here’s why:
- You can leave a customized message on the table. This means—and listen up anyone trying to show a more sensitive, creative or simply romantic side to his/her partner—your significant other can show up for dinner with a love note waiting for him/her.
- They carry vintage champagne. I don’t know a lot about champagne, but Chef Rollison’s staff does and there’s something really celebratory and intimate about sharing a bottle of bubbly with someone you care about.
- The staff is intuitive. If you need minimal interference as you wine and dine, no problem. They can do that. If you like interaction/witty banter, well, they can do that, too.
- The food is, in short, to die for. Because Lucky Rooster serves the freshest ingredients sourced from local and regional farms, purveyors, and our local waters, the menu changes throughout the seasons based on ingredients, tides, and the inspiration of the staff and Chef Rollison. One staple, however, Chef Rollison says not to miss is the grilled octopus.
Get outdoors and try:
A parasail adventure—Join Island Water Sports and ride tandem with your better half while soaring 400 feet up in the sky and taking in the majestic views of the Lowcountry.
- A beach walk and picnic—Hilton Head has over 12 miles of some of the best beaches in the country. Start from the Sea Pines Beach Club and walk down toward Tower Beach, finding a washed up log to sit on as you enjoy a sunset, libations and food.
- A bike ride to a destination—Named the only “Gold Award” bike friendly community in South Carolina, Hilton Head has over 110 miles of bike paths meandering through scenic vistas and historic sites. Start at Coligny Beach and follow the path to Spanish Wells Road, and then to Mitchelville. As you work your way back to Coligny, stop at one of our Island’s restaurants and refuel.
- Getting on the water—From sailing and motor boating to kayaking and SUP, enjoy memory making moments on our gorgeous waterways.