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Shake Up Your Vacation

By Joanna Harrison, Contributor

7 Classes and Workshops to Try on Your Next Hilton Head Island Visit


The sandy beaches, sunny skies, and 5-star dining alone are enough to make for an A+ vacation – but if you like to think outside the box and try something new, these classes and workshops are a must try for your next trip. Bring along the family, or sneak out on your own and see what Hilton Head’s cultural scene has to offer.

You Had Me At Merlot…
Wine & Design
Explore your creative side with a fun afternoon of painting and wine! This is the perfect activity for a rainy day away from the beach, or simply a unique evening out. The Wine & Design instructors make the class fun and super simple, and you’ll leave with a beautiful piece that you’ve created! All of that, and you get to sip on a tasty glass of vino? Sign me up.

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Start Your Day With a Namaste!
Beach Yoga & Paddleboard Yoga

Soak up all the serenity the Hilton Head beaches have to offer, with an invigorating yoga session. There is no better way to start the day than to get your body moving! Shake off all of that extra stress from the day-to-day so you can have and even more relaxing vacation. During the summer months, there is free beach yoga at 9:00am on Sundays near the Tiki Hut at Coligny Beach. Or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous – Jiva Yoga does a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) yoga class! I mean, if you’re going to do yoga, you might as well do it on a paddleboard in the ocean. Imagine the Instagram possibilities!

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Cooking Classes

Hilton Head has some of the finest restaurants and a variety of cultural cuisines – Why not spend the day cooking right alongside celebrated chefs? Try Michael Anthony’s Cooking School, which offers varying classes on several days a week. There are demonstration classes, where you can sit back, learn and watch the master at work. Or try a hands-on class if you want to dive in and get cooking yourself! You’ll receive ample wine, samples of the dishes, and have a blast from start to finish.

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Private Sailing Lessons
Sailing is a favorite pastime of Hilton Head Island residents and visitors alike – and you don’t have to be an expert (or have any experience at all) to get out on the water! This is a great way to enjoy an active day on the water, and get more out of your beach vacation. Bring along the whole family for a group lesson, or get a private lesson for yourself! Either way, you’ll have a blast out on the water – and you’ll learn some new skills that are sure to impress.

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shake-up-your-hilton-head-vacation-sweetgrass-basketsThe Sweetest Thing
Sweetgrass Basket Making Class
The sweetgrass basket is a Gullah tradition that is iconic in the Lowcountry. If you’ve visited the farmers markets of Hilton Head Island or Charleston, you know that these baskets are absolutely beautiful – but can also be quite pricy! A sweetgrass basketry class is a really cool way to discover more about the rich history of the Lowcountry, and learn how to make one of these iconic pieces. And it’s a lovely piece of Hilton Head that you can bring home with you.

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Take a Tour or Attend a Lecture at the Coastal Discovery Museum
The Coastal Discovery Museum is one of the coolest spots on the island! Fun for the whole family, you can take several different land or water tours; beach discovery, Pinckney Island, Forts of Port Royal, Sea Turtle Talk, Birdwatching, Dolphin Watching, Kayak Tour, or a Marine Science Expedition. You can also do a tour of the archaeology, natural history and interact with animals at the Museum. Check out the “Discover Lecture Series” and see if any topics peak your interest! If you and your family are a nature/history crew – this is a can’t-miss spot with some very cool activities.

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The Art of Mixology
If your vacation falls between October and May – You are in luck! This is one of the grooviest, booziest classes on Hilton Head. Hosted by Bomboras Grille and The Art Café, you and your friends or family can learn all about mixing delicious cocktails. Expert Mixologist will teach you the ins and outs of each cocktail, and food pairings as you enjoy a sampler of hors d’oeuvres. And to top it all off – you get to paint your own cocktail glass, and take it home! This class would be the brandied cherry on top of a perfect vacation.

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