Music and Taste on the Harbour

Music, Food, and the Harbour… what could be better? Throw in some deals and some beautiful weather, and you have the perfect night out! Music & Taste on the Harbour returns March 30, 2017 to Shelter Cove Harbour and continues on Thursdays each week through May 18, 2017.

Dance the night away while enjoying live music performances and great food at the Shelter Cove Harbour. Restaurants will offer specially-priced light appetizers, wine, beer and cocktails during this dining and musical experience!

Music & Taste on the Harbour is from 6-9 p.m. each Thursday during the spring, weather permitting. No coolers or outside food are allowed, and limited seating is available so you are encouraged to bring your own chairs. Admission is completely free, which is a great bonus if you just want to sit down and listen to some great music in the wonderful Spring weather!

Here is the full lineup for the Spring 2017 Season!

2017 Music & Taste Schedule

Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., Weather Permitting
March 30 • The Headliners
April 6 • Deas Guyz
April 13 • The Headliners
April 20 • Target
April 27 • The Headliners
May 4 • Deas Guyz
May 11 • Target
May 18 • The Headliners

Wingfest at Shelter Cove Community Park!

Love Barbeque? Can’t get enough of the myriad of sauces and dips for wings, and the delectable, mouth-watering and, sometimes even, wacky flavor combos? Then the WingFest on Hilton Head Island is a great event for you. Located at Shelter Cove Community Park along the water, WingFest is an event that has been going on for years in the Hilton Head Community and is a great event for locals and visitors alike.

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So what exactly is WingFest, you ask? WingFest is a food festival where 15-20 local restaurants will cook their hearts out to serve the community their best wings, in hopes of being crowned as having the Best Wings on Hilton Head Island. Beyond the food and drinks, which there is plenty of, there’s also great live music by local bands. There’s no better combo than wings, a cold beer, views of the ocean and sunset, and live music playing in the background!

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The Details:

  • Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Admission: $7 and free for kids 10 & under and food/beverages available for purchase. The money made at the festival benefits the Hilton Head Island Rec Center!
  • Bands Schedule:
    11 – 12:45 pm
    Souls Harbor Trio
    1:15 – 3:15 pm
    Deas Guyz
    3:45 – 6 pm
    Matt Parker & the Deacons

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This is a great full day event out along the water, and will be a perfect community event for you and your family to live like locals on Hilton Head Island– and chow down on some seriously good southern BBQ! If you’re hoping to make it to the island for the event, stay in one of our vacation rental homes or villas! Our properties in Palmetto Dunes would be perfect for this event, as Palmetto Dunes is just across the street from all of the festivities at Shelter Cove and a free shuttle runs from PD to the Community Park!

 

Saint Patrick’s Day on Hilton Head Ireland… Whoops, Island!

Image result for hhi st patrick's dayPlanning a trip to Hilton Head Island for Saint Patty’s Day? Many people don’t realize it, but the St. Patrick’s Day parade on HHI is a great way to celebrate the day whether with family or friends! The parade is the Sunday before the actual day- which is Sunday, March 12, 2017. This way you can celebrate twice as much! The festivities start at 3pm and last until 6pm at Coligny Plaza.

If you’re looking for a place to stay for the festivities, there’s no better spot for this than the SeaCrest resort where we have tons of beautiful villas for you to rent your feet after a day full of fun! The SeaCrest is oceanfront and just a few steps from all of the St. Patty’s Day jubilee! Head to our website for more information. Get your green on, and let’s head to the parade!

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Eat Like a Local in these Local’s Favorites!

Vacationing is fun because you get to embrace a new city or town, and really get to know how the locals live their lives day-to-day. The only issue is that sometimes being a tourist can lead to missing out on some of the best features of a place… in this case, restaurants! Here we’ve made a list of some of our favorite hole-in-the-wall or only found in Hilton Head restaurants for you to check out the next time you’re on island time!

  • Fiesta Fresh:

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    Come here at lunch and you’ll find tons of locals taking their lunch break, from students to full grown adults! The laid-back Mexican style restaurant is perfect for an easy, no-fuss meal. From the amazing burritos, delicious quesadillas, or the famous Fiesta Chicken Salad, you can’t go wrong here. Also- don’t miss out on the queso and guacamole, you won’t regret getting them! Even better, as our guest, you will receive 10% off of your bill by showing you Advantage Discount Card! 

  • Delisheeyo:

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    Say hello to your new favorite meal. Not only is everything at Delisheeyo fresh picked from their garden and extremely health conscious, it is DELICIOUS. Get a Buddha Bowl, a So Cal wrap, a Volcanic Lemonade, and so much more. They also have smoothies, fresh-pressed juices, and frozen yogurt with great, fresh toppings! We promise health food has never, ever tasted this good. You’ll find very long lines of locals at lunch time waiting for their go-to order, and they wait because it’s worth it. Make sure to stop by Delisheeyo next time you’re in Hilton Head!

  • Ruan Thai Cuisine
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    If you love thai food, Ruan Thai is the place to go! With delicious drunken noodles, thai fried rice, thom yum soup and much more, you will love the quiet and local atmosphere paired with the amazing thai flavors! There’s two locations, one along 278 and another on the north end of the island. They do take out as well, which never disappoints!
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    We hope you try these great spots, and if you do let us know! Head over to our website if you’d like to make a reservation at one of our properties! 

BP Myth Busters: The Only Thing to do in Hilton Head is go to the beach…?

Hmm… as great as the beaches are, we beg to differ that they are the ONLY activity to enjoy here– there’s tons to do on Hilton Head Island! We’re busting this myth with 5 examples of other great activities on the island– other than the sand and sun!

  1. Sea Pines Forest PreserveImage result for forest preserve hhi
    The Sea Pines Forest Preserve is one of Hilton Head’s greatest treasures. From a myriad of wildlife, beautiful serene paths and bridges, and Spanish moss hanging all around, this is an oasis away from the beach, with hours of exploring for you to do. From the swamps, to the lakes, to the tree covered walkways, you truly feel as though you are in a different and very special untouched world. Another great piece to the forest preserve is the picnic benches overlooking the lake, for a picnic after a little exploring. The Sea Pines Forest Preserve is an absolute must on Hilton Head, and is so easily accessible from all of our properties— especially those that are in Sea Pines Plantation.
  2. Coastal Discovery Museum
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    Whether you’re into snakes, butterflies, turtles, or shells, the Coastal Discovery Museum in Honey Horn Plantation is the place for you. Between their educational tours and classes that run every day, to their fun interactive museum, there’s tons to do here. There is a butterfly enclosure, live snakes, a beautiful gazebo and dock that walk out over the marshes for a beautiful view, and amazing employees who are more than willing to give you some information about whatever you’d like! This is a great spot for adults and children alike, and a wonderful place to get out of the sun for a couple of hours.
  3. Old Town Bluffton
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    From Old Town charm, amazing restaurants, a bustling farmer’s market, and tons of shops and history, this is a great place to spend an afternoon strolling the oak draped streets in Bluffton. There has been a recent boom of business in Old Town Bluffton that has made it a great new hub for tourism just minutes off of Hilton Head Island. From cute boutique stores, an amazing and expansive farmer’s market on Thursday’s, and wonderful restaurants just oozing with southern charm, this is not a place to miss!
  4. Shelter Cove Marina & Shelter Cove Towne Center
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    With a myriad of shops, restaurants, entertainment, and much more, Shelter Cove has always been a famous Hilton Head Island stop. Recently, the Shelter Cove Towne Center opened up across 278 featuring even more shops, a great park, a wonderful view of the marsh and ocean, and restaurants, activities, etc. Both of these are great places to spend some time with your family, get out of the sun, and maybe even have a little shopping spree!
  5. Pinckney Island

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Maybe on your drive to or from Old Town Bluffton, you can make a stop at the Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge, nested right in between the two bridges that take you off of Hilton Head Island. This is nature at it’s finest, and more pure. From bird watching to just sitting down and taking in the sounds of nature uninterrupted, we recommend this spot for anyone just needing a little quiet getaway.

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That’s it for this myth, but we will be back with even more myth busting and tips! Follow this blog, or head to our website for more information on a vacation on Hilton Head Island with Beach Properties!

Our Favorite Coffee Shops & Cafes on the Island

Some people are the kinds that wake up, brew a pot of hot coffee, eat a slice of toast, and start their day. But there’s also the kind of person who loves to head over to a quant little cafe, sip on a latte, and savor over a chocolate croissant or quiche with a friend for a few hours to start their day. This post is for the second person. For the “coffee and toast at home” people, don’t worry– all of our vacation rental properties come with fully equipped kitchens, so your daily routine won’t be harmed in the slightest. These are our top Hilton Head Island and Bluffton Area cafe’s and coffee shops!

Maywood Davis Coffee and Tea:

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This is a new spot on the Island set in the “old log cabin” on 278! You may have seen this little wooden property before while driving down the island, where there was a gas station previously perched in front, but now Maywood Davis is brewing coffee and serving up sweet treats and baked goods Tuesday to Sunday. From pour over coffee, to espresso, and nitro cold brew, your coffee concoctions are all here. This is a fun little joint perfect for a low-key morning or afternoon pick me up.

The Purple Cow:

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The Purple Cow prides itself on housemade desserts, fun cocktails, and cafe delights! From the French Toast Donut (pictured as a sundae) to a strawberry, brie, and local honey sandwich, and a full selection of coffees and cocktails, the Purple Cow is not a place you should miss. Even better is that you will receive an exclusive Beach Properties Advantage Discount of 10% off of all food! It certainly pays to be a Beach Properties guest– especially when it comes to sweets and coffee!

Corner Perk:

Image may contain: drink, food and indoorIf you find yourself venturing out to Bluffton for some of the Old Bluffton feel, or to do a little shopping at the Tanger Outlets, DO NOT miss out on the Corner Perk. This adorable corner shop is practically famous to islanders and Bluffton residents alike. From their amazing coffee’s, awesome breakfast sandwiches and skillets, to their delicious cakes and sweets, this place is an absolute must go. Try one of Cooke’s Breakfast Skillets (pictured) with two fried eggs, and two slices of bacon piled atop the most perfect cheesy grits, and accompany it with their homemade Chai Tea Latte. You will not regret making your way down to Old Town Bluffton for this.

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Now get out of bed and get some coffee!

It’s time to start your day the Hilton Head Island way!

 

Our January Photo Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Kimberley Windeler from Wisteria Way, Michigan on her winning photo she entered in this month’s Beach Properties of Hilton Head photo contest! This adorable submission of her grandchildren, Gwendolyn (3), Leo (3) Emmaline (1), Annabelle (5) and baby Clara earned her a $50 Visa gift card!

If you would like to enter our monthly photo contest for your chance to win a $50 Visa Gift Card click on this link.

Any photos submitted become property of Beach Properties of Hilton Head and can be used in any marketing or social media outlets, even if they are not deemed a winner.

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The Perfect Valentine’s Day Beach Picnic

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Sometimes the pressure of Valentine’s Day has you thinking that you need to go out to a fancy restaurant, put on a stuffy suit or uncomfortable heels, and spend a bunch of money that you could have just out towards a vacation at the beach. Here’s our recommendation- head to Hilton Head Island and impress your significant other with a great weekend getaway, a home cooked meal, and a picnic in the sand! With our rental properties, you will have a fully equipped kitchen and will be within steps of the beach no matter where you choose to stay!

Head to our website for help with your property choice,
and read on for some Valentine’s meal inspiration!
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To Drink: Strawberry Moscow Mule-

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Ditch the champagne! If you’re already ditching the expensive dinner out, be creative and serve up an even better cocktail for all to enjoy! The tangy citrus and fun little strawberry hearts are sure to get your night off to a great start!

What You Need:

  • 1.5 ounces vodka (1 shot)
  • 1.5 ounces strawberry soda (get the sweet stuff!)
  • 1/2 of small lime
  • 8 ounces ginger beer
  • strawberries and lime slices for garnish (optional)

What You Do:

  1. In a copper mug or tumbler, add ice.
  2. Pour in vodka, strawberry soda, juice of 1/2 lime and ginger beer.
  3. Cut strawberries to look like little hearts (optional but FUN)!
  4. Stir to combine, serve cold.

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For Starters: Valentine’s Day Caprese Salad-

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What You Need:

  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Tomatoes
  • Fresh basil
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter/a knife to cut the shape
  • Good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • Good quality balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

What You Do:

  1. Cut the mozzarella into 1/4” thick slices. Use a cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes from each slice or use a knife to cut the shape.
  2. Slice the tomatoes into 1/4” thick slices.
  3. Layer the mozzarella, tomato, and basil on a platter however looks best to you.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  5. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Enjoy!

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The Main Course: Heart Shaped DIY Pizza-

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There’s nothing quite as fun or romantic as doing a little design your own pizza! This is a pretty simple “recipe”. We suggest heading over to the grocery store to pick up some pizza dough, then grabbing whatever toppings you like from pepperoni to bell peppers– you name it. A necessity is cutting the pepperonis to look like little hearts, and shaping the dough as a heart as well to be festive! This one is all up to you for creativity… Once you have rolled out your dough and added your toppings, pop the pizza (or pizzas) into the oven at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until you see the crust is browning! Enjoy!

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You now have all of the ingredients for a perfect, romantic Valentine’s Day beach picnic! Now all you need is your vacation rental property from us! Book with us for Valentine’s Day to give your loved one the best gift of all– memories with you, and the beach. ♥

The Best Pizza on the Island…?

Whether you’re from New York, Chicago, or anywhere else, we all have our go-to pizza joint when the craving hits! But what do you do when you’re on vacation and you need that melted cheese, crispy crust, and delicious red sauce ASAP? If you’re on Hilton Head Island, these are the places you go (or for some, even call and have delivered to your rental property!)

Giuseppis:
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This is a Hilton Head Classic with a pizza recipe straight from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Locals and visitors alike know the name, and the location is so easy for our Beach Properties guests. You can call in your order for a few of their amazing pizzas, or even try a “Weggie”, which is like a sandwich wrapped and baked in their handmade pizza dough (pictured). Trust us, its great. Even better is the discount you receive for being a Beach Properties guest! If you show your BP Advantage Discount Card, you will receive 10% off of your bill!

Dough Boys:
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Dough Boys is our go-to pizza delivery when everyone in the office’s stomachs start to growl. Between pizza, chopped salads, and subs, you can’t go wrong trying to please everyone. They even have a build your own pizza option that will make any picky eater happy! We suggest Jen’s Boom Boom Barbecue pizza, or the classic Mag’s Margherita. By being our guest, you also get the exclusive BP Advantage Card Discount of $5 off of any order of $30 or more! So call them up and have some awesome pies delivered right to your vacation property with a sweet discount from us!

Fat Baby’s:

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Don’t let the name of this pizza spot deter you, Fat Baby’s is the place to be! They recently moved to a new location with a wonderful outdoor seating area and that combined with their fun and delicious pizzas is enough to sell me on it! When you walk around the island you may notice the Fat Baby’s logo on t-shirts everywhere– almost rivaling the Salty Dog t-shirts! There’s a reason people love this place so much, between their awesome subs, and crazy good pizzas, you can’t go wrong. Plus, as our guest take 10% off of your food bill when dining in with you BP Advantage Card!

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Let us know what you think of our top 3 pizza joints, if you visit! And don’t forget that Advantage Rewards Card– you are a VIP in our book, and deserve your own discounts in tons of places, check out of Advantage Rewards page to see what other discounts you can take advantage of as our guest!