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 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!)

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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! 

Coastal Discovery Museum Events!

Image result for coastal discovery museumDo you love gators, birds, oceanography, and all things nature? If you do– the Coastal Discovery Museum in Hilton Head Island is a great place for you to visit and gain some awesome new knowledge.

Even better, in the months of January and February they have some great events going on for you to catch! Here’s the schedule:

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BALD EAGLES OF THE LOWCOUNTRY – Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – 3PM – Coastal Discovery Museum Tom Murphy, retired biologist from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the principal investigator for the state’s Bald Eagle Program, will share the story of the Bald Eagles in the Lowcountry. From near extinction to recovery, this presentation will trace the success and the challenges facing the Bald Eagle. Learn why our national bird nearly went extinct, about the efforts to bring them back and what should we do to secure the future of this magnificent bird.

CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE LOWCOUNTRY – Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – 3PM Dr. Chris Marsh will give an overview of current patterns of climate change that are occurring locally and globally. He will describe the science that drives weather patterns and how scientists are using this information to predict what the future holds for sea level rise and climate change in the Southeast.

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URBAN TREES VS. URBAN FORESTS: Why Biodiversity Matters- Wednesday, February 1st- 3 PM Join Sally Krebs the Sustainable Practices Coordinator for the Town of Hilton Head Island and learn why urban trees and forests matter. One of the most sustainable actions we can take is to help preserve earth’s biodiversity, the many different forms of life with which we share our planet. But why should humans be concerned about this? One emerging field of research is finding links between biodiversity and human health. This presentation hopes to get you thinking in a whole new way about our urban forests and the organisms that live there!

SHORE BIRD MIGRATION –Friday, February 10th- 3 PM Every spring, thousands of shorebirds utilize South Carolina’s beach and marsh habitats. These habitats provide critical stopover areas for birds on their northbound migration to breeding sites, while others will nest in these beautiful coastal landscapes of South Carolina. Come learn about the important role SC plays in the life-cycle of spring migrants and local nesting species, and what we can do to protect this incredible part of our state’s natural heritage. Nicholas Wallover is currently the Regional Biologist for the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve and Manager of the McKenzie Field Station at Bennett’s Point. He has worked on numerous coastal protected species including sea turtles, shorebirds, and dolphins.

Image result for coastal discovery museum_________________________________________________________________Visit Hilton Head for a great combo of the beach and relaxation and a great opportunity to learn something with the kids or inspire a future naturalist in the family! Head over to our website to make reservations at one of our amazing homes and villas here!

 

Bring in the New Year’s with Family FUN!

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Lets ring in the New Year’s with family fun! The Sandbox is hosting their New Year’s event with  special games and activities both indoors and outdoors. In addition to scavenger hunts, games, fun arts & crafts and a picnic lunch, attendees will ring in 2017 with party favors and a balloon drop at 12 noon.Event admission is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Image result for kids drop adventure hilton headDo you need someone to watch your little ones while you ring in the New Year? Kids Drop in Adventure is offering to help! They will be accepting children for drop off daycare services from 9pm-1am. Bring their pj’s for them & after playtime, will enjoy a movie in PJ’s & a snack. RSVP ONLY by Dec.27th with a $10 deposit to hold your space.

Make sure to check out these additional New Year’s Specials!!!

Holiday Movies in Coligny Plaza

From every Saturday and Monday until Christmas Eve, Coligny Plaza is hosting a FREE holiday movie for everyone to enjoy.

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Don’t forget to stop by the local shops and finish off the last minute Christmas shopping. There’s something for the entire family! Save your receipt and enter for a chance to win $1000.

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Enjoy these additional Holiday specials for your visit to Hilton Head!

Four Scenic Views You Can’t Miss on Hilton Head Island

There are so many amazing views to catch on Hilton Head Island, but there’s a few, that seem to be the one’s you can’t help but take a picture of. This is our list of those must have views for your Hilton Head Island vacation!

  1. Sunset at The Skull Creek Boathouse: With live music, fresh seafood, and a view like this that is only obscured by the oak trees and Spanish moss, how could you not feel like you’re on vacation? sunset-photo-at-skull-creek-boathouse
  2. South Beach Marina: Home of the famous Salty Dog Cafe, South Beach Marina is full of fun, bright colors, that take you back to your childhood and bring a vintage vacation vibe full of memories! satly-dog-cafe-south-beach-marina2
  3. The Harbor Town Lighthouse: This view is iconic to Hilton Head Island, and whether you see it at sunset or in the middle of the day it is just as fulfilling. Hello, Hilton Head.gray-cloudy-skies-turned
  4. Is there really any view better than the view of the beach from your beach chair? We didn’t think so either…1

If you’re craving any of these views– especially the last one– go on our website to book a wonderful beach vacation home in Hilton Head Island where the views are spectacular and the memories are even better.

Girls Getaway Weekend: Hilton Head Island Style

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Looking for a gorgeous place to relax and renew with your girls? Hilton Head Island is the perfect place! With beautiful beaches, amazing restaurants, wonderful spas, and so much more, your ladies will love this getaway plan. Here’s some planning inspiration to get you started!

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Where to Stay?

One of the best reasons to stay in a vacation rental home, is that you have privacy as well as an entire house to share! With a kitchen, multiple bedrooms, living rooms, and if you choose wisely, a porch with a beach view, you will be living the luxurious lifestyle and making memories you and your friends will never forget.

Beach Properties has tons of options for you to choose from, but here are just a couple of our favorites, that we think would accommodate a girls group wonderfully in terms of size and of course proximity to the beach and ultimate relaxation!

6 Armada: if you’re a beachy bunch with an eye for design.IMG_1377

8 East Beach Lagoon: if you’re a group looking for beachfront access and a classic coastal home to call your own for the week.

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18 Brigantine: If you’re looking for extreme luxury, and a beach view from a second story porch (just saying). IMG_0882

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What to do?

Beyond lazing by the pool and getting your bronze on, there are tons of fun activities for you and your gal pals to do! Here’s a few ideas…

If you’re the girl friends who love to shop: Shelter Cove Towne Center! This new shopping area overlooks the ocean and has tons of great stores to choose from.

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For the relaxation girls: Faces Spa

With our Beach Properties Advantage Card, you have access to deals at many different spas here on the island that are exclusive to us. Click this link for our page of deals!

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For the sporty squad: Sweat Bootcamp! This bootcamp is a great way to sweat it out with your girls led by trainer, Jen Edwards. Working out with a view, and feeling the coastal breeze makes your one hour sweat sesh easy! Plus, Jen offers a discount exclusively to our Beach Properties guests!

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Book your girls getaway today, at beach-property.com!!

Christmas Crafts Your Entire Family Will Love

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Are you like me and sometimes have way too many bottle caps lying around? Either they are thrown away, or get turned into a craft. This Christmas, the craft in my house are bottle capped snowmen. Here’s what you need:

Supplies
3 bottle caps (cleaned of residue)
any colored yarn
ribbon
acrylic paint
permanent marker
orange scrap paper
hot glue

Getting Started:

  1. Paint both sides of the bottle caps with several coats of white acrylic paint. Cut a little triangle from paper and glued it on one of the bottle caps as a nose.
  2. Use the black marker to draw eyes, a mouth and buttons.
  3. Cut a piece of yarn and tie a scarf on your snowman. (It really is up to you on how you want to embellish your snowman).
  4. Glue a piece of looped ribbon to the back of the top bottle cap to hang neatly from your tree or anywhere else to spread the Christmas cheer!

Do You Want To Build a Snowman? {Olaf Sock Snowman Tutorial from OneCreativeMommy.com} Frozen Birthday Party & Snowman Craft for Kids

Frosty the Snowmen is out,  and Olaf is in…well according to my kids at least. This Christmas instead of Frosty, we had to find a way to make Olaf. Thanks to One Creative Mommy, we found an easy Olaf with supplies around the house. Here’s what you will need:

Supplies

  • 1 sock
  • Approximately 1 1/3 cups of rice — any kind (for larger socks, use more rice)
  • 2 1-inch white pom poms
  • Orange felt — just a small piece
  • Large googly eyes (mine are about 1 cm in diameter)
  • Adhesive-backed black felt–one sheet of sticky-backed felt is enough for 12 snowmen.
  • 3 clear hair elastics.  (I used goody brand, medium size.  They come in tiny, medium and large sizes.)
  • Hot glue gun and glue

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Getting Started

  1. Pour just under 3/4 c rice into the bottom of the sock, and squeeze and shake it down until you have the shape you want for Olaf’s bottom.  Make sure that the top of the sock is centered in the middle.
  2. Using a clear hair band, secure sock tightly just above the rice.
  3. Pour just over 1/8 c rice into sock, squeeze and shake down the rice, and secure with second clear hair band.
  4. Pour a little less than 1/2 c rice into the sock, , squeeze and shake down the rice.  Shape the head so that it is taller than it is wide, and secure with third clear hair band.
  5. Starting where the middle section touches the bottom section, secure the ball with hot glue so that Olaf keeps his shape.  Repeat where the head and middle ball touch.
  6. Starting with the mouth, peel the backing off the felt pieces (one at a time), and stick them to Olaf’s face and body.  (I did not provide a pattern for the nose, but any old triangle-ish shape will do!)
  7. Glue the nose and eyes on with hot glue.
  8. Don’t forget his trademark eyebrows!
  9. Add the arms and feet (white pom poms).
  10. Don’t forget the hair!  *Be sure to attach it at the bottom of the elastic hair tie, or it will look like it’s floating.  (You’ll see some floating hair in the picture of the kids’ finished Olafs.)

This one is my favorite. Fun to make and keeps the kids entertained. Just be prepared to take LOTS of photos 🙂 Here’s what you need: (this will make only one, will need more supplies depending on how many Santas want to run around)

  • One sheet white cardstock
  • One sheet stiff red felt
  • 1 package 1 1/2″ STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam Balls (12 count)
  • 1 package 1″ STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam Balls (16 count)
  • Hot glue gun with glue sticks
  • Scissors or x-acto knife
  • 2 wooden dowels

Getting Started

  1. First, lightly trace the shape of a beard and a mouth opening onto the white card stock. Cut out using a pair of scissors or and x-acto knife.
  2. Heat up your hot glue gun and place just a dab of hot glue onto one 1 1/2″ STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam ball at a time.
  3. Place each STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam ball onto the card stock and let cool and dry. Try to fill up your card stock beard as much as possible!
  4. Once cool, flip the beard over and place a few dabs of hot glue onto the backside. Press one end of a wooden dowel into the glue, let cool and dry.
  5. For the Santa Hat, cut out a triangle from the sheet of stiffened red felt.
  6. Using the 1″ STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam balls, place dabs of hot glue onto each and press onto the bottom edge of the hat forming the white brim.
  7. ake one of the remaining 1 1/2″ STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam balls and hot glue it to the tip of the hat forming the little white puff ball tip that is classic to Santa’s hat.
  8. Let the hot glue cool and dry and then flip the hat over to the backside to add the wooden dowel via a few dabs of hot glue.
  9. Once the dowel is set, your Santa Disguise is ready to play with, hooray!

 

Make sure to check out these last minute Holidays ideas for your visit to Hilton Head!