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!

 

Holiday Recipes for Your Winter Island Vacation

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One of the best parts of the holidays is the ever present aromas of delicious cookies baking in the oven, festive drinks for all, and big family meals where everyone is in the kitchen helping in one way or another. Some people may think that this little magical element is lost when you leave home for Christmas, but with a vacation rental property, that is simply not the case! Every one of our wonderful homes and villas has a fully equipped kitchen perfect for you and your loved ones to make even more memories creating new, fun recipes, and devouring all of your creations! On Hilton Head Island, the holidays have an island twist from string lights in palm trees, to sand rather than snow– so we thought we would give you some new recipes to try as well. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a new tradition here on the island with us, Beach Properties of Hilton Head!

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Cranberry Apple Cider Sangria:

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The weather doesn’t get too extreme on Hilton Head Island, so although hot chocolate and spiked hot cider are great, you won’t need to rely on a hot drink to keep your hands warm while strolling the beach here! We love the idea of the red cranberries and green apple for a fun colored drink to garnish any meal with a holiday flair. Here’s a simple recipe that yields 8 cups of this delicious drink!

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 750 ml. bottle red wine
  • 3 cups apple cider (non-alcoholic or alcoholic)
  • 1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice
  • ½ cup Triple Sec or other orange liqueur
  • ½ cup honey* (or ½ cup simple syrup, made by heating equal parts of sugar and water over medium heat until dissolved)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • sparkling water to top off
  • 1 cup freshly diced red and/or green apple cubes
  • cinnamon sticks for garnish
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Combine red wine, apple cider, cranberry juice, orange liqueur and honey (or simple syrup) in a large pitcher.
  2. Add cranberries and diced unpeeled apples.
  3. Serve over ice, if desired, filling glasses ¾ full and topping off with some sparkling water.
  4. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a straw.

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Crispy Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus:

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 Keeping with the red and green color scheme, we have a delicious appetizer or side that would make even someone who doesn’t like asparagus reach for seconds! The savory, salty prosciutto pairs perfectly with the asparagus, plus wrapping the prosciutto around the asparagus would be a great job to give the kids for a fun and safe way to help out!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 ounces sliced prosciutto, halved horizontally
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Working one at a time, wrap halved prosciutto slice on each asparagus spear at an angle, covering the entire length of the spear. Repeat with remaining prosciutto and asparagus.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add asparagus and cook until prosciutto is crisp and asparagus is tender, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Serve immediately.

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White Chocolate Peppermint Oreo Bark:

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What’s the holidays without sweet treats?! Peppermint bark is always a crowd favorite, and we love the cookies and cream addition to this recipe with Oreos incorporated! This is another simple recipe that has tons of potential for little helpers to feel like they have a big role in the creation of this dessert!

INGREDIENTS:
  • 20 ounces white chocolate morsels
  • 16 Oreos, roughly chopped
  • ⅓ cup crushed peppermint candy canes
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Line a 13 x 9 baking tray with parchment paper, making sure that extra paper hangs over the sides for easy lifting once chocolate is hardened. Set aside.
  2. Assemble Oreo cookies and crushed candy canes so that toppings are ready to use.
  3. In a medium bowl, break 8 ounces of white chocolate into pieces and microwave until fully melted and smooth. Be sure to stop and stir every 30 seconds so that chocolate doesn’t burn.
  4. Once chocolate in melted, spread onto prepared tray using a spatula or knife. White chocolate should cover entire pan in a thin layer.
  5. Top white chocolate with crushed Oreo cookies.
  6. Place pan in refrigerator for 10 minutes to harden.
  7. As chocolate mixture is hardening, melt remaining 12 ounces of white chocolate in the microwave until smooth.
  8. Remove pan from refrigerator and spread remaining white chocolate over the top in an even layer, coating the entire pan.
  9. Sprinkle crushed candy canes over top of chocolate.
  10. Place into the refrigerator for 15 minutes to harden completely.
  11. Once ready, lift parchment paper by overhang and set on counter. Chocolate will lift right out of paper.
  12. Break into pieces by hand or using a knife.

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Hopefully these fun recipes have inspired you to look into some new recipes to make alongside your traditional ones, or maybe it even made you want to start a new holiday tradition all together in Hilton Head. If so, head on over to our website and check out the myriad of homes, condos, and villas that we have to offer! 

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!!!

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!

Hilton Head Holiday Spirit

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He’s making a list and checking it twice, he’s going to find out who’s naughty or nice. Santa Clause is getting ready to call all the children on his nice list. The elves are looking for only a $5 North Pole Connection Fee. He will be placing those calls on December 12th and 13th, so make sure to reserve your spot now.

Christmas Festival

Are you feeling festive yet? You will be after Hilton Heads Christmas Festival! On December 16th, the Cornerstone Church Bluffton is inviting all ages to join them for s’mores, Christmas music, dinner, laughing, smiling, and bringing in the holiday!

Check out these specials for your December visit to Hilton Head!

Where’s Santa on Hilton Head Island

Santa Clause is on his way, loading goodies on his sleigh! The boys and girls are filled with glee, so take a sit upon his knee. Across the bridge and down the road, December 4th is the day to go. Write a letter to send away, to the North Pole for Christmas Day. Come on out with the kids this week and enjoy cookies with Santa and more magnificent treats!

Santa is on Hilton Head December 10th inviting children to come play. He is taking time out from overseeing the elves to relax, play limbo, sing and dance, and take pictures with the little ones. He has a special surprise for the first 25 children that come.  55 Matthews Drive at the Kidz Drop in Adventure , See you there!

 

 

Bring In The Holiday On Hilton Head!

DECEMBER 1st

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Join us on Main Street to bring in the Hilton Head holiday spirit and start your holiday shopping! From 5-8 p.m. stroll along Main Street and enjoy holiday music broadcast live by Jeff T-Bone Taylor from 104.9 The Surf. Be one of the first 100 customers to receive a goodie bag filled with special offers from participating vendors. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, food tastings and additional discounts from participating businesses. See you there!

DECEMBER 2nd

Hilton Head Island Winter Wonderland Festival

Santa is coming to Hilton Head Island!! Take the kids to Shelter Cove to hang out with Mr. and Mrs. Clause. There will be hayrides, carnival games, petting zoo, children’s parade and much more!!! All of the proceeds benefit the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association Children’s Scholarship Fund. Check out Island Recreation. for more information.

2016 Taste of the Season

Curb your hunger at Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of the Season. Enjoy signature dishes from the Low Country’s top chefs of our area. The food choices are limitless, between seafood, southern soul food and creative concoctions, there is going to be a plate to please! Enjoy and don’t forget to participate in the silent auction. Maybe you will win the RBC Heritage Package!

DECEMBER 3rd

Gingerbread House Decorating

Are you a professional contractor? How about someone that just likes to make a mess? Get ready to put those skills to the test at the First Presbyterian Church’s Gingerbread House Decorating Party! Enjoy music, refreshments, and each others company while bringing out your inner child.

DECEMBER 2nd to 3rd

Town of Bluffton Weekend of Lights

Explore off Hilton Head Island into Bluffton to enjoy the annual Weekend of Lights. Join us on Bridge Street to start the festivities, and finish up the the fun on the 3rd with a Christmas Parade! Feeling creative? Register to be a part of the parade and create a Christmas float to bring in the holiday!

Check out these specials for your December visit to Hilton Head!

2016 Oyster Festival on Hilton Head Island

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Come out November 11-13th to the Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head Island for the annual Oyster Festival. Year after year this is one of the largest festivals on Hilton Head Island.

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Local restaurants gather to deliver very fresh, local seafood. Live music, art/craft vendors, activities, marshmallow roasts and kids play areas are also available to enjoy. Attendees will also find a college football viewing area, so don’t worry about missing the big game; you’ll get to enjoy it with other fans!

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Admission is only $6 for adults, kids under 10 get in FREE! For more information click here.

This is just one of many different festivals that Hilton Head has to offer in the fall and winter months. Come stay with us and enjoy a variety of different celebrations this year. Beach Properties of Hilton Head has some great offers going on right now for the fall/winter and holiday seasons. Click here to learn why Hilton Head is one of the best spots to vacation in the fall & winter. If you stay at Palmetto Dunes, you will be able to travel back and forth between the festival and your rental for free with the Dunes Buggy. To take a look at our Palmetto Dunes properties, just across the street from the festival, click here.

Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival 2016

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The Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival this year will be from October 15-23rd. This is one of the best festivals to attend in the Bluffton/Hilton Head Island area. With awesome food & beverage, games and fun, and live music, it’s no wonder why so many people come year after year.

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The festival will held in downtown historic Bluffton. All seafood sold is harvested locally fresh. Attendees will fall in love with the Lowcountry art & culture that surrounds them as well as the southern charm from the locals. For more information on the festival click here.

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This is just one of many different festivals that Hilton Head/Bluffton has to offer in the fall and winter months. Come stay with us and enjoy a variety of different celebrations this year. Beach Properties of Hilton Head has some great offers going on right now for the fall/winter and holiday seasons. Click here to learn why Hilton Head is one of the best spots to vacation in the fall & winter.

Coligny Fall Outdoor Market 2016

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Coligny Plaza is bringing back its “Outdoor Market” on September 16th. Come on out for food & beverage, games, socialization, shopping, and more! The event will be from 4-7pm. There will be plenty of food trucks, art vendors, live music, and activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Come out and enjoy the fall weather at Coligny Plaza on Hilton Head Island.

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Fall truly is one of the best times of year to vacation on Hilton Head Island. Click here to learn why you should book a vacation with Beach Properties of Hilton Head this holiday season. Click here to see our great offers and learn how you could save big this fall & winter on a vacation!