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!

 

Hilton Head Island Beach Treasure Hunt

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Can you find these 5 items at the beach by your

Beach Properties Vacation Rental Home?

  1. A Hermit Crab: if you find one of these shells don’t take them home! There is a good chance that shell is a little hermit crabs home and if you wait long enough, he will probably crawl out of his shell and walk around!hermit-2
  2. A Dolphin Swimming in the Ocean: Have no fear if you see something like this swimming in the distance! These are just our playful dolphins swimming through! 3050e5ec5e55b9bdceb616f161334317
  3. A Sand Dollar: You may find one washed up in the waves, or even feel one under your foot as you play in the water, because sand dollars are plentiful here in Hilton Head! If you happen to find one far from the water, be sure to throw it back to its home in the ocean!3371502500_28b937937b
  4. A Sandpiper: These cute little birds love to sit by the crashing waves and eat up tiny crustaceans in the sand! 9fc919f6c45704956d3969dc34551ddd
  5. A Beautiful Sunset View: Why not finish off your scavenger hunt with the best prize of them all– a gorgeous sunset! There are plenty of these to find in Hilton Head so this one shouldn’t be too hard to check off your list!hilton.head.jpg

We hope you had fun finding all of these fun creatures and sights! Or if you were just looking at the post for some vacation inspiration, head on over to our website and book your vacation with us now!! How can you resist those adorable dolphins, and a view like that!

Our October Photo Contest Winner!

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Congratulations to Joan Small from Cary, North Carolina on her winning photo she entered in this month’s Beach Properties of Hilton Head photo contest! Her submission of this beautiful Great White Egret has 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.

10 Things Not To Miss On Hilton Head Island

#1 Harbour Town Marina

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Located in Sea Pines, Harbour Town might just be the most iconic landmark in the Lowcountry. Harbour Town is filled with activities, restaurants, and shopping as well as beautiful yachts in the harbor. It is home to the Heritage Classic Professional Golf Tournament where every year people from all over the world come to watch talented professionals compete on the Harbour Town Golf Course.

#2 Shelter Cove Town Center

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A relatively new location on Hilton Head Island is the Shelter Cove Town Center located just down the street from the Palmetto Dunes Resort. The Town Center has a great venue for shopping and quality dining not to mention a vast array of festivals, live music and events in the Community Park Area.

#3 Lawton Stables

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Tucked away deep into the Sea Pines Plantation is Lawton Stables. Tourists and guests are often seen riding horseback from Lawton Stables and around the plantation.  It is a great place for horse lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

#4 The Coastal Discovery Museum

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The Coastal Discovery Museum, located at Honey Horn, offers a great selection of events for all to enjoy, especially children. Explore the cultural history and environmental aspects of Hilton Head Island.  Offering kayaking tours, shrimp trawling expeditions, Blue Crab Discoveries, and much more, the Coastal Discovery Museum never fails to wow its tourists and deliver a spectacular adventure.

#5 Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge

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Located 5 minutes west of Hilton Head Island is Pinckney Island, home to the Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. The Lowcountry is well known for maintaining plenty of un-spoiled wild terrain for exploration.  This is a perfect place to walk on peaceful trails exploring nature and seeing plenty of wildlife. The best part of Pinckney Island is that it is FREE and open to anyone.

#6 Dolphin Tours

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Any resident of Hilton Head will tell you that Hilton Head Island’s waters are filled with dolphins. Take a guided dolphin tour from any one of the many charters and literally come with in a few feet from the oceans most loveable creatures!

#7 Fishing Charters

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Hilton Head Island has some great fishing. With 10 off shore man made reefs near by you will not be disappointed. The best way to experience off shore fishing on Hilton Head Island is to book a fishing charter with one of the island’s experienced fishing companies.

#8 Golf

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If there is one thing Hilton Head Island is famous for it is definitely golf. Hilton Head Island has a great selection of top notch, high quality courses. Many of them were designed and built by world famous golf course architects and former golf legends. With warm temperatures throughout the year, golf can be played in any month.

#9 Tennis

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If you love tennis then you are in luck. There are a lot of various spots to play tennis throughout the Island. A good place to start is in the Palmetto Dunes Resort, Sea Pines Plantation, or Shipyard.

#10 Island Cycling

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One very over looked activity on Hilton Head is cycling. Tourists love to ride bikes on the beach, especially at sunrise or sunset where you can catch some beautiful Carolina Sky. Enjoy over 60 miles of riding trails on the Island,such as in Sea Pines Plantation on the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Much of the Island’s south end is accessible via bike. Ride to dinner with the kids, or ride to the beach to meet up with friends. Enjoy a vacation without even needing to drive!

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Click here to see why Hilton Head Island is not just a summer destination but also a great place to vacation in the fall & winter months. Beach Properties of Hilton Head has been voted the best vacation company on the Island for the last 7 years! Click here to see how you could save on all of these activities above by being a Beach Properties guest. Beach Properties of Hilton Head has some spectacular offers for fall & winter stays going on right now. Go to our website to see how much you could save booking with us this holiday season!

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A Great Day Trip Near Hilton Head Island

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Only an hour or so away from Hilton Head Island is a beautiful Wildlife Refuge called “Botany Bay Plantation“. The tour of the refuge is FREE and is guaranteed to open your eyes and fascinate you with huge, lush trees, wide open marshes filled with exotic wildlifewinding trails, natural beaches, and historic landmarks.

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Take the tour at your own pace, spend as much time at the beach as you’d like and re-enter for free if you need to take a break. The Botany Bay Plantation is supported and protected by the DNR and there are plenty of ways to donate to the refuge on site.

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It is located at 1066 Botany Bay Road, Edisto Island, SC, 29438. If you want more info click here or call (843)869-2713.

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In case you didn’t know, Beach Properties of Hilton Head has some great offers and deals going on right now for fall/winter & holiday extended stays right now. Click here to learn about why Hilton Head Island is such a great place to stay in the cooler months of the year and how you could save vacationing with us this holiday season!

Barrier Island Ecology Presentation on Hilton Head Island

The Coastal Discovery Museum of Hilton Head is offering a really intriguing program for people interested in the ecology of the low country. The program is called “Barrier Island Ecology” and will cover the important features of South Carolina barrier islands (such as Hilton Head) and what we can learn about tourist/resident growth patterns as well as how we can avoid impacting animal habitats and water quality. The program will also cover how local government makes their shoreline management decisions. The program will be presented by the South Coastal Office Director of the Coastal Conservation League, Kate Schaefer.  The presentation will be from 3pm-4pm on August 24th 2016. It’s only $7 per person and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext: 223 or online at www.coastaldiscovery.org. The Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island.

In case you didn’t know Beach Properties of Hilton Head has some great offers for extended fall & winter stays going on right now. Check out our specials page specials page and see how much you could save vacationing with us over the holidays!

Seaside Treasures: 43 Lands End

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If pattern play, and beautiful, eye-catching art, are things you’re drawn to, 43 Lands End is probably the property for you. 43 Lands End is a stunning 4 bedroom, 4 bath Sea Pines property located in the highly desirable Lands End Community near South Beach Marina. This upscale Cape Cod duplex offers spectacular views of the Calibogue Sound from the living room, dining room, kitchen, sun room, and both master bedrooms. Start your morning with a hot cup of coffee while watching seagulls from the delightful glassed-in Carolina Room.

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On the main level is a master bedroom that features a King bed with a rattan headboard, cushioned wicker chair, and a 32 inch mounted flat screen TV. Plantation shutters block out the light if you want to sleep in late, or lie in bed and admire the water view. A private bath offers a double vanity and spacious stand-up shower. A door to the sun room is an added convenience. Also on this level is a guest bedroom with two twin beds with white coverlets and coral bed skirts. It has hardwood floors and a wonderful built-in book case which houses the 26 in flat screen television. There is a hall bath with a door separating the living area, and a second door leading to the bedroom.

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The kitchen has been recently updated with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, flat stove, and double sinks. A center island with 2 metal cushioned chairs will be perfect for a quick snack. The dining area, which is adjacent to both the kitchen and the living room, has an oval wood table and 6 high-back chairs. Hardwood floors are throughout the kitchen, dining, and living area.

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Upstairs is second master bedroom with a King bed with a rattan headboard and footboard, a cushioned wicker chair, and a 36 flat screen TV with DVD. Guests will appreciate the panoramic views of the Calibogue Sound and the magnificent trees across the waterway. There is a private bath with double vanities, granite counters, and a large shower only. The guest bedroom also has a king bed with a rattan headboard and footboard, lots of extra pillows, a wicker cushioned chair and a 36 inch flat screen TV with DVD. The private bathroom has a wood cabinet and a combination tub/shower.

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Refreshing light yellow walls in the living room create an uplifting environment. There is a comfortable couch with 2 matching armchairs with ottomans, 2 additional decorative armchairs, and a sisal area rug. For added living space, slide back the pocket windows and the sunroom becomes part of the main living area. Floor to ceiling windows in the Carolina Room showcase the dramatic view of the Calibogue Sound. Don’t be surprised when you see pods of dolphin playing in the surf! 

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43 Lands End offers all the amenities of a premier vacation home. With its tranquil setting, mesmerizing view of the Calibogue Sound, and 30 second walk to the beach, it is sure to provide the ultimate beach vacation!

If you’re interested in this property, or something similar don’t hesitate to call us at (800) 671-5155, or head over to our website!

April Happenings on Hilton Head

Beach Views April 2016

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“Nothing soothes the soul quite like a walk on the beach.”

April is the perfect month to visit Hilton Head Island and walk our wide, sandy beaches! As the temperature starts to rise and the ocean beckons, many people visit to enjoy the multitude of activities and events Hilton Head Island has to offer in the Spring.

Perhaps one event the Island is most known for is the RBC Heritage PGA Golf Tournament. Held each year the second week of May, this pinnacle event is one of golf’s greatest traditions. The first Heritage Classic golf tournament was the brainchild of Sea Pines founder, Charles Fraser, and held in 1969. Over the past 46 years, the Heritage has grown to become one of the most respected stops on the PGA tour. You can enjoy the tradition this year April 11th-17th, 2016. There is still time to secure accommodations by giving us a call at 1-800-671-5155!

Each Thursday night in April, visitors and resident alike can enjoy the Music & Taste on the Harbour event held in the Shelter Cove Harbour. Pair favorite local bands with delicious food and drinks from local restaurants, and you cannot go wrong! This event begins at 6pm and includes a free concert until 9pm. Food and drinks are extra.

Join us on Island at the end of April for the 16th Annual Juried Art Market. Held each year at historic Honey Horn Plantation, this Fine Art & Craft show draws over 90 artists and craft vendors from all over the country. Rain or shine, this event is open to the public Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st. There is a fee of $6 per car.

3077db9b-1953-4d55-9481-2bd7979f7db2Use your Beach Properties Advantage Card hereGrooming, boarding and daycare…these are all the services our newest Advantage Partner offers. Many guests are electing to bring their canine family members on vacation with them, so why not make sure they are taken care of as well? After a long day week at the beach (as the season permits) how about a dog wash? If you are looking to travel for the day…drop them off for a play date.

Beach Properties of Hilton Head offers a number of pet-friendly homes and villas, but if you and your family elect to stay in a property that is not pet compatible, Red Rover offers boarding services as well. Give them a call to learn more about all their services: 1-843-671-9274 (WASH).

The Locals Recommendation

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Get Outdoors

April is a great month on Hilton Head Island to get outdoors. The days are definitely getting warmer, but the evenings are still cool. This makes for the perfect time to enjoy the nature that surrounds us.

Take a walk through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Bike the trails to the end of Pinckney Island where you can see a multitude of shore birds and enjoy beautiful views of the Port Royal Sound. Take a Guided Walk through the Audubon Newhall Nature Preserve, just off Palmetto Bay Road, and learn more about the history, plants and wildlife found there. Looking for a more in-depth experience? Attend one of the Coastal Discovery Museums Discover and Learn Tours. However you choose to do it, get out and explore nature on Hilton Head Island.

Beach Properties has the perfect vacation rental for you and your family

A Walk in the Woods

Right in the middle of all the summertime hustle and bustle in Sea Pines is an unbelievably secluded spot of peace and tranquility.

A snake slithering by. A lizard scurrying away. A deer quietly slipping from view.  Huge trees and untouched vegetation.  This is the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, 605 acres of undeveloped, preserved land.  Pretend you are back in time, in an era before cars, exploring unspoiled forests just as the Spanish did…

There are a number of trails that will lead you though what was once rice, indigo or cotton fields, or take a stroll through the Warner A Plahs Wildflower Field where a variety of flowers bloom March to June each year.  Guests can even learn about Hilton Head Island’s earliest inhabitants by stopping by The Indian Shell Ring which dates back 4,000 years.

Click here to view a printable brochure.

The best part about this reprieve the daily grind is that if you are staying in a Hilton Head Vacation rental within Sea Pines, the cost of admission is FREE!  Just bike to the preserve, or park at the small parking lot located at the entrance along Greenwood Drive.  Then be taken away by the raw beauty of the Sea Pines Nature Preserve.

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Right in the middle of all the summertime hustle-and-bustle in the Sea Pines Resort is an unbelievably secluded spot of peace and tranquility.

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Entrance to Sea Pines Forest Preserve

A deer quietly slipping from view.  A tiny lizard scurrying along the boardwalk.  Huge trees and untouched vegetation.  This is the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, 605 acres of undeveloped, preserved land.

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Boardwalk through 18th Century Rice Field

“But what is there to do there?” the kids may ask.

Alligator & Wildlife Boat Tours – get a close-up view of the plants and wildlife, including native American Alligators!

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Alligators and Turtles Sunbathing

Fishing & Wagon Tours – go on an eco-adventure, catch some catfish!

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Lake Joe in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve

Check out the history – we’re talking prehistoric!

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Footpath to 4000 yr old Indian Shell Ring

Trail Rides – Lawton Stables offers one-hour guided horseback rides!

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Or just explore on foot – Pretend you are back in time, in an era before cars, exploring unspoiled forests just as the Spanish did…

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The Forest Primeval

Whether you’re looking to engage with the environment, or just escape the madness, the Sea Pines Forest Preserve is waiting for you to arrive, explore, and discover.

Book your next Hilton Head vacation now!

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