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!
Sea Pines Forest Preserve
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.
Coastal Discovery Museum
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.
Old Town Bluffton
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!
Shelter Cove Marina & Shelter Cove Towne Center
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!
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.
Congratulations to Kimberley Windeler from Wisteria Way, Michigan on her winning photo she entered in this month’s Beach Properties of Hilton Headphoto 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!
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Looking for some New Year’s Eve Celebrations for your winter vacation on Hilton Head Island? We have plenty of ideas for you to choose from! Or if you would prefer, you can have a quiet night toasting to the new year in the comfort of your vacation home while looking out over the beach in the back yard– we wouldn’t blame you if you chose to do the latter!
New Years Eve Ball Drop with The Sea Pines Resort in Harbour Town:
There are two different ball drops at Harbor Town on New Years! One is at 7pm for the kids to enjoy, and theres another at 12am for the adults to watch! Beyond just the ball drop, there’s also plenty of activities, places to eat dinner, and stores to shop around in, as well as tons of lights up on the yachts in the harbor.
Crab Pot Drop at Old Town Dispensary:
The Old Town Dispensary in Old Town Bluffton is such an authentic and fun lowcountry find! From great drinks, food, and live music, there is something for anyone to enjoy. On New Years Eve they have an annual party called the Crab Pot Drop. Come with the dogs, the kids, or a group of friends and have a fun night to ring in the new year!
Bar Hopping at The Triangle:
With so many options from Reilley’s Grill & Bar, One Hot Mama’s, The Lodge, The Hilton Head Brewing Company, The Boardroom and Jump and Phil’s – there’s something for everyone. Ring in the new year with DJ and dancing at One Hot Mama’s and a champagne toast at midnight! Plus– the BBQ is amazing!
New Years at The Skull Creek Boathouse:
Located on Skull Creek, this waterfront landmark restaurant will have the Zack Stillner Band featuring Chris Stevens playing on the deck, $3 Red Stag shots, $4 Jim Beam cocktails and a champagne toast at midnight! The views are pretty great too… just sayin’!_____________________________________________________________
We hope you have a very happy, fun, and safe New Years here on Hilton Head Island!
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!
Do 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.
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:
3 bottle caps (cleaned of residue)
any colored yarn
orange scrap paper
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.
Use the black marker to draw eyes, a mouth and buttons.
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).
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!
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:
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.)
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.
Using a clear hair band, secure sock tightly just above the rice.
Pour just over 1/8 c rice into sock, squeeze and shake down the rice, and secure with second clear hair band.
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.
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.
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!)
Glue the nose and eyes on with hot glue.
Don’t forget his trademark eyebrows!
Add the arms and feet (white pom poms).
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)
The Coastal Discovery Museum will host “Lowcountry Critters with Joe Maffo” On December 28 and 29 from 11 am until 2 pm. This casual “Meet and Greet” will help participants to learn more about the alligators, snakes, turtles and other critters that share Hilton Head Island with us. Joe Maffo with Critter Management will bring along some of his “friends” to share with everyone. Participants will have a chance to get an up-close view of the various animals, learn more about them and take lots of photos. There will be no formal presentation; visitors can stop by various stations to meet the different types of animals on site.
The Village at Wexford is feeling festive. Join them December 10th and 17th, from 10-5 for their Outdoor Market. Make sure to do some shopping before Santa arrives at 1:40 with Storytime. Afterwards, meet up at Santa’s House with Wine Tasting and Music. Donations during the event are greatly appreciated. All donations will support the Giving Tree of the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island
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.
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!