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!
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!
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!
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
Combine red wine, apple cider, cranberry juice, orange liqueur and honey (or simple syrup) in a large pitcher.
Add cranberries and diced unpeeled apples.
Serve over ice, if desired, filling glasses ¾ full and topping off with some sparkling water.
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!
6 ounces sliced prosciutto, halved horizontally
1 pound asparagus, trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
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.
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.
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!
20 ounces white chocolate morsels
16 Oreos, roughly chopped
⅓ cup crushed peppermint candy canes
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.
Assemble Oreo cookies and crushed candy canes so that toppings are ready to use.
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.
Once chocolate in melted, spread onto prepared tray using a spatula or knife. White chocolate should cover entire pan in a thin layer.
Top white chocolate with crushed Oreo cookies.
Place pan in refrigerator for 10 minutes to harden.
As chocolate mixture is hardening, melt remaining 12 ounces of white chocolate in the microwave until smooth.
Remove pan from refrigerator and spread remaining white chocolate over the top in an even layer, coating the entire pan.
Sprinkle crushed candy canes over top of chocolate.
Place into the refrigerator for 15 minutes to harden completely.
Once ready, lift parchment paper by overhang and set on counter. Chocolate will lift right out of paper.
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 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.
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!
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!
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!
A Sandpiper: These cute little birds love to sit by the crashing waves and eat up tiny crustaceans in the sand!
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!
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!