Second Chances Don’t Come Often…

Missed New Year’s Eve on the Island? Or are you a New Year’s Eve fanatic? Either way, we have good news for you! One of our Advantage Discount Card Restaurant partners, The Skull Creek Boathouse, is having their 2nd Chance New Year’s Eve party on January 14th!

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Check out our current specials for your next visit to Hilton Head Island!

New Years Day Pajama Brunch

Looking for a local activity on New Years Day? To really ring in the New Year on Hilton Head Island like a “local”, make your way over to The Palmetto Bay Sunrise Cafe for their annual New Years Day Pajama Brunch.

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Enjoy the friendliest service, great mimosas and a Crabcake Benedict that is out of this world amazing! All in the comfort of your pajamas! Enjoy!

New Year’s Eve Celebrations on HHI

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!

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  1. New Years Eve Ball Drop with The Sea Pines Resort in Harbour Town:
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    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.
  2. Crab Pot Drop at Old Town Dispensary:
    No automatic alt text available.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!
  3. Bar Hopping at The Triangle:
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    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!
  4. New Years at The Skull Creek Boathouse:
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    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!

Which Hilton Head Island Restaurants are Open for Christmas Eve?

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Many restaurants on the island are open for Christmas Eve dinner, but we have chosen a few of our favorites to recommend to you–whether you’re an italian food lover, looking for fresh seafood with a view, or a delicious steak to devour before Santa visits! If you don’t feel like cooking in your rental property, we have you covered, but if you do, check out our blog on holiday recipes for your vacation rental home!

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This is the restaurant that our staff voted as our personal favorite place to eat on Hilton Head Island. With amazing homemade pasta dishes, delicious specials featuring things like fresh seafood risotto, or chicken milanese, and an amazing wine selection, OMBRA is a great upscale option for your whole family to indulge in. OMBRA is located in between Sea Pines and Palmetto Dunes on 278, making it easily accessible from either of our vacation rental property locations!
For a reservation, head over to opentable.com, or call at (843) 842-5505. 

Frankie Bones:

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Walking into Frankie Bones is like walking into a swanky 1960’s bar and restaurant inspired by the Sinatra times of swingy jazz music, flashy silver accents, and martinis galore. This is a great spot for classic american-italian food, featuring amazing meatballs, the BEST lobster mac and cheese (pictured), and pork schnitzel. Frankie Bones is a part of our exclusive Beach Properties Advantage Program, which means that as a guest of ours you will receive a special discount by displaying your Advantage Card at the restaurant. They offer 10% off of your meal bill with our card, so go ahead and get another appetizer… on us!
To make a reservation go to opentable.com or call at (843)682-4455.

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Poseidon is one of our newer spots on the island, in Shelter Cove Towne Center, right across from Palmetto Dunes! It has great seafood options along with an amazing view from their rooftop bar/seating (pictured), with dancing and live music! Poseidon is another one of our restaurants on the Advantage Discount Program, and also offers 10% off of your bill. This is a great place for some fresh air and delicious food right across the way from Palmetto Dunes, home to many of our homes and villas!
For a reservation go to opentable.com or call (843)341-3838.

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For more great options you can look at our Advantage Discount Page here and see what other restaurants are doing a Christmas Eve dinner– and that you can get a great discount at! Have a very merry (and yummy) Christmas!

 

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!!!

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!

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!

Lets Toast to Another Year on Hilton Head

Village at Wexford 2016 Toast The Season

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

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!