BP Myth Busters: The Only Thing to do in Hilton Head is go to the beach…?

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!

  1. Sea Pines Forest PreserveImage result for forest preserve hhi
    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.
  2. Coastal Discovery Museum
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    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.
  3. Old Town Bluffton
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    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!
  4. Shelter Cove Marina & Shelter Cove Towne Center
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    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!
  5. Pinckney Island

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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.

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That’s it for this myth, but we will be back with even more myth busting and tips! Follow this blog, or head to our website for more information on a vacation on Hilton Head Island with Beach Properties!

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!

 

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!

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.

Shelter Cove Latinos Fest 2016 on Hilton Head Island

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Come out September 18th, 2016 to the Shelter Cove Community Park for a festival like no other on Hilton Head Island. Experience why so many people love and enjoy the Latinos Festival. With great music, food, culture and activities, it’s hard for anyone to not have a good time. There are kids areas as well as kids activities, so be sure to bring your little ones. The festival will start at 11:00am and there is a suggested donation of $3 at the door. All donations will be forwarded to Volunteer in Medicine Hilton Head Island. For more information call Ginger Allen at (843) 689-6612.

And don’t forget Beach Properties of Hilton Head has some great deals going on right now for fall and winter stays this year so that you and your family/friends can have a great vacation at the beach this holiday season and enjoy even more festivals all while staying in luxury for a competitive price.  Click here to see why Hilton Head Island is a great place to vacation in the fall and winter months and why you should stay with us.

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.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Hilton Head Island in the Spring!

Do we really have to go over this?  Hilton Head Island.  In the Spring.  This should be a no-brainer.

You’ve heard of Hilton Head, right?  Coast of South Carolina,  world-class golf capital, stunning natural landscape…

We know you know.

But part of what we do here is REMIND and ENCOURAGE and TANTALIZE.  We do want you to plan a vacation, after all.  But not just any vacation.  We are gunning for the VACATION OF YOUR DREAMS!

Therefore, let us suggest the following:

TOP 5 REASONS TO VISIT HILTON HEAD ISLAND IN THE SPRING:

1. The Weather

Average daily temperature of 69 degrees, blue skies, BALMY breezes, and when those Azaleas start popping… wow!

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2. The Flora & Fauna

You’ve been cooped up all winter and you need to get out and revel in the flora and fauna, especially since the weather is AWESOME (see above).  Go bird-watching at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, hiking through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, get out on the ocean with one of many Hilton Head water activities ~ boating and more!

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3.  The Action!

Everyone knows there’s no place like Hilton Head Island for amazing golf courses, but did you know the island has been awarded the Gold Level by the League of American Cyclists for being such a bicycle-friendly community?  Not only that, there is kayaking and paddle boarding, and horse-back riding, and para-sailing, and even zip-lining…

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4.  The Events & Festivals

Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest is a don’t-miss week-long event showcasing talented chefs and local seafood, Feb 29 thru March 5…Wingfest is a wonderfully delicious exhibition and contest where restaurants and organizations pull out all the stops in their pursuit of the title “Best Wings”, March 18…the Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade is our own little taste of Ireland on March 13th!

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Click your heels together: “There’s no place like Hilton Head”

5.  The Local History & Culture

The Coastal Discovery Museum is one of the most memorable destinations on Hilton Head Island. Explore natural history and cultural heritage on the 68 acre Honey Horn property. The Museum’s trails, gardens, live oaks, butterfly enclosure, and Marsh Tacky horses are just a few of the fun experiences you will encounter during your visit…and if you are in Sea Pines, check out the haunting Stoney-Baynard ruins, and the mysterious Indian Shell Ring.

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Stoney-Baynard ruins in Sea Pines

This list could go on and on, but if you should need any more motivation how about this:

SAVE UP TO 25% OFF YOUR WEEKLY STAY NOW – MARCH 26TH!!

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20th Annual Gullah Celebration!

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February brings the 20TH ANNUAL GULLAH CELEBRATION to Hilton Head!

Recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast, events all through the month offer an excellent opportunity for visitors to delve into Hilton Head Island’s history and a unique aspect of our local culture.

The Gullah are a distinctive group of African Americans whose origins lie along the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia, as well as the adjacent sea islands.  Because of a period of relative isolation in rural areas, the Gullah have been able to preserve more of their African cultural heritage than any other group of African Americans.  Experience the delicious food, uplifting music, and one-of-a-kind arts and crafts of this rich cultural heritage.  Here are some highlights:

OL’ FASHIONED GULLAH BREAKFAST – Sat Feb 6, 8am – noon, Historic Cherry Hill School

Home cooking that shows some, and reminds others of, a traditional Gullah breakfast: featuring your choice of stewed oysters, shrimp in a savory lowcountry gravy, fried fresh catch fish paired with hot butter grits and fresh biscuits. Meals are prepared by people of the local Gullah community coordinated by Ooman Chef Louise Cohen. $12 at the door.

ARTS, CRAFT & FOOD EXPO – Sat Feb 20 & Sun Feb 21, 11am – 5pm, Coastal Discovery Museum

An all-access experience to Gullah culture! The annual Arts, Crafts and Food Expo offers cultural demonstrations, authentic Gullah and African crafts and food for sale, as well as an offering of traditional storytelling and music entertainment. An event to be shared with family and friends or for you to make new friends!

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TASTE OF GULLAH – Sat Feb 13, 11am – 3pm, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

This one-of-kind event is an afternoon of food and music:  authentic Gullah dishes such as Okra Gumbo, Conch Stew, fried shrimp dusted in traditional Gullah seasonings, and classic barbecue favorites like char-grilled chicken and ribs. While you eat you can enjoy the entertainment of several local artists including traditional dancers, musicians and storytellers.

GULLAH MUSIC SERIES – Each Friday night of the month, different location & line-up each show

A wonderful variety of gospel music, traditional and modern favorites, and acclaimed gospel ensembles that offer soul-stirring and hand-clapping performances!  Celebrate and honor the spiritual thread that binds the African ancestors and the Gullah of today.

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These are just a few of the events that take place all through February, so check out the Gullah Celebration Events Guide for more information.

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Top 5 Reasons to go to Church on Hilton Head Island

Call it “The Pope Effect”:

The Pope’s historic visit to the US has energized and inspired millions.  If going to church is a part of your life, you may find that you have a new enthusiasm to attend services, even…OMG…while you are on vacation!

Here are our top 5 reasons to shine your shoes, comb your hair, and get to church:

  1.  Hilton Head Island has over 20 different churches and temples representing at least 8 denominations.
  2. The folks on Hilton Head are generally warm and friendly, so you will be made to feel welcome.
  3. It’s a great way to connect with people, and…perhaps…get a break from your family?
  4. Actually, you won’t have to shine your shoes at all… You can wear your sandals, or even your fancy flip flops!
  5. There are some beautiful churches here!  Lovely and peaceful…historic too!
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First Presbyterian Church

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All Saints Episcopal Church

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Church of the Cross

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