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!

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    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!

Girls Getaway Weekend: Hilton Head Island Style

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Looking for a gorgeous place to relax and renew with your girls? Hilton Head Island is the perfect place! With beautiful beaches, amazing restaurants, wonderful spas, and so much more, your ladies will love this getaway plan. Here’s some planning inspiration to get you started!

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Where to Stay?

One of the best reasons to stay in a vacation rental home, is that you have privacy as well as an entire house to share! With a kitchen, multiple bedrooms, living rooms, and if you choose wisely, a porch with a beach view, you will be living the luxurious lifestyle and making memories you and your friends will never forget.

Beach Properties has tons of options for you to choose from, but here are just a couple of our favorites, that we think would accommodate a girls group wonderfully in terms of size and of course proximity to the beach and ultimate relaxation!

6 Armada: if you’re a beachy bunch with an eye for design.IMG_1377

8 East Beach Lagoon: if you’re a group looking for beachfront access and a classic coastal home to call your own for the week.

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18 Brigantine: If you’re looking for extreme luxury, and a beach view from a second story porch (just saying). IMG_0882

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What to do?

Beyond lazing by the pool and getting your bronze on, there are tons of fun activities for you and your gal pals to do! Here’s a few ideas…

If you’re the girl friends who love to shop: Shelter Cove Towne Center! This new shopping area overlooks the ocean and has tons of great stores to choose from.

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For the relaxation girls: Faces Spa

With our Beach Properties Advantage Card, you have access to deals at many different spas here on the island that are exclusive to us. Click this link for our page of deals!

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For the sporty squad: Sweat Bootcamp! This bootcamp is a great way to sweat it out with your girls led by trainer, Jen Edwards. Working out with a view, and feeling the coastal breeze makes your one hour sweat sesh easy! Plus, Jen offers a discount exclusively to our Beach Properties guests!

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Book your girls getaway today, at beach-property.com!!

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Hilton Head Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance 2016

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November will be here before you know it, so now is the time for you to book your fall vacation with Beach Properties of Hilton Head  and enjoy the week long car festival “The Concours d’Elegance” here on Hilton Head Island and Savannah, GA. Beach Properties of Hilton Head has so many great deals and offers going on this fall that it’s no wonder why so many people stay with us when they come to enjoy the festival.

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The festival starts in Savannah on October 28th where attendees enjoy fast classic cars that race around the race track. There is also a large assortment of high end luxury, fast sport, and old classic cars for display. Bring your young ones, car enthusiast friends, or your special someone and enjoy music, food & beverage, car shows, and more! The Savannah portion of the festival ends October 30th.

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In case you didn’t know, Savannah is only a 15-20 minute drive away, so you will be able to stay on Hilton Head for both the Savannah AND the Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance.

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Then make your way back over to Hilton Head Island for the remainder of the festival, November 5&6th.  The Hilton Head portion of The Concours d’Elegance has even more to enjoy!

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The Hilton Head portion will be held at Port Royal Golf Club and will feature cool and classic cars in a car show as well as on display, an aerial expo of several different planes, a showcase of various luxury and famous boats from television shows and movies, historic cars driven by celebrities and former leaders, and so much more. Food & beverage, arts & crafts vendors, and live music will also be present for attendees to enjoy.

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For more information on the Concours d’Elegance click here.

To see what offers Beach Properties of Hilton Head is offering for your trip to the Concours d’Elegance click here.

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FREE Genealogy Appointment….Trace Your Heritage!

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October 5th, October 19th, October 26th, November 2nd, and November 9th, take a day trip from your vacation on Hilton Head Island and head over to Beaufort, SC (20 min drive) and take a class or two on how to effectively find your family history. Learn how to navigate various sites and learn where you came from and who your ancestors were.  Book your vacation with Beach Properties of Hilton Head today and take advantage of our current specialsEnjoy a vacation at the beach during the fall & winter with your family. Click the graphic above to learn more!

Seaside Treasures: 5 High Water

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5 High Water is a spectacular 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom home that has just been completely renovated to perfectly suit the needs of any vacationer. With a color scheme of serene, cool blue, creams, tans, and tons of natural sunlight, this home is light and airy with an open feel.

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As you enter the home, you are greeted by the bright, clean kitchen with all stainless steel appliances, and an island with even more counter space for you to prepare meals! The island has four seats for entertaining, or watching the chef as he or she does their work! Right off of the kitchen is the dining area, with a beautiful wood table with seating for 6 people. Both the kitchen and the dining area have amazing clear glass light fixtures hanging down and illuminating the space!

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Just past this is a children’s bedroom with a bunk bed— the bottom bunk is a double bed and the top is a twin. There is also a full bed in the room, as well as a dresser and television. This room has fun pufferfish wallpaper which just lights up the room— a place your kids will love to go to sleep in at night after a long day at the beach and pool! This room has a private bathroom with a tub/shower combo!

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Across the hall is the master bathroom which has double sinks, a huge walk in shower, and a gorgeous tub! Through the master bath is the master bedroom with a king size bed, and a reading nook, as well as a door to the porch in the back!

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As you continue from the dining area, the living room with a couch, and two chairs face a television on the wall. To the right of the living area is a smaller living space with a couch, two chairs, and a coffee table— a perfect spot for possibly getting some work done, or talking over a glass of wine!

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To the right of the front door, after passing the living room and den area, is a guest bathroom to the right with a shower, and a door that leads to a guest bedroom with two full beds, a television, large closet and dresser. Across the hall is another King bedroom with a window seat, and a private bath with twin sinks and a shower, as well as a door to the porch!

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The pool has a spa with a waterfall into the pool below, as well as a shallow water area with two adirondack chairs wading in the water, with a hole for an umbrella should you choose to opt for some shade! There is also an outdoor shower to the left of the front door, enclosed on all sides— a great addition for cleaning off after the beach!

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Beyond the kitchen is a screened in porch with two chairs, and a couch, that has doors on the right and left side leading to the surrounding outdoor porch. The right side porch has two adirondack rocking chairs, and the left side has an outdoor dining table with seating for 6.

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This home is truly stunning and brings forth the greatest aspects of a beachy home. With clean and crisp decor, and a wonderful pool and tons of space, this home is a perfect place to have your next vacation!

To book a vacation with us head over to beach-property.com or call us at (800) 671-5155!

The Essential Beach Packing “Do Not Forgets”

Sometimes, packing is a daunting task. We’ve all been there, luggage open on our bed, piles of clothes surrounding it, with a mental checklist of what to bring. And we’ve also all been there when you’re 2 hours into your drive to your vacation and you think “uh oh”, because you just remembered you were supposed to bring something and somehow forgot it.

Well this list is meant to hopefully serve as a little reminder of some random things that would likely slip your mind while packing! Most items are things you can buy once you arrive, but paying $15 for sunscreen at the beach as opposed to bringing your same $9 sunscreen from home can make all the difference.

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Don’t forget that important arrival packet we mail you!!! It has your passes to get into the area you’re staying in, as well as your code or keys to get into your property– and you don’t want to have to make an extra trip to the office after 12 hours in the car, you want to get to your house or villa and hop right into the pool because by then, you’re on vacation mode!

 

Seaside Treasures: 17 South Live Oak

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17 South Live Oak Road is a fabulous 5 bedroom, 5 full and 2 half bathroom Sea Pines vacation home located on the 2nd hole of the Ocean Course across from the bridge walk to the beach path. This home is light, airy and refreshing.  The perfect home for a relaxing vacation! The sunny pool area, located in the front of this home is fully fenced in with complete privacy and features multiple dining areas as well as chaise for tanning!

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The living room has plenty of comfortable seating, a large flat screen TV  and sliding glass doors to the 40′ deck area overlooking the 2nd hole of the Ocean Golf Course. To the right of the living room is the Master Suite featuring a king bed, a flat screen TV, private deck and a luxurious master bath with a soaking tub and an extra large walk-in shower. Off the entry, there is a half bath and stairs to the upper level that has two bedrooms. First is the master suite, featuring a king bed, flat screen TV, private deck and large bathroom with walk in shower. Adjacent to the master bedroom is another guest room with king bed and private bath also featuring a walk in shower.

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To the left of the entry on the first level, behind the living room, there is a wet bar leading to the dining room and sliding glass doors to the deck.The adjacent gourmet kitchen is a pleasure to cook in, featuring granite counters, stainless appliances, a breakfast bar and an oversize refrigerator. There are sliding glass doors to the screen porch for dining alfresco.  Behind the kitchen, there is a large laundry room with a half bath.

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The additional bedrooms can be accessed by a stairwell behind the kitchen or through a private outside entrance by the garage. At the top of the stairs there is a den with a queen sleeper sofa, a kitchenette and a large flat screen TV. Off the den is a small room with two twin beds. The last two guest bedrooms are also located off the den. Both have a private bathroom, but one has a King bed and the other a Queen Bed. Within the queen bedroom you will also find a bunk bed with a twin on top and full bed on the bottom.

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This is the perfect home for a multi-generational vacation with great bedroom separation, two indoor living areas and extraordinary outdoor living space in both the front and the back of the home. Contact us to make this your next vacation home! 

 

Brunching & Beaching in Hilton Head

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One of the best perks of Vacation Rentals is the ability to cook your own meals in a fully equipped kitchen– sometimes even looking out over the ocean! You can make memories and cook amazing meals in the comfort of your vacation home, and it only gets better when you can do so in your pajamas! If you didn’t already know, brunch is the new “it” meal of the weekend, but when you’re on vacation, it can be the “it” meal every morning! Plus, with tons of new and exciting recipes that blend the deliciousness of breakfast with some more sustaining and filling options to last you through lunch, this meal is perfect for a lazy morning before an afternoon at the beach!

We’ve put together some of our favorite brunch recipes that stray from the typical eggs and bacon or chocolate chip pancakes– although we don’t blame you if you want to stick to the classics! We’re giving you a sweet option, a savory option… and even a bubbly option!

  1. Bacon and Egg Croissant Squares:

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If you’re a fan of the classic “bacon egg and cheese” sandwich, this may be the best breakfast spin-off ever! Rather than serving these delicious ingredients sandwich style, you layer them almost like a pizza! The flavors are amazing and the fluffy croissant only improves the entire meal!

Ingredients (2 Servings):

  • 1 tube refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil, parsley, or Italian parsley

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Open and unroll the crescents onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Split the dough right down the middle, forming two large squares. Pinch the perforations together in each square.
  3. Fold up the edges of each square of dough (about 1/2 inch of the edge around each square).
  4. Crack two eggs into the center of each dough square. Place three slices of bacon across the eggs on each square. Sprinkle with a tablespoon of Parmesan cheese, and salt, and pepper to taste. (You can add other toppings if you want to! Anything goes!)
  5. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes, until the edges of the Crescent dough are golden brown and the eggs are cooked to your preference.

2. Cinnamon French Toast Muffins:

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Nothing beats french toast… well, except a little bite-size version! These are sweet and easy to make, not to mention that you could easily toss some blueberries, banana slices, or really any other fruit into the muffin pan with the recipe and they would turn out amazing!

Ingredients (1 Dozen Muffins):

  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon vanilla exract
  • 14 cups cubed bread

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a muffin tin with butter or cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla extract. Add the cubed bread to the bowl and fold until combined and the bread has absorbed all of the liquid.
  3. Cut the bread (slightly stale works best to absorb liquid) into 1/2 inch cubes.
  4. Divide the bread mixture among the muffin tin cups, pressing it lightly into each cup to compact it.
  5. Bake the French toast cups for 25 to 30 minutes until they’re slightly crisped on top and cooked throughout. Allow the cups to cool for 5 minutes in the muffin tin then scoop each one out and serve topped with maple syrup or vanilla glaze.

3. Popsicle Mimosas:

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So… brunch isn’t complete without mimosas. Assuming you know how to make mimosas we thought– why not show a fun vacation spin on the classic! So, here we present popsicle mimosas. A mixture of bubbly and a childhood favorite doesn’t get much better (or easier) than this recipe!

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite champagne
  • Store bought fruit popsicles (or you can make your own!)

Directions:

  1. Place your popsicle into your glass
  2. Pour over the champagne.
  3. Enjoy!

There is no better place to enjoy food with friends and family than at your vacation rental beach house over a delicious brunch! You take care of the food and drinks, and we’ll take care of your rental reservation– Call us at 800-671-5155 or head over to beach-property.com!

Seaside Treasures: 6 Armada

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With such a beautiful ensemble of ocean-chic decor and a layout that is perfectly orchestrated specifically for the needs of a vacation rental home, 6 Armada in Palmetto Dunes Plantation is the ideal getaway for anyone! This home is a brand new 6 bedroom, 6 ½ bath, second row ocean, vacation home! With amazing beach elements in the home paired with artful design, this is not a property to miss.

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Upon entering the home you are welcomed into the inviting living room featuring comfortable seating, TV and easy access to the adjoining large covered porch.  The service bar area contains a beverage refrigerator, sink and dishwasher.

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Within the home there are multiple different niches that each have a certain focal point whether a bright colored throw pillow, or a gorgeous piece of art to admire. There is thought behind each space in this property!

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There are elements in the home that seem out of the blue and yet have a certain charm and a clear artistic thought behind them! This guest half bath has a funky vintage looking wallpaper from a local retailer, LowCountry Wallcoverings and Design. This bold pattern paired with a clear glass light fixture create an eye-catching space that cannot be missed!

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This home has been constructed with a master bedroom and luxury bath on each floor.   The home features four additional bedrooms, two on each floor, and each with its own private bath. Mixing and matching designs and patterns is a strength that this home displays in each room, whether it is the duvet, throw pillows, or wallpaper!

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From the foyer you proceed up the open stairway and enter the second floor entertainment area where you will watch TV, play games, read or just enjoy the view and natural light from the adjacent private deck.   Custom cabinetry, a sink, under counter refrigerator and microwave complete this space.

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The hall from the kitchen to the first floor master bedroom reminds one of a boardwalk at night, lit up by hanging light fixtures similar in shape to lights on a lighthouse.  With white paneled walls and a dark wood floor, there is a true oceanside feeling as you walk through this area.

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One of the guest bedrooms features two hanging twin bunk beds as well as a full bed. There is another guest room with three twin beds side by side, perfect for siblings, cousins, or family friends to all bunk up together and stay up telling stories!

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This home has an eating area with beautiful windows and is furnished with a large table to accommodate 10 people.  There is also a spacious laundry room, a convenient pantry, a half bath and the elevator, all adjacent to the kitchen. A secluded and spacious bedroom and bath is located a few steps up from here.

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6 Armada is a gorgeous home that is perfect for your next vacation! Call us at 800-671-5155 or head over to our website to book this or any of our other homes for your next getaway!

How to Find your Perfect Vacation Rental Home with Beach Properties

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There are so many options to choose from, between all of these different factors, but hopefully this guide will make your reservation process a little easier! Here’s some quick links for you to use when finding your property to rent sorted by the criteria above!

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And if you’re still wanting some extra help to find the perfect fit for your vacation needs, call our office at 800-671-5155 and one of our experienced vacation planners will happily assist you!