Eat Like a Local in these Local’s Favorites!

Vacationing is fun because you get to embrace a new city or town, and really get to know how the locals live their lives day-to-day. The only issue is that sometimes being a tourist can lead to missing out on some of the best features of a place… in this case, restaurants! Here we’ve made a list of some of our favorite hole-in-the-wall or only found in Hilton Head restaurants for you to check out the next time you’re on island time!

  • Fiesta Fresh:

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    Come here at lunch and you’ll find tons of locals taking their lunch break, from students to full grown adults! The laid-back Mexican style restaurant is perfect for an easy, no-fuss meal. From the amazing burritos, delicious quesadillas, or the famous Fiesta Chicken Salad, you can’t go wrong here. Also- don’t miss out on the queso and guacamole, you won’t regret getting them! Even better, as our guest, you will receive 10% off of your bill by showing you Advantage Discount Card! 

  • Delisheeyo:

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    Say hello to your new favorite meal. Not only is everything at Delisheeyo fresh picked from their garden and extremely health conscious, it is DELICIOUS. Get a Buddha Bowl, a So Cal wrap, a Volcanic Lemonade, and so much more. They also have smoothies, fresh-pressed juices, and frozen yogurt with great, fresh toppings! We promise health food has never, ever tasted this good. You’ll find very long lines of locals at lunch time waiting for their go-to order, and they wait because it’s worth it. Make sure to stop by Delisheeyo next time you’re in Hilton Head!

  • Ruan Thai Cuisine
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    If you love thai food, Ruan Thai is the place to go! With delicious drunken noodles, thai fried rice, thom yum soup and much more, you will love the quiet and local atmosphere paired with the amazing thai flavors! There’s two locations, one along 278 and another on the north end of the island. They do take out as well, which never disappoints!
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    We hope you try these great spots, and if you do let us know! Head over to our website if you’d like to make a reservation at one of our properties! 

The Best Pizza on the Island…?

Whether you’re from New York, Chicago, or anywhere else, we all have our go-to pizza joint when the craving hits! But what do you do when you’re on vacation and you need that melted cheese, crispy crust, and delicious red sauce ASAP? If you’re on Hilton Head Island, these are the places you go (or for some, even call and have delivered to your rental property!)

Giuseppis:
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This is a Hilton Head Classic with a pizza recipe straight from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Locals and visitors alike know the name, and the location is so easy for our Beach Properties guests. You can call in your order for a few of their amazing pizzas, or even try a “Weggie”, which is like a sandwich wrapped and baked in their handmade pizza dough (pictured). Trust us, its great. Even better is the discount you receive for being a Beach Properties guest! If you show your BP Advantage Discount Card, you will receive 10% off of your bill!

Dough Boys:
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Dough Boys is our go-to pizza delivery when everyone in the office’s stomachs start to growl. Between pizza, chopped salads, and subs, you can’t go wrong trying to please everyone. They even have a build your own pizza option that will make any picky eater happy! We suggest Jen’s Boom Boom Barbecue pizza, or the classic Mag’s Margherita. By being our guest, you also get the exclusive BP Advantage Card Discount of $5 off of any order of $30 or more! So call them up and have some awesome pies delivered right to your vacation property with a sweet discount from us!

Fat Baby’s:

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Don’t let the name of this pizza spot deter you, Fat Baby’s is the place to be! They recently moved to a new location with a wonderful outdoor seating area and that combined with their fun and delicious pizzas is enough to sell me on it! When you walk around the island you may notice the Fat Baby’s logo on t-shirts everywhere– almost rivaling the Salty Dog t-shirts! There’s a reason people love this place so much, between their awesome subs, and crazy good pizzas, you can’t go wrong. Plus, as our guest take 10% off of your food bill when dining in with you BP Advantage Card!

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Let us know what you think of our top 3 pizza joints, if you visit! And don’t forget that Advantage Rewards Card– you are a VIP in our book, and deserve your own discounts in tons of places, check out of Advantage Rewards page to see what other discounts you can take advantage of as our guest! 

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!

 

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!

 

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!

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!!

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!

Low Country Critters

 

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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.

Cost is adult $10 and child $5 (12 and under) under 5 are free.  No reservations for this program just drop in and see!  The Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island.

Check out these specials for your December visit to Hilton Head!