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!

 

Four Scenic Views You Can’t Miss on Hilton Head Island

There are so many amazing views to catch on Hilton Head Island, but there’s a few, that seem to be the one’s you can’t help but take a picture of. This is our list of those must have views for your Hilton Head Island vacation!

  1. Sunset at The Skull Creek Boathouse: With live music, fresh seafood, and a view like this that is only obscured by the oak trees and Spanish moss, how could you not feel like you’re on vacation? sunset-photo-at-skull-creek-boathouse
  2. South Beach Marina: Home of the famous Salty Dog Cafe, South Beach Marina is full of fun, bright colors, that take you back to your childhood and bring a vintage vacation vibe full of memories! satly-dog-cafe-south-beach-marina2
  3. The Harbor Town Lighthouse: This view is iconic to Hilton Head Island, and whether you see it at sunset or in the middle of the day it is just as fulfilling. Hello, Hilton Head.gray-cloudy-skies-turned
  4. Is there really any view better than the view of the beach from your beach chair? We didn’t think so either…1

If you’re craving any of these views– especially the last one– go on our website to book a wonderful beach vacation home in Hilton Head Island where the views are spectacular and the memories are even better.

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!

Hilton Head Island Beach Treasure Hunt

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Can you find these 5 items at the beach by your

Beach Properties Vacation Rental Home?

  1. 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!hermit-2
  2. 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! 3050e5ec5e55b9bdceb616f161334317
  3. 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!3371502500_28b937937b
  4. A Sandpiper: These cute little birds love to sit by the crashing waves and eat up tiny crustaceans in the sand! 9fc919f6c45704956d3969dc34551ddd
  5. 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!hilton.head.jpg

We hope you had fun finding all of these fun creatures and sights! Or if you were just looking at the post for some vacation inspiration, head on over to our website and book your vacation with us now!! How can you resist those adorable dolphins, and a view like that!

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!

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A Great Day Trip Near Hilton Head Island

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Only an hour or so away from Hilton Head Island is a beautiful Wildlife Refuge called “Botany Bay Plantation“. The tour of the refuge is FREE and is guaranteed to open your eyes and fascinate you with huge, lush trees, wide open marshes filled with exotic wildlifewinding trails, natural beaches, and historic landmarks.

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Take the tour at your own pace, spend as much time at the beach as you’d like and re-enter for free if you need to take a break. The Botany Bay Plantation is supported and protected by the DNR and there are plenty of ways to donate to the refuge on site.

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It is located at 1066 Botany Bay Road, Edisto Island, SC, 29438. If you want more info click here or call (843)869-2713.

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In case you didn’t know, Beach Properties of Hilton Head has some great offers and deals going on right now for fall/winter & holiday extended stays right now. Click here to learn about why Hilton Head Island is such a great place to stay in the cooler months of the year and how you could save vacationing with us this holiday season!

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Hounds On The Harbour 2016

Bring your pooch to this event. Harbour Town in Sea Pines is hosting the 2016 Hounds On The Harbour Event on October 1st. This is the ultimate socialization event for man’s best friend. Pamper your dog with a pup cake walk, an agility contest, a dog/owner look alike contest and more! Come out and meet face to face with the various veterinarians, grooming services, boarding services, and trainers that the Hilton Head area has to offer you. The Hilton Head Humane Association will also be present with dogs available for adoption. The event will be held from 10am-1pm. Call the Sea Pines Resort recreation department for more info: 843-842-1979.

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.

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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.

Hilton Heads Diverse Wildlife!

On Hilton Head Island, there is a huge array of wildlife from flaura to fauna, and everything in between. From the little green guys that climb on your Beach Properties rental homes‘ windows, to the big-finned friendly creatures swimming in the distance, Hilton Head has it all! Here’s a little infographic on some of our creatures and some fun facts about each!

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Fishing in the “Off-Season”

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In the lowcountry, you may see people’s cars pulled off the road with a marsh nearby and then spot a person standing out in the water, rod in hand, casting away at the reeds. Well, this scene you’re witnessing is the beautiful art of fly-fishing.

IMG_6067When you think of fishing, you probably don’t think of colder months and wearing a jacket while standing in the water… but if you want the real secret to reeling in the “big ones”, that secret is Fall and Winter. During these months, the ocean water clears up a little because of the smaller amount of activity and living algae in the water. This creates a perfect opportunity to sight cast to fish as you see them wriggle through the water beneath you. The most common fish you’ll see doing this will be Redfish, with their spotted tail and sometimes a blue edge on the back fin.

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The art of fly-fishing is a little more tricky than your spinning reel. Rather than cast out and wait for a bite, you actively watch the water, waiting patiently for a fin to break the surface. You then cast out to the fish, aiming you cast to the fish in hopes that it will immediately scoop up your fly and then the fight begins.

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If you find this type of fishing appealing and are a pro or even a beginner, Hilton Head is a great place to start a fly-fishing journey. There are so many great spots to wade in, and some of Beach Properties Vacation Rental Homes have marshes right in the backyard that you can fish from.

Beyond the appeal of the better fishing conditions, there will also be tons of discounts all over the island, whether you want a guided fishing trip, some lessons, a rental home, or even restaurants will all have wonderful “off-season” deals going on! There are so many great reasons to visit Hilton Head in the Fall and Winter– plus, we even have an amazing deal going on right now for extended stays on the island where you can “live like a local” for the best deal per night you can get all year!