Our Favorite Coffee Shops & Cafes on the Island

Some people are the kinds that wake up, brew a pot of hot coffee, eat a slice of toast, and start their day. But there’s also the kind of person who loves to head over to a quant little cafe, sip on a latte, and savor over a chocolate croissant or quiche with a friend for a few hours to start their day. This post is for the second person. For the “coffee and toast at home” people, don’t worry– all of our vacation rental properties come with fully equipped kitchens, so your daily routine won’t be harmed in the slightest. These are our top Hilton Head Island and Bluffton Area cafe’s and coffee shops!

Maywood Davis Coffee and Tea:

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This is a new spot on the Island set in the “old log cabin” on 278! You may have seen this little wooden property before while driving down the island, where there was a gas station previously perched in front, but now Maywood Davis is brewing coffee and serving up sweet treats and baked goods Tuesday to Sunday. From pour over coffee, to espresso, and nitro cold brew, your coffee concoctions are all here. This is a fun little joint perfect for a low-key morning or afternoon pick me up.

The Purple Cow:

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The Purple Cow prides itself on housemade desserts, fun cocktails, and cafe delights! From the French Toast Donut (pictured as a sundae) to a strawberry, brie, and local honey sandwich, and a full selection of coffees and cocktails, the Purple Cow is not a place you should miss. Even better is that you will receive an exclusive Beach Properties Advantage Discount of 10% off of all food! It certainly pays to be a Beach Properties guest– especially when it comes to sweets and coffee!

Corner Perk:

Image may contain: drink, food and indoorIf you find yourself venturing out to Bluffton for some of the Old Bluffton feel, or to do a little shopping at the Tanger Outlets, DO NOT miss out on the Corner Perk. This adorable corner shop is practically famous to islanders and Bluffton residents alike. From their amazing coffee’s, awesome breakfast sandwiches and skillets, to their delicious cakes and sweets, this place is an absolute must go. Try one of Cooke’s Breakfast Skillets (pictured) with two fried eggs, and two slices of bacon piled atop the most perfect cheesy grits, and accompany it with their homemade Chai Tea Latte. You will not regret making your way down to Old Town Bluffton for this.

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Now get out of bed and get some coffee!

It’s time to start your day the Hilton Head Island way!

 

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!

A Coastal Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is an awesome time to take a vacation to Hilton Head Island with your family and be thankful for each other as well as the views you can enjoy of the beach! Beach Properties of Hilton Head has many homes that can accommodate bigger groups of people, with some homes having 7 bedrooms! Another perk of staying in a vacation rental home as opposed to a hotel, is that you don’t have to give up the tradition of cooking all day with your family at home, as all of our homes and villas have fully functional and fully equipped kitchens with everything you would need to make an amazing turkey dinner– aside from the groceries of course! Here is some southern Thanksgiving recipe inspiration to add a little island twist to your traditional dinner– who knows, maybe you can make a new tradition here in Hilton Head!

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A little twist on your average stuffing that is sure to wow your family! Everyone loves a good lowcountry Shrimp and Grits, so why not incorporate it into Thanksgiving dinner!?

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound peeled, medium-size raw shrimp
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked regular grits
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Devein shrimp, if desired.
  2. Bring broth, salt, and ground red pepper to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  3. Whisk in grits, and return to a boil; reduce heat to low, and stir in butter. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed then remove from heat.
  4. Stir together eggs, bell pepper, breadcrumbs, green onions, and parmesan in a large bowl.
  5. Gradually stir about one-fourth of hot grits mixture into egg mixture; add egg mixture to remaining hot grits mixture, stirring constantly.
  6. Stir in shrimp until well blended.
  7. Pour grits mixture into a lightly greased 11-x 7-inch baking dish.
  8. Bake at 325 degrees for 55 minutes to 1 hour or until mixture is set. Let stand 10 minutes.

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Is your mouth watering yet? Pecan Pie is a southern staple and a great addition for one of your many Thanksgiving dessert options! This Bourbon Pecan Pie adds an extra southern kick– perfect for a post-turkey dessert!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pie Crust
  • 1 Cup Brown Rice Syrup
  • 2/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbs Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 1 Tbs Molasses
  • 1/4 Cup Bourbon
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste or Extract
  • 1 1/2 Cup Pecan Halves
  • 3 Eggs, room temperature, beaten

Directions:

  1. In a small sauce-pot on medium low heat mix the brown rice syrup and sugar. As the mixture starts to bubble around the edges, whisk so that the sugar dissolves. Do not let this mixture come to a boil. Remove from heat and add the butter, molasses, bourbon and vanilla. Whisk to mix. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 325F.
  3. Toast the pecan halves for about 10-12 minutes until lightly toasted. They’ll toast further as the pie bakes.
  4. Arrange the pecans in the bottom of the pie, in an even layer with tops up.
  5. Once the brown rice syrup mixture has come to room temperature, add the eggs and whisk until ingredients come together.
  6. Gently, pour the sugar-egg mixture over the pecans.
  7. Bake for 45-50 minutes turning 1/2 way through baking. It’s done when the center is just set but still slightly soft. If the crust starts to get dark, place a crust protector over the top of the pie or use foil to cover the edges.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool overnight so that the custard has time to set. Cover when completely cool and store at room temperature for up to three days.
  9.  We recommend serving this up warm with some vanilla bean ice cream on top!

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If these recipes have you dreaming of a Thanksgiving getaway head over to our website and book your families Thanksgiving Beach Vacation today!