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! 

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!

Seaside Treasures: 3 Marsh Island

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This gorgeous 4 bedroom, 4 and 1/2 bath Sea Pines home is located near the South Beach Marina and is an 8 minute walk to the beach. Guests will surely enjoy the quiet relaxation and spacious deck in the back of the home.

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Upon entering this home you are immediately impressed with the view across the pool with a fountain feature to the lagoon. The decor is elegant and elevated with sophisticated touches as well as calm and laid back pieces to balance it all out.

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The master has huge windows almost spanning the side wall facing the lagoon. The master bath has a large tub and separate shower. Further down the hallway is the laundry area with a half bath and garage access.

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The dining room has seating for 8 with a wonderful view of the pool and lagoon behind you. The fully equipped kitchen is just beyond the dining room and features granite counters as well as having a fantastic view of the lagoon. This area opens up to a comfortable den with a couch and chair as well as a flat screen tv.

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As you enter the dining room with a full view of the marsh, there is a large couch, and a chair with plenty of room for seating. The living room has high ceilings and tons of bright airy natural light, opening up the entire space!
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There is a second Master featuring a king bed on this level, behind the living room with a private bath and access to a private deck. The additional two bedrooms are located upstairs and all have private baths. One of the bedrooms has a king bed and the other has two queen beds.

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The deck area, with it’s expansive view, affords a delightful place to enjoy shade or sun. The deck wraps around most of the home and has tons of seating from cushioned chairs to enjoy coffee on in the morning, or lounging chairs for tanning and reading!

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If you are interested in a vacation in this home, click this link to our website or call one of our vacation planners at (843) 671-5155.

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!

 

Holiday Recipes for Your Winter Island Vacation

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One of the best parts of the holidays is the ever present aromas of delicious cookies baking in the oven, festive drinks for all, and big family meals where everyone is in the kitchen helping in one way or another. Some people may think that this little magical element is lost when you leave home for Christmas, but with a vacation rental property, that is simply not the case! Every one of our wonderful homes and villas has a fully equipped kitchen perfect for you and your loved ones to make even more memories creating new, fun recipes, and devouring all of your creations! On Hilton Head Island, the holidays have an island twist from string lights in palm trees, to sand rather than snow– so we thought we would give you some new recipes to try as well. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a new tradition here on the island with us, Beach Properties of Hilton Head!

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Cranberry Apple Cider Sangria:

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The weather doesn’t get too extreme on Hilton Head Island, so although hot chocolate and spiked hot cider are great, you won’t need to rely on a hot drink to keep your hands warm while strolling the beach here! We love the idea of the red cranberries and green apple for a fun colored drink to garnish any meal with a holiday flair. Here’s a simple recipe that yields 8 cups of this delicious drink!

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 750 ml. bottle red wine
  • 3 cups apple cider (non-alcoholic or alcoholic)
  • 1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice
  • ½ cup Triple Sec or other orange liqueur
  • ½ cup honey* (or ½ cup simple syrup, made by heating equal parts of sugar and water over medium heat until dissolved)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • sparkling water to top off
  • 1 cup freshly diced red and/or green apple cubes
  • cinnamon sticks for garnish
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Combine red wine, apple cider, cranberry juice, orange liqueur and honey (or simple syrup) in a large pitcher.
  2. Add cranberries and diced unpeeled apples.
  3. Serve over ice, if desired, filling glasses ¾ full and topping off with some sparkling water.
  4. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a straw.

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Crispy Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus:

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 Keeping with the red and green color scheme, we have a delicious appetizer or side that would make even someone who doesn’t like asparagus reach for seconds! The savory, salty prosciutto pairs perfectly with the asparagus, plus wrapping the prosciutto around the asparagus would be a great job to give the kids for a fun and safe way to help out!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 ounces sliced prosciutto, halved horizontally
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Working one at a time, wrap halved prosciutto slice on each asparagus spear at an angle, covering the entire length of the spear. Repeat with remaining prosciutto and asparagus.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add asparagus and cook until prosciutto is crisp and asparagus is tender, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Serve immediately.

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White Chocolate Peppermint Oreo Bark:

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What’s the holidays without sweet treats?! Peppermint bark is always a crowd favorite, and we love the cookies and cream addition to this recipe with Oreos incorporated! This is another simple recipe that has tons of potential for little helpers to feel like they have a big role in the creation of this dessert!

INGREDIENTS:
  • 20 ounces white chocolate morsels
  • 16 Oreos, roughly chopped
  • ⅓ cup crushed peppermint candy canes
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Line a 13 x 9 baking tray with parchment paper, making sure that extra paper hangs over the sides for easy lifting once chocolate is hardened. Set aside.
  2. Assemble Oreo cookies and crushed candy canes so that toppings are ready to use.
  3. In a medium bowl, break 8 ounces of white chocolate into pieces and microwave until fully melted and smooth. Be sure to stop and stir every 30 seconds so that chocolate doesn’t burn.
  4. Once chocolate in melted, spread onto prepared tray using a spatula or knife. White chocolate should cover entire pan in a thin layer.
  5. Top white chocolate with crushed Oreo cookies.
  6. Place pan in refrigerator for 10 minutes to harden.
  7. As chocolate mixture is hardening, melt remaining 12 ounces of white chocolate in the microwave until smooth.
  8. Remove pan from refrigerator and spread remaining white chocolate over the top in an even layer, coating the entire pan.
  9. Sprinkle crushed candy canes over top of chocolate.
  10. Place into the refrigerator for 15 minutes to harden completely.
  11. Once ready, lift parchment paper by overhang and set on counter. Chocolate will lift right out of paper.
  12. Break into pieces by hand or using a knife.

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Hopefully these fun recipes have inspired you to look into some new recipes to make alongside your traditional ones, or maybe it even made you want to start a new holiday tradition all together in Hilton Head. If so, head on over to our website and check out the myriad of homes, condos, and villas that we have to offer! 

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.

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!

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5 Great Places to Catch a Sunset on Hilton Head

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#1 Skull Creek– There are three great places off of Skull Creek that you can choose from to see a beautiful sunset. All three restaurants are in very close proximity of each other so don’t worry about a major difference between the three. Go check out the sunset at The Skull Creek Boathouse, The Charthouse Restaurant, and Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks.

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#2 Harbour Town-Check out the sunset at the Harbour Town Marina and Lighthouse, located in Sea Pines Plantation. Enjoy some great food, view some beautiful waters, and spot a dolphin or two while you’re out there as well.

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#3 Sea Pines Beach Club-Also located in Sea Pines, The Sea Pines Beach Club is a relatively new and very nice club house built right off of the beach. Enjoy a cold drink out on the deck near the pool looking out at the sunset painted sky.

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#4 The Dunes House-The Dunes House, located in the Palmetto Dunes Resort is also a great spot for all of you Palmetto Dunes fans. This is another great place to after a sunset after a nice day at the beach.

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#5 Dolphin Head-A great spot to see a sunset without a whole lot of people around is Dolphin Head Park. Many guests say this beach is very beautiful and easy to walk on for you and your dog. And you guessed it, it is a great place to see some dolphins as well as they return out to the ocean from feeding in the Port Royal Sound all day.

Sunsets aren’t just a summer time phenomenon on Hilton Head. Sunsets are beautiful year round here. Come vacation with us this fall/winter and holiday season over at Beach Properties of Hilton Head and save big with our current specials on a luxury home or villa. Enjoy a sunset of your own on the deck or patio of one of our ocean front properties! Click here to see why Hilton Head Island is an awesome place to vacation in the final months of the year.

 

 

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How To Find Dolphins on Hilton Head Island

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Dolphins are not hard to spot in Hilton Head’s waters. Dolphins usually are spotted feeding at low tide each day in the near by creeks and rivers, such as Skull Creek, Chechessee River, Colleton River, and the Broad River. Use this tide chart to figure out the best time each day to go out and find Dolphins. At high tide, you can also find dolphins, usually socializing and playing in larger herd numbers. They are more playful and social at high tide because they have already eaten at low tide.

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Many of our properties at Beach Properties of Hilton Head are on great locations to see Dolphins. We also have several boating excursions on our Advantage Program that take you right out up close and personal with Dolphins. Check out our website and current specials going on for the holiday season to book your next vacation. Hilton Head Island is a great place to vacation in the final months of the year and especially a great place to spend your family holiday. Remember, there is nothing like a holiday at the beach!

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Dove Street Festival of Lights

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Come out and enjoy the “Dove Street Festival of Lights” at Shelter Cove Town Center.

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The Festival starts on November 19th at 6pm and ends on December 31st. Every night at 6pm, the town center will be lit up.

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Enjoy spectacular lights, shopping and dining. Bring your family and friends and get into your holiday spirit.  This light festival is one example why Hilton Head Island is such a great place to spend your holiday. You should stay over with us this holiday season at Beach Properties of Hilton Head. Check out some of the great specials we have going on, helping you save big so you can bring all of your loved ones with you. Enjoy warmer weather, wide open beaches and roads, fresh & tasty local seafood, tons of activities, tons of savings and best of all, the holiday spirit of Hilton Head Island.