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!

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.

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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!

Italian Heritage Festival on Hilton Head Island 2016

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Come out and enjoy the Italian Heritage Festival on September 17th, 2016 and enjoy incredible Italian food by some of Hilton Head’s local Italian restaurants.  There will be a lot of different activities to do such as a grape stomping competition, a dunk tank, silent auctions and raffles, a kid’s zone with inflatables, a bocce court, live music and more! All proceeds and donations are forwarded to local charities and scholarship funds. The festival will be held at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn from 11am-4pm. For more info call (412)897-1148 or go to iachh.org.

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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.

Barrier Island Ecology Presentation on Hilton Head Island

The Coastal Discovery Museum of Hilton Head is offering a really intriguing program for people interested in the ecology of the low country. The program is called “Barrier Island Ecology” and will cover the important features of South Carolina barrier islands (such as Hilton Head) and what we can learn about tourist/resident growth patterns as well as how we can avoid impacting animal habitats and water quality. The program will also cover how local government makes their shoreline management decisions. The program will be presented by the South Coastal Office Director of the Coastal Conservation League, Kate Schaefer.  The presentation will be from 3pm-4pm on August 24th 2016. It’s only $7 per person and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext: 223 or online at www.coastaldiscovery.org. The Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island.

In case you didn’t know Beach Properties of Hilton Head has some great offers for extended fall & winter stays going on right now. Check out our specials page specials page and see how much you could save vacationing with us over the holidays!

The Joy of Fall on Hilton Head Island

Ahhh!  The crushing crowds have gone, the traffic is manageable, the Express line at the grocery store is open.  Starbucks employees are chatty again and the Old Oyster Factory even took out an ad saying “Summer is Over!  It’s Safe to Come Back!”

You might think that Hilton Head, “after the season”, is a dull place but have we got news for you:

With still warm but not sweltering temperatures, mild ocean breezes, bright sunshine, and lovely twilight, virtually everything is easy and pleasant.

Space to stretch out at Coligny Beach

Space to stretch out at Coligny Beach

Whether it be biking, stand-up paddleboarding, golfing, or just kicking back with a Kindle on the beach, it all happens on Hilton Head in the Fall.

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Kayaking for Two

Coligny Beach Boardwalk

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Check out our Special Offers, and join us for a Fall Vacation!

Or, as the locals like to say, “THE VERY BEST TIME OF THE YEAR”!

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Ahhh fall is here!

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Coastal Discovery Museum’s Family Fun Day!

Explore Honey Horn’s Programs and Activities at the Coastal Discovery Museum’s Family Fun Day!

Discover Blue Crabs

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Learn about Loggerhead Turtles & Horseshoe Crabs

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Visit the Butterfly Enclosure

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And much more!  Friday, August 14th, 10am – 3pm

No Charge for Admission – Donations are Appreciated

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The Secrets of Making Sweetgrass Baskets

Sweetgrass basket-making is one of the oldest art forms of African origin in the US.  Brought to the area by slaves from West Africa, it is a traditional art form that has been passed on from generation to generation for more than 300 years.

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Basket making on St Helena Island

Did you know that West Africa resembles South Carolina in both climate and landscape?  And rice had long been cultivated there, so plantation owners gained not only free labor but also a wealth of knowledge and skill, such as basketry.  The original baskets were tough and sturdy, used in the rice fields and also for storing vegetables, shellfish, or cotton.

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At times in danger of becoming a lost art, today’s more intricate and artistic baskets are purchased by museums and art collectors throughout the world, and authentic ones command very high prices indeed!

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Even so, the future of the art is uncertain.  The time-consuming nature of basket-making at this skill level, as well as the toll rampant development has taken on coastal islands and marshlands continue to threaten its existence.

Mt. Pleasant resident Antwon Ford pulls sweetgrass from the landscaping in front of the Wal Mart near his home. Ford has been sewing the traditional Gullah sweetgrass baskets since he was 6.  The local Gullah residents have an agreement with the shopping center management to pull the grass that is necessary for making the baskets. Ford says this is the only place that remains available in Mt. Pleasant for the Gullah to pull the grass.

Pulling the sweetgrass, wherever they can.

The South Carolina Information Highway says “Don’t be fooled by inexpensive knockoffs!”  The real deal can be found at basket stands along a seven-mile stretch of Highway 17 North near Mt. Pleasant, and here on Hilton Head at the Gullah Sweetgrass Basket Gallery at the Coastal Discovery Museum.

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Along the “Sweetgrass Basket Makers Highway”

An even better idea, however, is to learn how to make one of these beautiful and intricate baskets yourself!

The Coastal Discovery Museum is offering their “Sweetgrass Basket Class” every Saturday morning @ 10:30 through November.  Learn from a local Gullah basket maker using indigenous natural materials, and participate in helping to keep an honored South Carolina coastal tradition alive.

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Fun! on the 4th of July

Hilton Head Island is jumpin’ on the 4th of July!  It’s the place to be:

The beaches will be packed…

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The kayakers will be jostling with the jetskiers…

Even the bike paths will be bustling…

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If you’re looking to get out and take part in the fun and festivities this holiday, here are some of our favorite 4th of July events:

Hilton Head Island Firecracker 5K Run and Family Fun Walk

8:00 AM Start

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This is one of the top 10 races in South Carolina and over 1700 people from across the United States participate in this fun family event.  The festive post-race celebration is not to be missed and features food, music, and a Children’s Fun Run.

Sea Pines 4th of July Parade

8:30 AM – 12 Noon

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Dress up your dog, kids, bicycle, or mother-in-law in full patriotic style and take part in a parade around Harbour Town! Meet in the parking lot adjacent to the Harbour Town Lighthouse @ 8:30 to register.  Decorating supplies provided.  Parade begins @ 9:30 with prizes awarded for Most Patriotic.  There will be carnival games and other activities going on after the parade.

One Island One Community Free 4th of July Picnic

11AM – 3PM

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Food, bounce houses, slides, and special musical performances by rapper Chosen and solo artist Yasmine Ariana.  This event is free and open to the public!  Held at the Coastal Discovery Museum at 70 Honey Horn Rd on Hilton Head Island.

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY FROM BEACH PROPERTIES!

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Day Thirteen | The Coastal Discovery Museum!

On the thirteenth day of our 20 Days of Giving, Brie and Dru visited the Coastal Discovery Museum with a donation of laboratory supplies for a new Discovery Lab that will be a dedicated classroom space for children.Coastal Discovery MuseumFounded in 1985, the Coastal Discovery Museum is a not-for-profit, community based, educational institution dedicated to fostering greater knowledge and appreciation of the cultural heritage and natural history of South Carolina’s Lowcountry.  Spread the word and get involved!

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Rex, Brie, and Dru at the Coastal Discovery Museum

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