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.

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!!

Unleash Your Pup on Hilton Head During the Fall and Winter Seasons!

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In the height of summer on the island, you likely won’t see any dogs on the beach… why is that? Because they are actually not allowed on the beach during the Summer from 10am-5pm due to high crowds and even higher heat!

The great news, however, is that your pup can roam free in the sand and water from October 1- February 28 whenever they please! Bring a tennis ball and let your dog swim to retrieve it, or laze the day away with your best friend by your side. The weather is so much more forgiving during the time of the year anyways, so your pup will surely thank you!

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If you and your pup need a vacation, click this link to our website to view our pet-friendly properties, so you can both travel luxuriously and be just steps from your beloved beaches! We can’t wait to see you and your fluffy friend!

Halloween Wagon Ride!

Halloween Wagon Ride
Friday, October 25; 5:30pm
Saturday, October 26; 10am & 11:30am
Time for the little goblins to show off their Halloween gear in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve as we read stories and search out the pumpkin patch. Reservations are required. 843-842-1979

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Sandcastle Competition!

Whether you are a competitor, a novice or a spectator come on over to Coligny Beach for the Coligny Beach Castle Competition in honor of The Celebration of the 350th Anniversary of Captain William Hilton’s sighting of Hilton Head Island and the 30th Anniversary of the Founding of the Town of Hilton Head Island.

The event will take place on October 5 at 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. This event is free! The divisions are Family, Young Adults, High School and Children. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each category, Best Pirate Theme, Most Creative and Best in Show!

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Follow Us on Instagram!

We are now on Instagram!  Follow Us as we show you the delightful sights of the Island-we will be re-posting an “Island Insty of the Day” from guests, staff and locals who have captured the beauty of Hilton Head Island!  Tag us in your photos @hiltonheadvacation

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