Hilton Head Insider
Melodious music, delicious food, delightful people and a warm, festive atmosphere make Bluffton a wonderful place to visit during the holidays. If you need the antidote for huge shopping malls, long checkout lines, and acres of asphalt, then hitch up the family sleigh and hustle on over to historic Old Town Bluffton. Just strolling the charming, moss-drape lanes resplendent with natural Lowcountry-inspired décor lifts the spirit. Stop in at any of the many quaint and eclectic shops for exquisite hand-made pottery, on-trend women’s wear, coastal-chic housewares and you’ll be humming “Greensleeves” in no time!
The late Fall always inspires me to get into the kitchen and experiment with some new recipes, ingredients and cooking methods. With the crush of holiday commitments and expectations looming, I enjoy some relaxing ‘me time’ perusing the pages of neglected magazines piling up on the bedside table. Like the clackety clack of an old timey steam engine, my brain starts to rumble and my creative juices flow with inspiration for the holiday table. Like many foodies who love to cook and bake, I probably optimistically envision more plans than I have cookie sheets and muffins tins (I have a lot of those!). Once that third batch of made-from-scratch butter cookies are finally meticulously decorated and packaged for gift giving, the romantic novelty of holiday baking has honestly, well, worn thin.
In our family, celebrating the holidays on Hilton Head starts the Friday after Thanksgiving and carry thru to New Years Day. It is 30+ days of total Christmas bliss on Hilton Head Island building amazing family memories. Throughout December we attend as many functions as we can to celebrate the Holidays, including weekend activities in Harbour Town, at Shelter Cove Community Park and in Downtown Bluffton. Christmas Eve day always starts with a walk ...
My senses came alive at yesterday’s Culinary Festival, a part of Palmetto Bluff’s 2013 Music to Your Mouth. Celebrating the best of southern cuisine, spirits, artisans and much more, it was all there – sight, touch, sound, smell and, most importantly, taste. Add a pinch of a spectacular riverfront setting, a hint of well-dressed attendees and a dash of celebrity chef and you’ve got a recipe for a great day!
In preparation for this Halloween, I’ll be combining two of my family’s favorite things…running and ghoulish mayhem. Amongst my immediate family, we have 27 marathons under our soles and a countless number of shorter races. And, as a kid, my mom really took on the challenge of enhancing the Halloween experience with terrifying haunted houses. I HATED having to go into my parent’s attic to retrieve things. You never knew what would pop up as my mom stored all of her Halloween props in the attic. I kid you not, she even had a Paper Mache coffin amongst her goodies. This year, I’m excited that we’ll get to combine these two passions with Bear Foot Sports’ Zombie Run!