Hilton Head Insider
Lines of white canopied tents positioned perfectly side by side, crowds moving from whites to red and from domestic to international, waiters racing to the finish line in a culinary-inspired obstacle course, bartenders facing off in one-on-one competition and the familiar routine of twirl, smell, sip, swish then, my favorite, spit (I mean, at what other time is spitting in public considered completely normal if not mandatory?). These are the images most recognizable of the Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival’s Public Tasting, the largest tented public outdoor wine tasting event on the East Coast. However, the Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival goes so much deeper than the Public Tasting.
Bluffton locals surely love to get together. They will, in fact, make most anything into a celebratory gathering given half a chance. The reasons run the gamut from celebrating the first frosty weather because that’s when the local oysters are in season and at their most flavorful, to commemorating events of historical significance, like The Burning of Bluffton.
Nothing quickens the heart quite like an intimate setting, the warm glow of candlelight and sumptuous cuisine. For those pining for the perfect fusion of flavor and ambiance on Hilton Head Island, I’ve taken it to the streets – or at least social media – to get the down low from Island visitors and locals on their fan favorites, just in time for Valentine’s Day. No matter if your foodie flight of fancy runs toward a cozy spot tucked away from everyone but you and your date, or you prefer bold surroundings with a see and be seen “scene”, look no further than Hilton Head Island eateries to stir your passion and your palate!
Being an island, many visitors anticipate waterways thereby expecting boats thereby predicting places that boats can dock. Hilton Head Island boasts a number of world-class marinas that offer well beyond docking. Here are my tips on how best to experience the Island’s various maritime docking options. While all of the Island’s marinas offer a mix of culinary delights, retail therapy and action adventure, here is my list for the “Best Of” of Hilton Head Island’s marinas…
January 25 through February 1, Hilton Head Island and Bluffton restaurants partner with the Hilton Head Island Bluffton Chamber of Commerce for the 6th annual Chamber Restaurant Week. Even though the holidays are just a memory, for Foodies like me, our Restaurant Week is akin to the excited anticipation felt by any wide-eyed youngster during the 8-day Festival of Lights or on the morning of December 25th. I’m like a kid in a candy store – a candy store full of delicious food, that is!