Locals and visitors to Hilton Head Island and Bluffton are lucky to be able to bike pretty much anywhere. With almost 60 miles of paths (and growing) on the Island and miles in downtown Bluffton, it’s easy to access the top restaurants, activities and festivals via bike anywhere in the Lowcountry.
So it’s no surprise the Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce spawned a brilliant idea of a “Bike & Dine” week, blending family friendly bike-riding with excellent culinary offerings at local Lowcountry restaurants. Starting May 12 and running through the 18th – a wide array of offerings from local restaurants can be found on the Chamber of Commerce’s Bike and Dine website.
Bike and Dine week is simple, just ride to your favorite location and tell your server you are there for the “Bike and Dine” discount. When you are finished with your meal, take your receipt to the Chamber of Commerce, located at 1 Chamber of Commerce Drive – across from Palmetto Dunes and next to the Art’s Center of Coastal Carolina. The first 200 participants will receive a free t-shirt and all who stop by will get entered to win a free, ELEV8 bike, an $800 value.
Some of the family friendly restaurant locations on Hilton Head that are favorites of ours include:
The Mellow Mushroom – perfect for a bike ride from Sea Pines or anywhere on the South End, this location in Park Plaza is offering a free bruschetta appetizer with any $15 lunch or dinner purchase. They have a great outside eating area in a family friendly environment. We love their white pizza and the BBQ chicken is outstanding as well.
The Black Marlin – located in Palmetto Bay Marina, this location is accessible via the Palmetto Bay Road bike paths or Arrow Road where you can use the utility easement bike path to Crossings Park and into the Marina area. Gray loves the Marina, where we see dolphins, birds, turtles and more. They are offering a great Bike and Dine discount with buy one lunch and get one ½ off. Try the sushi nachos or the fresh catch of the day, we prefer blackened!
Trattoria Divina – Located in Park Plaza and open for dinner, they are featuring Buy One Get One ½ off on all of their small plates – perfect for the biking family as they have an open aired outside patio! We are making this our dinner spot for the week as their small plates allow the entire family to try and share different items!
Carrabba’s – Located Mid Island – this location is just a short bike ride from the Port Royal, Folly Field and Palmetto Dunes are. For dinner’s they are offering a free Mezze appetizer with the purchase of an entrée. They are also located next to Adventure Cove, a gaming and putt putt course, so this is an awesome family fun night combination!
Redfish – Home to the south end business, ladies who lunch and soon the “biker” crowd, this restaurant boasts the most amazing, simple and tasty appetizer on the Island. Not on the menu at lunch, you must ask for the chimichurri dip with their housemade pressed flat bread. Paired with one of their New Zealand whites, this can definitely be a long lunch stop on your bike and dine tour. Find Redfish right off Palmetto Bay road bike path on the South End. They are offering 15% off your total lunch bill and also have outside seating.
Skull Creek Boathouse – Located on the North End and accessible by bike paths on 278, Cross Island Bridge or from Hilton Head Plantation, this waterfront restaurant is also offering buy one lunch and get ½ off. This is Gray’s favorite restaurant as it’s located next to a working Boathouse where they bring in boats on the lifts – free entertainment for the kids and great cocktails for the parents!
For the Big Kids “aka, the parents” here are some of our favorite spots offering up drink specials:
Street Meet – Located mid Island in Port Royal Plaza, accessible via bike either on Mathews or on 278 is offering a free domestic draft or house wine at lunch or dinner with purchase of an entrée. This place is very family friendly – with outdoor seating as well in a street vendor food atmosphere.
Charbar Co. – This Park Plaza burger joint is offering a free frozen cocktail of your choice during lunch hours to cool you down after your ride! This place has amazing burgers and is a must stop during Bike & Dine week.
Again – there are many other offerings from local restaurants during bike and dine week so make sure to bookmark the website and check back often for updates! Enjoy your time exploring the paths on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton, be safe and don’t forget to turn in your receipt!