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Lindsey Harrell

About Lindsey Harrell

Although you wouldn’t know by the lack of a southern accent, Lindsey Harrell was born right here in the beautiful Lowcountry. After spending most of her childhood in the suburbs of DC, Lindsey returned to Island life after graduating from The College of William & Mary. Since receiving her degree in Business Marketing she has spent time in the local advertising industry and now serves as the Vice President of Operations for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, the Island’s second largest outdoor event. In her spare time, Lindsey and her husband, Wade, a Physical Therapy student at the Medical University of South Carolina, look for as many adventures as possible whether it be zip lining on their honeymoon in Costa Rica amongst the monkeys and toucans, a day at the beach with their two dogs, Winston and Charlie, or spending an afternoon horseback riding right here in their back yard.

Pedal for Provisions

The Chamber pairs two of my favorite things to make for a memorable culinary week

Bike & Dine Week, introduced by the Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce in 2013, is back for its sophomore year April 28th – May 4th.  And my legs (and stomach) couldn’t be more ready!  This is the type of event worth training for.

So many restaurants, so little time

So many restaurants, so little time

It’s amazing that an island that is only twelve miles in length has over 100 miles of bike paths. Not surprising, with that said, is that Hilton Head Island was recognized as one of the Top 5 Family Biking Getaways in the nation by Disney’s FamilyFun magazine.  And I cannot think of a better way to celebrate our Island as a top-notch bicycle destination and National Bicycling Month than to strap on my helmet, hop on my Trek and feast on some fantastic cuisine prepared by some of the best Island chefs.  And the best part is, no guilt!  I’ll be burning my pre-meal calories by biking to my destination.  So sure, I’ll order dessert (or maybe 2)!

Participating restaurants, Island-wide, will be hosting special events, offering exclusive deals and  discounts and featuring specialty menu items to help celebrate the week with you and your family.  I will be definitely checking out include Mellow Mushroom (my favorite pizza on the Island) offering 10% off your entire bill, Bomboras Grille offering a BOGO on slider plates and Street Meet The American Tavern with 50% off of a second juicy and delicious burger!

Burn off dinner with a bike ride on the beach

Burn off dinner with a bike ride on the beach

This year, the event, presented by Coligny, will conclude with the Islander’s Beach Ride on May 3rd.  Riders should meet at the fountain marking the entrance to Coligny Beach.  The ride will start at 10am but you won’t want to miss a special unveiling of a special bike rack unlike any one you’ve ever seen before.  The unveiling and ribbon cutting will start at 9am just before the kick-off of the group ride.

On top of the featured restaurants, many of the area hotels are getting in on the action, offering, for those of you who are not local, bike-friendly accommodations.

Need to rent some wheels while in town?  Don’t fret.  Our Island is well-equipped to take care of you.  For a complete list of bike rental companies, click here.

Tis the Season for Plaid

The year’s biggest party is around the corner and we have all of the inside scoop

It’s time to get the plaid out of the back of your closet as the Island’s biggest celebration of tartan and, of course, golf quickly approaches.  And as you plan out your time at the 2014 RBC Heritage presented by Boeing, April 14 – 20, make sure you don’t miss the best seat in the house.

The view from #SocialCentral

The view from #SocialCentral

At #Social Central (formerly the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s Social Media Lounge) you can share all of your great moments from this year’s tournament.  Post photos of you out on the course on Facebook and Instagram (but keep in mind cameras are prohibited on the course during official tournament play, Thursday – Sunday), tweet about the autographs you just nabbed as golfers come off of 18 and share your location to meet up with friends.  Share all of your Heritage experience with the hashtags #RBCHeritage and @HeritageSelfie.  The lounge, open from 10am to close of play Thursday – Sunday, will feature televisions, streaming social media content and tourney telecast as well as free charging pads for tournament goers to charge their cell phones.  Plus, an added bonus, while you’re tweeting and enjoying the Lounge, perfectly situated on the iconic 18th hole nestled amongst the 18th Fairway Hospitality Tents in the Heritage Lawn, you might take home some free goodies.  Last year, I scored a great pair of sunglasses!

Don't miss the festivities in Harbour Town after the tournament

Don’t miss the festivities in Harbour Town after the tournament

Other great, not-to-miss spots along the course include other stops on the Heritage Lawn such as the RBC Fan Experience and the big screen Video Board where you can catch course-wide tournament action from the comfort of the Social Media Lounge.  And, for those of legal drinking age, you won’t want to miss the Grey Goose Lounge (also on the Heritage Lawn), my favorite spot with its picturesque views of the Port Royal Sound and the red and white lighthouse at the Michelob Ultra 19th Hole situated just beyond the world-famous Harbour Town Golf Links’ 18th Green and the after parties in Harbour Town with live music daily and a sea of golf enthusiasts decked out in plaid at The Quarterdeck located at the base of the Harbour Town lighthouse.  Don’t have your plaid?  Make sure to stop at the merchandise tent next to the clubhouse to get your gear.

While it’s a party not to miss, it’s also exciting to see who will take home the title of the 46th annual RBC Heritage champion!  Will Graeme McDowell defend his title? Will crowd-favorite and back-to-back champion in 2007 and 2008 Boo Weekley capture his third plaid jacket?  Or will a new face and new champion be added to the list that includes names such as Palmer, Irwin, Watson and Nicklaus?

For tickets to the 2014 RBC Heritage presented by Boeing, click here.

BEYOND THE BOTTLE

Events that go beyond the Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival’s Public Tasting

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.  As the last event on the Festival’s schedule, the Public Tasting (Saturday, March 15, 2014) is really the last drop to quite a full bottle.

Image 1 -Sommelier Rick Rubel

Sommelier Rick Rubel

The cork to this year’s Festival will be popped on Monday, March 10th with an evening at the movies.  At this year’s Wine & Cinema Festival Kickoff Event at Custom Audio Video’s showroom in Bluffton (Sheridan Park), attendees will receive a private screening of SOMM the Documentary.  Viewers will be taken behind the scenes and into the world of four men attempting to pass the excruciatingly detailed and demanding Master Sommelier Exam.  While watching those with their stomach in knots trying to become a part of the elusive Court of Master Sommeliers, viewers will be treated to hors d’oeuvres catered by Redfish (one of my favorite Island restaurants) and, needless to say, a selection of award winning wines.

Wine Dinner Trattoria Divina

Wine Dinner Trattoria Divina

Festivities continue throughout the week (March 11th – 15th) with a variety of wine dinners pairing the Island’s great chefs with great wines.  From Italian to Tapas-style dining, from steaks to seafood, there is something on the schedule to just about anyone’s liking.

Looking to expand your mind in addition to your waistline?  Look no further than this year’s Wine Knowledge Sessions including seminars on Napa vs. Sonoma and History of Zinfandel in California.  Four sessions in total are being offered (all are $45/person) as part of this year’s event and will be held Thursday, March 13th and Friday, March 14th at the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island.

The more intimate Grand Tasting

The more intimate Grand Tasting

And the last big hoorah before the conclusion at the Public Tasting on Saturday, March 15thThe Grand Tasting at the Sea Pines Country Club on Friday, March 14th.  Here, ticket holders (of which there are a limited number available), can learn about and taste premium wines in a more intimate setting. Wine will be flowing, hors d’oeuvres will be passed and critics will be on-hand (Eric Asimov, New York Time’s Chief Wine Critic, will be in featured guest).

So, as March 10th approaches, polish up your glass, dust off your corkscrew and get ready for not-to-miss, never-to-forget experience at the 2014 Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival!  I’ll be there with bells (or in this case, my wine yoke) on!

Port of Call

An insider’s guide to the Islands many marinas

Photoshoot at Neptune centrally located in Shelter Cove

Photoshoot at Neptune centrally located in Shelter Cove

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…

My husband I enjoy lunch marina-side in Harbour Town

My husband I enjoy lunch marina-side in Harbour Town

DINING
My favorite merely for its eclectic flavor and picturesque scenery is Shelter Cove Harbour.  Amongst its 5 restaurants are some of my favorite island-wide.

There’s nothing better than enjoying a glass of wine over lunch at Bistro 17, Shelter Cove Harbour’s very own French bistro.  Situated waterside, it gives you the feel of the French Riviera, Hilton Head Island-style that is. And to top it off, they are probably one of the most dog-friendly restaurants in town featuring a separate k-9 menu.

The best for dinner is one of the Island’s newcomers, Ela’s Blu Water Grille.  The second-story eatery offers spectacular views of the marina and Broad Creek.  My favorite dish, the Lobster Carbonara, is a not to miss for your taste buds.

Looking for a good rest stop for the afternoon?  Kick your feet up next to the bar at San Miguel’s.  Featuring live music regularly and relaxing seating areas, it’s a great place to stop to grab a bite to eat (may I suggest the Chili Con Queso) and sip on a Margarita.

SHOPPING
Harbour Town would get my vote as the shopping Mecca amongst Hilton Head Island marinas.  From gift shops to toy stores to clothing boutiques, you can find just about anything you need for your time on vacation or for when you return home.

Looking for a souvenir to take home as a reminder of your time on HHI?  Look no further than Camp Hilton Head I & II. Wanting a new outfit to wear out for a special dinner while in town?  Ladies, you’ll find it at Radiance, a boutique offering clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories from Free People, Splendid, Kensie, Velvet and more.  Gentlemen, you’ll need to look no further than Knickers featuring classic trends from names such as Vineyard Vines, Tommy Bahama, Bobby Jones and Lacoste. Needing to satisfy your sweet tooth?  The Cinnamon Bear Country Store with delicious

Catching some air

Catching some air

ADVENTURE
Located off of Marshland Road, Broad Creek Marina is a little bit of a hidden gem.  However, with its newest addition, ZipLine Hilton Head, it’s quickly becoming a well-known island hot spot.   In addition to the 2 hour canopy tour, visitors to Broad Creek Marina can also delight in dolphin tours, parasailing, tours of nearby Daufuskie Island and fishing charters.  And, after you work up an appetite, you can feast on one of the island’s best burgers (and many more delicious menu items) at Up The Creek Pub & Grill!

On top of these 3 marinas, there a lot to see and do (and eat) at Palmetto Bay Marina including one of the best breakfast spots, Sunrise Café.  And, if all of this wasn’t enough, you won’t want to miss The world-famous Salty Dog located in South Beach Marina at the southern-most tip of Hilton Head Island in The Sea Pines Resort.  You wouldn’t want to go home without one of those famous Salty Dog t-shirts!

BRRRRRR

It gets arctic on Hilton Head Island for the holidays

Holiday scenes set out for display

Holiday scenes set out for display

Hilton Head Island may be positioned on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean on the border of South Carolina and Georgia and may average high temperatures of 63 degrees in the month of December but who’s to say that you can’t enjoy some of the coolest holiday traditions on our shoe-shaped barrier island.  The Sea Pines Resort offers an array of opportunities to help get you and your family into the holiday spirit.

Looking for a holiday adrenaline rush?!?  Look no further than the Thirteenth Annual Polar Bear Swim!  Join fellow “polar bears” and take a plunge into the Harbour Town pool on December 31st.  I can’t think of a better way to close out 2013 than an invigorating dip in the heart of Hilton Head Island.

I can’t say I’ve ever done a polar swim or plunge in my almost thirty-two years, but I’m going to make the last day of 2013 one to remember by dunking in and braving the cold.  Join me at 10am in the morning to get the day started with a thrill!  The event is complimentary to anyone crazy enough to plunge and hot chocolate and refreshments will be served following the dip.

Want something a little less extreme?  You’ve got a few options pre and post Christmas.

  1. The Honored Guest

    The Honored Guest

    Want to take in the musical sounds of Christmas?  Don’t miss Gregg Russell’s special holiday concert on Monday, December 23rd which will include a surprise appearance by none other than Mr. Santa Claus himself.

  2. Looking to relax and take in the beautiful holiday weather that Hilton Head Island offers?  Take your family to Holiday Fun in Harbour Town offered each day from Thursday, December 26th through Monday, December 30th.   Evening festivities kick off with games and activities for all members of the family at 4pm with classic holiday movies shown on the big screen under the Liberty Oak Tree starting at 6pm.  Snuggle up under the most iconic tree on Hilton Head Island while enjoying your favorite films and roasting marshmallows over a fire pit.
  3. Want to see the full colors of the holiday rainbow?  You won’t want to miss the holiday lights display throughout the Harbour Town yacht basin.

Whatever your holiday fancy, The Sea Pines Resort has something to offer you!  For a complete schedule of entertainment and activities, visit www.seapines.com/events  or contact the Recreation Department at 843.842.1979.

“Oh My Gawd!”

A new slogan takes full force at Music to Your Mouth

Harvesting in the Bacon Forest

Harvesting in the Bacon Forest

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!

Some of my highlights from the day’s festivities?

TASTE

One of the many culinary offerings

One of the many culinary offerings

Upon entering the Wilson Village my eyes went straight to the Bacon Forest.  My husband’s nickname for me isn’t Sausage for nothing.  An array of bacon from spiced to chocolate covered to rice crispy treats were strung among impeccably decorated trees for passerby’s grabs.  I went straight for the chocolate covered.  A chocolate bacon virgin as of yesterday morning, my palate was more than delighted.

Once under the grand tent, it was fair game.  We went straight to a tasting by South Carolina’s own Firefly Distillery.  A sampling of their Southern Accents Pecan Pie liqueur mixed with coffee got the day started off as most days should – with coffee, but today with a kick.  Next, a stop at one of our favorite restaurants in Charleston, Cypress.  And, we were not disappointed.  Chef Deihl showcased one of his specialties – Charcuterie, or, in my own words, processed meats gourmet style.  When we first visited Cypress I couldn’t have been more intrigued by the chef who would serve bologna on his menu.

Next, we were on to a multitude of wine tastings and then a stop to sample the oyster stew being served by Chef Lata of FIG and The Ordinary in Charleston.  I got a little flustered upon meeting the James Beard Best Chef: Southeast winner (2009) but that didn’t stop me from slurping down the New England native’s oyster stew on sample at the grand tasting.

The taste winner?  Chef Kevin Gillespie’s, of Top Chef fame, pig skin risotto.  After that bite and a half of an experience, I think my husband is considering leaving me if the red-bearded chef would have him.

SOUND

Bluegrass Heavy Metal entertained all afternoon

Bluegrass Heavy Metal entertained all afternoon

To top off the day for my heavy metal-loving husband, there was a bluegrass band playing hits from Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne and Led Zeppelin.  In about the only fashion I can handle heavy-metal, we rocked out to Crazy Train and even Master of Puppets. 

When the day was over, we left with full bellies and a bottle of commemorative wine from Turley to remember the day.  Needless to say, it was a day we will never forget.  Between the food, the wine, the spirits, the music and the overall ambiance, it was, hands down, an event worth splurging on.  Make sure to mark your calendars now for 2014 (click here for updates) and you’ll see me there amongst the hanging bacon and the South Carolina distilled bourbons.

Guilt Free Halloween

Bring on the candy, I’m running this Halloween

A costume contest is held at the finish line festivities

A costume contest is held at the finish line festivities

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 (October 26, 2013 at 5pm) offering both a 5k and a 1-mile fun run.  The race will take runners through the historic streets of Old Town Bluffton.  And, a new twist to this 5k, runners will have to bob and weave around goblins and ghouls positioned throughout the course.  And, if you beat the “running zombie” to the finish line, you’ll be rewarded with a special treat.

While I have my fair share of running experience – I’ve run through the mud, next to Dr. Seuss characters, dressed as Pippi Longstockings and, while I was dressed, yes, even alongside naked runners in the San Francisco’s Bay to Breakers – this will be a first for me.

Can you outrun the Zombies?!?

Can you outrun the Zombies?!?

Runners are encouraged to dress for the festivities and will be judged in a costume contest at the finish line (to include food, music and more) at The Calhoun Street Promenade.  Plus, after the race, special for the adults, will be a Pub Crawl around historic Bluffton bars from 7pm to 9pm.  And, the best part, after getting the miles in, you can only feel so guilty about indulging on your favorite trick or treat goodies.

Entry fees start as low as $20 (adults) and are offered at a discount if you register before October 24th.  To register online, click here.

For complete details, click here.

SNEAK PEAK

Get a glimpse of the Concours glamour before Best of Show is crowned

Cars will be on display in Harbour Town the morning of Friday, November 1

Cars will be on display in Harbour Town the morning of Friday, November 1

With all the cars signed up and all the plans firmly in place, the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance will kick start its official festivities on Hilton Head Island on Friday, November 1 with the Rolls-Royce Driving Tour.  While the Tour, chronicling the Island’s rich history, is by reservation only for the car owners who participate and exhibit in the Concours d’Elegance (Sunday, November 3), visitors and residents alike can use this event as a sneak peak (I’ve got the inside scoop for you) into the finale of the entire Motoring Festival.

This year’s Tour offers interested parties a couple of chances to preview nearly a third of the cars that will take the field at the Port Royal Golf Club (on Planter’s Row Golf Course) on Sunday, November 3.  The first offering will be in The Sea Pines Resort’s famed Harbour Town where the cars will be parked alongside the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM.  Not an early riser?  You can catch the cars again as they end their Tour at Bomboras Grille at Coligny at roughly 1:00 PM.

The smallest car scheduled to be on this year's Tour

The smallest car scheduled to be on this year’s Tour

Some cars you can expect to see on this year’s Tour (including some of the newest models available from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the Tour’s sponsor) include:

1948 MG TC
1955 Messerschmitt KR 200 Kabinenroller (one of our tiny micro cars)
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Porsche 912 (one of the cars featured as part of this year’s Honored Marque – Porsche)
1968 Maserati Mistral Spyder
1973 TVR 2500m

Plus, in addition that selection (and more) that will compete in the Concours d’Elegance, a car from both this year’s Honored and Pinnacle Collectors, two of the Festival’s specialty exhibits, will also be touring the Island on Friday, November 1.

Want to soak in some of the Island’s history?  Hit some of the spots the Rolls-Royce Driving Tour will be stopping at.  Here are a couple of the highlights:

  • Braddocks Point/Harbourtown Cemetery
    Many believe that Jack Stoney built the cemetery in the late 18th century for his slaves.  Adjacent to the 18th fairway on the Harbourtown Golf Links, the fairway may pass over buried ancestors.
  • Fort Walker
    The first sight of Civil War action on Hilton Head Island, the fort is located in Port Royal Plantation (also home to this year’s Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance).  To access Fort Walker, contact the Coastal Discovery Museum.  Tours on the ‘Forts of Port Royal’ are offered once a week on Wednesdays.

ISLAND MUSIC

Hilton Head Island’s got a music scene worth bragging about

Seaside Sounds at Skull Creek Boathouse

Seaside Sounds at Skull Creek Boathouse

Music…it’s a universal language.  I mean, really, have you ever heard anyone say that they don’t like it?!?  Whether your style is folk, choir hymns, heavy metal, reggae, pop or rap, there is truly a style out there for everyone.  Whether you know every word to a song or cannot translate even one syllable (Gangham Style, anyone?), pretty much any song can get a toe tapping.  And Hilton Head Island (and its surrounding areas) boasts a number of talented locals and amazing venues for rocking out.

Celebrity Sighting!  We rang in New Year's 2012 with Zach Deputy (center) at the Coligny Theater

Celebrity Sighting! We rang in New Year’s 2012 with Zach Deputy (center) at the Coligny Theater

Candice Glover, the most recent American Idol champ, grew up in the same county (Beaufort) as Hilton Head Island (and, just yesterday, preformed especially for local crowds at the Tanger Outlets in Bluffton); Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, John Mellencamp, has had a presence in the area since 1994; Zach Deputy, a home-grown artist, known for looping and his “island-infused drum n’ bass gospel ninja soul” returns home every now and again (keep your eye on his schedule), and, newest to the scene, local Hilton Head Island band, Cranford & Sons, a Mumford and Sons of the Lowcountry, if you will, sing the soul of the South (for their current scheduling, click here).  Plus, we have our fare share of amazing cover bands as well.  White Liquor, Hilton Head Island’s very own Rolling Stones Cover Band, frequents the local restaurant/bar scene; Silicone Sister rocks out (wigs and all) to the best 80s Hair Band sounds; and Deas-Guyz are always a crowd pleaser singing the greatest Motown Hits (don’t miss them on Sunday nights at The Jazz Corner).

If I’m to give you the real scoop on the Island’s music scene, it would be the best places to catch these acts (plus many more)!

My favorites include:

Skull Creek Boathouse

And if live music wasn't enough, Skull Creek Boathouse even has giant Jenga

And if live music wasn’t enough, Skull Creek Boathouse even has giant Jenga

There’s nothing better than music with a view!  And, you definitely get that here with a pretty regular live music schedule.  Plus, don’t miss the above mentioned Cranford & Sons at the Full Moon Party on Friday, September 20th.

Old Town Dispensary
In the heart of Old Town Bluffton, their outdoor courtyard is a great place to relax with friends and listen to live tunes.

The Tiki Hut
This Island institution, in addition to the beach volleyball and great drinks, is a fantastic venue for live music.  Beachside tunes…hard to beat!

Shop ‘til You Drop…Yes Please!

A guide to Hilton Head Island’s fall shopping

Louette – One of the Island’s Newest Boutiques

My name is Lindsey and I’m a shopaholic.  Much to my husband’s dismay, there’s no getting around it.  Whether it’s scanning local stores for how I would furnish my dream home, hitting the high-end retailers for the perfect special occasion piece, bargain hunting for great work apparel or scouring online retailers to keep up with the latest trends, shopping is in my blood.  In fact, whenever I travel, I love to check out the local boutiques and track down that one (or two or three or four) keepsake that I can take home with me to always remember that trip and special time.  Now I get to share my insight as to the best places to hit here in my hometown.  And the best part is, when you’re shopping on Hilton Head Island, rather than just hitting the mall as you would in your normal routine, you can shop while soaking in the sunshine and taking in the beautiful weather at a number of fabulous and unique retailers.

The New Kid(s) on the Block
Affordables Apparel in the Fresh Market Shops (890 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island)
A South Carolina tradition since 1969, doors at the Hilton Head Island location opened earlier this year offering a selection of handpicked women’s apparel, shoes, jewelry, handbags and more.  And, new fall fashions including great jackets (boxy and cinched are two top outerwear trends for fall 2013) are now available!

Louette in the Village Exchange (32 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head Island)
Opening in March, Louette offers an Anthropologie-esque feel with airy and casual clothing, colorful jewelry, attention-grabbing clutches and adorable home wares.  New arrivals are just in for fall including a number of cozy, yet stylish, sweaters.  Louette even offers trendy styles for the avid college football fan and for babies with black and white onesies (a staple for this fall).

Island Style

New fall fashions are in at Outside Hilton Head

Outside Hilton Head in Shelter Cove Plaza (32 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island)
While known for their adventures on the water and the go to for exploring the Hilton Head Island “Lowcountry,” Outside Hilton Head also offers a retail location with all the stylish goods for the outdoors including women’s sportswear, leather goods, footwear including the latest styles from names like UGG and Frye (I’m currently saving up to get a pair) and much more!

Quiet Storm in Coligny Plaza (1 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island)
Offering a variety of apparel and accessories for the Island girl (and guy), Quiet Storm boasts names such as Volcom, Quicksilver and Billabong among many others.  My favorites?

Toms in every color of the rainbow can be found at Quiet Storm

Their wide array of Toms, a staple for Island life and style.  And, while at Coligny Plaza, don’t miss Francesca’s Collections which has a number of the hottest trends for fall including leather accents and peplums and great gift and accessory items.

It’s a State of Mind
Gigi’s Clothing Boutique in Old Town Bluffton (40 Calhoun Street, Bluffton)
When in town, do not miss out on an afternoon on Calhoun Street in Old Town Bluffton.  Amongst the galleries and restaurants, you’ll find a wide selection of boutiques with goods not be found elsewhere.  One of my go-to’s, Gigi’s, has a great designer denim selection (a must have for any girl’s closet), cute dresses and a variety of accessories including jewelry, shoes, belts, scarves and bags.

Island Classic
The Porcupine in The Village at Wexford (1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island)
A long-time fixture on Hilton Head Island, The Porcupine lives by its motto, “a passion for fashion.”  With top designers like Diane von Furstenberg, Elizabeth & James, Tory Burch and Rachel Zoe, it’s the perfect spot to get suited up for fall.  If you’re like me, you’ll be drooling over the selection within seconds of stepping through the doors.

Tanger Time
Tanger Outlets in Bluffton (1414 Fording Island Road, Bluffton)
Between Tanger 1 and Tanger 2, you can find just about anything you want, and, at a great price!  My must hits whenever I head off Island include BCBGMAXAZRIA (Tanger 1), J Crew Factory (Tanger 1), Banana Republic Factory Store (Tanger 2), Vince Camuto (Tanger 1), Theory (Tanger 1), Joe’s Jeans (Tanger 1) and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH (Tanger 1).  And, after burning all those calories shopping, a trip wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Perfect!