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The Road Less Traveled

Go back in time on the history-rich Daufuskie Island


How you get around on Daufuskie Island

How you get around on Daufuskie Island

Nestled between Hilton Head Island, SC and Savannah, GA, Daufuskie Island may be small (approximately 11 square miles) but it packs a large punch.  What it lacks in size, it makes up for in personality.  From tales of Indians to root doctors to snake wranglers, Daufuskie has a storied past that comes to life on Outside Hilton Head’s Daufuskie Island Artisans Excursion.  With Licensed Master Captain Charlie Thorn, you’ll get a taste of the Island’s culture, past and present.

The day begins as you board the Outside Adventurer, a Carolina Skiff that will carry you across Broad Creek and into the Calibogue Sound (and keep your eyes out for bottlenose dolphin).  After docking, you’ll kick-off the tour at one of the Island’s most popular landmarks, Marshside Mama’s, once an oyster factory, now the Island’s nightlife hotspot and waterfront café.  From there, you’ll travel the dirt roads with both historical and artistic stops along the way.  To name only a few:

  • White School House
    Built in 1913 by Beaufort County for the white children on the Island, the school was open at times even for just one child.  Since its closing in 1962, the schoolhouse has also served as a residence for the principal of the black school, the fire department and even an Island library.
  • Silver Dew Pottery
    Hand-spun right on Daufuskie, the gallery’s owner, Lancey Burn, was born and raised on the Island.  And beyond the beautiful pieces that are available for sale, you won’t believe some of the tales Lancey has collected over the years including those of his stories from the high seas with the Blue Gypsy, a sailboat that he has sailed across the Atlantic 5 times, perched proudly behind the studio.
  • The Iron Fish operates on the honor system

    The Iron Fish operates on the honor system

    The Iron Fish
    Bring home a piece of artwork that makes a bold statement with one of Chase Allen’s metal sculptures.  From mermaids to alligators to woodpeckers to Chase’s staple fish, there is a huge selection.  And don’t fret if there isn’t anyone in the shop during your visit.  Chase operates on an honor system – just slip a check under the door for the amount listed on the piece you plan to venture home with.

  • Author Pat Conroy called Mary Fields School home for a year

    Author Pat Conroy called Mary Fields School home for a year

    Mary Fields School
    This two-room school house, built for the Island’s black children in the early 1930’s, was brought to the big screen in the film adaptation of Pat Conroy’s The Water is Wide, a novel that recounted his year as the first male and first white teacher at the school.

The day concludes with light snacks (and a cold beer from Marshside Mama’s if you’d like) before you head back to Shelter Cove Harbour where I’d suggest grabbing a late lunch to cap off a great day!

The Daufuskie Island Artisans Excursion ($85 per person) is a 4.5 hour tour and is offered year-round and is, for the most part, rain or shine.  Make sure to bring sunscreen and bug spray with you, and you’ll want to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.

Not your typical eco-tour

Take in the Lowcountry’s wildlife while fulfilling your need for speed

Looking to soak up the Lowcountry’s nature but don’t want to idle along with the only excitement coming when the first dolphin fin breaks the surface of the water?  Then Harbour Town Adventures in conjunction with H2O Sports has the right formula for you – their Waverunner Safari.  It’s an eco-tour on steroids.

Pre-adventure shot in front of the Harbour Town Lighthouse

Pre-adventure shot in front of the Harbour Town Lighthouse

You’ll depart from the heart of the Island, Harbour Town, with the iconic red & white lighthouse as the backdrop for your launch.  From there, you’ll board your single or double wave runner and follow your guide through the serene creeks and marshes of the Hilton Head Island area.  While you never know what you’re going to see as all of the animals are wild and unpredictable, safari-goers regularly see ospreys, bald eagles and other sea birds plus possibly even sea turtles and, most often, the star of the Lowcountry’s waters, the bottlenose dolphin.

Gettin a little air action

Gettin a little air action

The great thing about this tour is everyone can go at their own pace.  I was the captain of our wave runner with my mom on the back.  We were pretty calm on the water with bursts of wild patches that made each of us scream/giggle uncontrollably.  While we were more sporadic, my husband on the other hand, went solo.  Taking advantage of no passenger, he went full speed, made sharp turns, got some air and even took the plunge into the water a few times.   My sister and dad took a slower path taking in the sights and sounds.  And my dad got to prove his navigational skills by touring my sister, from Chicago, around the waterways.

Safari-goers must be 18 with a valid driver’s license to operate a single wave runner.  Those under 18 may drive with a licensed adult onboard.  The Waverunner Safari is $134 for a single and $144 for a double.  Wave runner rentals are $109 for a single and $119 for a double.

Enjoying lunch at The Quarterdeck after the safari

Enjoying lunch at The Quarterdeck after the safari

Looking for a more traditional enviro tour?  Harbour Town Adventures offers a variety of other options from a dolphin/nature tour, sunset and early morning tours (1 ½ hours) and even a beach combing tour on Daufuskie Island (2 hours).  Want to get off of the ocean?  H2O Sports offers tours of the freshwater lakes in The Sea Pines Resort’s Forest Preserve where adventurists can explore the Island’s indigenous plants and animals including the American Alligator.

And, with Harbour Town as the launch site, you can save the best for last – lunch and drinks on the water at The Quarterdeck.

Who Says You Can’t Learn Something on Vacation

Brush up on your tennis skills and take home more than just a tan

Drill and Play Clinics at Van der Meer

Drill and Play Clinics at Van der Meer

Sure, who doesn’t envision themselves on vacation lounging on the beach sipping on a frosty, tropical Pina Colada?  After a long day’s work sitting behind a desk hunched over my keyboard, that is one of the reoccurring daydreams I tend to have.  But in reality, if you’re like me, sitting on the beach can get a little old after the first 2-3 hours.  I wouldn’t say I typically show signs of ADD in my day-to-day life, but, on vacation, I (and many more like me) are looking for more than just the beachside Barcalounger.

Vacations are increasingly becoming more active and more and more vacationers are looking to take something home besides the beautiful tan they’ve achieved during their time off.

Hilton Head Island offers the perfect answer.  You can still work on your tan, you get in your daily exercise to help burn off those vacation-required daiquiris and, when you get home, you can put your new skills to the test and defeat your arch rival on the court with the skills you’ll pick up in one of the many tennis clinics offered around the Island for all age groups during the summer season.

  • At Van der Meer Tennis several clinic options are offered for every age group (from Junior Camps to Adults to Seniors) and for every level.  For a complete clinic schedule, click here.  And keep your eye on their schedule.  Occasionally, they will offer free clinics and/or exhibitions.
  • Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers a multitude of clinic options for all levels.  From clinics that focus on your serve to Cardio Tennis and much more, Palmetto Dunes’ adult clinics start as low as $30.
  • Pro Exhibitions at Sea Pines Racquet Club

    Pro Exhibitions at Sea Pines Racquet Club

    In addition to their array of instructional programs offered, the Sea Pines Racquet Club offers through the end of August a Pro Exhibition and Happy Hour every Monday at 5:30pm with pro demonstrations, refreshments, prize drawings, and more!

  • The Port Royal Racquet Club, set amid pines, maples, live oaks and the occasional magnolia, boasts a full schedule of programs for adults and juniors as well as a Mixed-Up Doubles Round Robin.
Round robin action is island wide

Round robin action is island wide

In addition to the award-winning programs mentioned above, The Island Rec Center hosts a public round robin every Sunday from 1pm to 3pm at the Chaplin public tennis courts.

With over 350 courts on the Island, where will you pick up your latest skills this summer?  For more on Hilton Head Island tennis, click here.

An Island Tradition

HarbourFest returns to make for another great summer

My husband and I enjoying dinner before the 4th of July fireworks display last year

My husband and I enjoying dinner before the 4th of July fireworks display last year

When you hear the crackle of fireworks in the air on Tuesday nights, you know that summer has officially returned to Hilton Head Island.  HarbourFest (June – August), and the fireworks that are synonymous with the festivities, is the official celebration of summertime in the Lowcountry.  I remember attending HarbourFest fireworks displays as far back as I can remember as my family returned every summer.

The weekly fireworks display (for a complete schedule which includes the Fourth of July, click here), which are launched from a barge located in Broad Creek, light up the Lowcountry sky above the Neptune statue centrally placed in Shelter Cove Harbour.  Blues, reds and yellows electrify the summer evenings and can be seen (and heard) from many vantage points on the Island.  But if you want my vote, the best seat in the house is, hands down, on the water itself, directly under the display of twinkling lights.  Outside Hilton Head offers special “Fireworks Paddle” guided kayak tours during the summer.

But it’s not just about the fireworks.  In addition to the delicious food available (now, as an adult, I like to grab a table and a glass of wine at Bistro 17 to enjoy the evening) and the great shopping and arts and crafts, there are many other exciting features to the HarbourFest playbook.  To name a few…

  • One of the many delicious dishes at La Fontana

    One of the many delicious dishes at La Fontana

    Shannon Taylor, a staple of Shelter Cover Harbour and HarbourFest since 1988, performs nightly Monday through Friday from Memorial Day to Labor Day at both 6:30pm and 8:00pm.  His performances include songs for all ages with sing-a-longs, pop music, classic tunes, and his own original songs. 
    Plus, don’t miss Shelter Cove’s latest culinary addition – La Fontana.  Situated on the marina and overlooking the stage where Shannon plays, it’s a great spot to take in all of the sights and sounds of HarbourFest.  Featuring brick oven pizza, La Fontana offers a casual indoor/outdoor venue with a great outside bar.

  • Cappy the Clown will be on-site 6:00pm to 9:00pm nightly Monday through Friday from Labor Day to Memorial Day with balloon animals, face painting and more!
  • Want to enjoy the fireworks and the nature of the Lowcountry.  In addition to their “Fireworks Paddle” kayak tour, Outside Hilton head also offers a Dolphin Boat Fireworks Cruise that includes 2 hours meeting and viewing my favorite animal resident of the Lowcountry, the bottlenose dolphin, and 30 additional minutes to enjoy the fireworks in the water!
  • The magnificent view from Ela's

    The magnificent view from Ela’s

    Looking for a little romance during the fireworks?  Ela’s Blu Water Grille is a great date night spot with inside and outdoor dining options for a more formal setting.  I highly recommend their Fried Green Tomatoes and Lobster Carbonara.

And the best part?!?  HarbourFest is FREE!  Just bring your family and be ready to have a good time!

Get your feet off of the ground

ZipLine Hilton Head opens its latest attraction

Mastering the suspended climbing wall

Mastering the suspended climbing wall

Unfortunately, as my husband, Wade, and I are expecting our first child, I had to sit by as a mere observer/photographer on this one.  However, Wade got to partake in ZipLine Hilton Head’s latest addition – their Aerial Adventure.  Normally I would be up there tackling the sky high challenges.  But not this time.  I had to watch as Wade negotiated the rolling log steps, suspended climbing walls and a commando crawl across nothing more than a rope.

Needless to say, it was a good thing he skipped his workout that day as he looked as though he’d plunged into nearby Broad Creek upon completing the 6-course challenge.  Much like a ski slope, the Aerial Adventure offers 6 paths ranging from green all the way to a double black diamond.

Negotiating the Frisbee Steps on the Double Black Diamond

Negotiating the Frisbee Steps on the Double Black Diamond

Wade started off with a warm-up on one of the two green courses that sits closer to the ground while he was getting his air legs.  Next he progressed to one of the two blue courses which got slightly more challenging and a little higher up.  This one even included an aerial slide that led into the attractions only zip line.  Upon completing the blue, Wade took a big leap and tackled the double black diamond with, by far, the most challenging element – suspended steps made out of Frisbee-sized discs with a pretty substantial incline that got progressively higher as you advanced.

After a little rest and a sip of water upon completing the most challenging path of the new Aerial Adventure, Wade was back up on the tower and ready to tackle the remaining 3 courses – one green, one blue and one black diamond.  He was successful and got through all 6 pathways in about an hour and 15 minutes.

Getting close to reaching the finish line on the 6th and final course

Getting close to reaching the finish line on the 6th and final course

However, if you’re not necessarily looking for a workout replacement, don’t fret.  You go at your own pace.  Adventurists have up to 2 hours to complete as many courses as they would like as guides provide you with input and strategy as to how to tackle the various elements.  And family members of almost all ages can participate.  Aerial adventurists can start as early as age 5.

And, Broad Creek Marina offers the best conclusion to the day – a bite to eat at the waterfront Up the Creek Pub & Grill where, in my opinion, you can chow down on one of the best burgers Hilton Head Island has to offer!

Adventurists must be under 265 pounds and must wear closed toe shoes.  While they’re not required, pants (or longer shorts) are recommended as the harness and equipment may rub.  You should arrive 20 to 30 minutes prior to your tour time as you will need to fill out some required paperwork.

The Aerial Adventure is open year round unless severe weather and is $49 (+ tax) per person.  Reservations are recommended.

For more information or to make reservations, visit or call (843) 682-6000.

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.


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

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.

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

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!


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  or contact the Recreation Department at 843.842.1979.