Fireworks

An Island Tradition

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.

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Get your feet off of the ground

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.

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Pedal for Provisions

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.

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Tis the Season for Plaid

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.

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BEYOND THE BOTTLE

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.

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Port of Call

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…

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BRRRRRR

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.

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“Oh My Gawd!”

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!

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Guilt Free Halloween

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!

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SNEAK PEAK

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.

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