Shop ‘til You Drop…Yes Please!

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.

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Canon Ball!!!

You’re probably envisioning me leaping into a clear, cool pool, knees tucked as I scream CANON BALL. However, that vision would be wrong. At ZipLine Hilton Head, a part of Broad Creek Marina Adventures, they encourage zippers to scream that famous summertime fun phrase as they swoop down the third zip line. Why, you might ask? With the dip in the line, to get from one side to the other, you have to tuck your knees and take the shape of a canon ball to help keep your speed up. The screaming only adds to the fun!

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Celebrate independence with an island-wide bang

For an island that only stretches a mere 12 miles, Hilton Head Island is not lacking in magnificent spots to celebrate our country’s independence. As an island, it comes with the territory – Hilton Head offers a number of waterfront locations great for viewing the centerpiece for any 4th of July celebration – fireworks.

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Art with a View

As Memorial Day approaches and we prepare to honor our country’s soldiers past and present, what plans are you making? Time at the beach? Family Cookouts? No desk duty on Monday? All of the above sound good here, but I definitely will be making a trip over to Shelter Cove Harbour for one of my favorite, newer Memorial Day weekend traditions. The Hilton Head Island Art Festival celebrates its 5th birthday this year during the holiday weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26.

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How To Catch A Shrimp (and a selection of other seafood)

In all my time on Hilton Head Island, I have never once thrown a cast net. Surprising, isn’t it? Maybe not so much to my instructor once he saw my first throw, if you can call it that. I believe he called it a taco, sadly for me, because it resembled the shape of the Mexican food as opposed to a net that would bring in a selection of the sea’s delights. Much like I felt about golf the first time I tried it, I definitely underestimated the skill and quickly found that it is harder than it looks. However, Scott, our instructor, insured me that he has not yet had someone who didn’t get it by the end of the class. And I was determined not to be his first!

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SHOP LOCAL

It’s safe to say that I am a “good eater”. I love food, which makes anything that even vaguely resembles a farmers market a place I want to be. Whether it’s at home or while we’re out exploring new places on vacation, my husband and I always seem to track down the local farmers markets. And in all honesty, our own Bluffton offers one of the best I’ve come to discover. I would say it’s not your average farmers market. It, much like the town that hosts it, is a state of mind and offers its own, unique personality to what most expect to find at your typical market.

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And They’re Off

The setting – an isolated beach, a light breeze in the air, a pack of runners with their bare feet running through the tide, sand splashing up on their competitors following closely behind. Are you starting to hear the theme song to Chariots of Fire? I am too. But I’m not talking about the iconic movie that shares the same name of that memorable song. It’s the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association’s annual beach race.

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Cars on the Move

Hot off the presses, the 12th annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance is in high gear planning its 2013 event at a new venue. The 2013 show will be hosted at the acclaimed Port Royal Golf Club, ranked one of the “Top 75 U.S. Golf Resorts” by Golf Digest Magazine, on November 2 & 3. The cars, albeit, jaw-dropingly stunning, also offer a unique history lesson.

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Shuckin’ the Day Away

Grab your oyster knife, tie a napkin around your neck and get ready to dig in. The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration is about to introduce you to one of my all-time favorite meals.

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Take That Thirty-One

My first year of being 30+ is quickly approaching. Most would probably treat themselves to a spa day, a decadent meal or a weekend getaway. And not going to lie to you, that would typically be my approach, too. But, when I saw that the first-ever Face Your Fears race was coming to Bluffton on my actual 31st birthday – February 23 – those plans quickly changed. I will be celebrating in the mud, getting, literally, down and dirty.

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