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Award-Winning Hilton Head Island

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Hilton Head Island Named One of TripAdvisor’s “Top Trending Spots for a Summer 2017 Vacation Rental Stay”
Hilton Head Island currently featured as #10 among visitor interest for vacation rentals taking place between June – August of 2017.

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The Inn & Club at Harbour Town is named Top 25 Hotels — United States by Trip Advisor for 2017.


Hilton Head Island Named “#1 BEST ISLAND in the Continental U.S.”
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From Travel + Leisure Magazine, August 2016 – “#8 BEST ISLAND IN THE WORLD”
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Sustainable Golf Destination of the Year by IAGTO

Hilton Head Island Area is named Sustainable Golf Destination of the Year by IAGTO.


Forbes names Bluffton as one of the “Top 25 Places to Retire in 2016”.

Golf Magazine

Sea Pines Resort gets “Platinum” status in GOLF Magazine’s biennial Premier Resorts list for 2016-2017.

Golf Advisor

Harbour Town Golf Links was ranked No. 1 in GolfAdvisor.com’s list on “Top 15 South Carolina Courses.” Seven out of the 15 courses ranked are in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton.


TravelChannel.com names Hilton Head Island among its “Best Family Beaches”.

Travelers Choice

Named among TripAdvisor’s “Top 10 Best Islands in the United States“.

US News

Named one of U.S. News & Word Report’s “15 Best Family Vacations“.

USA Today

Coligny Beach voted No. 9 on “Top 10 Best East Coast Beaches” by USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards.


Oyster.com named Hilton Head Island as one of the “5 Healthy Spring Break Getaways That Will Change Your Life”.

ConventionSouth’s readers and destination facebook fans selected their top 12 picks for “The South’s Cool Spots For Summer Meetings” – Hilton Head was Number 10.

Hilton Head Island named the Golf Destination of the Year for North America for 2016 by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).

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Hilton Head Island’s new gold status, as the only “Gold Award” bike friendly community in South Carolina, places it in the League of American Bicyclists’ top 25 bike friendly communities nationwide.

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Huffington Post named Hilton Head Island among its Five Great Southern Resorts for Families this Summer.

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Palmetto Dunes named Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the World by Tennis Magazine.

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Hilton Head Island was Chosen as #2 Island in U.S. and Canada in Travel & Leisure Magazine’s World’s Best awards.

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Travel & Leisure World’s Best awards touted Palmetto Bluff and the Sea Pines Resort chosen as the #1 and #6 resorts in the U.S. for family travel


Yahoo.com named Hilton Head Island the “#1 Most popular U.s. Island for Summer Vacation.”
Hilton Head Island is the most searched for island on the site. Yahoo has over 21 million unique visitors to its website each month.


Money Magazine named Bluffton the winner of its “Best Places to Retire 2015: Waterfront Living” rankings.

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TripAdvisor named Hilton Head Island one of the “Top 10 Islands in the U.S.”
The world’s largest travel site announced its Travelers’ Choice awards for Islands, honoring over 100 island worldwide – Within that highly coveted list Hilton Head Island took the 5th spot in the U.S.


Garden & gun June/July issue “10 Great Escapes” give Bluffton top billing among its “southern Dream Towns”
With featured highlights from Palmetto Bluff to Bluffton Oyster Company

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Travel Channel tours Hilton Head Island on its just-released “Best Beaches in S.C.” list
TravelChannel.com reaches 1 million unique visitors per month.


Shape magazine touts Hilton Head Island on its July “35 Best Beaches in America for Fitness Lovers” list.

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Golf Magazine’s May readers got a look at Harbour Town Golf Links in its “Best Trips: Top 10 List” article,
which features 10 of the: “Most Influential Designs You Can Play”


Fodor’s Travel: Where do Americans Want to Go? Fodors.com’s February report highlights Hilton Head Island and the surrounding Lowcountry
Favorite destinations among American travelers in 2014 showcased Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry as the “#7 U.S. Destination on the Rise.”


National Geographic Traveler’s “Best Trips 2015” names Hilton Head Island among top destination in the world
Circulation: over 4 million readers

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Golf Magazine’s March issue featured The Sea Pines Resort on Gold Medal Award List for Premier Resorts.

Voted on by readers, the upscale golf publication reaches 1.5 million readers monthly.

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South Magazine’s June issue features “Bluffton – South’s Greatest Destinations”

A get-to-know-you article on all its charms with antebellum homes, historic churches, and unique shops.

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort named a Top 10 Tennis Resort in the World by TennisResortsOnline.com

ConventionSouth Magazine

ConventionSouth Magazine named Hilton Head Island “Southern Hospitality City” for SC.

The June issue features the 2014 Hot Picks List, voted on by ConventionSouth readers and social media fans/followers.

The Daily Meal

Daily Meal Touts Hilton Head Island on its From North to South: Warm Up This Winter Top 5 List.

The well-known dining news/trends site highlighted the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa’s beachside “Under the Lowcountry Sky” glamping experience. The Daily Meal reaches over a million readers monthly.

TripAdvisor 2014 Traveler’s Choice

TripAdvisor 2014 Travelers Choice Awards Showcased Hilton Head Island and The Inn at Palmetto Bluff

Named to the prestigious Top 10 U.S. Islands list, and Top 25 Hotels in U.S. featured Inn at Palmetto Bluff.

Fodor’s Travel

Fodor’s Travel Top 15 U.S. Destinations on the Rise

Fodor’s February look at Top 15 U.S. Destinations on the Rise showcased Hilton Head Island.

USA Today

USA Today’s Foodie Resorts: 10 Tasty Trips to Try featured Palmetto Bluff top of June list.

Noted for ingredients harvested from local waters and farms and Music to Your Mouth food and wine festival’s all-star-lineup. Circulation of 1.4 million daily readers.

USA Today

USA Today features Hilton Head Island not once, but twice! Hudson’s “Savory Seafood with a View” & USA’s Today’s “What to Do on Hilton Head.”

January 23rd & 27th issues. What to Do feature touted the island’s 250 restaurants, two dozen golf courses, annual PGA TOUR RBC Heritage and more. USA Today has a circulation 1.4 million daily readers.

Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal featured Hilton Head Island and Bluffton as must-stops

In their Sunday, June 15th “Because You Can- Hop and Eat in the South” three-page feature showcasing Hudson’s Seafood House, Roastfish and Cornbread, Palmetto Bluff and Bluffton Oyster Company.

Huffington Post

Huffington Post Names Bluffton “#1 Top Amazing Non-Beach Getaway”

July feature named Bluffton #1 on its Top 10 list of summer getaway destinations. Huffington Post online media reaches 740,914,326 readers.

Travel Channel

Travel Channel showcases Island on “22 Best U.S. Islands” in the nation list.

Travelchannel.com reaches 1 million unique visitors per month.

Yahoo! Travel

Yahoo Travel! features Island as #10 Destination in their roundup of “America’s Buzziest Beach Towns”

Circulation of 173 million unique visitors per month. Syndicated to NYPost.com reaching 4.5 million readers.

All Star Summer

Family Circle magazine’s July All Star Summer

Four-page spread showcased the Toomers and their Bluffton Oyster Company. Circulation over 5 million readers.


Hilton Head Island Named as USA Today’s 10 Best Carolina Beaches – July, 2014


Hilton Head, SC named Top 10 Best U.S. Island– June, 2014

Readers of 10BEST.com, a division of USA TODAY Travel voted Hilton Head Island as one of the Top 10 Islands in the United States. View all top Islands.

American Express

Hilton Head Island named as a Rising Destination by American Express Travel– May 6, 2014

While cities like London and Orlando are longtime favorites, bookings at destinations with the greatest year-over-year growth indicate a more adventurous streak amongst this year’s travelers. From a top sporting destination to national parks to an island retreat, the top growing summer destinations for 2014 include: 1-5. Brazil (Manaus, Recife, Salvador,Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo), 6. Santorini, 7. Hilton Head, SC, 8. Grand Junction, CO, 9. Milan, 10. Buchare

Fodor's Travel

Hilton Head Island named in 2014 “10 U.S. Islands Where You Can Beat the Winter Blues” by Fodor’s Travel– February 26, 2014

Hilton Head claims its fair share of outdoor activities (most notably golf), but this island has more going for it than most when it comes to cultural opportunities and upscale restaurants. After a day of beach-biking, tennis, or kayaking, catch a performance by the Hilton Head Choral Society, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, dance, or theater at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

Trip Advisor

Hilton Head Island has been chosen as one of the Top 10 Islands in the U.S. by voters in TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice Awards

Long known as a golfer’s paradise, Hilton Head Island is heaven for any type of sports enthusiast. Tennis, volleyball, polo, championship golf on some of the best fairways in the United States – those are just a few athletic options.

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Bluffton named a top retirement spot in 2014 by Forbes– January 16, 2014

Bluffton has made Forbes magazine’s list of the top 25 places to retire. The magazine’s website gives the following pros for the town: “Scenic waters, warm climate, good state tax environment, average home price $197,000, low crime, highly walkable.”

Conde Naste Traveler

Conde Nast Traveler Touts Inn at Palmetto Bluff as #1 Resort in the United States and #11 Resort in the world. The Sea Pines Resort’s Inn at Harbour Town Named #11 Resort in the South– October 2013

The readers of Conde Nast Traveler have voted The Inn at Palmetto Bluff as the #1 Resort in the United States and #11 in the world. The Sea Pines Resort’s Inn at Harbour Town was also chosen as the #11 Resort in the South.

“This will be the best inn you’ve ever stayed at,” by the May River amid acres of forests and ancient freshwater rice fields. “Superb Southern-style service” comes from staff “who make you feel like you are the first-ever guests.” Rustic cottages are “quiet, secluded, immaculate, and spacious,” with screened porches, white-wood doorways, vaulted ceilings, fireplaces, wide pine-plank floors, and hipped metal roofs. “You can do everything—golf, fishing, horseback riding, and a spa are some of the activities—or nothing, and be blissfully happy either way.”

Travel + Leisure

Travel + Leisure Readers Honor Two Hilton Head Resorts as World’s Best Awards for Family Travel– November 1, 2013

Travel + Leisure Readers Honor Two Hilton Head Resorts as World’s Best Awards for Family Travel.

Conde Naste Traveler

Conde Nast Traveler Touts Inn at Palmetto Bluff On Top 100 U.S. Resort Spas List of 2013

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff earned accolades in Conde Nast Traveler’s March issue. The luxury inn was named #7 on the Top 100 U.S. Resort Spas List.

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Conde Nast Traveler Touts Inn on Gold List 2013 World’s Best Places to Stay

Conde Nast Traveler’s January issue, ranked #1 Best Place to Stay in SC on the prestigious Gold List 2013 World’s Best Places to Stay.

Parents Magazine

Parents Magazine Names Hilton Head Island #1 Beach Town of 2013

Hilton Head Island topped the list in Parents Magazine’s May issue roundup of “Top 10 Best Beach Towns” in the nation. Parents Magazine has a circulation of 2.2 million readers.

Fox News

Fox News Features Island Top of its 10 Beautiful Beach Town Fall Vacations 2013 List in USA

Fox News August 15th report touted the island’s pristine beaches, unique Gullah culture, Coastal Discovery Museum, Zipline Hilton Head & more! Monthly traffic on FoxNews.com reaches 22,317,515 visitors.

Southern Living

Conde Nast Readers Rank Hilton Head Island Among “Top 10 Best U.S. Islands” and 3 Local Resorts to Readers’ Choice Lists

Hilton Head Island and three local resorts were featured in Conde Nast Travelers 25th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the 100 Best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and resorts worldwide. Hilton Head Island is among the nation’s top 10 islands at #8. The Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton was ranked the #1 resort in the southern U.S.

Sea Pines Resort’s Inn at Harbour Town was ranked 11th and Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort at 17th for the top resorts in the South.


U.S. News & World Report Showcased Hilton Head Island at #6 on its Top 10 Best Beaches List 2013

Travel + Leisure

Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards Feature Lowcountry Inn & Design Firm

Travel + Leisure’s August issue showcased the luxury publication’s annual 2013 reader’s poll, On the list of Top 100 Hotels: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff. At #2, The Castello di Casole, a J Banks Design Group project. The firm won two design awards: Castello di Casole was voted No. 1 resort in Europe & No. 2 in the world.

USA Today

Lowcountry Inns on USA Today’s Most Romantic Hotels of the South List 2013

USA Today’s most Romantic Hotels of the South finds romance in the Lowcountry. On the list: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff and the Main Street Inn & Spa. USA Today has a print circulation of 1.8 million readers daily. Website reaches a combined 6.6 million readers daily.


CNBC “Street Signs” Touts Island Real Estate-2013

CNBC Viewers received a snapshot view of Hilton Head Island’s real estate market on CNBC’s popular Street Signs program. Part of the network’s Business of the Summer series, focusing on real estate in three East Coast markets.

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