Plan For Vacation Day with Hilton Head Island

Many Americans let earned vacation time go to waste every year instead of taking full advantage of it. Well, here on America's Favorite Island®, we want to put a stop to that! National Plan for Vacation Day is coming up on January 25, and we're encouraging every kind of traveler, from foodies to adventure seekers, to plan a vacation in advance right here on Hilton Head Island — where you can rest assured your days will be put to good use! Here's how every type of traveler can enjoy their vacation in the Lowcountry.

The Pack Traveler

Vacations are essential to strengthening relationships with friends and family, as well as inspiring creativity in your personal life. The pack traveler usually travels with their family or a group of friends, so they need accommodations that'll allow them to spread out and celebrate accordingly. If this sounds like you, we recommend staying at one of Hilton Head Island's many gorgeous villas and vacation homes.   

It should come as no surprise that America's Favorite Island® is a perfect destination for families to travel and be entertained. The interactive children's museums will surely delight the kiddos for the day, and the Coastal Discovery Museum will entertain and educate adults and young ones alike. Plus, there's mini-golf for the whole family, pirate cruises, delicious cuisine, and more! The Lowcountry has everything you need for a family or friend vacation that everyone will talk about for years to come.

The Culture Seeker

Culture seekers often pick their destination based on the cultural scene that different places have to offer. They are genuinely curious individuals who want to experience something new. These travelers tend to want to experience life as locals do, and that's quite easy to do here in the Lowcountry. Hilton Head Island is rich with history and culture. It boasts some of the most interesting art galleries, theaters, and museums in South Carolina.

If you're a cultural traveler on America's Favorite Island®, consider taking a guided tour with Legacy History Tours. Here, you'll learn about the role that Hilton Head Island played in history during the Civil War Era, as well as the Plantation and Revolutionary periods.

Learn about the history of the Lowcountry from the direct descendants of native Gullah on Daufuskie Island at the Gullah Museum and discover alongside the native people of the island the rustic beauty that it has to offer. Even the dining options come with a side of history and culture on Hilton Head Island! Take Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks, for example. It was established back in 1912 as an oyster processing facility. Over the years, it evolved into a restaurant. Today, it's a must-try spot loved by locals and tourists alike.

The Foodie Traveler

Good food adds so much flavor to the world: it can define a destination and show you what the people in a place appreciate. Travelers who set out around the world searching for delicious food are not new to the Lowcountry. Food is a strong part of the culture and history on Hilton Head Island. We get deliciously fresh, local seafood every day right from the Atlantic Ocean. We have every preparation of oyster that you could even imagine, and maybe a few more you haven't thought of yet! After all, folks here have been farming and eating oysters for more than 100 years. Due to our location, America's Favorite Island® also enjoys a deep culinary tradition with Native American, West African, Caribbean, and European Influences. This melding of cuisines has brought us delicious dishes such as the beloved gumbo, shrimp, and grits, as well as cornbread and Lowcountry boil. There are over 250 restaurants on Hilton Head Island, plus bakeries, farmers' markets, and gourmet shops for foodies to explore. So, if your taste buds are your priority when choosing a destination, then Hilton Head Island is the place for you.

The Strictly Business

Folks who travel for business know that business trips can usually go two ways. They can be exciting because you have a chance to get out of the comfort of the office for a few days while networking. They can also be incredibly hectic and stressful. We're willing to bet that business travelers who regularly hit the road are amongst the majority of Americans who do not take advantage of their vacation time. Which means that they are the ones who need a getaway the most. Thankfully, it's quite easy to have a business trip here that is not only beneficial to you professionally, but can also be revitalizing personally.

Make the best of your trip by planning meetings in locations that energize you and your coworkers. Hilton Head Island has plenty of options, from gorgeously designed boutique hotels by the ocean to AAA-approved Four Diamond oceanfront resorts. So what does this mean for you? It means say goodbye to uninspired hotel meeting rooms and hello to wide open spaces, flexible indoor and outdoor meeting spaces.

After you've wowed your coworkers with the outstanding facilities on Hilton Head Island (and crushed all of those business deals), add some extra days to your trip! Explore the more than 23 world-class golf courses that have established Hilton Head Island as one of the premier destinations for elite golfing. Or relax after the work is done and treat yourself to a spa treatment of your choice. There's a wide variety of day spas here, all of which can relieve the stress of work and leave you feeling your best. And, did you know that the majority of Hilton Head Island's resorts have combined the Hilton Head spa experience into their amenity packages? The Lowcountry definitely knows how to mix business with pleasure!

The Tourist

At some point in our lives, we've all been a tourist — the universal traveler that chooses their destination based on popularity and recommendations of friends and family. The truth is, it's fun to be a tourist! And on Hilton Head Island, there's nothing better than going through your checklist of all of the sites of interest and Instagrammable spots. Spend your day enjoying the beautiful weather that the Lowcountry has to offer and get a bit of exercise in while you’re at it by bicycling the more than 60 miles of multi-use trails that surround the island. Alternatively, don’t forget to visit one of the courses that have made Hilton Head Island synonymous with golf. Or, take the whole family and enjoy a competitive round of mini-putt at Legendary Golf! Afterward, continue the outdoor adventures and take a kayak or canoe out into the water — there's no better way to enjoy the beauty of the island than paddling around at your own leisure.

If all this fun has worked up your appetite, it's time to try some fresh from the sea dishes that will have your mouth watering. Savour some amazing oysters from Old Daufuskie Crab Company, as well as clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops, fish filets, soft shell crabs, and live blue crabs.

And, of course, a getaway to the Lowcountry wouldn't be complete without a leisurely day by the beach. Watch the day go by as you listen to the sound of the waves, or rent a bike and explore until it's time for an unforgettable sunset. Take your camera and capture the moment, or better yet, sit back and take it all in.

It's Time To Plan Your Vacation

No matter what type of traveler you are, this year you'll surely need a vacation. And guess what? You deserve it! So, this year, remember to use those vacation days to really recharge, invigorate your spirits, and expand your horizons. The getaway of a lifetime is waiting for you here on Hilton Head Island. So, check out our newest deals, peruse our local guidebooks for a bit of vacation inspiration, and then get planning!

We look forward to seeing you soon in the Lowcountry. 


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