The first Saturday of May, Bluffton becomes host to one of the best spring festivals in South Carolina. Located in charming Old Town, those wanting to join in on the festivities should expect more than 150 artists and food vendors, live music playing on two stages throughout the day, as well as a fun-filled schedule of events:
Pie Eating Contest
11:30am | Dubois Park
Ugly Dog Contest
1:00pm | Heyward House
Derby Hat Parade
2:00pm | Martin Family Park Stage
Admission is free to all guests. Complimentary parking will be at Red Cedar Elementary, and includes a complimentary shuttle to the festival area.
Celebrate National Bike Month and Hilton Head Island’s award-winning cycling community by joining in on the 14th Annual Pedal Hilton Head. Rain or shine, locals and visitors alike will participate in one of six different rides that accommodate every level of rider. From a fun, family-centered two-mile beach ride to a grand tour of the island in the sixty-two-mile ride, there is a carefully planned route for everyone to enjoy.
Event proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. Not only is it Pedal’s mission to be a marquee cycling event in the island’s Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community, but the event organizers’ main focus is to fund as many programs and scholarships as possible for the kids who benefit from the Boys and Girls Club. Pedal, and Pedal-for-a-Kid program specifically, continues to be a successful fundraising event year after year, and directly supports programs that focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and the importance of being good, productive and caring citizens.
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Mother’s Day is coming up, and if you’re drawing a blank trying to think of something to do for your World’s Best Mom, here are some ideas of some of the best things to do if you find yourself on Hilton Head Island this year.
Plan A Picnic
Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and treat your mom to an al fresco spread on one of the island’s beaches or parks. Nothing beats eating lunch outside on a warm, sunny day, and your mom will love this thoughtful gesture and quality time with you. Grab all of mom’s favorite eats and everything else you’ll need at Piggly Wiggly. Not sure what to pack in the cooler? Try preparing something new like this tasty Thai Mandarin Salad with Peanut Orange Chipotle Dressing or these delicious chicken wraps. Have a sweet tooth? These easy-to-make Raspberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies will be a hit!
Paint Some Pottery
Fun for all ages, make a reservation for yourself and your mom at the island’s very own pottery studio, The Art Café. With hundreds of items to choose from, you both will have a great time creating your own masterpieces. Located on the second story above Rockfish, the studio has paired with the restaurant to serve food and beverages in the evenings. If you and your mom want to enjoy a relaxing time painting and sipping on refreshing drinks from The Art Café’s patio, think about making your reservation anytime after four o’clock. Give the staff three days to hand-glaze and process your pieces, and your new favorite keepsake will be ready to pick up!
You can never go wrong with taking your mom to a delicious brunch to start Mother’s Day off right. Hilton Head is home to an array of cafés and restaurants that serve fantastic brunch favorites, and of course if Mom is an early riser, breakfast. Because Mother’s Day lands on a Sunday, expect the brunch crowds to be more crowded than usual and make a reservation ahead of time if you can. For our guide to some of the best brunches on the island, click below:
Go for a Bike Ride
Something that should already be on your to-do list while visiting Hilton Head Island regardless of the occasion, rent bikes and let Mom decide where to going exploring. From miles of bike paths to open stretches of beautiful beaches, make sure to ask for a bike basket in case you happen to stop at any of the island’s shops in between! Remember to take a break and lock up your bike to grab a bite to eat—your mom (and legs) will thank you!
Day Trip to Daufuskie Island
Spend the day with Mom on Daufuskie Island, a sea island situated between Hilton Head and Savannah. Only accessible by ferry, this lowcountry gem is a great escape from the crowds. The island has few paved roads, making golf carts the best way to explore the five-mile-long island. While there, enjoy a delicious meal of fresh seafood and other local ingredients at one of the dining locations on Daufuskie that take advantage of their beautiful surroundings and offer outdoor seating. Remember to bring your camera while roaming the island and soak in the Lowcounty’s natural beauty.
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It’s beginning to be brunch season again. What is brunch season, you ask? Well, to be honest, we just completely made that up. But we are heading into the time of year when there are more reasons to plan on spending your mid-morning sipping on mimosas and enjoying a delicious plate of French toast. With Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day fast approaching, it’s a good idea to start making plans now—especially if you’re able to make reservations ahead of time! Here are our recommendations for some of the best brunches on Hilton Head Island:
Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café
Located in Palmetto Bay Marina, this café is a great option for breakfast or lunch—or in this case, brunch! Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café is a local favorite that quickly turns new customers into regulars. With a full bar that can whip up delicious Bloody Marys, and a regularly updated specials menu that continues to wow, this island favorite offers a dog-friendly patio where you can enjoy a beautiful morning waterside.
We recommend the Crab Cake Eggs Benedict or their signature Breakfast Burrito with homemade salsa. Although breakfast items are served all day, their “Late Risers,” or lunch menu, is equally delicious. Try the Shrimp Scampi, Leslie Burger, or the Egg Salad Melt. Add an order of Crab Wontons from their “Snax” menu, or try their delicious She-Crab Soup.
Plantation Café & Deli
A Hilton Head staple that has been in operation for almost half a century, Plantation Café & Deli has three convenient locations that cover both the island and Bluffton. For early risers that want to get a head start on their day, visit this café before eight a.m. to order from their delicious Early Bird Specials menu. If sleeping in is on the day’s to-do list, both breakfast, lunch, and Sunday Brunch menus are packed with mouthwatering plates. A must-stop while visiting Hilton Head, visitors and locals alike rave about the delightful, family-friendly atmosphere and scrumptious southern-style cooking.
The breakfast menu boasts country skillets, an array of benedicts and omelets, as well as plates from the griddle that are all beautifully topped with powdered sugar. Our favorite breakfast plate is Ellie’s Southern Breakfast, a more traditional order with a southern spin that includes fried green tomatoes. You can’t go wrong with a Creole skillet or golden Belgian Waffle. Our Sunday Brunch favorites include the Salad Platter and Pimento Grilled Cheese.
Skillets Café & Grill
Located in Coligny Plaza, Skillets Café & Grill is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Although they don’t have a specific brunch menu, they do serve breakfast until three p.m. due to popular demand. In operation for twenty-five plus years, Skillets has always been the go-to place before or after a trip to the beach. Among plenty of great reviews from happy customers, praises for how seriously the restaurant staff takes gluten-free allergies are just as plentiful as the amount of options of menu items that are gluten-free friendly and even vegan.
When at Skillets Café & Grill, why not order one of their five, delicious breakfast skillets? In true island fashion, two of our favorites are called The Beach and The Coligny. We would also recommend the Country Crepe, The Kitchen Sink, as well as the Seafood Omelette off the breakfast menu. If you’re ordering off the lunch menu, try the Monte Cristo or Shrimp and Grits. Lunchtime also unlocks a long list of dessert options, so make sure to save room for a slice of Key Lime Pie, Lemon Berry Mascarpone Cake, or the House Made Cobbler.
These are just three of the long list of fantastic brunch options you can find on Hilton Head Island. For more places to find great food and hospitality on the island, visit our Restaurant page.
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Hilton Head Island is an idyllic escape from neon signs and chaotic cities—and that wasn’t an accident. Over the years, locals and generations of visitors alike have worked hard to preserve and protect the island’s natural habitats throughout the town’s stages of development. If it weren’t for the early visionary and developer of Sea Pines, Charles Fraser, and continued conservation efforts such as the creation of the Hilton Head Land Trust in 1987, the island would’ve looked very different.
Fraser’s use of strict land-use covenants and sincere respect for wide-open spaces started a trend that ultimately caused Hilton Head Island to be considered a leader in environmental activism. Additional public, residential, and tourist-driven communities all share the same respect for the island’s natural beauty. This desire to showcase Hilton Head’s natural landscape instead of buildings is the reason why you might drive past a shopping center ten times before you knew it even existed.
Preserving this natural paradise is always on the island’s mind, but in honor of Earth Day, here are a few ways to keep Hilton Head Island beautiful for generations to come:
Skip the Straw
In the summer of 2018, Beaufort County encouraged everyone to participle in something called a Strawless Summer. Four years later, local communities have continued finding ways to either replace plastic straws with greener options or encouraged people to just simply skip the straw. The next time you head out for your beach day, try swapping a to-go cup for an insulated, reusable cup so your drink can also stay colder for longer!
It might not seem like saying no to a plastic straw would make much of a difference, it’s not only an easy way to help limit single-use plastics, but it takes one of the most detrimental pieces of trash out of the ocean. The shape and size of a plastic straw make it more dangerous if consumed by wildlife.
Bring a Tote Bag
Efforts to reduce single-use plastic doesn’t stop at plastic straws in Hilton Head. Beaufort County started a plastic bag ban in 2018, so it’s always a good idea to bring a reusable bag or two when you’re in town. Having an extra bag while traveling is always a good idea as it is. From having a designated snack tote for your road trip to having an extra bag on hand to carry wet towels back from the beach, you will certainly find a use for reusable bags on your vacation even if a trip to the grocery store isn’t on your to-do list.
Leave Nothing but Your Footprints:
Now that you have that reusable bag handy, make sure that everything you’ve brought to the beach leaves with you. If you see trash that previous beachgoers have left behind, please do us a favor and pick it up! The island’s beaches have plenty of receptacles that make disposing of your garbage easy. The town has even added baskets at beach entrances to help those who want to help our beaches stay clean.
Not only is it important to pick up your beach toys and any trash you might have, but always remember to fill in any holes you might have dug. A hazard the entire year, filling in holes in the sand is especially important during the summer. During nesting season, sea turtles are deterred from laying their eggs in a safe location if they run into any barriers or holes in the sand.
Attend Hilton Head’s Annual Beach Clean Up
Respect the Wildlife
Wildlife and their habitats are always considered a priority on Hilton Head Island. The entire reason behind conservation efforts, respecting local wildlife is necessary in keeping the island a natural paradise. The best way to show your respect is to leave them be! Feeding—and especially harassing–wild animals is never a good idea and could cost you a big fine! Take as many pictures of all the dolphins, deer, and alligators you’d like, just don’t put yourself or them in dangerous situations and give them plenty of space.
Not only should you let the wildlife alone, but you should also stay away from the dunes on the island’s beaches. The island’s beaches are large enough, so there really is no need for biking or walking through the dunes. Serving as important storm barriers, the dunes are also home to various native species and allow animals to navigate the island without having to cross any roadways. Dunes are also where many sea turtles decide to nest.
Speaking of sea turtles, the island has a saying during turtle season in the summer months—lights out for turtles! This simply means that all outside lights near the beach should be turned off. Baby turtles look for the moonlight reflecting off of the ocean, so if they were to see other lights in the opposite direction, they may not make it to the waterline.
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