Out to Brunch–Hilton Head Island Brunch Recommendations

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.

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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.

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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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#PlaidNation: Hilton Head Island prepares for the 54th playing of the RBC Heritage Classic

Each year, for one week in April, Hilton Head Island becomes #PlaidNation as golf fans from across the globe flock to the Lowcountry to watch some of golf’s greats battle it out at Harbour Town Golf Links.  Welcome to The RBC Heritage Classic. 

Dating back to 1969, the RBC Heritage is the only PGA Tour event played in South Carolina, and its host, the Heritage Classic Foundation, supports charitable organizations across the Lowcountry. Since 1987, the Foundations has donated $47.5M to nonprofits in South Carolina and Georgia.

Golf legends like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Payne Stewart, Nick Faldo, and Davis Love III have donned the tartan jacket, victorious. In recent years, the trophy has been lifted by the likes of Wesley Bryan, Satoshi Kodaira, C.T. Pan, Webb Simpson, and Stewart Cink. Cink will be back in 2022 to defend his title, and the RBC Heritage leaderboard is sure to feature some of the biggest names in golf. 

The RBC Heritage kick-off is unlike any other PGA Tour tournament opening. This year, defending champion Stewart Cink will gather with Heritage Classic Foundation Board members, volunteers, and state dignitaries as they parade around the Harbour Town Yacht Basin to the sound of the Citadel’s Pipe and Drum band. At the opening ceremony, the past champion is presented with his Captain of Gentlemen Golfers plaque and will continue the tradition of hitting a featherie-style golf ball into the Calibogue Sound with an authentic hickory golf club in unison with a cannon shot. This opening ceremony, a reenactment of a Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews tradition dating back to the mid-18th century, signals the official start of Tournament week on Hilton Head. 

If you’re planning to be a spectator at the 54th playing of the RBC Heritage Classic, here are a few things you may want to know.

Monday, April 11, 2022

  • The course is closed to spectators.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

  • Opening Ceremonies begin on the 18th green at Noon.
  • Practice rounds commence at players’ discretions. No advance tee times will be available. 
  • Coca-Cola Youth Day Putting Contest | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | practice green | Children 15 and under are invited to putt alongside the pros. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

  • RBC Heritage Pro-Am begins at 7:00 am with players starting on the 1st and 10th tees. 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

  • First Round starting on the 1st and 10th tees.
    • Morning tee times 7:20 am – 9:00 am
    • Afternoon start times 11:50 am – 1:30 pm. 

Friday, April 15, 2022

  • Second Round starting on the 1st and 10th tees.
    • Morning tee times 7:20 am – 9:00 am
    • Afternoon tee times 11:50 am – 1:30 pm 

Saturday, April 16, 2022

  • Third round starting times 8:30 am – 1:30 pm. 
  • #PlaidNation Games on the Heritage Lawn 12:00pm – 2:00pm 

Sunday, April 17, 2022

  • 7:30 am Sunrise Easter Service featuring local ministers, music, and nondenominational prayer will take place at 7:30 am at Liberty Oak. 
  • Final round start times: 8:30 am – 1:30pm
  • Trophy presentation, 18th green, immediately following close of play. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit rbcheritage.com.

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Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival 2022

February 21-27, 2022

Get ready to experience one of the best seafood festivals on the map during this week-long extravaganza held in and around Hilton Head Island. Where artfully prepared food meets the South’s coastal heritage, the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival will certainly exceed all expectations during this year’s 15th Anniversary lineup.

Events over the course of the festival range from celebrity guest chef dinners and culinary demonstrations, to excursions off-island that highlight both local history and the fishermen that make it all possible. Pair that with wine tastings, fresh catch specials, fishing instruction, and more!

Here are the scheduled events for this year’s festival.

Tickets are available for the festival’s main event scheduled for Saturday, February 26th from 1:00-4:30pm. Held at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, this family-friendly event will offer live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, samplings from more than 100 food and beverage vendors, and more! Make sure to stick around because the day’s festivities will conclude with the 15th Anniversary Fireworks Celebration that is sure to dazzle!

The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is the primary fundraiser for the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation. For more information, visit the festival’s website.

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14 Things to Do on Hilton Head Island for Valentine’s Day

There are plenty of ways to spend your Valentine’s Day this year on Hilton Head Island. Here are some ideas of how you can celebrate the day, rain or shine! 

Photo by Felipe Callado on Unsplash

Have brunch at Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café.

Known for their Stuffed French Toast and Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café might just become your go-to brunch on the island! On a beautiful day, their dog-friendly patio is the perfect spot to sip on some coffee—or a mimosa!

Explore Hilton Head Island’s miles of bike trails.

A Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community, Hilton Head Island boasts more than 60 miles of beautiful pathways, making the island easy to navigate. If you’ve left your bicycles at home, stop by Wheelz of Hilton Head and they’ll get you ready to roll. Their location is also a quick ride from Coligny Beach if you’d like to take a spin along the waterline at low tide. 

Discover the Harbour Town Lighthouse Museum.

Climb to the top of what has become the symbol of Hilton Head Island to see amazing views. During your ascent, you’ll learn about the history of the island and of the Sea Pines property. The museum’s gift shop is a great place to find artwork, authentic models, books and more. 

Pick up something sweet at The Island Fudge Shoppe.

What is Valentine’s Day without chocolate? The Island Fudge Shoppe has a delicious collection of hand-dipped chocolates, homemade fudge, and more! Located in the Coligny Plaza Shopping Center, this island favorite will definitely satisfy any sweet tooth. 

Fly with Hilton Head Helicopter Tours.

A great way to make your 2022 Valentine’s Day incredibly memorable, Hilton Head Helicopter Tours offers an array of different tours ranging from a quick 8-mile loop, to longer trips focused on admiring the beautiful Lowcountry coastline and wildlife—monkeys included! You read that right; take the Monkey Safari Tour to fly over a secluded island where over 3,000 rhesus monkeys roam freely. 

Visit the Carolina Tasting Room.

Since 2015, the Carolina Tasting Room has been the go-to place to find locally sourced wines, beers, and other products. With over 50 Local and Regional Wines to try, you can quite literally taste the Lowcountry! This Hilton Head tasting room also is known for their wine smoothies in many different delicious flavors. 

Take a walk along the beach–any beach!

Hilton Head Island is home to more than 12 miles of pristine beaches. You won’t have to worry about a crazy amount of heat or humidity in February, so grab a sweater and enjoy all that the crowd-free coastline has to offer. You might even spot some dolphins! For more room to roam, check what time low tide is on our monthly tide chart

Relax at Fountain Spa.

Make sure to schedule in some time to relax and pamper yourselves this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a massage or design your own spa package. 

Take a private dolphin cruise.

Book a private dolphin cruise for just the two of you, or invite two more couples along to join in on the search for dolphins. A great way to see Hilton Head in all of its glory, your knowledgeable captain will navigate the water finding as many opportunities for you to see dolphins as possible.  

Play some mini golf.

Putt Putt is as fun a date idea as well as a staple to Hilton Head Island. Play a round at Legendary Golf for country-club style miniature golf, or at Adventure Cove if you’d rather continue the competition to the skee-ball lanes or air hockey table. 

Give virtual golf a try.

Whether you’re already a fan of virtual sports games or you’re looking to try something new this Valentine’s Day, Chronic Golf is the place to go! With a wide variety of multi-sports games and over 125 virtual golf courses to pick from, the two of you are guaranteed to have some fun—especially with a full menu and bar to order from!

Listen to a live jazz concert at The Jazz Corner.

Reserve a table to enjoy one of two live jazz concerts per night over dinner or drinks. This award-winning jazz club and restaurant has the perfect, intimate atmosphere you’re looking for to spend your Valentine’s Day evening. 

Celebrate on the Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise.

Vagabond Cruise is offering a Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise to make your February 14th one for the books! Upon boarding the Spirit of Harbour Town, you’ll receive a complimentary glass of champagne. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by the award-winning chefs of the Sea Pines Resort all while taking in the gorgeous views and sunset


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Chamber Restaurant Week

January 29th-February 5th

The 14th annual Chamber Restaurant Week will kick off on Saturday, January 29th. With more than seventy restaurants participating, locals and visitors to both Hilton Head Island and Bluffton will be in for a treat! 

A highly anticipated celebration of local cuisine, contributing restaurants serve up specialty-priced or prix-fixe menus. Chamber Restaurant Week is also a time for introducing new dishes as well as celebrating crowd-favorites. 

Here is the 2022 participant list. 

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Winter Sunsets on Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is known to have breathtakingly beautiful sunsets year-round. Finding the perfect spot to watch the sunset is always on visitors’ to-do lists, as it should be! 

Did you know that sunrises and sunsets during the winter months are scientifically proven to be more vivid and beautiful? 

Here’s the Scoop: 

With colder temperatures comes less humidity, generally speaking. When there’s significantly less water vapor in the air, the colors within a sunset are more striking. Water vapor molecules adhere themselves to the naturally produced and man-made particles in the air, causing the light to scatter and become less intense. Therefore, the less water vapor there is, the clearer the view! 

Another factor to consider is Earth’s tilt during this time period. North America’s prime sunset season is during the winter months because of the angle the sun is setting at, which actually makes sunsets last longer.

So, all in all, the combination of shorter days, longer sunsets, and brilliant hues are sure to stop you in your tracks!

Here are some fantastic spots to watch the sunset: 

The Beach

This is the obvious choice. Pick a beach, any beach! Who wouldn’t want to take a walk on the beach during sunset? In Hilton Head’s temperate climate, you’ll be comfortable while admiring the dazzling hues. If you’re a morning person, grab some coffee and head to the beach for sunrise!  

Along Broad Creek

Grab a bite to eat at either Fishcamp on Broad Creek, Up the Creek Pub & Grill, or the Old Oyster Factory for dazzling sunset views over the marsh.

From a Marina

Harbour Town in Sea Pines includes one of the best marinas on Hilton Head where you can find yourself enjoying an evening stroll, a bit of shopping, and a bite to eat. Take a gorgeous photo of the sun setting behind the Harbour Town Lighthouse, and head over for dinner and drinks at The Crazy Crab

Bonus—Speaking of the Crazy Crab, their additional location at Jarvis Creek is a spectacular waterfront dining option known for great seafood and gorgeous sunsets. 


Click here for current sunrise and sunset times.


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Hilton Head Restaurants Open for Christmas

A question we get asked over and over by visitors to the island is, “Which restaurants are open on the holidays?” To that end, we’re compiling a list of local restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2021.

The following restaurants are offering both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining:

  • Hilton Head Diner 843-686-2400  Hilton Head Diner is typically open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, serving all day breakfast, their full menu, as well as a special Holiday menu featuring specials like duck L’orange, thyme roasted pork loin, and more. We’ll update this listing with this year’s Christmas menu as soon as it becomes available. Download their takeout menu here.
  • Nick’s Steak & Seafood | 843-686-2920 | Reservations only | NicksSteakAndSeafood.com – Nick’s Steak & Seafood will be open on Christmas Day, but you must have a reservation.  Please call 843-686-2920 to make a reservation; same-day reservations are very difficult to accommodate. They typically serve their full menu as well as traditional holiday favorites.
  • Grand Ocean Terrace at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa | 843-681-4000 ext. 7066 | Reservation only
  • The Porch | 843-785-2900 | Reservation Only -Located at The Beach House Resort, The Porch Restaurant offers Christmas Day dining. Reservations required.

The following restaurants will be open on Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day

  • Wild Wings | 843-785-9464 | Christmas Eve – open until 6:30p by volume, closed Christmas Day
  • Fish Camp on Broad Creek | 843-842-2267 – Christmas Eve 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm;   Closed Christmas Day 
  • Plantation Café and Deli | 843-785-9020 – Christmas Eve regular hours;    Closed Christmas
  • Local Pie | 843-842-7437 – Christmas Eve (open by volume); Closed Christmas Day
  • Crazy Crab Harbour Town | 843-683-2722 – Open Christmas Eve (last reservation 6:30pm); Closed Christmas Day
  • Crazy Crab Jarvis Creek | 843-681-5021 – Open Christmas Eve (last reservation 6:30pm); Closed Christmas Day

The following restaurants will be closed for Christmas:

  • Sea Shack | 843-785-2464 – Closed Christmas Day
  • Up the Creek Pub & Grill | 843-681-3625 – Closed Christmas Day
  • North End Pour House | 843-681-4153 – Closed Christmas Day
  • Skillets | 843-785-3131 – Closed Christmas Day

For a unique Christmas Eve Dinner Experience…

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Thanksgiving 2021 on Hilton Head Island [Restaurant Guide]

If you’re lucky enough to be spending the Thanksgiving Holiday on Hilton Head, you may be wondering which restaurants are open and serving Thanksgiving Dinner. Here are a few options for Thanksgiving Day Dining on Hilton Head Island.


Hilton Head Diner

Marina Side Drive at Highway 278 next to Pirates Island Adventure Golf

843-686-2400

7:00am -10:00pm

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Skillets Cafe & Grill

Marina Side Drive at Highway 278 next to Pirates Island Adventure Golf

843-686-2400

8:00am – 3:00pm

Thanksgiving Day Menu


Nick’s Steak and Seafood

Park Lane at Highway 278 – 1/2 Mile from Shipyard

843-686-2400

8:00am – 3:00pm | RESERVATION REQUIRED

Thanksgiving Day Menu


Fishcamp on Broad Creek

11 Simmons Road

843-842-2267

12:00pm – 7:00pm

View Menu


Thanksgiving with the Beach House (Porch Restaurant)

1 South Forest Beach Drive | Off Coligny Circle

843-785-2900

12:00pm – 8:00pm

$45.00/person

Thanksgiving Day Menu


Thanksgiving Day Feast at Grand Ocean Terrace at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa

2 Grassland Avenue | Port Royal Plantation

843-681-1055

1:00pm | 3:00pm | 5:00pm Seatings – RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Cost: $75 ages 13 and older; $29 ages 6 to 12 years old   

Children ages 5 and under eat free with a paying adult


Old Oyster Factory

101 Marshland Road

843.681.6040

12:00pm – 7:00pm

Four-Course Dinner | Adults $50 | Children $25

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu



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