The Importance of Recycling Oyster Shells

Going by the “R Rule,” we’re in the thick of oyster season.  And to catch anyone up who’s never heard of such a rule, any month that includes the letter “r” is typically considered oyster season. We won’t get into the nitty gritty of farm-raised, year-round oysters either, we’ll save that for another time.

Here in the Lowcountry, oyster season parallels the time of year when the weather gets cooler, making outdoor events and activities much more enjoyable.  Oyster roasts and other food festivals seem to take over the calendar, suddenly giving way to the holiday season—another busy time and cause for celebration and community gatherings.  

Photo by Charlotte Harrison

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Oysters have been at the root of our coastal communities for centuries.  Historians have observed that the indigenous groups that inhabited areas such as Hilton Head Island not only relied on oysters as a main food source, but used them as tools and for trading purposes.  Fast forward to a booming industry throughout the sea islands that sold canned oysters, and to generations of residents and visitors who up until today can see oysters on an abundance of restaurant’s menus.

It’s easy to only think about oysters being beloved as an appetizer or in a po’boy, but their importance far exceeds the plate garnished with a lemon and tabasco sauce.  Oysters act as an important filtration system for the waters they’re in, removing contaminates and excess nutrients. One oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day. The clusters of oysters, often called oyster reefs, serve as homes to many different fish species. The reefs are also known to absorb waves, helping with erosion control.  And with all that being said, oysters help coastal economies other than just sale of oysters alone.

Photo by Clint Patterson

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So, what would happen if one day oysters suddenly disappeared? We’d be in big trouble.

We’re certainly not at that point, but populations have been declining throughout the United States.  While oysters in South Carolina are still considered abundant, evidence that human activities have affected the populations negatively. These activities include a myriad of things, but the more oysters are taken out of the waterway, there are less shells for oyster larvae to attach to for the oyster to continue to live and ultimately go on to reproduce.  The shells have been used by many generations for a wide array of reasons from construction, agriculture, and more.

Photo by Robert Linder

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The Department of Natural Resources started SCORE (South Carolina Oyster Restoration and Enhancement Program) to help restore the state’s oyster habitats.  Recycling oyster shells is key in rebuilding reefs, while awareness of the importance of oysters is also a top priority.

Before you start throwing your old oyster shells back into the water, please know that there is a months-long process to cleaning and returning shells back into waterways to rebuild these reefs.  If you do find yourself with shells left over from a dinner party or oyster roast, you can drop them off at designated recycling centers throughout the area. To find the closest one nearest you, use this interactive map provided by the DNR.  


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Celebrating Thanksgiving on Hilton Head Island

If you happen to be celebrating Thanksgiving on our beautiful, Hilton Head Island, here is a list of festive events, as well as restaurants that will be open on November 24th.

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by Photo Jakob Owens

Thanksgiving Wagon Rides at Heritage Farm

Sea Pines Heritage Farm

Nov. 22-26

10:00am-5:00pm

Join in on the Thanksgiving-themed wagon ride brought to you by Sea Pines. Starting at the Heritage Farm, this festive wagon ride will bring you through the beautiful Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Take in Hilton Head’s version of fall colors and the natural beauty of the island’s plant and wildlife. We strongly recommend that you reserve your seats ahead of time. Purchase tickets and view available dates and times here.

Turkey Trot

Skull Creek Dockside

Nov. 23

8:00-10:00am

Organized by the Island Recreation Center, join the Hilton Head community for the 34th Annual Turkey Trot. Starting and ending at Skull Creek Dockside, runners and those walking the 1-mile Fun Walk will have a blast and are encouraged to bring nonperishable items to donate to the Deep Well food pantry. Packets must be picked up on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Click here for more information.

Gregg Russell Thanksgiving Concert

Harbour Town

Nov. 25

7:30-9:00pm

Known to be one of the best family-friendly shows in town, celebrate Thanksgiving as a community with Gregg Russell. This complimentary event will be held at the Liberty Oak Tree in Harbour Town, however gate passes are necessary when entering the Sea Pines property. Not only will it be a night full of great music and entertainment, but the Harbour Town Christmas Tree will be officially lit for the 2022 holiday season.

Photo by Element5 Digital

Hilton Head Diner

(843) 686-2400

Hours: 7:00am-10:00pm

6 Marina Side Dr,

Hilton Head, SC 29926

Fishcamp on Broad Creek

(843) 842-2267

Hours: 12:00-7:00pm

11 Simmons Rd,

Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Nick’s Steak and Seafood

(843) 686-2920

Hours: 12:00-7:45pm

9 Park Ln.,

HIlton Head, SC 29928

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Available

Reservation Required

Kind of Blue

(843) 686-2868

Hours: 2:00-7:00pm

19 Dunnagans Alley,

Hilton Head, SC 29928

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Available

Reservation Required

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

(843) 681-1055

Hours: 1:00-5:00pm

2 Grasslawn Ave,

Hilton Head, SC 29928

Inside Shipyard

Reservation Required

Family Style Thanksgiving Day Champagne Brunch & Dinner at Sonesta Resort

(843) 842-2400

Hours: 12:00-8:00pm

130 Shipyard Dr,

Hilton Head, SC 29928

Inside Shipyard

Reservation Required

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The Best Takeout to Take to the Beach

Hilton Head Island boasts beach weather year-round.  Most of the time, it’s warm enough to spend all day at the beach. Other times, the island’s temperate weather still makes it a great spot for a walk, bike ride, or a great place for a picnic. If it’s a last-minute afternoon trip to catch some rays or you’re wanting to eat lunch or dinner with a stunning view, read on for some of the best local restaurants to order takeout from before hitting the beach.

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Stu’s Surfside Subs & Suds

Sandwiches are the ultimate beach food, that’s why they’re called “sandwiches,” right?  All jokes aside, throw a couple of sandwiches, a bag of chips, and some sodas in a cooler and you’ll be able to spend the rest of the afternoon soaking up the sunshine without having to leave and find food.

I don’t think we have to further explain anything, this is common knowledge. We do, however, have a suggestion of where to pick up sandwiches before heading out to the beach! Stop by Stu’s Surfside Subs & Suds and pick up one of the most delicious subs you’ll ever have in your life.  An island staple and newly renovated, Stu’s is conveniently located in Coligny Plaza.

We recommend The Local and The Sub-Mariner, although anything on the menu is simply delicious.

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Local Pie

Another convenient takeout choice is pizza. If you’re getting a later start to your beach day than expected, order a pie or two ahead of time to take with you!  Although you can’t necessarily stow an entire pizza box into a cooler, it’ll be ready to eat as soon as you sink down into your beach chair.

 Local Pie is just up the road from Coligny Beach and is a great choice if you’re feeding a large group or are picking up a smaller pizza for yourself to enjoy. This goes without being said, but please remember to discard the box when you’re done—we want those beaches to stay clean!

We recommend an order of wings alongside a Suped Up, Mr. Mittake, or a Monkey classic pie. You can create your own masterpiece, and there’s a lineup of delicious calzones and fresh-baked subs to choose from.

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Aunt Chilada’s

What could be better than relaxing in the Carolina sunshine and watching the waves roll in?  Relaxing in the Carolina sunshine and watching the waves roll in with a big plate of nachos or an array of delicious tacos to enjoy. Aunt Chilada’s is your go-to takeout choice if you’re craving some chips, salsa, and queso—definitely order the queso.

You can easily order your meal over the phone or online to pick up on your way to the beach. Located minutes away from Coligny Beach, it’ll still be fresh and ready to eat after you find the perfect spot to lay your beach towels down. Just don’t wait too long!

We recommend the queso, burrito bowl, street corn bites, and…did we say queso?

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Sea Shack

Worth a stop even if you’re not headed out for a beach day, the Sea Shack is an island favorite for those who love fresh seafood that’s fried, blackened, or grilled. Somewhat hidden off of Pope Road, you’d never know it by the size of the crowds on a warm, summer day. But don’t fret—the line moves quickly and you’ll soon be on your way with a to-go box full of something delicious.

This is another meal that you should probably eat sooner than later, and honestly, it may not even make it to the beach. It’ll smell so good that you’ll want to scarf it down before you find a spot in beach parking.

You’ll be able to find all of the classics on the menu such as shrimp, scallops, and oysters, alongside alligator, frog legs, and even conch fritters. Order the Shack Attack Combo to try all of the favorites including their delicious crab cake.  The Sea Shack also serves delicious po’ boys and burgers and has a great kid’s menu.


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Fall 2022 Events to Get Excited For

If there’s one thing that the Lowcountry likes to do as soon as the weather cools off a few degrees, it is to plan a festival or two–or ten. And we’re good at it too! Fall is a time to gather as a community and welcome new faces to celebrate the live music, great food, and beautiful weather within the Hilton Head and surrounding Beaufort County area.

Here are a few festivals and events to keep on your radar if you happen to be visiting the island this fall:

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Music & Taste on the Harbour

Select Thursday Nights in September & October 6-9 pm | Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina

These pet-friendly outdoor concerts at the Neptune Statue are the perfect way to spend your Thursday evenings on the island this fall. Enjoy local bands with the chance to purchase light appetizers, wine, beer, and cocktails from featured Shelter Cove Harbour restaurants. Leave the outside food and beverages at home as they’re not permitted, but don’t forget to grab your lawn chairs as limited seating is available.

Weather permitting–please check here for event updates and concert lineup.

Farmers’ Markets

Farmers’ Market at Coastal Discover Museum

Tuesdays | 9 am-1 pm | 70 Honey Horn Dr., HHI

Farmers’ & Makers Market

Tuesdays (Ending Nov. 22nd) | 10 am-2 pm | The Shops at Sea Pines Center, 71 Lighthouse Rd. HHI

Farmers’ Market of Bluffton

Thursdays (Closed Thanksgiving) | 12-5 pm 68 Boundary St., Bluffton

Hilton Head Island Shrimp Festival

Harbour Town Lawn

Sea Pines Resort

Saturday, Sept. 24th

1:00-4:00 pm

Calling all shrimp lovers: the Hilton Head Island Shrimp Festival can’t be missed! Your ticket will unlock a profuse sampling of shrimp prepared by eighteen celebrated chefs from the Hilton Head area. Pair your savory shrimp dishes with craft beer tastings from 14 breweries. A family-friendly event, kids will love the designated “Fun Zone,” complete with a bounce house, face painting, and arts and crafts. Enjoy an array of specialty vendors, as well as a live performance by local band, Groove Town Assault.

Check here for ticket information.

Harbour Town Fall Fest

Harbour Town

Sea Pines Resort

Sunday, Sept. 25th

11:00am-6:00pm

Celebrate the first official weekend of fall with the Harbour Town Fall Fest. Peruse the shops from 11 am-6 pm during the sidewalk sale to find great deals on gifts for friends and family back home–and a little something for you, too! Starting at noon, check out the classic car display hosted by the Carolina Dreamers Car Club. At 1:00 pm, get ready for some great live music from local band, Deas-Guyz and children’s activities galore!

Please note that there is a gate fee to enter Sea Pines.

Harbour Town | Photo by Shep McAllister

Lowcountry Fish and Grits Music Festival

Lowcountry Celebration Park

Saturday, Oct. 1st

1:00-6:00pm

The Lowcountry Fish and Grits Music Festival will offer “Great music, great food, and great times!” By showcasing a lineup of fantastic musical talent and local cuisine, this festival brings awareness to the Gullah Geechee culture. Live entertainment includes a mix of folk, funk, jazz, spoken word, and R&B, as well as a special appearance by a Gullah storyteller and preservationist. Enjoy delicious food and market brought to you by Lowcountry Gullah Geechee vendors.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Rock N’ Ribs Music & BBQ Fest

Coligny Plaza

Oct. 14th-15th

Times Vary Per Ticket

Live music and barbecue, what could be better than that? Enjoy some classic rock and roll while tasting world-class barbecue from pit masters across the country. This is the inaugural year of this festival, and the island is buzzing with excitement. General admission and one-day VIP tickets are currently still on sale as of the publishing of this blog post. If you aren’t able to grab tickets for your group, you can always attend the Rock N’ Ribs Afterparty which is free and open to the public.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Italian Heritage Festival

Coastal Discovery Museum

70 Honey Horn Dr., HHI

Saturday, Oct. 22

11:00am-4:00pm

Hilton Head Island will celebrate the 12th Annual Italian Heritage Festival this fall, rain or shine. The festival returns with classic events like the grape stomping and pizza-eating contests, along with a few new events on the schedule as well. It wouldn’t be an Italian Heritage Festival without an array of booths offering traditional Italian foods. Cheeses, breads, pasta, calzones, meatballs, Italian ice, gelato, biscotti, and so much more will be available and sponsored by local restaurants. In addition to the delicious food and live entertainment, a silent auction will offer gift certificates for golfing, dining, boat cruises, and more!

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Off-island festivals that are worth the trip:

Annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival

Oct. 7 & 8

Downtown Beaufort

More Information

Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival

Oct. 15-23

Various Locations in Bluffton

More Information

Gullah/Geechee Seafood Festival

Oct. 22 | 12:00-6:00pm

Hunting Island Nature Center

More Information

Photo Credit: Beaufort Shrimp Festival | beaufortshrimpfestival.com

Concours d’Elegance

Various Locations

Nov. 4-6

Various Times

The 20th Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival continues to celebrate the art and passion behind the automobile. Year after year, those who flock to Hilton Head Island for the Concours d’Elegance festivities are never disappointed. The 2022 schedule of events is as elegant and entertaining as ever, so you won’t want to miss out! Find more information about each event and purchase tickets here.

Hilton Head Oyster Festival

Shelter Cove Community Park & Lowcountry Celebration Park

Nov. 11 & 12

Various Times

If we’re going by the r-rule–months that include the letter “r”–then November is well into the oyster season. This festival is an island favorite that benefits the Carmines Family Recreation Scholarship Fund at the Hilton Head Island Recreation Center. The Friday night before the official festival, join in on all-you-can-eat steamed local oysters and other delicious Lowcountry offerings while listening to live music. Saturday’s festivities include live music, kids’ activities, and an entire lineup of bands. Treat yourself to more delicious food and beverages while browsing local artisan pop-up shops. And of course, don’t forget about the Oyster Shucking Contest scheduled for 1:10 pm.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Hilton Head Island Lantern Parade

South Forest Beach

Saturday, Nov. 12

Line-Up: 5pm

Step-Off: 5:45pm

A Hilton Head Island tradition that the whole family can enjoy, the Lantern Parade will return once again this fall. A beautiful and fun experience to either partake in or watch, the parade will start at the Alder Lane Beach Access and make its way up the beach where an afterparty at the Tiki Hut awaits. It is a free event, and the only requirement to participate is that you have a lantern. This event was created by and features artist, Chantelle Rytter, and truly brings the island community together! Please leave pets and bicycles at home.

For more information, click here.

Photo Credit: Hilton Head Island Lantern Parade | culturehhi.org

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. 


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