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Where to Dine Out on Hilton Head Island on Thanksgiving Day 2013

dining-out-in-hilton-head-thanksgivingPlanning to dine out this year for Thanksgiving on Hilton Head Island? There are a variety of restaurants that will be open and serving up a Thanksgiving meal, allowing you to enjoy your day and leave the cooking and cleanup to someone else!

Dining out for Thanksgiving

CQ’s Restaurant
140 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island – CQ’s is taking reservations for Thanksgiving Day Dinner from 5-8pm.  They will be serving their regular menu as well as a special Thanksgiving Addition…turkey, stuffing, mash potatoes, green beans, and cranberry relish!

Chart House Restaurant
Two Hudsons Road, Hilton Head Island – Chart House will be serving up delicious turkey with all the trimmings as well as fresh fish specialties and award-winning prime rib.

ELA’S Blue Water Grill
One Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island – ELA’S Thanksgiving Celebration is from 11:30am-2:30pm, and again from 4pm-8pm. Their featured selections include a variety of starters, entrees, and desserts, all while you relax and enjoy the beautiful water views and scenery.

Frankie Bones Restaurant & Lounge
1301 Main St, Hilton Head Island – Frankie’s Thanksgiving Dinner will be served from 12pm-8pm and includes your choice of soup or salad, an entrée, dessert and soft beverage. They will also have a children’s holiday menu.

Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks
1 Hudson Rd, Hilton Head Island – Hudson’s is home to the 15th annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner, a free celebration that takes place from 11am-3pm. The dinner, served family style, is organized by St. Andrew By-the-Sea United Methodist Church and donations will benefit The Deep Well Project.

For those who might be alone or unable to prepare a meal, it’s important to know there is a place to go to celebrate this holiday with others. The meal is prepared by Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks on Skull Creek, with volunteers from the community to help serve the food. There will be lots of good fellowship and entertainment for a festive atmosphere!

Do you know of other places to dine out in Hilton Head?  Let the rest of us know by leaving a comment!

No matter how you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope it’s fun, safe, and memorable! From my family to yours, happy Thanksgiving!

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page where I post updates about the Hilton Head Island area, home ownership, and helpful information for both buyers and sellers. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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Holiday Carpet Stain Fixes

Spilled WineDuring the holiday season, entertaining and unforgiving stains go hand in hand. With your house filled with family, friends, neighbors, and possibly unexpected guests, inevitably those nasty spills and unavoidable carpet stains will be joining your festivities too.

Every room in your house will have more activity than usual which means more chance for food and drink accidents. It happens! We all know this but when they do, do we always remember what to do first before it’s too late? Don’t let those tough stains taunt you until the next gathering. Here is a collection of tips for just about any stain!

●    Synthetic versus Natural
Knowing and understanding what type of carpet you have before you clean or treat the stain can make a difference. Synthetic carpets are made of polyester, nylon, olefin, or acrylic. When treating this type of material, it’s best to let a detergent solution sit for a while after applying so the stain can breakdown. If you are dealing with a natural fiber like, wool, cotton, jute, or sisal, you’ll want to continuously dab and blot until the stain has disappeared.

●    Go chemical-free
To get the most out of your stain removal, use vinegar, a common household item. Why? The acid in vinegar dissolves a stain. Generally it’s safe to use vinegar on colorfast materials but make sure to dilute it especially for cotton or linen.

The Basics:

  • Use a clean white cloth.
  • Blot beverage spills, scoop semi-solids, and vacuum a dry mess before applying any wet solution.
  • Always spot test on a less visible area first.
  • Work from the outside of the stain, in, making small circles as you go.

●    The Spotting Technique
Attend to the stain as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the longer it sets in, the worse it will become. Remove any solid or absorb any liquid by simply dabbing the spot first before treatment. Next blot the stain with cool water and then do the same to dry. Apply one of the recommended stain removal solutions as treatment. Let this set in for at least 15 minutes. Give it a chance to work. Lastly, blot with cool water and then blot dry once again. Never over saturate the stain, this will only make a spot larger. Don’t rub a stain, this will only ruin the texture of the carpet and create long term damage.

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●    Recommended Carpet Stain Removal Solutions
A few inexpensive household products and a little time is all that’s needed if you plan on making your own carpet cleaning solutions. There are a few variations out there but the principles behind the solutions are very similar. Try one of the suggestions below for your tougher or darker carpet stains.

For light carpet stains like juice, coffee, tea, or grease
●    Dissolve 2 tablespoons salt in ½ cup vinegar. Rub this into the carpet stain and let dry. Vacuum up the residue.
●    Try mixing ¼ teaspoon of liquid dish washing soap with 1 cup of lukewarm water. Follow the spotting technique.
●    Or you can mix 1 Tablespoon of liquid dish washing soap and 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar with 2 cups of warm water for more difficult stains.

For tough or darker carpet stains like…

Red wine, cocktail sauce, cranberry jellies, chocolate
●    Mix 1 Tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap in a ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide and follow the spotting technique.

Gravy, tomato sauces
●    Make a paste made of salt, borax, and vinegar. Dissolve 2 Tablespoons of salt and 2 Tablespoons of borax in ½ cup vinegar. Gently rub into the stain, let it dry and then vacuum.

Oils like butter or grease, or just ground-in mud
●    If you don’t have borax, make a paste with 1 Tablespoon of vinegar with 1 Tablespoon of cornstarch, and then rub it into the stain. Let it set for two days, then vacuum.

Colored candle wax
●    Sponge with a solution of 1/2 wood alcohol mixed with 1/2 cup of water to get rid of the coloring. If you don’t have these products try waiting until the next day and hammer the wax to create as many pieces and then vacuum.

Use these helpful techniques and stain removal solutions on some of your furniture, as well, but pay attention to the type of fabric and material before selecting a solution. If you have leather furniture, use this maintenance guide to keep it looking like new.

What stubborn stain busters have you been successful using? Please share your suggestions below!

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page where I post updates about the Hilton Head Island area, home ownership, and helpful information for both buyers and sellers. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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5 Don’t Miss Hilton Head Island Attractions

The Inn at Harbour Town

The Inn at Harbour Town

Hilton Head Island is home to many well deserved hotspots, beaches, golf courses, events, and guided tours, not to mention fabulous restaurants, arts and culture, festivals, family fun days, and I could go on and on.

However, since we only have a small window of attention here, I will try and limit this list to include the top 5 must see attractions and things to do, from a local, like myself.

Hilton Head Island has all the elements for being one of the most fascinating, adventurous, most relaxing, and exciting places one can dream of experiencing at any age. This is the one vacation spot that definitely needs to be added to the top of your destination list, and please, don’t hesitate to plan a return trip so that you can experience all that you missed the first time around!

Here are a few things the island offers that will sure please any interest at any age.

1. Hilton Head Beaches
We have the top 10 beaches in the Country. You can’t go wrong with an average temperature of 70 degrees, year round. There are 12 miles of glorious beaches all with their own easy public access areas. Coligny Beach is probably the most popular, followed by Palmetto Dunes, Alder Lane Beach, and Folly Field Beach, to name a few.

2. Guided Tours
Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and Daufuskie Island all offer extensive choices in historical, cultural, and/or ecological guided tours. You can’t help but notice all of the natural beauty and wildlife that has been so delicately preserved that surrounds you and everywhere you go on this island.

Whether you choose to walk, go by boat, horseback, or take it all in by riding a bike, there are so many fun, educational, and exceptional ways to experience this special island. Think Dolphin Watching and Nature Cruises, Plantation Ruins, Sailing Lessons, Discover Tours that take you to historic homes and sites, or a walking tour of the best dining spots around. Or maybe you’ll catch a rare sighting of one of the endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtles that roam in the darkest of hours. Here are 3 HHI guided tours to get you started!

Golf the Lowcountry
There are over 20 world-class championship golf courses on Hilton Head Island and over 40 more courses (many private) throughout the, Bluffton, Daufuskie, and surrounding areas. Not sure of your handicap? Take some lessons from any of the golf schools to improve your game while you’re here. Or plan on being a spectator at one of the PGA Tour Events that takes place at the Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines Resort; like the Heritage Golf Classic. Golf on Hilton Head isn’t just for the adults. Make sure you hit one of the several miniature golf courses with the whole family, like at Pirate’s Island, Adventure Cove, and/or Legendary Golf.

Take a look at these 11 things you’ll want to consider doing when here on a family vacation.

4. Resorts
Sonesta Hilton Head Resort, Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort, Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, Sea Pines Resort, and the Westin Resort Hilton Head Island are all resorts that go above and beyond to cater to kids of all ages and the whole family. You’ll find numerous activities and programs, like kids camps, adventure programs, movie nights, sports programs, arts & crafts, and educational island explorations, to name a few.

5. Restaurants & Nightlife
For any vacationer coming to the island you can expect to have your choice of many different culinary experiences. It’s up to you if you consider dining casually or in elegant attire for an evening. That’s the wonderful thing about Hilton Head Island, there is something for everyone! Of course there is an abundance of seafood fare and libations to be found at any one of these places. Alexander’s Seafood Restaurant, Chart House, Angler’s Beach Market Grill, Hudson’s Seafood House, and of course Big Jim’s BBQ are a few I recommend.

If you could only choose one of these fun things to do in Hilton Head Island, which one would it be? Let me know in the comments below!

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page where I post updates about the Hilton Head Island area, home ownership, and helpful information for both buyers and sellers. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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