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Hilton Head’s Tourism Takes Flight With Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport

Hilton Head Airport Blog PhotoNestled on the border of Georgia and South Carolina lies one of the biggest influences in Hilton Head Island‘s tourism, Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. What started off as a simple landing field 96 years ago, has now become one of the primary places tourists begin their vacations in the southern east coast.

It has made many transformations over its lifetime. Known as “Chatham Field” and later “Travis Field,”  it even lent itself to the U.S. Army Air Corps. In WWII, the airport was used as a bomber and crew training base for B-24’s and fighter aircraft. In 1983, the airport began servicing overseas flights and became an International Airport. In 2007 a big expansion allowed for larger airlines and as a result, boosted the number of travelers using it.

Recently the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport welcomed Jet Blue as its newest airline. “There was a great partnership that went into the effort to get JetBlue to come into our region,” airport executive director Greg Kelly told the group. “And one of our biggest partners was Hilton Head Island, which – along with Bluffton and the rest of the Lowcountry – accounts for almost 50 percent of the traffic that comes through our airport. We are truly a regional airport.”Source: http://bit.ly/OGVg1l

A large amount of Hilton Head’s business is related directly to the travel industry, making the airport a great asset both socially and economically. Tourists often look into the travel time it takes to get from the airport to their destination when booking a vacation. Hilton Head and Savannah are both within 45 minutes from the airport, making it a great airport to fly into. If destinations are easier to get to, then they  will be visited more often.

In addition to the convenience for tourists, there is also the ease of business traveling for companies. Cities located near airports create investment opportunities for corporations. Jobs both in the travel industry, and airport are another key benefit. All of these are great reasons why the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport has made a positive impact in our region.  We look forward to more airlines joining, new transformations and keeping tourism convenient and accessible for all.

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 any and all of 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 and would love to connect with you there. 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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16 Interesting Facts About Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island FactsWhen you think about Hilton Head Island, the first thing that probably comes to mind is a picturesque beach with waves just lapping in the distance. While that is absolutely true, there are also many interesting facts about our area, some of which I’ll bet you didn’t know!

If you know of other facts I don’t mention, please feel free to share them in the comments!

1. The tide levels change as much as 6-8 feet every 6 hours.

2. We became the town of Hilton Head Island in 1983.

3. Every year, there are more then 1 million rounds of golf played!

4. The Island is shaped like a foot and sections of the Island are even referred to as the toe, instep, heel, and ankle.

5. A boat is not your only option to get to us! We have a bridge from the mainland to the Island.

6. Sea Pines, the first vacation resort in Hilton Head, is an environmentally sensitive resort development.

7. Hilton Head Island was the first Eco-planned destination in the United States.

8. Before the Civil War, the 11 plantations of Hilton Head Island grew rice, indigo, and cotton.

9. The Island’s average daytime temperature is a mild 70°F (21°C) and the average annual ocean temperature is 69°F (20°C).

10. There are no neon lights on Hilton Head Island, offering a relaxing atmosphere.

11. Biking is a favorite way to explore the over 50 miles of public pathways and nature trails.

12. Hilton Head Island is made up of 42 square miles of semi-tropical landscape.

13. There are more than 6,000 villas; 3,000 hotel/motel rooms; and 1,000 timeshare units to accommodate the more than 2.5 million annual visitors.

14. Twenty-four of Hilton Head Island’s golf courses are open to the public.

15. Hilton Head Island has over 250 restaurants, more than 2000 shops, and 300 tennis courts.

16. Hilton Head Island is home to over 250 species of birds during the year.

So which of these reasons makes you want to move to Hilton Head Island?

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 any and all of 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 and would love to connect with you there. 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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Huge Facelift in Store for Hilton Head Island’s Sea Pines Beach Club

Sea Pines Resort Hilton Head IslandThe Sea Pines Beach Club here in Hilton Head Island is expected to undergo a huge renovation, allowing the club to operate year-round instead of just eight months a year!

This news is very exciting for residents as well as vacationers, as the resort experience will be enhanced with more amenities, an indoor restaurant and bar, an open-air beach bar, as well as a second-floor space for private receptions, conferences and parties! The renovation will also include retail and office space, and expanded restrooms, showers and changing rooms.

The new facility will be more than 25,000 square feet and will be built on the site of the current club, off North Sea Pines Drive next to Marriott’s Monarch at Sea Pines.

The Town of Hilton Head Island Design Review Board still has to review and approve the plans, which isn’t until April 23, but pending that, the expected start date of the facelift would be this coming fall, with completion expected by next year.

“Right now we have a really dated and tired facility that is really in need of replacement,” said Steve Birdwell, Sea Pines Resort president, adding that the new club will remain “casual, with a beachy feeling to it.”

“We’re very much a family beach resort, and we think this new beach club is really planned for the long-term future for the resort,” Birdwell said. “I think creating a great beachfront and beach experience … is important as we think about the next 10, 20 and even 30 years.”

You can learn more about this news in The Island Packet.

What are your thoughts on the Sea Pines Beach Club undergoing a renovation?

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 any and all of 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 and would love to connect with you there. 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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