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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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Labor Day Weekend on Hilton Head Island 2013

palm-treesWhile Labor Day often signals the winding down of the summer season, Hilton Head Island locals consider it more of the start to a new vacation season. The events just keep on coming and with the weather averaging between 70-85 degrees, it’s the perfect time to be here!

If you’re going to be on HHI over labor day weekend, take a look at some of the things you can do!

1. One of this area’s most anticipated annual events is the Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament, this year August 30-September 1. The event pairs amateur golfers with celebrities in the sports and entertainment industry, for three days of world-class golf and exciting evening activities. The golf tournament benefits 20 well-deserving children’s charities in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

2. Harbourfest at Shelter Cove is an annual tradition that brings family and friends together all summer long, with Labor Day being the completion. During HarbourFest, Shelter Cove features live entertainment seven nights a week, plus unforgettable food, arts and crafts from an array of vendors, bouncy houses, fireworks and a flurry of fun activity. There is no admission charge for HarbourFest!

3. Family Freshwater Fishing Tournament – On Saturday, August 31, from 9:30am-12pm, join the Sea Pines Forest Preserve to fish for bass, bream and catfish at Fish Island. Try to win a prize in one of the tournament categories and roast hot dogs and marshmallows around a fire. Reservations are required and may be made by calling The Sea Pines Resort Recreation Department at 843-842-1979.

11 Family Friendly Activities for Your Hilton Head Island Vacation

4. Visit the Harbour Town Yacht Basin at The Sea Pines Resort, home to the red and white striped Harbour Town Lighthouse that has been welcoming visitors for over 40 years. From water sports and fishing to dining and other entertainment, there’s plenty do to for people of all ages.

5. Enjoy the day by bike! Complete with 12 miles of beach with hard, compact sand perfect for biking, our area also boasts 50 miles of private bike paths and now 53 miles of public access paths. Biking is not only great exercise, but it’s the perfect way to get up close and personal with the views and wildlife, not to mention the pictures you’re able to capture! Bike rentals on Hilton Head Island.

6. Spend the day at Coligny Beach Park, the best family beach in Hilton Head Island.

7. Take one of Hilton Head Island’s guided tours!

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend, no matter how you spend it!

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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Why Hilton Head Island Beach is Named #1

Islanders Beach Park - Hilton Head Island

Islanders Beach Park – Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is known for a variety of things like being family friendly, the perfect retirement spot, and of course our twelve miles of white sandy beaches. Recently an article was published in Parents Magazine listing Hilton Head Island FIRST on the list of best beaches!

The introduction to the article states:

A trip to the beach never feels like a family-vacation compromise – the kids want to go as much as you do. But what are the shore bets? We combed thousands of beaches looking for clean water and low rates of closings. Once we narrowed the list to 100 or so, we factored in other deal-breakers, like lifeguards and restrooms, then turned our attention to the fun, low-cost attractions, nature activities, and family vibe of the rest of the town. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to visit for the day or stay for the week, these pics provide the perfect combo of land and sea. Bon voyage!

Listed #1 is Hilton Head Island, South Carolina! Here’s what Parents had to say about our area:

Oceanfront Fun – You can’t really go wrong with any of Hilton Head Island’s 12-plus miles of white-sand beaches. “Driessen Beach and Islanders Beach parks are particularly good choices for families because they also have playgrounds and picnic shelters,” says Steve Riley, town manager.

Your Guide to the 12 Miles of Hilton Head Island Beaches

While you’ll probably spot tiny ocean critters, sea-turtle nests, or even dolphins at any of the beaches, Driessen Beach’s wooden boardwalk actually takes you over a tidal marsh and sand dunes, so it’s home to the most creatures. On the other side of the island, don’t miss the candy-striped lighthouse (it’s a manageable 114 steps to the top) in the Harbour Town area.

Inland Hot Spots – With few streetlights (so you can easily see the stars!) and rules prohibiting neon sighs and buildings over five stories tall, Hilton Head has retained its Southern charm. Check out The Sandbox, a children’s museum with a pretend plane, bank, and supermarket cafe; it appeals most to kids 6 and under ($6 admission for kids and adults, free for babies under 1). School-age kids will have a blast at the Coastal Discovery Museum, which offers scavenger hunts, costumes, and a butterfly exhibit (free admission; hour-long guides tours, $10 for adults, $5 for children).

3 of Hilton Head Island’s Guided Tours

For dinner, try the Harbour Town Grill (its kids’ menu features everything from pizza to grilled salmon) and stay in theat end of the island afterward for Gregg Russell’s evening sing-alongs. “He plays guitar, teaches the crowd silly songs, and then the kids can volunteer to belt out their favorite tune,” says Allison Burns, of Atlanta, who has vacationed in Hilton Head with her husband and 6-year-old daughter for the last four years. “It’s a sweet way to end the night.”

Castles in the Sand – Many resorts have recently been renovated. You’ll get the most space for the money at Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, located in Palmetto Dunes, a quite coastal area that doesn’t have a public-beach access point, so there’s plenty of space for hotel guests. At more then 530 square feet, Omni’s deluxe rooms are about one third larger than others on the island, and include a kitchen area with a mini fridge, a microwave, cabinets to store snacks, and a dining table. A new family pool starts at just a few inches deep, and The Ocean Tides spa features unique treatments, such as bamboo massage. (Rooms with two queen beds start at $169 per night; omnihotels.com.)

If you’re torn between staying at a resort or renting a house, consider a villa at Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort, also in Palmetto Dunes. Each villa has a full kitchen, separate sleeping area for the kids, and many activities ranging from Goofy bingo to wildlife tours that are led by a naturalist. (Villas start at $261 per night; disneybeachresorts.com.) To be close to Islanders Beach Park, stay at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. Its jam-packed schedule of family events includes nature walks, potato-sack races, and poolside movies. (Rooms with two queen beds in the Sunsational Savings package start at $275 per night. The fourth night is free; westinhiltonheadisland.com.)

If you’ve been to Hilton Head Island on vacation, where did you stay? What do you have to say about our area?

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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