• Where to get local seafood

    Many who visit the beach will be looking to find some great seafood but don’t want something that was shipped frozen from 200 miles away. Fortunately, Hilton Head has some great choices where you can find fish, shrimp and clams caught within the island’s waters.  We did an informal survey of local residents to find restaurants that serve at least some local seafood, and this article presents our findings. First, realize that it is easiest to get local seafood if you order what is in season.  Oysters, for instance, are readily available in months that end in ‘r’, so if you order them in the summer they were shipped in. …

  • October 2019 – Events Around Hilton Head

    Sometimes you might want to take a break from the beach.  If so, there is always something going on either on the island or across the bridge in Bluffton.  Here are a few ideas for October, 2019: OCT. 1 STATE OF THE REGION: Joe Riley, one of America’s longest-serving mayors, will be the keynote speaker at the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s 24th annual State of the Region luncheon, which will also feature updates from local government officials. Cost is $55 for chamber members, $65 for future members. 11 a.m., Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, 1 Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island. www.hiltonheadblufftonchamber.org. OCT. 1-2 SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS: “R.E.S.P.E.C.T: A Tribute…

  • 33,000 Turtles Hatched on Hilton Head in 2019

    The lead says it all.  In 2019, an amazing number of sea turtles (estimated 33,517) hatched on Hilton Head Island – and that is just through the end of September.  This shatters the previous record from 2016 of 26,743.  This amazing number is, not surprisingly, due to the larger than normal number of nests this year, where watchers counted 464 nests along our beaches.  Here is a graph that shows nest count (the blue bars) and estimated hatchlings (the green line)  Click on the chart below for a larger version: Almost all the nests were from the common Loggerhead Turtle, but in 2019 we had two Green Sea Turtle nests…

  • Does Mandatory Evacuation mean you have to leave?

    No, but it does mean you should seriously consider it. The declaration of Mandatory Evacuation (which actually doesn’t appear in South Carolina law) will start the evacuation of retirement home residents, the closing of schools and government offices, and a host of other things.  It may even cause a Sherriff to encourage you to leave.  But because there are no penalties in the law for those that decide to stay, it is ultimately up to you. Some things to consider: It may be difficult to get back into a mandatory evacuation zone if you leave because of road closures Many grocery stores and gas stations will probably close Most restaurants…

  • September 2019 Around Hilton Head

    Never let it be said that there is nothing to do on Hilton Head!  If you are looking for something other than the beach and fantastic dining, here are some ideas: THROUGH SEPT. 8 Beaufort Restaurant Week: Participating restaurants in Beaufort, Port Royal and the Sea Islands will offer special priced menus in celebration of restaurant week. Discover new dining hot spots or re-visit a few of your favorites. www.beaufortsc.org. THROUGH SEPT. 13 Nikon Small World Competition: The Coastal Discovery Museum will host the 44th annual Nikon Small World Competition. Stop by the exhibit to see how the winners of the competition unveil the microscopic beauty hidden from the naked eye. Free. 9…