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  • Hilton Head Hacks

    Who wants stress on their vacation?  Here is a collection of ‘hacks’ that you can use to make things go a little smoother and give you extra time on the beach without as much aggravation! Watch the moonrise instead of the sunrise Both the sun and the moon will rise over the ocean, and the view from the beach is spectacular – even if there are a few clouds.  But the sunrise is, like, really early, and if you are not a morning person, check the moon phases and ‘moonrise.’  The best time to do this is the few days right after a full moon.  The full moon rises at…

  • 140 Year Old Lighthouse a short distance from Captains Walk

    About 1.5 miles from Captains Walk is a small park that holds two of the oldest things on Hilton Head Island – a lighthouse built in 1880 and an oak tree that is between 435 and 450 years old. The lighthouse is no longer in service, and you can’t go up inside of it, but you can walk around the area and look at it and the beautiful tree.  There are also several other buildings on the site. To get there, turn left out of the Captains Walk parking lot and proceed about one half of a mile.  You will pass the Omni hotel and an entrance to the Lemington…

  • Where to see the sunset on Hilton Head Island

    Sunrise from Captains Walk is outstanding – a short walk to view it from the beach or, in colder months, the perfect view from our private balcony or even the master bedroom.  But since our villa faces mostly east, you will need to go somewhere else to view the sunset.  Here are some of our favorites. Skull Creek Dockside, Boathouse or Hudson’s 2 Hudson Rd, Hilton Head Island.  All three of these restaurants sit directly on the water of Skull Creek, facing Pickney Island, and offer fantastic sunset views, and the food at any of these is some of the best on the island. Shelter Cove Park 1 Shelter Cove…

  • Sea Pines Forest Preserve

    The Sea Pines Forest Preserve is one of the best places you have probably never seen.  Located within Sea Pines, you can easily get there by following 278 south (turn left out of Palmetto Dumes) straight through the round-about.  The fee for a day pass for a car is $8 which will allow you to explore the nature preserve as well as Harbour Town (with the lighthouse and restaurants) and the Salty Dog complex. A little difficult to find, the easiest way to get there is to take a brand new access road they made right after the community garden.  The main road jogs to the left and you will…

  • 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. …