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Spring on Hilton Head Island

Vicki Shivers - Friday, February 26, 2016

”SpringIt’s time to start thinking about your spring vacation! If you haven’t been to Hilton Head Island in the spring; you are missing it for sure! There is so much to see and do!

 

One of the most beautiful times of the year to vacation on Hilton Head Island is in the spring also known as Leisure Season, on the Island. The Lowcountry flowers and trees are beginning to bloom and the Island is painted with the blossoming pink and white azaleas.

 

March through May offers near perfect weather with average daytime temperatures around 74 degrees and a nightly low temperature of around 60 degrees. The warm weather is the perfect setting for teeing up at one of the Island’s word class golf courses, a tennis match at one of our racquet clubs, or exploring beautiful and historic SC Coast.


The Island hosts a variety of exciting events and activities during the spring months including the Hilton Head Island Wine and Food Festival, St. Patrick's Day Parade and celebration, The Bravo Arts and cultural Festival, Wing Fest, HarbourFest, the Seafood Fest, Easter Eggstravaganza, and more!

 

Spring is also a very exciting time for Hilton Head, as we host the PGA’s Annual Heritage Golf Tournament. Each April thousands of people make their way to Hilton Head Island, to be a part ofSouth Carolina’s only PGA event. Making its home at Harbour Town Golf Links in The Sea Pines Resort for more than 40 years, The Heritage is recognized as one of the most distinguished and premier golf tournaments in the country. The Hilton Head area also hosts the U.S.Open Qualifier Golf Tournament each May.

 

There simply isn’t a better time to make plans to visit the SC Lowcountry! HiltonHeadPlaces.com has the perfect vacation rental for you. The hard part is choosing which one you like best!

 

 


What is Pluff Mudd?

Vicki Shivers - Tuesday, February 09, 2016

”PluffThe water and marshlands surrounding Hilton Head Island and the coastal SC Lowcountry have always been popular among those looking for a relaxing beach vacation. As you cross the bridge onto Hilton Head Island, have you ever noticed how you can already smell the beach? To some this is the smell of home; to some it doesn’t smell very good at all; to others it reminds them that the coast is near. The smell we are all inhaling is: Pluff Mud.

 

Whether you find the smell of pluff mud nostalgic or repulsive, you will probably agree that it is definitely Lowcountry and definitely unique! In fact, most visitors actually notice the smell almost immediately and often ask locals what it is!

 

What Exactly is Pluff Mud?

According to the state Department of Natural Resources, SC has more than 344,000 acres of salt marsh. This is actually more than any other state on the East Coast. Pluff mud is simply the mud lining of the salt marsh floor. It smells “different” because a lot of plants and animals die in the marsh and decompose there. The decomposition of the sea life makes for a very nutrient rich soil that produces a byproduct sulfur gas which causes the aroma. This combined with the ebb and flow of the tides, which covers the marshes with fresh water that contains silt, creates the slimy, wonderful substance known as pluff mud.

Did you know that Pluff mud is one of the reasons our area beaches, oceans and rivers are not as clear and blue as neighboring states? It is also home to some of our favorite things in the Lowcountry: oysters!

 

So, the next time you gift a whiff of glorious pluff mud, inhale and enjoy the smell of the Lowcountry while you’re here!

 

 

From: Outside Hilton Head

 


Want a Soaring View of the SC Lowcountry?

Vicki Shivers - Friday, January 22, 2016

”HiltonCome soar through the treetops of the beautiful SC Lowcountry at ZipLine Hilton Head. The one and only zipline in the area, ZipLine Hilton Head, is the newest thrill brought to you by Broad Creek Marina Adventures. A unique and wonderful experience for the entire family (ages 10 and over), you are invited on this approximately 2½ hour canopy tour, soaring over Hilton Head's breathtaking natural beauty. From the indigenous massive live oaks and special pines to vistas of Broad Creek, the boats, birds and marshes, it’s a sky bound adventure that only ziplining can offer.

 

ZipLine Hilton Head has 8 ziplines with heights up to 75 ft., including a 900 ft. dual cable racing zipline, 3 suspended sky bridges and an aerial staircase.Have an amazing experience with their experienced guides who are as entertaining and informative as they are professionally trained and tested.

 

Other Broad Creek Marina Adventures:

  • ZipLine Hilton Head
  • Ropes course (40 ft Rectangular Adventure)
  • Rock climbing wall
  • Bungee trampoline
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Speed boat charters
  • Fishing charters
  • Dolphin nature tours

Remember that reservations are recommended. Please book early to ensure your adventure!


ZipLine Hilton Head

Broad Creek Marina Adventures

33 Broad Creek Marina Way

Hilton Head Island, SC

(843) 682-6000

 

 

 


Golf on Hilton Head Island: The George Fazio Course at the Palmetto Dunes Resort

Vicki Shivers - Thursday, January 07, 2016

”FazioDesigned by one of America's most respected golf architects, the George Fazio Course, located in the beautiful Palmetto Dunes Resort, is ranked among the “Top 100 Courses in the US.” It was also named the 2014 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year by the SC Golf Course Owners Association. This unique course is considered to be the most challenging course on Hilton Head Island and is also the only par 70 course in the area.

 

The Fazio course at this world class golf resort is exceptional, challenging, and provides a beautiful natural setting that only a Hilton Head Lowcountry course offer. To conquer this course, you have to be on your long and short game for sure. You must have a precise shot to endure the par-70 18 holes with its teasing bunkers and daunting water hazards.

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort upgraded the grass on the award winning George Fazio Golf Course in January 2010.

 

The TifDwarf Bermudagrass was replaced with a state-of-the-art Diamond Zoysia grass, which promotes superior and consistent year-round playing conditions for golfers. The new grass provides a more consistent experience across the 18 holes and 1 practice green, year-round.

 

In addition to the George Fazio Course, there are also 2 other excellent courses located at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Club, the Arthur Hills Course, and the Robert Trent Jones Course. Try to play all 2 during your next visit to Hilton Head Island!


Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Back 70 6873 73.9 135


George Fazio Course – Palmetto Dunes
7 Trent Jones Lane
Hilton Head Island, SC
(843) 785-1106

Website

 


Ring in the New Year Southern Style

Vicki Shivers - Thursday, December 31, 2015

”Hoppin’ Tradition says that New Year’s Day supper will bring you good luck in the year to come! That being said, it’s important that you start the year off right! In the SC Lowcountry, we like to eat “Hoppin’ Johns”. This traditional dish is a combination of black-eyed peas and rice. The rice and beans are cooked slowly with bacon, fatback, or ham hock along with onion and salt. Some people in the South also like to add a few shrimp to the mix to make it especially yummy! Here’s a great recipe to get your year started off right!

 

Hoppin’ Johns

Ingredients:

1 cup diced sweet onion

2 tablespoons bacon drippings

1 (8.5-oz.) package ready-to-serve jasmine rice

2 cups cooked and drained black-eyed peas

Salt and pepper to taste

½ to 1 pound shrimp (optional)

 

Directions:

Sauté diced onion in bacon drippings in a large skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until golden. If you’d like to add shrimp to the recipe, brown them for 5 minutes at this time with onion and bacon drippings. Stir in rice and black-eyed peas; cook, stirring gently, 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Add salt, pepper.

Happy New Year and all the best in 2016!

 


All About Hilton Head Island

Vicki Shivers - Monday, December 07, 2015

”AboutLocated 95 miles south of historic Charleston, South Carolina and 45 minutes north of Savannah, Georgia, Hilton Head Island boasts being the second largest island off the Eastern Coast, with 12 miles of wide sandy beaches. It is shaped like a foot, with the "North End" being the ankle, "Mid-Island", which faces the Atlantic Ocean, being the heel and sole, and the "South End" being the toe.

 

Hilton Head is known for its luxurious, meticulously sculpted landscaping. Commercialism is kept to a minimum here. You won't find any glaring neon signs, or sky-high billboards alongside the island's main road, Highway 278. Development of the island's resort and residential areas have been carefully planned so as not to mar the island's natural beauty. Shopping plazas, outlet malls and restaurants, while abundant on the island, are designed to be inconspicuous among the tall sea pines and the indigenous Palmetto trees. Newcomers to the island often need a few days to "find places" that seem almost "hidden". However, it doesn't take long to become accustomed to the lay of the land and begin to feel like a true "local".

 

The average temperature on Hilton Head Island is 71 degrees Farenheit, a semi-tropical climate which offers vacationers a year-round resort. Average temperatures range from the low 60's in the cool season to the mid 80's-90's in the summer.

 

There's always something to do on Hilton Head Island. If you're a golfer, there's 23 championship courses to choose from. Play tennis? Take your pick from over 200 tennis courts. Prefer water sports? Try a dolphin cruise, deep sea fishing, canoeing, windsurfing, sail boating or just plain ol' surf casting.

With trails running along most of the island, often parallel with Highway 278, bicycling is a popular activity. For the shopper, there's certainly no lack of outlet malls, department stores and shopping plazas. And if you like to eat, you'll find nearly every type of cuisine imaginable at many of the fine restaurants on Hilton Head Island.

 

And don't forget, there's also horseback riding, eco-tours, dinner cruises, & bird watching ....so much to do, so little time!

 

 


​Pecan Bourbon Pralines Recipe for a Sweet and Southern Holiday Season

Vicki Shivers - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

”PralineNo trip to the South is complete without a good ol’ Southern Praline. If you haven’t tried this sweet treat, chock full of the South’s favorite ingredients - pecans and butter - you are missing it for sure!


Here’s a little history lesson for you...Pralines were first created in 1636 when French chef, Clement Lassagne, decided to put whole roasted almonds into a pot of boiling sugar. The result was a delicious discovery of caramelized almonds. These tasty treats came to be known as pralines and were named so after Lassagne’s employer, the Marshal du Plessis-Praslin.

 

This may be surprising to most folks, as pralines are synonymous with the Southern states of the U.S. In fact, French immigrants in the South took the traditional praline recipe and used local ingredients that were easier to get. Pecans and brown sugar were substituted for almonds and white sugar, and were cooked with butter and cream to form the small patties… and the New Southern Praline was born.

 

To pay tribute to the wonderful cuisine of the area, below is a recipe from celebrity Chef Robert Irvine for his Pecan Bourbon Pralines. There are many different varieties of pralines, but all are built on the same basic recipe from 1636 France. Chef Irvine’s praline recipe adds yet another hint of southern hospitality with the addition of bourbon, a favorite of Southerner’s and the main ingredient of the infamous Mint Julep. It appears that the charm of the South may be rubbing off on the English chap, as his praline recipe is filled with a heapin’ helping of southern hospitality!


Chef Irvine’s Pecan Bourbon Pralines

Ingredients:

2 Cups Pecan Halves

3 Cups Sugar

1 Cup Heavy Cream

½ Stick Unsalted Butter (4 Tbsp)

¼ Teaspoon Salt

1 Tablespoon Blackstrap Molasses

2 Tablespoons Bourbon

(You will also need a Candy Thermometer)

 

Instructions:

Pre-heat the oven to 325º F. Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and toast lightly just until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Let cool completely and set aside.

Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or a non-stick liner. In a deep, heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, cream, butter, salt molasses and bourbon.

 

Place over medium high heat and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up lumps and to dislodge any sugar stuck to the bottom of the pan.

Bring to a boil and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture the mixture registers 240º F on a candy thermometer, 7 to 10 minutes, depending on how vigorously the mixture is boiling. Remove from heart and let cool to 210º F.

 

Add the pecans to the sugar mixture and stir vigorously. The mixture will begin to thicken, so you must work quickly. Drop the sugar mixture from a spoon onto the prepared baking sheet, forming circles about 3 inches in diameter, and let cool. Another option is to pour the contents of the pan onto the prepared baking sheet, spread the mixture out, let it cool, and break into pieces with your hands.

 


​ A Delicious and Easy Southern Pecan Pie Recipe Just in Time for Thanksgiving

Vicki Shivers - Friday, November 06, 2015

Sweet, simple and overflowing with pecans, this scrumptious desert is a Southern staple during the holidays. Here’s an easy and delicious pecan pie recipe you can make in no time that they will be sure to gobble up…in no time! Make this pie and remind your family of their favorite time spent in Hilton Head and all of the delicious Southern cuisine they enjoyed!




Southern Pecan Pie


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1⁄2 cups corn syrup (I use 1/2 dark and 1/2 light)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1⁄4 cup butter
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1⁄2 cups pecans, coarsely broken
  • 1 unbaked deep dish pie shell


Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • In saucepan boil sugar and corn syrup together for 2 to 3 minutes; set aside to cool slightly
  • In large bowl beat eggs lightly and very slowly pour the syrup mixture into the eggs, stirring constantly
  • Strain the mixture to make sure it's smooth and lump free
  • Stir in butter, vanilla, and pecans and pour into crust
  • Bake in a 350°F oven for about 45 to 60 minutes or until set

Happy Thanksgiving from Hilton Head Island!



Winter is the Perfect Time to Visit Hilton Head Island

Vicki Shivers - Wednesday, October 21, 2015

 Winter on Hilton Head IslandOur sub-tropical climate on Hilton Head Island allows us to enjoy many outdoor activities during the winter months. Our winter weather and climate is generally fairly mild, with daytime temperatures around 55 degrees and even in the chilliest months, the night time lows only dip to around 40.


Spend the winter months in golf shirts and flip flops as you relax and take in the amazing surroundings of the S.C. Lowcountry.Enjoy a game of tennis at our championship racquet clubs, explore the historic buildings, sites and learn the history of the Island, dine at fine restaurants, or take a day trip to beautiful Daufuskie Island, Charleston, SC or Savannah, GA.

 

The Holidays are a wonderful time to enjoy the Island and provides the perfect setting to relax and have fun with your family and friends. Spend your Thanksgiving holiday on Hilton Head Island and enjoy all of the things the Islanders are so thankful for on our tiny piece of paradise. Join us for the Annual Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner at Hudson’s Seafood Restaurant and the Annual Turkey Trot!

 

Also enjoy an Island Christmas with "snowmen" made of sand and palmetto trees decorated with lights. A must see for the Holiday Season on Hilton Head is the Island's favorite holiday tradition, the Dove Street Festival of Lights at Shelter Cove! Other winter time festivities include the Hilton Head Oyster Festival, which celebrates our locally harvested fare, The Winter Wonder Festival and the Candy Cane Classic Golf Tournament. You can even do your Christmas shopping with ease and get some great gifts and deals at the local Tanger Outlet Malls and other unique boutiques and specialty stores on the Island!

 


​ The History of Sweet Iced Tea

Vicki Shivers - Thursday, October 08, 2015

 In 1795, South Carolina was the only colony in America producing tea plants. It was also the only colony to produce the plant commercially. The plant was introduced to the U.S in the late 1700s by French explorer and botanist, Andre Michaux, who was known for bringing many showy plants to SC during this time to satisfy the tastes of wealthy Charleston planters. Once the tea plant arrived in the U.S., different versions of iced tea began to appear almost immediately in the popular cookbooks of that time.

 

The first version of iced tea as we know it today was printed in 1879 in “Housekeeping in Old Virginia”. A recipe by Marion Cabell Tyree calling for green tea to be boiled then steeped throughout the day then poured into a glass with the addition of ice and two teaspoonful’s of sugar was officially the first documented sweet tea recipe. Ms. Tyree also added lemon in her tea.


Recipe for Sweet Tea

Take around six to eight regular size tea bags, or two family sized ones-put in a saucepan filled with water. Set pot on stove burner, turn on burner and watch pot carefully. Just as the very faintest wisps of steam start to rise, IMMEDIATELY turn off burner. IMMEDIATELY. NEVER BOIL THE TEA WATER. NEVER!

Let tea steep till the water is deep tea color. Meanwhile get a half-gallon pitcher and put a cup of sugar in it (more or less to taste)

When tea is done steeping take out tea bags and pour tea into container and stir till sugar is dissolved. Add water till container is filled, then set in fridge. Allow to chill till cold. Then put some ice in glasses, pour tea, and enjoy!