Date Night on Hilton Head Island


Last night Christine and I decided to really experience where we live. We decided that since we live in the Shelter Cove area of Hilton Head that we should take advantage of what this area as to offer.

Hilton Head Island

Living in Shelter Cove offers so much from the great views out to Broad Creek to Shelter Cove Harbour and many great places to shop and dine. Since we are both working and often have conflicting schedules making it hard to plan a nice evening out, we decided that we would have date night. We would set aside a few hours just for us. We wanted to do a bit more than just jump in the car and drive to one of the many great restaurants on the island. We wanted something that would be fun and easy to plan. We decided that we would walk to Dinner and a show! YES … walk to dinner!

I know, how many people can say, “Let’s walk to a great restaurant overlooking a gorgeous Harbour and then attend a Broadway show?” Well we did it! We left our home overlooking Broad Creek and walked to probably one of the best restaurants on the island, Bistro 17, located on the Harbour in Shelter Cove. Jim, the owner, came out and greeted us as if he had been expecting us all day, like a longtime friend.

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Naturally we decide to eat out on the open air veranda located just steps from the Harbour so we could hear the live piano music coming from inside the restaurant. We pored over the menu thinking there are so many great choices, where do we start. Once we ordered and our food came, it was nothing short of amazing! It was then that we realized just how fortunate we are; here we are sitting at a great restaurant that we walked to from our home on the way to a fantastic production of 42nd Street at the Arts Center! The entire night could not have been better. We enjoyed every step we took the entire night.

The Arts Center once again did not disappoint. It was yet another great show. As we started the 10 minute walk back to our home, we began to reflect on what had just transpired. We not only had a great night with each other but also with our neighborhood. We had seen our neighborhood in a whole different light from the walk around the water to dinner to the show and back again it was truly an incredible night. If you ever are looking for a Great Date night, this is it! This is how we do date night on Hilton Head!! If you have a great Date night itinerary, please let me know. Feel free to contact me anytime. Who knows, maybe I will see you at the next show!

 Hilton Head Island 

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Resort Life


Queens Grant Villas in Palmetto Dunes Resort is an exciting place to live like you’re on vacation 365 days a year!

Queens Grant Villas offer great full time or vacation/second home living. There are one and two story villas with magnificent golf, lagoon or wooded views, or you can enjoy your own private enclosed patio.

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View of the Queens Grant Villas across the lagoon

The newly improved biking and walking paths along Queens Folly Road have been upgraded with a median between the bridges and road ways. This creates a safer environment to enjoy a stress-free, relaxing outing.

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Biking along Queens Folly Road

Along the bike path, a new observation deck has been added where you can stop and enjoy overlooking the beauty of the lagoon system and the activity of the natural habitat.

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View from observation deck on Queens Folly Road

From April through September, leave your car parked and call the free Dunes Buggy to go anywhere in the resort area from the front door of your Queens Grant villa. Gather the entire family and guests and go to the beach, many restaurants, shops and the newly updated Shelter Cove Town Center. No hassle with parking!

 Palmetto Dunes Resort has a full time, private security staff. Owners and visitors alike welcome the new security resort entrance gate that is manned from 11pm – 7am. North and South gates remain manned 24 hours a day. Using today’s technology Queens Folly Road and other areas within the resort are under camera surveillance 24 hours a day. These security changes have been enacted as a convenience to owners and their guests. Palmetto Dunes Resort security gives owners peace of mind, especially when they are not there all the time.

When it’s time to play, Palmetto Dunes Resort has everything! Within just a few short minutes from your villa you can be on one of the three world class golf courses; Robert Trent Jones, Fazio and Arthur Hills. For the tennis enthusiast, Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center offers 23 clay courts and 2 hard courts. Professionals are available at both golf and tennis amenities daily.

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The Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront course par 5, 10th hole

Bikes, boats and kayaks are available for rent. Test your fishing skills and book a wildlife tour of the 11 mile lagoon. Queens Grant owners, and guests of owners, have a unique area where they can launch their kayak or boat and explore the common areas along the 11 mile lagoon system. Walk along the 3 mile stretch of Palmetto Dunes Resorts beach at sunrise and watch the dolphins watching you.

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3 miles of Palmetto Dunes beachfront

Easy walking to many amenities is a benefit of Queens Grant villa owners and guests. It is only a short walk to golf, tennis and the most beautiful beaches in the HHI area. Picnic or enjoy a meal at one of the fabulous restaurants at the resort’s two resort hotels or at the Dunes House, Big Jim’s or sit on the porch of the General Store.

Palmetto Dunes(Anyone for the best fried chicken on the island?)

Where else can you enjoy wildlife views, be at the beach and be in a resort all at the same time within just a few steps of your villa. If the Queens Grant lifestyle sounds like what you are looking for, take this opportunity to contact me today.

 

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The State of the Performing Arts in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island is Amazing!


As I think of the small town life we enjoy here on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton, I take a look at our community and realize we have an abundance of great performances rivaling that of any big city. While my family has loved performances on Broadway, in Los Angeles and Washington, DC to name a few, we really enjoy that we can be up close and personal with the performers here. Sit close and you can hear the fingers on the strings, feel the breath of the singer and see the slight expressions of the dancer – no big screen TVs or binoculars are needed here, just sit back and be part of the amazing sights and sounds.

Whether hanging out with your friends and neighbors dancing a little shag in your flip flops to the Target Band’s big hits at Shelter Cove during a romantic summer sunset over the marina, or wearing your finest pearls to Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra’s colorful performance of An American in Paris – get ready and go!

Here are just a few of our Winter gems waiting for you!

Hilton Head Dance Theatre

Founded in 1986, Hilton Head Dance Theatre is a non-profit entity committed to fostering an appreciation of dance as an art form among Lowcountry residents and visitors alike. At the helm of the Dance Theatre since its inception are Artistic Directors Karena Brock–Carlyle and John Carlyle. Hilton Head Dance Theatre’s repertoire includes beloved classics such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Giselle, Coppélia and Don Quixote, as well as original works. Hilton Head Dance Theatre remains committed to sharing the joy of dance.

Check out this amazing group of young dancers and contact HHDT for a schedule of performances at http://www.hiltonheaddance.com

 Nutcracker Ballet
The annual performance of The Nutcracker Ballet was quite the success this year! Congratulations to the whole cast and Abby Stinson, my daughter, as Sugarplum!

Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra

The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra enriches lives with fantastic musical performances, exciting programs, and perhaps most importantly provides our participants with memorable overall experiences at each concert,” Darle Booher.

The HHDT will be performing with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra for the Lowcountry Celebration on February 23 &24.  With music influenced by Pat Conroy’s novels and our Lowcountry history and culture, this night is sure to be one not to miss!

Visit the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra at www.hhso.org to contact them for a schedule of performances. 

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

The Arts Center presents a Tony Award-winning production of “42nd Street” from December 4-29.  Visit www.astshhi.com for information. Your feet are sure to start tapping and you will be humming “We’re in the Money” all the way home!

 

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Hilton Head Choral Society

The Hilton Head Choral Society performs “The Sounds of Christmas” on December 13.  The Hilton Head Choral Society features their 100 member ensemble plus a 30 piece orchestra for this evening at the First Presbyterian Church. Visit www.hiltonheadchoralsociety.org for information.

Many Hilton Head and Bluffton communities best known for golf, boating, biking, tennis and beaches have amazing groups to join to sing and dance. Check out Belfair’s Chorus of 40 members who give back to the community with their beautiful songs.

Belfair Avenue of Oaks 
Avenue of the Oaks at Belfair

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Call or email me to find out more!

See you soon!

Bravo to all of our performers! Thank you for helping to make our lives here amazing!

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Hilton Head Island is Making Changes!


Palmetto Dunes Imporvements

If you’ve been down Queens Folly Road, the main drive at the entrance to Palmetto Dunes, you have noticed the new construction near the Fire Department next to Dunes Marketing Group. That’s the new guard gate which is slated to open in September. It will be manned from 11 pm to 6 am in season and 11 pm to 7 am in the off season according to Alexander Schmacher, the Property Owners’ Association Manager. The entrance to Palmetto Dunes will remain the same except for during those hours to allow guests and visitors to continue smooth access to enjoy the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, Outfitters, Alexander’s, Big Jim’s, the General Store, and the Marriott Golf and Beach Resort.

Palmetto Dunes- New Gate

The Fire Department is going to be demolished and a new Town of Hilton Head Fire Department will be built at the end of Dalmatian Drive…. Yes…. Like the dog … that leads to a piece of property the town bought from Greenwood Development in 2001. 

Hilton Head Island Fire Department

A new Palmetto Dunes Resort Administration Building will be built in the current fire department space.   This building will house offices for the administration as well as the new location for visitors to pick up guest passes and Vacation Rental passes for the resort. The association is considering other new and improved suggestions.

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Sea Pines Improvements

It seems all of Hilton Head is sprucing up. The Sea Pines Ocean and Heron Point Golf Club is going to be a grand addition slated to open soon. 

Sea Pine Country Club

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The demolition of the current Sea Pines Beach Club is going to begin August 26. The new club is planned to open by Spring 2014.  It will be a modern two-story facility with upscale outdoor seating and indoor seating restaurants with grand views of the Island’s Gold Coast. 

The following update is from the Sea Pines Resort with regards to Sea Pines Beach Club construction.

Link to Sea Pines Resort Update 

 The Harbour Town Golf Course where the PGA Golf Tournament is held each year is going to undergo remodeling as well. The newest upcoming attraction to be held there is the Els for Autism Tournament to be held September 9 sponsored by Ernie Els.

Retail Improvements

Back up the road again, Wexford Village has welcomed a new addition, Soiree Alterations http://islandsoiree.com/index.html.  You can visit them on the second floor of the south side of the village.

The construction of the new Kroger Grocery Store in Shelter Cove is right on schedule.  

No wonder Hilton Head is on the top ten beaches list!

Check it out!! Pirates of Hilton Head on FOX news.com is saying, “Don’t Miss It!”

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Treat yourself to a vacation in Hilton Head, South

 

That’s just a few of the exciting things happening in Paradise…. Stay tuned…..

 

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Bluffton 24th Annual Oyster Roast


The Bluffton Rotary 24th Annual Oyster Roast is fast approaching! Come out on Saturday January 25th, from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Bluffton Oyster Factory on the scenic May River. Watch the sunset, cozy up to the bonfire, listen to live music from Low Country Boil and enjoy all you can eat oysters, homemade chili, hand cut fries, steamed bratwurst and hot dogs. There is an additional charge for Soda, Beer and Wine. Tickets are .00 in advance and .00 the day of the event, children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. To purchase advance tickets call 815-2277 or go to www.blufftonrotary.org or ask any Bluffton Rotarian. Proceeds from the sale go to support the Bluffton Rotary and are of course, tax deductible. This event has grown to become Bluffton Rotary’s most popular fundraisers of the year, so don’t miss it! 

 

Bluffton Oyster Roast

Hilton Head Joyfully Embraces January 2014


I can’t believe that we have visited and now live here. It has been a wonderful 20 years. Many of you know that we came on vacation in 1994 and ended up buying a condo that year. We have  had the pleasure to enjoy all the seasons. The mild climate lends itself to a year round active unique life style. Tennis, Cycling, Kayaking, Golf anyone?

Sea Pines Snow Day

Did you know that the average air temperature in January is 59 degrees and the average water temperature is 52 degrees? This may seam a little cool for this semi tropical island but 99% of the time the sky is a brilliant blue. So visiting the beach with a great book is a delightful past time. You’ll see lots of amateur photographers, me included, on the beaches as well. Sometimes there are lots  of colorful kites flying high. Our 12 miles of pristine beaches accommodate bike riders of all sizes. It is common to see several families riding together.

Sea Pines Snow Day

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The sand and ocean seem to lure our residents and visitors daily; it has such a calming influence. It just makes you feel good.

The island developers, the town, and plantations are constantly improving the look of the island. You can see evidence of such in the renderings of the new Sea Pines Beach Club and the iron work beside it. The beach club is due to open this summer. There are other great things happening all over the island

Sea Pines Snow Day

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The Foliage and the natural beautiful of the Island’s sea marshes, creeks and lagoons, wooded forests of tall pines, palmettos and live oaks remain as grand as ever.

Our streets don’t roll up during the winter; our shops and wonderful restaurants are open for business; many with special offerings. After a leisurely lunch in Harbour Town you can relax in Adirondack chairs and chat with friends. Watch your children or grand children play in the park. Take some great photos of them framed in  the awesome branches of the old oak trees.

Bikes are a terrific way to travel around the island. There are miles and miles of bike paths and several establishments to rent them for a reasonable fee.

Be sure that you take a family / friends portrait as remembrance of your January visit to Hilton Head.  When you go back home you can show your friends that the sky was clear and bright.

If ya’ll really miss the snow while you are here – remember that we celebrate a annual snow day on  Hilton Head. We make snow in the Shelter Cove Park. Even if it is 70 degrees out kids come in their winter clothes to play in the snow. This year the annual snow day is scheduled for January 25th

South Carolina Snow

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Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you in 2014.

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10 Secrets To Maximizing Your Hilton Head Rental Property


 So you’ve just purchased a 2nd home/condo on Hilton Head Island that you are looking to rent on the weekly vacation rental market.  If you are looking to maximize rentals, there are a few tricks of the trade that you can do to gain as many rentals as possible while leaving some time for you to visit as well. Hilton Head Island Rental

1.)  Choose a Rental Company Wisely- Remember that renting your property is a business and every rental company is not created equally.  Start by choosing a company that genuinely seems excited about managing your property.  If they are not excited, chances are they won’t be able to maximize rentals on your behalf.  If they initially provide you with a rental proforma, make sure you are clear on whether that represents what you can expect the first year or its highest potential. Do you know what % will be paid back to the rental company? What can you expect to pay in cleaning fees?  Does the rental company deal with reliable repair vendors in case something is broken?  Does the rental company require you to secure a certain level of homeowner’s insurance? 

These are just a few of the common items that are not always made clear in the rental agreement.  The more questions you ask on the front end, the less problems you will have once your property is on the rental market. 

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2.)  Communicate with your Rental Company- As with any good relationship communication is key.  For example if you want to make use of your own rental for a week or more, consult with the rental company first to see whether they think it could rent to someone else.  Ultimately it is your decision but knowing that 4th of July and other weeks normally sell out may help you shape your travel plans.  Also some owners see their property vacant on the rental website and plan a last minute trip without letting the rental company know, only to show up and find someone sleeping in their bed. 

3.)  Trust your Rental Company- If you have taken the time to interview a number of rental companies prior to signing with one, trust that they are giving you advice to maximize your rentals.  It may be worth replacing an old heating and air conditioning unit to save on energy costs or fixing a jetted tub that guests would enjoy using. 

Sometimes upgrades to the rental may also be needed to not only make things function but to set it apart from other properties.  These days most people book online and you really need the pictures to pop in order to get the highest number of bookings.  Maybe everything could use a fresh coat of paint or replacing the countertops and/or appliances is in order, but other times all that is needed is a general makeover of the décor with new artwork, lamps, bedding and accessories. 

4.)  Find the Snowbirds- Hilton Head Island’s prime rental season is from

Memorial Day to Labor Day with a lesser extent the spring and fall seasons.  The trick to getting the highest gross rentals numbers is to build up the shoulder season. Snowbirds are renters that are looking for a month or longer stay over the winter season.  We are seeing more and more Canadians that look to rent for 4-5 months giving the owner peace of mind that their property is rented consistently during the slowest season and to save on weekly cleaning costs. 

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5.)  Keep It Clean- When interviewing rental companies make sure they are happy with the cleaning companies they use.  Besides determining what they will charge you for each weekly clean, make sure you are clear on what you can expect and whether an annual deep clean is recommended.  With guests wanting late check-outs and early check-ins the cleaners have very little time to get the place spic-and-span. The rental company may ask each guest to start a load in the dishwasher, but you can do your part by purchasing quilts or comforters with duvet covers since they can be washed while the rest of the unit is being cleaned.

 Hilton Head Island Rental

6.)  Pet Friendly- A popular segment of the vacation rental market these days are pet friendly rentals.  If you have a home or condo that allows pets for renters you may want to consider promoting this distinction.  You can consult with your rental company to see if they take a pet deposit or whether they would recommend size or weight limits for certain animals.

7.)  Repeat Business- Every successful business can benefit from repeat customers and this is especially true for vacation rentals.  Guests like the familiarity of a rental they are comfortable with and know has everything they need.  You would be surprised how repeat business can lead to new business through referrals.  The old adage applies that it is easier to keep a customer happy than to try and find a new one.

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8.)  Positive Reviews- Many vacation rental companies or travel sites now have an area for guests to leave their comments.  This may not make or break your rentals as compared to other industries where reviews are more widely used, but this is definitely something to pay attention to.  One bad comment can live in cyber space indefinitely so making sure you and your rental company are doing everything possible to keep the guest happy is very important.

9.)  Get In The Game- Through the popularity of vacation rental sites like VRBO.com or HomeAway.com many owners are finding success renting their properties on their own or at least in conjunction with a local rental company.  If you do have some extra time on your hands this may be worth it as most rental companies will provide a sizeable discount of their percentage if you bring the rental.

10.)  Personal Touches- The devil is always in the details so take pride in your home even if it is a second home.  Adding personal touches like a sign-in book will let guests know that you welcome their comments (outside of the internet) and it reminds them that it’s someone else’s property so hopefully they will take care of it like their own home.  Other tips would be to have a welcome book listing local restaurants and other area attractions.

The idea with most vacation homes is to maximize rentals when not in use by the owner.  Over the years your vacation rental income can offset a number of expenses of home ownership while the property appreciates.  When you go to sell, your rental company can let interested buyers know the success of your rental achievements helping to make your property that much more desired.

Hilton Head Island and the surrounding Lowcountry are a popular vacation destination with some of the most sought after beaches in the country.  Why not take the plunge into 2nd home ownership and begin 2014 building lasting family memories as well as financial gains.

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Hilton Head Island and Valentine’s Day 2014


A guide to make February 14th a Special day for Your Valentine.

 

Valentine’s Day is a day to treat, pamper your Sweetheart. I’ve taken the little black convertible for a ride to seek what I think are some very special places and ideas that will help you warm the hearts and put a smile on your Sweetheart’s face. Any one of these idea would be great; a combination would be wonderful. Flowers, candy and cards have been the traditional gifts of choice. You’ll note that I have expanded on this theme.

Our first stop is Heritage Jewelers, which is currently located in the Pineland Station Shopping Center, 430 William Hilton Parkway; suite #107. This is a local family owned business that has been servicing Hilton Head residents and visitors for over 30 years. The owners and staff are very warm and friendly with every attention to service and satisfaction. Heritage is a full service jeweler from repairs to custom designed jewelry with a local flair in Gold, Platinum and Silver. You can sprinkle in some diamonds for something really special or have a special engraving as a remembrance for Valentine’s Day 2014. Stop by to see Jennifer, Douglas and Angie; they will take great care of you. Also Heritage Jewelers is proud to announce that they are moving to a new location in April 2014 – Shelter Cove Towne Center. This is an exciting move; make sure you stop by. Website: www.heritagejewelershhi.com

Our next stop is Flowers by Sue; located at 72 Arrow Rd. The minute you walk into the shop you see the most beautiful flowers and the smells are wonderful. You can come in and exchange ideas with the floral designers, or let Sue and her staff use their imaginations to create memorable arrangements and gifts by hand. You can also call in to arrange for a local or long distance delivery. Family and friends have raved about the flowers that Sue has delivered/sent for us. (Sue even designed the arrangements for our daughter’s wedding). The flowers are fresh; you won’t be disappointed. Website: www.flowersbysue.com

Sweets for the Sweet find us at our third stop: Chocolate Canopy – located at 6 Bow Circle, Unit A1 – look for the big green awning.  This special chocolate and gift shop has been a favorite of islanders and visitors for over 30 years. The shop has been owned by Starr and Kristoffer Hamby for the last 2 years. They are carrying on the tradition of providing sumptuously delicious chocolates that are created from pure chocolate – no fillers. “Our quality chocolates and confections are created by hand daily using the finest ingredients, and most importantly, the most amazing chocolate you’ve ever tasted.” You may want to pick up some chocolate covered cherries, truffles or assorted items. They will put together a gift package/basket and wrap it for a special occasion; even chocolates that are molded into the shapes of local critters; i.e. alligators, sea shells and lighthouses. Special service from a local business.

Hilton Head Chocolate

Website: http://www.ChocolateCanopy.com 

Now I’m off to Ahh Green Spa which is located upstairs at 1032 William Hilton Parkway. You may recognize the name. The Spa made its début in Coligny Plaza. They have now moved to their new location on William Hilton Parkway. This location affords the Spa owners; Brad and Debbie Spencer the ability to provide their services to a greater number of customers at a time.

Ahh Green Spa “We are the Island’s FIRST “green” spa, offering organic, fair trade, and vegan products in harmony with Mother Nature.” Experienced therapists are onsite to provide you with “top level massage therapies, organic facials and natural body treatments.” How about a couple’s massage for Valentine’s Day? Website: http://www.AhhGreenSpa.com   

Hilton Head Spa 

Last but not least, I want to introduce you to the Old Fort Pub; water front restaurant. It is located at the north end of the Island at Skull Creek Dr. If you have not been there, it is a must. It is one of the most charming and delightful restaurants that we have ever been to. This elegantly cozy setting is the perfect spot to watch the lovely evening sunset over Skull Creek.  The menu provides a variety of wonderful dishes in the most beautiful presentations that will delight your palate. Seafood or filet or anything in between, you will not be disappointed. The impeccable service will make your Valentine’s dinner even more special.

Website: www.oldfortpub.com  

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So Take my advice and plan something special for your Sweetheart!! You can’t miss with these special ideas.

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Hilton Head is Getting a Makeover


In the last couple of years, Hilton Head has been making great strides to revitalize and rejuvenate some of the Island’s older commercial districts by redeveloping many of these areas. The most recent and notable project is the  Shelter Cove Towne Centre. December marked the Grand Opening of the new and nearly 100,000 square foot Kroger which includes a drive-thru Pharmacy, Starbucks Coffee, and many specialty items.  From my experience, the new Kroger shopping offers nearly everything you could ever imagine while shopping for your groceries. I find myself spending more time than what’s necessary roaming aimlessly up and down the aisles absorbing just how magnificent this place is.

Hilton Head Island Kroger

Throughout this redevelopment process, the Belk’s stores, men’s and women’s, have remained open and Jos. A. Banks has already relocated to one of the newly constructed retail buildings. According to the Island Packet, several other retailers have committed to space in the Centre including an 8th Hilton Head establishment by the SERG Restaurant Group. The SERG Group will be occupying a two-story prime location featuring an outdoor dining and rooftop bar showcasing sunset views over Broad Creek.  The Shelter Cove Towne Centre project will also include 210 upscale waterfront apartments when it is complete.

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Hilton Head Island Jos A bank

While the new Towne Centre is certainly more noticeable, it isn’t the only project in the works. The Town of Hilton Head also has plans underway for a Bridge to the Beach connecting Shelter Cove and its Town Centre to Chaplin Park. Other plans include revitalizing Pineland Station, Northridge Plaza and the Coligny Plaza area. To allow these projects to commence the Town of Hilton Head’s Planning Commission has been working diligently towards changes aimed to simplify the island’s zoning regulations that will allow business owners the opportunity to improve their properties and for businesses to expand.

Hilton Head Island Coligny Plaza

How do all of these projects benefit Hilton Head Island? Due to aging and climate conditions, many of Hilton Head Island’s commercial structures have become weathered and antiquated. By revising the zoning laws, these structures and the areas they’re located can be rejuvenated creating vibrate and electrifying tourist districts that are more representative and what’s expected of our island. Along with the redeveloped commercial centers, the Town of Hilton Head continues to construct miles of additional bike pathways on the island. This incredible leisure trail system offers safe and scenic routes for everyone, especially tourists, to travel to all areas of the island in a more relaxed and efficient manner.

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There have also been recent discussions between town officials and the University of South Carolina about adding a campus on the south end of Hilton Head specifically for the University’s hospitality and management program. One of the benefits of the proposed campus would be invigorating the area’s housing units with students. The campus would serve about 200 scholars and allow them to live and work in the industry while earning their degrees.

Overall, it’s obvious the Town of Hilton Head continues to seek out ways to maintain our world class attributes and improve our island’s uniqueness. This type of commitment is expected from the more than 39,000 full-time residents who’ve invested in our community and the 2.5 million annual visitors who are considering an investment.  “Hilton Head Island – Simply a better way to live.”

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The Free Market Is Alive on Hilton Head Island


While the federal government is doing its best to limit the free market on a national level, here on Hilton Head Island the free market is alive and well. All one has to do is look at the current ‘grocery store wars’ going on right now and you will get a clear illustration of what I am talking about. 

Hilton Head Fresh Market

It all started a few years ago when Fresh Market emerged on the scene in the Shoppes on the Parkway Plaza.  Fresh Market raised the bar on what the grocery shopping experience was and residents and visitors alike responded by spending their time and money in the store.  Not to be outdone, the Harris Teeter at Park Plaza finished a major overhaul and renovation and created the only Harris Teeter superstore in the area. The proverbial line in the sand had been drawn and competition was alive and well on Hilton Head Island.  Now we have the Kroger Superstore, which recently opened on December 11, 2013 and is the talk of the town.  When entering Kroger you are immediately overwhelmed by the size and magnitude and amazed at how a grocery store can be so large.  The talk and buzz around town is so great that when you make the trip to Super Kroger it feels like you are going to an amusement park and all that is missing is the roller coaster.

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Hilton Head Kroger

But wait, there’s more…

Whole Foods will also be opening a store in the Shelter Cover area. Whole Foods will occupy the space once used by Piggly Wiggly and will add a fourth major player to the mix.  Each of these stores/companies offers a wide array of goods and services; plethora of produce (both domestic and foreign), organic foods, hot meals served daily, and a wine selection that would make the King of France proud.  The biggest benefactor(s) are the residents and visitors to Hilton Head Island and the surrounding areas.  The Free Market and competition is/was the driving force behind the ‘grocery store wars’ and as a result we all get to choose from an unbelievable selection.  If Super Kroger doesn’t have the wine you are looking for in their 1700+ collection, you are sure to find it at one of the others.  While each offers a different experience for the consumer, they are all making life better for us.  Where else can you find four mega grocery stores within 5 miles of one another? All the more reason to live on and visit Hilton Head Island.

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