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Hilton Head Island - Beyond Beaches and Golf

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A March 2002 trip to Hilton Head by smmmarti guide

Sunset from Harbor Town Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina More Photos
Quote: You probably know Hilton Head Island as a great golf and beach resort with excellent restaurants and extensive resort-style attractions. But did you know it is also a center for the promotion of the Gullah culture, historic sites, thriving art community and lowcountry nature preserves?

Hilton Head Island - Beyond Beaches and Golf

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Overview

Sunset from Harbor Town Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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Golfing, beaching, and strolling the sparkling harbor areas of Shelter and Harbor Town with their quaint shops and restaurants, are all perfect examples of life, Hilton Head style. It seems everyone here has plenty of time on their hands and the sense of satisfaction that comes from a day of ocean activities or golf. Sunset at Harbor Town is one of those ritualized community activities that brings everyone together happily. At Shelter Cove Marina, you will find the crowds setting out in their beautiful yachts and sailboats or stopping for lunch and ice cream in a Disney-like setting that mimics a Mediterranean village. For birdwatchers, catching a sight of a parliament of wood storks...Read More

Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa

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Hotel | "Marriott Hilton Head Beach and Golf Resort"

Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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Staying at the Marriott in Hilton Head, we were shocked to find that the bargain of the year was also one of the best bets in town. For a mere $79 a night we found commodious respite in a generously sized suite, warmly decorated with all new furnishings thanks to a recent $26 million renovation that revamped everything on site from the restaurant to the lobby to the fabulous pool and beachfront. With our own private balcony, in-room coffee, room service, robes and data port, we were tidy as an oyster in its shell in no time! Located in Palmetto Dunes, the Marriott has taken into consideration all possible needs of guests. A stop in the spacious, open-air lobby, decorated in tropical furnishi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2002

Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa
One Hotel Circle
Hilton Head, South Carolina 29928
(843) 686-8400

Crazy Crab

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Restaurant

Crazy Crab Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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Hilton Head Island is so perfectly developed, so decidedly upscale in so many ways, that if you didn't venture out of your pristine resort or golf community enclave, you might think you were in Orlando. The setting of the Crazy Crab on a low, natural marsh adjacent to the Coastal Discovery Museum on Jarvis Creek, is home to the South Carolina State Shellfish grounds. Although I typically avoid places that carry such a cutesy, tourist theme attached to them, how could you beat shellfish that was recently dragged up at the state's shellfish headquarters? We took a rustic table outside on the dock with a great view of the marsh where an old fishing boat is permanently anchored and great sea a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2002

Crazy Crab
149 Lighthouse Rd
Hilton Head, South Carolina 29928
(843) 363-2722

Little Venice

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Restaurant

Little Venice Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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qui tutto e buono Strolling along Shelter Harbor's marina, contemplating the remains of the day, we caught sight of an authentic looking Italian restaurant. Under a low green awning diner's have views overlooking the harbor surrounded by the overall Mediterranean look of the enclave where sailboats and fishing boats remain docked until sunrise. Inside, a spotlighted art niche sporting a sculpture of Venus is tucked into the stucco walls, decorated with frescos that have been summoned right out of an Italian villa. A rap on the door found someone vacuuming the floors but nevertheless willing to take our reservation for that evening's repast. The foresight was a good thing. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 9, 2002

Little Venice
2 Shelter Cove Lane, Shelter Cove Harbour
Hilton Head, South Carolina 29928
(843) 785-3300

Palmetto Dunes

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Attraction | "Golf at Palmetto Dunes, Harbor Town and More"

Palmetto Dunes Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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There's no denying that golf on Hilton Head is world class or, as they say on the course, "par excellent!." The mild year-round climate and natural lowcountry contours of the land have made it a perfect golf course developers' dream that has turned the island into a veritable state of golf. Driving down either of the island's two main access roads, either the toll island bypass or Rt. 278, you will pass dozens of distinct golf communities from one end of the island to the other. Many courses require private membership, but Harbor Town , which was preparing for the WorldCo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 9, 2002

Palmetto Dunes
4 Queens Folly Road
Hilton Head, South Carolina 29938
(800) 827-3006

Coastal Discovery Museum

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Attraction | "Coastal Discovery Museum and Tours"

Coastal Discovery Museum Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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Located on Jarvis Creek surrounded by the salt marshes at the north end of Hilton Head island is an island gem that I wish I'd known about earlier. If I had, I'd have surely booked an excursion offered through the museum. Different tours are offered daily with a rotating schedule and are led by the experienced volunteers and curators. History Tours, Nature Tours and the most appealing of all, Cruises are on the regular schedule. The Nature excursion cruise takes six select passengers through the marshes of Broad Creek out toward Daufuskie Island to explore the area and view the dophins, sea and marsh birds along the way. A guided kayak trip is another option offered for educational entert...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 9, 2002

Coastal Discovery Museum
100 William Hilton Parkway
Hilton Head, South Carolina 29925
(843) 689-6767