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Hilton Head - After the Summer Rush

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A September 2002 trip to Hilton Head by ibeenthere

Quote: If you can, wait till after Labor day to see Hilton Head Island. Crowds are gone and no reservations are needed to get into even the best restaurants. Golf courses, beaches and boating could not be better at 80-85 degrees.

Hilton Head - After the Summer Rush

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Overview

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The beach in September/October is still wonderful. Days are very warm and the sun is still up til dinner time. Enjoy golf and tennis when the temperatures are more moderate and the courses and courts less crowded. Some rentals are even a bargain after Labor Day. Fishing and boating from Shelter Cove Harbor can be a fun day for all. Shelter Cove also has some great dining and shopping opportunities.Quick Tips: Be aware - HHI is rarely a bargain. People in the upper tax brackets frequent the island and expect the best in dining and shopping and they get it. If you have time, try to get to Savannah (1 hr.) or Charleston (2 1/2 hrs) for a view of So. Carolina from an interesting historical...Read More

Harborside III

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Hotel

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Best Things Nearby:Within the Shelter Cove complex that includes Harborside I and II, this facility is steps away from dining, shopping, fishing and boating opportunities and is directly across the harbor from the Disney resort. The view of the harbor is superb and the sunsets from the balcony are really special.Best Things About the Resort:This timeshare is within Palmetto Dunes Plantation. All units include free golf for 4 people every day (resort will reserve the first 2 tee times for you and then you can do it yourself with 24 hr. notice - carts are extra) and 1 free hour of tennis every day that you're there. Private beach parking at the Dunes House or at the Disney bea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 10, 2002

Harborside III
9 Shelter Cove Lane
Hilton Head, South Carolina
(843) 686-3375

Redfish

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Restaurant

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Relatively new restaurant on HHI that advertises itself as offering "revolutionary dining." When you enter the restaurant you think you are entering a wine bar/shop but look a little closer and you will notice some tables among the shelves. The larger dining room holds tables large enough for parties or small intimate groups. Food is exceptionally well prepared and while they focus on seafood, they also offer meat, fowl and vegetarian entrees all with a Cuban flair. Nothing we tried was unusually spicy. Cuban cuisine flavors are complex and the overall effect is of unusual flavors that compliment each other without overpowering the dish. On the Wed. night after Labor Day we walked ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 11, 2002

Redfish
8 Archer Road
Hilton Head, South Carolina
(843) 686-3388

Hudson's Seafood House-Docks

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Restaurant | "Hudson's on the Docks"

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Hudson's has been a must for visitors to Hilton Head Island since 1967. The Hudson family has been in the oystering and shrimping business on the island since the 1950s. Famous for serving the freshest seafood right off the docks that you can see from your table, Hudson's also offers some non-seafood choices for those who don't drool at the mere mention of a platter of a dozen freshly shucked bivalves (in season). Dress casual for this place -- in fact we went there twice in one week simply because we didn't want to change our clothes again on busy days after sightseeing. There are specials every day, but the best bets are the seafood platters (broiled or fried) and the oysters. Ther...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 11, 2002

Hudson's Seafood House-Docks
1 Hudson Road
Hilton Head, South Carolina 29925
(843) 681-2772

Harbourmaster's Restaurant and Bar

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Restaurant | "Harbormaster's Restaurant and Bar"

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Save your money by eating at Hudson's and other bargain restaurants all week and splurge on Harbormaster's for your final evening on HHI. You should have a reservation although we lucked out and got a lovely booth where we could sit side-by-side on a Saturday evening at sunset overlooking the harbor. What a treat! Service is way above average, gracious and professional. Menu is quite varied -- lots of meat, fowl and seafood choices creatively prepared and beautifully plated and served, never rushed. After a week of seafood, we opted for red meat for a change. After appetizers of a huge slice of pate and a Greek salad, we had charbroiled filet mignon with bernaise and a thick cut veal...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 11, 2002

Harbourmaster's Restaurant and Bar
1 Shelter Cove Lane
Hilton Head, South Carolina 29928
(843) 785-3030