Getaway Guide to Hilton Head, SC

August 4, 2012 6:00 AM

Find a little dose of the island life right off the coast of South Carolina. Great shopping, fine dining, entertainment and fun activities abound on Hilton Head Island, just a hop, skip and a jump from Atlanta. Don’t miss out on sand, swaying sea oats and the ocean breeze in your hair on this awesome getaway to Hilton Head.

Getting There

Hilton Head is less than 300 miles southeast of Atlanta. To get there, jump on the connector and head south on I-75. From there, take I-16 when you get to Macon. Once you are near Savannah, go north on I-95, then follow the signs to Hilton Head to begin your adventure.


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Adler Lane Beach
South Forest Beach Drive
Hilton Head, SC 29926

Adler Land Beach is one of many the the Hilton Head area offers. These public access beaches promise a whole day of free fun right on the island. Be sure to check the website for information about how to obtain a fishing license so you can snag a bit of your own seafood here. Many of these beaches are dog heavens as well. During the months from October to March no leashes are required, but the dog must be under the owner’s positive voice control at all times. From April to May they are still allowed, but a leash is required.

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Hilton Head Bicycle Company
112 Arrow Road
Hilton Head, SC 29926
(800) 995-4319

Price: $27 per week

Take an economical and eco-friendly way to get around the island with Hilton Head Bicycle Company’s rental options, which allow you to work off all of those seafood and cocktail nights. Bike paths run wild on the island, and the laid back atmosphere beckons everyone for a bike ride. All types of cycles, along with helmets and child options, are available.

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Harbour Town Marina
Sea PInes Road
Hilton Head, SC 29926
(866) 561-8802

The Harbour Town Marina is your stop for almost anything on the water. Find environmental tours, kayaks, parasailing, power boat rentals, sailing, stand-up paddleboarding, water skiing, waverunner and fishing charters. Think of it as one-stop shopping for island fun. If fishing is your kind of fun, it offers all types from shark fishing to near-shore fishing perfect for any angler.

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Where To Stay

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The Inn at Palmetto Bluff
476 Mount Pilla Road
Bluffton, SC 29910
(866) 706-6565

Price: from $399

Feel like a southerner, even if you’re not, with a morning coffee on the cottage’s veranda. This resort is just at the entrance to the actual Hilton Head Island, but the first pick for anyone who loves luxury. If a cottage is not to your liking, Palmetto also offers suites. Spoil yourself at the famous Spa at Palmetto Bluff. Then go golfing at one of the many local courses. Sustainability is embraced here, which means working to introduce the community to a natural landscape without sacrificing natural resources, locally or globally. Palmetto Bluff represents responsible sustainability at its best.

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The South Beach Marina Inn
232 S. Sea Pine Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29920
(800) 367-3909

Price: from $65

If you are looking for regular hotel accommodations, then The South Beach Marina Inn is your best bet. This hotel was built in 1986 and exudes nautical charm. The cozy rooms feature beautiful pine floors, and there are ample establishments nearby for your exploration pleasure. It is right beside the popular Salty Dog Cafe, making it perfect if you’re planning on spending long days at the beach. The inn also offers an outdoor pool for all of the sun and none of the sand.

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Main Street Inn
2200 Main St.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(800) 471-3001

Price: from $159

If you’re looking for something small that’s just grand with a European flair, then the Main Street Inn is for you. This inn was built in 1996, bursting with old-school Charleston and New Orleans flair. The luxury here makes up for it not being a beach-front location. This location features an outdoor pool and all of the expected amenities. Try this location for something different from a standard chain, it boasts absolute luxury and a reasonable price tag.

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76 Queen’s Folly
Hilton Head, SC 29928
(843) 785-4999

Include Alexander’s in your getaway to Hilton Head; it’s one of the few truly independent restaurants on the island. At Alexander’s, you will find all of your favorites on a menu made with the finest ingredients. Enjoy bacon-wrapped shrimp and oysters and plenty of other other low-country creations. Almost anything your taste buds are craving is on the menu here. The decor is sprinkled with classic motorcycles in a classy way that’s entertaining, if not unexpected.

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The British Open Pub
Wexford Shopping Center
Hilton Head, SC
(866) 686-6736

Whether you have a little British blood or not, this local pub offers a solid European feel anybody can get behind. This is a favorite for the locals, so you never know if you might be bellying up to the bar with the mayor or a local official. Enjoy fully stocked taps to go along with the traditional fish and chips as well. It’s still close to the ocean, so do not worry, there is delicious, fresh seafood on the menu too. The pub is named after a famous U.K. golf tournament that the owners are obsessed with. 

Ava Roxanne Stritt is a travel writer and blogger from Atlanta with more than 20,000 Twitter followers. She is a luxury hospitality, spa and skincare industry consultant, as well as a writer, financial analyst, and a wife and mother. Her work can be found at

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