Hilton Head Island
Collected by Meg Nesterov, AFAR Local Expert
18 Simmons Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926, USA
One of the amenities available to sailors docking at the Broad Creek Marina is the Up the Creek Pub. Once just a snack bar for boaters, a kitchen was added in order to serve liquor. Now there's a full menu of burgers, seafood, and sandwiches (try...
840 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
Gullah is the culture particular to the sea islands of the south and the descendants of the West Africans brought there as slaves. On and around Hilton Head, there are gullah tours and a museum in the works, but the culture is also evident in the...
93 Arrow Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
Signe's is a favorite breakfast and brunch spot on HHI for those with a sweet tooth (the fact that their most popular item is a deep-dish French toast tells you all you need to know) with a killer bakery. Around the holidays, things really get...
70 Honey Horn Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926, USA
This excellent family attraction is located a little off the main drag in Hilton Head, leaving plenty of room for the resident "marsh tacky" horses, a butterfly garden, guided walks and tours, art exhibits, and even turtle talks to inform guests...
326 Moss Creek Village, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926, USA
Among the chain restaurants and tourists traps on HHI, it can be hard to find some actual local food, let alone anything that could be called farm-to-table. Nearly everything on the menu at NEO is sourced within 90 miles, from the grass-fed beef...
15 Captains Cv, Bluffton, SC 29910, USA
Where can you have a beer, shop for fresh produce, and see a band play, all in one place? The Old Town Dispensary in Bluffton, across the bridge from HHI. Named after the state-controlled liquor dispensary that was once on the site at the turn of...
18A Pope Ave, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
Hilton Head's beaches are great for families, but on rainy days and in the winter, an indoor play space is a welcome respite. The Sandbox is an interactive museum where kids can pretend to be dinosaur hunters, pilots, pirates, and puppeteers....
149 Lighthouse Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
For many who visit Hilton Head year after year, the Harbour Town Lighthouse is a symbol that vacation has started. With 114 steps to the top, it's tall enough to offer great views of Hilton Head but still climbable for families with young kids....
1000 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
If you need a hostess, bridal, or new mom gift—or maybe just something for yourself—the ladies at Louette have you covered. This Hilton Head boutique stocks local designers as well as bigger names. The whole shop is designed to make you feel not...
38 Calhoun St, Bluffton, SC 29910, USA
Located in a restored 1902 cottage in historic Bluffton, the Cottage is a home-style restaurant and bakery. Come for afternoon tea, or order breakfast on the porch—the local shrimp and cheddar grits, Daufuskie island-style crab omelet, and Elvis...
641 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
Harold's is a love-it-or-hate-it sort of place. You walk into the tiny diner covered with bumper stickers, some of them on the risqué side ("Yankees Suck" is one of the more mild signs—the owner is also a Red Sox fan). You seat yourself (woe be to...
38 Shelter Cove Ln #122, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
Often the jewelry found at beach resorts can look tacky when back on shore, and handmade doesn't always mean quality. The Little Fish Boateak jewelry collection is such a breath of fresh air we can forgive the pun-y name. Delicate beads, turquoise...
270 Haig Point Rd, Daufuskie Island, SC 29915, USA
If they can make rum on all the sun-soaked islands of the Caribbean, why not an American island? The founders of Daufuskie Island Rum Company have done exactly that, using 100% American products, from sugar to glass bottles, handcrafting their rum...
32 Palmetto Bay Road, #4A, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
This local staple restaurant feels like a friend's summer party, with a porch swing and outside tables. The menu is simple, satisfying and comforting: overstuffed sandwiches, meatloaf, chicken, and biscuits. Be sure to visit if they're hosting a...
1055 May River Rd, Bluffton, SC 29910, USA
Most restaurants jumping on the farm-to-table trend are elegant (if not fancy) affairs, often in an urban environment. Cahill's is a barn in the country, next to the world's largest boiled peanut. After shopping for fresh produce at the market,...
1429 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
A newcomer in an old space, Taft's Ale House is located in a converted 1850s church and boasts an impressive beer lineup. The bar's name and design pay homage to President William Howard Taft, a Cincinnati native known for his proclivity for...
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