Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

NEW BOUTIQUE HOTEL SET TO OPEN IN BLUFFTON

For decades, Larry Leary kept a mental scrapbook of every inspiring design style, every Old World detail that intrigued or amazed, and held onto them. A renowned restorer of historic homes, he plied his trade in some of the most lavish homes in the Northeast, with a client list of CEOs and business elites. With every classic home he restored, he made notes on the architectural details that defined its elegance.

WOMEN’S GROUP HELPS FAMILIES KEEP THEIR LAND

The home that Marilyn Blake grew up in was built by her father and uncle more than 50 years ago. It sat on land previously owned by Blake’s grandfather — land that had been in the family for more than 100 years. Her mother, Rosa Lee Driessen, had lived there until last year, when health issues forced her to move into a nursing home.

TROLLEYS ROLLING OUT ON HILTON HEAD THIS SUMMER

Pump the brakes, bicyclists and golf cart drivers. There’s a new way to get around Hilton Head Island: Old-fashioned trolleys will hit the road this summer to help ease traffic.

SPONSOR A NEST TO HELP SAVE SEA TURTLES

Loggerhead turtles returned to Hilton Head Island when the nesting season began in May. As of mid- June, 79 nests had been laid on the island’s beaches. Many locals and visitors hope for the rare chance to see a female nest on the beach at night and eagerly anticipate the emergence of hatchlings. A few lucky beachgoers will witness the baby turtles’ first crawl into the ocean.

GET TO KNOW THE HOLY CITY

On Charleston’s cobblestone streets, history, hipsters and high style coexist side-by-side. The best visits to the Holy City combine some of each.

Over the course of a few days, visitors will barely scratch the surface of all that Charleston has to offer — especially if they’re on a family trip catering to different ages — but even a short getaway is enough to whet the appetite and gain an appreciation for South Carolina’s oldest and largest city. With a little planning, it’s possible to explore downtown, learn some history, get out on the water and venture outside the city to enjoy the shore before it’s time to head back home.

These hot summer looks are from local boutiques.

MELLENCAMP SISTERS LOVE HILTON HEAD’S ‘SMALL-TOWN FEEL’

They weren’t raised in a little pink house, but the daughters of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member John Mellencamp know the joys of growing up in close-knit, idyllic small town, courtesy of Hilton Head Island.

THE TIES THAT BIND DAVID AND KAREN BURKE

Family is integral to the story of Burke’s Main Street Pharmacy — a Hilton Head Island mainstay — and to the life of co-owner David Burke and his wife, Karen.

COASTAL CAROLINA HOSPITAL DONATES HIGH TECH TO TCL

Coastal Carolina Hospital recently donated an OEC mobile C-Arm to the radiologic science program at the Technical College of the Lowcountry. The C-Arm machine is used in operating rooms across the country and visualizes surgical patients’ anatomy in real time during critical surgical procedures. TCL students now can train side by side with their peers in a simulated laboratory environment.

LOCAL CULTURE GETS A BOOST

Heritage tourism in the Lowcountry is gaining ground, with a new alliance of Lowcountry leaders, pledges of financial support from Beaufort County and the Town of Hilton Head Island, and partnership with the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor.

ORIGINAL EXPERIENCES DRIVE BOTH ECONOMIES

On my first visit to Rovinj, a lovely seaside town on the Croatian coast, a three-hour ferry ride across the bay from Venice, I fell in love with the setting: A compact and well-preserved old town, a wonderful harbor walk lined with restaurants, and a fabulous large park where five-star hotels overlook the Adriatic Sea — plus miles and miles of bikeable public nature preserves along the blue ocean, which entices swimmers to jump in the clear water.

THE GREAT FRAME UP HONORS ART

Golf memorabilia, a custom mirror to anchor a room, or a watercolor painting of a gorgeous Lowcountry sunset over the marsh: All will get expert treatment by caring professionals at The Great Frame Up in Bluffton.

In fact, clients’ artwork never has to leave the store, because owners Adam and Pam Meister have invested in advanced technology and state-of-the art machinery for framing, scanning and printing. Their commercial Cruse scanner is recognized as the premier in the industry, and the Bluffton store is home to South Carolina’s only one — there are only 25 in the country. 

LONG COVE CLUB EARNS ISLAND BEAUTIFICATION AWARD

The Island Beautification Association chose Long Cove Club’s front entrance as the winner of the organization’s annual Island Beautification Entry Competition. This is the 14thyear for the award, which was started to recognize gated communities for beautifying the island. The Island Beautification Association originally was formed to landscape the medians of William Hilton Parkway after it became a four-lane road, and the group has since completed many landscaping projects along the roads of Hilton Head.

Here in the Lowcountry, we’re surrounded by lots of water: the ocean, marshlands, lagoons, ponds, creeks and lakes. The many swimming pools that dot the Lowcountry landscape bring that water even closer — right into our backyards.

But not just any pool will do for Lowcountry residents; gone are the days of the basic white rectangular swimming pool. Today, each soothing hardscape is unique in its design, functionality, maintenance needs and amenities — and each offers year-round outdoor pleasure for homeowners.

LONG COVE CLUB EARNS TOP HONORS FOR SERVICE

Hilton Head Island’s Long Cove Club has been awarded the prestigious Distinguished Club award from BoardRoom magazine, one of the most respected trade publications serving private clubs.

The merit-based award honors clubs that operate at the highest standards, rating them using a club-specific evaluation of the clubs, their managements and their staff. The rating system helps the magazine recognize the top private clubs based on member experience, the most important service they provide.

11th Annual Hilton Head Bridal Show

Sunday, Feb 18, 2018 from 1-4 pm. at Hampton Hall
157 Hampton Hall Blvd - Bluffton

The 11th annual Hilton Head Bridal Show will be the premier event of the year for brides, grooms, families, and wedding parties. Come see the best vendors Hilton Head has to offer to give you the wedding of your dreams!

With nearly 60 fantastic vendors under one roof, you can meet many bridal professionals, see their work and get an idea of who would be the best fit to help you bring your vision to life. You can taste cakes, view wedding portraits, and see the latest in bridal fashions — including bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, tuxedos, and suits.

Tradtions that never die:

1. The Threshold:
According to ancient tradition, the groom would pick up and carry his bride into the bedroom to protect her from evil spirits. In the old days, the bride would often resist and not give in to her new husband’s intentions.

2. Something Blue: The old saying “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe” dates back to Victorian England. The saying symbolizes purity, fidelity and love, and the silver coin in the shoe is a good-luck token to bring the couple wealth.

FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES PAPERWORK

If you’re getting married in the Lowcountry, you’ll need to apply for a marriage license in person at the Beaufort County office of the probate judge. You and your fiancé will both need to be present and present your full names, Social Security numbers, ages and places of residence. This is a sworn statement, so you’ll both sign the document and it will be notarized in the office.