Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

USCB HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT CAMPUS OPENS ON HILTON HEAD 

For years, Hilton Head Island has repeatedly been named as one of the best island destinations in the world, earning praise for its world-class resorts, amenities and service.

Before gated communities dominated the landscape of Hilton Head Island, close-knit communities of native islanders defined this paradise. 

Only the people who lived in them, mostly on family-owned land in the middle and northern parts of the island, knew the boundaries of their neighborhoods: Big Stoney, Little Stoney, Squire Pope, Jarvis, Jonesville, Spanish Wells, Gardner, Marshland, Chaplin, Grassland, Big Hill, Baygall and Mitchelville.

The Don Ryan Center for Innovation broke ground Nov. 14 on its new facility in Buckwalter Place Commerce Park. The center’s mission is to build a business-friendly community for entrepreneurs and attract core target industries. The facility will house the DRCI business incubator, offer high tech co-working and meeting space, and serve as the Town of Bluffton’s economic development headquarters. Buckwalter Place Commerce Park includes eviCore Healthcare, Southeastern Development, Regency Centers, St. Joseph Candler, and Technical College of the Lowcountry Culinary Arts. The Don Ryan Center building will be adjacent to the new Kroger Market Place, which is under construction now.

On Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Westin Resort and Spa Hilton Head Island, Hilton Head Monthly will celebrate local businesses and the community with the 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. More than 10,000 readers voted on popular categories such as places to shop, dine and live. The party will run from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

With the ballots cast, the votes counted, and the results in, celebrating is the only thing left to do. Looking for the best of the Lowcountry — the best food, the best music, the best people? You will find it all at the Monthly Readers' Choice Party. Start your holiday season off with a treat and see them all in one place. Live music will be provided by Lavon Stevens and White Liquor. Tickets are just $25 and are available online.

 

We’ve got a sleigh full of the hottest presents this side of the North Pole. It might not all fit under the tree, so we recommend getting a bigger tree.

FOND MEMORIES OF TIME WELL SPENT OFTEN MAKE THE BEST GIFTS

The thing about giving a gift is that eventually that very thoughtful, one-of-a-kind, must-have item will one day become a thing. As in, “put it over there with the rest of my things.” Eventually, that thing will become stuff, as in “why do we have so much stuff?” And it’s only a matter of time before it ends its lifespan as clutter, as in, “I’m making a run to the dump to clear out some of this clutter.” 

Lamb & Gray Architects, LLC launches in the Lowcountry 

New firsm Lamb & Gray Architects, L.L.C. is comprised of Amanda Lamb (AIA, NCARB), April Gray (AIA, NCARB) and Lydia DePauw. With over 45 years of combined experience in architecture, Lamb & Gray’s current work includes high-end residential projects in award-winning properties including Palmetto Bluff and Spring Island. They are members of the Hilton Head Area Homebuilders Association and the Hilton Head chapter of the American Institute of Architects. 

A CENTURY-OLD BIKE TRAVELS THE PATHS OF HILTON HEAD

When I moved to Hilton Head Island in 2012 and discovered its fabulous bike paths and beaches, I decided to restore an old bike that once belong to my father so I could cruise around town. But first, I took it for a ride down memory lane.

TERRY HERRON WANTED TO BRING TWO COMMUNITIES TOGETHER. HE FOUND A WAY THROUGH MUSIC. 

It’s always been about the music for Terry Herron, even when it wasn’t. When he first arrived in the Lowcountry in 1978, drawn here from his native Chicago, it was because of music. Sort of.

Some say commercial shrimping in Beaufort County will disappear eventually, but Larry Toomer believes that the combination of an evolving market and creative local solutions could save the business that’s in his blood.

“I get satisfaction from figuring out where they are,” he said. “I love the feeling of ‘Got you!’”

10 TIPS TO HELP LOCAL OFFICIALS FIND SUCCESS

Like most of us, I closely followed the election race for mayor on Hilton Head Island. Now that the elections are over, it’s time to get to work. Whether we like it or not, Hilton Head and Bluffton are at a “strategic inflection point.” Our citizens and community leaders must come together and begin a dialogue driven by positive thinking. We can no longer allow ourselves to be driven backward by naysayers.

After more than 20 years as one of Hilton Head Island’s premier caterers, Lori Craven is is also making her mark on the dessert world. Her company Palmetto Sweets was created to showcase her signature honey pecan bars — originally a thank-you gift to clients and now a regional favorite. Made with local honey and pecans, sweet cream, butter, brown sugar and molasses on top of rich shortbread, they embody some of the best-loved tastes of the South. 

THIRDHOME COMES TO HHI

THIRDHOME is a luxury property and travel club that enables its members to explore the world through a variety of travel experiences. Originally a luxury home exchange, it has evolved into a travel brand that brings together home owners, renters and adventurers. Trade time in your second home for stays at more than 10,000 curated luxury properties. Destinations include Spain, United Kingdom, Canada, France and Italy. THIRDHOME Exchange invites second homeowners in the Hilton Head Island area to join their community of members.

TIPS FOR A SUPER CLEAN HOME AT THE HOLIDAYS 

If you’re having family in for the holidays, you’re probably thinking of all that needs to be done before they arrive. Use this guide to conquer the tasks. Work on one room at a time and reward yourself for each room until you've completed the job. You’’ll be ready before you know it.

DECK THE HALLS IN COASTAL STYLE

It might be 70 degrees in the Lowcountry this Christmas, and traditional holiday décor of smiling snowmen and faux snow are at odds with houseguests wearing shorts and flip-flops. But with a little creativity, you can tailor your seasonal décor with a coastal spin on the tree, stockings and presents.

CREATING A GREAT WEDDING VIBE WITH A MOOD BOARD

Once upon a time, when a couple decided to get married they set the date, bought a dress and a cake and picked colors they liked — traditionally two — to use in everything from bridal party attire to reception décor. While that still happens, these days couples are thinking more about the mood they want to set than the colors they’d like to use.