Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

To those of you on the island who appreciate when Hilton Head turns to fall, slows down and relaxes a bit, will want to attend the Coligny Outdoor Market on September 16th. 

From 4-7pm, the popular Coligny Outdoor Market, now a year old will return to Hilton Head's Downtown. With food trucks, street-style vendors, artists and craftsmen and music by Whitley Deputy and the B Town Project, plus TONS of kids activities, this is a simple return to the beach after a very popular summer! 

Want to find the friendliest city in the world? Here in South Carolina, you won't have to go far. Charleston has topped Conde Nast Traveler’s list of the  "Friendliest Cities" in the world. In justifying the ranking, the magazine quoted one reader who said, "it has the charm of the South, the sophistication of the city, and a warmth and friendliest that is unmatched."

Uber, the on-demand car-hailing service, operates in more than 450 cities around the world, including the Town of Hilton Head Island. Monthly “Ubered” for a week, interviewing local drivers. Here’s what we learned.

The next time you Uber, don’t be surprised if your neighbor rolls up to the curb in a polished Lexus or Mercedes with leather seats.

Many are drawn to the Lowcountry each year because of its beautiful beaches, world-class resorts and wide selection of restaurants, shopping and activities. For those who decide to stay year-round, there is another big draw: the luxurious communities residents call home.

Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Daufuskie Island and the greater Lowcountry as a whole are shining examples of well-planned residential development. The communities here are designed to be environmentally friendly, preserving much of the beautiful natural surroundings and designed to grow strategically over time. Each community in the area offers its own unique draws, and no matter what you’re looking for there is sure to be a neighborhood that fits your needs.


According to the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control website, as of there have been 35 travel-associated Zika cases reported statewide as of Aug. 19, with 32 involving those who were infected abroad and one contracted via sexual contact with someone who had traveled out of the country.


The photo, one of many on the Luke Shades Instagram feed, reveals the humble beginning of a fashion brand that is storming the beaches of the East Coast.

It shows a cheap patio table of metal mesh on a sun-baked patch of concrete, an orange box cutter, and a primitive set of sunglass frames cut from a piece of 1/8-inch scrap plywood.

Rhonda Sutton


Anne HagertyAnne Hagerty Interiors is pleased to announce the opening of their new furniture and accessory store, Abode, in the Bluffton Promenade. Located at 6 State of Mind Street, Abode will showcase select lines of upholstery, fabrics, lighting, rugs, decorative accessories and gifts. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with late Thursday evenings. Full service Interior Design consultations and assistance are available upon request. www.abodesc.com, 843-815-3322.

In 1996, Howard Lyman found himself thrust under the national spotlight when he and Oprah Winfrey were unsuccessfully sued by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. A former fourth-generation cattle farmer, Howard was on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to explain mad cow disease and how it is created by feeding bovine meal to cows in factory farm operations.

Top row from left: (kids) Lucy Esquivel, Oliver Esquivel, Leo Esquivel, Gabby Gray, Harper Esquivel, Will Gray Bottom Row: Darby Davis, Margaret Esquivel Davis, Layla Davis, Hector Esquivel, Dr. Hector Esquivel, Barbara Esquivel, Eric Esquivel, Layla Esquivel, Stephanie Esquivel and Landon Esquivel

The Bible says, “Honor a physician with the honor due unto him…” and Dr. Hector Esquivel has lived a life of service that deserves the highest honor and respect. His memory book is a testament to this life and contains handwritten and typed notes and letters from his grateful patients, thanking him for his “kindness and gentleness.”

Robo-advisers are bringing financial advice to the masses by charging low management fees for customized asset allocation and automatic portfolio rebalancing.

More and more investors are turning to “robo-advisers” as a cheaper and more efficient alternative to traditional financial investment firms that require substantial investment sums and charge up to 1 percent to 2 percent annual portfolio management fees.


You never know who you might meet in life. It could be someone who can change your life for the better overnight.

This happened to Chris Williams, a 42-year-old recently retired Marine Corps gunnery sergeant and three-time Purple Heart recipient. It didn’t happen during one of his seven deployments overseas in war zones. It happened here in the Lowcountry last fall when he met Mark Peterson.


Like many small business owners, John Tolly started Sunny Daze Surfboards with a mix of knack, necessity and passion.

“Buying surfboards can be very expensive, so I forced myself to make my own equipment,” Tolly says. He made his first board in 1997, and opened Sunny Daze Surfboards in 2000. “It began as a hobby and a passion, and it is still my passion today.”


Joey DoyleCharter One Realty is pleased to announce that Joey Doyle has joined the company as an agent and a member of Richard MacDonald and Associates, a top-producing real estate team in the Lowcountry. Doyle will welcome clients at the company’s North office on Hilton Head Island. Doyle joins more than 130 established real estate professionals at Charter One Realty.


You’re able to enjoy your own piece of paradise: a place to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect with family and friends. As a Lowcountry property owner, you can take advantage of beach parks built just for you and enjoy discounts on golf, retail and restaurants. Your property can be a place to create long-lasting memories for years to come, and it could become your future retirement home.

With the start of a new school year, September ends the summer holiday and signals everyone to fall back into a routine. What does this mean for our area’s real estate market?  Traditionally, most people think that summer is the busy selling season. While that may be true in many parts of the country, the fall brings many potential buyers to our area. 

Charlie Graingers Hot Dogs, Brisket and BBQ will host a grand opening at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 at Shelter Cove Towne Centre on Hilton Head Island. Franchisees Marcie Bindes and Adam Markowitz will offer $1 original hot dogs, prizes and giveaways.

Country Captain has been a favorite chicken and rice dish since the late 1800s and appeared in cookbooks including the timeless “The Joy of Cooking, “The American Heritage Cookbook” and “The New York Times Cookbook,” but over the past half-century, more well-known recipes like Hoppin' John and Frogmore Stew have usurped its popularity. According to culinary lore, this dish made its way to the United States from India, probably thanks to British captains who brought it along with their goods while sailing to Charleston and Savannah in the 1800s.

Question: You open for business at 7 a.m. What time do you wake up each morning? 

Answer: I personally work several different shifts through the week and I have two locations, so that varies from day to day, but I am usually up by 5:30. My baker, Antonio, arrives around 2:30 in the morning in order to make the bagels in time to be delivered to the Bluffton shop before they open.

Lowcountry tennis guru Bob Brockman shares all the local tennis news and league information in this weekly tennis blog.

The members at Long Cove Club recently approved a golf course restoration plan that will begin in May. Founded in 1981, Long Cove is widely recognized as one of Pete Dye’s finest designs. The more than 7,000 yards, par 71 Long Cove course will close in May for a restoration plan that includes regrassing fairways with Celebration Bermuda, regrassing the greens with Tif Eagle Ultra Dwarf Bermuda, restoring bunkers to their original design, upgrading drainage systems, and replacing multiple bulkheads and all cart paths.

Becoming an Olympic athlete doesn’t happen overnight. Most often, the dream begins innocently in childhood and strengthens in passion and dedication as the years go by.

Last month in Rio de Janeiro, that dream came true for 10 mostly 20-something men and women who represented the United States in two martial arts competitions at the Olympic Games: judo and taekwondo.