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Yes, Hilton Head Island is known for its 12 miles of sandy, blissful beaches. But you’re missing out if that’s all your seeing this summer.

It’s been written on countless tacky T-shirts and risqué bumper stickers that “Life’s a Beach.” And that might be true for some folks. But not everyone.

IF YOU’RE READING THIS, IT MEANS THAT IT’S AFTER JUNE 1ST, THE OFFICIAL BEGINNING OF HURRICANE SEASON
If you’re reading this, it means that it’s after June 1st, the official beginning of hurricane season. Being from Florida, the season, which ends on November 30th, is something that is not just noted like the coming of summer, it’s a time that in my mind, I consciously recognize and develop mental notes towards being prepared. I have discovered that, for longtime residents of the lowcountry, the mindset, however, is totally different. Matter of fact, the expectation of a storm actually coming this way was so low, (and I do say was) that the consensus had some people taking the storm (and their preparations) very lightly. Until it was time to evacuate. 

When Charles Fraser came to the island to begin early development, he recognized that good design in relation to the island’s history and environment was important

Hilton Head Island’s ocean views and wetlands look stunning in the dwindling light of sunset — but take in their beauty too long on a moonless night and you’ll find yourself in complete darkness, thanks to the island’s strict lighting rules.

Visitors from all over the world are delighted to visit Hilton Head Island for our abundant golf courses, year-long bicycling, tourist attractions, and especially our beautiful beaches. Oceans cover more than 70 percent of the earth’s surface, so perhaps this is why we’re drawn to the ocean. People in all climates build houses along marshes, lakes or other bodies of water. It may explain why so many folks consider the beach a spot to relax or vacation, if they’re not lucky enough to live in the low country. If you’ve visited the Caribbean or west coast beaches, you may wonder what gives our ocean water its unique color; specifically, why do we not have the bright blue ocean colors you might see elsewhere?

Whether your Dad is the handy type, the golf fanatic, or the weekend grill master, we’ve found something for everyone this Father's Day.

PLAN TO GET THE KIDS OUT OF YOUR HOUSE AND INVOLVED IN SOMETHING FUN

The countdown to summer vacation has begun, and with it the annual question faced by all parents: What are we going to do with the kids? Whether you’re looking to ship the kids off for a whole week, or just get them out of the house for a few hours so they don’t spend the whole day watching Netflix, there is a great selection of summer camps right here in the Lowcountry.

WORDS OF WISDOM FROM SOME OF OUR LOCAL FATHERS.

“If I could teach Allie one thing it would be to fully love and accept herself for who she is and not to tolerate mistreatment from others.” - Scott Middleton (father of 1)

“Just make sure you do something you like. If you don’t like it, you’re going to be miserable,” - Jonathan MacCabe (father of 3) 

BEING A DAD ISN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE. IT’S BETTER.

Picture a typical dad. Not your dad, necessarily, but a dad. What does he look like?

Is he decked out in a suit and tie, coming home late for dinner from another long day at the office? Is he lounging in his recliner, pipe in hand, grumbling into his newspaper? Is he sporting the Saturday morning dad stubble, piling everyone into the minivan to go throw the ball around? Is he rocking a socks and sandals combo, pushing a lawn mower around on Sunday and showing the whole neighborhood his farmer’s tan?

Rare would be the dad who didn’t want to spend Father’s Day hanging with his family. Nothing fancy, just chilling.

As easy as it would be – or seems to be – to let that just happen, most women realize it takes a little work for relaxation to occur. Fortunately, there are some great things to do in the area. Some require little effort and no money. Others take a bit of planning and some cash. Either way, a great Father’s Day is just minutes away.

With summer upon us, it’s time to look forward to lazy afternoons by the pool, daytrips to the beach, or hanging out on a porch swing--all of which will be even better with good book. We’ve put together a mix of romantic novels, thrillers, and popular classics to give you plenty of options to take along on your vacation. Grab your tote and head over to the bookstore to stock up now!