It’s easy to savor everything about Hilton Head Island ( www.hiltonheadisland.org) from the moment you check-in. The selection of hotels, resorts, villas, and home rentals is as spectacular as the scenery, events, and activities, including 20-plus championship golf courses that make for a golfer’s paradise. The island also boasts more than 250 restaurants representing myriad cultures and tastes sure to tempt every palate. And with over 12 miles of beaches and even more miles of inland waterfront, there's always an outdoor adventure waiting at your footsteps.
The Sage Room ( www.thesageroom.com) remains a hidden Hilton Head Island fine-dining gem with locals and visitors in the know. The open kitchen features a 10-seat bar that serves as a chef’s table for foodies who know to reserve a view of the action.
The Old Town Dispensary in Bluffton ( http://on.fb.me/OeoOTc) is relatively new, with live music and food from a chef who went from seven course meals to rustic flavors and laid back southern cooking. They’re famous for their Crab Pot Drop on New Year’s Eve.
Family-owned and -operated, Michael Anthony’s ( www.michael-anthonys.com) serves rustic home-style Italian dishes with all the local freshness of area seafood. They also offer a fun cooking school.
The RBC Heritage ( www.RBCHeritage.com) is South Carolina’s only PGA Tour event and will be held April 14-20 at the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. More than 135,000 people will attend the RBC Heritage and be part of one of golf’s greatest traditions on the island.
The Hilton Head Island Community Beach Bike Ride (May 3; www.hiltonheadislandsc.gov) kicks off National Bike Month with an annual beach bike ride starting at Coligny Beach Park. Participants ride the island's hard-packed sand beach for a fun and flat six-mile roundtrip bike ride.
The Hilton Head Island Boat Show (May 18-19; www.windmillharborboatshow.com) takes place at the Carolina Yacht Club at Windmill Harbour. Sail and power boats of all sizes from some of the world’s most illustrious boat dealers will be on display. Windmill Harbour, one of three harbors with a lock system on the East Coast, will be showcasing boats from more than dealers. A beer and wine cash bar will be available, as well as food created by the South Carolina Yacht Club’s award-winning executive chef, Kevin Cavanaugh.
The Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament (Aug. 29-31; www.hhcelebritygolf.com) was established in 1979. The popular Labor Day weekend event matches amateur golfers with intriguing celebrities representing the sports and entertainment field for three days of golf and exciting evening activities. Lynn Seldon