Comfort Suites Hilton Head Island Area
23 Towne Drive
Bluffton, SC 29910
Phone: (843) 815-1700
Fax: (843) 815-1701
Located in the Bluffton Historic District, this Carolina farmhouse on a bluff overlooking the May River is one of only eight antebellum homes that remain after the Civil War. Today it is a combination museum and visitor welcome center. Docent guided tours are offered Monday through Friday 10a to 4p and on Saturday 11a to 2p. It remains virtually the same as it was over 100 years ago, with an intact kitchen and slave cabin. Maps of the complex and downtown district are available for self-guided tours. -Natasha Lawrence
The Church of the Cross is a modest building which was erected way back in 1857. Spread across an area of 1.3 acres (0.53 hectares), it is made with the Carpenter Gothic style of architecture. The church has gone through a lot of changes in the past, but has kept its structure and beliefs intact. The church is fully functional since its birth and continues to hold services and ceremonies to keep the community well knitted. Weddings, baptisms and all other religious practices are conducted by the church. Many other casual events are hosted to bring the neighboring communities together. The exteriors of the church have an archaic feel to it, thereby reminding us of the era it belongs to. The interiors are calm, soothing and serene to the mind and soul.
If you thought yacht clubs were only for the well-heeled traveler, well, you're still right. Located within the 13,000 square foot decadent clubhouse you'll find The Catesby Dining Room, dedicated exclusively to the artist Mark Catesby whose work lines the walls and The Bluefish Dining Room which offers stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway as well as being the social "hub" of the club. The building also provides a board room for business meetings and The Chart Room which is perfect for receptions or intimate dinners. One of the best kept secrets in Hilton Head is the The Wine Cellar offering a spectacular array of wines from across the world. Outside, you can brush up on your tennis swing with one of the two resident professionals located on-site or get in some exercise in the 24-hour fitness center one of the several swimming pools. One of the most amazing features of the yacht club, however, has got to be the Windmill Harbor and its lock system. Measuring 80 feet long and 20 feet wide, this is only one of three private locked harbors on the east coast. Overall, this is Hilton Head's place for unparalleled comfort and elegance.
Thomas Heyward Jr. who lived from 1740 to 1805 and was one of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence, is buried at this historic site. The burial site is across the creek from White Hall Plantation where Heyward lived.
Honey Horn, the oldest and only surviving plantation home in Hilton Head, is a beautiful 68-acre site. Once owned by legendary Wall Street tycoon Alfred Lee Loomis, the plantation now plays host to a prime amount of Hilton Head events. So if you're in this neck of the woods, swing by Honey Horn and enjoy some good-natured frivolity.
The stately red-and-white-striped lighthouse stands tall as Hilton Head's defining landmark. Built in 1970, this 90-ft beacon shines brightly for home-bound seafarers and grants a panoramic view of the surrounding area for intrepid sightseers who brave the spiraling steps. The interior of the lighthouse greets visitors with both a museum and a charming Shoppe rife with apparel, accessories, collectibles and whatnot. Museum Admission is USD1.5, children 5 and under are free.
In addition to guided horseback riding through the 600-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve, Lawton Stables offers lessons, pony rides, summer camp and a family friendly animal farm and petting zoo. Located in Sea Pines Plantation, visitors are welcome to feed the variety of animals. Advance reservations are highly recommended as this is a very popular destination. Horse boarding and training is also available as well as camp programs. No pets are allowed. Bring a hat during June and July if riding the trail as there are some areas with no shade on sunny days. Trail rides are open to those eight years and older. There is a gift shop with horse-themed items. Call or check the website for activity rate schedules.
The Shelter Grove Community Park provides ample space for the numerous events at Hilton Head. Though lacking in playground facilities, the park is nevertheless prime real estate for good-natured family-frolicking time with the kids and the pets. Take free reign and enjoy the sunshine on this scenic island park.
Started by Dr. Georgene and Loren Mortimer, they present a unique concept in fine wines - by traveling the wine regions of the world to select the finest grapes. They then handcraft their wines in small batches at the island of yours truly, Hilton Head. Stop by this engaging landmark and enjoy complimentary wine tasting to boot. Thursday evenings are special, for they hold the weekly Wine & Cheese Happy Hour, from 4p-6p.
With a slogan like "Where miniature golf is an adventure", this place is fun for the whole family or couples. Choose from two different 18-hole courses, the Black Beard and the Capt. Kidd Challenge. Both provide lots of shade, water features, a lagoon with fish (the kids can buy food to feed them along the course), a variety of challenging hazards, funny pirate props, cannons, misty fog and decorations. Walkways are wide enough for strollers. Each hole has a sign with interesting pirate history tidbits. Get a free game if you make a hole-in-one. Specials include all day play for an extra USD5. Check website for printable discount coupons. Opens daily at 9a, closing times vary by season; so call in advance. Also, parking is on-site and has a snack bar available. - Natasha Lawrence
This waterfront district comprises different structures that were built as per the tastes and preferences of its owners. There is no such particular style that is commonly used and mixed designs are prevalent here. The island finds itself placed in the National Register of Historic Places owing to its Civil War and Gullah slaves connection.
The only enclosed mall on the island, the Mall at Shelter Cove offers visitors enough shopping options to satisfy any shopoholic. With specialty stores like Jos.A.Bank, eateries like Wholly Cow Ice Cream, and department stores such as Belk and Off 5th, this mall has something for everyone. In addition to the numerous shops, the mall also houses tourist information centers and activity kiosks connected to other establishments across the island. Be sure to check out the website for additional information about upcoming events and an assortment of activities for children.