Beacon Insurance Group Expands Coastal Homeowner’s Insurance Offerings

The coastal insurance marketplace for consumers just improved in South Carolina.  Beacon Insurance Group recently finalized contracting with three additional carriers who will be offering choices for South Carolina homeowners insurance.

The new homeowners insurance companies are all rated A or better by either A.M. Best or Demotech rating agencies.  The insurance and financial marketplace, along with decreasing reinsurance costs have allowed companies to expand into coastal homeowners insurance writings in South Carolina areas such as Hilton Head Island, Charleston, and Myrtle Beach.  This most recent influx in companies and capacity should put pressure for more competitive rates.  Homeowners will still find that newer, better constructed homes and higher credit scores will obtain them the best possible rates.

Not every coastal homeowners insurance carrier targets the same types of homes or distance from coastal waters. A thorough review of each homeowner’s situation needs to performed and evaluated. When choosing a carrier, a homeowner should consider the claim paying ability of the insurance carrier. Not all insurance carriers have the manpower or capacity to offer swift claims responses in a catastrophic situation.  During testimony before a Senate hearing on Superstorm Sandy, it was claimed the lack of available catastrophic adjusters was an issue in delaying the payment of claims.

Most of the newer companies just began writing business in August 2014.  “We have been comparing rates on the new companies with existing companies we represent and we are quite pleased with the competitive options they provide our clients and prospects”, stated Ken Groff, partner at Beacon Insurance Group.

About Beacon Insurance Group:

Beacon Insurance Group is an independent insurance broker located in Bluffton, South Carolina. Beacon is a compilation of experienced insurance professionals who develop innovative solutions for South Carolina Insurance and risk management needs. The South Carolina agency utilizes both innovative and alternative risk methods in strategic planning for their clients. Beacon Insurance Group works hard to understand needs and problems which assist them in providing solutions that are designed specifically for their clients. Beacon’s forward looking approach helps protect their clients from seen and unseen risk factors.

Beacon Insurance Group – the right people can make a difference in your insurance program.

 

Beacon Insurance Group Expands Coastal Homeowner’s Insurance Offerings

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Top 10 Events to Attend in June

Summer has officially arrived! While heading to the beach and bike trails is an obvious activity for this time of year, here is a list of some fun events to attend this June all around the Lowcountry!

1. Tuesday, June 3-August 2: Jukebox the Musical, Savannah
Take a short road trip to Savannah to see the #1 downtown entertainment show of the year! Beginning at 8:00pm, music from the 1940’s-1980’s are presented in this fast moving production filled with awesome costumes and comedic skits. Don’t miss it! For more information, visit here.

2. Friday, June 6: The Swingin’ Medallions in Concert, Ridgeland
This energetic group will be performing for the 6th year at the Jasper County Farmer’s Market at 8pm. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information about the event, please visit here.

3. Friday, June 6-Saturday, June 7: 3rd Annual High On The Hog BBQ Festival, Beaufort
Brought to you by Habitat for Humanity, the festivities will begin Friday at 6pm-10pm and continue Saturday from 12noon-4pm. Deez Guys will perform on Saturday and there will be unlimited samples of competitive cooking. There will be plenty to do for the whole family. Please visit here for more information.

4. Friday, June 13: Relay for Life, Hilton Head
Beginning at 7pm at Honey Horn, this family event gives recognition to those who are battling cancer, have beat cancer, and those who have succumbed. To participate with a team, become a sponsor or make a donation, please contact Heather Lanning at the American Cancer Society at 757-7450.

5. Friday, June 13: Bluffton Sunset Party Blues & Brews on the Bluff, Bluffton
This is a kid and pet friendly event. Two local bands will be performing, there will be a craft beer garden and up to 8 local restaurants present. A portion of proceeds will benefit Palmetto Animal League. The event will take place at the Oyster Factory Park on the May River in Bluffton from 5pm-9pm. For more information, visit here.

6. Saturday, June 14-Sunday, June 1515: Bottles and Barrels-A Southern Living Inspired Event, Beaufort
Southern Living Magazine, Habersham Marketplace and Plum Productions is hosting the first annual Bottles & Barrels event that includes a tasting of wines and craft beers as well as a cooking competition. Tasting tickets are $40/person. For more information please visit here.

7. Saturday, June 14: The Parris Island Marine Band Summer Concert, Beaufort
The Parris Island Marine Band will perform their summer concert hosted by the University of South Carolina, Beaufort at 7:30pm. The concert will take place at the Beaufort Center for the Arts on Carteret St. The concert is free of charge but tickets are required. To pick up tickets, visit the Parris Island Band Building 6005 or at the Beaufort Center for the Arts ticket office. For more information, please call 843-228-4967.

8. Tues, June17-Sun July 27: Pump Boys and Dinettes, Hilton Head Island
Come to the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and watch a musical tribute to life by the roadside. The show includes a combination of comedy and music. For more information on the show and tickets, please visit here.

9. Saturday, June 21: Beach Bum Triathlon #1, Hilton Head Island
The race includes a 0.25 mile ocean swim, 6 mile beach bike and a 3 mile beach run. A pre-race meeting will begin at 7:30 which will include instructions on the race. For more information, please visit here.

10. Saturday, June 28: TD Bank Hilton Head Island Kids Triathlon #1, Hilton Head Island
Located at the Island Recreation Center, the triathlon is for ages 4-14. The children will be broken up into 3 age groups: 4-6 will be swimming 25 yards, biking 0.5 miles and running 0.33 miles. Ages 7-10 will swim 75 yards, bike 2 miles and run 1 mile and ages 11-14 will swim 125 yards, bike 3 miles and run 1.5 miles. For more information, please visit here.

 

Happy June Ya’ll!!

Bowling for the Brave at Station 300

To help support our Lowcountry heroes, Station 300 has a goal to raise $15,000 for two local foundations: Honor our Heroes Foundation and Healing Heroes of the Lowcountry.
Station 300 did a great job organizing ways to support our local heroes. For every game bowled during the entire month of May, $1 will be donated. They also have themed drinks so that when you purchase one, $1 will also be donated.

On Saturday, May 31, Station 300 has a full day planned.

• 10am-7pm: Battle of the Branches: Bowl for your favorite military branch of service!
• 6 pm: Hilton Head Shore Notes performance
• 8pm: Check presentation to foundations and prizes awarded
• 8:30-11:30pm Music by Vinyl on Fire

The staff at Beacon Insurance group couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make a contribution, and have a little fun doing it! The Beacon team headed to Station 300 this past Wednesday for a delicious lunch at Zeppelins Bar & Grill and then laced up to roll some strikes for our heroes! We were honored to meet with Gary Trimm, one of the owners at Station 300, and present him with a check as Beacon’s contribution to our local Hereos.

We couldn’t have had more fun celebrating the men and woman who sacrifice all they’ve got for us! Thank you to ALL of our heroes!

B8

Picture: Brian and Ken presenting Gary Trimm with Beacon’s contribution

 

 

 

 

Top 10 Events to Attend in May

May is definitely one of the most beautiful months in the Lowcountry. The temperature is rising and people are coming out to enjoy the beautiful weather. If you are looking for things to do here in Bluffton, Hilton Head or even Beaufort, look no further! We’ve got our Top 10 Events to Attend in May right here:

1. Friday, May 2 & Saturday, May 3: The 15th Annual Taste of Beaufort

The 15th Annual Taste of Beaufort will be held at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort, SC. Join in for Music, Arts, and Seafood Festival. Arts and Crafts as well as Fresh Markets which open at Noon on Friday followed by the festival at 6pm. There will be live music performed by the Carolina Soul Band. Local restaurants will also be selling seafood as well as many other types of cuisines. Beer, wine and soft drinks will also be available and the festival ends at 10pm. On Saturday, the 5K Bridge Run/Walk will start the day at 8am followed by the Kid’s Fun Run ages 7 and under beginning at 8:45am. The festival will begin at 11am with entertainment, food and drinks. Don’t miss this fun event!

2. Saturday, May 3: 2nd Annual Hilton Head Island Community Beach Bike Ride

Did you know that May is National Bike Month? Come to Coligny Beach Park at 10am and ride the beaches for a 6 mile round trip. For more information, please contact Marcy at marcyb@hiltonheadislandsc.gov or visit http://www.hiltonheadisland.org/event-calendar/details/_2nd-annual-hilton-head-island-community-beach-bike-ride/

3. Sunday, May 4: The Hilton Head Humane Association Annual Dog Walk on the Beach

The 17th Annual Dog Walk on the Beach starts at 8:30am and will be held at Coligny Beach. Join other canine lovers along with your favorite canine companion. There will be live entertainment, food, dancing, giveaways, and the event will have DJ Alan Palchak as MC and entertainer. For more information, please call 843-681-8686 or visit www.hhhumane.org.

4. Sunday, May 4: 10th Annual Yacht Hop

This fundraiser benefits patient care programs at Hospice Care of the Lowcountry and will be held at the Harbour Town Yacht Basin in Hilton Head Island, SC. There will be live entertainment by the Headliners as well as silent and live auctions. Step aboard several beautiful yachts and enjoy delicious hor d’oeuvres prepared by the areas local chef’s. The day will close with dessert and a champagne toast. For more information and to buy your tickets, please call 843-706-2296 or visit hospicecarelc.org.

5. Saturday, May 10: The 36th Annual Bluffton Village Festival “Mayfest”

This event will take place in downtown Bluffton from 10am-5pm. Coordinated by the Rotary Club of Bluffton, the festival will be all things southern and is know for it unique art and crafts, music, and southern cuisine. Don’t miss the 26th annual Ugly Dog Contest or the second annyual Pie Eating contest that takes place during the day. Get out of the house and meet your Bluffton neighbors, this event is surely a hometown favorite! http://www.blufftonvillagefestival.com

6. Friday, May 16: Beach Bum Parade

Starting at 6:30pm, parade floats will have tons of different water-throwing devices. Spectators will line up along Butler Avenue on Tybee Island also with water guns, buckets of water and more. It’s a water-filled battle! Don’t miss it! For more information, visit http://visittybee.com/events/?event_id=59.

7. Monday, May 19: USCB Golf Tournament Fundraiser

The May River Golf Club at palmetto Bluff is holding USCB’s annual Golf Tournament starting at 10:30. Come support USCB while enjoying a fun day of golfing, eating, and drinking. For more information and admission details please visit http://www.uscbathletics.com/splash.aspx?id=splash_8.

8. Friday, May 16: Bluffton Sunset Party Pizzapalooza

Come to the Bluffton Oyster Factory Park from 5pm-9pm with your favorite furry friend! This is a kid and pet friendly Sunset Party with live music, craft beer, and food and activities for all. The events benefits Palmetto Animal League, a No Kill Animal Rescue and Adoption organization. For more information, please visit http://www.bearfootsports.com/blufftonsunset.htm.

9. Saturday, May 24-Sunday, May 25: 6th Annual Hilton Head Island Art Festival

For all you art lovers, join over 150 local and national artists at the Shelter Cove Harbour Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm. There will be works or art including mixed media, paintings, glass, jewelry and pottery. All ages are welcome. For more information, please visit www.ArtFestival.com.

10, Saturday, May 31: BBQ & Bluegrass

The Heyward House Historic Center in Bluffton hosts BBQ and Bluegrass from 3pm-6pm. The Lowcountry Boil Band will also be performing! For more information, please visit http://heywardhouse.org/events/.

Meet Our Newest Staff Member: Caitlin Loden!

Meet Caitlin Loden, the newest addition to the team here at Beacon Insurance Group!

Caitlin Loden Beacon Insurance Group

Caitlin’s first day on the job was on St. Patrick’s day, lucky us! We are so excited and happy to have her here manning the reception area as our new Administrative Assistant and Receptionist. Here are 10 things to know about Caitlin:

1.) She has lived in Bluffton/Hilton Head for only four weeks!

2.) She is originally from Gainesville, GA (about an hour north of Atlanta) and moved to the area because she loves the weather and was ready for an adventure.

3.) Caitlin’s favorite thing about living in the south is the sweet tea and the warm weather!

4.) Her three favorite things in the world are her dogs, her Nana, and any time she gets to spend with her best friends!

5.) Caitlin wouldn’t survive a workday without her pink post-it notes. They’re everywhere!

6.) Unique characteristic – She love DIY crafts and she is always making something new. A few of her favorites are soap, candles, and decorations.

7.) Caitlin said her favorite thing about Beacon is “everyone is so friendly and Ken brings his puppy Chuck to the office!”

8.) She is known for her obsession with her dogs – she has three!

9.) You might not know that she has a younger brother that is frequently mistaken for her twin!

10.) Caitlin said her greatest personal achievement is graduating college in three years.

Welcome to the insurance world, Caitlin!

Top 10 Events to Attend in February

1. Junior Heritage Golf Tournament-Saturday, February 1-Hilton Head

Get geared up for Heritage a little early and attend the Junior Heritage Golf Tournament which features some of the country’s finest junior golfers. The event will take place at The Sea Pines Resort: Heron Point, February 2nd, and Harbour Town Golf Links on February 3rd. Previous champions includes Brittany Lang, Sean O’Hair, Charles Howell, Paula Creamer, Alexis Thompson and Kyle Stanley. For more information and details, visit https://www.seapines.com/events/ or call 843.842.8484.

2. A Taste of Gullah -Saturday, February 1-Hilton Head

Experience some Gullah Culture at the Taste of Gullah event located at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Lowcountry specialties will be available including BBQ ribs, shrimp and grits, conch stew, okra gumbo and rice and beans. There will also be gospel music, crafts, storytelling and more. This is a free event sponsored by Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance. For more information, please call 843.686.3945.

 3. Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra February 1, 9, 10, 23,24-Hilton Head

February 1, the HHSO Youth Concerto Competition Instrumentalists will be performing at St. Luke’s Church on Hilton Head Island. These Instrumentalists are 18 years old or younger and come from throughout the Southeast. They will be competing for cash prizes. For more information, call 843.842.2055 or visit http://www.hhso.org/ 

On February 9 & 10, Conductor John Morris Russell, the 2013 Hilton Head International Piano Competition winner Leonardo Colafelice, and the progenitors of German Romanticism will perform symphonies by Brahms. Weber Oberon: Overture Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 Brahms Symphony No.2.  This performance will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island. Call 843.842.2055 for more information or visit http://www.hhso.org/.

On February 23 & 24, Pat Conroy POPS! And Conductor John Morris Russell tribute to the works of Pat Conroy the silver screen. Musical scores will be performed including The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, Conrack, the Prince of Tides and more. This event will take place at the First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island from 4-6. For more information please call 843.842.2055 or visit http://www.hhso.org/

 4. Hilton Head Marathon/Half Marathon and 5K-Saturday, February 8

Even if you’re not a runner, come support the participants of the race! If you do participate, you can choose to participate in the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, or 5k walk/run. The race will begin at 8:00am at Jarvis Creek Park and will benefit several Hilton Head Island Charities. There will also be a post race party featuring a craft beer garden, refreshments, live music, food, door prizes, a children’s fun run as well as an event award ceremony. For more details, please visit http://www.bearfootsports.com/Hilton_Head_Half_marathon.htm

5. Hilton Head Bridal Show-Sunday, February 9

Future brides and grooms can be introduced to experts that will help make their wedding absolutely amazing. There will be live music and seminars including “Understanding Your Timeline,” and “Grooms Only.” There will also be drawings and a chance to have your wedding captured in two pages in an upcoming issue of Hilton Head Monthly. The event will take place at the Westin Resort and Spa and is being put on by Hilton Head Monthly. For more information, please call 843.842.6988 ext. 235.

 6. 2014 Beaufort International Film Festival, February 12-16- Beaufort

If you’re into movies, this is a great way to spend a few days. The festival will open with a reception which will feature 28 independent films as well as 6 screenplays. These will be chosen from a world-wide selection of entries. The screenings will be shown at the University of SC, Beaufort, Center for the Arts. Films will run from Wednesday through Saturday followed by a rewards ceremony. Purchase your tickets at the Visitor Center in the Historic Arsenal at 713 Craven Street.

 7. Social Shag Dance Night-Friday, February 14

Take your special someone to Riptides to dance South Carolinas State dance, Shag! Hilton Head Islands Carolina Shag Club hosts this social event once a week. What a great way to spend Valentine’s day with your special someone!

 8. The Salty Dog Oyster Roast- Saturday, February 22

Come to south beach and visit the Salty Dog for their Grand re-opening Oyster Roast. The event starts at 4:00 and will have oysters and other delicious food choices, live music, and entertainment for kids. The event will end whenever they run out of oysters!

 9. Hilton Head Island Golf and Tennis Festival, February 27-March 2

Besides the beaches, come celebrate what Hilton Head is known for-Golf and Tennis! At various locations throughout the island, this event presented by the Westin Hilton Head Resort & Spa will include many fun events. Events include the Fashion Show Luncheon and Silent Auction at Palmetto Hall, the Hilton Head Cup Pro-Am Tournament located at the Sea Pines Resort, Harbour Town Golf Links and Heron Point Courses, as well as a series of free golf and tennis clinics. For more information, visit www.hhigolfandtennisfestival.com or call 843.686.3355.

 10. 14th Annual Savannah Low Country Home & Garden Show-Friday, February 28

Held at Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, the Home and Garden Show will highlight gardening seminars by the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. There will be booths set up featuring the latest trends in kitchen, bath, spas, pools, hardscapes and interior decorations. There will also be complimentary wine and food tastings, shopping, and a Kid Zone. For more information, visit http://www.savannahhomeandgardenshow.com/

Featured Partner: The Bark Shack

Need a trustworthy place to take care of your best furry friend while you head out of town for a couple of days or maybe a couple of weeks? The Bark Shack is the perfect place to take your pet and keep your mind at ease.

Not only does the Bark Shack take care of your dogs and cats, but also other pets including bunnies, hamsters, birds and more!

The Bark Shack also offers pick-up and delivery service in Bluffton and Hilton Head for dog and cat grooming and doggy daycare. Doggy Daycare is a great way to keep you pet happy while you are away at work. The Bark Shack can even pick up and deliver your pet so you don’t have to do a thing!

If you decide to board your pet, many fun options are available while you are away. You can have pictures of your pet texted or emailed to you, your pet can have a daily teeth brushing, or given some yummy frozen treats or bones.

The facility offers 20 indoor/outdoor kennels as well as 20 fully interior kennels if your pet is a little older, scared of all the other animals, or just a little guy. There are also 6 outside yards with plans to increase to 14 which gives your pet plenty of time to get some fresh air. Depending on your pet’s needs, the Bark Shack will do whatever they need to make sure your pet has a fun and comfortable stay.

The staff members at Bark Shack are the best of the best! With over 50 years of combined experience, they have a lot of fun but are very serious about the pets they take care of. They are certainly doing what they love!

Next time you leave town, want to give your pet something to do during the day, or primp him or her, the Bark Shack is the perfect place to bring your furry friend!

Tips for Filing a South Carolina Insurance Claim – Be Prepared!

We’ve heard the sentence many times, “I think I have an insurance claim, what do I do?” It is a situation of panic, and we understand that. Here are some tips to ease your mind and help you prepare for that unfortunate time when a claim needs to be filed:

  1. Let company know as soon as possible that you have damage. Be upfront with all information pertaining to the loss.
  2. Let the company know the extent of the damage, let them know if it is completely destroyed or just a little damaged. If you have to find a place to stay, they will need to know that.
  3. Document your loss and make a list of damaged property – be as detailed as possible. Something may not seem important to you, but could be the key piece in getting a payout for your claim.
  4. Take photographs – it is the easiest way to document.
  5. Take out your home inventory list. Many people will run into a wall here since they haven’t completed their inventory list. Is this you? Try using this website: www.knowyourstuff.org
  6. Keep receipts for additional living expenses. Is your kitchen damaged and need to go out to eat? Keep the receipt. Need to purchase something to control the damage? Keep the receipt. Get the hint? Keep your receipts!
  7. Make inexpensive temporary repairs, but stay safe. If your home was struck by lightening from a thunderstorm and it put a hole in your roof (true story) get a tarp to make sure there isn’t more damage to the area from the rain. Even the smallest attempt at controlling damage is appreciated.
  8. Get organized, keep great records of receipts and contact info for every person you have talked to. If you had someone come out and look at the damage before making a claim, document it and maybe get a firm signed document of a quote or what they told you. You will also want to have every contact person document just incase something is wrong or if you become a product of the last tip:
  9. Don’t be a victim of a scam! These days, people are searching for more ways to make money. Do yourself a favor and research contractors and companies before you use them.

Whether you are in Bluffton, Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach or Charleston, it is important that you know the way your specific South Carolina Home Insurance carrier would like for you to do in the event of a claim. All carriers have a claim phone number and many times you can call your agent and they can help you out. In the event of a hurricane or major storm, your agent may not be available, so knowing your carrier’s claim hotline is incredibly important.

Top Ten Things to do in January

Now that the weather has officially cooled down (most days), what is there to do in the Lowcountry area? I’ve found some great events to attend, and things to do on your own time while that bikini stays away for just a few more months!

Wanting to attend something already scheduled? Here is a list of fun events to attend during the month of January.

1. Tuesday, January 7th- Exploring Pinckney Island

Whether you go on your own time or decide to take a scheduled tour, Pinckney Island is a beautiful place to visit and appreciate. To learn more about the island, attend this tour by starting off with a  brief historical and natural history overview. That will be followed by a walking tour which includes the salt marsh as well as maritime forest. You may come across alligators, birds, perhaps some deer and much more. The tour is from 9:00-AM-11:00AM and is run by the coastal discovery museum. Be sure to make a reservation at 843-689-6767 or online at www.coastaldiscovery.org.

2. Saturday, January 18- 3rd Annual Resolution Run/Walk 5k

What better way to start the New Year than to stay active? This race begins at 10AM and is located on the beautiful Dataw Island. This walk/run benefits the LowCountry Habitat for Humanity. The registration fee is $25. To register, visit www.lowcountryhabitat.org or call (843) 522-3500.

3. Saturday, January 25- 1st Annual Chowder Challenge and Silent Auction

Who doesn’t love a good chowder this time of the year? Stop by Reiley’s Plaza on Greenwood drive to taste some delicious chowders from 10 locally owned and operated restaurants on Hilton Head Island. There will be live music, a silent Auction and a Kids Zone. Bring the whole family to this fun event from 12:00PM to 4:00PM!

4. Saturday, January 25th- Bluffton Rotary Annual Oyster Roast

After you have attended the Chowder Challenge, make the short drive to Bluffton for some oysters! The event will take place at Bluffton Oyster Factory from 5:00PM-8:00PM. Help support Bluffton Rotary’s efforts in the community as well as around the world. Live music will be performed by Lowcountry Boil and admission is $25 for advance tickets and $30 the day of the event.

5. Saturday, January 25-February 1-Chamber Restaurant Week

Don’t miss this awesome deal! A selection of local restaurants will be offering a special menu for a special price during this time. The options are endless! Visit here http://www.hiltonheadisland.org/restaurantweek/ for a full list of restaurants and menus. Check daily because new places might be added!

6. Any Saturday! – Palmetto Running Company’s free Running Club

Every Saturday at 8:00AM, Palmetto Running Company welcomes runners and walkers of all abilities for long group walks and runs in Beaufort and Bluffton. They meet at their stores in both locations. What a great way to get outdoors and get in shape!

 

While there are plenty of planned events to attend, if you don’t want to be on a time schedule, here are some fun things to do on your own time.

7. Visit Hunting Island

What a neat place! Visit the many trails whether you like to bike, ride horses, hike, or just enjoy nature. If you like to fish, rent a boat, fish on the pier, and enjoy freshwater as well as saltwater fish. You can also do some boating. Bring your own boat, rent a pedal boat, canoe, or kayak. There is also a lot of history on Hunting Island. Attend a guided tour if you want to learn a little more, or just wonder around on your own. Learn about Native Americans, the Revolutionary War, and Civil War. You can also visit the Museum, zoo, farm, and nature center. Hunting Island also welcome campers if you’re wanting to stay a little longer than a day! Visit their website to learn more here.

8. Take your Dogs to the Beach

There are plenty of beaches to let your best furry friend run free until Memorial Day. Meet other dog lovers and have fun! I can’t think of a better place to take a man’s best friend.

9. Head to Savannah

Do some shopping, people watch, and just enjoy the day. There are plenty of restaurants and shops to stay busy for hours! Stroll along River Street and browse antique shops, stop in at a pub, or watch the ships sail by. You can also head to the Historic District and peruse the cobblestone streets, enjoy the outdoor cafes and gourmet restaurants, view museums, mansions, monuments, forts and churches. So much to do in just one day!

10. Head to Beaufort

There is plenty to see in the beautiful town of Beaufort. Head to the waterfront and enjoy the scenery, visit the “Big Chill” house, walk to the point and look at the old homes, head to a drive in movie, or do some shopping. It’s a great place to go to get away.

Hoping these events and ways to spend your January provide some fun for you, your friends and family! Happy January everyone!

-Morgan

Great Places to Shop Local for the Best Christmas Gift!

The Hilton Head and Bluffton areas are full of neat and local shops that carry the perfect Christmas gifts for men, women, children and that weird cousin you are forced to keep in touch with. Here are some great local brands to look for and shops to scour for the perfect Christmas gift.

For any woman in your life, I would highly suggest shopping anywhere that carries Spartina 499! What woman doesn’t like a new handbag, wallet, or some fashionable jewelry? Spartina has everything a woman could ever wish for! The inspiration for Spartina 449 began at a seaside cottage on Daufuskie Island. What a great local product! In fact, a portion of proceeds are contributed to the Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation which is a non-profit organization created to preserve and protect the islands invaluable historical and cultural heritage. Visit their website here to see what they have! And if you are perusing the Island and Bluffton area, here are some great local shops that carry Spartina 449: Fresh Produce (Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head), GiGi’s (Old Town Bluffton), Lettrs (Main Street, Hilton Head), Currents (Harbour Town, Hilton Head), Island Girl (Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head)

For the Golfer: Gift Certificate to golf at one of the areas great courses! I couldn’t begin to name them all – and I’m sure you know the local favorites!

For the Kids: Skip the crazy toy stores this holiday season and check out the Story Book Shoppe in Old Town Bluffton! Not only do they have an array of children’s books, they also have hand crafted toys!

For the Artist: Stop into the Pink House in Main Street to see their fine art selections; Also check out Old Towne Bluffton for the local artwork displays.

For that crazy aunt that is off of her rocker: grab a wacky and fun gift with a creative flare at ArtWare in Main Street! Bring on the funk! There are also many cute little gift boutiques in Main Street as well as the Wexford Shopping Center you are bound to find something!

Need something to be personalized? try Lettrs. Lettrs carries personalized gifts that are sure to make even the most unappreciative person appreciate!

For the outdoorsy person:  Visit Outside Hilton Head ! They’ve got the best of the best outdoor gear and sportswear as well as recreational Kayaks, Stand-Up Paddleboards and fashionable and practical shoes. You could also send someone on a Kayak Tour, Paddleboard adventure and much more. For all outdoor needs check out Outside Hilton Head.

For the Fisherman (or woman!): Gift Certificate to a fishing charter! Try one of these: Bonnie Rae Charters, Bulldog Charters, Flat Spot Charters, Off the Hook Charters, Pole Cat Charters, Top Shot Charters, Stray Cat Charters, or Miles Offshore

For the sports fanatic: There’s always at LEAST one in every family! Visit Palmetto Moon for the best South Carolina and Clemson sports gear. For mementos you may not be able to find anywhere else for your sports lover, head to Legends Sports Gallery in Main Street. They’ve got what you’re looking for!

Still not sure what to get someone? Gift Cards to restaurants are a great go-to! Try a local restaurant like Captain Woody’s, Mellow Mushroom, Fat Baby’s Pizza, Stellinis, Kingfisher, Hudson’s Seafood, Street Meet, R Bar, HogsHead Kitchen and Wine bar, or Mulberry Street Trattoria.

I know the holidays can be stressful, but visit these local shops and you’ll be sure to find something for everyone on your nice list! For a full list of stores in the Hilton Head/Bluffton area, click here or here.

Happy Shopping!

-Morgan