Hilton Head, South Carolina, is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the U.S. It takes its name from Capt. William Hilton, who in 1663 officially recognized the headland outside of Port Royal Sound, and of course named the island for himself.
This beautiful island features 12 miles of lovely beaches and in 2004 was visited by over 2 million people and brought in an incredible $1.5 billion to the local economy. In addition, as you would expect from a tourist destination, there are plenty of things to do.
Especially in the autumn season, when the island comes alive with colorful leaves and refreshing chilly sea breezes. Not the time for swimming in the ocean, but there are plenty of fun events happening. Here are some highlights.
Concours d’ Elegance – October 28-November 6
The Concours d’ Elegance is just a fancy name for a good old fashioned American classic car show. However, it’s much, much more than that. Held just across the harbor in Savannah, the birthplace of Grand Prix racing. Rare classic cars, the Savannah Speed Classic race on neighboring Hutchinson Island, a vintage fashion show, classic car tours, and a whole lot of fun.
Halloween On Hilton Head
There are plenty of creepy, eerie, scary happenings on Hilton Head for the month of October. Coligny Plaza, on October 27th, is displaying a Giant Shark Slide, whatever that is, it sounds pretty scary, costume contests, and even one for pets, a hot dog eating contest, trick-or-treating for the kiddies, ghost stories told by a professional local storyteller, and a generally fun, frightening time.
Also for Halloween, at Shelter Cove Park on the 28th, there will be a huge Pumpkin Patch, hay rides, costume contest, and great food and drink.
In addition, on the 29th, celebrate the season on Broad Creek for the annual Halloween Extravaganza, with lots of family oriented fun.
Hilton Head Oyster Festival
The best oysters on the East coast. Happening on November 8th, from 5-8 PM. You can have your oysters steamed, fried or grilled. Alternatively, if you prefer, plenty of shrimp, hot dogs and chili and S’mores for the kiddies. In addition, live music, an arts and crafts show, and more. $5 to get in, and $12 a bucket for oysters. That’s a lot of oysters!
The Ronald Open
How about some winter golfing? The Ronald Open will be held on November 15th and all proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House charities. Enjoy a fabulous dinner and dancing after a full day on the links.
There’s much more happening on Hilton head for the Autumn season. Come on down and join us!