Hilton Head Island, South Carolina | Summer 2014 Issue | RTX Traveler Magazine

We are excited to feature Hilton Head Island in the Summer 2014 issue of RTX Traveler Magazine. RTX members, contact a Travel Consultant to book your exchange to Hilton Head Island today! One of the most popular vacation destinations in the South, Hilton Head has a lot to offer anyone looking for a great vacation to the beach and so much more.

Hilton Head Island, S.C., is an idyllic setting for any summer vacation. Pristine beaches are the perfect playground for bike riding, building sandcastles or simply relaxing and playing in the surf. Share the island’s nature preserves with birds and marine life while on a hike or kayak tour. Learn about the area’s rich history through museums, guided tours, historic homes and art galleries. Shop in local boutiques and dine on low country cuisine prepared by world-class chefs and tee off on some of the best golf courses in the country.

RTX members who want to make Hilton Head Island your next exchange vacation or getaway, contact RTX today at 888-988-4RTX or log in to your account at www.rtx.travel.

We’d like thank the following local businesses and organizations for assisting us with articles and photos for this issue:

  • Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce
  • Hilton Head Guest Services & www.EnjoyHiltonHead.com
  • Coral Sands Resort
  • Zipline Hilton Head & Hilton Head Aerial Adventure
  • Heritage Golf Group
  • Water-Dog Outfitters
  • The Jazz Corner
  • The Lucky Rooster

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Momma Needy’s Smothered Fish

Momma Needy’s Smothered Fish

Gullah cooking is perhaps one of the most familiar aspects of the culture to most visitors to the low country, as it is similar to many Southern soul food dishes found throughout the area. Authentic Gullah restaurants are somewhat rare, but well worth a visit. This simple recipe for fish found local to Hilton Head calls for the most basic ingredients, yet is a perfect way to enjoy a fresh catch after a day on the beach. This recipe is courtesy of the Gullah Heritage Tour and comes from the grandmother of tour owner Irvin Campbell.

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The Jazz Corner

The Jazz Corner

Hilton Head Island may not be known for its bustling nightlife, as most residents and visitors lean toward a more relaxed pace that follows the schedule of the sun. There is one spot locals and visitors from all walks frequent for a lively evening of music, dining and dancing. Tucked away in the corner of a shopping center on the William Hilton Parkway, The Jazz Corner has been a hub of dining and entertainment since 1999, with both traveling and house musicians putting on shows seven nights a week.

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ZipLine Hilton Head | A Low Country High

ZipLine Hilton Head | A Low Country High

Hilton Head Island’s Broad Creek Marina is a hub of activity for anyone looking for a thrill. While there are plenty of water centric activities and excursions available, the fun starts on land with ZipLine Hilton Head and Aerial Adventure Hilton Head.

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Kayak Hilton Head with Water-Dog Outfitters

Kayak Hilton Head with Water-Dog Outfitters

On a Hilton Head Island vacation, there are many ways to enjoy the water. Splashing in the waves on the beach, taking a sunset cruise or climbing to the top of Harbourtown Lighthouse for the view of the ocean are all within easy reach on the island. One way that many visitors and locals love to experience the water is to get up close and paddle through the creeks and marshes in a kayak. With a guided kayak tour from Water-Dog Outfitters, visitors are rewarded with stunning scenery, wildlife in native habitats and interesting information about the history, plants and animals on the island.

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Hilton Head Island: Back to Nature

Hilton Head Island: Back to Nature

Hilton Head is known for more than 55 miles of bike- and pedestrian-friendly public paths throughout the island, and it’s certainly a treat to leave the car parked and enjoy the ocean breeze and shade from the palmetto trees while going from one vacation activity to the next.

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Hilton Head Island’s Gullah Heritage Tour

Hilton Head Island’s Gullah Heritage Tour

The Gullah Heritage Tour is owned by the Campbell family, and all tour guides are siblings who are descendants of former Gullah slaves that have been in Hilton Head since immediately after the Civil War. The Campbells have been giving Gullah tours for 18 years, and the information they provide goes far deeper than anything that can be read about in a history book or brochure.

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Coastal Discovery Museum

Coastal Discovery Museum

For a rare look at life on Hilton Head Island before developers of hotels, gated communities and golf courses, the Coastal Discovery Museum located on the historic Honey Horn land is a perfect introduction to many aspects of the island. From its history and many changes over the years to the plants and wildlife that thrive on the island and the artists who depict both aspects, this is an informative and interactive way to experience Hilton Head Island.

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Heritage Golf Group: The Courses

Heritage Golf Group: The Courses

Championship golf courses surrounded by natural beauty on land saturated with history make teeing off on Hilton Head an unforgettable experience. These courses are all a part of the Heritage Golf Group on Hilton Head Island. RTX members who stay at Coral Sands Resort can get discounts at these courses.

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Hilton Head Island’s Heritage Golf Group

Hilton Head Island’s Heritage Golf Group

While there are many different things to see and do on Hilton Head Island, it’s no secret that golf is one of the major draws of the area. With 24 championship golf courses open to the public over less than 60 square miles, there’s no question that the sport is ingrained in the lives of those who live, work and visit the island. Golfers who stay at Coral Sands Resort with RTX have access to courses that are part of the Heritage Golf Group. The Heritage Golf Group offers seven courses on Hilton Head Island, with a great variety of scenery and play for all ages and skill levels from novice to professional.

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Hilton Head Dining

Hilton Head Dining

With more than 300 restaurants on the island, the options are bountiful when it comes to choosing your next meal. Fresh seafood, traditional Southern comfort food, casual waterfront dining and upscale indulgences all can be found in this foodie haven. Here are a few of our picks.

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Lucky Rooster Hilton Head: The Best New Kid in Town

Lucky Rooster Hilton Head: The Best New Kid in Town

The Southern soul food at the heart of the menu at Lucky Rooster is elevated with high quality ingredients in combinations that will make your taste buds sing. Chef-owner Clayton Rollison is a native of Hilton Head Island who was trained at the Culinary Institute of America and has put in time at fine restaurants throughout the country. With Lucky Rooster’s opening in December 2013, Rollison brings something new and welcome to Hilton Head.

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Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is famous for golf, but is beloved by locals and regular visitors for so many more reasons. The 12-mile long by 5-mile wide island was the first eco-planned destination in the country. This means that there are virtually no bright street lights on the island and unlike most beach destinations, the storefronts, restaurants and other buildings are designed to blend in with the natural scenery rather than to stand out. There are no towering billboards or garish neon signs here.

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