Posted on 2/25/2020

Why Hilton Head Island Is The Perfect Getaway For Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day we have something a lot more special and fun to give Mom instead of the same-old flowers or candy. Give her the gift of time spent together experiencing one of the most unique, and beautiful islands anywhere. After all, Mom deserves only the best, and Hilton Head Island is just that having been named by Travel + Leisure Magazine the best island in the continental U.S. for the fourth year in a row!

Mom is all about making everyone else in the family happy [Pssst: you ALL will be happy here on Hilton Head Island] so why not whisk her away to her new happier-than-she’s-ever-been place. A place where smiles come as easy as an ocean breeze. Where seabirds soar. Palms sway. Waves roll in. And birdies are scored. Yes, this is where mom can let her routine slip away with the tide and make lifelong memories as easily as she, dad and the kids make sandcastles.

Hilton Head Island offers mom —and the whole family— 12 miles of pristine beaches, world-class golf and tennis, endless outdoor activities, award-winning cuisine, and more all set in a natural island paradise.

Top courses for mom to golf on Hilton Head for Mother's Day

Does mom like going for the green? Well, Hilton Head has plenty of world-class courses to keep her swinging!

Atlantic Dunes in Sea Pines Resort was named the National Golf Course Owners Association’s “National Course of The Year.” It was the first course built on Hilton Head Island and is truly a one-of-a-kind golfing experience featuring a pronounced seaside ambience and Lowcountry feel.

Nestled amongst the pines and moss-covered oaks of Palmetto Hall Plantation is the Robert Cupp course. Unique. Innovative. Eminently playable. The Robert Cupp course is a stunningly original design that tests the better player, but accommodates higher handicappers as well.

Palmetto Dunes boasts 3 Championship courses. And the Robert Trent Jones track doesn’t disappoint. It’s considered to be one of the best golf courses in the Southeast, and Golf Week named it one of the, “Best Resort Golf Courses” in 2018. Famous for its open, inviting layout and spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Shipyard Golf Club is truly unique golfing experience on Hilton Head Island because its twenty-seven holes of spectacular golf in one fun, family-oriented package. Meandering through Hilton Head’s natural setting of majestic Carolina pine trees, flowering magnolias and moss-draped oaks, the Shipyard Golf Club delivers unforgettable golf for an exceptional value.

Great places to take mom for dinner on Hilton Head for Mothe's Day

Maybe mom’s more of a foodie. Hilton Head has vibrant and mouthwatering culinary scene with the freshest seafood anywhere taking center stage. 

Hudson’s Seafood on The Docks, or simply Hudson’s as all the locals call it, is an island legend when it comes to seafood and sunsets. For more than 50 years, Hudson’s has been a-one-of-a-kind Hilton Head Island experience. You’re not just dining and having drinks by the water you’re literally doing it on the dock in Skull Creek (Intracoastal Waterway). Tables, both inside and out, feature extraordinary views of Port Royal Sound, and offer one of the best spots on all the island for watching and celebrating sunsets.

Sea Pines Beach Club is an oceanfront dinning oasis. Located on the south end of Hilton Head Island directly on the beach it features Coast, a beautifully appointed restaurant and beach bar. Dine on fresh oysters, broiled Mahi Mahi tacos and other seafood fare as you watch the waves role in. There’s also the Surfside Market offering freshly made salads, sandwiches, and more. Plus, Ocean Lounge, a stunning, second floor bar where you can take in breathtaking, elevated views of the Atlantic Ocean while sipping your favorite cocktail.

Poseidon Seafood Steaks and Raw Bar overlooks Broad Creek and the Shelter Cove Community Park. Not only does it offer an unforgettable coastal dining experience, it’s located at the heart of bustling Shelter Cove Center. Two stories of wide-open, but covered outdoor dining make it the ideal spot to not only watch sunsets over Broad Creek and the marsh, but also to people watch as locals and tourist alike flock to the Center’s retail stores, concerts, and other restaurants and bars. And don’t miss out on their Rooftop Bar, it’s The place for moms to be seen, and be seen eating! 

Just across Broad Creek you’ll find a Hilton Head Island icon: Old Oyster Factory. It’s been called “Hilton Head Island's Finest Waterfront Dining” and has been a waterfront restaurant for family and children of all ages for over 25 Years! The wide water and marsh views pair perfectly with their Sunset Dining Menu favorites like Shrimp and Grits and Seafood Pot Pie. Overall you can enjoy fresh caught seafood and a wide variety of steaks and delicious desserts, while taking in what Open Table voted as one of the "Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants".

Heading down Broad Creek mom and the kids will love Fishcamp on Broad Creek. While you enjoy lunch, brunch, or dinner you'll be treated to a taste of Lowcountry living in this historic waterfront setting. Mom—and dad—can kick back, put their flip-flopped feet up, listen to local musicians and chill with one of our crafty cocktails, local beers, or a glass of wine at their outside bar. Don’t forget your best friend because their patio is pet-friendly, and they have backyard games for the kids and the kids at heart all with Broad Creek as a backdrop.

Best ways to get mom out on the water when in Hilton Head for Mother's Day

Or does mom love being out on the water? There are countless ways to head out on the water on Hilton Head Island, but here are a couple of the best. Grabbing national attention, check out Cheers Charters for a trip through local waterways. Featured in “Southern Living” and CNN, this sailing excursion is sure to be story worthy. The 45’ Morgan Sloop will sail your party through the waterways with ease, starting at Broad Creek Marina. And here’s a little local lowdown: the captain and his crew welcome you to bring your own wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres, or whatever you like to cheers with and nosh on. It’s a picnic on the water!

For another total unique sail, hop aboard Vagabond Cruises’ Stars & Stripes –yes, that’s Stars & Stripes –a historical and famous vessel, which has sailed the covers of internationally-known magazines, including “Sports Illustrated” and “Time.” Once skippered by the legendary Dennis Conner (also known as “Mr. America’s Cup”), this grand boat is sure to provide mom with a memorable experience with their 90-minute day cruise or two-hour sunset cruise in which the tides, winds and captain dictate the journey!

Plus, island mainstay, Outside Hilton Head, offers chartered and guided boat tours anywhere around Hilton Head Island all the way out to Palmetto Bluff. This Mother’s Day give mom the unforgettable gift of time well-spent together in this island paradise. And nobody can help you do that more than your all-local team at Vacation Company. Reach out today to one of our island escape specialists and they’ll help you choose from a portfolio of nearly 400 Hilton Head vacation rentals. From breathtaking oceanfront estates to well-appointed condos, at the Vacation Company we bring you only the best Hilton Head Island has to offer.

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