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16 Sep 2021
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Planning, shopping, cooking, and keeping the peace is enough to turn anyone's holiday joy into jitters. If this feeling sounds familiar, Beach Properties is here to lighten your load. Relax and have some fun this year because you deserve it!

Our beautiful homes offer everything you need, from large, spacious kitchens for cooking, ample space for the whole family and breathtaking views for relaxation. Ready to find out how to plan the perfect Thanksgiving by the beach? Read on to learn how to prepare for a stress-free Hilton Head Thanksgiving this year!

Plan Your Holiday Vacation

Your Guide to the Best Hilton Head Thanksgiving

Part 1: Choose a Unique Pre-Thanksgiving Activity

The excitement of your holiday vacation will undoubtedly have you waking up early! And our island community offers incredible activities to put your energy to good use. Tell us, which type of traveler are you? Whether you're a history buff, wildlife enthusiast, or adventurer, we have a particular recommendation for all our readers.

View our Things-to-Do page for more pre-Thanksgiving activity inspiration.

  • For the Historian: Discover Hilton Head's powerful Gullah history at the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head. Gullah customs, language, art, and stories are only the beginning of what you'll find.
  • For the Wildlife Enthusiast: Explore the vibrant and diverse ecosystems of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Great blue herons and snow-shoed egrets are two frequently seen residential birds.
  • For the Golfer: Enjoy championship golf with special savings and discounts when you use your Beach Properties Advantage Discount Program.
  • For the Day-tripper: Hit the open road for downtown Savannah, Georgia. It's a lovely road trip that is only 45 minutes away from the island. Want something a little closer to home? Bluffton, SC is about 20 minutes from anywhere on the island and has enough to keep your family occupied all day long.
  • For the Kiddos: Take an unforgettable horseback riding tour at Lawton Stables & Petting Zoo. Or, take the kids on tour to see the dolphins with one of several charter companies on the island.

Part 2: Choose a Chef-Inspired Kitchen or Celebratory Outing

A Chef-Inspired Kitchen

If holiday cooking is your passion, then a spacious, updated kitchen is a must. Our Hilton Head vacation homes are just the place to find a luxury kitchen worthy of a master chef. Here's just a glimpse of what our vacation homes have in store! If you see one that inspires you, hurry! It would be best if you didn't miss out on Thanksgiving availability.

If you want to eat in but would rather have someone else cook for you, we can help with that! Through Island Services, you can find a private chef to cater a Thanksgiving meal or a restaurant like Kenny B's that provides home delivery or takeout. 

Dining out with Family & Friends

Hilton Head Island is home to hundreds of restaurants, so there's never a shortage of places to eat! We also offer exclusive savings at preferred guest restaurants through our Advantage Card Program. You'll find a little bit of everything on our select restaurant list, including barbeque, seafood, quick bites, and Southern delights. With that said, here are some of the island's most popular places for Thanksgiving Day meals.

While subject to change, these restaurants provide Thanksgiving service year in and out at various price points. From Frankie's $38 per person menu to One Hot Mama's American Grill family feast for $140, you are sure to find an option the whole family can get behind. Make sure to make your plans for dinner before Thursday, as your preferred choice might experience high demand.


Part 3: Get Moving with Post-Turkey Outdoor Activities

We can guarantee that you or someone else will eat more than initially planned. In that event, there's no reason to sit on the couch feeling miserable! Here are a few ways to get moving after dinner. After all, the weather in November is gorgeous!

  • Enjoy an evening walk on the beach. Use our beach guide to find the closest beach access to you.
  • Explore miles of biking trails throughout the island. Use our bike trail guide to plan your trip. You'll even find information on having bike rentals delivered to your home for free.
  • Take an evening swim! All of our homes and villas feature either a private pool or access to one within the neighborhood community.
  • Enjoy a round of free tennis (available in select vacation homes and villas).
  • Ride horseback on Daufuskie Island beach or one of the several trails on Hilton Head Island.

Part 4: Black Friday Shopping

If Black Friday shopping is a part of your Thanksgiving tradition, you will feel right at home on Hilton Head Island! Hilton Head Tanger Outlets, Shelter Cove Towne Centre, and Coligny Plaza Shopping Center are a few of our island's go-to places. You can also find a complete list of Black Friday shopping recommendations in our free mobile-friendly Hilton Head Vacation Guide.

Shopping on the island is equal parts awe-inspiring and thrilling. Visiting iconic locations such as Harbour Towne enhances your experience beyond the typical trip to the strip mall. Make sure to leave early if you plan on going to the Tangier Outlets or Coligny Plaza as they attract tourists, locals, and others from the Lowcountry. 

An Oceanfront Home Is the Finishing Touch

We hope you found some relief from your holiday jitters! There's only one thing left to do now, and that's booking your Hilton Head Thanksgiving home. Each of our luxury rentals features a variety of comforting amenities, like private pools, soft terry beach towels, high-speed Wi-fi, luxury linens, and more. If you are ready to save the date, check our Thanksgiving availability today. Happy Thanksgiving from Beach Properties of Hilton Head!

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