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Hilton Head, South Carolina, at the lighthouse



If winter is starting to weigh on you, an island getaway probably sounds ideal. Lucky for you, there’s no need to travel to the tropics to have a great trip. Hilton Head Island is under an hour away from Pooler, and there’s tons to see and do—even during the cooler months.

The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival

Seafood lovers, unite! The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is in full swing February 21 to 27. Take a culinary master class led by a farm-to-table eco-chef or a renowned sommelier. Indulge in traditional Lowcountry cuisine during the Pig Pickin’ and Oyster Roast, featuring BBQ prepared by nationally recognized pitmasters. And of course, save room for the main event—100 food and beverage vendors will set up shop at the scenic Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina on Saturday, February 26, for an afternoon of live music and all the seafood you can handle. Tickets include unlimited beverage tastings, a souvenir wine glass, a $10 food credit, cooking demos, and more.

Golf Galore

In the warmer months, it can be hard to score a tee time, despite the fact Hilton Head boasts 32 golf courses. You’ll have more luck securing a spot during the winter—and the conditions are pretty darn appealing to boot. Skip the scorching temperatures and intolerable humidity by booking a golf getaway in February or March, when temperatures hover in the mid 60s and low 70s.

The Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival

A week-long affair featuring local, national, and international wines plus perfectly paired bites, the Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival is the perfect way to escape your winter woes. Festivities kick off Sunday, March 20, with a beachside beer tasting, and events continue for several days as festival-goers enjoy music, art, shopping, and Lowcountry cuisine. This year, the featured event—The Grand Tasting—takes place Friday, March 25, at the incomparably gorgeous Country Club of Hilton Head. Tickets for all activities are available for purchase here.

Find out more about eats, drinks, events, and adventures close to home in Pooler on the Olympus Carrington blog.


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