Lights Out Please for Hilton Head Sea Turtles

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Meet Amber Kuehn, Hilton Head Island’s awesome Sea Turtle Protection Manager.  Amber monitors the sea turtle nest along the Island’s 14 miles of beach for these federally threatened species.  Starting May 1 and ending October 31, Amber is busy making sure these nests, the baby sea turtles and their moms are safe and protected.  One of the biggest ways visitors and oceanfront owners can help is to turn off the lights on the oceanfront from 10 pm – 6 am. Read the rest of this entry

Stuff to do after the Stuffing on Hilton Head

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They’re baaaaaaack!  – The 75,000 lights that illuminate the Shelter Cove Town Centre will run nightly from 6-10 p.m. through Jan. 2.

Sea Pines Stables

Thanksgiving Wagon Ride – Enjoy a festive wagon ride as we marvel at the fall colors, as well as abundant plant and wildlife in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Cookies and refreshments will be provided before the tour. Reservations required; contact (843) 842-1979. $15/adult, $12/child (ages 12 & younger)

  • Thursday, November 26; 10am & 11:15am
  • Friday, November 27; 3pm & 4:15pm
  • Saturday, November 28; 10am & 11:15am

Forest Preserve












13th Annual Fishing Tournament  Friday, November 27; 10am-12pm  – Join us in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve to fish for bass, bream and catfish at Fish Island. Try to win a prize in one of our tournament categories, and roast hot dogs and marshmallows around a fire. Reservations required; contact (843) 842-1979. $15/person including fishing pole, or $10/person without fishing pole

Harbourtown Oak












Gregg Russell Thanksgiving Concert  Friday, November 27; 7:30-9pm – Join us under the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town for a very special Gregg Russell Thanksgiving concert for the entire family, as well as the official lighting of the Harbour Town Christmas tree. Complimentary.

Heritage Farm - Sea Pines











Caramel Apple Festival  Saturday, November 28; 1-3pm – Bring the family to Heritage Farm for a fun afternoon of fall activities, including caramel apples, games, crafts and more! Rates vary based on activities. (843) 842-1979

Coligny Black Friday












Coligny Plaza Black Friday  – Bring your family and join your friends the Coligny Outdoor Market, Friday, November 27th from 2-5pm. Food Trucks, Street-Style Vendors, Music by Cranford Hollow, Bounce Houses for the Kids and Santa Arriving by Helicopter at 2:30pm!
festival of trees















Festival Of Trees – Nov. 20 – Dec. 4 Admire the beautifully decorated trees from local organizations and businesses. The highest bidder for each tree will take it home for the holidays. All proceeds from the Festival of Trees benefit the Hilton Head Preparatory School Scholarship program for local students.

 Art exhibit








The Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island – The Public Art Exhibition will be held October 1 through December 31, 2015 at the beautiful Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island.


Saturday, December 5th – 10:00 a.m. is the 2015 Town of Bluffton Christmas Parade.  If you would like to participate in the parade, please register by clicking on the wreath to the right.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

From all of us at Hilton Head Properties!

Tad, Bruce, John, Rich, Aaron, Cheryl, John, Alex, Amanda, Darcey, 

Ken, Terry, Jeanne, Robbie and Jane.


Hilton Head Fall Festivals 2016

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Fall on Hilton Head IslandFall is one of the best times to visit the Hilton Head area.  The weather in the Hilton Head area is nice, the pace is slow and there are many fall festivals to enjoy.  If you have not yet planned your fall accomodations, please click here to plan your Fall Getaway!  Listed below are some great Fall Festivals to Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry

4th of July Fireworks on Hilton Head

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Ready for the 4th of July on Hilton Head Island?  There are some incredible places to watch the fireworks in the Low Country that we have listed below.  This years 4th of July firework displays will take place in Harbourtown, Shelter Cove and Skull Creek Marina, but be sure to watch the horizon and see how many you can see!

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How to watch the RBC Heritage sponsored by Boeing

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How to watch the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head

Heritage Ticket304The admission is a ticket, a badge, a boat, a big screen or a friend with a house on the Harbourtown  Links course.  All eyes will turn to Harbourtown for this spring celebration on Hilton Head Island in the coming weeks. Listed below are some of the ways that you can enjoy watching the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament on Hilton Head Island. Read the rest of this entry

Who Needs Paris, Valentines Day on Hilton Head Island!

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Harbourtown OakIt may be too late to fly to Paris, but not for a trip to Hilton Head Island for Valentines Day.  Hilton Head Island is only a one day drive for many and offers some  excellent Valentines events.  We have included Romantic Restaurants and Oceanfront Resort Specials for you below.  Of course, the Spanish Moss and Moonbeams are included for free.   Happy Valentines Day!

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The “Sports” Season of Hilton Head Island aka “Winter Sort of”

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Real Seasons of HH

We call the months of November through February on Hilton Head Island our sports season because they offer perfect weather for golf, long beach walks, biking, tennis and other outdoor activities on Hilton Head Island The Island is kept warm by thermals(ocean breezes) over the warm sea.  This creates subtropical temperatures and mild winters that we have all come to know and love.

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Top 10 Reasons you will love Hilton Head Island

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  1. Hilton Head IslandHilton Head is easy to get to and from!  A client told me the other day told that they were looking at places far away, but came back to Hilton Head Island because they would use it more.  I am sure there is a point of diminishing return when you factor distance to use.  Click here to read driving distances to Hilton Head from many cities.  On top of that, with two convenient airports, Hilton Head Island is one of the easiest Island’s to travel to or from.
  2. Hilton Head’s weather is subtropical!  The Island is kept warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer by ocean breezes over the warm sea(that is why you see people swimming in the ocean in January).  In fact, our moderate winter days are typically warmer than other inland southern cities.  Winter months offer sub tropical temperatures that are perfect for snowbirds or vacationers looking for a warm weather escape.
  3. Hilton Head is surrounded by beauty and amenities! With 53 miles of bike pathways, 12 miles of beaches, 24 Championship Golf Courses,  260 + tennis courts Chaplan Park, Crossings Park, 1300 acres of land owned parks, some of the best things about living on Hilton Head Island is the natural beauty that we never take for granted.
  4. Hilton Head offers small town living with big city benefits!  Hilton Head Island’s year round population is just under 40,000, but the Island offers incredible restaurants, a great hospital, airport, library, sensational shopping, fabulous grocery stores and even a PGA golf tournament.
  5. Hilton Head is in the center of everything!  Hilton Head is located in the geographic center of Beaufort, Savannah, and Charleston.  These historical cities are easy day trips from Hilton Head Island.  As well, living on an Island that is 5 miles x 12 miles, one is never far from anything.
  6. Hilton Head has happy people living here!  Hilton Head is a lifestyle choice as very few are ever transferred to the Island for their work.  That and over 200+ days of sunshine really make Islanders a very happy bunch.  They say hello when they are out and even may waive when they drive by.
  7. Hilton Head has great festivals and events!  The Island festivals include Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter events that make Island living fun.  You can also visit the chamber’s  festival calendar to see what is going on anytime of the year.
  8. Hilton Head appeals to all!  Great schools attract the families, warm weather and great amenties attract the retiree and second home owner and for the professional(doctors, teachers and business) Hilton Head offers a high quality lifestyle near the beach.
  9. Hilton Head is a limited finite resource.  It an Island that is 97% developed.  We’re not sure how long the seats will last, but right now you can buy awesome real estate on Hilton Head Island.   Whether it’s a villa, home or a homesite for someday, you can find paradise.  Give me a call at (843)785-7111 ext. 1 or send me an email and I will send you some ideas.
  10. Hilton Head still offers the best things for free(or almost free)  Soaking up sun on the beach, enjoying a sunset over the water, paddling a kayak, a rusty bike ride, a dip in the ocean, sitting under a moss covered oak, counting the stars and enjoying the colors in the October sky, walking the beach are all of the best reasons to live on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Planning A Fall Visit To Hilton Head?

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Fall Visit To Hilton Head

Sea Turtle Nest Updates on Hilton Head Island

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Sea Turtle Update March 3, 2015

Dear 2014 Sea Turtle Adopters,

Many of you are shivering, as winter sends a continuous blast to much of the country.  But while we are dealing with all kinds of weather here on land, our mother loggerhead sea turtles are happily swimming in the Sargasso Sea, resting up and bulking up for their summer expedition to our  beaches where they will lay their eggs. Our job is to protect this endangered species.

Since the Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Protection Project began more than 25 years ago, we believe that we are now seeing the results of protecting those eggs all those years ago:  many of them are mother turtles who are returning to our beaches in record numbers.  We hope the trend continues this year!

Although the first turtles will not arrive until May, we are now taking applications for the adoption of 2015 Hilton Head Island turtle nests.  Many of you have already sent yours in (thank youJ).  For the others, attached is the application for 2015 – just fill it out and send it in.  BE SURE to let me know if you have any location preference…. (ie Port Royal beach, Palmetto Dunes, or near marker 100) so that we can assign you a nest that you can easily visit, if you wish

This year, we have specially designed green shirts that are only available to nest adopters – it is the same one that our turtle patrol staff wears.  Here is a picture of Amber Kuehn, HHI Sea Turtle Protection Project Manager, wearing one.

Sea turtles Hilton Head Island

If you would like a shirt, mark the appropriate size on this Sea Turtle Adopt application 2015.  Adoptions help to fund the non-profit Coastal Discovery Museum (which operates the Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Protection Program) – and also help to educate and entertain adopters with the comings and goings of the sea turtles.

We truly thank you for your continued support!


Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Protection Project



Sea Turtle Update 10/16/14

Dear Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Nest Adopter,

Fall is here and the Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle season is over……The beaches are bare of the nest markingsand the hatchlings are swimming way out in the distant seas,  but what a year this has been!  Here is a summary:

*  131 Sea Turtle Nests were identified on Hilton Head Island

–  126 on the ocean and 5 on Dolphin Head and Hickory Forest Beaches.

–  This is a 61% decrease from last season – reasons still unknown for sure.

*  42 % of the nests had to be relocated to higher, safer ground.

– Interestingly, more of the relocated nests were successful (91%) than the nests that were not moved (80%).

*  There were 70 false crawls (keeping our turtle team very busy!)

*  From the DNA analysis, we know that 49 different females laid the nests on the island.

– Only 2 turtles laid only one nest.

– One mother laid her eggs on 4 different beaches

– One mother laid 6 different nests (see map):  4 of them were at the very heel of the island in Port Royal Plantation and she laid her 2nd and 4th nests directly across Port Royal Sound on Bay Point Island.  I guess she needed a little swim between nest layings.

*  All the turtles nesting on Hilton Head Island this year were loggerhead turtles – except for one Green Sea Turtle – with 99 hatchlings!

Thanks to our wonderful Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Protection Project Team, led by Amber Kuehn!  (Here is Amber receiving an award from the State for her work with stranded turtles – Congratulations, Amber!)

These devoted people are truly making a difference in the preservation of the endangered Sea Turtles!  In the spring, I will send you an email with a little update to prepare you for the 2015 sea turtle nest adoption season.  In the meantime, many, many thanks for your interest, your support and your enthusiasm for saving the Hilton Head Island Sea Turtles!



Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Protection Project


Sea Turtle Update 8/5/14

Green Turtles on Hilton HeadWow – yesterday, beachgoers on Hilton Head were treated to a view of a Green Turtle nesting on the north end of Hilton Head Island – just up from the Westin in Port Royal Plantation!  We don’t see Green Turtles too often here (almost all of ours are Loggerhead turtles) so it is a treat when one selects our island for laying her eggs.  (It is Nest # 126.)  They are also very much an endangered species.  Here is what she looked like

Green Turtles not actually green on the outside but have a green “skin” under their shell. They are larger than Loggerheads and have a different “walk”, leaving different tracks in the sand – that was the first clue that one was here:  Greens walk with both flippers simultaneously vs. the Loggerhead which has an alternating gait.

Another clue was the nest – Green Turtles make multiple body pits and it looks like bombs went off where they nested.  It would be hard to miss these pits on the beach yesterday.

Sea Turtle Update 7/19/14

While we are waiting for the first nests to hatch (should be any day now!), following are answers to a couple of questions that some of you have been asking:

What kinds of sea turtles do we have on Hilton Head Island? 

Of course there are many turtles that live on the island in the lagoons and creeks – these are not the endangered sea turtles.  We are protecting mainly the loggerhead sea turtles which nest here – they weigh between 250 and 1000 pounds!  Here are two loggerhead turtle pictures –

This is a momma swimming along the ocean floor (I actually saw one like this in the Australian Great Barrier Reef last month!!J).

Sea Turtle Swimming


Usually the mothers come ashore at night but occasionally one is found still working her way back to the ocean after the sun comes up.

Momma Turtle Heading back to sea


Why are some nests moved by the Turtle Patrol? 

If the mother has laid her eggs too close to the water, the nest must be moved to higher ground to prevent drowning of the eggs during a high tide.  When this happens, our trained turtle patrol very carefully digs up the eggs and moves them in a very delicate process: with gloved hands, they gently remove every egg and place them in a bucket for safekeeping during the transfer.  Then they dig a hole in a very similar shape to the original hole – and place the eggs in the new hole, one at a time, in almost exactly the same position that they were in before.  They cover up the nest, mark it, and let the eggs settle in for their 45-60 day incubation.  Amazingly, as of today, out of our 112 nests, 49 have had to be relocated – that is 43.7% – a lot of work for our Turtle Patrol!

Here is a picture of our team moving a nest –notice the mother’s tracks to and from the nest.

Sea Turtle Nest Being Protected

More later –


Sea Turtles On Hilton Head





Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Protection Project



By Andrea B. Siebold

Mama Sea TurtlesA little later than usual, but the mother turtles finally began laying their eggs on the Hilton Head beaches and now there are more and more nests appearing on the beach.  During the dark night, the mother turtle comes ashore and slowly drags herself onto the sand to find a dry spot on the beach to lay her eggs.


This is very hard for her because she is VERY large (around 300 pounds!) and she is not used to being out of the water (she has been swimming in the ocean for 25 years since she was born).  After she finds a good spot, she spends a long time digging a hole with her back flippers and lays her eggs (usually about 120 of them) in the hole.  She then covers the eggs with sand and slowly returns to the ocean. Read the rest of this entry

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