RECOMMENDATIONS FROM RIDING TIGERS BIKE RENTALS
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VACATION TIME OF HILTON HEAD
There are a lot of restaurants on the island, some of which you have where you come from, but we won't list any of those.
What we will list are those places we know, because we have eaten there. More will be added as we try out new places.
Sea Grass Grille - This is one of our favorites! Superb menu prepared by a wonderful chef. Located near the entrance to Palmetto Dunes. Reservations advisable. http://www.seagrassgrille.com/rel="nofollow">seagrassgrille
The Sage Room - Located on Pope Ave., this too is a 5 star quality resaurant with a very diverse menu.
Check out their web site and you will see. http://www.thesageroom.com/rel="nofollow">thesageroom
The Old Oyster Factory - Waterfront dining at least once while on the island is a must, and the Oyster Factory on Marshland road offers a wonderful atmosphere in a post and beam building overlooking Broad Creek and the surrounding marsh. Seafood and steaks are their specialties. http://www.oldoysterfactory.com/rel="nofollow">oldoysterfactory
Boathouse Restaurant - Located on Squire Pope Road at the north end of the island, this is one of the locals' and visitors' favorites. Inside and outside dining available and very busy most of the year. It sits alongside Skull Creek and there is a boat dock you can walk out on and take in the view. http://www.boathouserestaurant.net/rel="nofollow">boathouserestaurant
Michael Anthonys - If you like Italian, this is one of the best on the island. Located on New Orleans Road on the south end. http://www.michael-anthonys.com/rel="nofollow">michael-anthonys
Kingfisher Seafood, Pasta, and Steak House - Nice waterside dining in Shelter Cove (mid-island) with evening entertainment much of the time. Check out their web site: http://www.kingfisherseafood.com/rel="nofollow">kingfisherseafood
Alexanders Restaurant - Located at the traffic circle in Palmetto Dunes, this is a very popular restaurant specializing in seafood dishes. http://www.alexandersrestaurant.com/rel="nofollow">alexandersrestaurant
HILTON HEAD RESTAURANTS FOR LUNCH:
Reilleys Grille and Bar - There are two locations, but our favorite is off of Greenwood Drive by the Sea Pines traffic circle. Inside and outside dining available, and a favorite among locals, which says something. Great sandwiches and more. http://www.reilleyshiltonhead.com/rel="nofollow">reilleyshiltonhead
Fat Baby's - Where the locals have lunch! Located up the street from us on Arrow Road, Fat Baby's offers pizza, subs, and the best Greek salad ever. Bar and booth seating. http://www.fatbabyspizza.com/rel="nofollow">fatbabyspizza
Hot Dog Harbour - If you are up for a big hot dog with the best stuff piled high on it, you must do at least one lunch here. And they are famous for their fresh fried potato chips too. They are in Coligny Plaza on the south end. No web site, so just take our word for it.
Harold's Diner - If you want a "locals love it" kinda place that offers verbal entertainment in the form of wise cracks and jabber from behind the counter, you are going to love Harold's. The burgers are to die for....very yummy. A few small tables and counter space for seating...cramped, but fun. Also a wonderful spot for a hearty breakfast. Located at the corner of Singleton Beach Road and William Hilton Parkway mid-island.
PLACES TO VISIT:
There is a lot more to do on Hilton Head than you may think. Some of the best places to see are those that are out of the way or may offer something you are not familiar with.
BIRD WATCHING SPOTS: Hilton Head Island is a wonderful area for bird watching, offering a diversity of habitat and, therefore, a wide diversity of bird life. Below are listed just a few of the areas where you can view marsh birds, shore birds, song birds, raptors, waterfowl, etc.. All seasons,even winter, provide great viewing.
Pinckney National Wildlife Area -It is located just off the island. You should have a bike to get around if you want to see all there is on this island area.
Fish Haul Creek Park - Located at the end of Beach City Road this area is diverse in habitat and offers great birding. There is a covered observation platform out in the marsh, and a woodland trail that runs along the edge of the marsh and leads out to the beach. This open water is Port Royal Sound and to the right as you face the water is Fish Haul Creek where it empties into the sound. The area is quite wild for Hilton Head and is constantly changing due to nature's forces.
Point Comfort - Follow Point Comfort Road, which is a left turn off of Palmetto Bay Road as you approach the bridge to the Cross Island Parkway. The bird watching area is at the end of the road at a community park. There is no parking to be had here, so you need to ride a bike to gain access. There are open field and brushy areas along a tidal creek and marsh. In the distance is Broad Creek.
The Old Oyster Factory - Located on Marshland Road this is a nice restaurant located on the edge of the marsh and Broad Creek. The habitat is somewhat diverse, but mainly mud flats and marsh areas along a tidal creek to look for birds.
Driessen Beach Park - This area is one of several public beach access areas with plenty of parking. The habitat is a mix of brushy areas, marsh and small creek, sand dunes and open beach. It is located off William Hilton Parkway south of the intersection of Folly Field Road and Mathews Drive.
Shelter Cove Community Park - Behind the mall there is a road that parallels Rt. 278. This town park is on this road and offers good birding year round. Habitat consists of open fields, pond, thick brushy area, marsh edge, and view of Broad Creek. Parking and rest rooms are both available.
Art League of Hilton Head Gallery - Located in the Walter Greer Gallery at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in Shelter Cove the art league has ongoing shows of over 125 local artists works.
Allaben Fine Art Gallery - A small artist-owned gallery located at 101 Arrow Rd. in the office space of Palmetto Bikes, Inc.. Originals and reproductions of paintings in oil and watercolor of lowcountry scenes available at very reasonable prices.
The Red Piano Gallery - Paintings from some of the top artists in the country available at this well established art gallery. Located on Cordillo Parkway near the ocean gate entrance to Sea Pines plantation.