Hilton Head Sonesta Resorts

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A vacation in the low country is a vacation to remember forever. The hospitality and charm of the locals combined with  the stunning views and the slower pace of life make Hilton Head like no other place on Earth.  If you are going to vacation in Hilton Head, you can make your stay extra special by marking the Sonesta as your destination.

04 18 14 057The Hilton Head Resorts family has unveiled the Sonesta for your vacationing enjoyment. The resort was recently renovated for your comfort. With 340 guest rooms and suites, the resort offers lovely accommodations to make your family feel right at home. Located on 11 lush acres, you will enjoy world class golf and tennis nearby, on site bicycle rentals and an amazing swimming pool complex complete with hot tubs and a heated lagoon style swimming pool to name a few.
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Hilton Head Resorts, SC

Is your family itching for a fun in the sun vacation? If a trip to somewhere with oceanfront views, southern charm and an atmosphere the entire family will enjoy sounds perfect, you can sit back and relax, I have discovered the perfect getaway for you.

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The Hilton Head Resorts family has unveiled the Sonesta for your vacationing enjoyment. The resort was recently renovated for your comfort. With 340 guest rooms and suites, the resort offers lovely accommodations to make your family feel right at home. Located on 11 lush acres, you will enjoy world class golf and tennis nearby, on site bicycle rentals and amazing swimming pool complex, with hot tubs and a heated lagoon style swimming pool to name a few.

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Pack Up and Head To South Carolina

If you are looking for a quiet spot to spend time as a family, where time seems to slow down but there is still plenty to do when you are feeling active, take a gander at Beaufort, South Carolina.  This sleepy town is so picturesque that Hollywood has used it as the backdrop for such films as “The Prince Of Tides” and “Forest Gump”, and while there are many lovely cafes, bakeries, chocolateries, coffee shops, and restaurants in the district, you won’t find a Starbucks or a McDonalds in town.  Welcome to beautiful Beaufort.

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Take a tour of the downtown area in a horse drawn carriage- Southern Rose Buggy Tours offers them with a covered top to protect you and yours from the Southern sun.  The tour guide and driver know the area inside and out, telling you all about not only historical landmarks and homes that you pass, but also stories and legends that go hand in hand with history (both modern and long past).  There is an amusing anecdote related to Barbara Streisand and the local Marines that is sure to have your group laughing- make sure you ask what “the sound of freedom” is if your guide forgets to tell you.  Each tour lasts about an hour, and if you bring peppermint candies along, you will be able to give the carriage horse a treat.

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Cruise around the area with Captain Dick River Tours on the Prince of Tides sightseeing boat, where you will often see dolphins, cranes, and other wildlife as you tour the river. The daily hour and 15 minute tour leaves the Downtown Marina at the Beaufort Waterfront Park at 2pm, all seats are $24 (no charge for infants).   The kids will love to see the local fauna, and mom and dad will also enjoy hearing about the historic homes, celebrity sightings, and filming stories.  There is also a 2 hour sunset cruise option two days a week (seasonally) Tuesday and Saturday evenings.

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After you are done exploring the downtown Waterfront Park and Playground, make a quick stop to Southern Sweets Ice Cream Parlor.  The kids will be thrilled with any ice cream stop, but this old fashioned ice cream parlor will be a hit with everyone.  Complete with soda fountains, hand dipped ice cream, and marble table tops, you can get anything from an ice cream cone to a banana split to an egg creme and more.  They also have home made brownies and pralines, a must try.   If you feel that your sweet tooth still isn’t satisfied, and perhaps you’d like a unique souvenir to take home with you, make sure you pay a visit to The Lollipop Shop.  Not only do they carry every kind of candy (and sweet beverage) you could desire- even the hard to find, old fashioned or “retro” stuff- but you can buy your candy in many ways.  By the piece, the pound, the box, or the stuffed animal.  You read that right- you (or your child, should you feel so  generous) can choose from two sizes and about two dozen styles of stuffed toys, which come “hollow”, so to speak.  You then stuff your toy full of candy from the baskets in the store, and when it’s full, they close it up, name it, and give you a “birth certificate” for your new buddy.  They also give you a box of stuffing to take with you, so that when the candy is eaten, you have a soft and cuddly toy to keep forever.  This was nearly everyone’s favorite find, and one that we will surely visit again next time we are in the area.
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Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle beach is a great family vacation destination, but it has more then just miles of beautiful beaches.  There is an old side to this historic city that mixes smoothly to create a one-of-a-kind beach destination, with plenty of extras as well.

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The Myrtle Beach State Park Piers are said to be the best fishing spots in Myrtle Beach.  Popular with locals too, you don’t need to get a license ahead of time and fishing supplies are available on site for your convenience.  The views from the piers are some of the best from the city so even if you’re not fishing you’ll be glad you stopped by. Myrtle Beach State Park Pier is a quiet and green ( literally and from an environmental standpoint) beach spot, that is actually an ocenfront maritime forest.  Complete with campgrounds, nature trail, fishing, and more, you and your family will love this spot.  There is camping and full cabins available on the property as well.   On site is a wonderful and well maintained educational center that is both hands on and fun for not only the kids but adults as well.  Far and away the nicest center I have seen in a park this size (and many bigger and better funded as well), this is a point of pride and passion of the local staff and ranger, and a real must-do when in the area.

Find out more at http://www.myrtlebeachstatepark.net/fishing-pier.html and http://www.myrtlebeachstatepark.net/

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Taking it’s cue form old time vaudeville, The Carolina Opry is an action packed show.  Including everything from comedy to dancing, to music of all genres, you’re sure to have a great time watching 36 of the nations best performers.  Young and old alike come together in the state of the art, 2200 seat theater to enjoy 2 full hours of fun.  This was one of the best times I had while in SC, you would think you were attending a concert.  A lot of fun, variety in music, and I swear it wasn’t cheesy (there is, of course, a bit of God and Country, but for those of us who are there for the music more then the patriotism and church bells, it doesn’t last too long and is mostly with one artist.  The artists are talented, versatile, and from a variety of backgrounds.  You can even see some of your favorites from TV shows like American Idol and America’s Got Talent. It’s really an awesome time, and one I highly recommend.

Find out more at http://carolinaopry.com/www/TCO/TheCarolinaOpry.html

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You can’t get much older than the Hopsewee Plantation in Georgetown, SC.  Hopsewee is not a restoration of the home that predates the Revolutionary War, it is a preservation as it has never been allowed to fall into disrepair.  It has been owned by only 5 families and each family has taken great pains to keep it intact as a valuable piece of history.  The former rice plantation still has former slave housing on site, as well as a collection of artifacts from a time long ago.  With hand carved molding, eighteenth and nineteenth century furniture, one and a half inch thick heart pine floors, and etchings in the window panes, Hopsewee will transform you to a world of long ago.  They also have a “tea room” on site where you can not only order an amazing variety of teas, but desserts, sandwiches, and hot lunches as well.  And the food?  Must be tasted.  Not to be overlooked, even the potato salad will have you wondering if they also serve dinner.  You can buy teas to take home as well, including one made exclusively for the plantation and bearing it’s name.
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