Hilton Head Island: The excitement continues at the home of the Heritage

By Blanche T. Sullivan, Contributor

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The Verizon Heritage, South Carolina's only PGA Tour event, annually attracts top players and thousands of spectators who return again and again to enjoy the tourney, as well as Hilton Head Island's many world-class amenities and beautiful, relaxing, family-friendly environment. The tournament traditionally takes place during the month of April, when pleasant spring temperatures make Hilton Head Island even more inviting, and is considered by many to be a celebratory kickoff, of sorts, for many other highly anticipated area events.

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Following this year's Verizon Heritage, which concluded April 18 with a victory by Jim Furyk, is the popular annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest (April 24), the Art Market at Historic Honey Horn (April 24-25), and BRAVO (May 1-31), Hilton Head Island's celebration of area arts and culture. The excitement continues at the home of the Heritage, and those planning a visit now can partake of some incredible accommodations specials, golf packages and events.

Stay and play like the pros in Hilton Head Island

Stay and play where PGA Tour professionals compete! Sea Pines Resort is home to three premier golf courses including: Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the Verizon Heritage; the Pete Dye-designed Heron Point course; and the Ocean Course, which features a classic design and a view of the Atlantic Ocean. Sea Pines Resort also offers more than 400 accommodations, from oceanfront homes and elegant villas to the luxurious Inn at Harbour Town, a Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond and Preferred Hotels and Resorts destination.

In addition to the resort's "Play Three, Stay Free" golf package, Sea Pines Resort is currently offering an "Escape Special," available through Sept. 11, 2010, and "Spring Getaway Special," available through May 31.

You'll also feel like a pro when you take advantage of unprecedented specials being offered by Hilton Head Rentals & Golf, such as 20 percent off all rentals, on remaining weeks, for arrivals through May 21, 2010, and ResortQuest Hilton Head, with whom you can currently enjoy some of the finest golf courses and vacation rental accommodations Hilton Head Island has to offer at 30 percent lower rates.

Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest and The Art Market

Hosted by Coligny Plaza and the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation, the third annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest, benefiting the American Cancer Society, M. D. Anderson Cancer Research Center, and the Island Recreation Scholarship Fund, promises an extraordinary opportunity to sample cuisine prepared by some of the area's most talented chefs amidst a breathtaking Lowcountry landscape, while assisting a great cause.

The festival will take place Saturday, April 24, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at Shelter Cove Community Park, which is located mid-island behind The Mall at Shelter Cove, and will feature 12 area restaurants serving their seafood specialties, live entertainment courtesy The Headliners, a silent auction, a Kids' Zone, an Iron Chef-style competition (with bleacher seating) and much more. For directions or additional information, please visit the David M. Carmines Web site.

The Art Market at Historic Honey Horn is a juried fine art and craft show that attracts local artists, as well as artists from around the United States. Eighty-eight skilled artists, representing a broad range of media, such as photography, oil, wood, clay, fibers and jewelry, will compete for $5,000 in prizes and offer demonstrations. The show is open to the public on Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission to the show is free, but a $6-per-car parking donation is required. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Tickets for the artist's reception, Saturday, 5:30-7 p.m., are $20 and afford attendees a meet-and-greet opportunity with participating artists. Reservations are required.

The Art Market event kicks off BRAVO, the island's month-long celebration of the area's arts scene. Visit coastaldiscovery.org or call (843) 689-3033, ext. 224 for reservations or more details.

BRAVO: Hilton Head Island's month-long arts and cultural festival

Founded by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce's Arts & Cultural Committee, the BRAVO: Arts & Cultural Festival (May 1-31) puts a passionate spotlight on the arts and offers memorable activities for all ages. In addition to the more than 25 local arts and cultural groups that unite to present a diverse repertoire of arts and cultural activities to the Lowcountry, the Hilton Head Hospitality Association, local schools, accommodations organizations and area restaurants are also among BRAVO's participants.

Each May, BRAVO unveils a schedule of historical, visual, cultural and performing arts events, presented as a series of themed weeks: May 3-9, Literature Week, celebrating the written (and "electronic") word; May 10-16, Visual Arts Week, celebrating "anything that is created to strike the senses"; May 17-23, Performing Arts Week, celebrating music, dance, story-telling and drama; May 24-30, History Week, BRAVO's finale celebrating art history and cultural heritage. This year's festival will also include the grand opening of the Art League of Hilton Head's new gallery and academy.

Blanche T. SullivanBlanche T. Sullivan, Contributor

A golf getaway drew Michigan native Blanche T. Sullivan to Hilton Head Island, SC. a decade ago; employment afforded her permanent residence in paradise. The former magazine editor/ad agency devotee enjoys writing, epicurean endeavors, golf and any combination thereof.

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