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Recipe for Quiche

Posted by Shelby Dillon on

The main dish for our brunch with girlfriends was Quiche.

Lots of you asked about this, so we decided to share with you some basics about quiche, ingredients that you need and detailed directions for preparation.

QUICHE ORIGINS

Quiche has become a traditional dish of French cuisine, however, quiche comes from Germany, within the medieval kingdom of Lothringen, under German rule, and that the French later renamed Lorraine. The term ‘quiche’ comes from the German ‘Kuchen’, meaning cake.

The initial ‘quiche Lorraine’ was an open pie with a filling composed of the egg and cream custard with smoked bacon. It had been only later that cheese was put into the quiche Lorraine.  Add onions and you've got quiche Alsacienne.  The bottom crust was initially made from dough, however, that has very long since become a brief-crust or puff pastry crust.

Quiche grew to become famous in England sometime after World War II, as well as in the U.S. throughout the 1950's.  Today there's a many types of quiche, from the original quiche Lorraine to ones with broccoli, mushrooms, ham,  sea food (mainly shellfish), etc. Quiche could be served, being an entrée, for lunch, breakfast, an evening snack or as we serve it for a brunch.

INGREDIENTS

  1.    One 9-inch refrigerated piecrust
  2.    Two tablespoons olive oil
  3.    Two medium onions, chopped
  4.    Salt and black pepper
  5.    One cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  6.    Four large eggs
  7.    ¾ cup half-and-half
  8.    1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  9.    Eight ounces Gruyere, grated
  10.    Four cups mixed greens

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 375° F. Fits the crust in a 9-inch cake plate. Put on a baking sheet.

  1. Heat one tablespoon of the oil in the large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onions and ½ teaspoon each of pepper and salt making formulations, stirring from time to time, until soft, five to seven minutes. Stir in the parsley.

  1. Within the large bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, nutmeg, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Stir in the onion mixture along with the Gruyère.

  1. Pour the egg mixture into the crust. Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let sit for 5-10 mins. Drizzle the vegetables while using the remaining tablespoon of oil and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon each pepper and salt. Serve with the quiche.

BON APPETIT

Quiche for Brunch


Enjoy your meal or Guten Appettit since Quiche originated from Germany. Write us your comments below, we would like to hear your version of this classic.

Read more

Recipe for Quiche

Posted by Shelby Dillon on

The main dish for our brunch with girlfriends was Quiche.

Lots of you asked about this, so we decided to share with you some basics about quiche, ingredients that you need and detailed directions for preparation.

QUICHE ORIGINS

Quiche has become a traditional dish of French cuisine, however, quiche comes from Germany, within the medieval kingdom of Lothringen, under German rule, and that the French later renamed Lorraine. The term ‘quiche’ comes from the German ‘Kuchen’, meaning cake.

The initial ‘quiche Lorraine’ was an open pie with a filling composed of the egg and cream custard with smoked bacon. It had been only later that cheese was put into the quiche Lorraine.  Add onions and you've got quiche Alsacienne.  The bottom crust was initially made from dough, however, that has very long since become a brief-crust or puff pastry crust.

Quiche grew to become famous in England sometime after World War II, as well as in the U.S. throughout the 1950's.  Today there's a many types of quiche, from the original quiche Lorraine to ones with broccoli, mushrooms, ham,  sea food (mainly shellfish), etc. Quiche could be served, being an entrée, for lunch, breakfast, an evening snack or as we serve it for a brunch.

INGREDIENTS

  1.    One 9-inch refrigerated piecrust
  2.    Two tablespoons olive oil
  3.    Two medium onions, chopped
  4.    Salt and black pepper
  5.    One cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  6.    Four large eggs
  7.    ¾ cup half-and-half
  8.    1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  9.    Eight ounces Gruyere, grated
  10.    Four cups mixed greens

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 375° F. Fits the crust in a 9-inch cake plate. Put on a baking sheet.

  1. Heat one tablespoon of the oil in the large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onions and ½ teaspoon each of pepper and salt making formulations, stirring from time to time, until soft, five to seven minutes. Stir in the parsley.

  1. Within the large bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, nutmeg, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Stir in the onion mixture along with the Gruyère.

  1. Pour the egg mixture into the crust. Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let sit for 5-10 mins. Drizzle the vegetables while using the remaining tablespoon of oil and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon each pepper and salt. Serve with the quiche.

BON APPETIT

Quiche for Brunch


Enjoy your meal or Guten Appettit since Quiche originated from Germany. Write us your comments below, we would like to hear your version of this classic.

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Brunch with Friends

Posted by Shelby Dillon on

Brunch is the best meal to host your busy girlfriends since there is a lot more flexibility than at a Friday or Saturday dinner. It can last as long or as short as you like. Just relax and enjoy the freedom of brunch. Most of the time, your friends will have plans for later on and won’t stay all day, but occasionally they’ll have nothing to do, and some of our best brunches have lasted until dinner time, blurring the lines between definitions of meals. Does it then become Linner? Dunch? On the other hand, if you have plans for this afternoon, everyone will understand.

No matter what time you wake up, brunch doesn’t have to be a huge fuss. We figured out how to do a beautiful, fun brunch with no more than an hour or so of work.

brunch time

BRUNCH TIME

On this beautiful sunny morning, I prepared brunch for my three girlfriends and we have a wonderful time together.

As you can see on photos Meagan, Kelsey, and Tiffany beautified this brunch with their smiles.

Brunch with girlfriends


Our menu was:

STARTERS

Fresh fruit medley

Yogurt parfait

fresh fruits

MAIN

Mini pancakes

Spinach Quiche

mini  pancakes

FINISH

Lemon tart

lemon tart


MIMOSA BAR


Those mixes of tastes of watermelons, blackberries, yogurt, lemon and spinach were rounded with drinks from our Mimosa bar.

mimosa bar

If you prefer water I suggest San Pellegrino and for those who prefer something little bit stronger Ruffino rose is an excellent choice.


Enjoy your brunch!

 brunch 01

brunch 02

brunch 03

girlfriends brunch

 

 

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Brunch with Friends

Posted by Shelby Dillon on

Brunch is the best meal to host your busy girlfriends since there is a lot more flexibility than at a Friday or Saturday dinner. It can last as long or as short as you like. Just relax and enjoy the freedom of brunch. Most of the time, your friends will have plans for later on and won’t stay all day, but occasionally they’ll have nothing to do, and some of our best brunches have lasted until dinner time, blurring the lines between definitions of meals. Does it then become Linner? Dunch? On the other hand, if you have plans for this afternoon, everyone will understand.

No matter what time you wake up, brunch doesn’t have to be a huge fuss. We figured out how to do a beautiful, fun brunch with no more than an hour or so of work.

brunch time

BRUNCH TIME

On this beautiful sunny morning, I prepared brunch for my three girlfriends and we have a wonderful time together.

As you can see on photos Meagan, Kelsey, and Tiffany beautified this brunch with their smiles.

Brunch with girlfriends


Our menu was:

STARTERS

Fresh fruit medley

Yogurt parfait

fresh fruits

MAIN

Mini pancakes

Spinach Quiche

mini  pancakes

FINISH

Lemon tart

lemon tart


MIMOSA BAR


Those mixes of tastes of watermelons, blackberries, yogurt, lemon and spinach were rounded with drinks from our Mimosa bar.

mimosa bar

If you prefer water I suggest San Pellegrino and for those who prefer something little bit stronger Ruffino rose is an excellent choice.


Enjoy your brunch!

 brunch 01

brunch 02

brunch 03

girlfriends brunch

 

 

Read more


Melanzane al Forno - complete recipe

Posted by Shelby Dillon on

Mangiare per vivere e non vivere per mangiare - Italian proverb

Eat to live and not live to eat


When you say Italy, It is impossible not to think about delicious Italian food. This impressive Italian meal is perfect to serve for 6 to 8 people.

What do we need?

Ingredients:

2 pounds small, firm eggplants, preferably 6 to 8 ounces each

1 Tbsp., plus 3/4 tsp. kosher salt

1 1/2 pounds ripe plum tomatoes

1 pound young pecorino or low-moisture mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, loosely packed to measure, chopped

1/4 tsp. peperoncino flakes, or to taste

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 large onions (about 1 1/4 pounds), peeled, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds

6 plump garlic cloves, crushed and peeled

For the bread crumb topping

1 cup dry bread crumbs

1 1/2 Tbsp. chopped fresh Italian parsley

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1/4 cup freshly grated pecorino (or half pecorino and half Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano, for a milder flavor)

Grated zest of a small lemon (about 1 tsp.)

2 pinches kosher salt

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil


For serving (optional)

Fresh basil leaves, shredded


Let’s start cooking!

Trim the stem and base closures of every eggplant. With a vegetable peeler, shave off strips of skin the long way, making a zebra-striped example all around. Cut the eggplants across into 1/2-inch-thick sections. Salt the cuts on both sides, utilizing about a tablespoon, and layer them in the colander, set in a bowl or the sink. Place a supper plate over the heaped cuts and weight it with jars or other heavy articles to press out the vegetable fluid. Give the rounds a chance to deplete for 30 minutes to 60 minutes, then wash them and pat dry with paper towels.

Trim the stem end of the plum tomatoes and cut them down the middle transversely. Crush the parts over a strainer set in a bowl, scratching out and getting the seeds in the strainer and gathering the tomato juice in the bowl. Cut the tomatoes into 1/2-inch pieces, put them all in a bowl and toss with the mozzarella, chopped basil, peperoncino, the rest of the 3/4 teaspoon salt and 4 tablespoons of the olive oil.

Brush the bottom and sides of the oven safe dish with the olive oil. Lay the onion rounds in the base in one layer, with the garlic cloves scattered among them and drizzle them with  the rest of the olive oil. Lay the eggplant slices over the onions in an even layer. Distribute the tomato and mozzarella pieces equally on top of the eggplant and shower the gathered tomato juice and pieces everywhere. Put the bread morsels and all the dry seasonings in a bowl, toss to mix, then sprinkle over them the 2 tablespoons olive oil, and toss well until the pieces are equitably saturated. Sprinkle them equitably over the top of the eggplant, tomato and mozzarella layer.

Tent the preparing dish with a sheet of aluminum foil, angling it so it doesn't touch the top of the food. Set the dish on the cooking sheet, put in the stove and heat for 45 minutes until the juices are bubbling effectively. Remove the foil, and keep cooking for an additional 30 minutes, until the eggplant is caramelized on the edges. Make sure that a knife can cut cleanly through the dish and the bread crumb topping is adequately cooked.

Give the eggplant a chance to rest for 20 minutes before serving.


How to serve Melanzane al Forno?

Serve as you would lasagna, cutting bits with a blade and lifting them out with a wide spatula into warm, shallow dishes. We also recommend sprinkling fresh basil over each portion.

Buon appetito!

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Melanzane al Forno - complete recipe

Posted by Shelby Dillon on

Mangiare per vivere e non vivere per mangiare - Italian proverb

Eat to live and not live to eat


When you say Italy, It is impossible not to think about delicious Italian food. This impressive Italian meal is perfect to serve for 6 to 8 people.

What do we need?

Ingredients:

2 pounds small, firm eggplants, preferably 6 to 8 ounces each

1 Tbsp., plus 3/4 tsp. kosher salt

1 1/2 pounds ripe plum tomatoes

1 pound young pecorino or low-moisture mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, loosely packed to measure, chopped

1/4 tsp. peperoncino flakes, or to taste

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 large onions (about 1 1/4 pounds), peeled, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds

6 plump garlic cloves, crushed and peeled

For the bread crumb topping

1 cup dry bread crumbs

1 1/2 Tbsp. chopped fresh Italian parsley

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1/4 cup freshly grated pecorino (or half pecorino and half Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano, for a milder flavor)

Grated zest of a small lemon (about 1 tsp.)

2 pinches kosher salt

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil


For serving (optional)

Fresh basil leaves, shredded


Let’s start cooking!

Trim the stem and base closures of every eggplant. With a vegetable peeler, shave off strips of skin the long way, making a zebra-striped example all around. Cut the eggplants across into 1/2-inch-thick sections. Salt the cuts on both sides, utilizing about a tablespoon, and layer them in the colander, set in a bowl or the sink. Place a supper plate over the heaped cuts and weight it with jars or other heavy articles to press out the vegetable fluid. Give the rounds a chance to deplete for 30 minutes to 60 minutes, then wash them and pat dry with paper towels.

Trim the stem end of the plum tomatoes and cut them down the middle transversely. Crush the parts over a strainer set in a bowl, scratching out and getting the seeds in the strainer and gathering the tomato juice in the bowl. Cut the tomatoes into 1/2-inch pieces, put them all in a bowl and toss with the mozzarella, chopped basil, peperoncino, the rest of the 3/4 teaspoon salt and 4 tablespoons of the olive oil.

Brush the bottom and sides of the oven safe dish with the olive oil. Lay the onion rounds in the base in one layer, with the garlic cloves scattered among them and drizzle them with  the rest of the olive oil. Lay the eggplant slices over the onions in an even layer. Distribute the tomato and mozzarella pieces equally on top of the eggplant and shower the gathered tomato juice and pieces everywhere. Put the bread morsels and all the dry seasonings in a bowl, toss to mix, then sprinkle over them the 2 tablespoons olive oil, and toss well until the pieces are equitably saturated. Sprinkle them equitably over the top of the eggplant, tomato and mozzarella layer.

Tent the preparing dish with a sheet of aluminum foil, angling it so it doesn't touch the top of the food. Set the dish on the cooking sheet, put in the stove and heat for 45 minutes until the juices are bubbling effectively. Remove the foil, and keep cooking for an additional 30 minutes, until the eggplant is caramelized on the edges. Make sure that a knife can cut cleanly through the dish and the bread crumb topping is adequately cooked.

Give the eggplant a chance to rest for 20 minutes before serving.


How to serve Melanzane al Forno?

Serve as you would lasagna, cutting bits with a blade and lifting them out with a wide spatula into warm, shallow dishes. We also recommend sprinkling fresh basil over each portion.

Buon appetito!

Read more


Exotic Travel, Product Inspiration: Limoncello Collection - the Amalfi Coast

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The most gorgeous turquoise water you've ever seen, fresh pasta, limoncello, bright boats – what’s not to adore about the Amalfi Coast in beautiful Italy? The Amalfi Coast is one of the most picturesque places in the world. On top of the sights, everyone is so hospitable, captivating and kind.

Being around all of these vivid colors and sights left me longing to create a collection that reminded me of my time there. When you go out to dinner in any of the towns in that area, they serve you little shots of icy cold limoncello after dinner. Oh...Italians and their wonderful digestif obsession. You can get used to it pretty easily.

Highlights of the Amalfi Coast

Highlights of the coast are Sorrento, Positano, Capri, Ravelo and Pompeii. Each day spent in any of these places is an endless feast of sights and taste.

Spectacular villas and hotels, a breathtaking view through death-defying winding roadways… everywhere you look, it’s like a postcard. Giant lemons, boats cruising, colorful flowers and people who also love this piece of heaven as much as I do. Così romantico!

The best way to explore a destination is with a local private guide. You can rent a boat, hike, visit a lot of interesting hidden places. Our local guide was Aurora. She was very easy to work with and kept us informed. Seeing the Amalfi Coast by private boat was amazing. We were able to stop anywhere we wanted and swim as long as we wanted. The views were truly awesome. We were taken to a beach restaurant for lunch that had excellent food. A waiter had a short story for us:

“George Clooney, Sting, Rod Stewart, Scarlett Johansson...”our waiter gestures towards the boats. 'They all come here during the summer...' He pauses dramatically…'But those boats don't belong to them. Theirs are molti (much) bigger,' he says. We couldn’t stop laughing. It was a wonderful relaxing day!

Travel in Italy

Ravello

Next day, we drive up to Ravello where I visit the famous Villa Rufolo or Cimbrone. The entrance is on the main square (Piazza Vescovado), just across from the Duomo. You enter through a 13th-century, square Moorish tower. After purchasing a ticket, you walk along an inner pathway until you reach the Moorish Cloister. Best known for its colonnade of pointed arches, the cloister is an outstanding example of the Arabic-Sicilian style of the period.

Positano

After that – Positano. It’s an amalgam of houses, arches, domes and bungansville, fall from the peak of Comune and Sant'Angelo a tre Pizzi mountains. The white houses are very similar to the ones you find in Greece.

Sorrento

lemon

When I think about Sorrento, I think about the city of orange and lemon groves. Land of mermaids, colors, mysteries and legends. Aurora told me to taste their local dish gnocchi Alla Sorrentina. It’s an Italian dish made with gnocchi, sauce and a few basil leaves that are simply mouthwatering. And then – limoncello. Sorrento's original limoncello is unlike any other. We recommend taking an evening stroll or 'passeggiata' a to Piazza Tasso. You can stop by cafés and enjoy pleasant city views and of the sea beyond.

Limoncello Collection

Limoncello collection

This coast was so inspiring that I tried to capture the spirit of our experience through our Limoncello Collection. The collection captures the essence of lemons and sunny beaches and includes from pillow, art prints, barware, and makeup bags that feature light green and shades of yellow that seem as if they have been painted from a canvas. You will have fuelled daydreams of the Amalfi Coast for the day!

Read more

The most gorgeous turquoise water you've ever seen, fresh pasta, limoncello, bright boats – what’s not to adore about the Amalfi Coast in beautiful Italy? The Amalfi Coast is one of the most picturesque places in the world. On top of the sights, everyone is so hospitable, captivating and kind.

Being around all of these vivid colors and sights left me longing to create a collection that reminded me of my time there. When you go out to dinner in any of the towns in that area, they serve you little shots of icy cold limoncello after dinner. Oh...Italians and their wonderful digestif obsession. You can get used to it pretty easily.

Highlights of the Amalfi Coast

Highlights of the coast are Sorrento, Positano, Capri, Ravelo and Pompeii. Each day spent in any of these places is an endless feast of sights and taste.

Spectacular villas and hotels, a breathtaking view through death-defying winding roadways… everywhere you look, it’s like a postcard. Giant lemons, boats cruising, colorful flowers and people who also love this piece of heaven as much as I do. Così romantico!

The best way to explore a destination is with a local private guide. You can rent a boat, hike, visit a lot of interesting hidden places. Our local guide was Aurora. She was very easy to work with and kept us informed. Seeing the Amalfi Coast by private boat was amazing. We were able to stop anywhere we wanted and swim as long as we wanted. The views were truly awesome. We were taken to a beach restaurant for lunch that had excellent food. A waiter had a short story for us:

“George Clooney, Sting, Rod Stewart, Scarlett Johansson...”our waiter gestures towards the boats. 'They all come here during the summer...' He pauses dramatically…'But those boats don't belong to them. Theirs are molti (much) bigger,' he says. We couldn’t stop laughing. It was a wonderful relaxing day!

Travel in Italy

Ravello

Next day, we drive up to Ravello where I visit the famous Villa Rufolo or Cimbrone. The entrance is on the main square (Piazza Vescovado), just across from the Duomo. You enter through a 13th-century, square Moorish tower. After purchasing a ticket, you walk along an inner pathway until you reach the Moorish Cloister. Best known for its colonnade of pointed arches, the cloister is an outstanding example of the Arabic-Sicilian style of the period.

Positano

After that – Positano. It’s an amalgam of houses, arches, domes and bungansville, fall from the peak of Comune and Sant'Angelo a tre Pizzi mountains. The white houses are very similar to the ones you find in Greece.

Sorrento

lemon

When I think about Sorrento, I think about the city of orange and lemon groves. Land of mermaids, colors, mysteries and legends. Aurora told me to taste their local dish gnocchi Alla Sorrentina. It’s an Italian dish made with gnocchi, sauce and a few basil leaves that are simply mouthwatering. And then – limoncello. Sorrento's original limoncello is unlike any other. We recommend taking an evening stroll or 'passeggiata' a to Piazza Tasso. You can stop by cafés and enjoy pleasant city views and of the sea beyond.

Limoncello Collection

Limoncello collection

This coast was so inspiring that I tried to capture the spirit of our experience through our Limoncello Collection. The collection captures the essence of lemons and sunny beaches and includes from pillow, art prints, barware, and makeup bags that feature light green and shades of yellow that seem as if they have been painted from a canvas. You will have fuelled daydreams of the Amalfi Coast for the day!

Read more


Weekend Getaway: Hilton Head Island - 25 things to do with kids

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For sun, surf, sand and fun with the family, Hilton Head Island should be your next destination for that family vacation. Located in South Carolina, the island is home to beautiful sand beaches, amazing golf courses and a diverse range of activities that the children will really enjoy. Here are 25 things you can do with the kids there:

1. Head to the beach

The island has over 12 miles of white sand beaches where your kids will love to frolic and play. Head to either Coligny, Driessen Beach or Islanders Beach parks for playgrounds and picnics.

2. Visit the Lighthouse

The island features a red and white striped lighthouse which you can climb to the top of with your kids for spectacular views of the island.

3. Use the bike trails

One of the great qualities about Hilton Head Island is that it is a smaller island, so cars aren’t necessary. Miles and miles of bike paths make traveling by bike super easy, and a great adventure for the whole family.

4. See the butterflies

The Coastal Discovery Museum is a joy for small children since it offers scavenger hunts along with a beautiful butterfly exhibit for just $5 per child.

5. Visit the Honey Horn Campus

If you want your kids to know more about the Lowcountry along with its history and cultural heritage, then the Honey Horn Campus should be one of your main stops with the kids.

6. Visit the wildlife refuge

The Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge is a must-visit for families who love nature and all it has to offer. The reserve offers nature classrooms and is a favorite spot for wildlife photographers as well.

Hilton-Head-Island

 7. Dine and Sing

The Harbor Town Grill offers a kid friendly menu which features favorites ranging from grilled salmon to pizza. Stay in that spot if you want your family to enjoy sing-alongs from the guitarist who teaches the crowd silly songs.

8. Visit Live Oac

There is way more to see around the island than on it and if you want to know what you are missing, Live Oac can help. It’s a popular adventure company on the island which has been taking families around to explore it since 1996.

9. Disney never fails

If you just want to relax in your room at the resort or the rental, consider renting out a villa at the Disney Hilton Head Island Resort. Each comes with a full kitchen and many Disney inspired activities for the kiddies.

10. Try H2O Sports

What’s the use of visiting an island if you cannot have fun on the water? Hilton Head allows every visitor to do just that via Harbour Town Marina where you can sign up for several H2O Sports activities.

11. Zip down the ZipLine

Zip down Hilton Head from 75 feet up in the air for a thrill of a lifetime. Your family will love soaring between ancient pines and oaks while enjoying amazing views of the marshes and boats that make up the island.

12. Dine at the Java Burrito Company

For scrumptious burritos and a fully equipped coffee bar head to the Java Burrito Company. The diner offers the best atmosphere for a relaxed family hangout and has food to back up its popularity.

13. Have fun at the spa

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort offers families a range of family events so much so that you will have a hard time choosing. These include poolside movies, nature walks and sack races to name a few.

14. Visit Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie Island is a small island just off the coast of HHI that has just 250 people in residence. However, it also features resorts where you can take the whole family and have fun while at it.

15. Enjoy Seafood

If you enjoy fresh seafood and your family does too, then Hudson’s Seafood House should be one of your stops. The restaurant overlooks the port and offers spectacular views of the catch of the day as it comes in.

16. Explore the reserve

The  Audubon Society at the Hilton Head provides regular guided tours through the Preserve’s ecosystems which boast a range of indigenous flora and fauna that thrive there.

Boat-Dock-at-Hilton-Head-with-Great-Egret

17. Ride the Catamarans

A sunset cruise with the family will be safe and memorable on the island’s catamarans and you can take them for private sailing lessons or a trip around the island.

18. Visit the plaza

The plaza located at Coligny is perfect for families who wish to do some shopping while having fun. Treat your kids with Italian Ice from Rita’s or just sit by the pond and watch the ducks. At nights the Big Bamboo starts swinging with live bands that are great for the adults.

19. Dine at the Live Oak

The best time to enjoy everything the Live Oak restaurant has to offer is to come for brunch. Enjoy magnificent views of the Plantation Golf Club’s green expanse and your kids will love the food too.

20. Take a marsh tour

There are several companies that will take you through the wetlands via kayak, canoe, or boat to tour the beautiful areas that house so much wildlife around the island.

21. Enjoy the fireworks

In the summer months, the island blazes to life with fireworks on Tuesdays once the sun goes down over Shelter Cove Harbor. Visit in June through August to see them in person with the family.

22. Visit Adventure Cove

This family entertainment center is located in the middle of the island and offers a video arcade along with mini golf.

23. Visit Bristol Sports Park

This is a public skate park where you and the kids can use the basketball and roller hockey rink as much as you want to.

24. Visit Shelter Cove Community Park

This waterfront park has a wonderful boardwalk to enjoy the view, with lots of room for the kids to run and play. In the summers this park hosts many festivals and music events. The playground is a great place for kids to let out some energy before heading across the street to one of the many restaurants for dinner or lunch.

25. Head to the Sandbox

This is a hands-on interactive museum which offers a range of activities for kids and educational play options.

 

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Weekend Getaway: Hilton Head Island - 25 things to do with kids

Posted by Shelby Dillon on

For sun, surf, sand and fun with the family, Hilton Head Island should be your next destination for that family vacation. Located in South Carolina, the island is home to beautiful sand beaches, amazing golf courses and a diverse range of activities that the children will really enjoy. Here are 25 things you can do with the kids there:

1. Head to the beach

The island has over 12 miles of white sand beaches where your kids will love to frolic and play. Head to either Coligny, Driessen Beach or Islanders Beach parks for playgrounds and picnics.

2. Visit the Lighthouse

The island features a red and white striped lighthouse which you can climb to the top of with your kids for spectacular views of the island.

3. Use the bike trails

One of the great qualities about Hilton Head Island is that it is a smaller island, so cars aren’t necessary. Miles and miles of bike paths make traveling by bike super easy, and a great adventure for the whole family.

4. See the butterflies

The Coastal Discovery Museum is a joy for small children since it offers scavenger hunts along with a beautiful butterfly exhibit for just $5 per child.

5. Visit the Honey Horn Campus

If you want your kids to know more about the Lowcountry along with its history and cultural heritage, then the Honey Horn Campus should be one of your main stops with the kids.

6. Visit the wildlife refuge

The Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge is a must-visit for families who love nature and all it has to offer. The reserve offers nature classrooms and is a favorite spot for wildlife photographers as well.

Hilton-Head-Island

 7. Dine and Sing

The Harbor Town Grill offers a kid friendly menu which features favorites ranging from grilled salmon to pizza. Stay in that spot if you want your family to enjoy sing-alongs from the guitarist who teaches the crowd silly songs.

8. Visit Live Oac

There is way more to see around the island than on it and if you want to know what you are missing, Live Oac can help. It’s a popular adventure company on the island which has been taking families around to explore it since 1996.

9. Disney never fails

If you just want to relax in your room at the resort or the rental, consider renting out a villa at the Disney Hilton Head Island Resort. Each comes with a full kitchen and many Disney inspired activities for the kiddies.

10. Try H2O Sports

What’s the use of visiting an island if you cannot have fun on the water? Hilton Head allows every visitor to do just that via Harbour Town Marina where you can sign up for several H2O Sports activities.

11. Zip down the ZipLine

Zip down Hilton Head from 75 feet up in the air for a thrill of a lifetime. Your family will love soaring between ancient pines and oaks while enjoying amazing views of the marshes and boats that make up the island.

12. Dine at the Java Burrito Company

For scrumptious burritos and a fully equipped coffee bar head to the Java Burrito Company. The diner offers the best atmosphere for a relaxed family hangout and has food to back up its popularity.

13. Have fun at the spa

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort offers families a range of family events so much so that you will have a hard time choosing. These include poolside movies, nature walks and sack races to name a few.

14. Visit Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie Island is a small island just off the coast of HHI that has just 250 people in residence. However, it also features resorts where you can take the whole family and have fun while at it.

15. Enjoy Seafood

If you enjoy fresh seafood and your family does too, then Hudson’s Seafood House should be one of your stops. The restaurant overlooks the port and offers spectacular views of the catch of the day as it comes in.

16. Explore the reserve

The  Audubon Society at the Hilton Head provides regular guided tours through the Preserve’s ecosystems which boast a range of indigenous flora and fauna that thrive there.

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17. Ride the Catamarans

A sunset cruise with the family will be safe and memorable on the island’s catamarans and you can take them for private sailing lessons or a trip around the island.

18. Visit the plaza

The plaza located at Coligny is perfect for families who wish to do some shopping while having fun. Treat your kids with Italian Ice from Rita’s or just sit by the pond and watch the ducks. At nights the Big Bamboo starts swinging with live bands that are great for the adults.

19. Dine at the Live Oak

The best time to enjoy everything the Live Oak restaurant has to offer is to come for brunch. Enjoy magnificent views of the Plantation Golf Club’s green expanse and your kids will love the food too.

20. Take a marsh tour

There are several companies that will take you through the wetlands via kayak, canoe, or boat to tour the beautiful areas that house so much wildlife around the island.

21. Enjoy the fireworks

In the summer months, the island blazes to life with fireworks on Tuesdays once the sun goes down over Shelter Cove Harbor. Visit in June through August to see them in person with the family.

22. Visit Adventure Cove

This family entertainment center is located in the middle of the island and offers a video arcade along with mini golf.

23. Visit Bristol Sports Park

This is a public skate park where you and the kids can use the basketball and roller hockey rink as much as you want to.

24. Visit Shelter Cove Community Park

This waterfront park has a wonderful boardwalk to enjoy the view, with lots of room for the kids to run and play. In the summers this park hosts many festivals and music events. The playground is a great place for kids to let out some energy before heading across the street to one of the many restaurants for dinner or lunch.

25. Head to the Sandbox

This is a hands-on interactive museum which offers a range of activities for kids and educational play options.

 

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