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Special home, special site, special community IT’S THE PEOPLE
Celebrating Volunteers of the RBC Heritage
Great Food for Generations, Now with a New Vibe


The Referee

Maggie Marie Washo

Master of Coin

Marion Elizabeth Bowser


Kim Conrad Crouch

Master Handshaker

“Just Kandace” Cunningham

Lead Door Knocker

Morgan Ambler

Talent Delivery Specialist

Kaila Jeffcoat

The Art Critic

Jevon Daly

Mascot in Training

Buoy Conrad Crouch Pritchard

The Gatekeepers

Greta Von Bowser

Vincent Von Bowser

The Cut & Paste Crew

Catherine Davies

Hunter Kostylo

Aspiring Novelists

Jesse Blanco

Margaret Crenshaw

Courtney Hampson

Lynn Cope Hummell

Barry Kaufman

Chef Lynn Michelle

Daniel Moskowitz

Alan Perry

Cheryl Ricer

Larry Toomer

Sheila Tucker

Lighting Experts

Photograhy by Kellie McCann

Photography by M.Kat

Photography by Doug Smith, Houzpics

Lisa Staff Photography

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ow did I not know that more than 1,500 volunteers assist in making the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing happen every year? Perhaps I had heard that number thrown about sometime in the 17 years we’ve been talking about Hilton Head Island’s premier event, but it really hit home as I listened to Susan Wehrmaker talk about the two days it took them to prepare and organize the uniforms for this joyful army. In a peek at what happens from the other side of the ropes, we interview 10 of those special volunteers on page 30. They share their favorite golf moments and weigh in on whether it’s OK to wear plaid every day of the tournament, or just on Saturday.

Continuing our journey through Sea Pines (unarguably THE place to be in April), we stopped by the Beach Club to catch up with Rob Mondavi, Amiri Farris, Mark Bowman and Matt Roher to learn about a unique wine collaboration, now available at the resort restaurants. Read the story about how this crew came together on page 76.

Of course, no Heritage coverage is complete without a CH2-style fashion spread featuring cute ensembles to strut at the tournament and the myriad of after-parties. Special thanks to the crew at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina for hosting our shoot, which you can find on page 80.

Margaret Crenshaw is back this month with her column on the bygone days of Hilton Head Island. Head over to page 48 to learn more about the first decade of development and how instrumental Charles Fraser’s wife, Mary, was in making Sea Pines a success.

I personally want to extend a giant thank you to Sheila Tucker-Critchley for giving us all the strength and permission to say NO this month. I think this one is especially difficult for us females,

although all people pleasers should head over to page 107 for guidance on how to utter these two tiny letters.

There are so many fun things in this April issue. Jesse Blanco waxes poetic about burgers, Musicians in Bathrooms is back with fiddle-phenom Alice Gould and Chef Lynn Michelle and Cassandra share their favorite recipes for your RBC Heritage gathering. We also headed out to Palmetto Bluff to check out Michael Kronimus’ new masterpiece.

We hope you enjoy – we’ll see you at the tourney! 

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Jevon Daly and Maggie Washo at the RBC Heritage, circa 2023. Hunter Kostylo, Maggie Washo, Kim Crouch and Palmer Hunter, Maggie and Jevon pose for a quick snap with Sir Willie



Some people might tell you that the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing represents our community because it shares the beauty of our home with a worldwide audience every year. Some might point to the rich traditions of the tournament as the strongest testament to the way it has encapsulated the Lowcountry. These people aren’t wrong, but generally they fail to mention the single greatest reason why the Heritage is our tournament – why we embrace it and make it our own in the way that no one else does. It’s the people.

Since the first iteration of the Heritage in 1969, when a starry-eyed dreamer named Charles Fraser brought a community together to help his fledgling tournament fly, it has been the people of the Lowcountry who have kept it going. Volunteering for the tournament isn’t just a way to “give back.” It’s a way to be a part of the story.

In this way, Fraser built this tournament from the ground up to belong to the people of Hilton Head Island. Sure, we spend a week sharing it with a few thousand visitors and a global audience of millions. But it’s ours. And that’s why volunteers like these locals show up year after year to add their own chapter to the story of the Heritage.


Volunteer role: Hospitality

Years volunteering: 7

What inspired you to become a volunteer for the RBC Heritage? It’s the biggest event on the island all year and it’s in my home plantation, within walking distance from my house. When I moved here, it was the best way for me to meet new people. Now that I understand more about what Heritage is, I keep volunteering because I love the Heritage spirit and the joy it brings to so many! It’s a great way to give back to the community and witness great golf. If you want to enjoy Heritage in a more behind the scenes role and have the most fun while doing it, I highly recommend volunteering!

Have you volunteered in multiple roles? If so, what was your favorite? Every position that I’ve volunteered in has been my favorite for that year. For three years, I volunteered in the 18th green sky box, two years in the shotlink position, and one year I was a marquee sign ambassador. I have loved every role I’ve played because you cannot go wrong. I have Heritage to thank for keeping me up and moving. After walking the course as a marquee ambassador, I have walked more than 5 miles daily and loved every step.

Which pro golfer would you really like to meet and why? I’m not a golfer so I don’t have a favorite based on their golf game, but in my year as a marquee ambassador, I got to follow Stewart Cink as he won the RBC Heritage in 2021. He won my heart with his family values and genuine spirit. I thoroughly enjoyed watching him play and win with his son as his caddy. Witnessing their relationship both professionally and as a family was special to see. He exuded family values even when his head was in the game, and that’s what Heritage is all about – family fun and beautiful golf.

Most memorable moment while either attending or volunteering at the RBC Heritage? My story happened when I volunteered in the 18th green sky box. A woman showed up in a golf cart without credentials. I was pulled by my supervisor to escort her up to the RBC suite and play host to her. She introduced herself to me as Mary Fraser and you would have thought I was meeting Taylor Swift. I was in awe of her stories and presence, as I was in the presence of Hilton Head royalty! I was consumed by every word as we made conversation throughout lunch. She asked where I lived in Sea Pines and she lit up when hearing my address. In her sweet Southern accent she told me, “I have dined in your backyard.” She proceeded to tell me how the builder of my house, Donald O’Quinn, and her husband were best friends and they hosted the very first Heritage Oyster Roast 50 years ago in my backyard, with many other notable attendants including Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicholas. She made my day by sharing such an incredible story about the house that I had just moved into. I happily repeat this story to anyone who will listen. Is it OK to get your plaid on every day or should you save it for Saturday? I think you should rock your plaid 24/7 every day that week. I go grocery shopping in my plaid, I’ve been known to attend church in my plaid, and I believe the Heritage spirit is all week long!

Are you a golfer and, if so, what’s your favorite course to conquer? I am not a golfer. I like to refer to myself as a “Heritage enthusiast.” My children cringe when I call myself an RBC groupie. Thankfully, I have learned a lot about golf throughout my years of volunteering and have an appreciation of the sport as a spectator.

Volunteer role: Courier Years volunteering: 6

What inspired you to become a volunteer for the RBC Heritage? My husband and I joined together and he soon became a red coat. Have you volunteered in multiple roles? If so, what was your favorite? I started with him in traffic.

Which pro golfer would you really like to meet and why? Jim Furyk – he’s been so good for so long.

Most memorable moment while either attending or volunteering at the RBC Heritage? I got to drive Graeme McDowell and his family the year he won, and Jordan Spieth the year he won the Masters – both such really nice men.

Is it OK to get your plaid on every day or should you save it for Saturday? Every day! Are you a golfer and, if so, what’s your favorite course to conquer? No, but I live on a Sea Pines course.

Years volunteering: 5

What inspired you to become a volunteer for the RBC Heritage? I follow some golf on TV and had been to other tournaments, so I thought it would be fun to participate at the RBC Heritage.

Have you volunteered in multiple roles? If so, what was your favorite? I have been a Hospitality Ambassador each year, but the role can change a bit or the area you work can be different, too.

Which pro golfer would you really like to meet and why? Jorden Speith, because he’s great with the kids that come to watch and he seems like a very nice person.

Most memorable moment while either attending or volunteering at the RBC Heritage? The opening ceremonies and the cannon firing are a great experience!

Is it ok to get your plaid on every day or should you save it for Saturday? You can wear it every day, but you can go over the top on Saturday! It’s fun to see patrons get their plaid on for Saturday!

Are you a golfer and, if so, what’s your favorite course to conquer? I haven’t played in a long time, but I love riding around on any course. They’re always so beautiful!

CINDY RUSH Volunteer role: Hospitality Ambassador

Volunteer role: Hospitality Ambassador

Years volunteering: 5

What inspired you to become a volunteer for the RBC Heritage? Throughout my life, I have always tried to volunteer in the community where I lived. When I moved to Hilton Head 6 years ago, I found out about the RBC, its mission of giving back to the island, and the volunteering positions available. I knew I had to participate. I have always enjoyed my time volunteering for this tournament. Have you volunteered in multiple roles? If so, what was your favorite? I have always been a Hospitality Ambassador. I enjoy my interactions with the tournament visitors. I love working with the people who volunteer as Hospitality Ambassadors. All are energetic “people persons” who really make the volunteer time a pleasure.. Which pro golfer would you really like to meet and why? Although I didn’t follow golf prior to moving to Hilton Head,

I would like to meet Tommy Fleetwood. The first year I volunteered, I observed how wonderful he was with the fans, especially the kids. Since then, I have always cheered for him in the tournaments he played.

Most memorable moment while either attending or volunteering at the RBC Heritage? I had the opportunity to walk on the 18th hole with the dignitaries and volunteers last year for the opening ceremony. It was a treat to be able to participate.

Is it OK to get your plaid on every day or should you save it for Saturday? I like the idea of one special day of the tournament dedicated to everyone wearing plaid. It is really enjoyable to see the ensembles that people create. Are you a golfer and, if so, what’s your favorite course to conquer? I don’t golf, but now I do like watching others play.


Volunteer role: Vice-Chair, Volunteer Tent & Uniforms

Years volunteering: 14

Volunteer role: Caddy Operations

Years volunteering: First time volunteer


What inspired you to become a volunteer for the RBC Heritage? When I saw how much my husband, George, who is now Vice-Chair of the back nine, enjoyed being a part of the Heritage, I knew I wanted to participate as well.

Have you volunteered in multiple roles? If so, what was your favorite? Sometimes you get lucky! I was assigned to the Volunteer Tent my first year and it was a perfect fit for me. It is a joy to meet and assist many of the 1,500-plus volunteers who come into the tent during the Heritage.

Which pro golfer would you really like to meet and why?

Tiger Woods! I followed him when he won The Farmers Insurance Open at Tory Pines in 2013. He was more incredible in person than on TV.

Most memorable moment while either attending or volunteering at the RBC Heritage? Since I am inside the tent, I don’t get to see much of the golf itself. I try not to miss the Boeing Flyover which is one of the events that make the Heritage such fun. There is a bad memorable moment that I pray never happens again: One morning at 6 a.m., when I was opening the tent for the day, none of the coffee machines were working. You do NOT want to tell scores of volunteers there will be no coffee.

Is it OK to get your plaid on every day or should you save it for Saturday? Of course, you should wear your plaid any day but it is a MUST on Saturday!

Are you a golfer and, if so, what’s your favorite course to conquer? As a very casual golfer I play as much to enjoy my surroundings as the game itself. Two of my favorites are the Robert Trent Jones course in Palmetto Dunes and Old South in Bluffton.

What inspired you to become a volunteer for the RBC Heritage? I grew up on the island, and Heritage has always been a part of my world. I remember babysitting for Greg Norman as a teenager. I’ve attended every Heritage since my husband and I moved back home in 2014 but I really thought I’d like to do something useful for the tournament. Plus, I really respect Martha Stichweh, who is in charge of caddy ops, so I wanted to work for her.

Have you volunteered in multiple roles? If so, what was your favorite? This is my first time volunteering for Heritage. Which pro golfer would you really like to meet and why? I love Jordan Spieth. I really enjoy watching him play, first of all. But it meant a lot that he came down and played here after winning the Masters. So many players used to kind of blow off coming to Hilton Head after the pressure of the Masters. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for him for that alone. Most memorable moment while either attending or volunteering at the RBC Heritage? In 2015, my father and I went to the tournament together specifically for the Boeing 787 flyover. He was a military and commercial airline pilot and I am a commercial airline pilot. So it meant a lot to go watch the flyover together.

Is it OK to get your plaid on every day or should you save it for Saturday? Well, I’m biased as I also am a big Scottish rugby supporter, so I say plaid every day!

Are you a golfer and, if so, what’s your favorite course to conquer? I have had to give up golf, but I used to be a badto-truly-terrible golfer, depending on the day. But I always enjoyed it. And any course was great as long as I had good company.


Volunteer role: Co-Captain, Hole 3 Gallery Management

Years volunteering: 9

What inspired you to become a volunteer for the RBC Heritage? I had volunteered at the BMW Championship when I was in Chicago and, when we moved down here, I wanted to continuing volunteering at a golf tourney and was able to sign up for the Heritage.

Have you volunteered in multiple roles? If so, what was your favorite? In other tournaments, I was a walking scorer which I liked very much, but being a co-captain is a cool job. I like being in charge. Most memorable moment while either attending or volunteering at the RBC Heritage? The most memorable was while working the Wednesday Pro Am when an AM hit a spectator and then the ball ricocheted off her and hit another spectator. Needed to get the Biker EMTs to the scene. The flyover of the Boeing jet is always a sight as well.

Is it OK to get your plaid on every day or should you save it for Saturday? I think every day should be a plaid day, because not everyone goes on Saturday and they want to be part of Plaid Nation too.

Are you a golfer and, if so, what’s your favorite course to conquer? I am a golfer; I run a ladies’ league at Hilton Head Lakes in Hardeeville.


Volunteer role: Ambassador

Years volunteering: 2

What inspired you to become a volunteer for the RBC Heritage? I attended the tournament as a spectator for several years prior to living on Hilton Head Island. I was always impressed with the quality of the event.

Have you volunteered in multiple roles? If so, what was your favorite? Started last year as an Ambassador in the Calibogue Club venues on the 8th and 15th. This year, I will be a hole captain with the Ambassadors.

Which pro golfer would you really like to meet and why? Jordan Spieth. I love his attitude and his personal lifestyle. He’s a family man, young, bright, and has high integrity with the game.

Most memorable moment while either attending or volunteering at the RBC Heritage? Watching the playoff last year on the 18th hole.

Is it OK to get your plaid on every day or should you save it for Saturday? I like the fact that plaid is done on Saturday. It makes that day special.

Are you a golfer and, if so, what’s your favorite course to conquer? Yes, I’m an 8.5 index and have played since I was 9 years old. My favorite course is Pebble Beach.

Volunteer role: Team Captain, Hospitality Ambassadors

Years volunteering: 13

What inspired you to become a volunteer for the RBC Heritage? I wanted to serve the community and help provide donations to the various charities in our area.

Have you volunteered in multiple roles?

If so, what was your favorite? Hospitality Ambassador is my favorite because of the interaction with spectators and providers.

Which pro golfer would you really like to meet and why? Jack Nicklaus, because of his various accomplishments as a golfer and golf course designer.

Most memorable moment while either attending or volunteering at the RBC Heritage? Spending about 15 minutes talking to Jim Nance.

Is it OK to get your plaid on every day or should you save it for Saturday? Saturday. Are you a golfer and, if so, what’s your favorite course to conquer? Yes, and Rose Hill Golf Course.


Volunteer role: 9th Hole Gallery Management

Years volunteering: 2

What inspired you to become a volunteer for the RBC Heritage? My desire to support the community, join the strong network of volunteers, and highlight our outstanding golfers firsthand.

Have you volunteered in multiple roles? If so, what was your favorite? I haven’t served in any other roles.

Which pro golfer would you really like to meet and why? Jordan Spieth. He has a great attitude toward golf, the fans, and the growth of the game, especially young kids.

Most memorable moment while either attending or volunteering at the RBC Heritage? Sahith Theegala’s compassion toward a volunteer when he hit his tee shot off the volunteer’s head near the 9th green.

Is it ok to get your plaid on every day or should you save it for Saturday? Why not every day? It’s who we are.

Are you a golfer and, if so, what’s your favorite course to conquer? I personally love all the golf courses on Hilton Head Island and have played them all. When you play any of our courses, you are playing in paradise!


Photography by M. Kat

Special thanks to Charlotte Hardwick for your gracious hospitality (as always!)


Chef Lynne Michelle and Cassandra Shultz share a few of their favorite treats for your next golf gathering. From salads and mocktails to dessert and cocktails, we’ve got ideas to inspire.

Find most of these plates, glasses and serving platters at Cassandra’s Kitchen in the Promenade in Bluffton.

Cassandra Shultz, owner of Cassandra’s Kitchen in Bluffton, and Chef Lynn Michelle, the East Coast Chef, collaborate on recipes for your next RBC Heritage party.


(Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Courtesy Chef Lynn Michelle

12 nice size mushrooms

2 cups farro (use quinoa for gluten free), cooked and cooled on a baking sheet

chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained ¼ cup sweet onion, chopped finely

½ cup fresh tarragon, washed, dried, and chopped roasted red peppers, chopped

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground pepper

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon Italian seasoning

½ cup shredded cheese, for topping


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Clean mushrooms and carefully cut out stems; place stems in a small bowl. Pat dry the mushroom caps and place onto a parchment paper-lined baking pan. Put the mushroom caps into the hot oven for 10 minutes to “sweat” the mushrooms. Remove from oven and flip the mushrooms over to drain out the liquid.

Finely chop the mushroom stems.

In a large mixing bowl, carefully blend the cooked farro, chickpeas, onion, mushroom stems, roasted red peppers, tarragon, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning.

Optional at this point: You may add a little sherry to the inside of the mushroom cap. Using a small spoon, scoop some mixture into the mushroom cap and fill to your desired amount.

Top with some cheese and place into the hot oven for around 15 minutes or until the top is golden brown.


Courtesy Chef Lynn Michelle

1 box large elbow noodles, cooked and drained ½ pound ham, cut into small, bite-size cubes

4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

8 eggs, slightly beaten

½ teaspoon salt

1 tsp. ground black pepper

1 tsp. onion flake

3 cups half and half

½ cup milk

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

1 ½ cups chopped pimentos (roasted peppers)

¼ cup pimento juice from jar of roasted peppers


Preheat oven to 375°

Place foil cupcake papers onto the muffin trays. In a large bowl, blend eggs, half and half, milk, onion flake, salt, pepper, garlic powder; add chopped pimentos. Continue to blend slowly to create a creamy mixture.

Slowly add shredded sharp cheddar cheese and cubed ham while blending alternately with pimento juice. Note: More liquid may need to be added for desired texture of pimento cheese macaroni.

Place a foil cupcake paper into your hands and carefully spoon the mixture into the cupcake foils and replace into muffin tin. Optional: Top off with additional mixture and a little grated cheese. Place muffin tray into the hot oven for approximately 20 minutes or until top is golden brown. Serve hot.

Important note: Use SHARP cheddar cheese. Anything else will not produce the nice pungent flavor that you are looking for in your pimento cheese.

YIELD: 3 dozen “cupcakes” or one 9 X13 greased baking pan


(Vegan-Vegetarian- Gluten Free)

Courtesy Chef Lynn Michelle

2 cups uncooked quinoa, cooked and cooled

2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

¼ cup olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

¾ teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoon Italian seasonings

4 large carrots, peeled and small diced

1 red pepper, small diced

1 orange pepper, small diced

1 yellow pepper, small diced

¼ cup sweet onion, minced

10 cherry tomatoes, garnish

6 asparagus spears, steamed, for garnish


In a large bowl, place cooked quinoa, carrots, all peppers, onion, and blend with a wooden spoon. Add toasted sesame oil, olive oil, salt, black pepper, Italian seasonings. Mix carefully and well with a wooden spoon.

Season to taste.

Place quinoa mixture into decorative bowl or platter and garnish with cherry tomatoes and asparagus.


1 bottle Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider (non-alcoholic)

1 jar of dark bing cherries

3 mandarin oranges, juiced

2 limes, juiced

½ lemon, juiced

1 small bunch, fresh mint- (optional)


In a large decorative pitcher, muddle 8 leaves mint and lime juice on the bottom of the pitcher, add lemon juice, mandarin orange juice, gently stir. Add ¼ cup of dark bing cherry juice, half of cherries in jar to the pitcher, entire bottle of Martinelli’s Apple Cider. Blend with a few stirs, serve in a highball glass and garnish with fresh mint, dark bing cherries, mandarin orange wheel.

TARTAN SPRITZER MOCKTAIL Courtesy Chef Lynn Michelle


Juice of one lemon

1 clove of garlic grated

1 teaspoon of paprika

1 teaspoon fresh thyme


1 lb. large shrimp

12 slices of bacon


Position oven rack 3 inches from the broiler and preheat.

Whisk lemon juice, garlic, paprika, thyme, olive oil and ½ teaspoon of salt in shallow baking dish. Add the shrimp and toss to coat.

Marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Turn the shrimp in the marinade to coat well. One at a time, remove each shrimp and wrap with a piece of bacon. Secure with toothpick. Place seam-side down on baking sheet. Spoon any remaining marinade over shrimp. Broil, turning shrimp once, until the bacon is slightly crisp and cooked through, about 5 minutes.


Courtesy of Ina Garten

2 tea bags, such as Earl Grey or English Breakfast

2 cups boiling water

½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

½ cup sugar syrup

(see Cook’s Note)

1 cup good bourbon, such as Maker’s Mark

½ lemon, cut through the stem and cut in ¼ inch-thick halfrounds


Place the tea bags in a 2-cup glass measuring cup and add the boiling water. Allow to steep for 10 minutes, then discard the tea bags. Pour the iced tea into a large pitcher and add the lemon juice, sugar syrup and bourbon. To serve, fill highball glasses half full with ice and pour in the drink mixture. Garnish with a half-round of lemon and serve ice cold. Cook’s Note: To make sugar syrup, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook until the mixture is clear. Cool and refrigerate indefinitely.



Courtesy Chef Lynn Michelle

1 ½ pounds, roasted dill salmon; remove skin and cut into thin strips

salt to season

black pepper to season

dill to season

olive oil

grilled lamb lollipops

1 lb. package ground lamb

1, 12 oz. beef filet mignon, cut into thin strips

rosemary to season

garlic powder to season

romaine lettuce, washed, drained, dried bibb lettuce, washed, drained, dried


roasted red peppers

pickled ginger

hoisin sauce

mint jelly


On a large platter, arrange small decorative bowls of mint jelly, hoisin sauce, pickled ginger.

Spread the individual leaves of romaine and bibb lettuce around the platter.

Slice fresh salmon in strips and coat with olive oil, salt, black pepper, and dill. Sauté in a small pan until done. Place in a decorative bowl and place on platter.

Slice beef filet mignon into strips and coat lightly with olive oil, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Sauté in a small pan until done. Place in a decorative bowl and place on platter.

Season lamb lollipop with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, crushed rosemary. Grill, broil or cook on high heat in a pan until done. Place the lamb lollipop arranged around the platter.

Season the ground lamb with salt, black pepper, crushed rosemary; form into small oval burgers and grill or sauté in a pan until internal temperature of 160°. Arrange burgers on platter.



Courtesy of Ina Garten

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tbsp. sugar, plus extra for sprinkling 1 tbsp. baking powder

1 tsp. kosher salt

12 tbsp. cold unsalted butter (1 ½ sticks), diced

2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten ½ cup heavy cream, chilled

1 egg beaten with 2 tablespoons water or milk, for egg wash

To assemble:

1 cup heavy cream, chilled

2 tablespoons sugar

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced 1 pint raspberries

1 orange, zest removed in long strips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift the flour, 1 tbsp. sugar, the baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Blend in the butter at the lowest speed and mix until the butter is the size of peas.

Combine the eggs and heavy cream and quickly add to the flour and butter mixture. Mix until just blended. The dough will be sticky.

Dump the dough out onto a wellfloured surface. Flour your hands and pat the dough out ¾-inch thick. You should see lumps of butter in the dough.

Cut 6 or 7 biscuits with a 2 ¾ -inch fluted cutter and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment.

Brush the tops with the egg wash. Sprinkle with sugar and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the outsides are crisp and the insides are fully baked. Let cool on a wire rack.

To assemble, whip the cream and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment until soft peaks form. Add the vanilla and continue to beat until the peaks are stiff.

Split each shortcake in half crosswise and place the bottom half on a plate. Spoon whipped cream on top, then place the sliced peaches and raspberries on the whipped cream. Garnish with the orange zest, then place the other half of the shortcake on top and serve.


Musings from Across the Creek:


From my desk across the creek, I continue the story of Hilton Head Island’s first decade of development. All of the factual information I have sourced for this article is from a speech written by Laura Lawton Fraser, daughter of Sea Pines Resort developer Charles E. Fraser, which she gave to the Masters in Real Estate Class at Clemson University in 2014. Her insight comes from a deeply personal account of being raised in Sea Pines and learning by her father’s side.

In today’s world, no one would dream of creating a community without land use covenants. Charles was far ahead of his time.

I previously described how Charles E. Fraser had set his heart on developing the island. He left what could have been a lucrative, lifelong career in law to pursue a dream. His dream was to turn this mosquito-infested, swamp waterinfused maritime forest known as Hilton Head Island into a sun soaked, warm breeze paradise for visitors and locals alike to live, work and play. He dreamed large.

The first real line of business was setting legal principles into place for what his dream community would look like. He wrote a 150-page document of land use covenants, the first of its kind, detailing what could be built on the land –and what could not. Prior to Charles’ forethought on this subject, these types of principles had not been outlined in any other community. He had learned of this British concept, however, while studying at Yale Law School.

He was concerned about making a profit, but more importantly, he cared deeply for the island and for being a good steward of the earth. He wanted to ensure that the development of the island wouldn’t interfere with the beauty of the surrounding landscape. He spent significant time and money to get the foundation just right before building. He pledged from the beginning to preserve 1,200 acres as a nature preserve, without gaining any tax benefits.

The first project Charles set forth was the building of the William Hilton Inn, the first luxury accommodation on the island. (The Marriott Grand Ocean is now located on the original site of the Inn.)

The 80-room inn was important to attract guests to visit the island, and, ultimately, purchase a homesite in the new Sea Pines Plantation. The first year of the Inn’s existence averaged only two guests per night. Charles was undeterred. He knew that if visitors could spend time here, they would fall in love with the island – just as he had – and want to make it home.

On November 30, 1963, Charles married Mary Stone, whose parents owned Stone Manufacturing Company in Greenville, South Carolina. Mary and

Published by permission from the Charles E. Fraser Estate, with editorial assistance from Laura Lawton Fraser.
Captions are listed left to right, top to bottom: 1) Charles and Mary Fraser at a gala event at the William Hilton Inn, late 1960’s; 2) Mary Fraser regularly visited the Montessori School, bringing new materials for the students; 3) Charles Fraser with his daughter, Laura Lawton and beloved Saint Bernard, Cinderella, who is buried in a marked grave at the Fraser Circle in Sea Pines.

Charles were a perfect union. Mary not only supported Charles’ efforts, but she was very involved with the business in the early years, entertaining guests and making them feel welcome.

The Frasers hosted an oyster roast and cocktail party at their home in Sea Pines every Friday night for the next six years in order to welcome new property owners and Inn guests. Mary and Charles were particularly focused on helping the new residents get to know one another and fostering a sense of community.

Charles would make the invitation list and Mary would hand deliver the invitations to the home buyers and guests. They were an incredible team in these efforts, which I believe made all the difference in the very beginning.

Charles had a flair for charm and Mary was the ultimate hostess, handling the details of each party with the given resources of the time, which was not a lot. Imagine having close access to only one grocery store!

Mary had to be creative. She made many trips to Savannah for provisions and party props. Everyone who ever was a passenger in her car knows she made these trips in record time! It helped that the 2,000 guests who attended their wedding had gifted them an abundance of silver serving pieces and trays, which Mary used to dazzling effect.

I am grateful that I had the chance to speak with Mary just a few years ago about these early days. Her passion in explaining to me her amount of involvement in the business was poignant. I was struck by how hard Mary worked to overcome the initial hurdles of living on a barrier island with few conveniences.

During these early years, Charles’ dreams were large but his budget was small. He relied on his sales team to sell

a homesite in time to make the company’s payroll. When once he made the mistake of complaining of the financial stress to his father, Gen. Joseph B. Fraser, the General retorted that Charles should sell the Sea Pines Company and go to work for someone else. He reminded Charles of how, during the Depression, he never knew each week if he could make payroll for his employees at his timber company in Liberty County, Georgia.

And that was just the nudge Charles needed to go out and make sales.

All this business went on from his car office before the days of cell phones and instant information from the internet. He hooked up a regular phone to the horn in his car and the horn would sound when a call came in. Imagine doing business while driving along dirt roads – because there was no money for paving them.

Charles raised enough money to build the first golf course in Sea Pines but fell short on funds to build a pro shop. His improvisation skills came into play again when he dreamed up a lean-to with an oyster shell floor to create a temporary pro shop.

One by one, homesites would sell and he would pave more roads. The open-air golf shed gave way to a multifunctioning golf shop and dining area. And then when he had enough funds for his first sales office, Charles hired architect John Wade of Savannah to plan the structure, with plenty of grassy area that would make a great playground.

Even though he was creating a successful resort, Charles’ primary goal was to preserve the natural beauty of the island’s maritime forest by conserving the natural environment. He promised the homeowners that he would permanently set aside 1,200 acres of the land to remain free from development.


He was able to reserve 25% of the property.

Charles also succeeded financially. “There is no law that says ugliness pays,” he said. “I selected beauty and set out to make it work economically.”

Developing that additional 25% of land could have brought an even greater margin of profit, but Charles wouldn’t have it any other way.

In 1960, there was only one golf course and homesites were selling for $10,000 each.

Fast forward to 1969, when the third course – the famed Harbour Town Golf Links – was built. Homesites increased in value to $65,000 each. Another decade later, homesite prices ballooned to $700,000. These days, homesites sell for millions.

Not only did the success of Sea Pines bolster the economy of the island, but also the whole of Beaufort County. In 1956, Hilton Head real estate property taxes contributed only 1% of the county’s total. Thirty years later, it paid a whopping 75% of the county’s taxes.

Financial success was not all that motivated Charles. He was extremely grateful when he was honored by his peers. Among other honors, he was awarded the Citation of Excellence in Community Planning from the American Institutes of Architects, and the 1985 Urban Land Institute award for Excellence for Large Scale Community planning. In 1997, he received the Order of The Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor.

Charles’ new community would not be complete without institutions for learning and churches for people to gather. Charles donated the land for the first private school on the island, Sea Pines Academy, now known as Hilton Head Preparatory School, as well as the land for the first Montessori School on the island, which was started by his wife Mary in 1968.

Along with members of the original Hilton Head Company partners, Charles gave land for numerous churches. Charles and Mary’s daughter, Laura Lawton Fraser, said, “I am convinced that donating the best commercial land he owned back to God was the wisest strategic move he ever made and it was what ensured the success of Sea Pines. All of these donations were done without any tax gains. They are also largely unknown. There are no plaques or monuments recording these gifts. But his gifts reflected his heart.”

Charles envisioned his new development as a resort and he made tremendous strides to place its foundation in the first decade. He dreamed of “something” that would be the heart of the development, so he and Mary had many meaningful conversations about what that would be. They traveled to other communities to get ideas. Nothing seemed to be just right for Sea Pines. Other communities weren’t an island like Hilton Head. Whatever it was to be, it had to be natural for an island.

One day, with all the flair and personality that Charles was known for, he said to Mary, “I’ll build a harbor. A harbor town.”

And Mary said, “That’s it!”

From my desk across the creek, I pause to remember how influential Mary was to Charles in the early days and how much she contributed to the success of Sea Pines. Mary set out to make everyone who came to the island feel at home.

Volunteerism was and still is at the core of the island’s success, and no one exemplified it better than Mary. She didn’t just demonstrate it, she taught all those around her to follow in her footsteps. The strong force of Mary and all the executives’ wives that pressed on in the early days to build what we have today is memorable, noble, and admirable.

Next month we’ll explore more about how the iconic Harbour Town became the heart and soul of Sea Pines, and how the annual PGA Heritage Golf Tournament was born. 



Once upon a time, in a land shaped like a shoe, dreaming of one day living here seemed all that we could do. We explored fee simple options, our lender knew we could chew, but then we met a Realtor, who introduced rental revenue. A call to our accountant expanded our once-limited menu, for wealth-building with memories was validated to be true.

Along the way, we deferred our gains with guests supporting the way, until we arrived at the special course, that “dream” once far away.

So thank you to the homeowners who still have a space for fee, the occupancy facilitated supports education and industry. Work, service, or vacation; I believe we all agree, the benefits of rental foster year-round cultural variety.

So, let’s take a dive and explore the details I must plea, because writing rhymes of metaphor is not my specialty.

How extraordinary is it that so many citizens of Hilton Head Island and the surrounding Lowcountry have lived this fairy tale? For many more this fairy tale will remain just that until they are able to identify their

11 Armada, a home offered for rent by Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
The balance of workers to provide the essential services and the revenue from visiting patrons is imperative to maintaining our quality of life. It also helps sustain the abundance and variety of year-round options like affordable, quality essential services along with the cultural luxuries of restaurants and entertainment.

own comfort in overcoming the unknown and bringing it into balance with their risk tolerance.

This article will unpack some of the biggest risk-hurdles of second home ownership. However, I wish to lead with the ancillary benefits of this ownership model, including its vitality to our local economy, because it is HUGE!

Second homeowners and investors in our Lowcountry region currently deliver the best means to facilitate the housing of seasonal visitors as well as our workforce. This is a simple function of our housing buildout being nearly maxed out due to low density and the restrictive covenants that protect and preserve our lands. Today, the viability of our region is dependent upon second homeowners, including investors, being in balance with primary owners.

The balance of workers to provide the essential services and the revenue from visiting patrons is imperative to maintaining our quality of life. It also helps sustain the abundance and variety of yearround options like affordable, quality essential services along with the cultural luxuries of restaurants and entertainment. Yes, we are entirely dependent on the availability of a workforce to facilitate necessary services, from healthcare and education all the way to sanitation and transportation.

Second homeowners are also critical to our future generations as they literally hold our future in their hands. By “future,” I mean the children of our county and state. More specifically, the real estate property taxes on second homes and businesses are contributing to our school operations fees, but primary residences are not.

Seriously, you will not find school operations fees impacting the bottom line of the real estate tax bill of any primary owner residence, unless that primary homeowner failed to file their South Carolina Legal Residence Exemption Application. Primary owners can thank Act 388, passed by our 2006 state legislature, for this benefit.

Before jumping to judgment about the inequities of Act 388, there are some second homeowner benefits to note. Things like the 15% cap over five years on real market value established at the time of the transaction, or “point of sale,” help reduce some future carrying cost risk, and are especially helpful to any discretionary income, second homeowners. But if you are looking for my opinion, my belief is it was one of those “seemed like a great idea at the time” decisions.

Fortunately, the best all-time decision so many primary homeowners in our Lowcountry recognize is their version of my opening fairy tale. Yes, they visited, loved it, and knew this is the place they would love to call home. If they were years out from moving here, they could rent long-term to offset some or all carrying costs. For those desiring memories from seasonal use in addition to investment benefits, short-term rentals delivered the answer. In both scenarios, there was the calculated risk/benefit equation, and then there was the emotional leap of faith.

In my tenure as broker-in-charge of Dunes Real Estate, I’ve come to understand that acquiring a second home often involves navigating the emotional elements as much as, if not more than, the financial ones. The key to overcoming these challenges lies in the expertise

of a property manager, who can offer not just oversight but also peace of mind.

To gain deeper insights into this subject, I reached out to two esteemed property management professionals in the Lowcountry. Their experiences and perspectives are invaluable, particularly in debunking common misconceptions and offering guidance to prospective second homeowners.

Brian Tierney, owner of Foreshore LLC, has extensive experience with long-term rentals in Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island. He noted a widespread misconception among homeowners regarding rental rates.

“Many people have heard from friends, relatives, their Realtor, etc., that rental rates are so high,” he explained, clarifying that while rates remain elevated, they have not maintained the peak seen immediately after COVID. This situation, he suggests, resulted from a temporary shortage of rental inventory, which, although no longer as severe, still influences community perceptions. Tierney highlights the reason it is critical to rely on field experts for accurate rental histories and projections.

Jamie Delsandro, director of property management at Palmetto Dunes Resort, handles short-term rentals and emphasizes the importance of clear communication in addressing misconceptions. “My way of dealing with (these misunderstandings) is the same as it is with any difficult or touchy subject – head on and with full disclosure,” she said. For Delsandro, laying these issues to rest early is essential for



forging successful client relationships.

When it comes to advising prospective second homeowners, Tierney and Delsandro offer tailored advice based on their respective areas of expertise. Tierney advises a strategic approach to long-term rentals, emphasizing the importance of aligning rental periods with market demands.

“People looking for long-term rental or second homes that they can possibly rent at certain times of the year should plan strategically around seasons,” Tierney said, highlighting the significance of understanding market dynamics for less stressful ownership.

On the other hand, Delsandro stresses the importance of financial pragmatism and flexibility, especially for second home rentals. She warns against relying entirely on rental income to afford a property.

“If you are renting your property to pay for the property, don’t buy it,” Delsandro said. This approach, she argues, ensures that owners make decisions based on their goals of enjoyment and financial realities.

Navigating the complexities of owning and managing a second home in the Lowcountry requires a blend of financial understanding and emotional resilience. Insights from experienced professionals like Tierney and Delsandro illuminate the path, offering clarity on rental market dynamics and the importance of strategic planning. We are fortunate to have exceptional property managers in our area like those featured in this CH2 edition.

If you are in the early stages of acquiring a second home, I highly recommend consulting with your Realtor for property manager recommendations.

My best wishes to the many second homeowners who are considering and/ or are currently second homeowners. You are vital to our Lowcountry. May you soon be the star of your “Lowcountry Primary Owners Fairy Tale.” 


MANAGEMENT Property Spotlight












BESTNEST by Beverly Serral

7 New Orleans Road Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 (843) 341-3600 www.beverlyserral.com

Beverly Serral, the superlative real estate maven who has redefined luxury on Hilton Head Island, never does things by the book. Launching Beverly Serral Properties, she showed that bringing real estate, renovation, and rentals gave discerning customers a level of service they hadn’t experienced before. When it came time to debut BESTNEST, her collection of upscale vacation rental properties, she built everything around the perspective of that service.

“I came from the point of view of the experience, and I built the business around that,” Serral said. “I want guests to be able to rely on knowing what awaits them. We say that you can book a BESTNEST and rest easy. We do that by making the reservation experience consistent with clear communication and professionalism, and the accommodations experience consistent with regards to outfitting, equipping, and guest comfort.”

As important as that level of service is, Serral knew that BESTNEST’s success would hinge on securing the finest properties available, then setting a standard that ensures an unforgettable vacation every time. And that standard is found in the details – from supplying quality cookware and dishes in each property to providing full supplies of the essentials from beach towels to bath tissue.

“It’s the little things, and people notice them,” Serral said. “It’s definitely an extra effort and it takes a lot of dedication, but when those details are done right, everything clicks. Vacationing can be stressful, so it’s important that when our guests arrive, their house is cool and clean, the sheets are soft, everything is arranged neatly, and a gift basket awaits them. The last thing I want people to ever do is get here and have to call us. Our fastidiously diligent team members work hard in advance so that does not happen.”

Serral cultivated this uniquely detail-oriented approach not only through her own career in real estate and design, but also as an avid traveler. “I have been fortunate to be able to travel to some extraordinary locales and upscale hotels, and I always wondered why the luxury hotel experience couldn’t be translated into the vacation rental experience,” she said. “It can be, it just usually isn’t.”

That’s what makes the details so important to Serral –they add up to a five-star experience that you can enjoy from a luxurious “resort” you and your family can enjoy all on your own. From expansive beachfront manors to tranquil cottages surrounded by a lush lagoon and forest, each property stands on its own merits as a fabulous vacation destination. But as a BESTNEST property, it’s held to a high standard set by Beverly Serral, upheld by her remarkably dedicated team, and celebrated by countless guests throughout 12 years of success.

Beach Properties of Hilton Head

64 Arrow Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 (800) 671-5155


At Beach Properties, clear communication is essential for building a successful relationship with guests and owners alike. To ensure that you always

have access to someone who can help, their entire staff communicates through tracked emails and phone calls.

But it’s not just about their rapid and reliable service. Using their comprehensive marketing services, they are able to increase your properties’ online presence by using effective search engine optimization (SEO) keywords to generate strong web traffic and bookings. As a result of these efforts, their fully optimized website consistently remains in the top rankings for Google, Bing and other popular search engines, accumulating more than 3.8 million page views annually.

BeachBum Property Management

4 Roma Court Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 (843) 247-4814


Discover the personalized touch of BeachBum Property Management, your trusted partner in short-term rentals and absentee owner services on stunning Hilton Head Island. As a family-run business led by the dynamic father-

A diverse marketing strategy, coupled with a $1.2 million annual spend, results in more property views, more bookings, and, ultimately, maximization of revenue.

Additionally, they have established strong relationships with reliable, qualified vendors to ensure that all work is completed in a timely manner and at a reasonable cost. Whether you have small or large projects, upgrades, or remodeling needs, they are here to help coordinate the appropriate contractors and assist in managing your home improvements.

This comprehensive approach has led to Beach Properties of Hilton Head being named the Best Vacation Rental Company for the 14th year in a row. This prestigious recognition was awarded by the readers of the Island Packet in its annual “Best of the Lowcountry” reader’s choice awards.

Communication is direct – property owners and guests will always connect with an owner, ensuring a personal touch that sets us apart.

Our fees are budget-friendly, providing a cost-effective alternative to larger rental agencies. Beyond the basics, BeachBum pays meticulous attention to details, ensuring your property not only meets but exceeds expectations as an excellent revenue producer. Moreover, our commitment goes beyond the clock, with 24/7 availability to address your needs promptly.

daughter team of Jim Brown and Mackenzie Brown, we bring more than 17 years of dedicated service to property owners and guests, along with two decades of Hilton Head Island residence.

As a small company, we pride ourselves on delivering unparalleled personal service to both property owners and guests. When you choose BeachBum, you’re not just another client; you’re part of our extended family.

What truly sets us apart is our dedication to tailoring our services to the unique needs of each property owner. Experience the BeachBum difference – where personalized service meets professional excellence.

Choose us for a customized, worry-free property management experience that aligns seamlessly with your individual requirements.


Palmetto Dunes

Property Management

4 Queens Folly Road Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Call us at (844) 887-3566


Jamie Delsandro, Director of Property Management for Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, came into property management with a distinctively experienced background. Working her way up from driving the beverage cart on the championship golf courses of Palmetto Dunes, she has spent 19 years with the resort working in a variety of departments.

As Director of Property Management, she gets to help others discover the beauty of Palmetto Dunes, which has served as a stunning backdrop for her entire career.

“Because we are the resort operating as a rental company rather than a stand-alone operation, we are able to extend the best discounts at all of our amenities for our guests and our owners,” she said. “We reserve the best rates at all of our outlets for those renting directly through us in the resort.”

That means that everyone renting through Palmetto Dunes Vacation Rentals gets to sample all the amazing amenities that have set this community apart: Sunbathing on miles of pristine beaches. Fishing and kayaking along the 11-mile lagoon system that travels through the resort. Tennis, pickleball and of course golf. It’s like being given the keys to the kingdom.

Of course, at the heart of this kingdom will be the visitors’ getaway for the week, one of 270 gorgeous properties in the resort community’s rental portfolio.

“We like to think that we have something for everyone,” Delsandro said. “Two-bedroom condos are definitely the majority, but we manage everything from one-bedroom villas to six-bedroom oceanfront homes.”

The sheer variety of options, and the endless possibilities for fun and excitement that Palmetto Dunes offers, are what entice visitors to rent with Delsandro and the rest of the team. But what keeps them coming back is the extra steps Palmetto Dunes takes to ensure every experience is unforgettable.

Delsandro says, “Our noble purpose statement in the resort is ‘We care about our guests and the impact we make on their lives,’ and we truly do everything we can to make sure that every owner and guest walks away from every interaction feeling that way.”

After 19 years at Palmetto Dunes, it’s a way for Delsandro to share her love for the community she’s experienced at every level. “There are no two days that are ever the same working in the vacation rental industry,” she said. “We get to help our guests with making lasting memories with their families, and that is a great feeling.”


Sunset Rentals

21 New Orleans Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

(843) 785-6767


With more than 15 years of experience in the vacation rental industry, Annie Ferguson has worked with companies big and small.

When she was named general manager of Sunset Rentals in 2020, she found herself at the helm of a company that operates like no other.

“We are locally owned and operated, do a lot of our stuff onsite, and enjoy the hands-on approach,” Annie said. “When you call here, someone’s going to answer the phone and be able to answer your questions.”

It’s that active presence Sunset provides that Annie feels sets it apart. “Your home is our business, and we take a lot of pride in getting to know each guest, owner and property, no matter how large or small,” she said.

By keeping the number of homes in their portfolio manageable – just around 270 gorgeous properties that run the gamut of experiences the island has to offer –Annie and her team are able to put their focus where it needs to be, the owner and guest experience. “We really get to know each owner and each guest,” she said.

Helping to power that customer-focused outlook is a robust database of return guests that goes back to the company’s founding in 1993. And Sunset Rentals has been able to keep that database filled by creating a strong digital marketing presence, courting guests through innovative marketing ideas and concepts.

“We’re not trying to be the biggest vacation rental company on the island,” Annie said. “We are trying to do it right.”


Island Time

1 Chamber of Commerce Dr Suite B, Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 785-3456 www.islandtimehhi.com

When Eric Moret entered the vacation rental business, he could have just built another company. He could have offered the same experience, the same service, and the same properties as everyone else. But doing things the same way as everyone else has never been his style.

“You have to be different to be successful,” Moret said. “We have a different vision of what a vacation can be, and this entire brand was built with that perspective.”

That perspective – one that spares no expense in creating a true luxury experience – is one that Moret cultivated over years as one of Europe’s most acclaimed advertising experts. Specializing in the healthcare market, he built an advertising agency that expanded across the continent. After selling his stake to legendary ad firm Publicis Group, he stayed on as the lead for France and four other countries, managing a team of 500 people.

After launching another highly successful firm, Moret decided he’d earned his retirement. It didn’t last. “After a few years, I was caught up by the entrepreneurial bug,” he said. “I wanted to do something else, and I wanted to do it somewhere else.”

That restless entrepreneurial spirit brought him to his favorite vacation destination, Hilton Head Island, where he saw an opportunity to bring his unique insights to bear on the vacation rental world. As luck would have it, that opportunity also brought him face-to-face with Dru Brown and Bill Haley, two legendary figures in the vacation rental world.

“The best thing an entrepreneur can do is to have the best people around him,” he said. “That’s how I succeeded and that’s how this business succeeds.”

Bringing together some of the most storied names in the business, Moret and his team built Island Time into a brand that reimagines what a vacation can be. Their properties are handselected to represent the pinnacle of island living, from the golf views of the Fairway Collection to the jaw-dropping opulence of the

Icon Collection. On the beach, by the green, or tucked away in tranquil maritime splendor, each property in the collection is a jewel.

Powering that experience is a dedication to service that elevates Island Time. Their dedicated in-house concierge is always on hand to provide guests a personalized experience. Their guest loyalty program rewards those who, like Moret, come back time and time again to rediscover their love for the island.

“People come here, and earn points and rewards for coming back,” Moret said. “We want to reward our guests just as much as we want to innovate and to put our focus on luxury and providing the maximum level of service possible.”


Island Getaway Rentals

28 New Orleans Rd I Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 (843) 781-6556 www.islandgetaway.com

Under the leadership of owners Todd and Sarah Brooks, Island Getaway Rentals has served as a standard bearer for hospitality on Hilton Head Island. But if you ask them what sets the company apart, they won’t just tell you about the gorgeous properties in their portfolio or their dedication to service. They’ll tell you about their deep connections – to their owners, to their guests and to the community.

Founded by Sarah’s father, John Waddy, Island Getaway represents a family legacy that spans almost four decades.

For Todd and Sarah, who took over the business 25 years ago, carrying on this legacy is both an honor and a responsibility. Having worked alongside Waddy for several years prior to taking the reins, they understand the dedication and perseverance it took to establish Island Getaway. Now, with their son Archer joining the team, Island Getaway proudly boasts a multigenerational leadership, ensuring continuity and a shared commitment to excellence.

Island Getaway’s portfolio comprises luxury oceanfront and ocean-oriented homes and condos primarily located in Palmetto Dunes, Sea Pines, and Forest Beach. However, what truly distinguishes their service is their unwavering dedication to communication and attention to detail, whether it’s providing honest projections of rental income for property owners or offering knowledgeable assistance to renters from the initial inquiry to the end of their vacation.

“Communication, follow up, and attention to detail provide a strong, lasting relationship built on trust,” Todd said.

Having transitioned from corporate careers in Atlanta to running Island Getaway, Todd and Sarah seamlessly blend their

domestic and business lives. They view their roles not as separate entities but as complementary aspects of their lives, allowing them to continually innovate and support one another’s endeavors.

“We look at it as more of a positive, where we can accomplish things and bounce ideas off of each other at any given time,” Sarah said.

With more than 25 years of experience, they have found a balance that works for them, enabling them to navigate the demands of both personal and professional spheres with grace and efficiency.

In essence, Island Getaway isn’t just a vacation rental company; it’s a testament to the enduring legacy of family, dedication, and genuine hospitality. Through their unwavering commitment to excellence and personalized service, Todd and Sarah continue to uphold the values upon which Island Getaway was founded, ensuring that every guest’s experience is nothing short of extraordinary.


Beach House Boutique

4 Hunter Road. Suite 4A I Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 (800) 317 6044 I hiltonheadluxerentals.com

Since its inception in 2017, Beach House Boutique has emerged as a frontrunner in the vacation rental industry on Hilton Head Island. Founded by Jennifer Miotto, a former local TV news anchor and radio host who made a successful career transition into real estate, this brand has revolutionized the concept of vacation home ownership.

Miotto’s journey began when she purchased two vacation rentals of her own. It was during this time that she realized her true calling. With a profound passion for real estate and design, Miotto and her team have carved a unique niche by offering comprehensive and personalized plans that elevate the vacation home ownership experience for homeowners.

At Beach House Boutique, we recognize the significance of creating an unforgettable stay for guests with every booking. We understand that it’s the personalized touches that make all the difference, enticing guests to return time and again for a memorable getaway. With this in mind, we go above and beyond by equipping the homes we represent with resort-level amenities. From arrival gift bags filled with local goodies and logo thermal cups to luxurious Ritz Carlton brand bed linens and monogrammed bathrobes, we ensure that every detail is meticulously curated.

In addition to these exceptional amenities, we provide concierge services that enhance the overall guest experience. From arranging transportation and recommending local attractions to making restaurant reservations, we strive to create a truly boutique experience for both guests and owners.

At Beach House Boutique, we believe that taking care of our homeowners is just as vital as elevating the properties we manage. As a small company, we pride ourselves on delivering personalized, direct, and immediate attention to our esteemed owners. When you partner with us, you become part of our Beach House Boutique family. We offer a range of added benefits that make home ownership more enjoyable and convenient.

Our homeowner app is a testament to our commitment to transparency and convenience. With real-time information on your property’s performance, including revenue reports and statements, you

have complete control and peace of mind. Furthermore, we have a dedicated quality control manager who ensures that your home’s interior furniture, fixtures, and decor are meticulously maintained throughout the year. This level of attention surpasses the standard annual inspection offered by larger companies.

When you choose Beach House Boutique, you’re selecting a company founded on trust, transparency, integrity, and customized care. We prioritize the value of partnership and guarantee that both homeowners and guests will find our services to be unparalleled in the industry.

Experience the Beach House Boutique difference and elevate your vacation home ownership experience. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you maximize the potential of your vacation rental property. Trust in Beach House Boutique to exceed your expectations and redefine your vacation home ownership journey.


Seashore Vacations, Inc.

11 Executive Park Road I Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 800-845-0077 www.seashorevacations.com

One of the greatest assets a vacation rental company can provide is knowledge, especially that distinct sense of place that only local experts can provide. It’s the insider tips on the best sites to see, places to go, and things to experience to fully capture what makes a resort destination spectacular.

Seashore Vacations has spent nearly 60 years cultivating exactly that elevated level of local knowledge. Founded by Don Peterson, the first CFO for Sea Pines when a young Charles Fraser was building a resort paradise at the edge of the world, Seashore Vacations was at the vanguard of vacation rentals from the beginning. Over the years, the company has developed a particular niche for truly customized vacation experiences, built on a foundation of local knowledge and informed by a drive to provide the utmost in service.

Owner Buddy Konecny has worked his way from the ground up – literally. Starting out as a teenager, cleaning condos with his sister, who still works by his side, he joined Seashore Vacations in 1989. When Peterson sold the firm in the early 1990s, Konecny was the sole employee. Purchased by Pete and Deb Welch, former vacationers who relocated to Hilton Head from Pennsylvania, Seashore Vacations grew and evolved. Ten years later, Konecny bought the company from the Welches.

Now, many more years have passed and Konecny continues to exemplify Seashore’s legacy of unparalleled attention to detail and local knowledge. He is in the office daily and hands-on with each property.

Having been a part of the company’s mission to provide outstanding vacation experiences for most of his life, Konecny understands what sets Seashore Vacations apart.

“We only take on properties that are on the south end of the island. Over 90% of our inventory is within a mile of the Coligny Circle,” he said. “And that’s by design. That proximity lets us easily

service and maintain our listings and allows for rapid responses whenever issues arise.”

Keeping all of its properties close by allows for a level of service that other companies simply can’t match. In addition, the company is dedicated to streamlining its properties, strategically courting those condos, villas, and homes that can suit any style. Even with upwards of 175 properties, Konecny and his team provide guests with blissful stays, whether soaring above ocean views, enjoying a tranquil respite among lagoon views, experiencing breathtaking golf course scenery, or tucked in behind the gates of a high-end resort community.

Keeping that portfolio focused helps build on the deep knowledge that has defined Seashore Vacations.

“Having that kind of in-depth experience really enhances our level of service,” Konecny said. “It’s great when you can know a property inside and out and get to the bottom of any issues immediately. We’re not a call center across the country. We’re a local business that is up the street and available to help at a moment’s notice.”


ForeShore LLC

210 Goethe Rd, Bluffton, SC 29910 (843) 815-2838


Creating an exceptional rental experience isn’t simply a matter of responding to issues, it’s a matter of anticipating them.

From tackling problems before they arise to creating delightful surprises for guests, it’s a touch of clairvoyance that sets truly great rental firms apart.

That sort of proactive thinking has been part of Foreshore LLC’s DNA since owner Brian Tierney first went into the rental business 16 years ago. A seasoned marketing and advertising rep, Tierney had been working with real

estate agents for years when he saw an opportunity to put a foot in their world. Signing on a handful of properties as vacation rentals, he found early success and one of his first opportunities to pivot once again.

“A lot of my contacts in the real estate world started calling me on behalf of clients who were looking to rent out their properties long term,” Tierney said. “That’s how our long-term division started, because there was such a need for it.”

It was the first of several times that Tierney would prove the power of proactive action. During the pandemic, he expanded into renting and managing commercial space shortly after sales of rental homes surged and his inventory started to drop. Venturing into commercial rentals helped the business weather the storm.

Last year, knowing that Bluffton’s profile as a vacation destination was on

the rise, Tierney tasked Jordan Martin, Senior Property Manager for Bluffton Traveler, to develop this new division of Foreshore. Offering some of the finest properties on the mainland, this latest venture is taking Tierney back to where it all started for him.

Moving to the area in 1998 to open a hotel, Tierney had an extensive background in hospitality. This experience, coupled with Martin’s extensive research into current trends, informs a vacation rental company that exemplifies the thoughtful care that has made Foreshore a 16-year success story.

“So far, it’s been really well received,” said Tierney of Bluffton Traveler’s early success. “Jordan and the team have been instrumental in creating a high standard of service while offering some great houses in Bluffton.”

The team plans to expand services to Palmetto Bluff in the coming months, Tierney said.

That high standard is one that Tierney has followed as he has grown his business. It’s about anticipating needs, ensuring that each guest has an unforgettable experience. It’s about accepting excellence as the standard, and nothing less. And it’s about staying nimble enough to get out in front of whatever may occur.

“This business is different every day. It’s a business of problem solving, of staying current in the technology and of knowing that everything changes every day,” Tierney said. But no matter what changes, one thing always stays the same. That is the company’s defining philosophy, of “providing the best customer service we can on all fronts and standing by our work. Sometimes, answering the phone is half the battle,” he said.

And the other half, as Foreshore has proven for 16 years, is responding quickly to the ever-shifting landscape with a team who doesn’t rest until the job is done and a standard of exemplary service that always shines through.

To learn more, go to foreshorerentals.com, call 843-8152838, or stop by 210 Goethe Road, Bluffton.


Photography by Doug Smith, Houzpics Architecture by Michael Kronimus, KRA Architecture + Design Construction by Full Circle

Offered by Chris Bowes, Serhant Real Estate

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Special home, special site, special community

Michael Kronimus, executive principal at KRA Architecture + Design, has made a name for himself by designing and building large-scale residential, commercial, and mixed-use developments. The KRA tagline is “Designing Dreams into Reality,” and evidence of that success can be seen throughout the Lowcountry.

“When I acquired the firm KRA Architecture + Design, I was dead set that I wanted to develop this company’s mission into incomparable architectural projects for both residential and commercial,” Kronimus said. “What better way for us to showcase our talents than to design, develop and construct our own personal home in the premier neighborhood in Bluffton: Palmetto Bluff.”

The heart of the home is a relaxed tranquil gathering space where unique materials and bright colors set the mood.

Kronimus did exactly that. He designed and built a stunning, unique dwelling for him and his wife, Jen, and their two daughters. The aesthetic was clean, industrial modern, spacious, and secluded. It was beautiful. Yet apparently, when it comes to designing perfection, once is never enough, because now he’s done it again.

While amazing residential properties line the banks of the May River – especially within the gates of Palmetto Bluff – few are as uniquely special as the one Kronimus most recently designed and built specifically for his family in Barge Landing.

While the couple’s previous home had a distinctly more masculine feel on a tighter lot, this new one spreads generously on one and onehalf acres and feels more relaxed, more modern, more Mediterranean, and yet distinctly Lowcountry. Everything is white, bright, crisp, clean, fully Zen, with unimpeded views at every turn, and at once, stunning.

Situated at the end of a cul de sac down a winding, tabby driveway flanked by gas lantern-topped brick pillars, the home is immediately inviting.

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KA secondary scullery kitchen sits adjacent to the main living area to provide a hide away for all the culinary appliances with abundant storage cabinets.

The Club room features a family gathering area with a large entertainment wall and catering kitchen.


The sheer size, the simplicity of the architecture, and the serenity of the landscaping with the riverfront beyond are grand and magnificent. Guests are greeted by fountains on either side of wide steps leading up to the front door, and walls of glass provide beckoning views to the outdoor space and river out back.

“The materials both within the home and in the outdoor spaces were selected to exude a European spalike aesthetic, beginning with the fire and water features out front,” Kronimus said.

At the entry, the great room is long and expansive. The space opens to a double-island kitchen that rolls into


a dining area that rolls into the great room, all crowned with 12-foot wooden ceilings from 100-year-old Italian cypress beams.

Kronimus also purchased a recently fallen, ancient historic Bluffton oak tree, from which many of the purlin (horizontal) beams were carved. The fireplace in the great

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Tucked away near the home’s foyer is a reimagined bar area with interiors reflecting the turn of the century.

The master bedroom has sweeping views of the river while emphasizing a large expansive vaulted ceiling and hidden shade system.

room mirrors the range hood in the kitchen, both arched and sculpted from Venetian plaster.

In between, the shapes are delicious. The vertically lined French white oak cabinets melt into the horizontal lines of the wooden floor planks. The square wicker chair backs of the counter stools flow flawlessly into the rounded leather,


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Situated on the second floor, the large expansive office is a perfect place for work or relaxing with expansive views of the river.

barrel-backed dining chairs and the luxurious, textured fabric of the twin couches.

The lighting is exquisite. Deep, metal domes perfectly shade the pendants above the island, and are juxtaposed against the soft fabric drapes of the chandelier over the dining table. The wicker chandelier in the living room circles back seamlessly to the wicker barstools.

Though this kitchen design is a chef’s dream, if one prefers a kitchen as an artful gathering place, don’t worry. The back kitchen keeps all the prep work out of sight and out of mind. The sexy, built-in bar – equipped with all the latest accoutrement for the sommelier, mix- or brew-master – makes happy hours happier than ever.

The master suite is fit for royalty. Aside from the milliondollar view, those same century-old beams in this vaulted wooden ceiling are punctuated by the stark white of the crown molding and ceiling fan, which define the space, and the same smooth wood adorns the cabinetry. The master closet is something out of a fashionista’s wildest dreams.

In the master bath, a soaking tub and a large, oversized shower also overlook wide, broad views of the river, and the smooth, subtle hues of May River rock pave the floor.

“We’ve even hidden the mirrors, so that when you’re not looking at yourself and getting ready, you can slide the mirrors out of the way and enjoy views of the river,” Kronimus said.

If all this weren’t enough, Kronimus built into this home – as he did in the family’s home in Palmetto Bluff – what is now known as “Club-K,” a self-contained entertainment hub. While the former Club-K was detached from the main family quarters, this one is connected by a glass bridge,



Housing its own private theatre room along with its eight Italian reclining chairs, sit back and relax while viewing a 160” projection screen.

which allows access to the outdoor kitchen.

Club-K includes a fully equipped secondary kitchen, a bar made of walnut, and a main gathering space tricked out with a 30-foot Italian leather couch and four 70-inch televisions where the gang can watch every sport. Adjacent is a designated media room with stadium seating, a movie screen and eight reclining Italian leather chairs.

Beyond the club is a 50-foot lap pool with a sun ledge, four fountains, and a spa. Two fire bowls sitting at either end of the pool frame the space. A huge screened porch houses a fireplace, another television, and a Southern

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porch-style seating area. Best of all, there are no railings to impede the view.

“Because we are 6 feet above the ground, I put in huge, custom bunker planters, so we didn’t need railings,” Kronimus said. “We have a clear view of the river and the landscaping, which is amazing, priceless. And we finished it off with a large 6-foot diameter wood-burning fire pit in the back. We have a whole Zen experience where we can eat in the screen room, watch TV, relax, take a nap, or enjoy the fire pit, or the pool, or jacuzzi, or porch, and go right into the Club. It’s heavenly.”

Located above the main garage, this large 2 bedroom guest suite contains its own kitchen and living room.

The home’s second floor houses a spacious office and two large, comfortable ensuites for family or guests, along with another gathering room where future grandchildren will feel right at home. Also, atop the three-car garage is more than 900 square feet of living space, which sports a master suite, a bunk room, a kitchen, an island, a living area, a double vanity bathroom, a large king-size master ensuite and walk-in closet.

“Any family could stay independently for an extended period,” Kronimus said. “Including the pull-out couch, this apartment sleeps six.”

While the initial Kronimus family home in Palmetto Bluff was incredible, this house is larger yet feels more cozy and comfortable. It’s the details of this masterpiece that Kronimus said he is most proud of.

“The level of interior detail this time is even more exquisite. The encompassed views, the choice of materials … everything is more deliberate and thoughtful,” Kronimus said. “Truly, at the end of the day, when I get home to this home, whatever has been bothering me is diminished – it’s gone. When I walk in, with the aromas, the aesthetics, the surround sound, the views, I feel like I’m in a resort on vacation as soon as I get home.”

Interested? Guess what? This second Kronimus masterpiece is for sale, listed by the globally renowned Serhant Real Estate.

“When an architect lives in their own house,” said Ryan Serhant, CEO of Serhant, “you know they did it right.”

To come home to this illustrious property, call Chris Bowes, Broker in Charge, at (843) 638-2935, email Chris.Bowes@ Serhant.com, or visit Serhant.com. 

From left to right: Mark Bowman, Amiri Farris, Rob Mondavi and Matt Roher

Blue Crab


A Sea Pines Resort Story

The blue crab epitomizes everything we love about the Lowcountry: salt water, sand, and seafood. It is a recognizable Lowcountry mascot, so it is only fitting that The Sea Pines Resort chose the blue crab to represent their private label wines. The first iteration of Blue Crab was a red blend and a white, which were bottled and available in 2022.

“Our first release went really well,” said Matthew Roher, director of food and beverage at The Sea Pines Resort. “We had a very ambitious case load for our first round because we felt like it was that good, and it sold out.”

Now, just in time for the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing, The Sea Pines Resort is releasing three new varieties of Blue Crab: a chardonnay, a Bordeaux blend, and a rosé.

Of course, that’s big news all on its own. But what you might find even more interesting is what it took to produce the Blue Crab wines and the people who made it happen. So, pour yourself a glass, get comfortable, and have a good read.


Roher and Rob Mondavi, a fourth generation Napa Valley winemaker and son of famed vintner Robert Mondavi, have been friends for more than 20 years, having met when Roher was executive chef for an heirloom community in Georgia called Hampton Island, where Mondavi and his family were members. To say they hit it off is an understatement.

“We were about half the age we are now, and Rob and I started hanging out, having fun, and we also put on some cool events with some great chefs that he brought out from California,” Roher said.

While Roher was there for only a few years, wherever he was working after that, he involved Mondavi at wine dinners or as a personality at different events, an energy they’ve continued to enjoy as their careers emerged.

“I’ve always said that all good things come from my wife,” Mondavi said. “I’m from Napa, but she is part of the Rutledge family of South Carolina. We met in Atlanta, Georgia, and because of her work, we were introduced to Matthew. He and I became great friends. Then in 2014, my family built a beautiful little cottage down here, so now I’m very fortunate to be able to spend more time with my friend and business colleague.”


Roher met Amiri Farris 15 years ago at a Bluffton artist’s market. Farris is a multidisciplinary contemporary artist who is known for dynamic artwork that combines an alluring blend of vivid colors and layered textures. At the time, Roher had a restaurant in downtown Savannah and was shopping for art for the restaurant.

“Amiri’s art blew me away – his Lowcountry style, his colors, and his authentic cultural vibe,” Roher said. “It was a real connection.”

Roher bought some of Farris’s work for the restaurant and a couple of pieces for his home. One of those pieces was a painting of a crab that he says continues to arrest his attention to this day (and incidentally was the inspiration for the Blue Crab wine logo).

Along with his work at The Sea Pines Resort, Roher serves on the board of the Technical College of the Lowcountry. At one of the functions there, he reconnected with Farris, who is one of the artists in residence. Once again, Roher was awestruck by one of Farris’ murals that hangs in a board room at the college. That reconnection proved pivotal for Farris, for The Sea Pines Resort, and for Mondavi Wines.


“A lightning bolt hit me,” Roher said. “I thought, ‘How cool would it be to have Mondavi and Amiri – two incredible artists and craftsmen – create an amazing product for The Sea Pines Resort restaurants?’”

The men were equally excited about the project. Mondavi had the connections, the

resources, and the know-how to put it together, and Farris just jumped right on board. Next, enter Mark Bowman, sommelier and assistant general manager at Links, An American Grill in Harbour Town, one of the highest rated restaurants in the Lowcountry. Roher invited Bowman in for a chat.

“I asked Mark, ‘What if we paired a world class artist and a world class, multi-generational winemaker, and you get to make your own wine?’” Roher said. “He nearly passed out.”

Bowman confessed it was about the greatest thing he ever heard, truly one of the highlights of his career. So, meetings commenced with Mondavi, Farris began submitting renderings for the label, and Blue Crab was born.


The process began with Mondavi bringing in a neat little package, reminiscent of a poker chip case. Instead of chips, though, it carried vials of various tannin extracts.

“First and foremost, Rob Mondavi is a friend of The Sea Pines Resort and a phenomenal winemaker with an unmatched pedigree,” Bowman said. “In 2022, when the idea of creating a Sea Pines Resort private label wine came up, we convened with beakers in front of us – like in a high school science lab. Rob would say, ‘Let’s try 33% of this, 33% of that, 33% of that, and let’s add two drops of this tannin extract or another drop of that, then we’ll see what it’s like.”

The process took months of trial and error, throwing out the things they didn’t like, and adding new flavors.

“I would bring various wines to blend,” Mondavi said. “Mark would suggest that we needed a bit more of a fruit profile or a bit more of an oak profile, and we were able to adjust that in real time, blending and sculpting the wine. The sommelier and his team experienced the wine come to life and their excitement was probably the most rewarding part of the experience for me.”

Eventually, the team whittled it down to arrive at the initial Sea Pines Resort Blue Crab red blend and Sauvignon Blanc, two wines that eventually did really well for the label.


As the Blue Crab emerged, the logo of the brand came to life through the collaboration of Mondavi and Farris.

“Amiri is a wonderful artist who exemplifies the Lowcountry in a unique and recognizable way,” Mondavi said. “He is a wonderful representative of the original island inhabitants – the Gullah Geechee community – and he is the artist in residence this year at the Penn Center on Saint Helena Island, so it’s a great time to feature him. While his art has a loud voice, he is a gentle giant with a beautiful brush stroke. I love his art and his persona.”

When Mondavi and Farris discussed the logo, the collaboration was easy. Farris’ vision for the artwork and Mondavi’s for the wine joined in integrity and translated to what you’ll see on the back of the bottle: Mondavi, the artist of the wine and Farris, the artist of the label.


Over the course of the winter, the food and beverage team at The Sea Pines Resort went back to the well and developed new varietals.

“The new Blue Crab white is a very crisp, light chardonnay with all of the flavor and textural components that most Chardonnay drinkers expect,” Bowman said. “But then it also has this delightfully bright acidity on the back end that will make it a great ‘porch’ wine in the middle of summer when it’s hot and humid.”

For the new red, it’s a pivot towards a Bordeaux style, with the goal to distance a bit from the decadent texture of the first blend towards a more earthy mineral, high acid flavor.

“It’s still a very generous California style wine,” Bowman said, “but it’s not nearly as rich as the first one. The thinking behind that is entirely based on food compatibility.”

The Chardonnay has already dropped. At press time, the red was finishing its barrel aging and was expected to drop by the end of March.

“The rosé is delicious – light, crisp, and still full body at the same time, with lots of minerality, lots of tart red fruit, a


little bit of watermelon,” Mondavi said. “Just an absolutely crushable wine. It’s the sort of thing where you’re like, ‘Can I have a straw?’”

All three – red, white, rosé – will be available for the RBC Heritage.


The first night that Roher and Mondavi discussed The Sea Pines Resort signature wines was at a fundraiser for the culinary program at the Technical College of Lowcountry, an organization that both men have supported since before the college broke ground.

“Supporting the local community and developing future chefs, sommeliers, and other skilled workers in the community through the culinary and hospitality program is something that The Sea Pines Resort is invested in,” Roher said.

Mondavi concurred. “At this year’s college fundraiser, an ‘Evening with Chef Matthew’ was one of the auction items,” Mondavi said. “We donated a bottle of 1971 cabernet sauvignon –my birth year – along with some of the Blue Crab wines. It was a great private experience for the Technical College patrons.”

Roher, Mondavi, Bowman, and Farris agree that this project is super cool because it encompasses so much that is special about Hilton Head Island. Not only does it celebrate a local artist, but also the fabric and lifestyle of the community. The blue crab underscores the unique coastal cuisine, the vibe and the style of the residents, and the allure of the tourists. Perhaps most importantly, the Blue Crab wines underscore the ethos of The Sea Pines Resort and how they support the local community through their charitable ventures, the jobs they provide, and the image they create for the patrons and guests that visit the island.

“The Sea Pines Resort and the experiences they facilitate are a big part of why people return year after year,” Mondavi said. “The Heritage is a perfect example. All the people coming from out of town and out of state will have the opportunity to experience the classic Lowcountry hospitality exemplified at Sea Pines through their culinary and beverage program.”

At day’s end, with Farris’ art on the label, the quality of the wines crafted with Mondavi, and the entire culinary and sommelier team, the result is a personalized and signature wine exclusive to guests at The Sea Pines Resort.


“For a restaurateur, to have these incredible talents come together for a project of this magnitude is magnificent. I want to express my appreciation to all of them, and I look forward to designing even more incredible wines in the future.” – Matthew Roher

“This experience has been one of the most exciting opportunities of my career. It has been such an honor to work with Rob Mondavi and to be entrusted by Sea Pines to oversee these tastings and blendings and create these wines. I couldn’t be prouder of the Blue Crab brand.”

“I truly love the Lowcountry. My family has a home here because we believe this is a great place to live. We know that raising our children here will help to instill within them the values of family and hospitality, which are cornerstones of Mondavi Wines and the Hilton Head community.” – Rob Mondavi

Certainly, the Blue Crab team got it right: the collaboration, the craftmanship, the artistry, the presentation, and most importantly, the heart of the community.

“The ability to craft and shape wine comes from a generational training and passion for bringing people together through wine and food,” Mondavi said. “Having lived here in the Lowcountry and having a wife whose family generates from here, and great friends who work and create and thrive are the inspiration. Working with the Sea Pines team, we’ve crafted something that is exceptional, unique, and something we’re very proud of.”



Mark Bowman is happy to accept requests for reservations and private events. Email him at Mbowman@seapines.com. Oh, and maybe go ahead and make dining reservations at your favorite Sea Pines Resort during Heritage. You’ll want to be among the first to taste these new Blue Crabs. 



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Cold plunging... 13 seconds is too long

It is technically still winter, and I just jumped into my 59-degree swimming pool for you, the readers. While I could have easily argued against cold plunging from the warmth of my living room, it was my commitment to authenticity that launched a weeks-long internal debate resulting in a 44-second hemming and hawing poolside before I took the plunge.

Let’s back up for a minute, so I can make my position clear. I am the person who takes the hottest shower I can, so hot that my skin looks like a Jersey tomato when I step out. My favorite part of my annual trip to Colorado’s slopes is the hot tub après ski. I actively seek hotels based on their soaking tub situation.

Sadly, my own tub situation is lacking significantly. In my house, the one tub – circa 1987 (with the jet buttons to prove it) – is supported by a water heater that is too small for the tub. So, I get it about halfway full and then spend my soak deciding if I submerge my upper half, which forces my knees out of the water, or do my post-run aching legs get to fully extend while my top half is totally exposed (please, for the love of all things holy, I beg of you, stop picturing this).

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are benefits of cold plunging for workout recovery and athletic performance. “Research on cold-water immersion has found evidence that it helps reduce the degree of exercise-induced muscle damage that can occur after physically challenging activities. Less damage leads to less inflammation, which in turn reduces soreness and helps restore physical performance the next day.”

OK, I get it. As a runner, rower, strength trainer who is sore daily, and limps for the first few minutes of each day, this sounds like a solution I might consider.

But the Mayo Clinic also says, “Too-long exposure also can lead to hypothermia.”

And let us face it. I am solidly anti-hypothermia. As my 36-year veteran firefighter/EMT pointed out, “When a car goes into a freezing lake, our first reaction is to pull the driver from the water – not to tell them to ‘Just hang on, it’s good for you.’ So, why exactly would you do this?” he asked.

For the people. I am doing it for the people, man.

A good target for beginning plunging is three minutes submerged in 50- to 59-degree water. That was my goal.

So, I jumped. As my body hit the water, I simultaneously felt my breath escape me. For a brief second (that felt like forever) I was convinced I would drown there, in my own backyard. But I also assumed the aforementioned firefighter/


EMT would rescue me, but then I also considered how embarrassing that would be.

Yes, this is where your brain goes when you think you are dying.

As I scrambled to the surface and quickly to the edge of the pool sputtering, “Oh no, oh no…,” my decision was made. Cold plunging is not for me. My cold plunge lasted 13 seconds, exactly the amount of time it took me to surface, swim to the shallow end, and get out of the pool.

And into the shower. Some like it hot. I am that someone. 

BARRY’S OPINION: Cold plunging...a true pro-plunger

Truth be told, I never thought I’d be on this particular side of this particular argument.

If you know Courtney at all, you know she is an avid CrossFitter. Her social media feeds are chock full of all the bewildering workouts she undergoes (3x torso heaves, 4x plank scuttles, 5x Einstein-Rosen situps, 6x quad shimmies, A


It was CrossFit types who first got me into doing cold plunges, luring me in with the siren song of a quick and easy hangover cure. I mean, sure, that’s why I started it. But that’s not what keeps me coming back to the May River at a time I’d usually be curling up on the couch after second breakfast.

3x tricep annihilators) before the rest of us have woken up, and more power to her.

Me, I’m more of a “sleep in and die at a reasonable age by medieval standards” kind of guy, but I respect the hustle.

So it’s odd that, for some reason, cold plunges are where she draws the line. Cold plunges are like the secret handshake for CrossFit types. You get up sometime around 2 a.m., you heave truck tires around, and then you freeze yourself solid for about 20 minutes so your body doesn’t explode. I assumed that was part of the WOD.

So how did I end up being the pro-plunge one in this editorial relationship? Honestly, I’m still not sure.

It was CrossFit types who first got me into doing cold plunges, luring me in with the siren song of a quick and easy hangover cure. I mean, sure, that’s why I started it. But that’s not what keeps me coming back to the May River at a time I’d usually be curling up on the couch after second breakfast. It really is an experience.

It’s the fun of taking a few minutes out of your morning to really talk with people, not just chitchat. Something about holding a conversation while willing your body to breathe forces you to change your conversational strategy, and you end up talking about things that really matter, not just marking time by asking about the weather. I’ve had some of the deepest conversations I’ve had all year while trying to figure out how to make my armpits relax (something that I’m told is key to extended plunging).

It’s the rush of knowing that you took on a challenge head on. It’s a hell of thing to immerse your body in frigid water –even if you know going into it how it’s going to feel, you never really get past your body’s instinctive neurological flurry once you hit the surface.

When I plunge, I’m pushing myself out of my comfort zone just as much as a CrossFitter does while they’re incinerating calories. I’m just doing it in a way that jives with my otherwise lazy lifestyle.

The CrossFit types will tell you it boosts your metabolism, burns brown fat, eliminates free radicals, and possibly leaves your hair shinier and more manageable. I don’t know about all that. I will tell you it wakes you up. It might sometimes wake you up for only an hour or two before you go back to sleep for the rest of the day, but otherwise you spend the day far more awake, alert, and present than you would otherwise.

Will I live longer because I’m jumping into cold water? Who knows? All I know is that on days when I plunge, I’m living a little bit deeper. And that’s just as good as living longer. 


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Persevering through tragedy and other hardships, Realtor reinvents himself on YouTube

JJohn Weber isn’t like most people who can rightfully claim to be big on YouTube.

When you picture your average YouTube star, you’re more than likely envisioning some fresh-faced Gen Zer whose opinions on video games have somehow made them an overnight millionaire.

Weber is a different kind of YouTube star – one whose experienced gaze sweeps across the Lowcountry, sharing with outsiders some of the joys that living here provides.

Each week he drops a new video on his YouTube channel, ranging from roundups of new restaurants to community profiles to insider tips on making the most of the local lifestyle. What you’ll rarely see in his extensive library of content is him trying to sell you any real estate.

That might seem an odd tactic for a Realtor, but that counterintuitive approach has helped Weber completely reinvent himself.

“You know what people are looking for? They’re looking for a guide – someone they can trust,” he said. “They’re not thinking about real estate, insurance, lawyers … they just know that they’re getting out of Cleveland.” (Incidentally, residents of The Land shouldn’t take that as a slight – as a Buckeye, Weber can sympathize with the impulse to move south).

Today, Weber’s channel boasts more than 6,000 subscribers, and videos that have tallied up more than 950,000

views, making it one of the most popular real estate channels in the area. While he has harnessed the power of the video sharing site in ways that few in the industry have, and had established a following long before other Realtors began their own channels, his move to YouTube came as the second act to a long career.

Weber got his start in 1985, before most YouTube stars were even born, working on the developer side of real estate.

“Developer real estate sales is a different animal,” Weber said. “I was always selling myself out of a job.”

Selling communities like Hilton Head Plantation let Weber see the island on the verge of massive growth, and introduced him to real estate professionals like Johnny Ussery, Tom Jackson, Dick Patrick, and Brad Wilson. He would stay a few years before pursuing developments around Virginia, Florida, and the Caribbean, keeping in touch with his friends in the Lowcountry the whole time.

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(from left to right) Krista Wilson, Christina Rickey, Carolyn Welch, John Weber, Brenda Kline and Tom Britschge

It was a career that saw him leap from success to success. Then, it all came crashing down. Personally and professionally, it was a period that would put Weber to the ultimate test. It started with a phone call.

“I came home to a call saying, ‘Your son’s been in a serious accident. I suggest you get to Tampa General immediately, and when you get there, ask to speak to the Chaplain,’” Weber recalled of that tragic day. Weber’s 19-year-old son had been hanging out with a friend. That friend had left a loaded .45 on his coffee table. He picked it up, it went off, and Weber’s son was struck in the face.

He died later that day.

“You never get over that,” Weber said. “But one thing I’ve learned is that you have to keep going.”

It was a streak of perseverance that had guided him through a career in which the natural result of success was unemployment. It brought him and his family through the tragedy of his son’s death. It spurred him onward when


the crash of Lehman Brothers brought down the company he worked for. It allowed him to endure the crash of 2008.

For a time, it felt like nothing could go right. He took a job selling with West Virginia’s Greenbriar, and a couple of years later a 1,000-year flood devastated the region. When he and his wife decided to return to the Lowcountry after decades away, they got here just in time for Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

“It’s like my minister says, ‘You’re like a modern-day Job. You kind of got stripped of everything,’” he said. And, like Job was pulled through the devil’s tribulations by the strength of his faith, Weber endured his trials with the love of family and indefatigable optimism, along with grit.

And then, one day, he picked up a camera and changed his fortunes.

“People say that ‘you don’t want to do videos because you’re putting yourself out there for people to judge you.’

All that stuff, it can be very difficult,” Weber said. “But when you’ve been through what we have, you actually get to the point that you don’t care what people think. You know they can’t really hurt you.”

Propelled by his enduring spirit, he continued to make videos for six months without so much as a nibble. A few would go viral, such as “The Things I Wished I Knew Before I Moved to Bluffton,” which racked up nearly 60,000 views. But even if videos failed to ride the algorithm to new heights, he continued to release them weekly.

And then one day the phone rang once again. This time, it brought hope.

“It was one call and then a few after that, and then it was this tidal wave of people calling,” he said. “Because I had

stumbled on something that people really responded to.”

Everything he had endured had taught him how to persist. And in persisting, he had finally found the success that had eluded him for so long. Some might be content at that point to simply revel in their good fortune. Weber took it as an opportunity to pay it forward and change the lives of others.

He assembled a team of agents who, like him, were looking to start a second chapter. He changed their lives, offering them the opportunities that had eluded him for so long. And for him, that’s better than any commission check.

“These folks have made so many sales and so many friends. And I get people all the time telling me, ‘I saw your videos. You changed my life, because it brought me down here.’ That’s just amazing to me,” he said. “That has been super rewarding.”

He’s continuing to pay it forward with Lowcountry Connection, a network that aims to give new residents a single place to discover their new home. “It’s a group of businesses that they will need when they get here –insurance, attorneys, financing, home repairs … it’s a onestop shop.”

It’s another intriguing new direction for a real estate professional who has written a new chapter in life with bold pen strokes.

“You have to think outside the box to figure it all out, and you have to have determination,” Weber said. “Every day you pound that rock and you don’t give up.”

Find out more about the John Weber Team by visiting thejohnweberteam.com, or call and the team directly at info@thejohnweberteam.com, 843-295-2114. 



When she’s not filming with Hollywood A-listers, you’ll find Adi Aliu serving up smiles at Gringo’s Diner and living the American dream.

Adi Aliu arrived in the United States at the age of 24. She didn’t speak a word of English. Coming here from her native Kosovo, she’d managed to land a job in housekeeping at the Marriott on Hilton Head Island. Like so many, she’d come here for the opportunity at a better life. Seeing how far she’s come since, it’s clear that she grabbed opportunity with both hands and never let go.

Start with her transition up to New York City, where she proved to be a natural fit for the modeling world. Blessed with a show-stopping classic beauty, her inescapable charm led to modeling gigs posing for names like Calvin Klein, Macy’s and American Eagle.

It’s a career that she kept at, even as another opportunity presented itself. She’d met chef Ariel Palma during her time at Marriott, and he asked her to return to the island to help him run Gringo’s Diner. By late 2014, the two of them were the diner’s new owners.

“When I came back down here, everything in my life became focused on the restaurant,” she said. That focus paid off, with Gringo’s Diner becoming one of the island’s most treasured spots for breakfast and lunch. It’s hard to say which is the bigger draw – the elegantly light and fluffy pancakes, the exquisitely juicy burger or the tremendous sense of community that the diner enjoys.

Yet even as she helped build her business into an island institution, she continued to pursue her modeling career. Naturally, she would turn down any gig that took her away from Gringo’s during the summer, when the crush of visitors turns all of Coligny Plaza into an open-air party, but during the off-season she’d be constantly on the move.

“I’d do a photoshoot for Porsche in Atlanta, then a magazine shoot in Europe, then work with fashion designers in L.A…. I really enjoy it,” she said. “Then I come back here and get right behind the counter.”

It’s not only a remarkable success story of an immigrant in the land of opportunity, but also a remarkable feat simply to juggle two such very different careers. A few years ago, she decided to add one more hat by pursuing actor.

“I lost my mom in 2017, and she was my biggest inspiration,” said Aliu. “When I lost her, I literally felt like my life was over, like I didn’t want to do anything anymore. But she always told me I’d make a good actress.”

A Gringos Burger served with American cheese, pickles, and freshly cut french fries.

Adi Aliu is photographed at Gringos Diner, wearing a dress courtesy of Shop!

Aliu’s mother had provided one last burst of inspiration, and she began auditioning. She quickly found that motion picture cameras loved her just as much as a fashion photographer’s camera, with offers flying in for roles.

She spent eight months on “Fear the Walking Dead,” discovering camaraderie among grueling filming conditions. She shared scenes with the likes of Hugh Jackman, Liam Hemsworth, Glen Powell, Joe Jonas and Alicia Vikander. She got a high five from Michael Douglas and shared an orange with Stan Lee on the set of “AntMan and the Wasp.”

“Growing up in Kosovo, I never thought that one day I’d grow up, come here and work with all of these movie and TV stars,” she said, “But Gringo’s Diner is my baby. This got me where I am today, and without it I wouldn’t have been able to follow my dream.” 



o. Nope. Nada. Never. Not Happening. Squinted eyes, pursed lips, and a slow head shake from right to left and back again.

With so many ways to say “no,” why is it such a challenge to utter this word?

Surprisingly or not, there are many answers to this question. Here are the most common ones I’ve heard from my therapy clients over the years.

“Wait, no is an option? Seriously?”

“But what will Peter, Paul, or Mary think if I say no?”

“Whenever I say no, it comes out mean-sounding. I don’t know how to say it nicely.”

“If I don’t say yes, I might miss out on all the fun. But I’d really rather be home in my pj’s.”

“I have to pick up Jenny from school and pay the electric bill. There’s just no way around it.”

Oh, before I forget – I asked Google, Alexa, and Siri. Ironically, the overwhelming vote is YES! No IS a complete sentence when it’s a response to a question.

For example:

Them: Do you want to?

You: No.

See? It can be uncomplicated.

I rarely have a difficult time saying no, even when I was a teen. While defiantly tossing around no’s like a

The fear of being labeled as uncooperative or selfish can create a reluctance to say no, even when it goes against your needs or desires. Ultimately, declining a request becomes an underrated skill many find challenging to master.

grandmother passing out peppermints at church, my peers were suspiciously looking on, wondering what kind of superpower I was wielding.

Such is the case for most people – wanting to decline while simultaneously feeling pressured to agree.

Whether it’s a request from a friend, a colleague, or especially a family member, the difficulty of uttering that two-letter word is rooted in various societal, psychological, and personal factors.

Whenever I detect a systemic issue, I look first to our society for answers. Rarely am I ever disappointed. Strike that. I’m usually disappointed, and I often have a better understanding of why.

Our society praises agreeableness and being accommodating. On the surface, those characteristics are phenomenal.

When society rewards those perceived as agreeable, the rest of us internalize that saying yes equates to being a team player, a good person, or, dare I say, accepted.

No one wants to be left off the invitation list, ignored, rejected, or spoken about negatively, or not thought of as being “good.” The fear of being labeled as uncooperative or selfish can create a reluctance to say no, even when it goes against your needs or desires. Ultimately, declining a request becomes an underrated skill many find challenging to master.

The fear of disapproval can be a powerful force that prevents many people from saying no. Saying no may evoke concerns about disappointing others or being judged negatively. This fear of social consequences can

lead people to prioritize other people’s feelings over their well-being, making it a challenge to set healthy boundaries.

Have you ever said no and immediately felt so guilty you considered changing your answer to yes? Or maybe you did.

It’s common for feelings of guilt to pop up immediately after saying no. Whether declining an invitation, turning down a request for help, or rejecting additional responsibilities, you may grapple with guilt for potentially letting others down. And it makes sense: you’re a good person, and you don’t want to upset someone.

This emotional burden can be intense and further contribute to the difficulty of uttering that simple yet powerful word: NO.

A nagging fear of damaging relationships is another valid concern. Whether it’s a close friend, family member, or coworker, the worry that setting boundaries will strain the relationship can be a significant deterrent.

However, failing to say no when necessary can lead to burnout, resentment, and an overall deterioration of the connection. I know – not the desired effect.

Making decisions without adequate thought, like a rush to say yes, might result in commitments that don’t align with your values, goals, or priorities. The aftermath of impulsive agreements can include stress, overcommitment, and a lack of fulfillment.

Now that you realize no is an option, understand there may be a wee bit of guilt involved, and if you still want to do it, you may wonder how to make that happen.

This therapist has a few ideas to help you overcome the challenge.



Say no to insignificant requests – ones that don’t matter whether your answer is yes or no and with people who do not care about your answer.

For example, you go out to eat, and the waiter asks if you want a lemon with your water. Your response: “No.” Bam! You did it. You just practiced saying no.

These are the small no’s to look for so you experience success.


What are your needs, goals, and priorities? Is there a conflict with the request you just received? Do you have a whole week of engagements and need to rest? Will saying yes prevent you from taking care of yourself and your needs? Would you feel resentful if you said yes?


Admittedly, this is easier said than done.

Truth be told, managing your emotions, disappointments, and frustration is often easier than trying to manage someone else’s. Managing your guilt starts with noticing, acknowledging, and validating your feelings. Understand that prioritizing your well-being is not selfish but necessary for overall health.

I’m not suggesting that you toss out no’s indiscriminately. Instead, pause and consider whether you want to say yes or no.

How? I’ve got you covered.

The next time your brain wants to say yes and the rest of you wants to say no, try out one of these phrases to give you time to think about your answer:

“Let me think about it.”

“Can I get back to you about that?”

“I’m not sure. When do you need an answer?”

“Let me check my schedule first.”

Yes, these statements delay the inevitable. They also create space where you can consider your answer without the other person nearby.

The difficulty of saying no is a universal challenge influenced by societal expectations, fear of disapproval, guilt, and the perceived impact on relationships. However, learning how to say no is essential for maintaining personal wellbeing and nurturing healthy connections.

By understanding and addressing the underlying factors contributing to this difficulty, you can learn to assert yourself and start saying yes to those experiences you genuinely want to have while saying no to those you don’t (except paying your bills and picking up Jenny from school –you need to do those). 


Long heralded as one of the finest pontoon boat manufacturers in the world, Aloha personally crafted each of this octet of opulent ships for Shelter Cove Marina, outfitting them with the latest equipment from crystal-clear Bluetooth sound systems to cutting-edge Garmin GPS.


Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina

Say ‘aloha’ to the party pontoons that are making waves this summer

When it comes to summertime fun, it can sometimes feel like there’s nothing new under the sun. There’s never a bad day when you’re out on the water, but for decades we’ve had the same few options – charter a boat and go fishing, climb aboard a dolphin tour, get piloted around while you ski.

Sure, each one is a great adventure in its own right. But the thirst for adventure is also a thirst for something new.

If your idea of adventure is a little more hands on, if you’d rather be the one with your hand on the rudder as you pursue that horizon, then Shelter Cove Marina has just the ticket. In March, they rolled out an opportunity for summertime fun on a brand-new, top-ofthe-line party boat where you are the captain.

“This will be our first year doing this in-house,” said Mason Lemon, Harbourmaster at Shelter Cove Marina, Hilton Head Island’s largest deep-water marina, owned by Greenwood Communities & Resorts. This is where the new Aloha Club Series pontoon boats are already taking families out on unforgettable adventures.

“It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a while, so we’re seizing the opportunity to bring in these eight amazing boats,” Lemon said.

Long heralded as one of the finest pontoon boat manufacturers in the world, Aloha personally crafted each of this octet of opulent ships for Shelter Cove Marina, outfitting them with the latest equipment from crystal-clear Bluetooth sound systems to cutting-edge Garmin GPS. Boasting a triple pontoon design (technically they’re tritoons, but that’s just semantics), these party boats enjoy an even-keeled ride for up to 12 passengers that handles the infamous Calibogue

Sound chop with ease, cruising over them on the strength of 150 horsepower.

“Aloha is a family-owned company out of Arkansas and they make really durable pontoon boats,” Lemon said. “They handle the waves really well, so passengers on the front end aren’t getting splashed and can just enjoy a comfortable ride.”

And that ride can take you anywhere you want to go. The Garmin GPS system allows the folks at Shelter Cove Marina to set your destination and create a cookie

Whether it’s a relaxing trip up the May River, a sightseeing tour of area landmarks, or a day trip to Daufuskie Island, the navigation system creates a foolproof way to travel the Lowcountry’s waters.


trail that guides you out of Broad Creek and away. Whether it’s a relaxing trip up the May River, a sightseeing tour of area landmarks, or a day trip to Daufuskie Island, the navigation system creates a foolproof way to travel the Lowcountry’s waters.

“It’s super simple, even if you’ve never driven a boat before,” Lemon said. “We actually had one person the other day who was piloting a boat for the first time. We walked them through everything – how to dock, navigating the marina … and they were good to go.”

The response has been astounding, even in the first few weeks of operations, Lemon said. Not only are first-time captains enjoying a relatively easy introduction to enjoying the water, even seasoned salty dogs are jumping at the chance to get behind the wheel of a brand-new luxury pontoon boat.

This new dynamic at Shelter Cove Marina is just part of Greenwood’s long-term goals of constant reinvention for the entire Palmetto Dunes Resort.

“We’ve been doing a lot of exciting things here,” said Brad Marra, COO for Palmetto Dunes. “We just completed renovations to the core parking lot between the Robert Trent Jones clubhouse and the Tennis & Pickleball Center. We’re adding new businesses, and now we’ve added these new boats…. It just adds to the portfolio of the experience.”

It’s an inspired addition to the vacation experience that Palmetto Dunes has to offer, one that gives families the blissful ease of one-stop shopping.

“When you get here and stay with us, you don’t even have to get back in the car again,” Marra said. “Everything we do is all-encompassing.”

Even seasoned salty dogs are jumping at the chance to get behind the wheel of a brand-new luxury pontoon boat. Music and taste on the Harbour AD

The Shelter Cove Marina fleet awaits your next day of nautical adventures.

That can mean spending a day playing 18 holes of championship golf, casting a line into one of the many secret fishing spots on the sprawling lagoon system (catch and release only), or simply lazing away on pristine beaches. Or, spend some time at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, where waterfront shopping, dining and seasonal entertainment takes place, in addition to many water activities and tours.

Now, it can also mean putting 150 horses to work in pursuit of your next great summer adventure.

About Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina

Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina is located in the middle of Hilton Head Island, across from Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, just off the Intracoastal Waterway. Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina offers yearround waterfront dining, shopping and entertainment, and water activities and tours. All kinds of water activities may be enjoyed at our Hilton Head Island marina, from inshore and offshore fishing charters to sport crabbing, sailing and dolphin tours, sightseeing and nature excursions. Shelter Cove Marina is your No. 1 destination for Hilton Head Island water adventures. With 178 slip rentals, Shelter Cove Marina is the largest award-winning deep-water marina on Hilton Head Island.

For information about activities and slip rentals, visit sheltercovehiltonhead. com.

Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina offers year-round waterfront dining, shopping and entertainment, and water activities and tours.

Swinging into Summer Camps at First Tee


Even in a place as naturally gorgeous as the Lowcountry, it can be a chore to keep kids active during the summer. Sure we have beaches and bike paths and opportunities for golf and tennis galore, but even with these treasures at their disposal, too many kids can’t resist the siren song of video games and all-day cartoon binges.

But those poor kids who spend their summer indoors are missing out on some serious fun. The Lowcountry is a sun-kissed playground, and The First Tee – The Lowcountry’s summer camps are offering the best way to get out there and enjoy it.

“Our summer camps are a little different from our classes,” said Program Director Aaron Immel. “We’re still teaching kids golf skills and life skills, but the camps are a little more fun oriented.”

Summer camps run four days a week, 9-11 a.m. MondayThursday, for seven separate weeks this season, giving parents every opportunity to get their kid out there.

Along with the long and short of their long game and their short game, students at First Tee classes learn valuable life skills, highlighting key values like honesty, integrity and perseverance.

That’s saying a lot, given that First Tee’s summer classes are incredibly popular for local youth looking to polish their golf game and reconnect with friends over the summer. Held at the organization’s massive Gumtree Road facility, with its six-hole par-three course, these classes take a different approach to golf instruction.

Along with the long and short of their long game and their short game, students at First Tee classes learn valuable life skills, highlighting key values like honesty, integrity and perseverance. It’s not just about making them better golfers –it’s about making them better people. Even their regular classes provide students with a framework of fun on which to build these values, so you can imagine what happens when First Tee decided to crank up the fun.

“There are all sorts of fun activities that go along with golfing, like golf baseball, water balloons, relay races… it’s a little more laid back and a little more just for the fun of it,” said Immel.

These summer camps run four days a week, 9-11 a.m. Monday-Thursday, for seven separate weeks this season, giving parents every opportunity to get their kid out there. “You can sign up for multiple weeks or just one week, and it’s really great for someone who has kids or grandkids coming into town for the week who want to give them something to do in the morning,” said Immel. “We welcome all out-of-towners and anyone coming to visit.”

The cost for a week-long camp is $160, but Immel points out that financial aid is “very available,” adding, “If you apply for financial aid, we’ll approve it at 100 percent.”

And once the child is signed up, all they need to do is show up. “If they’re new to the game, they can just bring themselves. Anything else they need, we’ll provide,” said Immel.

To sign up for camps or learn more, visit firstteelowcountry.org. 

Dr. Rick Spolzino Diane Fisher-Simmons Billy Simmons Jeanine Lundstrom


Eyeland Optique offers white-glove eyewear and eye care experience

Folks on Hilton Head Island are concerned about their health. No matter the time of year, people of all ages, sizes, and walks of life are out riding bikes, jogging, playing golf, tennis, and pickleball, or any variety of physical activity. It is one of the most attractive things about living in such a beautiful place and with such a temperate climate.

A big part of being able to enjoy all these things, though, is not just physical well-being, but eye health. If you are not taking great care of your eyes, you should be, and we’ve got just the place for you to set your sights on: Eyeland Optique in the Fresh Market Shoppes.

Eyeland Optique is Hilton Head’s full-service optical boutique offering comprehensive eye exams, independent handmade eyewear collections, stateof-the-art prescription lenses, advanced and specialty contact lenses, and the latest in sun wear protection.


When enjoying the frame selection process, most often clients will have several frames they really love to choose from, especially some of our newest additions such as Lindberg’s “precious metals” and buffalo horn collection. Eyeland Optique clients often walk away with a couple of pairs to fit their lifestyle.

Eyeland is led by General Manager Billy Simmons and his wife Diane Fisher-Simmons, who joined the team last year. Together they have created the warm, welcoming environment for clients and patients on which Eyeland prides itself.

“Eyeland Optique has a unique position in terms of eye care and eyewear,” said owner Jeanine Lundstrom. “Our standards are high; we have been helping clients by combining excellent eye care with selecting the perfect eyewear. We incorporate over 30 years’ experience in eye care while keeping pace with our fast-changing industry.”

Simmons added, “Our first mission is personalized service with the latest technology for eye exams and the most current eyewear trends, as well as the styles that our clients gravitate toward. High touch, white-glove service is our DNA.”

Because most of us are busy, Eyeland Optique clients enjoy personal shopping by appointment for a more highend, customized experience.

“Over the last few years, we have all met the challenges of COVID, but we used that time as an opportunity to meet with our clients by appointment,” Lundstrom said. “This truly

elevated our personalized service and created the ‘one-onone’ style appointments.’”

The team enjoys these individual experiences to get to know clients, not only to better understand their visual needs for function, but also the personal style and fashion they are seeking.

Getting to know their clients also means being more involved in the community. Eyeland proudly supports many local causes, such as Pockets Full of Sunshine, Hilton Head Choral Society, The Children’s Center, Palmetto Bluff Women’s Club, and more.


When it’s time for your comprehensive eye exam, Eyeland Optique adheres to the highest standards of eye care, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment to examine the overall health of the eye. The doctor spends time with each client to guide them toward the best type of vision


correction for their individual needs, whether it’s glasses or contact lenses. Recommendations for preventative care are the priority – whether considering macular degeneration, dry eyes, or cataracts.

“We are committed and devoted to that function here,” Lundstrom said. “We have conversations with every client to determine their lifestyle needs, which allows our opticians to suggest the best prescription lenses. Lens technology is improving at a fast pace and the comfort and use of digital lenses has helped our patients with their visual needs.”


That same level of personalized attention is offered to clients shopping in the eye boutique area where most frame lines are from independent eyewear companies. Their curated selection of eyewear features hand-crafted collections from around the world, designed by professionals who understand fit and functionality while providing the latest fashion.

“We offer styles for the sport-active, boardroom professionals, and the fashion diva,” Fisher-Simmons said.

What Lundstrom and the team consider next level quality is steering clients towards that real “Aha!” moment, when they realize that a pair of frames not only looks great, but feels great. At Eyeland Optique, they have a wide variety of styles so that your glasses can fit your lifestyle, which includes function and even a little fun.

“Part of our story is that we want everybody to be able to choose from a variety of frames,” Lundstrom said. “Having traditional looks is important; however, clients are also looking for the latest in style and fashion. Clients enjoy building an eyewear collection that they can have for many years.”

The benefit from offering independent eyewear lines is high quality and craftsmanship. Therefore, these frames last much longer than the more common, mass-produced frame lines offered in retail settings.

When enjoying the frame selection process, most often clients will have several frames they really love to choose from, and often will walk away with a couple of pairs: a dress pair, a fun or casual pair, and, of course, prescription sunglasses. YOUR STYLE, YOUR WAY

Eyeland Optique has a collection of frames to suit any style. A fashion-forward client will likely be drawn to something from la Eyeworks, Theirry Lasry, or FHone. Those who prefer quality for a traditional look might opt for something from Tom Ford, Lunor, or Robert Marc. Top of the line luxury includes Lindberg, Chopard, or Res Rei.

Eyeland Optique specializes in custom design eyewear via two bespoke lines. Whether it is size, color, or shape, you can build a frame and a look that is 100% individual to you and you alone. “Surprisingly, the process is not complicated. We do it several times a week,” Simmons said.

Also, the Maui Jim prescription sunglasses allow for lens and frame combinations that best suit a patient’s outdoor activities.

Most recently, Eyeland Optique has expanded their Lindberg Collection to include Precious Metals and Buffalo Horn. The precious metals are highlighted in frames of 18-karat gold, white gold, and platinum.

“We are really about quality and best in class,” Lundstrom said, “… a high-quality eye exam, the best quality eyewear selection, and a comfortable quality fit, all together with that personalized experience.”

To get the best in eye care and to experience the best in eyewear, visit Eyeland Optique, online at EyelandOptique. com, or call for an appointment 843-681-2020. 

Truffles Bluffton’s newly renovated dining room.


Great Food for Generations, Now With a New Vibe

In any town, especially a resort town like Hilton Head Island, restaurants come and go, some not even surviving a year. For restaurateurs, it’s a tough business requiring selfless service, unwavering commitment, and a willingness to work long hours. Few establishments experience longevity of more than a few years. However, with more than four decades in business, Truffles Café at The Shops at Sea Pines Center is an iconic dining destination. Its younger sister location in Belfair Towne Village in Bluffton is fast joining those ranks.

When Price Beall opened the Sea Pines location in 1983 with his brother, Sandy, and sister-in-law, Kreis, the initial concept was a fullservice restaurant and bar along with a bakery, and deli cases filled with meats, cheeses, prepared salads, and a specialty foods market. They soon realized that this concept was ahead of its time and transitioned the space to focus entirely on being a restaurant and bar.

Sandy and Kreis moved away in 1985, and Price along with his wife, Karen, whom he met at the restaurant, continued to run the business. In 2000, they opened the second Truffles location in Belfair Towne Village in Bluffton. In 2014 they, along with brother Sandy, opened their first Chow Daddy’s on Hilton Head and in 2015, a second location in Bluffton. Along the way, longtime managers

Fernando and Heather Lossada became business partners. Today, Price acts as CEO, Karen manages marketing and directs interior design, Fernando runs the day-to-day operations of the restaurants (along with Jeannine Gleason in the Belfair Town Village location), and Heather oversees administration.

“We are so thankful to have such amazing people help us serve our guests

Truffles award-winning baby back ribs, house smoked with tangy barbeque sauce, homemade coleslaw and shoestring fries

The private dining room in the Truffles at Sea Pines Center

each and every day,” Price said. “We fully acknowledge our team as the facilitators behind our 40 years of success.”

For their 40th anniversary, the team has marked the milestone with an aesthetic renovation at both Truffles locations.

While the original restaurant has undergone a few minor facelifts over the past 40 years, this transformation was meant to evoke a whole new vibe while nodding gently to the past. To assist with the restaurant re-vamp, Karen enlisted her good friend Joni Burden, owner of J. Banks Design Group, who connected her with designer Melanie Congdon. They started with the wallpaper that became the inspiration for everything that followed.

“While traveling, I had seen the wallpaper in a different color way. We used that to lead us to the new tabletops, chairs, and lighting,” Karen said. “Previously, we had white tablecloths with butcher paper, but with the new look, we decided to go a bit more casual. We opted for light-colored wood tops with the goal of creating welcoming and warm spaces.”

The lighting, especially in the Sea Pines location, is a much bigger change. While everyone loved the basketcovered ceiling, it was time to improve upon that look. The solution was to create the same kind of aesthetic by using light fixtures to emulate the baskets.

Melanie recommended Arteriors for all the new fixtures which are different shades of black and natural, and, while they are all round, they are all different diameters and heights. The effect is warm and brand new, yet reminiscent of the former baskets.

The logo, too, has been elevated. The challenge was to make changes to a recognizable logo, while creating something more current and exciting. The block letters remain, but the colors are more fun – different shades of green with a hint of blue – and play nicely off the new wallpaper.

Happily, the delicious food Truffles Café is known for hasn’t changed, except for a few notable additions. Both the lunch


and dinner menus are wide ranging for a variety of appetites. For lunch, you can still get the classic soups and sandwiches, burgers, quiche, and the amazing jumbo lump crab cakes. The tomato dill soup, baked French onion soup, pot pie, and the curry chicken salad have been on the menu since they opened, so you know they are scrumptious. A new favorite on the lunch menu is the Greek salad, which you can have with chicken, shrimp, or fish.

The tomato dill soup, baked French onion soup, pot pie, and the curry chicken salad have been on the menu since they opened, so you know they are scrumptious.

A busy evening at the Truffles location in Sea Pines Center.

Also, the dinner menu has mouthwatering appetizers like tuna wonton, mushroom crostini and those to-die-for parmesan fries served with white truffle aioli. Don’t worry, the baked brie is still there.

Many of the famous familiar entrées, such as baby back ribs, meatloaf, and fried coconut shrimp, will tempt your tastebuds, along with some noteworthy newcomers. For instance, there is a roasted mushroom pasta, made with shiitake, cremini, and baby portobello mushrooms infused with white truffle oil, and oven roasted with fresh herbs over linguine, then tossed with homemade Alfredo sauce. Each entrée is offered with the smoothest, creamiest of mashed potatoes or aromatic basmati rice and vegetables du jour.

From the bar, order a glass of your favorite wine (you can’t go wrong with the house sangria), a craft cocktail, or an ice-cold brew. For dessert, share a piece of the original, house-made key lime pie AND the blondie, also on the menu since Day One.

So, what’s next for the Bealls and their family of Lowcountry restaurants?

“We are in the process of renovating Chow Daddy’s in Bluffton,” Karen said. “Last year when we relocated Chow Daddy’s from the old Pope Avenue location to The Shops at Sea Pines Center, we updated the concept with a fresh new look. Now, we’re doing the same for our Bluffton location.”

Karen and Price love to cook, entertain, and be entertained. They understand that when friends and family gather, it’s a celebration.

“Many of our favorite recipes have come from these occasions,” Price said. “You can trust that all our menu items are prepared daily with the finest ingredients, utilizing farm to table freshness and locally sourced (whenever possible) and responsibly raised ingredients. We hope that you enjoy every visit to Truffles Café.”

To experience all the old favorites and the fresh new vibe, visit Truffles Café in Hilton Head at 71 Lighthouse Road, or in Bluffton at 91 Towne Drive, or online at TrufflesCafe.com. 

Roasted mushroom pasta, made with shiitake, cremini, and baby portobello mushrooms infused with white truffle oil, and oven roasted with fresh herbs over linguine, then tossed with homemade Alfredo sauce. Hot Stone Massage with complimentary Tibetan singing bowl

Moor Spa sanctuary provides fusion of ancient traditions with science

Believe me when I tell you that I am a spa aficionado. Wherever in the world I find myself, I find a spa to visit because experiencing wellness is at the top of my list. So, from the moment I walked through the doors at Hilton Head’s Moor Spa, I knew this very well might be my new “place.”

Halo Therapy also known as dry salt therapy, infrared heat and chromo therapy (a three in one sauna). Holistic, natural therapy to promote better breathing, healthier skin, sound sleep, improved physical fitness and overall wellness.

One reason is that Moor Spa offers a unique concept.

“At Moor Spa Hilton Head, we believe in the power of touch, sight, smell, hearing, and taste to heal and rejuvenate,” said Deb Durrant, owner and licensed massage therapist. “Our highly skilled therapists offer a specialized treatment menu that focuses on Moor Spa Eartherapy experiences, providing a variety of textures and touches. As the first concept spa for Moor Spa, we are proud to offer ancient healing therapies still practiced in European clinics today.”

Moor Spa’s signature ingredient is Austrian deep moor, a rare form of nutrient-rich peat. Moor is created by the gradual transformation of herbs, plants, and flowers that have been permanently submerged under water or underground. Free from the decaying effects of oxygen and in the correct climatic and biological conditions, the plant matter undergoes a “ripening” process over many thousands of years into a rich black substance, resulting in an herbal complex with wonderful therapeutic properties.

Moor has been a part of traditional medical folklore throughout many parts of Central Europe for centuries. During the past 60 years, a wealth of clinical studies conducted on moor therapy has confirmed that moor indeed possesses a wide range of beneficial properties. As a result, hundreds of European physicians now use and recommend moor treatments.

Visually, the Moor Spa aesthetic encourages serenity. Upon entering the space, my eyes were immediately soothed. Everything in the lobby was light, bright, and arranged symmetrically – the front windows, the hand and foot treatment lounge chairs, even the beautifully arranged shelves where turquoise and white skin care products were artfully displayed.

There was also an aroma of tranquility. My first reaction was, “Oooooooo!” which I directed to the lovely Myleah, who offered me a tray full of cards.

Myleah invited me to randomly pull one or two cards, which she said would help me set an intention for my upcoming experience. I pulled two cards. The first read, “I will keep an open mind and not judge,” and the second, “To find beauty in everything.”

At that point, I might have already been smitten, and we were only just getting started. In perfect timing, the therapist who would be administering my Vichy experience appeared. “I’m Bahiyyih, or simply B,” she said, smiling. I followed her to the lounge where I would wait while she prepared my treatment. I would have followed her anywhere.

First stop, though, was to change out of my street clothes into the softest and most luxurious robe and slippers in the history of spa robes and slippers. Then, the lounge was ideal for settling in and enjoying a complimentary cup of tea, some orange-infused water, and a light snack, while peaceful sights and sounds of the world’s most beautiful places played on a big screen.

When B reappeared, she led me to the Vichy room. Vichy showers use both pressure and temperature to induce relaxation and promote lymphatic drainage and enhanced circulation. There, I experienced the salt glow body scrub with aromatherapy. B’s application was sheer perfection, and as my tension was sloughed away, my newly glowing skin emerged. After a hand-held rinse, B applied the famous Austrian moor, then pulled the Vichy shower over me and turned on the warm steam. For the next 15 minutes, the mud worked its magic, and B worked some more of hers with a scalp massage. Once thoroughly steamed, I experienced the bliss that is the Vichy shower, where all the mud and even more stress was washed away.

Now I was ready for my massage. I opted for a traditional effleurage massage, which induces relaxation and pure rejuvenation, leaving my muscles restored and refreshed and feeling replenished.

Removing Austrian Mud with Vicchy shower beneficial for skin exfoliation Himalyan salt hand and foot detox. It feels amazing and yes, spa clients have been known to fall asleep!

Finally, because my face must match my body, the beautiful Elise administered an Eartherapy Signature Facial, an anti-aging and antioxidant treatment that is soothing, nourishing, and, yes, even lifting! The luxurious sensation of the Rose Quartz and Gua Sha Ritual, the amazing products, and more aromatherapy offered a remarkable transformation, improving micro-circulation, increasing blood flow, and relieving tension, blockages, and puffiness, all while purifying my skin of toxins. It was exquisite.

At the end of my self-care day, Deb met me back in the lobby with a wine glass filled with the signature Moor Water and a taste of the signature Moor Indulgence chocolate bar. What a treat. I learned that, along with applying the moor onto my skin, ingesting the moor directly into my

gastrointestinal tract facilitates even more therapeutic benefits. Now, I was SURE I was in love!!

As amazing as it was, what I experienced in my first visit to Moor Spa Hilton Head doesn’t even touch the surface of what remains. The treatments are too many to mention, the products are too plentiful, and there are even classes – yoga, sound meditation, nutrition, and more. As well, three different levels of memberships are available. Suffice to say that I’ll be back, again and again.

“Fusion is at the foundation of our philosophy, and that allows us to integrate ancient traditions with the most current technology, bringing our clients the very best therapies in a holistic approach to wellness and self-care,” Deb said. “Our mission is to educate, provide a service, guide people toward lifestyles that enhance well-being, and promote the importance of self-care rituals for men and women. It is our privilege to share this unique and special experience with our guests.”

To experience for yourself why Moor is better, book online at MoorSpaHiltonHead. com, call (843) 681-6060, or stop by for a visit at 4 Dunmore Court, Suite 300. 


M SIU CIANS in bathrooms

What’s your sign? I’m a Libra. People say Libras are super balanced, which is crazy to me because I am the clumsiest person I know.

Most underrated song that, in your opinion, should be a classic? “Vincent” by Don Mclean, but that might already be a classic. (It is often wrongly referred to as “Starry, Starry Night.”)

Biggest compliment you’ve ever gotten from a fan? Getting recognized outside of show settings by fans. Once, I was recognized in another state and another time at someone else’s show. It was very heartwarming. #celebrity

Favorite piece to perform?

Probably “Sympathy for the Devil” with John Cranford and Martin Lesch. We really jam out on it.

Do you tweet, gram or book? What’s your handle? I sure do gram and book: @alice.fiddles on Instagram and @alicegouldmusic on Facebook. Go check me out!

Who would star as you in the epic retelling of your life? Taylor Swift

Hey Alice, this bowl is for you!

What do you sing in the shower? Either songs that I need to practice, or I scat my heart out!

Favorite cereal? Definitely corn flakes mixed with yogurt.

At what venue do you most like to perform? Anywhere where the audience is paying attention and enjoying the music.

Most requested song at shows?

“The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” unfortunately. I used to know it when I was younger but I’ve gotten out of practice so now I have to disappoint people when they ask.

First concert you attended. The first concerts were probably at Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, but the first real “concert-concert” I went to was probably Bonnie Raitt. I was too young and dumb to appreciate it though, unfortunately.

Favorite artist? Depends on the day, but right now I’d say Hozier and Vulfpeck. Place you go to get away from it all? My bed. (same girl, same)

First instrument you learned to play? Violin. People always ask me what the difference is between a violin and a fiddle. It’s all based on what genre you play. I started out classical, hence the use of “violin,” but since then I switched to bluegrass and rock, so I play “fiddle” now. Song you were thrilled to finally master? What even is “mastering” anyway? I don’t know if I’ve really ever mastered something. I always feel like I can improve on my playing. But the songs I was pretty happy to nail in shows were “Blue Christmas” and “Angel from Montgomery.” What do you wish you knew more about? Everything! People and what goes in their minds, the reason for certain actions, theory on my instruments, boys, what my dogs think – I feel like I have so much to learn still. It can be a little overwhelming at times.

What animal do you most identify with? My dog, because all she wants to do is lay in bed and be lazy.

If you got super famous and had to change your name, what would your new name be? Alice Gold, because Alice Gould is such a mouthful.

What famous musician would you love to play/sing a duet with? The band Nickel Creek.

Where can we watch you perform?

Right now, it’s a bit of a slow season, but I’ll be playing at The Whiskey Room Live in Nashville with my band The Teafolk Trio this February 25! I’ll be back this summer at Coligny Plaza with John Cranford. Go follow me on Instagram and I will post updates as they come. 

Ready toRumble


Tell Makayla Hinchey she wrestles like a girl, and she’ll show you just how right you are. This 14-year-old (who began wrestling at age 9) is not only winning matches around the country and in the largest competition in Europe, but she’s also scoring against boys and college-aged girls.

Makayla is ranked as the No. 2 Future Olympian in her 14U weight class for 2023, after a vigorous year of competing.

Nationally, girls wrestling is the fastest-growing sport, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). In September, the NFHS reported a 55% increase in participation numbers from 2021-22 to a record total of 49,127 participants. The trend is apparent as more high schools and colleges continue to add women’s wrestling programs.

The sport has been recommended as the 91st NCAA sport, and it is hoped it will be official for 2025.

“Currently, girls wrestling is the number one emerging Division One sport,” said Jeff Estrada, Makayla’s coach and head wrestling coach for the

Daughters of Zion and Sons of Thunder wrestling teams at Gideon’s Christian Academy in Hilton Head. More scholarships than ever before are being given for girls wrestling.

Even with the stellar growth of the sport, there are many people who are still uncomfortable with the notion of girls wrestling, especially when they are wrestling against boys. While many states are sanctioned, South Carolina is not.

“What that means is that in schools here in South Carolina, girls must compete against boys,” said Jennifer Hinchey, Makayla’s mom. “Once at a high school level, it gets harder and harder.”

But on the national level, in the bigger tournaments and in other states, Makayla strictly wrestles other girls.

Hinchey said Makayla was the first girl in Beaufort County to win a state championship and the first girl at McCracken Middle School to ever win a state championship, undefeated against boys and girls during the regular season.

“She no longer attends Beaufort County schools, since she broke every record in wrestling that she could while in seventh grade,” Hinchey

Makayla Hinchey is photographed in CH2’s studio.

said. “That’s why she does what she currently is doing, so she can make her mark nationally and internationally.”

Makayla is homeschooled through the Gideon Christian Academy to accommodate her year-round wrestling travel schedule. She competes in Folkstyle, Freestyle, and Greco wrestling.

So, what’s the difference? Folkstyle and Freestyle both allow leg attacks, but the American Folkstyle system rewards control while Freestyle rewards execution. Freestyle wrestling is just that – a free style of wrestling. Points come faster and matches often end quicker. Folkstyle won’t have as many throws, since referees will stop any potentially dangerous moves. Greco allows

attacks only above the waist, which often leads to spectacular throws. This can also lead to low-scoring matches since attacks are limited to half of the body.

Makayla’s favorite is Freestyle.

Interestingly, though, she just won the National Folkstyle tournament in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a big win for a then-13-year-old at the biggest Folkstyle tournament in the country. In November, she placed second at the Malacupen Invitational competition in Sweden, one of the largest competitions in Europe. She has also competed against 20-year-olds in a college American Open Freestyle tournament, beating one of them and scoring on all the others.

Last year, she competed to make the World Team. Right now, she’s in training for the 2024 World Team trials to be held in Spokane, Washington, where she’ll compete in two divisions in hopes of making the team.

How does she do it?

“Makayla is, at heart, a sweet, compassionate kid,” Estrada said. “Yet something inside of her wants to be a champion. She is so determined, doesn’t know the word ‘quit’, and she works very hard training to be the best.”

To prepare for World Team trials, Makayla is following a 12-week training cycle that includes running 5 miles a day for several days on an alternating schedule. “By the time we get to World, I’ll be running 5 miles a day, seven days a week,” she said.

Makayla Hinchey faces an opponent at the American Open in Erie, Pennsylvania.
...she [makayla] just won the National Folkstyle tournament in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a big win for a then-13-year-old at the biggest Folkstyle tournament in the country.

Additionally, she executes daily workouts for three to four hours a day currently, increasing up to five hours a day leading into the World Team trials. These include technique sessions interspersed with weightlifting sessions.

“The rigorous schedule necessitates Makayla’s homeschooling through the Gideon Christian Academy,” Hinchey said. “It’s a no-nonsense approach to schooling where they focus on core subjects, beginning as early as 5:30 a.m. There is no summer vacation. The kids work yearround, and the students are expected to not only excel at sports, but also academics.”

Makayla’s training is not her only secret to success. She knows that part of why she wins is that she believes in herself, a trait she attributes to her coach and teammates.

“I never doubt myself or let a loss get to my head, because that’s just one loss out of a lot of wins,” Makayla said. “Before, if I ever lost a match, I’d get so upset and then I’d end up losing all my matches. Then my coach and teammates would rile me up and encourage me from the sidelines, so I started believing in myself. I started training harder, getting better, and I started winning. That’s my winning formula now. I believe I can win, so I win.”

To follow Makayla and be inspired by her wrestling journey, follow her on Instagram @makaylahinchey. 


A Note from Hilton Head Island Mayor, Alan Perry


Springtime on Hilton Head Island holds a special place in my heart. As the weather begins to warm up, it’s the perfect time to venture out onto the water, bask in the sun, and immerse myself in the vibrant atmosphere of RBC Heritage, undoubtedly the season’s highlight.

The annual RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, held this year April 15-21, attracts throngs of visitors to the renowned Harbour Town Golf Links. Here, spectators witness some of the globe’s most skilled golfers take on the island’s iconic course, vying for a share of the impressive $20 million purse.

However, it’s not just about the competitive spirit. This event is a significant economic booster for local businesses, annually injecting $102 million into South Carolina’s economy. With the tournament broadcast to 200 countries, viewers catch glimpses of the island’s iconic lighthouse and Southern hospitality, enhancing its global appeal.

The positive impact extends beyond economics. Since 1987, the Heritage Classic Foundation has contributed $51.74 million to charities in South Carolina and Georgia and $5.4 million to aid 386 high school seniors. Such philanthropy underscores the tournament’s commitment to community welfare.

This widespread impact is one of the reasons my fellow town council members and I endorsed this signature event with a $400,000 sponsorship to the Heritage Classic Foundation. Funds for the sponsorship are allocated from the Town’s accommodations tax money, which is revenue collected from visitors who stay overnight in hotels and other rentals. In the end, these dollars are returned to the region.

For many attendees, Heritage Week is as much about fashion as golf, with sun dresses and plaid golf shirts taking center stage. While not everyone may grasp the game’s intricacies, there’s no shortage of enjoyment in exploring the Calibogue Club or indulging in delectable treats from concession stands – a quintessential part of the Heritage experience.

A Note from Bluffton Mayor, Larry Toomer BLUFFTON



arren Buffett, one of our nation’s most prominent investors and an acclaimed businessman, said, “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” As we enter the fourth month of the year, I want to let you know what is being “planted” in terms of the town’s park projects.

Our parks highlight Bluffton’s natural beauty and provide a place for neighbors to come together. Oyster Factory Park, one of the town’s busiest parks, is currently undergoing enhancements. The pavilion side of the park is closed until late April. The town is installing several features to the event area so it will be more user friendly and easier to maintain.

The project features a brick terrace and steps adjacent to the existing pavilion, a large gathering deck built around a live oak in the middle of the park; a bandstand with an adjacent paver dance floor; a perimeter brick and tabby sidewalk; pervious, crushed stone surface on the interior of the space; upgraded power service to accommodate events and food trucks; and enhanced lighting, site furnishings and landscaping.

All private functions have been moved to the opposite side of the park, where the Garvin-Garvey House is located, until construction is finished. This is an exception to the Town’s event rules due to construction and the high demand for the park. After construction, events will resume on the pavilion side.

Oscar Frazier Park, located within the Bluffton Park neighborhood, will have a splash pad by the end of summer. This feature has been requested by numerous residents throughout the years and town leaders are pleased

Photography by M.Kat

Amidst the festivities, it’s crucial to acknowledge the unsung heroes behind the scenes. Whether it’s the Island Recreation Center or the Hilton Head Firefighters Association staffing concessions, their dedication ensures the event’s success while supporting vital community programs and services.

I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all involved – the RBC Heritage team, golfers, volunteers, concession workers, and fans. You make this event a standout showcase for our island and pave the way for a brighter future for all who call Hilton Head Island home.

Here’s to a joyful Heritage celebration for everyone! 

to be able to add this feature, especially for residents who don’t have access to a community pool.

Excitement is also building about the town’s largest venue, the New Riverside Barn park. The town is working diligently to have the park open by the end of this year. The barn, which is the park’s centerpiece, will be renovated and enhanced. The barn is expected to be open in Spring 2026 for public and private events and is expected to be a highly sought-after location for Bluffton weddings.

Finally, the rehabilitation of the Squire Pope Carriage House, located in Wright Family Park, will be complete in the spring. This antebellum house, which survived 1863’s Burning of Bluffton, was a private residence until May 2017. The town and Beaufort County, through its Rural & Critical Land Preservation Program, jointly bought this property for $1.5 million dollars under the agreement that the town would be the operating partner.

The Town retained as much of the original material of this house as possible during its rehabilitation. However, the house will have all new mechanicals installed, such as electric, heating and air, plumbing, and fire protection. A time capsule, which will include documents about house and its many chapters will be installed inside a wall on the first floor. The Wright family’s door knocker, which has sentimental value to the family, will be reinstalled when the house is complete.

The town’s new Welcome Center will open on the first floor of the house in early 2025.

As mayor, I hope all the metaphoric “trees” that are being planted will bring our residents joy in the years to come. 

A Note from Larry Toomer continued


Once upon a time, it was a significant source of consternation in Eat It and Like It world. It happened all the time. At first it was fun, then it became less so. Then it became a seemingly monthly duel with someone who wanted my opinion about a particular item of food: “Give me your Top 5 burgers!”

It usually happened during a conversation with a friend. Sometimes at a party with a stranger, but – more times than not – became with a game showesque snap and a point. Sure, I’ll bite. I always do, with a smile.

Where the game always goes sideways is when I stumble to name five. I mean really, if I put you on the spot to name your Top 5 anything, you couldn’t do it in a 30-second lightning round. No chance. Same goes for me. If I get to 5 and don’t name their favorite, there have been times when I’ve been asked to keep going: 7, 8, 9 burgers later until I name their favorite. Most times? Game over. Sometimes, game over, begin debate.

People are quite persnickety about their burgers. It is most definitely a thing. A Bluffton/Hilton Head thing? No. Y’all obsess more about pizza and pasta than burgers, but you get the idea. They can be discussed forever.

Smash burgers (which I love when done properly) and thick grilled burgers. They are very different, as we know, and deserving of categories. In my book anyway.

All that to tell you that, from my seat, there is a candidate for best burger on the island in town and you should, at the very least, consider trying it because it is phenomenal.

Fraser’s Tavern, which I know I’ve discussed in this space before for their BBQ, rolled out a new burger line last month and I am here to tell you that these burgers are exceptional. This Craft Burger line, six in all, would win every award on the island for most photogenic

This Craft Burger line at Fraser’s Tavern in Sea Pines Resort, six in all, would win every award on the island for most photogenic burgers. The best part is, these aren’t empty suits. The actual patties are wonderful.

burgers. The best part is, these aren’t empty suits. The actual patties are wonderful.

Short rib, brisket, and chuck is the blend. That was my first question.

My second question, I didn’t even bother asking. I know a lot of the guys who put in the time behind the scenes in the culinary department at The Sea Pines Resort. Trust me when I tell you someone didn’t wake up on a Monday, decide to change up the burgers, and roll out six brand new ones by Wednesday. These combinations and flavor profiles were discussed, tested, and discussed again. My guess is the only real deadline was to have it ready for spring and Heritage season, which they have accomplished.

The first one I tried was the Lowcountry. A burger topped with pimento cheese, which in and of itself was exceptional. Then a block of fried mac and cheese. I just don’t eat fried mac and cheese. But this was what the burger came with so I ate it – and loved it. It was also topped with crispy collards, which I believe was hardly necessary. A collards lover might disagree and you are more than welcome to. It was one of the best burgers I’ve had in a year. Easily.

The Hula in One Burger also caught my eye because of the caramelized pineapple slice on top. Add to that smoked pork (which I already love), ginger aioli, and cilantro and that will be the next one I try.

It’s funny, I was invited to try them a few weeks back and someone somewhere thought I’d eat more than one or two of these monsters. Are you serious? I’ll try them all, but it’s going to take multiple visits, which I most certainly will be making.

The Korean BBQ Burger also promises to be a showstopper. Topped with Gochujang curry barbecue, mixed greens, pickled purple cabbage, chili garlic mayo. If those are your flavors, this might just be your burger.

These burgers are massive. My guess is most of you reading this, unless you’ve just played 18-plus holes, are taking some of this home or splitting with a friend. I can eat a whole one sans golf, but then I’m likely not going to eat the rest of the day. Yeah, that big. But believe me, every bite is delicious.

Are they Top 5? On the island? You bet, along with Marley’s Shrimp Shack, Chez George’s Bistro, Lucky Rooster, and someone else I know I’m forgetting. See? It happens all the time. OK, let’s go R Bar in Bluffton. Good people over there. Great burger.

By the way, as a bonus – because I care for your needs – one of the best burgers in the region right now is in Savannah at Brochu’s Family Tradition. Thank me later and enjoy. 


A Series of Fortunate Events, interesting news and a hodge-podge of other items. You know…this and that! If you would like to submit something for this special section, please email maggie@ch2cb2magazine.com. If we have room and it’s appropriate for public consumption, we’ll be happy to oblige.

Calling all dogs! Wanna go for a walk?

The 26th annual Hilton Head Humane Association’s Dog Walk on the Beach is expected to be, as in years past, “quite a sight to see,” said Franny Gerthoffer, executive director of the nonprofit organization.

The fundraiser will be held Saturday, May 4, at Coligny Beach on Hilton Head Island, starting at 8:30 a.m. with check-in on the beach boardwalk. The walk begins at 9 a.m.

Based on recent years’ participation, Gerthoffer expects 80 to 100 humans and “more dogs than people,” she said. Many people bring more than one dog, she said, although some humans walk without a four-legged companion.

Participants must register in advance on the website, hiltonheadhumane.org, or by calling (843) 681-8686. The registration fee is $30, which includes a T-shirt, swag bag of goodies and the opportunity to win door prizes.

Gerthoffer said the fee hasn’t changed in about 10 years, and they are able to keep that number low thanks to generous sponsors and other donors.

The mission of Hilton Head Humane is “to improve the lives of homeless dogs and cats while also working to substantially lower the numbers of animals reproduced or relinquished.”

The organization provides spay/neuter and release of feral cats, and food, shelter and medical care for homeless domesticated cats and dogs until forever homes can be found. In the past year, more than 10,000 abandoned animals were cared for by the organization’s staff and volunteers.

The organization also operates a thrift store, The Litter Box, at 46 Old Wild Horse Road. One hundred percent of its proceeds benefit the organization. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The Dog Walk is less than a quarter mile, Gerthoffer said, with water bowls and buckets of dog toys at the halfway point. Dogs choose their own toys and enjoy beach games with their owners.

“It’s just fun – silly fun,” Gerthoffer said. “How can you not have fun with dog people and their dogs on the beach?” 

A respected hospitality professional, Don Hunter knows Haig Point Club is renowned as a get-away destination. He also understands that its easy pace and relaxing beach ambience are reflected in its amenities, luxury homes, and cottages and produce an attractive Lowcountry place to live.

Hunter, with three decades in the club management/service industry, is the new chief executive officer at Haig Point Club, where he will lead the club through its next series of steps in its strategic plan.

Haig Point has invested $1 million in club and community facility improvements for 2024 that include significant renovations to its iconic Strachan Mansion, roof replacements at key facilities, and new furniture throughout several venues. In addition, the club has invested $5.25 million to replace five-plus miles of interior roadways over the next three years.

Hunter joins Haig Point after five years at The Country Club of North Carolina, where the club expanded its membership rolls by 41% and increased food and beverage income by 161% because of strategic facility planning, critical staff additions and hosting high-profile golf competitions.

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Following the news of Hilton Head Insurance & Brokerage expanding to Charleston, the firm is also pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Bluffton.

The 4,000-square-foot office will be a welcomed space for employees and an ideal place to host clients and company events. The office is located at 14 Westbury Park Way, Suite 200 in Westbury Park Village. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held March 20.

The firm is co-owned by Jeff Hedden and Gary Davis. For more information, visit hhiandb.com or Facebook at @ hiltonheadinsuranceandbrokerage.

As the RBC Heritage approaches – with its stellar field and spectacular location –local hostesses are readying for one of the premier social events of the season.

It’s no surprise that the elves, also known as the “Rays,” of Pockets Full of Sunshine (PFS), have created a one-stop solution to entertaining.

The beautiful screen-printed “Happy Heritage” gift box, which showcases the artwork of Hilton Head Island native

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Charlotte Fraser, contains everything needed to throw a party or to bring along as the ultimate hostess gift.

“Growing up on the island, I love finding ways to reconnect,” Fraser said. “Working with one of my favorite local nonprofits on an event that is so paramount to both the Lowcountry and our state is the perfect way to give back.”

Sir Willie, the official mascot of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, appears on the tea towel and four linen cocktail napkins. Other contents include koozies (can holders), a sticker, and pin. Each box is proudly handmade and assembled by the Rays of PFS, an organization that creates vocational and social opportunities for adults with disabilities and engages them in the greater Hilton Head Island/Bluffton communities.

The boxes retail for $60 apiece and are available at upcoming community events: Bloomin’ Bazaar at Branches, April 6, and the Plaid Nation 5K at Lowcountry Celebration Park, April 13. The boxes are also available for online purchase at plaidnation.com.

Pockets Full of Sunshine is a registered charity of the Heritage Classic Foundation. For more information, visit pocketsfullofsun.org or call (843) 384-1315.


APRIL 2024


4-4:50 p.m. - Free Golf Demo & Clinic Robert Trent Jones Course Palmetto Dunes PalmettoDunes.com/golf/golf-instruction


11 a.m.-4 p.m.

12 Georgianna Dr. gullahmuseumhhi.org


7 p.m. FREE Lowcountry Celebration Park


10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Farmers & Makers Market

The Shops at Sea Pines Center


Harbour Town Golf Links rbcheritage.com


6 p.m. at FISH, Coligny Plaza


6-9 p.m., thru May 16

Shelter Cove Harbour! FREE!


7 p.m. at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton


April 27-28; 10-5 Saturday, 10-4 Sunday coastaldiscoery.org


8 p.m. on the beach seapines.com/events


6-9 p.m., thru May 16

Shelter Cove Harbour! FREE!


6-9 p.m., thru May 16 at Shelter Cove Harbour! FREE! Bring a Chair!


6-9 p.m., thru May

16 at Shelter Cove Harbour! FREE! Bring a Chair!


April 1-12, 15-17 - 7:30 p.m. Liberty Oak in Harbour Town, Sea Pines Resort


Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is a Tony and Grammy Award-winning production that takes audiences on a deliciously musical ride through the life and career of one of America’s most beloved and prolific songwriters.


Spring Concert

Hilton Head Choral Society. 7 p.m. First Presbyterian Church


12-3 p.m. at Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park exploremitchelville.org


9-11 a.m.

Sea Turtle Marketplace Free Car Show


April 18-21 Forsythe Jewelers Pop-Up Shop

At RBC Heritage, 1 & 9 Village


7 p.m. St. Andrew By-The-Sea Methodist. 20 Pope Ave. Support series for families facing substance abuse.


Dog Walk on the Beach, Hilton Head Humane, 8:30 a.m. Coligny Beach


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