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Winter has its “Dark Days” but here on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina – that moniker just does not seem to fit. Not only do we have plenty of sunshine and a temperate climate but we also have an abundance of large live oaks which keep their green leaves during the winter; plenty of evergreens; and lots of palms and semi-tropical foliage. No stark winterscape of bare branches against a bleak sky here. Not intending to rub it in to those north of us, mind you, just passing this along with the best of intentions!


What’s more, there’s lots to do on Hilton Head Island in January. Learn something new for the New Year. Take a design, painting or drawing class at the Hilton Head Art League or a craft class at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Or, sign up for a jewelry making class atHigh Tide Beads. If you prefer outdoors, it’s a great time of year to learn kayaking or rowingand there are plenty of tranquil waterways to traverse here.


If you’re a foodie at heart (and who isn’t?), The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s Restaurant Week is January 21 to 28 with over 50 restaurants participating with outstanding deals on Pre-Fixe menu selections.But here’s a tip:restaurants offer wonderful values all month long with BOGO’s (Buy One, Get One), seasonal specials and food and beverage promotions. Locals love January!

Of course, it’s always a great time to get or stay in shape and our fitness centers and yoga studios offer great deals for visitors from daily to monthly. Or, get away and take advantage of our many day spas and body work specialists to reboot your body, mind and spirit for the new year.

The best news of all? You save money on everything! Besides all the great things to do, Hilton Head offers the lowest rates of the year at this time, and you still get wonderful weather for walking, biking, golfing, tennis, sailing or just about any outdoor activity you enjoy. You can book monthly rentals, complete with utilities, at rates that should be kept a secret. In fact, Hilton Head Accommodations offers entire month rentals that include FREE green fees for four daily, daily tennis and 2 bikes only slightly more than a weekly rate in the summer!

So why wait for spring or summer when a vacation on Hilton Head in January is just as good?Some may say it’s even better.