by Alex Palmer | November 03, 2017
Recently named the No. 1 island in the U.S. in Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards, this South Carolina gem is ideal for groups looking to get work done or get away from it all.


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Hilton Head is a golfer's paradise, with 24 courses that can serve everyone from beginners to pros. These include world-class championship courses designed by the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones, and Pete Dye.

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Spend the afternoon relaxing on some of the destination's 12 miles of pristine beaches, from South Beach to Folly Field Beach, Forest Beach to Driessen Beach, and plenty of hidden pockets in between.

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This destination is famous for its low-country cuisine centered around local shellfish including shrimp and oysters. Book a table (or several) at group-friendly local restaurants such as Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks or the new Skull Creek Dockside for waterfront dining.


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This is an island, so be sure to spend some time on the water. Start the day with a kayaking outing through the marshes and along Broad Creek (where dolphins, not to mention turtles, otters, and waterfowl, are often spotted). Continue with a visit to the Coastal Discovery Museum, which offers trail tours and exhibits on the natural history and cultural traditions of the island.

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Take in some of the area's famed historic sites, such as the Haig Point Lighthouse and the Strachan Mansion, while sipping a cocktail and enjoying some low-country cuisine aboard a Sunset Dinner Cruise, available from Vagabond Cruise. Those who are looking for a more hands-on experience can sign up for the two-hour Shrimpin' Exhibition, where attendees can learn about the local ecosystem while tossing their nets into the salt marshes.


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The first "eco-planned destination" in the U.S., Hilton Head is a great place to enjoy the outdoors. Go horseback riding through the 606-acre Sea Pines Nature Preserve, or hop on one of the more than 15,000 bikes available for rent throughout the island.

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If a horse ride doesn't get your attendees' pulses pounding, they can try out Hilton Head's newest attraction: Aerial Adventure, a two-hour treetop obstacle course and zipline. All skill levels are welcome, with activities such as the Burma Bridge, Parris Island Crossing, and Commando Crawl.

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Spend the evening in Hilton Head's sister city, Bluffton, packed with galleries, artisan shops, and southern eateries (and drinkeries), as well as attractions such as the Church of the Cross and the antebellum Heyward House Historic Center in Old Town Bluffton.

This article appears in the November 2017 issue of Successful Meetings.