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The two RV Gypsies took a day trip
to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
October 18, 2014
South Carolina and the location of Hilton Head Island

Lee took a picture of Karen by the fountain and the dual camera on the Samsung phone put Lee in the photo too.awesome

the two RV Gypsies at the fountain by the Hilton Hotel

Hilton Head Island, sometimes referred to as simply Hilton Head, is a resort town located on an island of the same name in Beaufort County, South Carolina. It is 20 miles northeast of Savannah, Georgia, and 95 miles southwest of Charleston. The island gets its name from Captain William Hilton. In 1663, Hilton identified a headland near the entrance to Port Royal Sound, which he named "Hilton's Head" after himself. The island features 12 miles of beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean and is a popular vacation destination.

history bookThe island has a rich history that started with seasonal occupation by native Americans thousands of years ago, and continued with European exploration and the Sea Island Cotton trade. It became an important base of operations for the Union blockade of the Southern ports during the Civil War. Once the island fell to Union troops, hundreds of ex-slaves flocked to Hilton Head, which is still home to many "native islanders", many of whom are descendants of freed slaves known as the Gullah (or Geechee) who have managed to hold onto much of their ethnic and cultural identity.

The Town of Hilton Head Island incorporated as a municipality in 1983 and is well known for its eco-friendly development. The town's Natural Resources Division enforces the Land Management Ordinance which minimizes the impact of development and governs the style of buildings and how they are situated amongst existing trees. As a result, Hilton Head Island enjoys an unusual amount of tree cover relative to the amount of development. Approximately 70% of the island, including most of the tourist areas, is located inside gated communities. However, the town maintains several public beach access points, including one for the exclusive use of town residents, who have approved several multi-million dollar land-buying bond referendums to control commercial growth.

Hilton Head Island offers an unusual number of cultural opportunities for a community its size, including Broadway-quality plays at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, the 120-member full chorus of the Hilton Head Choral Society, the highly rated Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the largest annual outdoor, tented wine tasting event on the east coast, and several other annual community festivals. It also hosts the Heritage Golf Classic, a PGA Tour tournament played on the Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines Resort.

The two RV Gypsies walked through the dune pathway on Hilton Head Island.

Lee Duquette in the dunes at Hilton Head Island
Lee Duquette in the dunes at Hilton Head Island
the dunes on Hilton Head Island
the dunes on Hilton Head Island
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Menu for the two RV Gypsies in South Carolina
October 15 - 18, 2014
You may visit these four sections in any order you choose. There is also a link to Georgia below.

South of the Border

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet

Seafood Festival in Bluffton

Hilton Head Island

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go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesAFTER you have enjoyed all four sections above, please continue on to the USA State of Georgia.