30 Million Reasons to Visit Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island has long been celebrated as an excellent place for golf getaways; they even have a PGA event, the RBC Heritage. During the summer their Atlantic Ocean beaches are packed with happy families enjoying the sun, fun and sand. Retirees flock there for the golf, pine trees and climate. Now, they want brides and grooms to tie the knot at this traditional, southern locale.
Weddings are not new to the Island. When you have ocean, sand and sun, you’ll attract your fair share of destination weddings. The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa is hoping to build on their current success with a $30-million renovation that transformed the 1985 resort into one of the finest properties in the Southeast.
The extensive refresher seems to have touched every part of the resort: beds, décor, pools, restaurants, landscaping and meeting space. Everything is first rate, the comfiest beds and linens, the latest technology in rooms and event spaces and the most relaxing treatments in the spa.
Then there are the ceremony settings. Beaches, outdoor pavilions, gardens and pool decks are all popular wedding spots. The Atlantic Ocean can be the backdrop for most of the settings. Just in case, every wedding has an indoor backup plan if Mother Nature tries to be a spoiler. Many brides plan to have the wedding in the Gazebo Room, with its big floor to ceiling windows, so they don’t need to worry about weather.
Entertaining guests is easy here; Hilton Head Island is an activity haven. You have the best of land, sea and shopping adventures. Golf is a given, but zip lining, bike riding on the beach and tennis are close by. You can get a little wet on kayak eco tours, off shore and inshore fishing and stand up paddle boarding. Harbor Town, with its big lighthouse, red rocking chairs, local shops and eateries is a great place to spend a sunny afternoon.
It’s kind of like The Westin made a $30 million dollar investment in your ceremony. You’ve just got to get there. United flies nonstop to Savannah, Ga. Hilton Head Island is about 45 minutes north.
By Tom Flynn