As a family full of avid boaters, we love nothing more than to get out on the waterways surrounding Hilton Head Island and Bluffton to take in the scenery. This time of year when it is hot, we like to stay in the water as much as possible. When the need arises to go ashore for a nice bite to eat or a cool adult beverage, we recommend the following places where you can tie up your boat and go ashore to re-charge:
1) Freeport Marina & Old Daufuskie Crab Company: Back in 1978, my Grandfather (Dr. Jack Scurry) purchased approximately 60 acres on the banks of the Cooper River (which is also part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway). This place is very special in our family and my Uncle Wick Scurry has done a great job over the years growing Freeport Marina as well as the restaurant and bar at the Old Daufuskie Crab Company into a not-to-be-missed destination. Stop by for their signature drink “the Scrap Iron” and DO NOT miss their original recipe for Daufuskie Deviled Crab. Tell my cousin Doc Scurry that I sent you! The photo below shows the view from Freeport Marina and the ample dockage available there for your enjoyment.
2) Black Marlin, Palmetto Bay Marina, Hilton Head Island: Located on the calm waters of Broad Creek, Black Marlin is an awesome place for a Sunday brunch, lunch or dinner (any day of the week). Their menu is diverse for seafood lovers and land-lubbers alike. Try their Fried Flounder sandwich and be sure to catch a cool beer or cocktail at their Hurricane Bar where live music is often performed in the evenings.
3) Buffalo’s, Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, SC: While out on the May River’s famed “Sandbar”, the action can activate your appetite, indeed. Pull ashore to Palmetto Bluff and catch a beverage or craft burger at Buffalo’s. Located within Wilson Village adjacent to the ruins of historic Wilson Mansion, this slice of heaven is sure to delight the palate as well as your visual senses.
4) The Quarterdeck, Harbour Town Yacht Basin, Hilton Head Island, SC: One of the Island’s oldest restaurants and bars, the Quarterdeck is famous for hosting the PGA players who like to party after their days on the Harbour Town Golf Links during the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing. There is always live music playing outside during the Summer season and no doubt one of the Island’s best sunsets overlooking Daufuskie Island can be found here. Our oldest son “Captain Tres” runs charter boats for nearby H2O Watersports so if you want to para-sail, jet-ski, waterski, banana boat, or boat rental, check with him or the reservation desk on the docks.
5) Hudson’s Seafood, Hilton Head Island, SC: On the waters of Skull Creek on the Island’s North End, Hudson’s is a Hilton Head Island institution that should not be missed. Fresh shrimp right off the docks, fish brought off the ocean each day and their newly famous “Hudson’s Oysters” (a brilliant brainchild of manager Andrew Carmines who is “growing” and harvesting his own oysters specifically for the restaurant), Hudson’s has the “old time” ambiance of days gone by on Hilton Head Island. Stellar sunsets nightly here too.
There are many other places to stop and dine by boat and this list is just the tip of the iceberg as an example of just a few of our favorite spots. If you need more recommendations, just let us know. Our family has lived on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton since 1976 and we know the area like few other real estate firms so please also let us know how we may serve your needs whether you are Purchasing or Selling a property in our neck of the woods.
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