Whether you’re entertaining at your year-round home, your vacation home, or even the getaway vacation rental you scored on Hilton Head Island, the pleasures and attractions of America’s favorite island are something most people want to share. The Shops at Sea Pines Center plays a part in these stories of what to do.

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In fact, it’s a kind of a crossroads for finding out what’s going on and collecting ideas for enjoying your guests’ stay.

The Inside Scoop

Once you’ve got the lay of the land yourself, then letting your family, loved ones, and friends in on the keys to enjoying Hilton Head Island seems to grow the fun in another way, too. Inside information turns out to be especially appealing on Hilton Head. So many residents began as visitors. So many visitors (at least 40% in a given year) are making a return visit, because they enjoyed it so much here.

So, “Did you hear about the Forest Preserve?” or, “There’s a farmers’ market here on Tuesdays,” or, “They’ve got Italian gelatos here,” or, “Where’s the best pizza?” – a basic life-skill for many families – are natural topics of conversation. The answers are like gifts, because they come with the memories of good times of your own.

For Everyone to Enjoy

A friend’s mom had in her library a little book about “How to Make Family Gatherings Fun,” or something like that, and the key, it said, was to have something on the agenda that will appeal to each of the interests and avocations of your party, plus a thing or two that appeals to them all together. The same principle works for parties of friends and loved ones, too.

The Shops at Sea Pines Center is a kind of one-stop answer. Young and old, indoor and outdoor, fine food and fun food, necessities and notions, things to wear, things to give, things to amuse, and things to cherish for generations. They are all arrayed around a sunny oasis we call the plaza – the center of the Center.

In the Heart of it All

As special as this place is, it was meant to be convenient, too. The Sea Pines founders gave The Shops at Sea Pines Center the favored spot – halfway between Harbour Town Yacht Basin and the beach. You can tell it was meant to be convenient, too, because they put a Post Office here, and a gas station, and a bank. And today, it even has a trolley stop.

Clues to what makes The Shops at Sea Pines Center unique can be found in the fact that this gas station also offers fine wines and what many say is the best fried chicken in the Lowcountry. And what used to be our bank is now a gourmet grocery, with its wine collection housed in the former bank vault.

Sense of humor, sense of style, sense of wearing life a little lighter – all these are in the essence of the inside information you can share with guests, among The Shops at Sea Pines Center.