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Marsh scene at the Hilton Head museum - Hilton Head Island

Marsh scene at the Hilton Head museum

Worship of Nature

Favorite thing: Hilton Head is all about Nature, but it is Nature groomed so that it looks pretty and doesn't interfer with the main playground - kind of like Disney for Golfers. It is a pretty island and has nice beaches, but it also has an attitude about it which is really irritating. My sister won't visit here because of the "Plantations", and while I think she's being too PC about it, I find the gated community concept terribly elitist, and hate the idea of covenants. It is arrogant to charge for admission to a place where the main goal is to induce you to spend your money for their additional profit. At the very least the sign and light restrictions are dangerous at night.

Fondest memory: Seeing the birds outside the elevator of our condo and realizing that there was a birds nest on the top of the REAL lighthouse of Hilton Head. We did enjoy walking the self guiding trail next to the museum also.

Review Helpfulness: 2 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 30, 2008
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Gatehouse in Arthur Hills Plantation - Hilton Head Island

Gatehouse in Arthur Hills Plantation

Covenants that Restrict Everything

Favorite thing: People who own property on Hilton Head are not allowed to:
a) Park a pick-up truck on the island at their house
b) Have a garden in their yard
c) Paint the house except in a few mandated colors so as not to spook the deer or something. No red roofs allowed, even on the Red Roof Inn
d) Dry laundry outside.

The Hilton Head website remarks:
"All business’ signs are the same colors. Soft shades of tan, green, rose, and dusky blue are mostly the only colors allowed because Hilton Head prefers everything to blend into the environment instead of looking over-developed.

Personally I'd like to be able to find a restaurant or gas station without using binoculars.

Another problem with Hilton Head:
" There are more than 10 gated communities on Hilton Head Island, a handful more past the bridge to the mainland, and plenty of ungated neighborhoods scattered in between. A Hilton Head Island gated community is locally referred to as a plantation. Shipyard Plantation, Palmetto Hall Plantation Club, Wexford Plantation, Port Royal Plantation, and Hilton Head Plantation are some examples.

I'm not at all happy with the idea of gated communities. For instance to see Fort Mitchel, you have to get through community gate. To eat at a restaurant that is in one of the communities you have to go through a gate, and at least ONE gated community has a toll charge for all the cars that go through the gate.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 16, 2007
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