Hilton Head spotlighted in New York Times travel column

Beach time, local restaurants and two museums were among the recommendations of a New York Times travel column on Hilton Head Island.

The column is a weekly feature in the newspaper that highlights what to do in 36 hours in a place. Recent locations spotlighted include Jackson, Miss.; Oslo, Norway; the Texas Hill Country; Las Vegas; and Tokyo.

Golf is what typically comes to mind when travelers think of Hilton Head, Stephanie Rosenbloom writes. But she says there are many more ways visitors can be entertained on the island, which has "an influx of increasingly sophisticated restaurants," nature trails, boating, tennis and swimming.

Rosenbloom recommends activities and restaurants for visitors who only have 36 hours to spend on Hilton Head -- from Friday afternoon to Sunday night.

Among the recommendations:

  • Check out Coligny Plaza or Driessen Beach Park.
  • Tour the Harbour Town Lighthouse Museum and the Coastal Discovery Museum.
  • Peek at the tree houses of Deer Island in Sea Pines.
  • Eat at the Skull Creek Boathouse, Quarterdeck, WiseGuys, Robert Irvine's Eat!, and either Chef David's Roastfish and Cornbread or Dye's Gullah Fixin's.

The column includes a map of all recommendations and a slide show of photos from Hilton Head.

Read the full column here