Thanks to Island Elves, No More ‘Dumb’ Easter Bunnies on Heritage Sunday

Easter Pail Deliveries in Sea Pines

Easter Elves, Elissa Ealey, Christien Turner, and Sharon McDonnell prepare Easter pails for morning deliveries in Sea Pines.

A great secret about being on Hilton Head at special times of the year is that island families and visitors are protected by elves that live underground.  Through the years, they have observed the island’s growth from their quiet little nooks, sneaking out at dusk and in the wee hours to assist us in areas of our evolution where we need help – but didn’t always know it – and at certain times of the year, like Easter, they hire assistants to help with overflow.  Right now the assistants work for Sea Pines Resort, and are taking calls for Easter Bunny pails, at $40/each, and a wagon ride, at 843-842-1979. They are under the careful supervision of head Easter elf, Jen Westerfeld, and yes, reservations are necessary.

Sea Pines Easter Bunny

The Sea Pines Easter Bunny delivers on time, and also offers a wagon ride.

Easter elves became necessary due to a story about a family whose parents would like to remain nameless.  But whom nevertheless, had set a rather demanding precedent for their darling children, known as Carmen and Preston of Baynard Cove environs, whereby the Easter Bunny always left full, and overflowing baskets of chocolate eggs, goodies, and pastel-colored sundries next to the fireplace Easter’s Eve, giving much incentive for the little angels to snap awake early for church in the am each year.

But woe, one season back in the 1970’s, the sacred Sunday fell on the same day as the sacred Heritage Golf Tournament Final Sunday round (just like this year, of our Lord, 2017).  Which also meant that sometimes, the rituals accompanying the hallowed Saturday Eves, also conflicted with one another, resulting in opposing early, Bunny tee-times, and church bells.

To wit; due to the aforementioned conflicting rituals the night before, the Easter Bunny did not make it to the fireplace of Casa Hawkins one Easter/Heritage Sunday morning, back in the day.  You can imagine, upon bounding out to the fireplace in bunny pajama finery at sunrise finding no Easter baskets, the children were none-too-pleased.

As later family relations have retold this tale, the wise Queen-Mum, and her visiting sister, snuck out the back porch on the 11th tee in their dressing gowns with baskets, candy, and painted eggs (whilst the CBS cameramen were setting up on the 15th for the final day wondering to each other, what will the Hilton Head residents think of next, as they remembered that the year before, two streakers ran across the 17th fairway on live tv).  Unconcerned at what the cameramen might be thinking, the sisters quickly arranged the baskets nicely at the front door of the Hawkins’ residence.

Pleased with their work, the lovely debutantes, tiptoed back around into the house, as though this was all normal, Easter-Sunday-morning-Hilton-Head-goings-on, and said, “Well, what’s wrong Preston?  Why are you frowning this lovely dawn?”

And Carmen, who was older, and a little wisenheimer at this point in life said, “He’s mad because the Easter Bunny didn’t come this year.”

To which, the Queen’s sister said, “Well, has he checked out the front door?  Maybe the Easter Bunny couldn’t get down the fireplace last night.” (We were also new to the Sea Pines neighborhood, so certain child-ish beliefs of a general theme were getting spun to us in odd variations as we matured).

Frowning, Preston marched his little padded hoofies to the front door, swung it open, where, SURPRISE!  There were TWO Easter baskets filled with chocolate eggs, colored cellophane wrappers, with price tags, pine straw sticking out, and Spanish moss dripping off the sides.  Preston stood looking down for a few minutes, and finally said, “Dumb, Easter Bunny.”

[Just a heads-up; if you weren’t living here before 1980, the rest of this might be really boring.]

Which brings me to my earlier point about the elves that have been watching island humanoids (they call us, ‘Fumbling Island Ogres’ in case you were wondering), to see what kinds of antics we might be up to, in the course of a weekly episode.

For more examples (besides just the ‘Laughingstock Hawkins Clan of Baynard Cove,’), at one time in Hilton Head’s development, early Island Ogres thought it might be nifty to erect green stop signs (so unique, even Horace Sutton mentioned it in the Chicago Tribune in 1969) and to have directional signage hanging from boat oars, to keep things recreational-looking, and resort-ish for vacationers.

Seriously.  Old-timers like Bart Whiteman, Clan Berrigan, Steve Plowden, and all of Charles Perry’s kids will back me up on this.

Bart Whiteman

Bartman, Island Realtor extraordinaire, remembers all.

As everyone now knows, landscaped rotary circles were the answer to stoplights; adorned with trees and foliage, hiding the other side of the road, so newcomers to the island would not know if the road ended, or went around to the other side, or dead-ended, or what the heck?  Why doesn’t this Godforsaken place have streetlights?

Elves noticed immediately (of course, amidst much glee and knee-slapping), that Fumbling Ogres could not discern color from text when it came to disassociating the shade of green, from the word, ‘Stop’.  Nor, could they retreat quickly enough from making a right turn, where the sign that said HarbourTown, with a white, painted left arrow, was hanging from a brown oar with the paddle-end pointed towards the right.  This was especially funny, if it was the posted instructional sign on the rotary circle, and the paddle happened to be hanging leftward.

One can only imagine the resulting noise-pollution issues; horn honking, and finger-gesturing; lots of foreign-language shouting, which resembled much too closely, the cities from whence the Visiting Fumbling Ogres came.

So, after much more belly-laughing, the elves set about quietly adjusting mistakes for the Fumbling Island Ogres, who had to keep marching forward in this experiment known as the Shambala Hilton Head Island.

Sadly, no longer could the elves enjoy the escapades of Fumbling Ogres imbibing too much of the vine, falling from tavern into the bay, as weekend entertainment.

So, within a few short years, the green stop signs turned back to red, bike paths became more clearly marked with lots of little red stop signs, magnets appeared on refrigerators that told visitors not to feed alligators, and to turn off beach-oriented lights so the loggerhead turtle hatchlings could find their way to the ocean.  Then, signs appeared on beach pathways reminding everyone to pick up after their pets, and later signs that came with plastic bags to pick up after their pets (because the elves watched Fumbling Ogres ignore the first sign, so they had to actually build a roll of plastic bags into the sign – phew – Fumbling Ogres needed lots of help).

And yes, now you can call for the Easter Bunny, so that a little kid doesn’t have to stand at the front door, shaking his head saying, “Dumb Easter Bunny” late Sunday morning.


For a Bunny pail delivery call, 843-842-1979, or go to https://www.seapines.com/events/Easter-Pail-Deliveries/April-2017 within Sea Pines Resort only.  The Easter Bunny will bring a pail filled with beach toys and Easter candy, plus an elf will come along to assist.  The cost is $40./pail.  If you would like a pail reserved for your child and you are not staying in side Sea Pines, you can still order an Easter Pail, with 24 hours notice, and pick it up at the Sea Pines Fitness Center on Lighthouse Rd.

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Still Need Persuading? How About Riding in Your Convertible With the Top Down Across the Bridge to Hilton Head Island?

Driving Around Hilton Head With the Top Down in February

Driving Around Hilton Head With the Top Down in February

Now, you may be wondering why I didn’t just post a picture of myself driving across the bridge in my husband’s convertible with the top down, rather than Googling an image of movie stars to illustrate my point, and that would be a valid wonderment.  The answer to that is, I tried; but almost got pulled over by our overly alert police cruisers for weaving across the dividing lines while holding my smartphone out in the air like a self-absorbed bimbo taking her own picture of herself in order to show off on Facebook (three things I was going to show off; 1. my husband’s cool black Mercedes E350 A cabriolet, 2. my new hair-do which was whipping across my face, blinding me to on-coming traffic, and 3. how warm it is on Hilton Head Island in February that I can ride around in the car with the top down, smiling into my IPhone like an idiot).

Why didn’t my husband snap the picture, you ask in even more valid wonderment? Because Johnny D has not mastered the forward/backward face-time camera thingy on his smart phone, yet.  We are working on that and will regale our future guests and viewers with a video of Johnny using his smart phone to search The Vacation Company’s cool new mobile platform for a fabulous vacation rental that may also be included in our fabulous winter/spring specials offer, if we ever figure out how to use it.

Paris Hilton and Her BFF Ride in Her Pink Bentley Convertible With the Top Down, Not Anywhere Near Hilton Head Island.

Paris Hilton and Her BFF Ride in Her Pink Bentley Convertible With the Top Down, Not Anywhere Near Hilton Head Island.

Now, if you’re still reading this, stay with me because you will get a reward for being so trusting and patient. You can ride bikes, drive your convertible with the top down, play tennis & golf, and loll on the beach, right now on Hilton Head WITH  a discounted rate of $100/bedroom off your weekly vacation rental* between now and May 17, 2012.  Now that’s a deal, right? Check out our available properties, because spring is selling out quickly, what with Hilton Head being the second most favorite place to golf, voted by the Pros (GolfWorld Poll, January, 2012), right behind Augusta, and coincidentally, we follow immediately after the Masters tournament on the PGA tour schedule – April 9-15, 2012.  Is that a sign from above, or what!

Whew… What in the world will I yammer on and on about next week? Hilton Head is such a fun place, I want everyone to know about it.  So send this to your friends and family, Like us on Facebook and Twitter, and call us about our special vacation rentals, before they get scooped up by Paris Hilton’s fans who landed here by mistake.  NOW.

We Congratulate Brandt Snedeker on a Well-Earned, 2011 Heritage Title

Snedeker wins annual Heritage Tournament!

An exciting Easter/Heritage weekend kicked off the Hilton Head season like no other.  The Vacation Company was proud to participate again this year as a sponsor and host to players and sponsors of the tournament.  This year’s event was made even more special by the support of the whole island community and the Heritage Classic Foundation.  Thank you, Tournament Director Steve Wilmot, for another plaidtastic annual Heritage, and Christina Lobello for your amazing player/VIP coordinating skills.  Without the tireless efforts of the staff, volunteers, and sponsors, the Heritage could not survive, and Hilton Head spring season kick-off just wouldn’t have any kick.

Don’t Let Spring Fever Keep You From Hot Spring Deals!

Hilton Head Island beckons spring visitors

     Economy, Schmeconomy!  Vacation Rental bookings have never been better here at The Vacation Company, and we don’t want to see anyone miss out on their favorite luxury oceanfront home, or one of our fantastic refurbished golf course villas and townhouses because they waited until the last minute.  This is an exciting time of year on Hilton Head with spring only a few weeks away, St. Patrick’s Day, PTR tennis events, the PGA Heritage Golf Tournament, and Easter Week all coming up on us real fast. For the next two weeks, the Vacation Company is offering a special discount on select properties for arrivals between April 1 – May 15, 2011 (excluding Easter Week, April 17th-24th).
   So call an Angel today to reserve your spring vacation rental!  855-845-7018. Or email us, or search our site now for the best possible Hot Deals.

Verizon Heritage Just Days Away

There still room and you can still “get your plaid on.” Now in its 42nd year, the Verizon Heritage is Hilton Head Island’s main event. While our beaches, golf courses, shops, restaurants, natural beauty and friendly atmosphere draw a few million people to our island every year, it’s the Heritage that gets everybody cheering.

There is, of course, great golf happening at Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines Resort. But the Heritage is more than golf. Tournament Director Steve Wilmot said it best. “I travel to different tournaments, in Chicago or Phoenix, or any other big city, and they’re all great events. But unless you are somehow involved with those tournaments, when you get to those cities, you’d never know the tournament was going on. But on this island, the Heritage is Hilton Head and Hilton Head is the Heritage.”

For the Tour players, it’s a relief from the pressure of The Masters. And during the Heritage you’re likely to see the pros and their families pile into and out of local eateries, walking the beach and, in many cases, dropping by homes of island residents who have become friends over the years.

Members of the PGA Tour consider the Verizon Heritage a family tournament and for this upcoming week, they are absolutely right. The guys out there challenging Harbour Town Golf Links, along with their families playing at the Harbour Town playground or visiting the petting zoo at the newly refurbished Lawton Stables, become part of the family of Hilton Head Island.

For accommodations, give us a call at 1-800-845-7018 or visit us at Hilton Head Vacation Rentals.

41st Verizon Heritage

The Verizon Heritage is celebrating its 41th year at Harbour Town Golf Links, April 13 – 19. If you haven’t booked a Heritage home or villa – do it NOW. Yes, this is one of the busiest times on the island but it’s also one of the greatest. Since it promises to be another sellout (135,000+ fans), call for tickets or go on line.

Defending champion Boo Weekley has now joined Davis Love III and the late Payne Stewart as the only players in Verizon Heritage history to successfully defend their titles. And he is definitely not your typical cool and collected Tour professional. He got his nickname from the cartoon hero Yogi Bear’s sidekick, “Boo Boo Bear.” An avid hunter and fisherman, his sponsors include the outdoors apparel company Mossy Oak, which specializes in camouflage outfits, Big Buck Sports and Bass Pro Shops.

The purse this year has been raised to $5.7 million, with the winner walking away with a check for over $1 million and 25,000 FedEx Cup points. The purse for the first Heritage, which was held on Thanksgiving weekend, was a little smaller. In 1969, Arnold Palmer ended a 14-month victory drought and banked $20,000.

As tournament director Steve Wilmot likes to remind everyone, the Verizon Heritage is a charitable event. In 2008 the Heritage Classic Foundation distributed almost $1.8 million to charities, the arts, colleges via scholarships, and medical centers.

Remember, email or call us with any questions.