Summer surprises at Shelter Cove

By Lisa Allen

Shelter Cove has always been a mid-island destination, but its fresh face and new park have pushed that appeal to an even higher level.

Its managers are leaving nothing to chance by packing the calendar with irresist- ible events at Shelter Cove Community Park. In case that’s not enough, most events are free and all are perfect for the whole family.

“Our original goal was to make it an energy center for the island,” said Roni Allbritton, general manager of the new Shelter Cove Towne Centre. “It’s an open-air shopping and dining destination that perfectly matches what makes Hilton Head Island special. Plus, the park takes advantage of the beautiful sunsets over Broad Creek.”

The planners carefully cleared vegetation to open up views of the creek, creating stunning vistas most people didn’t even know existed. Developers planted scores of trees elsewhere on the property to retain Hilton Head’s famous canopy.

“The response from residents and visitors has been phenomenal,” Allbritton said. “Customer traffic far exceeded our expectations. The merchants are very pleased.”

Allbritton said everyone in the area works together to create an irresistible atmosphere.

“We try to think of things that would be appealing to tourists and residents,” she said.

If the social media response to recent “movies in the park” events is any indication, they’re on the right track.

Next up are Sunset Celebrations each Friday evening. The event features local bands that will draw even more people to the park and the shopping center.

Once a month, the Carolina Dreamers Car Club Cruise-In will rally there, giving visitors a chance to drool over dozens of collector cars.

With so much to see and do at Shelter Cove Towne Centre, take advantage of the parking shuttle to help you get around to all of the shops, restaurants and events. If you’re a pedaler, there are plenty of bike racks, too.

Work is already underway on the last phase of the development: 240 luxury apartments.

“There is a strong desire on Hilton Head for upscale apartments,” Allbritton said. They, too, will have beautiful views of the creek.

Come check out Shelter Cove. One stunning sunset and you’ll be hooked.