Marshgrass Adventures' staff designs expeditions that explore their passion for the diverse ecology of the Lowcountry region, including Hilton Head Island. From fishing outings to leisurely kayak tours, the knowledgeable guides enlighten tour goers on the varied flora and fauna that litter the shorelines. The staff supports both catching and releasing or grilling the area's fish, which include trout, tarpon, and redfish. Guests on stand-up paddleboards slip out across the water, perfecting their balance quickly as they cut among swaying grasses and blue herons.
The chefs cook chipotle parmesan au gratin grouper in their mesquite oven, sizzling it at the precise temperature that will preserve its juiciness—its appetite-rousing aromas filling the adobe-walled restaurant. They then nab the fish from the oven and place it on a plate alongside mexican rice and southwestern-style vegetables, resulting in the restaurant’s signature grouper dish.
For more than 20 years, patrons have been filling their bellies at Santa Fe Cafe knowing that their menu of southwestern dishes has been prepared with the same level of precision and care. As diners nibble, they can snuggle up next to an oak-fire chiminea and listen to live ranchero guitar tunes. On the open-air rooftop cantina, groups can belly up to the curved bar shaded by a wooden canopy, or pull up to a table and admire the stars and the bumper stickers on the backs of UFOs, which read "My other UFO is a bike."
When Skillets Café opened in 1994, its moniker reflected its sole mission: to serve up seafood-heavy breakfasts, made from scratch, in porcelain skillets. The name has stuck, but it no longer does justice to the wide array of breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare that now resides on Skillets’ menu. Servers still dish out seafood omelets and crepes, skillets of potatoes and poached eggs, and stuffed french toast, but they do so at all hours, or at least until the rooster crows at midnight. And at lunch and dinner, morning dishes are joined by sandwiches and hearty entrees such as shrimp and grits, grilled meatloaf, and filet mignon. Out on the patio, humans can dig into comforting meals while seated beside their pooches, which are welcome to chow down on items from the doggy menu.