July 2014

The Porch:The Beach House Resort reveals renovations, new restaurant

Author: Laura Jacobi | Photographer: Greg Ceo

The Beach House Resort, located at One South Forest Beach on Hilton Head Island off Coligny Circle, reveals its newest renovations, which enhance the authentic beach experience for guests and locals alike. According to Jeff Elseser, general manager, Northview Hotel Group purchased The Beach House Feb. 28, 2013.
Northview Hotel Group is an owner/operator of hotels and resorts that provides hotel management, asset management and construction management. The Northview Hotel Group’s property management team has successfully operated more than 100 hotels in the past 30 years.

Renovations at The Beach House, aimed at highlighting the hotel’s beachfront location, began in January of this year and were completed in March. The resort spent close to $1.5 million on many of the public spaces to create a comfortable, inviting and upscale vacation experience, Elseser said. One of the major renovations included redesigning the hotel’s new restaurant, The Porch Southern Kitchen & Bar. Specific decor upgrades were also made to the lobby, public corridors, meeting spaces, landscape design, pool area.

Recent renovations and improvements to the overall guest experience create the perfect blend of relaxing beach atmosphere and excellent service. The Beach House Resort’s ideal location allows its guests to walk outside the door of their hotel room and be “within steps of having their toes in the sand and dipping them in the Atlantic Ocean,” said Mike DiLeone, director of sales for The Beach House. One of the many improvements to the property include upgrades to resort’s own private beach access, where guests can sit out at umbrella-covered tables, soak up the sun and cool ocean breezes, all while enjoying top quality food and beverage service.

In addition to its ideal beachfront location, The Beach House offers the convenience of being adjacent to the island’s go-to shopping destination, Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head Island’s self-proclaimed downtown.

Along with the improvements to the overall guest experience, The Beach House made several upgrades that benefit locals as well, including weatherizing the local-favorite Tiki Hut and the opening of the hotel’s new restaurant, The Porch Southern Kitchen and Bar.

Guests and locals can now enjoy the charm and good times the Tiki Hut is famous for year-round, regardless of weather. And if you’re in the mood to satisfy your taste buds, you can simply walk over to The Porch Southern Kitchen and Bar.

The Porch Southern Kitchen and Bar
The Porch is designed to blur the lines between indoors and out with a glass garage door, which opens up to the resort’s pool deck. Diners can sit at a table or belly up to the indoor or outdoor bar to enjoy delicious “Bites” or signature cocktails. The new hot spot is the ideal place to hang out with friends and enjoy handcrafted savory dishes and drinks. Once the meal is over, take the conversation outside as you sit by the new fire pit.

This comfortable, inviting restaurant and bar, is open to locals and hotel guests for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between.

In the South, the front porch is a gathering spot for friends and family to catch up and pass the time while enjoying a favorite beverage. Dan Puglisi, director of food and beverage at The Beach House says The Porch is reminiscent of that inviting, comfortable atmosphere, including good food, good drinks and good company. “When I think of a porch, I think of sunshine and lemonade. That’s the way I want people to feel when they enter The Porch,” he said.

The menu is described as “wholesome comfort food,” with dishes homemade from the best locally sourced ingredients and 90 percent of the produce coming from farmers markets. “We go as far as curing and smoking our own bacon and making our own bread, jams and sausages,” Puglisi said.

The menu features familiar Southern favorites with a creative twist (e.g. Coastal Blue Crab Benedict for breakfast, a Southern BLT made with pimento cheese and fried green tomatoes for lunch and Beer Can Chicken or Cornbread Encrusted Flounder for supper), carefully crafted by Chef Tim Nelson. “I love fresh stuff, making it all from scratch and putting my love and passion into it,” he said. “The food speaks for itself.”

A West Coast native and graduate of California Culinary Academy, Nelson has earned his place at the helm of some of the country’s finest kitchens, including the breathtaking Snowbird Resort in Utah, SLC’s Cafe Trio, the exclusive Stein Eriksen Lodge, the Sanderling Resort in the OBX and now The Beach House Resort on Hilton Head Island. He says he instantly fell in love with the Lowcountry and vibe of Hilton Head Island, which inspired him to create The Porch’s eclectic menu.

The Porch Southern Kitchen & Bar is open seven days a week with breakfast served from 7-11 a.m., lunch from noon to 4 p.m. and supper from 5-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The “Bites” menu is available from noon to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and noon to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The “Bites” menu features items such as country ham and cheddar biscuit sliders or mac n’ cheese balls, or as Puglisi describes them, “Southern tapas.”

Nelson’s goal was to create a menu that featured fresh and delicious dishes, but all at affordable prices. The food tastes as if you’re in a high-end, fancy restaurant without the fancy feel, because at The Porch, you’re welcome just as you are, flip flops and all.

Besides the mouth-watering meals, The Porch also features daily drink specials from its handcrafted cocktail collection, using fresh, local fruits and juices mixed with top shelf spirits and lots of creativity.
Besides the crashing of the waves and good conversation, the restaurant is usually filled with the sound of close to 400 vinyl LP’s in their collection. No need to rely on a DJ to play “your song,” because guests can handpick the records they want to hear.

Learn more about The Beach House by visiting thebeachhousehhi.com, calling (843) 785-5126 or The Beach House Resort on Facebook and Twitter. Learn more about The Porch by visiting theporchhhi.com, calling (843) 785-2900 or The Porch Southern Kitchen & Bar on Facebook.

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