Lowcountry Festival for Giving to Bring The Holidays to Life for Thousands; ResortQuest Hilton Head Offers Helping Hand

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Become a part of the Island's brightest tradition, the Dove Street Festival of Lights, a Celebration by the Sea. Share with your family, friends, and loved ones as the pine, oak, and palmetto trees come to life. Situated on the many streets of Forest Beach, this island tradition keeps people coming back time and time again. This year ResortQuest Hilton Head will participate in giving back during the holidays by supporting the Festival of Lights through donations of canned goods.

And I think the lights have been a significant factor in out staying together as a community.

Since 1990 a small group of neighbors have come together for one of the best kept traditions on Hilton Head Island. It all started with a 40-foot magnolia tree and a small group of islanders. ResortQuest Hilton Head, with more 1100 Hilton Head vacation rentals, will offer collection bins at each check-in center for all visitors and islanders that would like to donate. During the holiday season no one expects snow or even ice crystals in the lowcountry- one thing you can count on after Thanksgiving is the Dove Street Festival of Lights. This year, like every year before, the Lolik Family will adorn their magnolia tree with over 7,000 bulbs- in a neighborhood of over 100,000 bulbs.

Just a few steps from the beach, Forest Beach is one of the premier locations for luxury vacation rentals, with many of the once beach bungalows transformed into unique custom-built homes with southern-style verandas. Yet through the years one thing has remained the same – the Dove Street lights and the people who visit them.

"There is still a sense of neighborhood," said Lolik. "And I think the lights have been a significant factor in out staying together as a community."

This overwhelming sense of community has given those neighbors a chance to give back. Visitors from all over the lowcountry donate to Deep Well during their tour of lights, while nearby Coligny Plaza also accepts unwrapped gifts, canned food, and donations for those in need during the holidays. ResortQuest Hilton Head will also offer a chance to give back this holiday season, with canned good donation collections located at both check-in centers.

ResortQuest Hilton Head extends a helping hand this holiday season with hopes that you will too. With more visitors to the Hilton Head Island everyday, more can be done share with families and friends who just don't have enough.

"We hope visitors to this island paradise will remember those who need help the most." Patti Martin ResortQuest Hilton Head General Manager said. "We know that there are others living on this island that would appreciate a helping hand and ResortQuest Hilton Head wants nothing more than to be just that. Our community involvement is extremely important and the Dove Street Festival of Lights gives us a chance to participate in something very unique."

Planning and decorating for this year's festival will begin in during late November and will continue through early December. ResortQuest Hilton Head will offer collection bins at each check-in center for all visitors and islanders that would like to donate. Please support the local Deep Well foundation and ResortQuest this season. Call (843) 785-2849 or visit ResortQuestHiltonHead.com for more information.

About ResortQuest

ResortQuest, one of the nation's leading vacation rentals hospitality and resort real estate companies, provides a one-stop resource in North America's premier resort destinations, ResortQuest.com. ResortQuest is the largest marketer and management company of vacation condominiums and vacation rentals in the U.S. and Canada, based on a portfolio of nearly 17,000 vacation rental properties with a combined real estate value estimated at approximately $7 billion. ResortQuest Real Estate is one of the nation's leading real estate companies focusing exclusively on resort properties, offering superior brokerage services in the country's premier beach, ski and golf destinations. ResortQuest employs more than 4,000 people and is owned and operated by Gaylord Entertainment Co. (NYSE: GET), one of the largest and fastest growing companies in the hospitality and entertainment industries, based in Nashville, Tenn., that also owns and operates Gaylord Hotels and the Grand Ole Opry. For more information, visit ResortQuest.com or GaylordEntertainment.com.

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