To view the entire list of The Island Packet 2012 Readers' Choice Award Winners, click on the Readers' Choice special section.
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IP - Best Dolphin Cruise/Kayak Trip

Island Explorer

What better way to experience the beauty and wildlife of Hilton Head Island than on a dolphin cruise or kayak trip with Island Explorer? Their captains are committed to providing a fun, educating and memorable nature excursion the whole family can enjoy.
Conveniently located mid-island on Hilton Head Island on the back dock of The Old Oyster Factory Restaurant

IP - Best Employment Agency

Coastal Connections

During this challenging economy, it can feel like a full-time job finding the right employment or the right person for your employment needs. But sometimes all it takes are the right connections. Coastal Connections has employment specialists with more than 50 years of experience in staffing solutions.
1 Mathews Drive, No. 115, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

IP - Best Event Planner

Julie Miller Weddings & Events

With event planning, it’s all in the details. Julie Miller and her staff pride themselves on their final touches. She puts her 10 years of experience to use in creating details that blend together to appear effortless, but make the client’s event shine.
55 New Orleans Road, Suite 206, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

IP - Best Eye Care Professional

Dr. Michael Campbell with Optical Solutions

You can eat carrots all day long, but you will still need a good eye care professional to make sure you are taking optimal care of those beautiful blues (or greens or browns). Dr. Michael Campbell, with Optical Solutions, has been looking after Hilton Head Island and Bluffton area eyes for the past 24 years.
10 Hospital Center Common, Suite 100, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
32W Plaza at Shelter Cove, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
6 Promenade St., Suite 1001, Bluffton, SC 29910

IP - Best Fabric Store

Discount Fabric

In this challenging economy when most everyone is turning their interior decorating projects into DIY projects, Discount Fabric continues to meet customers’ needs. The store, which has been in business for 25 years, has more than 50,000 yards of in-stock decorator fabric, trim and upholstery supplies as well as a full-service workroom offering in-home consultation for custom drapery, bed coverings, tableskirts and more.
10 Barrel Landing Road, Okatie, SC 29909

IP - Best Fast Food Restaurant


Pair chicken nuggets with a play area, ice dreams and a friendly staff and you have the kids’ pick for dinner out every time.
9 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, SC 29910

IP - Best Financial Services

Mortgage Network

Finances and the phrase “keep it simple” aren’t usually used in the same sentence. But at Mortgage Network, you can talk to real people who strive to make the mortgage process as uncomplicated as possible.
1000 William Hilton Parkway, Suite 205, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

IP - Best Fine Dining Restaurant

Kingfisher Seafood, Pasta and Steakhouse

Kingfisher gives you a fine dining experience only the Lowcountry could provide with oceanfront views, live bands, dancing and even table-side magic and comedy shows. And if you prefer your seafood smokin’, then you’ll love the famous Seafood Volcano made of shrimp, oysters or snow crab.
18 Harbourside Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

IP - Best Florist

Flowers By Sue

Flowers say so much from heartwarming sympathy to longing “I love yous.” Be sure your message is crafted with the freshest, highest quality flowers by enlisting the aid of Flowers by Sue.
72 Arrow Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

IP - Best Fried Chicken


Looking for that ideal Sunday family dinner? Pick up a gallon of sweet tea, some delicious sides and that fried chicken done just the way you like it – with just the right amount of crispiness and crunch. Nothing brings the family around the dinner table like the perfect fried chicken.
80 Baylor Dr, Bluffton, SC 29910
101 Buckwalter Place Blvd, Bluffton, SC 29910
11 Palmetto Bay Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
45 Pembroke Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926