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Nine Books to Inspire an Outdoor Adventure

October 13th 2018

We love to lie on the beach and relax with a good book as much as the next person. After all, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is located on one of the most beautiful stretches of beach on the Atlantic!

But, sometimes, a book makes you want to get up and go. And when a great read inspires an even greater adventure, the gang at Hilton Head Outfitters is here to help! We’ve got all kinds of rental gear to help make your island time an outdoor escape to remember.

Are you looking for that perfect book to tap into a love for the outdoors and thirst for adventure? Try one of these nine outdoorsy novels and memoirs!

Best Books About Fishing

Planning to do a little Lowcountry fishing during your Hilton Head Island vacation? Pack one of these books for the boat!

A River Runs Through It by Norman MacLean

This 1976 collection of semi-autobiographical stories is a classic about two brothers growing up in Montana, but is known for its beautiful descriptions of nature and fishing. The 1992 film starring Brad Pitt is based on the book.

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway’s 1951 novella is about a Cuban fisherman struggling to catch a giant marlin in the Gulf Coast. It’s one of Hemingway’s most famous works, and was his last great work of fiction. Hemingway won a Nobel Prize for Literature a few years after publishing The Old Man and the Sea.

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Moby-Dick is perhaps the most famous novel about fishing of all time. The book, published in 1851 by Herman Melville, is about a captain’s obsessive, vengeful journey to capture a white whale that bit off his leg. The novel’s opening line, “Call me Ishmael” (the character narrating the story) is one of the most famous literary opening lines of all time.

Best Books About Hiking & Camping

Hilton Head Island is home to miles upon miles of beautiful trails that are perfect for hiking and biking! Seek a little inspiration from one of these reads.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson is one of the most acclaimed travel writers in the world. In this 1998 book, he writes a humorous account of attempting to walk the Appalachian Trail with a friend. The memoir offers the perfect mix of musings on nature, and laugh-out-loud moments.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed’s beloved 2012 memoir about hiking the Pacific Coast Trail is about self-discovery and the great outdoors. It was adapted into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon in 2014. One tip you’ll pick up from Strayed’s memoir? Make sure your hiking boots fit!

The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

This 2017 bestseller, subtitled “The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit” tells the true story of a man, Christopher Knight, who spent 27 years living in seclusion in Maine. Journalist Michael Finkel interviewed him and weaves a marvelous tale of how Knight crafted his hermit lifestyle, and the challenges he faced upon re-entering society. The result is a moving look at a man’s relationship with nature and survival.

Best Books About Paddling & Surfing

These books will make you want to get out on the water ASAP, on a surfboard, kayak, or canoe.

Canoeing in the Wilderness by Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau, one of the most famous American essayists of the 1800s, is considered to be one of the world’s best nature writers. He was an expert canoer, and this work details his many trips.

Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living by Nick Offerman

This book by comedian Nick Offerman is a mix of life advice, helpful tips, and funny anecdotes is sure to inspire you to hop in a canoe and explore the Palmetto Dunes lagoon. Offerman might carve his own canoe, but we recommend simply renting one.

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

This memoir by the acclaimed New Yorker journalist William Finnegan is about chasing waves around the world—during his down time from reporting on war and politics. It won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography and was featured on one of Barrack Obama’s summer reading lists.

Inspired by These Books? Book Your Outdoor Adventure Today!

Have these outdoorsy books inspired you to spend a little time in nature? There’s no greater outdoors than Hilton Head Island! And we have everything you need to embrace it during your Lowcountry escape. For an easy, breezy vacation, book your rental gear ahead of time.

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