Home Away from Home

We’ll be sharing sporadic posts about our travels: what to pack, where to eat, where to stay, and what to do. Posts on Dallas, Cleveland, Savannah, and even St. Thomas are on the docket for the summer!


inked by Holly

Hilton Head Island, SC has become the second home for our family. When we vacationed there for the first time 12 years ago, we didn’t expect to go back every summer. But we fell in love with the island!  When we cross the bridge from Bluffton to Hilton Head, we all sigh and relax.

It’s a place where we can all unwind. Most days, our schedule goes a little something like this:
*Wake up early’ish.  We don’t like to waste vacation days sleeping!
*Take a walk/run.  Such a beautiful, peaceful place where even exercise is pleasant.
*Jump on the bikes and ride for a few minutes or maybe longer.  Bike paths go for miles on the island.
*Come back and suit up for the beach. This also includes packing lunch, loads of sunscreen application, gathering all our beach paraphernalia (and there’s a lot of it!)
*Once we are overly sandy & hot, we like to come back and play in the pool for a while.
*Clean up for dinner and evening adventures.

IMG_3115(1)^^ we’ve become obsessed with taking selfies when the whole fam is together. always fun to see how they turn out!^^

In regards to lodging, Sea Pines is a popular plantation, but we’ve stayed in Palmetto Dunes every year and love it. We’re always a bike ride or walk away from the beach and close to tennis courts.

Over the years we’ve gathered a list of our favorite restaurants. If you’re ever in the area, be sure to check a few out!
General Store in Palmetto Dunes for breakfast
One Hot Mama’s BBQ (must try the honey jalapeno cornbread)
Fiesta Fresh Mexican Grill
Lowcountry Backyard
Frankie Bones
Main Street Cafe
Skull Creek Boathouse
Harolds Diner
Up the Creek (new find this year right on the marina. Awesome appetizers and burgers!)
Sunrise Cafe
Sea Shack
Kenny B’s
Frozen Moo
The Cottage in Bluffton

IMG_3242(1)^^ jalapeno cheese-stuffed pretzel and hot buffalo chicken dip apps from Up the Creek. so good! ^^

IMG_3169^^ Lindsay insists on going to Frozen Moos for ice cream every night ^^

We just love HHI and every time we leave we experience the post-vacation blues. Until next year, Hilton Head!

6 thoughts on “Home Away from Home

  1. Thanks for this informative article! Brian and I are heading down that way next week and I will be needing some advice! We also plan to go to Savannah!

    • Oh you’re going to love it! So many fun places to see! We love Savannah too! Tam is my go to Savannah expert! Vinnie Van Go Go’s pizza and Leopold’s Ice Cream are musts!

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