Hilton Head Island Travel Diary: The iPhone Version

So if you aren’t following me on Instagram (which you should because sometimes it’s funny) you may not have known that I took a much needed vacation last week to Hilton Head Island. It’s one of my favorite places for a ton of different reasons. I love the atmosphere, the scenes, the fact that it is a quiet community and the food! So here are some of the highlights of my trip!

For the first time in almost four years we stayed on the South end of the island, right down the street from Coligny Beach. We were walking distance from food and shopping of any kind; and the most important, we were on beach front so we could easily walk to the beach at any given time during the day. It was so easy to have a relaxing vacation when everything was at your fingertips. Plus it didn’t hurt that according to the FitBit, we got well over 10,000 steps a day. Plus you could constantly hear the waves crashing which is the ultimate sound for relaxation.

Being so close to the beach and the fact that this was a much needed vacation was a no brainer that all day, every day I was at the beach. I loaded up on the SPF and literally chilled. The beach was quiet after Labor Day Weekend and even more quiet with the threat of a hurricane. But still I relaxed. And swam in the ocean. And played with sea creatures. I’ve got plenty of questions about this hat, the striped bathing suit and the kimono cover up; so they are all linked here!

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Hilton Head Island is known for their world class golf courses and food. And well let’s just say I prefer food over the links. I have been waiting 5 whole years to try this place. They shut down for a week before Summer and it just so happens that’s always the week I visit. But it was worth the wait. Perfectly cooked cajun southern food. I had the etoufee and it was amazzzzzinggggg! If you visit Hilton Head, I suggest visiting Kenny B’s.

I found Java Burrito Company on Instagram and I am so glad that I did. It’s like a local Chipotle but for every meal and a full coffee bar inside. I had a breakfast bowl and iced dirty chai. Hands down one of the best decisions I made on that trip.

Ela’s is becoming a favorite on the island for me to visit. A little swanky, quiet, on the waterfront and the service and food is outstanding. We visiting the day before the evacuation was in order for Irma and they were still open. We had the place to ourselves and the service nor food suffered due to being understaffed or the island becoming a ghost town.

Marley’s Island Grill was a first for me, but not a last. Sooooooo good! A Caribbean take on local seafood. I got chorizo almond crusted scallops which may actually be one of the top 20 best meals of my life. So good.

There is just beauty and magic every where on the island. Maybe it’s because you are on vacation or island time. Whatever it is, it works. My soul feels a little more full after my visit there.

Happy Travels!

Farewell To Summer But Not This Dress

I just got back from a much needed vacation in one of my favorite spots! (I’ll be haring a travel diary on Wednesday about where I went and what I did if you don’t follow me on Instagram.)

But I packed basics for this trip, nothing special because my only real plan was to truly relax on the beach for the majority of the time. I did pack this black dress that makes me feel like Adele and this little bomber both from Nest Boutique and DIY studio, and they were the perfect pairing for some waterfront dining one night at a swanky little place. And so easy to wear. Which is the key for vacation.

Now that Summer is unofficially over, I came back to Asheville and it really felt like Fall y’all; I am starting to put away my shorts, tanks and off the shoulder tops. But this dress is not going away yet. Neither is this bomber despite the bright colors. This dress will be great with tights and heels plus a fur coat for chillier days and it’s the perfect little dress for Holiday get togethers and festive holiday outings. Plus I also think this dress would be perfect for a few Halloween costumes I have up my sleeves (because store bought costumes are just gross).

So I challenge you while you are packing away your Spring/Summer goodies to see what will carry itself in to the colder months and holiday season. Not only is it fun to try to think of new ways to style something but your wallet will really thank you.

I hope you all had a great unofficial end to Summer and now the basic bia inside of me is ready to live for the Fall fashion, weather and activities. Make sure you are following along to stay up to date.

 

Hilton Head Recap

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If you follow me on Instagram or SnapChat (s.ferguson6623) you know I went on vacation last week to celebrate my college graduation! I twas honestly the most relaxing vacation I have been on in a long time. There was absolutely no work, no blogging, no school work, NOTHING. We just did a lot of chilling on the beach and swimming, cooking, eating yummy seafood, eating cake, sleeping and relaxing. We did go play a few rounds of golf but with all the sleep I was doing, I was actually okay with it. Nothing too exciting happened on this vacation because the main purpose was to relax.

Comment below any fun Summer plans you have!

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I’m back from vacation. I’m done with school. What a whirlwind of the past week it has been. One of the highlights of vacation was going to ELA’s for a celebratory lunch on Tuesday as it was the day I got my e-mail stating I was officially a college graduate! We celebrated with yummy seafood on a patio overlooking the sound. I went with a very casual #ootd for celebration since it was during lunch time with my fun twirly black skirt and an over sized heather grey t-shirt. For pops of beachy fun I added this beaded necklace from Noonday Collection and my all time favorite sunnies from a local boutique. I felt like myself. I felt like fun. I felt like someone whom is getting ready to dive head first in to the fashion world. I felt harbor cool. I felt like an empowered woman because I just finished college!

Hilton Head Golf + GolfNow Review

Hilton Head Island and surrounding areas have some great golf courses, even if you don’t play they are some amazing views. I sat out the three courses played to prevent holding up other players but got some great shots of the golf courses.

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Crescent Pointe is an Arnold Palmer designed course and pretty tough. The greens are fast, there are plenty of hazards including sand and water, but the views are amazing. Be careful when playing golf in the lowcountry because hazards may also include wildlife such as alligators. This is one of the more expensive courses around Hilton Head Island but thanks to research and GolfNow the course was very affordable.

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The Clyde Johnston designed course is absolutely breath taking with the wetlands, wildlife and holes over looking the bay side of the island. The course is a tough course to play because of the protected wetlands but a great one to play. Golf with perfectly green fairways and greens and holes with great views are probably the best courses to play. This course isn’t as expensive but Andrew got his tee time much cheaper through GolfNow. Old South Golf Links is a must visit.

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Hilton Head Lakes was the least interesting golf course Andrew booked through GolfNow. It was the furthest from the island and was not appealing at all. I will give them that they are under construction, the staff was friendly and we found a nest of baby alligators. Andrew said this course was much easier and faster to play than the other places visited.

If you are unfamiliar with GolfNow and play golf at least a few times a year, I highly suggest visiting the website. You can find discounted tee times on the website and pay prior to actually getting to the golf course. The success we have had is any where from 33% to 50% off the price offered by the course itself. Also the more you use GolfNow the better your discounts will be and they will send you special discounts, and after so many bookings your online processing fee will be eliminated! It’s a win win because anyone who golfs knows it can be expensive and GolfNow allows you to do an activity you love at a discounted price..

Eating My Way Through Hilton Head Island

I have a major confession to make; when I travel I get this notion that I am a foodie, meaning I have to try to the cool hip places, new things, and cook when I can with fresh ingredients I can’t get at home. Andrew and I were lucky enough to stay in a condo with a kitchen on vacation in Hilton Head Island so we did cook a lot at the house but we would venture out for lunches on the island. Here are some of the great food highlights from the trip.

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The first place we ate on the island was The Black Marlin Bayside Grill, which was in a harbour. We took advantage of patio seating on Mother’s Day as the weather was perfect. We got sushi nachos (probably the most amazing things), for lunch I got the Bayside Seafood Roll and a side of sweet potato fries and Andrew got a fried seafood platter with oysters and scallops. We were both pleased with this place so we would highly recommend it to anyone!

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We did a lot of cooking at the condo we stayed in. Some things (like pizza and sandwiches) were less than interesting but we did cook some awesome seafood. Scallops, stuffed scallops, we even cooked fresh local swordfish but we were exhausted and forgot to take pictures. We bought our local seafood from Barnacle Bill’s and were pleased with the quality of seafood we got. I’ll be posting a recipe for these scallops next week!

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We ended up parking our bikes at Shelter Cove since we stayed on the north side of the island so one day we decided to have lunch in the harbour. We decided on ELA’S Blu Water Grille. This place is a bit more fancier and expensive so I suggest lunch time on the patio. We ordered the calamari and lobster sliders. The calamari was the best I had ever had and the sliders were perfect, plus those truffle fries were to die for. I highly suggest this place.

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We have dined at The Skull Creek Boathouse before but it has changed a lot since our last visit. They have a Palmetto beer that was crafted in Charleston specifically for them that we had to try. They offer sushi now and the Surf and Turf Roll was amazing (I could possibly eat it every day). Andrew got a seafood platter with a little of everything and I got a split plate with shrimp and grits and a creole salad. I wouldn’t suggest the shrimp and grits from them, I have had better but the salad was to die for.

We also had lunch one day at our favorite place on the island (probably because it holds some special memories), The Hilton Head Diner which I posted on Instagram..

Hilton Head Highlights

This past week Andrew and I traveled to Hilton Head Island which is located at the very end of the South Carolina coast and the second largest island on the east coast (Long Island is the first largest). We packed in as much sand, waves, seafood, and relaxation as possible. Here is just a sampling of the pictures from the trip.

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There was a lot of time spent at the beach and walking on the beach. With the tropical storm Annie in the beginning of the week it made for cool beach water, windy days and strange tides. The windy days were perfect because there was only one day that it was almost too hot to handle. We spent most of our time at Folly Field Beach.

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It’s a must to rent bikes when you head to Hilton Head because you can easily bike ride the entire island, ride bikes on the beach, and bike ride to a water front location for lunch. We rented our bikes from Hilton Head Outfitters mainly because I found a coupon but their service was great!

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We headed in to Sea Pines one morning to tour the light house of Harbour Town and the harbour itself. 114 steps lead to some great views. We spent the morning admiring yachts and views, and window shopping through the shops.

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It was great to have lunches right on the docks or in harbours. One of our favorite places was Skull Creek Boathouse because we rode our bikes there and spent a few hours just hanging out there.

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We did do a dolphin cruise but we opted for the sunset option. On Captain Mark’s Dolphin Cruise we got to explore the sound side of the island, see numerous other island, and we did get to see some dolphins!

Make sure you are following the blog for the rest of the week because there will be more Hilton Head fun on the blog!.

A Recap

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Like I said in my previous post, 2013 was a whirlwind but I made it out alive. I did have some great moments throughout the year though! Focusing on 2014, I plan to make it even more great. Looking into the new year and all the possibilities, I have so many things I want to do and accomplish. First off I am in great need of a vacation and really can not wait to visit Hilton Head Island once again this year; also I would love to plan a vacation for the end of this year or next year to go to either Washington D.C. or New York City. Also with my goal of focusing on my art I am ready to dive into working on that to hopefully be in Zapow by the middle of the year! Also this year I am taking more time to treat myself personally and here are a few things on my list for saving towards (this, this and this). Also I plan to devote a lot more time to the blog so anything you guys are interested in seeing or that I should work on let me know via e-mail, in a comment or on my Facebook. All together we can make this a great year!

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Summertime Sadness

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Summer is over, I’ve dealt with it, no more fun in the sun, no more pool. In honor of “Throwback Thursday”, I’m reflecting on the warmer days. This summer, I didn’t get to do anything too exciting but earlier in the Spring I did visit the beach and what I would give to be back there right this second. The salty air, warm beach, warm air, sun shining, seafood and beauty of lowcountry, South Carolina. Someone just grant me a wish and send me to Hilton Head Island right now.

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Tank-Old Navy // Shorts- Old Navy // Sunglasses-Micheal Kors

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South Carolina Vacation Part II

Lowcountry vacation

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Lowcountry Vacation

Lowcountry Vacation

The lowcountry is very beautiful, even in the worst of weather conditions. Everything is very old and scenic. While in South Carolina, it was very stormy which made for a beach trip?! You got to watch the storm go from the island to the ocean, and it actually made the water warmer. However the trip came to an end of course work had to begin once again! Does anyone have any exciting vacation plans for this Spring or Summer?.