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!

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..

Take Me Back

It has been a little chilly in Asheville. I almost wish it would snow since it is this cold. Due to weather I have been in a beach state of mind. I’ve already discussed with the fella a spring vacation back to Hilton Head, South Carolina. We visited there last summer for both of our birthdays and I fell in love with this place. He likes to play golf so a majority of the time we were on the course, I did not mind because the courses were very beautiful, the house were out of this world and there were alligators everywhere. The beach here is clean and not crowded, the seafood is amazing, the sights are breathtaking and the shopping, oh the shopping. So needless to say Christmas bonus I love you for taking me there. Hurry up April, I’m ready to return.

P.S Tomorrow I will show you a view inside my hectic weekend..

Life's A Beach

Sandy shores, wildlife and golf; Oh My.  The past week I was able to regain my salty life at Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.  This much needed vacation was the perfect ending to summer, filled with the island’s beaches, beautiful golf courses and plenty of wildlife including a few alligators here and there.  However reality has set back in and everyday life must go on..

Life’s A Beach

Sandy shores, wildlife and golf; Oh My.  The past week I was able to regain my salty life at Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.  This much needed vacation was the perfect ending to summer, filled with the island’s beaches, beautiful golf courses and plenty of wildlife including a few alligators here and there.  However reality has set back in and everyday life must go on..