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!

Pawley’s Island Vacation Recap

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I went to Pawley’s Island last week for the last vacation of the summer! Located in the lowcountry of South Carolina I got to experience a lot of great food, the wonderful beach, golf and the nature surrounding the beach. This time I focused more on the experiences than documenting the time, so there isn’t a ton of pictures. All in all it was a good trip (besides all the rain storms) and can’t wait to head to the beach again.

What was your favorite thing you did this summer?.

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!.

Beach Diaries Part 2

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On Pawley’s Island there were cute little groups of houses that were essentially neighborhoods that were converted into shopping and dining areas. We went to one little group called the Hammock Shops. So many unique boutiques and locally owned shops. We found a Christmas shop and bought a few little ornaments for the Christmas tree this year and Andrew bought me a crab Pandora charm for the beach trip. We also dined at Bisqit, which had the most amazing burgers and chicken sandwiches served on bisquits. Their fries also came with sirracha ketchup. Needless to say I was in a food coma for the rest of the day.

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One day we decided to head out to the Huntington State Park, and of course the one day it decided to storm like crazy was when we were here. I didn’t get to check out everything I wanted to (especially the habitat of sea turtles) but I at least got to see the Atayla castle. I was expecting it to be more like Biltmore and actually decorated, but it was bare. I was still cool to walk through an artist and author’s once winter home. The last picture is of an outside studio, which with the beach view, I can only imagine be extremely creative there.

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On the last leg of the trip we headed over to Charleston; the trip was short lived because the heat and humidity were miserable and I felt like I was about to die. Never been before I really didn’t know what to expect. From entering the city on the crazy huge bridge to beginning to see all the old buildings, I immediately fell in love. The houses were grand and beautiful, everything breathed wealth, old wealth to be exact, history, and elegance. All of which I love! The view of Fort Sumter from the water front was amazing, this city has so much culture and history. I of course had to go to the market, which was like Black Friday at Target, people everywhere. I was expecting it to be more handmade stuff but I still saw an arrange of local art, jewelry makers and sweet grass baskets. The churches were beautiful, large and grand, full of history all in their back yard cemeteries. Due to being miserable we just hit up a local seafood restaurant to grab a local brew and head back to Asheville..

Road Trip Attire and I'm Heading To South Carolina

As some of you probably know, I am heading to the beach for a week (hence my posts from this week), and I’m leaving tomorrow!!! This past year (heck the past two years) have been trying and the rough part of school starts in a few short weeks; so if I must say so, the salty air and crashing waves are calling my name. I can not wait to relax, get some salt therapy from the ocean, do some beach shopping, over dose on seafood, act like a tourist and take in all of the low country and enjoy myself. I debated since June what to do as far as my blog for the week I’m on vacation, because let’s face it, I want to enjoy every last minute of this trip; so I finally decided not to neglect the blog for an entire week. Instead of doing a daily journal of my beach trip while I’m there (because it is extremely time consuming) I do have a whole week of fun things planned including a few guest posts!

I may not be as active on my social media platforms this up coming week but I may share a few surprises with you through Facebook, Instagram (@stephf52) and Twitter (@stephf52) so make sure you are following me on those (links will direct you to mine). I will begin some fun posts from my vacation starting on July 28th and already have some fun ideas of how to share my vacation with all of you that week. So stay tuned for some fun coming your way!!

Also make sure you follow Andrew Plyler Design on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter because I know he will be getting some awesome photography in while at the beach!

Road tripping can be very long and tiresome, be cramped in a car for hours on hours does not call for the best outfit. Ready for the 5-6 hour car ride, I’m just wearing some comfortable shorts, quirky t-shirt, my chucks, of course I need sunglasses, and am just throwing my hair up. This will ensure the ride will be as comfortable as it can be for sitting that long but also I would feel comfortable stopping for potty breaks, food and drink breaks, and gas station breaks. I’m carrying my favorite bag at the moment with me to the beach that I got from Target because it’s perfect to carry the necessities plus throwing in a sketchbook, notepad for blogging, and even a camera. I am beyond excited to be heading to the beach!!

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Photography by Andrew Plyler Design

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Road Trip Attire and I’m Heading To South Carolina

As some of you probably know, I am heading to the beach for a week (hence my posts from this week), and I’m leaving tomorrow!!! This past year (heck the past two years) have been trying and the rough part of school starts in a few short weeks; so if I must say so, the salty air and crashing waves are calling my name. I can not wait to relax, get some salt therapy from the ocean, do some beach shopping, over dose on seafood, act like a tourist and take in all of the low country and enjoy myself. I debated since June what to do as far as my blog for the week I’m on vacation, because let’s face it, I want to enjoy every last minute of this trip; so I finally decided not to neglect the blog for an entire week. Instead of doing a daily journal of my beach trip while I’m there (because it is extremely time consuming) I do have a whole week of fun things planned including a few guest posts!

I may not be as active on my social media platforms this up coming week but I may share a few surprises with you through Facebook, Instagram (@stephf52) and Twitter (@stephf52) so make sure you are following me on those (links will direct you to mine). I will begin some fun posts from my vacation starting on July 28th and already have some fun ideas of how to share my vacation with all of you that week. So stay tuned for some fun coming your way!!

Also make sure you follow Andrew Plyler Design on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter because I know he will be getting some awesome photography in while at the beach!

Road tripping can be very long and tiresome, be cramped in a car for hours on hours does not call for the best outfit. Ready for the 5-6 hour car ride, I’m just wearing some comfortable shorts, quirky t-shirt, my chucks, of course I need sunglasses, and am just throwing my hair up. This will ensure the ride will be as comfortable as it can be for sitting that long but also I would feel comfortable stopping for potty breaks, food and drink breaks, and gas station breaks. I’m carrying my favorite bag at the moment with me to the beach that I got from Target because it’s perfect to carry the necessities plus throwing in a sketchbook, notepad for blogging, and even a camera. I am beyond excited to be heading to the beach!!

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Photography by Andrew Plyler Design

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