There may actually be more Ohioans in Hilton Head than actual native South Carolinians, but either way Hilton Head has become one of our favorite places to visit. Tyler and I fully enjoy an adventure, but at the end of the summer when it is beginning to cool down and the holiday festivities are about to ramp up, a week relaxing in Hilton Head where we don't have to do much planning or thinking is the perfect thing! Every year this time, there is also a slight risk of having hurricane weather, but so far we have been extremely lucky! Monday was a bit dreary, but the rest of the week has been beautiful! After coming so many times, we have a list of some of our favorite things to do on the island I thought I might share!
We love good sea food so we thoroughly enjoy trying new places. Some of the best ones we have found we have discovered while pedaling along enjoying the island. There are a few listed below that are always a requirement when we come, but other than that I highly recommend just exploring!
Sea Shack: Their motto "Not fancy, Just good" and I would have to agree with them. This is one of our favorite places on the island. Typically we try not to eat at the same restaurant twice, but sometimes it just happens... They have amazing sea food, but the hush puppies are probably the best I have ever had! Be warned there is typically a line, but it never lasts long & it is worth the wait for sure!
Skull Creek Boathouse: Another one of our favorites, but a bit pricier. Often we go on a Thursday night when it is still full of energy, but it isn't a 2 hour wait. The boathouse sits right on the water and is delicious, but not too "uppity." Last night we enjoyed a live band while we had drinks and dinner! Again, a must in our book!
Holy Tequila!: If you are tired of sea food, which is possible after eating it for every meal, I recommend trying a delicious margarita and tacos at Holy Tequila. A great space and something a bit different than seafood & your typical Mexican restaurant!
Harbour Town Lighthouse: If you have never been to Hilton Head, I highly recommend stopping in to Sea Pines to see the lighthouse. Not sure why, but you do have to pay extra to go onto this part of the island, but not much. Harbour Town is really quaint with a giant tree in the middle. This is a great place to go with kids, but we go as a couple too. There are some big beautiful boats, and its fun to climb to the top of the lighthouse and see out!
Bike the island: One of my favorite things to do is to bike the whole island. I know that may sound crazy, but you really get to see the island and for the most part it is pretty flat. Where we stay we have bikes, but I highly recommend renting bikes for the week and biking all over town. The bike paths here are amazing! I would recommend The Bike Doctor for any rentals!
Kayak Guided Nature Tours: There are various ways to see the island, but to really see some true wildlife and be out in the ocean, kayaking is by far my favorite. We typically go on the two hour tour with a guide who really shows us a variety of wildlife including dolphins. There are numerous options for kayaking as well as paddle-boarding and boat rentals at Outside Hilton Head.
Charter Fishing: We haven't gone every time we have come, but when you have a small group of people charter fishing is so much fun! The time we went I caught a SHARK! It can get a bit pricey, but if you go with a group its not too much. We went on the "Hero," but if I were to do it again I would go to Harbourtown and do a bit more research. Either way, you will have a blast!
Putt Putt: I feel like you can't go on a beach vacation without playing a game of putt-putt. We prefer the quaint, less commercialized golf course and tend to find ourselves at Legendary Golf. The last time we played, Tyler and I tied so we are up for a serious rematch!
No trip to Hilton Head is really complete without visiting Savannah. It is probably one of my favorite cities of all time. I could spend a lot longer than a day here, but there are a few things that you can easily see in a day!
Old Town Trolley Tour: I don't typically fall for tours, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The best part about the tour was that I really got to know Savannah a little bit better, but you could hop on and off the trolley all day letting you see way more of Savannah if you had tried to walk or drive the whole thing! If it is your first time there, splurge and get on the tour!
Forsyth Park: One of the prettiest parks with a gorgeous fountain, which means you can't go to Savannah and not check it out! Just leave some time to meander through the park, enjoying the scenery. Sadly, there is a bit of a homeless problem here, but I have never really had much of a problem.
The Paris Market: This may be one of my favorite shops ever. It kinda reminds me of an Anthropologie, but much more intimate oh so much better. The store has two floors, and is filled with small trinkets, hats and bags, furniture and other beautiful things to fill your home with. I usually have to walk through the store multiple times to really gather it all in!
24e: This is a new one on my list, but a fun furniture store that has a great mix of modern, industrial and traditional pieces. Again, you could probably get lost in this store for sometime especially if you are on the hunt for something particular! You will notice this store from a distance, with their gold life-size horse on the sidewalk!
Back in the Day Bakery: We stopped here for lunch this week, and though it may not be in the safest part of Savannah it was delicious! I had a honey, lavender latte which I think I could drink everyday. It came out in the biggest mug I had ever seen, which was perfect for the cooler morning. We also enjoyed a couple sandwiches before we headed out to explore. The space was super eclectic and as we sat there we realized that it was most definitely a local getaway!
Six Pence Pub: It is only right that we stop at an Irish Pub in Savannah, and this one has become Tyler's favorite for sure. It isn't part of the typical tourist attractions, but instead up the street aways with outdoor seating and a great view of the park and people. We try to sit outside and enjoy the people watching while enjoying a couple of pints! They also have an amazing brie cheese platter.
Treylor Park: This was a new discovery this year. We met up with an old high school friend who shared with us this gem. Right on the main street, but hidden away is this delicious restaurant that has a little flair to your everyday food. The cocktails were amazing as well as refreshing local beer! If there is room, I highly recommend sitting in the beer garden in the back.
The Olde Pink House: Probably one of my favorite places to eat and maybe the most expensive, The Olde Pink House, is unforgettable. The restaurant is in a historic mansion that is just as beautiful on the inside as the out. Be warned that to get a reservation may be near impossible, but if you ask for the outdoor seating you may be able to slide right in. In fact, it is the same delicious food with impeccable service, but in more of a relaxed setting. We don't go every year, but it still remains one of my favorite memories! If you have a reason to celebrate something or want to splurge, this is the place to go!
Today is our last day down here, but once again it has been a relaxing and amazing trip. I hope if you ever make it down here that you enjoy it as much as we have!