Jun 2, 2015

Hilton Head Island {Recap & Recommendations}


After this vacation to Hilton Head Island, I'm even more convinced that I need property there one day. I say that in all seriousness, too! Not just one of those, "don't I wish?!" things- but truly something Jared and I want to do in our lifetime- the sooner the better! I know there are gorgeous beaches everywhere but HHI just feels right to us, it honestly feels like home. It's a long-term goal of ours to have a beachfront property, but in the meantime my photos and the occasional visit will have to hold us over.
We stayed at The Breakers and rented the cutest 1-bedroom condo via VRBO. I'd never used their site before but absolutely will be using it again. It was oceanfront with a great patio to sit out on, just enough space for us and ended up being incredibly affordable due to the time of year we went. I know prices jump up quite a bit come summer months so our timing was perfect!


We were just steps away from tons of shopping and restaurants, or a quick bike ride away from even more to do/see. We rented bikes and went all over the place while we were there. Now I'll be scouring garage sales and Craig's List for my own bike- I loved it so much! Sidenote- I've never worn a headband like this in my life until this trip. I jokingly was wearing it that way while getting ready and Jared loved it so I just went with it. When on vacation, right?!
Biking around the island!
Most of our days started with us being some of the first beach-goers out there. I loved being out there at low tide and letting the water slowly creep it's way up to us. We'd read for awhile while the sun slowly came up and then spent hours in the ocean, on the beach and just having the best time people-watching together. People watching on the beach is a highly recommended activity of mine ;) Also- this book is completely rocking my world right now. I'll be sure to blog about it when I'm finished!

We'd bike somewhere fun for lunch most days and other days we packed snacks to hold us over until dinner. Goodness we ate a LOT of great food on this trip. Everywhere we ate was casual and had outdoor seating/live music most nights too! Some of our favorites were Wild Wing Cafe, Flatbread Grill and Frosty Frog. Also, although not just in Hilton Head- we had to stop at our favorite pizza place Mellow Mushroom as well. Talk about GOURMET pizza, yum!

One night we put-putted (where Jared won, per the usual), another afternoon we shopped in Harbortown (and wished we were shopping for yachts) and our final evening we got to cross paths with a bunch of Jared's family.




Jared's aunt, uncle and cousins were on their way through for their own vacation so we were able to grab dinner at Hudson's that night together. Although primarily a seafood place, I can vouch that their chicken tenders are also delicious here. :)

For fun, Jared got a disposable camera that we brought along with us on the trip. It was fun snapping photos all week long and NOT being able to see them. Seriously- can you imagine how much quicker taking pictures would be if we all didn't immediately look at the back of our digital camera/phone and decide we didn't like the angle or our hair or something? I'm looking forward to getting them developed and laughing at what I'm sure will be some silly pictures... If I can remember how to dispose film that is ;)

As you know, we were in HHI on our anniversary so Jared (for my bday gift!) arranged for us to have a photoshoot on the beach that day. Tomorrow I'll share what our anniversary gifts to each other were AND hopefully have some photos from our anniversary shoot to share as well! If anyone ever wants to talk Hilton Head or you need more tips/recommendations- you know where to find me!

38 comments:

  1. I love Hilton Head, we used to vacation there a lot when I was young! So pretty, love all your fun pictures and you are rocking that headband. Can't wait to see your photo shoot and love the idea of a point and click camera!

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  2. Wow! Sounds like it was a great trip. I've never done a beach vacation before and seeing these pictures definitely makes me want to go on one so bad!

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  3. It's such a beautiful place! I hope you get that dream!

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  4. Ugh, best place on earth. Seriously. Can't wait to be back next year!!!! A piece of my heart will always be there! You two are adorable and this just looks like the best week!!! Disposable cameras are the best. I'm already looking forward to buying an underwater one for our vacay! I can't WAIT to see the photo shoot pics! Eek!

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  5. I have nothing but good things about HHI. So glad you had a great time! We leave for Savannah/Tybee Island on Thursday morning and I can't wait! While we won't get to relax as much with Xavier with us, it still should be a great getaway :)

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  6. Looks like an incredible trip! I just love that last photo...perfect!! Interested to hear more about your book as well! And yay for a fun photo shoot on the beach! What a great gift!

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  7. We just moved (well, 9 months ago!) from AZ to NC! We are LOVING it here so far and the east coast in general! There are so many places I want to visit and I've just added HHI to my list - thank you!! And I'm with you on owning beach property...swoon!!

    -Sarah www.thefrugalmillionaireblog.com

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  8. ohh i love the idea of a disposable camera (how do you even get those things developed anymore? i'm serious...) and a photoshoot (can't wait to see!). that little apartment thingy is adorable and I want to go to Hilton Head please. Did you all drive? Looks like a 9+ hour drive for us, stupid beaches being so far away.

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  9. What an awesome trip!!! I loved that you guys got a disposable camera!! It used to be so much fun going to Walgreen's to pick up the pictures and seeing them for the first time!! How cool! I am with you on wanting to own my own beach front property one day!!! Chris's family as a condo in Gulf Shores Alabama that we go to every summer, but it would be nice to have our very own place to decorate and frequent as much as we wanted!!!!

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  10. OMG! What an awesome trip!!! So jealous of your fun times! :) Can't wait to see the anniversary shoot!

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  11. How special to have a place that feels so much like home to you guys! I was just looking at VRBO last week... we live literally 2 miles from the ocean and there's SO much to do in the area, but living here we just take it for granted and don't do the things we should! I want to do more of that this summer so I'm trying to rent a condo for a long weekend of a 'staycation.' I can't wait to see pics from your photo shoot... how special!! Glad you had such a good time!

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  12. It's been so long since I've been to HHI. My nana lived there when I was younger, and I haven't been back since she passed away. Definitely a beautiful place, and I will totally second you getting a vacation home there! And YUM to Mellow Mushroom! I went for the first time over the weekend, and it was delish!

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  13. What a great vacation! How sad is it that I want to go to a town where there's a mellow mushroom just to try it because so many people post about it!

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  14. Love, love, LOVE HHI! It's one of my favorite places in the entire world--we always go down in July during the week of the fourth! Have you all ever been to Skull Creek Boat House? If not, you'll have to check it out next time! Their food is awesome but you can't beat the atmosphere!!

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  15. These pictures are absolutely gorgeous! I'm seriously in love with that cute condo! How perfect! I forgot how much fun riding a bike was until we rented them for a day here in Indy. Now, we're definitely in the market for some of our own. I love the headband look on you! Maybe you should rock it more often? I've never been to Hilton Head, but I love the Wild Wing Cafe in Charlottesville. I wonder if they're the same. You can't go wrong with Mellow Mushroom, either. Yum. I'm pumped to see your anniversary pictures! SO SWEET! Glad you had an awesome time...and now I'm dreaming of owning some beachfront property myself!

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  16. HHI is definitely on my must visit list! Looks like you guys had the perfect getaway!!

    I absolutely LOVE that Jared got you guys a photo shoot for your anniversary. Definitely not something most guys would volunteer for. He's a keeper!

    And Mellow Mushroom is the BEST!

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  17. Holy cuteness!! How adorable was this trip. We are not far from the Carolina beaches and I plan to do that visiting Wilmington!

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  18. How fun! Your hair look so beautiful in the last photo and I say rock the headband, love it!

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  19. So fun! I've never been to Hilton Head but it's on my list! Love the idea of getting a disposable camera, those were the days! :)

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  20. That last picture of you guys is just too much. So tan and beach happy. Your hair looks AWESOME! Glad you had fun. Man, I have such good memories of HH. What a great place you stayed at too!

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  21. What a great trip!!! Thanks to you, I'm now LONGING for some Mellow Mushroom!!! ;)

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  22. I've never been, but have always wanted to go to HHI. Looks like you guys had an absolutely amazing trip! So glad you got to enjoy after a stressful few months. Happy belated anniversary!

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  23. I LOVE that you had a photoshoot on the beach. I can't wait to see the pictures and the gifts!

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  24. Hilton Head is so fun! I haven't been there in years, but I can't wait to go back. It's where my family always goes on reunion vacations :-) Also, you should totally get a bike - it's amazing to get places by bike in the summer! Even though it is a sweaty way to get around town!

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  25. It looks so beautiful and quite there! What a fun getaway!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  26. Looks beautiful! Matt's family has a beach house on the Jersey shore and seriously we could spend day after day after day just people watching and bike riding!

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  27. What a fun trip! I went to HHI with my girlfriends last summer and we ate at that Mellow Mushroom! (it was seriously SO GOOD!)

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  28. HH is such a fun vacation spot!! We loved it there and would happily go back. I love Mellow Mushroom and it always seems like food just tastes better on vacation. We've had great luck with VRBO many times. My Bible study group read The Best Yes this year and it was so inspirational!! I definitely reevaluated my yes and no answers to figure out what was best for my family. It's a must read book!!

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  29. What a wonderful vacation!! For as long as I lived in the south I somehow never made it to HH!!! That needs to change!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  30. That seriously sounds like the perfect vacation! I'm dying to go now.

    Also, I finished my other book, so now I'm really jumping into the Best Yes. Let's compare notes later! :)

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  31. I'm so glad you guys had a great trip! I grew up not too far from HHI (in Charleston) but somehow never made it there. You guys look great in all of the pictures and I love the headband :)

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  32. I've never been to HH and every picture I see of it it looks ridiculously pretty! I NEED to go!!! I'm glad you guys had an awesome vacation!! Sounds like the best relaxing vacation! Can't wait to see the pictures!!

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  33. Ah, sounds so great - so happy to hear you had such a good trip. You deserve it right now :) We love VRBO - isn't it so nice to have your own little space rather than a hotel room? And your hair in that last photo - so pretty! Can't wait to see more from your photoshoot :)

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  37. This looks like the absolute most perfect vacay! I cannot wait to come and visit you on your beachfront property some day!

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