Hilton Head Vacation

After a very full day in Savannah we hopped in the car for an easy 45-minute drive over to our favorite island- Hilton Head! We spent that first day just walking on the beach, soaking in the sunshine and letting our minds switch into vacation mode. It was nice not having any set agenda for most of our trip so we just wandered where we wanted, ate at whatever time we felt like eating and took naps on the beach whenever the mood struck us! Total relaxation mode.


We stayed near the Coligny Plaza which is our favorite little spot for the two of us. There are plenty of condos to rent and you're next to tons of shopping and restaurants. Walkable options everywhere, or hop on your bikes and go a bit further to even more great places. Hilton Head is such a relaxed environment and at the time of year we went- it felt empty most of the time! Since we beat all the Spring Break/Easter/Summer crowds- we got a great deal on a gorgeous condo right on the beach. We went through VRBO.com for the second time and couldn't be happier.




It was fun getting into a routine during our short week there. We woke up pretty early most days and Jared would head out for a beach run/workout and I'd sit on the patio eating breakfast and reading blogs with the ocean waves crashing as my background noise. Talk about perfection. I could definitely do that every day for the rest of my life and be fine with that. :)

A few Shout-Outs & Recommendations:
Hilton Head Diner- Does not get enough love on TripAdvisor but we tried this place for brunch and loved it so much we ate there twice! We had breakfast food there but they've got a huge menu and everything sounded delicious. Plus, they're open 24/7 which is convenient. I may or may not have ordered a massive stack of chocolate chip pancakes. Okay, I did. And I didn't get a photo because I couldn't wait to dive in...

Frosty Frog Cafe- Okay, they are known for their adult beverages but their FOOD is so tasty! Their chips and salsa are so incredibly fresh and delicious and totally worth the heartburn. Jared and I have tried their wraps, burgers and even pizza from here and everything is yummy. Plus there are TVs everywhere so we stalked the NFL free agency drama going on while on vacation- can't miss that!!

Hilton Head Bicycle Rental- HHI is a very bike-friendly community so there are dozens of places to rent bikes for the week, but this is the one we've went with two years in a row. They seem to have the best prices around and usually if you reserve yours two weeks in advance there will be an additional discount. They deliver/pick-up right to the place you're staying so there's no hassle at all.


Bomboras Grille- This place was recommended to me by some people at work because lo and behold, this place is basically a Bengals restaurant- the owners are originally from Cincinnati. Our head coach Marvin Lewis has a home in HHI and he and wife frequent this place. Plus on Sunday's during football season supposedly it's a sea of orange and black so we had to stop in. We ate some ridiculously good lunch here and met the incredibly nice owner who greeted us with a WHODEY when he saw Jared's shirt :)

It's hard to sum up all the fun we had but it was truly one of the best weeks ever. It was fun having a few random strangers ask about when I was due or if we knew what we were having, etc. No one had asked me yet so it took me by surprise but I won't lie, I loved the attention and loved telling people we had a little boy on the way. The owner of the putt-putt place we went to was so happy for us he even gave us a free game to celebrate!



I'll be back tomorrow with just one more vacation-related post because the island tour/excursion we went on deserves it's own day. TRUST.ME.

24 comments

  1. Eek! HHI is the BEST! So happy you two had the best time there. We can't wait to finally try Frosty Frog, still can't believe we've never made it inside. Erin that picture of you at the end is ADORABLE. Your belly is so cute!

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  2. This looks awesome!!! If you don't mind me asking, what condos did you stay at?! I'm wanting to plan a trip there with my family this summer and would love to be in walking distance of shops, restaurants and the beach. We have two little girls (ages 3 and 2) and just found out baby #3 (a surprise!!) is on its way!! So, we gotta get in some vacas while it's just a little easier haha :)

    Congratulations on your son!!!!! You and Jared will be the best of parents!!! And, I know everyone says to enjoy time just the two of you - and while that's true, our relationship got better once kids came into the mix :) So happy to be following along!! Hope you are feeling good :)

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  3. I almost feel relaxed just looking at the beach photos. I love that last picture of you :)

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  4. Glad y'all had a great time! Looks like paradise! My family is going to the Outer Banks this summer, and I'd like to take one with Trey, even if it's just a weekend trip! Putt putt is always amazing!! So sweet they gave you a free game.

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  5. I'm so happy for you that you had this awesome, relaxing time to spend together before the little guy shows up. You are beaming in these pictures! Also, of course you found a Bengals bar/restaurant. ;)

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  6. Sounds like a great time, and you look beautiful!

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  7. I've never been to Hilton Head, I keep saying I'm going to do a coast drive one day and see all SC has to offer.

    I'm glad you got in a round of mini golf, it's not a beach trip without mini golf.

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  8. What a great trip! That baby bump is ADORABLE!!!!! :)

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  9. You guys are so dang cute!!! I love that bump and love that you had such a perfect week! Officially putting HH on our must travel list.

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  10. What a fun trip! I've never been to Hilton Head but I hear it's so pretty and relaxing! Loving that bump pic too! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  11. I've always heard such amazing things about Hilton Head, but we still have never been! It looks like such a fun place to visit, and I'm glad that y'all had a good time! It sounds like riding bikes is the best way to view the island, and that's awesome that they'll deliver and pick up your bikes at your rental!

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  12. I LOVE Hilton Head, it is SUCH a fun place to visit. Y'all look like you had such a fun time and I'm so glad you were able to get away. WOOHOO for a bump picture, you are looking too, too cute!

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  13. You are both glowing!! What an amazing week and the pictures look amazing!! So glad you guys had great quality time together! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  14. awww that photo of you on the beach with your belly is adorable! you guys are so cute and i'm glad you had a great time, and so nice of the putt putt person to give you a free game. chocolate chip pancakes sound amazing!

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  15. Vacation routines are the best routines! And it's just been this week for me too that people have started to ask questions about the baby - we must really look pregnant now, haha!

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  16. My favorite trips are ones without daily agendas!! They are always so relaxing and much needed. Sounds like you guys had an amazing time. You are looking so cute!!

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  17. So many pretty pictures! Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. Can't wait to hear about your excursion!

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  18. Ah! It looks like you guys had an incredible time. The photos are gorgeous! The one photo of the sunset at the top is my favorite -- those colors are to die for!

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  19. That sounds amazing & you look amazing. I want to snooze SO bad on the beach right now! Next week, next week. :)

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  20. Awww I love HHI and haven't been there in far too long! It looks like you guys had the BEST time :-)

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  21. It looks like you guys had the best time. Your pictures are beautiful. You look so amazing! I'm glad you were able to sneak away for a little while and enjoy some time with just the two of you.

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  22. This sounds like the perfect babymoon!! The photos are gorgeous. You're glowing and just look fantastic! You'll treasure the memories of your trip forever, and think how fun it will be to go back someday with your kiddos!

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  23. AHHHHH! Such a fun trip!!!! So glad y'all were able to get away one last time before your sweet baby makes his arrival!! All of the pictures are so, so good!

    I am going on a girls trip this summer and we're going to HHI. So this post is definitely making me even more excited!! It will be my first time and I can't wait! Thanks for sharing about the bicycle rental and restaurants!! We'll have to check those places out!!

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  24. I've always wanted to go to Hilton Head!

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