Low-key Holiday Weekend on Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island marsh
Palm trees before sunset on Hilton Head Island
Rainclouds off the coast of Hilton Head Island

I drove into Hilton Head Island after work Friday night. The girls cooked pasta for dinner and we headed to bed early. It was a busy week with all of our birthday and anniversary week celebrations with family so I was eager to get to bed early. 

Saturday morning my mom and I woke up early to see the sunrise. We didn't exactly get to see the sunrise because it ended up being pretty cloudy. It was beautifully moody outside. I didn't mind the clouds and cool breeze. We beat most people out on the beach aside for a few people out for an early morning jog or bike ride and some kids trying their hardest to keep their prized catch away from the onlooking birds. I kept thinking that the birds must have thought the kids were so nice to help them get a head start on the day's catch!

Beach days are made for being lazy so we took our time getting ready and cooking breakfast while we waited for the raindrops to pass. I caught up on Pointless Vlogs while waiting for my sister and her friend to get up and going. I realized pretty early on in the morning that I forgot to bring my toiletry bags. All three of them (makeup, brushes, and larger items like my razor, toothbrush, and sunscreen). Thank goodness I packed this Harry's Truman set that was gifted to me by the New-York based company. More on that later, though!

After running to Kroger for essentials like foundation in my color, mascara, and a toothbrush to help me get through the weekend, we headed back out for the beach to soak in the sun's rays. Our beach condo is about a 1/2 mile boardwalk from the beach so it's a little bit of a hike through the marsh to get there. We packed a cooler full of cold waters, fresh fruit, and sandwiches to help us make it through the afternoon. We had a mini speaker blasting old tunes like Kelis' Bossy and other summer hits. 

For dinner, we headed over to Black Marlin Bayside Grill + Hurricane Bar at the Palmetto Bay Marina. I always love seeing the huge boats and the view of the Cross Island Parkway Bridge! I wasn't feeling too hungry so I just indulged in a few shared appetizers like the loaded potato skins and Lowcountry fries (basically a Southern version of poutine). My mom had the scallops and they were absolutely divine! So tender and buttery. They're definitely a winner if you ever pop into the Black Marlin!

Teva Artist Series
CoCo's on the Beach Hilton Head

Sunday we spent more time soaking up the sun on the beach and around the pool before heading to lunch at the Salty Dog Cafe at South Beach Marina in Sea Pines. It started to storm just as we were finishing up our ice cream cones from the Salty Dog Ice Cream Factory so we passed on visiting the shops at Harbour Town

Salty Dog Cafe
Salty Dog Ice Cream Factory in Hilton Head SC
Salty Dog Ice Cream Factory
Hot Dog from Salty Dog Cafe in Hilton Head SC

No trip to Hilton Head would be complete without a trip to the Tanger Outlets! A little retail therapy ended up being the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon. I scored a pair of Adidas trail running shoes for $20 to replace a pair I've had for years that finally started falling apart. After spending a few hours at the outlets we headed over to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina for lunch at San Miguel's - Mexican on the Marina. The portion sizes were huge! You can definitely share a lunch there for two. We walked around the marina for a bit and visited the King Neptune Statue, a 12-foot sundial! The sculpture is actually the world's largest figurative sundial, which is a pretty neat claim to fame for Hilton Head!

San Miguels Mexican on the Marina Hilton head
Kilwin's Shelter Cove Hilton Head Island, SC
Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina

If you're like me, you're looking for things to do at the beach other than just sitting on the beach. Here's my list of recommendations:

Top 10 things to do on vacation in Hilton Head Island, SC
(other than getting a tan at the beach)

  1. Have dinner on the water
  2. Visit the shops at Coligny Beach
  3. Climb to the top of the Harbour Town Lighthouse
  4. Ride bikes along Hilton Head's many trails
  5. Take a photo walk
  6. Pick up a t-shirt after lunch at the Salty Dog Cafe
  7. Shop for deals at the Tanger Outlets
  8. Grab some regional beers for a tasting night in
  9. Keep an eye out for dolphins, alligators, birds, and turtles
  10. Take a day trip to nearby Beaufort or Savannah