Bike ride, beach, bistro, Bluffton, and Beaufort – that pretty much sums up our stay on Hilton Head Island (with a lot of alliteration added in).
Hilton Head Island
Jim and I traveled back to Hilton Head Harbor and RV Resort for the second time. We loved the area the first time we were in South Carolina. This time we opted to stay for a month and see more of what the area offered.
Hilton Head Island has an extensive bike path that is heavily used, but well maintained. We only rode on it once this trip, and it was a lot of fun. We have a little carrier that Jim made for Enzo so he can come along with us. The path allows you to see quite a bit of the island. We started near the beach, rode for about an hour, had lunch at The Sandbar, then sat on the beach. The perfect weather drew a lot of people to the beach as it was pretty crowded. We were there right at the beginning of the season, which starts with Spring Break and continues on through Labor Day.
Dining in Hilton Head
Last time we visited, we had lunch with our friend at Wren Bistro in downtown Beaufort. When we tried out Jane Bistro on Hilton Head Island, we discovered that it is the sister restaurant to Wren. Both feature delicious chicken salad (highly recommend!), and lots of other yummy options. We especially liked the sandwich called Farmers, which came with shoestring fries – my favorite. They have a good wine list, full bar, and themed nights such as Taco Night and Burger Night. Check it out if you are in the area!
Friday night is pizza night for us, and we discovered TJ’s Take-and-Bake Pizza which was very close to our park. We had their pizza four times! Also, not too far from our resort was a micro-brewery called Hilton Head Brewing. I really liked their Crab Pilsner and Jim liked the Red. Retired Pig BBQ is available there as well and provides lots of yummy options to pair with a beer.
We were recommended to go to Skull Creek Dockside from our park neighbors Bob and Carol. It did not disappoint. We sat on the patio overlooking the docks and had a great meal. It was so gorgeous that day we didn’t want to leave!
Bluffton is a small town near HHI which has lots of shops, art galleries and restaurants. We visited Old Town Bluffton several times and tried out many of their dining options. Mi Tierra, Agave, Captain Woody’s, Calhoun Street Tavern, Local Pie, and finally Farm – which was our favorite. The Old Town area is relatively small, but it’s a nice place to stroll around and I’m sure they will continue to grow and make it even more of a go-to destination.
We spent a day in Beaufort visiting with our friend, Ann, and she took us to The Foolish Frog restaurant for lunch and then we did a little sightseeing. We found out that Beaufort is on the verge of proving that it is the oldest city in the US, as opposed to St. Augustine. That was so interesting to us since we were just in St. Augustine in January. We have yet to walk through the downtown area of Beaufort where they have lots of quaint shops and restaurants. Something to do on our next visit!
I’m sure we will make our way back to Hilton Head and Beaufort in the future. We like being near water, and that area has water everywhere and a nice, laid back vibe.
Our niece and her husband moved to Savannah in January, so we visited them twice while we were on HHI. The first time we got to see our sister-in-law, too, and we went to dinner at The Pirate’s House, which is a historical site. Part of the restaurant is a small structure that was built in 1734 and is the oldest building in Georgia. It was purchased in 1948 and subsequently renovated into the restaurant that it is today.
On our second visit we met for a quick drink at Crystal Beer before heading to Atlantic, a restaurant whose building used to be an old filling station. They have a great wine list, and delicious food in a classy, casual atmosphere. They are only open for dinner and don’t take reservations. So we got there right when they opened and enjoyed a great meal in great company! After dinner we stopped by Two Tides Brewing for a night cap.
If you are planning to take your RV to Hilton Head, there are only two places to stay. There is a motor coach only park and Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort. Of course we stayed at the latter for the second time. It’s a nice park right next to a small marina that also has a restaurant. All sites are owned by individuals, and the rental and management is on site and run very well.