Three Days In Hilton Head Island, SC Beaches, Bikes, and Bites
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, first and foremost means BEACH! The beach is wide with plenty of space for the kids to play while you sun or dip in the ocean. Though we have never vacationed there in the peak seasons, I imagine even in busy times there is plenty of room for everyone. Despite being sunny while there, we had winds that were gusting between 10 and 20 mph so we were unable to do any swimming. Friday and Saturday were beautiful, and we had plenty of opportunities to participate in my other two favorite activities at Hilton Head Island: BICYCLING AND FOOD!
Hilton Head Island boasts over 60 miles of public pathways and trails for cyclists. Let me tell you something, I earned every piece of Sushi and every ice cream cone that I consumed. Don’t ask me how many ‘every’ is…it was my birthday, you know! By the end of day Saturday, hubby and I figure we logged at least 30 or more miles over the three days. Because Hilton Head is so friendly to bicyclists, it’s super easy to get one. Our favorite location is The Bike Doctor. They are simply wonderful and I can’t recommend them enough. Their rates are always fantastic when we are in town, and there service is even better. We simply call them on the phone, tell them where we are staying, give them our credit card and that’s it. They deliver the bikes to our hotel, leave the receipt at the front desk, and come back in three days to pick up the bikes. Actually we were able to keep our bicycles for 80 hours at the 72 hour rate. The bikes come equipped with a lock and a basket so you can do a little shopping and eating while riding around the island.
As an update to my experience with The Bike Doctor, we recently returned to Hilton Head with our kids for a three day weekend. After many years of not being able to bike with our kids because someone was too small, we were thrilled to be able to get tandem bikes for our younger kids and a bike for our older son. We all had a great time biking around the island. While it’s bitter sweet to see our kids get older, the joys of experiencing outdoor adventures with them makes up for the loss of those baby moments. In fact, if you need some advice on when your kids are ready for their first bikes, check out this buying guide at Simpler and Smarter.
Last, but definitely not least Hilton Head offers some of the finest food in the South!! Along with it’s sister, Charleston, SC, I have not eaten better food even in Disney World. (Disney fans don’t throw things, please.) As soon as our bikes arrived at the Westin, we hopped aboard and went straight to our favorite restaurant on the island; The Skullcreek Boathouse!! If you are a fan of ceviche or sushi, there is no fresher and better tasting to this Travln_mom! If traditional seafood is more your style, they have a bit of everything. The quality is top notch. Be warned, however, this is no secret place. It’s a hopping location and if you don’t want a long wait, go early, like before 5 pm. If you can’t make it that early, pick a bar seat and enjoy. It seems to be a little known fact that the Sushi bar serves the full menu and hubby and I have been seated right away there while others waited thirty minutes or more for a table. Besides you can enjoy good food and entertainment while looking at Lobster and Octopus. What more could a girl want?
Another fabulous and favorite restaurant for breakfast we enjoyed this weekend was The Watusi Cafe,TWICE! Again, sit at the bar. This place is hopping as well, but the bar is the most entertaining and usually available. We were able to chat it up one morning with the manager who shared with us the story behind the name, Watusi. Her sister owns the restaurant, and when they were children they used to dance and sing along on vacation at the beach or wherever and they would often remark that they were “Doing the Watusi”. They weren’t actually doing the “Watusi” but that phrase became associated with fun and family time for their family so the restaurant name is a family inside story. Also, after naming it, many people started calling it the “What U See” Cafe, so their tagline on the sign reads, “Watusi: It Is What It Is” Haha!! It’s stories like this that keep my heart in love with travel and, most especially, with the little mom and pop restaurants and businesses that make up this country. Don’t worry, I’m not running for political office. I just really love getting to hear stories like that.
Let’s see, what else did we eat? What else did we NOT eat? We stumbled onto a great little ice cream shop with a unique name. No, not really! Hilton Head Ice Cream Shop. Easy to remember. A wonderful young man was working who shared a bit of the goings on of the place. I am an allergy mom so I always ask about processes and I was so excited to hear that they take great effort to not cross contaminate their very delicious hand made ice cream flavors including washing equipment and keeping dedicated scoops for peanut and tree nut allergic patrons. This place was so cute! I can’t wait to take my kids there. Lego designs, a fish aquarium, very kid friendly murals, and eclectic collections of cookie jars and toys.
We had burgers and beer at the very delicious Charbar while listening to live music, we enjoyed pastries for breakfast in the Shelter Cove area at The Hilton Head Social Bakery, and we had a wonderful dinner and wine overlooking the cove one evening at Ela’s Blu Water Grille, incidentally they have a very large wine selection.
All in all, I’d say we had a fabulous birthday weekend eating, biking, and beaching our way through Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
For a truly great vacation that includes fun, sun, and food, take your family to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. There is something for everyone!