Where To Eat, Stay and Play in Hilton Head Island, SC

Hilton Head Island, SC Travel Guide - Chasing Cinderella

Hillary and I wrapped up our 2018 travel with the most incredible trip to Hilton Head Island, just a couple hours south of Charleston! I had been to Hilton Head once in 5th grade, so I was super excited to be able to visit again and experience the island as an adult! Check out where we stayed, where we played, and most importantly, where we ate below:

WHERE TO STAY

We had the opportunity to stay at the Sonesta Resort this trip, and let me tell you, we were not disappointed! From the moment we walked inside we were treated amazingly! The staff very friendly, and the rooms were super clean and spacious! And can we talk about the grounds for a second: they have a pool, fire pit, and access to the beach (to name a few amazing things). Definitely a great place to bring the family!

We grabbed breakfast every morning (and dinner our first night) at Heyward's, the hotel's restaurant. They have the option to order from the menu or eat from the amazing buffet. Hillary ordered the almond french toast one morning and it looked amazing- definitely recommend ordering it!

Hilton Head Island, SC Travel Guide - Chasing Cinderella
Hilton Head Island, SC Travel Guide - Chasing Cinderella
Hilton Head Island, SC Travel Guide - Chasing Cinderella
Hilton Head Island, SC Travel Guide - Chasing Cinderella

WHERE TO PLAY

Hillary and I definitely had a fun filled weekend! We tried to squeeze in as much as possible to get the most out of our trip, but if you are there for a quick weekend, I would pick one or two of these activities!

Catamaran Tour: This was hands down my favorite thing we did in Hilton Head! It was seriously SO much fun, if you do one thing, do this tour!! We did a three-hour tour with BlueWater Adventure at Shelter Cove Marina. We saw so many dolphin and learned a ton about the History of Hilton Head, and also saw some spots where Forest Gump was filmed! Nick, our tour guide, was absolutely amazing, and super knowledgable! This is such a great way to tour Hilton Head from the water!

Dolphin Tour: This is another great tour we did out of Shelter Cover Marina, and definitely more relaxed than the catamaran. For this one you are on a boat and the captain/tour guide tells you a ton of information about the wildlife and the Island itself! 

Rent a Bike: Bike rentals is another great way to see the island! We rented our bikes from Hilton Head Outfitters at Palmetto Dunes and had a half day rental. We biked our way through Palmetto Dunes and to Shelter Cover Harbor and Marina! 

Visit Harbour Town Pier: This is where the infamous lighthouse is located, inside The Sea Pines Resort. There's a ton of restaurants and shopping, and just a great place to relax and stroll around!

Hilton Head Island, SC Travel Guide - Chasing Cinderella
Hilton Head Island, SC Travel Guide - Chasing Cinderella

WHERE TO EAT

We were not short on restaurant recommendations before we made our trip down to Hilton Head! It's safe to say that there are a ton on fantastic restaurants on the island, and you can't really go wrong. We at breakfast at the hotel every morning, but ate lunch and dinner at the following places. All of these restaurants would be great spots to grab a drink and watch the sunset!

Skull Creek Dockside: We ate dinner here our second night in town and it was incredible. We sat outside on the patio, and had the perfect view of the dock/water. Food and ambiance we're both fantastic!

Skull Creek Boathouse: It was a little chilly when we ate lunch here, but we still chose to eat outside because it was just the perfect spot with a great view of the water! Definitely order the hushpuppies- they are amazing!

Hudson’s on the Docks: This was a spot that was recommended to me by a few different people, and it apparently popular among the locals- and I can see why! It's been around since the 60s and is definitely an island must! The menu's look like newspapers (which is the cutest touch), and they bring you free hushpuppies- need I say more?!

Fishcamp: We grabbed a quick brunch here before heading back home to Charleston. They have a great brunch menu, and bonus: they are pet-friendly and have fun outdoor games (like corn hole), so it's a great place for everyone!

Hilton Head Island, SC Travel Guide - Chasing Cinderella
Hilton Head Island, SC Travel Guide - Chasing Cinderella
Hilton Head Island, SC Travel Guide - Chasing Cinderella

I know we probably didn't even touch all of the amazing things that Hilton Head has to offer, but we had the best time! I cannot wait to go back, and definitely recommend everyone add it to their summer travel bucket list! 

Thanks so much for reading! xo

A huge thank you to Sonesta Resort, Visit Hilton Head, and all of the participating restaurants for making this trip possible!

14 comments:

  1. This looks like such a nice place to travel to. I'll have to add it to my list!

    XOXO
    Cathy

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  2. I love Hilton Head! It's been a while since I've been there, but I would love to go back.

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  3. I've heard Hilton Head is a fantastic destination!

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  4. Hilton Head is on the top of my travel bucket list- I have heard so many great things!! All your pictures make it look like such a pretty spot!

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  5. I visited Hilton Head once and there was SUCH good food. Would go back in a heartbeat!

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

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  6. Hilton Head is the best, I need to visit some of these spots during my next visit! Love all of your outfits, especially the tan sweater!

    Rachel
    www.hello-her.com

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  7. I've always, always heard the best things about Hilton Head! Could use a vacay there right about now :)

    xx, Danielle | www.pineappleandprosecco.com

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  8. This was SO much fun!! Let's go back?!

    xo, Hillary | hillheady.com

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  9. Looks like SO much fun. We went to a wedding in Hilton Head a couple of years ago and did it and Savannah -- total toss-up for which was better! I want to go back to HHI after seeing these photos!!

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  10. Cannot believe we never visited here when we lived in Charlotte - it looks so fun!

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  11. Sounds like you had a blast!! Those photos of breakfast look so good!

    XO
    Candace
    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

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  12. Oh my gosh that breakfast looks heavenly! It sounds like a wonderful time!

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  13. The Carolinas are home to me! I love this. Thank you for sharing!

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  14. All of this looks so wonderful! This is definitely my kind of getaway!

    Cheers,
    Steph
    @trendyinindy|trendyinindy@gmail.com

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