Sitting on the balcony drinking Welches Sparking Grape Juice (my drink of choice, don’t judge), watching the waves roll onto the beach, resting after a long bike ride through trails lined with tall pines…sounds like paradise! Our recent trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, for our first anniversary exceeded expectations.
The first weekend trip Eric and I took as a married couple was sort of a disaster. We went to Melbourne beach for a weekend getaway. A couple accidental fire alarms going off in our hotel early in the morning, a bathing suit malfunction, and really bad sun sickness (like, really bad) were some of the negatives to name a few. Eric and I were hoping and praying that this trip wouldn’t be a repeat, and it wasn’t! Thank you, Lord!
Hilton Head Island is a beautiful island off the coast of South Carolina. Its the perfect mesh of the beach-y and low country vibes. On our way in we stopped in Savannah, GA, for a few hours to break up the drive and it was dreamy. I love visiting historic cities! We arrived in Hilton Head Island in the evening, giving us enough time to check out the digs and take a quick nap before going out to explore the town at night.
First impression? SO MANY GROCERY STORES! I’m probably weird for this, but I really love grocery stores. They had Publix, Kroger, Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Piggly Wiggly (love the name), Bi-Lo…it was so hard to choose. By the end of the weekend, we had ended up visiting 4 of them, and I’m okay with that.
Hilton Head is known for their biking trails. Everything we read before we left recommended visitors to rent bikes to use as transportation on the island rather than vehicles. We rented two bikes for 3 days from Bicycle Billy’s and it was only $45. Not bad considering they dropped them off and picked them up for us too. The second day we were there, Eric wanted us to go on a bike ride to explore the island. We picked a path thinking it would be under an hour. We were wrong, but it was okay because it was a perfect tour of the island. The path took us over Broad Creek Bridge, through the quiet residential areas, and back on the main street parallel with the beach.
On our ride we were getting a little hungry so we tried to look up some Mexican food places. Little did we know this search would lead us to, I kid you not, the BEST Mexican food I have ever had. Now, I kind of pride myself in knowing quality Tex Mex when I taste it. I’ve been to Mexico twice, my family use to live in Southern California, and I’m pretty sure I’ve had tacos at least once a week for my entire life. Fiesta Fresh Mexican Grill was top notch. Its a family owned restaurant and everyone was so kind! We ate there twice on our trip, but it would have been three times if they were open on Sundays.
Back to the trip, that day we also did a little shopping, relaxed in our AirBnB, and played put put golf in the evening. On Sunday Eric and I spent some time reading and listening through the devotional guide he had prepared to pair with his worship album, Whoever Is Wise. Then we biked over to a quiet little French cafe for brunch. Later on we biked over to the Disney resort and walked around. My parents had stayed there a couple weeks prior, so it was neat to see where they had been. The rest of the day, we just enjoyed the island and walked along the beach, before a quiet night in.
Monday we headed home, but not before one last meal at Fiesta Fresh Mexican Grill! Hilton Head Island was the perfect getaway for our anniversary. We’ll be back 🙂