Hilton Head July Beach Weekend

///Hilton Head July Beach Weekend

Hilton Head July Beach Weekend

Hi guys!  I thought I’d share a few scenes and highlights from our last minute trip to Hilton Head in this past weekend.  We were thinking about going to the beach later this summer, but after looking at our calendar it was nearly all booked up in August with baby stuff so we decided to just GO!  We figured our last minute trips are probably going to be a lot less frequent in the coming years, so we might as well be spontaneous now.  I was a little worried Hilton Head in July would be too crazy with people, but it was perfect.  I hope you enjoy the photos!

Hilton Head in July


We got up early Friday morning, took Makena to doggy daycare and we were off!

Hilton Head in July

By 11 AM we were on the island and made our first stop at Hudson’s on the Docks.

Hilton Head in July

We shared some grilled oysters (they were fully cooked!)

Hilton Head in July

We also shared an order of their fresh shrimp.  In my opinion, they have the best shrimp I’ve ever tried.

Hilton Head in July

We also split a delicious fish sandwich which hit the spot.

Hilton Head in July

We beat the crowds and got a wonderful table right on the water.  It was the perfect relaxing way to start off the trip.

Hilton Head in July

After lunch, we checked into our hotel and quickly made out way out to the beach.  We enjoyed the views for a few hours and then some really large clouds starting building behind us.  It started to thunder and we relocated to our balcony to watch the show.  It never actually rained but we got to watch some really amazing storms in the distance.  Most people would be sad to lose out on beach time, but I love watching storms at the beach.

Hilton Head in July

Luckily the skies cleared just in time for dinner!  We drove into Sea Pines and walked about South Beach near the Salty Dog for a bit.


Hilton Head in July

This is one of my favorite parts of the island.

Hilton Head in July

For dinner, we ate at Coast.  It started raining again but we snagged one of the last outdoor tables under a really nice awning.  It was actually super relaxing to watch the rain while eating.  Highlights of our meal were this epic plate of calamari…

Hilton Head in July

… and we also liked the grouper with risotto.

Hilton Head in July

After dinner, we went to bed early and enjoyed not working on the to-do list!


Saturday we woke up to gorgeous blue sunny skies!  The Hubs set up our beach gear and spent the day here.

Hilton Head in July

We both talked about upgrading our umbrella to a tent when the babies come!  Either way, we loved our view.

Hilton Head in July

I spent much of the day reading this book.  I started it a few months ago but switched to reading a bunch of baby books.  It was nice to go back to reading something a little more relaxing just for the weekend.

Hilton Head in July

For dinner, we went to my favorite Hilton Head restaurant, Charlie’s.  (I think my BUMP POPPED during the trip!)

Hilton Head in July

The Hubs and I shared the Caprese Salad and a Clam Chowder.

Hilton Head in July

We also got the Grouper with Mushroom Sauce and…

Hilton Head in July

… their fresh snapper dish.  They write their menu daily for whatever fish comes in off the docks and this place never disappoints.

Hilton Head in July

For dessert, we took our favorite caramel cake to go!  I’m finding it helps my headaches if I eat something right before bed so it’s been making more sense to take dessert to go.  This cake is one of my favorites– soooo good!

Hilton Head in July

We once again called it an early night.


Sunday we woke up to the prettiest beach sunrise.

Hilton Head in July

I love this time of day at the beach.  We decided to splurge and order room service for breakfast.  You couldn’t beat the view!

Hilton Head in July

We enjoyed a lazy morning before getting ready to go back home to Asheville.

Hilton Head in July

We had such a nice weekend visiting Hilton Head in July.  I was worried it would be too crowded, but it really wasn’t that bad.  I’m so glad we got to sneak away for a last minute adventure and I hope you enjoyed the photos!  Our little break was lovely but now it’s back to all things baby nesting and planning.


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Your turn!

Have you ever taken a last minute trip?

Been to Hilton Head? What’s your favorite thing to do there?

By | 2018-07-18T07:46:24-04:00 July 18th, 2018|Southeast Travel, Travel|16 Comments


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  3. Lisa Ballantyne July 21, 2018 at 9:35 am - Reply

    What wonderful photos and I’m sure wonderful memories for the two of you! That food–all of it!–looks amazing! And you, Julie, are just glowing! Motherhood becomes you, even before those twin babies make their grand entrance!

  4. Susie @ Suzlyfe July 20, 2018 at 10:31 am - Reply

    As usual, I want all of the things that you are eating. All of them. Those shrimp! i love south coast shrimp. What a great trip for you both–I hope you squeeze in a few more while you can!

  5. Kristy from Southern In Law July 20, 2018 at 5:56 am - Reply

    What a gorgeous trip! We’ve never actually had a last minute vacation bc usually it’s hard to get our work schedules to match up – but we do try to go on spontaneous adventures on the weekend!

  6. Blane Sherer July 19, 2018 at 5:49 am - Reply

    Glad you enjoyed your spontaneous trip.
    Enjoyed the pictures including the food shots ( smile (.

  7. Mary Jean Henson July 18, 2018 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    We love spontaneous trips. Some of our best adventures have been spur of the moment.
    Hudson’s is always one of our lunch spots when we go to Hilton Head.
    I agree with you, sometimes room service is worth the splurge.
    So glad you enjoyed your getaway.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Can’t wait to try Coast on our next trip to Hilton Head.

  8. Ann Gardner July 18, 2018 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    I am in Michigan. Come up every summer to spend time with my sister. However just as our plans for beach trip to Lake Mich was underway my husband’s brother became very ill my husband flew up on Sunday and was able to see his brother before he passed on Monday morning. We are preparing for his funeral on Fri.Very sad time for our family. So enjoy life each and everyday and cherish your friends and family.

  9. Rachel July 18, 2018 at 9:32 am - Reply

    This looks like such a fun weekend! All of the food looks so fresh and well-prepared. I love seafood this time of year!!

  10. Wendy July 18, 2018 at 8:24 am - Reply

    Looks like the perfect impromptu getaway! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I still see no bump!

    • JulieWunder July 18, 2018 at 8:46 am - Reply

      Ohh it’s there! lol! I’ll have to bust out the tighter dresses! haha!

  11. Elizabeth Haire July 18, 2018 at 8:11 am - Reply

    So gorgeous views. Glad for you to be able to enjoy the trip. I bet Makena was happy to see you, too.

    • JulieWunder July 18, 2018 at 8:48 am - Reply

      Yes! She always gets so excited when we get home. She’s a doll.

  12. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real July 18, 2018 at 7:48 am - Reply

    Whatever hotel you stayed at had gorgeous views!! The caramel cake looks amazing! Being able to be in pjs and eat dessert sounds amazing on vacation. I’m also assuming you ate in pjs haha. I agree and also think your bump popped while you were gone!

    • JulieWunder July 18, 2018 at 8:49 am - Reply

      Total PJs!! Yes- it was crazy at the beach… I feel like it grew all day!

  13. Beth Ann Chiles July 18, 2018 at 7:33 am - Reply

    Loved seeing all your pictures and the fun that you guys had on your quick trip. That is so smart of you to be taking the time to do these little impromptu trips when you can do it a bit easier. The calamari looks amazing!

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