Hilton Head Spring Long Weekend

///Hilton Head Spring Long Weekend

Hilton Head Spring Long Weekend

Hello! Hello!  With tax season over the Hubs and I escaped away to our favorite regional island for our own version of a Hilton Head Island Spring Break.  No… we’re too old to actually get a spring break… but we pretended we did and had a great time recharging after all that work.

The trip was dampered a bit by the news that after several serious health battles in the past few weeks, my Grandfather passed.  He was 94 years old and had a long, beautiful life… but it’s still hard to lose him.  I’m very worried about my Grandmother, who has developed significant memory problems in the past few years.  They were married for nearly 73 years.  We’re heading up to Dayton late this week for the funeral.  I want to share more about his life and legacy next week as he deserves a lot more than these few sentences… I just need a few days to gather my thoughts.  He was a remarkable man and we will miss him dearly.  Thank you all for prayers for my family during this time.

Not to change subjects so quickly, but I also know my Grandfather would not want me to wallow… so I’m going to go on and share the highlights from the weekend.  He actually loved Hilton Head and we spent countless summers vacationing there as an extended family when I was a kid so it was nice to reminisce while I was there.

Hilton Head Island Spring Break


The Hubs and I arrived to our Hilton Head Island Spring Break late Wednesday afternoon.  We got upgraded to a gorgeous ocean front room, so we enjoyed the view and got ready for dinner.  For dinner, we had reservations at Red Fish and it did not disappoint.  The Hubs and I shared the Lobster Mac & Cheese with Scallops…

… and the Cajun Shrimp and Lobster Burger.  It is just as good as it sounds.

If you are newer to the blog, many moons ago I did recreate a healthy version of this burger (just with shrimp) and put the recipe on the blog.

We were both pretty tired so we went to bed early and had a great night’s sleep.



Thursday was supposed to be the prettiest and warmest day of our trip, so I got up ready to GO!  I think the Hubs was a little annoyed I didn’t let us sleep in… but he’s used to it. We enjoyed breakfast at the hotel with a gorgeous view.

After breakfast the Hubs set up our beach spread.  He looks at the sun and burns, so we need this crazy umbrella even this time of year.  He’s so good at getting it all set up.

There were these crazy jellyfish dotting the shores.  It was too cold to get in the water, but I’m not sure I would have wanted to with these guys staring at me.

We spent nearly the entire day at the beach.  I read my book and we listened to music.  It was such a lovely, lovely day.  I’m such a beach girl at heart.  A Hilton Head Island spring break is plenty relaxing.

By late afternoon we went inside to get ready for dinner.  It was pretty windy, so sand was EVERYWHERE… even in my hair!

Dinner Thursday night was at our favorite Hilton Head restaurant, Charlie’s.  My MIL had sent us a gift certificate and we were so excited to use it.  It’s a French inspired seafood restaurant.

We got a crab soup, which was spectacular.

For my entree I got the grouper with mushroom sauce.  It doesn’t look like much, but it is one of my favorite dishes ever.  It is beyond delicious.

For dessert we got the caramel cake, which is also sinfully good.  We got two pieces because sharing this never works… it’s that good.



Friday was supposed to be a bit cooler (in the low 60’s with lots of wind), so we decided to have a slow morning.  We even ordered breakfast in the room, which was a fabulous splurge.  I loved my oats and fruit!

After breakfast we went for a beach walk.  It was crazy windy, so we ended up meandering away from the water and explored some of the gorgeous shaded paths near our hotel which were sheltered a bit from the wind.

After our walk we drove to the other side of the Island and went into Sea Pines.  I love how beautiful South Beach is, and we had it all to ourselves for another beach walk.  This place would be packed in summer, so it’s nice to have some space during a Hilton Head Island Spring Break.

We were then starving, so we popped into Salty Dog for a fabulous lunch.  The Hubs and I shared a Shrimp Po-Boy…

… and a Shrimp and Lobster Roll.  They were both just as good as they look.  I’m not much of a fry fan, but I did love the homemade chips.

After lunch we walked over to Harbor Town to explore and shop.

The Harbor Town pier, which was destroyed in a hurricane several years ago was finally back open.

It was so nice!  I can tell it’s going to be very popular this summer.

After exploring for a bit we went back to the room and relaxed on our balcony.

For dinner we went to a new to us Italian restaurant, OMBRA Cucina Italiana.  I got out more Lilly. 🙂

I got this ravioli, which doesn’t look like much, however it was homemade and tasted incredible.  They were filled with ricotta and spinach.  They were light, fragrant and fabulous.  The Hubs got a steak. 🙂

For dessert we shared this gorgeous cannoli, which looked and tasted incredible.

Since we had an early dinner, we realized as we were driving home that the sun was setting.  We pulled off to road and stumped on the most gorgeous sunset!

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the sky turned gorgeous shades of orange and blue.  It was the perfect ending to a lovely Hilton Head Day.

Saturday we decided to head back home early.  It was still chilly to actually sit out at the beach and our closet got installed right before we left, which meant if we went home we’d have time to finally move back into our bathroom and closet.  With the remodel, we haven’t been in our space since January, so it was a pretty easy decision to make.

Before we left though we picked up some killer bagel sandwiches at Island Bagel and Deli.  Their bagels taste just like New York Bagels to me!

What a fabulous Hilton Head Island Spring Break!  I wish it would have been a touch warmer the second day, but it was snowing in so many other places that 60’s really wasn’t that bad.  We had some great eats and it was beyond wonderful getting to spend time again with the Hubs.  Plus I firmly believe that a cool day at the beach is better than no beach day at all!


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By | 2018-04-24T08:12:31-04:00 April 24th, 2018|Southeast Travel, Travel|17 Comments


  1. […] Hilton Head Spring Long Weekend […]

  2. […] charm of the island.  This year I was lucky enough to spend my birthday, Thanksgiving AND spring break on the island… plus a few day trips in the mix.  We’ve gone probably a dozen […]

  3. Jean May 15, 2018 at 9:23 am - Reply

    So sorry about your dear Grandfather. And your Grandmother too. It has to be so hard on her losing him after all those years together.
    I loved your Spring break blog. I, too, am a beach lady at heart but I overdid it and have paid for it with my skin, so I will enjoy the beach through pictures and blogs. Glad you and your Hubs had a wonderful time.

  4. […] Hilton Head Spring Break Trip […]

  5. Kristy from Southern In Law April 27, 2018 at 4:43 am - Reply

    Oh girl, I am so sorry to hear about your grandfather. It would have been hard finding that out and then try8ng to get into vacation mode – but it looked like you still had a lovely time ❤️ Big hugs to you!

  6. Hatton April 25, 2018 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry about your grandfather. Saying a prayer for you and your family.
    On a happier note, love the photos of HIlton Head… I’ve been visiting every year for my entire life and I still have not been to Charlie’s!!! My #1 priority on our next visit!!!

  7. Blane Sherer April 24, 2018 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    Condolences for the passing of your grandfather.
    Glad you enjoyed your ” Spring Break “.
    I knew you would have some nice sunset shots ( smile ).

  8. Wendy April 24, 2018 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    I don’t think anyone is too old for spring break and I always have a good time–even if that means I’m in bed by 9 now..LOL!! After reading this, I hope i convinced my hubs we need a long weekend to HHI. Looks lovely and I can’t believe I’ve never been. Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Wendy April 24, 2018 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      And I almost forgot to say how sorry I am about your grandfather’s passing. How wonderful that you had him in your life for such a long time!

  9. Emily @ Pizza @ Pull-Ups April 24, 2018 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Julie, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.

    I am glad to hear you were still about able to enjoy a nice weekend with the hubs, it looks beautiful and I am so hungry after seeing all your pictures!

  10. Lisa Ballantyne April 24, 2018 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    First, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family in your time of loss. May your many special memories bring you much comfort in the days ahead.

    As for your grown up version of “Spring Break,” I’m so jealous! It looks and sounds like you had the most amazing time!

  11. Erinn April 24, 2018 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    So many delicious eats! I love seared scallops..and that bagel sandwich – holy yum! What a fun trip!

  12. [email protected] April 24, 2018 at 11:07 am - Reply

    I’m so sorry about your Grandfather’s passing. Sending prayers for you and your family. I really enjoyed hearing about your Hilton Head weekend and seeing the beautiful photos! I participated in the Run for the Paws race this past Sunday and really enoyed it! My first race-although I was walking not running.

  13. Judy April 24, 2018 at 7:52 am - Reply

    Prayers to you and your family.
    So glad you got to spend some time relaxing and I agree…a windy/rainy day at the beach is better than no beach day at all!

  14. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real April 24, 2018 at 7:20 am - Reply

    Julie, I’m so sorry to hear about your grandfather. The trip to Hilton Head really came at the perfect time then. I’m laughing at you saying 60s was chilly because I wore shorts this weekend when it was 60 ha!

    The cannoli looks amazing and has me craving one!

  15. Beth Ann Chiles April 24, 2018 at 7:13 am - Reply

    First of all I am so sorry for the loss of your grandfather. I am sure there will be a huge hole in your family now but it sounds like you have many wonderful memories to hold close to your heart. Love all the Hilton Head pictures and the food pictures are fabulous as we’ll. We are headed to Fripp Island on Thursday so I am really looking forward to some sand on my toes time.

  16. Susie @ Suzlyfe April 24, 2018 at 7:09 am - Reply

    I am so sorry about your grandfather–but I am so glad you were able toget an escape for both you and Shon after the craziness of tax season the emotional wear of a dying family member.
    What a great trip and a perfect reason to wear lilly!

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