This time last week I was soaking up the sun at the Marriott Resort at Hilton Head Island. I joined my mom and my grandmother there for a few days while my mom attended the Municipal Association of South Carolina's Annual Conference. (For those that don't know, my mom is a Cayce, SC Councilwoman and is also President of the Lexington County Municipal Association. Yeah, she's kinda a big deal!) Anyways, I spent last Wednesday-Saturday taking a much needed break, while enjoying time with my family. Here is a recap of my little vaycay.
I arrived Wednesday afternoon. Wednesday night we had a pre-planned dinner with the City of Cayce and some additional colleagues at Red Fish in Hilton Head. Red Fish was amazing! First you walk in and you are surrounded by wine, which makes the wine-o in me very happy. We started by ordering some cocktails and apps for the table. My mom got to experience her first Moscow Mule (which I think she enjoyed). I also ordered the Moscow Mule and it was delicious. To eat, I ordered the Bronzed Mahi Mahi. It was perfectly cooked. Very light. The perfect meal for those looking to indulge, but still fit in their bikini the next day. For dessert, my grandmother and I shared the Creme Brulee and OMG it was probably the best dessert I've ever eaten. If I wasn't in public, I would have licked the bowl dry. After dinner, we went back to the hotel bar and enjoyed some cocktails before calling it a night.
Thursday my mom was in meetings all day so I hung by the pool and the beach. The resort is nice, but not my favorite. It could definitely use a facelift. (A little nip and tuck every now and then never hurt anyone). The pool was large and open. I loved that they had poolside food and drink service. The drinks were a bit pricey, but I guess you are paying for the location, not the alcohol. What I thoroughly loved about the resort is being to bounce from the pool to the beach with ease. The beach was right next to the pool. Only a few steps away and you were enjoying the white sandy Hilton Head beach. l loved that the resort was bit secluded so the beach wasn't overly crowded. I must admit, as much I love Charleston, the beaches at Hilton Head have our beaches beat. They are so much wider and sandier. Anyways, after spending the day in the sun, my mom, grandmother, and myself had a low key dinner at a restaurant near the resort.
Friday was kind of a lazy day. We all went to a luncheon hosted by the Municipal Association at the resort. The speaker was probably one of the funniest men I've ever met. He had me almost peeing in my pants at times. After the luncheon, we enjoyed sometime by the pool and then got ready for dinner. MPA Strategies and LandPlan Group hosted a wonderful Lowcountry Boil (aka Frogmore Stew aka Beaufort Stew) at Skull Creek Boathouse. The views from the restaurant were amazing. The food was just as good. From the BLT sandwiches and pimento cheese appetizers, to the Lowcountry Boil, mac and cheese, and the rest of the fixin's it was a beyond delicious. It was truly the perfect way to end this little mini vaycay. I enjoyed the sunset and called it a night. I was excited to head back to Charleston to visit with some friends who were in from NYC.
Anyways, here are some snaps from the trip. Hilton Head Island was a great little getaway. It was only a two hour drive from Charleston. It was nice to experience the beach life outside of Charleston and just relax and renew my mind and body for a few days.
The 4th of July has come and gone....sigh. I love the 4th of July. It's the middle of the summer when the temperatures go up and the tourists go down. When you can go to the beach, without sitting in hours worth of traffic. (But prepared to sweat your buns off). Anyways. what an amazing 5 day weekend we had. We started our weekend by celebrating a friends' birthday at Hall's. We got to do things we haven't ever done including tubing down the Edisto River, had a pool day, enjoyed Sullivan's Island on the 4th and Fireworks at a friend's house on James Island after.
Tubing the Edisto
If you're a local and haven't had a chance to tube down the Edisto River, I highly recommend it. It is fun, long day. We packed the car and tubes (deflated of course) and headed to Givhan's Ferry State Park. Being rookies, we made a lot of rookie mistakes. We were initially supposed to meet some other people who would be our second car, but didn't realize how far out the park and the other people didn't make it in time. So with our one car, we ventured out.
We went out of our way to find an ATM because we thought the park admittance of $5/person was cash only. We learned two things about this. First, there is a gas station right there, so you do not need to go out of your way to find one. Second, the park accepts debit cards.
Once we arrived and parked we had the mission of blowing up all of our floats. We brought a bicycle pump thinking that would be efficient. Lesson learned, it is worth the couple extra bucks to buy an electric pump. Luckily, some kind people camping at the park let us borrow theirs. It still took a good 20 minutes to fully inflate our tubes with the electric pump.
Once we got on the river, all was well. It was actually quite peaceful. There were other groups floating as well. One house left the music on really loud so we had some jams. We cracked open some beers as soon as we hit the water. (You can't drink at the park). The float lasted a good 3-4 hours. The river moved pretty fast (for the Edisto atleast). The water levels were high due to recent rainfall. We stopped at a beach, which we thought was close the end. DNR was out in full force, so we decided just go on with our float. We ended up paddling a good bit to get to the end, just because we were tired, a bit sunburnt, and needed to ensure there were people at the boat landing (the finish point) who could take us back.
We managed to find a ride, deflate our floats, and head home. I am absolutely looking forward to doing it again before the end of the summer. The bigger the group the better! So grab your friends and let's go!
Haley Parler Moore
Charleston resident. Digital Marketer. Crazy Crossfitter. Bulldog Mom. Gamecock fan. Constantly clad in Lululemon.