Hilton Head

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{Palmetto Dunes Beach}

As I’m typing this, I’m sooo happy to be sitting on my own couch, sipping my Sleepy Time tea with my favorite red currant candle burning while catching up on my Housewives.  I do love my creature comforts and I’m realizing more and more, I’m a homebody. As much as I enjoy traveling and experiencing new places and escaping the cold (especially in the dead of winter), there’s nothing like coming home, sleeping in my own bed, and waking up to our daily routine.

Having said all that, we did need a break by the time Christmas rolled around so we decided to book a last minute trip down to Hilton Head.  Our friends and family think we’re crazy to pack all four kids in the car and drive 15 plus hours but honestly, our kids are used to it by now.  We leave in the middle of the night so we wake them up, transfer them to the car in their pj’s, and they all fall back asleep within minutes.  We stop for breakfast when the sun rises, break for lunch later in the day, and by dinner time, we make it down to our rental.  Don’t get me wrong…they squabble and get restless at times so we pack dvd’s, their kindles, plenty of snacks, and we play different games to keep them occupied and from killing each other!  It’s all worth it though once we cross the bridge with its’ expansive views of the low country.  I literally feel myself relaxing as we enter the island which is immaculately manicured with Spanish moss, palmetto and palm tress.

Hilton Head is divided up into a number of gated communities called plantations so we’ve stayed at several over the years but our two favorites are Sea Pines and Palmetto Dunes.  My husband is more partial to Palmetto Dunes because of the plethora of golf courses and the lagoon that runs through this plantation which is perfect for kayaking, canoeing and fishing.  I love Palmetto Dunes for the bike trails (although bike trails are all over the island) and the beach which is a short bike ride from our condo.  Sea Pines is also a great choice because it has two towns on the water, South Beach Marina, and Harbour Town, both of which have parks, restaurants, and charming little shops.  There’s also several golf courses there and Lawton Stables where you can go horse back riding or take your kids to see the goats, llamas, deer, and rabbits as well as go for a pony ride.

Usually, we head down to Savannah for a day trip (it’s a mere 45 minutes away).  But, this time, we were content just riding our bikes, hitting the beach, playing mini golf, my husband took the boys canoeing (I chickened out because I’m petrified of alligators), going out to eat a few times, and we even took the kids to see Star Wars one rainy afternoon.  If you do venture into Savannah, I highly recommend the Oglethorpe trolley tour which will take you through all the city squares and give you a real flavor and a ton of interesting info!

I’ve been meaning to do a Hilton Head travel guide so later this week, I’m going to break it all down regarding the best places to stay, eat, explore and experience should you ever visit Hilton Head.  I’ll leave you with the highlights from our trip (you can read about past trips here, here and here).  The best part was definitely the weather this time around which was ten degrees above normal so I had to run out and buy some shorts and tees (don’t you just love an excuse to shop?) and the fact that the sun sets there an hour later than New York so I was loving our extended days!

I hope your new year is off to a wonderful start!  Today, I plan on dismantling the Christmas tree, putting away all the decorations, and jump starting my clean eating routine which will forgo the cookies and replace them with smoothies, salads and soups.  Time to detox…wish me luck!

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{Lagoon in Palmetto Dunes}

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{Beach at sunset}

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{Biking through Palmetto Dunes}

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{Patrick splashing through the waves}

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{Gardenia garden at the Coastal Discovery Museum}

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{South Beach Marina}

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{View of the golf course from our deck}

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{Lived in these shorts the majority of the trip}

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{Lara and Patrick at Lawton Stables}

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{Mommy moments}

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{View from to the top of the lighthouse in Harbour Town}

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{Another spectacular sunset}

* Long Cardigan (0n major sale)// Blank NYC Jeans// Hunter Boots// J.Crew Sweater// Target Denim Shorts// Nordstrom Bag// Tahari Sunglasses (similar)