An October 2002 trip
to Hilton Head by marcopolo
Quote: I have been going to Hilton Head for over forty years and decided to find out how a family can enjoy it without spending a fortune. We had fine accomodations, great food, and enjoyable activities without spending money foolishly. It's a great place for all ages.
The second thing to do is lose the car. Most bicycle shops deliver to your hotel and you can even ride to Harbor Town and not have to pay the five dollars to take your auto in. That five dollars is a bit of a rip as Harbor Town is mostly overblown with overpriced art galleries and overpriced shops.
If you want to shop, plan a day trip to Savannah or Charleston where the selections are much broader and considerably more fairly priced.
Tip: Public facilities and a good shower are available at the public entrance to the beach marked Folly Field.
The tennis courts were excellent, and the pool and jacuzzi were clean and well maintained. There was also a work-out room. These things are important, but the real treasure was the well-trained staff who went out of their way to make us feel at home. They went out of their way to show us the best the island has to offer.
The hotel offers a free full service breakfast buffet that featured eggs and waffles with all of the fruit juice and milk that you could hold. In the afternoons Monday through Friday at five p.m. there is a free ice breaker with wine, beer, and snacks for all guests. The manager, Larry Aumburn, turned out to be a charmer who gave great advice as to where to eat and what to do. By all means look him up and get his input when you visit the island.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2002
Residence Inn by Marriot
12 Park Lane
Hilton Head, South Carolina 29928
Restaurant | "Fitzgeralds"
My wife had a 1 and 1/4 pound lobster for only $13.95. We sampled the swordfish at only $16.95, and I had the seafood combination for $15.95. The salads were crisp, but the blue cheese dressing could have been improved. The bread was freshly baked and the vegetables were nicely done. It would have been easy to spend over $80.00 for this meal in any good restaurant, but our total after everything, to including a wonderful dessert, was under $60.00 including the tip.
The chef is a culinary arts school graduate and the staff was very attentive in spite of a full house. The location is in a beautiful place by the beach. There is a fountain located near the picture windows that extend around the sides of the restaurant. The restaurant boasts a wonderful bar and can serve just about anything requested. The management was evident and very involved with the clientele.
It was a very positive dining experience. Many of the diners were locals and they seemed to be repeat customers.
41 S. Forest Beach Drive
Hilton Head, South Carolina 29938
The Old Fort Pub is located in a very historic part of the island where the Northern Army once placed a battery of guns to menace Confederate shipping that was attempting to invade after the North occupied Hilton Head early in the American Civil War. The views from the dining area of the restaurant--both inside, and out on the porch--were marvelous, and the staff was beautifully trained. I learned that this restaurant is one of four owned by the same partners on the island and that they do everything possible to keep business booming.
My wife and I had already eaten but we bravely attacked Eggs Benidict, a scallop appetizer, and a salad. Fresh hot bread, butter, and jam were brought out first. The scallops were among the best I have ever had, and all the rest was good enough.
The prices were in line with other upscale dining choices and we did not regret our choice here. We hope to return soon and write about the three other restaurants we missed this time around.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 21, 2002
Old Fort Pub
63 Skull Creek Drive
Hilton Head, South Carolina 29926
Restaurant | "Hudson's On The Dock"
Hudson's Seafood House-Docks
1 Hudson Road
Hilton Head, South Carolina 29925