Hilton Head Journals

Hilton Head in December

A December 2002 trip to Hilton Head by jeanita

Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina More Photos
Quote: My husband and I talked our adult daughter into joining us for an Xmas away from home at Hilton Head. The weather was wonderful and the southern hospitality was great!! There were lots of day trips we made to Savannah, Charleston, Beaufort, and nature preserves.

Hilton Head in December

Overview

Hilton Head Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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This was the "home base" for our visits to both Savannah and Charleston. We found the accommodations to be very nice and accessible from Hilton Head. Mostly we just enjoyed relaxing at the condo and walking the beaches.

Quick Tips:

Slow down, enjoy the peaceful time of winter on the beach, and the very nice people you will meet in this area.

Best Way To Get Around:

A car is necessary to have any freedom to move around. There are lots of places to bike and walk but if you want to really see the area, a car is a must.

Port O' Call

Hotel | "Port O'Call"

Port O' Call Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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Best Things Nearby:The beach, shopping, beautiful landscaping, Charleston, Savannah, other small towns, and lots of historic sites.Best Things About the Resort:It was very quiet and had lots of space. The furnishings were very nice and artwork on walls and floral arrangements very attractive.Resort Experience:The condo we had was on the first floor with a small screened-in deck overlooking the swimming pool. There were meandering sidewalks for getting around the area and individual cottages built around small ponds that were very picturesque. The beach was an easy walk from our front door. There was a washer and dryer, a full kitchen, two TVs, and VCRs--one...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 6, 2003

Port O' Call
Shipyard Plantation
Hilton Head, South Carolina 29928
(843) 842-5583

Dining in

Restaurant

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I will have to admit that we did very little dining out at Hilton Head. The condo kitchen was so nice and we were usually too tired to go out after our day trips. We most enjoyed just picking up something to cook and preparing it at "home" where we could also enjoy a video. We did have a great pizza or two and frequented the island grocery stores a lot. I found that if you eat a good breakfast at the condo and cook your evening meal there also, it keeps one on their budget. We like eating out and find that the lunch menu is a great way to go as they are usually very inexpensive compared to the dinner menus. Some times we even did lunches to take with us when we knew we would be driving a lot...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 6, 2003

Dining in
Throughout Port of Call
Hilton Head, South Carolina

The Sea Pines Resort

Attraction | "Harbor Town Yacht Basin"

The Sea Pines Resort Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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Harbor Town is built in a circle around a yacht basin. On one side is the lighthouse and stores, while on other sides is housing. It is just a pretty place to go and relax and enjoy looking at the boats. I imagine it is very busy during the summer, but in winter time it is just nice and restful.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 6, 2003

The Sea Pines Resort
32 Greenwood Drive
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Shipyard Plantation

Attraction | "Forest and Shipyard Plantation Beaches"

Shipyard Plantation Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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A fun place to feed the seagulls that will catch food you throw in the air--great photo op. Lots of walkers, many with their well groomed dogs. Most everyone we met was very friendly and many groups of people were seen on the beach just visiting in small circles.

There wasn't much in-the-water activities as this was December. Most of the time a sweatshirt and jeans was enough to wear. We visited at various times of the day and each time it was a different picture. The sunset was especially pretty.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 6, 2003

Shipyard Plantation
578 William Hilton Pkwy
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
1-800-HILTON-HEAD

Sea Pines Forest Preserve

Attraction | "Sea Pines NWR and prehistoric Indian site."

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If you want to know what the island may have been like before it became a major resort, this is the place to visit. The National Wildlife Refuge is thick with forests. The Indian Sea Shell Ring dates back to 1450 B.C. This primitive site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a circlar mound of oyster shells, animal bones ,and clay that makes it clear what the Indians ate. It is thought that the Indians lived around the outside of the circle.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 6, 2003

Sea Pines Forest Preserve
Southwest tip of island
Hilton Head, South Carolina
843/363-1872

Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge

Attraction | "Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge"

Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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Lots of wildlife on 4,052 acres of salt marsh and maritime habitat. We saw all sorts of birds--cormorants, egrets, herons, and turtles lounging on dead trees in the water. Palmettos were everywhere, with tall trees draped with Spanish moss. Just a nice place to unwind and look for interesting wildlife.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 6, 2003

Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge
Lands End Drive
Hilton Head, South Carolina 29926
912-652-4415

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I always find it interesting to learn as much about the history of an area I visit as possible. Hilton Head as it is today is very deceiving in showing off its history. You can readily see "history" in Savannah or Charleston, but Hilton Head has been clothed in a landscape that is very controled and new resorts and houses from one end to the other of the island. Ther is evidence of Indians living here back to 4000BC (see my activities discussion about Sea Ranch NWR). The Spanish visited in 1521, the French in 1562, and by 1663 the English had arrived. Plantations grew indigo first and later rice and cotton. The British and the Colonists fought over the islands during the Revolution. Dur...Read More