Hilton Head Journals

Hilton Head in November

A November 2003 trip to Hilton Head by karenkayp

Coral Reef Resort Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina More Photos
Quote: We were skeptical about visiting Hilton Head in November, but decided it was the best time (in 2003 anyhow). We had very good weather, unseasonably warm, no crowds, wonderful natural scenery and a very relaxing vacation.
Coral Reef Resort Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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Coral Reef Resort is located in Shipyard Planatation. We were very impressed with the friendly staff at the Reba Management Office upon check-in, which went very smoothly. We were also greeted by a gentleman that gave us a "welcome" gift and invited us to a 30 minute presentation the next day that wasn't suppose to be a timeshare sales! After check-in we drove into Shipyard Plantation and were awed at the fantastic way the plantation is kept in its natural beauty. It was a little difficult finding our unit and we were very thankful that we arrived during the daylight hours. The outside of the building reminded me of a typical farm house, and upon entering we were greeted by the most awful sme...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 23, 2003

Coral Reef Resort
Shipyard Plantation
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
(843) 842-5583

Coral Sands Resort

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Hotel

Coral Sands Resort Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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Coral Sands is located behind the Circle Center Plaza and first impressions are not the greatest. However, once you get past the backside of this shopping center and into the resort it is one of the best! If you read my review on Coral Reef you will know that we were moved here after a 1 day stay in a smelly unit. From the time we opened the front door we fell in love with this one floor, first floor, three bedroom unit. It had a very open kitchen/dining area with a huge living room that opened to a small patio right next to the pool. The master bedroom had a king-size bed and a master bathroom that had a large Jacuzzi. It was connected by a sliding glass door to the third bedroom, which actua...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 23, 2003

Coral Sands Resort
P.o. Box 5686
Hilton Head, South Carolina
(843) 842-5583

Spinnaker Resorts at Waterside

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Hotel | "Waterside by Spinnaker"

Spinnaker  Resorts at Waterside Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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We spent our second week on Hilton Head at Waterside by Spinnakers. Upon check in there was a very long line and we expected to be there for a long time. However they were very efficient and within twenty minutes we were in our unit. This resort is also conveniently located to the beach, although the walk is about three blocks. I understand that during the summer months they have a shuttle, but because we were there in the "off season" that service was not offered.After spending the first week in a very spacious and open three bedroom unit, we did feel a little more cramped and hemmed in. We were located on the top floor and had only a small balcony that was accessed through a normal-si...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 23, 2003

Spinnaker Resorts at Waterside
off Pope Avenue
Hilton Head, South Carolina

River House Seafood Restaurant and Bakery

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Restaurant

River House Seafood Restaurant and Bakery Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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The River House Seafood Restaurant and Bakery is located on the river among the many shops and art galleries on River Street. There are many choices for eating on River Street, but we chose this restaurant because we had a coupon in our possession for a free dessert. Are we glad we did! The River House is famous for their delicious seafood, as well as steaks, chicken, pasta, and chops. We were there for lunch and we tried the salmon focaccia, grilled tuna salad, and oyster poor boy. All of these were excellent and were served with a honey wheat bread that was fantastic! But the best is their desserts. We found out their breads and desserts are prepared on a daily basis in their bakery. Yummy, y...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 29, 2003

River House Seafood Restaurant and Bakery
125 W River Street
Hilton Head, South Carolina 31401
(800) 317-1912

Fitzgeralds Restaurant

Restaurant | "Fitzgeralds"

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Our first night on Hilton Head, we were looking for a place that served good seafood. Fitzgerald's was a recommendation we took from this website. We weren't sorry we did! It was a little difficult to find, but most places are difficult to find, especially at night! The Fitzgerald's Seafood Combination was a combination of shrimp, scallops, and fresh seasonal fish (in our case, tilipia). We chose this broiled, but it is also served deep-fried. The $15.95 price was a bargain and included homemade dinner rolls, fresh vegetable, and choice of chunky applesauce or graden fresh salad. They were also serving a live Maine whole lobster as the evening special for the same price and included the same opt...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 29, 2003

Fitzgeralds Restaurant
41 S. Forest Beach Drive
Hilton Head, South Carolina 29938
(843) 785-5151

Shrimp Factory

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Restaurant | "The Shrimp Factory"

Shrimp Factory Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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The Shrimp Factory is on the east end of River Street. It has a lot of character and history, as it was built from 1823 through 1826 and served as a warehouse for cotton, resin, and other products. All of the beams, stones, and brick inside the building are original. It is a great place to sit and relax by a window and watch the boats go by on the river. Of course, the food is exceptional! We found out after our dining experience that it is a sister restaurant to the River House, which was our first delightful dining experience in Savannah. Each entree at the Shrimp Factory is served with their special salad and honey wheat bread. For lunch we chose the Teriyaki Tilapia ($12.95) and the Crab C...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 29, 2003

Shrimp Factory
313 East River Street
Hilton Head, South Carolina

Crazy Crab

Restaurant

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The decor of the Crazy Crab in Harbor Town has a casual, nautical theme. We stopped there for lunch on our tour around the island and enjoyed a delicious bowl of she-crab soup.

The menu consisted of fresh local seafood, which was cooked to diner's preference. The staff were warm, friendly and attentive. The waterfront view is great, and I understand it would have been a perfect sunset dining spot.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 31, 2003

Crazy Crab
149 Lighthouse Rd
Hilton Head, South Carolina 29928
(843) 363-2722

Kingfisher Seafood & Steak House

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Restaurant | "Kingfisher Seafood & Steak House"

Kingfisher Seafood & Steak House Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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We had a good seafood dining experience at the beginning of our vacation and now we were looking for a good seafood dining experience at the end of our vacation...and we found it at Kingfishers! We used the Hilton Head Island Restaurant Guide, referrals off of this website, and the personal experience of some friends on Hilton Head. This unusally attractive restaurant overlooks Shelter Cove Harbour. All inside tables have a water view through large vaulted windows. The live nightly entertainment starts at 6pm, and the night we were there, we really enjoyed the Earl Williams Jazz & Blues Variety Show. The Early Bird Special (5 - 6pm) is a choice of four entrees, that is, a th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 30, 2003

Kingfisher Seafood & Steak House
8 Harborside Lane
Hilton Head, South Carolina
(843) 842-6400

Coligny Beach

Attraction

Coligny Beach Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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We were on the beach in November but the weather was unseasonably warm so we were able to enjoy almost five full days of sun and fun! We mostly enjoy walking and looking for shells, sanddollars and starfish. There wasn't an abundance of any of them but it still was fun to look, and when one was found it was a real joy! Watching the dolphins play in the water was also very enjoyable.

The beaches are very smooth and hard so walking and riding bikes are the number #1 activities in this area.

My husband is a avid sunrise/sunset picture nut and when we are on the beach he always manages to have some great ones -- hope you enjoy the ones I included with this review.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 23, 2003

Coligny Beach
Off Of Coligny Circle
Hilton Head, South Carolina

The Spirit of Harbour Town

Attraction | "Spirit of Harbourtown"

The Spirit of Harbour Town Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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Spirit of Harbourtown is a cruise that takes about an hour and a half. Along the way, a few historical sites are pointed out and explained by the Captain. We saw a few dolphins along the way. This is a leisure way to get to Savannah and then enjoy whatever you desire to do in the time allowed in Savannah. We chose to do the trolley tour which I will cover in another activity. It's a great day trip for the whole family.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 23, 2003

The Spirit of Harbour Town
149 Lighthouse Road
Hilton Head, South Carolina 29928
843-671-2704

Old Town Trolley Tour

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Attraction

Old Town Trolley Tour Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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We arrived in Savannah via a river cruise from Hilton Head. We have used the Old Town Trolley not only in Savannah but also in Augustina, FL and San Diego, CA, and really feel they are the best. One reason we like it is that the tickets are good for one continuous loop or you can get off and on and stop to see something that is of particular interest to you. If you take the continuous loop and don't get off it takes approximately 90 minutes. We usually do the total tour and then go back to see a particular sight on the next time around or another day. The price of the On & Off Privileges is $21 and the Express Trolley Tour (One Complete Loop) is $20. Since we arrived in Savannah via the river c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 29, 2003

Old Town Trolley Tour
River Street
Hilton Head, South Carolina
1-800-868-7482

Tybee Island Lighthouse

Attraction | "Tybee Island"

Tybee Island Lighthouse Photo, Tybee Island, Georgia
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Tybee Island is located approximately 18 miles east of Savannah. This island has a 3-mile-long beach that's backed by sea-oat-covered sand dunes and is perfect for sunbathing and people-watching. We visited this beach because we had heard that sand dollars are well populated here. The island's south-end pier and pavilion is a splendid for strolling above the ocean. I understand in the summer they also have live music to entertain the beachcombers. Before enjoying the beach we also visited the historical Tybee Island Lighthouse (dated 1773), and museum, and Fort Pulaski, which is just west of the island on Hwy 80. It was a beautiful, warm day in November, so we enjoyed strolling the beach and were ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 29, 2003

Tybee Island Lighthouse
Meddin Drive (just Off U.s. Highway 80)
Tybee Island, Georgia 31328
(912) 786-5801