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January 30, 2004
From journal Golf, Gators, and Great Sights in Hilton Head SC
November 17, 2003
Our unit (152) was a 3-bedroom 3-bathroom unit in the rear section near the Hilton Head Health Institute and Egret Point resort. It was just steps from a swimming pool, hot tub and gas grills. Upon entering, we noticed everything to be clean and well-stocked. A limited supply of housekeeping/toiletries are supplied but you will need to either bring shampoo, soap, dishwashing tablets and laundry detergent or be prepared to buy more as the week goes by. The appliances were new and in perfect condition. One thing I might mention is there is only one bathroom on the main level and it is accessible only through the master bedroom. A split bath design would have made more sense. The dining room table accommodates 6 people. The sleeper sofa in our living room had definitely seen better days. Although comfortable enough to sit on and watch TV, etc., the mattress springs were bulging and broken, making sleeping impossible. Had my son not planned on leaving mid-week, I would have had to insist on another arrangement. However, it did not seem worth it to have to pack (again) and move to another unit. Upstairs are 2 more bedrooms, one with a king bed and the other with 2 twin beds. Each bedroom has its own full bath. There are no Jacuzzi tubs in any bathroom. Storage space is adequate; however, more hangers would have been nice. The back porch (covered) is very nice to relax on and it has a rocking chair, table and several plastic chairs. We spent a lot of time there.
The Cottages is a Spinnaker resort and we found plenty of recreation available through Egret Point and Waterside. At Egret Point, movies were available to rent. They also had a pool table, ping pong, video games and a heated (outdoor) pool. The pool near our unit was not heated. There is also a nice fitness room at the Egret Point clubhouse available for Cottage guests.
Several group activities were offered and we took part in Crabbing at Burke's Beach. The activities director (Peter) was very nice and knowledgeable in regard to what he was talking about. We caught several large crabs, and released them afterwards. Other activities were candle-making, sand dollar painting, shell frames, tie-dye T-shirts, beach walks, nature walks, bike rides and kayak lessons. All fees were very reasonable and everything we did we enjoyed a lot. A community pasta dinner was on Tuesday evening, although we did not take part in it, the cost was just $5 a couple and included an entire meal with salad, dessert and drink. We were very impressed with the activities offered even during off-season. Many island activities are either winding down or are closed at this time of the year, so this was a very welcome alternative. We rented bikes for the week and enjoyed comfortable rides at the beach and throughout Shipyard's many miles of bike paths.
The Coligny Plaza shops are just a short trip away either by bike or car and they offer just about everything a visitor or resident could imagine. I noticed the Alligator Grille was still closed from the fire back in March and the yellow tape was still all over the place. Several stores close early this time of year, so if you want something particular, hitting the shops during daylight hours would be a must. I noticed many closed at dark. There were several sales going on at the beach shops, I found a $90 swimsuit for $24 (and I had to buy this). So now is a great time for bargain shopping!! Worth mentioning for souvenir shopping would have to be the Wal-Mart at Indigo Run. They offer very reasonable pricing on T-shirts, hoodies, and caps, as well as all the shot glasses, photo frames and post cards you'd want.
Check out was a breeze, you just leave your key cards on the counter and load the dishwasher. Strip the beds and throw your towels in the tub. Everyone we encountered at Spinnaker resorts was very friendly, helpful, and went out of their way to make you feel at home.
I'd read various things about the Cottages both good and bad. We never encountered a bug once either inside or out, so this is probably just a seasonal thing. True, the Cottages are older and you just have to take that into consideration. But they're comfortable and convenient and you feel at home, instead of like you're in a hotel.
Overall we were very impressed with The Cottages at Shipyard and would definitely return in the future. I rate the timeshare unit satisfaction as very good, because of the broken vacuum cleaner and the condition of the sofa/sleeper. I felt that had I complained about it, the staff would have taken care of our concerns at once.
From journal Hilton Head After The Crowds Leave
Fairview Park, Ohio
February 19, 2003
Another day we attended a gourmet hot dog lunch. It was by the pool at Egret Point. There were hot dogs with various toppings from which to choose, cole slaw, chips and drinks. Again all free to residents of the Cottages and Egret Point Units. At both events we had a chance to meet and talk with very nice people. It was fun to hear of other people's travel experiences.
From journal Heavenly Hilton Head Vacation
by P.G. Atkinson
East Haddam, Connecticut
January 27, 2003
From journal Hilton Head Island
Raleigh, North Carolina
July 15, 2002
From journal Hilton Head SC