A little photo dump from our most recently trip down to Bluffon, SC. . .
I’ve shared that we visit my folks in South Carolina pretty often and it is not lost on me how much of a treat it is that they live in such a beautiful place.
I grew up outside of Chicago, Illinois, and both of my parents are originally from that area. I was the first one of my family to move away (first to college in Michigan, and then a transfer down to a college in North Carolina) but now my parents spend most of the year in South Carolina, and my sister and her family now live in Raleigh as well! I just need to continue working on trying to get my brother and his family down south and then we will be all near each other!
I moved to North Carolina without knowing a single soul (though I met Justin shortly after I moved here. . . read our love story here) but I was sort of familiar with the area thanks to visiting South Carolina with my family for trips throughout the latter part of my youth.
Since my parents have lived in South Carolina for many years, we have made that our go-to spot for a scenery change and vacation. While we spend a lot of time at their home since that tends to be the easiest with little kids, we do have a few favorite spots to eat and explore so I’ll share those below! I truly feel like we’ve just scratched the surface when it comes to exploring the area, so while this certainly isn’t a comprehensive round-up, it’s a few of our favorite go-to spots!
One. Palmetto Bluff. I can’t remember the first time we wandered around Palmetto Bluff, but I fell in love with it the second I set foot in the tiny downtown area within the property. And when Justin and I got engaged in 2008 and were trying to decide where on earth to get married (he’s from Virginia and I’m from Illinois), we pretty swiftly landed on a small, family-only destination wedding at Palmetto Bluff. It was a dream. I love that we have that memory to re-live every time we visit.
Two. Old Town Bluffton. It is the most charming, quaint little downtown spot that has been newly revitalized with a plethora of restaurants, shops, and businesses. It’s seated amongst huge live oak trees with moss hanging on them. A handful of the shops are in buildings that look like old homes. The charm is unmatched. The Wright Family Park is one of the newer developments that is a beautiful little grassy area with a short path and a dock and pier to get closer to the water.
Three. Coligny Beach. If we’re going to drive onto the island and go to the beach, we always go to Coligny. They’ve recently added a pretty awesome park with a larger parking lot and the area right before entering the sand is updated with swings, bathrooms, and even a tiny splash pad for kids.
Four. Shelter Cove Marina. This is a beautiful spot to walk around and take in the beautiful yachts and boats that are parked at the marina. There are a few restaurants (including our favorite Mexican spot, San Miguel!) and shops but we mostly just walk around the marina after having more than our share of chips and queso for dinner.
Five. Kids Activities on Hilton Head Island. There are a lot of little pockets of shops and restaurants on Hilton Head that we sometimes explore. We’ve been to a few of the mini-golf spots, which my boys absolutely love, and have tried a handful of restaurants in those areas as well. This isn’t a really specific favorite, I know, but in general, I find Hilton Head Island to be really kid-friendly, casual, with a lot of things to do besides going to the beach.
When it comes to restaurants, find our favorites below:
Truffles Cafe – American Restaurant – fun fact, Justin and I had our rehearsal dinner here!
Giuseppi’s Pizza – the calzones are where it’s at!
Okatie Ale House – classic pub food.
San Miguel – fantastic Mexican food on the island.
The Pearl Kitchen and Bar – A refined, small restaurant with incredible food.
The Bluffton Room – A fancy steak place.
Local Pie – Delicious pizza, get the local margarita.
Fat Patties – A great burger joint.