I don’t normally share travel related experiences because with four big special needs dogs, we rarely get to have travel experiences. Fortunately, we have a neighbor who loves dogs and takes care of said animals which has allowed us to take two beach vacations this summer. Woo-hoo! Since we have two glorious three day weekends in our immediate future, I thought I’d share our Hilton Head getaway. To say it was awesome is an understatement.
FULL DISCLOSURE: None of the content of this post is sponsored. I just love sharing good stuff.
We went to Fort Fisher at Kure (pronounced curry) Beach in July and that was a fun, yet a crazy crowded busy beach trip filled with family and lots of little people. Our Hilton Head vacation was just Chris and me relaxing with lots of booze and books and John Denver Pandora radio on the beach. No joke. I kid you not when I say that except for breakfast and exactly two dinners out – and one of those may not count because it was in the hotel – all we did was chill out on the beach during the day and on our room’s balcony at night. It was amazing. I want to go back. Like right now. The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa is totally calling my name.
You may or may not remember that we had a friggin’ hurricane here on the east coast Labor Day weekend. We drove through that mess and broken trees on the highway Friday afternoon to get there. When we arrived there was debris, trash, branches, etc. everywhere but after a quick booze and grocery run, the sky had cleared and we could see some stars. The sun came out the next morning and stayed that way the whole weekend.
This place is pretty swanky. They even have a living wall in the lobby. One of the staff offered to take my picture in front of it. I declined. 🙂
Chris should have bought me that night shirt.
I didn’t go to the spa this visit, but the last time we were there I spent an entire day in that place and it was beyond heavenly.
We didn’t hang out at the pool this time either, but it’s super nice. You can rent a cabana if you feel like being all Hollywood.
They actually have 3 pools here. I know.
Don’t ask me about this because I have no idea.
The property has several restaurants, but we only ate at one of them. We had dinner at the pool side restaurant because there was an Uber surge and we couldn’t get a ride anywhere else. Trust me. After a day of drinking beer on the beach, no one but Uber had any business driving. As hotels go, the restaurant was expensive, but the food was good. I had some fish and chips and Chris got some sort of grouper thing that was red snapper on the menu, but the were out of red snapper. He was annoyed. We investigated the breakfast buffet too. It was $23.50. No thanks. We went to a place we accidentally discovered when we missed a turn. More on that later.
I know that’s gross, but I forgot to take a picture when our food arrived and looked all plated and pretty. I recommend the fish and chips if you want to blow $20 on what is essentially bar food. It was truly delicious though.
Now, let’s talk about the beach. As a full disclosure, I have to admit that I absolutely do not like sand. But I got over it.
Here’s some funny business. I sent this photo to my besties Chey and Karrie and Chey asked if that was me and if I’d been catfishing. Dude.
Now, we do not mess around when we go to the beach. Chris is so white he’s pink and you can almost see through his skin, so the boy needs him some shade.
Yeah. I know. And yes. That’s a fan. He’s got these Ryobi tools with interchangeable rechargeable batteries. The thing in the back of our spaceship is a radio.
I also totally recommend this tent. It can be used for hanging out at the beach and you can also take it camping. Not that I’d ever do that. It’s so sturdy and easy to set up. You pretty much just pull a string and it pops up like an umbrella. Anyhoo – here’s a link if you want to check it out tent – again – this is not sponsored. I just like to share good stuff.
Y’all, I 100% highly recommend The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa. The only complaint I have – aside from expected expensive hotel food – is that they have a life guard staff that it appears their main job is beach rentals rather than watching the water. They went out at 7 am every morning and set up rental chairs on the best beach real estate in front of the resort. The first day (tent pics) we set up behind them because we were just happy to be there. After that we had to walk down the beach some distance to actually see the ocean.
Other than that this place is so beautiful, the staff is friendly, and I completely recommend you go. October and November are beautiful in the Carolinas!
David @ Spiced
What a fun trip! We’ve been talking (a lot) lately about the need to get away, and I’m thinking a beach trip could be in order. We actually aren’t really beach vacation people…but then little Robbie came along. And the thought of just laying somewhere all day is absolutely delightful. I’ve heard great things about Hilton Head, so I’ll have to keep the Westin in mind. Fun stuff!
Dawn - Girl Heart Food
I just loved this post, Rachelle! So fun! Loved seeing all your pics! That night shirt about being crabby in the morning is just too cute! You should have got it! And lucky you that your neighbours take care of your fur babies so you got to go and enjoy yourself 🙂 Looks like you had a fantastic trip and it was so relaxing. That whole tent situation on the beach is pretty neat too.
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
How the heck did I miss this post?! Gurl, where was my text!??!?!?!?!?!?!!? Anyways, so glad you are finally sharing all the photos of your trip and the 411 on the Westin! You know I LOVE Hilton Head, so next time we go there we will be staying here! It looks like the perfect beach hotel! And when on vacay it’s okay to blow 20$ on what is essentially bar food. FACT. I’ll never stop laughing at that photo of the woman with the umbrella! AND your beach tent!! You are too much. LOVE ya! XO
karrie @ Tasty Ever After
Oh. My. Lordy. That shite is funny! hahahahahahah! Your half eaten food pics are freakin’ hilarious. Keepin’ it reals, Yo! I wish I could have vaca-ed with you and Chris but that place is so swanky that they wouldn’t have let me in, but I would have snuck in through da back door…
That beach tent is awesome! I love the beach but agree the sand is not nice. You better let Chey and I come on the next trip and we’ll get a pic of all 4 of us (Chris included) in the tent 🙂