Our annual trip to Hilton Head Island is here!  Every year since 2002 our family has been coming out to Palmetto Dunes to relax for a few days and enjoy the beach together.  This year we decided to invite the guys to come – I guess it was about time, right?

With a variety of house things going on for all of us, we all needed the trip to unwind some over the Memorial Day weekend and we were especially looking forward to the weekend with family.

We got to the Marriott in the afternoon and met the family down by the pool to have a drink and chill before dinner. This is also when things started going poorly with our house closing, but enough of that  because it has a happy ending and how beautiful is the view from the room?While the girls were finishing getting ready for dinner, the guys headed down to the just finished that afternoon, newly renovated hotel bar for a flight of bourbon.  We met them down there and checked out the new space then headed to dinner.We have our favorite places to eat on the island, so we don’t always try new places… however, Lauren & Darren ate a place called Porter & Pig on a previous trip and we heard the food was good and the beer was great so we checked it out.

It’s in the back of a strip mall, but lived up to the hype on food and delicious beers.  We ordered a bunch of appetizers to share like the BBQ nachos, tuna poke and a charcuterie tray.  We quickly finished all of those and we’ll be back another year to eat more!Every morning the guys played golf while my mom, sister and I would grab a breakfast sandwich at the general store and go for a walk around Palmetto Dunes. Okay, I admit I slept through one morning and house news ruined another morning… but I enjoyed the walk on Monday!

The rest of our morning and afternoons were filled with reading under the umbrellas and walks on the beach.Saturday night was the annual hush puppy and wine dinner at Old Oyster Factory.  We took the normal photos outside, then ate on the deck which was the perfect spot to watch the sunset.  Hunter won the hush puppy eating contest and we all left stuffed, per usual. Sunday we headed over to Shelter Cove for a Mexican lunch at San Miguel’s.  The blood orange margarita and chicken enchilada were just what I needed and it was one of the best enchiladas I’ve ever had!

Mom and I stayed to walk through the arts festival that was going on that weekend.  There were some really cute booths setup with art, jewelry and goods.
Sadly we had to go our separate ways on Monday, but we had a great lunch at Hudson’s before leaving the island. I want to go back and eat at Skull Creek Boathouse too which is right next door.All in all it was a great long weekend with my family (despite the house drama)! And maybe we’ll let the boys come back next year…

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