Hilton Head Island Vacation – Monday 7/14/08

Tourist Nightmare ALERT – What I am about to describe is a pure tourist nightmare, and consider this a warning. We stopped by a “visitor center” that was actually a disguise for a rental property company that lures you into listening to their sales pitch for “90 minutes,” as the try to entice you to by into a “time-share-type” of plan that would enable you to stay at any resort within their catalog. I did not want anything to do with going to this meeting, but they promised us $100/couple for listening to the plan. We took it with the intention of being able to put the money toward a deep-sea fishing trip for Nathan, Katelyn, and my in-laws. MISTAKE!

The whole presentation wound up taking almost 3 hours, the didn’t want to give us the $100 when we were explicitly told that’s what we would get. Actually, if you figure, we should have been given $200/couple since they took 3 hours of our time instead of the promised 90 minutes. The guy would just not take no for an answer. Finally, Shannon had to get out-right rude, as did I, to get him to just cut us a check and let us go! We weren’t even interested in the plan, we just wanted the cash. I know this guy had to make his living too, and he did a great job of explaining the plan, but honestly, how many times, and how many different ways can you tell a guy NO? FYI the name of the property group was Spinnaker.

Coligny Plaza Shops – A tourist trap that is a must for any visitor to Hilton Head is Coligny Plaza. There are tons of small shops, ice cream stores, a True Value Hardware Store, a souvenir shops, restaurants, and even a Piggly Wiggly! We had ice cream at the “Ice Cream Cone” shop. Katelyn had her hair braided “corn row” style at “Hair and Company.” Nathan and Katelyn both bought sand-dollars and star fish at the “Shell Shop.”

Hilton Head Island Vacation – Sunday 7/13/08

Getting Around Town – Our first order of business, once food was taken care of, as with anywhere we go for the first time, is to familiarize ourselves with the area. Thanks to our Delphi NAV200 GPS we were able to quickly get to where we wanted to go. In addition to the GPS my phone, the Blackberry Curve 8830 from Verizon Wireless, is equipped with GPS, call VZ Navigator. The VZ Navigator was especially helpful in finding area restaurants, stores, and attractions.

Bike Rides – Our bikes were indeed delivered as promised by Patriot Bike Rentals of Hilton Head Island. They were excellent bikes for getting around the resort and getting to the beach. That was just about our first order of business, trying out the new bikes and seeing the beach. I was a little worried that with my injured ankle that riding a bike would prove too much. My doctor gave me the approval so I made the attempt and I am glad I did. I was able to get around fantastic on the bike. There was a short distance that I had to walk the bike to the actual beach, which proved challenging on the softer sand, but once I was on the packed sand, it was exhilarating riding the bike along the beach with the waves crashing to the shore.

Hilton Head Vacation July 2008 – The Villa

As promised, I am attempting to keep our visitors up to date on the progress of our vacation. Our villa was immaculate. It had 3 bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. A very spacious kitchen, dining area, and living room. Outside we had a lovely covered deck right off the 6th hole of the resort golf course. In the event you attempt to put this villa in your GPS, it will need to be entered as 91 Colonnade (actually address was 195 Colonnade), Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

The link to the villa can be found here at Resort Rentals of Hilton Head. This was a superb find and very affordable, especially when you can split the price with another family. In our case, my inlaws are going in “halvers” with us. The rate for the week came to $1386.45. Here is a link to the actual unit we will be staying in (LINK).

There were a set of towels furnished for all of us including wash cloths. This worked well because the villa included its own washer and dryer.

Room #1: Was a room with (2) twin beds and a bathroom entrance from both the bedroom and the hallway (with doors of course).

Room #2: Was furnished with a queen bed and its very own bathroom and walk-in closet.

Room #3: Was furnished with a king sized bed, a walk-in closet, shower and jacuzzi. This was our room.

Our first order of business after arriving was to stock up on groceries. Having a villa and fully utilizing the convenience to us includes the ability to cook your own meals. A tremendous savings and you’re always pleased with the quality of both the food and the service. That being said, all tolled, we only ate out 2 times the entire stay. Groceries for the whole week for all (6) of us was about $250.00. If you figure, (3) meals a day times (7) days, that’s 21 meals for the price of $250.00. That’s $35/day, divided yet again by (6) persons that equals $5.95/day per person for our meals.

I’ll post another update tomorrow about some of the specifics of the vacation in terms of the beach, shopping, what meals we did eat out, our day trips, and some of the stormy weather we encountered. We even sat through one of the dreaded condo sales pitches (not recommended).