Last weekend I spent a few days in South Carolina with a good friend of mine. This trip was my first vacation without kids (or a husband for that matter) and while I love my kids to death, this was a much needed and appreciated little break! This was also my first (and definitely not last visit to South Carolina.
My trip started at 2:00am Friday morning. We live a few hours away from the airport and I had a 6:00am flight to catch so I was up and on the road well before dawn.
I had a short layover in D.C. and actually ended up on the same plane with the same crew on my flight to Charleston. I’ve never flown through Reagan before and loved the view of the Washington Monument from my gate. We definitely need to get back there sooner rather than later. I was on the ground in Charleston around11:00am and met up with my friend Sara at the gate. She had landed about and hour and a half before me. We picked up our rental car from an extremely friendly man at Enterprise who recommended that we head down towards the Battery in Charleston. We couldn’t check into our resort until later in the afternoon so we figured that we’d explore Charleston a bit before driving over to Hilton Head.
It was about a 20 minute drive from the airport to the Battery. We drove along the water admiring all of the gorgeous homes with their Antebellum (pre Civil War) architecture. We decided that we would find a spot somewhere downtown to park and then we’d walk wherever we’d like to see. It took us about a half an hour to find a parking spot and by then we were ready for some lunch. We walked around for a little while looking for a place that looked good. We settled on a restaurant called Carmella’s Café and Dessert Bar. We had sandwiches and got a piece of turtle cheesecake to go for later.
After lunch we continued to walk around, heading towards the water.
After walking around for about an hour more we headed back in the direction of our car. We still had a two hour drive to Hilton Head Island and we needed to stop at Target for a few things before getting on the road. Our timing was good as it was starting to get dark anyways.
Once we got onto Hilton Head we made our way to our resort. We were staying at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort for the weekend. The door attendants that greeted us upon arrival were highly amused that we had driven in the wrong direction through the one way entrance. Oops!
I don’t think we could have picked a better resort to stay at. The room was gorgeous and had everything we could have possibly needed for our stay-sink, microwave and refrigerator. The room was incredibly spacious and the beds were wonderful. There was a bottle of wine waiting on the counter along with a nice note from the hotel.
After settling in a little we decided that rather than going out for dinner we would just eat at the resort. There are three restaurants on the property to choose from: a steakhouse, a sports bar, and a market where you can get sandwiches and salads to go. There is also a poolside bar but unfortunately the last day it was open for the season was the day we arrived and we had just missed closing. We opted to eat at XO Sports bar. We could choose from appetizers, flatbreads, salads and burgers. We decided to share an appetizer of pimento beer cheese dip that came with warm pita chips and I had a classic cheeseburger for dinner while my friend had their veggie flatbread.
By the time we were finished eating we were both pretty exhausted from a long day of travel and exploring Charleston, so we decided to relax in the room for the rest of the evening. We enjoyed the view from our balcony and discussed what we wanted to do the next day before heading to bed for the night.