We’re on the homestretch of our family’s spring break trip to the beautiful South Carolina island and we’ve been making the most of our time away from home. We rented a house we found on VRBO and it is within walking distance of the beach which has been fabulous! We’ve filled the past few days with plenty of biking, swimming and exploring with the boys, Sadie, my mother-in-law and Les!
Ryan and I initially tried to find a place in Palmetto Dunes where we stayed when we visited Hilton Head Island back in 2017 but all of the places that were pet-friendly and large enough to accommodate our group were booked due to a big golf tournament in the area. We found what we hoped would be the next best thing and rented a house in the nearby Shipyard Plantation community.
We met my in-laws at our rental house on Monday evening and hit the ground running! We biked to a local grocery store and picked up food for pizza, sandwiches and ice cream back at the house before calling it an early night. Well, it was an early night for the adults anyway. We admittedly stretched the boys a bit and let’s just say whiny voices and an intense baby meltdown made us pay for that one. Ooph! At least we learned our lesson early on in our vacation and made sure to stick to more normal bedtimes for the boys for the remainder of the trip.
Tuesday + Wednesday
I’m always curious to know how people handle travel and vacationing with multiple children so I figured I’d share a rundown of the way our family approached this trip with two kids and varying nap times to consider. We took full advantage of early morning hours and usually did something fun with the boys before Ryder’s morning nap. On Tuesday morning this looked like a trip to Lawton Stables, a beautiful farm located in Sea Pines. It was a big hit with Chase during our last visit and since he was a bit older this time around, we thought he might enjoy riding a pony!
Chase was a bit apprehensive at first, but once he had his helmet on and grabbed onto Dusty’s saddle, he was all about it!
Chase and Ryder both loved looking at the other animals on the farm including goats, sheep, miniature donkeys, pot-bellied pigs, alpacas and some very active and vocal chickens!
On Wednesday morning, we spent Ryder’s pre-morning nap time at a little park across the street from The French Bakery. We grabbed breakfast to go and enjoyed a little picnic outside while Chase played and Ryder discovered the glory that is quiche Lorraine!
Both mornings we made sure to be back at the house for Ryder’s morning nap since it’s always his longest and best nap of the day. On Tuesday, my in-law’s offered to stay back with him which was so nice and gave me and Ryan a chance for some Mom and Dad time with Chase!
We ended up biking on the beach and around the island for nearly two hours before grabbing seafood from The Sea Shack, a little hole-in-the-wall place that we tried to visit the night before but opted out due to an hour wait time. Somehow we lucked into no wait on Tuesday afternoon and ordered a bunch of seafood to bring back to our house to eat with our whole crew and it was fantastic! Totally worth the hype!
On Wednesday, after our breakfast picnic, Ryan, Chase, Diane and Les headed off to the beach while I stayed behind with Ryder and worked for a bit while he napped. Once Ryder was up, I joined the gang on the beach and we had a blast!
As for the afternoons, the the pool and the beach called to us and I have a feeling we’ll be spending a fair amount of our remaining vacation time swimming and playing in the surf and sand!
The pool and the beach proved to be the perfect afternoon activities on Tuesday and Wednesday since the weather was nice and sunny! Despite the sun, Tuesday was a bit chilly for the beach (and the pool, if you ask me but Chase and Ryan were troopers and swam!) but by Wednesday afternoon it was nice and warm and the beach was hoppin’ with people.
Ryan set up our new beach tent and we brought plenty of snacks and toys and the boys were in HEAVEN.
(Thank you guys again for this beach tent recommendation! We saw three other families with the same one and it was fantastic! It was very easy to put up and take down and perfect for a shady spot for our family. I also love the way you can open the windows and allow the breeze to flow through.)
During our time at the beach, Chase was all about the tide pools and played in them for hours and hours. He loved looking for hermit crabs, splashing around with other kids and playing with his beach toys.
I remember thinking Hilton Head was the perfect beach for kids during our first visit and that rang true again this time around. There is a ton of shoreline and hard-packed sand for playing and biking on the beach and tide pools are everywhere! The tide pools were the hit of the beach for the younger children since they allowed for the ability to swim and splash in shallow water without the need to get in the ocean and battle big, crashing waves.
Ryder is our water baby through and through and splashed and crawled around in the tide pools like he was part fish. He was in his element for sure! His favorite game was crawling after Chase and trying to get to whatever beach toy Chase most recently abandoned.
As for the evening hours, we spent Tuesday and Wednesday back at the house and Sadie took full advantage of having extra people around to give her a little love.
She’s our little 40-pound lap dog.
We took turns making dinner at home which worked well! Ryan and I made chicken thighs using my favorite chicken thigh marinade along with baked potatoes and roasted veggies on Tuesday night and last night Diane and Les made spaghetti with garlic bread and it was fabulous! Diane also took care of happy hour and outfitted everyone with margaritas both nights and I almost forgot how much I love a good margarita, especially after a day at the beach. YUM.
Last night we took a quick trip to Hilton Head Ice Cream for ice cream for our crew and I loved the turtle flavor I ordered. It tasted like buttered pecan ice cream with chocolate chips and I was all about it!
As for the remaining days of our vacation, we don’t have any concrete plans on the agenda but hope to spend some more time on the beach today! I’ll try to take more pics and recap the rest of our trip when I have time but if I don’t get the chance to pop in until Sunday or Monday, I hope you guys enjoy the rest of your week.
Thanks so much for stopping by PBF today!