Hilton Head Island City Guide

kids on boardwalk

{Sorry for the last post today. My computer called in sick today.}

I am still reeling from our beach vacation last week. So, I put together a little city guide for those of you that are condering Hilton Head for your next vacation destination. If we weren’t enjoying our Hilton Head Beach Villa, we were exploring the best the island had to offer.

Let’s start with the food. Here’s what I recommend at Coligny Plaza–


Frosty Frog: Live music on the patio and a local dressed as a giant frog in a snow cap– what more could a family ask for? The waitress said, and I quote, “There’s not a lot of healthy food on the menu.” When was the last time you saw someone balancing their checkbook at the craps table at Caesar’s Palace? Exactly. You’re on vacation. Count your calories at home.

And if you’re feeling a bit fancier than sandy flip flop feet:

Steamer Seafood is next door. Great menu. Great atmosphere. Outdoor seating next to a duck pond. But a 45 minute wait on a Friday night would likely send my two hungry kids bobbing for ducks. So we we headed to The Frog, and we weren’t disappointed.

Mia ice cream

Hilton Head Ice Cream : Speaking of your checkbook, you might break yours on three single scoops of Hilton Head Ice Cream. The good news is, I sampled a lot of ice cream last week, and Hilton Head Ice Cream Brownie Cheesecake was by far my fave. So budget accordingly.


And in Harbour Town–

The Quarterdeck: At the base of the Harbour Town Lighthouse {don’t blink or you’ll miss it}, sit outside under the covered patio and enjoy the views. {The view wasn’t too shabby from where I was sitting.}

Clark at Quarterdeck

The menu features offers a wide variety, and the wait staff is so inspiring, your four-year-old might raid every open table of cloth napkin-bound silverware and scatter it all over the deck like mine did.

I like to think he is exploring his professional interests.

If your pants start fitting a bit more snugly after all that ice cream, rent a bike and hit the trails. They are clearly marked for directionally-challenged people like me who get turned around in a walk-in closet. But be sure to steer clear of the Island Mascot.

Hilton Head gator

I snapped this pic while I was on an early morning run. Once I detoured from the footbridge, I stumbled upon what I like to call Antique Consignment Row on Arrow Road. I am happy to report that all limbs are still in tact, and I was able to enjoy some early bird window shopping.

If ice cream and antiques and biking and gator-dodging are not your thing, you can always relax by the Atlantic and let the beach work its relaxing magic.

beach at Hilton Head

Thanks, Hilton Head. We will see you next year!

Reality Protest

 My body may be home from vacation, but my mind is still far away. Have patience with me while I savor the escape.

Have a cheery Monday!

{Image via I Am A Mark’s Tumblr}

Have a Great Weekend


The Beasleys give this vaca two thumbs up!

Really? Really.


I think I’m in love.

Lazy Afternoon


Sometimes the best moves happen by accident.

Now You See Her…


Now you don’t…


We’re Off


“All right, Boys and Girls. That’s enough. No more fun.” –Salem Beasley

Well, we’re off to a great start to this vacation.

Calorie Counters Beware: {Homemade Granola Recipe}


I  don’t know what’s worse– the days leading up to vacation or the days immediately following. I can feel my pace slowing already as our departure approaches. Between sleeping later, folding less, and using my favorite new phrase “Go. Play.“, I find myself in a sort of vacation dress rehearsal {sans the stage makeup… or any makeup for that matter. My cosmetic bag sees more action from my two-year-old than from me these days.}

There’s a reason this is not a video blog.

On top of which all I can think about is food. So, it is with all of the motivation I can possibly heave-ho that I bring you this homemade granola recipe. I am narrowing down the finalists for the Beasley Family Beach Vacation Menu. When I mentioned packing some homemade granola, I thought Clark was going to suggest we hitch a trailer-full to the back of the van in the unlikely event that famine breaks out across Hilton Head Island. He looovves this recipe. And so, from my kitchen to yours, I bring you:

{Dairy-free} Homemade Granola:

4 cups of slow-cooking oats

Handfuls of:
almonds {whole or sliced}
coconut flakes
dried fruit– dates, cranberries, raisins, whatever you fancy
chopped pecans

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix oats, nuts, and dried fruit together in a large bowl. Melt coconut oil and mix together with honey. Pour oil and honey on dry ingredients and stir. Spread on cookie sheet and bake 10 minutes. Stir and bake an additional 5 minutes.

{Image via Let’s Live La Vida}

Hacked and Daydreaming


When I’m not busy getting my email hacked, I am daydreaming about next week’s family vacation to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Have you ever been there? I’ve started putting together a city guide based on an article in Southern Living Magazine and a few dining and recreation recommendations from some friends, but I have a feeling that we may just enjoy doing absolutely nothing productive for the first couple of days. Our vacation is more of a “deep breath” before The Great Beasley Family Upheaval of 2013. The good news is, I think we found a new house {fingers crossed}. It looks like we will be able to move in by the end of the month. Barring any real estate disasters, I should have more details in a few days. Now, if I can just stay focussed on getting the laundry done, maybe we can all make it to Hilton Head with clean underwear.

PS. Leave a comment below with your favorite things to see and do in Hilton Head.