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Laurabearz
03-17-2005, 12:50 PM
I started a thread for those of us going to HHI in June and July and found out we have several members who are going to HHI for the first time this year.

I thought it would be great to have a thread where all of us who have been there could share some of our favorite things to do while staying at Disney's Hilton Head Island resort.

Any and all links are welcome too!

I'll start.

Here's the link to the current thread.... Hilton Head Restaurants (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=766557)

Our kids (5,4,1) LOVE the large playground in Sea Pines. We make an afternoon of hanging out there, lunch and a bit of shopping.

Next.....

TW1
03-17-2005, 02:59 PM
Things we love about HHI?

1) going for a boat ride with Capt. Scott of Low Country Adventures.

2) relaxing

3) early morning wlaks to find shells and shark teeth

4) relaxing

5) beach combing, marsh walking and star gazing programs with Chris the Naturalist

6) relaxing

7) Tuesday's All-American program with pool games and fireworks.

8) relaxing

9) signing the kids up for MOvie Night and having our annual 'adult' dinner

10) did I mention relaxing?

canda
03-17-2005, 06:22 PM
1) going for a boat ride with Capt. Scott of Low Country Adventures.

Its Capt. Scott of Low Country Nature tours.

Low Country Adventures is the trolley tour people.

www.lowcountrynaturetours.com

cgcw
03-17-2005, 07:25 PM
Great idea, Laurabearz! :sunny:

Here's our list in no particular order because it would be impossible to pick one over the other:

1. Add us to the list of Captain Scott fans. :) :boat: We love to do the beach combing tour with him. Last summer, we went shark fishing with Scott and it was another awesome experience. I tell Scott he's our only paid friend. ;)

2. Our kids love to crab fish from the Disney pier. Nets are for sale at the rental window. For a couple of dollars, try to pick up some chicken necks at the grocery store. They make the best crab net bait. Lots of fun.

3. We love the beach and pool. July is hot and humid, perfect for water activities.

4. We love to walk over to Shelter Cove and hear Shannon Tanner's show. We have pictures of our kids with him every summer we've been there.

5. Not something I like to do at home, but I prefer to cook in the villa. We find it's much easier than going out. A couple of meals we have out -- always Salty Dog as it's my DS's favorite. In July, I'd like to try Sticky Fingers (I think that was the name of it).

6. Biking riding to and from the beach is a highlight also. My DS5 made it no problem on a two wheeler last year both ways. Unless you have a lot of beach gear, it's an easy way to get to the beach. No problem finding a parking spot for the bike. ;)

7. Our kids like to do whatever crafts they have going. They have done Gyotaki, bird houses and butterfly houses.

8. We enjoy playing shuffle board -- definately not something we do at home.

9. We love to go to the beach after dinner. Kite flying is awesome at that time. The kids love to see all the sand castles which were built during the day. There are many people strolling up and down the shore.

I'm sure I could think of a bunch more. Although we love WDW, it doesn't compare to HH. We find HH is truly a "family vacation" where we have fun, relax and just get away from it all. :thewave:

FeeleyFans
03-17-2005, 07:30 PM
I am loving all your suggestions. I have been so worried that there won't be enough to keep the kids busy, but you guys keep coming up with some great ideas. We normally spend our summer vacation in Myrle Beach, but I wanted to use my points and give Hilton Head a shot. We are going in August and it just seems so far away now.

Tommy
03-17-2005, 11:44 PM
We love to take our GPS and go Geocaching. It takes you to a lot of nature places most people don't see.


Check out http://www.geocaching.com pirate:

MSH1420
03-18-2005, 07:20 AM
Laurabearz,

As one of the first-timers, a big thank you :worship:
We have done some research and have talked to other friends who have gone, but many of teh folks from tehboeads have gone numerous times and have provided great info.

Thanks again
:worship: :worship: :worship:

MSH1420

tinkgrl
03-18-2005, 07:55 AM
Hi,

1. Relaxing!!!!!!!

2. Reading or listening to a few books!!!

3. swimming or relaxing @ the beach.

4. Eating seafood. Yum!!!

5. Go back to #1!!!!!!!

Allison

Jenn
03-18-2005, 09:50 AM
All of the above mentioned ideas plus....

Going to the poolside BBQ/dance party/fireworks on Tuesday night! Last August we made our first trip to HH and Tuesday happened to by my oldest daughter's 7th birthday. We went on a dolphin cruise that afternoon (with Captain Scott of course) and saw tons of dolphins and a bald eagle. That evening, we attended the BBQ, stuffed ourselves silly, danced the night away by the pool, the DJ had the entire party sing Happy Birthday to my daughter and had her lead the conga line around the pool. Then, we watched the fireworks over the marsh, under the stars. Can't top that....

And, yes we are going back the same week this August and plan to do it all again.

Laurabearz
03-18-2005, 09:55 AM
Tuesday nights are a blast. This year we are skipping the food at the bbq. With 3 little ones we found we didnt have any time to eat! It is quiet crazy. LOL So we will eat first then party!!!

Anyone have a link to TOmmy's site????

DisNDat
03-18-2005, 09:56 AM
Let DVC take care of your kids one night and have an adults-night-out. My recommendation...the Jazz Corner at the Village at Wexford. Most nights no cover, and the food is quite good. Coupons are available in some of the island tourist mags to get discounts on dinner there. We've seen families with teens there, but it might be boring for lil ones. :earsgirl:

Macnjac87
03-18-2005, 10:15 AM
EVERY SINGLE THING!!! :flower:

Laurabearz- here's the link to Tommy's site:
http://ttowery.tripod.com/

Hilton Head Island is my happy place. :jumping1:

AEN
03-18-2005, 01:05 PM
I am a very hyper person and I will say that HHI is one of the best vacations I have ever been on.

I relaxed there more than anywhere else.

HHI has the Disney theme for the kids without the work of having to go on a Disney vacation.

Renting the bikes for the length of stay was just superb. You can just jump on the bike and casually wheel around the complex or to the beach.

The kids (7, 9, 11) loved being able to just jump on their bikes and cruise around without having to wait for us (no, we didn't let them go off premises).

And yes, the golf.......

gtrist4life
03-18-2005, 01:22 PM
The hammocks!
The smores campfire… “I said a boom-chicka-rocka-chicka-rockca-chicka boom!”

And most importantly,the peace and quiet..... :goodvibes

Simba's Mom
03-18-2005, 02:31 PM
EVERY SINGLE THING!!! :flower:

Laurabearz- here's the link to Tommy's site:
http://ttowery.tripod.com/

Hilton Head Island is my happy place. :jumping1:
We just got back last night from our third trip and I have to agree! Add a visit to Sea Pines Forest Preserve, and walking around Harbour Town. Also, the Coastal Discovery Museum (is that the right name?) is worth a trip. Oh, and I noticed for dining that Hudson's has a seperate video arcade. I thought that was a great idea, when Mom and Dad want to linger over coffee, but the kids are antsy.

TW1
03-18-2005, 02:40 PM
...And one more thing... we still get a kick out of the billboards for South of the Border on the way down 95...

Laurabearz
03-18-2005, 03:08 PM
EVERY SINGLE THING!!! :flower:

Laurabearz- here's the link to Tommy's site:
http://ttowery.tripod.com/

Hilton Head Island is my happy place. :jumping1:

Thanks Jackie!!! I highly reccomend everyone checking out Tommy's site. I personally love the link to the live Salty Dog cafe web cam. I thought it would be a hoot to make a DIS sign and hold it up. Maybe we could have a minimeet there live on the web. :rotfl: Captures from the web cam (http://www.saltydog.com/webcam/captures/)

cgcw
03-18-2005, 03:13 PM
Hilton Head Island is my happy place. :jumping1:

What an awesome way to sum it up!!


I forgot about the webcam at Salty Dog. My kids think it's awesome to see themselves.

Laurabearz
03-18-2005, 03:19 PM
What an awesome way to sum it up!!


I forgot about the webcam at Salty Dog. My kids think it's awesome to see themselves.

How can you see yourself??? Thanks!

cgcw
03-18-2005, 03:25 PM
Sorry, I was not very clear about that. What I ment was after we were home, it was nice for them reminisce and see themselves then.

For anyone who isn't familiar with the Salty Dog, here's their website.
http://www.saltydog.com/webcam/

It looks rather empty there right now. :sunny:

BWVDenise
03-18-2005, 09:41 PM
My kids love Mike (CM). When they talk about what their favorite thing is about HH, part of the list includes Mike. They are the official Mike Fan Club. Has anyone seen Mike recently? And Crystal, too! Reading this thread has made me very homesick. August just won't come soon enough! :sunny:

Simba's Mom
03-19-2005, 11:01 AM
We got home Thursday night and I'm sorry to say I don't remember a Mike or a Crystal.

gopherit
03-19-2005, 12:14 PM
Thanks for posting a thread for newbie HHI first-timers like me! We can't wait until our August trip!

Also -- Laurabearz -- I'm stealing shamelessly from your June/July HHI thread and making the Aug/Sept thread roughly match it (listing who's going when, for how long, and also posting quick connects to this thread and your June/July thread too!)

And now for a few questions for you season HHI vets -- We have a very nice beach umbrella (the canvas and wood type) that we keep at my inlaws (they live in De. at the beach). Is it worth it to bring it along? I could see us wanting that shade -- but if the beach is in close enough proximity to the beach house, on the other hand, we might not need it. With 3 kids, we tend to be pretty active on the beach and only use the umbrella for respite now and again -- would the pool area at the beach house provide that? I really don't wanna lug down chairs, and I think renting would be kinda silly, given that we wouldn't sit for very long! We can make do with a big beach "blanket" I have, and the umbrella. If the umbrella is worth it, we will pick it up from the inlaws when we visit over the July 4th. If not -- one less thing to pack!

And for crabbing -- are we talking just strings, necks and nets? (And what do folks do with the crabs they catch? Catch and release?)

Is there usually a particular night that is "kid's night out" during the week?

Thanks -- I know I'll come up with more ??? as the time draws near! :teeth:

Disneyaholic
03-19-2005, 12:51 PM
We got home Thursday night and I'm sorry to say I don't remember a Mike or a Crystal.

Crystal is a college student, so during the school year, she's only there on some weekends. I think she was there when we were there over New Years. Her younger sister also was working in the recreation department the last time we were there! I wouldn't be surprised if Crystal is back full-time for the summer.

Is Mike the young-ish CM that all the teenage girls hang around? If he's who I think he is, he certainly does have his own fan club! ;)

BWVDenise
03-19-2005, 12:59 PM
Mike is tall, thin, brown hair, and really super with the kids!

cgcw
03-19-2005, 08:47 PM
And now for a few questions for you season HHI vets -- We have a very nice beach umbrella (the canvas and wood type) that we keep at my inlaws (they live in De. at the beach). Is it worth it to bring it along? I could see us wanting that shade -- but if the beach is in close enough proximity to the beach house, on the other hand, we might not need it. With 3 kids, we tend to be pretty active on the beach and only use the umbrella for respite now and again -- would the pool area at the beach house provide that? I really don't wanna lug down chairs, and I think renting would be kinda silly, given that we wouldn't sit for very long! We can make do with a big beach "blanket" I have, and the umbrella. If the umbrella is worth it, we will pick it up from the inlaws when we visit over the July 4th. If not -- one less thing to pack!


I guess it's a personal decision. We tried to put on into the sand the first trip and it didn't work. The beach can be breezy and we found it was more work than it was worse. We didn't have a nice umbrella, just one we bought at WalMart in HH. I'm sure there are many different types but I know the lifeguards who set up and rent the chairs & umbrellas use some type of pole to set the hole before the umbrella goes into it. Does that help any? By the way, the beachhouse is a little bit away from the beach itself. I wouldn't say it a quick dash up there and back just for shade (IMHO). We find that we spend time at the beach and then a couple of hours at the beach house.


And for crabbing -- are we talking just strings, necks and nets? (And what do folks do with the crabs they catch? Catch and release?)

The nets they sell are wire formed into a circle. Inside of that circle is a string netting which is where the crabs actually get pulled up from. The entire wire is attached to a long string which is thrown over the railing into the water. It's very easy to do. Chicken necks are what we heard were the best bair (from Captain Scott) although thighs work well too.

We've always released what the kids caught. I believe females have to be released. Males have a underside which is shaped like the washington monument marking on their underside.

A lot of people cook the crabs they catch.


I thought of another thing my kids love to do. I pick up a couple of small fish nets at WalMart and bring them along. When the tide is out, my kids enjoy trying to catch Fiddler crabs. They are really tiny -- about the size of a quarter/half dollar and are around the area where the fishing pier is at the resort. Once we saw them on the beach too but it depends on the moon/tide cycles as to whether they will be at the beach or not. It's certainly a challenge to try and catch the Fiddler crabs because they are very fast and can dash into a hole in a split second. It seems if you turn your back on them, they will peek back out at you, always saying :laughing: :laughing: try to catch me.

The resort has these black muck boots they will willingly let people borrow who want to venture out into the low tide area. Be careful not to go too far, my DS got stuck one year. The ground can be really soft the closer you get to the water and my DS ended up having to walk out of his boots to get out of the quicksandish muck. Made a great picture opprotunity! :teeth:

cgcw
03-19-2005, 09:14 PM
If I did this right, there should be a picture of my DS fishing with his crab net at HH in my signature now. ;)

Sorry, I had to take the picture out. DS said he looked "fat". I'll try to find another one. I think I have one of just the net somewhere.

Laurabearz
03-19-2005, 09:33 PM
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4cc10b3127cce9db4d836398c00000016108AZsWLNozbNR
The girls painting a crab catcher. The net you rent is better, but the crab portion of this is used as a measurer... if the crab is bigger than the opening and a male you may eat it.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4cc10b3127cce9db4d8f2394800000016108AZsWLNozbNR
Here is a photo of PART of the large playground I was talking about earlier...

and lastly the sunset over the marsh...
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4cc10b3127cce9db4d8b9b83300000016108AZsWLNozbNR

cgcw
03-19-2005, 09:43 PM
Trying again.

This is just the net with a couple of crabs. I think the nets are $5.00 at the rental window.

http://www.dotphoto.com/SAN1/6A/C7/50/i6AC750E6-71F9-43DC-8840-2AF47E18C104.jpg

Here's my little guy with the net. I know he won't say he's "fat".
http://www.dotphoto.com/SAN1/86/52/1C/i86521C3D-FD24-47BB-9C4D-36938FA280A7.jpg


Laurabearz, awesome sunset you caught there!

QueenAnne
03-21-2005, 03:12 PM
We absolutley love:

1) The Beach!

2) Both pools

3) Pickney Island

4) Dolphin Cruises

5) Relaxing in the beautiful surroundings! :earboy2:

bethyg
03-21-2005, 03:57 PM
Thanks for a great thread. This will be our first trip to HHI May 27-June 2. We are not DVC's yet, hubby wanted a "real" vacation away from the parks, I wanted someplace warm, a quality villa and lots of activites ON-SITE for the kids to do, rather than hunt everyday for activities. We compromised and decided to try Disney's HHI. We are staying in a 1 BR and intend on cooking in the room most of the time. Husband is stressing over the room charges and wanted to know if there would be enough activies to keep the kids busy (ages 12 and 3) that wouldn't cost extra (like bike rentals, fishing pole rentals, etc...). He's afraid we'll spend an extra $500 or more on activities. It sounds like we should spend the extra money for a dolphin cruise. We have NEVER been to the beach before (I am an inland girl from KY) and haven't the slightest idea what to do at the beach, when to go, dangers to watch out for, etc....... Any helpful advice would be SO APPRECIATED.

Hubby also wanted to know if we joined DVC, would we get more than 6 nights/year out of our membership. WDW is still our favorite place to be, he just needed a break from the parks.

TW1
03-22-2005, 08:11 AM
He's afraid we'll spend an extra $500 or more on activities. It sounds like we should spend the extra money for a dolphin cruise. We have NEVER been to the beach before (I am an inland girl from KY) and haven't the slightest idea what to do at the beach, when to go, dangers to watch out for, etc....... Any helpful advice would be SO APPRECIATED.

Hubby also wanted to know if we joined DVC, would we get more than 6 nights/year out of our membership. WDW is still our favorite place to be, he just needed a break from the parks.

All good concerns and you should do some more research and planning, because some of the activities are fee-based, but not all. We do many of the free activities and that seems like enough to keep us busy, These include the three nature excursions with the staff naturalist, a morning marsh walk, a morning beach walk and a star gazing evening. We also get a big kick out of Tuesday's All-American Pool Games at the beach pool, followed by a campfire, fireworks and evening pool games back at the main resort.

If you drive and can bring bikes, poles, etc., do so. If you are flying, bike rentals can be daily or weekly, though not sure of the price. We have never rented bikes, though you will see that HHI offers great biking and rollerblading opportunities. A boat trip can cost $35 per person on-site and will be just your family in a private boat for about 2 hours. It is a great way to see Broad Creek and the wildlife. The other water excursion we like is kayaking in Broad Creek, also 2 hours and about $30/person. We pick one of these to do each year.

Crabbing and fishing is free if you own your own stuff. On site rentals and/or purchases of equipment is not expensive ($5-$10), though a few dollars more than at the WalMart just down the street. We do not keep our catches but give them to the other fisherman. There are plenty of people who make a meal out of the crabs they catch, however.

Spending time at the beach is the main reason we go, and yes that fits the budget for sure. Do not go to the beach without sunblock. Many will also have an umbrella and/or hat and cover-up. Getting horribly sunburned is a sure way to ruin a vacation. So what do we do there? Nothing! And that is the whole idea! Well, yes, we do something, we swim, walk, play catch, build sand castles, read, nap, look for shells and wildlife, etc. Let me also suggest an evening beach walk, after 7pm, when the beach is empty. This is a must for us, we get takeout and head to the beach when it is emoty, a bit cooler, and the setting sun turns the sand to gold and the waves deep shades of purple and dolphins feed very close to shore. Last summer we had a full moon rise over the ocean just as the sun was setting and even the kids just sat in awe at the scene.

Now, how many days can you get? Well that is a different thread and there is plenty of point charts to read through.

Good luck and let us know how it goes. My bet says you'll be buying through resale before you pack to go home.

BWVDenise
03-22-2005, 08:16 AM
TW1, I have to tell you that your post nearly moved me to tears! :cloud9: :love:

bethyg
03-22-2005, 03:14 PM
TW1- thanks for the great advice! I've had a friend warn me about stingrays and jellyfish at the beach, do you have to worry about those in HH?

cgcw
03-22-2005, 03:33 PM
I've had a friend warn me about stingrays and jellyfish at the beach, do you have to worry about those in HH?

There are jellyfish at the beach. The lifeguards are prepared with a solution of vinegar and salt water. Fortunately for us, we have yet to be stung. I've talked to many people who have and say it hurts for a couple of hours after the bite.

There are also stingrays. We have seen them dead along the beach -- usually thrown up in the higher part of the beach by a fisher person. :confused3

My DS caught a couple different kinds of rays when we were deep sea fishing not far from the shore in Broad Creek. But that was a different experience.

I think any time people swim in the ocean, there needs to be caution taken. After all, it is their territory.

I try not to worry about it. :) :sunny:

walter
03-22-2005, 07:05 PM
We have visited DVC/HHI several times & if it would have been available back when we purchased OKW, it may have been a difficult decision on the two. We just purchased at Marriott's new (under construction) Surf Watch on HHI

Lizardbeth61
03-22-2005, 10:07 PM
Can anyone tell me how to mark a thread so I can keep track of it even if I don't have anything to add? We'd like to go to HH next year.

cgcw
03-23-2005, 06:31 AM
Can anyone tell me how to mark a thread so I can keep track of it even if I don't have anything to add? We'd like to go to HH next year.

There is an option on the toolbar line "user cp". Click on that and then the option "edit options". Within that, there is a messaging & notification section. You first need to select the option which will allow you to receive email notifications. Under the "Default thread subscription notice" you need to allow the option which will allow you to receive email notifications. Make sure to "save" your changes at the bottom of the screen.

Once the change to your profile is made, if you respond to a thread, you should receive an email telling you a reply was made. If you just want to know if someone else responded without replying yourself, while viewing the thread, on the top toolbar there is an option "thread tools". Click on that and the bottom option is "subscribe to this thread". You need to click on that.

In order to un-subscribe, you need to go to the thread and again click on "thread tools" and "unsubscribe". Or you could do this from the User PC option and remove subscription that way.

Hope that helps. Feel free to PM me if you need more help.

Cindy

Tanya
03-23-2005, 12:34 PM
We are going to HH from May 22-27.... Beth - we just miss you!
I know you can rent beach chairs and umbrellas at the beach.... Does anyone know the price?... I heard it is costly.... Any suggestions - since we are flying, I am not bringing chairs and a umbrella with me!.... ;)

Thanks a bunch!
Tanya

Oh - PS.... what is your favorite restaurant?
And - that kids playground looks great!

Tanya
03-23-2005, 12:38 PM
Hey Laura...

I see you said you make a day out of it at Sea Pines... the playground looks great... I have a 5 and 2 year old. What suggestions do you have as far as restaurants for dinner over there?...

Thanks!

caspersmom
03-25-2005, 06:51 PM
We just got back yesterday from a great week at Hilton Head! Mike was still there and was great with the kids at the campfire program! Christopher the naturalist had his last week at the resort. He is going to the Santa Barbara zoo in California.

westjones
03-25-2005, 07:48 PM
What is the weather like there at the end of March (this week is our traditional spring break week).

Is it warm enough this week to swim in the pool? It is freezing up here in Indiana this week! A trip to HHI for spring break sometime would be a nice escape from the cold.

DJ

Macnjac87
03-26-2005, 06:11 AM
Tanya-
I think the price to rent 2 chairs and an umbrella was $25 for the day- if you decide before the end of the day that you want to rent them again for the next day, it's only $16 for the next day.

Disneyaholic
03-26-2005, 09:10 AM
Tanya-
I think the price to rent 2 chairs and an umbrella was $25 for the day- if you decide before the end of the day that you want to rent them again for the next day, it's only $16 for the next day.


I think there is also a weekly rate, which works out to less $ per day, but you run the risk of bad weather, other plans, etc.

Tanya
03-28-2005, 03:38 PM
Thanks everybody for your response about the beach chairs and stuff!...

Hey Jackie -- I see your location says "Hamptons"... I would like to be there too! :teeth:

Now if some of you experts can come up with some good restaurants for me!!!!!!! Thanks!

klh
03-28-2005, 03:58 PM
The tuesday night BBQ at the pool sounds great. Will they still have this during the last week of August?. This is the first week that starts the new points (lower). I know that the fireworks will stop before this week, but sure would like the BBQ.

Anybody been there that week that can help?

JVL1018
03-28-2005, 04:45 PM
My daughter LOVES the Disney Discovery Club-my son will be old enough this year so I hope that he likes it, too.
I like that they start it at age 3.

We love all the activities with B'Lou
The shrimp boil and BBQ

JVL1018
03-28-2005, 04:47 PM
Oh, I forgot-Shannon Tanner. The kids adore his shows, and DH and I like them too.
We bought his CD and video last time and the kids listen to/watch it often.
I think that's our favorite part of Hilton Head outside the resort

We like to go get ice cream at Coligny

I love to just sit around by the pool

We like to walk at Shelter Cove

Eat outside at Scott's Fish Market(I think that's the name of it)

Play miniature golf

bethyg
03-29-2005, 03:10 PM
Looking for an activity sheet with prices for HHI. I've called DVC at HHI 3 times and they continually say they will fax it to me. I have yet to receive it. I have an anxious 12 yr. old earning and saving money to do some special activities "on his own" and wants to know how much $$$$ he'll need. I have a small list they gave me over the phone:
Dolphin cruise $30
Kayaking $17.50 (junior)
crab nets $5.00
Fishing pole rental $7 / day
crafts average $10-15

Any other items would be much appreciated. We are going over Memorial weekend. Thanks!

StormalongKay
04-03-2005, 03:21 PM
Hi Bethy G,

Just got back yesterday from our first visit. PM me your fax number (if you have access to one) and I'll send you off the schedule of all the activities. The ones that cost money are marked.

We did the Dolphin Cruise with Captain Scott and it was fantastic. On Wednesday (Member Day) you get 10% off so we paid $27 pp (rather than $30). You get 2 hours with Capt. Scott (and we got his dog Woody too) and he is an excellent guide. We saw other boats out there crammed with people who didn't get nearly as close to the dolphins. We later found out they paid $20 a head, in my opinion its worth it to splurge the extra $7 or $10 because you only have a max of 6 people. Don't forget to bring water and snacks!

Bike rentals this past week were $50 for the first two bikes and $10 for each additional bike for our 1 week length of stay. If you decide to rent for the day, I think its $16 per bike or $10 per half day (4hrs). We thought renting the bikes for the week was a great bargain (3 bikes @ $60 divided by 6 days was $10 per day for all 3 bikes). There are also these really neat 3 wheelers that look like go-carts on the beach that I would think your 12 yr old would like but I don't know how much.

Enjoy!

gopherit
04-03-2005, 04:52 PM
For the dolphin cruise -- what is the age limit on that? Our youngest will be 5 and can swim like a fish, but is that old enough? Not looking to push any limits -- only wanna do what's safe! :) And another question -- for someone who gets motion sick in a car, how will the boat ride for the dolphins feel? I have been on smaller boats before and felt fine -- honestly, it's the bigger boats that get to me. I think ti's a perspective thing (kinda like looking out of the window in your car versus sitting in the back of the van looking past the seats and people and THEN through the windshield -- seeing all that stationary stuff while moving just makes me ILL... :crazy2: ) My eldest gets carsick occasionally, and I can just see it now -- we all go out there and he's chumming the water the entire time... Ewwww, poor kid.

Also -- during the summer, what night is usually "Kid's Night Out" and how much is that per head?

THanks for any info!

Disneyaholic
04-03-2005, 06:13 PM
Your 5-year-old should be fine on the dolphin cruise. All the kids will have to wear life jackets, but you probably wouldn't want it any other way!

I am extremely prone to motion sickness and have never had a problem with the dolphin cruise. Your time is pretty much limited to Broad Creek, rather than actually out in the ocean, so it's very tame. You will also have the opportunity to see some very pricey real estate along the way. ;)

This week, there are "kids' night out" programs on Monday and Thursday. But don't carve anything into stone based on what's offered now. About the only thing that is "for sure" is that it will NOT be on Tuesday, because that's the fireworks night and the resort always has the family BBQ/pool party that night.

Right now, the "kids night out" (ages 5-12) AND the "teen night out" (for those 13 and up) are both $20 per person for members. For the "kids", they usually have pizza and watch a movie at Community Hall; the teens usually go out to a movie and have pizza.

DrBond007
04-03-2005, 06:24 PM
Great interactive map that shows the bike trails that go all over the island:

http://www.hiltonhead360.com/hiltonhead_map/swf13/version4.php

Laurabearz
04-18-2005, 12:30 PM
:wave2:

I am sooooooooo excited I cant wait! I think this year we will rent bikes, even though last June was blistering hot....

reesecup
04-19-2005, 06:13 PM
We just got back from HHI on Sunday (4-17) and I must say, we fell in love, children included.
We had such a wonderful time. It was a little chilly thurs-sat, but the kids were still able to swim b/k of the heated pools and b/k the wind was blocked, we enjoyed sitting along the pool.
We ate at San Miguels (very good, we ate there again our last night) and we ate at Old Oyster Factory. Hate to say this, but it is not on our must do list for the next time. We just weren't very impressed with the food. But, we are comparing it to one of all time favorite places at Wrightsville beach.
We rented bikes (a must!) We had so much fun just riding to the beach and stopping at places along the way.
Went to South Beach and Salty Dog Cafe. That was fun and just wish we would have had a little more time to shop (well, I do anyway).

I'll do that the next time.

We did the campfire and listened to the Beach Boys play while at the campfire who were playing at Shelter Cove.
Loved the cast members for the campfire. Mike was awesome. So was the girl, but I don't know her name.

Did the magic show with B'lou. That's a must also.

We just had such a wonderful time. I'm just trying to figure out when we can go back!

I may just have to eventually add on points at HHI (our home resort is BWV)!!!!

dobelover
04-19-2005, 06:45 PM
reesecup - Thank you for the nice review. I am glad you had a good experience. We will arrive on 4/30 and my question for you, what if any marsh or beach programs did they have?

cinderella97
04-20-2005, 07:32 AM
I'm so glad I found this thread, we leave in 7 weeks! :cool1:

klh
04-20-2005, 09:19 AM
anyone?

reesecup
04-20-2005, 10:30 AM
Dobelover,
I don't really know of the marsh or beach activities. I'm sure those will pick up once it gets a little warmer.

You can go deep sea fishing from the harbor right at the resort, I think...If I'm wrong someone let me know.

I forgot to mention the cam at Salty Dog. It's been mentioned before, but it was a lot of fun.

Also, we were going to do the dolphin cruise, but decided to save it for the next time. We didn't want to try to fit everything in, in three days. Plus, that gives us something to look forward to the next time. We also want to fish and go crabbing and we took our kites but never flew them on the beach, and there are many, many more things that we didn't get to.
Oh, and the volleyball net at the pool is very nice. I didn't get in the pool. I was going to, but it got crowded once I decided. The hubbie and kids had a good time with it though.

Oh, and we also enjoyed looking for alligators in the fresh water ponds on our way to Salty Dog. Saw one sunbathing very close to a golfer. Don't know if he knew he was there or not (the golfer; I'm sure the alligator wouldn't care, ha).

Oh, and we ate breakfast one morning at Stacks and really liked it. My daughter cried several times in the car on the way home b/k she didn't want to leave (just a sad, 11-yr-old cry).... now, that's a good vacation!!!

klh, what do you need help on? I'll try.

Disneyaholic
04-20-2005, 11:28 AM
anyone?

The poolside BBQ usually coincides with the fireworks. So if the fireworks are done for the season, I am pretty sure that the BBQ will be too. :sad2:

You will probably still be able to get the shrimp boil, though!

cgcw
04-20-2005, 06:07 PM
For the dolphin cruise -- what is the age limit on that? Our youngest will be 5 and can swim like a fish, but is that old enough? Not looking to push any limits -- only wanna do what's safe! :)

Our youngest DS was 17 months old the first time we did a dolphin cruise with Capt. Scott. :sunny:

In fact, we also did a beach combing trip that year and last summer, Scott brought up how he remembered my DS digging sand on the Dufuski Island beach while we hunted shells. It's funny how we remembered that, but I never expect Scott to remember something like that.

If you book through Disney, Scott has the child size life jackets on his boat so there is no need to bring your own.

Is it July yet?? ;) Reading all this makes me anxious. :teeth:

Tanya
04-20-2005, 09:03 PM
Regarding the dolphin cruise.... Is there anywhere where I can get more info on Scotts?????

Just trying to gather some info for our trip at the end of May!

WDWNewbie
04-20-2005, 09:20 PM
Has anyone done the kayaking (or is it canoeing) activity on the Marsh?

My daughter and husband are interested (she'll be 10 when we return this fall) and I'm wondering if people felt it was worth the money.

cgcw
04-21-2005, 06:53 AM
Regarding the dolphin cruise.... Is there anywhere where I can get more info on Scotts?????

Just trying to gather some info for our trip at the end of May!

Here's Scott's website:
http://www.lowcountrynaturetours.com/index.htm

Our first trip, Scott did the trips for Disney. We had an awesome experience with him.

The next summer, another company was doing the trips for Disney. We had a terrible experience and just by luck, tracked Scott down in the Shelter Cove Harbor as he was boating through.

Disney must have known they were missing out because before our next trip, Scott emailed me to let me know that he was again contracted to do all of the tours for Disney. :cheer2:

I don't want to use the word "guarantee" that you wouldn't be disappointed on a dolphin tour with Scott but I will say I'd be really surprised if the experience wasn't awesome. There is nothing like having a dolphin approach the boat or swim right next to the boat. It truly is nature at it's best. And, Scott has the respect for nature that we've seen other neglect.

We are certainly looking forward to seeing Scott again in July. Last summer, he took us shark fishing. It was a very incredible experience and we're looking forward to doing it again.

One other thought. This is just our personal experience & opinion but we don't do the dolphin tours anymore. If still offered (because of Dufuski Island) we plan to do the beach combing trip again in July. To us, it's the best of both worlds. Beach combing is scheduled at low tide. On the way to the island, we see dolphins along the way, just like a regular dolphin tour. But then we anchored up at Dufuskie Island and got off of the boat. Once on shore, we are able to walk up and down the beach. My kids have held live star fish and sand dollars gallor. They love to save them and toss them back into the water. Last summer, my DH found a dead heron and a friend of Scott's with us that trip went and got the bill of the heron for my son as a keepsake. We've seen lots of different sea life - crabs, worms digging their holes, a crab which popped out at my DS & I :earseek: , my DS has swam right up to a heron. It really is amazing and to us, we'll worth the extra $$'s over the cost of the dolphin tour.

Laurabearz
04-21-2005, 07:23 AM
Has anyone done the kayaking (or is it canoeing) activity on the Marsh?

My daughter and husband are interested (she'll be 10 when we return this fall) and I'm wondering if people felt it was worth the money.

Last year I went kayaking on the marsh twice... once alone and once with my two girls (i was in a double with 1DD and the tour leader had my other dd in a double kayak) We came withing 3 or 4 feet of several dolphins on the second trip.... it was amazing.... but even if we hadnt had come so close it is still a wonderful activity. The bugs onthe bouy was really cool amoung other things :-)

Kathy2130
04-21-2005, 09:49 AM
Does anyone know when the fireworks start? We will be at HH the last week of June...

Thanks!

Kathy

TW1
04-21-2005, 10:04 AM
Does anyone know when the fireworks start? Usually after 9 pm Maybe even closer to 9:30. And, yes, it is a very good display.

Tanya
04-22-2005, 12:32 PM
Thanks for all the information... I am actually going to check out Scott's website now!... :teeth:
Can't wait --- we are going May 22 :cool1: ---- Hopefully my parents are coming too.. It's me (37), DH (37), DD (5), DS (just shy of 2)... My mom said she has to play it by ear because too many people need her right now... My aunt has ovarian cancer and has chemo sessions... My grandfather is doing better after his surgery.... so hope all goes well - my mom of all people needs this vacation the most... I bought her and my dad an airline ticket but she said she will have to let me know the last minute.... :sad2:

Thanks again!

Cruise04
04-25-2005, 12:01 PM
Sorry if this was already asked but when in the spring does the BBQ and fireworks start or is this something they try to do year round?

gopherit
04-25-2005, 12:48 PM
Our youngest DS was 17 months old the first time we did a dolphin cruise with Capt. Scott. :sunny:

In fact, we also did a beach combing trip that year and last summer, Scott brought up how he remembered my DS digging sand on the Dufuski Island beach while we hunted shells. It's funny how we remembered that, but I never expect Scott to remember something like that.

If you book through Disney, Scott has the child size life jackets on his boat so there is no need to bring your own.

Is it July yet?? ;) Reading all this makes me anxious. :teeth:

Thanks for the reply -- good to know I won't have to haul lifevests down, too!

I am intrigued by the beach combing trip -- did you find good shells on that? My kids would think that was cool. Of course, they would also think the dolphins were cool too, but if they could come back with shells as keepsakes, that might be a better deal in the long run. Also I halfway wonder how well I could keep my kids calm in a boat if we sidled up beside some dolphins... I can see it now, my dd leaps up to pet "Flipper" and falls in! (Can we "tether" the kids in the boat, lol?)

How soon in advance do you recommend booking a tour? And is one time of day better than another? (For example -- more summer thunderstorms later in the day might mean a risk of cancellation, is mid-day too hot, is early morning best, etc.) We're going in August.

THANKS! :goodvibes

TW1
04-25-2005, 02:27 PM
I am intrigued by the beach combing trip -- did you find good shells on that?
Also I halfway wonder how well I could keep my kids calm in a boat if we sidled up beside some dolphins...is mid-day too hot, is early morning best, etc We did the beach combing once and did enjoy it. Though we did not find an abundance of really fantastic shells, our daughter did find one perfect conch and it sits proudly in her room. Honestly, we enjoyed the boat trip and the walk on the quiet beach as much as the actually beach combing.

Concerning the dolphin trip, you should have seen us JUMP and grab our kids by their shirt-backs when a dolphin pulled up right next to us. It was exactly as you stated. They were up and half out of the boat like a shot. The law states you cannot touch or feed the wildlife and Capt Scott will insist you follow this law. But that doesn't keep kids from lunging over the side for a VERY close look.

Time of day? Day of week? Well, Wednedsay is Members day which gives you 10% off per person. In summer, crowds are similiar every day of the week. Time of day can make a difference considering the heat, but zipping around out on the water can produce a nice breeze and there is a canopy on the boat for shade. Enjoy!

Cruise04
04-25-2005, 02:48 PM
Concerning the dolphin trip, you should have seen us JUMP and grab our kids by their shirt-backs when a dolphin pulled up right next to us. It was exactly as you stated. They were up and half out of the boat like a shot. The law states you cannot touch or feed the wildlife and Capt Scott will insist you follow this law. But that doesn't keep kids from lunging over the side for a VERY close look.

Or very excited adults I would imagine as well!!!! That would be me - DVCer goes overboard on dolphin trip from excitement!!! :)

cgcw
04-25-2005, 03:03 PM
I am intrigued by the beach combing trip -- did you find good shells on that? My kids would think that was cool.

We have bags of sand dollars & star fish we've found on the beach. We've found more that the kids "rescued" by throwing back into the water. One year we found several welk that we had to toss back in because they were still alive. The rules are that unless it's dead, you can't remove it from the beach.

gopherit
04-25-2005, 06:05 PM
The rules are that unless it's dead, you can't remove it from the beach.

Considering our 10 hour car ride home in the summer heat -- if it ISN'T dead when the kid picks it up, we all MIGHT BE by the time we get home!

P-U -- nuthin like sealife roasting in the August sun... No thanks!

I used to live in SC and visited the beaches there every year (but not HHI, so I'm still clueless there!) At Kiawah Island, we found lots of sand dollars, but they were all still VERY much alive. Cool to see, but as you said, if it's living, let it live! So I assume then that the sand dollars you found were already dead? And the conch vacated?

We have also found ooodles of conch up at Lewes Beach (Delaware), but much to the kids' (and my DH's) dismay, something always "beats them to it" (such as a conch! ;) ) We all got a great laugh last summer when DH thought he had found this great medium sized conch in perfect condition... he was carrying it around ,bragging about his awesome "find"....until the "owner" came to tell him he had found it first!

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And thanks, folks, for the input! So Wednesday gets me the member discount -- now, do I make my reservation straight with Scott, or go through Disney? Help this HHI newbie! :crazy:

And with a group of 5 (3 dolphin-lungers aged 10, 9 and 5 and two adults holding them by the seats of the pants), should we do the dolphin or the beach comber? Feel free to cast a vote! :teeth:

cgcw
04-25-2005, 07:16 PM
And thanks, folks, for the input! So Wednesday gets me the member discount -- now, do I make my reservation straight with Scott, or go through Disney? Help this HHI newbie! :crazy:

My suggestion would be wait until you get there. You'll have an idea of what the weather is going to be like during your stay. Based on experience, there's nothing like getting caught in an afternoon thunderstorm and trying to outrun it on the boat. That little bit of drizzle certainly stings as it's hitting you in the face. :earseek: Although Broad Creek (which is where the dolphin, beach combing & kyacking is done) may not sound big, until you see it, you can't imagine. It's nothing like the creeks in our neck of the woods.


And with a group of 5 (3 dolphin-lungers aged 10, 9 and 5 and two adults holding them by the seats of the pants), should we do the dolphin or the beach comber? Feel free to cast a vote!

There has been talk since we met Scott of the beach combing not being offered any more because of the location on Dufuskie Island. So, I guess that would be the first thing to figure out. The other thing is the cost. IIRC, dolphin tours were $30/person. Beach combing was $50/person last year. For a family of 5 (even if they jump overboard :rotfl2: ;) ), it's comparing $150 to $250 (plus tip if you decide to).

Personally, there is no comparision. We'll be doing the Beach Combing if offered this summer. :cheer2:

cgcw
04-25-2005, 07:29 PM
So Wednesday gets me the member discount --

Just want to mention the discount is on the dolphin tours only. I don't believe the beach combing is offered that day because of the discounted dolphin tours. A lot of people take advantage of the savings.

Tanya
04-25-2005, 09:10 PM
Just wanted to let you guys know that I had emailed Scott to ask what times the Beach Combing tour was and to see if he suggested that my mom not come because she is afraid of getting seasick!....

Anyway - he said for the Beach combing tour, they only go out during low tide so it would change daily and also depend on when you were going down... Also - it only goes out once on that day.

Hope that helps!

kaw1106
05-29-2005, 08:05 AM
I have read this whole thread before I ask this question. Are the fireworks everynight or just certain nights? Do you veiw them from the resort or beach house??? :thewave:

Judique
05-29-2005, 08:27 AM
I have read this whole thread before I ask this question. Are the fireworks everynight or just certain nights? Do you veiw them from the resort or beach house??? :thewave:

The fireworks are usually held on Tuesday nights and you view them from the resort as they are set off in Broad Creek from a barge just off Disney's pier. You can see them from the boardwalk, Live Oak Lodge, Community Hall area, Shadow's Point, and from some of the villas. They do not let you on the pier during fireworks. Enjoy! They were very beautiful last summer. :cloud9:

Laurabearz
05-29-2005, 03:38 PM
We are less than 2 weeks out from our trip and I wanted to thank everyone who particpated in this thread!

To all the First time visitors to HHI, I hope you all have a wonderful time. It really is a wonderful place to relax and spend great time with your family. Relax... take it all in, stroll about... veg....

I CANT WAIT!!!

Disneyaholic
05-29-2005, 06:51 PM
I CANT WAIT!!!

You are going to do a trip report, I hope? Or at least a summary of sorts to let us know about new cast members, new activities, etc???

We have to wait till July 3 (5 weeks from today!) to go and we're all getting anxious!! :sunny:

kaw1106
05-29-2005, 09:01 PM
It seems most special events take place on the weekdays. I am wondering about weekends. We will be there a Friday through Monday in June and am curious about special events on the weekend at the resort. I am suprised there are no fireworks on the weekends. :sad2:

triplefigs
05-29-2005, 10:47 PM
The fireworks are actually part of Shelter Cove HarbourFest which is held every Tues in the summer. There are tons of activities at SC also, and it is a Blast! We went last June 4-11, and our kids loved every second of it. Shannon Tanner is in Shelter Cove as well. Definitely do not miss it!

http://www.sheltercovehiltonhead.com/

Have a great time! We'll be heading back to HHI next summer (alternating between WDW and HHI).

kaseyC
05-30-2005, 07:32 AM
We are less than 2 weeks out from our trip and I wanted to thank everyone who particpated in this thread!

To all the First time visitors to HHI, I hope you all have a wonderful time. It really is a wonderful place to relax and spend great time with your family. Relax... take it all in, stroll about... veg....

I CANT WAIT!!!

Thanks Laura, We leave on Saturday for our first visit to HHI and we are really looking forward to a fun and relaxing time. It is also our first driving vacation with our 3 DDs (wish us luck wit that :p ).
This thread has been great for planning. Thanks for starting it!

Laurabearz
05-30-2005, 09:29 AM
KaseyC.... Howdy neighbor!!! Driving to HH eh??? We toyed with the idea... it's something like 12-15 hours (without kids... lol) since the airfare is so steep from Chicago to SAV... so we are flying into Jacksonville and driving the 3 hours into HH... I say driving times without kids since our one and only long Road Trip was to Ohio which would have been 5 hours, but turned into 9 hours with the kids... I couldnt for the life of me get them all to go potty at the same rest stop... One dd would go.. the other refused... then 20 minutes later she needed to go.... then 30 minutes later the boy would poop.... :rotfl2: So do you best to get them all to do their thing all at the same rest stop...

Bubbles are also good for rest stops...

Have a safe drive!

Doug Wolfe
05-30-2005, 10:04 AM
I just got back on Saturday evening May 28th from a week in a two bedroom villa at Hilton Head. It was perfect. :flower:

Do Disney's Low Country Dolphin Tour. It was absolutely wonderful. The kids loved it and so did their 49 year old father. ;)

You sign up for the tour at the community hall right next to the Big Dipper pool. It is a good idea to sign up 24 to 48 hours in advance. The boat holds only 6 people, so generally it is just your family. This tour lasts about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Tell them you want "Scott" to be your tour guide. He is very knowlegable. He also brings his dog "Woody" with him, a wonderful black lab. Woody sits on the front of the boat and is his official dolphin spotter. :banana:

cgcw
05-30-2005, 10:11 AM
It is also our first driving vacation with our 3 DDs (wish us luck wit that :p ).

We did the drive 4 summers in a row. It really wasn't all that bad. The kids enjoyed watching movie after movie -- the VCR & DVD players were a God send. We always left early -- about 3 am and drove as far as we possibly could before stopping for the night. Last summer we made it all the way to Columbia :faint: before calling it a day. Driving from there to HH was a breeze.

This summer I found reasonable airfare from O'Hare to Savannah through Independence Air. We're flying in Saturday, staying at a hotel on Hilton Head Saturday night and we'll check into the resort early Sunday morning. Same thing at the end, check out of the HH resort, check into a hotel on HH and drive back to Savannah in the morning for our flight back. We'll have all day Sunday through the entire day Saturday that week to enjoy.

Have a great trip. Your going to love Hilton Head. :thewave:

gopherit
05-30-2005, 05:05 PM
I just got back on Saturday evening May 28th from a week in a two bedroom villa at Hilton Head. It was perfect. :flower:

Do Disney's Low Country Dolphin Tour. It was absolutely wonderful. The kids loved it and so did their 49 year old father. ;)

You sign up for the tour at the community hall right next to the Big Dipper pool. It is a good idea to sign up 24 to 48 hours in advance. The boat holds only 6 people, so generally it is just your family. This tour lasts about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Tell them you want "Scott" to be your tour guide. He is very knowlegable. He also brings his dog "Woody" with him, a wonderful black lab. Woody sits on the front of the boat and is his official dolphin spotter. :banana:

How often does the dolphin tour occur per day? Is there a risk, during the busier summer, that it sells out and if so, how far in advance? Do you have to reswrve it in person / downpayment?

We will be in SOuth Carolina a few days before we check in for our week in August... if I thought sell-out were an issue, I would try to call ahead (once I got the 10 day forecast off Weather Channel!) and book it so that we were that much ahead of the game. I get the sensation that most folks hit HHI from weekend to wkend, perhaps even avoiding a Sat night here or there if they can (those wkend pts are UP there, huh!) ANd if Scott and his pooch are in high demand... well, some pre-planning might help. ON the other hand -- if you long-timer HHI folks tell me that this isn't an issue, then I'll take ya at your word! So which is it -- hard to book, or easy? How far in advance do you recommend?

We would probably appreciate that members discount, too -- how fast would THAT day fill up (Wed, I think?) We are a fam of 5, so we pretty much take up a boat all on our own...

THANKS! (I'm getting excited about this!)

Cindy

cgcw
05-30-2005, 05:23 PM
How often does the dolphin tour occur per day? Is there a risk, during the busier summer, that it sells out and if so, how far in advance? Do you have to reswrve it in person / downpayment?

We've never had a problem booking the tour once we are there. We've always checked in on a Sunday. I'm not certain as to how many times per day it runs but I believe it's every 2 hours. Scott has 2 boats (unless he's adding another or two :) ).

Wednesday is member day and offers the discount. I would suggest if you plan to do the dolphin tour that day, book it as soon as you get to the resort.

We are a family of 4 and have always had our own tour.

klabold
05-30-2005, 09:12 PM
Went for the first time this past April and we loved:

Camp fires
Pool
Beach - we had an awesome sandbar
Scavenger hunt
Bunny Hunt
Shuffle Board
Bikes - rent for length of stay
RELAXING!!!!

My kids are 4 and 8.

Enjoy!

Kim :Pinkbounc

Tanya
05-30-2005, 09:26 PM
Just got back on Friday from Hilton Head... we had a nice, relaxing trip...

Hey Doug - we were there the same time as you!... I wanted to do the Dolphin tour with Scott so bad but my parents never would have done it and I didn't just want to leave them.... Maybe we will try it next year...

Thank God the weather was great.... My restaurant choices got alittle screwed up because my son kept crying and my dad was freaking that he had to go to a restaurant with him...

Basically hung out.... didn't go to the pool at the resort at all... we did the beach house..... pool/beach. Just basically hung out...

Hopefully next year we will do more and not have my parents (or should I say dad)... ha! with us.

cinderella97
05-31-2005, 07:56 AM
We're leaving in 2 weeks. Just booked our flights into Savannah on Friday from Detroit. We were driving, but DH had back surgery. Looking forward to some R&R. :flower: I can't wait for the fireworks, dolphin cruise, relaxing on the the beach......DD who is 8 was so excited that we are now flying instead of driving. In a way, so am I!!

Laurabearz-Hopefully we'll meet up this time, since we missed each other at Halloween Party last year!

westjones
05-31-2005, 08:11 AM
Can you request a guide for the dolphin cruise that does not take a dog with them? I have a DD with allergies to dogs AND she has asthma. When she has a reaction it means a week in bed with breathing treatments.

Are we able to request that our guide not take a dog with them, we would love to do this cruise, but I never thought about there being a problem with my DD's allergies.

DJ

Doctor P
05-31-2005, 08:14 AM
There are numerous providers for dolphin cruises in the area. I am sure some of them, especially the larger boats, would be sans dog.

triplefigs
05-31-2005, 08:52 AM
Can you request a guide for the dolphin cruise that does not take a dog with them? I have a DD with allergies to dogs AND she has asthma. When she has a reaction it means a week in bed with breathing treatments.

Are we able to request that our guide not take a dog with them, we would love to do this cruise, but I never thought about there being a problem with my DD's allergies.

DJ

We used Adventure Cruises (their office is in Shelter Cove marina). Kids under 3 are free. It was great! We saw tons of Dolphins, and the kids loved the big boat. There was no dog, and they even do a Tues night fireworks cruise.

Here's the link. Have fun! http://www.sheltercovehiltonhead.com/activities/cruises.html

Laurabearz
05-31-2005, 09:21 AM
Laurabearz-Hopefully we'll meet up this time, since we missed each other at Halloween Party last year!

HH is not insane like MNSSHP so I am sure we will run into each other.... Me.. fat lady with wild hair (multi colored pinks and purple, but alas, the lime green faded) with 3 kiddies... 2 girls and stinker boy (in a lime green swim trunk) Plus I am lame and will have lime green ribbons on most of our stuff!

Sad isnt it.... :rotfl2:

Laurabearz
05-31-2005, 09:22 AM
Can you request a guide for the dolphin cruise that does not take a dog with them? I have a DD with allergies to dogs AND she has asthma. When she has a reaction it means a week in bed with breathing treatments.

Are we able to request that our guide not take a dog with them, we would love to do this cruise, but I never thought about there being a problem with my DD's allergies.

DJ
If you do opt to use Scott... I would have him wipe down the boats for stray dog hair, just to be on the safe side..... ((((Hugs))))

westjones
05-31-2005, 10:10 AM
We used Adventure Cruises (their office is in Shelter Cove marina). Kids under 3 are free. It was great! We saw tons of Dolphins, and the kids loved the big boat. There was no dog, and they even do a Tues night fireworks cruise.

Here's the link. Have fun! http://www.sheltercovehiltonhead.com/activities/cruises.html

Thanks for the link! The fireworks cruise sounds great too! I also like the idea of the larger boat. I bookmarked your link!
DJ

WDWNewbie
06-05-2005, 07:45 PM
Laurabearz--
Thanks for starting such a great thread! Wow--3 months ago this started and now you are almost leaving for your trip!

Have a fantastic time--and please let us know about whazzup with the activities/naturalist when you get back!

sgtpet
06-05-2005, 09:22 PM
Have a great time, just got back from HH. Another wonderful trip there.

sleepydog25
06-05-2005, 10:58 PM
As newbies to HHI this past weekend, my DW, DD4, and I weren't exactly sure what to expect, but we wound up having a grand time. Overall, it's certainly more relaxing than a trip to WDW. To be honest, I'm not a huge beach fan. I like'em just fine, but after a couple of days, I'm ready to move on. On the other hand, I greatly enjoyed the kayaking, the campfire (even though it was rain-shortened), B'Lou Crab, and the convenience of the pool and hot tub. The restaurants around the area were plentiful, and we availed ourselves of three of them. Two were superb (Ocean Grill and Old Oyster Factory) and one was good (Kingfisher). I'm glad we went, as it was a break from the ordinary.

Laurabearz
06-05-2005, 11:22 PM
Laurabearz--
Thanks for starting such a great thread! Wow--3 months ago this started and now you are almost leaving for your trip!

Have a fantastic time--and please let us know about whazzup with the activities/naturalist when you get back!

I sure will.....and I will have a full report when I get back!

I am such a great fan of HHI.... :-)

mouseclick1
06-06-2005, 06:25 AM
So many great ideas on this thread! The only thing I can think to add is to head out to the fishing pier one evening to enjoy the sunset. That is where I took the picture in my avatar. It was beautiful!

Dgentrysim
06-30-2005, 05:05 PM
Our home base is HHI and we love it! We've gone the last 5 years around July 4th, and we're making it #6 when we go down there on July 3. We love the whole atmosphere! We try to go for a week in the summer and we've been going over New Year's for the last couple of years. You can do as much or as little as you want, and you can do it without hardly moving your car! My husband and I love getting up early and walking to the beach...the flowers and scenery is just beautiful. In July, they have fireworks every Tuesday (in addition to the 4th of July)...they have activities planned all day that you can choose to get involved in (mostly for kids), they have a pool table that's well occupied most of the day, etc. We love the slide at the pool......we always have fun with that. We've got a couple of restaurants we love going to ......The Salty Dog, the Crazy Crab, Guiseppi's (at Shelter Cove.....if you are from Pittsburgh like my husband, you'll love it because they have Pitts. Steelers, Pirates, and Penquins paraphernalia all over.....AND THEY HAVE GOOD PIZZA!) I could ramble on and on........but we all love going there! We'll be there from July 3 - 8....is anyone else going then? Have a safe and wonderful 4th of July everyone!
:cool1: :cheer2: :bounce: :cloud9: :earseek: :banana: ::MickeyMo ::MinnieMo

DizneyNutz
06-30-2005, 07:58 PM
WOW---we have never been to HH---but you mentioned several things that caught my attention---especially "relaxing!" Have you ever been to VB and how do the two compare? THANKS!

Laurabearz
09-06-2005, 01:41 PM
Bumping up for C-O-M :Pinkbounc

reesecup
09-06-2005, 02:08 PM
We just did our last trip to HHI for the year (Aug. 14th for a few nights), unfortunately!
We just love it there so much. I even got on the slide this time and was just like a kid, going over and over. This time (different from our spring trip there), we went crabbing and fishing. It was a blast. I got some really great , priceless shots of my children pulling up a crab net.
We also got to see Shadow this time!
And it's funny, but at home, it is so hard getting out of bed, but there I was up and ready to go by 6:30 a.m. I left DH and the kids in the bed two mornings. I just went riding around the resort on the bike. It was so wonderful! We had to cancel our BWV trip for Oct. and so now I am thinking of trying to get in a few days at HH during spring break.

To those of you going soon...enjoy...you will love it here!

mwaldron
09-16-2005, 09:50 AM
Yippeee....heading to HH Monday morning. We spent one night there on the way home from Orlando last September, and I fell in love! :love:

MLbooks
10-15-2005, 10:21 PM
I'm so excited! I have been working for 2 years to get my teaching certification (it's a second career - after health care administration and stay-at-home Mom). I wanted to do something special for my DH and DSs 9 and 8 for putting up with me the last few years. I looked into a number of different things and thought of Hilton Head (honeymooned there 13 years ago). Looked into the Disney resort - and found an AMAZING deal on Expedia - during week after Easter (when we're off from school Apr 17-22) - we got a 2 BR villa for $255 per night!

I LOVE the DIS boards and used them extensively for my last two trips to WDW - so now I'm back at it again - finding out loads of great info for our HHI trip.

Having a hard time concentrating on lesson planning, when I could be Disney planning!!!

I'll be on here frequently - looking forward to more great planning!!

Mary

klabold
10-15-2005, 10:34 PM
We went the same time last year and it was pretty empty. The weather was iffy, one day in the 80's the rest in the hi 60s and low 70s. Had a great time doing to beach, pool, shopping and miscellaneous other site seeing. Definitely rent bikes and use them to get around some, it's fun. Also, say hi to B'lou for us!!

Enjoy!

Laurabearz
01-02-2006, 12:11 PM
Bumping up for those of us planning for this summer! WOOOOO HOOOO!!!

reesecup
01-02-2006, 12:22 PM
I'm so excited! I have been working for 2 years to get my teaching certification (it's a second career - after health care administration and stay-at-home Mom). I wanted to do something special for my DH and DSs 9 and 8 for putting up with me the last few years. I looked into a number of different things and thought of Hilton Head (honeymooned there 13 years ago). Looked into the Disney resort - and found an AMAZING deal on Expedia - during week after Easter (when we're off from school Apr 17-22) - we got a 2 BR villa for $255 per night!

I LOVE the DIS boards and used them extensively for my last two trips to WDW - so now I'm back at it again - finding out loads of great info for our HHI trip.

Having a hard time concentrating on lesson planning, when I could be Disney planning!!!

I'll be on here frequently - looking forward to more great planning!!

Mary


We'll be there then as well!!! Leaving on April 17th and coming back on the 22nd. Already have one room booked, but on the waitlist for either two more studios or a one bedroom or 2 BR. Sure hope it comes through. We are wanting to take my BIL and family with us! We can't wait. Just hope this kids don't start having too many snow days that they end up losing their spring break.
OH, well... we're going anyway!! :cool1:
We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE HH!!

allforpooh
03-30-2006, 07:52 AM
Thanks for the Great Thread, we are leaving Saturday 4/1/06 and the info in this thread has been a great help!

Denise

Yankee914
03-30-2006, 03:56 PM
Great thread with lots of good info. We'll be there with another family the last week of July. Anyone ever done shark fishing? My husband is interested in this. Also -- best places to golf?

cgcw
03-31-2006, 12:49 PM
Great thread with lots of good info. We'll be there with another family the last week of July. Anyone ever done shark fishing? My husband is interested in this. Also -- best places to golf?

We've done shark fishing through the resort the last two summers with Captain Scott. The first year, we had awesome catches -- rays & sharks. I also caught something which hit my line very hard and snapped it before I could reel it in. We have no idea what it was, but it hit so hard, I almost lost the pole. Still cool! Last year, it seemed to be hotter and the fish just were not biting as well. We did have an aweseme experience catching shad to use for bait. My kids loved picking them up after they came into the boat in a net. And, the dolphins swam right over looking for a hand out (but didn't get one -- much to my kids disappointment -- it's illegal to feed the dolphins).

Here's my little guy with his catch:

http://www.dotphoto.com/SAN1/C4/AA/1C/iC4AA1C1E-03DE-42FA-BD6A-7F60E093F18B.jpg

And my older son with one of his:

http://www.dotphoto.com/SAN1/A4/96/75/iA49675B1-0646-44EF-B045-AF6D69675C55.jpg


For our family, it's one of the highlights of our trip. We're definately looking forward to doing it again in July. :thumbsup2

Yankee914
03-31-2006, 04:02 PM
They are so cute! Thanks for sharing the pictures. It looks like a lot of fun. We will definitely be doing this. Did you book in advance with Scott or just wait and see what they weather is like the week you get there?


Thanks.

cgcw
03-31-2006, 06:03 PM
They are so cute! Thanks for sharing the pictures. It looks like a lot of fun. We will definitely be doing this. Did you book in advance with Scott or just wait and see what they weather is like the week you get there?


Thanks.

I think for the shark fishing we arranged it once we were there. IIRC, there were 2 time slots available and we chose the earlier one thinking it might be a little cooler.

If you haven't experienced Hilton Head in the summer, it's very, very hot and humid.

Laurabearz
03-31-2006, 07:19 PM
Woot! I love this thread and was about to look for it. Thanks for digging it up for me! We are going July 8th for a week!

We are expecting very VERY HOT and very very MUGGY weather. The good news is.... when your in the pool, or in the ocean it is absolutley lovely! I cant wait to sip on the drink of the day at the beach house.... those go down really good in the heat.

I must remember to get all the kids water shoes. the sand, the pool decks etc, will be blazing! I wish the pool decks had a cool spray of water on them like the veggies in teh supermarket!

I CANT WAIT!!!

Yankee914
04-01-2006, 07:45 PM
Is biking there the best way to get to the beach? Thought it might be too hot when we are there the last week in July. Also, are there barbecues on site? We were thinking of barbecuing dinner one night - maybe roast some marshmallows.

cgcw
04-01-2006, 07:53 PM
It's a easy ride to and from the beach. My DS6 has been doing it for the past 2 years on a two wheeler. Not many hills -- straight and flat. We've always looked at the ride with the temperature and humidity as incentive to cool off in the water once we arrive. :teeth:

There is also a shuttle from the resort to the beach house. I've done this when we've had too much stuff to bring to the beach on bikes alone. DH will ride with the kids, I'll drive the stuff down there and head back with the car to the resort and ride the shuttle back to the beach.

I do have to forewarn you, I've only used the shuttle when I couldn't find a parking spot at the beach house. If you are planning on parking at the beach house, you need to get there either early or late. Mid-day will find no open parking spots.

There are BBQ grills at the resort. The one I can think of right now is located down by the circle parking area (buildings 29 & 31 I think) and another is by the playground. We've BBQ'd a lot and will definately be doing it again this year. Maybe we'll run into you there! :cool1:

The resort usually does a campfire with smores one night during our stay. :thumbsup2

Simba's Mom
04-02-2006, 08:47 AM
Re GOLF-DH has golfed at 5 courses on the Island (so far, he reminds me). His favorite was the Robert Trent Jones course across the street. He's also heard that there's a good course in Hilton Head Plantation, but he hasn't played it-yet.

WolfpackFan
04-02-2006, 02:09 PM
Re GOLF-DH has golfed at 5 courses on the Island (so far, he reminds me).

Simba's Mom - Does your DH usually play golf with others he knows or does he just make a t-time and the golf course matches him up with others? Has he ever tried getting up with anyone else at the resort to play some golf. I'd love to play next time at HH, but I know it will just be me and I'm a little hesitant to just make a t-time and go out and they have me playing with someone that plays like Tiger. I love to play golf, but on a good day I'm bogie at best (I can hit a pretty good drive though).

threeprincesses
04-03-2006, 08:58 AM
We will be making our first trip to HHI this July and this thread is AWESOME! Does anyone know if you can rent bikes for the whole week and what the approximate cost is? Thanks, julie

cgcw
04-03-2006, 10:49 AM
We will be making our first trip to HHI this July and this thread is AWESOME! Does anyone know if you can rent bikes for the whole week and what the approximate cost is? Thanks, julie

IIRC, it's $50 for length of stay for 2 bikes. Each additional bike is $10 per bike.

We've always rented directly through the resort. Others have used other bike rental companies which will deliver/pick up the bikes at the resort.

threeprincesses
04-03-2006, 12:15 PM
thank you cgcw!! What a quick reply!

MLbooks
04-07-2006, 09:40 PM
Well, we are now 10 days away from our HHI trip - we'll be there the week after Easter (which is our Spring Vacation). Do I need to book anything in advance - dolphin tour, fishing, restaurants, etc? Can I get Disney to fax me an activity sheet in advance?

Thanks - Mary

reesecup
04-08-2006, 07:05 AM
Hi Mary. That is when we will be there as well. I know when we went last spring,the resort mailed us a copy of the activity list. Got here really quick. I am planning on calling to see if I can get one again or have one faxed as well. I'm like you though; not sure if they will fax them or not.

Have you been to HHI before??

When we went the last time, we really enjoyed the crabbing and fishing off of the pier, bike riding, the magic show and campfire. And so far with the weather, it looks like we may have some really pretty days where the kids could swim. We had fun at the beach pool playing volleyball and of course, a blast at the resort pool with the slide.

We are probably going to do the Shrimp Boil this time. And maybe the dolphin tour or fishing with Captain Scott.

But, I'm like you, I would like to have a little better idea of exactly what will be going on.

Can't wait to go!!!!!

MLbooks
04-08-2006, 08:32 AM
We were at Hilton Head about 13 years ago - it was our honeymoon and we stayed at the Westin, which we loved. We really enjoyed Hilton Head, and I'm planning to sign up for Scott's dolphin tour, too. My DH and DSs (8 and 10) all enjoy fishing, too. My kids LOVE seafood, so I think we'll get our money's worth at the Shrimp Boil, too.

We'll probably run into you there -

Mary

MLbooks
04-08-2006, 08:56 AM
Reesecup - Called HHI Guest Services. Jeff told me that he would fax me current activities sheet - they don't have one for next week, but the activities should be about the same as this week... I'll let you know when it comes through... Want me to fax it to you when I get it?

Mary

flechette
04-12-2006, 02:26 PM
Taggage for all the great info!


Hubby and I are making a quck trip down to HH May 19-21- not staying at Disney cause - well we're not members yet but we do hope to wander on thru a bit.

Basic plan is arrive Fri - wander area, maybe dolphin tour that night

Sat - beach late lunch- beach/wander

Sunday check out beach head home

Should be a relaxing time anyway :-}

Lawrence Cooper
04-13-2006, 10:54 AM
Does anyone know where I can get an activity schedule for HHI before we go? Or does anyone know the schedule for certain things in general? We are going for only 2 nights (Sun May 7, Mon May 8) and I really want to be able to do the whole campfire thing with the family. Please let me know if anyone has more info, or knows where I can get it. Thanks.

Disneyaholic
04-13-2006, 12:12 PM
You can get the schedule by calling the front desk. They will even fax it to you if you'd like. But it probably won't be ready till late the week before you go (like Thursday or Friday).

There are many activities that the resort tries to schedule for the same time and day each week, but due to cast member availability, they can't say for sure if one week will be the same as the week before or not.

Have a great time!

Tabetha
04-13-2006, 12:39 PM
I see there's lots of great stuff for families. I'm planning on going with a group of adults for the first week of September.

There's lots for kid-less folks, right?

Laurabearz
04-13-2006, 12:44 PM
I see there's lots of great stuff for families. I'm planning on going with a group of adults for the first week of September.

There's lots for kid-less folks, right?
I dream about going to HHI without the kids... The Ocean pool house bar(why cant I think of the name) makes a wonderful frozen beverages... In town(s) there are a lot of great places to dine, drink, shop, and explore.

Oh yes.... some day I will make it there without the kids...

Tabetha
04-13-2006, 03:07 PM
Whee! Hooray and thank you! It'll be my first trip home, and I'm super excited!

MLbooks
04-13-2006, 03:54 PM
Does anyone know where I can get an activity schedule for HHI before we go? Or does anyone know the schedule for certain things in general? We are going for only 2 nights (Sun May 7, Mon May 8) and I really want to be able to do the whole campfire thing with the family. Please let me know if anyone has more info, or knows where I can get it. Thanks.


I called Guest Services, and they faxed one for the current week (we go next week), but he said it would be pretty much similar. HOWEVER, it is really difficult to read the fax copy. (The schedule has length of time, pricing and ages - I'm just giving a list below without the details.) Remember, too - that these are vacation weeks...

My schedule for Sun/Mon 4/9-4/10 shows the following:

SUN 4/9
9am Pinkney Island Wildlife Adventure (fee)
1pm Beautiful Butterflies
2pm Arts and Crafts Birdfeeders (fee)
3pm Resort Nature walk
4:30 Kayaking Trip (fee)
8:00 Campfire

MON 4/10
9am Scintillating Science
11am Gyotuku (fee)
11am Teen Sorcerer Secrets
12:30 Old Tunes and Tall Tales
1:00 Secrets of the Marsh
3pm Arts and Crafts - row boats (fee)
5pm Kayaking
6pm Kids Night Out
8pm? Teens Night Out

Hope this helps. I'll post a report when we return next weekend...

Mary

3 MORE DAYS TO HHI!

OneMoreTry
04-13-2006, 04:53 PM
I can't find Doc's site with the HH pics. (I got a new computer and lost the bookmark.) Does anyone have the link? Also, any other good picture links.

Simba's Mom
04-13-2006, 05:00 PM
Simba's Mom - Does your DH usually play golf with others he knows or does he just make a t-time and the golf course matches him up with others? Has he ever tried getting up with anyone else at the resort to play some golf. I'd love to play next time at HH, but I know it will just be me and I'm a little hesitant to just make a t-time and go out and they have me playing with someone that plays like Tiger. I love to play golf, but on a good day I'm bogie at best (I can hit a pretty good drive though).
DH always just makes the t-time (or has Disney do it), then shows up and plays with whoever they put him with. He doesn't usually worry about who he gets paired up with, but that's probably because he's close to scratch (Handicap about 1 or 2). But he's been on the other side of ability pairings. He always says "Hey, you're on vacation. It's about having a good time." Please don't worry! Have fun!

Dizma
04-14-2006, 09:35 AM
Great thread! :thumbsup2

Is there a June Hilton Head roll call list anywhere? Our waitlist just came thru and we are on :cloud9:

Kathy2130
04-16-2006, 09:54 AM
We are returning to HHI the last week of June 6/25-7/1. We loved it last year at that time. Can't wait to sit on the beach, play putt-putt, swim and look for good restaurants for dinner. Last year we would go to the beach in the early evening and it was so peaceful with families walking around and lots of kite flying. My son is 8, will be almost 9 and will be looking for some playmates...

As much as I love Disney World, Hilton Head is really my favorite place to be.

Kathy

Laurabearz
06-27-2006, 01:02 PM
We leave in 9 days for HILTON HEAD! YAYAYAYAY!!!!!

Reading over this thread makes me want to be there NOW~!

Judique
06-27-2006, 02:34 PM
We leave in 9 days for HILTON HEAD! YAYAYAYAY!!!!!

Reading over this thread makes me want to be there NOW~!

We'll be there Sunday!

DizneyNutz
06-28-2006, 02:15 PM
The DH and I are taking in HHI for the first time during the third week of September :cheer2: We are wait listed for a Tuesday night (were able to book Wed-Thur-Frid) but really wanted the Tuesday night stay as well---anyone ever wait listed at HHI and had any luck? We are flexible and said we'd take either a one bedroom or studio.
Really excited about this trip. The DH and I have had a hard year, both work related and healthwise and have a December trip planned for WDW. December is a long time away and we feel like we both could use a little R&R before then. These posts are great and really helped us decide to try HHI.

T.E. Yeary
06-28-2006, 02:22 PM
We used the discounted cash ressie for the one day we were missing. Just a thought!

Best wishes,
Tom :sunny:

Laurabearz
06-28-2006, 02:55 PM
We'll be there Sunday!
Really??? We arrive Saturday evening... I have a bit a line green ribbon on my swim suits and multi colored hair.... look for us around the pools.... lol

DizneyNutz
06-28-2006, 05:17 PM
Since we are newbies to the HHI Resort, we have several questions about the shrimp boil mentioned in these posts several times. When does it occur, is it seasonal, when does it stop, where do you attend, etc. there doesn't seem to be a large amount of accesible information about the activities around the area ( of course except for the great info posted on this link)!!!! Thanks to All!

DisneyMomOfThree
07-15-2006, 09:08 PM
Bumping for those who want to know what to do at HHI.
Thank you to those who have contributed to this thread. I love reading
it. I am so excited I can hardly stand it. :yay: :yay: :yay:

kahluacream
07-18-2006, 01:36 PM
We're looking forward to trying HHI next summer... Just subscribing so I don't miss anything. Thanks to all of the previous posters for your great tips! :)

missymouse
07-18-2006, 02:55 PM
Subscribing also. Hoping to have our DVC points soon so we can make reservations for next summer also.

dgaston
07-18-2006, 09:23 PM
And we plan to try HH next April. I know it won't be as warm, and there won't be fireworks, but it should be relaxing!

momtosydneyntodd
07-18-2006, 10:34 PM
We will be in HH for the first time--the first week in October. Anyone else????
We are so looking forward to it. This thread is great!!!!!!!! :woohoo:

Ksp
01-10-2007, 04:07 PM
Thanks to everyone for posting such great information on this thread -- we will be there soon for a long weekend, even though it is January :)
Has anyone been down there during either January/February? What's it like -- are there still a fair amount of resort activities going on?

reesecup
01-10-2007, 05:08 PM
Thanks to everyone for posting such great information on this thread -- we will be there soon for a long weekend, even though it is January :)
Has anyone been down there during either January/February? What's it like -- are there still a fair amount of resort activities going on?

We were down there just last Friday, Jan. 5th . We wish we could have stayed on through until Sunday because Saturday's weather was gorgeous but DD had a party to be back for. It was very quiet. And just so you know, most of the shops and restaurants across the way were closed . The only one open when we were there was the Italian one and I'm not crazy about it. This may be different but I have a feeling they probably all do this time of year. We were going to San Miguels, but we were just as happy b/k we ended up at Santa Fe just close to the Palmetto Dunes entrance and it was wonderful. A little pricey though but worth it.

I think they still had activities planned. We were going to do the campfire but it rained that night so of course they did not do that then. But they still had a list of activities that were going on each day. Hope this helps. It was nice and peaceful and a good change from the fun, but craziness we experienced at Disney World this time.

Have a great time. Wish I were going again!

Ksp
01-10-2007, 11:02 PM
We were down there just last Friday, Jan. 5th . We wish we could have stayed on through until Sunday because Saturday's weather was gorgeous but DD had a party to be back for. It was very quiet. And just so you know, most of the shops and restaurants across the way were closed . The only one open when we were there was the Italian one and I'm not crazy about it. This may be different but I have a feeling they probably all do this time of year. We were going to San Miguels, but we were just as happy b/k we ended up at Santa Fe just close to the Palmetto Dunes entrance and it was wonderful. A little pricey though but worth it.

I think they still had activities planned. We were going to do the campfire but it rained that night so of course they did not do that then. But they still had a list of activities that were going on each day. Hope this helps. It was nice and peaceful and a good change from the fun, but craziness we experienced at Disney World this time.

Have a great time. Wish I were going again!
Thanks for posting back!:banana:
We're looking forward to HH being pretty quiet this time of year -- I do hope to find some places to eat open, though -- I would rather not cook the whole time we're there, lol!
Thanks, again, reesecup.

reesecup
01-11-2007, 05:41 AM
Ksp,

I meant to tell you also, that Tide me Over was opened as usual. I think same hours not sure though. And I'm not sure about anything with the beach house. The gift shop was open around 8 and closed at 6 so I'm also not sure if that is different hours. The lady (the kids called) was very nice and gave each of them a pin. DS just bought a lanyard this trip and has just started so it was a very kind gesture! We just love HHI . I hope to do a small add on there at some point.

Ksp
01-11-2007, 07:03 AM
Reesecup,
I'm glad that Tide me Over is open -- we'd be stuck without that!

I did get a letter from HH re pool maintenance. During our stay the main pool will close, while the beach pool will remain open. Once the main pool work is finished, it will reopen and the beach pool will be closed.

You know, we need a pin from HH; I don't think that we have any! I hope your son enjoys pin collecting/trading -- we do.

I don't know if I could ever talk my husband into a HH add on; he has got it into his head that he doesn't like the resort. The kids and I enjoy it, though!
Thanks again!

TammyAlphabet
01-11-2007, 07:45 AM
Reesecup, we checked in on the 6th so we just missed you! As for the HHI pin, when we were at the gift shop, they had a sign posted with a question. I answered the question correctly (it was Walt Disney Trivia), and was given a LE Hilton Head island 10th anniversary pin. So give it a go when you go to the gift shop.

DizneyNutz
01-11-2007, 08:22 AM
Ksp,

I meant to tell you also, that Tide me Over was opened as usual. I think same hours not sure though. And I'm not sure about anything with the beach house. The gift shop was open around 8 and closed at 6 so I'm also not sure if that is different hours. The lady (the kids called) was very nice and gave each of them a pin. DS just bought a lanyard this trip and has just started so it was a very kind gesture! We just love HHI . I hope to do a small add on there at some point.


If you haven't already, you may want to check out the TTS website, I was strolling through, dreaming of a bigger contract earlier in the week, and I actually saw a 50 pt contract for HH that looked pretty good----may be just what you're looking for. :)

reesecup
01-11-2007, 01:18 PM
Reesecup, we checked in on the 6th so we just missed you! As for the HHI pin, when we were at the gift shop, they had a sign posted with a question. I answered the question correctly (it was Walt Disney Trivia), and was given a LE Hilton Head island 10th anniversary pin. So give it a go when you go to the gift shop.


Oh, wow! We left about 9:30 on the 6th. I bet you guys had a wonderful time b/k the weather was gorgeous that day!

And that was the pin they gave my dd and ds... maybe they answered the question. She just told them to not trade it b/k it was a limited edition. Hope you guys had a great trip!

reesecup
01-11-2007, 01:19 PM
If you haven't already, you may want to check out the TTS website, I was strolling through, dreaming of a bigger contract earlier in the week, and I actually saw a 50 pt contract for HH that looked pretty good----may be just what you're looking for. :)


Oh, I wish. A 50 pt contract would be perfect but we are on a really tight budget right now. I may just try and check it out anyway though. Thanks for the heads up!

Laurabearz
01-11-2007, 01:22 PM
ahh so good to see this thread still alive and kicking! Once again we are booked for a week in July, right after the 4th... Cant wait!

Of all our DVC vacations I think this one is our favorite. We just cant wait to go back!

Caitsmama
01-11-2007, 02:55 PM
Hi everyone, I am jumping in here.. I am staying at HHI next month, our first visit.. I am expecting alot to be closed for the winter, but mostly looking to relax.. and hoping for a lil' warmer weather than new england in Feb. LOL

It is a girls trip for us - me, dd (6) and my mom.. We are going Feb 16-22, anyone going to be there during that time?? We are driving down from RI. Plane fares were crazy - school vacation week. So, we'll take 2 days to drive and then also spend a day or two driving to Savannah GA from HHI.

k-wa
01-12-2007, 06:30 AM
We are taking two days to drive down from New York during the Passover/Easter school vacation. Will also spend a day in Savannah.

Does anyone know when the HHI pools are closed for maintenance?

3pirates
01-12-2007, 07:49 AM
Hi everyone! We pop over to Hilton Head frequently just because it is a relatively short drive from Atlanta. We have been in January/February. The weather will be hit/miss. The ocean will of course be cold, but often it is warm enough to swim in the heated pools. It will probably be nice for beach walking, biking, just bring jackets and sweatshirts! While some restaurants and businesses do take a break in the Winter, you will find plenty that are open year round. There are a good number of year round residents on Hilton Head, and it is commercial enough that they do enjoy some year-round tourism.

Enjoy your trip!

chr1972
01-12-2007, 08:37 AM
We are going to HHI Disney Resort for the first time this weekend. I've been to HHI many times but have never stayed at the Disney Resort. So if anyone has any questions about what's going on there this time of year, post away and I'll respond when we return Sunday. Does anyone have any last minute suggestions for me. We are taking my 4 y.o. and 2 y.o. sons.

Ksp
01-16-2007, 12:57 PM
Hi, everybody! I'm sitting in the Beach Pool area as I type -- there is wireless in the Surfmen's Station.

The weather is changing -- we have had lovely weather (mid-70's and sunny), but the weather front is bringing a chance of rain and lowering the temp's to mid 60's at the moment.

The main pool at the resort is down for rehab, so the walk over to the mercantile is a bit long from our location in building 19.
(We have a lovely 2 bedroom, 1923. Our reservation was for a 1 bedroom, but we received a free upgrade when we arrived!! :cool1: :cool1: )

There is a lot of painting and replacing of wood railings around the mercantile, and community hall is getting a new coat of paint outside, too.

They are also painting the far side of the lodge and possibly one of the buildings over that way; it's hard to see, since there is scaffolding in place.

As soon as the main pool rehab is done, the Beach pool will close in order to have the pool/deck surface cleaned (due to calcium deposits) and also to replace the tile border on the pool itself.

I also understand that sometime in the next year/year and a half, there will be a hot tub going in at the Beach Pool -- in the center area which overlooks the ocean.

Ok, time for us to go -- our time here is done unfortunately. HH has been lovely and we can't wait to come back again.:flower3:
Have fun!
ksp

Caitsmama
01-16-2007, 01:38 PM
ksp - Thanks so much for the "live" update! Hopefully the weather will stay decent til we are there next month..

Ksp
01-18-2007, 11:09 AM
Have fun, Caitsmama! We loved our time at HH.

Tarheel Tink
01-22-2007, 05:22 PM
DH has some leftover vacation time he has to use up, so I called and got a last minute 2 bedroom at Hilton Head with a friend and her 8 year old daughter joining us for a long weekend starting this Thursday. Looking forward to some beach walks, seafood and naps for us!
This is so unlike my pre-planning self with our Disney trips- we have no plans at all!

PiperMickey
01-23-2007, 12:08 PM
Hi.
New DVC owner here (as of yesterday) and this thread has made me want to get to HH even more:cool1:

Looks like I may be too late for April (Easter Break), but I won't know for sure until I am 'in the system', which is hopefully tomorrow.

Thanks for all the info.

Laurabearz
01-23-2007, 09:32 PM
Hey Piper! Welcome to DVC!

HHI is my family's favorite vacation. So laid back... you can do as much or as little as you want as you can see from this thread!

I cant wait for July when we go back once again!

gradie42
01-24-2007, 07:47 PM
Hey Tarheel Tink -
We are going for the first time to HH this weekend too - my dh, and our dd's - ages 4 and 5. Have you been before? We are not sure what to do, but are open to lots of suggestions :)

Gradie 42

Tarheel Tink
01-24-2007, 08:16 PM
Hey Tarheel Tink -
We are going for the first time to HH this weekend too - my dh, and our dd's - ages 4 and 5. Have you been before? We are not sure what to do, but are open to lots of suggestions :)

Gradie 42

Having never been there I think we will lazily explore and try out some restaurants, beach walks, naps. My friend will check out whatever children's program they may have and maybe have her DD try an activity. :)

Lenc324
01-25-2007, 08:29 AM
How is the weather in HH early June?:confused3

lenshanem
01-25-2007, 09:05 AM
Anyone know when the pools and/or beach house will be done? We are going first week of April. Thanks!

nisiemouse
01-25-2007, 09:57 AM
We will be there the first week in April and are curious about the pool rehab schedule.

knothead180
01-25-2007, 07:58 PM
We will be there the last week of March. It will be our first trip to Hilton Head. Thanks to everyone who contributed information on this thread.

lenshanem
02-20-2007, 03:07 AM
bumping

Anyone know about the pool at both the resort and the beach? Still being refurbed?

kahluacream
02-20-2007, 11:20 AM
After skimming this thread, I called the front desk at HHI to ask about their refurbishment schedule. Talked to a super-sweet CM named Connie who sounded just like my grandma! :goodvibes

Anyway, Connie said that the resort pool and spa have been completed and are open right now. The beach house is currently under rehab. It is scheduled to be closed through February 24th. The fishing pier will be closed until March 24th.

According to Connie, all refurbs have been going really well and pretty much running right on schedule. They're trying to get everything ship-shape in time for those of us heading to HHI for our spring break! :thumbsup2

HTH!

Caitsmama
02-25-2007, 06:03 PM
Hi! Just got home today from HHI!! The peir is NOT closed.. which is good news! It is being worked on.. but there is a sign up, that you can use it before 9am or after 5pm, which works out great for viewing sunrise/sets!!

The pool (main pool) is open, as well as the hot tub, we ended up with GREAT weather (mid 70's) during the last days of our trip, and the pool definately got use!! The waterslide was open as well.

The beach house was closed, but we still got to go over and walk on the beach and i took a pic of it anyway.. gotta say - didn't really bother me too much, we occupied ourselves enough with the regular pool, and it was still too cool to swim in the ocean for us anyhow... the pool is heated to 82 deg. though!

I will post more on our trip with some pics tomorrow!

Caitsmama
02-25-2007, 06:05 PM
Having never been there I think we will lazily explore and try out some restaurants, beach walks, naps. My friend will check out whatever children's program they may have and maybe have her DD try an activity. :)

Just an fyi - the kids activities are GREAT!! I have a 6 yr old, and she had a blast with arts and crafts.. and storytelling , games.. etc.. they did a great job!! :thumbsup2

dvcfamily41801
02-25-2007, 07:14 PM
Just love reading all the reports on this thread! We are so excited to get there!!!:goodvibes

mbw12
02-26-2007, 09:00 AM
Just starting to read through some of these posts on this thread....we are very excited to be going to HH for the first time this year! We will be going from the end of August through the beginning of September...for a long labor Day weekend.

I have a question....has anyone ever had groceries delivered to their room? If so, which service did you use?

Also, anyone been over labor Day...is it extremely busy???

Caitsmama
02-26-2007, 10:26 AM
I have a question....has anyone ever had groceries delivered to their room? If so, which service did you use?


Will you not have a car?? IMO - HHI is the type of place where a car would be a definate plus.. there is so much to see and do off property... and if you DO have access to a car, then there is PLENTY of grocery/food stores in that immediate area.. :thumbsup2 So, no worries.

mbw12
02-26-2007, 11:55 AM
Will you not have a car?? IMO - HHI is the type of place where a car would be a definate plus.. there is so much to see and do off property... and if you DO have access to a car, then there is PLENTY of grocery/food stores in that immediate area.. :thumbsup2 So, no worries.

yes, we will definitely have a car....just thinking that I might get a little "lazy" once we arrive and not feel like food shopping!!!! LOL!!!! I was trying to take the easy way out and see if anyone has used a delivery grocer before in the area!

come to think of it, i might get too lazy to cook anything, also......LOL! :rotfl: I was mainly just thinking of buying breakfast foods and late night snacks. We will probably go out to eat for dinner, and just eat at the resort snack place for lunch.

Caitsmama
02-26-2007, 11:57 AM
Well, like i said, if you have a car, you will probably want to venture off property to sight see on the island anyhow, so chances are you will pass a food store or two! ;) There is so much to see, you will have a blast!

LVSWL
03-11-2007, 09:27 PM
There is a Piggly Wiggly grocery store just around the corner that we usually get our basics from, and even bike to during the week to pick up extra things we need since we can use the basket on the bike and a backpack. There is also a nice Fresh Market on the way into the island on the left. Great fruits and veges and wonderful deli and meats and seafood. Also, plan to go to Hudsons to eat one night for a fun night. Not fancy at all, but good food and great atmosphere. Just take a left at the sign after you come over the Hilton Head bridge. Look for the sign on your way in. We always pick up shrimp a couple of times a week and boil it. There is a great little stand on the right, I think it's called Bill's and he also has great homemade pies. Have a wonderful time!!!

FredS
03-11-2007, 09:36 PM
What kind of bikes does Disney rent? Any choices or is it like Ft. Wilderness where there is basically a kid's bike and an adult's bike?

LVSWL
03-11-2007, 09:49 PM
They are kids and adults with pedal brakes since there aren't any hills in Hilton Head, no gears. It's really all you need. You rent them right at the pool area. Other venders on the island rent also, but we have always rented from Disney.

kocar
03-15-2007, 01:18 PM
We are checking in on Easter Sunday and need ideas of restaurants that will be open for an Easter Dinner. We received the flyer from the resort to pre-order the easter dinner fixings, but the delivery time is listed as 10-noon. Obviously we don't check in until 4 and after driving down from our hotel in Charlotte, I don't know that I'll really feel like cooking anyway.

Anyone been in a similar situation and have some great ideas for me?

Thanks.

DISNEYDUET
03-24-2007, 11:16 AM
I am subing so I can read later. DH and I are trying to go to HH for our Anniversary in Mid October. This will be our first trip to HH. We are Cape Hatteras NC people so this is going to be a nice change. Gotta go clean the bathroom...fun!

franco
06-22-2007, 08:54 PM
We are leaving in two weeks for HHI and I've been doing some searching and found this GREAT thread.

DisDaydreamer
06-22-2007, 09:22 PM
We are leaving in two weeks for HHI and I've been doing some searching and found this GREAT thread.

Hope you have a great vacation...

I can only offer you my trip report... http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1480337

princessesrule4
06-23-2007, 08:32 AM
I love to read this thread every summer to get excited for our August trip!:)

sandieb
06-26-2007, 06:03 AM
We just returned from a week at HHI - we had 2 - 2BR villas as we took the 2 families and 7!!! kids.

We had a fantastic time. Most of our group loves to fish, and they caught shark, croakers, rays, and more both on the beach and at the marina/fishing pier. We enjoyed the beach and pools. The low-country shrimp boil at the Beach House on Thursday was delicious.

We had a lot of fun at the Campfire, magic show, tie dye shirts, and on the Nature kyack trip.

My family enjoys HHI more than WDW (and they love WDW).

One of us drove to the Beach House everyday with all the junk, and the rest went by bike. One tip is to rent the umbrella and beach chairs - we have done this and it is very convienent and comfortable.

We went on a Nature Hike at Sea Pines - it was the only thing we did off-site.

There is so much to choose from!
Enjoy! Sandie

Laurabearz
06-26-2007, 08:17 AM
We just returned from a week at HHI - we had 2 - 2BR villas as we took the 2 families and 7!!! kids.

We had a fantastic time. Most of our group loves to fish, and they caught shark, croakers, rays, and more both on the beach and at the marina/fishing pier. We enjoyed the beach and pools. The low-country shrimp boil at the Beach House on Thursday was delicious.

We had a lot of fun at the Campfire, magic show, tie dye shirts, and on the Nature kyack trip.

My family enjoys HHI more than WDW (and they love WDW).

One of us drove to the Beach House everyday with all the junk, and the rest went by bike. One tip is to rent the umbrella and beach chairs - we have done this and it is very convienent and comfortable.

We went on a Nature Hike at Sea Pines - it was the only thing we did off-site.

There is so much to choose from!
Enjoy! Sandie

I could cut and paste this as my own I am sure after our trip... WE LOVE our HHI vacations more than WDW too!

Nice to see so many get so much from this thread!!

apulk
06-26-2007, 08:45 AM
Our count-down as officially begun for our 11th annual summer trip to our HHI home resort. We're checking in Sunday July 8th and staying thru Saturday July 14th -- 2 bedroom villa, wife and I and 4 kids (17, 15, 10, 8). We're doing a combined college visit/HHI tour and the HHI tour will provide the much needed rest. We're visiting 3 colleges (all in North and South Carolina) on the way down and 3 on the way home back to Pittsburgh.

Things we always do:


Just hang out and relax
Not worry about what we're going to do the next day, just get up and decide (big difference from our WDW trips)
Park the car and use the bikes as much as possible during the week
Have one big dinner out (Scott's or similar -- Salty Dog dinner now officially off the list -- quality and service keeps going down -- will take other suggestions)
Take a dolphin cruise
Get over to the beach in the evenings
Tuesday night at the pool (usually don't do the buffet though)
Never set the alarm
Campfire and smores....I say a boom chicka boom....
Catch B'Lou if he is doing story telling
Play tons of ping pong and shuffle board


To name a few. If anyone has a recent activities schedule and could send it along that would be great. Also -- need a good breakfast place. It became a tradition for us to get up one morning and take the bike path behind the mall over to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. What disappointment when we biked over last year and found it out of business (not sure why we didn't notice on the drive in). The bike path is on the other side of 278 and not sure there are other options on that side -- HH Diner is on the right side but no bike path and I've heard of another place called Stack's but have never eaten there.

Also -- if anyone can share info the Sea Shack -- that's another place we think we will give a try this year.

Dizma
06-26-2007, 09:36 AM
We are just back from another trip and had a great time. Our family loves the kayaking trip and of course Big Murgie's for a game of pool. We found a gem of a restaurant-The Old Fort Pub. Go for the eary tasting menu, it's awesome. So is the view and the service. A plus!!!!!!!!!:thumbsup2

Laurabearz
06-26-2007, 09:46 AM
Our count-down as officially begun for our 11th annual summer trip to our HHI home resort. We're checking in Sunday July 8th and staying thru Saturday July 14th.

We are there July 7th - 14th! Hope to see you around! (look for the way too old of a lady to have multi colored hair and you found me haha)

Simba's Mom
06-26-2007, 12:13 PM
I could cut and paste this as my own I am sure after our trip... WE LOVE our HHI vacations more than WDW too!

Nice to see so many get so much from this thread!!

Wow! Wait til I tell DH that there are people on this board admit they like HHI vacations more than WDW. The first time we went to HHI, he turned to me and said "I'd tell you I love it here even more than WDW, but I'm sure that saying that would be a sin on your board, so I don't dare admit it!' So I know he loves HHI more than WDW, just has been afraid to admit it.

apulk
06-26-2007, 02:58 PM
Maybe I won't go so far as to say (not enough courage maybe) that we love our HHI vacations more than our WDW trips but.....

Even when we don't attack the parks -- I still come home tired. Also, I look at our HHI week as our "free" vacation which makes it more relaxing before the trip even starts. When we stay at a DVC resort at WDW we still need tickets, we generally don't eat in much (maybe breakfast) and usually just use the place as the sleeping place -- not finding much time to just hang around the resort. When at HHI -- if no one wants to get in the car and go anywhere for the day -- we don't. If my kids don't want to wear anything other then their swim suit for the day -- who cares.

How about this...I love them the same, just differently. :love:

NCRedding
07-02-2007, 10:22 PM
We're going back for 5 nights in August. Last time we went was 2003, so I am very excited. A couple of questions:

When we went over Easter week, the resort had run out of bikes. Has this happened to anyone else? Should I plan on renting off-site? Do they have helmets for rent?

We may end up with two cars this trip. Will the resort give us 2 parking passes?

Do they still do the fireworks at shelter cove on Tuesdays--will it still be going on in mid-August?

I'd love to hear more about the shrimp boil.

Love the information on the thread.

flagen
07-03-2007, 12:52 AM
We were there this past week (last week of june into july)

Parking ....the resort does not dog you about parking there is no attendant standing at the gate. We never even put our parking tag in the car. There seemed to be no issues with bikes BUT someone did take my Wifes bike (which she left unattended for a about 3 mins at the Main Building seems some people think the bikes are free grrrrrrrrrr..

Fireworks yes...

Shrimp boil was good and music was good also. Plenty and Plenty of food and of course Mac and Cheese and Chick tenders for the kids.


We're going back for 5 nights in August. Last time we went was 2003, so I am very excited. A couple of questions:

When we went over Easter week, the resort had run out of bikes. Has this happened to anyone else? Should I plan on renting off-site? Do they have helmets for rent?

We may end up with two cars this trip. Will the resort give us 2 parking passes?

Do they still do the fireworks at shelter cove on Tuesdays--will it still be going on in mid-August?

I'd love to hear more about the shrimp boil.

Love the information on the thread.

Laurabearz
07-03-2007, 01:00 AM
Wow! Wait til I tell DH that there are people on this board admit they like HHI vacations more than WDW. The first time we went to HHI, he turned to me and said "I'd tell you I love it here even more than WDW, but I'm sure that saying that would be a sin on your board, so I don't dare admit it!' So I know he loves HHI more than WDW, just has been afraid to admit it.

Now,once my kids are all tall enough to ride everything at WDW, my answer might change :lmao: But somehow I doubt it. There is something about HHI... and esp Disney's HHI Resort.

missymouse
07-03-2007, 06:36 AM
The only thing about taking two cars is that in the evenings parking gets kind of hard to come by. Or at least that was our experience last week. We were in building 21 which isn't a pool view but right by the one gate into the pool complex. It seemed alot of people were driving down there to park at the pool. The other issue was the parking spaces are rather tight at least in that area and many larger vehicles were straddling 2 parking spaces. One night my dh and boys went to Walmart after 8 p.m. and they ended up all the way up by the shuttle pickup before they found a parking space. They counted on the way back and there were over 15 cars straddling 2 parking spaces.

NCRedding
07-03-2007, 07:28 AM
I do plan on having DH park in the far corner of the parking lot, so he won't block other people from their villas. I expect he will only move his car to play golf (if he does that this trip) and to leave early to get home for a work committment.

Thanks for answering the questions. I still have one about the bikes--can you reserve in advance?? Do they have helmets for teens to rent? The teens we're taking don't ride bikes at home, so they have no helmets.

klabold
08-10-2007, 06:10 PM
We are counting down to our second HHI adventure. We are going Labor Day Sunday - the following Saturday. We will probably miss some of the events from the high season but does anyone know if the fireworks and beach club dinners will still be going on? Also, the Kayak trip on Wednesday, do you think that will still be happening??

Thanks!!

Kim

WolfpackFan
08-11-2007, 07:23 AM
We will be at HHI the same time as you. We checkin on Sunday and out on Saturday. We will be trying a Studio this time just to see if we can spend that length of time in one. I can't say that I'm real excited about that part, but when you're short on points I guess it's better than not going. We already have a 1BR reserved for next year. I keep having this argument with myself - is it better to stay 5 nights in a 1BR and miss ever few years or 6 nights in a Studio and stay every year. We'll see how we like it. I hope we get a unit in the main lodge with a nice view, that would make a big difference.

As far as what we plan to do. DW will spend most of the week laying around either the pool or out on the beach and will read probably 10 books or so (I have never see anyone read a book as fast as she can, she loves to read). I hope to play golf at least once or twice. I can take the laying out part for a short time but after that I'm up and ready to do something. I'll probably drive down to Harbour Town one morning and then since I've paid the $5 we'll go back to maybe Salty Dog for dinner that night. We'll go into Savannah one day and have decided to actually try to eat at Paula Deen's this year. We've been reading all the tips of how to be successful getting in (basically go early and stand in line for a long time is what I understand). We also plan to do some form of kayaking and also maybe rent bikes for a day.

Eating wise - I've changed my mind about taking an electric frying pan and cooking breakfast each morning. Sounds like too much trouble. We'll just take some breakfast bars, etc. for breakfast and I will make coffee. For lunch, it will be something from either Tide Me Over or the snack bar at the Beach House. For dinner - we like the Mex. restaurant at Shelter Cover. Plan to give the Old Oyster Factory place a try again. Maybe try out some of the restaurants at Coligny. And the Salty Dog.

My biggest fear is the week will be gone way to fast.

MinnieGi
08-11-2007, 09:44 PM
We just got back yesterday (8/10) from HHI and had such a fantastic time!!!! We weren't sure how much we'd like it, but the whole vacation really exceeded our expectations. :) We cannot wait to go back next year - have reservations for third week in June already planned. :)

Have fun to everyone who has a trip planned soon. If anyone has any questions for someone who has recently been I'd be happy to answer them. :)

LindaBabe
08-16-2007, 06:55 AM
SO glad to find this thread! We've never been to Hilton Head, but have ressies for a studio there the second week of March 2008 - our "great retirement adventure" trip!

Just how dead is it, in March?

WolfpackFan
08-16-2007, 07:13 AM
Just how dead is it, in March?

It can be real quiet in March. We went last March and didn't see a whole lot of people.

klabold
08-16-2007, 08:58 AM
We went in April last time and it was pretty dead. People around but not a ton of people. Beach was empty and a bit cool to swim but you will still love the area. It's beautiful.

Kim

klabold
09-09-2007, 07:39 AM
Just got back and didn't want to leave. The weather on Sunday when we arrived was poor but by sundown the rain was gone for good and sunny and hot the rest of the week. Did the dolphin tour on Wednesday and saw more dolphins than I have seen in my lifetime. It was awesome!!! Lots of bike riding, craft making, pool swimming, beach swimming, and relaxing!! My kind of Disney vacation!! Kids, Husband, MIL and I all had a ball and didn't want to leave.

I'm going to have to look at my calendar and plan my next HHI visit.

Slakk
09-09-2007, 07:54 AM
Anyone who is waitlisted for Easter will be happy on Monday - I am cancelling my 5 days in a 1BR. I actually thought of renting it out but then thought of all my DVCers waiting for a ressie and decided I can't do it.

Our exchange came through and we are going to Hawaii :cool1: so I want my points back.

I think we may do a cash ressie to HHI instead to get my fix.

LVSWL
02-03-2008, 09:37 AM
Ok, I am giving this great thread a bump for everyone. Hope this helps!!!:)

irish dancer
02-04-2008, 12:24 AM
Thanks for bumping this thread.

We're going to HHI for the first time the last week of March (checking in on Easter) and can't wait!

WolfpackFan
02-04-2008, 07:41 AM
I was just sitting here thinking about our visit to HH in June. One of the things we really enjoyed on our last trip to HH was kayaking. Does anyone know if you can just rent a kayak on your own for some period of time without doing the formal tour they offer. One problem I had with the tour was they really took you a fair distance down the waterway and it took a lot of rowing to get back. I'd love to just rent a kayak for a couple of hours and paddle around on our own.

Capt.K
02-04-2008, 02:00 PM
You can rent kayaks at Shelter Cove Harbor the name of the company is Outdoors Hilton Head. We rented kayaks for acouple of days our last trip and really enjoyed be able to go out on broad creek on our own timeframe.

JCLNJ
02-04-2008, 04:43 PM
Thanks for bumping this thread.

We're going to HHI for the first time the last week of March (checking in on Easter) and can't wait!

We are also checking in on Easter. We are staying till Friday. This will be our first trip to HH. Do you have any kids? Our DD is 15 and DS is 13.

irish dancer
02-05-2008, 03:35 PM
We are also checking in on Easter. We are staying till Friday. This will be our first trip to HH. Do you have any kids? Our DD is 15 and DS is 13.

We'll be there the same dates (Sun to Fri), unfortunately our kids are younger. DD11, DS7 and DD6.

JCLNJ
02-05-2008, 03:50 PM
Irish dancer- Do you teach irish step dancing? I have 2 neices that step dance and my husband is a bag piper.

LindaBabe
02-05-2008, 06:37 PM
Thanks for bumping this thread! I forgot I had posted the question - memory not what it used to be and all that, lol.

LVSWL
02-05-2008, 06:44 PM
You are very welcome! Hope it helps!:)

LindaBabe
02-06-2008, 05:39 AM
Well, we're going! We'll be there March 10 - 14, as we journey south on our 'life after work' adventure.

iadreamer
02-08-2008, 11:36 AM
Thanks! We are going for the first time this year and can't wait for a relaxing trip!

Laurabearz
02-08-2008, 12:20 PM
Woot! Nice to see my thread is still being useful!! My kids are now... 8,7, and 4 lol

I am sad, this will be our first year skipping a July in HH since we became members! Of course we are doing DLR in June and WDW in Aug, but we are still going to miss our week in heaven!

tinkerbella's mom
02-08-2008, 02:20 PM
Thanks for starting this thread. We became dvc members Oct 07, our home is AKV. Had too many points to use and decided to try HH. We are going with 6 yr DD, and 4 yr DS this August for 7 days. Did not know what to do or expect. Love all the great suggestions and now am excited.

HUFF590
02-08-2008, 03:27 PM
I discovered HHI in 2004 after we became members and for us we have to go at least once a year. Its about a 6 hour drive, and our favorite beach.

disney1474
02-08-2008, 04:10 PM
We will be in HH May 3-9 and are very excited!! How is the weather in may? Does anyone have an activity sheet from May of last year you can post?

MinnesotaChill
02-09-2008, 09:04 AM
We just returned from a 10 day 13 people family gathering at WDW. The quiet of HH sounds so good!

Because we live in Minnesota, we hate to be gone in the summer, that's when it is so nice to live here and truly enjoy the lakes that we drive just on in the winter ;) . We will be at -10 degrees tonight with -45 windchills tonight. :guilty:

We were thinking about spring break next year (late March).

Couple of questions (in bold so you don't miss them!:

I'm not clear on the fireworks and such, will they be going on since it is spring break?

Will it be really crowded?

How is HH different than VB? I've asked this all over the place and no one answers this question. Is it because people either do one or the other?

I love, love the idea of planning nothing each day. As you can imagine, in planning the GG a few weeks ago, it took over a year of intensive planning (did I mention one group of people didn't know the other group was coming to WDW?)! I'd love to sit on a chair and read while the kids play in the sand for a change!

Also, a question about golf. My husband is quite good, my son is just learning, he'll be 10 by then and plays on summer leagues. Would he be able to play with my DH or is it too expensive or not allowed?

Simba's Mom
02-09-2008, 10:07 AM
I can answer a few of your questions. I have no idea how HH compares to VB, though, since I've never been to VB.
Fireworks-I've never seen any fireworks during spring break time. I don't think those start up until June.
Golf-I'm pretty sure your DS will be allowed to play. When DS was 10, he was turned away at a course on Cape Cod because of his age and DH was so mad, he's never fogotten it. Although DH has always played alone at HHI, I think he would have mentioned (in anger) if he noticed any course with that rule. I can't check with him now since he's out....golfing! By far the most expensive course on the Island is Harbourtown. I think next expensive is the Sea Marsh course (I think that's the name) that's also in Sea Pines. The three courses very near the resort, in Palmetto Dunes, are very good, convenient, and relatively inexpensive. Those were among the best DH has played, and he's golfed at 8 different courses on the island (yes, as someone teased him, "you golf too much!").

SusieBea
02-09-2008, 11:11 AM
Will it be really crowded?

I can't speak about the resort, but HHIsland will not be really crowded at spring break, and March is one of my favorite times to be on the Island. The weather can be iffy, but typically it's in the 60s. Some of the flowers will be in bloom. Also, the restaurants will not be packed as they are in the summer.

Flyerfan
02-10-2008, 07:30 AM
I am proposing a future trip to HHI to my girlfriends and would like to gather as much information as possible. How many have taken day trips to Savannah?

SusieBea
02-10-2008, 08:01 AM
We have been to Savannah several times. It's a fun day-trip. Another fun little town to visit is Beaufort, SC. It's about a 45-minute drive from the Island. It's on the water; has lots of shops and restaurants and carriage tours. Several movies have been filmed there including portions of Forrest Gump, I believe.

Flyerfan
02-10-2008, 08:10 AM
We have been to Savannah several times. It's a fun day-trip. Another fun little town to visit is Beaufort, SC. It's about a 45-minute drive from the Island. It's on the water; has lots of shops and restaurants and carriage tours. Several movies have been filmed there including portions of Forrest Gump, I believe.

Great! Thanks. The girls will love that.

WiseGirl
02-17-2008, 04:57 PM
Hi all HH lovers! My DH and I are headed back to HH next weekend for a golf break and to escape this MN winter. Our last visit to HH DVC was in Feb 2004. My husband is trying to decide whether to bring his laptop along so I have a question for those who have visited recently - do they now have high speed internet access at the resort? They didn't in '04 and we had to find an internet cafe to send some emails. I thought I read that the Piggly Wiggly is still around - is that true? I hope the 70 degree forecasts on weather.com hold. It sounds like heaven compared to here, LOL! Thanks for any input and can't wait to see the resort again. Sunsets over the marsh, Old Oyster Factory, beach house, sand beaches and more!:yay:

fletch1027
02-17-2008, 05:26 PM
We were there in September and there is free wi-fi in the 2 main common areas (pool area abd lobby). Here is a tip though. We stayed in the floor above the lobby and I was able to pick up a signal from there so that was a nice bonus! :goodvibes

Going back in April for Spring Break. Can't wait!

Hi all HH lovers! My DH and I are headed back to HH next weekend for a golf break and to escape this MN winter. Our last visit to HH DVC was in Feb 2004. My husband is trying to decide whether to bring his laptop along so I have a question for those who have visited recently - do they now have high speed internet access at the resort? They didn't in '04 and we had to find an internet cafe to send some emails. I thought I read that the Piggly Wiggly is still around - is that true? I hope the 70 degree forecasts on weather.com hold. It sounds like heaven compared to here, LOL! Thanks for any input and can't wait to see the resort again. Sunsets over the marsh, Old Oyster Factory, beach house, sand beaches and more!:yay:

Judique
02-18-2008, 05:24 AM
Hi all HH lovers! My DH and I are headed back to HH next weekend for a golf break and to escape this MN winter. Our last visit to HH DVC was in Feb 2004. My husband is trying to decide whether to bring his laptop along so I have a question for those who have visited recently - do they now have high speed internet access at the resort? They didn't in '04 and we had to find an internet cafe to send some emails. I thought I read that the Piggly Wiggly is still around - is that true? I hope the 70 degree forecasts on weather.com hold. It sounds like heaven compared to here, LOL! Thanks for any input and can't wait to see the resort again. Sunsets over the marsh, Old Oyster Factory, beach house, sand beaches and more!:yay:

Yes, Piggly Wiggly is still open, plus they've upgraded a bit.

As noted, there is wifi at the pool and also in Big Murgies Den. Finally!!!

Kath816
02-18-2008, 05:30 PM
My question about the wireless has just been answered. DH, myself and 2 friends will also be at HHI from Easter Monday through Friday. We also plan a day trip to Savannah (maybe two - just how far is it?) and Beaufort sounds great too. If anyone has any suggestions for 4 adults (besides golf), I'm all ears! We're BW owners and have never been to HHI.

Have any of you been to Lady and Sons? Is it as hard to get in as I've heard? We do plan to line up early, but don't know how large the place is.

We're so looking forward to this! :banana:

TIA - Kathy

reesecup
03-05-2008, 09:39 AM
We are coming in on March 22nd for the week for Easter and Spring Break.

So excited. Just hope the weather turns out good since Spring Break is early this year.

Our plans are to : rent bikes (like always), visit Signe's rest. , Salty Dog, hopefully have enough money to do dolphin cruise b/k we've always wanted to do one. , fish a little, eat at San Migels (although not that crazy over the food but love sitting outside and listening to the music and having a margarita, shopping, eating at Giuseppie's , our nice night out to eat will be at Santa Fe...we loved that place... a night w/out the kids. , hopefully play a little volleyball in the beach pool if it's warm enough, maybe take a day trip to Savannah, look for Shadow of course,and RELAX.... can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!

Any other suggestions? We've done the magic show, ghost tales, etc. before so I don't know if they change. We may do the campfire again this time!:cool1:

oh, how i pray for good weather ... :worship:

irish dancer
03-05-2008, 09:40 PM
We are coming in on March 22nd for the week for Easter and Spring Break.

So excited. Just hope the weather turns out good since Spring Break is early this year.

Our plans are to : rent bikes (like always), visit Signe's rest. , Salty Dog, hopefully have enough money to do dolphin cruise b/k we've always wanted to do one. , fish a little, eat at San Migels (although not that crazy over the food but love sitting outside and listening to the music and having a margarita, shopping, eating at Giuseppie's , our nice night out to eat will be at Santa Fe...we loved that place... a night w/out the kids. , hopefully play a little volleyball in the beach pool if it's warm enough, maybe take a day trip to Savannah, look for Shadow of course,and RELAX.... can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!

Any other suggestions? We've done the magic show, ghost tales, etc. before so I don't know if they change. We may do the campfire again this time!:cool1:

oh, how i pray for good weather ... :worship:


We'll be there then too, our first time though. We check in on Easter and will be there through Friday.

We plan to rent bikes, do the campfire, dolphin cruise, hoping it will be warm enough to swim, try some of the kids activities, try and eat at Lady and Sons in Savannah, and relax too!

Really hoping for warm, especially after the winter we've had.

DisneyBride'03
03-05-2008, 10:30 PM
Ah, this is great!

Dh is planning a golfing/b day trip for him and his buddies! Looking forward to reading all these posts!

Simba's Mom
03-06-2008, 10:12 AM
Ah, this is great!

Dh is planning a golfing/b day trip for him and his buddies! Looking forward to reading all these posts!
A golf review (with the name of the course, naturally) would be really appreciated. Hope he has a good time!

DisneyBride'03
03-07-2008, 03:45 PM
Oh...well this isnt happening til 2010!! lol...THis was one of my "selling" points to DH when trying to sway him into DVC......

llmurphy17
03-07-2008, 09:30 PM
Subscribing popcorn:: in the middle of a rofr for hhi hopefully it comes through. :wizard:

Judique
03-08-2008, 06:21 AM
My question about the wireless has just been answered. DH, myself and 2 friends will also be at HHI from Easter Monday through Friday. We also plan a day trip to Savannah (maybe two - just how far is it?) and Beaufort sounds great too. If anyone has any suggestions for 4 adults (besides golf), I'm all ears! We're BW owners and have never been to HHI.

Have any of you been to Lady and Sons? Is it as hard to get in as I've heard? We do plan to line up early, but don't know how large the place is.

We're so looking forward to this! :banana:

TIA - Kathy

We had lunch at Lady and Sons about 3 years ago. The restaurant is large, with two floors and it was a very popular spot the day we went. We lined up and got in within an hour or so. We were a party of four. We all had the buffet for about 12 or 13 dollars and it was good, Southern style food - fried chicken, mac and cheese, sweet tea, cornbread,etc. My daughter wants to go back on our trip to HH next weekend, but I want to try Mrs. Wilkes. Anyone been there?

Judique
03-08-2008, 07:03 AM
We just returned from a 10 day 13 people family gathering at WDW. The quiet of HH sounds so good!

Because we live in Minnesota, we hate to be gone in the summer, that's when it is so nice to live here and truly enjoy the lakes that we drive just on in the winter ;) . We will be at -10 degrees tonight with -45 windchills tonight. :guilty:

We were thinking about spring break next year (late March).

Couple of questions (in bold so you don't miss them!:

I'm not clear on the fireworks and such, will they be going on since it is spring break?

Will it be really crowded?

How is HH different than VB? I've asked this all over the place and no one answers this question. Is it because people either do one or the other?

I love, love the idea of planning nothing each day. As you can imagine, in planning the GG a few weeks ago, it took over a year of intensive planning (did I mention one group of people didn't know the other group was coming to WDW?)! I'd love to sit on a chair and read while the kids play in the sand for a change!

Also, a question about golf. My husband is quite good, my son is just learning, he'll be 10 by then and plays on summer leagues. Would he be able to play with my DH or is it too expensive or not allowed?

I will try to answer a question or two. Will it be crowded in March? I would say not really. It's not beach season yet and it can be cool and rainy. The Disney resort itself fills up for the Easter weeks, regardless of the weather. From Easter on, the resort is usually full until October.

What is the difference between Vero and Hilton Head?

Layout for one - Disney has a small checkin, with a small den for sitting and visiting or playing pool. Rooms are up the outside stairs in the main lodge. It's cosy. You walk in the checkin area and the CM's are right there and if they are not checking someone in, they chat. It's like family. There's a little table with coffee or lemonade or cider depending on the time of day or time of year. At 3 there's a little plate of cookies to go with it. The rest of the resort is in different buildings, with paths connecting all to the pool and a central recreation area, where you go to community hall (above the rental area and pingpong tables), the resort eatery - Tide Me Over - which really says it all - don't expect to want to eat here all the time! The store is next to Tide me over and it is small - just a few grocery and gift items. Say Hi to Chef Gordon - he often is in here. The marsh is right here with a walkway out to a fishing pier - you've seen the pictures I'm sure. Several buildings cluster around the pool and if you are like me and take your coffee to the veranda early in the morning, the pool guy will talk to you as he cleans. The birds will fly high in the live oak trees, that are covered in spanish moss. It's idyllic. You are on a tiny little island and you can pretend that you are away from it all despite just being a stone's throw from the traffic of 278. The beach is another little world - a mile away which is walkable, but you can drive or get shuttled. The beach has a beach house with all the facilities you need to be comfortable and sand free after walking or swimming at the actual beach. Food, pool bar and a small pool. A few games for the kids. A quiet lounge area with air conditioning and a tv for me or Grandma:wizard: :). You can leave the sand here and go back to your villa nice and clean and comfy. I love it!
The town itself - everything is right here! Tons of restaurants, minigolf and real golf, movies, library, shopping, theater, and most of all - Nature! Go to Coastal Discovery Museaum and find out about the area and what it really means. Check out the little tourist visitors center down stairs and find out what's happening on HH. It's not a dull place. It's full of culture and opportunities to be involved.

Vero - I love it here also. The beach is right at your doorstep, but it's not the wide one that HH has. But how much sand do I really need? VB has enough to satisfy me. The view of the ocean is what it has and that is remarkable! When I'm at Vero, it is always such a vibrant blue, like a postcard - I can sit and look at it all day, so long as you keep my coffee cup or wineglass filled. The resort lobby is large and beautiful! It has a back porch to sit and rock on and it looks out to sea. There is a staircase to the second floor and the Green Cabin room for a bit of nightlife. Full service restaurant, pool, tennis courts - it has the more all inclusive feel. The beach cottages - what a nice luxury - within the reach of all of us. The turtles - HH is a nesting area also, hence the signage and dim lighting, but Vero is themed around the sea turtles and orange groves. We participated in a turtle walk one night in July with the local park rangers, where they watch for the turtles to come out of the sea and lay their eggs. Amazing! These are resorts Disney style, where you are not there just to sleep, but to be surrounded and immersed in what the areas are and the cultures. Either one is wonderful, and especially for kids, because they are kid friendly. But not made just for kids - made for adults also. For me, I go to HH most - it's a lot closer to Maryland.

podsnel
03-10-2008, 09:29 PM
We will be there Aug 11-15th,Myself, DH, DS11, DS9, DBIL, DSIL, DN9, DN6, & DN3. We are so excited, it looks to be such a wonderful place to meet up with family and enjoy life and each other! :grouphug: :thumbsup2 Probably never would have known to go had we not joined DVC a few months ago and I became obsessed with DIS!! Hope some other DISSERS will be joining us!:goodvibes Thank-you, everyone, for all your enthusiasm!

iloveokw
03-11-2008, 09:20 AM
We did Mrs. Wilkes a few years ago. Got there about when they opened so we didn't have to wait too long, but when we left there was a lonnnnngg line. The food was served family style. We sat with a bunch of other people. Interesting southern dishes. It was good, but don't think I'd do it again. Would love to try Lady and Sons, but hubbie isn't into food and waiting in line that long probably would be too popular with him :).

JCLNJ
03-11-2008, 02:06 PM
I called today to find out what activities will be going on during Easter week. On Easter there is going to be a brunch from 10:30 till 2:00 at the Beach house. The cost is $23.95 for adults and children 3-9 $14.95. During this time there also will be face painting and Easter crafts. At noon they are also having a party with a DJ. At 3:00 there will be an EAster egg hunt at the resort. Monday is the kids night out with pizza and going to the movies. Wednesday and Friday will be the campfires with smores. All the tours and programs listed on the web site will also be offered. The guy from recreation also said they would be making Mickey Tie Dye shirts ad character pillows.

This will be my families first trip to Hilton Head and we are really looking forward to it.