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Old 05-09-2012, 02:54 PM   #151
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For anyone that has been down the first week of June, are the pools and/or ocean warm enough for swimming?? Of course with the weather patterns we've had it may be a lot warmer this year than previous years (I know here in OhiO that seems like the case), but just thought I'd ask...

Not sure where we'll stay yet, maybe some small town 1-2 hours away from HHI. I want to leave on Saturday to at least get some of the 12 hour drive out of the way and be all set to check-in early on Sunday to start enjoying things around the resort.
Oh my yes the ocean and pools will be great for swimming. We usually go third week in June and find the ocean temp to be around 80 degrees and the pools warm but not too hot. Some years they are even adding ice to the pools to cool them off!! But is usually when we go in Aug., but is has also occurred in June!

We also have a 12 hour drive. We like to do it in one day and get it out of the way and get to the beach as soon as possible! So we drive the 12 hours onto the island and stay at the island Hampton Inn the night before our Disney check-in. We wake up leisurely, eat their free breakfast and go to check-in at Disney. It's just a few miles down from the Hampton Inn. We then head to the beach and Disney pages us when our villa is ready. We feel like we are on vacation sooner because of getting that 12 hour drive out of the way.

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Old 05-09-2012, 08:48 PM   #152
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Wow thanks for the info on the Hampton... I just booked a Family Suite for our 1 night!! That would be nice to already be minutes from the resort vs. hours... :D I just have to run the mileage to make sure the trip is driveable for us... With kids anything over 10 hours locked in a car is pushing it... :S Thanks though for the info on the hotel, at least we have a room reserved!!
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:19 AM   #153
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Is anyone willing to post some live updates or a trip report when they get back from their May trip? I would love to hear about them since we are planning for next May.
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:43 PM   #154
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Old 05-11-2012, 03:50 PM   #155
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If you add non DVC people to the list, please add us We are going July 14th - 20th in a 2 bedroom. It will be me, DH, two sons (7 & 3), in-laws and my Mom. This is our first visit to HH and we are really excited ... and starting to look for tips and suggestions. I know we will be taking a day trip to Savannah and I want to do a dolphin tour, but otherwise, it's up in the air. I'd love restaurant suggestions too!

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Old 05-12-2012, 02:23 PM   #156
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May- Warm or HOT days, cool or warm nights. Last few days around here have been very pleasant, but, we have also had 100 deg days.

July...prepare for heat. Should be a little cooler on the island, but, if you come to Savannah, be prepared for hot and muggy.

Restaurants: HHI, One Hot Mama's, Signe's and Pazzo are very good. The Grill at the resort and at the beach house are worth at least one trip each per stay. Joyceburgers are the best! Joyce cooks in the grill. She is VERY friendly and customer oriented.
Other places? Ask Mike the Pool Guy. He is from around here and knows most of the restaurants on the island.

If you do come to Savannah, try to get into Mrs. Wilkes. Best Southern food around. Paula's place isn't as good as it use to be as she isn't in the kitchen as much as she use to be. River House on River St is good seafood.

Pizza? Vinnie van Go-Go's in City Market. They do NOT take plastic. Cash only. Worth it all the way.
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:27 PM   #157
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Conan,

Thanks for some of those tips from a local!! I'll definitely research some of those restaurants. We don't want anything too upscale as we have 4 kids under 10 so fancy isn't really an option for us... We need fun, relaxed atmospheres for lunches and dinners!! I'm still trying to find a place to rent a waverunner that isn't a tour... :S We can't do a tour as with 2 littler kids we can't get them all on 2 wave runners...

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Conan,

Thanks for some of those tips from a local!! I'll definitely research some of those restaurants. We don't want anything too upscale as we have 4 kids under 10 so fancy isn't really an option for us... We need fun, relaxed atmospheres for lunches and dinners!! I'm still trying to find a place to rent a waverunner that isn't a tour... :S We can't do a tour as with 2 littler kids we can't get them all on 2 wave runners...

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The Crazy Crab in Jarvis Creek (as appose to the one in HarborTown has a sandy playground that the kids enjoyed. Although the one in HarborTown is near the worlds greatest playground... both are casual and fun.
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Old 05-13-2012, 03:49 PM   #159
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Conan thanks for the local tips and weather report for May. Sounds like mike the pool man is the guy in the know.
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:16 PM   #160
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Grocery Question

Hello HHI Fans!

Over a year ago we bought our HHI Contract, and have since spent two nights there - but have our first week-long HHI stay this summer!

We will be taking most of our food with us as we do not plan to dine out at all to be very budget minded and to enjoy time together cooking with family and taking full advantage of the villa kitchen as well as the grills!

However, where most people buy groceries?

We cooked dinner one night and just went to the Piggly Wiggly to pick up what we needed for one meal. However, it seemed pretty pricey for what we purchased (stuff to make taco salad for 2 adults)

Has anyone done Omaha Steaks? (They had been sending me incredible coupons lately)
Other frozen meat supplier?
We won't be driving straight down, we'll be spending at least one night on the way down - possibly two nights to spend time with family friends.

We don't want to buy fresh meat at home and then put it on ice, just doesn't make sense.

Also we'll need fruits and vegetables as well and the other random odds and ends that we'll need over the course of the week.

Also, if anyone can suggest a few tour/cruise providers that would be great!

I have done a lot of research online and have found a few suggestions, but I hope to hear some personal experiences!

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If you add non DVC people to the list, please add us We are going July 14th - 20th in a 2 bedroom. It will be me, DH, two sons (7 & 3), in-laws and my Mom. This is our first visit to HH and we are really excited ... and starting to look for tips and suggestions. I know we will be taking a day trip to Savannah and I want to do a dolphin tour, but otherwise, it's up in the air. I'd love restaurant suggestions too!

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Thanks for the Crazy Crab recommendation, I remember seeing that advertised but we have never eaten there. Definitely will put it on the list, seems great for kids.

I would be happy to do a trip report for May when we get back.

As for the weather, we have been in May and the end of April in the past and the weather has been beautiful. Definitely swimming weather for the beach and the pool. We leave in 2 days!
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Thanks for the Crazy Crab recommendation, I remember seeing that advertised but we have never eaten there. Definitely will put it on the list, seems great for kids.

I would be happy to do a trip report for May when we get back.

As for the weather, we have been in May and the end of April in the past and the weather has been beautiful. Definitely swimming weather for the beach and the pool. We leave in 2 days!
Thanks I can't wair to read your trip report when you get back. Lucky you to be leaving on vacation in 2 days.
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Yes Tink, please post a report if you can when you return. We head down in just over 3 weeks for our first trip and I'm trying to soak up everything i can in the time we have left!! :D I've been reading about dolphin tours through this company or that company, still trying to find waverunners that we can rent to just ride (can't do a tour as we have more kids than adults). Hope you have fun!!

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Conan,

Thanks for some of those tips from a local!! I'll definitely research some of those restaurants. We don't want anything too upscale as we have 4 kids under 10 so fancy isn't really an option for us... We need fun, relaxed atmospheres for lunches and dinners!! I'm still trying to find a place to rent a waverunner that isn't a tour... :S We can't do a tour as with 2 littler kids we can't get them all on 2 wave runners...

Thanks again,
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Your best best is to talk to Mike. He knows everything and is very friendly.

Our child is 16, so, we don't know that much about things for the smaller ones.

The stuff about the Grill there at the resort still stands.
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