I arrived at Hilton Head last Monday. Internet access was not available in the condo I stayed in. I could access it at the pool, or at various hot spots around the island. I had to walk about a block from the condo to use my cell phone. Years ago I never had these concerns as I didn’t have these devices on previous visits.
It was a very relaxing enjoyable time.
There have been so many changes to the island since I began visiting it over 30 years ago.
Among my favorites that are still here are The Crazy Crab for lunch at Harbourtown, the rocking chairs to relax in after lunch and a walk around the harbor, and Signe’s Bakery which was my last stop as I left the island to pick up bread to bring back to Florida.
I am still a sunset kind of girl and I enjoyed the sunset at Hudson's On The Docks after a dinner of Oyster's Rockefeller and Crab Cakes. It was every bit as good as I remember it.
The shopping scene has changed considerably – and as Martha would say “That is a good thing!” which means I spent little. Chico’s is still in the same place near Coligny Circle – one of the few long time survivors. S.M. Bradford is still at Harbor town, although their other stores are gone or changed.
The beach is one of my favorites and still the greatest place to walk. Although the Mariner’s Inn is now the Hilton, the grounds are still so beautiful with the plantings and access to the beach.
I also enjoyed the view and the yachts at Shelter Cove Harbour.
I found a neat new statue near Sea Pines Circle of Charles Fraser and an alligator. He was the man largely responsible for "discovering" Hilton Head and creating Sea Pines Plantation.
I did find time to do a little thinking, designing and start a new quilting project.
I enjoy visiting places that I have a history with and this is certainly one of my favorites.