Rosemary’s First Vacation

hilton-head-21Mentally, Chris and I had been preparing for a big 5 year anniversary trip for years. Maybe we’d go to Iceland and see the Northern Lights. Maybe we’d go to Switzerland and see the Alps. When I got pregnant, I was sure this wasn’t going to change our plans. I was about 9 weeks pregnant when I confirmed that our parents could watch the baby during our anniversary trip….

And then Rosemary arrived and we threw that all out the window. Sure, there were the logistics – she doesn’t like bottles, so how would family feed her? But the real reason is that we couldn’t imagine having fun without her. And you know what? Watching a baby dip her toes in the ocean in a nearby, family-friendly beach town was probably more magical than seeing the northern lights anyways.

There were downsides, of course. Traveling with an infant requires shoving everything you own into the back of the minivan. Dinners are scheduled for 5:30PM in hopes that we could finish before she got sleepy/angry (spoiler: it didn’t work). Hotel neighbor parties constantly wake the baby (or, wait, maybe that was our sobbing at the election results). But, nevertheless, it all seems worth it to be able to experience everything with Rosemary.

Hilton Head was a wonderful spot. It’s family-friendly and offered plenty to do beyond visiting the beach. We went to the Pinckney Island Nature preserve and walked around for a while….until we saw some alligators and decided that we aren’t made for living on the edge. We went to downtown Savannah for a day, stopping at Wormsloe Historic Park on the way (a serious must-see if you like live oak trees). We strolled around Old Bluffton, which was a cool little marsh town. On our last day, we made our way down to Harbourtown to see the lighthouse, which wasn’t much to see, but had a good playground nearby.

All in all, we had a great time and ate some amazing food (see the list at the bottom of the post).


Where we stayed:

Westin Hilton Head Resort & Spa

Where we ate (ranked from favorite to least favorite, with ALL of them being very good):

Santa Fe Cafe
Cahill’s Market & Chicken Kitchen (Bluffton, SC)
A Lowcountry Backyard
Lucky Rooster
Skullcreek Boathouse
Stu’s Surfside Subs
Giuseppe’s Pizza (Very good, but lost some points for not being very coastal or southern)
View 32 (hotel restaurant)

Cafe City Market (Savannah, GA)

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