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Free public tennis courts:   Chaplin Park. Turn left out of the resort, and go 2 lights (at the Exxon station). Turn right and then a left into the parking lot for the courts. They were beautiful courts, and since DD plays on the HS tennis team, I’ve seen quite a few courts lately  these blew away a lot of the “club” courts that I’ve seen.

Directions to Frankie Bones from Disney’s HHI resort:  Turn left out of the resort and it’s in the Main St Village towards the north end of the island. It’s up in the Hilton Head Plantation area.

Directions to Flamingo’s Cafe:  Turn right out of the resort. Go towards Sea Pines, straight thru the traffic circle and turn left into the shopping center right before the Sea Pines guard gate. It’s in the shopping center with the Harris Teeter & Mellow Mushroom. Go past those, and Flamingo’s is on the far end of the shopping center next to the UPS shop. While they do the doughnuts in the morning, it’s also a Mediterranean Cafe for lunch and dinner.

Resort tips & notes: We really liked the pool side room, it wasn’t loud at all, then again it really wasn’t busy. We were able to pick up the Wi-Fi signal from the balcony and when the kids were down at the pool area, we could watch them or toss down the goggles they forgot.   We had a marsh view room (bldg 27) last time we were there, and it was nice but the bugs can be bad. I actually asked when we checked in how the bugs were and she said “they’re getting better, let’s put you in next to the pool” No problems at all with bugs there, and we often had the door open to the balcony.

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This morning DH & I went to play golf at Golden Bear (got a great rate at last minute tee times) We left around 9am for a 10:04 tee time. Pretty course, not terribly difficult if you keep the ball in the fairway, but if you go in the rough  forget it!!!

Kids were still asleep when we left but they had big plans to check out the Beach House while we were gone. DS was very excited that he got to call the shuttle from the resort bus stop.  They both said the shuttle driver was wonderful.  The driver told them not to even wait the 30 minutes for a shuttle and to just call her when ever they were ready to go back to the resort .  They had fun looking for shells, collecting sea water for DD’s biology class.   Had lunch  there and came back to the villa to “chill”.

We all met back in the villa in the afternoon and went to the pool for a bit. Again, not busy at all. I had a very nice conversation with some United Kingdom Disney Vacation Club members while relaxing in the hot tub.

After showers/naps we headed out for dinner.  There are so many choices, that it was hard to decide, but we chose Frankie Bones. OMG it was wonderful! The description was an Italian-American restaurant & lounge with a Frank Sinatra Chicago/NY/Vegas feel. Big deep booths, dim lighting and very “cool” “hip” 50’s decor. Service was wonderful and the food, the food was incredible!  Bread came out with a sun-dried tomato flavored butter, yum. DH had the lobster mac & cheese with a 1 1/2 lbs of lobster in it, that was presented with the empty lobster shell (DS named him Bob   I had the Oscar Salmon which was sooooo good! DD had the Tuscan Filet, which was prepared perfectly. DS asked our waitress how big the kids pizza was and if he should get the adult pizza instead.  She told him it was the same size and to just get the kids one.  He ate the whole pizza, it was perfect size for him. Then there was dessert…..  The kids got the Creme Brulee but didn’t love the touch of Amaretto.   DH & I shared the nutty Irishman Ice Cream Cake. 3 layers of chocolate cake with Frangelico, Bailey’s & coffee ice cream between the layers. All covered in chocolate ganache.  Wonderful meal, I highly recommend this restaurant!

Completey stuffed, we headed back to the resort for the activity I had been waiting for for 4 years. It was campfire night.  On our 1 previous trip, it rained and cancelled the campfire for our trip, so I was really looking forward to this. The kids were down to the campfire pit early and DS answered the Cast Member’s trivia question, so he got to be the Bell Ringer and start the activities. There were a bunch of silly songs and DH may have looked at me a little strange as I was singing along.  What can I say, I was a Girl Scout. I’ve been singing these songs since I was 5 years old.  All of the kids and families seemed to be having a really good time (except when the smoke would blow in their eyes. It was pretty swirly all evening). When it was time to start roasting marshmallows for the s’mores, the Cast Members announced that DS & his family would be first in line since he was the bell ringer.  I told DH I didn’t think I could eat a s’more cuz I was still full from dinner, but it was a s’more, I couldn’t resist .  We spent the rest of the evening relaxing at the pool & hot tub and out on our deck .  The kids played a bit more table tennis & shuffleboard.

Our trip was almost over, we would be leaving in the morning.

We don’t always go to Disney (World) sometimes we like to go to Hilton Head Island and stay at Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort.

Quick little trip report from our weekend at HHI.

We (DH 39, Me 37, DD14–15 in a month– & DS11 ) drove down on Saturday 10/4.  Checked in around 2pm and CM (Natasha?) was great! Very friendly & helpful and found a perfect villa for us that was ready.

We were in 2611 (2br villa), overlooking the Big Dipper Pool. Villa was in great shape, perfectly clean, no issues at all.  This is the view from our deck:

After settling in, DH & DD went to one of the local parks to play tennis. DS & I hit the pool.  Weather was beautiful, sunny & low-mid 80’s. There were only a couple of other people in the pool, we had a great time. I even tried out the water slide.   Then we played some table tennis & shuffleboard.

After relaxing a little while in the villa we all went to Parrot Cove Bar & Grill at Shelter Cove for dinner.  DH & I had the all-u-can eat crab legs, yum!  DD had the “Parrot Burger” -with lettuce and tomato, Heinz 57 and French fried potatoes, and a big kosher pickle  (I couldn’t get the song out of my head the rest of the nite  ) DS had an appetizer sample.  Meals were good, service was a little spotty but all in all, it was pretty good.

After dinner, we all went to the park for some family tennis.  These were beautiful courts, lights, and empty. Had a good time, stopped at the Piggly Wiggly for a few things that didn’t get packed  and went back to the room.  I was surprised that the pool area gets locked up at 10pm .  JMO, but if it’s ok to swim without a lifeguard from 5pm-10pm, why not leave the area open? Would have been nice to go to the hot tub… The kids did go down and play table tennis & shuffleboard and then called it a night.


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