From Hilton Head, with love


It’s hard to believe this is our third time to Hilton Head Island in a year. But here we are. It’s summertime in South Carolina.

I’m here with our family travel blogging project to help kick off National Vacation Rental Month with the folks at Wyndham Vacation Rentals.

This time, we’re staying over on the south side of the island at Sea Pines (yeah, that’s me on the front of the website, holding the little girl on my shoulders — not!).

A few observations about this part of the island: First, don’t you dare park in someone else’s driveway. They will hunt you down! Second, get a bike. Bikers seem to enjoy the right of way on the paths in and around Sea Pines. If you’re a pedestrian, stick to the beach or you could get run over. Go during low tide unless you like to wade.

And finally, like all respectable islands, stock up on groceries before you check into your vacation rental. It’s a long, slow drive back to the Publix or Fresh Market store. Unless, of course, you like to eat at one of the Lowcountry restaurants on the island. If that’s the case, why bother with groceries?

As you probably know, our family travel blog, Away is Home, is sponsored by the Vacation Rental Managers Association, the trade organization for professional vacation rentals. We’ve been exploring America’s vacation rental market for the last few years as part of that project.

We’ll be stepping thing up in the next few weeks with trips around Florida and to Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington. Hope to see you all out on the road!

Christopher Elliott

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  • TonyA_says

    Is there a way you can organize your family travel experience all over America so that foreigners with kids who come here and can use it as a travel guide on the road? And, the readers don’t really have to be foreigners since most Americans need the same info, too. See below …

    When I googled drive to Florida Keys, the Nat Geo article was written by no one else but you!

    Looks like you are the new Frommers :)

  • High praise. I’ve always been a big fan of Arthur’s work. I will see what I can do to organize the content better. As with everything else on the web, it’s a work in progress.

  • nice article……