This is one of my happy places and as of March 1st it celebrated its 25th anniversary. Most people aren’t even aware that Disney owns off property resorts in Vero Beach & Hilton Head plus now Aulani in Hawaii.
For 4 years straight, my ex and I would purposely book the first long weekend in January to hit up this hidden gem. It was just after peak season pricing, completely empty and following my ridiculous December all hands on deck events work season, so there was always a countdown to this necessary getaway. We typically got an upgraded room too and it was the perfect retreat.
I had some of my best runs through these docks, boardwalks and swamplands. Weather could be mild, but winters could be brutally cold too. But that didn’t stop us taking advantage of the hot tub nightly, bike riding on the beach, crabbing off the piers, conquering the shuffleboard & horseshoe pits, battling in the ball court, roasting marshmallows over the fire pit, hitting the outlet malls and claiming my fav hammock while reading a good book under 2 blankets.
One year we even stumbled upon the annual Hilton Head 5k road race and promised to run the next day if it wasn’t raining when we woke up. We hit that start line and the downpour started 5 mins into this spontaneous decision. I ended up winning 2nd place and had to hang around for the awards ceremony; however, I had promised him that we all got participation medals BUT I was mistaken and that ended badly. Hmmm.
Another year I got food poisoning from a seafood shack and spent 2 days puking my guts out. Maybe that was a sign, as that was our last year. Hmmm.
I can’t find these crazy deals anymore and it was our special place, so I haven’t been back since. BUT everyone has those perfect memories that can always make you smile and be genuinely thankful for.