After a long month dealing with a family emergency back in the States, we are back on the road! This time we’re house sitting on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. We have a beautiful home in a world famous town where we get to enjoy the company of a very dapper young bulldog named Winston. And this time we have a very special guest: my mom! Read on to learn more about the island and get a virtual tour of this amazing location.
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
South Carolina is, as you might expect, a southern state, bordered by North Carolina, Georgia, and the Atlantic Ocean. It was the 8th state to join the Union, the first state to secede, and hosted the first battle of the Civil War. South Carolina is now home to five million people and is renowned for its lush forests and long coastlines.
Hilton Head Island is located on the Atlantic Ocean, in the southern corner of South Carolina. It is a popular tourist destination for the upper class and is world famous for its golf courses. In particular, Harbor Town Golf Links hosts the yearly Heritage Golf Classic, which is part of the PGA Tour. In total, the island has 40 golf courses, 24 of which are championship-level courses. Needless to say, people take their golfing very seriously around here.
Most of Hilton Head is broken up into gated communities that they call plantations. The home we are house sitting is located in the Sea Pines plantation, which also hosts Harbor Town Golf Links and Harbor Town itself. The plantation is made up of hotels, apartment complexes, vacation homes, and private homes. We’re staying on a street of large, private homes, the majority of which sell for around $850k.
We’re in a single story home with three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a large kitchen, dining room, living room, patio, and an unattached garage. The kitchen has all of the expected gadgets of an American kitchen, including two ovens, a large fridge/freezer combo, microwave, toaster oven, dishwasher, and garbage disposal. As our house sitting host is an architect, we also have special aesthetic extras like beautiful interior ceiling beams and unique exterior fixtures.
Our back patio looks out onto the Harbor Town Golf Links and a pond. The pond turned out to be one of our daily delights. Each day, there was a new bird, turtle, lizard, or alligator to keep us entertained. The alligator pictured below (can you spot him?) was about six feet long and enjoyed swimming around or watching the golfers from behind the sand trap. We named him Billy Gates.
Our house sitting host is an architect who has been living on the island for the last ten years. She’s spending the month visiting her kids in Pennsylvania and leaving us with her beautiful home and very handsome young bulldog named Winston.
Winston is a three year old English bulldog. Despite his tough appearance, he might be the most gentle giant I have ever met. He loves getting attention, especially from children. He also loves rolling in the grass and getting tummy rubs. With Mom’s help, Winston has been spoiled rotten since we have been here. He gets regular car rides and just runs from one of us to the next to get all of the pets he can handle.
Living in South Carolina
Life on Hilton Head is pretty great. We wake up each morning, feed Winston, eat breakfast, then take the pup out for a walk. It is pretty hot and humid in South Carolina, so we spend the majority of the day working or staying indoors. Once the sun goes down, our favorite thing to do is hop on the bicycles our host was gracious enough to provide and explore the forested neighborhoods. I can’t wait to try some Southern food and maybe even a round of golf… or at least some mini golf.
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