Welcome back to the latest news about our big October event – TouringPlans #Everywhere. As a recap, during Columbus Day weekend, TouringPlans is sending our staff far and wide (some far-er and wider than others) to Disney destinations throughout the world to collect content, meet our subscribers, maybe have some fun while we’re at it.
Speaking of people who aren’t traveling very far, I will be visiting the Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort, a Disney Vacation Club property. This is roughly 5 hours from my home in North Carolina, and I drive past Hilton Head, SC, every time I’m on my way down I-95 heading to Florida. I’ve always felt a little guilty about never stopping by because I’m a DVC member and believe I should experience all the resorts. (After October, Vero Beach and Aulani will be the only ones left.)
Not only have I never been to this resort, I’ve never been to Hilton Head. Or even Charleston for that matter. The closest I’ve gotten is Savannah, GA.
Because I’m a DVC member, I was able to book the 3-night visit with points. That is the good news. The bad news was that even booking a studio (and I hate studios), I spent 60 points for the three nights. As a comparison, Vero Beach in a one bedroom for two nights for the same dates only cost me 50 points; and Aulani for six nights in a standard hotel room for the same time was 86 points. For some reason September and October are only less than the middle of summer (premier season) at Hilton Head. At Walt Disney World, the same dates are the second lowest points period of the year.
During the trip, I’m looking forward to renting a bike to ride to the beach (the resort is not directly on the beach, but does have a beach house there for recreation) and some of the naturalist-lead (aside, I always have to look up “naturalist” vs. “naturist” – that’s a mistake you only make once). Sadly, the loggerhead turtles only lay their eggs on the beach in the middle of the summer, so I’ll miss that.
Most of the dining at Hilton Head is listed as seasonal on Disney’s web site, but without the dates to explain what that means. I’m under the impression that most guests venture into town to eat at the local restaurants rather than staying onsite to dine. I’m busily reading trip reports at Mouseowners (my favorite DVC resource on the web) to get ideas for things to do there.
My expectation is that this trip will be very low-key, but have all the great service I’m used to from Disney. How about you? Have you been to Hilton Head? What are my must-dos? What should I avoid? Talk about it in the comments. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter with #Everywhere in October to get live reporting from all the places we’re going. And say hi if you’re in the area!
Ed., as a DVC member, I was able to book this trip with my own DVC points. If you’re not a member, or are short on points, we use and recommend DVCRequest.com (also known as David’s DVC Rentals) for Hilton Head or any other DVC Villa resort you’d like to book.