More Big Mouse; Traveling North

Greetings from Hilton Head, South Carolina!

In my last report, we were enjoying our first full day on Disney Dream and were looking forward to dinner at Remy. I can most assuredly report that Remy lived up to all expectations.

We arrived at Remy on the 12th deck and had a lovely table with views of the sunset as we sailed from Nassau. Remy features two menus des gustation – Saveur, inspired by French classics and Goût, influenced by the chefs at Victoria & Albert, the premier dining experience at the Grand Floridian hotel at Walt Disney World (we splurged and ate there last November – it was fantastic!).

We decided to try both menus and swap each course to experience each item. Oh, my: What a fantastic gourmet experience that included ratatouille with olive oil ice cream, tomatoes done four ways (including a sparkling drink), grilled turbot, sea bass, fois gras in pastry, Australian Wagyu beef, and several other incredibly prepared dishes. Dessert included several items, including truffles in a silver case. We washed this down with a couple of glasses of great wines recommended by the sommelier.

We waddled back to the room and crashed, getting ready for the second day at Castaway Cay. This was our third visit to this wonderful private island. We started out the day with a ride on a glass-bottom boat. The trip was not worth the time or $35 a person (won’t do that again). We saw a few fish and fed them oatmeal – wheeee!

After getting back to the Cay, we headed over to Cookie’s BBQ and pigged out on the great lunch (yup, we were hungry again). Following that repast we made our way to Serenity Bay, the adults-only beach, where Steve enjoyed walking around in the shallow, warm water. We ended our day at the Conched Out Bar, where Steve tried the Mango Margaritas (I stick with wine).

Our final evening on Dream was spent checking out the Skyline Bar, a lovely little retreat in the District (adult nightclubs & bars) that had a changing backdrop showing the skylines from New York, Paris, Rio, Hong Kong and Chicago (and with that patented Disney magic, the images have lights that change and other animated features). We also had a very good dinner in Animator’s Palate, one of the main dining rooms, and finally met our table mates.

Our short cruise was over all too soon. Disney Dream is a spectacular ship and we really enjoyed our experience. We hit the road yesterday morning, driving north on Highway 1 until we got to Jacksonville, where we entered the monotonous chaos of I-95. We exited at I-16 and worked our way through Savannah and the back roads to Hilton Head.

We are now staying at the Hilton Head Disney Vacation Club resort, which is delightful. The main resort, modeled after a 1940’s-era fishing lodge, is nestled in huge trees next to the salt marsh. The resort also has a beautiful beach house with another swimming pool and beach access. We did the tourist thing last night and ate at the Salty Dog, on the south end of the island. We had a pretty good dinner – peel-&-eat shrimp and crab cake sandwiches. Hilton Head is gorgeous and certainly not what we expected (I guess I was anticipating miles of crass commercial development like Cocoa Beach). It is filled with nature refuges, gorgeous homes, bike trails and golf courses, with beautiful bird-filled salt marshes and huge trees draped with Spanish moss.

We decided to skip doing a day trip to Charleston (two hours each way), but are still going to venture back to Savannah on Wednesday and do a shorter day trip tomorrow to Beaufort.

More to come…

Location:Hilton Head, SC

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