We had a fabulous time! This weekend wrapped up 5 straight weeks of celebrations, vacations and events and was quite the grand finale!
Bald Head Island has tons of fun food events on holiday weekends so we planned this trip around the Memorial Day events – a cookout with a band, a cocktail party, wine + cheese (all free) plus a fun event at the island’s beach club on Saturday night (which required tickets).
Thanks for letting me take the weekend off of blogging to truly enjoy a little R&R. But don’t worry – I’ve got a monster of a post to recap it all. So without further ado…
On The Road
Friday afternoon I ate a Larabar while driving, as the ferry ride to the island wasn’t until 6 and I knew dinner wouldn’t be until late…
We started with our celebratory bottle of Chardonnay that we brought back from the honeymoon. Here’s the husband with his bouquet uncorking it -
And my glass with the bottle -
For dinner we cooked Goat Cheese-Almond Crusted Tilapia with Kale Chips and Asparagus (wine pour #2)
It was so. good. ‘Nuff said.
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I split my quadrant in 2 pieces and saved half to have on Sunday.
My mom sent us a giant piece of her cake (I had ordered one for her too since she didn’t get a piece at the wedding because she was up chatting and we ran out of cake!) We all shared that slice, so here’s my second piece. Mmmmm!
After dinner we went to a bar and the group split a pitcher of beer. I only had a few sips of the husband’s cup, as I was pretty full of cake!
Fishin’ For Breakfast
We made oatmeal for the group for Saturday’s breakfast. Made with banana, skim, and topped with granola and a spoonful of PB brought from home. With coffee -
After breakfast, we all made the trek to the club fitness center for a workout before we got started on the day’s events. My family likes to have what my mom calls “jock trips” when we exercise together and go on walks. I’m thankful I am surrounded by others who enjoy exercise.
After our workout I had a handful of trail mix -
Memorial Day Cookout
The island holds a free cookout with burgers and hot dogs plus a live band and kids’ games on Saturday. Did I mention there are kegs too!? The weather was bad, so we were under a pavilion and sat on a towel. The husband and I did some dancing after lunch to the beach music
My sister and I split a burger patty. I topped mine with cheese, lettuce, tomato, K + M, and relish and had half a bag of chips and a beer.
Who knew Bud Light tasted so good!?
Appetizers + Wine at The Hammocks
Later that afternoon we went to a complimentary cocktail party for one of the real estate communities. We’ve been to this before on previous holidays and knew it was the hidden gem of the events schedule!
My plate included: a delicious roll, cheese and crackers (blue cheese, goat cheese + brie), antipasta (mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes + olives), 4 shrimp, ahi tuna, fresh fruit.
Plus I had a glass of wine and a bottle of water -
Plate #2!! More fruit + cheese. I also had bites of the husband’s sandwich and another shrimp.
Wine #2!! And I tried sips of the 2 reds.
We spotted an alligator in the marsh!!
Shoal’s Club Party
The party that night was so much fun. The weather cleared and warmed up a bit and we got all dressed up
The event was “Ports of the USA” with a different station for each port.
San Francisco’s table -
And the decor was so cool – a room full of Chinese lanterns.
As for the food, there’s no way I can recap all that I ate because I had lots of small bites of things and shared plates (and more) with the group. But you can assume I had at least one bite of all of the choices (sometimes two) with the exception of the New York hot dog, which I passed on
Here’s a recap of the cuisine:
- San Francisco (dim sum, crab salad on sourdough)
- San Diego (fish tacos + California wraps)
- Savannah (Shrimp and fried oyster po’ boys + shrimp and grits)
- New Orleans (gumbo + jambalaya)
- New York (pizza + hot dogs)
- Honolulu (beef and pineapple skewers + orzo)
- Miami (Cuban sandwiches + beef something)
- Baltimore (crabcakes + crab soup)
Here are some photos of our shared plates -
Gumbo + jambalaya, fish taco, shrimp + oysters, shrimp + grits
Dim sum, more gumbo, California wrap, crab salad
Cuban sandwich and beef kebab
Crab soup -
Another cuban sandwich (my favorite on the buffet!), Miami beef, orzo, crab cake in the back
Not pictured: shrimp po’ boy + NY pizza
There was a cash bar, and complimentary champagne! I shared one with the hub when we arrived -
And got a Cosmo after dinner -
And had more sips of shared champagne that night -
I started with a reasonable plate of fruit, a little tart, chocolate brownie (ate half) and a macaroon -
But they kept bringing out more desserts and we were all so curious we had to try them! So we went back for peach cobbler with whipped cream and a pear + cherry tart (I shared this plate with the husband so I probably had half)
THEN I went back for 3 tiny pieces of a new pie platter! Peanut butter, banana creme and cheesecake. They were literally 1 bite each, but it was too much dessert. Here’s the cheesecake platter because I was too lazy to take a photo of the bites. Sorry!
Breakfast + Run
Bald Head is a runner’s paradise. There are no cars on the island, only golf carts!! The winding roads are all narrow, flat, and pretty. We all were still feeling full when we woke up and decided to go for a run. I ran with the boys – about 5 miles – and we averaged about 8:15 per mile! I should run with guys more often. They were fast!
No one wanted a big breakfast after our run so we made smoothies with banana, strawberries, peach and milk.
Lunch on the Beach
In an effort to save money from the $10 club sandwiches and eat something healthy, we stopped by the lone island grocery store for some lunch fixins. We made hummus + veggie pitas and brought fresh fruit. (I didn’t end up eating the apple.)
Later that afternoon I had a Leinenkugel. Great choice for a hot day!
We discovered some snacks by the poolside after coming in from the ocean.
Coconut Shrimp -
Spoonful of ice cream -
And my sis and I split a pina colada! If there’s ever a time to have the most caloric of tropical drinks, it’s poolside at the beach in the sunshine It was one of the best I’ve ever had!
Complimentary Event # 1,974,226
Wine and cheese at the inn! There was a parade of homes going on and we went to tour some of the homes and found a wine and cheese party!
Snacks – (I had about 10 more wheat thins after getting the wine munchies!)
Low Country Boil
Can’t go to the beach without a low country boil!!
We started with some chips and salsa. I had a normal serving of chips -
My plate -
Anniversary cake leftovers!! SO good. I ate my piece very slowly. It looks huge here, but it wasn’t really that big. The fondant coating was the best part! Well, no the buttercream was…
We went back to the same bar from Friday night and got another pitcher of beer. This time I had my own cup, but I don’t really like drinking after dinner (I prefer lunch time and cocktail hour!) so I didn’t really want much.
Run + Goodbye Breakfast
I got up to run this morning and did about 4.5 miles in the morning sun. So peaceful and beautiful. It’s amazing how many other vacationers were out running too. I must have said “mornin’” to about 25 people.
For breakfast we made oatmeal with all milk instead of half water to use up the rest before we left. It was SO creamy and delicious with the double milk (and banana). I topped mine with some trail mix and almonds too.
Island Off The Island
Once we got off the ferry, we had lunch at a Key West-inspired restaurant. It was amazing.
We got portabello mushroom tempura fries to start. Such an inventive creation! I had 2 -
And for lunch I had a Blackened Scalloped Salad with Fresh Mango Dressing, plus a few sweet potato fries from the husband’s plate -
And to end the vacation – coconut ice cream!! You can’t go to the beach without getting at least 1 ice cream cone and having to eat it before it melts.
Once home, we unpacked quickly and hit the grocery store. I told the husband to pick out anything he wanted to cook for dinner and what do you know he chose more seafood.
Lemony Cod with Fennel, Zucchini, Spinach + Feta Cheese
We certainly didn’t need alcohol tonight, but he opened a mini bottle of white wine that we keep on hand for cooking in the sauce. We couldn’t let it go to waste, so we each had a tiny pour.
I missed you guys
Whew! That was a hellova long post! Took me over an hour!