0 Comments Published by Unknown on Monday, December 24, 2007 at 12/24/2007 01:44:00 PM.
In order to get into the tip of Hilton Head you have to pass through a gatehouse and pay some money. A Lincoln will get you through to see the ocean. This is very foreign to us. Imagine charging for access to a public beach. It's crazy. In Hawaii it's a state law that you can't prevent or charge for public access to the beaches...I think. At least, we never paid anyone to get to any beach in Hawaii.
At the end of South Beach you'll find a red and white striped light house. It towers 60 feet in the air and gives a great view of the circular harbor of mostly muscle fishing boats. Some of the sea cruisers are 50-100 feet in length. The bay, lighthouse, and surrounding area was designed by Charles Fraser. He went through the trouble of sending his designers to Europe's ports and marinas to study the best features. Then he incorporated them into this world famous port. The lighthouse is in every Golf magazine as it lines up with the 18th hole of Harbour Town Golf Links.
The kitchens were a hassle though. They were built about 100 feet away. This prevented accidental house fires and unpleasant aromas permeating the home from slaughtered animals. No refrigerators in those days.
The highlight was Topside, a restaurant back at the lighthouse serving seafood of course. We were there as they opened and got a window table. We drank our Long Island Iced Tea and Rusty Nail as the sun set. We were early enough for the Early Bird special so that meant more cash in my pocket. I had the She Crab Bisque and sautéed prawns in angle hair pasta. Ruth the Passion Fruit BBQ Salmon. We enhanced the light flavors with a gentle New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
Money can't buy happiness but it can certainly rent it for a couple of hours.
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