(This post from 2017 has been reprinted and modified from the original.)
As a development, Hilton Head, South Carolina, has much going for it: pristine beaches, superb restaurants, and a main harbor flanked by chic shops for both men and women. We were fortunate to rent an AirBnB near Harbor Town with a balcony overlooking the boats and a view of people coming and going.
What didn’t expect when we arrived was that the harbor was “under repair.” Hurricane Matthew had come in like a lion, roared enough to tear up what man had created, and then moved on. Our room with a view was still a room with a view, but an unexpected one.
But we were drawn to it. In fact, we took our coffee outside each morning to watch the workers hauling, hammering, and handling equipment, all without falling into the brink.
By week’s end, they were gone. No more barges piled high with machinery. No cranes lifting beams. No men wielding heavy drills and hammers. Faits accomplis. And the harbor was back to doing what it had always done — harboring boats from all over in one small, but beautiful setting surrounded by pretty shops and gourmet restaurants.
And we had a our view: a clear shot of the lighthouse of Harbor Town, reflected in unobstructed waters.