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March 25, 2019

Take a Relaxing Family Getaway Beach Trip to Wild Dunes Resort

Wild Dunes Resort in Ise of Palms
Thank you Wild Dunes Resort for invitation to visit your resort!  We had a blast!


Do you ever feel like you need to get away?  Tired of the busyness of everyday life and need a place to escape to unwind and enjoy the simple life?


Lately, my life has been hectic!  Being a mom of a tween and teen daughters, running a business, keeping the house in order,  it's like I'm always pulled in every direction.  I'm tired!  I needed a quick getaway retreat to help relax and recharge.


For years, I always wanted to visit Charleston, South Carolina because I heard amazing things about the city, like how charming it is and the foodie scene is out of this world!  I had to see what all the talk is about this historic city.


Charleston is not too far away from Atlanta, just a 5-hour trip, so I gathered up my family for a quick family beach vacation for a couple of days.


Charleston, the oldest and largest city in the state of South Carolina, have picturesque pastel architecture which is well-preserved, cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, top-rated restaurants, it's the most popular travel destination.



Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms in South Carolina


About 20 minutes away from Charleston Historic District lies Isle of Palms, a barrier island on the South Carolina coast.  My family and I stayed at the Wild Dunes Resort located steps away from the warm, white salty beaches.




Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms in South Carolina


Wild Dunes family-friendly resort offers a variety of different accommodations that everyone will enjoy, like bike-riding, golfing at their award-winning golf courses, the beach, tennis, several swimming pools, on-site dining, shops, and so much more!  There is no need to leave the property since there is so much to do at Wild Dunes Resort.  And, Wild Dunes is a walkable community, so you can park your car and enjoy a relaxing walk on the bike trails.


Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms South Carolina


The first impression of Wild Dunes Resort, I thought I entered into an elite country club.  But, unlike a lot of country clubs needing a membership to join, Wild Dunes is free to the public, including playing golf on their courses.


Wild Dunes Resort Isle of Palms in South Carolina


Wild Dunes grounds are well manicured with luscious greenery all around the community.  Also, the Wild Dunes Resort have soft, colorful pastel buildings that are so beautiful and beachy, giving that Lowcountry, cozy lifestyle feel.


Wild Dunes Resort White Sandy Beaches


Wild Dunes Resort has several room options to suit your fancies like vacation rentals, condominium or cottage, so there is enough space for everyone.


Wild Dunes Resort Two Bed Queen Room


Since this was a short trip, we didn't need a big suite, so we stayed at Wild Dunes Boardwalk Inn with a standard two queen beds.  Inside our room have a soft colored tone palette of light blues, greens, and browns, with a coastal decor look.  Our bathroom was very spacious with a separate toilet area with a door for more privacy.


Wild Dunes Resort Bathroom Vanity

Our trip was filled with exciting activities, adventures, and good eats; we tried to cram in as much as we can.  Check out all that we did below:


Delicious Southern Cuisines


Remember I said that Charleston is known for their culinary scene?  Isle of Palms is no different.  Whether it's beach eats or distinctively southern cuisine, every restaurant choice is a good one when dining at Wild Dunes Resort.


Wild Dunes Coastal Provisions Restaurant

First, the family and I had dinner at Coastal Provisions with dining offerings of local and sustainable cuisines specializing in meats, plates of seafood, and crafted cocktails.  Everything prepared is made fresh and bursting with flavor.  Our meals were beautifully displayed on our plates and were delicious down to the last bite.


Wild Dunes Resort Food

Wild Dunes Resort Food

Wild Dunes Resort Food

Wild Dunes Resort Food

Wild Dunes Resort Food



During our exquisite dining experience, we feasted on fried green tomatoes, bone-in ribeye steak, crab cakes, she-crab soup (a local specialty), and finished it off with a New York Cheesecake.  Huge compliments to the chef and waitstaff, excellent service!  What a way to wine and dine their guest!


Another place we dined at the Wild Dunes Resort was Huey's Southern Eats for brunch.  Huey's is a relaxing style restaurant featuring Southern staple dishes with a local twist.  The restaurant is right on the golf course, so you can people watch while enjoying your tasty meal.  And just like Coastal Provisions, Huey's Southern Eats is delish too!  I was craving something sweet, so I had french toast with scrambled eggs and cheese while washing it down with a caramel milkshake.  Yummy!


Wild Dunes Resort Milkshake at Huey's Southern Eats

Chicken and Waffles at Huey's Southern Eats

French Toast and Scrambled Eggs with Cheese at Huey's Southern Eats

Omelette with Cheese and Potatoes at Huey's Southern Eats

Golf Course at Wild Dunes Resort



Exciting Activities


The weather was mild, in the low 70's, terrific for outdoor activities.


Indigo Workshop with Kristy Bishop


After fueling up on food at Huey's, we attended an outdoor Indigo Workshop with Kristy Bishop learning how to naturally dye garments from an indigo plant which is grown in South Carolina and plays an essential part of the state's eighteenth-century economy.


Indigo Workshop with Kristy Bishop

Indigo Workshop with Kristy Bishop


It was fun creating all the neat abstract designs from blue dye that's produced from a plant, plus it's a great educational experience too.


You can book Kristy Bishop Indigo Workshop with Wild Dunes Resort. I highly recommend it!


Indigo Workshop with Kristy Bishop


The tie-dye garment I created I'll be using it as a headwrap during my next beach trips.


After creating our tie-dye masterpieces, we rented bikes to ride around the island and sight-see.  Isle of Palms has bike trails, and you can even go bike riding on the beach!  With bike paths all over the resort, it is easy to explore the island with the whole family.


Biking at Wild Dunes Resort


During biking, we passed by locals, and they would give us a warm hello, and cheering Lauren on as she learns how to ride a bike.  She almost got the hang of peddling, but it exhausted her out, so she walked her bike while the three of us rode ours.


Biking on Beach at Wild Dunes Resort

Biking on Beach at Wild Dunes Resort

Bike Trail at Wild Dunes Resort

Things we did in Charleston


We managed to do a little bit in Charleston, like sight-see and eating!  LOL!


A couple of restaurants we visited Hyman's Seafood, a Charleston landmark for over 126 years serving up seafood and great southern hospitality.


Hyman's Seafood Charleston Restaurant

Hyman's Seafood Charleston Restaurant Food



Kitchen 208, an easy-going restaurant serving freshly-made breakfast and lunch.


Kitchen 208 Brunch Food

Kitchen 208 Brunch Food


When visiting Ise of Palms and Charleston, you'll need more than two days to get the full experience of both cities, recommend at least a week because both offer an array of activities to do.


Historic Charleston


I need me more of both Isle of Palms and Charlestons!  It helped me put everything to the side, take a much-needed break, and rejuvenate.  I found myself not clock watching, or looking down at my phone every second, but just enjoying life in the present moment.


Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms South Carolina


I can't wait to come back and indulge in the laid-back, easy-going lifestyle again!



Have you ever visited Isle of Palms or Charleston?



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