Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Our Family Beach Trip

Happy Tuesday, friends. I hope the day finds you well and you are safe if you are in the path of the storm. Before I delve into the post I had planned for today I wanted to take just a moment to send out my love and appreciation for all the families who have been deeply effected by today. I feel so blessed to have grown up in the United States and to have the opportunity to raise my daughter here with all the freedoms our nation provides.

Today, I wanted to share a little recap of our end of summer beach trip. The week before last we took off the later half of the week and headed to the beach. It was our family’s only trip this summer since Corey and I traveled for a couple weddings back in June.

We went to Wild Dunes on the Isle of Palms, which is about twenty minutes from Charleston. I had never stayed at this resort even though I’ve been vacationing at the Charleston-area beaches my whole life but I have to say it was so family-friendly and was definitely the perfect choice for our family and super active little lady.

We left mid-morning and Madeline was such a good girl in the car. We stopped halfway for a potty break and Chick-fil-A for lunch. And of course a little play time in their play place to get Madeline’s energy out. Then, she watched a movie in the car the second half of the ride and then we were in Charleston. I was so impressed. 

Our first stop was King Street so that I could go shopping. Unfortunately, that plan was foiled when Madeline’s good mood ran out. She didn’t have a nap and was in no mood for letting mama treat herself! So we went to see the horses because she’d never seen one in person and ice cream before heading to Isle of Palms. 

We got all checked in to our condo, took a walk on the beach, and then went to enjoy dinner outside by the water.

The next morning we spent on the beach before coming in for her nap time. Corey and I both agreed that we seem to have finally got this beach with a kid thing down and we wheeled our wagon full of chairs, umbrella, sand toys, inflatable baby pool, and snacks down to the ocean and enjoyed the morning. One thing we both agree is it is worth the splurge to stay ocean front because traveling with a little one requires so.much.stuff.

We came in for lunch and Madeline’s nap. Then, after she woke up we all got ready and went to Red’s in Mt. Pleasant for dinner. She was so fascinated by all the boats.

The next day we started the morning with a walk on the beach and let Madeline play in the sand and pick up sea shells then we went to he pool for the rest of the morning. After nap, Madeline and I went for ice cream and a walk while Corey golfed nine holes.

On our third day, we went out for breakfast and then into Charleston to take Madeline to the aquarium. The weather looked kind of iffy but it turned out nice after a morning rain storm. She loved seeing “Nemo and Dory.”

We came back for lunch and a nap and then asked Madeline what she wanted to do in the afternoon. I expected her to say the beach but she wanted to go to the pool so that is what we did. The resort has a really nice zero entry pool so it is perfect for little ones. There’s also a bar at this pool which I did not enjoy this time - but there’s always next year!

We stayed until dinner time and grabbed a quick dinner at one of the resort’s casual restaurants before heading back to the condo. 

In the morning, Corey took Madeline out to see the beach one last time while I got us all organized to come home. Then we were off on our way home. We arrived home just in time for Madeline to take her nap and us to all have a little quiet time to settle in and get ready for the week ahead. 


  1. 'Isle of Palms' sounds pretty idyllic! Love the fact the beaches aren't rammed like some of them can be here in the Med in summer. Is the sea safe to swim in (currents, sharks etc?). It also looks really laid back and family friendly too - would love to go one day - not just for the beaches, but the shopping too! Is there much to do at night with a family? J xx

  2. What a fantastic looking trip! I am living vicariously through everyone's vacations, since we always take ours at the very beginning of summer. So glad you all had a nice time!


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