Travel Blog: The Wild Dunes Resort Isle of Palms South Carolina
Somehow it managed to drop from 70-degrees to 29-degrees in just two days. I’m sitting by my fireplace with a hot cup of coffee so that I won’t complain too much. I’m excited to share all about our weekend spent at Wild Dunes Resort on the blog today. Looking back at the photos brings me warmth and makes me wish I was back in the Isle of Palms, sitting on the beach with my morning cup of coffee. The Wild Dunes is just miles from the historic downtown Charleston and located at the northern tip of Isle of Palms. If you’re looking for that Lowcountry charm, you’ll find that there. We were surrounded by 1600 acres of barrier island paradise filled with tennis courts, golf courses, pools, restaurants, bike trails, walking trails, gorgeous beach rentals, shops, and the list goes on. The Wild Dunes is like its own little city. We are already looking forward to visiting this summer when we can soak up some rays by the beach.When there is coffee with a view, you know I’m in my element. I made my coffee in the hotel room, grabbed my camera, bundled up, and headed out the door to catch the sunrise on the beach. We stayed at the Boardwalk Inn at Wild Dunes Resort. There was a boardwalk that took you straight to the beach from the hotel. This is great if you want a beach vacation without the stress of parking or walking forever. The Boardwalk Inn at Wild Dunes had several pools. There were pools located closer to the hotel that had cabanas and was adult only, and then The Grand Pavilion pools that were right next to the ocean. The Grand Pavilion pools are family-friendly with panoramic ocean views. You can forget the stress of packing food and snacks for the family because the dining options surround you.
Depending on the time of year, you can book several activities that’ll bring adventure to your vacation. You can go fishing, rent bikes, take kayaking tours, stand-up paddleboarding, and action-packed watersports. You can sign up for culinary outings, history tours, pirate tours, or visit the South Carolina aquarium with more than 5000 animals and 60 exhibits.
Our room overlooked the pools, and I loved the airy lighting shining in. The rooms were decorated with a coastal theme, and the beds made you feel like you were sleeping on a large cloud. The balcony overlooking the pool was gigantic, and you could also see the ocean. On our last night there, we watched the sunset from the balcony. It was so pretty and peaceful.
The staff was incredible and the friendliest. If you want that southern hospitality, you’ll get that here. If you needed suggestions or had any general questions, the staff were more than happy to help.
Kyle and I wanted to fit in a quick workout on Saturday morning, so we took a hotel shuttle a mile down the road to one of their gyms. They had a gym close by perfect for cardio, but Kyle wanted to hit the weights. The Wild Dunes resort is a great place for anyone who loves an active lifestyle (but also a relaxing one.) I told Kyle that the Wild Dunes would make the perfect spot for a health & wellness retreat. The wellness programs would be perfect for a reset while vacationing.
After our workout, we walked across the street to have brunch at Huey’s Southern Eats. It’s fun to sit by the window and watch the golfers. Huey’s is a casual spot, so no worries if you’re walking over after the gym! You can order southern comfort staples, but they also have healthy (& vegan) options. Their fruit plate was ginormous, and everything was so fresh. The oatmeal with brown sugar and granola on top was also a winner. It’s safe to say that we walked away very satisfied!
Instead of taking the shuttle back to the hotel, we decided to take the walking trail back. The walking trail is lined with gorgeous palm trees, perfect beach homes, and water. I was hoping to see a gator, but no luck!
After getting cleaned up, we headed to Hudson’s Market to grab cappuccinos and hot tea to warm up. The Hudson Market is located right next to the Boardwalk Inn. They offer baked pastries, homemade biscuit bowls, hot breakfast platters, signature sandwiches, salads, ice cream, cafe drinks, and so much more. The food looked so good that we knew we’d be back to have lunch later in the day. Oh, and their almond milk cappuccino was on point!
We took the Indigo Dying Workshop with Kristy Bishop, which was so much fun! It was cool to learn how the indigo dye is made and play around with shibori techniques. We made some napkins that I plan on using for food photography this spring. See the crazy tied-up thing in the corner? That is one of my white JCrew T-shirts. It’s in the dryer right now, but I’ll post an after photo asap! This workshop made me want to look into dying as a summer hobby. I love that the resort offers unique experiences. Even Kyle had fun with the workshop, and I think he did better than me.
Sidenote ** Kristy is an incredible artist and jewelry maker. You’re going to be obsessed with her earrings!! Check out her site.
After we spent some time at the Indigo workshop, we were super hungry! We stopped back into the Hudson Cafe to grab a quick bite to eat before heading to the tennis courts. I ordered their garden salad and added a fresh fruit cup on top! The produce tasted so fresh, and the portion size was huge. It was a pleasant surprise and hit the spot for lunch.
Kyle ordered their chicken BLT on a gluten-free bagel and said it was incredible! There are gluten-free and vegan options available if you’re looking for some!
We were going to rent bikes but decided to play tennis instead. It was still chilly and very windy, so I decided to save the bike riding for our next trip. If you like to play tennis, Wild Dunes Resort is your spot. They have 17 Har-Tru courts and a stadium court! You can also play at night. 😃The courts are located right across from the Boardwalk Inn. You can participate in clinics, take private lessons, or put your kiddos in lessons.
After playing tennis, we got changed and then took a little walk down by the beach. The sun was about to set, and it was a beautiful time of day. Everything was picture-perfect.
The resort is the perfect place to get away and relax. It’s only about three hours away from Charlotte but feels like a whole new world. Wild Dunes Resort would be the perfect place to escape with your girlfriends or for a mother-daughter giveaway. The hotel has a spa with a large variety of services to choose from. They offer bare therapy, nail therapy, spa packages, skincare treatments, massage therapy, body treatments, and also packages for the kiddos.
We headed downstairs to Coastal Provisions for dinner. We were so ready for some good food, and a glass of wine with all the running around we did during the day. Coastal Provisions, an upscale seafood and chophouse restaurant, is located in the Boardwalk Inn. The menu looked incredible and fresh. I ordered the mean green salad without cheese and a big bowl of maple brussels sprouts. THE FOOD WAS SO GOOD! If you’re visiting the area, I highly recommend making a reservation there for dinner. Kyle ordered the filet and potatoes and said it was incredible.
After dinner, we played a quick game of checkers. Of course, he won. I was two glasses of wine deep, and he plays checkers on his phone like it’s Candy Crush.
I made my cup of coffee in the hotel room early Sunday morning and snuck out to go for a walk through the neighborhoods. The streets looked like Hollywood sets because everything was “white picket fence perfect!” I have about 1000 more photos on my phone from the early morning walk, but I didn’t want to drown you in perfection too much.
On our way home, we stopped at Vintage Coffee & Cafe in Sullivans Island for some breakfast. I had been here a few years ago with Becca, so it was cool to visit once again. This cafe is the cutest spot and has great food!
How adorable is the interior?
We split the gluten-free avocado toast, and I loved that it had jelly underneath. I would never have thought to do that, but it tasted so good! I also ordered the acai bowl without honey. That was also really good! Oh, and the cappuccino with an extra shot of espresso was perfection!
Our little getaway was so relaxing and the perfect escape! We look forward to visiting again when the weather is a bit warmer. 😊
A big thank you to Wild Dunes for inviting Kyle and me to your gorgeous resort! 💜
Questions for you!
- Have you ever been to the Isle of Palms?
- What’s your favorite part about weekend getaways?
- Are you a beach or pool kind of person?
(ps this post was not sponsored, but our stay was courtesy of the hotel)