Last weekend, we packed up the car and headed down to Isle of Palms, South Carolina, just outside of Charleston, to stay at the new Sweetgrass Inn at the Wild Dunes Resort. I know it’s only been a week, but I’m still in a vacation coma. I had so much fun putting this travel blog post together, showing you what to do, where to eat, and all the fun things the Sweetgrass Inn has to offer! We had some of the best meals last weekend. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway that involves relaxation, soaking up the sun, poolside drinks, incredible food, and fun activities, well, the Sweetgrass Inn at the Wild Dunes Resort is your dream vacation spot, and it’s just outside of Charleston SC.
Our hotel room was decorated so cutely. One of the things we kept saying all weekend was how clean and well-kept everything was. I don’t know if it was the fact that our 80-pound dog wasn’t in bed or what, but I slept like a baby through the night! The beds are soft, and everything around the rooms stays very quiet. Even in the middle of the day, we couldn’t hear the noise from the pool.
The hotel room had a fridge, a wardrobe for hanging up your dresses, a hand steamer, an espresso maker, luxury bathrooms, a balcony overlooking the pool, a couch, a desk area, giant flat-screen TV, hairdryer, branded bath toiletries & hand sanitizer, soft robes and slippers, and an in-room safe. And don’t worry about packing towels (we did for the beach) because they have towels available down by the pool! And if you forget anything, you can always stop at the Hudson Market for medicine, snacks, drinks, and more! You don’t have to leave the resort for anything. When we arrived, we got cleaned up and went on a little walk before heading to dinner. Some of my favorite streets in the Isle of Palms are located right next to the Resort. The best time to walk them is at golden hour and in the morning. The way the sun hits the trees makes it look like the Spanish moss is glowing.
A few years ago, we took some photos on the trail leading to the beach when we visited the Wild Dunes Resort. Those photos I took were just published in last month’s Coastal Living Magazine! I had to stop by and take a photo in that spot to celebrate.
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.On the first night, we had dinner at Sweetgrass Inn’s Oystercatcher. Oh, My Goodness! The restaurant is located in the lobby area, and there are so many spots to sit. It’s one of the casual and comfortable settings where you sit outside, by the bar, or inside at the tables. We chose to sit at the high-top table by the pool. I always jump on the opportunity to sit outside.
The menu is sustainable seafood-focused with locally inspired small plates. The menu had so many great options to choose from, and goodness did it not disappoint. All of the flavors, the way everything was cooked to perfection, and the quality were top-notch.
I ordered the Heirloom tomato salad. I’m not even a big tomato person, but I could have eaten five more plates of this salad. It had such incredible flavors! It came with heirloom tomatoes, burrata, salsa verde, pickled berries, pistachios, and charred shallots.
We ordered the corn puppies and okra for another small dish. If you plan on visiting, please promise me you’ll order these. My mouth is watering, just thinking back on how delicious and decadent these were. If I didn’t have to fit into a wedding dress, I would have eaten everyone and ordered more. There would have been no sharing allowed. The bowl had charred okra, green tomato chow-chow, sweet corn hushpuppies, cajun field peas, and mustard and old bay aioli.
For my meal, I ordered the yellowfin tuna tacos. Wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow! The yellowfin was so fresh and each bite melted in your mouth. The wonton shell was super thin and crispy, which made the dish feel light. The tacos were topped with Asian mayo, shaved cabbage, togarashi, ponzu, and sesame vinaigrette.
Kyle ordered their entre special, a filet over a hollandaise sauce and topped with grilled asparagus. Everything we ate was absolutely delicious, and I wish I were at home to have licked the plate clean. For being such a casual spot to grab dinner, the food was absolutely five-star quality. On Saturday morning, we woke up early to start our day. There is complimentary coffee down in the hotel lobby and also a Nespresso maker in the room. I love that they had coffee ready around 7 am instead of later in the morning.
After downing a cup of coffee, we walked over to the Wild Dunes Bike Rental Shop. It’s about a two-minute walk from the resort and right next to the tennis courts.
I highly recommend renting bikes for the day or atleast for the morning. No matter where we go, biking is one of our favorite things to do! It’s a great way to explore areas without getting overly exhausted from walking. Plus, it’s a great workout. There’s something about being on a bike that makes you feel like a kid again, and coasting through the gorgeous streets is so relaxing.
The Wild Dunes Resort has biking trails that make biking super safe and easy to navigate. The first place we biked to was breakfast, about a mile down the road, near the Wild Dunes Harbor Golf Course. The breakfast spot is called Huey’s Southern Kitchen, and it’s located in the Links Clubhouse. It’s the best spot to sit outside and watch the golfers while sipping coffee and throwing down some buttermilk pancakes!
But first coffee, and that’s exactly what I started with. The coffee was delicious, a subtle medium roast. I ordered the Greek yogurt with fresh berries, granola, bacon, and a side of eggs. Everything was fresh and delicious! The perfect fuel for a morning bike ride. We road our bikes for two hours before returning to the resort! The weather was perfect, and since the trails are lined with trees, you don’t have to worry too much about the beating sun heat. It’s fun to go down all the little nooks and crannies. We liked stopping at the beach access points and gazing at the gorgeous cottages along the way.
After returning our bikes, I was so excited to have a relaxing afternoon by the pool. There are so many chairs to sit on, even on a Saturday, we didn’t find it hard to find two chairs together. Once you get down there, the pool attendants hand you the cutest pink beach towels. The pool was kept so crystal clean, and the surrounding areas were tidy and well-kept.
We ordered a rum runner and a frozen margarita to cheers to our weekend🍸🍹 Having the poolside bar made it feel like a vacation and less like our neighborhood pool back at home.
I had a few asking if this spot was kid-friendly, and I would say “absolutely!” If I had kids, I wouldn’t think twice about taking them here. Everything was so clean, accessible, and it’s the perfect spot to sip a frozen drink while your kids play on the splash pad. Did I mention the splash pad has really cool lights, too? It’s located behind the main pool, and there are so many spots to sit. It’s nice because the hotel provides super cute pink beach towels.
There is also an adult-only pool at the Boardwalk Inn if you’re looking for a kid-free vacation. 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. There are actually four pools to choose from when staying at the Wild Dunes resort. They have every type of environment you could dream of! Private, kid-friendly, lap pool, casual pool on the beach, etc.
The Sweetgrass Inn has so many fun outdoor activities like a fire pit, ping pong, cornhole, and more! If my parents took me here when I was a kid or teen, I would have been in heaven! I look forward to taking our future kids here one day.
As if things couldn’t get any more convenient, we didn’t even have to pack up our bags to grab lunch. We ordered food from the Laughing Gull, a poolside restaurant located at the Sweetgrass Inn. Just like the dinner we had the night before, the food was to die for! The lunch at the Laughing Gull was so fresh and delicious. The Laughing Gull has a colorful atmosphere and Caribbean-infused cuisine. It was like sitting in a tropical paradise with its island flair. All-day frosé? Sign me up!
We both ordered local baby greens salads with grilled shrimp (Kyle had the grilled chicken), charred red onions, pineapple roasted pumpkin seeds, heirloom tomatoes, tortilla strips, and the best vinaigrette ever! They also had some pretty delicious burgers on their menu that I will for sure order next time I’m back there.
Getting their sweet potato fries is an absolute MUST. They are thick and crispy 😋 And if you want to know a pro tip: dip them in the caramel cream sauce from the churros. Churros by the pool? Now that is a no-brainer! They just hit so good. When you’re served delicious food by the pool, you feel as if you’re living life the right way.
If you’re a vegetarian, they offer their burgers with the Beyond Meat burger as a substitute. Ok, maybe I’ll try that next time with their tropical macaroons. On Saturday evening, we headed to Coastal Provisions for one of the tastiest dinners! I remember Coastal Provisions impressing us the last time we visited, and once again, they didn’t disappoint.
Coastal Provisions is located at the Boardwalk Inn. There is inside and outside dining available. Just know, you’re going to have the ultimate dining experience no matter where you choose to sit. They pretty much had to roll us out of there because our food comas were severe. It’s highly recommended that you make a reservation to secure your spot! If you can’t get a reservation, grab the food to go from Coastal Provisions and head out by the beach to have a picnic.
Coastal Provisions is a proud Platinum Partner of the South Carolina Aquarium Good Catch Program. Their meals are based around local & sustainable seafood, meat, and seasonal vegetables sourced from local and regional purveyors around Isle of Palms and Charleson, SC. I love that they support local by serving up local.
We ordered a few appetizers since we were so hungry! We had an early lunch, and I made sure not to snack in between because I knew how delicious the food is at Coastal Provisions, and I was excited about it. We started with the tuna poke with tamari, benne seed, chili garlic sauce, scallion, avocado, rice, and cucumbers. The poke was so fresh and flavorful.
Next, we had the fried green tomatoes. The tomatoes were so flavorful, and I loved how they kept showing up in most of our meals over the weekend. This goes to show that the restaurants use local and in-season ingredients. The fried green tomatoes were so crispy on the outside but not heavily breaded, just the way I like them. They were topped with arugula, kale pesto, blackberry chow-chow, and a spicy buttermilk dressing. Don’t think twice about ordering these!
If I had to pick one thing for you to order that you may no otherwise…it would be the chickpea fries. I’m not a chickpea lover, but WOW WOW WOW! They look like little french toast sticks. They have a mashed potato texture and flavor in the middle with a crispy outer layer. We dipped them in the leftover sauces from the fried green tomatoes. They also come with an Alabama white sauce that was so delicious.
I had their fresh catch entree special, the yellow snapper with broccoli, and served over a puree for my meal. And not surprisingly, it was delicious! Kyle ordered the roasted chicken roulade. It came with chicken breast, chicken country sausage, sun-dried tomato pesto, herb vinaigrette, heirloom tomatoes, goat cheese, and pickled shallots. It had so much flavor, and if you’re a chicken sausage lover, you’ll appreciate the creativity of this dish using those ingredients! It’s so convenient that Hudson’s Market is located right outside the lobby doors. If you need some snacks, grab and go wraps, ice cream, wine, beer, Tylenol, coffee, or other items, they have almost everything there for you. Their coffee was delicious!
For breakfast on Sunday, we had their BYO breakfast sandwich. They had so many styles of bread to choose from (including gluten-free), different cheeses, breakfast meats, and more. We tried the gluten-free bagel with cheddar cheese, egg, and sausage. It was pretty tasty! We split the most decadent blueberry muffin and enjoyed their fresh coffee. It’s steps away from the beach, so you could also take it for a beach walk with you early in the morning. One of my favorite parts about staying at the Sweetgrass Inn is that it’s steps away from the beach. Packing bags, finding parking, and carrying bach chairs to a beach can be more work than fun. I loved that we could leave our hotel room and head down to the beach anytime we wanted. We just walked the gorgeous beach access path, and it opened up to the most beautiful Isle of Palm beach.
We took morning and evening walks on the beach each day we were there. There is nothing better than the purple skies at sunrise and sunset. Back when I lived in Iowa, I used to dream of living this close to a beach, and I will never get sick of it. I used to watch Nicholas Sparks movies repeatedly to live through the characters by the ocean. Again, with Sweetgrass Inn being so convenient! Don’t bother packing up beach chairs; you can rent chairs for a fun beach day, and they come with an umbrella. The best part is that they are strong enough to handle the heavy winds. There is nothing worse than chasing after your beach umbrella or chairs. Not that I would know what that feels like…👀 😆 Renting chairs takes away the stress of it all.
We packed a small bag and sat by the beach for a while before heading to the pool. They have a shower for getting the sand off your feet right before heading back to the resort area.
After spending the whole afternoon at the pool and beach, we got cleaned up and headed to Sullivan’s Island for one of my favorite sweet treats. It was just a few miles down the island.
I ordered an iced coffee with almond milk and a cup of pistachio and biscoff almond gelato. It was mouthwatering and the best way to cool down in the heat. I have been to BeardCat Sweet Shop a few times, and it’s tradition always to stop when we are that close! On Sunday morning, I headed down to the spa for the ultimate relaxation. If you book your stay at the Wild Dunes Resort, booking a spa day should be a top priority! You get full access to the private spa jacuzzi, cabana-style areas to relax, and you have access to it all day. That means you can go to the spa early, take a nap by the pool or in your room, and head right back to the spa later on. The changing and locker room at the spa was immaculate, and I need to find out what green they used to paint the lockers.
I had my very first hot stone massage, and it was so relaxing. I officially need to make hot stone massages a regular part of my life. After my massage, I headed to the pantry to make complimentary herbal tea. I took it outside to relax by the jacuzzi. This spa reminded me of a place I stayed in a while visiting Napa. It’s so worth it if you’re visiting.
I was so sad to pack up and leave Sweetgrass Inn. I wanted to stay there for a few more days, so next time, I’m booking a four-day weekend! Oh, and if you’re worried about not being able to fit in your workout, they had the most impressive hotel gym I have ever seen in my life! So many treadmills, weights, and multiple Pelotons! Kyle was so happy he didn’t have to break his Peloton streak. We cannot wait to go back! After taking off, we stopped at Sullivan’s Island Co-op to grab a quick bite to eat before heading out on the road. We originally thought about trying Poe’s Tavern, but it was pretty packed! I have been there before, and it’s terrific, so we decided to try something new!
The Co-op looked super casual, and the menu looked to be exactly what I was craving! We had some kombucha (I was tempted to get the frose flight, but I will save that for next time!), avocado toast, and a chicken salad sandwich. This spot should definitely be on your list! You go in, order at the counter, and take it outside to eat.
I hope you all enjoyed this Ulitmate travel guide to Sweetgrass Inn at the Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, South Carolina! I am already planning to go back again! It’s one of the best gems to have so close to Charlotte, NC, and Charleston, SC!
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Thank you all for stopping by to read today! & thank you Sweetgrass Inn for inviting us down to stay for the weekend!
this post was not sponsored, but our stay and meals were courtesy of the hotel