We traveled to Isle of Palms near Charleston, SC in June for a family reunion, crossing the Cooper River Bridge to the Wild Dunes Resort. Our group spent Friday evening at the Citadel Beach house, watching the full moon glow over the ocean and kids run around on the expansive lawn. Our daughter and I walked out to the beach as the sun set, excited to dip our toes in the surf for the first time this season.
Our accommodations at the upscale Boardwalk Inn provided easy access to the family-friendly amenities at Wild Dunes, including a playground, ice cream shop and swimming pools. We didn’t have an ocean view in our room, but found plenty of comfort and updated decor. Though Inn guests can take advantage of a private pool, we headed to the Grand Pavilion where two pools overlook the ocean. Our daughter enjoyed some chocolate ice cream from the shop on the boardwalk, while grown-ups sipped fruity cocktails from the Grand Pavilion bar. Wild Dunes guests can decide to dine in flip-flops or beach chic attire, finding options from casual fare at the Grand Pavilion to fine cuisine at the Sea Island Grill & Lounge.
Some members of our group headed to downtown Charleston for sightseeing, but we hunkered down at the resort for the entire weekend. Charleston offers attractions from historical tours to high-end shopping, but with everything from a coffee shop to restaurants and beautiful views within walking distance, we were happy to keep the car in the garage.
We are lucky to live about three hours from one of the top family resorts in the country – Travel & Leisure ranked Wild Dunes #3 on their list of America’s Best Family Hotels in 2012. For an idyllic beach getaway with the bonus of proximity to Charleston, it’s easy to see why Wild Dunes remains a favorite destination for visitors from the South and beyond.
Note: Wild Dunes offers lots of lodging options, from luxury beach house rentals to family friendly suites at the Village at Wild Dunes.