Sunday, September 16, 2018

A Weekend At Wild Dunes Resort


Before I get started, please say a prayer for this beautiful place and all of the Carolina's. Hurricane Florence has reached my home states coast and there are already thousands upon thousands of people without power. My heart goes out to this amazing city, and all those affected by this storm. 

A few weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity of visiting Wild Dunes! I've been coming to the Charleston area since I was in high school, and always heard great things about Wild Dunes but never actually got to experience it until now. Wild Dunes is an oceanfront resort in Isle of Palms, just north of Charleston. It's easy going, relaxed, and truly feels like the beachy vacation we all long for come summer. Today I'm walking you through our accommodations, where we ate, and activities (although we were pretty lazy this trip!). 

STAY

Wild Dunes truly has something for everyone. You have the option of staying at the Boardwalk Inn (AAA Four Diamond), renting a private condo or beach house, or staying at the Village at Wild Dunes. For the purpose of this trip, we stayed at the Boardwalk! Our room was spacious, outfitted in coastal interiors, and conveniently located. We were a short walk from the beach, an elevator ride from the adult only pool, and too close to all the good food for us foodies (I'm kidding, there's no such things as too close to food, am I right?). We just so happened to be vacationing at the resort the same weekend as my trainer in Charlotte, who rented out the swanky presidential suite at the Boardwalk and let me just tell you -- if you have the cash to rent that bad boy out, do it! It was multiple floors, equipped with giant bedrooms, a full size kitchen and dining room, living room, fantastic porch etc. It would be the perfect option if you have a large family, or a big group of people traveling together as the space was endless and beautifully updated! 


EAT

We spent two nights at Wild Dunes and had dinner at Billy G's Smokehouse and Coastal Provisions. Coastal Provisions takes the cake between the two! The food was fantastic, I loved the ambiance, and the service was great. They also serve breakfast in the mornings, including a full breakfast buffet and a made to order menu which we enjoyed both mornings. During the day we hung out at the pool and enjoyed drinks and snacks from Beachside Burgers and Bar. Give the mudslide a try - it's my favorite frozen beverage, and they made a great one to try here! 

SEE + DO

If you're anything like me, a beach vacation is comprised of exactly that - the beach. So, Bailey and I spent most of our time during the day vegging between the adult pool which was equipped with pretty cabanas and pool side service, and the beach. However, if you're like my husband and need a little something to do - not to worry, the options are endless at Wild Dunes. Some of the more popular activity options include bicycle rentals, golf, water sports, and the spa! Downtown Charleston is also just a short drive away, and one of the most sought after locations in the country. 


Overall, this is a great place to vacation. I would love to come back with a group of friends and check out a beach rental! I think my favorite part of the stay was the beach bar! They had live music during the day, and the views are beautiful! We sat here for a couple hours and just listened to the music, while sipping cocktails. It doesn't get much better than that! Wild Dunes and it's home owners just spent millions of dollars renovating the beach and expanding it's width, and it is hands down the prettiest beach I've seen in South Carolina thus far. I'm no expert on the dimensions, but it looks a mile wide! Highly recommend checking it out if you're planning a trip to the area. Lucky for you, the resort is currently offering 20% off of nightly rates as a part of their "Fall into Savings" event making it the perfect time to check it out! See here for the promotion. 

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