Lowcountry Family Fun: Wild Dunes Resort

Wild Dunes Resort The Grand Pavilion at twilight. Photo by
The Grand Pavilion at twilight. Photo by Wild Dunes Resort

My daughter had never been to the Atlantic Ocean before. Sure, she has been to the Middle East, sampled the best juices of Sonoma County, California, but the Atlantic had alluded her at five years of age, a tough situation.

For Dora’s 6th celebration, I allowed her to tag along on a conference I attended in Charleston, South Carolina. We opted to fly in a night early to let Dora sample the Atlantic Ocean.

Getting to the Wild Dunes Resort

After an easy exchange at Charleston International Airport, we hailed a taxi and were in route to the Isle of Palms, about a half-hour from historic downtown Charleston. We were headed to the Lowcountry, a geographic and cultural region along South Carolina’s coast.

Long ago, the region was known for its slave-based agricultural wealth in rice and indigo. Today, this part of South Carolina is best known for its historic cities, unique food and cultural heritage.

Charleston’s tourism boom is in full swing. Charleston is routinely on some of the best cities to visit in the United States for its dining, museums, and historical tours, but we had other business to take care of—destination Wild Dunes Resort on Isle of Palms.

I had researched the easiest, most carefree and accessible, approach to a mother-and-daughter beach trip. No place had more accolades, positive social media reviews and fabulous pictures than Wild Dunes Resort. We had one night, two days to get the task done, and this place solidified its standing as an Atlantic Virgin’s premiere spot.

The expansive, 1,600-acre community checked off all the boxes—ocean access, various pools, five restaurant options, grocery (and alcohol) onsite at Hudson’s Market, 36 holes of championship golf, nationally-ranked tennis, spa services and luxurious accommodations—she was turning six for goodness sake. For her 5th birthday, we had spent the night under a canopy bed in princess castle, so the bar was set pretty high.

The cab pulled into the valet; we unloaded and checked into the Boardwalk Inn. The namesake is pretty descriptive — there is a boardwalk with hotel, retail, food and beverage on either side of a walkway.

We checked into a spacious one-bedroom suite and headed for the ocean- located a mere 150 yards away. There are hundreds of other options for lodging, from vacation homes and condos to extended beach rentals to guestrooms, suites and penthouses at The Village at Wild Dunes.

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