When my mom asked what I wanted for my birthday this year, I couldn’t think of anything that I needed (other than my house in Texas to sell but that’s a whole ‘nother story). I asked what she thought about us going to the beach for our birthdays. This is probably the first year for my mom where it finally paid off to suffer the miserable heat of South Georgia summers in the final months of pregnancies, not once, but twice! Last weekend, we left husbands, housework, classrooms, office life, on-call hospital rotations all behind to spend a girls’ weekend at the Beach.
We decided to stay on the Isle of Palms, SC – just outside of Charleston on the coast, which is about half way between Charlotte and Cordele.
Oh.my.gosh. I can’t begin to describe the cuteness of this quaint little island. We booked a room at Seaside Inn in the “heart” of Isle of Palms (the whole island is about 4 square miles). Seaside Inn might be small, but it is beach-front and was an amazing deal. I was worried it might be a “roach motel”, but it was anything but that! The room wasn’t huge, but with a mini-fridge/microwave and just a few steps to the beach – we were set for the long weekend.
Isle of Palms (IOP – as the locals call it) felt like home and in fact, I picked out a few I would love to call “home”. (We’re still working on convincing Daddy to buy a retirement home there). If you like high-rise condos lining the beaches, strip malls, and big-chain restaurants, IOP is NOT the place for you. You can walk almost anywhere from our hotel (or the rest of the island) – the beach, local dining with fresh seafood, “tourist trap” shops with the same t-shirts and beach “gear”, and even a Ben & Jerry’s!
It was awesome to be on “Island Time” with no alarm clocks and set schedules. Our agenda was simply to relax and enjoy spending time with each other. We spent most of Friday on the beach. The weather was perfect – sunny, slightly cloudy, and an awesome ocean breeze. After a few hours we decided to come back to the hotel and take a nap before going to dinner. One of my friends from high school, Allison, recommended going to Coast Bar & Grill in downtown Charleston. So we left the island and decided to explore a little of Charleston and went to Coast. Not realizing that reservations on a Friday evening in summer would be a good idea, we got to sit at the “community table” right across from the kitchen. Which honestly worked out perfect- great view of the kitchen and awesome service. The food, oh the food, was amazing! Local, fresh seafood with creative flavors and combinations! I would highly recommend Coast and reservations! : )
After dinner, we stopped at Cupcake for a sweet treat. They had a “Mexican hot chocolate” cupcake that was sweet with a kick.
Rachel was a big fan of the tuxedo cupcake!
After dinner and cupcakes, we crashed back at the hotel. Rachel & I tried to teach Mom the differences between the Kardashian sisters, but she just couldn’t get the difference between Khloe, Kourtney, and Kim! We all crowded into one queen bed (there were two in the room) and had giggly girl time!
Saturday was a little bit more crowded at the beach, but there was still plenty of sand and sun to share. We got to the beach around 11 am and stayed until about 5 pm. All day sitting in the sun (under an umbrella), playing in the waves, sippin’ watermelon Mojitos, and catching up on life was the perfect recipe for an amazing day. Did I mention Rachie poo got stung by a jellyfish?!? I offered to pee on it but Miss Priss rejected my offer.
I think this picture sums up our day on the beach – yummy Fiesta Chicken salad and “beach-style” bartending. No table or bar, so a lap is the next best thing!
Saturday night dinner was at a local spot – Acme Cantina. The food was really great! You had your pick of seafood, chicken wings, tex-mex, and burgers. Rachel and I both picked the seafood platter and Mom ordered the local’s favorite - shrimp and grits. The food was fantastic and we were only disappointed that we didn’t split one order – the portions are huge!
After dinner, Rachel and I took a walk down the “village” and got some Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and spent some time watching the moon-lit waves roll in.
All good things must come to an end! We were sad to see Sunday come and our beach weekend wrap up. We ate an amazing brunch at Sea Biscuit Cafe – another local spot. After spending a little time driving around the island and picking out Daddy’s retirement home – we decided Georgia and North Carolina was calling us home.
We have decided that this will definitely become a tradition and can’t wait to go back to Isle of Palms. And if the guys are lucky, we might even let them come too!