People often ask me, seeing as how I live in one of the world’s top travel destinations, where do I go to get away? We often tell ourselves as we walk around the low country that we live, where people go on vacation. Well, you’re in luck because one of the greatest staycation destinations is located just at your doorstep.
Wild Dunes Resort, located on the northern end of the gorgeous Isle of Palms is a true getaway. I had the opportunity to spend a relaxing, fun-filled, night there last week and discovered what the resort truly had to offer.
An early morning check-in was necessary because if you’re going to get away you might as well start early. Driving on to the resort you can tell the love and pride that the local residents place on their community. We checked-in to the Village at Wild Dunes and were greeted to top end amenities from the get go. Complimentary Valet Parking and our bags were taken up to our room! This came in super handy, because if you know me, you probably already guessed that I have things planned…and they started right away.
Our first adventure of the day was the Barrier Island Eco Tour. The boat was waiting on us, and a few others, at the Isle of Palms Marina and was scheduled for a 9:00 a.m. departure. The tour guide, Courtney, was amazing. She led us through the various barrier islands before we ended up on Capers Island.
The first part of the tour was very educational and the kids aboard were captivated by every sort of sea creature that was brought aboard. The second part of the tour is what we were most excited about. The Boneyard Beach. I’ve been around the world but I’ve never seen anything like this. The old trees and artistic drift wood was stacked upon the beach like a scene from a movie. Luckily, my husband and I took off from the boat early and had the beach almost to ourselves for two hours. A magical moment and destination.
What to do after a morning of remote island hopping? How about drinks and burgers by the beach. Done. A quick stop at Beachside Burgers & Bar was what was needed. The patio overlooks the beach and mature palm trees look as if they are waving at you.
A quick stroll down the beach was an even better way to finish off lunch.
Did you know that you can get a free pass anytime at the gate of Wild Dunes to enjoy any of their restaurants?? I didn’t either… and I live here!!! I have been missing out on all this dining because I didn’t think I could get through the gate!
What the resort had in store for dinner was even more than I had expected. I know, I know, I should have assumed it would be amazing after all that we had seen so far. Let me tell you about some of their options:
Dinner at Coastal Provisions equals pool side and fine dining? Oh, yeah. Coastal Provisions has expertly blended the resort style restaurant with top end fine dining. With a seaside influenced round of appetizers, we began our meal. The Tuna Poke was out of this world. The chef recommended the Ceviche. It’s not normally something I would go for, but from here on out call me a fan!
The Butcher’s Cut, which is a rotational seasonal selection was our first choice, luckily for my husband it was a 22oz cut which almost bested him. (Don’t tell him I told you). I stayed with the seafood and was happy to order the special, a gorgeously plated swordfish. Did I mention the drinks, Oh the drinks. Lovely cocktails that pair perfectly with the food and the tropical resort feel of their outside dining area.
What does someone on a staycation do after dinner? If you’re us, you head over to The Salty Goat, Wild Dunes’ answer to the local BBQ sports bar.
With the feel of a hometown hang out joint, The Salty Goat has been the resorts answer to good BBQ and it does it well. With a menu that changes with the times, General Manager, Ryley Klavans, is able to provide good quality food with a relaxed vibe. We were able to enjoy several cocktails, tacos and the best pork rinds while football games played out over the bar.
Here is a list of their specials:
SPECIALS** Dine in only** Monday: $14 ½ rack of ribs, fries and slaw for members, $18 ½ rack of ribs, fries and slaw for non-members Tuesday: Taco Tuesday 2 for $6, $3 Corona, $5 house margaritas Wednesday: 1/2 price wings Thursday: $2 off drafts , $10 burger Friday: $6 flights (4 beers included), $5 bowl of chili Sunday: Sampler platter – chips, pork tacos, pork rinds, pimento
Available every day: Buckets of Canned Beer: 5 cans for $10- Miller Lite, Bud Light, PBR, Coors Light, Budweiser$5 Goatman Gimlet (our signature smoked vodka gimlet)$6 “Panther Pride”- Carolina Rattler (signature drink) for $6 while Panthers football game is on
Breakfast. You do know how I like breakfast. I have an idea, let’s have breakfast next to the beach, overlooking a golf course. Sounds amazing. Huey’s Southern Eats located at The Links CourseClubhouse is named after a goose who used to live at the Breach Inlet Texaco, now the Boathouse. Seriously.
A classic breakfast, along side a gorgeous fruit plate and a Golfer’s Scramble, don’t worry I didn’t forget the coffee. Throw in perfect weather and locale and you’ll see why this restaurant is a great place to end your staycation.
Wild Dunes Resort offers this and many more opportunites for the local staycationer or the adventurous out of towner. Interested in pool side cocktails in your very own cabana? They got you covered. Want to head out for a private fishing charter? No problem. These and many many more adventures are waiting on you.
As always, let me know if you have any questions!
Until next time, Cheers!!!