And we're back... Vacation is officially over...
Every year for the 4th of July, my family and I take off down to South Carolina to this little slice of heaven called Wild Dunes, on the Isle of Palms.
It is divine!
Wild Dunes is the perfect location, too. You feel like you're worlds away, but it's only 5 minutes from Sullivan's Island, 10 minutes from Mount Pleasant, and 20 minutes from Charleston--one of the most magical places on Earth!
Take a look below for a peek into our low-country vacation and tips and tricks on where to go and what to do!
The view from our town house could not have been any more perfect--right on the ocean!
P.S. - We always rent through Beach Side Vacations.
The first thing I do when I arrive is unpack and put my suit case away. I also try to pair up all of my outfits on hangers so it's easier to get ready, and I can spend more time on the beach in the evenings. Upfront planning really pays off!
A casual evening stroll to dinner
Acme Low Country Kitchen is a must do on the island. The food is F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S, not to mentions their killer happy hour every weekday from 5-7--all top- shelf choices are just $5 - SIGN ME UP!
Our first day on the beach... nothing short of pure bliss!
Sullivan's Island is another favorite spot and a "must-do."
It has an old Caribbean island feel--warm and welcoming, casual and comfortable.
Take a stroll or a drive up the tree lined streets.
The downtown strip is filled with local trendy restaurants and quaint shops.
This is my favorite house on Sullivan's Island. I drive by it a minimum of 3 times each visit.
I can totally see myself just moving right on in!
We spend as much time on the beach as possible, so we pack a serious survival cooler full of all kinds of goodies.
Lunch on the beach just tastes better, and my favorite is a Palmetto Pimento Cheese sandwich.
We can't forget a refreshing cocktail--I prefer Bud Light Lime or Jose Cuervo pre-mixed margaritas (makes for easy serving!)
Our 4th of July festivities include,cocktails, Low Country boil, & fireworks on the beach!!!
Another great area, that is often over looked, is Historic Mt. Pleasant. It has all of the charm Charleston has
without the hustle and bustle.
One of our very favorite restaurants is The Old Village Post House. It's actually on old U.S. post office turned fine dining.
We spent our final evening in Charleston!
Dinner at - High Cotton
Photo Op. - Magnolias
Photographer - My adorable Daddy
If you're planning a trip to Charleston or a surrounding area, be sure to add some (or all!) of these spots to your list!
Thanks for reading and following along!
Cheers - Molly
Let me start off by saying that I am no expert on this subject; these are simply my opinions and observations. I fly for work quite a bit, so I have experienced many different encounters on airplanes and in airports.
So take this bit of advice as you wish...
That being said, I'm sure most of us have had some type of unpleasant experience while traveling. It sort of comes with the territory, unfortunately. Traveling can be very stressful, and it doesn't always bring out the best in people. Hopefully, these tips will be helpful reminders or will at least provide a good laugh because you have experienced them personally.
- Be sure to use the bathroom before you board your flight - you'll thank yourself later!
-Try not to use the bathroom on your flight, especially if you're in the window or middle seat. You really shouldn't have to go if your flight is 3 hours or less. Hold it.
-Don't recline your seat if you don't have to. Legroom on flights is tight as is; if you recline your seat, the persona behind you will probably recline theirs, and so on. It sort of creates a chain reaction that is unnecessary.
-If you're listening to music in your headphones, make sure no one else around you can hear it.
-If you're traveling with children, do not let them kick the back of the seat in front of them.
-If the gate agent suggests that you check your bag to your final destination and you're part of a later boarding group, just do it! It's free, and you may even be able to claim your bag as you exit the plane!
-Don't touch other people's items; leave this job to the flight attendants. And certainly don't squish other people's items into the bin; you don't know what they may have in their bags.
-Be very conscious of your space. Space on airplanes is tight as is, so be sure to only take what you are given. Everyone else is suffering just as much as you are.
-If you are unfortunate enough to have the middle seat, I do think it's appropriate for you to assert control over both armrests. The window seat has the window, and the aisle seat has the aisle. That being said, don't be rude about it or take more than your fair share.
-While waiting in the airport, don't give you're luggage it's own seat especially if it's very crowded. It's luggage...it's probably been in worse places than the airport floor. Also, keep your belonging close to you not only for safety reasons but also for the courtesy of other passengers trying to navigate the aisles.
- Remember where you are; it is an airport and people are generally in a hurry. Just like a highway, if you're strolling along MOVE OVER TO THE SIDE. It's fine if you aren't in a hurry, good for you (insert thumbs-up emoji here), but many other people are and trying to dodge the strollers in the middle of the aisle only heightens frustrations.
-If you're riding the moving side walks, be sure to walk on the left and stand on the right. (but if you want my real opinion, if you aren't going to walk don't even get on - the purpose is to move people along more quickly.)
- Once you are boarded, stow your belongings as quickly as possible and get situated in your seat. The less you fidget and move around, the more your fellow passengers will thank you.
- When retrieving your luggage, you do not need to stand directly in front of the chute right up against the belt. Everyone take a breath, step back 10 steps, and relax. I find it best to watch from behind, often down the belt a little bit; and when you spot your luggage, step forward to grab it.
- If you choose to only use a carry on, make sure you can actually lift your items. Often times a nice gentlemen will offer to help anyways.
- After landing and the plane is parked, you do not need to jump up into the aisle as if you're dying, especially if you have checked luggage. What's the rush? Also, it is common courtesy to let each row fully exit in front of you. Do not run from the back of the plane to the front cutting everyone else off. Wait your turn.
Hopefully these tips and tricks help make your next traveling experience just a little more pleasant, and feel free to share this post with your neighbor on the plane ;)
Thanks for reading!
The 4th of July obviously calls for all things "Red-White-&-Blue"!!!
Take a peak at what I'm packing for my 4th of July week at the beach...
Be sure to follow along on Instagram @ mollygmays for sneak peaks of where we're going, what we're doing, and what I'm wearing!
Cheer's to long holiday weekends...especially the ones that involve sun and sand!
Thanks for reading
XX - Molly