We were so excited to head back to the Lowcountry for the second time. One major setback was a week prior to our beach vacation, our youngest son broke his three middle toes in the growth plate (of course-the worst place). He was put in a cast………..they asked if we wanted a waterproof cast (Who wouldn’t?!) and we paid $90 extra to have it be waterproof. At that point, I would have paid pretty much anything for our youngest to be able to go in the ocean and pool on vacation.
|So excited to be back in Isle of Palms!|
We had our beach chair rentals delivered daily by the Isle of Palms Beach Chair and Bike Co. They set up the chairs daily about 9am and picked them up in the afternoon. For 6 days it was $130 to rent 2 chairs and an umbrella. We would carry down one or two other chairs that were in the condo if any of the kids felt like sitting (which the two older ones did-the younger one never wanted to sit although he should have been the one sitting because of his cast!!)
|Using our beach chairs from Isle of Palms Beach Chair and Bike Co.
|We had to find something to do while we waited for the guys during their surfing lesson!
After Folly Beach, we headed to Charleston. It is only about 15 minutes there from Folly Beach. We went to Amen Street Fish and Rawbar because my husband and my oldest had been craving oysters all week. I got the peel and eat shrimp as my lunch. It was great and fresh.
Amen Street Oysters
We had the Fried Green Tomato appetizer which came with a side of Pimento cheese. What a great combo! We also had the Amen Street’s Famous Shrimp Corndogs as an appetizer. My husband and oldest son loved the oysters.
Shopping on King Street is always a great experience as well. It is fun to go into stores that we don’t often get to go to in Pennsylvania. I got myself a new Lilly Pulitzer dress at Palm Avenue while my husband entertained the kids at Starbucks filling them with sugary drinks and sweet treats.
For dinner, we ordered pizza from a local place in Mount Pleasant, but the owners were actually from Pittsburgh, called Steel City Pizza Co. It was great and came in under an hour to our condo in Wild Dunes.
The next night we stayed on Isle of Palms and ate at a restaurant near the end of the island, almost between Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms called The Boathouse at Breach Inlet. We had a reservation for 6PM and still were seated on the screened in porch. It was probably 95 degrees at that time. Although the food was very good, the porch was so extremely hot, we had trouble even enjoying our meal because we were so hot. We would only go back if we were seated inside. I would not suggest sitting on the porch/deck anytime between April-September before 8 or 9PM.
Outside they have a nice bar area and a little deck where you can watch the dolphins by the bridge that runs over to Sullivan’s Island. We enjoyed standing out there to watch the dolphins after dinner.
The Boathouse at Breach Inlet
If you get the chance to drive around Sullivan’s Island, it is worth it to see the multi-million dollar mansions. We saw a very interesting one right on the beach.
Our last night, after a long day at the beach, we ate at Southend Brewery and Smokehouse. I was a little weary when I asked the waiter about a sandwich on the menu, and he said he wouldn’t order the seafood. The food was okay but nothing spectacular. I found out recently that this establishment closed on September 25th. It is a great space and hope the new establishment Lagunitas Taproom and Beer Sanctuary does well there.
We were able to explore the Charleston City Market after dinner. It is a bustling experience with people selling many different items such as the famous Sweetgrass baskets, jewelry, artwork, and many other interesting items. It is open 9-6 Monday-Sunday and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, it is also open from 6:30-10:30pm. It is worth a walk through to see the interesting items for sale. You may be able to pick up some unique souvenirs for family or yourself.
We had other plans of things to do before our youngest broke his foot, but we had to adjust our plans a little bit……..which is normal for any family with kids!
It gave us time to just relax and spend time as a family. We spend every day at the beach and the pool the majority of the day. It was nice to get to
spend all day, every day together. Yes, the kids did pick at each other as
usual, but at least when they were fighting, we could
look out the window at the beach and ocean.
My favorite start and end to each day on the deck of our condo………
If you’ve never traveled to the Lowcountry,
what are you waiting for??
It is the best combination of getting to learn about the rich history of the area, enjoy beach days, eat some of the best food the south has to offer, and have a wonderful week with your family! You won’t regret your visit to the Charleston area!