Saturday, June 17, 2017

Beach House

I can't believe it's been a week since we've been to the beach, and already I'm itching to go back. It's always a great time at the beach, but staying at a really nice house makes it even better.


 Here's a look inside ...


When vacationing at the beach, we typically eat most dinners out, but this year we only ate dinner out twice. The kitchen was so nice that it was a pleasure to cook there. It's fully outfitted with everything needed to prepare a meal. I loved the Sub-Zero refrigerator and the extra wide range.


The seafood store is only a 3-minute walk from the house. Several days we took the dogs and walked there for a pound of gorgeous, large shrimp ($10/lb) and freshly caught flounder. Paul boiled the shrimp with Old Bay seasoning and grilled the flounder over charcoal. Delicious! Meals were enjoyed on the screened in porch overlooking the water.  


I loved the French doors in both the living area and the upstairs master bedroom. They provided wonderful views of the marsh. The downstairs porch is screened in, the upstairs balcony is open. 
 

The house has a private dock -- the perfect place for Paul to launch his canoe.


The open deck was the ideal spot for morning yoga! It was a wonderful way to start the day. The house faces north, so once the morning sun moved behind the house and the deck was shady, I'd roll out my yoga mat and practice some moves. Incredibly peaceful.
 

I call this next shot "Spiral stairs with palm."


The screened-in porch with the double ceiling fans was a great napping space for the dogs. It was nice that the porch is screened in (something I always look for in a beach house because of the bugs), but this year there were virtually no bugs to contend with! I only got two mosquito bites, and they happened during our walks to the beach. If you know the coastal southeast, you know that mosquitoes and no-see-ums can ruin a trip. Paul canoed well into the marsh where he fished for hours without any bug spray on, and there were no bugs. He did have bites of another kind, though. He was very pleased to have caught lots of speckled trout and one 30" red drum on his fly rod.


The sunrise and sunset views from the house were amazing -- except the nights and mornings we had rain. We had a pretty big thunderstorm Monday night, rain Tuesday night and pretty much all day Wednesday. But we didn't let that bother us! We visited a few gift shops that are usually closed when we visit in October. We also went to the Edisto Island Serpentarium, finally. We've passed it a hundred times on our trips to the island but had never been. It was awesome! We watched the educators feed the huge alligators their lunch of raw chicken, and we enjoyed an up-close and personal visit with two ball pythons. They are very "friendly" snakes, according to the young woman. The outdoor venomous and non-venomous snake exhibits were really awesome (nothing but a moat between us and the copperheads in the trees!). The turtle habitat was of particular interest to Paul, who is a big fan of them and will frequently stop the car to help one across the road. I forgot to bring my camera to the Serpentarium, so unfortunately no photos.

  



Thanks for coming along on this visual tour of our trip to the beach! What are your summer vacation plans?

13 comments:

  1. Claudia, I loved seeing your beautiful photos. It looks like the perfect beach vacation. I think that your dogs would agree.

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  2. Maybe you said in your previous post, but where was this? Beautiful. Sounds very relaxing. We took a road trip from Wisconsin to Vermont and New Hampshire, then up into Quebec - stopping first in Montreal and then to Quebec City.

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    1. Jeannine, it is Edisto Beach, SC. We've been going there for many years, so it feels like a second "home" to us. This is the first time we stayed on Big Bay Creek. Usually we are sound-front with easy beach access. This was a very different experience. I liked the view better and the boat activity was great. We also had great dolphin sightings just feet from the dock.

      I hope your road trip was enjoyable. That's a lot of driving! I went to Montreal when I was in high school but I don't remember it. I'd like to go back. What did you think of it?
      Claudia

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  3. Thanks you for the further information! We enjoyed our trip - lot of driving, though, which was all done by my husband. We enjoyed everywhere we went, but I once read a blurb by someone online who said that if you have only one choice - between Montreal and Quebec City - choose Quebec. I would agree. It had a much more old European feel to it and there was so much to see in a fairly concentrated area. Although the hills were tough!

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    1. Good to know! Thanks for the tip. Enjoy your summer, Jeannine.

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  4. Beautiful photos (as always) and a nice description of the southeast coastal area - a place I've never been!

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    1. Thank you, Pamela. You must visit the Charleston area some time. It's wonderful. I want to see Savannah, Georgia, and compare it to Charleston.

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  5. That looks heavenly! So relaxing. We are going to Sicily next week!

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    1. Enjoy Sicily, Mary Ann! I look forward to seeing photos on your blog!!

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  6. What a beautiful getaway, Claudia! Lovely photos, especially the sunset shot. I much prefer a rental property with a proper kitchen, so you can make your own meals. All that lovely seafood, yum!

    If you plan on heading up this way, let me know. My summer goals are to avoid Montreal LOL, but hopefully we can get to Quebec City for a nice long weekend. Eric used to live there, so he's familiar with all the haunts. There is a lot to see and do, and with the advantageous exchange your dollar will go 25% further. Both cities have their charm, but there is a certain cachet in Quebec City that is unparalleled. It is much smaller and easier to get around, but has no shortage of things to see.

    Hopefully you both still have some vacation time left this summer. I'll be off for two weeks in July, and I'm looking forward to just hanging around and getting some gardening done, as well as tie up a few of the many loose ends around the house.

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    1. Jeannine, who commented above, recommended Quebec City too! Paul would love to visit Canada for fly fishing. I don't think we'll make it any time soon because of Ella (she's older, tied to Paul's hip, losing her eyesight ... we can't really leave her and it's too long a drive). But one day we will visit and I will definitely let you know!

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  7. We are on a 10 week roadtrip out west, and your photos of the beach make me yearn for our seaside home. Glad you had a good time!

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