Great Vacation in Charleston, South Carolina

For the last week, I have been on vacation with my husband in Charleston, SC. We havent’ seen that much of the south, and also wanted to go some place where there are beaches, and sun. 


                                               Folly Beach



                                             Isle of Palms Beach

Charleston is a beach lovers dream. We saw almost all of them, but Isle of Palms was my favorite beach. In each direction, I could see miles of sandy coastline, which never seemed to end. And in a historic place like Charleston, I like to think about the settlers who came many centuries ago and settled off the shores. It’s hard to imagine, what their reactions were to this new land. How will they survive here. It takes a lot of bravery and guts to take such a huge leap of faith. How many brought all their quilting supplies? I don’t doubt some did.

Everything was very lush, and there was lots of old trees with Spanish Moss hanging from them. Many palm trees, which I didn’t expect.

One of my favorite scenes is the long docks that go into the salt marshes, which were in the movie “The Notebook.” Many of the scenes from the movie were filmed in this area.

Each little town had it’s own personality. And coming from New York I was surprised at how clean everything was, even in the city. And no graffiti. American flags were everywhere to honor the veterans. 


This photo was taken on Sullivan’s Island. 

We visited with a friend of ours who recently moved to Daniel Island, and told us that coconut cake is a big thing there. The Penninsula Grill boasts The Ultimate Coconut Cake. Of course we tried it.


It was very large, and the best I can remember tasting. The server told us that a few days before Christmas, they make several hundred, because people send them as gifts. They cost $120.00 a cake plus special shipping.

Of course, I couldn’t leave without visiting at least one quilt shop.Five Eighth Seams, in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Quite a lovely quilting shop. And if you are ever in this area, check it out.

We ate lunch one day at Water’s Edge in Shem Creek. There are three small fins you can see in the photo below. We got a great surprise – some dolphins!!

I still can’t believe the week went so fast. On the last day we went for an hour and a half cruise on a small catamaran. Another activity, I highly recommend. Ask for Brian at Charleston Sailing Adventures. He shared with us many interesting facts and stories. Afterwards we docked nearby.

Afterwards, we went to California Dreaming and were greeted by a sign that gave all four of us a good laugh. (My friend from college who moved to Charleston and her nephew were with us).


I love these last two photos. One of them sums up what Memorial Day is about – seeing the flag of our nation everywhere, and feeling grateful about our freedom, and being thankful to all that serve our country.

And the sunset.


Before I sign off, check out the beautiful quilts and blogs at Blogger’s Quilt Festival, sponsored by Amy@Amy’s Creative Side. I entered a quilt in the hand quilted category. There is more information on my web site at the following URL, and photos. Most of all, enjoy all of the inspiring quilts and learn about their makers and designers. It’s just a really fun festival to participate in.

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Lots of WIP’s to share this week. Happy Quilting!!

Update – Back From Vacation

We just came home from a wonderful and restful week in Charleston, South Carolina. What a beautiful and welcoming city.

I will post more in the next day or two and share some photos. I am so grateful we got to do this after a tough winter in NY.

I will share this one photo which is funny. We went to a restaurant last night, and as we entered the following sign greeted us.




Actually the surprise of it represents our whole week. Every where we turned there was an interesting or funny surprise to discover.

Stay tuned.