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Tale of the Fish October 2016 Culinary Event - Charleston, SC

Savor an authentic taste of coastal Italian dishes at Tale of the Fish, an ocean-front culinary celebration at Charleston’s Island Resort featuring top chefs from across the Southeastern coastline. Join us for an exceptional evening October 16, 2016 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm at Wild Dunes Resort. Event tickets are available for purchase online.  Read on for an exclusive first look at the upcoming event.

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Charleston Restaurant Week 2016 at Coastal Provisions, Isle of Palms, SC

Join us for a taste of Charleston's renowned culinary scene during Charleston Restaurant Week at Coastal Provisions – September 7 - 18, 2016!

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Celebrate 4th of July at the Beach | Special Events & Activities at Charleston's Island Resort

A festive Fourth of July 2016 at the beach is within reach! Fire up the fun with special events, activities and happenings at Wild Dunes Resort and around Isle of Palms and Charleston, SC.

Read on for our top picks for how to celebrate America's Birthday, the Wild Dunes way! 


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Where to go for Easter Sunday Brunch in Charleston

Happy Spring! Whether you're staying with us over the holiday, a Charleston, SC neighbor welcoming family or friends in for the Easter celebration or just looking for the best Easter brunch in Charleston...skip the kitchen stress and let us do the cooking! Come on over to your Charleston Island Resort and join us for special Easter festivities all weekend long, April 4 -5, 2015. For dining reservations, please call 843.886.2307

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Spring Break and Easter Activities at the Beach in Charleston, SC -- March/April 2015

Splash into spring with family-friendly Spring Break activities and special events at Charleston's Island Resort - March 27 through April 11, 2015! Read on to check out all that's new and happening and make activity reservations in advance of your vacation to make the most of your days in the sun. 

Spring Break and Easter Weekend in Charleston, SC

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Ask the Pros Q&A: Driving Range

Hi. Is there a driving range available for lessons and/or practice? Thanks. James

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Local's Guide: 2 Days in Charleston

Browse a Top Travel Destinations list and you’re sure to spot this Southern gem leading the pack, “#1 City in America” (four years in a row), “Top City in the World,” “Best City for Foodies,” “Friendliest City in the U.S.” to name a few. Yet, actions speak louder than words, right? Pack your bags and see for yourself all there is to love about this charming, coastal, candy-colored city. We teamed up with native Charlestonian Daisy Bainum from Wild Dunes Resort to get a local’s low-down of favorite things to do in Charleston, SC in this insider’s travel guide to South Carolina’s oldest city. 

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6 Whiskies. 4 Renowned Chefs. 1 Memorable Night in Charleston, SC - Introducing "Braised, Blended & Bottled" Culinary Event

It may be cold outside, but things will be heating up this February at Wild Dunes Resort. Love whiskey?  Take your whiskey drinking experience to the next level at the inaugural Braised, Blended & Bottled event. This event will feature whiskies, wines, braised food pairings and live music.

Braised, Blended & Bottled

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#TBT: Throwback Thursday to Cyber Monday Sale - Second Chance to Save up to 40% Off Stays!

Missed Cyber Monday? Don't fret! In honor of Throwback Thursday, we're hitting the rewind button to offer you another chance at Cyber Monday Savings of up to 40% off stays through March! Who wouldn't want to relive a sale this good?

Read on to see the offer and book your stay! Don't delay - this blast from the past is only valid through midnight tonight. Book this Charleston, SC vacation deal online now!

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Just Released: Bryan Bros. Beach Trick Shot Video at Wild Dunes featured on Golf.com + PGA.com

When it comes to the game of golf, master trick-shot artists The Bryan Bros prove it’s more than just an old man’s game. Look no further than this just-released “Trick Shot of the Day” video filmed along the Atlantic Ocean on the Links Course at Wild Dunes Resort. “A truly impressive 15 seconds of video, if nothing else." -- Golf.com

Watch the Bryan Bros.Sick Beach Trick Shotbelow and read on for more behind-the-scenes trick shots, news and videos.

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Charleston Event Spotlight: This Weekend! Isle of Palms, SC Connector 5k & 10k Run and Walk for the Child

Ready to run?! We're excited to welcome all runners, walkers & spectators out to the island this weekend for the annual IOP Connector Run and Walk for the Child. We'll be setting up for the fun both Friday at the Pre-Race Bib Pick-Up Event and early Race Day, Saturday October 4.

What's more - we'll bringing along exclusive "enter to win" giveaways & Resort specials, so be sure and stop by the Wild Dunes Resort booth!

Running behind? There's still time to register for the IOP race! Read on for details. We'll see you out there!


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Charleston Restaurant Week 2014 at the Sea Island Grill, Isle of Palms, SC

Join us for a taste of Charleston's renowned culinary scene during Charleston Restaurant Week at the Sea Island Grill - September 3 - 14, 2014. Read on to see the menu!


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Island Brews & Chews 2014: 5 Reasons You Won’t Want To Miss This Charleston Craft Beer Festival

Go ahead, mark your calendar now (and score early bird discounted tickets) for Island Brews & Chews 2014 at Charleston’s Island Resort – Saturday, November 1, 2014.

When the fall season hits Charleston, it brings an exciting line-up of events and festivals across the city. Whether you’re a beer aficionado or simply looking to have some fun over Halloween Weekend 2014 – here are five reasons Island Brews & Chews Craft Beer Festival is where you’ll want to be!

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Save the Date: Second Annual Island Brews and Chews Craft Beer Festival in Charleston, SC

It’s back and better than ever! You’re invited to join us for the Second Annual Island Brews and Chews Craft Beer Festival at Palm Cove – November 1, 2014. This year’s beer festival at Wild Dunes Resort will bring the best of last year’s event and even more brews, chews and island fun to your Halloween Weekend.

Read on for event details and how to score early bird pricing on advance tickets purchased by October 24.

Brews and Chews Craft beer festival

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Meet in the Wild: So Long, Boring Buffet - Unconventional Catering and Culinary Experiences in Charleston, SC

It’s no secret that Charleston, SC is front and center in the culinary world with a trailblazing line-up of restaurants, chefs and must-try dishes. What does that mean for meeting planners? The chance to chow down on conference food that you and your attendees will actually want to eat. Dare: go beyond the boring buffet for your next event. 

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Meet in the Wild: Book a Private Dining Event in Charleston, SC Hosted by The Lee Bros.

For meetings and groups visiting Charleston, South Carolina, a taste of the city’s cutting-edge food culture reaches new heights in 2014 with an exciting new partnership between Wild Dunes Resort and The Lee Bros. - James Beard award-winning cookbook authors and masters behind Charleston’s thriving culinary scene.  

The Lee Brothers Charleston Culinary Experience at Wild Dunes Resort

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Meet in the Wild: Experience Charleston in Good Taste with a Private Dining Event Hosted by The Lee Bros.

Cook up a recipe for success at your next off-site group meeting, conference or event in Charleston, SC with an unforgettable Southern culinary experience with Charleston natives and James Beard award-winning cookbook authors, Matt and Ted Lee, the Lee Bros.

The Lee Bros. Charleston, SC

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Resort Event Spotlight: Shopping on the Village Plaza, Wednesday April 23 5-8pm

Please join us Wednesday, April 23 from 5-8 p.m. for our special Shopping on the Plaza market featuring local Charleston artisan crafts and Resort gifts, wares, art and more. 

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Celebrate Earth Day in Charleston, SC: Wild Dunes Resort and South Carolina Aquarium Host Sustainable Seafood Dinner at the Sea Island Grill

Join us in celebrating Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 with a five-course prix fixe Sustainable Seafood Dinner and wine pairings at the Sea Island Grill, located inside the Boardwalk Inn hotel. Read on for details!

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Ask-A-Pro Tennis Blog

We're going to be staying in a condo on Isle of Palms this next week with two of our sons, 16 and 10. The 16 year old starts high school season next week. The 10 year old plays mostly green dot ball. Both of them would like to get some tennis in during the week. We wondered about the cost of private lessons or the possibility of group programs. Thank you.

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You’re Invited: Wild Dunes Resort’s Facebook Spring Break Q&A Chat - Thursday, March 27, 1 - 1:30 p.m. EST

Who’s excited for Spring Break 2014? Want expert advice on everything from what to do at the Resort to Charleston must-see attractions? Join us for a special Pre-Spring Break Facebook Q&A Live Chat with Wild Dunes Resort’s Pre-Arrival Concierges. During the chat, you’ll have the chance to ask our team of Resort experts your questions about the Resort, Spring Break activities, dining and more. Read on for details!

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New for Spring Break 2014 in Charleston, SC: Duney's VIP All-Inclusive Kids Recreation Pass

For the first time ever, Charleston’s Island Resort is offering an all-inclusive kids passport to fun at the beach – Duney’s VIP Pass! Purchase your VIP pass at the beginning of you family beach vacation at Island Adventures® Outfitters on the Village Plaza or call 843.886.2292 to sign up in advance. The VIP Pass comes on a lanyard that must be worn by children at all activities. Read on to see the kid-friendly fun in store for your Spring Break Vacation in Charleston, SC. 

Charleston, SC Kids Activities

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For the Love of Food: The Lettered Olive Restaurant and Lounge at Wild Dunes Resort Opens Tonight!

Happy Friday! Tonight’s going to be a good night. This evening at Charleston’s Island Resort, we’re set to open the doors to our seasonal Resort restaurant, The Lettered Olive, located on the Village Plaza. View the Lettered Olive’s menu and read on for more details and photos of some of our top dinner choices!

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Golf FOREcast: Daylight Savings Time + Great Weather=Tee Time at Wild Dunes Resort!

Golfers, celebrate! Finally, the time has come to spring forward and push our clocks one hour ahead! Pair daylight savings with great weather on the horizon for the perfect chance to enjoy a round or more  at Wild Dunes Resort this weekend.

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Cast Your Vote: Wild Dunes Resort and Charleston, SC Nominated in Travel + Leisure Magazine's 2014 World's Best Award Survey

Have you ever been a traveler, hotel guest, adventurer, tourist, friend or fan? It’s time for you to voice your vote and spread the love! Vote now for your favorite travel experiences in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Award Survey at tlworldsbest.com

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Spring Break and Easter in Charleston, SC: Special Beach Activities and Events at Wild Dunes Resort

Celebrate a break from school and work with all-new vacation activities and offerings available this Spring Break season, April 7-20, 2014, at Charleston's Island Resort! Plan your vacation in advance with this comprehensive Charleston Spring Break 2014 guide – stocked with information on Resort happenings and ideas for a fun-filled family Spring Break at Charleston’s Island Resort.

Charleston, SC Spring Break Vacations

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Romantic Valentine’s Day Ideas in Charleston, SC

Just named one of the most romantic getaways in the world by Fodor's Travel, Charleston is your destination for Valentine's Day 2014. Dazzle in the romantic allure of our Southern city with these unique date ideas for celebrating with your Valentine at Wild Dunes Resort.

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What’s New for Spring 2014! See Charleston, SC Beach Vacation Activities in our Seasonal Vacation Planner

The 2014 Spring Vacation Planner has arrived with a thrilling new collection of Resort activities, happenings and offerings for the New Year! Read on to see all that's new and awaits you on your next Wild Dunes beach vacation…

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Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner at Charleston's Island Resort

Want to forgo the cooking this Thanksgiving? From our traditional buffet in The Sweetgrass Pavilion to our Thanksgiving Feast delivered to your home or condo, we invite you to join us for America's favorite food holiday!

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Resort Activity Spotlight: Seventh Annual Turkey Trot 5k Beach Run in Charleston, SC

Turkey on your mind? Suitably so with America’s favorite harvest feast just two weeks away! Here’s how we talk turkey at Charleston’s Island Resort: first, the turkey feasting, then the turkey trotting! New to the tradition? A guest favorite, seven years running (pun intended), Wild Dunes Resort’s Turkey Trot is a scenic 5K fun run/walk on Isle of Palms Beach. Don’t fret. It happens two days after Thanksgiving…giving plenty of time for the tryptophan to wear off! 

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Taste of Fall: Pumpkin Soup Recipe from the Sea Island Grill’s Chef Jeff Miller

Halloween may be over, but thank goodness it’s still pumpkin season! Thinking ahead about your Thanksgiving feast? Or craving something seasonal and savory on this Sunday fall evening? Read on for a homemade recipe from our talented Chef Jeff Miller of the Sea Island Grill that’ll surely satisfy any pumpkin-lover’s palate.

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Wild Dunes Weekend | Sept. 27-29: Local Events, Activities and Things to Do in Charleston, SC

Fill your final days of September with Southern food, striking Civil War photography, a free museum day, shopping and of course, some socializing! Here’s our picks for things to do this weekend in Charleston... 

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Local Brewery Spotlight: Island Brews and Chews Craft Beer Festival in Charleston, SC

Feeling thirsty? Come October 12, there’ll be plenty of refreshing beverages at our first annual Island Brews and Chews Craft Beer Festival. Whether you come for just the day or stay overnight with our Charleston, SC Beer Festival Package, here’s a tip for all: bring your appetite, savor all the selections, and be sure to fill up with some locally-crafted beer. Discover the local Charleston brews waiting for you… 

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Beer & Food Pairings for Island Brews & Chews Craft Beer Festival in Charleston, SC

The countdown is on! Our first-ever Charleston craft beer festival Island Brews & Chews is almost here! Come for the day, or stay overnight with our Charleston, SC Beer Festival Package. Book advance festival tickets online, or call 843.886.6000 to purchase tickets + overnight package. Plus, stay tuned as we roll out exciting previews for this one-of-a-kind Charleston Oktoberfest festival. Take a peek… 

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Where to Watch NFL Football in Charleston, SC! Introducing New Game Paired Menus at The Lettered Olive Lounge this Fall

Game on! Experience a Food Faceoff Monday and Thursday nights this fall at the Lettered Olive Lounge. Come on out to root for your favorite NFL team and enjoy draft specials and regional dishes inspired by each game. Read on for the football & food line-up:

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Announcing Craft Beer Selections for First-Ever Island Brew Festival in Charleston, SC

Calling all craft beer connoisseurs! We're excited to share the participating breweries and beer selections for the inaugural Island Brews and Chews Craft Beer Festival happening October 12, 2013 at Palm Cove here at Charleston’s Island Resort!

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Charleston, SC Father’s Day Activities at Wild Dunes Resort

Check out our Isle of Palms resort offerings that are sure to make this Father’s Day getaway one to remember!

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Wild Dunes Resort Earns Trip Advisor 2013 Certificate of Excellence Award!

We're delighted to share that Wild Dunes Resort received Trip Advisor's "2013 Certificate of Excellence Award!"

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Wild Dunes Resort Summer Photo Sweepstakes with Flat Duney

Meet our new Resort celebrity and star of this summer’s photo contest, Flat Duney! Color, cut, snap a photo & share him enjoying your Wild Dunes Charleston, SC beach vacation and beyond for chances to win all summer long!

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Wild Dunes Resort Activity Spotlight: Memorial Day Beach Fun Run and Southern Social in Charleston, SC

Introducing our first ever “People Chase” Fun Run and Southern Social at Wild Dunes Resort!  Join us for a one mile beach run with small hurdles followed by a southern social with local vendors, cocktails, and food (imagine the traditional steeple chase with a Wild Dunes Resort twist)! Get the details…

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Charleston, SC Memorial Day Activities by the Beach at Wild Dunes Resort

Kick off the start of summer with Memorial Day by the beach at Wild Dunes Resort!  See a roundup of all Memorial Day activities happening on the Resort!

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Explore Charleston, SC and Isle of Palms with Bicycle Rentals at Wild Dunes Resort

Explore the Isle of Palms and the Resort by the area’s favorite mode of transportation – bicycles!  See the best trails and insider riding tips from the Bike Shop Manager, Dave Luebchow.

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Wild Dunes Resort Activity Spotlight: New Shrimp & Grits Facial in Charleston, SC

Welcome a facial for the little shrimp in your life. Sand & Sea Salon with Spa Services got creative with that famous southern staple, Shrimp & Grits – and now it can be found not only on our dining menus, but on our spa menu as well!

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Resort Activity Spotlight: Charleston Inshore “Creek Fishing” Charters at Wild Dunes Resort

Tag along with our top Lowcountry guides as they take you “Creek Fishing" in the salt marsh and show you the best spots for reeling ‘em in!

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What’s New this Summer! See Charleston, SC Beach Vacation Activities at Wild Dunes Resort

The 2013 Summer Vacation Planner has arrived and brought along “Brand New” resort activities, happenings and offerings! Make sure you keep an eye out for the “Brand New” stamp throughout the Vacation Planner so you don’t miss out on the fun!

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July Destination Dish Corn Recipe

Each month, the Destination Hotels & Resorts culinary teams - including our phenomenal Wild Dunes Resort chefs are put to the test. July's Destination Dish is a pan seared duck breast with corn spoon bread, rosemary corn coulis, roasted red peppers in a cinnamon brown butter and an arugula salad tossed in a black pepper champagne vinaigrette.

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Healthy Chefs in Training!

Our recent DH&R Healthy Kids Recipe Contest proved that healthy can be delicious...and we have the recipes to prove it! With 75 entries and over 11,000 votes, a panel of eager kid judges named their #1 recipe along with several finalists, one of whom we had the pleasure of meeting -- along with her daughter's kindergarten class.

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Family Fun by the Beach!

Can you think of a better way to enjoy summer than with family by the beach? We can't!  We invite you to experience first-hand why families return year after year to Wild Dunes Resort with our "A Tradition of Family Fun video." Enjoy!

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Sweeping Views, Beautiful Hues...Charleston, SC

An acclaimed city by media, visitors and residents alike, Charleston, SC is known for its beloved lowcountry vistas.  But, why tell you about it when you can see for yourself

Want to experience it in person? Please be our guest.

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One Wild Weekend...literally

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is quickly approaching!   Will you be joining us for this wild weekend? 

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August's Winning Photo

It's that time again, time to announce the August My Wild Dunes Summer Photo Sweepstakes winner! This month's winning image is...Beach Turtles. 

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Charleston Wins Best Tennis Town

It's official, Charleston, S.C. has been awarded USTA's "Best Tennis Town in America" distinction! The winning town was announced Monday during the U.S. Open, and Charleston was among two other cities, Atlanta, G.A. and Richmond, V.A. in the semi-finalists.

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Sand sun and sea

My daughter could have spent days on the beach. She had so much fun just being a kid and not having schedules to follow. We all had a relaxing time!

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The luckiest sweet tea in the world

This icy sweet tea got the privilege of sitting on the Pavilion at Wild Dunes while watching the beach and the ocean.

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Our New Vacation Planner Cover

Throughout the year, we publish our treasured Wild Dunes Resort Vacation Planner, a helpful pocket guide detailing each season’s activities on the Resort. For this year's Fall/Holiday Planner, we asked our loyal Facebook fans to vote on their favorite cover. Now, the votes are in...

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July's Photo Sweepstakes Winner

The first of the month brings another exciting announcement for our monthly My Wild Dunes Summer Photo Sweepstakes winner! This month's winning image is...Up To His Toes. 

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Bird's Eye View - Charleston Area From Above

The Charleston area is steeped with history, culture and beautiful scenery.  But, have you ever thought about what it looks like from a bird's eye view as you fly over Charleston and Wild Dunes, South Carolina?  Look no further…

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Charleston for Best Tennis Town!

The USTA has named Charleston one of the top 10 tennis towns in America. Join the Wild Dunes team in voting for Charleston as America's Top Tennis Town so we can secure the #1 designation!

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Game On for Golf at Wild Dunes, South Carolina

We're excited to share our newest golf video.  Get a first-hand glimpse into the game of golf at Wild Dunes, SC and see what makes a round here so unique with commentary from our very own Director of Golf, Jeff Minton! 

Learn more about our fall golf packages and to experience award-winning golf at Wild Dunes for yourself!

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Turtle Talk

Did you know that the beach in front of Wild Dunes is one of the favorite nesting spots for sea turtles in Isle of Palms? Read our conversation with Mary Pringle of the Isle of Palms Turtle Team to learn more about this endangered species and what we can all do to help... 

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Cool Summer Reads

Escaping to the beach this summer and searching for beach-worthy reads? Look no further...we have eight recommendations that would make excellent additions to your beach bag.

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June's Photo Sweepstakes Winner

It's that time again...time to announce our monthly My Wild Dunes Photo Sweepstakes winning image - Wide Open at Wild Dunes!

We love this image submitted by the Johnson family of their son Camden's underwater fun! See what they had to say about it...

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Wild Dunes Family Fun

Family fun at its best! See vacation highlights from a recent guest. 

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Time to Drink in the View

This summer, our newly opened oceanfront Grand Pavilion Café and Bar is a must visit.  With sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and a soothing seaside breeze, this is the perfect spot to grab a cocktail after the beach. You won’t want to miss one of the signature beverages, the Mo-tea-to! Even better, we’re sharing the recipe with you to enjoy it year round...

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Day at the Dunes

I love hanging out at the Grand Pavilion. The new bar is awesome and makes for a great day at the pool! Cannot wait to come back!

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May's Photo Sweepstakes Winner

Summer is in full swing at Wild Dunes Resort! And, what better way to celebrate the season than announcing our May My Wild Dunes Photo Sweepstakes winning image - The Shower is Just as Fun.

“Cleaning up from a day at the beach can be just as fun as the beach - our 2 & 3 year olds 'cleaning up' after a super fun day in the sun.”

Thanks for sharing, Bethany, and congratulations on your winning prize – dinner for two at Sea Island Grill during your next visit!

Click here to view more vacation photos from our guests and learn how you can enter the My Wild Dunes Summer photo sweepstakes.

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An intimate island hotel with a relaxed, private feel. Downstairs, enjoy The Coastal Provisions and Lounge and sparkling pool. Choose from guestrooms, suites, junior and presidential suite. Views vary.

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A collection of guestrooms, studios, one to three bedroom suites and penthouses, The Village is at the center of all Resort activity and a short walk from the beach. Views vary.

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Condo rentals at Wild Dunes Resort allow you to get exactly what you want from your vacation. Our condominiums are conveniently located throughout the Resort with easy access to the beach and all Resort amenities. Images are representative and size, quality, furnishings, and views for each vacation rental varies.

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With three to seven bedrooms, all vacation homes offer convenient access to Resort amenities including restaurants, salon with spa services, shops, pools, award-winning activities and, of course, the beach. Images are representative and size, quality, furnishings, and views for each vacation rental varies.

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