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How to Spend a Weekend on Seabrook Island, South Carolina

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It's almost here.

The time when my baby sister decides to be all grown up and get married. I know that she's an adult--she's gainfully employed and has a dog and a house and all that--but there's something so finite about her leaving her bachelorette days behind to move in with my soon-to-be brother-in-law.

As a way to mark this glorious transition into impending coupledom, I, being the most glorious matron of honor that's ever existed, decided that a weekend away was necessary. I might have exaggerated just a little about how much I'm rocking the MOH position, but let's move on.

Since the wedding is going to be super small with just immediate family, I didn't have many other wedding party members to plan her bachelorette weekend with (read: none. There aren't any other bridesmaids!), so it was up to my mom and I to figure out what we were going to do for the bachelorette wedding. My sister and I are the opposite of party people, and I'm pretty sure we were both born like Benjamin Button: well into our 80s. Our idea of a big night is two glasses of wine and Notting Hill and passing out before 11.

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So, given our penchant for rom coms and evenings in, we all decided that a quick bridal party getaway to Seabrook Island was just the ticket. Seabrook Island, which is about 30 minutes south of downtown Charleston, is a gated community on a pretty little barrier island. Seabrook Island and I go way back as I attended Camp St. Christopher during my younger years.

Oddly, though I've been to neighboring Kiawah Island many times in recent years, I haven't visited Seabrook since I last walked out of summer camp more years ago than I care to remember. Since the camp was on a contained part of the island, I never had fully explored all of the amenities that Seabrook had to offer. Going to Seabook as an adult is a completely different experience than going to summer camp as a teenager.

Over our 48 hours there, we tried to pack in as much relaxation as possible with a bit of fun thrown in on the side. I couldn't have ordered a more perfect weekend weather-wise since it was sunny and 78 without a cloud in the sky.

So, what can you do at Seabrook Island? Just a few things:

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- Go bike riding. There are paved bike trails around the lake and towards the gate; you can also ride your bike on the paved paths all the way to the shopping center. If you got really serious, you could bike all the way from Seabrook to Kiawah, but it's a mostly uncovered path, so only undertake this during the summer if you've got plenty of water and a good hat.

- Shop at nearby Freshfields Village, which is located roughly halfway between Seabrook and Kiawah. From local boutiques to ice cream parlors to a toy store, this cute little shopping center is a great place to unwind after a day at the resort.

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Flower girl and the bride!
-  Swim at the pool. Guests can buy a daily amenities pass for access to the pools--there are two at the Lake House and two at the Beach Club. If it's chilly outside, one of the pools at the Lake House is indoors and heated.

- Hang out at the playground. We had my toddler, the flower girl, so if we had to check out the local playground. Luckily, there was a pretty good one just across the street from where we were staying, which made her quite happy.

- Go to the beach (if there is one). Sadly, erosion has arrived at Seabrook Island. The water was too cold for us to get in when we were visiting, but we did ride up to the beach to see it and take a walk. Unfortunately, we got there at high tide, and much of the beach was covered in water. Even the access steps were wet, so we couldn't get down to the beach without walking through someone's yard. If you're looking to stretch out on the beach, there's a good county park on the Kiawah side of Freshfields Village.

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- Say hey (or "hay," if you will) to the resident horses. Right inside the Seabrook Island gates are two huge horse pastures, and some of the friendlier horses will trot right over to say hello. My daughter was obsessed with them when we saw them the first night we were there and insisted that we go to the grocery store and buy them all carrots for a snack. I didn't find out until after we left that little kids can do a parent-led pony ride (shhh. Don't tell Britton. She'll have me driving back today!). For older riders, you can saddle up for a trail ride or a trot along the beach.

- Sweat it up playing tennis. If you're a tennis fan, Seabrook has 11 tennis courts at the Racquet Club. You can rent out a court for a game with friends, enroll in a clinic, or sign up for lessons.

- Play a round of golf. With two 36-hole courses, Seabrook is a great vacation for golfers. I can't hit the broad side of a barn with a golf ball, so I'm probably not the best person to recommend these (or any courses). But I've heard from people who do know something about golfing that these are great courses.

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My sister didn't have many extra vacation days to put towards the trip, which is why we had to have such a truncated bachelorette weekend. Still, we found more to do in Seabrook than we could pack into one short visit. The island is definitely more than just where I went to summer camp, and I definitely won't let years pass before I visit again!

What do you look for in a relaxing weekend getaway? Which of the activities at Seabrook would you like to experience?

This is not a sponsored post. I just loved our experience so much that I wanted to share!

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