Hippie Island Travels…to Charleston, South Carolina

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I had an opportunity to travel to Charleston, South Carolina this month to do some work and catch a little R&R. Since it is one of my favorite cities, I jumped at the chance and brought my family along. 

On this particular trip, we spent a lot of time on the beautiful neighborhood development of I’On. Located in Mt. Pleasant, this community is about halfway between downtown Charleston and Sullivan’s Island. The location is ideal, and the whole area is idyllic. Every house has a wrap-around porch, streets are lined with trees, and kids ride their bikes freely through the streets without a care in the world. 


But what I really thought was great about I’On were the chances to enjoy nature. There are trails through woods and a long walking trail around the surrounding marshland, and there is even a butterfly garden. 


During my down time, I visited relatives in town who let me try out their kayak with foot pedals. There must be a proper name for this – anyone know it? Whatever it’s called, I liked it a lot. At first I thought it was too easy, not having to row and all…until my legs started burning from all the pedaling. It makes for an excellent leg workout.


I can’t wait to find more partners and opportunities in the Charleston area so Hippie Island can come work and play here again!

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Taking a Break in the Country

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Every year, my family has a reunion at my grandparents’ house. It was a true joy to bring my baby to the family gathering this year so he could meet his cousins and other relatives. Although the drive to the rural town of Colquitt was arduous with a 3 month old, the family time and break from the day-to-day was worth it.


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Hippie Island Travels…to Orange Beach, Alabama

Because I had a baby in July, I haven’t been able to get to the beach this summer. Usually I spend at least a few long weekends at a nearby beach over the summer, so by the end of August I was feeling a bit stir crazy and craving a dip in the ocean. The idea of traveling with a newborn is daunting, but my husband and I decided that we would do our best and try our hand at traveling with a baby.

Well, it turns out that with some patience and a laid back attitude, infant travel is a breeze! 


We had a 3 hour car ride to get to our destination of Orange Beach, Alabama. We decided we would stop whenever the little man signaled he needed to eat or get out of the car seat. On our first stop, we found a grocery store at the exit so we could buy a healthy lunch and snacks to eat in the car while I breastfed. On the next fussy interlude, we went to an outlet mall and bought some super cute baby outfits at a Carter’s store. It was so much fun to peruse the baby styles! 

At our hotel, we had thought ahead and got a balcony room overlooking the beach. This turned out to be the best decision. With a newborn’s delicate skin, you can’t go out in the sun and crazy heat. But our covered balcony let me still have the beach experience with the view, sound of the ocean waves, and cool breeze flowing in. And our baby never slept so well as he did in the breezy salt air. It’s the most fresh air he has gotten his whole life! 


With my Boba wrap, I was able to take walks on the beach early in the day and in the evening. The pool area at our hotel, the Tides Hotel by Best Western Premier, also had a nice shady covered area with chairs, a couch, and a bar. So I sipped a virgin banana daiquiri with my toes in the water and my baby on my chest as my husband swam (and we took turns). Yay for baby wearing!


Even though I was on a mini vacation, I still had to rep Hippie Island. The hotel liked our Instagram photo so they reposted it to their feed.


Beach Love Happiness. Yep, I get that.

-Summer

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