Where is your happy place? Where do you go to reset and rejuvenate?
For me, it’s Charleston, South Carolina. From my earliest memories in a condo on High Hammock Road to my later years exploring the foodie scene, this little slice of heaven means the world to me.
While I have written about the food and drink scene a bit previously this post will be about Seabrook specifically.
The island that inspired many authors including Nicholas Sparks who chose it as the location of Noah and Allie’s love story in The Notebook. This island was my childhood destination of choice. Spring and Summer breaks spent on long bike rides down Spanish moss covered streets, collecting golf balls for grandpa, and swimming. It’s where I discovered alligators, dolphins, and sharks. I encountered my first jellyfish, dug holes in the sand until I hit water, and took lengthy post sun naps. Memories were created around mountains of fudge and salt water taffy while viewing now notorious but well loved old movies on rainy afternoons.
We moved inland as we grew older. First to Kiawah then Isle of Palms and Wild Dunes. We may have visited Seabrook occasionally but we wanted to be closer to the city. Eventually, we stopped making the trip. It has probably been five or so years since I have been back and while some things have changed, even more has stayed the same.
This trip we decided to head back to our favorite island for a boat day. The best place to rent a boat is actually on Johns Island at Bohicket Marina. You can rent one for a day on the water alone or you can hire a fishing guide. We used a fishing guide. Harry was awesome. He grew up in the area, knew it well, and was very personable. We were out for three hours and visited 3-4 different fishing spots around Seabrook. We saw around 30 dolphins and between the four of us we caught ten fish. Definitely a fun day.
The area around Bohicket contains farmers markets, coffee shops, ice cream parlors, and a great restaurant called Lokal Seabar. We ate lunch at Lokal with fresh fish in salads and sandwiches, great drinks, and good service. After the marina lunch it is an easy drive back into the city.
It is incredible that you may not realize how much you miss something until you get a chance to go back. Seabrook will always be a special place to my family and seeing it again from the water just reaffirmed that. I cannot wait to go back next year and spend time not only in Charleston proper but in our original favorite island as well.