Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Charleston Currents feature March 2014

Spring break options close to home
By LEIGH SABINE, contributing editor
Special to Charleston Currents

MARCH 17, 2014 -- Spring Break is fast approaching and it falls at a perfect time in the year to take a break, kick back and rejuvenate in order to finish out the school year strong.
With all our busy schedules and long days, it's easy for families to feel disconnected. Here is a list of a few great Spring Break getaways that the whole family will enjoy right in our own state. Staying close to home can maximize your family time together by eliminating travel time. Make the most of this well-earned time off and still be home in time for Easter Sunday...

  • Mountain Option -- Table Rock State Park: Located near Greenville in Pickens County, Table Rock is a perfect choice for families who like to hike and want a complete change of scenery for the week of Spring Break. Staying in one of the cabins available within the state park is a good way to minimize time spent in the car and allows more time to hike the mountain trails right outside your door. Pluff Mud Kids highly recommends these cabins and we have chronicled our recent stay here in this story. Also refer to my post this past week on Pinnacle Mountain which is another great trail to hike within the grounds of this incredible state park.
  • Beach Option -- Dewees Island: If you're looking for a getaway very close to Charleston that will feel like you're a million miles away Dewees Island is a great pick. Dewees Island is a barrier island just north of Charleston and is only accessible by ferry so you can completely remove yourself from the routine of mainland life. Your children can benefit from the Nature Center on the island and you can immerse your family in learning about our unique Lowcountry island ecosystems. Leave your car keys at home and hop on the ferry! For details and a glimpse of this amazing island visit this post.
  • Historical Option -- Atalaya and Huntington Beach State Park: Venture toward Myrtle Beach and discover some great local history along the way. Featured in this story,Atalaya and Brookgreen Gardens offer wide open green spaces, gardens of Spring flowers, as well as sculpture and history. You could spend several days here experiencing the beach front, the boat tour at Brookgreen Gardens, and all that these properties offer for children who love to learn while being outdoors. The added bonus is that you are never far from Charleston.
  • Luxury Option -- Palmetto Bluff: Craving the luxury of a five-star getaway very close to home? Leave all your daily stresses at home and head to a magical place that makes children feel very welcome while soothing their parent's five senses. The Inn at Palmetto Bluff is heaven on earth for families and another opportunity to walk away from your car keys and take to a bike for the length of your stay. This PMK blog post gives you the inside scoop on the pampering effect of a stay at Palmetto Bluff. At just under two hours from Charleston, this sanctuary is the ideal choice for an easy getaway. 
Writer Leigh Sabine of Mount Pleasant offers a monthly look at fun activities for Lowcountry kids. It's based on her great blog, PluffMudKids. Check it out. (Photos by Leigh Sabine.)

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