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Trip Report A week at Folly Beach and Charleston

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Hi all. We're back and we survived our road trip from Chicago to Charleston with our 4 yr old and 1 yr old in tow! It was an adventure but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We took 3 days (2 1/2 days and one full) to drive and the kids did great. Our only incident was "discovering" that our one year old gets carsick in the mountains after he christened the new car back seat with his breakfast! Poor baby. It was so bad we ditched the carseat and went and bought a new one! Our arrival at Folly Beach left me a bit nervous as it was Saturday and inundated with drunken college kids. My initial thought was one of "oh boy, what did we get into," but all that went away when they did on Sunday morning. We later discovered it was graduation weekend at the Citadel and College of Charleston which explained things. Folly definately has a free spirit, hippy community feeling to it but our condo was GREAT! I cannot rave enough about the place-totally kid friendly, great location, great deal, and the bohemian spirit grew on us. We were later thrilled with our Folly choice after seeing how close it is to downtown Charleston compared to Isle of Palms or any of the other beaches. My 4 yr old loved the pier and we spent almost every night on the pier watching the fishermen and searching for jellyfish in the water. The walk out to the lighthouse at the end of Folly Beach was fun too.

Our sightseeing was limited given the kids ages but the waterfront park in Charleston with the fountains and the carriage ride were huge hits. Fort Sumter was interesting although the ferry over was more exciting than the fort and the stay got a little long with little ones.

Our restaurant selections were casual given the 1 yr. old. Fast and French on Broad was great picnic food to take on the boat to the fort. JB's BBQ Shack on John's Island was delicious and definately laid back enough to take the kids. DH and I hit SNOB one night when we were alone. I hate to admit that I was slightly disappointed in it. Maybe we're just spoiled with awesome restaurants in Chicago but the menu didn't appeal to me that much. Taco Boy in Folly was good but we had horrible service, waiting almost 45 minutes for our food, which literally was 3 orders of tacos.

All in all, the trip was great and we would go back in a minute-travelling with little ones definately slows down seasoned travellers but once you accept that, it was all good!

And, a shout out to SueWoo for all her help! Thanks!

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