Written by 2Lhasas on 11 Jun, 2004
We spent a week in the Sea Palms section of Fairfield Ocean Ridge. We had a two-bedroom/two-bathroom unit with parking underneath. The units are older, but are being updated. Our unit had fresh paint, new carpet, new linens and new or reupholstered…Read More
We spent a week in the Sea Palms section of Fairfield Ocean Ridge. We had a two-bedroom/two-bathroom unit with parking underneath. The units are older, but are being updated. Our unit had fresh paint, new carpet, new linens and new or reupholstered furniture. The unit was also very clean.
Both bedrooms were spacious, with a queen and king size bed, and had ample closet and dresser space. The master had a television and radio alarm clock. There was also a pullout sofa bed in the living room, which we did not use. There was a large living room area with a TV, VCR, CD player, and wet bar. The dining area included a table that could seat six and two chairs at the pass-through kitchen bar. The unit also included a screened porch with a table and seating for four. There was a full kitchen that included everything you could need to prepare meals, including backing dishes, pots and pans, dishes etc. There was also a stacking washer and dryer, which we really loved for wet beach towels, etc. The master bath included a huge whirlpool tub and separate shower.
The water on the island has a high mineral content, but there is a filter tank for the kitchen sink and icemaker. Water from the other faucets is potable, but pretty salty tasting. The unit comes stalked with detergent for the dishwasher (about 6 washes), dish soap, detergent for one load of laundry, a roll of paper towels, bathroom soaps, and some trash bags. You have a trashcan in the car port where you can place trash to be picked up daily.
Our unit backed onto a pond and it was very peaceful to sit out on the screened porch in the evenings. There were alligators and egrets under moss covered live oaks -- very "Old South." The grounds include a golf course, which we did not play. It has an nice pool and small wading pool for toddlers. There is also a playground, putt putt course, ping-pong table, and tennis courts. There is onsite bike rental place that is very reasonable. The island is pretty small and we rode bikes almost everywhere. We just got one with a basket on the front to carry things from the store in, or towels to the beach.
The resort is not on the beach, but there is a shuttle that runs to the beach. You can also drive, although you will have to park at the next beach access point down and walk to the resort cabana. The resort has a cabana with vending machines, covered eating area, beach chairs, showers etc. It was not really open when we were there, but I get the impression that they may rent chairs, umbrellas, towels, etc., during the busy season.
Edisto is probably not the right vacation spot for some, and is not the kind of place I would have chosen in the past. However, now that I have a toddler and the accompanying two suitcases of "stuff" he requires, this was the perfect vacation. There is not much to do on the island, but the beach is nice, fairly flat and good for shell collection. You can rent boats or go on various organized boat trips for fishing or exploration of the marshes. It is a very small and casual island.
Our days consisted of getting up in the morning and going to the beach, going to lunch at one of several small shops (we particularly liked the Seahorse), going home for nap time, which we all chose to participate in, and then going for a bike ride or walk in the afternoon. The best part for me was that my Blackberry didn’t get reception, so I couldn’t see any email for a week!
Overall, I was really pleased with our unit at this resort, and I would recommend it for a peaceful vacation. The staff of the resort was very friendly and bent over backwards to try to make sure we enjoyed our stay.
Written by neshie on 15 Feb, 2003
We enjoy using The Village at Fairfield Ocean Ridge as our home base when we visit the Charleston area. It is about an hour south of Charleston, and it could be a little less depending on the traffic out of Charleston. The planations are also…Read More
We enjoy using The Village at Fairfield Ocean Ridge as our home base when we visit the Charleston area. It is about an hour south of Charleston, and it could be a little less depending on the traffic out of Charleston. The planations are also within an easy drive.
On our last trip my husband and son-in-law thoroughly enjoyed going to see a display of the Civil War submarine, the Hunley. Also a visit to Patroits Point was a highlight for them. Our daughter and I walked around Charleston while we waited for them to finish the Patroits Point tour.
During one night while we were at Edisto we watched our grandson while his parents spent a night at Two Meeting Street in Charleston. That was a memorable time for them. The next morning the owner of the inn allowed our daughter and her husband to take us on a tour of the inn. That was nice for us. While going to or coming out of Charleston, stop by John's Island and see Angle Oak, a 1400-year-old live Oak tree. Be prepared to ask directions. It is a little hard to find but worth seeing.
One day we took a tour of the Edisto Island in the "Pink Van". The company was "Tours and Tings", and was conducted by an island native. It was most informative and something we will probably do again when we go to Edisto this spring.
And don't forget to go to Beaufort, SC, while you are on Edisto. It is not far and a lovely small town. It is rather a very miniature Charleston.
We plan many more trips to Edisto Island.
Written by Doodle1 on 22 Apr, 2003
We began going to Fairfield Ocean Ridge on Edisto Island many years ago. Our four daughters were lots younger then and believe it or not, they enjoyed just being there as a family. Even when they became teenagers, they…Read More
We began going to Fairfield Ocean Ridge on Edisto Island many years ago. Our four daughters were lots younger then and believe it or not, they enjoyed just being there as a family. Even when they became teenagers, they never complained when it came time to go because that was one place they loved. They are all married now and this past December (we own the 52nd week of the year, at Sea Oaks), my husband and I were the only ones that went. At least one of the girls called every night to see what we'd done that day and they hated to think that we were there without them.
Every year we always wait until the last day there and then we have our "annual" game of miniature golf. We keep score and really make a big deal out of who the winner is for that year, and everyone vows to be next year's winner!
One of our favorite things to do is to go out to Bay Point and watch the dolphins and see the beautiful sunsets. It is so quiet and peaceful and really puts you in touch with what's important in the world.
Several years ago we met and made friends with someone who works at Fairfield Ocean Ridge and we now consider him a member of our "family". Everyone we've had contact with who works there is friendly and helpful.
I love to explore the old cemetaries on the island and learn about the local history. There is so much you can learn in an old cemetary. The girls didn't particularly enjoy that part of the trip, but they always went with me. This past summer one of my daughters went on vacation with her husband and son, and guess where she went? She visited an old cemetary! She said she's turning into her mother! If I could step back in time, Edisto Island is one place I would love to visit when it was in its hey-day.
We've stayed at Fairfield Ocean Ridge in the summer, but we truly enjoy being there in the winter. It's a nice quiet place to unwind after the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
Written by peaks on 01 Jul, 2005
Having nothing to do on Edisto Island, we went several times to Charleston, easily one of the prettiest cities we've ever visited - and one of the richest, as we saw more BMWs, Mercedes Benzes, and Jaguars than in any other city. According to the…Read More
Having nothing to do on Edisto Island, we went several times to Charleston, easily one of the prettiest cities we've ever visited - and one of the richest, as we saw more BMWs, Mercedes Benzes, and Jaguars than in any other city. According to the tour guide, Charleston has the largest historic district in the United States and over 100 buildings that date to before 1800.
Charleston has the feeling of just wanting to walk and enjoy the charm of the old houses with the balconies, sit in the park and enjoy the Palmetto trees with the Spanish moss hanging down, or sit in the Battery and look out on the bay.
In general, we enjoyed the food, the beautiful houses, and the Southern atmosphere.