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A Long Weekend in Sunset Beach

I’m back from a quick but lovely visit to Sunset Beach!

As I’ve shared before, my close friend (and Core Desire Yoga business partner) Dorie rents a house for two weeks every summer with her family and this was the second summer that I’ve joined them for a few days. It’s a full house of adults and kids and it’s chaotic and extremely fun!


After two amazing visits to Sunset, it now holds a special place in my heart. I love this little beach town so much. It’s an easy drive from Charlotte…just a little over three hours. The majority of the vacation rentals are charming beach houses. You won’t find condo developments here and hardly any restaurants or bars.


Also, the beaches are wide and flat…and dog friendly! I have plans to return in the fall with the girls for a long weekend. I can’t wait for Zoey to have her first beach experience! πŸ™‚

Here are some pictures from this summer’s trip!


Breakfast. I showed up with wine, homemade granola, homemade chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter! Sounds about right, huh? My daily breakfast was yogurt, fruit, granola and peanut butter.


I brought I’ll Give You the Sun for my beach reading. (My bracelets are Erin McDermott’s Beach House Bracelets.)

I am about half way through the book. It took a little while to get into it but I’m hooked now. It’s young adult fiction but the book is so creatively written.

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone elseβ€”an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.


We had big bowls of homemade popcorn floating around every night after dinner. So impossible to keep your hand out of warm, buttery popcorn!


On my first day there I ventured over to Holden Beach to visit with my dad’s side of the family. Four of his cousins were there with their families for a week long vacation and I was so excited that my trip overlapped by a day and that they were so close. I hadn’t seen some of them in 10 years. It was so nice to reconnect. We went to lunch at Captain Pete’s where I ordered a grilled fish sandwich. It was really delicious!


Acro yoga with Dorie on the beach.


This is what it really looked like most of the time! πŸ˜‰


There’s nothing like a sandwich at the beach for lunch. I alternated between peanut butter and jelly and homemade tuna salad.


We had a pretty epic Uno match one afternoon when it was overcast. I hadn’t played this game since I was a child and forgot how fun it was.


Dorie’s daughter and I did a big taco dinner for everyone one night. We made fish tacos last year too so we’ve decided that our taco night is now an annual tradition.


I was totally spoiled because Dorie’s daughter loves to cook too so she did all of the recipe research. We made this amazing Thai Coconut Rice Salad and Sweet Thai Chicken Tacos.


Everything was so flavorful and fresh. We received so many compliments on our dinner and there were zero leftovers so we knew it was a win!


It was such a wonderful long weekend and I feel so grateful to Dorie for welcoming me into her family! I can’t wait to return to Sunset.

What is your favorite beach to visit? Have you made any summer beach trips this year?

{ 18 comments… add one }
  • She Rocks Fitness July 27, 2015, 5:25 pm

    Absolutely beautiful…It looks like you couldn’t have asked for better weather! Why is a homemade tuna salad sandwich so good on the beach? It’s one of my favorites to pack up with me along with a good book! xoxo

    • Jen July 28, 2015, 3:23 pm

      It was pretty perfect. And sandwiches always taste better at the beach!

  • Claire @ Keeping Up With Claire July 28, 2015, 9:46 am

    Ahhhh, I am so jealous of your time away! I really need a vacation. πŸ™‚ Especially one that includes the amazing food that you had on yours!

    • Jen July 28, 2015, 3:28 pm

      Every good vacation should include lots of good food!

  • Jessica July 28, 2015, 9:57 am

    Looks like such a nice trip! I grew up at the Jersey shore and miss being able to go to the beach every day! Long Beach Island will always have a special place in my heart! My husband, my dog, and I are heading down to Duck in OBX in September. It is a tradition we started three years ago. I’m looking forward to it!

    • Jen July 28, 2015, 3:30 pm

      How fun! I think I could live with going to the beach every day!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine July 28, 2015, 10:48 am

    Ah, so so fun!
    Haha UNO! Literally the best card game! Growing up, on New Year’s Eve, we would have a huge tournament (my mom, dad, brother, and my parent’s 2 friends) and we would play for hours! It would never end and we would be cracking up laughing until we cried! The best!

    • Jen July 28, 2015, 3:32 pm

      I love it! So much fun to play with a big group.

  • Jen@jpabstfitness July 28, 2015, 2:02 pm

    Holy crap, looks like heaven on Earth. Glad you were able to get away πŸ™‚

    • Jen July 28, 2015, 3:34 pm

      It doesn’t get much better! A few days there was just what I needed.

  • Sara July 28, 2015, 3:11 pm

    Sunset is the best! We’ve been going there for over 30 years. It has changed a little over the years, but it’s mostly the same. Glad you like it! I’m heading there for a quiet bachelorette party at our house this weekend. Head back in October. That’s my favorite time there.

    • Jen July 28, 2015, 3:19 pm

      Have so much fun!

  • Cassie Tran July 28, 2015, 6:07 pm

    Ahhh, Uno! One of the most frustrating games ever!

  • tara July 28, 2015, 9:22 pm

    Wow that looks awesome ! it looks like you are on the sound vs the beach ? I’m assuming they have a beach but maybe you just walk to it ? i love places that dont have hotels and high rises ! i just got back from a whirlwind trip to Seattle and Portland. It was fun but i really do prefer a beach and a book as the best way to really relax.

    • Jen July 28, 2015, 10:35 pm

      Our house was on the inlet but we walked to the beach a block away!

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen July 29, 2015, 9:00 am

    This looks so stinking fun πŸ™‚ Love it!

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