Club Wyndham Ocean Ridge
Club Wyndham Ocean Ridge is in Edisto Beach, SC. This resort is at 1 King Cotton Road, Edisto Beach, SC 29438. Edisto is below Charlotte and good ways South from Myrtle Beach.
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Day One Arrival at Club Wyndham Ocean Ridge is in Edisto Beach, SC
I would say on the drive down that it is at least another hour and a half further if not two hours for most drivers. The setting though is very nice and has a more laid-back feel than Myrtle Beach. Since this is a much smaller beach area is had a different vibe to it. I am sure many travelers would prefer the sense of pace, and the setting is amazing.
I would say it reminds me a little more of Louisiana with the weeping willows along the waterway, than it does somewhere like the Outer Banks of North Carolina, or even somewhere like Hilton Head Island.
Edisto Island has a rich cultural history. Part of it is owed to the Native Americans it is named for, and later the slaves and indentured servants that worked the land on early plantations back as far as the 1700s.
To this day the islands seem largely untouched by developers and the beach area especially. It seems like you are seeing how beaches may have looked in the days of the early settlers and landowners. The resort here offers 1-, 2-, or 4-bedroom options for guests. I was checking in to my 1 bedroom and looking around. I was happy to find the rooms had all I was looking for.
748 sq ft
- Cable TV
- Coffee Maker
- DVD Player
- Ice Maker
- Iron/Ironing Board
- Whirlpool Bath
Then the resort itself offers all of these options.
- Activities Center
- BBQ Grills
- Activities Desk
- Beach Access
- Concierge Services
- Fitness Room
- Hot Tub
- Golf Course (18-Hole)
- Internet Access
- Kid’s Activities
- Miniature Golf
- Gift Shop
- Pool Bar
- Shuttle Services
- Movie Rentals
- On-Site Security
- Outdoor Pool
- Swimming Pool (Retractable Roof)
- Beach Volleyball
Even in the 1-bedroom deluxe room, I found the kitchen a nice large size with plenty of counter space. Perfect to cook a meal for a couple or family in. The bathroom was a nice size and had a jetted tub as an option. A warm bath in one of those after a day of swimming or walking on the beach always feels great.
The rooms felt modern and well maintained as well.
The websites for helpful hints here are worth sharing.
- Suites with bay or lagoon views are extremely limited; most suites have garden views
- The resort has a beach cabana accessible via Beach Access #20.
- Resort is campus like; a car is recommended to fully enjoy the area
- Edisto Island has a grocery store (within 3 miles), six restaurants, sandwich shops and several specialty shops
- Major shopping 1 hour away in Charleston.
- Suites are elevated with one or two flights of stairs outside, many with additional stairs inside
- Number of suites with elevators is extremely limited
Note the limited suites with views and the limited elevators here. If those are a must, you want to inquire about those before booking. Here the garden views that are with most rooms though seem to be the nicer views. Something about this island’s foliage and greenery is impressive. Between palm trees and weeping willows is very scenic.
The grounds here around the resort seem very parklike in a great way. They blend in well with nature and are very well designed.
For the golf fans there is a course not far away, but keep in mind this is not Hilton Head where you cannot step without seeing the beach or golf. This is more of a sleepy, slower-paced beach town. The plantation course is rated high by visitors and the location is impressive. Thinking about stunning water hazards here, folks.
After checking in I was starving the 7-hour drive with no stops had me ready for food. Close to the resort was a Taco Spot and that just sounded good to me. EO Taco has some great tacos and is worth the trip if you are here for sure. Fueled with food, I then went to the island grocery store and stocked up on some essentials, breakfast goodies, snacks, and even a few prepared meals to go I could microwave if I was feeling lazy after the beach.
After getting the essentials back to the room, it was time to hit the beach for a few hours before dinner. I wanted to be on the beach at sunset. Then go for a great meal.
For dinner, I went to the old post office restaurant. This is a local spot of some note, a car drives back off the island itself but not too far. I chose the Filet Mignon topped with goat cheese and hollandaise sauce. The meal was great.
Day Two at Club Wyndham Ocean Ridge
Waking up early was a must because it was going to be a clear day and a great time to see the sunrise here. When the sun came up, I almost wept. It was me alone on my little stretch of beach, and the colors were amazing. I love the sunrise as viewed at Myrtle Beach just a few hours north of here, but I will admit this was something extraordinary. Maybe it was something with the cloud cover in the distance or the fact I was alone on the beach, but wow, just wow. The entire water on the horizon at one point seemed to reflect the rising sun. Siting out on this island on the beach away from all land around you, nothing blocked your view. It was like God was playing a musical of light just for me.
I still say I will pain this one day, but I have not yet. My painting called Tulips is the closest I have gotten from a color perspective so far. When I finally paint one of these sunrises, I will certainly share it with you.
After that amazing start to the day, I headed back to the room for some breakfast. I felt creative and inspired to paint or cook or something, so I chose to cook.
I made some of my perfect omelets, some hash browns, and toast. I had to have something to put the apple butter on after all. I had purchased some South Carolina-made Apple Butter at the store yesterday. It just looked too good to pass up.
After breakfast, I chose to drive around the island some and visit anything I could to really get the feel for the area. One thing I did was visit the Environmental Learning Center. Which is related to the State Park here as well. I do not care who you are and or what your politics are, we should all feel proud of our amazing park systems. We can always do more, but we have thousands of professionals that spend their lives protecting these State and National treasures.
There is a lot to see and learn and you can check ahead of time to see if there is something going on special for the kids, they often do have something during the summer and early fall months.
After some time at the state park, it was time to find another great local spot to eat. I went to try Ella and Ollie’s. Their website said unique local seafood, and that was all it took to get me headed towards this restaurant. I started with two appetizers, but only because I could not choose one. I had she-crab soup and a Cesar salad. I followed that with the bacon-wrapped meatloaf. Everything was great, but even I could not eat it all. So, I took some meatloaf and mashed potatoes back with me for later.
To eat in during the summer, I would recommend reservations. It is a smaller place, and the food is very good.
When I do these shorter trips, I always end up facing some regret on the morning I have to check out. It never feels like in a few nights and days you can see everything you want to or should. Even on this small, seemingly timeless island there was much more to see, and experience firsthand. After I checked out, I was going to go back to the beach and also go check out a few more spots in the area.
One thing I made sure to do before heading home was to check out the Kings Farm Market. It is a local farmers’ market that has some amazing desserts, and fresh veggies. These would be much better than a t-shirt to take back to friends and family at home. Since the drive is only about 7 hours, something like pies or cakes will be fine for the trip home.
On the site, you will find out that this market has been in the area for
Many years and they have a huge menu of cooked treats and foods you can choose from. If I was coming into the resort for a stay of a few days again, I would stop here first and get food for my group. Everything was that good and something you do not want to miss. This will undoubtedly have you stop and take some home as I did as well.
Their fresh fruit pies each available in their season are a must.
I was headed out of town and away from these amazing little islands now. Said to go, but so happy I had been. Next, the drive home. Hopefully, I95 would not be too busy.
If you too want to experience the pleasures of a small island town, consider this resort and make sure to book through TZort.