Monday, May 17, 2010

Tuesday's Pawley's Inspiration

This past weekend was one of the best I have had in a long time.  My mother (Mimi to those who are regular readers!), sister and I spent the weekend at my parents' home at Pawley's Island.  Pawley's  is a small but well-established beach community located in coastal South Carolina, about 70 miles north of Charleston and 20 or so miles south of Myrtle Beach. This relaxed resort area is often described - with great pride - as "arrogantly shabby" and is known to be one of the oldest and most popular summer resorts on the East Coast.  The quaint community is surrounded by salt marshes on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other.  Historically, plantation owners flocked to the area seeking a retreat from the balmy air of the Waccamaw River in search of the cool sea breezes. Pawley's Island preserves its commitment to its roots, having only 600 homes on the entire island and no stores or restaurants  Not bad for a small, non-commercial island that is only four miles long and a quarter of a mile wide!

My father's parents built their home in the 1940s.  Not antebellum... but "arrogantly shabby" none-the-less!  We have been summering there all my life.  And this past weekend lived up to all I imagined it would with the two women closest to me.

All Mama wanted for Mother's Day this year was for the three of us to spend a weekend at Pawley's.  When I arrived late Friday afternoon, AS (my sister) and mother greeted me with a glass of white wine and an invite to "cocktail hour" on the dock.  We must have laughed for hours...

The next day was spent buying treasures at the shops on the mainland and a pedicure for our tired feet.  AS and I love our Jack Rogers...

But that night was what we were really looking forward to: supper at the divine Frank's Outback where we solved problems of the world over numerous cosmos and scrumptious food.  Again, we laughed and laughed, flirted (as only happily married women can do and get away with it!) with the waiter, and dined on some of the best food on the east coast.  We had so much fun that a family of three decided that we were perhaps too much fun to sit next to... so they moved tables!  The mother "humphed" a bit at this sixty-five year old lady and her two daughters. What a coup that was!  It made the evening that much better.


Yes, AS and I made it down to the beach the next day.  Sorry, no pictures of the sun goddesses... on purpose.  However, two discoveries were made:  A) When beach bags are concerned, great minds (or sisters) think alike!
and B) Who knew Perrier came in beach friendly bottles (plastic)?  They rock!
It was a Golden weekend... and one we plan on doing year after year!


  1. Bevy! Your trip sounds divine! You beautiful ladies solving the world's problems while drinking wine and munching on treats is my favorite part. You are a lucky lady to have a mother and sister with whom you can enjoy time! You should make it an annual trip! My mother, sister and I are available at a moments notice to join you gals (and flirt with waiters!!!) Love to you!

  2. Great post! Miss Betty and her family used to spend part of the summer at Pawley's, although my grandparents never had a house there. Not sure where they stayed exactly...Just remember her talking about taking their cook down there and that she and her sisters driving back to Greenville in their slips (they were so hot). Sounded like the scene out of Ya-Ya Sisterhood!

    My grandfather was a cotton broker and there were several of them that spent time down there. They may have known your grandparents!

  3. Great pictures.... I can feel the fun and laughter emanating from this post! Yes to the plastic Perrier... lemon Perrier is my summer flavor of choice!!

  4. This was such a sweet post and I am glad that you had a great time! Now down to business.....I am going to need to know the color of the nail polish adorning the toes of the person in the white pants wearing the cute JR's or B's. Very pretty pink!

  5. OH Bevy, what a fun time you had with your sis and Mom. Love the Pedicures, the Perrier in Plastic and Pawley's island!!!! So lucky you are!
    Great Post....Pam

  6. Don't you need one more sister? If so I'm available! Sounds like you had a wonderful time!


  7. So glad you had such a great time!! I love Pawley's island!! I, like Robin (above), will join as a sister anytime!!!

  8. How much fun does that sound!?
    I am a tad envious-
    and where can I get a beach bag like those?! LOVE them!!!

  9. What a fabulous weekend!! I would LOVE to be "arrogantly shabby" for a weekend! You, your sister and mom are just beautiful!

  10. You are so cute! Trips with moms are the best!

  11. I love this post and I love Pawley's too! What a wonderful, wonderful weekend. This is a great tradition to start. I would love to do this each year with my mother and sister too.

    I have the pink Scout bag too. :)

    So glad you had a wonderful weekend!

  12. Sounds sooo fun! I spent the weekend at Oak Island, NC! Yay! Love the beach and our Carolina beaches!

  13. Sounds like the perfect girls weekend! How special that three of you can sneak away together.I'm counting down the days until I can hit the beach.

    How many more days? I'm down to 18 ~ yah!:)


  14. Looks like a great time was had by all! Makes me long for the beach. Just a few weeks away. Love your pink blouse, by the way.

  15. So thankful you all had such a fabulous weekend with mom and sis! Wasn't the weather beautiful here? We spent the weekend with out of town friends up at the beach house. It was my first spend-the-night up there in the big plum house since our girls weekend last fall. :)


Thanks for your sweet comments... They make my day just that more Golden!