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Lady Bug House, Bat Cave, NC - Was looking for a place to have a family gathering for a birthday celebration and we found it here at this lovely home. Everything we needed was there, in kitchen, bathrooms, family rooms, outdoor deck, fire-pit (even had nicely stacked pile of wood); we were so impressed with the cleanliness, ease of finding home, things to do in the area and great sense of just being able to relax and enjoy our family being together. Would definitely recommend this home to anyone looking for a place to relax, enjoy the beautiful setting and getting away from the hustle and bustle of the busy lives we all seem to have these days. Thanks for the week-end of memories!
Purple Martin Hideaway, Lake Murray, SC - Our family vacationed to the beautiful Lake Murray for the first time last week. The Purple Martin Hideaway house and garage were well-stocked and comfortable. We rented the pontoon and jet ski as well and spent many hours on the lake. There were kayaks and a paddle board and we were able to swim right off the dock. The water was crystal clear! The lake was just a short walk from the house and we loved the large deck that overlooked the property and waterfront. A real bonus was that we were able to witness the total eclipse. What a spectacular sight to behold! Everyone of us agreed that it was the most relaxing and refreshing vacation that we've ever experienced. We all hope to revisit this property again.Relaxing and Enjoyable Time
Blue Crab Retreat, Ridgeland, SC - I must say this home and location was great. We had a great time crabbing and fishing from the private Dock and it was also great to hang out there in the early mornings and enjoy a cup of coffee. We had kids ages from 6 - 18 and there was something for everyone to do. We had a group of 14 and there was plenty of room. The home was clean and very well kept. The location was great we traveled to Savannah, Hilton Head and Charleston while on vacation. This is our second time staying at the Blue Crab Retreat and we will be back, my family loves this place. I would recommend this home to everyone looking for a great vacationBest Vacation Round 2
Blue Crab Retreat, Ridgeland, SC - Thank you for sharing your home. We so enjoyed getting away and meeting our Florida family here. We enjoyed crabbing, shrimping, and kayaking, quiet time on the dock, playing games at night, a few beach trips to Hunting Island and Hilton Head and dinner at Panini's on the waterfront in Beaufort. Best of all we had wonderful time together as a family!“Thank You for Sharing”
Purple Martin Hideaway, Lake Murray, SC - Our family has found a new favorite vacation spot! We usually gravitate to the ocean, but Lake Murray was an incredible experience. Your home was spacious and comfortable. We enjoyed spending time with each other on the deck and had a wonderful view of the total eclipse. What a memorable time! The pontoon boat, jet ski, kayaks, and paddle-board provided hours of fun in the sun. The weather was fabulous! We found swimming in the lake to be refreshing and delightful. We greatly appreciated the well-stocked kitchen and garage. We traveled to the dam and enjoyed several restaurants around the lake. Your home and property was a relaxing time for all of us. We are grateful we had the opportunity to stay here and hope to come back in the future. We will never forget this vacation! Many thanks!!“New Favorite Vacation Spot”
Blue Crab Retreat, Ridgeland, SC - I would like to say thank-you.....We had a wonderful stay at the marsh home near Parris Island. The structure of the double house was perfect for our family of 10. The description of the layout was accurate, the facility was very clean and well-maintained. The screened porch was relaxing and the common gathering place. The dock and kayaks encouraged fun in the sun. We especially enjoyed the fire pit (and free wood) in the evenings. We were surprised that being directly on the marsh there were no bugs! We came here to see my son graduate from Marine boot camp at Parris Island. The drive to Parris Island was reasonable, 30 minutes. We left early to allow time for the security check at the base. (Remember to remove any Swiss army knives or pepper spray from key chains. The Marine base also allows you to take a cooler in your vehicle. We packed a cooler of water which saved us from purchasing drinks on the base. The cooler had to stay in the car, the parking lot was centrally located to all activities.) I would recommend this vacation home to everyone!Wonderful Marsh Home
Purple Martin Hideaway, Lake Murray, SC - We have stayed at and enjoyed this house many times in the last few years. It is quiet and peaceful and clean. There is a wonderful dock to enjoy fishing, swimming and boating. The floor plan is open and the house is nicely decorated. We have had many good times here at this home and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a lake getaway. I enjoy the woodland surroundings and it gives it a cottage feel tucked away from real life.Thanks for the Wood
Pat R. Columbia, SC
Little Starfish, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands - Please relay our thanks to Dan Dennis for the use of unit E-4 at Point Pleasant last week. My wife and I had a very enjoyable stay at the newly-remodeled unit and were so happy to be there. The accommodations were great & we especially appreciated the wrap-around deck with cool breezes coming in the whole week (we never used air conditioning!). Thanks, also, for the welcoming bottle of Cruzan which I made good use of. We had perfect 83 degree weather each day and are looking forward to a return visit some day. Thanks, again. Jack.
Lady Bug House, Hendersonville, NC - We had a party of 12 and this beautiful mountain home was perfect for our large party. The home is about 20-25 minutes from Downtown Hendersonville. If you like to apple pick, this is the perfect location as it's located right off of the road where many apple orchards are located. The kitchen is very well stocked. Bedrooms were very spacious with comfortable beds. One of our favorite spots was the firepit located below the home/across the street. We also enjoyed a short walk down to the creek. Communication with Esther was great. Would definitely stay here again!Wonderful Mountain Home with Lots of Space
Amanda H. Mount Pleasant, SC
Blue Crab Retreat, Ridgeland, South Carolina -We were a large extended family looking for a place to hang our hats for a week during a relative's USMC graduation. Not only was it a fun vacation place, but it was great to bring him back for a few days rest after a long 3 months at bootcamp. The location of the property was far enough away to feel secluded, but close enough (13 minutes to be exact) from the convenience of grocery, fast food, and the interstate. We love to fish, be outdoors, eat, and just hang out. We found all of those things waiting for us at the Blue Crab rental. The dock and surrounding marshland was beautiful, well built, and well maintained. The high tide brought many opportunities to explore the river and the low tide brought just as much opportunity to catch bait in the low pools of water left behind. The Dennis's thought of everything when it came to the outdoor fun of kayaking, fishing, cast-netting; as well as the indoor fun of DVD's, wifi, and board games. We also enjoyed the fire pit (with chopped wood waiting for us) on our last night, and took advantage of the great climbing trees hanging out over the water in the late afternoons. The screened porch was the place to be at any time during the day. Even in the heat of the day it was pleasant to be outside. The cabinets were well stocked with plenty of dishes and cookware. We cooked enough for an army every night and we always had what we needed. The double kitchens were a huge help in the massive cleanup it took after every meal too. At the end of our stay we all weren't ready to leave, and every person was very happy with their stay.A Large Family Getaway
Purple Martin Hideaway, Lake Murray, South Carolina - Since no one member of our family lives in the same place, we gather each year for a week together. We were tired of the beach, so we looked for something different this year. We thought we'd try a lake vacation, and we are glad we did!!! Our family includes a baby and a 2-year-old, and this house includes a little beach area and some outside (and inside) toys. The water is close to the house, so we could go back and forth from the water easily. I would highly recommend using the boats----we used them all! The kayaks are so nice for an early morning or evening cruise and are a great workout. There are a good variety of life vests in the garage as well as floats, etc., to use in the water. The only kind of vest I didn't see there was one for a little baby. The huge deck is great, and we ate outside several nights. We also made s'mores in the fire pit one evening. The owners are wonderful to work with; they are very responsive and kind. This was a wonderful family vacation!
Little Starfish, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands - We stayed at Point Pleasant Resort the first week of March, and would not have changed a thing. Our flight was delayed and we were exhausted, but the front desk was waiting for us and so welcoming. We stayed in E4, a corner unit on the ground floor and had the most amazing view! The shuttle service really made getting to and from Red Hook a breeze...We had breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the resort's restaurant. Such an awesome spot on the water for a quick bite or a drink for happy hour. We also walked over to Margaritaville, which has a larger beach that you are able to use. Coki Beach is also within walking distance, but make sure you check the ferry schedule!! We cannot wait to return next year to Point Pleasant and the USVIs!!
Hiking Boots & Swimsuits offers four different vacation homes in four very different locations! From a large gorgeous mountain house with incredible views to an island paradise where you can see clear blue waters for miles! From lake living with access to jet skis and outdoor firepit to low country sunsets with crabbing and fishing from the back deck!
This secluded getaway promises a stay with unparalleled comfort and views making for an unforgettable vacation.
Experience all of the breath taking ocean views that the Little Starfish has to offer while sitting on one of the island’s most private hillsides.
The newly renovated Purple Martin Hideaway features something for everyone providing all of the elements needed for the perfect getaway.
Come and visit this stunning Low Country house where true southern hospitality and the beauties of nature collide.