The place we rented for four days was located on Folly Beach (about 20 minutes from downtown Charleston). Being able to get up each morning and walk Maya along the ocean in mild December weather was perfect. We miss the coastline most living in Durham. We liked going during the off-season because the beach community was quiet. Restaurants were still open, but there wasn't any traffic.
Charleston was a charming place to spend the holiday. I do feel bad knowing I wasn't with my family, but I'll just have to work on convincing them the south is better in the winter months. After a couple big snow storms, I don't think that will be too hard.
My Mom would have liked peeping over people's walls and into their windows with me. The houses and yards in that city were the most adorable and stunning places I have ever seen. (More Charleston creeper photos to come.)