What a wonderful weekend we had at The Bea’s Nest to celebrate my 30th. I’ve had this charming Isle of Palms home on my radar for quite a while now, so when it worked out for me to stay a couple nights, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. Not only is this home obviously beautiful, but it’s owned by the sweetest family—and you can honestly feel the welcoming warmth within its walls. It just truly feels like a home away from home—even in such a short period of time, which is not always the case with vacation rentals.

Isle of Palms is about 20 minutes from downtown Charleston. So even though this was just quick trip away from my house, it could have been 30 hours away for all I knew. Isle of Palms is a wonderful beach town that is so family friendly—and it feels like a different world in the best way possible. Certainly a different vibe than downtown Charleston. That’s why I think it’s a perfect vacation spot for anyone looking to visit the Holy City because you can experience the relaxation and fun of the beach, but then head into the city for shopping, dining, and taking in all of the beautiful, historic sights.



A little background on the Bea’s Nest. It was built in the late 1800s and has clearly been added onto and renovated quite well since then. It was owned by a renowned American Poetess named Beatrice Ravenel. That’s how the house affectionately earned it’s name.



Do you follow along with MaryJo? She and her husband are the owners of Bea’s Nest. I love keeping up with MaryJo on Instagram because she spreads such joy… and if you like the looks of the Bea’s Nest, then you’ll too enjoy everything she shares. Their other home is in Newburyport, Boston and trust me when I say it’s beyond gorgeous.



These next few photos are straight from The Bea’s Nest website. Being the expert blogger that I am (sarcasm inserted here), I accidentally left my camera at home for this trip! But sometimes I think iPhone photos are even better, right? But I did want to share these professional pictures because they truly capture the feel inside.


Rosie wants to show you guys upstairs to the crow’s nest.



From up here, you can get a great view of the ocean. It’s just a block or so away. Although we honestly never stepped foot out of the house so I can’t be positive on that one. The beach is one of those things I sadly take for granted with living in a coastal town.



Now that you’ve seen around a bit (although not really because the house has four bedrooms, a loft area, and an apartment over the garage), here are some photos of the fun! Brandon, Watson, and Rosie stayed with me on Friday night and left on Saturday afternoon, which is when all of my girlfriends came! It was great to have some special time with just the family before the big fun began.



The next morning we had an amazing brunch spread dropped off by Melissa at The Blue Root. She even made me a cupcake for my birthday…so sweet! Literally. It was the best tasting cupcake I’ve ever had. The Blue Root is a boutique catering and gifting company based here in Charleston. Melissa creates the most beautiful and special deliveries, like her infamous zucchini bread that I’m still snacking on today.



Is now a good time to talk about this amazing pool? My girlfriends enjoyed it, too!



On Saturday night, they surprised me with a private chef (Chef Stephen Harman) to prepare dinner for all of us. This was such a fun surprise and the dinner was fantastic!



It was hard to say goodbye to everyone and the Bea’s Nest on Sunday! Such a great house and setting for a memorable 30th birthday weekend.


Here are a few more to end on.



Here’s Rosie after she dumped out my bag and put on all of my bikinis!



Here’s the link to the Bea’s Nest website. There is a booking inquiry field at the bottom if you’re interesting in staying there.

And do keep up with the owner of this house, MaryJo and her cute family on Instagram! There’s really nothing not to love about following her! Thanks so much to MaryJo for letting us stay in their beautiful home for this trip.



  1. Danielle
    August 15, 2019 / 10:01 am

    Happy Birthday! It looks like you had a great celebration. I knew this house looked familiar, we stayed next door during our vacation this summer! As we lounged by the pool, I often admired that house and wondered what it looked like inside. As charming as the outside is, I think they’ve managed to make the inside even more so! They were renovating the house the last time we stayed in our rental home, so I’m even more excited to see the finished product.

    Again, I hope 30 is your best year yet!

  2. Sara
    August 15, 2019 / 11:01 am

    Looks beautiful. Was your stay provided for free?

    • holycitychic
      August 20, 2019 / 10:12 am

      Hi Sara,

      It really was! To answer your question, this is not a sponsored post. If I am ever writing a paid blog post or one that I am contracted to write, it is always disclosed within the text.

      Thanks so much for reading!

  3. MF
    August 17, 2019 / 9:00 am

    I wish you would say if trips were given to you for free- when they obviously are.

    • holycitychic
      August 20, 2019 / 10:10 am

      Hi MF,

      I always disclose partnerships when that’s the case. However, this is not a sponsored post. I was in no way required to share anything about this trip. MaryJo is a friend of mine and I do not have to share what price I was given to rent the house. I am sharing information on the Bea’s Nest out of genuine love of the house and I thought people would like to see it. Thank you for reading and for your comment.


  4. Debbie Barnes
    December 11, 2019 / 2:14 pm

    Hello! your photos are beautiful as well as your family! looks like a great time had by all. I am looking to rent this home for a family wedding. I have not received any replys to my emails, besides the stock one that says we will get back with you. Do you have a phone number I can call. I need to see if this house is available or not. It looks perfect for us 🙂 It’s been about a week and a half or maybe two weeks since I first tried to contact them.
    thanks so much and I hope it’s ok to write this here 🙂

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