Sasee Escapes: Suzanne Temple, Tidelife Vacations

By Leslie Moore

Nestled in a quaint shopping center just north of the North Causeway in Pawleys Island, Suzanne Temple spends her days making sure her renters have the best possible stay in our beautiful community. With over 85 homes, this is a huge job, especially in the summer months, managed efficiently with the help of her staff and her husband and partner. After visiting for years and falling in love with Pawleys Island, Suzanne relocated from Chicago six years ago with her children; Rachel, 8; Jackson, 11; and Emma, 21. “I have been coming here all my life and went to college in South Carolina,” said Suzanne.

After years of working for a large corporation in Human Resources, Suzanne went to work as a property manager for another company in the area. And she loved it! Soon, Suzanne’s husband told her it was time to open a business themselves. Suzanne was hesitant at first, but eventually warmed to the idea. “My husband convinced me I could make more of an impact through my own company. And I have!” she told me enthusiastically. “We opened on April 1, 2014, with no houses, just faith and hope. Now we manage over 85 vacation rentals – I just booked five more this week.” Passionate about making sure her homeowners are successful and that her guests find the perfect property for them, Tidelife Vacations has become an annual favorite for vacationers. “We have everything from one bedroom condos to an amazing eight bedroom home in DeBordieu.”

“Women travelers, in groups or alone,” usually come to our area in the off season,” Suzanne told me when asked to talk about the growing number of women journeying alone. “As women age and are either widowed or divorced, they begin to take trips alone. It’s a very empowering experience. We have quite a few women who stay with us for two or three months every year.” Suzanne explained that women travel differently than men. They want to know the details: What kind of washing machine does the unit have? Where is the best place to eat? Will I feel comfortable alone? “We have to be on our game and make sure they have all the information they need to feel comfortable. For example, two years ago, we had a writer come from New York City to work on her novel. She stayed in one of our oceanfront homes and had such a great experience, she kept adding more time. And, when she left, she told us that some of the people she met in Pawleys Island became characters in her book!”

Women are also making more trips together – many make it an annual event. “It’s so much fun to travel with your women friends, I know I love bonding time with my tribe,” Suzanne told me. “We have a group of nurses who graduated together many years ago – they come every year and play cards, reminisce and just catch up on each other’s lives.”

I asked Suzanne to offer some advice on traveling alone or with a group of friends. “Make sure you are comfortable with whoever books your vacation – I would always recommend a licensed property manager, someone with a brick and mortar business who can be held accountable. Check their reputation online and verify as much as possible. Finally, do your research. It’s okay to go out of your comfort zone, but make sure you have a basic knowledge of your surroundings and always be aware.”

“It is so rewarding working with women travelers – we meet them on a different level. Most of them leave us with hugs and compliments – we become friends. They really keep us on our game,” Suzanne added laughing. “I always try to put myself in my guest’s shoes and make them feel comfortable.”

Stop by and say hello to Suzanne at Tidelife Vacations, located at 10744 Ocean Highway, Unit H, or call 843-314-0376. Suzanne’s current list of properties and availability can be found on her website,

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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2 Responses to “Sasee Escapes: Suzanne Temple, Tidelife Vacations”

  1. Linda O'Connell says:

    Wow! you have convinced me a writing retreat to S.C with all my female writer friends might be in our future.

  2. Rose Ann says:

    Linda . . . That’s a great idea! And if you do, I would love to meet up with you for lunch and writer talk!
    And, thanks Leslie for telling us about this great excursion possibility!

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