Over the weekend I headed down to Kiawah Island with a few girlfriends. It was a quick trip, but I’m so glad I was able to go. Even though I’m familiar with some of the islands surrounding Charleston, I’d never been to Kiawah before. I headed down Friday after work and stayed through Sunday morning. Here’s a quick recap of the weekend!
Where We Stayed
The friend who organized this weekend getaway is a member of Exclusive Resorts, a membership only property rental company. Exclusive Resorts specializes in luxury properties and vacations with an emphasis on creating lasting memories for you, your family and friends. Kiawah Island is known as one of the more luxurious islands close to Charleston, and our house definitely lived up to that reputation! With plenty of room for the 6 of us and amenities to spare, I was certainly relaxed the moment I walked in the door. While we weren’t oceanfront, we had a beautiful view of the intracoastal (and an infinity pool) that was breathtaking to wake up to. I loved spending Saturday morning on the porch with a cup of coffee, a good book, and the incredible view.
What We Did
Upon arrival Friday evening, my friend and I stopped at the local Harris Teeter to grab groceries for the weekend. We all ended up staying in Friday evening, grilling out by the pool, and dining on the screened in porch while a thunderstorm rolled through. After a nice, long meal outside, we all headed to bed to rest up for the next day.
Admittedly, I was the only person to book a treatment at The Sanctuary Spa on Saturday, but I love a good spa visit! I booked the 60 minute signature massage, and it didn’t disappoint! Before my appointment I peeked around the property a bit, and after I did a little shopping (I picked up two bags of Grey Ghost cookies and a Kiawah shirt for my dad). I then headed back to the house to get ready to meet the girls at the beach. Unfortunately it was right around 3pm, when one of the girls texted that a storm was rolling in and they were heading back to the house. Sure enough, right as they got home the bottom fell out! We spent the afternoon relaxing and waiting for the storm to pass before hopping in the pool for a few extra hours.
After some time by the pool we headed in to get ready for dinner. The concierge had recommended a few local spots and we ended up at Lokal Seabar on Seabrook Island, which is right next to Kiawah. I love seafood, so this restaurant was right up my alley. Overlooking the Bohicket Marina, Lokal serves local and fresh seafood and low country dishes. We shared a plate of calamari, and I had a crab cake (with fried green tomatoes!) and a wedge salad. I think the calamari and wedge salad would have been enough, as we’d been snacking throughout the day! I also ordered the cucumber refresher, which had Cathead vodka in it and was perfect for a warm summer night.
On Sunday I woke up earlier than normal because I had to head to Columbia, South Carolina for a baby shower. I wanted to get some more sightseeing in, so I woke up and headed out for a drive to The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. My dad is a big golfer, and whenever we come to the Charleston area he tries to get in at this course. After a 20 minute drive through the island (I missed a few turns because I was busy looking at the gorgeous homes!), I made it to the Ocean Course for a little peek around. I only stayed for about 10 minutes, but it was exciting to see a renowned course - and the ocean views didn’t hurt either! I then headed back to the house to pick up a few girls and make a coffee run to Java Java in Freshfields Village (the closest shopping center to the island). After spending some more time on the porch I got ready for the baby shower, packed my car, and hit the road.
What I Thought
At just over 4 hours from Charlotte, Kiawah Island is the perfect weekend getaway. While I was only there for about 36 hours, I left feeling refreshed and excited to return. I honestly feel like I could spend an entire week on the island, as there are so many things to do aside from the beach. Because we had a dock at our house we could’ve gone kayaking or rented a boat. We also could’ve rented bikes to get around the island, gone golfing (I believe there are 4 courses on the island), and spent more time at the Sanctuary. Even though Kiawah Island is about 45 minutes from downtown Charleston, we could have also gone into the city for a day of sightseeing, dining, and shopping. I honestly can’t wait to go back to Kiawah!