Kiawah Island…a paradise conveniently situated on the Eastern Seaboard! Nancy Yale and her husband, Abe, had the pleasure of spending some time on this picturesque island – just a short 45 minute drive outside of Charleston. Flying into the Charleston airport is easy – it is a small airport and a quick walk to the rental car area. Kiawah Island is home to about 10,000 beautiful estate homes as well as a wonderful resort, The Sanctuary Kiawah Island. This property (pictured above) has beautiful views and sits on a 10 mile long sandy beach. The food and service are 5 star for sure! There are 5 golf courses, a world renowned tennis camp, 25 miles of bicycle paths, and wonderful children’s’ pools and activities. It is a great family destination. Many homes are available for rent, as are 1-4 bedroom condos, called villas as part of the resort. Some of the beautiful homes are on the ocean and boast beautiful vistas, decks, private pools and up to 8 bedrooms. Many of these stately homes are vacation homes and are vacant much of the time, so the island does not feel crowded at all. There are restaurants on the property and in the surrounding towns – a very easy drive, so it is highly recommended to use a rental car.
A night in Charleston at the Belmond Charleston Place hotel ended Nancy’s short trip with a day to experience the art galleries, beautiful homes and historical sights. It is an easy town to walk around and take in all the famous landmarks from the 1700s and earlier. The waterfront offers harbor tours and there are horse and buggy tours with a guide explaining points of interest around the city. Outside the city, one can see the old beautiful plantations. Charleston is very well situated and can be combined with another location; it is just a 2 hour drive to Savannah and 45 minutes to Kiawah and the beach. There are many small hotels as well as larger ones, the best being the Charleston Place with the Charleston Grill being one of the city’s finest dining rooms. The restaurants in Charleston are excellent, from BBQ to farm to table lunches, the city is known for its hospitality and restaurant selections. Kiawah Island and South Carolina in general has so much to offer – it is a gem of the East Coast, and is so easy to get to – no passport or international travel required!