autumn on kiawah island

Autumn on Kiawah Island

Fall is in the air! And while every season on Kiawah Island is simply stunning, autumn is one of the best times to experience beaches, events, wildlife, and outdoor activities amid some of the most pleasant Island weather all year.

How are you falling for fall on Kiawah? Check out a few of our ideas below…

Your Guide to Autumn on Kiawah Island

Jazz Up Your Weekend

Grammy award winner Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz takes place November 9-11. Jazz and music enthusiasts will love seeing incredible performers like Vanessa Williams and Herb Alpert take the stage while enjoying luxury wines, cuisine, fitness, and wellness experiences.

Make A Run For It

Enjoy two races that are perfect for the whole family! Join the fun at the 40th Annual Kiawah Island Marathon on Saturday, December 9, and for a creative twist on a classic pastime, try the Glow in the Dark Color Run on Friday, December 8.

Work On Your Serve

Women’s Tennis Weekend will take place November 2-5. Kiawah Island Golf Resort will serve up a weekend package including seven hours of premier instruction and drills paired with regional cuisine and oceanfront hotel luxury. Tennis instruction will focus on doubles and round robin doubles play.

Give Thanks

There are so many options to skip the cooking and simply enjoy friends and family this Thanksgiving on Kiawah Island. On Wednesday, November 22, join us for a bonfire and s’mores at Night Heron Park to whet your appetite for the big day! On Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving Day), join us for the Turkey Trot and Yoga on the Beach. After you’ve burned some calories, it’ll be time to refuel with a meal at The Ocean Room, The Atlantic Room, The Lobby Lounge, Jasmine Porch, or the annual Thanksgiving Feast at The Sanctuary! The Town Center Market will stay open until 3 p.m. so you can stock up on any grocery essentials.

Get Into the Holiday Spirit

Ready or not, November brings the unofficial start of the holidays! Enjoy the season with special programming like a holiday ornament workshop and The Sanctuary’s Christmas tree lighting on Friday, November 24. And cookie decorating [classes? Where?] every Saturday from November 25 to December 16 is sure to keep things sweet throughout the holidays.

This November and December, pair luxury living with gorgeous temperatures — autumn is truly a magical time on Kiawah Island. There are many wonderful fall events in Charleston too! Come down and enjoy it to the full.

Sasanqua Spa

Sasanqua Spa – Skin Rejuvenation and Cosmetic Dermatlogy

Fall of 2016, Kiawah Island Club’s Sasanqua spa partners with the MUSC Health to bring Members another level of aesthetic treatment –non-surgical dermatological options performed by a medical professional.

MUSC LogoDr. Diana Antonovich–faculty member of the Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina–brings her extensive experience, expertise, and interest in the areas of cosmetic dermatology and skin rejuvenation to the Club Spa. As a highly esteemed Assistant Clinical Professor with MUSC, she strives to help her patients look their best while maintaining natural-appearing results, and she looks forward to expanding this philosophy in her collaboration with Sasanqua.

Dr. Antonovich’s services at Sasanqua are available exclusively to Kiawah Island Club Members and their guests. For more information on the Kiawah Island Club, please visit

More About the Sasanqua Spa at the River Course

Exclusive to Kiawah Island Club Members with a design to strengthen mind/body connections to the Kiawah environment, Sasanqua Spa provides a total retreat from the outside world. The spa hosts rejuvenating treatments with ingredients from the natural world of the surrounding Low-country.

Sasanqua Spa creates its own quiet island on a peaceful peninsula overlooking the Kiawah River. Clodagh, the world-renowned designer whose eyes, mind and hands shaped the spa, was named for a similarly picturesque waterway in her native Ireland. This is no coincidence.

Aerial view of Freshfields Village

Fresh Shops at Freshfields Village

Freshfields Village has been updating its offerings and refreshing its look this spring.

Located at the entrance to Kiawah Island, Freshfields Village has grown into a community hub where everyone from year-round residents, off-Island locals, and vacationers enjoy the charm of a bustling neighborhood market, a multitude of dining options, and shopping. As Kiawah residents know, its architecture draws on the Carolinas’ rich coastal heritage, appearing to have arisen over time as a collection of charming structures. Vernacular exteriors with traditional rooflines extend a welcoming personality; open sheds with verandas, overhanging roofs, Bermuda shutters, and breezeways are interspersed with intimately scaled buildings set along shaded pedestrian lanes.

This spring, picturesque new road signs and landscaping improvements added to the charm of the Village, and new shops are in the works. Dolittle’s, a specialty pet store offering upscale foods and pet products as well as dog washing facilities, will open this summer at 352 Freshfields Drive. Scout & Molly’s boutique is scheduled to open this month between Indigo Books and GDC Home. Los Olas opened in February across the street at 455 Freshfields Drive. Started by a Charleston native with a traveling background and a desire to learn, it offers swimwear and lifestyle accessories for men and women. New construction currently underway behind White Hall, too, will provide further offerings.

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Kiawah Island Villa Makeover

An Ideal Villa Makeover

“We are 251 steps to the beach,” Donna Porritt says as I step into her Mariner’s Watch villa, “but who’s counting?”

At 625 square feet, there is a lot about the villa that could rely on numbers. Whether you attribute the tiny house movement or reducing your carbon footprint, the art of downsizing—living full time in a significantly small space without sacrificing the luxuries and belongings that matter to you most—is fun, and Donna and husband Sam Bromage perfected it by having “right-sized” living in mind from the start of their renovation until the day they brought the last of their belongings from Connecticut.

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