3 Day Trips for Kiawah Island Residents
Trip Ideas Just a Stone’s Throw from Kiawah Island
There is so much more to Kiawah Island than just remarkable homes and high-end, exclusive amenities. Kiawah is tucked away in the heart of the Lowcountry, an area steeped in culture and tradition. If you do find yourself itching to see what lies beyond Kiawah’s gates, we can’t blame you for wanting to get out and explore. Neighboring communities, both big and large, are your chance to explore somewhere new, even if just for a day!
Our list of day trips for Kiawah Island residents covers the basics — from things to do and good places to eat. See the possibilities for day trips below.
1. Charleston, South Carolina
No list of must-see places is complete without mentioning the beautifully historic city of Charleston. Just a quick 45 minute drive north of Kiawah and you are in one of the most romantic and charming places in the world.
Stroll the streets in wonder as you soak in its longstanding past. From wars to riots, pirates and natives, this city is one of the oldest settlements in the country. Known as the Holy City, don’t forget to look up from cobblestone streets toward the sky, where you will notice one tall steeple after another.
Things To Do in Charleston
With so much to do in one place, it can be hard to know where to start. Stop by the iconic Rainbow Row to see some of the oldest and most colorful Georgian homes in the state. From there, head over to the Vendue, a boutique hotel with one of the best rooftop bars in the city. But if you come to Charleston wanting to learn more about its haunting history, take a ghost tour — whether self-guided or with a guide.
What to Eat in Charleston
Also check out Pearlz Oyster Bar for a platter of fresh oysters. But be sure to eat them the correct way — as in, sip the salt water first and then chew the actual oyster! Doing so helps you to appreciate the complex flavors. For dessert stop by Carmella’s, an Italian dessert bar that serves homemade lemon blueberry cake among many other tasty treats.
2. Edisto Island, South Carolina
Edisto is an adjacent Sea Island located about an hour south of Kiawah. To get to Edisto from the Island you will drive up and around the wide river that separates Wadmalaw Island from Edisto Island. Once there, you will notice the town is small and slumbrous, offering a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with the wild integrity of the lowcountry through nature and outdoor pursuits.
Things To Do in Edisto
Edisto is coveted for the community’s focus on distancing itself from commercialism. For instance, on the Island you will find just one store to provide for your every need. Because of this, outdoor activities tend to be the main draw to this quiet town. Instead of a vibrant nightlife, you can look forward to partaking in watersports such as boating, eco tours, and kayaking. The locals’ favorite pastime? Take a fishing charter offshore and catch a variety of seatrout, redfish, flounder, and even sharks.
What to Eat in Edisto
Edisto may seem sleepy, but it does have some good eats! The SeaCow Eatery is a casual restaurant situated right on the beach and known for its collard greens and freshly made pies. For a more formal meal, make a reservation at Ella & Ollie’s, a contemporary restaurant with classics such as crème brûlée on the menu.
3. Beaufort, South Carolina
Laidback and welcoming is the best way to describe Beaufort. Roughly one hour north of Kiawah, Beaufort is said to be the gem of the lowcountry. Its small town atmosphere coupled with its diverse cultural influences make for an ideal day trip for Kiawah residents.
Things To Do in Beaufort
Shop the eclectic local stores that decorate Bay Street, overlooking coastal bluffs and Spanish moss-covered oaks. As you spend the afternoon browsing and window shopping, take home a keepsake of your day. Beaufort is known for its many art galleries where you can find the perfect piece to start your art collection back home.
What to Eat in Beaufort
Look up online reviews of Blackstone’s Cafe and you will see one dish mentioned over and over again — shrimp and grits. Creamy and bursting with flavor, this dish is the epitome of the Lowcountry. Don’t leave Blackstone’s without a slice of pecan pie to finish!
For the Weekenders
If one day doesn’t seem like nearly enough adventure, travel further out and spend the weekend in Savannah or Hilton Head Island. Each offers its own unique experience, so you may choose one over the other. Or if you are up for it, make it a point to visit them both!
Savannah’s well-preserved history will hold you spellbound — whether you have an interest in history or not. Visit some of the most historic religious sites in the entire country, and get ready to be blown away by the chilling haunted stories shared by local tour guides.
On the other hand, Hilton Head Island is an outdoor sportsman’s paradise. With several miles of beaches, it’s the perfect place to play in the sand and sea. Bring your family on a visit to the Coastal Discovery Museum to see the area’s wildlife up close and personal. Like Kiawah, Hilton Head is also known for golfing, with more than 23 private and public courses to play. Reserve a tee time at Palmetto Dunes or Sea Pines, the Island’s two main resorts.
A Day Trip to Kiawah Island
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