Category: The Best of the Lowcountry
Dewees Island is a hidden gem located about 11 miles north of Charleston, where some people live and where others, including our fellow Charlestonians, love to visit. And simply put, it is where peace and solitude reign supreme.
On this small, secluded barrier island, there are no paved roads, no cars, no restaurants, and most importantly, no stress. Technology, computer screens, and phones can be ignored for the duration of your stay in favor of outdoor fun and relaxation. It is two-and-a-half miles of pure nature: beaches, dunes, an undisturbed maritime forest — a private paradise.
The homeowners of Dewees, ever aware of the conservation needs and uniqueness of the island, strive to leave the tiniest of footprints. The island is truly among the last of untouched places around, where all is unspoiled by the developed world. Since the island is full of Lowcountry wildlife, and it is not uncommon to share your visit with dolphins, turtles, eagles, and an enormous variety of sea and marsh birds.
The island is accessible via a ferry that leaves from 43 41st Street on the Isle of Palms. The ride lasts around 20 minutes, and you must be preregistered with Dewees Island Rentals or personally know a current Dewees owner in order to board. There are two boats- one smaller and faster, and one a bit larger for holding more people, luggage, groceries, and other deliveries. They decide which one to take based on the number of folks signed up to ride and the amount of stuff that’s going over. The ferry is often escorted by dolphins or a variety of seafaring birds and offers curious views all around. Even if you didn’t have the beauty and adventure of the island waiting for you, the ferry ride alone would be worth it. Be sure to call 30 minutes before leaving the island to make sure you get a spot on a returning boat.
Where to stay
Huyler House includes suites that are available for lot owners to stay on the island and homeowners to use for overflow house guests however, you do not have to know a Dewees owner to enjoy all Huyler has to offer. You can rent one of the suites, or choose from a variety of other homes from Dewees Rentals. The amenities are amazing: swimming pool, two tennis courts, billiards table, foosball table, shuffleboard table, screened picnic area with a grill, and wifi in the Great Room and suites.
Dewees is a wildlife preserve, so as we said before, you’ll encounter a variety of living creatures. Our resident Dewees Island expert, Judy Fairchild, is a naturalist who loves to show and tell all about Dewees Island, and especially the wildlife. A short cart ride around the island with Judy feels like a master class. It’s not uncommon to see a few baby raccoons, a basking alligator, or perhaps even an otter or bald eagle on a quick jaunt. While it is truly a thrill to be close to so much undisturbed nature, but there are some critters – like mosquitoes – you’ll want to prepare for in advance. Make sure you pack your bug spray. And, although this should go without saying, don’t feed the wildlife – including those pesky mosquitoes!
Once you step off the ferry and onto the tranquil island, don’t be surprised if you feel a weight lifted off your shoulders as your troubles subside. The roads are made of dirt and your only vehicles are your feet, a bike, or a golf cart. If you’re renting through Dewees Rentals, you’ll find a cart clearly marked for you when you exit the ferry. If you’re visiting friends, do what I do, and hitch a ride on one of their carts and then rely on your own two feet to get you around while exploring We think the best way to travel the length of the island is by foot on the sandy beach! The paths are clearly marked and the beachwalks extend through the maritime forest all the way to the sand.
There are no restaurants or grocery stores on the island, so if you’re going for longer than an afternoon, you’ll want to prepare and package your food in advance. Or, you can catch your dinner!
What to do
Fishing spots abound at Dewees, and there’s even a crabbing dock — but only take what you can eat in a single meal. Remember, conservation is key on Dewees. Other fun outdoor activities include kayaking, golfing, birding, beach walking, swimming, biking and golf carting. Lounging around with a good book is always a good idea, and you’ll find more one perfect spot on Dewees Island.
At every turn, there’s a breathtaking marsh or beach view and there are unparalleled sunrises on the beach and sunsets on the marsh. Views over the Impoundment, the old diked wetlands that can be flooded or drained as necessary, are amazingly serene. The shores are pristine, expansive, and gloriously empty, allowing Dewees to offer an almost private experience unlike any other on the Charleston Coast.
If you’re a long-time Charlestonian, chances are you’ve lived in a Charleston single house at some point in your life. Many visitors have come away remembering this iconic Charleston architecture. Charleston singles are, after all, common throughout the peninsula and beyond. From the mansions South of Broad to modest neighborhoods extending past the crosstown, the Charleston single is part of the city’s makeup and charm.
So what makes up a Charleston single house? Several things, like its long, narrow shape, distinguish the style from others, while the somewhat private porch is often the most favored feature of all. Of course, there’s rhyme and reason to its design, mainly relating to local conditions — namely the city’s hot and humid summers. Yes, even centuries ago, Charleston was known for being muggy on summer days and sultry in the evenings!
Here are a few of the features you’ll find in a Charleston single house and reasons behind their particular design:
1. Long, narrow shape
In order to build a single house, you need only a long, narrow lot, which is how the city was laid out in its early days. The tall, slender homes are typically placed quite closely to the neighboring home, perhaps too close for comfort in some cases. The single house has a narrow side, with the long side of the house – the traditional “front” – being perpendicular to the street. The plain, short facade is what faces the street.
While the house is long and narrow, it is also only one room wide, when viewed from the street — which gives the single house its name! But what the home lacks in width it makes up for in length and height. As mentioned before, the house is quite long, while many Charleston single houses are also several tiers high.
3. The Front Door
What may appear to be a front door — the one facing the street — is only an entrance to the private porch. The actual front door is down the middle of the porch. This was intended to give more privacy to the homeowners during the more modest Victorian period.
4. Interior Layout
Though the architectural form of the single house comes in everything from Federal to Victorian styles, the most consistent feature will always be its interior layout. A front door along the long side of the house leads you into a foyer and stairwell, and there’s a room to the left, usually a bedroom, and to the right — which normally serves as the living room, with the kitchen being on the other side of the living room — an open archway separating the two. The same floor plan is generally repeated upstairs.
Single houses have side porches — oops, pardon, I mean piazzas. Accessible via the aforementioned door on the street-side of the house, the piazza is strategically placed on the long side of the house to increase the odds of catching a cool breeze— definitely a factor to consider in a city that gets so hot and muggy during summers. They are also a pretty sweet spot to enjoy a cup of tea or an afternoon snooze!
If you are looking for a Charleston single to call your own, stop by The Real Estate Studio where our experienced, professional agents are always here to answer questions or show property.
The Spring market is starting early in 2017! Here are three of our new listings on Sullivans Island that will not disappoint. If you are looking for the perfect coastal property, you will want to be sure to check these out.
This stunning, newer construction home was completed in 2015 by Rhodes Residential Builders. The home features an open floor plan and a gourmet kitchen. This 3,450 sq. ft., 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home will exceed your expectations. First floor features a custom gourmet kitchen, great room with gas fireplace and glassed dining room area overlooking the pool. The large master suite with beamed cathedral ceiling and designer bathroom is also on this level. The second level consists of 3 large bedrooms, each with their own private bathroom. The ground level has a two car garage and ground level pool with additional entertaining space under the house. This home is absolutely beautiful and move in ready!
This wonderful third row home is on a street-to-street 1/2 acre lot just steps to the beach access at Station 26. The home was recently remodeled and shows beautifully. The first floor consists of a large eat-in-kitchen with breakfast area, separate dining area and great room. The master bedroom suite and three additional bedrooms are located on the second level as well as a small office area. There is plenty of room for a large pool and additional square footage if desired.
This spectacular home has 3 levels of living space and is close to the beach access at Station 29. This home is perfect for entertaining with the large first level great room with fireplace and sunroom leading out to the back deck and porch that overlooks a gorgeous pool. The first floor also includes the master suite with its own private office and an additional guest suite that was added in 2012. The second level has three additional bedrooms that share a large bathroom that could be easily converted into 2 bathrooms. There is also a small TV/media room that opens up to a second story porch. The ground level entertaining space that flows just off the pool consists of a new 4-person hot tub, large sitting area, and bar with refrigerators, sink, and mounted TV. This home was listed and under contract in less than a week!
If you have questions about these properties contact listing agent, and Sullivans Ilans expert, Tim Reese. Not quite what you are looking for? No problem, drop by or contact our Isle of Palms Office to speak with one of our professional, experienced real estate agents.
I’On, located in Mt. Pleasant, is a special neighborhood that is reminiscent of the beauty and charm that is so beloved in downtown Charleston — but without the narrow streets and lack of parking! A halfway point between downtown and Sullivan’s Island, I’On is nestled in a world of its own, where families thrive.
Founded in 1995, I’On is a village of sorts, with nearly 800 single-family homes, a square, six walking trails, and a grid full of narrow, quiet streets, lakes, green spaces, and so much more — like crab docks, a dozen pocket parks, a boathouse, spa, marsh views, and a wildlife refuge. And the name? “I’On” comes from Jacob Bond I’On, the first mayor of the town of Sullivan’s Island.
From fun and simple outdoor activities for the whole family to cute retail shops perfect for perusing on lazy weekend days, there’s a lot the residents of I’On love about their ’hood. We spoke with a few locals, and these are just a few of their favorite things to do and see:
- The Walks
As simple as it may sound, families relish living in a place where it’s safe to roam the streets, particularly here where there’s also plenty of sights to take in at every turn — like gates and gardens, yards and unique fountains. The sidewalks are wide, and so you’ll find that the residents’ feet are their favorite modes of transportation. I’On also has six trails, some of which are up to three hours long and cover eight miles of, including a 1.5-mile stroll along the marsh that can be ended with a beer at O’Brions Pub or a glass of wine at Grazi’s Shoe Cafe and Wine Bar.
- The Water
Who wouldn’t love living in walking distance of a body of water? Here, you’ll find Westlake, which also features an amphitheater that comes in handy for all kinds of family-friendly neighborhood events, and Eastlake, which is surrounded by beautiful houses and perfect for walks with your furry friends, fishing and feeding ducks. Plus there are picturesque creeks, sure signs you’re in the Lowcountry.
- The Green
There’s also tons of green space (and playgrounds!) here for both kids and pups to play in and the Rookery Wildlife Refuge, which features two observation towers.
- The Square
Besides the wine and beer spots, the Square also features an adorable gift shop called Sweet Olive and a cafe full of gourmet eats at Square Onion, where soups, salads, sandwiches, take-and-bake casseroles, desserts, and dips reign supreme. But if you want a cup of coffee, the best is only right outside the neighborhood at Collective Coffee. It’s an airy, hipster-y joint with the perfect cups of joe.
- The Community
Not only is it common to know your neighbor here, but you’ll probably know every dog’s name in the area, too. Kids meet up at playgrounds, parents chat on front porches, and the whole of the community seems happy to be here.
Interested in making I’On your home? Check out what is currently listed for sale. Or contact one of our experts at our Mt. Pleasant office.
We ask the same 10 questions to very different members of Charleston’s diverse community. This week, we chat with local jazz musician Charlton Singleton.
If you keep with the local cultural scene, you may recognize Charlton Singleton. One of the Holy City’s treasures, he’s the bandleader of Charleston Jazz Orchestra and Artist in Residence at the Charleston Gaillard Center — among many other things. We recently had the opportunity to get a little more acquainted with the prolific musician as part of our new ‘10 Questions With’ series, a profile series featuring interviews with intriguing members of the local community. We hope you enjoy!
If you’re not from Charleston originally, where are you from and when did you relocate here?
I am from Awendaw. I tell people that all of the time that Awendaw is about 14 miles going north of Charleston on Hwy 17. You will pass through it on your way to McClellanville, Georgetown, Myrtle Beach.
Did you go to college, and if so, where?
Yes! I graduated from South Carolina State University in 1994 with a BA Music Performance. Being at SC State was the best time of my life.
Occupation, employer, and what your role entails.
The short answer is that I am a Musician/Entertainer…
I am self-employed as a freelancing musician. I perform, compose, arrange, record…
I am the Artist In Residence at the Gaillard Center. This position allows me to go out to schools in the Tri-County area and be a resource to students and teachers. I talk with students in grades K-12 (and some in college) about everything from our rich history of music here in the Lowcountry to the many different careers in music.
I am the Artistic Director/Bandleader of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra. We have been around for eight years now and we have had tremendous support from the community. We have a season of shows with season ticket holders. All of the shows have a theme, and we perform in the historic Charleston Music Hall.
I am the organist and choir director at St. Patrick Catholic Church, which is located Downtown. I have been playing there since 1995 (although I was away touring for about four years and then came back). My first performance was at my dad’s church, Mt. Zion AME Church in Davis Station, SC. With that said, I am EXTREMELY comfortable at church.
How does your company and/or your role affect the community.
Hmmm…I like to think of myself as just an entertainer. However, I also like to educate and enlighten as many people as I can. My wife will tell you that I’m just a big ham! LOL. I love it. I love to talk. I love to perform. I hope that people in the community feel good after hearing or seeing me do those things.
Favorite part of your job?
Making people feel good. It’s just that simple. I think that I have succeeded if they leave and are humming a tune, or pondering about something I said that may have been new and/or intriguing to them. The best way of knowing if I was good or not is if they invite me back or come back to see/hear me again.
What area of Charleston do you live in and why do you love it?
I actually live in North Charleston. My part of the city is actually pretty quiet. I live close enough to downtown so that it is not so bad to go to “work,” and I live far enough from downtown that it is quiet. This is how I grew up (living in Awendaw), so it is perfect.
Who’s your most-loved local venue/cultural excursion and why? (Some examples are: rock shows at the Tin Roof, the symphony, Second Sunday, First Friday art walk, Terrace theater, Charleston Museum, PURE Theater shows, anything at Charleston Music Hall, etc)
That’s a tough question. There are many venues that I have had the good fortune to have played in. The NEW Gaillard Center…The Pour House…playing at the Music Farm back in the day with my ska band, SKWZBXX (say “squeeze box”), the intimacy of The Mezz on King St. with my small group…the Charleston Music Hall has been the venue that I have performed in most as of lately. Between the Charleston Jazz Orchestra shows and the Prince Tribute shows that my funk band have done recently at the Charleston Music Hall, they have been some of the most memorable performances that I have been a part of. I almost feel as if that is my private place, but…THERE GOES THE HAM IN ME! LOL!
What’s your go-to local dining or takeout spot, and what do you like to order?
Too many places to name. My wife and I go out to eat quite a bit. However, I do like to order sushi from Shi Ki on E. Bay St. I always get two Super Crunch Rolls, House Special Roll, Seaweed Salad, and Miso Soup. The owner will tease me whenever I order or come in without Mrs. Singleton. She will sometimes just ask, “Does Mrs. Singleton know that you are eating sushi without her…?” LOL.
Favorite Charleston day-trip destination?
That’s a tough question. As much of a ham and public person as I am or try to be, when it is time to work, I equally enjoy just relaxing at home. We occasionally get to go to the Farmer’s Market, and it’s nice to walk around. We like walking on the bridge or going out to just sit and/or swing at the Waterfront Park Downtown or the park underneath the Ravenel Bridge on the Mt. Pleasant side.
If you could live anywhere in the world, other than the Lowcountry, where would that be?
That’s ANOTHER tough question. I would choose someplace that is in good driving distance or easy public transportation to a large city with a strong arts community. San Francisco has always seemed to appeal to me. I’ve only been there once, and it was an extremely short visit. Hopefully I will get back there someday soon.
Looking to hear great live music at the beach? Downtown Charleston may be known for its many venues and bars with music spilling onto King and Market streets, but the islands of the Lowcountry know how to put on a good show, too. From dirty blues at Sullivan’s Island Home Team BBQ to legendary rock shows at the Windjammer on the Isle of Palms, there are several sweet spots nearby — both new and old — with plenty of music you can kick back and sip a beer to. Here are just a few of our favorite venues for live music on Sullivan’s and IOP.
Dunleavy’s Pub | 2213 Middle Street
If you love a good, old-fashioned pub, you’ll love Dunleavy’s, where Guinness lovers have cheers’d their beers for over 20 years. Outside are picnic tables for pints in the sunshine, while inside you can enjoy some of the best Irish folk music in Charleston from well-loved local artists like Carroll Brown.
High Thyme | 2213 Middle Street
At High Thyme, Southern seafood fare is always the catch of the day, but you’ll also love all the live music this restaurant/venue has on the menu. Local Celtic folk favorites the Hungry Monks play here on the reg, as do guys like Moon Dog, Carroll Brown (you really can’t get enough of Carroll!), and the Reckoning, the latter of which is a lovely, local Grateful Dead strings cover band.
Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ | 2209 Middle Street
Known for their BBQ and arguably more so for their wings (best in town, y’all), Home Team has more than good grub — it puts on great live music, too, particularly blues, folk, Americana, and country artists.
On the IOP:
The Windjammer | 1008 Ocean Blvd.
Even most new islanders know about the Windjammer — a Charleston, not just an IOP, institution for over 40 years. Legends like Hootie & the Blowfish, the Blue Dogs, Drivin’ N Cryin’, and Southern Culture on the Skids have performed here for decades, both inside and out — the back features a deck majestically overlooking the beach action and the sea. Inside you’ll find the main stage and an open-air bar perfect for ocean breezes that constantly remind you that life is good.
The Dinghy | 8 J C Long Blvd.
The Dinghy is relatively new to the island, having come on board the scene only three or so years ago. Locals love it for the live music you can consistently catch nightly here. Artists are local and much loved by the regulars, making this special spot a lively, neighborly kind of place. Oh, and FYI their Dirty Elvis Fries are a dream.
Morgan Creek Grill | 80 41st Ave.
Situated on the water with brilliant sea breezes aplenty, Morgan Creek Grill is the definition of chill, particularly when you add live music to the mix. Morgan Creek recently added a recurring event called Wintertide: Songwriters in the Round, featuring local singer-songwriters every week along with an oyster roast. Head to morgancreekgrill.com for more details.
What’s your favorite local music venue on Sullivan’s Island or Isle of Palms?
Isle of Palms isn’t just touristy shops, cafes, and ice cream stands. Many folks call the IOP home year-round and they have a few go-to’s with neighborly vibes and food that stands up to even the best of downtown Charleston offerings. Here are 5 eateries on Isle of Palms locals just cannot live without.
The Refuge | 1517 Palm Blvd.
Whether you’re looking for a workspace with coffee, bagels, and free wifi or a night out complete with live music, expertly crafted cocktails, and meals made with fresh, local ingredients, you’ll find refuge at the Refuge. It’s also a stellar spot for lunch. There are several soup and salads options, but the sandwich menu is where it’s at — hot, cold, signature sammies, or build your own. Our favorite? The Refugee Burger: bacon and fig jam, brie, arugula, and fried egg on brioche.
Coda Del Pesce | 1130 Ocean Blvd.
Sunshine spills into the adorable, contemporary dining room of Coda Del Pesce located on Ocean Boulevard. Serving up homemade pasta and Italian seafood dishes, Coda is known for its fare as well as its splendid ocean views. Sit on the patio and enjoy both raw and cooked specialties, like oysters, octopus, smoked salmon, crab ravioli, triggerfish, and grouper. Primi pasta courses are all imaginative masterpieces, but our favorite has to be the Tagliolini with blue crab, anchovies, lemon, and bread crumbs.
Long Island Cafe | 1515 Palm Blvd.
Long Island Cafe has been an IOP staple for 30 years, surviving countless storms, including Hurricane Hugo. Inside, a simple but elegant dining room awaits along with everything from delicious bottles of wine to grits to creatures fresh from the sea. The walls are decorated with local art, while dishes are created with ingredients from places like Toby’s (clams) and GrowFood Carolina (veggies). Even if you’re just hungry for dessert, LIC has you covered with key lime pie, pecan pie, hummingbird cake, and mud pie, just to name a few!
Morgan Creek Grill | 80 41st Ave.
There’s nothing not to love about Morgan Creek Grill — it has personalities and moods covered: a casual, down-home outdoor bar that gets festive most nights, a quiet, beautiful dining room perfect for date nights, and an upstairs bar / dining area for folks needing a beer, a good appetizer, and a TV for watching the big game. On many evenings, there’s also live music from artists who hang their hats on the IOP, or not too far from it.
The Boathouse at Breach Inlet | 101 Palm Blvd.
The Boathouse at Breach Inlet has been a Charleston tradition for 20 years now. The mahogany interior and ceilings lined with vintage row boats sets the scene, as does the breathtaking views (top tip: best sunset on the island!). As for the food, it’s all Southern and the menu’s full of seafood greatness, like lobster, crab cakes, lobster tails, mussels, clams, and more. There’s even a raw bar. And if you find yourself at IOP on a Sunday, don’t miss the brunch, which includes our favorite: the Boathouse Benedict with crab cakes.
What’s your favorite meal on IOP?
Mount Pleasant may be look small on a map, but the town packs in a lot of punch with countless shopping areas, restaurants, and places to watch the sunset throughout the area. From Shem Creek’s offerings along Coleman Boulevard to the possibilities aplenty at Highway 17’s Mount Pleasant Town Center, adventure awaits at every turn.
Spa time at Woodhouse
Anyone who’s been to Woodhouse Day Spa knows this place doesn’t hold back in its offerings of luxurious pampering. The spa gives all a little TLC, relieves stress, and nurtures your well being. Everyone gets a robe and reflexology sandals upon arrival before unwinding in the quiet room, where loose-leaf teas await to begin the day of everything from waxings and skin care to massage therapy and sleep treatments. Woodhouse also offers a girls getaway weekend package, complete with hot stone and four-handed massages, facials, microdermabrasion, pedicures, and more. Learn more at charleston.woodhousespas.com.
Shop at Mount Pleasant Town Center
Spoil yourself with a day at Mount Pleasant Town Center, where not only can you update your wardrobe at Copper Penny Shooz, Banana Republic, Teal Boutique, White House Black Market, Victoria’s Secret, Belk, Chico’s, and Apricot Lane Boutique, and more, but you can also grab some tea at Teavana, some wine at the Wine Cellar, a pedicure at Sandals Nail Spa, and a Margarita at Qdoba Mexican Eats. To reward yourself even more, top it off with a film at the onsite cinemas.
Eat in the Old Village
Surrounded by beauty and charm, the six-room Old Village Post House Inn is a sweet wee spot for a staycation night away, but the restaurant is what makes the building renowned. Most days you’ll find seafood bliss with specialties like crawfish soup, broiled oysters, crispy calamari, chili-rubbed ahi tuna, grouper, crab cakes, shrimp & grits, lobster, crab-crusted salmon, and much more. But for Sunday funday, get brunch dishes, like deviled crab cake benedict and the Shem Creek omelet, with shrimp, crab, cheddar, and spinach. Don’t forget to start with a Sunrise Sparkler, a carafe of cava with peach nectar, blueberry pomegranate juice, and OJ.
Sunset drinks on Shem Creek
Speaking of Shem Creek and drinks, nothing says ‘this is the life’ quite like a sunset cocktail on Shem Creek. Whether you want live music at Red’s or a quiet view of the water at Vickery’s, there are plenty of places to perch and pass the hours. Tavern & Table, Shem Creek Bar & Grill, Water’s Edge Cabana Bar, and RB’s are just a few more spots where you can not only sip to the best sunset view in Charleston but you can also grab some of the freshest seafood around.
Dolphin watch cruise
The Charleston Water Taxi is always a fun way to travel on days you’re focused solely on adventure and relaxation, but the company also offers a dolphin watch cruise on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The ultimate way to unwind, the dolphin watch cruise lasts for an hour but $10 gets you an all-day pass so you can while away all the hours your heart desires. Departs from Patriot’s Point and the USS Yorktown.
Explore all 762 Bulls Bay Boulevard has to offer! This impressive 27.3 acre horse farm is just outside of Mount Pleasant, within the Bulls Bay Golf Community. This home has incredible coastal views within minutes to schools, shopping, and downtown Charleston.
Through the gates at exclusive Bulls Bay Golf Club lies the best in golf lifestyle. Drive down the beautiful, tree-lined entry lane amidst giant oak trees, past the majestic Bulls Bay golf course and horse pastures on each side. This Lowcountry horse farm includes a perfectly designed and built barn and stable and a beautiful elevated, resort-like home. You’ll see spectacular panoramic views of the marsh, Intracoastal waterway, Bull Island, Capers Island, Dewees Island, and Price’s Inlet.
As you tour the beautiful community, you’ll most assuredly see deer, turkeys, egrets, and blue herons. A few steps out the back door is a generous size swimming pool surrounded by a spacious Ipay wood deck spanning nearly the entire rear of the home. The home is ideal for entertaining with a massive great room flowing from the well-appointed kitchen with classic stainless steel appliances. The floor plan is flexible with many options for entertaining and incredible views.
The center point of this home is the spacious gourmet kitchen with the highest quality stainless steel appliances . Most importantly, the kitchen workspace opens directly into the great room and dining room. One would never miss a conversation, or the view, while preparing a meal. The spacious owner’s suite is set in the quiet corner of the home with panoramic views while still allowing access to the expansive rear deck and swimming pool. Each of the three guest suites offer space for a large bed and it’s own full luxury bathroom.
Kiawah Island may be famous for its golf courses, tennis courts, and gorgeous high-dollar homes, but there’s much more to the island that you may have yet to discover. Here are 5 family-friendly Kiawah Island adventures for nature lovers and curious visitors.
From gators to birds to butterflies, the Heron Park Nature Center has a team of passionately knowledgeable tour guides waiting to walk you through all the fascinating history and habitats the island has to offer. Here are just a few of the educational adventures that await you at Kiawah.
If you’ve spent any time on Kiawah, you’ve probably encountered a ‘gator or two, but what do you really know about them? Did you know that in winter they lay dormant on the bottom of a pond or in underground dens scooped out with their own claws and jaws? Learn about that and much more during the two-hour Alligator Adventure tour, which is offered at Kiawah throughout the year for $20 per person.
Back Island Birding
They say that a bird lover’s paradise awaits at Kiawah. The island has well over 220 species of birds! The Nature Center’s birding experts are waiting to take you to remote locations to explore natural habitats while learning all about the natural history of the island’s vast avian wildlife. Comfy shoes, a camera, and drinking water are recommended in hotter months, but the program is offered throughout the year. The three-hour tour is $35 per person, and anyone age 16 and over can get in on it.
Who doesn’t love butterflies? Lucky for us, Kiawah offers a family-friendly tour through the Sanctuary gardens for autumn butterflies. You’ll get to use nets to catch and gently examine butterflies to discover about the resources these stunning creatures have lived on in the island. The walk is stroller accessible, one-hour long, and $12 per person. It’s recommended that you were clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
Night Beach Walk
Kiawah’s Night Beach Walk may have a pretty beach and a sky full of stars to offer you, but there’s so much to learn. Ever wonder why sea turtles cry as they lay their eggs in the island’s dunes? Or why ghost crabs have hairy legs? Or why the sea sparkles in shades of green? The point of the walk is for the whole family to learn about the island’s nocturnal creatures and their habitat. The tour is offered late spring and early fall, it is an hour-and-a-half long, $15 a person, and available to anyone. Note: persons under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Oh, and don’t forget the insect repellent and comfy walking shoes.
Historical Sunset Cycle
If you like to cycle your way through Kiawah, you’ll love the Historical Sunset Cycle, offered year round on Sundays only or by request. Learn about where the word kiawah came from and explore the island’s history and ecology while enjoying a beautiful sunset view from your bike. The tour is an hour-and-a-half-long, $15 per person, and available for anyone. Note: participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. They also recommend wearing comfortable clothing and bringing along a bottle of water.
Call the Heron Park Nature Center to learn more about current tours and schedules. What will be your first adventure?