For our 3rd wedding anniversary we decided to stay close to Charleston and do a little staycation. It’s easy to do just that when you live in a beautiful place! We headed to the other side of the city to Kiawah Island – just an hour from our door to the island.

We got to The Sanctuary on Saturday afternoon and were greeted with some champagne, strawberries and cheese board (thanks to some wonderful friends that work there). We enjoyed that on the patio overlooking the pool and beach – and what a view that was!

Saturday night we had reservations at the Ocean Room and holy cow that was delicious. It’s their steak house and has a 4 diamond rating so we knew we were in for a treat. Well a few hours and several courses later, we left stuffed and happy as could be.

After dinner we headed down to the lobby where Hunter enjoyed a bourbon and we listened to a wonderful pianist play music. We even spotted Danny McBride and his son get ice cream.

Sunday we were up early so Hunter could play golf at Osprey Point. I was his golf cart driver and loved looking at the houses, nature and wild life on the course. In the midst of a round we saw deer, osprey, alligators, turtles and a snake (that made me freak out).

Lunch was at the Loggerhead Grill which is right on the pool deck at the resort. The food was good and we relaxed out there until it started raining on us.

We had planned on riding bikes around the island that afternoon, but honestly I think the rain was a godsend. I was tired (turns out pregnancy really does that to ya) and it gave us an excuse to read and chill in the hotel room before our early dinner. Funny how that works out.

Our 6pm dinner was out at the Atlantic Room at the Ocean Course, overlooking the 18th green and the beach. I went for pasta and Hunter opted for another steak. There was also a sweet couple next to us celebrating their 53rd anniversary we chatted with – only 50 years ahead of us!

I was so glad we did an early dinner because we sat out on the porch for another hour or so watching the sun set and wow, it was so beautiful.

Each morning I went down to Beaches & Cream to grab a breakfast sandwich and juice to start my day in the best way! Highly recommend doing this for a quick and easy breakfast.

Monday morning we were up early again so Hunter could play (and I could drive) Cougar Point. Between the 2 courses, I liked Osprey better, but it’s not like I was actually playing golf.. I just liked the views more haha.

My friend Meg recommended going to the Ryder Cup bar at the Ocean Course for lunch and I was determined to do just that, so we went there after golf on Monday. We sat on the porch overlooking the course and beach again and had a great last meal before heading home.

For such a wonderful weekend, I only had 2 gripes and they are completely ridiculous, but I thought I’d share.

  • Kiawah serves Pepsi products, so no refreshing Coke for me (I’m a loyal Atlanta girl).
  • The room also said it had Chromecast, but we couldn’t get it working on either phone or laptop. Normally watching tv on a vacation isn’t important, but that Sunday night was the Battle of Kings Landing on Game of Thrones and we had to watch, so ended up watching on a laptop.

Like I said those are completely ridiculous, so that tells you a lot about the level of service and just great time we had those 3 days.

We left on Monday afternoon promising to come back (maybe even for our next anniversary) and wanting to bring family. Plus since it’s just an hour away, it’s an easy place for an afternoon getaway..

Kiawah, you spoiled us and gave us the perfect anniversary (and surprise Mother-to be Day) getaway weekend. Cheers to the next year of marriage!

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