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WELCOME Dear Visitor, Now is an opportune time to simultaneously reflect on Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s past and anticipate its future. This year The Sanctuary marks its 15th anniversary. The hotel opened in 2004 with a promise to provide our guests with world-class service and amenities. Happily, it consistently fulfills that potential — a fact reflected by the ratings of two of the world’s most respected hospitality authorities: Forbes Travel Guide and AAA. For the 11th consecutive year, Forbes Travel Guide has awarded The Sanctuary Hotel and The Spa at The Sanctuary Five Stars, its highest accolade determined by visits from anonymous inspectors who evaluate our service and facilities, and gauge them against extremely rigorous standards. Likewise, AAA sends inspectors to a handful of properties and awards Five Diamonds only to those it finds to provide the very highest level of luxury. The Sanctuary earned Five Diamonds from AAA for the 13th consecutive year. While we take great pride in these accolades and the hard work and dedication they reflect, to remain the best we must constantly refine our game. We owe that to you as our guest. In order to continue offering the very best available experience as a destination, we constantly add creative new amenities and programs, even as we enhance our existing ones. For example, the ambitious new expansions we announced last spring are all well underway. These will form the necessary additional infrastructure that will enable us to continue to offer the very best resort experience far into the future. During your visit, I invite you to look around and take notice of these improvements. As you do, I believe you will share our excitement regarding Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s future. Throughout the following pages, you will encounter a handful of highlights that illustrate where we are as a resort, as well as the exciting future we strive toward. Thank you for continuing to share the past, present and future with us.

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SWEETEN YOUR SWING

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Sweeten Your Swing WHETHER YOU’RE A LIFELONG GOLFER OR A NEWBIE, KIAWAH ISLAND

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GOLF RESORT CAN HELP YOU GET THE MOST FUN OUT OF YOUR GAME.

ne of golf’s draws is that you never truly get good enough at it. That’s why the Tommy Cuthbert Golf Learning Center exists. While every individual’s swing will vary to some degree or another, there are certain

fundamentals, dictated by the laws of physics, of a flat surface swinging rapidly to impact a small sphere that inherently determine that sphere’s trajectory. Named to memorialize the man who served as the resort’s golf director for 26 years, the Tommy Cuthbert Golf Learning Center at Turtle Point provides instruction of all types for golfers of all experience levels. “Our motto has stayed the same to honor the vision of Tommy Cuthbert: to put fun back in the game of golf,” says Director of Instruction Ronnie Miller, who manages the center. The PGA-certified pros there provide a range of services, varying from group instruction and private lessons to family instruction. As important as the qualifications and teaching ability of each instructor is the friendly approach each devotes to the task. “Around 25 percent of guests who walk through the door to take a lesson have never played golf,” says Lead Instructor Ryan Rushton. “We’re fortunate that resort guests will see all the activities the resort offers and say, ‘Hey, let’s take a golf lesson.’ We love that.” In addition to these never-swung-a-club beginners, the center also gets many people who take up the game without getting any formal instruction. Golf risks losing that group, whose game rarely improves because the fundamentals of a good swing were never instilled. “A lot of those golfers come in and just want to make solid contact, and get the ball in the air,” explains Lead Instructor

get a better feel when they make solid contact. It provides

Abby Welch, one of Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers in America

quicker feedback, and the consequences aren’t so discouraging

and recognized as one of the Top 40 Under 40 instructors.

when they mishit a shot.”

“Then we also get a lot of accomplished golfers who would

Rushton agrees. “I like to use the car analogy. You start a

be single-handicap, except they struggle with one aspect of their

teenager out in the parking lot, then progress to a 35-mile-per-

game — maybe their wedge shot,” says Miller. “So we focus on

hour road, then eventually the interstate.” Teaching golf should

that and get the mechanics down pat.”

take a similar approach, both explain, but too many people

Welch explains that she likes to start students with chipping and then gradually work from there. “In the shorter game, they

make the mistake of starting out on the driving range — or, worse still, the course — hacking away with a driver.


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Miller, Rushton and Welsh acknowledge the sport demands time

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Better still, the learning center provides all the gear needed for

and can affect a family’s schedule. “That’s one reason we really

golf lessons, so students — of any age — don’t have to invest in

encourage family golf. The resort’s afternoon Family Tee program is

excessive equipment just to try the game out with a few lessons.

a great way to get everyone in the family involved,” says Miller. “It’s

“I will say one thing,” Welch asserts. “People who walk out of

a fun, low-pressure time out on the course.” Rushton adds that it’s

here after one lesson... they want to play again.”

surprising how many kids introduce their parents to the game. All three dispel the misconception that golf has to be expensive.

To make reservations or for more information on golf club

“Kids can start out with three clubs — a putter, a wedge and a

fitting, instruction and rates visit KiawahResort.com/golf or call

hybrid — and they can play any hole on any course,” Welch says.

(843) 266-4030.


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The Black Knight Gets It Right

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What was your guiding principal when designing Cougar Point? Kiawah Island itself is a paradise, especially for golfers. Creating

G ARY P L AYE R RE FL E CTS O N C OU G A R P OI N T.

the original Cougar Point design, many years ago, was a special opportunity for the Player Design team to showcase our environmentally sensitive approach, considering the marshland, oaks and natural habitats of wildlife. Being a resort course, we made sure the course was playable for all members and guests, but also challenging for the most skilled golfers. The course, as it was first built, diverted from your original plans in some significant ways, but a later renovation (not


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Cougar Point enjoys tremendous landscape diversity, from the sweeping views of the Kiawah River and tidal marsh at holes 4, 5 and 6, and the mature stands of live oaks at other holes to the dense maritime forest on the interior. Yet, the course doesn’t feel disjointed. How did you achieve that, and how did that drastic evolution in landscape dictate your design considerations? It was exciting because the land allowed for so much potential and diversity. You can look one way down a fairway with the marshland, and the next shot could be next to dense trees. It was important to utilize what Mother Nature provided with marshland, maritime and oaks, which we integrated into the design philosophy and strategic elements of certain golf holes. It’s not often in golf course design [that] the land supplies so

the most recent) rendered it closer to your original vision.

much natural contrast and diversity.

How did the course benefit from that redesign? That’s just the life of a golf course and part of the overall

Cougar Point differs from the other four resort courses — The

design process. There are many dynamics that go into

Ocean Course, Osprey Point, Turtle Point and Oak Point — in

achieving your goals, and in some circumstances you have

that it is a continuous course, meaning the front nine doesn’t

to pivot to satisfy a variety of factors, from the owner’s

loop back to the clubhouse. Was that dictated by the land

expectations to the environment. We made it a point of

itself, and when did you decide this would be the ideal layout?

emphasis to keep in touch with Kiawah Island since our original

From the start, there were limitations and restrictions due to

design to work together to determine what aspects of the

housing developments, potential commercial development and

course need improvement and when, throughout its lifecycle.

sensitive coastal areas. But this did not deter us from maximizing

The 2017 renovation, while largely aimed toward maintenance — resizing greens, reshaping and rebuilding

the natural use of the land, which dictated the non-returning layout of the design. Some of the best courses in the world, like St. Andrews

bunkers, rebuilding bulkheads, re-grassing, and laser-

in Scotland, are non-returning, and the Cougar Point golf

leveling tees — saw a few notable design changes,

experience certainly is not jeopardized by the routing. Our

particularly with bunkers. How has that work improved

focus was to locate where the best 18 golf holes made the most

the course for the average player, and how does it reflect

sense, which we feel was accomplished within the overall vision

current trends in golf course design?

of the development.

Our latest renovation work centered upon trying to make

the golf course more user friendly for resort guests and the

The original clubhouse — built in 1976 — was replaced by

membership, but also to be more cognizant of maintenance

a new building, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

requirements. Hence a reduction and variation in downsizing

What are your thoughts on how this new facility will impact

the total amount of bunkers. It also was important to limit the

the Cougar Point experience?

bunkers’ complexity of shapes to make them more sustainable

Anytime you can enhance a project with new amenities, like a

over time. Every part of a golf course has lifecycles. Cougar Point’s

clubhouse, it only boosts the overall experience. With all Kiawah Island has to offer, it’s absolutely fantastic that their leadership

bunkers were 20+ years old, so this was a prime opportunity to

is emphasizing Cougar Point. No doubt, with the design

improve the strategy, reduce maintenance requirements and

improvements and new facilities, it’s a premier golf destination

increase the aesthetic value.

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Kiawah Serves up Pickleball

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hen you operate the world’s finest tennis program, there may be a temptation to avoid “fixing what’s not broken.” Throw in a director emeritus who not only built Kiawah Island Golf

Resort’s legendary tennis program from the ground up, but

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who was himself a bona fide tennis player who competed against the world’s best during the golden age of Stan Smith, Arthur Ashe and Björn Borg, and you might expect an extra degree of attachment to tradition.


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“I am convinced that once we get all of our programming in

same distaste toward pickleball that skiers initially had for

place, we’ll see demand grow even more,” Jonathan says. “Plus,

snowboarding. Invented in 1965 by three fathers, pickleball bears

schools have begun introducing it, so I think there will be a lot

a close resemblance to tennis. But it’s played on a modified court

of increased demand among our young guests.” Also fueling

that’s more compact, though similarly lined, and divided by a

pickleball’s growing popularity is the general modern sense of

lower net, and players use paddles instead of a strung racquet to

being in a permanent time crunch. Contrasted with the hierarchical

hit a hollow plastic ball with holes — similar to a whiffle ball.

scoring structure of tennis with games, sets, matches (not to

So when gingerly asked about his stance on pickleball, Roy

mention possible tie-breaks), pickleball scoring more closely

Barth’s response might come as a surprise: “Any time I go to

resembles volleyball or badminton. Scoring is straightforward, and

industry shows for tennis, all anybody wants to talk about is

the player who first reaches the prearranged number of games

pickleball.” True, such a response could be interpreted negatively,

wins the match.

but Roy’s broad smile betrays his infectious excitement about the

End result? Pickleball can demand much less time than tennis.

growing sport. “We’re getting a lot of requests from guests for

Given the lack of time we all seem to have, even on vacation, it’s

more pickleball, not less. I think it’s great.”

no surprise that pickleball is quickly growing in popularity around

Roy’s son Jonathan, who succeeded him as director of tennis, concurs. “We are in the process of expanding our pickleball

the world.

offerings,” he explains. “We started with more informal drop-in

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socials before launching formal instruction for the first time in 2019.”

In spring of 2019 the Roy Barth Tennis Center cut the ribbon on 10

Jonathan explains that the resort initially waded rather than

new Har-Tru HydroCourts, marking the consolidation of all resort

dove into pickleball. At first the tennis center put down temporary

tennis programs at one location (the resort closed West Beach

lines to accommodate pickleball, but after seeing demand steadily

Tennis Club in spring 2018 to make way for the redevelopment of

increase over the last two years, it was fully committed. Now, eight

West Beach Village). The new courts are lighted, which allows the

of the center’s courts are permanently lined for pickleball play,

tennis center the flexibility to expand tennis programming beyond

four of which are lit for night play.

its already world-renonwned offerings.


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Just Desserts A PA S T RY C H E F D I S H ES ON KI AWA H ’ S S W EET S I D E .

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hen you eat at any of the resort’s clubhouse restaurants, be

sure to leave room for dessert. The pastry program at each venue is as diverse as the rest of the culinary options served there. In addition to desserts, Villa Executive Pastry Chef

Shannon Yelmini oversees the confections made for the weddings, meetings and other special events at all the non-Sanctuary venues, as well as Mingo Point. Chef Shannon shares her approach to satisfying a diner’s sweet tooth at five different venues, as well as

one huge multi-layered cake. The bride will choose one personal-

how she adapts trends for weddings and banquets.

sized cake and then surround it with other desserts or individual cake bites. This allows us to offer so much more than just a big

Kiawah hosts many destination weddings. What is the impact

cake where everyone gets a slice and that’s it. We can approach

of that on the resort?

it more like having dessert courses. And that’s not only true for

Weddings are huge. We may do 30 weddings a year at The

weddings but for any event.

Ocean Course, with the heart of the wedding season starting in

Cues from fashion are big as well. Rose gold is popular now, so

May and running through October. We’re guaranteed to host a

brides want to incorporate that. Florals are also popular, so we will

wedding every weekend in the thick of the wedding season.

use flowers to decorate desserts. I continue to see more themes with groom’s cakes. We do a lot of golf-themed cakes — including cake

What are some of the trends in wedding desserts?

replicas of signature holes at The Ocean Course, which is a lot of fun,

One that’s recently emerged is smaller cakes rather than having

because it relates so well to the resort. Cookie dough ice cream is


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MEET THE CHEF:

still strong. I love doing cookie dough ice cream sandwiches, and the

The Sanctuary welcomes a new executive pastry chef.

wall of doughnuts is very popular, as are the golf-ball cake pops, and we can do those with different flavors for more options. We first did them in 2018, and they were such a hit we stuck with them. We find that brides want to go either timeless or more contemporary. We figure that out pretty quickly, and that helps

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drive the direction we go with desserts. If the wedding has a

the least bit jet-lagged for

central theme, we can also get creative playing off that.

a person who just hopped off a plane from France.

What are a few of the signature desserts that might incite a

He just spent the past

riot if you ever took them off the menu?

two days competing with

At The Atlantic Room, the White Chocolate Bread Pudding and the

team USA in the Coupe du

Chocolate Buttermilk Torte. Neither of those will ever disappear

Monde de la Pâtisserie, a

from the menu. At Cherrywood we do a seasonal cobbler — peach

biannual international pastry competition held in Lyon. It was a

in the summer, apple in the fall — that we make in a cast-iron skillet.

bit of a whirlwind for the young pastry chef, who joined Kiawah last December to oversee the pastry programs for The Sanctuary

Resort chefs are blessed with proximity to so many fresh

Hotel. As much as it is a competition, the event, which began

seasonal ingredients. How do you play off of that when

in 1989, is also a means of connecting the international pastry

developing dessert menus?

chef community and a forum for developing trends in the art and

I love to support our local farmers as much as possible and take

science of dessert-making.

advantage of the freshness of their ingredients. I look forward every

Though a Charleston native, Snider arrived at Kiawah

year to strawberries from Ambrose Family Farm on neighboring

indirectly after stints at leading restaurants and luxury resorts

Johns Island. Plus, they freeze really well, so I can incorporate them

in Las Vegas and San Diego. “I love working in luxury hotels

into desserts throughout the year. I also like to do a lot of quick

and have a deep understanding and appreciation for Forbes

breads using products from Geechie Boy Mill on Edisto Island.

culture,” he says.

What are some other standout desserts that convey a real

on pastry almost by process of elimination. “I never really liked

sense of place?

seafood,” he explains, “which is difficult growing up here on the

Tomasso is our Italian eatery, so we do a charred lemon panna cotta

coast, so I became a pastry chef almost by accident.” He cites

with blackberry reduction sauce... It incorporates fruit and nuts. I

the cut-and-dry precision of the work as a compelling influence.

can’t see that fitting in anywhere else on the island, but it is perfect

“I excelled at math,” he says, “but I also love the sculptural and

at Tomasso. At Mingo Point, we do interpretations of Southern

artistic aspect.”

Although he’s had a lifelong love for the culinary arts, he settled

standards, such as banana pudding, and we do mini versions of

With the rich bounty of ingredients at hand from local farmers,

pecan pie, bourbon chocolate cake and s’mores tarts. But we’ll throw

Chef Jordan looks forward to incorporating as many of these as

in some surprise tropical elements like mango or passion fruit.

possible into his creations. “The Lowcountry has a strong pastry history, so I plan to build on that not only at Jasmine Porch, with

A new venue is opening at Cougar Point Clubhouse. What are

its emphasis on refined Lowcountry cuisine, but also at The Ocean

you introducing there?

Room and with banquets.”

We’re serving three meals a day — breakfast, lunch and dinner — so

Longtime devotees of The Sanctuary Hotel dining need not

we’re introducing more breads there, including things like bagels.

despair about signature desserts disappearing. “The Sanctuary has

We’ll continue our focus on seasonal and keep it as local as possible.

some great desserts that do not need fixing,” assures Chef Snider.

It’s more pub-style than, say, The Atlantic Room — very well done,

“We want our repeat guests to know they’ve come home to

but more relaxed. Look for house-made whoopie pies, and we’ll try

something comfortable and familiar. Any changes we make won’t

to expand our house-made ice creams there as well. My best advice

be out of some arrogant sense that they need improvement, but

is for folks to come check it out and discover it for themselves.

rather little changes intended to surprise and delight.”


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Savor the Flavors E N J O Y THE BES T F OOD I N T H E BES T A MBI EN C E.

THE OCEAN ROOM AT THE SANCTUARY

Our flagship oceanfront Forbes Four-Star steakhouse serves only aged USDA Prime beef, fresh seafood, inspired sides made with local produce and elegant desserts — all complemented by an award-winning wine list. Also enjoy our clubby wood-paneled bar, which specializes in signature cocktails, and order from our dinner menu or enjoy our hand-crafted sushi selection. Dinner (closed Sundays and Mondays) JASMINE PORCH AT THE SANCTUARY

Our relaxed yet elegant take on classic Lowcountry cuisine features signature dishes crafted from locally sourced, certified organic, local produce and seafood, all enjoyed in a downhome environment with sweeping views of the Atlantic. Highlights include Charleston Shrimp and Grits and She-Crab Bisque. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch LOGGERHEAD GRILL

Bar evokes the aura of a genteel gentleman’s drawing room

The Lowcountry meets the Caribbean at this poolside

with its leather seating, cavernous fireplace and artwork that

oceanfront café serving gourmet sandwiches, grilled burgers,

celebrates the nautical and sporting life.

salads, wraps, and a fabulous selection of frozen drinks and cocktails. Lunch and Dinner (seasonal)

CLUBHOUSE DINING THE ATLANTIC ROOM AT THE OCEAN COURSE

BEACHES & CREAM

Our signature seafood restaurant offers dramatic panoramic

The Sanctuary’s ultimate stop for a quick breakfast, light lunch

views of the 18th hole set against the Atlantic Ocean and

or evening sweets is just steps from the beach and our outdoor

serves modern American cuisine made with local seafood and

pools. It’s impossible to resist indulging in our specialty

fresh seasonal ingredients. Dinner

lemonades, iced coffees, lattes, mochas and wide selection of homemade sweets and ice creams.

THE RYDER CUP BAR AT THE OCEAN COURSE

Indoor and porch tables treat guests to sweeping views THE LOBBY BAR

of The Ocean Course and Atlantic Ocean. While enjoying

Enjoy craft cocktails in the east side of our elegant lobby

an after-round beer or cocktail, tuck into a meal from our

overlooking the Grand Lawn and Atlantic Ocean. The Lobby

casually elegant menu, driven by our famous Bagger Burger,


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Crispy Shrimp or a tray of freshly shucked oysters. Breakfast

slow over hardwood and served with house-made signature

(seasonal), Lunch and Dinner

sauces and sides, headlined by our award-winning Four Cheese Macaroni. Soak in views of Osprey Point Golf Course

THE PLAYERS’ PUB AT COUGAR POINT

as you safely view alligators lounging by the canal beside the

The resort is excited to welcome its latest dining experience at the

clubhouse and enjoy a selection from the extensive menu of

newly opened Cougar Point Clubhouse designed by the world-

craft brews. Lunch and Dinner

renowned Robert A. M. Stern Architects. The 125-seat eatery features multiple flat-screen TVs and serves sports-tavern food

ISLAND DINING

and drink in a family friendly atmosphere. Enjoy the view through

THE MARKET AT TOWN CENTER

soaring windows that overlook Cougar Point’s dramatic 18th

Kiawah’s neighborhood market, located in the East Beach

fairway. Your favorite beverages are served at the spacious 40-seat

Village, serves daily specials, as well as breakfast entrées,

bar adjoining the restaurant. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

salads, pizzas, paninis and a variety of dinner entrées in a casual atmosphere. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

TOMASSO AT TURTLE POINT

The classic cuisine of southern Italy meets the American South,

NIGHT HERON GRILL

with uber-fresh house-made pasta dishes featuring fresh local

Poolside at Night Heron Park, you can soak in the festive

produce, sauces, meats and seafood, as well as house-made

atmosphere during lunch with the family or while enjoying a

pizzas. Dinner

snack and frosty beverage at the bar. The grill offers an array of drink specialties, as well as a menu featuring Kiawah favorites,

TURTLE POINT BAR & GRILLE

such as the Jerk Chicken Wrap and Cheddar Ranch Fries.

Enjoy a casual lunch or dinner from the Tomasso kitchen

Lunch and Dinner (seasonal)

with a refreshing drink while relaxing at the bar or seated on the gracious verandah with its sweeping views of the Jack

WEST BEACH CANTINA

Nicklaus–designed golf course. Lunch and Dinner

Our ultra-relaxed, poolside Kiawah Island twist on casual Mexican dining offers a tempting menu featuring fish tacos,

CHERRYWOOD BBQ & ALE HOUSE

cantina nachos and a variety of flavored margaritas.

Authentic barbecue focused on regional styles cooked low and

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UN DE R C OV E R W OR L D OF S PA R AT I N G S .

rom Dr. No in 1962 to Spectre in 2015, Secret

Service Agent 007 famously indulges in luxurious spa treatments. Aside from that, though, you would rarely associate a trip to one of these soothing oases with

covert operations. But that’s not exactly accurate either. On any given day, The Sanctuary Spa is prepared to welcome and host an incognito client visiting under false pretenses. This person registers as hotel guest and often dines at The Ocean Room, Jasmine Porch or Loggerhead Grill; orders a drink — though not necessarily a dry martini — from the Lobby Bar; and may even relish a scoop or two from Beaches & Cream. In other words, she blends right in. The difference: She is on an undercover mission to collect valuable intelligence for the Forbes Travel Guide ratings. The end game: to evaluate spa services using a demanding set of criteria referred to as “the standards.” How strict? Each spa is evaluated based on 164 of these standards. In addition to the quality of services provided, these include intangible elements, such as the use of exceptionally luxurious products or amenities; the complementary incorporation of sound, light, scent and other sensory elements; a décor scheme that conveys a unique sense of place; and the impact of the overall atmosphere in each room. A slip-up in quality here and there quickly erodes a facility’s score with points deducted in a

the deductions are made. The number of stars famously

manner similar to that of Olympic diving or gymnastics.

ranges from one at the low end to five — the pinnacle of

Based on how the spa stands up to each of these criteria,

achievement. To put it into perspective, Forbes Travel Guide

the secret agent, or Forbes Inspector, assigns a number of

recognized only 59 spas worldwide with a Five Star rating

stars that correlate with the total points remaining after all

in 2018. Then, for the first time ever in October 2018, the


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publication released the “Verified List: Most Luxurious Spas

Forbes Five Star spa nestled within a Forbes Five Star hotel

in the World.” This new list reflects which spas rated highest

is an exquisite rarity. So next time you treat yourself at The

on the 164 Forbes standards. The Spa at The Sanctuary is

Sanctuary Spa, you can also indulge in the knowledge that you

honored to be on that list. In fact, The Spa has consistently

are luxuriating at a place that would make James Bond subtly

earned Forbes’ Five Stars for the past 12 years. Having a

raise an eyebrow in approval.


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Here are a few ideas for an encounter with Kiawah’s wild side, whether you are on dry land or water.

BY LAND Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s highly trained group of friendly naturalists truly love the outdoors. The only thing they love more is sharing its secrets with resort guests, so the Nature Program has tailored programs suitable for all ages and interests. The best way to start your adventure is to visit the Nature

iawah Island Golf Resort enjoys the rare good

Center at Night Heron Park and get a quick introduction to

fortune of blending unsurpassed luxury with a

some of the habitats and creatures that have called Kiawah

wealth of natural treasures. The wilderness here

home since well before Europeans first landed on the island

is not simply the drive-through territory you cross

in the 17th century. After viewing some of our native animals,

on your way from The Sanctuary or your villa to lunch at Ryder

speak with one of our Recreation Specialists, who can help you

Cup. It is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the flora and

determine the kind of outdoor adventure that can best meet

fauna that makes this region of the country so compelling.

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Parents (or grandparents) of young children might prefer to go mild by choosing one of the resort’s hands-on classroom programs or walking tours. Reptile Roundup gives everyone the opportunity to experience our native reptiles, such as alligators and snakes, up close. If you are more into turtles, join a naturalist on a Night Beach Walk to learn more about the loggerhead sea turtle and other nocturnal critters on the island. Explore the island’s many habitats from a bike on our naturalists’ favorite tour, the Wildlife in the Wetlands. On this laid-back bike tour, we explore remote island areas in search of alligators, birds and gorgeous marsh views. One of the most popular programs, Back Island Birding, guides guests through remote island spots to explore any number of the more than 200 bird species found on Kiawah Island, from the tiniest hummingbird to the majestic bald eagle.

BY WATER As a barrier island, Kiawah is blessed to enjoy two very distinct marine habitats: ocean-front beach and salt marsh. To learn about this important transitional zone, book one of our numerous kayak trips to explore this unique coastal habitat. You may see some of our year-round resident bottle-nosed dolphins or a brown pelican diving into the water for its meal. For a more leisurely ride, join us on a motorboat excursion and

choose from the many activities, such as fishing, crabbing, dolphin- and bird-watching, or you can even make a shore stop to walk the beach of a deserted island. To learn about the centuries-old relationship between humans and the Lowcountry waterways, take a Family Fishing & River Eco Cruise or a boat trip to nearby Deveaux Bank. Because of its lack of predators, the bank serves as a vital nesting area for more than a dozen species of shore birds, including brown pelicans, royal and least terns, Wilson’s plover, ibis and tricolored heron, to name a few. There is simply not enough space to list all the nature-based adventures resort guests can enjoy during their stay. To learn more about Kiawah’s rich menu of outdoor activities and begin plotting your excursions, visit KiawahActivities.com or contact the recreation department at (843) 768-6001.


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orthstar Meetings Group, publisher of two of the meeting industry’s most respected journals,

Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings,

presents annual awards to honor excellence in that

sphere. These awards are a result of a competitive year-long nomination and evaluation process aimed at recognizing international leaders in the industry. In its second year, the 2018 awards generated nearly 10,000 votes globally to determine the best candidates from among the 532 destinations, hotels and service providers nominated for 18 categories in six regions throughout the U.S. and around the world, with each category awarding three prizes: Gold, Silver and Bronze. In 2018, Kiawah Island Golf Resort was honored to receive the Gold award for the Best Golf Resort Southeast. Among the highlights mentioned in the Stella Awards announcement, Northstar cites Kiawah’s pristine beach, five championship golf courses, world-class amenities (including The Sanctuary Spa), diverse array of dining options, nature programs, luxury accommodations, flexible meeting spaces and the ongoing resort-wide expansions. The Gold Stella Award capped off a season of recognition for Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s meetings services. Among other awards, the resort received were Best of Meetings Today 2018, which recognized the resort’s topquality service, meeting space, rooms and amenities; and Smart Meetings Smart Stars 2018, which recognized The Sanctuary as Best Island Hotel. These awards represent the high regard meetings industry professionals have for Kiawah Island Golf Resort. “Seasoned industry professionals are well-traveled and have a keen critical eye for detail, so they offer a very good gauge on which properties deliver the best services and amenities across the board,” explains Marty Couch, Director of Sales for Kiawah Island Golf Resort. As director of sales, Couch oversees the team that solicits, secures and coordinates all group and incentive travel. Couch notes that the resort consistently receives high marks from meeting planners for its diverse venues, high


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level of accommodations, service and hospitality, as well as

The new Cougar Point Clubhouse, also forming part of West

its recreational activities. “We may host a group that has an

Beach Village, sits within an easy sidewalk stroll from the new

elegant multicourse dinner at The Ocean Room one night,

conference center. In an atmosphere abundant with relaxed

[and] then a laid-back oyster roast at Mingo Point the next,”

elegance, the clubhouse provides additional dining that perfectly

he explains. “Then when all the meetings for the day are over,

complements the resort’s other world-class culinary offerings.

attendees can enjoy any of the recreational activities we offer,

“While we are excited and honored to be recognized by

whether its golf or tennis, a boating excursion on the Kiawah

Northstar and other peers in the meetings and incentive

River, or simply unwinding on the beach or by the pool.”

industry,” says Couch, “we are even more excited for Kiawah’s

While the resort earns frequent praise for its existing facilities and amenities, it expects to deliver an even stronger product

future, because we realize with these expansions that the best is yet to come.”

with the conclusion of its ongoing expansions. “We’re accepting reservations for the new West Beach Conference Center,

Editor’s Note: To learn more about Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s

scheduled for completion early in 2020,” says Couch. “It will

meetings capabilities, visit KiawahResort.com/meetings.

offer more square footage and more enhanced capabilities than

To learn more about the new West Beach Conference Center and

our current center, so it will allow us to host even larger groups.”

other resort-wide expansions, visit KiawahResort.com/expansion.


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he anticipation of Earl Klugh’s Annual Weekend of Jazz at Kiawah Island Golf Resort fills the fall air with excitement. Each November guests make their pilgrimage to the resort to experience the very best

in music, luxury, cuisine, wine and camaraderie. For the past nine years, Klugh has invited world-class entertainers to share the stage on the Grand Lawn at The Sanctuary, including Chris Botti, George Benson, Michael McDonald, Vanessa Williams, Burt Bacharach, Natalie Cole, Herb Alpert, Al Jarreau, Boney James, Jeffrey Osborne and so many more. The spectacular oceanfront setting is the perfect backdrop for concerts held at sunset and under the stars. The weekend combines memorable performances from iconic musicians with

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specially curated culinary, wine, cocktail and craft beer tastings; PGA Champion-led golf clinics and outings; and nature and fitness experiences — all amid the relaxing splendor of Kiawah Island Golf Resort and The Sanctuary Hotel. The celebration of friendships, old and new, and the lasting memories of great times shared is what many consider the most cherished part of the Weekend of Jazz experience. The 2018 stellar lineup once again featured a multitude of allstar talent, presenting the very best in music and showmanship. Acts included GRAMMY Award-winning and multi-platinum selling trumpeter extraordinaire Chris Botti; two-time OSCAR and twotime GRAMMY Award-winner Peabo Bryson with special guest four-time GRAMMY Award-winner Deniece Williams. Host and GRAMMY Award-winner Earl Klugh brought the house down with a dynamic show featuring special surprise guest three-time GRAMMY-nominee and R&B sensation KEM. Artists making their first Kiawah Island appearance included two-time OSCAR-nominee and GRAMMY Award-winner Patti Austin; GRAMMY-nominee and multi-platinum selling artist Najee; and GRAMMY-nominated contemporary jazz group The Rippingtons, featuring Russ Freeman and rising guitarist Adam Hawley. The sold-out weekend rounded out with special shows from Klugh’s bandmates Al Turner Opposite page, from top: Weekend of Jazz founder and host, Earl Klugh; Chris Botti and band. This page, from top: two-time OSCAR and two-time GRAMMY Award-winner Peabo Bryson;

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GRAMMY Award-winner Patti Austin; R&B sensation KEM.

and David Lee; performances from numerous local musicians, including The East Coast Party Band; and golf clinics with PGA Champion Allen Doyle. Founder Klugh says, “One of my favorite things about Weekend of Jazz is having the opportunity to invite my friends and heroes and celebrate great music with friends and fans. Life doesn’t get much better than this.” The 10th Annual Weekend of Jazz at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is scheduled to take place November 6–9, 2019. For more information and to reserve your package, visit WeekendOfJazz.com/kiawah or call (800) 654-2924.


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THE FUTUR E OF OU R I S L A N D L OOKS BR I G H T W I T H A $ 1 BI L L I ON I NVES T M ENT.

iawah, an unspoiled barrier island on the Southeastern Atlantic shore, has long been seen as one of America’s most stunningly preserved natural settings. The carefully crafted neighborhoods and plentiful green

spaces honor its memorable history and remind us of the promise by the Island’s planners to preserve its beauty and serenity. Today, mined deep within the peaceful breezes and quiet sounds of the ocean, lies exciting, masterfully planned improvements for the Island, all a direct result of eye-popping capital improvements that Kiawah Island stakeholders are investing. In mid-2018, Kiawah Partners announced plans for a new, stateof-the-art, senior living community for Freshfields Village with an anticipated delivery date in 2020. Kiawah Island Golf Resort is underway with plans for a conference center and amenity expansion, as well as other significant renovation activities. Kiawah Partners has committed significant dollars in new development and enhanced club amenities, including the new Beach Club restaurant and the Golf Learning Center at Cassique. In addition, Northwood Retail — which owns the mixed-use offerings at Freshfields. All this, combined with Kiawah Islandresident homebuilding activities, total a current investment back into the Island of more than $1 billion. Never before has Kiawah Island seen simultaneous investments of this magnitude. “That is a huge investment for any community, but especially one that is as mature as Kiawah,” says Kiawah Island Real Estate President and Broker-in-Charge Chris Drury. “Kiawah is 40 years old. So, when you think about a community that has been through that life cycle and is still seeing this kind of investment, that is unheard of.”

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Combine that with the funds already committed by the major Island stakeholders for future projects, and you’ll find investment into the Island is not slowing down. There has never been a more exciting time at Kiawah. All of these investments come with the release of a selection

and the strikingly designed gathering spot, Marsh House, all created with a focus on design with nature. Bordering The Ocean Course, the site of the legendary Ryder Cup in 1991 and the 2012 PGA Championship — and now host of the upcoming 2021 PGA Championship — Ocean Park welcomes

of homesites in Kiawah’s Ocean Park. One of the Island’s most

golf fans with homesites offering grandstand views of the 2021

prized communities, it features a mile-long park, spectacular

PGA Championship amid its strikingly natural setting. And just a

waterside homesites, vast tidal marsh vistas, stunning golf views

few miles to the west of Ocean Park, you’ll find West Beach, the

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T O DAY, M I N E D D EEP W ITH IN TH E PEAC EF UL BR E EZ E S A N D QU IET S O UN D S O F T H E O C E A N, LIE EXCITIN G, M A S T E R F UL LY PL A N N E D IMPROVEMEN TS. TOP HONORS • Top 3 Best Islands in the U.S. | Condé Nast Traveler • Second Best Island Beach in the World | Condé Nast Traveler • Top 10 Places for Second Homes | Barron’s PENTA • Top 6 Golf Courses to Travel: The Ocean Course | Forbes • Number 1 Tennis Resort in the World | Tennis Resorts Online • America’s Best Private Courses | Golf Digest

site of some of the most exciting Island activities. A wave of new, state-of-the-art amenities announced by Kiawah Island Golf Resort promises to transform Kiawah’s West Beach area for resort guests

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and Island residents — and the Island’s real estate market, too. The resort has already broken ground on the first phase of its two-year transformation and will complete construction of all the thoughtfully designed amenities in time for the highly anticipated 2021 PGA Championship.


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A Family Affair TRAVEL PROFESSIONAL MINDY PITTMAN ENJOYS INTRODUCING THE RESORT TO CLIENTS AND MAKING A MULTIGENERATIONAL VISIT TO THE ISLAND A FAMILY TRADITION.

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indy Pittman first discovered Kiawah Island Golf

While working a career fair as a communications major at the

Resort as a college intern, so her varied experiences

College of Charleston, Pittman noticed a posting for an internship

with the resort lend her a perspective quite unlike any

with the resort’s marketing department. She recalls thinking

other. Although the Raleigh, North Carolina-based

during the half-hour drive to the island from downtown, “Wow,

personalized-travel expert loves to introduce her clients to the island,

this is amazing!” While a one-hour round-trip drive to an unpaid

this native of Maryland came to adopt Kiawah as her go-to getaway

internship might not appeal to all college students, she welcomed

well before launching Magical Vacations by Mindy in 2013.

the feeling of relaxed transition from the city center to the bucolic


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Pittman is also quick to praise how the resort is so firmly rooted in place. “Kiawah does a great job of educating guests about the Lowcountry, its environment and its culture.” She points to the nature programs and excursions that immerse guests in the island’s various ecosystems, as well as Mingo Point, which lets guests experience a time-honored Lowcountry social tradition. A recurring bit of feedback clients share is that the resort strikes the perfect balance between luxury and approachability. Mindy offers The Sanctuary Grand Lawn as an example: “I love sending folks to the Friday concert series,” she explains. She appreciates

islands. When she drove through the front gates for the first time

how the outdoor venue invites relaxed sophistication as the adults

she thought, “The pictures do not do this place justice. It has to

mingle about the lawn and kids strike up pick-up soccer games on

be experienced.” That impression never grew stale.

the far end of the lawn.

Pittman minored in hospitality and tourism after growing up in

For quite a few of her clients, The Sanctuary invokes a nostalgic

a well-traveled household. Her parents, Laurie and Jerry Martz,

air of familiarity. “There’s one couple in their 50s, and the wife

have operated a successful luxury travel agency for years, which

is a Southern belle with a deep appreciation for the grandeur

allowed the family the privilege of traveling the world. Working

of the region. Coming to The Sanctuary reminds her of her

10 hours a week as a marketing intern exposed her to virtually

grandparents’ era.” Granted, their house was not as grand as the

every aspect of the resort, and that immersive experience made a

hotel, but they relished the same slow, genteel bygone elegance

strong impression on her. “I recall thinking, ‘I’d love to bring my

that The Sanctuary — and other points around the resort — seek

family here one day to build memories,’” she reflects.

to preserve.

Her parents had stayed at The Sanctuary before she entered

Pittman hopes that clients who experience the property leave

college, but after she and her sister, Stephanie, got married,

with the same fondness she and her family have grown to cherish.

the Martz family longed to establish an annual family vacation

“Kiawah is synonymous with beach for us,” she says. “My 2-year-

tradition. Recalling their previous trip to The Sanctuary and

old, Zachary, can already say ‘Kiawah,’” she laughs. “Kiawah is the

Pittman’s vivid reports about the resort, they decided to give

beach to him.” She hopes that never changes.

Kiawah a shot. The inaugural family getaway was in 2015, and the family — which has expanded with three grandkids and one more on the way — has returned every June since. “Most of my clients are young families with kids who are looking for a getaway that has something for everyone,” Pittman

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get them there for a quick sample, they’re locked in.” When working with clients, she enjoys the initial process of

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Working for the Weekend F R OM C U L I N A RY F E S T I VA L S T O C OM PET IT IVE GOLF T OU R N A MEN T S , KI AWA H WA RM S U P T H E C OOLER MON T H S W I T H A W EA LT H OF W EEK END OPT IONS .

EARL KLUGH’S WEEKEND OF JAZZ. GRAMMY Award-winning

perfect getaway highlighted by golf, great cuisine and luxury

guitarist Earl Klugh’s 10th annual Weekend of Jazz will take place

accommodations. Dates to be determined.

on November 6–9, 2019. FRIENDSHIP CUP. Kiawah Island Golf Resort fosters friendships on WOMEN’S TENNIS WEEKENDS. Special women’s-only

the course during a two-man amateur tournament. The event, which

events will be held in fall of 2019 and winter of 2020. Fall dates

traditionally occurs in early March, includes daily breakfast, daily

are September 27–29, October 18–20, November 1–3 and

on-course boxed lunch, an opening dinner honoring past champions,

November 15–17. Visit KiawahResort.com/packages/tennis for

a Mingo Point oyster roast and barbecue, a Saturday night awards

announcements on winter weekend dates.

reception and dinner, a hospitality suite for each night, two rounds of golf (including one round on the iconic Ocean Course), a tournament

KIAWAH COMEDY WEEKEND. The Sanctuary hosts two nights

gift bag and amenity package, and all alcohol at events.

of non-stop laughter with a lineup of nationally acclaimed, clean stand-up comedians joining emcee Jeff Jena.

NATIONAL PRO-AM. On the heels of Friendship Cup, PGA club pros from around the country captain their four-man teams in a

GOURMET & GRAPES WEEKEND. Good food for a good cause,

fiercely competitive 72-hole tournament across four of the resort’s

every February the resort pairs the region’s top chefs with the

championship courses.

world’s best winemakers for a three-day culinary extravaganza that has raised more than $3 million to benefit research and

HOLIDAYS. Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers a number of holiday

programming at the Medical University of South Carolina’s

packages from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. Enjoy

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special menus and join festive family friendly celebrations to mark each special occasion in high style.

WOMEN’S GOLF GETAWAY. Each year, female golfers enjoy programming that combines instruction from top LPGA-

To explore special holiday packages and learn more about

certified professionals with rounds of golf and relaxation for a

special events, please visit KiawahActivities.com.


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Natural Grace The Lowcountry is a place of scenic beach towns, picturesque marshes, vibrant woodlands and a thrilling abundance of wild creatures — hiding in ancient and major attractions across the region are dressed in their best colors and most frequented in the spring when the crepe myrtles, azaleas, hydrangeas and magnolias are in full bloom.

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Uplifting Spirits Known as the Holy City, Charleston boasts a proud array of religious buildings and some of the oldest faith organizations in the country, representing numerous denominations and diverse beliefs. From a Huguenot Gothic Revival church and some of the oldest Jewish congregations in the U.S. to the oldest African Methodist Episcopal church in the South, Charlestonians’ relationship with their faiths is visibly awe-inspiring.


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Cultured & Bold Though not a large city, and not nearly as old as some of its Old World counterparts, Charleston when it comes to the arts scene. Whether you are strolling down cobblestone streets admiring the well-preserved buildings and visiting wildly varied galleries or visiting in time for the Spoleto Festival, this city is sure to spark your imagination.

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hen visiting a new city, it’s easy to try to pack in as many landmarks and experiences as possible. But there are certain destinations that are better experienced when sampled. Savored. Relished.

Charleston is definitely one of these. Statistically, the Holy City tends to be a place visitors return to time and again. So, slow down and soak up the sights at a leisurely pace. Consider this thematic three-day itinerary. DAY ONE: NATURE Whether you prefer being indoors or out, there are plenty of ways to experience the natural resources that make Charleston unique. A visit to the state-of-the-art South Carolina Aquarium, located downtown on the harbor, provides hours of entertainment

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admiring the loons, grebes, terns, sea ducks and other wildlife

Home to the largest collection of professionally restored

attracted to the area. Several restaurants are located nearby, too.

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places of interest, including SK8 Charleston, a 32,000-square-foot

place to spend a few hours learning about the more than 20

skate park; several cutting-edge water parks; an archery range;

classic vehicles there, as well as the ancillary equipment and

and an equestrian center. With most attractions reasonably priced,

historic artifacts. The trucks in the collection, which dates

it’s hard to beat the value and wide-ranging beauty of the city’s park system.

back to the 1780s, are still running and functional. Tours and interactive displays educate the public on the evolution of firefighting, and the day to day work of a firefighter. DAY TWO: CITY A visit to Charleston isn’t complete without diving into the culture, architecture and rich history that the city has to offer. Bulldog Tours provides an incredible array of excursions, appealing to a wide variety of interests. There are daily walking tours that focus on the city’s history. They also offer pub tours, culinary tours, jail tours and even eerie ghost tours. Several companies offer horseor mule-drawn carriage rides, which wind through the streets at a pleasant pace. You can also plan your own walking tour of this historic city, using your personal interests as a guide. One of the most fascinating aspects of Charleston is the number of historic churches located in a dense area, all of which have contributed to the city significantly. Some are open to the public, but even

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the people resting there and the finely crafted monuments. Speaking of graveyards, don’t miss the Gateway Walk, an informal footpath designed by the Garden Club of Charleston that leads visitors past some of the most beautiful gardens and graveyards in the city.

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DAY THREE: CULTURE Charleston has a vibrant arts scene, with its robust culture of architectural preservation, well-organized gallery district, deep

Gaillard Center has a full schedule of shows all year. If you just

musical roots, world-renowned cultural festivals like Spoleto

want to drop yourself in the thick of it, head to the concentration

USA, and a theater scene that can lay claim to America’s first

of galleries on Broad Street. These and the galleries found a

theater: the Dock Street Theatre. No matter what time of year

couple of blocks away on East Bay Street make up the Gallery

you visit, you can immerse yourself in the city’s distinct culture

District, where you can find, admire and invest in local, regional

or check out something completely unexpected. The Charleston

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from the outskirts atop a paddle board, astride a horse, on a bicycle or even from the pluff mud. You can enjoy countless activities that will get you away from your everyday routine, even as they bring you closer to what it means to truly experience the Lowcountry.

Visible from the Battery and Waterfront Park, Fort Sumter National Monument is a great place to raise your heart rate as you explore the grounds on foot and learn about the U.S. Civil War and its dramatic effects on the country, and especially the South. Infamous as the site where the first shots of the war were fired, Fort Sumter is now an educational center located on an island that is only accessible by boat. Regular service to and from the island is available, as are boat tours of the island. Thanks to Charleston’s geography, its many sights can easily be enjoyed from the water — by kayak or on a stand-up paddle board. Depending on how adventurous you are or how well you know the city, you can opt to rent equipment and go solo or book a guided tour. Visitors commonly choose to ply the waters of Charleston Harbor or Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, but there are other destinations not far from the heart of the city that are also worth checking out.

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Bulldog Tours As featured on The Travel Channel, Food Network and Southern Living, Bulldog Tours is Charleston’s premier walking tour company, offering the best history, culinary and ghost tours in town. Voted “Charleston’s Best Tour Company” the past eight years. 18 Anson St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-722-8687 bulldogtours.com

Charleston Aviation Authority Like jet fuel for the economy, the airport serviced 3,999,342 passengers in 2017. Our mission is to establish a world-class airport committed to providing the best experience, while continuing to support economic development for the region and state. 5500 International Blvd. North Charleston, SC 29418 843-767-7000 iflychs.com/AviationAuthority

Charleston County Parks & Recreation Featuring over 11,000 acres of parkland, the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission offers a variety of facilities, events, programs and recreational opportunities at sites throughout the county. 861 Riverland Dr. Charleston, SC 29412 843-795-4386 charlestoncountyparks.com

Charleston Food Tours Join us as we walk, talk and taste our way through Charleston. As featured in Southern Living and Bon Appétit, our culinary tours give you exclusive access to some of Charleston’s best “food finds.” 18 Anson St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-727-1100 charlestonfoodtours.com

Deep Water Vineyard Our South Carolina grown and bottled wines remain true to our Southern roots by using local muscadine grapes, while a grower in California provides grapes not grown here. We proudly offer viniferous grape single varietals and blends. 6775 Bears Bluff Rd. Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487   843-559-6867   deepwatervineyard.com

Kiawah Island Golf Resort While in Charleston, you can play at five world-class courses just minutes from the center of town. Kiawah is the site of the 2012 PGA Championship — the place to play the round of a lifetime! One Sanctuary Beach Dr. Kiawah Island, SC 29455 800-654-2924 kiawahresort.com

North Charleston Fire Museum Located minutes from the airport and adjacent to Tanger Outlet Mall, the North Charleston Fire Museum and Education Center blends history with hands-on education for an unforgettable experience. 4975 Centre Pointe Dr. North Charleston, SC 29418 843-740-5550 northcharlestonfiremuseum.org

South Carolina Aquarium With 60 unique habitats and over 5,000 animals, this is Charleston’s #1 family attraction! Explore The Shallows — an impressive 20,000-gallon touch tank where you can experience rays up close. 100 Aquarium Wharf Charleston, SC 29401 843-577-FISH (3474) scaquarium.org

Williamsburg County The Williamsburg County Development Board provides leadership in recruitment, retention and the development of new and existing business for those interested in bringing business to South Carolina. 130 W. Main St. Kingstree, SC 29556 843-355-8993 discoverwilliamsburgcounty.com


Back on dry land, Johns Island County Park is a natural

Clean, expansive and generally uncrowded, beachgoers can

destination that is picturesque enough for a wedding and

enjoy fishing, walking, bird-watching and simply relaxing on

well equipped for a day of outdoor activity. About 20 miles of

the sand just as easily as they can head to The Washout for

wooded trails offer joggers, hikers and people on horseback a

what is widely considered the best surfing in the state. Nearby

tranquil day of Lowcountry exploration. Aside from the Mullet

barrier islands also provide their own unique blends of beach

Hall Equestrian Center — site of competitions, festivals and

day activities.

exhibits — the park also features a six-target archery range and a 20-target 3D archery course.

Consider Sullivan’s Island, a tiny destination that packs an outsized punch, as it is home to Fort Moultrie and features activities that range from fishing and paddle boarding to sailing

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and kitesurfing. Neighboring Isle of Palms also offers countless

Being right on the coast guarantees access to the ocean, and

recreational activities on the beach itself and off it, too.

in many of the barrier islands just outside of Charleston, the

Or take the Garris Landing ferry to Bull Island, home to the

beach experience is something straight out of a postcard. Take

Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, where nearly 300 bird

Folly Beach, for example. Referred to as the “Edge of America”

species either take up permanent residence or make a seasonal

because of the prominent Folly Beach Fishing Pier — which

migratory stop. The bleached trees strewn across what has

stretches more than 1,000 feet into the Atlantic Ocean — Folly

been dubbed Boneyard Beach make for a beautifully haunting

Beach is a seaside town that’s reminiscent of another time.

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harleston enjoys the fine distinction of not just being one of the most popular destinations in the country, but it’s particularly popular among repeat visitors. What’s nice about being in the area for more than a

weekend for the third, fourth... maybe 10th time... is that there’s still so much do. Williamsburg County is the kind of place that may not have a marquee name, but sure makes a mean barbecue. Start off your sampling adventure with Scott’s BBQ in Hemingway — the original stomping grounds of celebrated barbecue specialist Rodney Scott of Rodney Scott’s BBQ in Charleston. If you want more than just a taste, Cooper’s Country Store in Salters sells everything from dishes to lumber and Brown’s BBQ in Kingstree boasts a full buffet that could satisfy even the biggest appetites, and dessert is included. Get something to eat and then walk off your meal as you immerse yourself in the area’s rich heritage. Williamsburg Historical Society Museum is a great place to trace family roots, as the museum hosts a genealogy department. Located in Kingstree, a new African-American Museum Annex is slated to open in 2020. Whether you’re worn out from the day’s travels, have family in the area or you need a break, stay at the charming Heller House bed and breakfast. Here you get to experience the luxury of Charleston, but with the convenience and cost of a small town. From the Kings Tree Trials horse races, Flag Day and the Kingstree Live and County Music Festivals in the spring and summer, to muscadine grape picking and the Pig Pickin’, Shag and Stag festivals in the fall and winter, there are countless

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activities for the whole family to enjoy throughout the year. Winding through Williamsburg County is the Black River, a state-designated Scenic River that offers ample recreational opportunities for those who want to enjoy the outdoors. Business owners looking to relocate or plant roots will be happy to know that the county boasts a new 52,000-square-

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foot speculative building that sits on 12 acres. It’s built to grow as you do, and professional training is provided through the readySCTM program for workforce at Williamsburg Technical College. With easy highway and train access — as well as a welcoming business climate — visitors yearning to explore, entrepreneurs seeking out new opportunities and manufacturers looking to expand are sure to find their place in this welcoming and burgeoning community.

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TAKE A DAY TRIP AND ENJOY A PLATE OF OUR WORLD FAMOUS BBQ. Williamsburg County has plenty of tasty options, but it also has historical sites, recreation options and family friendly events. Experience the luxury of Charleston with the convenience and cost of a small town. If you are a business owner interested in bringing your business to South Carolina, the Williamsburg County Development Board provides leadership in recruitment, retention and development. Williamsburg County Development Board 130 W. Main St. Kingstree, SC 29556 www.discoverwilliamsburgcounty.com 843-355-8993


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Atlantic Ocean and Kiawah River. Here, storybook lagoons and salt marshes, as well as a long stretch of pristine shoreline, make up an unspoiled slice of the Lowcountry. It’s the ideal retreat for wildlife lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The main attraction on the island is Kiawah Island Golf Resort, which boasts an extensive program of well-thought activities and events to suit every taste.

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and three hard courts resurfaced, and the addition of 10 Har-Tru

resort have all recently undergone multi-million dollar face-lifts

HydroCourts and a fully automated practice alley. From hiking and

as part of a resort-wide initiative of expansion and renewal of

biking trails, wildlife excursions, guided kayaking tours and archery

facilities. The Pete Dye–designed Ocean Course — host of the

classes to simply lounging on the beach, this is the kind of place

2012 PGA Championship and scheduled to host the event again

where you dictate the pace and everything just falls into place.

in 2021 — challenges players with unpredictable sea breezes

Guests looking to relax can head to the Forbes Five-Star The

and rewards them with unobstructed views of the ocean and

Sanctuary Spa, and foodies should not feel that stepping away from

surrounding marshes. Tennis players are also given the royal

downtown Charleston means leaving top-notch dining. The Ocean

treatment at the resort. Named the No. 1 Tennis Resort in the

Room is the only steak house in the U.S. to earn both Forbes

World by Tennis Resorts Online, its Roy Barth Tennis Center has

Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond ratings. Other options include

also benefited from the resort’s expansion, with its nine Har-Tru

Jasmine Porch, The Atlantic Room and Tomasso at Turtle Point.


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and give yourself the gift of leisurely strolling through carefully curated corridors of time.

SHOWCASE OF COLOR In 2018, Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, a popular Charleston attraction and one of the country’s oldest working farms, experienced an absolute showcase of color the likes of which

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hasn’t been witnessed in recent memory. Master Gardener

But if you want to enjoy the fruits of the land without having to

Catherine Rasor and her staff have received accolades for the

pick it yourself, swing by Boone Hall Farms Market, where you

spectacular visual display, which according to Rasor, should be

can pick up a salad, sandwich or prepared meal, and also get a

the same this year and into the foreseeable future. For those

few items for the road. Signature products include homemade

interested in seeing the astounding array of flowers, the gardens

jellies and jams, dressings and marinades.

are in full bloom starting in April and through June, but can be enjoyed throughout the summer and well into fall. The 738-acre property dates back to 1681 and features a

MANICURED ESTATE Another favorite destination is Middleton Place in Summerville. A

Georgian-designed mansion built in 1936, several cabins that

National Historic Landmark with the oldest landscaped gardens

belonged to former slaves and were occupied by sharecroppers

in the U.S., Middleton Place boasts 65 acres that were first

well into the 20th century, flower gardens, a butterfly pavilion,

planted in 1741. It’s the birthplace of Arthur Middleton, a signer

the famed Avenue of Oaks — planted by Major John Boone’s

of the Declaration of Independence. Amazingly, the Middleton

son — and a farm that’s been continuously growing and

family has maintained ownership of the property for 320 years.

producing crops for more than 300 years. It also offers a number of educational programs, including

Thanks to an extensive variety of flowering plants — including centuries-old camellias, azaleas, magnolias, crepe myrtles and

exhibitions that educate the public on local black history and

roses — the property is in bloom every day of the year. And

the lives of the enslaved people who worked the land and a

there’s a 900-year-old oak that has born witness to much of the

live presentation that explores Gullah culture. If you happen

region’s history.

to be visiting during a harvest season, you can pick your own strawberries, tomatoes, peaches or a number of other options.

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Be sure to stop by Eliza’s House to get a glimpse of the daily life of the enslaved people who lived and worked on the property. Based on a book by the same name, Beyond the Fields: Slavery at Middleton Place is a documentary that was released in 2017 and serves as an excellent complement to the tour. PICTURE PERFECT Just northwest of Charleston, up the Ashley River you can find one of the most picturesque and celebrated properties in the country: Magnolia Plantation & Gardens. Though the plantation dates back to 1676, the famed gardens were developed in the 1800s when they were reworked in an English style by Reverend John Grimke-Drayton, who — according to

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VA R I ET Y O F F LOW ERIN G PLAN TS M I D D L E T O N PL AC E I S IN B LOOM EV ERY DAY O F T H E Y EAR. family legend — took on the outdoor project in order to lure his bride south from Philadelphia. The gardens were formally opened to the public in the 1870s making them the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry and the oldest public gardens in the U.S. Beyond the gardens and the main house, the interpretive program, From Slavery to Freedom, educates visitors on the African-American history and experience at the plantation. Ongoing archeological work continues to reveal fascinating details about the lives of both the slaves and free black workers — skilled gardeners and craftsmen — whose expertise maintained the property and primed it to age in such a sublime condition. REGAL HOME Adjacent to Magnolia Gardens is Drayton Hall, widely considered the earliest and finest example of Palladian

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generations, and when it became a visitor’s destination, a radical

If you’re a tea connoisseur (or are simply curious about the

decision was made to preserve that history by stabilizing instead

industry) don’t miss the Charleston Tea Plantation, the only one

of restoring the house to a particular period, meaning it was

of its kind in North America. There’s no admission fee to view

preserved as it was acquired from the family in the 1970s. This

acres of tea bushes or tour the working tea factory — complete

has given both those who manage and study Drayton Hall and

with an explanation of the manufacturing process. A nominal fee

those who visit for pleasure the rare opportunity to observe

is charged for an optional 45-minute trolley ride that takes its

materials and designs from each period in the house’s history —

passengers through rows of tea bushes and transports visitors to a

all the way back to the time of its construction.

more in-depth look at the horticultural process.

RUNNING DEEP If you would like to visit a property where you can sit for a drink — or two — after your tour, then head to Wadmalaw Island for the only domestic winery in Charleston: Deep Water Vineyard. Nestled among the majestic live oaks, the 48-acre winery and vineyard grows and harvests muscadine grapes. Native to the southeastern U.S., these are one of the country’s only truly native grapes. Thoroughly embracing this, owners Jesse and Andrea produce five different labels of authentic muscadine wine from the four grape varieties that grow on the property. The wine is grown, harvested and bottled on site, so visitors can enjoy a day of walking through the vineyard — which also has a garden and pond with plenty of wildlife around — followed by a tasting at the winery. If you enjoy the experience you can swing by the gift shop.

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harleston is the kind of city that makes you want to stroll and discover, one turned cobblestone at a time, and shopping in the Holy City is no different. For example, if you’re inspired by the ornamental gates and wrought

iron you see all around, head straight to the iconic Charleston City Market, where boutique jeweler Gold Creations has stood for more than 40 years. Its Gates of Charleston collection celebrates the fine wrought iron work that has become a hallmark of the city in pendants, charms, bracelets and necklaces. Another family-owned jewelry store, Dacuba’s Jewelry has featured the largest collection of Charleston-inspired sterling silver jewelry in the city since 1993. It specializes in those designs, Cornerstone Minerals is a fascinating little shop that’s well worth a visit. The self-proclaimed “Gallery of Nature’s Art” does indeed carry everything from the exquisite — Think: exotic jewelry made with precious and semi-precious stones — to the bizarre. A delightfully peculiar shop is The Hidden Countship, a selfdescribed “little boutique on a little alley” that packs an outsized punch with its fine Italian imports made by master artisans. Of course, one aspect of the city that lures visitors is its culinary heritage. Savannah Bee Company offers sweetness, sustainability and beauty. “Savannah Bee Company grew out of my passion for bees, beekeeping and honey,” says founder Ted Dennard, who started as a beekeeper. It’s a beautiful store where you can sample single-source honeys, honey mead and beauty products. Farther out on the barrier islands, all the plantations have their own shops where you can pick up anything from art to plants.

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Boone Hall Plantation Recognized as the No. 1 plantation in the Charleston area according to USA TODAY’s 10 Best and “a must-see on any trip to Charleston” by NBC’s “Daytime.” Don’t miss “America’s Most Photographed Plantation.” 1235 Long Point Rd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-884-4371 boonehallplantation.com

Carolina Lanterns The Basket Weave lantern is made of solid copper woven in a basket weave pattern. It can be for interior or exterior use and is made with an electric light source. Come into the Carolina Lanterns showroom to see it in person. 1362 Chuck Dawley Blvd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-881-4170 carolinalanterns.com

Charleston Tea Plantation Experience the beauty and charm of America’s ONLY tea garden. Tour the factory, take a trolley ride through the tea fields and drink freshly brewed ­American Classic Tea in this one-of-akind plantation. 6617 Maybank Hwy. Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487 843-559-0383 charlestonteaplantation.com

Cornerstone Minerals & Natural History We offer unique items from around the world featuring an extensive variety of minerals, fossils, jewelry and décor. Experience the Gallery of Nature’s Art at our King Street or North Market Street locations. 539 King St. or 36 N. Market St. Charleston, SC 29403 843-297-4217 cornerstoneminerals.com

Dacuba’s Fine Jewelry For over 25 years, Dacuba’s Jewelry has provided high-quality, Charleston-inspired pieces from its downtown shop. The family owned store has the country’s largest selection of Southern Gates® and Rice Bead jewelry. 84 N. Market St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-853-0103 dacubasjewelry.com

Drayton Hall Drayton Hall c.1738 is the most important museum visit in Charleston. The oldest unrestored plantation house open to the public, it is an American icon. New museum galleries display the original furnishings and archaeologically recovered artifacts. 3380 Ashley River Rd. Charleston, SC 29414 843-769-2600 draytonhall.org

Freshfields Village Freshfields Village is a unique shopping and event destination in a stylish and relaxed outdoor environment, all shaped by Lowcountry tradition and high style. 165 Village Green Ln. Kiawah Island, SC 29455 843-768-6491 freshfieldsvillage.com

Gold Creations Gold Creations has been charming visitors and locals for over 40 years. Our collection stems from rich local history including Charleston Charms, Rice Beads and Charleston Gates. Come see our iconic jewelry. 74 South Market St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-970-1260 goldcreationschas.com/discover

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens Visit America’s oldest garden. With 500 acres on the Ashley River, Magnolia is continuously recognized as one of the most beautiful and romantic gardens in the world. Family events are regularly scheduled in a new children’s garden. 3550 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414 843-571-1266 www.magnoliaplantation.com

Middleton Place On land first granted in 1675, this National Historic Landmark offers history, drama and educational discoveries at every turn. Experience African-American heritage programs, garden tours, carriage rides and more. 4300 Ashley River Rd. Charleston, SC 29414 843-556-6020 middletonplace.org

Savannah Bee Company A specialty honey- and beeswax-based bodycare company established in Savannah, Ga. Come by to experience our signature honey tasting and try our all-natural products. 276 King St. Charleston, SC 29401 At the corner of King & Wentworth 843-722-5664 savannahbee.com

The Hidden Countship The Hidden Countship offers a wide range of hand-made creations. Made in Italy and mostly hand-picked by Giulio e Donatella in Tuscany and Umbria. The feature is the collection of jewels with authentic Roman Coins. 21 Burns Ln. Charleston, SC 29401 843-577-5570 thehiddencountship.com


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Charleston Tea Plantation

Open Monday through Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 12pm to 4pm. Handicap Accessible 6617 Maybank HWY, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487 (843) 559-0383 • www.charlestonteaplantation.com

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learned about pineapples in Charleston. When you were too short-sighted to take a formal architecture course in college, but still love it like I do, you learn about the beauty of buildings later, from books and knowledgeable

friends — and tours like the one I took in Charleston many years ago. That was when it was explained to me that the pineapple ornaments that adorn so many of the city’s stately homes have been a symbol of hospitality since Colonial times — and even before, when Columbus supposedly discovered the then-rare fruit on one of his Caribbean voyages. You can find the carved pineapples on bedposts and lintels, and on the gates at the 1816. Most famously, the fruit holds court at Waterfront Park, where the five-tiered Pineapple Fountain (unveiled in 1990) is a favorite of selfie-seekers.

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Though Columbus was credited with introducing Europeans to the pineapple after his voyage in 1493, the fruit maintained its allure two centuries later, when Charleston, named for King Charles II of England, was founded in 1670. Southern. European. Caribbean. The traditional and the exotic. Charleston is a singular American mélange. The fruit effectively represents the city’s unique history and architecture — and its hospitality — the way few symbols can. It was exactly that appeal that drew George Washington to Charleston during his 1791 Southern tour, which included an evening at McCrady’s Tavern, the restaurant built by Edward McCrady. Its historic value is such that McCrady’s earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and Landmarks, while today the venue’s culinary value relies on the food stylings of Executive Chef Jim Stein and Pastry Chef Katy Keefe. Grab a peek at the Historic Long Room where Washington was fêted; then

MAKE YOURSELF RIGHT AT HOME As you explore the city, consider a self-guided tour of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum. Built over a five-year period by wealthy shipping merchant Nathaniel Russell in 1808, it is recognized as one of America’s most important Neoclassical houses and was designated a get the most of your tour of the house also includes a walking guide to the city itself and features more than 300 points of interest.

sit down to a dinner of seared scallops, duck fat potatoes and Keefe’s decadent black walnut crepe cake. Also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Landmarks is the City Market, which dates from the 1790s. The one-story Greek Revival-style arcade contains the fine jewelry of Gold Creations, founded by Glenn and Vicki Wolfe more than 40 years ago. The well-located boutique is noted for its delicate Gates of Charleston collection, which pays homage to Charleston’s decorative ironwork; its Palmetto Tree collection, a tribute to the official state tree; and — naturally — its pineapple beads, bracelets and charms. Try to spot Charleston’s pineapples on one of the guided strolls offered by Bulldog Tours. For the first-time visitor, you can’t beat

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beauty, culture and life. More than 35 art galleries are part of the Charleston Gallery Association (CGA) and most are clustered within walking distance from one another. This treats visitors to the tranquil joy of strolling the French Quarter, and a couple of blocks around, to wander in and out of eclectic gallery spaces full of canvases, sculptures, photography and more. If you happen to have the good fortune of being in town during one of the CGA’s Art Walks, you’re in for a particularly good time. Many of the galleries welcome visitors with food and beverages, host special artists or stage other enrichment experiences, such as lectures, demonstrations or special exhibits. These Art Walks take place on the first Friday of March, May, October and December and begin around 5:00 p.m. You never know who you will meet or what you will encounter at some of Charleston’s finest galleries. Though you can always research exhibits and events ahead of time by

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visiting the Charleston Gallery Association’s online calendar

From Atrium, head east toward Church Street, where you will

(charlestongalleryassociation.com/calendar), simply meandering

find both John Carroll Doyle Art Gallery and Gaye Sanders Fisher

through the district often provides more of an education and

across the street from each other. John C. Doyle carries original

experience than what you could have planned or predicted. Of

oils, sketches and photography by Mr. Doyle, who passed away in

course, all galleries rotate exhibits and various artists come and

2014. It also houses more than 150 high-quality reproductions of

go, but the overall quality is consistently high and reliable.

his work on canvas — from blue hydrangeas to blues musicians —

Begin your own walk at Atrium Art Gallery, which is centrally located near the corner of Queen and Meeting Streets. It

as well as works by other fellow native Charleston artists. Gaye Sanders Fisher’s eponymous gallery houses the

specializes in some of the city’s finest contemporary and abstract

watercolors she has created since discovering artist Alice Ravenel

art displayed within a gorgeous, airy space. The gallery is

Huger Smith and adopting that medium herself. The work

packed with vibrant, unusual pieces, as well as black and white

often reflects a lifetime dedicated to the restoration of area rice

photography made by local, regional and national artists. Atrium

plantations and the research Fisher pursued at those properties. A

is a perfect place to become acquainted with the Charleston art

beautiful “Charleston” garden on the grounds is frequently used

vibe and kick off your self-guided tour of creative exploration.

to entertain and to display Fisher’s finished pieces.


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winning African American artists. Different artists are featured

Watercolors and the delightful Dog & Horse Fine Art, which

regularly, and the gallery also holds a number of events, including

represents national and international artists renowned for their

art shows, fine jewelry trunk shows, supper club experiences, and

work in canine and equine art. You can search the vast inventory

private and small-group art and music classes.

for a piece featuring your favorite hound, or enlist the gallery’s

Going north on East Bay Street will lead you toward W. Andre

matching service, which will pair you with an artist who can create

Allen Contemporary Art, Miller Gallery and Lowcountry Artists,

a portrait of your best friend.

which was founded in 1982 and has the distinction of being the

Here, you can continue your leisurely walk by taking Elliot Street

oldest artist-owned and operated gallery in Charleston. As the

to East Bay Street, or backtrack toward Gallery Row and head

name implies, the focus is on showcasing work created by award-

east to the corner of Broad and East Bay Streets. First, you’ll hit

winning local talent.

Corrigan Gallery, which represents numerous artists that work

There are numerous galleries outside downtown Charleston

in various media: mixed media, oil painting, lithographs and

that are worth a drive. A scenic 45-minute ride to Kiawah Island

photography, among others.

will get you to a standout art space: Wells Gallery. Located within

In the building right next door, you can visit Neema Fine Art

Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s The Sanctuary Hotel, Wells focuses on

Gallery. The newest kid on the block, so to speak, recently kicked

contemporary art influenced by the Lowcountry and reflective of

off displaying original art and jewelry by Southern African American

the Southern experience. Oil paintings, watercolors, mixed media

artists. Perched right at the corner of Charleston’s Gallery Row,

and artisan jewelry are just a few of the kinds of pieces produced

Neema carries the original works of outstanding emerging artists,

by the acclaimed artists that exhibit their work there, and you can

but its primary focus is on original works created by coveted, award-

even admire their artists as you walk the hotel.

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1670. English colonists found Charleston as Charles Towne, named after King Charles II of England.

1687. The first French Huguenot Church is built at the corner of what is now Church and Queen Streets.

1730–1740. The buildings that would later become part of Rainbow Row were constructed to support the shipping industry. At its peak, more than 200 ships a day had to be loaded and unloaded in Charleston harbor.

1736. Dock Street Theatre was the first building in U. S. constructed to be used exclusively for theatrical purposes. It later presented the first opera to be performed in the U.S.

1770. The College of Charleston is founded as the first municipal college in the nation.

1780. The Siege of Charleston takes place. The Revolutionary War makes its way to the South, and after six weeks of fighting Major General Benjamin Lincoln surrenders to the British.

1786. The first crepe myrtle arrives in the United States courtesy of French botanist André Michaux.

1861. First shot fired in the Civil War at Fort Sumter. Later that year wildfires again sweep through the city, destroying more than 500 acres of land and hundreds of homes.

1886. A 7.3 magnitude earthquake rattles Charleston; it remains the most damaging quake ever recorded in the southeastern United States.

1931. Charleston adopts the first preservation-zoning ordinance in the United States, which continues to protect the city’s iconic architecture to this day.


Phenomenal Art by Phenomenal SC African-American Artists

“Lunch“ April Harrison Mixed Media 24”x 36”

“When I Think...” April Harrison Mixed Media 34”x 36”

Handblown Glass Necklace Camisha Jackson

Face Jugs Winton & Rosa Eugene

Hand-forged Iron Window Guard Philip Simmons

“Flight” Tyrone Geter 2019 Yaddo artist resident and 2019 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts awardee. Charcoal on torn paper 36” x 84”

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Rooster & Hen Tea Kettle Set Winton & Rosa Eugene

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Atrium Art Gallery “Charleston’s Most Exciting Art Space” is located in the historic district of downtown Charleston. Contemporary paintings, photography and abstract art. 61 Queen St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-973-3300 atriumartgallery.com

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Corrigan Gallery We establish the traditions of the future by loving the old and creating the new. Contemporary paintings, photographs, sculpture and fine art prints for seasoned and new collectors. 7 Broad St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-722-9868 corrigangallery.com

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Dog & Horse Fine Art & Portraiture Representing nationally and internationally recognized artists who specialize in canine and equine art, Dog & Horse Fine Art & Portraiture has an extensive inventory and matches clients with artists for portraits. Open Mon.-Sat. 10 am – 5 pm. 102 Church St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-577-5500 dogandhorsefineart.com

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Gaye Sanders Fisher Gallery The Gaye Sanders Fisher Gallery is at home in a Charleston single house built in 1741. A single house is a one-room structure, on the street, that usually a three-story depth and height. The Gallery is 22 years old and welcomes all lovers of art and architecture. We hope you visit the gallery on your next trip. 124 Church St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-958-0010 gayesandersfisher.com

and think about how large the available spaces in your home actually are. It is also important to consider the color scheme and design elements already in the room where the piece will be displayed. Original art should enhance a space, not conflict with it. ASK QUESTIONS Learning more about the artist may help inform your decision. You are, after all, taking a piece of that person home with you. Most gallery owners are delighted to serve as a resource, providing

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information about the artists they represent. They can also teach

OUT YOUR NEXT STATEMENT PIECE.

you a great deal about the medium, materials and the best way to get your piece home.

DEFINE YOUR STYLE Pay attention to what you’re continually drawn to, whether it’s at

STAY WITHIN YOUR BUDGET

a gallery, in a coffee shop or even at a museum. Do you prefer

Some people can afford to purchase large, expensive pieces. If

abstract work? Vibrant colors? Or do you gravitate toward muted

you’re not one of them, all is not lost. Consider collecting smaller

colors and still life? Consider what mediums call out to you and

pieces and creating an eclectic gallery wall. Or if you can’t shell out

make this your cardinal rule: Buy what you love.

enough for an original, consider buying a print or photograph.

CONSIDER YOUR SPACE

GO WITH YOUR GUT

It’s easy to fall in love with a piece and then realize there’s just

Once all the boxes have been checked, the only thing that remains

nowhere in your house to put it! If possible, take measurements

is your intuition. Trust it!


John C. Doyle Art Gallery John C. Doyle Art Gallery is the exclusive seller of original oils and reproductions by the late Mr. Doyle. It also represents Charleston artists Margaret Petterson and Anne Maree Lawrence; painters Anna Rose Bain, Dhwani Parekh and Simon Kenevan; and sculptor Geoffrey C. Smith.   125 Church St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-577-7344 johncdoyle.com

Lowcountry Artists Gallery Founded in 1982, Lowcountry Artists Gallery is the oldest artist-owned and -operated gallery in Charleston. It showcases work by award-winning local artists and entices collectors with a multitude of styles, subjects and media. 148 E Bay St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-577-9295 lowcountryartists.com

Neema Fine Art Gallery Neema Gallery is Charleston’s newest art gallery featuring original art and jewelry by highly collected and award-winning Southern African American artists, as well as original works from standout emerging artists. 3 Broad St., Suite 100 Charleston, SC 29401 843-353-8079 neemagallery.com

Wells Gallery The premiere gallery at The Sanctuary Hotel on Kiawah Island is dedicated to providing contemporary art works focused on the Lowcountry and the Southern experience. 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr. Kiawah Island, SC 29455 843-576-1290 wellsgallery.com


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aesthetic sensibilities and centuries of arts patronage — that combine to create the ideal stage for the 17-day celebration of classic and contemporary performances in dance, music, theater and opera. “Charleston was the ideal location,” says Spoleto founder Gian Carlo Menotti. “It’s intimate, so you can walk from one

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and gardens. Yet it’s a community big enough to support the

Arthur Miller to cutting-edge compositions by Laura “Laurie”

large number of visitors to the festival.”

Anderson and Philip Glass. Renee Fleming, Yo Yo Ma and

Spoleto Festival comes alive each spring — usually right around Memorial Day weekend and just in time to take advantage of the fact that Charleston’s signature magnolias

Joshua Bell performed at the event early in their careers, as did the Emerson String Quartet and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Now in its 43rd year, the 2019 Spoleto Festival has grown

and rose gardens are in full bloom. The number of visitors

to offer more than 140 performances in an array of disciplines

blossoms, too, with more than 70,000 people attending the

so diverse, it can get overwhelming. Performances — both

festival annually. Spoleto has debuted more than 200 national

indoors and out — are held within the city’s historic landmarks.

and world premieres, from plays by Tennessee Williams and

Charleston’s hallowed theaters, acoustically blessed churches

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and enchanting outdoor spaces are not just taken over for one

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of the world’s premier performing arts events, they are active

Performances are held daily during the festival, but many of

participants in the celebration as timeless pieces of inspired

the larger events are scheduled on the weekends. Most of the

architecture, classic design and even hosts to many artistic firsts.

performance venues are within walking distance from one another;

This impressive list includes Dock Street Theatre, the Charleston

however, if you plan to attend more than one show on a given

Gaillard Center, The Cistern Yard at the heart of the College of

day, make sure you check the running times and leave enough

Charleston and Riverfront Park, a cobblestoned thoroughfare

wiggle room between performances, so you are not rushing from

built more than 300 years ago along King Street.

one venue to the next. Remember that part of the fun is enjoying

If it’s your first time in the Holy City and you happen to be in

the communal aspect of the experience, taking in the sights, and

town for the festival, make sure you add a performance or two

thinking about and discussing the shows you attend with those

to your plans. For those planning a repeat visit — and there’s a

you are with or those you happen to meet along the way!

during the weeks in May and June that Spoleto takes over the

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town. It truly is a magical experience that confers a completely

Start off by reserving your tickets early, especially if you want

different Charleston experience. Here are some helpful tips to

to see a popular artist or a show that has garnered a lot of

help you get the most out of your Spoleto:

buzz. Spoleto Festival brings together renowned artists and

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emerging performers in a wide array of disciplines that include opera, theater, dance and symphonic, choral, jazz and chamber music. Audiences are treated to rarely performed masterpieces by giants in their fields, as well as world premieres, American premieres and beloved classics presented in novel ways. With so many shows, genres and venues on the schedule you can play it as safe as you want or explore as much as you want. Returning favorites and world premieres are a good way to start if this is your first go around. But for a thorough appreciation of the festival’s scope, plan on attending a combination of classic and contemporary performances in different genres. Permanent festival fixtures include the Bank of America Chamber Music series, Music in Time series, Wells Fargo Jazz series and the American Express Woolfe Street series. To see the schedule of upcoming shows, plan your Spoleto Festival visit or learn more, go to spoletousa.org.

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rom dockside fish houses to the breezy covered patios of Victorian mansions, the beloved hybrid weekend meal known as brunch is already primed for languor, so kick back and while away your late morning into the

afternoon with a bloody Mary in hand, garnished with a lobster tail, cocktail shrimp and king crab leg, no less, or maybe even an oyster. This is Charleston after all. GILDED GLAMOUR The freewheeling attitude is in full swing at Tradd’s, where you can taste the artful precision that is poured into each dish. Keep it simple and light with a kale and brussel sprout salad, or go for broke with the lobster benedict. You choose your indulgence.

As its name implies, Water’s Edge restaurant is situated right on Shem Creek, where the estuary’s mellow tides mingle with the

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glistening sun. Just a short distance from Charleston’s downtown historic district, you can enjoy the leisurely pace of waterfront dining at brunch time, as shrimp boats pull into port to unload their haul. Grab an outdoor table and indulge in Southern comfort fare, like biscuits smothered in homemade pepper sausage gravy or a lump crab cake eggs benedict served with buttery grits and asparagus. On Sundays, you can also opt for the breakfast buffet of classic dishes, including shrimp and grits and omelets

INSIDE A RESTORED 19TH-CENTURY QUEEN ANNE-STYLE VICTORIAN HOUSE, HUSK MAKES FOR A HOMEY, YET SOPHISTICATED BRUNCH. made to order. And for a brunch that runs into happy hour, simply head downstairs to the al fresco Cabana Bar to keep the mimosas flowing.

Under the guidance of executive chef and Lowcountry native Travis Grimes, Husk is committed to local, seasonal ingredientdriven modern Southern cuisine with a menu that changes daily based on what the purveyors bring to the kitchen. Situated in downtown Charleston, inside a restored 19th-century Queen Anne-style Victorian house with wide covered porches, Husk’s dining hall makes for a homey, yet sophisticated setting for Sunday brunch. The breakfast sandwich is always a favorite, showcasing the handiwork of Husk’s butchers, along with entrees like smoked

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brisket with fried egg and cheese on house-baked bread or creative dishes like pan-fried duck egg with grits, baby kale and red-eye gravy. Get started with the 32-ingredient bloody Mary, which is served with a side of shaved country ham and housemade pickles. SAFE LANDING For a dockside brunch in true Lowcountry fashion, head to Fleet Landing, located directly on the docks in downtown Charleston Harbor within a restored 1940s naval building. With an airy dining room with kitschy nautical décor and outdoor waterfront seating, this is the kind of place where you can soak in the panoramic views of Waterfront Park, Castle Pickney and Fort Sumter offshore as you tuck in. Dig into roasted crab cakes served with poached eggs, a biscuit and creamy Adluh grits from the Midlands, all covered in brulée French toast with banana-rum walnut syrup (and a side of

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Applewood smoked bacon, for good measure) is a no brainer. The

Within Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s idyllic The Sanctuary Hotel,

restaurant’s Fleet Landing Pepper Bloody packs a punch, courtesy

Sunday brunch at Jasmine Porch is a lavish seaside affair. The

of its house-infused pepper vodka.

dining room’s exposed brick walls, blue gingham drapery, rustic

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red pepper hollandaise. If you have a sweet tooth, then the crème


Consider “o ld Fashioned” a Compliment. a nd a darn good CoC ktail. take the road less traveled. savor the holy City one bite at a time.

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hewn-oak flooring and white wainscoting ceilings create an inviting and elegant atmosphere. The brunch buffet — ­ which ranges from pimento cheese to poached shrimp, chicken Lowcountry specialties prepared by Chef de Cuisine and Charleston native Jeremy Holst. You’ll also find a carving station with prime rib, a table with housemade charcuterie and freeflowing Champagne. BE A DARLING For a truly indulgent brunch cocktail, try The Darling Oyster Bar’s bloody Mary. The decadent drink can be customized to include a lobster claw, king crab leg, cocktail shrimp and hush puppy from

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the restaurant’s impressive raw bar as garnishments.

Set in an 18th-century rice plantation, Middleton Place Restaurant

Cozy up at one of the emerald green booths in the sun-filled

offers a fine dining experience once helmed by Chef Edna Lewis,

dining room, and tantalize your taste buds as you sink your teeth

acclaimed for popularizing and refining Southern cooking. Recipes

into a fried chicken and homemade buttermilk biscuit sandwich

made in her spirit using produce from the onsite garden, include

drizzled with local honey and housemade hot sauce. Then raise

classic shrimp and grits made with locally harvested Anson Mills

the ante with an order of chowder fries made with local clams and

grits and tasso ham gravy, or get adventurous and swap the

bacon for the table, and you’ve got yourself a certified Southern

shrimp for cornmeal-fried catfish and a side of braised collards

brunch feast.

with ham hock.

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and waffles, fried catfish and she crab soup — overflows with


Lively gathering place serving reimagined American classics. One of America’s oldest restaurants.

Authentic tortillas, tacos, burritos, margaritas and wings in a fun, lively atmosphere.

Southern and relaxed Best New Restaurant of the Year — 2011, Bon Appétit

Tasting menu only, intimate and adventurous. South Carolina’s only AAA Five Diamond awarded restaurant.

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n Charleston, a party isn’t a party unless it’s got flavor. Buzzy destination-worthy restaurants aside, the city offers all kinds of foodies ample reasons to visit throughout the year, with mouthwatering celebrations and cook-offs themed around

Lowcountry seafood, grits, mac ‘n’ cheese and chili, as well as

warranted a festival of their own. April’s Lowcountry Strawberry

wine, whiskey and other craft spirits.

Festival is a family-friendly affair complete with amusement and

The calendar is downright packed, as you will be: 2018 saw 17

thrill rides, pie eating contests (yes, plural!), a Miss Berry Princess

food festivals and an additional 124 culinary-related events in and

contest, an acrobatic dog contest, petting zoo and several

around Charleston. At many of these, you can sample dishes from

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the city’s many James Beard Award–winning chefs and venues. In its 12th year, Charleston Food + Wine is the city’s grand

Of course, all manner of strawberry delights are also on hand. Prefer fermented fruit beverages? Boone Hall’s Wine Under the

culinary fête and takes place every March. Participants include

Oaks, held in December, is strictly a 21-and-over affair that features

a veritable who’s-who of Charleston talent, as well as chefs,

incredible wines and food from more than a dozen outstanding

mixologists, artisans and culinary experts from across the country.

Charleston restaurants. Wine also rules at about a dozen other

Try spotting one of the Holy City’s famous faces: Darius Rucker

festivals, events and special programs around town, including a

has attended, and you never know where eccentric ol’ Bill

vino-tinged historic homes and gardens crawl, the Annual Historic

Murray will turn up. Stroll through the fest’s labyrinthine Culinary

Charleston Foundation Wine Tastings.

Village stalls and fill your days and nights with presentations,

You’ll find grits on many local menus — this being the South

demos, tastings and even a Champagne-supported yoga session

and all — and April’s World Grits Festival, which is held in nearby

(Namasté Bubbly).

St. George, is the only event of its kind.

The siren song of oysters — or, more likely, the coveted

What about grits’ frequent bedfellow, shrimp? Check out — and

bivalves’ intoxicating essence of the sea — is celebrated in

by that we mean savor — creative and succulent shrimp-based

late January at the Lowcountry Oyster Festival, the world’s

dishes at Harborside Beach’s fall-time Shrimp on the Barbie, or

largest event of its kind. Taking place at Boone Hall Plantation,

indulge in a variable Lowcountry seafood fix during April’s Blessing

a staggering 80,000 pounds of locally and Gulf Coast–sourced

of the Fleet and Seafood Festival and the two-year-old Fish

oysters are shucked and downed by giddy festival attendants.

Festival of Saint Fortunato. Add some literal spice to your life (and

Also a functioning farm for more than 300 years, 738-acre

crawfish, alligator and jambalaya, too) at April’s Lowcountry Cajun

Boone Hall grows around 40 types of vegetables and fruit,

Festival. For the latest updates on what’s new or what’s happening,

including tomatoes, peaches, blackberries, muscadine grapes

visit the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau website,

and strawberries that are so sweet, bright and delicious they

charlestoncvb.com/events, and click the Culinary Event box.

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FUJI KIAWAH ISLAND www.facebook.com/fujifreshfields/ Instagram: @fuij_kiawah 205 Farm Lake View Road Johns Island SC 29445 843.996.4898 M-Th: 11am-10pm; Fri: 11AM-11pm Sat: 12-11pm; Sun: 12-10pm

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harleston’s highly awarded restaurants reflect the passion, legacy and expertise that goes into each succulent bite of shrimp, every perfectly seasoned oyster, and so much more. When it comes to sought-

after accolades in the Charleston City Paper, Hank’s Seafood can boast a winning streak that’s older than most high school students: For 16 consecutive years, this beloved venue has snagged the paper’s Best Seafood Restaurant award. How’s that for seducing a generation who can’t get enough of Charleston she-crab soup and pan-fried sea scallops? An institution of Lowcountry cooking, Hank’s carries on the traditions of French and English preparations, but even those vaunted methods take a backseat to the intensely local product: the harvest from nearby estuaries, bays and tidal creeks. The venue’s manifesto can be summed up by their pithy directive: “There are no real rules, except to use what’s fresh.” Count on executive chef Tim Richardson to maintain a satisfying slow boil with his popular bouillabaisse, but don’t neglect his decadent grilled oysters with red wine Mignonette Gastrique and his unique interpretation of shrimp and grits with smoked Andouille sausage. Stop in early, as the venue’s Craft Cocktail Hour starts at 4:30 — and with Hank’s Oyster Shooter you can get started on local seafood, in a glass. Likewise, a passion for fresh ingredients is part of what keeps Peninsula Grill at the top of the heap as well, with its prestigious Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond designations. “One of the most fulfilling aspects of my day occurs when our deliveries


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arrive at the restaurant,” enthuses executive chef Ramon Taimanglo. “It is a daily flurry of excitement to open the wellpacked crates and see a beautiful batch of outstanding, fresh ingredients ready to be used for that evening’s dinner menu.” Born in Germany into a military family, Taimanglo learned early the European devotion to prized local ingredients. “There are many places around the world known for producing a phenomenal ingredient, such as New Zealand’s lamb, or for championing a distinct flavor such as Italy’s wild mushrooms,” he notes. He counts one of his menu items — New Zealand lamb chops encrusted with a fine layer of benne seeds — as having played an unexpected but real role in local Lowcountry cuisine for three centuries. And though it might seem rare for a chef to emphasize fruit, Taimanglo notes that “a real Southern treat” is the South Carolina-grown peach picked at the height of its season.

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To coax the most flavor out of its sweet juicy flesh, he created a glaze that beautifully complements the subtle flavors of locally caught Charleston shrimp. A more exotic fruit has helped Peninsula Grill remain on top of the gastronomic map as well: the restaurant’s coconut cake has become so iconic that it’s now a staple at local wedding receptions. In Mount Pleasant, Water’s Edge is utterly devoid of pretention. It’s not expensive, and its unprepossessing address is on Shrimp Boat Lane. And yet a sophisticated New York publication such as Wine Spectator has had the eatery on its Wine Spectator Award of Excellence list since 2003. That’s partly because its wine cellar To pair with the Water’s Edge fish stew — featuring sausage, okra and corn in a tomato broth — or signature crab cakes, you can have your pick of a sauvignon blanc from Cakebread in Napa, a German Peter Mertes riesling or a pricier Pahlmeyer pinot noir from the Sonoma Coast. And that just scratches the surface of the varied and exceptionally well-curated wine list.

M C C R A DY ’S D E L I V ERS A MORE R A R EF I E D E X PER I EN CE IN ITS 22-S E AT PR I VAT E D I N IN G ROOM, W H ER E A TA S T I N G MEN U H OLDS SWAY. Finally, we have the venerated McCrady name: McCrady’s boasts a AAA Five Diamond award, while McCrady’s Tavern earned a not-too-shabby AAA Four Diamond designation. Truth in advertising regarding the latter: The restaurant reflects its name — a wood- and stone-heavy Colonial-era tavern. McCrady’s, which is graced with the same culinary team led by Chef Jim Stein, delivers a more rarefied experience in its 22-seat private dining room, where a tasting menu holds sway. Horseshoe-shaped counter seating allows diners to see into the open kitchen. Representative dishes include a foie gras tart; duck with pasticcio and onion; and, from pastry chef Katy Keefe, yogurt with African runner peanut and a chocolate dessert with satsuma — a type of Chinese mandarin orange. With a dozen courses, be sure to bring your appetite, as well as your most elevated palate. Likewise, one of the earliest proponents of elevated Lowcountry dining in Charleston’s culinary scene, 82 Queen has been recognized since it opened in 1982 for its majestic interpretation of Lowcountry standards and disarming ambience — complete with a turn-of-the-century courtyard built around an enormous magnolia tree — by publications that include the Charleston City Paper, Wine Spectator and Southern Living, as well as organizations such as Taste of the South. Stop in for the legendary she-crab soup or try what is widely considered one of the tastiest iterations of a Lowcountry favorite: their barbecue shrimp and grits.

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VOTED #1 IN THE SOUTHEAST!

Southern Living Magazine Readers Poll Survey, 9 years. Charleston Post and Courier 2018/19 Voted Best Seafood in Charleston. Readers choice award.

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he local foodways in the Lowcountry boast incredibly deep roots and — thanks to the efforts of some pioneering chefs, farmers and food advocates — they also cast a big shadow. Local dishes are no longer a

specialty to be had when in town. They have been elevated, awarded and celebrated the world over. People who dine in Charleston aren’t looking to try Lowcountry cooking on a whim or for the first time. They are seeking the Holy Grail of a kind of cuisine they have come to admire. So what about the rest of the country? Or the globe? If you’re in town and have a sudden hankering for good Mexican fare, you’re in a safe place. Minero — part of the Neighborhood Dining Group that also lays claim to McCrady’s, McCrady’s Tavern and Husk — offers a casual atmosphere as it serves up dishes inspired by the flavors and culture of Mexico, while utilizing a traditional nixtamalization process to make the corn tortillas that form the basis of most of the dishes there. Located in historic downtown Charleston, Minero can address your need for tacos and margaritas stat. When you are craving sushi, head to Fuji Sushi Bar & Grill, where you can have your fill of signature sushi rolls, including an oyster tempura roll made with tempura oyster, cucumber and avocado. If you are one of the hold outs who is still timid around sushi, the traditional hibachi entrees and combos will not disappoint. The restaurant also features an extensive wine, beer and sake selection. Now, if what you’re seeking is classic fine dining, then make a reservation at Tomasso at Turtle Point, one of the numerous standout restaurants at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. At Tomasso, the ingredients are fresh; the pasta is house made by hand; and the beverage menu includes an inspired list of Old World wines, as well as a delectable house-made Limoncello. Now, that’s amore!


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Taste Makers THE SE A R E THE MA S T ERM IN D S BE H IN D T H E H OLY C IT Y ’ S A C C L A IM E D C U L IN ARY S C ENE.

EXECUTIVE CHEF BRANDON BUCK Tradd’s

CHEF DE CUISINE KYLE BOWLING The Ocean Room

Brandon Buck has been a fixture of the Charleston culinary scene since 1999, when he held the Executive Sous Chef position at Cypress. After long posts as Executive Chef of Middleton Place and Chef at Voysey’s at Kiawah Island, where he worked under Consulting Chef Tom Colicchio, Buck joined the opening team at Tradd’s and became Executive Chef in 2019.

Diners in The Ocean Room will appreciate Chef Bowling’s unshakable commitment to crafting dishes made from locally sourced ingredients and delivering the refined and gracious culinary experience that is a hallmark of this nationally acclaimed premier steak house.

EXECUTIVE CHEF HEYWARD DAVIS Charleston Harbor Fish House

Through his seasonally-driven cuisine at the Charleston Harbor Fish House, Chef Heyward Davis strives to source his ingredients locally and responsibly, showcasing Southern flavors. Davis holds a degree from the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Program and is recognized for his leadership and stewardship in the local Charleston culinary community.

CHEF DE CUISINE BEN DINSMORE Darling Oyster

Chef Ben Dinsmore studied at Johnson & Wales and spent the next 10 years at restaurants in Rhode Island, learning about seafood, while stints in Atlanta fully schooled him on Southern cuisine. His philosophy is: “I love taking fancy, intimidating dishes and making them more approachable, so that anyone will try them. That fuels me.”

OWNER & PITMASTER ANTHONY DIBERNARDO Swig & Swine

Anthony DiBernardo’s résumé includes roles as the Executive Chef at Kiawah Island Resort, Corporate Executive Chef at Mustard Seed, and Operating Partner and Head Chef at Rita’s. When he started his own barbecue catering business, his true passion started to set fire. He opened Swig & Swine BBQ with Queen Street Hospitality Group in 2013.

CHEF EDMOND FLOYD Hyman’s Seafood

Chef Edmond Floyd has been with Hyman’s Seafood since Aaron Hyman brought him on board in 1986. An integral part of the restaurant’s continued success, he runs one of Charleston’s busiest kitchens, one The Atlanta Journal-Constitution describes as, “Definitely tops in town. No fancy sauces or the like, just great food at even better prices.”


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EXECUTIVE CHEF TRAVIS GRIMES Husk

CHEF DE CUISINE WESLEY GRUBBS Minero

This Lowcountry native learned how to make Southern food while working in Charleston. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, he joined Husk’s sister restaurant, McCrady’s, in 2003. With his love for pork, Grimes helped elevate McCrady’s charcuterie program. At Husk, he continues to source local heirloom varieties of meat, vegetables and grains.

A self-taught chef, Wesley Grubbs has worked in some of Charleston’s top restaurants and is the chef de cuisine at Minero. Prior to Minero, he worked the line at Husk, eventually becoming the restaurant’s butcher. To prepare for opening Minero, Grubbs spent many months studying the bold flavors in Latin cuisine and felt he was opened to a whole new world.

CHEF DE CUISINE JEREMY HOLST Jasmine Porch

As a Charleston native, Chef de Cuisine Jeremy Holst comes by his love of Lowcountry cuisine honestly. The Culinary Institute of America graduate expanded his influences as far afield as Lanai, Hawaii, before returning to the South. Chef Holst especially appreciates the bounty of ingredients at his disposal from local farmers, fishermen, shrimpers and crabbers.

CHEF/CO-OWNER QIN JIANG Fuji Sushi

Qin Jiang owns and runs Fuji Sushi with his wife, Jing Guo. The couple owned a construction company prior to entering the food industry and finally opening the first Fuji Sushi restaurant in Mount Pleasant. The early menu featured a few Chinese items, which reflected Jiang and his wife’s heritage, but now focuses exclusively on Japanese-style hibachi and sushi.

EXECUTIVE CHEF DELJUAN MURPHY Fleet Landing

CHEF DE CUISINE JOHN ONDO The Atlantic Room and Ryder Cup Bar at The Ocean Course

Executive Chef Deljuan Murphy has been in the industry for 15 years, 13 of which have been at Fleet Landing, where he started as a sous chef. He is known for well-composed dishes, creativity and a flare for good taste; his ultimate goal is making people happy through food. Chef Deljuan is a mentor at Alston Middle School in Summerville.

This Charleston native honed his skills at some of the city’s finest restaurants before launching inventive Mediterranean restaurant Lana in 2005. Ondo is respected for his honest approach to cooking derived from a reverent insistence on working with fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers and fishermen.

CHEF TIM RICHARDSON Hank’s Seafood

South Carolina native Tim Richardson gravitated to the kitchen as a teenager. He spent several years learning the business at locally owned steak houses, before discovering his niche at Twigs, a restaurant in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. He relocated to Charleston in 2001, where he enrolled in Johnson & Wales University and began mentoring at Hank’s.

EXECUTIVE CHEF STEVE STONE 82 Queen

82 Queen Executive Chef Steve Stone is the epitome of a true Charlestonian. He served as the Executive Chef of 82 Queen from 1991– 2005 before becoming the General Manager and Executive Chef of Boone Hall Farms Market Store and Café. Returning to 82 Queen in 2015, Stone brings his passion for using fresh, local produce to create authentic Lowcountry cuisine.

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EXECUTIVE CHEF JIM STEIN McCrady’s & McCrady’s Tavern

Chef Stein highlights the best ingredients of the Lowcountry with an ever-evolving, local, seasonal menu. Stein graduated with honors from Le Cordon Bleu and began his career in Pittsburgh. He drives the culinary program at both McCrady’s Tavern and McCrady’s, working with purveyors to craft an ever-changing menu that celebrates ingredients in a unique and elevated fashion.

EXECUTIVE CHEF RAMON TAIMANGLO Peninsula Grill

A graduate of Johnson and Wales, Chef Ramon Taimanglo began his career as sous chef under Chef Frank Lee at Slightly North of Broad in Charleston. Lee’s masterful preparation of farm-fresh Southern ingredients using French techniques resonated with Taimanglo, who joined Peninsula Grill as chef de cuisine in 2014 and was appointed co-executive chef in 2016.


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A hidden garden in the heart of the Historic District, exquisite wines, and refined American cuisine launched PENINSULA GRILL on the national dining scene and earned a Best New Restaurant nod from Esquire magazine. Voted Best Restaurant in Charleston for 10 years. Your enchanting evening awaits. D I N N E R S E R V E D N I G H T LY. P E N I N S U L AG R I L L .C O M 112 NORTH MARKET (843) 723-0700


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215 Meeting St. | 843-723-6000 | hymanseafood.com A Hyman establishment since 1890, Hyman’s Seafood is a MUST when visiting the Lowcountry — reviewed by over 30 national publications and voted No. 1 Seafood Restaurant in the Southeast by Southern Living magazine nine years in a row. Enjoy our relaxed atmosphere and menu featuring extensive shellfish selections and eight to 15 different fish selections to choose from daily. Lunch and dinner are served seven days a week from 11 a.m. until….

2 Unity Alley | 843-577-0025 | mccradysrestaurant.com maitred@mccradysrestaurant.com South Carolina’s only AAA Five Diamond restaurant and one of Wine Enthusiast’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants in America. McCrady’s offers a tasting menu only from Executive Chef Jim Stein and Pastry Chef Katy Keefe. The 22-seat space located in historic downtown Charleston features an open kitchen and exceptional hospitality creating an intimate and adventurous dining experience.

153B East Bay St. | 843-789-2241 | minerorestaurant.com Minero is a casual, authentic Mexican eatery located in historic downtown Charleston. Inspired by the flavors and culture of Mexico, Executive Chef Wesley Grubbs offers tacos, wings, burritos, margaritas and fresh tortillas made daily, served in a fun and lively environment. Minero is open Sunday through Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

One Sanctuary Beach Dr., Kiawah Island 800-654-2924 | kiawahdining.com One resort, more than a dozen restaurants, cafés and lounges. Dining on beautiful Kiawah Island is a feast for all the senses! Highlighting chef-driven, locally inspired cuisine, The Kiawah Dining Collection showcases seasonal ingredients from local Lowcountry farmers and fishermen. Indulge in a variety of fare, from fine steaks and freshcaught seafood to favorite Italian dishes and authentic Southern cooking. Enjoy a wonderful meal, great value and stunning island settings. Call for reservations or book online.

2 Unity Alley | 843-577-0025 | mccradystavern.com McCrady’s Tavern is a lively, everyday gathering place, designed with its history in mind. Located in a fourstory Georgian house, the restaurant has been home to outstanding food and beverage since 1778. Featuring a 2-story bar with cocktails and an award-winning wine program, Executive Chef Jim Stein showcases regional ingredients in one of America’s oldest restaurants.

112 North Market St. | 843-723-0700 | peninsulagrill.com Peninsula Grill is nestled at the end of a landscaped brick alley illuminated by carriage lanterns located in the very heart of Charleston’s Historic District. When Peninsula Grill opened, the handsomely appointed dining room and sophisticated interpretations of Southern cuisine set the bar for fine dining in Charleston, and Esquire magazine named it “One of the Best Restaurants in America.” The Mobil Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond Peninsula Grill is part of Planters Inn, the award-winning 64-­room Relais & Châteaux boutique hotel.

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subdued aesthetic of contemporary living, the owners had a keen Marc Camens delivered his major contribution to the project, beyond his years of expertise: a philosophy of organic living. The clean lines were complemented by plenty of glass, limited trim, a shell fireplace and reclaimed wood beams, among other design details, that together allow the interior to flow seamlessly with the surroundings.

“Kiawah is extremely natural,” says Camens. “Living with nature is a hallmark of the area.” Floor-to-ceiling windows, which were both a client request and a challenge within the project, are the functional showpiece that facilitate that ebb and flow with the environment. “When you’re in there, you feel like you’re in touch with the landscape,” continues Camens.

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This emphasis on capturing the essence of life goes beyond providing access to nature from within the home, Camens is inspired by his clients’ everyday habits and lifestyle, trying to capture the “human side” as it relates to architecture and being in touch with the details. For clients who purchased a plot of land graced with breathtaking scenery, a bedroom with a frontrow view of the Lowcountry marsh is the ultimate reward. Visit camensarchitecturalgroup.com for more information.

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and a zinc standing-seam roof. Inside, the home features selections the Hagens were able to choose mostly from the comfort of their home in Charlotte, NC, where they resided during the construction process. They were also able to work closely with Louise and

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Kirsten, who work out of Kingswood Homes’ Charlotte office.

looking at colors and found Determined Orange, we knew that we

“My favorite part of my home is the kitchen and scullery,” says

had found the perfect hue,” recalls Kingswood designer Louise. “It

Kathy. Perfect for entertaining, the space features white marble

perfectly captures the spirit of John and the entire Hagen family!”

countertops from Walker Zanger, custom lights by Urban Electric

Thinking back on building with Kingswood, Kathy notes, “We

and a large (and colorful!) island the whole family can gather

enjoyed the entire process of building a custom home, but if I had

around. Painted in Sherwin Williams’ Determined Orange, the

to choose the best thing about working with Kingswood, it would

island’s bold color is a nod to their son, John, and his battle with

be their attention to detail. They built a home just for us, with

leukemia — the ribbon color for which is orange. “When we were

everything we wanted.” To learn more, visit kingswoodhomes.com.


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njoying the distinction of being the first private residence club on Kiawah Island comes with its perks. After all, at a mere 30 minutes from downtown Charleston, Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences

Southern cake and savoring it by Kiawah’s 10-mile beach in

oceanfront buildings feature breathtaking views of the Atlantic

a fresh, contemporary setting that has set the standard for a

Ocean and include access to the property’s private clubhouse,

new direction on the island. This flexibility extends beyond

valet, temperature-controlled wine storage, kids play room

geographical reach to fractional ownership opportunities for

and a state-of-the-art fitness facility, as well as private beach

those looking for well-curated services and thoughtful amenities

access and an oceanfront pool, bar and grill, among many

in their investment. The 21 residences spread across three

other luxury appointments. The island itself is beloved for its

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impeccably calibrated balance of nature and elegance. The

plenty of first-rate shopping and dining to be had without ever

widely celebrated beach is complemented by 123 acres of

having to leave the island. With two ownership opportunities

parks with ample trails for biking, hiking and wildlife scouting —

and membership in the Timbers Collection, boasting a network

including bottlenose dolphins, river otters, ospreys, white-tailed

of world-renowned travel and lifestyle partners, Timbers Kiawah

deer and loggerhead sea turtles. Nearby, Kiawah Island Golf

invites its residents to take on the ultimate luxury challenge:

Resort is a hub of world-class tennis and golf, and there is also

Dare to dream. For more information, visit timbersresorts.com.


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hen the owners of this beautiful property sought out Anderson Studio of Architecture and Design to build their Kiawah Island home, they needed the kind of guidance that would offer expertise

while listening to their needs. Living in the Midwest with roots in Brooklyn, they had sought out the perfect Lowcountry retreat, complete with stellar views and easy access to the water, as well as all other points of the island, of course. But when it came to the design, both inside and out, fresh and comfortable was the request. The studio worked at making their clean and modernist leanings reflect their unique style, and made the most of a modest

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119 lot, which would have to accommodate enough bedrooms to lure their college-age children for visits, an open living and entertainment space and indoor/outdoor living flexibility, as well as a Brooklyn-inspired stoop. It was a challenge to meet these requests within the space of the lot, while keeping privacy at the forefront and maximizing the views that had been so desired, but the folks at Anderson Studio got to work by going vertical with a traditional layout. The opportunity allowed for incredible enjoyment on a third story, where the best views lie: a rooftop terrace with fire pit, cocktail bar, and library-inspired glass hall connecting other spaces and housing an office and fourth bedroom suite. Who wouldn’t run to spend time with the family in that kind of home? For more information on the architects and interior designers, visit theandersonstudio.com.

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A DV ERTO R I A L

COMMUNITY IS THE LINK TO OUR PAST, THE BRIDGE TO OUR FUTURE

Cross over to the cottages of Clubhouse Village. Just steps from the Cassique Clubhouse with closer-than-ever access to the good life and good friends. Before the first English settlers arrived in

positions all of its living space and bedrooms to

Charleston, and before there was a Lowcountry,

showcase the beautiful marsh views and shared

a clever Kiawah Indian chief held sway over

green space.

pristine land now known as Cassique, a Kiawah

With the addition of St. Andrews, there are

Island Club community. Today, its promise

now six distinct cottage plans in Clubhouse

remains; removed and graceful, with surround-

Village, all carefully sited on 23 homesites. A

ings near the sea in which to live out your

curated selection of renowned architects, in

dreams.

concert with our own design team, has streamlined the

Within this gated community, just steps away from the

construction process to reduce the time typically required

Cassique Clubhouse, you’ll fi nd the cottages of Clubhouse

to complete a fi ne Cassique home. By securing architec-

Village. These all-new construction homes with generous tural design and ARB approvals in advance, your dream outdoor living spaces mingle modern Lowcountry ease with home can be ready in 14 short months. And if you prefer to 19th-century English Arts & Crafts architecture. Clubhouse

build at your own pace, one of the 18th-fairway homesites

Village’s newest plan released this spring, St. Andrews,

reserved for custom-built homes may be an ideal option.

I N T E R E S T E D I N E X PLO R I N G T H E I S L A N D? Swing by a Kiawah Island Real Estate (KIRE) office. We would be pleased to introduce you to our Island neighborhoods. At KIRE, we live and breathe Kiawah: we work on the Island, we play on the Island, and many of us live on the Island. There is no one better to show you all Kiawah has to offer and introduce you to the nuances that make this Island so beautiful. Stop by or call 844.543.4235 and we would be happy to show you around. Our offi ces are located on Island: one just before the Island’s main security gate, one in Freshfi elds Village, and one inside The Sanctuary hotel. We also have an offi ce at 12 Queen Street in Charleston’s historic French Quarter. For more information, visit KiawahIsland.com.

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