Saturday, May 7, 2016

Escape to The Sanctuary

When I first heard about Kiawah Island (which is in South Carolina, near Charleston), I thought the name sounded Hawaiian almost.  I was intrigued and wanted to learn more about the island. Turns out the name comes from the Kiawah Indians and dates back to the 1600's.  One of my favorite things about being on the East Coast has been being able to explore and check out places with so much rich history.  Things don't quite date back as far as they do in Europe, but history seems to go several more hundred years back on the East Coast as opposed to the West, which makes sense. But living on the West Coast and in Hawaii for so long, you kind of forget about these things. 

On another note, you probably know that Jake is really into golf.  So, when I discovered The Sanctuary Hotel which is a golf resort on Kiawah Island, I knew we had to plan a weekend getaway to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and get some relaxation time in.  So that is just what we did.

A few snaps from Charleston on the way there... 

We arrived at the beginning of a long, somewhat rainy and stormy weekend which isn't the best for golfing.  But, after several rain delays, Jake was able to golf just a few hours later than originally planned. I went to the spa and got a southern classic massage -- my first time ever going to a hotel spa! -- it was heavenly and amazing and I was super relaxed. We decided that I would ride along on the back 9 holes so I could see the Ocean Course which is right on the coast, surrounded by huge homes and lush scenery.  It worked out perfectly, as it began to thunder right at the end of the 18th hole. We then had dinner and watched the Sunset at one of the hotel restaurants, overlooking the 18th hole. My first 'golfing experience', if you can call it that was pretty fun. I got to drive the cart and I saw an alligator! So, all in all, it was a great trip.  We also stopped in Charleston on the way there and back, because... I am completely obsessed with that little town. I think if we weren't moving to California, I would want to move to Charleston.   Honestly, the history, architecture and food are enough to just blow your mind.  I am hoping to make at least one more visit before we head out West. and yes, people on the East coast really do say 'out West'.