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Axe throwing in Kiawah Island SC

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The Most Exciting Live Entertainment Game in South Carolina

If you're looking for an adrenaline-filled, pulse-pounding way to have fun all day, grab an axe and get your throw on at Lumber Jill's! Axe throwing is the newest, most popular live entertainment game in the Lowcountry. It's kind of like darts...but with axes! Axe throwing is great for a few hours of amusement, stress relief, team building, and even corporate events in Kiawah Island, SC. Whether you're looking for a great way to celebrate the weekend or want a new idea for your company event, Lumber Jill's has got you covered.

The Lumber Jill's revolution began after co-owners Jill and Heath spent a date night with friends throwing axes in Charleston. After having so much fun, the entrepreneurial couple quickly realized they could create their own take on axe throwing. Soon after, Lumber Jill's was born!

The name Lumber Jill's isn't just a play on our co-owner's name - it involves a really interesting piece of history too. Across the pond, the Women's Timber Corps "manned" the lumber yards in England while the men were serving in WWII. They affectionately became known as Lumberjills, Britain's answer to Rosie the Riveter. Without these brave ladies, Lumber Jill's wouldn't exist. We would be remiss if we didn't salute them for the example they set!

At the end of the day, we want to provide every one of our guests with an outstanding axe-throwing experience. So, grab your friends, co-workers, family, or favorite people and join us for an axe-throwing party you won't soon forget.

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Axe Throwing Leagues Kiawah Island, SC

Why is Axe Throwing in Kiawah Island, SC So Popular?

Axes haven't been this popular in America since "The Shining" hit theaters way back in 1980!

In cities all around the nation, axe-throwing facilities are popping up left and right as a fun, healthy way for people of all ages to congregate and enjoy a night of friendly competition and stress relief. In the last few years, the sport of axe throwing has exploded - so much so that the World Axe Throwing League was assembled in 2017 to coordinate international axe-throwing competitions. Since that time, many axe-throwing events have popped up on national TV stations like ESPN.

 Axe Throwing Kiawah Island, SC
But why is axe throwing so popular? Here are just a few reasons why Lumber Jill's and axe throwing as a whole is a hit in South Carolina:
stress-relief
Stress Relief

Perhaps the most popular reason folks love axe throwing in Kiawah Island is for stress relief. We've even heard some customers say it's a cheaper form of therapy! In reality, axe tossing gives you a therapeutic release that is hard to replicate. A few hard throws with an axe and your body releases a flood of endorphins, which help increase your energy, improve your mood, and facilitate healthy blood flow. If you have pent-up anger, nothing feels better than chucking a heavy axe at a target. Hitting a bullseye is even better!

exercise
Exercise

Since axe throwing is such an exhilarating activity, many people don't realize that they are exercising their arms, legs, abs, pecs, and even back when they come to Lumber Jill's. Like high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts, axe throwing works several muscle groups at once. These exercises strengthen your core and help define your muscles. When coupled with a healthy diet, regular axe-throwing activities can even help you shed a few pounds.

Corporate Comradery
Corporate Comradery

You might be surprised to hear that axe throwing is one of the most sought-after company event ideas in Kiawah Island, SC. Sure, your colleagues might think it's a little weird to host a corporate meeting at an axe-throwing facility. But once your co-worker hits their target, they'll quickly understand how much fun they can have. Perhaps more importantly, axe tossing is a safe, fun way to conduct trust exercises and build team morale overall.

Unique Way to Have Fun
Unique Way to Have Fun

When you get right down to it, axe throwing is good, clean, healthy fun. Axe throwing helps relieve shoulder tension, while laughing helps engage your body's core. When you throw in an adult beverage or two, laughs become easier and fun flows more freely. You can't help but have the time of your life at Lumber Jill's in the Lowcountry.

Family Fun
Family Fun

Axe throwing isn't reserved only for adults - kids can get in on the fun and excitement too. Our warm, inviting atmosphere inspires people to embrace their inner champion, even if they're under 18. At Lumber Jill's, we can accommodate kids ages 10 and up. Before we pass them an axe, we will evaluate their skill level to ensure their safety. Contact us today for more info on birthday celebrations and whole facility rentals.

At Your Next Corporate Event

Status quote, average, ordinary...these are qualities that no employer would want out of their employees. So, why host a team-building event at a venue with the same characteristics?

If you're on the hunt for corporate event venues in Kiawah Island, SC, you just hit the jackpot. We may be a little biased, but Lumber Jill's is a fantastic corporate event venue for companies looking to try something new.

Axe throwing for corporate events is fun, high-energy, and safe for all your employees. We're talking an adrenaline-filled day with your own private axe-throwing lanes. Get your clients or your team out of the office and give them something to be excited about!

Here are just a few reasons to reserve our facility for your company get together:

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  • No Suit or Tie Required: Feel like taking a casual day? No judgments here! The only thing that matters is that you hit your target (or try your best to do so).
  • No Rain Delays: Unlike some outdoor venues, Lumber Jill's won't delay or cancel your event if it starts raining outside. We're here to make your corporate event more fun, rain or shine.
  • Skill Not Required: Never thrown an axe in your life? Have poor hand-to-eye coordination? Don't sweat it. Our coaches are know how to teach first-timers the positions and techniques they need to have a blast.
  • Large Groups Welcome: Do you have 20 or more people confirmed for your corporate event? We can make room for your whole team! Give us a shout and let us know about your upcoming event. That way, we can block off your desired day so you can have our entire facility to yourself.
  • Safety First: We take safety very seriously at Lumber Jill's. As such, we have implemented several safety rules to protect your team and ensure they have the best time possible.

Birthdays, Celebrations, and Reunions, Oh My!

In addition to our standard reservations, we are happy to offer celebration, corporate, and full facility rental packages. Planning a surprise birthday party for your best friend? Celebrating a life event with that special someone? Looking for a spot for your family reunion? Axe throwing in Kiawah Island, SC is the perfect activity for your group! For the most memorable (or hazy) celebration, don't forget to ask us about alcoholic beverage service and additional lane time.

If you want to spice up your next birthday party or take your bachelorette party to the next level, our celebration package is the perfect fit. This package includes:
  • 2 lanes
  • 1 designated coach
  • 1.5 hours of axe throwing
  • Free shirt for a special guest
  • Table coverings
  • 1 drink for each guest
  • 12 axe throwers
  • 45 total minutes of throwing time
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Please note that our celebration package is designed for customers over the age of 12. Two adults must be present at all times.

Common Questions. Helpful Answers.

We understand that axe throwing isn't your typical date night or even guy's night activity. We get it - you're hurling real axes at a target that is only a few feet away. On the surface, that can sound a little scary. But don't worry, many of our first-time guests have questions about how our process works too.

This is a great question and one that we receive quite often (crazy, right?). Axe throwing at Lumber Jill's is absolutely safe. In fact, safety is our #1 priority and has been since day one. Our knowledgeable axe-throwing coaches are trained to keep a keen eye on every axe thrower, whether they're solo or with a group. If, for ANY REASON our coaches feel like a person shouldn't throw an axe, they will not be permitted to do so. To help keep our facility safe, please refrain from bringing your own axe to Lumber Jill's. The same goes for any other kind of throwable object.
The easiest, fastest way to book your axe-throwing lane is to make your reservation online. Walk-ins are welcomed, but we cannot guarantee that we will have a spot open for you or your party. For inquiries about corporate events, facility rentals, or large celebrations, please contact us directly at (843)-879-3030.
We suggest you wear something that you find comfy and easy to wear for a few hours. Don't wear anything that will restrict your movement. The biggest "no-no" we have in terms of dress code is open-toed shoes, which are not allowed. If you pop in for a last-minute axe-throwing session, and need a pair of shoes, don't fret. We offer shoe rentals for $3 per person.
Unfortunately, we are not permitted to allow outside axes at Lumber Jill's. The same goes for any other object like throwing stars or throwing knives. We've got all you need to have the time of your life, including throwing axes.
Yes, absolutely. We are proud to have a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to keep you cool and hydrated. If you're feeling hangry, don't worry. We have plenty of tasty snacks to munch on if your tummy starts to rumble.

Axe of Kindness

One of the best parts of owning Lumber Jill's is our ability to give back to our local community. We are always on the hunt for new, inventive ways to serve our citizens. That's why, once a month, we host Axe of Kindness night to shine a light on an important organization, charity, or good cause. These exciting events give our customers a compelling way to make a real difference in someone's life.

If you have a donation request or are interested in hosting a fundraiser with Lumber Jill's, send us your info at

aok@throwlumberjills.com.

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Kiawah Island Litter Sweep Yields Mostly Cigarette Butts

By Kurt Steelman for The Island ConnectionOn Saturday, May 21, volunteers gathered at Mingo Point to conduct a litter sweep on Kiawah Island. This sweep was the fifth in a new effort by the Kiawah Conservancy to help maintain clean and safe habitats for wildlife in and around Kiawah. The Conservancy’s litter sweeps are held on the third Saturday of every month from 9-11 a.m.They target high traffic areas like the Kiawah Island Parkway, Beachwalker Park, The Sanctuary, and The Sandcastle. The volunteers were split into fou...

By Kurt Steelman for The Island Connection

On Saturday, May 21, volunteers gathered at Mingo Point to conduct a litter sweep on Kiawah Island. This sweep was the fifth in a new effort by the Kiawah Conservancy to help maintain clean and safe habitats for wildlife in and around Kiawah. The Conservancy’s litter sweeps are held on the third Saturday of every month from 9-11 a.m.

They target high traffic areas like the Kiawah Island Parkway, Beachwalker Park, The Sanctuary, and The Sandcastle. The volunteers were split into four small groups and focused their efforts on the Kiawah Island Parkway between Mingo Point and Freshfields Village. The group of seven collected 1,101 pieces of litter. Since the litter sweeps’ inception in January, volunteers have collected and logged more than 6,800 pieces of litter.

The most abundant litter items are cigarette butts with 323 collected and 2,071 collected over all five sweeps. The high quantity of litter speaks to a larger littering problem than the Conservancy was anticipating. The South Carolina Aquarium is the Conservancy’s partner in this ecosystem clean up effort. Aquarium representatives have helped run each sweep and provided bags, extended grabbers, and visibility vests for volunteers working close to the roads. The Aquarium also helps run litter sweeps in other areas around Charleston such as Folly Beach and the Isle of Palms. At each location, the different types of litter are logged and uploaded to the South Carolina Aquarium’s Citizen Science App (and recorded on anecdata. com) to inform data driven solutions to large-scale pollution. The Kiawah Conservancy is fortunate to have the South Carolina Aquarium as our partner in this effort.

The partnership allows us to keep Kiawah clean and support research efforts at the same time. However, the significance of the partnership can still be enhanced by increased volunteer activity. Over the past five litter sweeps, there has been an average of seven volunteers. These small volunteer groups have proven tenacious and efficient, but they are still limited to certain areas due to their overall low numbers. With more volunteers, the Conservancy and Aquarium would be far more successful in improving the quality of the ecosystems in and around Kiawah Island.

Therefore, the Kiawah Conservancy urges people to come out to the next litter sweep on June 18 and help keep Kiawah clean. The sweep will begin at 9 a.m. at Mingo Point and participants will be eligible for a raffle prize when the sweep ends.

Learn more about litter sweep activities and the Kiawah Conservancy at kiawahconservancy.org or contact our Educational Outreach Specialist, Katie Warner (Katie@kiawahconservancy.org).

Retina expert shares vitrectomy pearls for cataract surgeons

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — Not chasing lens material in the vitreous with a phaco probe, not attempting to use irrigation and not using a lens loop when dealing with a capsule rupture were some of the pearls shared in a presentation here.Steve Charles, MD, offered these and other lessons on what to do and what not to do when performing vitrectomy for capsular rupture during cataract surgery in a presentation at Kiawah Eye.“Lens material has never damaged a retina — surgeons damage retinas,” h...

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — Not chasing lens material in the vitreous with a phaco probe, not attempting to use irrigation and not using a lens loop when dealing with a capsule rupture were some of the pearls shared in a presentation here.

Steve Charles, MD, offered these and other lessons on what to do and what not to do when performing vitrectomy for capsular rupture during cataract surgery in a presentation at Kiawah Eye.

“Lens material has never damaged a retina — surgeons damage retinas,” he said. He advised against chasing after nuclear material in the vitreous.

“Forget about the idea that lens material is going to damage the retina,” he said.

Instead, Charles advocated for using viscoelastic to create a barrier between the capsular defect and the vitreous body.

For lens material dropped into the vitreous, the first actions should be to pause, relax and plan the approach.

“Not all dislocated lens material needs surgery. Cortex can absorb,” he said.

He said he prefers a pars plana posterior vitrectomy approach for removing lens material from the vitreous. The surgeon should have regular experience performing pars plana vitrectomy, and the essential tools include a wide-angle viewing system, an endoilluminator, a vitrector with the highest cutting rate available, at least 5,000 cpm, and a fragmenter instead of a phaco probe. There needs to be good visibility with a clear central cornea and reasonable dilation. Also, he said the phaco wound needs to be sutured to prevent iris prolapse and other issues.

“It is better to infuse through a side port. If you need to add one, always infuse to the side port and never through the phaco wound. This is very important,” Charles said.

He said it is necessary to remove all vitreous before removing any lens material.

In performing anterior vitrectomy, Charles said to never use a cellulose sponge to remove or test any vitreous.

“Lifting to cut and wicking cause marked vitreoretinal traction,” he said.

He also said that the infusion bottle should be set to a low height for lower pressure.

“Do not sweep the wound. This causes marked instantaneous peripheral retinal traction,” he said.

Charles recommended triamcinolone particulate marking.

Cutting requirements are the same for anterior vitrectomy as posterior vitrectomy, and surgeons should use the highest cutting rate possible.

As for the wound construction in pars plana vitrectomy, the best option is a straight-in, wound-sutured construction.

NuScale to Attend Upcoming Investor Conferences

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NuScale Power, LLC (“NuScale” or the “Company”), the industry-leading provider of proprietary and innovative advanced nuclear small modular reactor (“SMR”) technology, today announced that it will attend several upcoming investor conferences during the month of June. NuScale is slated to appear at the virtual Cowen Sustainability and Energy Transition Conference on June 7, followed by the Stifel Cro...

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NuScale Power, LLC (“NuScale” or the “Company”), the industry-leading provider of proprietary and innovative advanced nuclear small modular reactor (“SMR”) technology, today announced that it will attend several upcoming investor conferences during the month of June. NuScale is slated to appear at the virtual Cowen Sustainability and Energy Transition Conference on June 7, followed by the Stifel Cross-Sector Insight Conference, which is in person in Boston on June 8. The Company then plans to attend the UBS Utility and Energy Summit on June 14-15 in Kiawah Island, SC. Following that, NuScale expects to present at the J.P. Morgan Energy, Power, and Renewables Conference in New York City on June 23. Finally, the Company is slated to participate at the Cantor Fitzgerald ESG Technology Conference in Palo Alto California on June 28. The typical format for these events is a formal presentation or fireside chat discussion, combined with one-on-one meetings. To the extent that public webcasting options are offered for the formal presentations, these sessions will be hosted and can be accessed in the “Events & Presentations” section of NuScale’s IR website at https://ir.nuscalepower.com/. Further details about those scheduled public appearances are as follows:

An archived webcast of the public sessions will be accessible from the “Events & Presentations” section of NuScale’s Investor Relations website for on demand viewing at https://ir.nuscalepower.com/.

About NuScale Power

NuScale Power (NYSE: SMR) is poised to meet the diverse energy needs of customers across the world. It has developed small modular reactor (SMR) nuclear technology to supply energy for electrical generation, district heating, desalination, commercial-scale hydrogen production and other process heat applications. The groundbreaking NuScale Power Module™ (NPM), a small, safe pressurized water reactor, can generate 77 megawatts of electricity (MWe) and can be scaled to meet customer needs. NuScale’s 12-module VOYGR™-12 power plant is capable of generating 924 MWe, and NuScale also offers four-module VOYGR-4 (308 MWe) and six-module VOYGR-6 (462 MWe) power plants, as well as other configurations based on customer needs.

Founded in 2007, NuScale is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and has offices in Corvallis, Ore.; Rockville, Md.; Charlotte, N.C.; Richland, Wash.; and London, UK. To learn more, visit NuScale Power's website or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Forward Looking Statements

This release may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “estimate,” “plan,” “project,” “forecast,” “intend,” “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “seek,” “target” or other similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical facts. These forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Actual results may differ materially as a result of a number of factors. Caution must be exercised in relying on these and other forward-looking statements. Due to known and unknown risks, NuScale’s results may differ materially from its expectations and projections. While NuScale may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future NuScale specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing NuScale’s assessments of any date subsequent to the date of this release. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon the forward-looking statements.

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NuScale Investor inquiries: Gary Dvorchak, The Blueshirt Group for NuScale ir@nuscalepower.com

Ranked: 10 Best Beaches In The US, According To Dr. Beach

The best beaches in the US—that’s what everyone is looking for now that summer is finally here. The man with the prescription: Dr. Beach, a.k.a. Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, who is professor and director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University and earned his nickname when he was a professor at the University of Maryland, teaching a course on waves and beaches. Leatherman ...

The best beaches in the US—that’s what everyone is looking for now that summer is finally here. The man with the prescription: Dr. Beach, a.k.a. Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, who is professor and director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University and earned his nickname when he was a professor at the University of Maryland, teaching a course on waves and beaches. Leatherman has been ranking the best beaches in America for more than 30 years, sharing the best Florida beaches, the best beaches in California and more. Every year, the renowned geoscientist and coastal ecologist ranks the top 10 beaches in the US based on 50 criteria, including safety, sand quality, cleanliness and—one of Leatherman’s passion points—a ban on smoking. “I give extra credits to beaches with no smoking,” he says.

This year, Dr. Beach has crowned Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach in North Carolina as the best beach in the US in his annual Best Beaches awards, which is published just in time for Memorial Day Weekend. Ocracoke—often called the pearl of the Outer Banks—is an idyllic island 26 miles off the North Carolina mainland, and the beach is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. “Here you have everything—clean sand and clean water and beach safety, plus it has 16 miles of pristine, undeveloped, beautiful wide sandy beach and huge towering dunes covered with American beach grass,” says Leatherman

Leatherman says that Ocracoke is his favorite getaway beach and that he has come here many times over the years on vacation. “They don’t have any big hotels and chains—it’s all small inns,” says Leatherman. His favorite place to stay is a small hotel called Blackbeard’s Lodge, which is named after the legendary pirate. “This was Blackbeard’s favorite beach, his stomping ground,” says Leatherman. “He was a real party guy and he would bring his spoils here and throw big parties and people here loved him. People say that even though he’s long gone, his spirit lives on in this island.”

Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach is also recognized for its iconic 1823 lighthouse—the nation’s second oldest lighthouse—plus a herd of once wild ponies believed to be descended from Colonial Spanish mustangs. A great eco-friendly way to explore the area is to come here on the Ocracoke Express Passenger Ferry. “I enjoy riding a bicycle or renting a golf cart,” says Leatherman.

Another North Carolina beach also made Dr Beach’s list: The Old Lighthouse Beach at Buxton, which is further north in the Outer Banks. “Both of these beaches are within the national seashore and they have no smoking. I give extra credits to beaches with no smoking,” says Leatherman. “And they have lifeguards. Beach safety is also very important to me. Rip currents are most dangerous thing at beaches.”

So what should someone look for when they’re picking a beach for a summer vacation? “We have hundreds of great beaches in this country and it depends on what you’re interested in. If you want to go surfing, North Carolina’s Old Lighthouse Beach would be the place. If you want to walk, you go to Cape Cod’s Coast Guard Beach,” says Leatherman.

In addition to the top 10 beaches, Leatherman’s website DrBeach.org lists beaches grouped by category—from sporty to wild—plus a hall of fame list of past national winners. (After a beach tops the list, Leatherman retires it to make room for other locations.)

From North Carolina to Florida, here are Dr. Beach’s 10 best beaches for 2022.

The 10 Best Beaches in the US

1. Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach - Outer Banks of North Carolina

Why it made the list: “Ocracoke, once the home of Blackbeard the pirate, is still a special place—it is my favorite getaway beach,” says Leatherman. “Here you will find some of the wildest beaches in the country.

A tip: “Big surf dominates in late summer so families with children may want to come earlier in the year,” says Leatherman. “My personal favorite time to come here is in the fall, when there’s less people and there’s still warm water into late September. It’s really a beach for all seasons.”

2. Caladesi Island State Park - Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida

Why it made the list: “The white beach is composed of crystalline quartz sand, which is soft and cushy at the water’s edge,” says Leatherman.

A tip: “Caladesi is reached by pedestrian ferry boat, private boats or a long walk north from Clearwater Beach; the inlet is closed so Caladesi is no longer a true island, but still a great getaway,” says Leatherman.

3. Coopers Beach - Southampton, New York

Why it made the list: “Coopers Beach is located on the south shore of Long Island, New York, shielded from the cold Labrador currents in the beautiful village of Southampton,” says Leatherman. “Some of the best beach access in the Hamptons exists on Coopers Beach.”

A tip: “A snack bar serving lunch and drinks can be found here,” says Leatherman.

4. St. George Island State Park - Florida Panhandle

Why it made the list: “While St. George Island suffered a big hit in 2018 by Hurricane Michael, the area has substantially recovered, especially the sugary fine, white sand beach,” says Leatherman.

A tip: “There is much to explore on this serene 2,023-acre park,” says Leatherman.

5. Duke Kahanamoku Beach - Oahu, Hawaii

Why it made the list: “Kahanamoku Beach is located on the west end of Waikiki Beach, far from the large crowds elsewhere,” says Leatherman.

A tip: “It is the widest beach on this world-famous stretch of sand and protected by an offshore coral reef, making it a good beach for families with children,” says Leatherman.

6. Lighthouse Beach - Buxton, Outer Banks of North Carolina

Why it made the list: “Lighthouse Beach is where the old spiral-striped Cape Hatteras Lighthouse once stood until it was moved landward in 1999 because of beach erosion,” says Leatherman.

A tip: “This lifeguarded beach is the number one surfing spot on the U.S. Atlantic Coast,” says Leatherman.

7. Coronado Beach - San Diego, California

Why it made the list: “Coronado Beach is the toast of Southern California; it is a veritable oasis by the sea that is hundreds of yards wide,” says Leatherman.

A tip: “The local landmark, Hotel del Coronado, was built over a hundred years ago; kings, sheiks, actors, and actresses have stayed at this iconic hotel,” says Leatherman.

8. Wailea Beach - Maui, Hawaii

Why it made the list: “The white coral sand beach gently slopes offshore and is great for snorkeling when the ocean is calm,” says Leatherman.

A tip: “The swanky hotels are set back far from the beach, providing a beautiful-landscaped park, adorned with tropical vegetation and flowering bushes and trees,” says Leatherman.

9. Beachwalker Park - Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Why it made the list: “South of Charleston, Beachwalker Park is the public beach located on the southern end of Kiawah Island,” says Leatherman.

A tip: “The water is not clear, but it is clean and provides fantastic seafood for low-country cooking,” says Leatherman.

10. Coast Guard Beach - Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Why it made the list: “The picturesque old Coast Guard station still sits atop the glacial bluffs, allowing for a spectacular view of the Nauset Spit barrier system and bay,” says Leatherman.

A tip: “During the summer, beachgoers take quick, refreshing dips in the ocean as water is chilly. In recent years, seals have moved northward from Monomoy Island Wildlife Refuge into the populated beaches, which has attracted great white sharks,” says Leatherman.

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How to Spend 48 Hours on Kiawah Island, SC

From renowned tennis and golf facilities to miles of breathtaking beaches, there's so much to see and do on Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Here's your guide to experiencing it all.Kiawah Island is an upscale destination in South Carolina’s Lowcountry known for its beautiful scenery and residences, and its wide variety of family-friendly activities. Here, we’re sharing our experience with a destination within the destination — the Kiawah Isla...

From renowned tennis and golf facilities to miles of breathtaking beaches, there's so much to see and do on Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Here's your guide to experiencing it all.

Kiawah Island is an upscale destination in South Carolina’s Lowcountry known for its beautiful scenery and residences, and its wide variety of family-friendly activities. Here, we’re sharing our experience with a destination within the destination — the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Don’t let the name fool you. Yes, it’s famous for its golf courses, but there’s so much more to it than that! For some, the draw might be miles of expansive beachfront to explore or quiet marshlands to discover by kayak. Some might prefer to dedicate the weekend to indulging in local food and drink, while others may stick to the area’s renowned tennis or golf facilities, where it’s exciting to play on the same turf as the pros. Here’s a weekend itinerary that allows you to take advantage of it all.

The resort is 33 miles from the Charleston airport and less than that from the historic area of town, so Kiawah’s location makes for a great way to experience relaxing beach time in conjunction with all the charms of Charleston. Kiawah accommodations include the luxurious Sanctuary Hotel, with its 255 rooms on the ocean, and a variety of villas spread out over the property under picturesque live oak trees. You can also rent one of the larger private homes and still enjoy resort privileges by going through Kiawah’s website. Check-in time is mid-afternoon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get there earlier and start exploring.

SB Note: As with many resorts, making reservations well ahead of time for meals and activities is highly recommended.

All 255 rooms at Kiawah’s luxury hotel, The Sanctuary, come with balconies and upscale amenities: Italian linen sheets, a deep soaking tub, and plush robes in the closet. Image: Kiawah Island Golf Resort

The Sanctuary opened in 2004, and the idea was for it to feel like a grand, historic seaside mansion. With that in mind, the furnishings are elegant but not over the top. The expansive lobby offers plenty of places to sit, and almost all rooms possess a view of the Atlantic Ocean. Image: Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Head to one of the bicycle rentals (one at The Sanctuary and another at West Beach Pool Shop), where you can secure a bike — there are plenty of options, including an adult tricycle or bicycle for two — then grab a map and start exploring! Kiawah excels at its easy-to-follow bike paths, and you’ll find 30 miles of trails that wind through wooded areas, over bridges, through neighborhoods, and along golf courses. You’ll likely spot signs pointing to beach access and, by all means, head that way. Kiawah’s vast shoreline is perfect for long walks, but bike-riding on the beach is a big thing here, too!

As beach-goers ponder the pros and cons of the Gulf Coast versus the East Coast, consider this: the firmly packed sand at Kiawah is ideal for bike-riding by the ocean, with plenty of space to avoid running into people. Bikes are easy to rent at Kiawah, and getting around the resort is a breeze with 30 miles of dedicated bike trails (plus the beach). Image: Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Golf courses and bike trails at Kiawah are surrounded by lush, almost other-worldly landscaping, such as this hole on the Cougar Point Course along the marshlands. Image: Kiawah Island Golf Resort/O’Brien

Lowcountry cuisine is the theme at Jasmine Porch, a restaurant at The Sanctuary. It’s a great choice for breakfast, but it’s also a relaxed, delicious option for dinner. Consistent with the hotel’s decor, brick walls and oak floors bring in a bit of Charleston charm, and there are patio tables if the weather cooperates. The restaurant menu boasts fresh-caught choices, but when in doubt, go with the specialty here: shrimp and grits.

On day two of your expedition, get up close and personal with Kiawah’s natural beauty in a kayak. The scenic Mingo Point offers guided and self-guided kayaks through the marshes, where you can observe abundant birdlife and maybe even a dolphin. Kiawah’s Night Heron Nature Center is a big hit with children, but all ages can learn from its displays and educational materials.

Natural beauty is abundant at Kiawah, and the resort loves to help guests get up close and personal with its naturalist programs. Here, a bird-watching naturalist brings his scope and binoculars to view the dozens of bird species on the island. Image: Lisa Mowry

There are two ways to get around the resort other than a car: the aforementioned bicycles and a continuously running shuttle. One way or another, get yourself over to Tomasso at Turtle Point for lunch with an Italian flair. Hand-tossed pizzas and artisan salads are one way to go, but there’s heartier fare, too, such as meatball subs and short-rib grilled cheese.

Next, relax by the pool or splurge on a spa treatment — both excellent ways to spend an afternoon. The Spa at The Sanctuary is one of the reasons the resort received a five-star Forbes rating, so you’ll want to try it out! The spa’s spacious layout includes multiple relaxation rooms, a whirlpool/sauna/steam room, and thoughtful refreshments. In other words, arrive early for your massage or facial treatment to enjoy the whole luxurious experience.

Receiving a treatment at The Spa at The Sanctuary is a well-earned splurge. Make sure to get there early to enjoy a soak in the whirlpool or relax in one of the lounges. Image: Kiawah Island Golf Resort

The Sanctuary’s U-shaped building offers a large lawn with plenty of places to sit and be mesmerized by the ocean. Image: Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Whether or not you’re a golf enthusiast, head over to the famed Ocean Course, the #4 public golf course in the U.S. Even non-golfers will swoon over the rugged, breezy landscape, which is often compared to locations in Scotland and Ireland. And even without a round on the coveted course, visitors can access the clubhouse, including a pro shop and dining area. Grab a drink at the Ryder Cup Bar, with its gorgeous views of the course and ocean. The Atlantic Room next door has a similar ocean setting with signature seafood selections for dinner. All the appetizers look terrific, but don’t miss the crispy shrimp starter with sweet chili sauce — They apparently removed it from the menu one day and received so many complaints that it was back 24 hours later! The Country Captain seafood stew is also well-known, and you can’t go wrong with a catch of the day prepared with seasonal vegetables.

The Ryder Cup Bar, also at the Ocean Course, is a pub-type spot for lunch or a drink. Image: Lisa Mowry

Restaurants are strategically located around the resort, but be sure to visit one of the spots at the Ocean Course (home to all of the significant PGA championships) to feast your eyes on the gorgeous view. The Atlantic Room at the Ocean Course is open nightly for dinner, and you can’t go wrong with the fresh-caught seafood. Image: Kiawah Island Golf Resort

The Atlantic Room’s Seafood Stew is one of the most popular items on the menu, with its array of ocean delights: fresh-caught shrimp, clams, crabs, and Carolina Gold Rice in a special broth. Image: Kiawah Island Golf Resort

If you can spare another day of activities before heading home, start the morning of day three with Yoga on the Beach. Then choose from any number of adventures such as fishing expeditions, tennis lessons, mosaics, or a photography cruise. Of course, there’s also nothing wrong with sitting on the beach, watching the shorebirds do their thing, and dreaming of your next trip to Kiawah. After all, it’s known for its repeat visitors!

For more information on Kiawah Island Golf Resort, head to kiawahresort.com.

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