On the Island | Kiawah Day 1

We arrived in Charleston on Sunday. Our plans? Have a bit of lunch with one of my mum’s colleagues and tour a few of the art galleries in the French quarter.

The first gallery that we stopped at was the Atelier Gallery on King St. From the moment we walked in we were very impressed with this gallery and wondered how we hadn’t stumbled upon it on our last trip to Charleston. The gallery is laid out over two floors and you can either take the stairs up to the second level or take the elevator.

Hummingbirds.
Hummingbirds.

I absolutely love hummingbirds, they’re so delicate…. plus they won’t wake you up early in the morning. The trees by my bedroom window really do come alive with the sound of many unique bird calls during a certain time of year. Natures alarm clock that can’t be reset!

Birdhouses in the sky.
Birdhouses in the sky.

The three pictures below are actually part of one pointing, but I thought capturing each action separately made it even more unique. Don’t you?

We really enjoyed both floors of the Atelier Gallery on King St.
We really enjoyed both floors of the Atelier Gallery on King St.

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Florals amongst the art.
Florals amongst the art.

We also visited the Principle Gallery that we enjoyed so much on our last trip into Charleston. They have paintings by my mum’s favorite artist, Karen Hollingsworth among others.

I love this piece by artist Michele Kortbawi
I love this piece by artist Michele Kortbawi @ The Principle Gallery
Sunflowers...
Sunflowers…
Look close for the interesting details in this one...
Look close for the interesting details in this one…

Before heading to lunch, we stopped off at the shop (Noddy) which was  next to our lunch destination as we spied several Josh Brown paintings through the open door.

This guy is somewhat familiar... We saw a similar painting @ The Shain.
This guy is somewhat familiar… We saw a similar painting @ The Shain.
This bag intrigued me.
This bag intrigued me.

Off to 82 Queen for lunch…

82 Queen
82 Queen

My mums colleague (owner of the Needlepoint shop, Cabbage Row) met up with us at 82 Queen. We’d never been before, but it came highly recommended.

Lowcountry Omelet for me.
Lowcountry Omelet for me.

This was the first ever omelet that I had with Shrimp (I’ve had them with Crab before, and I actually liked the Shrimp better with this one. It was so fresh and firm. Yum!)

Mum and Jane (my sister) both had the Tomato Pie with side salad. My sister thought the Tomato Pie tasted similar to spaghetti with the consistency of a quiche.

(For more about 82 Queen and my review on this Charleston eatery, you’ll have to say tuned to my foodie blog here.)

After lunch we drove to through Johns Island to Kiawah Island to get checked in at The Sanctuary. It was somewhere we’d always wanted to stay, and what better way to spend it then for a birthday celebration for your mum?

via the web
via the web
Waiting for the call that our room was ready...
Waiting for the call that our room was ready…
Shell display in the lobby.
Shell display in the lobby.

We also walked outside onto the lawn overlooking the ocean while we were waiting and had the opportunity to see plenty of seagulls and pelicans. Our first day was the coolest out of all three days, and I was very glad we chose to come here in the spring versus the summer. Southern humidity is no joke.

The room...
The room…
Bath... yes that's me in the mirror.
Bath… yes that’s me in the mirror.
Toiletries...
Toiletries…
One of the views from our balcony...
One of the views from our balcony…

We got settled into the room and looked around a bit before heading back out for dinner at The Wild Olive. We’d gone there on our last trip where we’d stayed in Charleston and we fell in love with it.

Wild Olive | Johns Island
Wild Olive | Johns Island
Chicken Parmesan with 'grown up' Mac n Cheese for the birthday girl (mum.)
Chicken Parmesan with ‘grown up’ Mac n Cheese for the birthday girl (mum.)
After working with our waiter and the chef we finally found a dairy free combo for me. Gnocchi with Marinara for me...
After working with our waiter and the chef we finally found a dairy free combo for me. Gnocchi with Marinara for me…
For Jane... Fusilli Pasta with snap peas, grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, scallions etc.
For Jane… Fusilli Pasta with snap peas, grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, scallions etc.

(Note: If you have issues with Dairy or other food allergies they are willing to work with you. A definitely plus in my book.)

After we got back to the hotel we planned on spending awhile in the pool, but we’d only been in for a minute before the guard came by announcing the pool was closing… but we knew we’d have plenty of time to check out at least one of the three pools on our spa day.

Stay tuned!

~theavidpen

Note: All pictures in the post were taken by me unless otherwise noted.

2 Comments

  • Reply Melinda May 5, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Can I have that hummingbird painting please? 🙂

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