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Top 10 Reasons To Spend Autumn On Kiawah

Summer may be the most popular time to visit the South Carolina barrier islands, but Kiawah Island’s sub-tropical climate is perfect for a quieter fall vacation. The heat and humidity have faded, and summer crowds have dispersed, but Kiawah Island’s natural attractions, outdoor recreation, beautiful scenery, abundance of wildlife, and friendly local community welcome visitors to the island year-round. 

Nestled on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, just 25 miles south of Charleston, Kiawah Island is one of the most eco-friendly tourist destinations in the US. Temperatures on Kiawah Island stay in the warm upper 60’s and 70’s well into November and while you may not be topping up your suntan on the sand, it’s the perfect season to switch to island time, get the whole family outdoors, and enjoy a slower pace of life on Kiawah Island.

 1. Beach Days & Bike Rides

The Atlantic Ocean may (or may not) be too chilly but fall visitors to Kiawah Island have easy access to 10-miles of uncrowded, hard-packed sand perfect for beach picnics, building sandcastles, long beachcombing walks, and fun family bike rides along the coastline. Beachwalker Park ranks among some of the best beaches in the world and wherever you stay on Kiawah Island, you’re only a short walk or bike ride away.

 2. Eco-Tours & Excursions

It may be too chilly to get in the water, but the weather is perfect to paddle the Lowcountry waterways and explore the diverse ecosystem of Kiawah Island. Kiawah Island has year-round guided nature programs for every age and ability from kiddie crabbing adventures, fishing charters, and active kayaking excursions to tranquil birdwatching tours and majestic sunset cruises along the Kiawah River.

Pick up a rental and adventure alone from Mingo Point or book a guided tour for an eco-adventure through the saltwater marshes, rivers, creeks and natural splendor of Kiawah without the summer crowds. 

3. Undisturbed Birdlife & Wildlife Viewing

Kiawah Island’s 10 miles of pristine shoreline, 3,000+ acres of tidal salt marshes, and ancient maritime forests are home to over 290 species of birds, 60 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 30+ species of mammals including armadillos, bobcats, raccoons, white-tailed deer, and Kiawah’s famous Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins. 

Whether you’re strolling the shoreline, bike riding the Kiawah Island trails or embarking on an eco-adventure at Night Heron Park you’re highly likely to encounter wildlife during your stay on Kiawah Island. In the fall, visitors to Kiawah can catch the tail end of South Carolina’s sea turtle season, witness the unique phenomenon of dolphin strand feeding at Captain Sam’s Inlet, and ride the bike paths at dawn or dusk for the best wildlife viewing on Kiawah. 

4. Book a Beach & Golf Combo

Kiawah Island is a famous golfing destination, known around the world for incredible championship courses designed (and played) by the biggest names in golf. Spring and fall are the most popular times of year to play golf on Kiawah Island with cooler temperatures, gentle ocean breezes, and tempting late fall golf deals.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort boasts seven award winning courses including five public golf courses – Oak Point by Clyde Johnson, Cougar Point by Gary Player, Turtle Point by Jack Nicklaus, Osprey Point by Tom Fazio and the legendary Ocean Course by Pete Dye. Each course has its own 19th hole clubhouse, driving range, and pro shop or you can up your game with a PGA-certified pro at the Tommy Cuthbert Golf Learning Center at Turtle Point. Be sure to book your Kiawah Island tee times and golf vacation villa well in advance.

5. Family-Friendly Fall Festivals

Skip the bustling boardwalk attractions and opt for old-fashioned finger lickin’, foot-stompin’ family-fun on Kiawah Island this fall. Get lost in a giant corn maze, pick your own pumpkins for jack-o-lantern carving, load up for a family hayride, play in the petting zoo, or even build your own scarecrow. That’s only the beginning! Fabulous feasts, foot stompin’ bluegrass bands, craft fairs, and farmers markets await at Kiawah Island’s authentic Lowcountry fall festivals.  


  • Annual Pumpkin Patch on weekends at Legare Farms on Johns Island


6. Spooky Halloween Celebrations!

It’s the spooky season and there’s Halloween celebrations and haunted happenings all over town! Throw a dress-up Halloween party with friends and family at home, go trick-or-treating around your local neighborhood, take a ghost tour of Charleston (one of the most haunted destinations in the US!), or pick up a Fear Pass to South Carolina’s largest haunted event, Fright Nights at Boone Hall Plantation in nearby Charleston.

7. Tour Charming Charleston

The historic city of Charleston is voted “#1 City in the US” and is situated only 25 miles from Kiawah Island! Take a scenic drive and soak up the autumn scenery, book a city sightseeing tour (on foot, bike, segway, or even by horse-carriage), hop on a harbor cruise, shop ‘til you drop on King Street, and savor a taste of world-class Lowcountry cuisine at Charleston’s hidden foodie gems. Charleston’s fall foodie festivals to note are Charleston Restaurant Week and Charleston Beer Week

For a unique Charleston experience save a spot on your fall vacation itinerary for the Falls Tours of Charleston in October to explore the gardens, private porches, piazzas, and historical architecture of some of Charleston’s finest buildings and homes. Another fall favorite is a leaf peeping adventure at Magnolia Plantation, one of America’s most beautiful gardens. Charming Charleston will capture your heart in fall.

8. Lowcountry Oyster Roasts

Oyster Roasts are one of our favorite Lowcountry traditions and whether you like them steamed, roasted, grilled or fresh from the raw bar, there’s plenty of opportunity to indulge in oysters on Kiawah Island. Oyster season on Kiawah Island kicks off late September and lasts through the fall. 

Make a day of it and throw your own oyster roast at home, snack on chilled oysters on the half shell at the famous waterfront Salty Dog Café or indulge in southern oysters Rockafeller-style at The Atlantic Room, Kiawah Island’s signature seafood restaurant. Plan your fall getaway to Kiawah over Thanksgiving and feast on fresh oysters on the banks of the Kiawah River at the annual Thanksgiving Mingo Point Oyster Roast. It may be the beginning of a new Kiawah Island fall family tradition of your own!

9. Shopping & Spa Days

The fall season is much quieter than summer on Kiawah Island so it’s the perfect time to snag a seat at your favorite restaurant, save on an off-season shopping deal, or find an open time slot to spoil yourself with a pampering spa treatment. Freshfields Village is situated just off the island and is easily accessible on the bike paths for a day of retail therapy and spa treatments, or indulge with luxury shopping and a signature massage at The Spa at the Sanctuary. 

10. Switch to Island Time

It’s easy to switch to island time when you stay with Kiawah Exclusives. We represent a collection of 110+ of the most exclusive vacation rentals on Kiawah Island with quiet retreats on the tranquil Kiawah River, golf villas and homes on the lush fairways, family cottages in the heart of Night Heron Park, and luxury oceanfront homes with all the bells and whistles!

Fall is the perfect season to plan a family vacation or long-term stay on Kiawah Island – escape the cold, work from the beach (if you must!) and live a luxurious Lowcountry lifestyle without the summer crowds! Thinking long-term? Our selection of luxury Kiawah Island monthly rentals are available from mid-October to mid-March for an extended stay.

Top 10 Things To Do On Kiawah Island This Summer

Summer is the season of family vacations, flip flops and ice cream, lazy days on the beach, and outdoor adventures the whole tribe can enjoy together. The ultimate summer vacation awaits on Kiawah Island, a breathtaking barrier island and nature conservancy on the South Carolina coastline, worlds away from the hustle and bustle of city living, yet only 25 miles from the charming and historic City of Charleston. 

Ranking #2 on Travel+Leisure “Top 15 Islands in the Continental US” (second only to Hilton Head Island), Kiawah Island is a world-class vacation destination with miles of pristine natural beaches, tranquil Lowcountry landscapes, and luxury resort living in harmony with nature. 

Summer is the most popular season on Kiawah Island, a season of fun and festivities, so start planning soon! Here’s our Top 10 things to do on Kiawah Island this summer.

1. Fun & Sun at Beachwalker Park

Kiawah Island’s award-winning Beachwalker Park is ranked among the best in the world, and consistently voted the most beautiful beach on the South Carolina coastline. Stretching 10-miles along the Atlantic Coastline, Beachwalker Park is a haven for nature lovers and beach-goers with wide golden beaches, clean, calm and warm waters (often above 80oF), and fewer crowds than most US summer beach destinations.

There’s no need to organize the kids and extra beach gear! Beachwalker Park boasts amazing amenities for a family beach day with stands for snacks and drinks, beach gear rentals, and even games for endless fun in the sun. Take long beach walks or bike rides along the tideline, build sandcastles, beachcomb for sand dollars, take dips in the tidal pools, learn to surf together as a family, and spot wildlife right from the beach.

It’s not uncommon for beach-goers to see deer grazing in the dunes, dolphins frolicking in the ocean, shorebirds wading in the sand, and loggerhead sea turtles nesting in the lower dunes. May through October is hatching season for Kiawah Island’s loggerhead sea turtles. If you’re in the right place, at the time of hatching, you may even experience hundreds of tiny sea turtles taking their first steps to the ocean. Book an oceanfront rental for front row seats or share a unique turtle experience with Kiawah Island’s Turtle Patrol

Wherever you stay on Kiawah Island, you’re only a bike ride away from a boardwalk to Beachwalker Park.

2. Eco-Adventures at Night Heron Park

The Nature Center at Night Heron Park is your one-stop shop for outdoor adventures on Kiawah Island. The Nature Center has amazing interactive exhibits to learn about the local wildlife and nature conservation on Kiawah and offers an enticing calendar of events and choice of eco-tours, cruises and charters for every age and adventure level.

Take a walking tour along the shaded nature trails within Night Heron Park with an expert birdwatcher or naturalist, kayak, SUP or cruise the creeks in search of our friendly pod of local dolphins or join a tournament-winning captain on a Lowcountry fishing charter. If you prefer to adventure alone, the Nature Center has paddleboard and kayak board rentals with a public launch point at Mingo Point. The options for eco-adventures on Kiawah Island are endless!

In addition to endless eco-adventures, Night Heron Park is the epicenter of family fun. Night Heron Park features a soccer field, basketball and volleyball courts, a 9-hole disc golf course, archery lessons, extreme laser tag, creative programs at Turtle’s Nest Art Studio, and plenty of space for free play. The kids will need no convincing to head to summer camp on Kiawah Island! There’s Kamp Kiawah for the little ones (ages 5-7) and Camp Xtreme for older kids (ages 8-15) with age-appropriate adventures, activities and unique Kiawah Island experiences, both under the close supervision of highly devoted and trained counselors.  

Our selection of Night Heron Cottages place you in the heart of the adventure, activities, and action on Kiawah Island for a summer of fun right on your doorstep!

 3. Bike the Kiawah Island Tideline & Trails

Kiawah Island is a vacation destination where you can park your car and forget it, a bonus with current gas prices! Not only is cycling the best way to save money, avoid the summer traffic, and park with ease – biking is the best way to explore the diverse ecosystems, encounter our local wildlife, and take scenic stops at natural attractions along the trail.

Guests on Kiawah Island have 10-miles of hard-packed sands for beach cruises along the tideline and 30-miles of interconnected, paved and flat trails weaving through the neighborhoods of Kiawah Island. You can ride everywhere on Kiawah Island – from East Beach to Vanderhorst Plantation, up to Freshfields Village, and even onto Bohicket Marina (a favorite spot for an island sunset!). 

Surfscooter Bike Rentals have been getting our guests on the Kiawah bike trails for over 20 years. Surfscooter offers quality rentals for the whole family including bike seats & burley seats for the little ones and tag-a-longs for a tandem ride, free delivery to your vacation home, and discounted rates for Kiawah Exclusives guests.

 4. World-Class Golf & Tennis

The prestigious Kiawah Island Golf Resort boasts five public 18-hole championship golf courses: Cougar Point by Gary Player in West Beach, Turtle Point by Jack Nicklaus in East Beach, Oak Point by Clyde Johnson on the Kiawah River, Osprey Point by Tom Fazio, and the fearsome and famous Ocean Course by Pete Dye in Vanderhorst Plantation. The Ocean Course is the most famous of Kiawah Island’s five championship courses with stunning stretches of oceanside golf, the most oceanside holes in the Northern Hemisphere, and the 19th hole Ryder Cup Bar to round-off the day.

From teeing off on oceanfront holes to world-class tennis under the towering palmettos, palms and scented oleanders. Kiawah Island is voted the No. 1 Tennis Resort in the World with award-winning tennis and pickleball facilities and professional instruction for guests at the Roy Barth Tennis Center near The Sanctuary in East Beach.  

Ranked the “Best Golf Destination” for 2021 by Global Traveler and “No. 1 Tennis Resort in the World” so start planning your sports activities and summer vacation home on Kiawah Island today!

5. Socialize & Shop at Freshfields Village

Freshfields Village is situated between Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island, accessible both by road and along the Kiawah Island bike paths. In the summer months, Freshfields Village comes alive with locals and tourists socializing on the village green, feel-good shopping at the farmers market and open-air stores, and wining and dining on summer patios.

There’s always something fun on the events calendar in the summertime at Freshfields. Classic cars and collectibles at Cars & Coffee, weekly farmers markets, wine tastings and dinners, and live jazz weekly at the Porch Bar overlooking Andell Lake.

6. Music on the Green

Music on the Green is a not to be missed Kiawah Island summer tradition! Every Friday night from 6pm to 9pm the Village Green at Freshfield Village hosts the Music on the Green Concert Series, a free, family-friendly event with everything from laid back country and jazz to old time rock n’ roll for the whole family to get their dance moves on. We hope to see you on the dance floor this summer on Kiawah Island!

7. Mingo Point Oyster Roast & BBQ

Speaking of summer traditions, the Mingo Point Oyster Roast & BBQ is Kiawah Island’s longest running tradition, and another unique Kiawah Island experience for the vacation itinerary! Spend an evening at Mingo Point on the banks of the Kiawah River, roasting succulent oysters over an open fire, BBQing traditional Lowcountry feasts, dancing the night away to live music, and filling your camera roll with the most spectacular shots of a Kiawah Island sunset. The Mingo Point Oyster Roast is an occasion for the whole family and one you’ll never forget.

8. Sunrise Yoga & Spa Days

Every vacation deserves a little me-time and there’s no better place to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul than at the Forbes 5-Star Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island. Known for its luxury Southern-inspired facilities and treatments, guests can choose from a sunrise yoga class on the beach to rejuvenating single spa treatments or exclusive full day pamper packages.

Elevate your experience at The Sanctuary Hotel with an evening of fine dining at Jasmine Porch or the Ocean Room, Kiawah Island’s premier steakhouse, followed by specialty southern cocktails and the smooth sounds of southern jazz in The Lobby Bar. Indulge, you deserve it!

9. A Day-Trip to Charleston

Kiawah Island is only 25 miles from the charming city of Charleston, a bucket-list destination for a day trip. The best way to experience Charleston in a day is on a guided sightseeing tour. Whether your travel style is a cruise around the harbor, zipping through the streets on a segway, or stepping back in time on a horse-drawn carriage ride through Charleston, you’ll find a tour perfect for your travel tribe. The Charleston Pirate Adventure Cruise is a favorite for swashbuckling adventures with the kids. 

10. Stay with Kiawah Exclusives

Live the Lowcountry lifestyle this summer with Kiawah Exclusives collection of island condos, cottages, villas and luxury private homes. Take leisurely strolls to miles of beautiful beaches, birdwatch with afternoon tea from the front porch, bike to the summer events, and watch a perfect island sunset from home.

Whether you’re seeking affordable luxury or booking a bucket-list luxury vacation to Kiawah Island, you’ll find an idyllic summer escape on Kiawah Island with Kiawah Exclusives that ticks all the boxes, and more!

7 Scenic Spots to Sip a Cocktail on Kiawah Island

Looking for a place to enjoy a crisp cocktail? Dress up and slip into a seat for a classy beverage at the five-star Sanctuary Hotel or head straight from the beach in flip flops for live music and laid back island vibes on the waterfront – you can have it all while vacationing on Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island has no shortage of scenic spots to sip a cocktail, craft beer, or ice cold chardonnay – all boasting pristine coastal views, salty ocean breezes, and the warm southern charm and hospitality of the South Carolina sea islands. Whether you’re looking for a romantic setting to grab a cocktail before dinner or biking and bar hopping on the island, check out our favorite scenic spots to sip a cocktail on Kiawah Island.  

Where To Have a cocktail on kiawah island?

The Lobby Bar

Address: Sanctuary Hotel, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island 

Phone: (843) 768 6301 

Hours: Open Daily – 2 PM to 11 PM Live Music: Live Piano on Friday & Saturday from  7 PM to 10 PM

Surrounded by southern elegance and Lowcountry charm, you’ll be sipping specialty cocktails in style at the intimate Lobby Bar, located in Kiawah Island’s award-winning Sanctuary Hotel. Despite being drenched in southern elegance, The Sanctuary Lobby Bar is anything but snobby and offers a romantic and relaxing “resort casual” environment with indoor and outdoor seating to share a cocktail, or two! The food menu is light with a choice of charcuterie and cheese plates, shrimp cocktail, Pimento Cheese Dip, and a small selection of desserts – because here at The Lobby Bar, the focus is on signature cocktails and South Carolina craft beers. 

The Lobby Bar is known for its signature “Walk & Talk” and “Sit & Sip” cocktails with classic combos of top-shelf spirits and flavorful fruit or coconut fat-washed infusions. They also offer a selection of wines by the glass and bottle, craft beers from local SC breweries, spirits & mixers, and mocktails or “nearly beer” (less than 0.5% alcohol) for non-drinkers. Friday and Saturday evenings come with a side of soothing piano music from 7 PM to 10 PM. 

Local Tip: Round off your cocktail with casual dining at the Sanctuary’s Lowcountry Jasmine Porch or fine dining at the Ocean Room, Kiawah Island’s Forbes Five-Star rated signature steakhouse with gorgeous ocean views if you reserve before sunset! Dinner reservations may be made by contacting the concierge at (877) 683-1234. And, you can always return to the Lobby Bar for a nightcap!

Salty Dog Café

Address: Bohicket Marina Market, 1882 Andell Bluff Blvd, Johns Island 

Phone: (843) 952 7335 Hours: Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner – 11 AM to 10 PM

A signature cocktail at the iconic Salty Dog Café on the Bohicket Marina waterfront is a must-do during your stay on Kiawah Island. Your cocktail comes complete with breathtaking views of the Lowcountry creek, waterfront firepits, live weekend music, and magical sunsets casting shadows over the boats bobbing in the marina. If you’re dreaming of relaxing dolphin watching with southern-style seafood from the docks and a cocktail in hand, this is the spot! 

The Salty Dog Café spans two stories with an indoor bar area and big screen TVs, a wraparound waterfront patio and upper-level deck for alfresco sunset cocktails, and a lawn area with Adirondack chairs to watch the boats (and dolphins) cruise by. It’s casual and kid-friendly with a laid-back island vibe. Sip on signature Salty Dog draughts brewed locally or pick a handcrafted cocktail from a local Charleston distillery. Seating is on a first come, first served basis! Local Tip: Salty Dog Café has happy hour every day from 4 PM to 7 PM. Gather up your friends and family and get down to Bohicket Marina for the most legendary waterfront dining experience in the Lowcountry.

Ryder Cup Bar

Address: Ocean Couse Clubhouse, Kiawah Island 

Phone: (843) 266 4085 Hours: Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner – 11 AM to 9 PM

Overlooking the 18th hole of the world-famous PGA Ocean Course and the calm Atlantic Ocean beyond, the setting of the Ryder Cup Bar is simply sublime! The Ryder Cup Bar is not only for golfers and families are welcome, making it a perfect option for cocktails with the kids. Order some share plates, sand “wedges’, or a hearty entrée from the modern pub menu, set the kids up with some finger food to keep them smiling, and settle in for cocktail hour with the most iconic view on Kiawah Island

Whether you’re celebrating a round of golf, or simply soaking up the view, a 19th Hole Cocktail is a must! Or perhaps you started your golf round with an Ocean Course Bloody Mary? The cocktail selection is interesting with options like spicy Gator Bites with green chili vodka, and Sweet Tea Mojitos, or choose from a selection of wines by the glass and bottle, domestic and international beers, or an American Pale Ale brewed locally at Low Tide Brewing on Johns Island. The Ryder Cup Bar operates on a first come first serve basis and does not require reservations. Local Tip: The Ryder Cup Bar boasts the BEST sunset views on Kiawah Island from the classic Lowcountry verandah. Enjoy front row seats to a spectacular sunset and follow it up with ocean to table fine dining at the Atlantic Room, Kiawah Island’s signature seafood restaurant. Call (843) 266-4085 for reservations.

Porch Bar & Grill

Address: Freshfields Village, 300 Farm Lake View Rd, Kiawah Island 

Phone: (843) 793 6050 

Hours: Open Daily – 4 PM to Close Live Music: Live Jazz Thursday from 6 PM to 8 PM

The Porch Bar at Freshfields Village is perfect for date night or a gathering of friends. The interiors are elegant and inviting with plush lounge seating and accent chairs surrounding a soaring stone fireplace, elegant chandeliers draping from the ceilings, long tables for large groups, intimate spaces that allow for romance, and a vibrant atmosphere that attracts a bevy of locals and visitors to Kiawah and Seabrook Island. The outdoor porch seating offers the perfect perch for sunset cocktails with views over Freshfields Village Andell Lake. 

The Porch Bar only offers light fare with a small choice of cheeses, chicken sliders, and gourmet flatbreads to pair with upscale handcrafted cocktails like the Charleston Nippitaty (local organic gin, cucumber, and crackled black pepper), the Kiawah Sparkler (Bombay Sapphire, Chambord, prosecco, and lemon) or the Seabrook Manhattan (rye whiskey, black walnut, and brandied cherries). Classic Lowcountry cocktails that may have you returning for a second serving, with some light jazz! Local Tip: Looking for live music on Kiawah Island? Every Thursday night, The Porch Bar entertains patrons with the soul-stirring sounds of live jazz from 6 PM to 8 PM.

Cantina 76 

Address: Freshfields Village, 219 Farm Lake View Rd, Kiawah Island 

Phone: (843) 737 4607 

Hours: Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner

Sunday to Thursday – 12 PM to 9 PM         Friday & Saturday – 12 PM to 10 PM

For mouthwatering hand-crafted margaritas and imaginative Mexican-inspired cuisine in a casual setting, head to Cantina 76 situated next to The Porch Bar in Freshfields Village. In fact, from here on you can even do a little happy hour hopping! This family-owned taqueria and bar is casual and upbeat with a vibey indoor dining area and an outdoor patio overlooking Andell Lake to gather with friends, family, or your four-legged fur babies!   

Whether you’re after a quick cocktail or a night out on the town, Cantina 76 hits the spot! The Mexican-inspired menu includes a selection of starters, share plates, and entrees made in house daily, and all types of tequila for handcrafted and made-to-order margaritas – you can even order a skinny margarita without the calories! If you’re starting early, check out their selection of brunch drinks including mimosas and bloody marys. 

Local Tip: From September through March, Cantina 76 has weekday happy hour specials from 4 PM to 7 PM – half price off house margaritas, $2 for Tecate & PBR cans, $2.50 for domestic and imported beers, $3 for craft beers, sangria, and house liquors, and $4 for house wines!

King Street Grille

Address: Freshfields Village, 679 Freshfields Dr, Kiawah Island 

Phone: (843) 768 5444 Hours: Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner – 11 AM to 10 PM

Voted “Best Sports Bar” for 7 years running, the award-winning King Street Grille in Freshfields Village is an upscale neighborhood sports bar with “great food, great beer, great atmosphere” and an epic daily happy hour (4 PM to 7 PM) if you’re 21+ and seated at the bar! It’s located across from Cantina 76 so you can even pick your vibe for a lakeside cocktail! 

The King Street Grille has a classic indoor sports bar area with multiple big screen TVs and a pet-friendly patio overlooking Andell Lake for alfresco cocktail vibes. Snack on scratch-made menu items or indulge in a hearty homestyle meal while savoring King Street Grille’s selection of creative and colorful cocktails that’ll savor your sweet tooth, or deliver a kick. 

Local Tip: Freshfields Village is super pet-friendly with many dog-friendly patios, including King Street Grille! If you’re looking for pet-friendly vacation rentals, you’ll find the pawfect home for Fido in our selection of pet-friendly homes on neighboring Seabrook Island – where the beaches are dog friendly year round too!

FortyEight – Wine Bar & Kitchen

Address: Freshfields Village, 547 Freshfields Dr, Kiawah Island 

Phone: (843) 768 2245 

Hours: Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner

Monday to Saturday – 11 AM to 9:30 PM         Sunday – 12 PM to 9:30 PM

While sipping your way through Freshfields Village, wine lovers must make a stop for a unique sommelier experience at FortyEight Wine Bar + Kitchen. Why FortyEight? Here you’ll find 48 wines available by the glass, 48 local craft beers, 48 fabulous food options, and a seasonal cocktail list of old-school classics and innovative specialties. 

The Wine Bar operates on an innovative smartcard system, that you can reload as you taste! Choose from 48 wines from around the world with three tasting sizes (1 oz, 3 oz, or 6 oz), and an expert sommelier team on hand to guide you. All wines are available to purchase by the bottle to take home. Kitchen classics to pair range from share plates, soups, salads, sandwiches, and mix-and-match charcuterie boards to flatbreads and entrees, including their famous Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and Filet Mignon! 

Local Tip: Take your local wine tasting experience to the next level by reserving a spot at one of FortyEight’s exclusive wine pairing dinners featuring award-winning wineries and exceptional cuisine.

You can serve it shaken or stirred when you stay with Kiawah Exclusives! Sip cocktails oceanfront at Beachwalker Park or perhaps poolside overlooking the lush fairways, tranquil lagoons, ancient maritime forests, and natural seclusion Kiawah Island is known for.