Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

After a great first day at Kiawah Island for my birthday beach weekend, I was looking forward to a relaxing Day 2. The weather called for rain all day, so I saved my bathing suit for the following day, which was supposed to be beautiful. Who’d have known that I’d actually capture some of my favorite photos of the trip on the rainy day, though?

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

{A preview of that evening}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Sis whipped up a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, and whole wheat pancakes with maple syrup.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

And for one of our meals out, we planned to visit my favorite Kiawah Island restaurant – Jasmine Porch for lunch.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Sis got the shrimp and grits.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Dad got the chickpea salad with grilled salmon. He’s mostly gone vegan but will eat fish once in awhile.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Mom and I got the same thing – Lunch on the Porch with crab cakes sliders, beet salad, and she crab soup. I opted for fries on mine. I actually got this last year, and it was so good, I wanted to enjoy it all over again.

Hubby got the sandwich with mahi mahi, bacon, lettuce, and tomato.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Jasmine Porch surprised me with a free birthday dessert – the chocolate mousse pie! They did something similar last year, and my Instagram photo was one of my favorites of the last trip. I actually ended up printing the photo on a sheet of Instagram photos for my Erin Condren Life Planner, which I placed on my birthday of this year’s calendar.

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That night, we participated in an event at Mingo Point. To be honest, after being in the house relaxing during the rainy day, I wasn’t looking forward to doing something outdoors. We weren’t sure if the rain would hold off, and I hadn’t brought clothes for as cool a day as it was turning out to be. I’m so glad I went, though, because it was one of my favorite experiences of the weekend. Here are some photos from the night:

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

{Sangria}

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After exploring the main area of Mingo Point for a bit, hubby, sis, and I went on a mini boat ride on the marsh. We wanted to go before dinner was served, but that boat was full, so we signed up for the next one. The timing worked out great for us because we got to enjoy the most beautiful sunset and saw a bonus surprise. I took so many photos, in fact, that I’m going to share those photos in a separate post. More photos on that next time!

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Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Back on land, dinner was served.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

They had a huge buffet set up with so many delicious options.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

We had a great meal of roasted pork, mahi mahi, rice, green beans, macaroni and cheese, and more. There was dessert on the buffet and I had a small slice of pecan pie. We thought we were done there, but then we remembered the fire pit from earlier and had to check it out.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Yes – s’mores!

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

We relaxed by the fire pit and just enjoyed the moment. It was very relaxing.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 2}

And we even had a special guest. I think this guy has done this before.

Thank you Jasmine Porch and Mingo Point for a great day of eats and relaxation!

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Thanks for stopping by. Check back next time for photos from the boat ride on the marsh!

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

When my parents first suggested going to Kiawah Island for my birthday weekend, I scoffed at the idea. To me, the beaches near Charleston (Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, etc.) were easier and faster to get to, so why bother driving an extra 30 minutes? Though I love road trips, I don’t like being in the car longer than I need to be. But, when I went to Kiawah Island for my birthday last year, I fell in love with the place. I couldn’t wait to go back, and I took off extra days this year to enjoy the island a little longer.

Last year, we made the mistake of planning to eat out for most of the meals. There aren’t many restaurants at Kiawah Island, and they’re all pretty pricey. Luckily, if you stay in a house or villa with a kitchen and plan ahead, you can enjoy home-cooked meals on the island. My sister took the lead on planning an efficient and delicious set of meals for our entire vacation, and she did a fantastic job. I can’t wait to share photos from the weekend of the beach and the eats!

Here are some photos from the first day. We got a later start than we expected on Thursday, so we only had time to enjoy dinner and head to bed. So, I’ll count Thursday night and all day Friday as “day 1″…

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

Sis planned a light dinner for Thursday of chickpeas over bulgar.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

We had fried plantains for dessert.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

One of my favorite things about Kiawah is the lush scenery. There are tree-covered paths and boardwalks all around. If you stay in the right place, the beach is a short walk away.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

On Friday, we started with fresh-baked zucchini muffins, sausage, and spinach-pepper omelets.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

We lucked out on the weather. It was supposed to rain all day, but we caught some sunshine in the morning. It was just enough to hit up the beach for a couple hours.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

We thought we may be able to use these beach chairs, but they had reserved signs on them. There was plenty of space on the beach to spread out.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

Mine?”

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

For lunch, we had breaded chicken, beans from the garden, and mashed potatoes with vegan gravy.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

Yum!

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

After lunch, sis and I headed out for a bike ride around the island.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

We had pasta for dinner – vegan for dad.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

And sis went above and beyond and baked bread from scratch! She made two loaves of delicious rye bread.

Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Weekend {Day 1}

While dad had vegan pasta with whole wheat noodles, the rest of us had fresh-spaghetti with homemade meatballs.

We were off to a wonderful weekend already! I’ll share the rest of the photos soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

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