Hi friends! Here’s the first part of my annual birthday beach trip to Kiawah Island in South Carolina. Be sure to check out the video – it’s long, but it’s basically three vlogs combined into a single video.

*VIDEO* My Kiawah Island Birthday Beach Trip (Part 1 of 2)

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Traveling to Kiawah Island, SC

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

On Thursday, I flew from NYC to Charleston, SC. The Charleston airport is so cute, and I love how not-busy it is. Life is so much more relaxing in SC…even the airports!

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

When I see this tree-lined road, I know I’m getting close to Kiawah. Kiawah Island about 45 minutes from the airport.

Dinner at La Tele Pizzeria

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

The island had just re-opened after the storm. We were told only 12 other people checked in when we did. I wasn’t sure if any restaurants would be open, but luckily La Tele Pizzeria was open.

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

This restaurant is located at Fresh Fields. I love them because they source locally, and they have really fresh ingredients. This beet salad (shared with dad) was really good.

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

And then mom and I shared this basil pizza with homemade mozzarella! Delish!

Easing Into Kiawah

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

After stopping at the grocery store, I found this organic Kiawah blend by Charleston Coffee Roasters. Though I don’t normally do dark roast, I had to opt for this because of the name. It was very smooth, and I actually liked it quite a bit.

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

Mom cooked me breakfast. Aww. I had an everything bagel toasted with butter, a fluffy fried egg, some cotton candy grapes, and tomatos from the parent’s garden. Plus coffee, of course.

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

Dad and I walked over to The Sanctuary. There’s a full walk-through in the above video if you’d like to see what it’s like. It’s very pretty!

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

There it is!

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

After visiting some of the shops (dad loves the art gallery!), we went back to La Tele Pizzeria for a quick lunch.

Dad and I shared another beet salad, and then mom and I shared chicken parmesan. This is half! It was very filling!

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

Sadly, many of the boardwalks were damaged, if not destroyed, during the storm. They were saying things could have been much worse. The erosion of the dunes seemed pretty significant in some areas. But they were lucky that they didn’t have a direct hit by the storm. With so many parts of the world having life-threatening conditions, Kiawah really was lucky.

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

After doing a walk on the beach for a cardio warm-up, I did some quick toning exercises to keep up with my 30 Day No Crunch Ab Challenge.

I normally don’t workout during vacations, so the challenge did a good job keeping me active this time. And you know what – I really enjoyed the workouts! Especially the ones in part 2 of this trip recap. You’ll see…

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

Sis and Justin arrived after lunch. They brought a ton of stuff, including a whole KitchenAide! Which they used to make homemade pretzels. Yummm!

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

Sis whipped up a batch of dad’s shrimp. I recorded a video of this, but it was really loud in the kitchen, so we’ll see if it’s worth sharing. I have to review the clips more still to see.

Beach Day!

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

I loved looking outside the window of the villa every morning and seeing the beautiful beach.

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

For breakfast, I enjoyed another of mom’s fluffy fried eggs. This time I opted for a blueberry bagel. Can you tell we had a ton of these with us? They freeze really well, so that’s how we had so many.

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

The weather was really nice, and we enjoyed some QT at the beach.

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

Mom and me.

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

For lunch, Sis and Justin whipped up burgers with baked Japanese sweet potato fries.

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

And we even had lunch-dessert: apple crisp with ice cream. Yum!

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

For dinner, Justin whipped up a batch of his famous homemade pasta. He let me pick the pasta machine setting, and I opted for bucatini, which is like a hollow spaghetti.

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

For dinner, I was tasked with making the entree. It was sort of like a cooking show – I had some ingredients but no recipe. I made a quick chicken saute with white wine and garlic.

Kiawah Birthday Trip 2017 (Days 1-3): Beach Day/Workout, What I Eat in a Day, The Sanctuary

And to end the day, Sis and Justin served panna cotta they had prepped the night before. Sis made a fresh strawberry sauce to go with the dessert, which was perfect.

What a delicious and fun day!

More Kiawah Posts

Click here for Part 2 of my Kiawah birthday vacation!

Click here for my Kiawah trip 2016 recap.

Thanks for reading and watching!