So this house is home base for me until Sunday, over dinner we nicknamed it Gosling Manor.
It’s the biggest house I’ve ever been in, and I was convinced houses don’t come bigger than this house until we went to the beach and saw this house:
I’m on Kiawah Island just outside Charleston in South Carolina doing what I do, traveling, writing, taking pictures of alligators coming out of sewers just down the street (!!!):
I didn’t even know Kiawah Island existed until I met Kim-Marie last month who has a summer house in Kiawah.
And now here I am, and it is beautiful.
I’m here as a guest of Wyndham Vacation rentals. There are enormous houses all around Kiawah, only 12% of them are occupied year-round. Many of the owners work with Wyndham to have them rented out to families and groups (like ours) the 48 or so weeks they aren’t in Kiawah using their glorious 6,000 sq. ft. beach houses. This house runs $1,798 a night over the 4th of July, however in October/November? $696 a night. But here’s the thing, it sleeps 14 — comfortably, with dual vanities and private bathrooms for all.
We’ll swim in the pool, cook in the fancy kitchen, sit on all the comfy couches, watch the giant TVs, go to the beach, talk about boys — it’s going to be amazing. We can even rent bikes and/or a private chef.
Kiawah is gorgeous, I’m a little mad no one has brought me here before.
Today was only day one, tomorrow involves carriage rides, antebellum homes, aquariums and ghost tours in Charleston. Saturday? Riding horses on the beach.
Cody asked if I’d like him to fashion a horn for my horse to wear to fulfill all my childhood fantasies of riding a unicorn on the beach.
I had to correct him — all unicorn riding fantasies take place in a misty, magical forest. Horse riding fantasies on the beach involve Ryan Gosling, shirtless, riding next to me.
Have you ever heard of this whole vacation rental thing? I’ll admit, before today I was convinced renting someone’s house was either a creepy Craigslist killer setup or only for the rich and famous.
Gosling Manor has changed my mind.
As a guest of Wyndham Vacation Rentals travel expenses have generously been taken care of for me, thanks guys. Opinions are as always, my very own.