Bucket list item #2 checked off for the year – a weekend in Charleston. We had a wonderful time (despite the not-so-wonderful weather) and I can’t wait to go back (in a cooler time of year hehe). I’ll try to keep this post a little shorter than my Nashville post. I know that one was a long one for you guys! Leave a comment below telling me your favorite part of Charleston so I know where to go next time!
Day 1: Friday
We got to our Airbnb in West Ashley around 3:30. It was such a quaint little old house that was perfect for what we needed, and the owner even left these beautiful hydrangeas around the house for us. It had an amazing view of the Stono River.
I got their lavender mojito…LOVE!!
Once our tummies were so full we couldn’t possibly stuff our faces anymore, we kept walking down King Street for a quick preview of the rest of our weekend in Charleston.
Day 2: Saturday
Saturday started out with a delicious brunch at Page’s Okra Grill in Mt. Pleasant. (Next trip to this area will be spent exploring more of this side of Charleston for sure!)
After we filled up we decided to walk it off on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. This was not the best decision considering the weather and our clothing. Not only was it a hot walk up hill, but we were the only ones not in workout clothes (oops!). The bridge is about 2.5 miles long so we definitely didn’t walk the entire thing. We did, however, make it to the first pillar where we caught a nice breeze and a beautiful view. The total walk was about 1.5 miles.
It was kind of embarrassing how much we were sweating…so we headed back to the house to shower before lunch, which was delicious! Rutledge Cab Co. was one of my favorite places we ate in Charleston. They have an AMAZING fried chicken sandwich with slaw and gruyere cheese that I just couldn’t get enough of. I highly recommend it if you go!
After lunch we braved the heat and headed for our trek down the peninsula. We started at waterfront park…we had to see the pineapple fountain!
Next stop was Rainbow Row…a must see for any blogger, amirite?
We then headed down to the Battery with some pretty sights on the way…
After that we decided to head up King Street to find anything to cool us off. Thank God for smoothies at Ben & Jerry’s! By then we were over the heat and begging for (another) shower, so we headed back home to get ready for dinner. We found a delicious little Italian place on John’s Island called Mondo’s. (Sorry guys, no pictures…that plate of food hit the table and I dove right in with no second thoughts.)
Day 3: Sunday
We were able to start day 3 of our weekend in Charleston a little later with an 11:45 brunch reservation at Tavern & Table in Mt. Pleasant. This was probably my second favorite restaurant from the trip. I got the Sorbet Mimosa (YUM!!) and the “Toad in the Hole” french toast dish. Again…yum!
Brunch was followed by the aquarium, which was really nice. We enjoyed all of the interactive exhibits and I loved that it was right on the water.
After the aquarium we decided to head back to King St. for some shopping. We got stuck in the rain but it wasn’t all bad. It was still better than the hot humidity! In between we decided to stop in a little Restaurant and Bakery called Saffron for some water and treats. We got more food than 4 people should get (and most of it was ordered by Len and me).
Don’t worry, we wrapped up about half of it to save it for later, ha! We needed to walk it all off before dinner so we found some stores to spend time in. The decision for Sunday night’s dinner was Bubba Gump’s. I have always wanted to try it and for someone who doesn’t love seafood that much, my coconut shrimp was really really good!
We wanted to end the night on a rooftop bar, but the rain kept us from those plans, so we decided to slum it back at the Airbnb and hang out for the rest of the night. The next morning we hit the road back to NC!
I hope this gave you some ideas for what you can do on your next trip to Charleston. Been before? Tell me your favorite part of Charleston and where we should go next time!
xoxo // Ems