Thursday, June 13, 2013

charleston recap.

Charleston was above and beyond---just fantastic! It was the ideal weekend excursion, and once we got there (post-flat-tire-in-the-rain situation), it was absolutely heavenly. We trekked to Savannah a few years ago and really loved it, but we both really enjoyed Charleston more. So much culture and history, so much amazing food to eat, so many gorgeous things to gaze at.

We tackled the historic district of Charleston first thing Saturday morning. The peninsula is fairly small, but it just slurps you up and you get lost in all of its ethereal charm. We walked and walked through the neighborhoods before realizing how hungry we were.

We darted into Poogan's Porch after it came highly recommended from several friends. We stopped at the bar for drinks while we waited for our table where ST requested alligator and I had the ever-acclaimed shecrab soup, followed by crab cakes benedict (him) and chicken and waffles (me). The meal was incredible, and I caught my first glimpse of Charleston as a foodie town.

We lazily strolled around King Street some more, and finally ended up at the point furthest south in Charleston, in the greenest park, overlooking the harbor. En route, we passed some of the most mesmerizing houses I'd ever seen. I literally could have taken a picture of each one. The architectural influences just blew me away, and the entire walk was so surreal. It felt like a dream. Each home was more charming than the last. The city almost has a European vibe in a sense--it's so overwhelmingly romantic, no one's in a hurry, and you can't help but get lost in it.

 cutest thing ever!!!

my favorite travel partner.

 my favorite house, overlooking the harbor.

  rainbow row.

After we walked for a few more hours, we ducked into Peninsula Grill for the coconut cake. We were wary of being underdressed, but we just slipped into the bar and had the greatest conversation with the bartenders. We were seriously made for traveling. Oh, and the cake. We were made for eating that cake. 

We perused Market Street before deciding to drive out to Isle of Palms to sit on the beach. Lo and behold, we nixed the idea when we arrived, because it was crawling with tourists and we weren't in our beach gear.


We cleaned up and headed to Magnolia's for dinner. He had his typical filet, I had pecan-encrusted salmon. He had the cream cheese brownie for dessert, and I noshed on the pecan pie. Unreal. Another fantastic meal.

Sunday morning, we got up and headed to Hominy Grill for brunch (do you see how much of our lives revolve around food??). He had huevos rancheros, I had the blueberry pancakes (both are highly recommended). The little restaurant is adorable. Great mimosas too! We boarded a little boat to take in a harbor tour after brunch... it was a great perspective on the city. We maneuvered around the USS Yorktown before making our way out into the open water and seeing the houses dotting the coast, Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie. I am fascinated by history--war history especially--and this was a really neat aspect of the afternoon.




 After our boat travels, we really wanted to have the chance to see Angel Oak. Oddly enough, this wasn't personally recommended to us--I stumbled across the mention of it on a blog or newspaper review. I'm SO glad we trekked out there to see it. The route provided us with lots more of the coastal Carolina dream setting to soak up.  I kept telling ST, "I kinda feel like I'm in a John Grisham movie."

No picture I post could ever do this image justice. We just stared in awe for nearly an hour. Some people estimate it could be one of the oldest living things in our country. It's nearly 30' in diameter and almost 70 feet tall. It took my breath away, to be sure.

We headed down to Mt. Pleasant for seafood at The Wreck. This little hole-in-the-wall was fabulous... the atmosphere was great and the food was greater. I had the deviled crab, he had mahi. We both tried boiled peanuts for the first time.

We both hated them.

But we washed it all down with some key lime pie and all was right in the world again.

Later that night, we drove out to the beach on Isle of Palms to stargaze and just relax... obviously this one tagged along. Her first exposure to sand was highly amusing. She definitely got worn out.


Monday, we headed out to Folly Beach to brunch at Lost Dog. Iced coconut latte and banana bread french toast for me... he had huevos rancheros again. Cute little place and I loved that Maiz could partake in the activities as well.

After brunch, we hit the road to make the drive back to Nashville. It was a short, but amazing vacation weekend. I definitely recommend to anyone seeing a girls' trip, family vacay or romantic getaway. It absolutely has something for everyone.

Do you have any summer vacations on the horizon?

1 comment:

  1. Wow! No words to begin to describe that picture of Angel Oak! Now,I'm going to have to go there! :) Glad ya'll had a great trip!


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