Charleston Trip Recap
Currently researching the application process for College of Charleston's Medical School because I definitely wouldn't mind calling this beautiful city home for at least a few years. I love how this town has so much history and the homes around the city are so darling. I mean seriously who wouldn't want to live in a cute pink house? Not to mention this city is a foodie's paradise! I ate grits every day of vacay and I could still probably eat them with every meal haha!!
WHERE WE STAYED
We stayed at the Courtyard Charleston Waterfront by Marriott. The rooms were very spacious and the view of the water was beautiful. The hotel had a nice outdoor area with a pool and plenty of lounge chairs. It was the perfect central location to downtown Charleston and the beach. It was super affordable as well because it was not in the downtown area. I would definitely stay here again!
**Photos courtesy of The Courtyard Charleston Waterfront by Marriott
WHERE WE ATE
Brava Bowls -- This smoothie and acai bowl food truck was so awesome. We loved it so much we went twice! They use delicious, colorful ingredients and the bowls are so refreshing in the humid weather. I got the Cah-Cow bowl both times we went! Be sure to check out their website because they park in different locations each week.
Lost Dog Cafe -- This little cafe was sort of tucked away and it was so cute. They are pet friendly so there were a bunch of families there eating brunch with their four-legged friends. The whole cafe is decorated in pictures of dogs that have been sent in by customers (pretty sure my mom already put pictures in the mail too haha). The cinnamon rolls are to die for we seriously scarfed them down in less than a minute. Don't miss their shrimp and grits either--their grits had the perfect consistency.
Toast -- So if you can't already tell we love brunch...like a LOT! We stopped by this little place in downtown Charleston for brunch one morning thanks to a recommendation from my friend, Emma. I ordered an omelet and it came with a biscuit that was larger than the actual meal--it was insane! They also have great lattes (the cinnamon dulce was my favorite).
Monza Pizza -- The antipasti board here was so good that my family literally fought over it...yes you heard that right we fought over food. The board includes a seasonal meat and cheese along with crostini, arugula dressed in balsamic vingear, olive tapenade, and tomatoes. Seriously to die for!! They have great pizza too--my personal favorite was called the Ronnie Peterson.
Jeni's Ice Cream -- If you go anywhere for dessert in Charleston I would 100% go to Jeni's. As soon as you walk in you can see the employees making homemade waffle cones and it smells heavenly! We went here a few times and tried a bunch of flavors, but the lemon and blueberries buttermilk frozen yogurt was by far my favorite. P.S. they accept online orders (you can thank me later)!
The Watch: Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits -- This restaurant is on the top level of a hotel and it had amazing views of the city! We got to watch the sun set over Charleston while we ate dinner. Not only was it beautiful, but the food was incredible as well. The New England scallops were perfectly seasoned and they melted in my mouth like butter. I had the cavatappi pesto pasta with green beans for my entree--so dang good! Reservations recommended.
WHAT WE DID
Charleston SUP Safaris -- We love paddleboarding and there was not better way to see the Folly River. Not only did we have so much fun, but our guides were great! They taught us a lot about the wildlife in the Folly River, including their dolphins. Unfortunately we did not get to see any dolphins because it was a windy, slightly cloudy day.
Shopping -- King Street is an amazing shopping location! We checked out Anthropologie, Lululemon, Steve Madden, and a bunch of other great stores.
Palmetto Carriage Tour -- This tour was really informative and we got to see a lot of old Charleston row homes. I honestly don't know if I would do this again though. The whole time I felt bad for the horses. I was dying in the heat while just sitting down so I can't even imagine how tired those poor horses probably were after pulling us around. All in all, it was cool to learn more about the history of downtown Charleston, but it was all information that you could have read online. **This is just my opinion based on how I felt about the horses. In no way were they hurt or mistreated I just feel that they shouldn't be forced to pull carriages for their entire lives.
Boone Hall Plantation -- My mom and I are total history nerds so it was really interesting to visit a plantation in the low country. Once you pay the admission fee all the tours are free, which is not the case with many of the other plantations we researched. We got to explore the Gullah culture through a presentation from an amazing African-American storyteller and the exhibits in the different slave cabins. The tour of the main home was incredible as well--almost all of the furniture in the house was antiques imported from Europe. Be sure to check out the beautiful butterfly garden as well!
Haunted Jail Tour -- Over the course of time that this jail was actually operating an estimated 14,000 people died within it's walls. You learn about the many residents of the prison, including the true story of Lavinia and John Fisher. I totally went into this acting super tough, but by the end I was absolutely freaking out--I thought for sure I was surrounded by ghosts. I would go on a tour later at night after the sun has set because you get the full effect.
Rainbow Row -- Arguably one of the most iconic locations in Charleston. The homes are gorgeous and the perfect colorful backdrop for any photo.
Angel Oak Tree -- Definitely something you should go see if you have time. The sheer size of this tree was insane. This is a short activity though so don't plan out too much time for it. We took a few photos and then spent about ten minutes looking around.
Overall, we had an amazing time in Charleston. It was so fun to experience everything because we've never been there before. I am already excited to go back (soon hopefully) for some more shopping and good eats! Stay tuned for a blog post later this week about one of my favorite purchases from our trip.