Our week long vacation is sadly over, but it is safe to say that I love Charleston, SC even more than I did before. In case you didn’t know, I lived in South Carolina for two years when I was younger. We finally went back 5 years ago for a vacation to visit, and immediately knew we would have to go back again. So this was the year. Back to one of my favorite places ever. There’s just something about Charleston that makes you want to keep going back. With beautiful beaches, southern hospitality, and plenty of things to do, what’s not to love about South Carolina?
After a 15 hour drive through the night and an early stop at Waffle House, we finally made it to Charleston. While waiting to check into our beach house, we grabbed lunch on Shem Creek, saw Rainbow Row, and explored the Battery overlooking Charleston Harbor. With only 2 hours of sleep, the amazing weather and excitement for the week ahead were the only two things keeping me awake at that point. But we finally made it to our house on Isle of Palms, got groceries for the week and settled in.
Sunday was my perfect relaxation day. Give me a good book, put me by the ocean and I’m happy for hours.
Monday was our busy sightseeing day. We headed downtown Charleston for a horse-drawn carriage tour of the city. Although there are a few different companies offering carriage rides, Old South Carriage Co. is our go-to. Each tour is chosen at random so you never know where you’ll be headed. Our horse, Gumbo, took us to the most historic part of the city. I still to this day cannot get over the insanely beautiful architecture of the city with homes kept as close to their original as possible. Afterward, we meandered through the city market, grabbed some coffee at Welkin, an awesome little coffee shop, and headed to a Fort Sumter tour. The 30-minute boat ride through Charleston Harbor alone is totally worth the trip.
Finally, we finished up our sightseeing for the day and headed to an early dinner at Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ. Never in my life have I had such amazing bbq. Since we had a group of eight, we opted for the bulk option that let us all have a taste of the pulled pork, ribs, and a variety of sides like collard greens, hush puppies, mac n cheese, and cornbread. Hello, amazing collard greens. If you ever are in Charleston, Rodney Scott’s is a MUST.
Tuesday was a beach/pool day. It was pretty overcast but ended up leaving Graham and I with shoulder sunburns from our long walk on the beach.. which was sure to remind me to wear sunscreen even when it’s cloudy. Tuesday was also the day of our long awaited dinner reservation at Husk Restaurant, owned by one of Graham’s favorite chefs, Sean Brock. It was unforgettable. The oysters, my classic chicken with Carolina gold rice and veggies, and the S’mores dessert were my absolute favorites.
Most of our week was spent relaxing by the pool, game nights, drinks and good food. But we did get a bit active; from many walks on the beach to a kayak tour along Shem Creek. Kayaking next to dolphins and baby pelicans were the perfect end to our vacation.
On our drive back we stopped in Lexington, KY for the night to break up the long drive. I found a farmhouse style Airbnb with horses and Gus the donkey right outside the front door. Sadly, we didn’t stay long, but we did happen to stumble across an amazing breakfast before taking on the final trek home. Lexington Diner was a small yet impressive restaurant with some unique options.. of course, we had to try the fried Twinkies.
South Carolina will always be one of my absolute favorite places. I’m sure we will be back again.