Monday, April 7, 2014

Our Charleston Trip

A few weeks ago we planned a rather last minute trip to Charleston for a celebration ahead of our fourth Anniversary. With a full schedule ahead this Spring and Summer with weddings and parties we knew this might be our last weekend to getaway. Since it was so last minute, we didn't have a ton of time to plan ahead with dinner reservations, but that was okay. We really just wanted some good food and to be low key and go about our day with no real plan. 

Stephen and I have a knack for planning trips for rainy vacations. Specifically, it was cloudy on our honeymoon in Ocho Rios several days, rained the entire time in the Bahamas two years ago, and when we arrived in Charleston...what did we see? Rainy, gray skies. No surprise. 

Before those skies opened up I convinced Stephen to hit up King Street for some shopping {just in case there was incapable shopping conditions for the rest of our trip}. We lucked out and I got the warning that we were approaching 5:00 {at 4:15} and it was time for happy hour. I obliged. And we headed for Charleston Place as it started to rain! 

Everyone was a happy camper after happy hour in the Thoroughbred Club. 

Like I said, we were a little late on making dinner reservations but we managed to get into a few places I was really excited about. Our first night, we dined at Fish, which proved to be excellent. I feel like a seafood snob when dining out of town because we really are just so spoiled here with great, fresh seafood. Fish did not disappoint though, it was delish. They start you with some amazing sweet rolls with a spicy sauce- the combination is divine! 


I ordered the triggerfish with kale and goat cheese dumplings- real good y'all.

The next day we enjoyed being a Mom and Dad on vacation and had room service and a late morning. And when I say room service, I mean the hubs hitting up the breakfast buffet and bringing it back to the room. Same thing, right?

After relaxing all morning, we headed to the Palmetto Cafe after hearing rave reviews on the burger and fries. This was my favorite though, the Shrimp Poke. Pretty much avocado, shrimp, a salsa and wontons. So, so good. The french fries were not to miss as well!

As the day went on, the fog wore off and the sun eventually came out. We made our way from King Street to Waterfront Park up and down East Bay Street.

That night we took a bike taxi as our means of transportation. It was so much fun to ride down King Street on one of those. I loved it. 

We first stopped at Bin 152 for wine and cheese.
I love a place that keeps it simple with two of my favorite things :)

That night, we opted for Italian at a place called Indaco which we had heard was getting great reviews. We ended up loving it, even if we did keep it fairly simple with splitting a wood fired pizza- one of our faves. 

And the gelato sampler for dessert- amazing. It was devoured.


Sunday morning we woke up early for breakfast {not in bed this time} and then walked down to the Battery and circled around to City Market, then back to our hotel to relax before lunch. I loved having my Fitbit to see how much we were really walking! 

Okay, so this was hilarious. We saw a huge family of kids sitting on this tree and I of course wanted to copy and get a picture. I asked a nice couple walking by and they patiently waited while we tried to get on this tree branch that was actually wayyy higher than what we anticipated. Stephen had to hoist me up and then we were so scared with him jumping up that he would either knock me off or over shoot it and fall off backwards. Those kids were like monkeys on that so much. 

I was so excited for our lunch at Husk. It proved to be nothing short of amazing- it was even Stephen's favorite of the trip. Pictured below are the "Johnnie Cakes" which are pretty much cornmeal pancakes with pimiento cheese with bacon shreds on top.


Our last night we enjoyed a beverage at the hotel bar and headed to dinner at Blossom.

Shopping in Charleston:

We had great luck on King Street. Some of my favorites?
Anthropologie, which of course has the best displays. Sugar Snap Pea is a sweet children's boutique as well as Kids on King. Stephen loved Grady Ervin and I had a ball in C. Wonder. Stephen also treated me to a necklace by Vanessa Mooney in Luna. I also loved the jewelry and accessories in The Finicky Filly.

It was such a great trip but I could not stand another minute with out my baby! He decided while we were away that he loves Cheetos and I am totally okay with that.
Go ahead and judge away!

Whew- what a recap! Sorry for the insanely long post. We have been busier than ever and I might have some exciting news to share soon! Hope y'all are well! 


Zelle B. said...

I adore Charleston! It looks like you had such a wonderful trip -- and one of my favorite parts about Charleston is the food -- those cornmeal/pimento pancakes look amazing!

Amanda {Kids and Cabernet} said...

Looks like such a fun trip with amazing food!! Glad you guys had fun!

Sarah O said...

Charleston is so fun and glad to see you had a great time!

Molly said...

Great trip! Thanks for all the food recommendations. I need to remember this post if I plan a trip out east!

Madeline {Poppy Style} said...

I just love Charleston!! That looks like a great, fun weekend- super jealous!

Elise @ Cheers Yall said...

So fun...BEAUTIFUL pictures. Happy belated anny!! :)

Hope @ Hope in a Blog said...

What an amazing trip! All of the food has me craving a Charleston trip!! Xx.

Kate @ Daffodils said...

One of my favorite places! Glad you guys got away for a few days!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

One of my favorite places! Glad you guys got away for a few days!

Jessi @ Jessi's Design said...

These pics are absolutely fabulous! We are heading down for a couple of days at the end of May and this just makes me that much more excited! -question, what foundation/make-up do you use? Your skin is absolutely flawless!

Carolina Charm said...

what a perfect lil trip! and you look gorgeous, friend! xo

Courtney W. said...

What a fun trip! Trying new food and visiting new shops are two of my favorite things about vacation. My husband and I have been looking to plan a trip to Charleston soon and seeing all of your gorgeous pictures makes me think our trip needs to be VERY soon!

Ashley (Sweet Carolina Belle) said...

Love Charleston. You visited some of my favorite places especially Husk it is amazing. I love those pedicabs they are such a great way to ride around town!

April of A. Liz Adventures said...

I was so excited to see on IG that y'all were there. The perfect getaway! You really hit up some of the perfect spots. Fish is a favorite of mine, too. I am also salivating over all of your chilly glasses of wine. Tell me ... are they sauv blanc? No, don't tell me. It would get my heart racing. Once we have our baby and can plan a getaway, raw oysters at Pearlz and a large pour of sauv blanc is on my wishlist!

Nat said...

Such a fun weekend away! I love Charleston, I'm dying to try Husk next time we are there. I love that Weeks like cheetos- no judging here :)

Peach State of Mind said...

Eek! I LOVE all your pictures! I've always wanted to go to Charleston and these beautiful pictures do not help! Gorgeous!

Tara {The Silver Lining} said...

Charleston is definitely on my list of places to visit. It looks so pretty! Glad you had a great getaway.

Tara {The Silver Lining} said...

Charleston is definitely on my list of places to visit. It looks so pretty! Glad you had a great getaway.

Alex Messina said...

Your trip looked absolutely lovely!

Alexandra Bee Blog said...

This is making me so sad that our Charleston trip is over! We had such a good getaway! Glad to hear how good Fish was..I thought it looked really cool when we walked by! Also, that gelato sampler at the other restaurant looks heavenly! We were in Grady Ervin for quite some time and I also got a dress at Luna! Love all your pics..all of mine were snapped with the iPhone!