48 Hours in Charleston
Jeremy surprised me with a quick trip to Charleston, and I was so excited because it's been on our list of places to visit for a while now. Neither of us had been there before, so we did lots of research and talked to some friends about the musts for sightseeing and eating. After a longer than expected drive, we arrived late Friday night and went right to bed so we could start our morning early and maximize our time. Saturday morning we started by going to breakfast at Poogan's Porch, which was so yummy. Jeremy had the fried chicken and sweet potato waffles (cause you can't pass it up in the south) and I had the french toast.
After breakfast, we started making our way through the city. Our first stop was the Charleston City Market, which was conveniently located right across the street from our hotel. It was a long strip of both indoor and outdoor shops in an area bustling with people. I loved walking through it and seeing all the little trinkets and goodies inspired by the local culture. Once we reached the end of the market, we walked a block over to the beautiful park along the river.
The park leads you right over to Rainbow Row which is a famous row of colorful homes with Caribbean vibes. It's definitely one of the prettiest streets I've ever seen. After being wowed by Rainbow Row, our tour of the Battery area left us nearly speechless. The Battery's streets are lined with grandiose Victorian houses with lush gardens and irresistible charm. Across from these beautiful homes is a park filled with tons of history and large oak trees all around. Unfortunately, it was a bit rainy so we decided it was probably best to head up king street and do some shopping to avoid getting soaked.
After some browsing and shopping on King Street, we worked up a bit of an appetite so we headed to Leon's for lunch. It was a bit further north than downtown, but it was so cute and totally worth venturing to a new area. I absolutely loved the decor and the atmosphere there. The people were so friendly and the food was even better. Jeremy got their oysters (of course) and I just had to try their famous fried chicken. We added to the fun by trying their avocado toast as well, which was so good. Leon's was so good that Jeremy wanted to go back the next day for lunch too! After lunch, It started to rain some more so we decided to take the car and explore the surrounding barrier islands.
On Sunday we got up early as well and decided to get a quick breakfast. We had to leave around 4 pm so we wanted to make the most of our day. We went to The Daily which had to go food and quick bites to eat in. The Daily is in the same neighborhood as Leon's and had a very similar charm to it and the food was even better. Seriously we did not eat at a bad place the entire time we were there and there were a million options! Jeremy got the breakfast tacos and I got a breakfast sandwich, both amazing. They also have their own homemade juices which really added to the meal. It was exactly what we needed!
After breakfast, we drove to the beach. As beautiful as the city is if I am that close to a beach I have to go! Luckily this day was so much nicer than Saturday. The humidity had dropped down and there was not a cloud in the sky. It was the perfect beach day. I was also so excited to get to wear my Peter Beaton Hat from Nantucket! I got so many compliments on it. We spent the rest of the day sitting on the beach until the very last minute when we had to drive home. Overall we really loved the city and would love to go back for a longer stay with some better weather!