8.05.2016

Charleston

This past weekend, I was blessed enough to get to go on a little getaway to Charleston with Harrison, Sam, and Anthony. Charleston is one of my absolute favorite places and I was so excited to get to go there with some of my best friends. This post is pretty photo heavy (even though I forgot my DSLR)!

Charleston is lively without being overwhelming -- church steeples are the tallest thing in town! There is so much to see... not to mention to buy and eat! We walked a lot, ate a lot, and overall had a wonderful time!

Friday we got there around 1:30 and immediately went to grab lunch at Toast. I had the fried green tomato BLT and it was incredible! After lunch we went back to the hotel to change and went back into town to explore! Stores close pretty early, so Friday evening we moreso walked around and planned out what we wanted to do on Saturday. We ate dinner at Hyman's Seafood, which is a staple in Charleston. I thought it might be a little touristy, and even though it kind of was, it was still delicious! We had an appetizer that was grits, fried green tomatoes, parmesan sauce, and cheese and WOW. It was probably one of our favorite things we ate that trip. We burned off some of those calories by walking to see Rainbow Row (worth seeing if you're nearby, a little underwhelming if you walk all over town to see it) and along the battery. The battery is gorgeous and even though it was a little hot, it was so nice to just leisurely walk and look at the boats and houses. We ended up at 1 King Street and realized our car was parked at 560 King Street. Needless to say, we Uber-ed back. We went to the beach at Sullivan's Island that night. We went on the beach right beside the lighthouse and we watched some cargo ships that we had seen in port head out to sea.










The next morning we were up bright and early for our 9 am reservations at Poogan's Porch. We loved how the restaurant was in an old house (built in 1888!) that was bright yellow with bright haint blue porch ceilings. We sat upstairs and it was the perfect brunch atmosphere! They were the 2015 winners of the best shrimp and grits in Charleston, and while Sam, Anthony, and Harrison went for it, I picked chicken and waffles. We had a fried pimento cheese appetizer that was incredible! The shrimp and grits were pretty good, but I was very pleased with my choice of chicken and waffles!




After brunch, we went to King Street to shop! Sam and I were obviously in hog heaven, but the boys were a little less than thrilled. I can't tell you how many times they said "Oh look, we're going into another store that y'all won't buy anything in." Ha! I made quite a few purchases, including these printed Lilly Pulitzer shorts in Multi Island Time and this Kendra Scott necklace from Bevello. One of my favorite stores that we ventured into was one Sam found online before we went down to Chucktown. It was called Candlefish and they have a library of over 100 scents! I got no. 58 (lemon, orange, and sugar) and got my mom no. 88 (lemon, tulip, and musk). Both smell incredible!

Later that afternoon we went on a carriage ride! I've always wanted to do one and I was so excited that the boys planned one for us. Franklin toted us around the residential neighborhoods in Charleston (don't worry, he's very well taken care of!) and with the exception of a slight startle at a little UHaul trailer, he was the perfect host. We went to eat at Low Country Bistro afterwards and I went with the shrimp and grits there. They were so good! The others said they were better than the ones at Poogan's Porch (shhh, don't tell!). After dinner, we took pictures by the pineapple fountain and just enjoyed talking and strolling around parts of town we hadn't seen before -- and revisited some of our favorites! We stopped by Folly Beach, but didn't stay long as there was a storm rolling in.










We left early the next morning with lots of new memories and pictures! I made a video inspired by Carly's Ireland video. The quality is pretty bad but it was still a lot of fun to make!


xoxo, Taylor

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