(Less than) 72 hours in Charleston
Charleston is magic. It's pretty much a city that has everything; amazing restaurants, super nice people, great shopping, beaches and a fun night life. The cherry on top is that my best friend lives there and in the cutest house ever!
Being a make-up artist in the wedding industry has its perks and it also has its challenges. Being busy every weekend makes week day travel key. I was browsing affordable flights and I spotted a super affordable flight to Charleston which is hard to come by. The reason the flight was so inexpensive is because it was a Sunday- Tuesday trip. But hey, that works for me! I went with one of my awesome artist's and friends, Mary and my insanely talented friend and photographer, Haley . (All photo credit goes to her)
I'm obsessed with the combo of old trees with Spanish moss and palm trees next to colorful buildings.
DAY 1: Mary and I took a 6am flight from Philadelphia and arrived in Charleston around 7:40. We napped on the plane and were ready to go once we got in! We threw our bags in our room and changed into some fresh digs before heading around the block to The Harbinger which is the best coffee shop ever. The owners and people working there were SO kind, the vibes were great (we sat outside) and the food and drinks were both amazing. If you're there on a Sunday make sure you order a Roll Polly! Everything else we had there was delicious as well but our favorite was the sandwich which they also call the harbinger. The first day we had breakfast there and then we went there every morning to get coffee, even if we trying a new brunch spot that day - it helped that it was only steps away from where we were staying.
Next we walked around the Battery area and just took in all the gorgeous houses, the sweet floral smells and general charm of the city. We walked up King Street and popped into Skinny Dip to have a Rosé Slushie better known as a frozé, which they topped with champagne- Yum! Skinny Dip is a boutique on the bottom floor with a cafe/frozé bar upstairs. They have the cutest outside area to relax and enjoy your beverage. Haley got to town later in the evening, so we went back to the house to meet her and I took a tiny nap. After that we got dinner and called it an early night.
DAY 2: The weather reports weren't looking great for day 2, so we had planned to be outside as long as possible and then do a house tour when it was predicted to start raining. We walked over to our fav coffee shop, The Harbinger to answer some emails and have a light breakfast. After that, we took an Uber back to the Battery (Haley hadn't been with us the day before and wanted to check it out) and we explored every beautiful block. We walked up King Street and did a little shopping. When we got hungry we popped into Circes Grotto for the best sandwiches ever. Just as we were finishing up it started to rain so we went around the corner and walked through The Calhoun Mansion for a guided tour.
The Mansion had a really interesting story and is presently owned by an antique collector; they live there with their family on the top floor while tours take place throughout the rest of the house every day. Everything had a cool story, but WARNING if you have any sensory issues I would be careful because the house is packed tightly with A LOT of stuff - so much that I heard another tour guide describes it as the "Oh my God" house, because Oh my god, can you believe all of this stuff?! It was really cool to hear the story and imagine how they lived in these mansions in Charleston back in the day.
That evening we went out in the neighborhood with our hosts, my BFF and her beau. We grabbed dinner at Butcher and The Bee which was so great, and an excellent option for veggies. The whipped feta, bacon wrapped dates and crispy olives stood out the most to me from that meal. I remember everyone was loving the squash pancakes as well and they were great. We weren't quite ready to call it a night, so afterward we headed for a drink at The Faculty Lounge, which you would never know was a bar from the outside. After walking in the door, I told the guy just to make me something good and he certainly did. Everyone's drink was great. We were there on a Monday so the atmosphere was extra relaxed, but from their FB page they have different DJ's come in on different nights. Expect a cool atmosphere, awesome drinks, dim lighting and a pool table.
DAY 3: Everyone kept telling us to check out The Daily which is a sister restaurant to Butcher and Bee. We ordered the hummus bowl with seasonal veggies and a croissant on the side along with coffee before heading over to Folly Beach (a 20 min Uber). It was a pretty cold and very windy day so we just took a short stroll on the beach, we wanted to at least put our feet in the sand in February!
After our brisk stroll on the beach we went for smoothies at The Black Magic Cafe; I had been there on my last trip to Charleston and remembered their great lunch! We then popped into the the local surf shop to browse around before taking an Uber back to the area we were staying for dinner. We had dinner at one of Bill Murray's restaurants in town called Harold's Cabin; a cozy neighborhood spot. I was feeling a tiny bit hung over from our drinks the night before and wanted something filling, so I ordered the grilled cheese with a side of tomato soup and it was deeeeelllliiiicious! PS. Check out what makes this spot extra special.
They let us sit out on the deck and it was so beautiful up there, it was the perfect way to end our trip. After our meal we went back to the house and said our goodbyes. This is not the last Charleston Post. There is already so much more I want to tell you about but we will leave that for the next trip!
Date: Feb 25th-27th
Temperature: SUN 79/66, MON 72/59, 64/50
We packed layers. Jeans, a few t-shirts, a cardigan or sweater and a coat.
Brunch: The Daily
Frozé slushees and a pretty deck to sip them: Skinny Dip
Stop in for a sandwich while shopping: Circes Grotto
Drinks: The Faculty Lounge
Folly Beach Breakfast/Lunch: The Black Magic Cafe