I have done lots of traveling in my 29 years of life and there are only a few places I have visited that truly give me all the feels. Charleston is one of them. I am not sure if it's because I grew up vacationing there or if it's because it is such a beautifully unique city, but every time I arrive my breath is taken away.
Founded in 1670, Charleston is full of cobblestone streets, pastel houses, and of course the Charleston harbor. Walking around, you truly feel like you have stepped back in time. Downtown is gorgeous and lively with old churches, the historic city market, and lots of places to dine. It has that classic Southern charm but has also begun to have more of a hip vibe along the outskirts of downtown.
There are several islands around the city and each one has its own unique feel. Isle of Palms is a pristine little island with stunning beaches and a family-friendly atmosphere. Sullivans Island has a laid back vibe and delicious restaurants (Home Team BBQ and Poe's Tavern are absolute MUSTS). Folly is a chill little town full of bars and surfers.
This trip, we stayed out in Folly and had the BEST time. It was perfect for our group of 6 (plus Fox!). We stayed in a little beach cottage right across from the ocean and the view was unbeatable. We spent most of our time on the beach and walking around Folly. Sadly, we didn't get to spend much time downtown this trip other than for a wedding (the real reason why we were there), but as usual, Charleston did not disappoint.
We stayed in an Airbnb on Folly that was directly across from the beach. It was kitschy & quaint and had everything we needed. We could walk to downtown Folly or the beach within minutes which is all you can really ask for when staying out on this island.
Fox is becoming quite the little beach bum. It is fun to see how much more he likes it each time we go. This time he was REALLY into the sand. He liked to scoop it up in his hands and only tried to eat it a few times. He also took his first crawl in the sand (but has yet to really master this new skill). He's loves the sound of the ocean even if he's not all that into the water just yet.
We ate at so many good restaurants this trip. I love trying new places and am a total sucker for good decor/interiors. Every place we went to this trip was truly better than the last.
Bowen's Island is a cute little waterfront restaurant known for its locally harvested oysters & fried seafood. Sit outside along the graffiti covered walls and check out the marshes and sailboats. It has a nice relaxed, island vibe- perfect for drinking a beer and watching the boats go by.
Just two blocks from our beach bungalow was this yummy juice truck. The juices were delish but this avo toast...OMG. This adorable pup wasn't so bad either.
Also just two blocks from our Airbnb was this funky little house. I walked past it the first morning we arrived and thought it was cute, not realizing it was a restaurant. The next evening we were heading into town to grab some dinner and we heard live music. Low & behold it was coming from Chico Feo- the funky little house! We obviously had to pop in. All of a sudden it felt like we were transported to a tropical oasis-- string lights, tiki torches, an outdoor bar & live music...pure heaven. Definitely recomend this place.
Rita's is a Folly Beach staple. Listen to live music and chill on the patio while stuffing your face with nachos, burgers & other unhealthy American food.
I swear we did more than just eat while we were in Charleston! Lewis BBQ is a new fav for sure. This place is not only super hip with awesome decor BUT the food is unreal. I am a tough critic of barbeque because Phil's best buds own a restaurant in Marble, Colorado (Slow Groovin BBQ- add this place & this town to your bucket list NOW) that I would venture to say is the best Q of all time, but this was a close second. Order at the counter and take your pick of trendy interior seating or the massive backyard patio equipped with a fire pit and picnic tables. We sat outdoors which was perfect because we had 3 little babes with us. Do yourself a favor and order the Sandia to drink- SO yum.
The real reason we took this trip down south was for a wedding. I am mad at myself for not taking ANY pictures of the most beautiful day. I guess when you are having so much fun you forget to document sometimes. The wedding took place in a stunning old church in downtown Charleston and was followed by THE.MOST.GORGEOUS. reception at Lowndes Grove Plantation. It was the perfect ending to the perfect getaway.