Charleston is a Southern coastal city known for its rich history, beautiful sunsets, and Lowcountry cuisine. It’s been voted the #1 city in the world by Travel and Leisure (2016 World’s Best Awards) and the friendliest city in America. It also can be very expensive to visit, and difficult to decide what to do in a city with seemingly endless possibilities.
When my husband and I first moved here, we pretended to be tourists and went everywhere and ate as much shrimp and grits our bodies would allow. Then we realized that if we kept going at that rate, we’d go broke in no time.
It takes some creativity to live in Charleston, experience the city, and not end up in the poor house. Thus this blog was born—a place dedicated to the high quality, yet free and cheap, places to explore in Charleston.
My husband and I moved to Charleston, South Carolina five years ago. When most people ask us what brought us here, we say our jobs. (He works in journalism and marketing, and I have a degree in historic preservation.) But if we’re 100% honest, Charleston is what brought us here. We came here for vacation a few years prior and fell in love with the city.
I grew up in a small town in Kentucky. As a child, my family traveled all around the southeastern region of the United States, visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Florida beaches, Washington D.C., Nashville, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the sea islands of Georgia. Later in college, I studied abroad in Oxford, England.
I love to travel, whether it’s day trips around the Lowcountry, weekends in the mountains of North Carolina, or two weeks out west. I love to read, and always have a stack of books on my nightstand. Daisies are my favorite flower, I never get tired of watching Gilmore Girls, 90s nostalgia makes me happy, and I get way too excited when I see dolphins.