7 Favorite Places in Savannah

7 Favorite Places to Visit in Savannah, Georgia

The charming city of Savannah is an easy two-hour drive from Charleston. We usually try to go once a year. The city is known for its unique historic district laid out in a series of squares. One of our favorite things to do (if it’s not too hot) is to walk around the squares and marvel at the beautiful city parks and decadent southern homes. Savannah has a more haunted, Southern Gothic feel to the city than Charleston. It’s no wonder: the city is the birthplace of writer Flannery O’Connor and the setting for the true crime book/film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Continue reading

Historic Churches in Charleston

Guide to Historic Churches in Charleston

Charleston is known as the “Holy City” for its impressive number of historic churches. The city’s skyline is distinctly dotted with cathedral spires dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. Many historic churches open their doors and churchyards daily to visitors. (I recommend checking the church’s website for tour information.) Here’s my guide to visiting the city’s most historic and remarkable churches.

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Spring Break on Folly Beach

Spring Break on Folly Beach

There are several reasons why locals love Folly Beach: the breezy, laid-back atmosphere, miles of sandy beaches, and its reputation as one of the best places to surf on the east coast. With an abundance of short-term rentals and eclectic shops and bars, the island is a popular destination for spring breakers. Below are my tips for spending a fun-filled week on Folly.   Continue reading

Exploring Craggy Gardens

Favorite stops along the Blue Ridge Parkway: Craggy Gardens

Craggy Gardens is one of my favorite places to explore on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I’ve hiked the trails in the rain, fog, heat, and sunshine. Although it is a popular hike in June when the rhododendrons are in bloom, Craggy Gardens is enjoyable almost anytime of the year. Early spring offers low crowds, during summer the bald (a grassy mountain summit) is covered in wildflowers, and in the fall the trees are a vibrant red. Continue reading

Charleston for Nature Lovers

The Lowcountry of South Carolina is known for its natural beauty. From driftwood beaches to Cypress swamps, the region’s diverse landscape has inspired art, literature, and film.

South Carolina’s Lowcountry region encompasses the coastal land that is at or near sea level. The most convenient way to see the region is by car along Highway 17, with a side trip to Beaufort. There are several state parks along the coast. Charleston County also has an incredible network of local parks that are inexpensive to visit.

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8 Reasons to Visit Charleston in Winter

Budget Travel: Charleston in the off season

January through March is one of my favorite times of year in Charleston. When we moved here from Kentucky five years ago, we left icy roads and frost on the ground for sunny skies and mild temperatures. We didn’t wear a winter coat for the entire first winter we were here. Now we have acclimated to the climate and wear heavy coats when it’s 60 degrees out like everyone else here does! Continue reading

Happy Hour Sushi at O-Ku

California and firecracker rolls at O-Ku.

Don’t you love it when a random Wednesday turns into date night? Hoping to get into the Christmas spirit, we bought tickets for the screening of It’s a Wonderful Life at the Charleston Music Hall. Since we already went over our budget for this month (hello last-minute Christmas shopping!), we were looking for some place inexpensive to grab a quick dinner before the show.

We went to O-Ku on Upper King for half price sushi rolls–their happy hour is held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 5-7, and also includes half price cocktails and Sake. We sat at the sushi bar and watched the chefs prepare our rolls. Continue reading