3 Perfect Days in Charleston

3 Perfect Days in Charleston

Day 1 Explore Downtown

Start your day with a walk along the Battery. Bonus points if you’re watching the sunrise on the Atlantic. Have a coffee and pastry for breakfast at Normandy Farms on Broad Street. Then walk over to see Rainbow Row on East Bay. Head to Waterfront Park for nice views of the harbor and the pineapple fountain (prime spot to take photos!). Continue your walk to Chalmers Street, the city’s longest cobblestone street. Rest and people watch at Washington Park. Go into St. Michael’s Church–Charleston’s oldest church building dating from 1761. Make sure to see the cemetery, where two signers of the Constitution are buried. Walk or drive to the Aquarium Wharf area. Eat lunch at East Bay Deli or Fleet Landing. Then take the afternoon ferry to Fort Sumter National Park–where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. After your harbor cruise, go for coffee at Kudu and browse Blue Bicycle Books. Make dinner reservations at Poogan’s Porch or Hominy Grill (order shrimp & grits!). Finish the evening with dessert and coffee at Kaminsky’s on Market Street. Continue reading

5 Favorite Budget-Friendly Lunch Spots in Charleston

5 Favorite Budget-Friendly Lunch Spots in Charleston

Dining out can be very expensive in Charleston. For lunch, visitors usually don’t want to spend a ton of money, yet they don’t want to go to a chain restaurant either.

Here are my top 5 favorite places to go for lunch in downtown Charleston:

Fast and French

Centrally located on Broad Street, this quaint cafe serves French classics at low prices. Dining is European, meaning the space is crowded and most likely you will be sitting at a bar top knocking elbows with a stranger. But the food is so delicious. I’ve ordered the ham croq’ monsieur on sourdough with melted cheese ($6) and an Earl Grey iced tea ($3). Vegetarian and vegan options are available.

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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

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