It’s no secret that Charleston is currently undergoing a barbecue boom. In fact, last year the Washington Post called our city “the future of barbecue.” The list below is by no means all-inclusive, but they are my top 5 favorites of the many choices available. They’re the places that I keep raving about to friends, and where I bring out-of-town guests. Let’s take a look. Continue reading
Woodford Reserve Distillery is a highlight of my home state of Kentucky and is one of the state’s oldest landmarks. The distillery began in 1780, which also makes it one of the oldest destinations on the famed Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Continue reading
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
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:
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.
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.
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
Airbnb was started in San Francisco by two roommates who rented their loft space with three air mattresses to travelers. Today, Airbnb is a 25 billion dollar company. There are over 2 million listings on the site, where you can find everything from guest rooms to castles to stay in. Continue reading
Fort Fremont lies at the southern end of St. Helena Island in Beaufort. Abandoned almost 100 years ago, the fort was built in the late 1890s as part of a new coastal defense program during the Spanish American War. The fort was deactivated in 1912 and was only used for about a decade.
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
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