Prepping for a Hurricane

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This week we’ve been consumed with watching Hurricane Irma and the National Weather Service’s predictions of if the storm will hit Charleston. Irma has already left a path of destruction in the eastern Caribbean and the state of Florida is bracing for the worst.

Hurricane Irma has been difficult to predict, but as of this morning the storm continues to shift west and away from Charleston. Of course, the storm’s path could change again. There has been no official evacuation orders, although those may come tomorrow morning. As for now (Friday morning), we don’t know if we will be staying or leaving and we are preparing for both scenarios.

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Moving to Charleston? Here’s what you need to know

Moving to Charleston? Here's what you need to know about the weather, traffic, cost of living, finding a job, and more.

Moving to Charleston is one of the best decisions my husband and I have ever made. We moved here from our home state of Kentucky over 5 years ago. Since then we’ve met lots of people, bought a house, changed jobs a couple of times, and started our own business.

Every day 34 people move to the Charleston metro area. With staggering numbers like these, Charleston is one of the fastest growing areas in the country. With that number in mind, I wanted to write an accurate picture of what living in Charleston is really like. People who are thinking about moving here already know a lot of the pros, especially if they’ve visited before: great beaches, friendly locals, renowned restaurants, beautiful landscapes, and more. Below I give practical advice about what daily life is like in Charleston, including cost of living, daily commute, the weather, and more. Continue reading

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

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