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

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

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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Day Trip: Kiawah and Wadmalaw Islands

Guide to Charleston Beaches

Looking to explore South Carolina’s Lowcountry for a day? My in-laws visited last summer, which is high tourism season here in Charleston. To get away from the crowds in downtown Charleston, we decided to do a little island hopping outside the city and visit John’s Island, Kiawah Island, and Wadmalaw Island. The road is lined with Live Oaks covered in Spanish moss, and along the way we saw horse farms, tidal creeks, and farm stands with local produce. Continue reading

Day Trip: Botany Bay

The weekend after our dog died, we were desperate to get out of the house. We not only wanted a change of scenery, but a place to go that didn’t remind us of our beloved Ruby everywhere we looked.

We had been to Botany Bay once before, a few years ago. I remembered that the beach was long and narrow, so it was important to go when the tide was low or going out. I also made a mental note to never go on a hot day in the summer…and even though it was mid-July we decided we could handle it if we went early. Finally, Botany Bay is a place we told my family about countless times, but it’s close to an hour away from where we live so they hadn’t been. Since my parents and sister were in town visiting from Kentucky, we figured that now was the right time to pack up the car and head to Botany Bay. Continue reading