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
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
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.
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
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
Charleston is not lacking in barbecue restaurants. Most of them serve the classic Carolina style: pulled pork with a mustard-based sauce. There are several places that do this wonderfully (Melvin’s, Home Team, Bessinger’s). Continue reading
We visited Leon’s during a surprise tropical storm in mid-September. I describe it as a surprise because the storm formed on land, which no one was really expecting. The sky was gray and it had rained buckets on the city all day. Comfort food was what we needed, preferably fried in lard and seasoned with Old Bay. Continue reading