NYC and 5 days in Montauk and an overnight stop in DC to see friends, we headed south for a week of fun in the sun with some friends in Charleston. Our week was largely spent frolicking in the waves at the beach, shopping on King Street (I LOVED South of Market, Old Road Mercantile and Biggs Powell Antiques) and walking around South of Broad - my new favorite neighborhood. I mean, the houses were all so equally quaint and charming! Each house also had gas lantern flickering away day and night. It was magic.
Of course I couldn't be in Charleston without visiting at least one plantation. We decided to try the Magnolia plantation and, though the house wasn't anything extraordinary (but the family history was), the gardens really blew us away. We spent at least 2 hours walking around every nook and cranny, but we could've stayed much longer. There were acres of lakes, ponds and swamps all adorned with the prettiest bridges; there were trees, plants and flowers of all sorts; and there were beautiful paths and secret labyrinths. I felt like I had landed in The Secret Garden circa 1993, only better.
Despite being in total vacation disconnecting mode, I managed to catch up with the lovely Chassity for dinner. We had delicious sushi (and wine) at O-Ku we chatted and laughed the night away - and in classic blogger style, we totally forgot to take a photo of our night. Womp womp. She was wearing this totally adorable outfit (lady's got style!) and she gave me some great recommendations for the remainder of my time in Charleston.
The first recommendation I tried the very next night was the bowl-of-noodles at Two Boroughs Larder. I mean, I'm normally not a huge fan of noodles, but I'm still salivating just thinking about these. Accompanied by a Friariello pepper tuna conserva and fried quail seasoned in blueberry, aged cheddar and popcorn (yup, you read that right) - I can easily say this was one of the best meals of the whole trip.
We also tried Sullivan's Island beach on Chassity's recommendation (frankly much better than the beach where we were staying), and had fish tacos at Poe's Tavern. The whole island it totally charming. The next day, while shopping on King Street, we stopped at Cru Café for lunch (try the parmesan truffle fries if you're not on a diet)!
Overall, we had a great week. You can check out favorite addresses from my trip on my Little Black Book, but check out Chassity's blog for a more comprehensive Charleston Guide.