Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Take Me To: Charleston, SC


My husband and I went on vacation with our family already this year which was a TON of fun! But we'd (well, I'd) really like to go on a short vacay together! Our budget isn't anything grand this year, so I had been thinking of something that is only a car ride away. My sister went to Charleston a few months back and absolutely loved it so when I did some research and saw how adorable the city was, I decided this was our pick! Now Les is making me convince him to head south, so I've compiled a list of things that I'd really love to see and do when we are there and I'm hoping he agrees...

1.  The Charleston City Market looks like a blast to me. It's full of unique booths that sell everything from art to food to Sweetgrass Baskets. It's open every day and from May-December, it opens some nights as well! I think Les will be sold when he sees the bags of grits below...(and there's air conditioning). (ps. you'll notice a theme in these posts- Les likes food..a lot...so everything has to involve that in some way or another)

*photos borrowed from Charleston City Market's website

2. Next on the list is the Cypress Gardens. It's complete with a swamp where you can take a paddle boat around and see ALLIGATORS! This is actually where part of The Notebook was filmed, but frankly the 'gators intrigue me more. Otherwise there's a reptile house and butterfly gardens! Apparently it's a must-see while in town. 

3. While I'm on the topic of locations that might not win Les over (but I really want to go!!), I will mention Boone Hall Plantation. It's one of America's oldest working and living plantations and also the most photographed (for its sheer beauty). Another must-see stop while in Charleston...(oh and also had a cameo in The Notebook)..

4. Let's get to the good stuff- the food. This list is bound to be lengthy, because I just know it will really reel him in! 

First stop is Hominy Grill, which looks AMAZING. I mean, talk about southern comfort food! My vote is we go here for brunch...check out those Shrimp & Grits. 
*Photo from their website

Butcher and Bee is a sandwich shop on King Street. They craft unique sandwiches every single day and keep their menu fresh! Les, lunch?
*Photo from their website

All that needs to be said about the next one- The Macintosh- is that the owner's last name is Bacon and they have a Bacon Happy Hour. THIS is where I really want to go for brunch another day. Here's a snippet of two menu items...

"Mac Attack," Pork Belly, Bone Marrow Bread Pudding, 
 Poached Egg 

Steak & Eggs, Potato Confit Hash, Wilted Greens, Choice of Eggs, 
 Chimichurri Sauce 

Oh. my goodness. That's all you really need to know...

The Rarebit would also be a contender for a nice dinner in town. They apparently have an amazing Moscow Mule and you can purchase the copper cup it's in! 

Next up is my all-time favorite frozen treat, Jenis Ice Cream. With flavors like Salty Caramel, Goat Cheese with Red Cherries, and Saison with Sunflower Seeds & Golden Flax, you cannot pass this up. I actually tasted this for the first time in Columbus, OH and since my local market sells it for $10 a pint, I am ready to go back to the source. 

And finally for the cocktails.  The Cocktail Club has a drink called the Cloak and Dagger- aged rum, rye whiskey, ginger, beet, pineapple, lemon, and a port float. Les, did I win your heart yet?
And as highly recommended by my sister, The Belmont

5. But aside from all this, I would really like to see the beautiful homes, especially on Rainbow Row and enjoy a romantic walk with my husband:) 
*Image from Style Me Pretty 

This is just a small taste of some of the places that make me want to visit Charleston! Check back for more after our trip...to be determined :) Les, did I convince you?

With love, Allie xoxo 

Ps. A few other places to note:
-Sugar Bakeshop for a yummy cupcake!
-Charleston Tea Plantation to tour and bring home some tins
-The Battery (promenade along the water) for a walk and view of the water
-Poe's Tavern for a juicy burger 

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