Since tomorrow is the official first day of the fall season, I figured today would be the last appropriate time to blog about my trip to Charleston during this past summer! Even though it was technically a work trip (one day I'll get around to blogging Jo's wedding...!) my husband and I took a few extra days to make a little vacay out of it.
First of all we absolutely fell in love with Charleston. If we had a good reason to, we'd probably want to move there. We loved the city's rich history and adorable southern charm. The architecture was just gorgeous, my porch obsession has completely magnified since this trip. The way so many of their "front" porches actually sit on the side of their house... cozy and brilliant.
We had every intention to do more than just eat while we were there but that's pretty much all we did (which let's be honest, isn't really a bad thing!) Next time around we will have to catch more of the city's historic elements like Fort Sumter and the plantations.
Here's a quick look at some highlights from our trip.
Fuel Charleston was a fun first stop once we arrived. A once gas station turned eatery had some delicious bites and was the perfect start to our little vacation.
Not ashamed that we visited Glazed twice during our Charleston stay. Josh really loved their Maple Bacon doughnut where I was more into the Nutella Cheesecake doughnut (naturally!)
As I was doing my preliminary online food scouting, Hominy Grill kept popping up on my list. On the morning of our wedding gig we ate a filling and scrumptious breakfast there. (Funny side note: we ran into the groom's family there too (great minds!!))
It says a lot when you look at a picture of a restaurant's exterior and you just know that you must eat inside. This is how I felt when I first saw The Husk online. With it gorgeous Victorian-era architecture, how could one not want to eat here? Visiting the restaurant was the highlight of our trip. Josh had the most perfect fried chicken ever, so crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, and I the most mouthwatering country fried steak- the epitome of southern comfort food. Would recommend The Husk to anyone visiting Charleston in a heartbeat!
On our final evening there we visited The Rooftop Bar at the Vendue. The weather was perfect, we ate some pulled pork nachos that I've decided I must eat as my last meal, and watched a beautiful sunset. Josh put it perfectly, "This is how vacations are supposed to feel."
Just a few non food related pics... We loved exploring the local vendors stands at the Charleston City Market, bought a lovely palmetto rose wreath (will have to save up for a sweet grass basket next time!) Staying at Airbnbs are totally our style as we like to experience life as a local, and we were fortunate to find a great deal right in the heart of downtown Charleston. We stayed in the most beautiful home tucked back in an alley (pictured in the pic above on the bottom left. On one more food related note we also had dinner one night at the historic McCrady's Tavern. It was originally founded in 1778 and once hosted President Washington for a 30 course meal! I loved feeling like I was getting to experience a little slice of history by eating a mac and cheese dish that was based on Thomas Jefferson's recipe.
Overall it was a glorious trip! We hadn't really had a true vacation in almost 3 years so it felt wonderful to get out and explore a charming city with the man I love. Can't wait to visit again!
Loves: my husband, golden age movie musicals, red lipstick, fall leaves, rainy mornings, dressing up, jazz music, yellow tulips, tap dancing, and taking your photos (yes YOU!)