Southern hospitality and LOADS of charm...the sweet city of Charleston completely stole my heart last weekend. London, my mother, and I were able to join my husband on his work trip last weekend and we immediately fell in LOVE. I can't believe it has taken me 32 years to visit such a magical place! We walked up and down the streets just taking in the amazing architecture, beautifully colored buildings, and the sunshine. I had researched a bunch of spots we needed to hit for some of the best food and of course, photo ops (because, blogger life!) :) We only had three days, but I definitely plan on returning for a longer visit very soon! I wanted to highlight a few places that we loved and also share photos from our amazing trip!
On our first morning, we made a stop at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts for some yummy treats and FANTASTIC coffee! Their donuts are made from scratch every day and there are a wide variety of flavors. We tried the lemon old fashioned, glazed, and a sugar-raised (which was our favorite!) Highly recommend making a little pit stop here!
Walking along King Street you'll find some amazing stores which are a mixture of boutiques and some staples like H&M, Gap, J.Crew, etc. You could easily spend a whole day on King shopping and sampling foods :) One place I knew I wanted to visit was Candlefish which sells an array of candles and features a beautiful "candle library" with over 100 fragrances. My sister and brother-in-law discovered it while on their honeymoon last Fall and I had to see it in person. (They also sell a "London" candle, so I needed to snag one of those!) The decor in this store is so gorgeous, and they offer candle-making classes which were taking place while we were looking around.
When I was researching a great dinner spot for our first night in Charleston, there were a few that always made the top of most lists; Husk, Fig, Magnolia's, and McGrady's (to name just a few), but Butcher & Bee really stood out to me. Not only is it considered one of the hottest restaurants right now, but I knew the casual atmosphere and style would be perfect for London as well! I must say, I was SO pleased with my choice. Not only was the food delicious, fresh, and presented beautifully - they were very accommodating to children. They had a box full of toys that London could play with and crayons for coloring. A few of the dishes I recommend trying are the house made hummus and/or whipped feta and honey both served with pita bread. The crispy stuffed olives and lamb ribs were also two of my favorites!
The weather was warm and breezy so we were able to walk along the Battery, which stretches along the lower shores of Charleston. The views are breathtaking and the homes that run along the water are beautiful and absolutely HUGE. One of the most photographed parts of the city is called Rainbow Row which we happened upon while walking the Battery. It's located on East Bay Street and it's a string of thirteen pastel colored homes. It's literally the most lovely street I've ever walked and I never wanted to leave! I think Lolo loved it just as much...
Another "must try" are the biscuits at Callie's Hot Little Biscuit. They literally melt in your mouth. The blackberry jam and whipped cinnamon butter filled biscuits were my favorite - but they were also serving breakfast sandwiches which looked amazing as well! They open at 8am and I would definitely suggest getting there early. We arrived around 9:15 and had to wait for over an hour! I'd say it was well worth the wait when I saw how much London and my mom loved them though :)
If you're looking for more sweet southern treats, head to the Sugar Bakeshop, a little off the beaten path but worth the stop. The cupcakes are so delicious and there's an adorable garden in the back; perfect place to enjoy your dessert and snap some photos :) I recommend the lemon curd and almond chocolate coconut cupcakes! Basically, as it seems, we ate our way through Charleston! We were on our very own food tour - and it was a blast! Aside from the eating, there's so much to explore. There are horse-drawn carriage rides and walking tours offered that I definitely want to do when we return. The history of the city is amazing and I know if we participated in either of those, it would be really cool and informative. I also wish we had time to tour the Boone Hall Plantation. I heard it's pretty fascinating and definitely a place to keep in mind if we visit in the future.
Below are more photos from our quick little getaway! You can scroll through as I tried to capture a little bit of the Charleston charm!