A couple of weeks ago, Billy and I hopped in our little Prius and traveled to the charming city of Charleston, South Carolina. Each year, we dedicate a weekend away to celebrate our anniversary. It’s a sweet tradition we’ve come to look forward to so much.
I had been wanting to go to Charleston for…I don’t know…a really long time! So my little photography-lovin’ heart couldn’t wait to capture all the historic adorableness of Charleston.
We wanted to make this trip all things southern–sweet and simple. And it was just that! We also wanted to try to keep this getaway as cost-effective as possible, so throughout this little travel diary, I’ll share my budget friendly tips.
Where We Stayed
A huge part of what made this trip so easy on our wallets, was staying at an Airbnb. This was our first time staying at one, so we were a little skeptical. But we did our research and chose a place with amazing reviews.
I gotta tell you–I am officially hooked on Airbnb. We LOVED our little Charleston home away from home. It was so relaxing! Bright, airy, minimal, and clean. And the best part–only $100 a night.
Staying at an Airbnb allowed us to save so much money on food! This was a HUGE bonus. We had a full kitchen, which enabled us to eat out way less. We went to the local Publix and stocked our fridge for the weekend. And I must say—being able to make my nightly cup of green tea made me feel so at home and peaceful. Yet another, wonderful perk.
Oh and I must mention–this Airbnb had a vintage Nintendo! We played Mario Brothers every night and it was a complete blast. Pretty sure I’ll always remember that. 🙂
Where We Ate
Our favorite restaurant was Poogan’s Porch. We went there for brunch, and the food was delicious, and the charm! Ah! Adorable. It’s basically a restaurant that used to be a house. “Poogan” was a stray dog that used to hang out on the porch. *heart melt*
For breakfast one morning, we ventured to the renowned Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit. Oh my. It was just the cutest little hole in the wall. And it was packed! Not hard to tell why–their assortment of biscuits were melt-in-your-mouth amazing! Comfort food at its finest. Reminded me of a little place in New York.
Now let’s talk coffee. There’s little that Billy and I enjoy more than a really good coffee shop. You know, the ones that have that perfect balance of aesthetic and warmth. Black Tap Coffee has come to have such a special place in my heart. It was so relaxing, the atmosphere was really awesome, and the COFFEE! No words. I literally had the BEST latte of my life there. Not exaggerating. The Lavender Latte. *sigh* So smooth and flavorful. We hung out their twice. Can’t wait to go back one day.
My best friend recommended Carmella’s, and oh how happy I am she did! We fell in love with this darling gem. We selected two mini cakes to go, and enjoyed them at our Airbnb. The cakes were so moist and flavorful! A perfect pairing with our tea!
Where We Shopped
I was immensely impressed with the quality of shopping in Charleston. There was a delightful balance of big chain stores, as well as local boutiques. Shopping along King St. could easily take a whole day. Not complaining… 😉
There are two shops that you absolutely must visit if you go to Charleston. The first is Candlefish. It really is the most divinely beautiful candle shop. They even offer candle making work shops. The service was exceptional, and the candle library kept you lingering and enjoying all the scents. Quite the experience indeed.
My second favorite shop was an adorable boutique called TheSkinnyDip. They had everything from sweet little dresses to darling local souvenirs. I purchased the cutest coffee mug of my favorite site in Charleston: Rainbow Row! Upstairs, they have a fun coffee/lounge with a co-work space. A rooftop patio made this place such a memorable stop. Highly recommend!
What We Saw
The lovely thing about historic places, is that you can just wander. For hours. And wandering is free. But oh the memories you will make!
One of my favorite things about Charleston is how vast it is. The streets keep winding, and every little nook and alley was so picturesque. Everything was blooming. Cobblestone streets lead to homes with darling shutters, window boxes overflowing with flowers, statement wood doors, and vintage gas lights. It is a lovely feeling knowing that everything your eyes happen upon, has a story.
Here are some pictures from our brick-lined explorations . . .
It was such a joy celebrating 3 years of marriage with my hubby in Charleston. It is honestly a new favorite city of mine. I eagerly can’t wait to return!