Hey guys! I hope you had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend for those of you were celebrating!
Today I am recapping my Charleston trip that Terry and I took last week to celebrate our 2 year anniversary.
Terry and I have visited Charleston too many time to count, but we’ve never actually stayed over night there. After I was reassured by a friend that Airbnb was legit, I decided to give it a go. We found a room very cheaply and were super pumped about how it turned out.
We chose Charleston because I had a doctor’s appointment scheduled down there and the timing around our anniversary was perfect.
On the way there, we stopped for a quick lunch. My favorite fast food lunch: a salad + fries. Bonus points for curly fries!
First animal: this cute little guy
My favorite exhibit was the otters. “Water dogs” is a perfect name for them. Watching them was so fun- they are such playful creatures.
The albino alligator was pretty cool too. Did you know most adult albino alligators won’t live until adulthood, because they have no camoflauge? I will say that I felt like the tank needed to be larger… poor guy looked so cramp.
I also got to touch water creatures like sting rays and a small shark species. So cool!
All of the tank exhibits were so majestic. I probably could have spent hours just watching the large tank.
After the aquarium, we settled into our room. Our host was very sweet & helpful and had the sweetest pups.
When it came time for dinner, we went a restaurant called the Noisy Oyster that was right downtown.
Grilled Mahi Mahi plus collards for me (the hush puppy was a nice touch)
Shrimp boil and fries for T
Moon pie cafe stop!
After walking around Charleston for a bit, we decided to drive out to Isle of Palms. Ice cream on the beach any one? 😉
We got settled in pretty late, but still watched a movie on Terry’s iPad.
Lucky for us, sleeping in was an option! Yay vacation. After slowly getting ready the next morning, we went to breakfast at The Lost Dog Cafe. The place is dog-friendly and has a ton of dog pictures all over the wall. It made us miss our little Jules.
Lost Dog Cafe Huevos Rancheros (bean and cheese quesadilla topped with two eggs, veggies, and salsa) for me
Pineapple pancakes with lots of toppings for T
We found both dishes to be wonderful. The quesadilla was the BOMB.
Next stop was Folly Beach. We did all the beach-y things: laid out, went for a brief dip (too cold for me!), built sandcastles, went for a walk, collected shells, and laid out some more. It was perfect.
For lunch we went to a pizza place named Woody;s. While pizza always sounds good, what I was really craving was breadsticks! And boy were their breadsticks just what I was looking for! Perhaps the best thing I ate on the whole trip?!
I also had the house salad while Terry got the gigantic meatball sub.
After lunch, we went and got ready for exploring downtown a bit. We walked through the market, to the battery, and through some of the backstreets exploring.
We walked past the church where the tragic shooting (Charleston 9) happened less than a year ago. There were flowers all around the gate. It was nice to see several “Charleston strong” signs around the the city too.
Dinner was at Jestine’s, as suggested by my parents. It was a bit of an upscale southern restaurant. Very cozy. They started us with freshly pickled cucumbers that I loved.
My favorite part of the meal, however, was the cornbread they brought out prior to our meal. It was my favorite kind of cornbread, not sweet, but with a side of honey and butter.
Blackened chicken with fried okra and okra gumbo for me… What can I say, I love okra!
Seafood platter with macaroni and cheese plus cole slaw for T.
I’ve got to try making blackened chicken!! So yummy.
With full bellies, we headed to a beach we hadn’t been to yet: Sullivan’s island. This was the prettiest in my opinion. It looked the most primitive, with rocks and crab shells. The sunset was absolutely stunning too. Perfectly romantic.
On the way back we stopped at Publix bakery for a sweet treat: Brownie cup with buttercream dipped in chocolate fangs ganache.
Thursday was less than exciting with one diagnostic test and one doctors appointment. However we managed to fit in one last trip to the beach, this time a light house. It’s off the beach on an island, but still really close from the shore.
The ocean has it’s own way of making me feel so incredibly small, but also so incredibly full.
We followed our brief beach adventure up with burgers at East Bay Deli. Massive turkey burger for me!
East Bay Deli is the lunch break destination of my dreams!
After my final doctor’s appointment, we hit the road to go home and get our girl Jules. The last few days I’ve been thinking “take me back!”, but I am grateful for the opportunity we had. Terry and I made it work by each saving $10 a week for several months. Now it’s time to get that fund started again!
So you tell me-
Have you been to Charleston?
What do you like to do at the beach?