I mentioned yesterday that my husband and I ventured to the land of shrimp and grits for a quick weekend getaway this past weekend. We are fortunate to live just 3 hours away from Charleston, so on Saturday morning around 8:00 we hopped in the car and arrived in Chucktown by brunch. While 36 hours is a short time to spend in a town full of so much food and culture, we packed it to the brim by visiting some of our favorite spots and exploring some new to us side streets and restaurants. Here are some photos from our weekend, as well as some awesome spots in Charleston that you must check out if you visit!
Eat // Our first stop was Poogan's Porch. I'm not a huge bloody mary fan (I'm more of a mimosa kinda gal), but I love this cocktail at Poogan's Porch. Order the sunrise shrimp and grits - you won't be disappointed.
Explore// After filling our bellies up, we took the city by foot. There are so many ways to explore Charleston! Last year we took a carriage ride through town which was awesome. The guides are so knowledgeable and it is truly a great experience, especially for a first visit. There are also quite a few walking tours that are supposed to be great as well. Our favorite thing to do is to just wander through the streets. Walking down Rainbow Row and the Battery are a must, but don't miss out on the little side streets. We spent a good portion of our afternoon just eyeing the beautiful homes and small little details of each street.
Libations// One of the biggest attractions to Charleston is the restaurant scene. We stopped in for drinks and oysters at Amen Street, then met up with some friends at the Gin Joint. This place is brand new and is just beyond awesome. They specialize in "decadent cocktails" and is a must-go if you ever visit Charleston. You can actually tell the bartender two words from a list on their menu and they will create a drink that fits those words! I chose fizzy and fruity and they brought me a gin based drink with blueberry, mint and lemon. It was amazing and am already excited to go back.
After the Gin Joint, we made another pit stop at Pearlz - another awesome oyster bar in the city. Our table shared an assortment of raw and baked oysters and the house chips, all of which were delicious.
We actually had reservations at a popular restaurant called Husk on Saturday night, but were so exhausted and actually quite full from our "snacks" that we called it a night early. We are so lame.
History// On Sunday we debated a drive out to Sullivan's Island and lunch at Poe's Tavern (another favorite spot) or a ferry ride out to Fort Sumter. I won't lie, I am not a huge history buff by my husband is (#nerd) so the Fort Sumter tour won. It was really chilly, but actually a lot of fun to ride out there and hear a little bit more about the history that took place there.
Our last stop was Hyman's Seafood. Every time we have ever walked past this place, the line is at least 20 to 30 people deep so we have never stopped. Since we were having a late lunch around 2:00pm, there were no crowds so we walked right in and found a spot at the bar for one last lunch in Charleston. I hate to leave you with an iPhone photo, but this was too good not to share.
And that was it! Short and sweet. I already can't wait to head back!
Have you ever visited Charleston? Any favorite spots that we need to check out on our next trip?