Monday, February 4, 2013

charleston


I must say we did well choosing the location for our weekend getaway. Charleston is such a great town with so much history, good food and great shops. We parked our car at the hotel downtown and did not move it until we left days later. The downtown is beautiful, clean, safe and so much fun to walk around. I would go back over and over and still feel I didn't get to see but a sliver of all the lovely architecture, galleries and history there. Although our trip was short, there are a few things we were able to do while we were there that we highly recommend.

To Do

King Street - if you are a fan of shopping King Street is the place to be. If you go down to the lower side of King Street you will find no shortage of antique shops. Around Middle King Street is the fashion district. This is home to many awesome boutiques along with stores like Anthropologie and JCrew. The Upper King Street has lots of restaurants and is more the hub for nightlife but we found some cool shops around there too.

Galleries - We didn't make it to nearly as many galleries as we intended but the French Quarter neighborhood is the place to go if art is your thing. They also have a free art walk the first Friday of the month where the galleries keep their doors open late and offer wine and hors d'oeuvres.

The City Market - This is where local venders offer daily jewelry, sweetgrass baskets and other souvenirs. This was a little too touristy for us but I am sure if we had tried we would have found some beautiful items there.

The Beach - Around Charleston you have a few beach options but the most popular would be Sullivan's Island, Isle of Palms or Folly Beach

To Eat

Fast and French - This may have been our favorite meal over the weekend. The atmosphere was cool, the food delicious and it was extremely inexpensive. I would have gone back many times had been been there longer.

Fig - This was our favorite dinner spot of the trip. It was a unique restaurant serving beautiful seasonal, local food. Our dinners were delicious, the dessert was possibly the best I've had but Jim's favorite was the build you own Manhattan option.

Five Loaves - The perfect spot for a fresh soup and sandwich. They had a wonderful menu that anyone could find something to love. Definitely somewhere I would take friends.

Kudu - This was just a block from our hotel so it was our spot for a morning coffee or to drop in to warm up once it got cool in the afternoon. They served the always wonderful Counter Culture Coffee and had a great assortment of breakfast pastries.

Normandy Bakery - This was home to lovely breads, bagels and everything carbs. It was an adorable shop that also served coffee. It seemed like the perfect place for a breakfast croissant and a cup of coffee.

To Stay

The Francis Marion - We loved this historic hotel. It had the perfect central location downtown and the rooms were quaint and quiet. We also booked by bidding on Priceline and got a wonderful deal. We would absolutely stay there again.

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