Ocean breezes, seafood, history, southern charm… Charleston, South Carolina has it all!
This past weekend, Connor and I were able to spend Valentine’s Day in this beautiful town. See, we had not spent a Valentine’s Day together in five years (oh, the joys of long distance relationships) so we wanted to spend the weekend doing something really special. Besides, I have never lived on the east coast, and I wanted to get out and explore! So we took advantage of our ideal three day weekend to go on a romantic little adventure.
I have to tell you, we fell in love!!! Charleston was better than we ever could have imagined… and it wasn’t even that warm, so it must be 10x better in the spring. We explored, played on the beach, and ate… and ate.
But let’s go back to the beginning, so I don’t leave out any story or detail. I have lots of pictures to show you all, and I even took some video! I don’t know why I’ve never taken video before… I really enjoyed it and I loved watching it back and re-living our adventures. Maybe you can look forward to more videos/vlogs in the future! Probably not of everyday life (I enjoy my day to day life, but it really isn’t all that exciting), but maybe when we go on trips? Anyways… let’s begin, shall we!
Connor and I work right next to a metro stop in D.C., and the metro (very conveniently) goes right into the terminal at Reagan International Airport. So we were able to take the metro to the airport immediately after work, which saved us both the headache of driving through Friday night D.C. traffic, and the cost of parking at the airport.
We flew into Columbia, S.C. and then rented a car and drove to Charleston. It was only about an hour and a half drive, and we found it to be a lot cheaper than flying directly into Charleston. Since the plane flight from D.C. to South Carolina is only about an hour, and the airport in Columbia is so small, we took one of those little baby airplanes… you know, the kind that only seats 30 people and you can only get to by going outside and using stairs like they did in the old days? It was great fun!
The airport in Columbia is also probably one of my favorite airports now. It is beautifully designed, but it is also small. It was easy to navigate and there weren’t too many people, which was really nice.
After renting our car, we made our way through South Carolina to Charleston, and made our way through the palmetto tree-lined streets to our hotel, the Elliott House Inn.
We loved staying at the Elliott House Inn! Not only was it quaint, lovely, and comfortable, it was also right in the middle of historic downtown! Literally everything was within walking distance!
Day 1: touring Charleston and playing at the beach
On our first day in Charleston, we slept in a little bit, and then awoke to a knock at the door. One of the nicest aspects of the Elliott House Inn is that they deliver your complimentary breakfast to your room! It was so nice to have my yogurt parfait and coffee delivered to my room so that I could slowly eat while I was getting ready for the day.
After breakfast, it was time to sight-see! It was a beautiful day… a little chilly, but sunny with completely blue skies! It was pretty perfect. We just spent the morning walking all over the city. We went down to the battery park, over to the pier, throughout the winding streets, and past some of the most beautiful houses you will ever see. There were horse-drawn carriage tours all over the streets, and you can just tell that the pace is slower there… people were just enjoying the beautiful day without anywhere to rush off to.
In the afternoon, we had an amazing, I mean seriously amazing, lunch at Poogan’s Porch, a restaurant full of charm and good food. If you ever find yourself in historic Charleston, you have to eat here! The restaurant is named after Poogan, a sweet little dog who, you guessed it, loved to sit on the front porch. We enjoyed some fried alligator (when in the south, right?), and Connor had barbecued salmon and I had the most amazing shrimp and grits. I think if I lived in Charleston I would gain a lot of weight very quickly…
We really needed to work off all the food we had for lunch, and what better way to do that than to go to the beach! We drove about 30 minutes to Folly Beach, which is just south-east of Charleston. It was so beautiful! I adore the ocean. I know what you’re thinking… and yes, the water was cold. But I grew up in Colorado, so when I see the ocean it is impossible to keep me from at least getting my toes wet!
Connor and I mostly spent our time walking up and down the beach, looking for seashells and just enjoying the environment we were in. We actually found some really nice shells, and came across rocks full of starfish! Connor’s prize of the day was finding a sand dollar! Neither of us had ever seen a sand dollar outside of a souvenir shop, and certainly never just walking along the beach.
We enjoyed the rest of the day on the beach, and slowly made it back to our hotel for some wine and relaxation. Did I mention the beautiful hot tub in the courtyard of the hotel?
Honestly, I think Day 1 was my favorite day that we spent in Charleston. I love exploring new places with my husband, and Charleston really is a beautiful place. We loved just walking around for hours on end.
This post was a little long, so I think I will share the adventures of days two and three in the next post. So stay tuned… you don’t want to miss the dolphins or the deer that we befriended at the Magnolia Plantation!
Alright, now the moment you’ve been waiting for: click the link below to watch our first vlog! It’s mostly just video clips that I took during the trip, with a lot of music. I know, I have a lot to learn with this video thing, but, documenting our vacation was the most important thing to me! So enjoy!
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