Tuesday Travels: Quaint Charleston

Don’t you love long weekend Get-A-Ways? Adam and I are very fortunate that Atlanta is central that we can hop in the car and within hours be in a beautiful, southern city.

This past weekend we ventured to Charleston, South Carolina. We loaded Adam’s car and started the 5 hour Road Trip down I-20 towards Augusta, GA. We jammed out to a CD made by yours truly {you know Adam loved listening to N’Sync and One Direction}, had a little Chick-fil-A breakfast, got our Starbucks Caffeine fix and we were ready to go!

Unfortunately,the weather did not cooperate with us for our first visit to Charleston. Rain. Drizzle. Rain. Drizzle was all we saw, but we did make the most of our trip! Charleston has some of the BEST shopping and restaurants in the South!

Upon our arrival we stopped by Fleets Landing, a local, hole-in-the-wall restaurant our friend Laurie told us about.Fleets is the only  restaurant directly over the water in Charleston. They even have a covered and heated outdoor dining area- perfect for our rainy day visit!

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If you visit you’ve got to try their “Stuffed Hush Puppies.” Oh my word- delicious!

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From Fleets we drove around downtown Charleston, down Rainbow Row, and came across the old Navy Base.

{Fun Fact: Adam’s Dad was in the Navy and his family lived in Charleston at one point. His older brother, Brian, was born on the Base too!}

We crossed the Arthur Raven Jr. Bridge onto Mt. Pleasant, drove through some of their neighborhoods and visited Sullivans Island. That evening we tried Pearlz, another restaurant on our ” Charleston List.”

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{Tip: When you start planning your trip work on getting dinning reservations or be prepared to wait! Happy Hour from 4-7pm had a 1.5 hour wait! Yikes!}

The food at Pearlz was delicious! We spilt Raw Oysters, Oysters Rockefeller (Oh my gosh! To-die-for!) and one of their special dishes of the night, a Seafood Risotto.

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We tired our first Oyster Shooter- it was delicious and started a “trend” for our trip! A spicy, Bloody Mary type concoction, but not too tomatoey as Adam nor myself like Bloody Marys.

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We had the opportunity to engage with one of the Managers, Tim. He was so welcoming, gave us a little history on the building and a few helpful tips for our upcoming trip to San Fran!

Friday morning, Adam had the pleasure of touring the Bluegreen Vacation Properties…that is it’s own blog post. There were quite a few “debacles” with that and needless to say, we will not be purchasing with their Vacation Club any time soon. After the tour we had a tasty breakfast from Caviar and Bananas, a local  Breakfast/Sandwich spot on our “Charleston List.” I had the egg, cheese and bacon croissant, while Adam had the same on a bagel and shared an Ice Coffee. We did the touristy thing and walked around the open air City Market where we picked up a few souvenirs for family and friends. We then headed over to the Palmetto Barn for a Horse drawn Carriage tour of Charleston.

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{We highly recommend doing a carriage tour during the first part of your stay. We learned so much about the city, history and made a list of places we wanted to go to on a walking tour for pictures. Our guide, Mike, was a History major and former History Teacher- he was fantastic!}

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Friday night, we (thankfully) changed hotels and moved to the Elliot House Inn. It is the most quaint  Inn I have ever been to. Just lovely! Our room over looked the community courtyard and had a private back porch.

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Each morning the Inn served breakfast either in the courtyard or upon your request, in the privacy of your room. Each room came with a journal- one of my favorite parts of our stay. Our journal had been kept since 2007 and each guest from that room shared stories of their Charleston experience and places they recommend. Every evening at 5pm the hotel hosted a Wine and Cheese tasting- you know Adam and I were all about it too! The hotel was located right in the middle of Downtown Charleston- off of King and Queen Streets.

Next door to the Elliot House Inn, was Husk, a restaurant we heard time and time again by friends that we had to try! Thankfully we booked lunch reservations when we did because they were booked for the day and supper reservations are booked 6-8 weeks out! Yikes! Everything was delicious. Definitely worth planning for if you’re heading to Charleston. We started with their “Husk” Puppies and their sweet bread rolls. Adam had their Charleston Dragon’s Punch- “Recipe from Charleston Preservation Society. California brandy, Jamaican rum, peach brandy, Black tea, lemon juice, raw sugar.” Both Adam and I had their Hamburger (what they are known for) and finished with a slice of Peanut Butter Pie- yum!!!

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Unfortunately, I got a lovely “Bug” the last two days of our trip and had to lay low, catching up on some reading and NCIS. Saturday night was slightly cool- we walked the city- by Battery Park, down Rainbow Row, the Waterfront and admired Historic Charleston Homes.

Charlerston12Although the weather wasn’t as we had hoped and we didn’t get to spend as much time out and about since I was sick, we still had a great time visiting Charleston and look forward to our next trip! Thanks so much to all of our friends that gave us  tips and suggestions for the trip! Wish we had more time to explore them all!

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Have you been to Charleston? Share your stories with us!

Hope you are enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember we’re newlyweds, not experts!

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