Sometime during the beginning of last week I was already itching to get back to some place warm. I blame Expedia and Airfarewatchdog emails for that. I tweeted about it, and roughly 5 minutes later, my best friend said "Let's go to Charleston!". As soon as the weekend hit, my first stop was Columbia to scoop up my bestie and then we hit the road! Charleston was recently voted The Best City in America, and I never thought of it that way having been so many times. We often take for granted what is just up the road from us...like the best city in America.
This one weekend in Charleston was the most authentic experience I've had - and I've been many times! We stayed in a nice home near all the good stuff and it was during an off-peak weekend. I loved every second of it.
Where We Stayed:
We stayed at the Sasquatch Inn, an Airbnb that is conveniently located about half a mile from King Street. The house was straight out of HGTV, and everything was curated for their home. Find the sasquatches if you stay!
What We Ate:
Let me preface this by saying we ate...a lot. The first night we ate Italian on a whim at Indaco ($$$) a super fresh and authentic Italian restaurant on King Street. It was so authentic we pointed at the menu instead of even trying to pronounce the food. The cocktails were very good as well!
Hominy Grill ($$) - We ate here for brunch on Saturday. It's been recommended by friends and publications, so we gave it a shot. I recommend arriving early (like when they open) to get a good seat, although they have a lot of indoor and outdoor seating. The specials menu was very unique and they've got all the Southern classics, too!
Co ($) - For some thorough and fresh Asian fusion, I recommend Co. It's located on King Street near the best shops, and it's a quick, fresh bite if it's too early for dinner but you're feeling a bit peckish. They're super vegan and vegetarian friendly as well, which was great for traveling with a veg. As a connoisseur of all Asian cuisines, I give this spot a thumbs-up.
Cannon Green ($$$) - Dining here was an all-out experience. Cannon Green doubles as a giant event space for Charleston events, so there were a lot of pretty spaces (and plates) to look at. We made a reservation on OpenTable to be sure we had something to eat before we shot back to Columbia, but I don't think a party of 2 would have trouble without one. Our server was very friendly and actually knew everything about the menu which makes a huge impact on a dining experience. Their dishes change and they source a lot of the menu from local farms! Everything on the menu was good til the last bite, but if you get anything, make sure it's a pitcher of grapefruit mimosas.
What We Did:
Magnolia Plantation - A beautiful and huge piece of property with a lot of history. If you use this Groupon you can get discounted general admission for two. It just so happened the weekend we visited that there were free tours of the former slaves' cabins and stories told by black historians. I suggest looking at the website before you go to see if they have anything special going on.
Now we would be remiss not to party on King Street. Also, drinks taste better on a roof top.
Sunday we got to visit and reflect at Emanuel AME Church. The whole area surrounding the church is now designated as a memorial site.
I loved Battery Park! Park your car. Walk around. Smell the sea and stroll past the houses. It's kind of cool to take a walk into the past.
I'll be back.