Travel and Style
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Before re-locating to Georgia, I had put together a bucket list of places and things I wanted to do during our time in the south. Unfortunately, I’ve only made it to one, but still, that’s better than nothing, right? I still have a few more weeks in the south, so perhaps I can make it a point to explore some of the other places I put on my list. Charleston, South Carolina – I’ve always wanted to visit this colorful and quaint city. I had only seen and heard of Charleston from friends and through pictures. It’s been difficult for my husband to get time off from school, so I thought it would be great to do a mini girls weekend, there.
Saturday morning, my friend and I made the drive up to beautiful Charleston. We could not have picked a better weekend to go. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, the sky was baby blue, with a few clouds in the sky, and the warm spring breeze followed us everywhere. It was all so lovely. We stayed at La Quinta Inn and Suites Charleston Riverview with a gorgeous view of the marina. I love La Quinta Inns. My husband and I are regulars at them whenever we road trip around the U.S. Since we have a dog, we always need a hotel that is dog-friendly, and La Quinta Inns are just that, and don’t require a pet fee, making it another reason why we love staying there! They also offer free continental breakfast, which is another win, especially for those early morning wake up calls when all you need is something quick to grab and eat. Lastly, they’re super budget-friendly, too! We arrived there and went out to lunch at California Dreaming, which was located right next to the hotel and within walking distance. When the weather is nice out, especially in the spring and summer, I try to find places where there is outdoor seating. California Dreaming was the perfect place for that. We sat outside at the bar that overlooked the marina, and ordered lunch and drinks. I couldn’t help but take a moment to take in the scenery. Boats were everywhere and people who owned one were not wasting any time by taking them out on the water. It was the perfect day to do so.
A club sandwich and beer later, we were ready to do some exploring. A friend of mine had given me suggestions of a few landmarks to visit, but he also said the best way to see Charleston would be to walk around and explore. So that we did, and honestly, he was right. We came to find out quickly, that Charleston is a very walking-friendly city, and there is so much to do! We took an Uber to Waterfront Park , located not too far and within walking distance to the Charleston historic district. We walked around the park and made our way into the downtown as we explored.
A little while later, we found ourselves on E Bay Street at Rainbow Row . THIS place was on my bucket list. The vibrant and soft pastel colored buildings were absolutely stunning! This row of 13 beautiful Georgian houses hold a lot of history and never used to be as beautiful as they are now, until after the Civil War. To learn more of the history, be sure to click on the link, above! Charleston, in general holds a lot of history and if you’re a huge history buff, then this is the place for you! I’m not one to visit museums during my travels, especially when the weather is gorgeous and I’d much rather be outside! I’m more of an explorer and see things on my own, type of travel person. To each their own, right?
Feeling a little parched, my friend and I stopped into a bar/restaurant to grab a quick drink and then continued our way through the historic district. A few minutes later, we wound up on King Street, which is the shopping mecca of Charleston. There, you can find stores like, Sephora, Madewell, Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Anthropolgie, J. Crew, Banana Republic, and so much more! I think the best part of exploring Charleston was how most everything was within walking distance. It was fun to just get “lost” and end up in another gorgeous part of the city. There was never an unpleasant part about it!
After a little shopping, we made our way back to the hotel to relax and get ready for a night out! Our first stop was the Pavilion Bar, which is a hotel rooftop bar overlooking the city, located on E. Bay Street. With music, the right amount of lighting, and of course, a gorgeous city view, the bar was made for a relaxing and enjoyable ambiance. We wined (strawberry kiwi mojito-ed) and dined there, and went to scope out a few other bars. We ended our night at Tommy Condon’s, which also serves as a bar and Irish pub. There, they had a live band, playing Irish music. It was so much fun! I highly recommend going to both those bars.