Charleston, without a doubt, is one of our absolute favorite places to visit. From the perfect rows of colorful old houses to the amazing restaurants that make it foodie heaven, it has been the perfect destination. Although it can be overwhelming, you obviously want to pick the best spots to get the most out of your time. So in order to make the most of our trip, Jack and I did some extensive research in to places we needed to go while on our vacation in Charleston!
sWe wanted to make the most of our short trip, given that eight hours of the first day were spent driving. Right off the bat I looked up great places to stop around half-way through the drive, which happened to be in Asheville, North Carolina. With a little research I found Farm to Fender, a little spot off the beaten path. Since we were there for Sunday brunch time, they had a local bluegrass trio playing in the corner!
When we arrived at the hotel, we walked into a lobby and foyer filled with the sent of fresh tobacco and florals that we thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the ambience and modern/industrial aesthetic of the boutique hotel. In addition to the beautiful style of the hotel, the location was on the corner of King St. making it perfect to walk anywhere in under ten minutes. When we finished up at The Watch, our hotel's rooftop bar, we decided to walk to our highly anticipated first dinner. Minero hit the spot with spicy house-made margaritas, homemade chips & guac, and tacos. The kitchen is under the orders of Chef Sean Brock, who also owns "Husk", a well-known southern restaurant we went to on our last visit to Charleston that I also recommend.
After finishing our meal, we felt very satisfied and full so we opted for a stroll down to the Battery. We made it right in time, as the sun was just setting along the water's edge.
Outfit Details:// These Madewell chambray shorts , a plain white tee , and these flat sandals for traveling. Marine Layer striped pants (also seen in this blog post), a red Free People OTS top (seen in this blog post), these embroidered frye shoes , and a straw clutch (similar here) , and these Draper James Cat-eye sunnies for dinner and a stroll
It was so refreshing to be staying at a hotel that mixed up their complimentary breakfast from the normal, hotel lobby breakfast. The Restoration offered a room delivery picnic basket filled with items we got to pick out for breakfast, and naturally I was in breakfast heaven! After a delicious picnic-style breakfast I headed to my pedicure appointment at The Spa at Belmont Charleston Place. I was offered incredible service even though I was not a guest at their hotel. Not to mention, complimentary mimosas were served to both Jack and I once I was finished!
On top of the urgency to get some sun, neither of us could wait to get to Folly Beach, so we could grab some grub from Bert's Market. They have organic and vegan sandwich and wrap options, but also cater to those looking for a hearty deli sandwich (aka Jack), which is why I think we both enjoy it so much!
After the beach we cleaned up and headed for a casual drink and snack at The Watch. After some white wine and hushpuppies (a great southern combo I might add) we headed to 167 Raw for dinner, a meal that we had been greatly anticipating since our trip to Charleston last year.
We ordered their guac that comes with pickled onion relish and a dozen raw oysters to start. For the main course I ordered the Ahi Poke and their special fish taco of the day while Jack had a scallop po'boy.
Once we finished at 167 Raw we decided to end the night with some cocktails from the Gin Joint. As soon as we walked in, the dimly lit, old bar ambience was undeniable. Our bartender was extremely friendly, and more than happy to teach us more about rum, which we were more enthusiastic about that night versus the next morning.
Outfit details:// Peach Robe (similar here) for breakfast, this English Factory striped maxi for relaxing at the spa, these PINK high-waisted bottoms paired with the body wrap top and these GAP denim high rise shorts w/ Amuse Society Kimono for the beach/ For dinner I opted for this Madewell wrap skirt , with this blousy off the shoulder top (sold out, but similar here & also seen in this blog post ) and finished with the Angela Caputi earrings I got in Italy this spring (no online purchase available)
We skipped the picnic breakfast and went straight to an early lunch/brunch at The Butcher & The Bee. The crispy olives and whipped feta mezzo were so delish, and my brown rice bowl was a combination of eclectic ingredients that worked perfectly together.
Next up, we wanted to enjoy the rooftop pool that was conveniently located on our floor. Unfortunately about 30 minutes in, it started raining and continued to come down for the rest of the afternoon and evening! Not letting it put a damper on our day, we walked around the corner to King Street, where we decided to do a little shopping. Some of my favorite spots from the day were Willy Jay's , The Skinny Dip Boutique , Moon And Lola , and V2V for women's clothing and accessories. I picked up a couple dresses, a sun hat and some shoes from the shops on King Street.
Next we got ready and headed to The Ordinary for an oyster happy hour! After a dozen oysters ( at only $1.50 each I may add) we each had one of their mini oyster sliders. This trip was all about food, drinks and relaxation, so after our mini meal we caught an Uber to our actual dinner at R. Kitchen!
This meal was greatly anticipated , and totally lived up to our expectations. This restaurant was extremely unique, and was described by the lead Chef as a "food truck without wheels." The ever-changing restaurant, R. Kitchen, met us with two food-enthusiastic chefs who were ready to prepare us with a four course meal, consisting of whatever ingredients caught their eyes that morning at the market. The music playlist only enhanced the delicious food, and the incredibly reasonable prices made us even more excited about the delicious and unique meal we had just had!
Outfit Details:// For shopping I wore the chambray shorts from above w/ this Madewell "Staycation" tee ( now even more on sale & also seen in this blog post), I chose this black one piece swimsuit for our brief time by the pool, I wore the keyhole dress seen below for dinner (bought that day at Willy Jay's and not available online)
The last day of our trip had to come at some point and unfortunately our last day still consisted of rainy weather. We had high hopes of riding the hotel's complimentary Martone bicycles, but the weather was out of our control. So after our final picnic basket breakfast, we took a walk through the city market to browse the local vendors and take in our last hours of Charleston!
Our final meal was at a place called Fast & French, recommended to us by the lovely couple (also from Lexington, go figure) who sat next to us at 167 Raw. The place was incredibly authentic in comparison to the french cafes I went to while in Paris. We both loved our meals, which of course came with a glass of wine!
As I said before, we love to make the most of our vacation time, so on our trip back to Lexington we made two stops in the beautiful state of North Carolina. Our first stop was at a quaint little farm stand to pick up local foods, and our second being for dinner in Asheville. We both craved some comfort food and found our match at Tupelo Honey. Jack claims it to be his absolutely favorite new spot, stating to have a love/hate relationship with everything on their menu. The trip ended with full bellies and empty wallets (cliche but seriously accurate). I officially have the travel-bug now, so be on the look out for my next adventure!
Outfit Details:// I wore the GAP denim shorts from above and sleeveless white button down shirt (N/A , but similar here) w/ Steve Madden Hamptn sneakers (on sale for almost half-off now!) and then for dinner in Asheville I wore the yellow sundress below from H&M (N/A online, but similar here)