As promised, I’m back to share a recap of our long weekend in Charleston, South Carolina. To sum it up, there was lots of food, drinks and relaxation. Oh, and it was HOT. But it seems like it was hot everywhere. Luckily I spent most of the daytime hours in the pool, otherwise I just started sweating after 5 minutes of laying out in the sun.
We left on Wednesday afternoon on a 4pm flight from BWI. We got there early and enjoyed our first drink of the vacation at the airport bar. After an uneventful flight, we landed in Charleston around 5:30 and took an Uber to our hotel. We stayed at the Charleston Harbor Resort which is technically in Mount Pleasant, about 10 minutes outside of Charleston. We considered renting a car but decided to just take Ubers all weekend. They were easy to get and probably saved us money overall. Plus, we could drink as much as we wanted and not have to worry about driving.
After checking into the hotel on Wednesday evening, we headed back into the city for dinner at Paw Paw. We were starving and got the buttermilk biscuits to start. They were recommended by our waiter and did not disappoint!
I got the steak for dinner, and Rob got the pork chops. Both were delicious!
After dinner we walked to a grocery store and picked up some water and alcohol for the room (priorities), and headed back to the hotel for the night. It was already late and had been a long day!
Thursday morning started with some coffee on our balcony, followed by a trip to the gym (for me) and a run (for Rob). We grabbed breakfast at the Fish House which was the hotel restaurant, and then headed to the pool until lunchtime, at which point we headed to the pool bar. There weren’t many options there, but I was able to get a salad with grilled chicken and Rob had fish tacos. Of course, we had drinks with our meals.
We had been worried about the weather, as the forecast called for thunderstorms the whole time we were in Charleston. Luckily, there were only some clouds and thunder/lightning for about an hour on Thursday afternoon (which meant we couldn’t stay at the pool- but it didn’t even rain). We had a drink in the room and then walked down to one of the piers. By then we were able to go back to the pool and the sun was back out.
Thursday night’s dinner was at the Peninsula Grill. We had heard great reviews about this restaurant and read that it was pretty upscale. In the restaurant we were seated pretty close to another table and I didn’t really feel comfortable taking pictures, until we got dessert! We had heard that we could not pass up the coconut cake, and while this is not something we would usually order, we gave it a try. It was the largest slice of cake I think I have ever seen, and I totally understand all the hype. I think we were able to eat about half of it between the two of us. We practically needed to be rolled into the Uber to be taken back to the hotel.
On Friday morning we wanted to try somewhere different for breakfast, so we took an Uber to Page’s Okra Grill. The portions were huge and the prices were much better than the hotel restaurant. We decided to walk the 2.5 miles back to the hotel after eating so much. I went to the gym for about 30 minutes when we got back and then met Rob at the pool. We had another day of perfect weather, this time with no thunderstorm interruptions.
That evening we went back to Charleston one last time and ate at Coast Bar and Grill. This was much more casual than our other dinners, but still pretty good. We found a nearby bar and grabbed a drink after dinner before heading back to the hotel. It was still relatively early, so we checked out the rooftop bar of the hotel and had one more drink before calling it a night.
Saturday was the same coffee, gym, pool routine, and opted for a small breakfast of protein bars and an early lunch. Rob went into Charleston to try a barbecue place (Lewis Barbecue , which he said was well worth the trip) and I ate by the pool. We wanted to make the most of our last day and luckily had perfect weather once again!
That night we stayed in Mount Pleasant for dinner and ate at Graze. (At this point in the trip I had completely given up on taking pictures of our food!) We were done with dinner really early, so drank on our balcony and then went to the rooftop bar again. Is this not the biggest cup of wine you’ve ever seen?!
Of course, Sunday was our day to come back home which is never fun. Luckily we had no flight issues and were back home by noon. The rest of the day was spent unpacking, doing laundry, and getting ready for the week ahead.
Looking back it feels like we didn’t get to see too much of Charleston, but that’s ok. we still got to enjoy lots of good food and see different areas where we went to restaurants. It was really too hot to do anything during the day other than stay by the pool! It was a great trip and I wish it was a few days longer. I’d love to go back to Charleston again some day, maybe not in the middle of August!
Have you ever been to Charleston?
When you travel during the summer do you sightsee or stay by the pool?
Do you think you would have been able to eat that whole piece of cake?