charleston : a {full} weekend

This past weekend, E and I opted for a long girls weekend to see our beloved friend, LC. We drove up to explore the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina. I looked to one of my favorite blog resources, designsponge for some travel advice and it proved right (we even stumbled upon some of the same shops unintentionally). Between LC’s knowledge of the city, running into people in the gelato shop, and help from this travel guide, I’ve created an adapted guide to having a full weekend of eating, drinking, site seeing, and shopping in Charleston. Food seems to steal the spotlight in the South, if that’s not apparent…hopefully more sites on our next visit! Links to places of sites and food below :)

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Food

Five Loaves Cafe: A well priced lunch shop on Cannon Street; everything on the menu looked so good it took a while (& a mimosa) to make decisions. We enjoyed the chicken salad on croissant, sweet potato goat cheese soup, chef special fried green tomato sandwich, and delicious sweet basil & honey dressing on spinach salad the most–gathered that you can’t go wrong here.

Minero: This new Mexican eatery is run by award winning chef Sean Brock. While the wait was long (do not recommend going with a large group), the margaritas, dips, and intriguing tacos made it worthwhile. You might even get so lucky to have a secret admirer send napkin notes… And it’s due to open at Ponce City Market soon! Get ready Atlanta.

Triangle Char & Bar: Charlestonians love brunch–with three locations in the city this place provided a fun brunching atmosphere with open air seating and a fun wait staff (that I’m pretty sure knew the rest of our gang as regulars).

Belgian Gelato: The 10 degree temperature increase (and all of the walking) put gelato on the brain. Our eyes were a little big for our already full stomachs, but when in Rome–get the whipped cream AND chocolate sauce ;)

Sites

King Street: A beautiful mix of stores in pretty historic buildings along a pedestrian friendly street.

Calhoun Mansion: Seeing how current residents use these famous spaces is always interesting. This particular mansion housed antiques on every surface adding up to a billion dollars of collectibles. I think I could do without the elephant hooves in the men’s parlor, seeing the interior of the house was quite an experience. Across the street is home to the largest porches in the city, swoon.

Rainbow Row: An adorable waterfront strip of the city with pastel painted houses lined up for wanderers to admire.

Shops

Charleston City Market: A partially covered galley of local vendors selling everything from sweetgrass baskets to local seasoning mixes. The history behind the original building use is incredible as well.

Mac & Murphy: While you’re on Cannon, stroll on over to this quaint card shop with Charleston influenced paper displays and unique household items. Seen first on the designsponge blog, second in person <3

Final Cut: Not technically in Charleston, but a good halfway point between Atlanta for final cut items from the URBN brands. Needless to say, we wound up squeezing an arm chair into a little Civic for the remainder of the drive home.

Charleston, we had some fun! But, I still think we should have won the guac off–rematch next trip.

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