For weeks we went back and forth about whether or not, we should travel between the holidays. After we decided to stay home, of cause we changed our mind again. Until finally we spontaneously booked a cottage, just steps away from the beach of Isle of Palms, SC and a short car drive away from Charleston.
A decision without further thinking, can definitely be a good one. I knew we would spend most of the time in Charleston, but I wanted to be near by the ocean for those ‘grab a coffee and drink it at the beach’ mornings (switch wine for coffee and nights for mornings and you got the idea). However rather a beach vacation with visits to the city than vice versa.
The first two days were foggy, the mist on the beach so heavy, at times we couldn’t see the sun. It was very magical and beautiful. Throughout our stay the temperatures during the days were in the 80s, kids and four-legged friends had a blast and I even saw a few surfers in the water. I wouldn’t bet on it, but we usually have beautiful weather even in the winter months.
I have been in Charleston for a couple of times now and I can’t wait to come back every time I leave. While a beach vacation is generally a good idea, I get bored laying around in the sand. That’s why visiting Charleston is perfect for me, it offers everything I am looking for and I know I will have a great time. After working up an appetite strolling on the beach, there is always good food to find in one of the amazing restaurants. We usually just park the car and walk up and down the cobblestone paved streets of downtown Charleston for hours. I always make some time to look at the historic buildings and love to stop by at a coffee shop or cocktail bar for a break.
I am a planner and when I travel, I have a list with things to do and places to eat. Getting ready and looking forward to going on a vacation is part of the vacation itself. However it’s not a monomaniacal agenda, but it’s nice to have a back-up plan and not to waste vacation time on looking for ideas. Here comes my lists with travel tips for Charleston, I hope you like it and please share your ideas and secret insider tips in the comments. Thanks!
Charleston knows good coffee! I don’t want to sound like a broken record, so I just say it once: all of the coffee shops will serve you a perfect cuppa in a nice atmosphere.
Not exactly a coffee shop, but it fits rather in this category than any other: Sugar Bake Shop is a cute bakery, famous for their cupcakes.
The guys from Black Tap Coffee run a coffee house (picture above) in the Harleston Village neighborhood and a roastery located on James Island.
Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer has a lovely courtyard and intentionally no wifi, great for chatting over espresso or beer.
Poogan’s Porch (picture above) serves low country food in a Victorian house with cozy porches. We had a romantic dinner at the fire place with friendly service. Gluten free friendly.
Husk and Poogan’s Porch are almost neighbors, also in a historic house. The food is southern style and their menu changes daily. Their shrimp and grits are very good.
Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar is a seafood restaurant with a nice atmosphere.
Charleston is a great place to eat and drink and luckily also offers many opportunities to walk off those calories. Beside strolling up and down those cobblestone streets and shopping on King Street, you can also find beautiful parks and beaches.
A boneyard beach is a wild and untouched beach with skeleton-like trees (hence the name). The easiest access is on the northeastern edge of Folly Beach, where you can see the Morris Island Lighthouse (picture above). More stunning, but not so easy accessible, are Botany Bay Plantation (Edisto Beach), Capers Island and Bulls Island. Bring bug spray…
Check out the Pineapple Fountain in the Charleston Waterfront Park, t
Visit the Angel Oak Tree (picture above) bring some food and stay a little longer for a picnic, there are benches and tables behind the tree. For sure the biggest tree I have ever seen, bring your wide-angle lens.