charmed in charleston {travel guide}

Dearest Renovate readers, 

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source: google images

I just returned from a long weekend to Charleston, my first time to visit the much talked-about city. It did not disappoint! The history, the architecture, the window boxes, the food, the beaches...Wow!!! 

 

 

 

 

My mom, Cathy, has been to Charleston a few times and always raves. She suggested we visit Husk so we stopped there for lunch on Friday. Yum!! Shrimp and grits was on my to-do list for the weekend, so checked that off at our first stop. I love the old house the restaurant inhabits. Their picture is better than the one I snapped on my iphone - see what I'm talking about? 

source: my iphone

source: my iphone

source: my iphone

source: my iphone

Husk's picture is much better than the one I snapped on my iphone - see what I'm talking about? How beautiful is this this building? 

source: Husk

source: Husk

Sullivan's Island

My husband Drew & I spent a lot of time on Sullivan's Island - the homes! I couldn't stop staring. They're breathtaking, with their porches and private pools and beach-front property! I loved the landscaping of most homes - lush ferns, simple yet stunning. The trees on Sullivan's Island are just as beautiful, too! And thank goodness for the shade - even from Texas, Charleston is hot, y'all! 

snapped this shot while walking to the beach

snapped this shot while walking to the beach

iphone pic of the beach on Sullivan's Island. So clean!

iphone pic of the beach on Sullivan's Island. So clean!

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source: iphone

Oh, to drink a glass of lemonade on that huge porch! 

Strollin' Along

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We recommend a walk along the water front to the Battery. The mansions are amazing - truly, mansions. I overheard a tour guide tell his group that this particular mansion was built in the 1890s, (so relatively new for that area!) and that it was recently restored, valued somewhere between 9 and 10 million dollars. Nice! I'll take two. 

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If you're looking for food recs, we loved Poe's on Sullivan's Island for a casual bite. Named for Edgar Allen Poe. We also went to SNOB (Slightly North of Broad Street) and snagged a table for two with NO WAIT (others were waiting an hour or more) at the "chef's table" in the back. We could watch the chefs and assistants whip up dishes and send them out from the kitchen. Great atmosphere! And the sour cream apple pie...worth leaving your diet at home, folks. (Apparently Food and Wine has it on their list of best American apple pies. I didn't know this in advance but I believe it!)

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Hominy was probably our favorite meal, for that traditional delicious southern meal. What did we love most? The shrimp and grits? The mac'n'cheese? The squash casserole? We just can't decide. 

We ended our last night at the Vendue rooftop bar. Great cocktails with an even better view of the city. We'd put this on our must-do list. 

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Orange Door Alert!

First of all, this home in downtown Charleston is simply wonderful. The blue ceilings on the porches! The gardens! Cathy recently painted her front door an orange hue, and we were excited to see several homes in Charleston with the same shade. Great minds think alike (and Southern belles, too!) 

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Since I was on a trip with my patient hubby, I didn't do much shopping. But I did freak out when we walked past a C Wonder store - I've only shopped online before this trip. In person was spectacular! 

If you're looking for hotel recommendations, we actually went the young-married-couple-on-a-budget route and stayed at a home we found on Air BnB. The home is owned by an interior designer and the neighborhood in Mt. Pleasant is straight out of a movie. We definitely lucked out with that find! 

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source iphone

Oh, did I mention why we were in Charleston? We spent Thursday night of the Labor Day weekend in Columbia, SC, where the Fightin' Texas Aggies were playing USC. Aggies won, and I got a pic with the best coach in college football, Kevin Sumlin. 

selfie with Coach Sumlin. gig em. 

selfie with Coach Sumlin. gig em. 

Cheers, Charleston!

love, courtney