It’s so tough to find that balance of being in the moment and taking enough photos while on vacation. This was our first time to Charleston, so I focused more on being in the moment. My mom, dad, and brother came with David and I on this trip, and we loved spending time with them. I guess that just means we will have to go back someday so I can take more photos. ; ) If you have ever been to Charleston, you know how photogenic every inch of the port city is.
TO DO / SEE
Charleston is one of those places that’s small enough to walk everywhere. The historic cobblestone streets and architecture are so charming, and there is so much to do and see. I recommend some of the walking tours if you’re interested in learning more about the culture and history of the city. My mom and I spent a full day of shopping on Kings Street (yes, you need a full day) while the boys went deep sea fishing. They caught red snapper and a restaurant nearby prepared them on the spot so we could enjoy their catch of the day. It was delicious! We spent a full day at Folly Beach. The sun was out and the weather was perfect.
Edmund’s Oast is a brew pub with nearly 100 different craft beer selections. The patio is ideal for a beautiful day, and almost every food dish served is made from scratch. The charcuterie was phenomenal – butchered, seasoned, smoked, and cured in-house. Photo-cred to my big brother on this one.
TO EAT / DRINK
Coffee stop? The Daily or Black Tap Coffee. Both were so good and the perfect start to a day full of shopping and walking along Kings Street. There’s nothing I love more than going to a local coffeeshop, especially when the lattes are served in cups the size of bowls.
For oysters, The Darling Oyster Bar & The Ordinary are both musts. Try the crispy oyster sliders and the lobster roll at The Ordinary – you can thank me later. The Darling Oyster Bar has only been open since February of this year, but I don’t think they will have any trouble keeping up with Charleston’s burgeoning culinary scene. The oysters were so fresh, shucked right in front of you at the raw bar that’s situated at the front of the restaurant with a large window view of Kings Street. And the interior… exposed brick walls, big windows, vintage booths, bright whites greens and blues… darling is too fitting.
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
The Darling Oyster Bar
One of the things I love most about traveling with my family is that eating out at nicer restaurants is always a part of our vacations. Charleston was the perfect place to do just that. I’d love to hear any of your favorites for next time!