Charleston - College of Charleston

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.





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.

Charleston - Folly Beach

Charleston - Edmund's Oast

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.


Charleston - The Daily

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.

Charleston - The Ordinary

Charleston - The Darling Oyster Bar

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.

Charleston - The Darling Oyster Bar


Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
The Daily
Hominy Grill


Hall’s Chophouse
Charleston Grill
The Darling Oyster Bar
The Ordinary

drinks/small plates

Gin Joint
Edmund’s Oast

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!

  • I’ve always wanted to try fresh oysters. Those look delicious!

  • Jennifer Shreckengost

    Charleston has been on my bucket list for quite some time! I need to get down there! Pinning to my Wanderlust board!

  • I loved going to Charleston when we lived in Savannah. One of my favorite places to visit, plus we loved eating at California Dreaming.

  • I’ve always wanted to visit Charleston! Saving this!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

  • Love this! Charleston is such a fun city to explore + the eats are so great!

  • Charleston is one of my favorite cities I’ve visited! Just the right amount of historical, charming, and trendy. Your photos are stunning. I always struggle with the balance between photographing to capture the moment and living in the moment. Your other “when in” posts are lovely!

    • So true, Heather. We loved the history and all of the charming architecture. It’s so difficult to find that balance, but if you have to lean one way or the other, my advice would always be to be in the moment. Memories are so precious, and pictures rarely do them justice. Thanks so much for following along with my posts!

  • OH my..this is so breathtaking! I have always wanted to visit Charleston! My dream trip..your pics are just devine….!!

  • These are some great photos! You’ve definitely visited some of the best places, glad you enjoyed your trip.


    Lee Anne


  • Melissa Chee

    It looks like a great place to visit!