Vacation Part 1 – Charleston, SC

Recently my mom & I headed north for a wedding in Greenville, SC. We decided to leave a day early and spend an afternoon/evening in Charleston, SC. We hadn’t been since I was 12 and decided it was time for another visit. We had a great time! We got to town around 1 pm and were already planning our next trip back within a few hours.

We explored downtown Charleston – visiting shops, getting gifts for family, and grabbing lunch. Our first stop was the Historic Charleston City Market. Since the last time we had been they had closed in part of it and made it a bit fancier. It was a little more like a mall and had AC. Thank goodness! It was quite hot while we were there and we welcomed the cool air for a bit.

After picking up a couple gifts for family and friends we started to get hungry. We got a little turned around but finally found Sticky Fingers BBQ. We took a wrong turn on our way into town and ended up in the parking lot of a BBQ restaurant. After that we couldn’t get the smell or idea of BBQ out of our head, so we had to grab some for lunch. We knew we would be having a big dinner so we decided to split a meal. We ordered the large pulled pork sandwich with fries. We told our waiter that we were going to split it and when he brought it out it was cut in half and on two plates. Score! While we were waiting for our food we came across a coupon in one of the maps we picked up for a free dessert. We decided to try out the peach cobbler and boy were we glad we did. It was homemade and delicious! Lunch gave us just the boost we needed to make it through the rest of our day.

One of the places I knew I had to stop at was the Moon Pie General store. My best friend had gotten me a shirt from there the last time she was in Charleston and I knew I had to stop by. I picked up a handful of Moon Pies (in THREE flavors) and got some taffy for my grandpa. I was even able to get my own Moon Pie Meg picture.

Shortly after that we went over to the water to walk around and grab some pictures before heading back over the bridge to our hotel. Since we had decided to stay one less night in Greenville we ended up getting a nicer hotel in Charleston. We wanted something on the water and went with Shem Creek Inn in Mount Pleasant. It was amazing! The hotel was right on Shem Creek and we had beautiful views from our balcony. The hotel is surrounded be bars and restaurants along with being adjacent to Shem Creek Park. It was in the perfect location and we knew right away that we would be staying here again on our next trip.

After a trip to the pool (and a glass of wine) we wandered around the hotel checking out the restaurants and the park. We had already decided to have dinner at Shem Creek Bar & Grill. We talked to the gentleman that checked us in at the hotel and it was also the first place we had suggested. By the time we got to the restaurant it was after 8 and not too crowded. We only had to wait about 10 minutes before being seated at a table with great water views. I wish we’d had more time to enjoy them, but it was still nice.

Dinner was fresh and delicious. We knew being in a seaside town that we had to have some seafood and we weren’t disappointed. Dinner was a bit pricey, but worth every penny. Plus my grandpa had given us some spending money before we left so that helped out. Thanks Pop-pop!

I had every intention of getting up and running the next morning, but between the long day of driving and then walking all afternoon I was just beat. We had another 3+ hours of driving to do first thing in the morning and I decided another 45 minutes of sleep was what I needed. I’ll definitely be running the next time we are in town though.

Next up: Greenville, SC

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