For years I've been hearing all about how amazing Charleston is and that if I ever went I probably would never want to leave. I had heard about the charm, the delicious food, and how historical it was. Well, let me just say, we had a chance to visit last week and all those things I had heard? Yeah, Charleston was so much more! If you've ever been, I'm sure you understand. If you have not had the chance to visit, I suggest doing that sometime soon. There are so many fun things to do, see, explore, and discover. I already can't wait to go back!
Here are 5 amazing things we did during our few days in Charleston:
<> Visit the Angel Oak Tree
While not located in the central hub of Charleston, the Angel Oak is worth the short drive. It's an absolutely beautiful and magnificent oak tree that really has to be witnessed in person. Pictures truly don't do it justice.
<> The Charleston Tea Plantation
The Charleston Tea Plantation is the only tea garden in North American and on a sunny spring day, touring this plantation was just beautiful! For a small price, you board a trolley and drive around the grounds while the most adorable tour guide explains the process of growing tea. It's interesting, picturesque, andddd you get to sample lots of different types of tea. That's a win-win-win if you ask me!
I decided to put all the amazing places we ate into one category. One of the best parts of discovering a new city is finding all the delicious places to eat! Charleston has no shortage of dining options. Thanks to some recommendations we received before our trip and some places we just happened to find, every single meal we had was memorable. These are some of my favorites:
Callie's Hot Little Biscuits -- Southern biscuits. I mean, I don't think I really have to say anything else but this was the perfect place to stop for breakfast. We also may or may not have gone back after dinner one night and enjoyed some late night biscuits!
Leon's -- This place really had it all. It had atmosphere, a killer vibe, and the food was absolutely amazing. Truthfully, I wish this was in Memphis so we could go back all the time!
Brown Dog Deli -- We spent the day wondering around Charleston and just happened to stop into the Brown Dog Deli for lunch. It's a great spot for a quick bite and it turned out to be one of my favorite meals.
<> Deep Water Vineyard
Sometimes the best activities are unplanned. While we were at the Charleston Tea Plantation, our tour guide mentioned that there was a vineyard close by. After a quick google search, we found Deep Water Vineyard and decided to go. Basically, it feels like you're hanging out in someone's backyard. Someone who just happens to have vineyard and a moonshine distillery. There were food trucks, live music, tastings, and bunnies!
It's incredibly difficult to choose a favorite part of the the trip, but the part that's towards the top if my list is simply the walking around and exploring. We spent a good chunk of our trip just wandering up and down the gorgeous streets of Charleston. I love the houses, the shops, and all the history. If you visit Charleston, I highly recommend just getting lost in the beauty of the city.
After spending a few days in Charleston, we went to Folly Beach for the rest of our vacation. More on that tomorrow.
Have you ever been to Charleston?? What did you enjoy the most?