It was a chilly but sunny visit to Charleston for us! We only had one full day in the city, so we spent most of it walking and admiring the gorgeous architecture (of course), but managed to cover a lot of ground and see a lot! Our favorites are listed at the end.
We took a horse carriage tour to learn a lot of the history of Charleston. The girls loved the beautiful Belgian horse that pulled us, and our guide knew her stuff. After the ride, we walked back to the Battery and imagined which houses we would live in...:)
We were staying with family in Mt. Pleasant, so it was an easy drive to the beach the next day. Our girls had never been on the East Coast so we HAD to stick our toes in the sand!
We decided to make the drive through Savannah on the way home. It was so quick it's not worthy of a separate post, but we definitely want to make a longer visit soon!
Where to go & what to do- the details:
Old South Carriage Company for a great historic tour. It was a great way to start because we were able to see things we wanted to go back and take a closer look at, and being on limited time it also covered a lot of ground in one hour.
Old Exchange & Provost for an interactive history lesson. We toured the dungeon, saw historic memorabilia and even got to meet "George Washington" upstairs. A wonderful local dresses in period costume and answers questions. The kids loved it!
Be sure to walk along the Battery. The homes are amazing!
Our favorite meal was at the Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan's Island. Be sure to make reservations way in advance for any restaurant, especially the popular ones! We didn't travel with dressy clothes, so this was perfect and the food was truly incredible. We had oysters, fish and fruity drinks!
Worth mentioning is that the area of Mount Pleasant is very nice and offers easy access into the city. You'll find all the basic shops like Harris Teeter and Target, plus a few great local places like Abide-A-While garden center and Napa Mount Pleasant was a fun and delicious dinner!
Savannah was mostly a walk along the waterfront for us, but we did make it to one of my favorite on-line follows, The Paris Market and Brocante. If you go, get some macaroons and coffee to enjoy before or after you shop! (That's where the photos of the girls in the candy shop was taken.)
Let me know if you try any of these, and we definitely want to go back, so PLEASE leave me recommendations in the comments. I'm making a list for the next visit!