48 hours in Charleston, South Carolina
links + small things
I’ve been to Charleston a few different times in my life, but recently spent a quick weekend there with my mom and daughter! Justin and the boys were set to go on a weekend camp trip, so I took advantage of that time and whisked Emily away to one of the most charming cities I’ve ever been to.
We stayed at the Mill’s House in downtown Charleston, right near the City Market. I was excited to tell Emily we were staying in a *pink* hotel! We parked our cars (we met there since my mom was driving up from South Carolina) in a nearby garage and didn’t use them again until we left to head back home. The location of the hotel was ideal, making it really easy to walk anywhere we wanted to go! The restaurant in the hotel was very nice, the lobby was beautiful, but the guest rooms left a little to be desired. The real cost of this hotel is the location and easy access to the main tourist areas of Charleston.
After we dropped our things in our rooms, we walked over to the Aquarium. I brought an umbrella stroller for Emily which she rode in for a lot of the weekend, and I was very glad to have that with us. The Aquarium was about a 20-minute walk from the hotel, and the beautiful weather that afternoon made it delightful.
The Aquarium is right on the water and there are really scenic views from the top floor. It had a lot of interesting features and even a spot where adults and kids alike could “pet” a few different sea creatures.
The next morning we got up and walked north on King Street, the main shopping street downtown, to Virginia’s on King for breakfast. The food was delicious, and we spent the rest of the morning shopping on King Street. Each retail shop had so much character and charm from the outside, the simple act of window shopping was just about as enjoyable as going inside.
We took a break back in the hotel room but grabbed a light bite in the hotel restaurant first. Then, we headed back out to explore before our dinner reservation at Rudy Royale. We made our way back to the Joe Riley Waterfront Park but went further down to discover a playground. Emily played a bit, then we walked over to dinner.
Afterward, we got a scoop of ice cream from The Fudgery and slowly made our way back to the hotel.
The next morning we ate breakfast at Poogan’s Porch, which is just a 15-second walk from our hotel, and it was fun to learn about the story of that restaurant. A neighborhood dog, named Poogan, lived on that street for many years and was the first to greet customers when they converted that house into what is now Poogan’s Porch.
While it was a quick trip, we got to see some of the beautiful sites, eat delicious food, and enjoy the beauty of Charleston. There really isn’t a place quite like it, and I left wanting to go back as soon as I can.