Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Honeymoon in Charleston

If you have never been to Charleston, South Carolina you must go. It is such a neat, southern city. Adam and I fell quickly in love with the city and all of the history it holds.  After the wedding we stayed at the Battle House in downtown Mobile then left Sunday morning for a 10 hour drive to Charleston. We made a pit stop in Prattville, Alabama for lunch and arrived in Charleston around 8:00 pm.

We were exhausted. We slept in a little bit then headed out to tour the city.  Our hotel, The Francis Marion, is in the heart of downtown and within walking distance of everything. 

We immediately started walking and finding fun stores...Moonpie General Store, M Dumas and Sons, Half Moon Outfitters and  the Market.

 We ate lunch at a little local deli then went to a few more stores. We headed back to our hotel to rest and get ready for dinner (we were still exhausted at this point). We had dinner reservations at 82 Queens...Amazing. I had brisket and Adam had steak. 

 Cute Husband!

After dinner we hopped in our car and rode down to the water then across the beautiful bridge.

We weren't really sure Tuesday was going to hold with the tropical storm coming through...the weather man said it should be raining all day but thank goodness it did not!
Our first stop was the South Carolina Aquarium. We loved it and got some fun pictures. The aquarium is right on the harbor so we had a great view of the bridge and the water.

After the aquarium we walked down to a little BBQ stop for a awesome lunch. We then went on to do a little more shopping on Market and King Street (two of the main streets downtown). Adam scored a few things at Brooks Brothers and the Charleston Angler and I snagged a cookbook and some 82 Queen she crab soup mix! We also did a carriage tour. With our hotel we got passes to the aquarium, carriage tour and a Fort Sumter tour. The carriage tour was a blast. There was an awesome breeze during the ride and we learned some cool facts about Charleston. 

We ended the day with dinner at the Swamp Fox, this is the restaurant in our hotel. We had reservations at 8 and it could not have worked out better. The rain started coming around that time and it was so nice not having to get out in it to enjoy a great dinner!

The Battery was our first stop for the day. We walked around, took pictures and then walked down to Rainbow Row...the houses in Charleston are gorgeous. I would love to live in any of them.

After the Battery we headed to the water to get on a boat to Fort Sumter. The boat ride took about 30 minutes. The breeze was out of this world, I could have stayed on the boat forever. We loved going to Fort Sumter and reading up on a little Civil War history.

LOVED our ride across the water!

Boone Hall Plantation was next on our list. This is a very popular plantation that has been featured in several movies and TV shows. I loved it because it is still a working plantation and the family that owns it now still comes to the plantation. 

Recognize this from the Notebook?

A fun day was of course followed by a great dinner. We went to Poogan's Porch, this by far was our favorite spot. If you are ever in Charleston you MUST go. The atmosphere, food and dessert blew our minds.

This was our "lets get everything done" day! We started the day with breakfast from our hotel restaurant then went to Market Street to pick up some last minute things! After an hour or so we got out of the downtown area and headed to Folly Beach. We really weren't prepared to spend a day at the beach but we wanted to go see the beaches. 

After the beach we made a stop to get Adam some new shoes and he let me go to Trader Joes to stock up on some of my favorite snacks! Adam also took me to a little store downtown called Charleston Cooks! I scored a cookie cutter and we got a apron for the grill master!! 
For dinner we headed to a little local spot called Juanita Greenberg's. They are famous for their nachos and believe me they did not disappoint. 

We could not leave Charleston with out going to the ever so famous Kamisky's. We split a delicious piece of cake and a famous milkshake! Kamisky's is a sweet lovers paradise for sure. 

I ended the day by getting a sweet print of the city and I think I have found the perfect place for it in our house (which by the way we are loving. I can't wait to share pictures of all the things we have done)

We left Charleston Friday morning with Savannah, Georgia on our mind. We were stopping there to eat lunch at Paula Deen's restaurant. If you are ever in Savannah you must stop. It is delicious.

Charleston was amazing. We had a great time on our honeymoon. Sorry this post is soooo long but I didn't want to miss a thing about the trip. It is sad but I find myself already forgetting the little details that I want so badly to remember forever. 

A blog is coming soon on our first month of marriage. Isn't it crazy that we have already been married almost a month. We have been slammed packed busy but we wouldn't have it any other way! 

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