Last March, we decided to whisk away somewhere slightly warmer for an extended weekend to celebrate our non-official (i.e. first-date) anniversary. Jay is convinced that I will keep celebrating this “fake” anniversary in addition to our “real” wedding anniversary just so I can go on more trips every year … and well, he may be onto me.
It had been eons since I’d been in Charleston, SC, and with a burgeoning downtown restaurant scene, and a picturesque beach a short drive away, I thought it would be the perfect place to eat, drink, get some interesting photographs, and just chill.
I had already done the controversial plantation tours as a teenager when my high school orchestra played at Boone Hall Plantation, and I didn’t feel the need to revisit that period of history again in our short time in town. For this trip, we opted to just stay downtown, traveling mostly everywhere on foot, except for an afternoon at the beach on Sullivan’s Island, and a few dinners that were a bit too far away from our hotel.
We didn’t get to make it to everything on my list (per usual), but we did manage to hit a wide array of spots. I’ve listed our favorites below. All in all, Charleston was pretty accommodating with all my gluten-free requests, which was a welcome surprise to me. The menus were definitely limited at certain dining establishments, but with a little pre-planning, I managed to find us a fairly extensive list of gluten-free dining options while we were in town.
One of the unexpected highlights of our trip was meeting the ceramic artist who created the service used at Husk. I’m a sucker for beautiful pottery, and when I found out that Husk used a local artist for their dinnerware and mugs, we made sure a stop at his studio was on our agenda for the next day. In my mind, Fiorenzo is the epitome of Charleston – an exceedingly warm, generous, and talented craftsman who brightens his new hometown with an infectious joie de vivre. Every time Jay & I use the pieces he gifted us, I think back to our nearly two hour(!) conversation about food, chefs, travel, and artistry. I promised him that when I finally mastered a great gluten-free sourdough that I’d share the recipe on another visit. I look forward to the day our paths cross again over a loaf of fresh baked gluten free sourdough or pizza. 🙂
|Blue Bicycle Books||Bookstore||420 King St. Charleston, SC 29403|
|Lewis BBQ||BBQ,Favorites||464 N Nassau St., Charleston, SC 29403|
|Husk||Special Occasion Restaurant||76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401|
|The Belmont||Cocktail Bar||511 King Street Charleston, South Carolina 29403|
|McCrady's Tavern||Bar / Brewery||2 Unity Alley, Charleston, SC 29401|
|High Wire Distilling||Bar / Brewery||652 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403|
|The Rise||Coffee||75 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401|
The Rise Coffee Bar
|Black Tap Coffee||Coffee||70.5 Beaufain St, Charleston, SC 29401|
|The Daily||Coffee||652 King St, Charleston, SC 29403|
|Caviar & Bananas||Coffee,Market||51 George Street, Charleston, SC 29401|
|Mercantile & Mash||Market||701 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29403|
|Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams||Ice Cream||501 King St, Charleston, SC 29403|
|Republic Ice Cream||Ice Cream||431 King St, Charleston, SC 29403|
|Beardcat's Sweet Shop||Ice Cream||2063 Middle St. Sullivan's Island, SC 29482|
|Rainbow Row||Photography||83 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401|
Quintessential Charleston. Historical colored row houses and palm trees line a beautiful stretch of East Bay Street. I would recommend heading here for at least one sunset while you're in town for some gorgeous photo ops.
|Minero||Mexican||153 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401|
|The Obstinate Daughter||Italian||2063 Middle St Sullivans Island, SC 29482|
|Edmund's Oast||New American||1081 Morrison Drive, Charleston, SC 29403|
|The Commons||Shopping||701 East Bay Street Suite 106 Charleston, SC 29403|
Artisan American crafts from nationwide vendors for sale in a beautifully laid out store. Furniture, lighting, kitchenware, and gifts abound.
|Fat Hen||Southern||3140 Maybank Highway Johns Island, SC 29455|