South Carolina! On Thursday August 13th we arrived at Dave and Alyssa’s! We had such a wonderful time hanging out with them and going on little adventures all week. It was so great spending more time with little Luca too! He is such a smiley nugget of joy! He wins the cutest baby award so far, sorry guys, but its true!
The first evening in Charleston we met up with an old college friend of Alyssa’s. She was renting a beach house close by in Folly Beach with her family. We shared a few brews and went for an evening walk on the beach enjoying the breeze and chasing crabs. A few of the guys recently discovered the Untappd app and were nerding out all together.
Charleston is a really great city with a “colorful” history, eclectic historical architecture, and chalk full of yummy restaurants! On our horse drawn ride around the French quarter with the Palmetto Carriage Barn we got a sample of the architecture. Our drive went through the old slave market (which I will get into later), Rainbow Row and the Battery. Mostly we saw the Charleston single houses. Wikipedia has a great description HERE if you are interested! Many of the houses were owned by old timey historically famous people. You could even tour some of them! I was going to take notes but I lived in the moment of the tour instead! Here are some photos of our ride as well as some from the Folly Beach evening.
Once our carriage pulled back into the big red barn, we went over to the old slave market. For those of you who don’t know, this was the place the slaves went shopping, not were they were sold. That was a different location in town, closer to where the ships would come in. In the now modern market which is three blocks long, there were all sorts of things from jewelry and baskets to clothing and art. Some of it hand made and quality, some made in China. The sweetgrass baskets were very authentic though as you could see every seller weaving right there near their booths! I was only able to afford a small wreath as the baskets go for what they are worth! Unfortunately out of my current budget! Beautiful work though.
We learned more local history when we spent an evening going on a ghost tour! The Hilton hotel in town was once the old Citidel which was a military school. One frequent haunting was the ghost of a Citadel cadet who would appear to female guests at the foot of the bed in the middle of the night. He apparently is headless from the eyebrows up!
Another story our guide told us was of an old orphanage right down the street. On October 18th 1918 apparently the orphans took over the orphanage and the older ones were lighting bottles on fire and throwing them in cardboard boxes outside of the orphanage. The fire rescue had pulled what they’d thought were all of the orphans out but when the smoke cleared they found 7 singed bodies of girls who had died in their sleep. People over the years say they can hear the song “Ring around the Rosies” being sung by little girl voices near were the orphanage used to be.
The orphanage was torn down in 1945 and years later an all female dorm was built close to the area. Apparently the girls who have stayed there over the years report hearing marbles and jax in the hallways. The fire alarm also goes off about 30 times a year with no explanation of who is doing it! The stories were creepy but lots of fun!
After we parted ways with the tour guide we went over to a favorite dessert place of Alyssa’s. She had gone to college in Charleston and was having loads of memories popping up during our visit. Kaminsky’s YUM! I had Toll House Pie a la mode and a coffee martini made with vodka and Kahlúa. Way too much richness for one sitting, but worth it!
Alyssa brought us to a few yummy restaurants in Charleston. (Other than her kitchen where she made yummy food for us all week!)One of my favorites was Fleet Landing Restaurant We had Stuffed Hush Puppies that had lobster, rock Shrimp, leeks, & corn with a creole tomato sauce on top. Then of course I had blackened shrimp! The atmosphere is classy yet laid back. Indoor artwork was great fun.
Another favorite was the evening after we tried to check out Middleton Plantation. For starters we got there entirely too late in the day. We would have only had an hour and a half to do the gardens and the house tour. With ticket prices at $43 bucks a whack, it just wasn’t worth it unless you came and stayed for the entire day and you could! Along with the house and gardens there is also a stable yard, carriage rides, gift shops and even a restaurant. Alyssa and I went into the museum gift shop and browsed while chatting with the lady who worked there. Once on our way back into town we decided to go out to eat again and headed over to Charleston. While we walked around, a Cicada flew over and landed on Phillip’s hat. It stayed there for at least 20 minutes while we walked around! Once we were ready to eat, we scoped out a place called Closed for Business. Love this place! If I lived in Charleston I would go there all the time. They have an excellent rotating tap list as well as yummy food for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. They also have a very nice beer selection.
Dave and Phillip went golfing one afternoon while Alyssa and I went for a walk around the park. The park they go to is enormous and full of all sorts of things. A dog park that is huge, a little kids water park, a not so little kids water park, miles of paved trails, spots you can go shrimping, it is endless and beautiful.
We did so many fun things that I forgot what days we did what! We had a beach day one afternoon, we hit up all sorts of restaurants., we took the fur babies to the dog park. For a drink stop we went to Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer.Small but excellent list of beer on tap and tasty coffee drinks. We had an Amazing time in Charleston with Dave, Alyssa, Luca, Indie the dog and Bella the cat. It was hard to leave their company!