Garrett and I spent a few days in Charleston, SC last week, and we are already counting down the days until we can visit again. Lovely doesn’t even begin to describe this city. The architecture, the pretty pastels, the blooming crepe myrtles around every corner…it is truly a magical place. Before arriving, I had not planned anything other than where we were going to have dinner the first night. This is not like me at all! Typically, when I go on vacation, I have a spreadsheet with every day planned out (down to the outfits I plan to wear). I am a little OCD about it, and I think it’s because I am afraid I will miss out on something. This time around, I had a more laid back approach, which allowed us to just live in the moment and stumble onto things organically. It was SO much more relaxing, and I need to start vacationing like this more often!
I threw on this light and airy off-the-shoulder blue gingham dress for a day of exploring the French Quarter, where I instantly fell in love with the cobblestone streets and the historic buildings. It’s just one of those places where you can spend hours roaming around and getting lost in every little nook and cranny.
The first night of our stay, we had an amazing dinner at Zero George Restaurant. Although I have been trying to stick to a plant-based diet, I decided to make an exception for this meal. I ordered the Liquid Center Corn Tortellini, the Lightly Poached Golden Tilefish, and the Tres Leches for dessert (one of the best Tres Leches I have ever had). Chef Petrillo is a culinary genius!
The next morning, we woke up and walked down to the Charleston City Market. It is one of the nation’s oldest public markets, spanning four city blocks and lined with local vendors. I could have honestly spent all day in there shopping at all the booths! We grabbed some coffee at Caviar & Bananas before heading a little further south into downtown.
We made a little stop at the Dock Street Theatre, where we walked around in all the rooms and learned a bit about its history. Afterwards, we had a delicious lunch at Brown Dog Deli. Just as we were seated, the line to get in stretched all the way out the front door. Definitely a popular place! We were surprised at all the vegan options on their menu, and ultimately went with the Black Bean Santa Fe Wrap. SO good! I am craving it right now as I type!
Next, we headed south of Broad to explore Rainbow Row and Battery Park. The antebellum homes in the Battery are stunning. What a dream it would be to live there! We walked around for quite a while before stopping in at Pounce Cat Cafe for a couple of drinks and a full hour of playing with kittens. All the cats/kittens at Pounce Cat Cafe are available for adoption, so this is a unique way to find the perfect little kitty to add to your family. Or you can just spend an afternoon playing with them while they wait for a loving human to take them home.
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