I honestly can’t believe I’ve never heard anyone mention Charleston before! It’s absolutely beautiful and definitely an under-rated and under-visited place. I would strongly recommend it to anyone. It’s got a lot of history, some gorgeous chilled out beaches, wonderful weather and downtown has some great shops and restaurants.
We’re staying at Charleston Place which is absolutely huge! It takes up an entire block and has accommodated people like Oprah and previous presidents. The lobby is beautiful. It has a grand double-staircase and very shiny floors. It also has an in-built mall with shops like Gucci and Louis Vuitton. The first night we ate in the hotel restaurant, the Charleston Grill and the food was unbelievably delicious. We also loved Micky the maitre’d and our waiter, Bryan, who were both incredibly lovely.
On our first day in Charleston, we had a nice lazy morning and then ambled down the road to Husk for lunch. The menu at Husk changes twice a day depending on what they’ve got in from the farm or the local fisherman, but the burger is always on, so I ordered that. Nick had fried chicken skins to start (yes, they were as awesome as they sound) and shrimp and grits for main and then we shared carrot cake with rum-vanilla ice-cream for dessert.
After that we drove to Charleston Tea Plantation, which is the only place in America that grows tea. They have free tea samples (hot and iced) that you help yourself to and you can just chill out in rocking chairs on the porch that overlooks the plantation. We also took a bus tour, which takes place on an old Philadelphia city trolley that they bought on eBay. The tea is gorgeous, easily the best cup of tea we’ve had since being in America. (There wasn’t really anything to take photos of there so I don’t have any…sorry…)
Then we drove over to Folly Beach. I’d read about how cool Folly Beach was online but I have to admit that I was still surprised at how amazing it was when we got there. I was not expecting the east coast to look like this.
Dreamy, isn’t it? The best bit is, we picked up a real estate magazine in town and the house prices are insanely low! You can buy an enormous 3 bedroom house a few minutes walk from the beach for $284,000!!! That’s £177,000!!
From there we went to Bowen’s Island which is an oyster restaurant overlooking the wetlands with the most glorious view for sunset. There’s a little dock out the front where people sit fishing – what a life! It was wonderful until Nick bought out his tray of oysters and attracted a million bugs! I don’t get bitten so I was fine but Nick’s arms were covered – so if you go, take a jacket and/or bug spray!
We finished that jam-packed day with dinner at Taco Boy. We were disappointed. I think we should just stick to having Mexican in Mexico or California. But it was a cool building.
We picked some cotton (only a tiny bit though as you’re not really meant to), had a tour of the house, watched the Gullah theatre and took a bus tour of the grounds and farm. It was really fascinating.