Due to my boyfriends work schedule & the fact that anything cool is 7+ hours drive time, it’s hard for us to really get away without him having to take vacation time. However, Memorial Day weekend was a 3 day weekend for him & the perfect time to get away, we choose Charleston, SC!
This was definitely one of the more chill vacations we’ve taken. I got to nap BOTH days!
Friday after bae got off work we hit the road for our 6.5 hour road trip. We left Virginia Beach around 5pm & arrived at our hotel in Mount Pleasant around 12:30am.
Where we stayed:
The Cambria Hotel in Mount Pleasant: this is just a short 15 min drive over the bridge into Charleston & is a cute little area all on it’s own! This hotel is BEAUTIFUL! The bed was a literal cloud from heaven, the mirror in the bathroom had bluetooth with a speaker inside it….um yeahhhhh!!! And…our room had the best natural lighting ever! This caused the 4 year old in me to come out & jump on the bed…..of course getting some photos while I was at it!
(Don’t mind the fan on the nightstand it goes everywhere with me)
Day 1- May 25th
We had planned to start our day with Breakfast at Vicious Biscuit because the menu looked delicious! However there was a line out the door & I wasn’t prepared to stand in the sweltering heat. Oh yeah, did I forget to tell you they had record breaking temperatures the weekend we were there? 95-100 degrees the whole weekend.
So instead, we went across the street to a cute little coffee shop called Metto Coffee & Tea ($). Bae enjoyed a delicious cold brew coffee, which he raved about, & a breakfast wrap while I had the housemade yogurt parfait & a iced honey latte.
From there we headed about an hour southwest to Beaufort, SC to visit the Old Sheldon Church Ruins. These were super cool to see & definitely secluded. So, as usual I packed one of my many flowy dresses from VICI & we snapped some photos.
SN:This site is free to visit.
The driving to & from took up a bit of time so we just headed back to the hotel after the ruins, I took a quick power nap & then we headed out to Boone Hall Plantation. I was trying to get the timing just right for lighting, of course forgetting that people get married at these plantations plus, it being Memorial Day weekend we did run into some wedding photos taking place…..the bride & her 15 bridesmaids….yes 15 ya’ll this is the south after all.
But I did manage to get the photos I wanted in both locations so…..yay!!
SN: There is a fee to visit Boone Hall which is $24 no matter how long you plan to stay.
After we were done sweating to death, we went over to Taco Boy ($$) for some delicious tacos & frozen drinks before heading downtown for sunset. The traffic downtown was definitely not the best, however I found a parking space one block away from Rainbow Row, so all in all, parking downtown wasn’t as much of a pain as I thought it would be. Downtown is full of amazing little alleyways, waterfront park is where you’ll find the Pineapple fountain & rows of beautiful homes.
Day 2- May 26th
We got up pretty early, even though neither of us wanted to, somewhere around 6:30am we were both up & at em’. My plan for the morning was to beat the heat & get some killer morning light at Magnolia Plantation, which we totally did. I liked Magnolia Plantation way more than Boone Hall Plantation. While both of them were beautiful in their own way, Magnolia Plantation has much more extensive grounds.
SN: Magnolia Plantation is about 28mins from Charleston & is $20 to enter.
By time we were ready to leave Magnolia Plantation everyone was starting to show up, so we got done just in time & I didn’t feel like I was about to die of heat exhaustion! Success! Next we headed back downtown so I could try to score some Rainbow Row photos with less people. This was also a success! From there we hit up the City Market & part of it was air-conditioned which was a nice surprise! With it being so hot, & me being so high maintenance we drove the few blocks to the market & again, found front row parking….no problem.
From here we headed to The Vintage ($$) for a late breakfast.This place was already lined with people & they were super busy. We were quickly served with some delicious food & coffee, bae stuck with yet another cold brew & breakfast wrap & I with my iced latte & granola/yogurt parfait. We did try the cider doughnuts which were super hot & fresh.
The Vintage is about 6 minutes from the hotel so I went back & took a nap to escape the hottest part of the day. Bae enjoyed the pool while I got my beauty rest. When I woke up we headed to Red’s Icehouse, the menu looked amazing however the wait time & lack of AC inside was NOT awesome. We wanted to try & catch some sunset photos on Isle of Palms beach under the pier, however the area of the beach where the pier is, was jammed packed. So we headed to Poes Tavern to try & grab some dinner under the impression sunset wasn’t happening for us. Well, the line to get into Poes Tavern was out the door so we ended up just driving around exploring a bit. By some miracle, somewhere between Isle of Palms & Sullivans Island we found a parking spot directly in front of a beach access point, on a WEST FACING BEACH.
Now, if you live on the east coast you know what a very rare thing it is to see the sunset over the water. (Sun rises in the east, sets in the west) I live in a beach town & have never seen the sun set over the water on this coast. If you have, tell me your secrets!
This beautiful sunset was the end to a perfect weekend. We found a hole in the wall place to stuff our faces from here, which I don’t even remember the name of because we were so famished. With the exception of the heat, I would say our trip to Charleston was a huge success & would highly recommend it!!
What to pack
I always bring along a couple of my favorite dresses for photos, so that goes without saying. However, if you are visiting Charleston in the summer I highly suggest shorts, tanks, bathing suits & sunscreen.
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Have you been to Charleston? What were some of your favorite things to see & do?? Drop me a comment below!