In researching what to do/see/eat while in Charleston, I came across a photo of The Americano - one of the cutest, most vacation-y looking spots one could wish for. So, that was our first stop and our first meal. What the food lacked, the atmosphere (and spicy margarita) more than made up for. What a beauty! If we ever come back to Charleston, I'd swing by The Americano for an Instagram pic and one of those margs.
Here Comes the Sun
There's nothing like sun + seaside. I could snap pix of beaches, boats, blue skies and palmetto trees all day, everyday. And I kind of did.
The Darling, which we were told is a newer resto on the scene, was simply perfect, in food, atmosphere and service! Mr. Fox had his first of many oysters of the trip and his favorite, shrimp & grits. I ordered a crab, avocado and grapefruit parfait (so light and fresh!) and then had the BEST clam chowder on the planet. I know my New England forebears rolled over in their graves when I first made this statement but that doesn't make it any less true.
Charleston Wine + Food Luncheon
We were generously gifted tickets to an official Charleston Wine + Food luncheon, which took place in the historic and stunning William Aiken house. What a meal, what a scene, what a treat. Thank you, Robyn!
We went searching for shells and shark teeth, dipped our toes in the crisp water and made friends with a few seagulls. Sublime!
We quite literally walked 10+ miles, exploring the various neighborhoods, stopping for treats along the way, toward our ultimate destination...
Leon's Fine Poultry & Oysters
Our many cocktails were fab and my fried chicken sandwich was perfect, the flavor heavy with celery salt. Yum! More oysters for Mr. Fox, and hushpuppies, cucumber salads and brussels sprouts for us both. I loved the exposed beams and twinkle lights of the old auto shop, and the charming vintage calendars (from an old auto parts company) lining the bathroom walls.
Butcher & Bee
Butcher & Bee offers a mezze section on all their menus, so you can build your meal from lots of smaller plates. Lurve it - I'm a picnic style eater. My whipped feta and honey came with grilled naan and I ordered a fresh green juice, bacon-wrapped figs and roasted fennel to go with. We sat at the bar, next to a food critic for a magazine (didn't catch which one), and it was interesting to see the culinary team in action, and hear a few comments from the critic (just doing his job). The decor was adorable and I adored the Bright Side hand scrub and soap in the bathroom, crafted especially for the restaurant by local company, Charleston Soap Chef.
While Middleton Place was gorgeous and impressive (loved the blooming Camellias), it was extremely sobering to be on the grounds of a slave plantation (the Middleton family owned roughly 2700 slaves throughout the generations). In fact, I could say that about nearly everywhere we went in the south. To marvel at homes and historic landmarks, built on the backs of slaves, felt quite ugly at times. Such a disgraceful part of our history...
Expensive Pink Houses
I love a pink house. One day, I'll have my own. Bank on it.
Rodney Scott's BBQ
Damn! Rodney knows his sh!t. BBQ lovers can choose from Rodney's Sauce or Other Sauce - both are fantastic but Rodney's has a nice big kick to it.
USS Yorktown - Haunted Ghost Tour
I'm a sucker for military museums AND boats AND ghost stories so this was a no-brainer. No sightings for us, though...
Breakfast of toasts and a little bit more exploring before we headed for the airport. 5 days without our Fox boys (+ little Buoy) had us longing for sweet snuggles and the general silliness that comes with two wild, young fellas.
Of all the pictures I took, this last one is my fav-o-rite. We came to Charleston to celebrate Mr. Fox's birthday, and celebrate him, we did!
I wish this guy would come out of his shell a little bit. So boring. ;)
Thank you, Charleston!
Full list and links of our adventures: The Americano | Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina | Shem Creek | The Darling | Charleston Wine + Food Festival | William Aiken House | Folly Beach | Emanuel AME Church | City Market | Sneaker FF | Cuban Gypsy | The Citadel | Leon's Fine Poulty & Oysters | Butcher & Bee | Charleston Soap Chef | Middleton Place | Rodney Scott's BBQ | USS Yorktown | Collective Coffee | Vintage Coffee | Old Village Mt. Pleasant