24 Hours in Charleston, SC

Being from just outside of Savannah, Georgia, I definitely have an appreciation for old historic towns. Charleston is only two hours away, so my sister and I decided to have a quick little road trip. Read below to see what we did and more importantly – where we ate!

We started our day at Cypress Gardens Nature Preserve, just 40 minutes north of Charleston, where many movies have been filmed including The Patriot and the iconic lake scene from The Notebook! Admission is $10/person and there are many nature trails to explore, along with the Butterfly House, and the Swamparium where you can see animals native to the area including two giant alligators. The highlight of the gardens is the Swamp Boat Adventures where you can take a rowboat on the 45-minute tour. They offer guided rides for $5 or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can go on a self-guided tour for free (just note, it is a bit of a workout!).

From there we decided to get some lunch on the way to our next destination and stopped at the Tattooed Moose in North Charleston. We didn’t realize until we were seated that this spot has been featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives on the Food Network. We started with the pimento cheese spread with pita bread, had a light lunch of salads with their homemade ranch dressing, and we couldn’t resist a cup of Brunswick stew.

After lunch we made our way to Firefly Distillery – one of the many distilleries in the area. This place was super cool and if you are local, they put on tons of events. In the front of their building is a cute gift shop and through the back is a wall of all their flavors of liquor to purchase along with a view of their stills. This is where the tastings are held which give you a chance to try some of their many flavors. It is $11 and includes a souvenir shot glass. I’m not the biggest fan of liquor, but even I had a few favorites. They are best known for having the very first sweet tea vodka, which I really enjoyed, but my favorite was the Sea Island Java Rum.

When we left Firefly, we made our way to our hotel and relaxed by the pool until it was time to get ready for dinner. We stayed at Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant which is just over the bridge from downtown Charleston. I would definitely recommend staying here as it is nicer than your average Holiday Inn, but not as crazy expensive as some of the hotels downtown. The location was great and easy to get to, and it was in a very nice area. 

As for dinner locations, I would strongly suggest making reservations if there is somewhere you are dying to try. A few places we tried were booked, but we were lucky enough to get in at Poogan’s Porch. I cannot put into words how good our food and experience were! We started with the cornmeal fried pickled okra and she crab soup (which is a must in the low country). Being from the south, I am a harsh critic of sweet tea and this place gets an A++ it was so good! For our meal I had the beef filet with loaded potato cake, broccolini, herb garlic butter, and bourbon demi-glace. My sister had the chicken fried pork chop with pearl onions, English peas, whipped potatoes, and country ham gravy. I can confirm it was all delicious! Honestly, I was too stuffed for dessert, but I can’t wait to go back and try some.

After dinner we decided to take a drive down to Folly Beach. This was another cool area that I would love to go back to and have more time exploring. We walked on the beach, caught the sunset, then made our way back to our hotel. We did have a quick pit stop for some ice cream at Ye Ole Fashion Ice Cream and Sandwich Café. 

The next morning, we had breakfast at Millers All Day. Located just off of King Street this eclectic spot is super popular. They do not take reservations, but we were able to sit right away at the bar. I had a vanilla latte and the B.E.C (bacon, egg & cheese sandwich) and my sister had a coffee and the homemade cinnamon roll. After we took some pictures in their photobooth, we spent the rest of the morning shopping on King Street and walking down to Rainbow Row and the French Quarter.

This was a jam-packed trip, but it was full of some great memories. Until next time, Charleston!

Published by Kelsey Youmans

Welcome to my blog! My name is Kelsey and I am a 20-something bookworm, Pinterest addict, and lover of all things cozy. I am married to my high school sweetheart, and we live in the beautiful Peach State. I created this blog just-for-fun and I hope you enjoy these little snippets of my life!

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