If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve recently been bombarded by photos from my Charleston trip. Disclaimer: there are more coming!
I traveled to Charleston this Labor Day weekend to visit a dear friend who I met freshman year at college. She recently moved down South as a transfer student, and assured me that I’d fall in love with the city when I came to visit. So I decided, what better time to come than a long weekend before the summer weather fizzles away?!
As I arrived Friday evening, watching lightning strike outside my plane window, I felt a bit cheated by my weather app. However, the rain showers were no obstacle – a little rain couldn’t prevent me falling in love with this up-and-coming hip city! A few hours upon arrival, we grabbed dinner at a vegan cafe, Dellz Uptown. This vegan and her lactose intolerant vegetarian friend (come on Abbey!) thoroughly enjoyed our vegan nachos & pizza. The food was so flavorful and filling, and was perfect fuel for a night of partying. College. We walked a total of 6 miles that day, which is just another reason I love the city, no driving.
The following day was full of shopping, exploring downtown, and adventuring. We walked miles down the famous King Street and popped in and out of dozens of sweet boutiques. The architecture, pastel buildings, and southern charm all allured me.
We also hit up the market for al of my touristy souvenir needs, before heading for lunch at Gnome Cafe, another trendy vegan eatery. I enjoyed the taco salad (sans cilantro of course). It absolutely did NOT disappoint.
We later walked down to the Battery and Rainbow Row, which were just as beautiful in person. The historical district was so rich in history and incredible views. On this day, we walked 10 miles. If this intimidates you, don’t worry. Many people rode bikes around the city.
On Sunday, we ventured out to Sullivan’s Island for a laid back beach day, and chased the sunset. It was then I realized, I would be leaving my heart in Charleston.
South Carolina, I’ll be back soon.