Happy Saturday, friends! It does not feel like the weekend, but I am not complaining, so. Last weekend Stephen and I road-tripped it to Charleston (the trip I wrote about packing for here). Today I’m recapping what we did, where we stayed, how much weight we gained eating BBQ, etc. There are also a bunch of photos and a few vids because duh. Enjoy! Wednesday & Thursday- Road Trip
We left Wednesday afternoon, so ignorantly blissful after finishing work & school. Look at these faces in total denial of the driving ahead:
I kept calling Steve my co-pilot the whole time which apparently hit a nerve because we had a lengthy argument about how he was the PILOT and I was the co-pilot. To which I countered, we are co-pilot and co-pilot. I literally drove for zero hours of this trip though, so we are gonna let him have this one.
All My Selfless Love,
Me the Co-Pilot.
Here is day two of our drive, approximately 5 billion hours into the 12 and me doing my favorite style of video: Unbeknownst Documentary.
Notably, it is Steve’s least favorite thing I do besides pretending I’m a crap singer, and something else I can’t remember which I asked him to remind me of but he said, “I’m not walking into that.” Smart.
We arrived late afternoon to the CUTEST BEST Airbnb on planet earth. Our hosts were amazing and the space is so perfect. It was 10 minutes from downtown, 15 from a beach, and had restaurants and grocery stores in close proximity. The area is quiet, the ceilings are high and the outdoor lounge area is amazing. I highly recommend it if you’re headed to Charleston. Steve and I prefer to stay in an Airbnb when we travel if possible. You can find it here, and if you use this link to book your next trip it will give you $40 toward your first trip. OK, photos of this dreamland that I never wanted to leave.
Friday- King Street and Exploring
Thursday was pretty rainy so Friday we set out to explore for the first time. We hit up King Street, the Battery and Rainbow Row. Mostly I shopped and mostly Steve read books.
Just being a basic b with these window box photos:
That night we had BBQ for the first time in a year, and I have never seen Steve look so longingly at anything before in his life. Jk. Maybe.
Saturday was P A C K E D. We woke up early and went to check out the Angel Oak tree, which is incredible. I made lots of jokes about it looking like the demogorgon from Stranger Things and Steve was trying to think of a back story for the tree, so obviously its grandeur was not lost on us. We took lots of pics in front of it like the tourists that we were.
Steve snapped this photo when I wasn’t ready and I feel like I’m really channeling my inner Eleven:
Then it was off to Y’ALL Fest which just so happened to be that same weekend. We purchased tickets to see Jason Segel’s panel discussion about his book Otherworld, which he co-authored with Kirsten Miller. He is just as funny and down to earth as he seems and it was an awesome experience to hear about the creative process and development of the book. Steve was completely in his element, aspiring author that he is, and it was the cutest thing ever.
After the panel we caught the tail-end of the farmers market and I purchased this adorable print that I hope we can use in our kitchen if we ever get around to updating it. It says, “But first, coffee” and are you surprised at all?
With plenty of time before Mass, we trekked out to the gorgeous Boone Hall Plantation. We took the plantation coach tour, and walked through the slave street and history tour. We weren’t able to tour the house, but I’m sure we’ll be back soon enough.
Are you still with me? I told you this was a long day.
We ended with Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and it. is. stunning.
Then we passed out of exhaustion and mentally prepared for our drive home the next day.
Sunday- The Longest Day
Lord have mercy, we did the entire drive back in one day. It was full of sleep-deprived conversations, giddy laughter, and hangry decision making. There was one moment when Steve was all “trust me I know the back way home” and I was all, “let’s just stick with the omniscient GPS, ok?” And so we took the backroad. It looped through the town where Stephen was raised, and this made me soften my stubbornness. We laughed about his stories of growing up unschooled on a farm, and I learned about my husband in a way I wouldn’t had I insisted on the GPS. We listened to too much Delilah and not enough talk radio, but there was never a signal to be found. Also, I kid you not, these were the only songs the radio played that weekend: Kesha’s ‘Praying’, ‘Don’t Wanna Know’ by Adam Levine (worst), and old Justin Bieber songs. It was so weird.
We arrived home, exhausted, at 10:30.
I loved every minute of our trip and of Charleston, and I only wish we’d had one extra day. If you’ve never been I highly recommend adding it to your list.
I didn’t get to near as many food places as I’d hoped, but I’m sharing a few of the places we ate below, as well as what we missed and hope to catch next time around.
Places We Ate:
Black Bean Co. // Ellis Creek Fish Camp // Gnome cafe // SmokyOak Taproom// Revelator Coffee// Black Tap Coffee
Places I Missed:
Lewis BBQ // Sugar bakery // Butcher and Bee // Obstinate Daughter // Cafe Framboise// Poogan’s Porch
And that’s IT. Whew, we made it.
Have you been to Charleston? Anything you loved most?? We’ve only been back for a week but I’m already looking forward to our next adventure visiting Steve’s fam in New York for Thanksgiving.
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