Isle Be Back, SC
On our trip to North Carolina, we would've been remissed if we hadn't made the trip to Charleston - the ocean was only a couple of hours away! Neither of us had ever been to the East Coast, so we wanted to get as much ocean time as we could. While we only stayed oceanside for one night, we managed to make the most out of our days and maximize our stay. Here are the details of our visit!
We started off with the three hour drive from Charlotte to Charleston and spent the early afternoon checking out some city landmarks, like the Pineapple Fountain and Rainbow Row. We were pleasantly surprised to see a dolphin fin surfacing within sixty seconds of arriving at the waterfront! We were incredibly lucky to have temperatures in the 70's, so we walked and explored some classics like Market St and King St. We found little gems along the way, like the 'Hello Charleston' tiles at Dress Up, and my personal favorite, Hotel Bennett.
This hotel was my favorite part of the city, that I saw. Every new detail I took in was dreamier than the last! We indulged in a glass of champagne at the lobby bar, and since it wasn't open yet, we were given a sneak peek of Camellias, the champagne lounge and tea room on site. I was so enamored with the lavish decor - pink velvet, mirrored floral wallpaper, crystal chandeliers. Just when I thought I couldn't love this place more, we headed up to the rooftop patio, Fiat Lux, for a couple of cocktails - and luxe is right! Another aesthetic on point, an afternoon overlooking Charleston from the 9th floor had us living the sweet life. I'd love to stay at the hotel and take advantage of their rooftop swimming pool...a girl can dream!
Once we had enough of the city, we crossed over to the Isle of Palms, where we were staying the night. We chose an evening at The Palms Oceanfront Resort and opted for a room with an ocean view that did not disappoint! We were just a boardwalk away from the beach, and were able to listen to the waves for the entire stay. Next door to the hotel was an oyster bar, named Binky's. Because of our sweet kitten named Binx back in the day, I insisted on a meal there. The best part was when we asked if the patio was open and their response was, "Oh! We didn't think anyone would want to sit out there!" Ope. It was 60+ degrees, so we simply replied, "We're from Wisconsin" and enjoyed a fried seafood medley with cocktails, an ocean view, and a patio to ourselves. That evening, we watched a nearly full moon pull in the tides even higher and took in the sights and sounds that the isle had to offer. Perfect.
The next morning, we indulged in breakfast at Acme Lowcountry Kitchen - and it was SUCH a good choice. They had my favorite, corned beef hash, only it was made with crispy breakfast potatoes and a creamy smoked gouda sauce over the top. Incredible. They also had a mimosa deal, which included an entire bottle of bubbles and juice for $17. If only I could go there every day! We spent the remainder of our time on the isle posted up at the beach. Napping, walking through low tide, resisting the urge to poke jellyfish washed ashore with a stick - neither of us had ever seen one! This was the wind down we both so desperately needed.
We're so thankful we had the ability to take in some new cities and indulge in all that they had to offer before all of this pandemic uncertainty set in. While we were only able to enjoy two days in South Carolina, I can confidently say we maximized that visit. Recharging oceanside was a luxury that I'll never take for granted and I can't wait for the day when we can explore the coast even further. South Carolina, isle be back.