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Friday Four 5: Charleston Vacation

Happy Friday! Today I’m going to do a something little different with the Friday Four. I want to share my Charleston vacation experience with you. So after I do that, instead of sharing 4 recipes with you, I’m going to share my 4 favorite highlights of the trip!  Don’t worry, food is involved!

Friday Four: Charleston Vacation | This Gal Cooks

Whew! What a long week. The work week ALWAYS drags after a nice vacation has ended. Last Friday we took a little road trip to Charleston, South Carolina. We took the dog with us. She told us not to worry and that she would drive.

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We arrived in Charleston around 3pm and quickly settled into our comfortable room at the  Residence Inn.  My favorite part of the room besides the comfy bed and full kitchen was the amazing patio where we spent much of our time while at the room.

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View from our balcony.

View from our balcony.

Friday evening we visited the Westbrook Brewery in Mount Pleasant. Mount Pleasant is a town Northeast of Charleston. Well worth the visit if you’re in the area.

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We bought A LOT of Westbrook beer to bring home to Florida with us!

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On Saturday, we visited historic Charleston. Historic Charleston is exceptionally beautiful. There are many old, amazing buildings in the area as well as coffee shops, clothing stores, sweets shops and bars. All of the storefronts have little apartment and office units above them.  Swoon. ♥︎

View down King Street. Notice the little apartments and office buildings above the store fronts.

View down King Street. Notice the little apartments and office buildings above the store fronts.

We we picked up some lattes from the East Bay Meeting House and then strolled on down to Charleston Harbor (photos at end of post.) Swoon again. ♥︎

East Bay Meeting House

East Bay Meeting House

After that, we strolled around historic downtown Charleston. A few highlights of historic Charleston:

  • The cemetery at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church (the church is also lovely)
  • US Custom House
  • US Post Office and Courthouse
  • City Market
  • King Street Shops and Restaurants
  • The Charleston Beer Exchange (yes, we stopped in and bought some beer!)
Carriage Tours located near City Market

Carriage Tours located near City Market

St. Michael's Episcopal Church

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

Historic Cemetery at St. Michael's Episcopal Church

Historic Cemetery at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

US Post Office & Customs building

US Post Office & Customs building

US Custom House

US Custom House

Preservation Society of Charleston

Preservation Society of Charleston

We dined at The Kicken Chicken for lunch. OMG. I ate one of the BEST chicken sandwiches I’ve ever had, The Kicken Chicken Sandwich. A MUST try if you ever visit Charleston. I told one of my friends about The Kicken Chicken and she was like “OMG I have to go there!”

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For dinner, we dined at the Triangle Char & Bar, a local spot filled with many 20-30 somethings. Both the Clemson/FL State and South Carolina/Vanderbilt games were on so the place was INSANE! I had the Brisket Tacos and Ken had the Home on the Range Burger. Both were good. Unfortunately, we were starving and devoured our food right when it was placed in front of us so I didn’t get to snap any pics. Such a bad little food blogger I am.

On Sunday, we started our morning in Mount Pleasant with a stroll around the Charleston Harbor Marina.

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Then we had brunch from Page’s Okra Cafe. Ken had the Pumpkin Pancakes (sorry, no pic!) and I had the best shrimp and grits EVER (photo at end of post.) This dish was completed by topping it with the best sausage gravy I’ve ever had – Creamy Andouille Sausage Gravy. You’ve GOTTA eat at Page’s Okra Cafe if you go to Charleston.

After that, we explored Fort Moultrie and Sullivan’s Island Beach.

Fort Moultrie

Fort Moultrie


Sullivan Island Beach

Sullivan Island Beach

Eventually, we made our way back to our hotel. But not before stopping at the Muddy Waters Coffee Bar for some Lattes.

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Sunday night we ate at the California Dreaming Restaurant. Not a local place but it was close to our hotel and right on the water. The food was great!

And alas, on Monday we headed home. This was the last photo that I took before we left. This was taken from the parking lot of our hotel.

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So, what were my four favorite things from our Charleston Vacation?

The Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge (yes, I got excited each time we drove over this bridge)

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Charleston Harbor (both photos were taken at the Harbor)


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King Street Shops and The Kicken Chicken Sandwich (located on King Street)

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The Shrimp & Grits at Page’s Okra Cafe

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 I hope you enjoyed my story of my trip to Charleston! Have a great weekend.



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24 comments on “Friday Four 5: Charleston Vacation”

  1. How fun! it’s like a sneak peek. The boyfriend & I are going to Charleston Oct. 10th – 12th. It’s going to be so fun and we are so excited. We will definitely have to see these places!

    • Oh you are going to have so much fun! And I bet the weather will be even more perfect while you are there. I need to go back up north in the fall so I can see the leaves changing. I’ve never seen that in person because our trees stay green mostly year round here in Florida!

  2. I live in Charleston and just love to explore downtown! Wonderful pics and I am glad you enjoyed our beautiful city!

  3. PLEASE TELL ME YOU WENT TO THE GRANARY?! It was in the same strip mall (I think) as the brewery you went to in Mt. Pleasant. If not, go there on your next trip. My husband and I split the Farmer’s Plate and it was so delicious.

    • I did not go to the Granary. I didn’t even see it! The brewery was not in a strip mall; it was in a stand alone building. But there were a lot of businesses offices in the area around it. When I visit Charleston again, I’ll have to remember to try it out!

  4. Charleston looks beautiful. Thank you for sharing your trip! Oh, and I absolutely LOVE your dog!! What an absolutely sweet face! :)

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  6. Living in the midwest, I wish we had an ocean, and all of the fun things in area. Maybe someday.

  7. What an awesome vacation!! Now I want to go. :) Actually, my daughter went there a couple of months ago and said that I would love it there! Time to add it to my list, LOL

  8. Oh my! I SO want to go there!

  9. That face – your dog kills me! Sounds like you had a pretty great weekend. Me too – I BOUGHT A SKILLET! (all caps excitement:) )

  10. Charlston reminds me of a cute little English town … well, if I ignore the harbour area, that is … harbours don’t look so much like that in the UK!
    Thanks for sharing your trip with us – I hope I get to visit this place some day!

  11. You make me want to go on vacation dear!! This looks wonderful! What a great time you two had.

  12. How fantastic!!! I’m going to Charleston for the first time in a few months, and I’m oh so excited! Now I have some fun tips for places to go! Thank you!!!

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  13. Looks like an awesome vacation! Thanks for sharing Julie :) I would love to go there someday!