Now, you know I can’t give you my half marathon race recap without also doing a run down of my overall trip. And I certainly have a lot to share. Peter and I made the most of our weekend away in Charleston, that’s for sure. Even after returning for the third time, it still remains atop my list of cities to visit in the US.
Peter and I arrived around noon on Friday. We immediately went to our hotel, even though we didn’t know if the hotel would allow us to check in just yet. We stayed at the Mills House Hotel on Meeting Street close to the heart of downtown Charleston.
A large, clean lobby greeted us (along with egg nog and Christmas cookies set out) and the friendly staff welcomed us and had us checked in within minutes.
The décor in the rooms may not have been quite our style (besides my Technogel pillow), but the comfortable beds, complimentary wi-fi, and easy access to all things Charleston made it an optimal place to stay.
Once we took a few minutes to get our stuff set in the room, we hit the Charleston streets for some strolling around town and to find some lunch. Just a few blocks up from the hotel we came across Market Street, a large street that goes on for blocks with shops lining a north and south street plus an open market area in the center.
We easily spent a few hours there, perusing the different crafts, food products, and memorabilia.
I could have stayed longer, but our stomachs called and we made our way to lunch. When looking through Yelp (best app ever when traveling!), a restaurant called Cru Café received so many rave reviews that we had to try it. I’m definitely glad we did. My marinated and grilled portabella wrap alongside their Mezclun salad with herbed goat cheese and balsamic remained my favorite meal while in Charleston.
With our bellies finally full, we continued our walk around Charleston, venturing towards the harbor area and parks along the water.
We actually took our very first trip together to Charleston a little over six years ago and have a photo standing in front of that same fountain. So much has changed since then!
By now, we had walked around for a few hours and knew we should probably head back to allow my legs a chance to relax before the Kiawah Island Half Marathon. I had one more place I wanted to visit first, though. Rainbow Row! I have to see it every time I come to Charleston.
There’s nothing too significant about Rainbow Row that I can remember, but I love the classic Charleston architecture in all the bright colors close to the waterfront. It just feels so Charleston.
The next 18 hours from there pretty much involved race stuff, which I have already recapped. So jumping right ahead to after the race and our second day in Charleston. First up, FOOD!
I had little appetite, per usual, immediately following my run, but by the time we got back and showered, I wanted one thing and one thing only. A burger! And beer. So, two things. Two very good things.
On our way to our afternoon activities, we walked up the shopping district of King Street in search of a good place to grab some food. We luckily stumbled across Boone’s Bar. When I saw burgers and craft beer on their menu, we immediately called it good and went in to grab a table.
I love this man!
When looking at their beers on tap, one thing jumped out at me. Sweet Potato Stout.
Light, dark…doesn’t matter to me! Just be a good craft beer on tap. This one was just what I was looking for. It also went perfectly with my burger and sweet potato fries.
Check out this burger! It had BRIE cheese, bacon, and caramelized onions. Ohhhhhmygoodnessdelicious!
I downed most of that plate, which kept me feeling fully satisfied through the remainder of the afternoon and our various excursions we had planned. First up – a Charleston harbor tour!
The tour took us all around the harbor with a very knowledgeable guide who shared a lot of historical information about Charleston. We also managed to get a fairly close up look at Fort Sumter and some of the old navy ships.
Once we finished our boat tour, we took advantage of a special promotion that included a carriage tour to get a closer look and background in the inner streets of Charleston.
Our tour guide not only had us chuckling quite a bit for some good entertainment, but I also feel like I learned and saw so much more than I ever would have on our own. I don’t typically do the tour thing when visiting cities, but now I think I will any time I visit someplace new. I appreciated not only getting to see a city, but to really hear more of its history and character.
Well, that about sums up our trip! We also had dinner that night and breakfast the following morning out at two great places – the Blind Tiger Pub (ahi tuna salad) and Toast (biscuit, scrambled eggs, and bacon), but I feel as though I have rambled enough already. Thanks for allowing me to share my love of Charleston with you!
Your Turn: Do you ever take tours when traveling to new places? Do you have a favorite city you could visit numerous times and never have it get old?