I'm really excited because one of my good girlfriends from home is coming to visit tomorrow until Tuesday! I've only had a few visitors (besides family) since I moved here over two years ago, but I blame that on the sky high airfares from CT to Charleston. Anyway, I've been trying to think of some ideas of things to do while she's here and thought I'd put together a sample itinerary :)
Friday - After leaving the airport, I thought we could go to one of my favorite barbeque places. I'm torn between Home Team BBQ or Jim N Nick's!
Saturday - Breakfast @ Lost Dog Cafe and check out Folly Beach for a bit (the weather is only supposed to be in the mid-50s so I don't think we'll spend too much time there). I think Saturday would be a good day for strolling along the streets of downtown Charleston, walking through the Market, Waterfront Park, and the Battery. I'm sure we'll stop for lunch somewhere, too. I'd love to take C to somewhere like Lowcountry Bistro, Eli's Table, or Poogan's Porch.
For dinner, I'm sure S will want to go to one of our favorite restaurants, Coast. They also have the BEST mojitos! There are lots of places to go out downtown, but I'm sure we'll end up at somewhere like Pavilion Rooftop.
Sunday -Brunch is a must in Charleston and I'm thinking either Triangle Char & Bar or The Glass Onion (I've heard very good things!) From there, we can make our way out toward Middleton Place, Magnolia Plantation, or Drayton Hall. We may or may not have time to see more than one.
I've actually never been to any of the above plantations. I know, I can't believe it either. I heard the gardens at Magnolia are amazing and even though it's early in the year, I hope that we get see some beautiful blooms! Middleton Place also looks absolutely extraordinary, I love how its situated along the river. Drayton Hall has also been rated a "must-see" in Charleston.
On Sunday for dinner, I'm thinking maybe Mex 1 Coastal Cantina or we can head over to Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant if we are in the mood for seafood at Shem Creek Bar & Grill, Red's or RB's if we're feeling a little fancy. Shem Creek is also a good spot to grab a couple drinks so we don't have to wander too far after dinner :)
Monday - S has to work so it will just be C and I for the day. Sunrise Bistro would be a great spot to check out on our way out to Wadmalaw to visit the Firefly Distillery and the Angel Oak. Other options could be to head out to Cypress Gardens or Boone Hall Plantation.
S will join us for dinner and since it will be C's last night, I'm thinking Wild Olive in John's Island. We haven't been there in a while and it's one of my absolute favorites!! I have a LOT of favorites if you haven't noticed already, but there are just soo many amazing places to eat in Charleston.
Tuesday - Since C will have to be to the airport late afternoon on Tuesday, I think it would be a good day to grab a quick breakfast at home then go and run/walk the Ravenel Bridge. Nothing like a nice breeze, some exercise, and panoramic views.
I'm sure we'll work up an appetite and since we won't be far from Shem Creek, I'd love to check out The Shelter for lunch. After lunch, we could head out to Sullivan's or Isle of Palms, do some shopping in Mt. Pleasant or head back downtown for a bit. I think at that point, both of us we'll be exhausted from a whirlwind weekend!
These are just some ideas that I came up with, who knows what we'll end up doing.
What are some of your favorite things to do in Charleston? Favorite sites, restaurants, etc.?
PS - Don't forget that tomorrow is Fitness Friday!!