So, I have talked a lot in the past about how much Patrick and I love Charleston. We have been there once at a couple (took my kids to the beach), and been separately dozens of times. We plan to go back next month for our anniversary. Here are 5 things from our list of ”things we want to do”!
1. Bowens Island Seafood (Patrick’s choice)
You won’t find anything fancy here, as this is a paper plates, plastic solo cups, order at the counter kind of place. It gets pretty decent reviews on both Yelp & Urban Spoon. Seems pretty famous for all you can eat oysters and other fried seafood. The prices seem reasonable as well. Will report back how it is if we end up there.
2. Hominy Grill or Lowcountry Bistro (a tie: Lori’s choice)
I really just want shrimp and grits, lets be real. I am not picky about where I get them from either.
The menu for Hominy Grill makes my mouth water reading it! Lots of low-country items, fresh ingredients and daily specials. In reading the menu and the reviews, this maybe a great spot for lunch one day.
Both get great reviews on both Yelp & Urban Spoon – which is always a plus. You have the naysayers, but that’s with anything out there. Some people are never happy.
Lowcountry Bistro however, has gotten some amazing reviews for their shrimp and grits, which in the photos I saw posted online by various diners, they look – AH-MAZ-ING! Other folks raved about their salads and their desserts – strawberry creme brulee anyone?
3. The Ravenel Bridge and the Mount Pleasant Pier (bridge: all Patrick! pier: both of us).
Patrick mentioned the pier to me and I went to find it online and think its a beautiful spot. It even has swings! The bridge, I am not a fan of it. He mentioned pulling over on the side, and I think I told him I would beat him. He said, he would pull over and get out taking the keys with him. My response “if I have to get out of the car to come after you, there better be a proposal waiting for me.” Not a fan of the bridge, as it is so incredibly high. From what I have read, the views of sunset from the pier are pretty incredible! Patrick will also take great delight into making me go across this bridge, multiple times….for no reason whatsoever. Last trip down there, we went across it – to get gas….when there were perfectly good stations on the “mainland” side!
4. City Market, the Battery and Waterfront Park (both of us)
These are our “go to” places to walk when we go to Charleston. We love city market, even if we aren’t buying anything, I love looking at the prints in the various stalls. I also love watching the women design and make their sweetgrass baskets for selling. Parts of it are air conditioned, which makes for a nice walk on a hot day. The battery is a beautiful walk, and the park with gazebo is beautiful. Its a refreshing walk along the water. The Waterfront park just down from the battery also has a wonderful pier with swings, great spot for picture taking! There is also a fountain & water feature close by that kids can play in.
5. Firefly Distillery & the Charleston Tea Plantation (both of us)
This is something we have looked at doing for awhile. I keep coming back to both places because tours of both locations are free (which is a great thing when you are budgeting a trip like this!). Even better is that Firefly is part of Irvin House Vineyards. For $5 you can get a tasting of all of the varieties of wine they create there (5) and a wine glass too! You are also welcome to stroll through the vineyard on a self-guided tour. At Firefly you can get tasting of several varieties for $6, and tours of the Distillery are also free. The Charleston Tea Plantation is not that far away, and also offers free tours of their factory. They also offer a trolley tour of the plantation for $10 per person.