Last week, my family and I spent a few days in Folly Beach and Charleston, South Carolina. Since we don’t get to see each other as often as I’d like, and our last visit was this past Christmas, a little family time was definitely overdue. We stayed in Folly Beach which is about 15 minutes outside of downtown Charleston. It was the best of both worlds—an ocean view and beach time, combined with the charming shops and restaurants of one of my favorite southern cities.
When we arrived, there was a little time to kill before check-in, so we headed to a nearby Folly Beach restaurant, Rita’s Seaside Grille, for lunch. Rita became a little part of the family that week—we ended up stopping there for dessert and coffee a few nights too. The patio is perfect for outdoor dining, and the restaurant features live music most nights. I recommend the wedge salad and key lime pie.
Later that day, we spent some time on the beach, enjoying the sun and sand (the water was pretty cold, although I did put my feet in a few times). The Folly Beach Fishing Pier, just beside our hotel, became the picturesque backdrop of our beach lounging. The pier extends 1,045 feet into the Atlantic Ocean and sits 23 feet above sea level.
That night, we decided to stay in Folly Beach for dinner. We shared chips with salsa and guacamole, and sampled a variety of unique tacos at the popular Mexican restaurant, Taco Boy. I went with the fried fish tacos—they were delicious. There’s also a Charleston location.
The next day, we drove into Charleston early to grab a quick breakfast at an adorable biscuit bakery, Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit. It’s a tiny shop that serves up a variety of biscuits with big flavor. Biscuits are one of my absolute favorite foods, so this place instantly spoke to me.
We tried the buttermilk, bacon, and cinnamon biscuit, which was served with cinnamon butter. I know. Cinnamon butter? Stop. It. The pimento cheese biscuit (not pictured) was also really tasty. Callie herself brought our biscuits to the counter and her cute, little shop has an all-around home cooked, southern hospitality feel.
After breakfast, we did a little shopping and exploring. One of my favorite stores we stopped in was Lulu Burgess on King Street. They have clothing, unique gifts, jewelry and a great selection of greeting cards. My sister found a pair of tiny hands that fits onto your index fingers. Yes, tiny hands. A few bucks well spent, because they provided us hours of laughs and entertainment.
That’s Haley with her tiny hands in her pocket. Seriously, y’all, they are so funny. If you need a pair for yourself, you can find them here.
Before we knew it, it was time for our next meal. (Let’s be honest, dining is the number one agenda on vacation…at least for my family!) We had a lunch reservation at Husk. The table shared a few starters: Husk puppies (the restaurant’s version of hush puppies) served with a honey mustard sauce and pimento cheese spread over a crostini, topped with bacon. Haley and I also split a salad and then I ordered shrimp and grits for my entree. Tip: If you’re traveling to Charleston and want to dine at Husk, be sure to make a reservation well in advance—they fill up quickly! It’s a popular spot.
Before the food coma could officially set in we decided to do some walking. We headed for The Battery—this waterfront landmark is surrounded by views of the Charleston Harbor and stately, antebellum homes. I could spend all day admiring the architecture—the columns, bold shutters, balconies and porches, vibrant colors, and palm trees are all part of the Charleston charm and experience.
No need to rent a car when visiting. Charleston is a great city to explore by foot. Every street you walk down you’re guaranteed to find beautiful buildings and scenery, historic landmarks, and plenty of shops and restaurants.
After an afternoon of sightseeing, we decided to take a break from the afternoon heat. We headed to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream on King Street for a cold, sweet treat. I just love Jeni’s. They serve unique and delicious flavors that are unlike the average ice cream shop. I went with Salted Caramel and Chocolate Cookie, but you really can’t go wrong at Jeni’s—I’ve loved everything I’ve tried there. Be sure to sample…everything. No really, they will let you sample everything.
Stop by next week, I’m sharing part two of our Charleston, SC trip and sharing more of my favorite spots in the city.
See you next Friday! xx, Devon