Weekending in Charleston

Brian and I took a trip to Charleston for a wedding and decided to make it a long weekend! Our trip was Saturday to Tuesday with the wedding on Sunday. Most of what we did was eat and drink around the city. Here are pictures for our adventures.

Our Saturday morning started off with rosé champagne at home.

Our friend Havana picked us up for the airport and we grabbed lunch at Uptown Social where we didn’t realize we would be coming back to later that night for the rehearsal dinner after party. I had their nachos and they were very yummy!

We checked into our hotel which was the Ansonborough Inn. It is super cute! The hallways and rooms are full of gold framed historic pictures. Also, there is sweet tea and lemonade available at all hours of the day. The room was nice and cozy. We were pumped about booking this place and it did not disappoint.

Our first stop of the evening was at 5church which was a sister restaurant of where Brian worked in Charlotte. They have a drink called the Viper that Brian has lived ever since he worked there so we wanted to go try it. The building was a gorgeous renovated church sanctuary. Really cool atmosphere.

We wanted oysters so we walked into The Noisy Oyster and sat at the bar there. There was funky weird lighting where babe took this great picture of me. The oysters were pretty good but nothing compared to what we would have at other places during the weekend.

My goal for the weekend was to hit as many rooftop bars as possible! This one was recommended by the bartender at 5church and is called The Vendue. It had a great view of the city and a really fun vibe.

We then hopped back to Uptown Social to meet up with the wedding party where I met Brian’s friends who were getting married the next day! We had a great time dancing and hanging out.

We then hit up a late night dinner at The Ordinary. Alex, the girl who was getting married the next day, is the sous chef here so we were super excited to be able to dine there! I tried skin contact wine for the first time and am definitely a fan. We told the bartender we were Alex’s friends and to tell us what food we needed to order. Everything was incredible!!! We had super fresh delicious oysters, some incredible slider item and a shrimp dish. It was all mindblowingly tasty.

For brunch the next morning, we made reservations at Chez Nous. A cute little French restaurant tucked in a residential area. The menu is handwritten every day by the chef. There are only two apps, two mains and two desserts on the menu. We ordered both of the apps and the mains and every bite was delicious. The apps included a smoke trout dish with eggs and a duck confit dish that was so smooth. Every bite was savored for every ounce of flavor. The two entrees where homemade pasta and pork with mushrooms. We couldn’t eat the whole thing but would not have wanted to miss any of the things that we got. I love the concept of this place and will probably try to go there anytime I am in Charleston.

We spent the afternoon shopping and getting ready for the wedding! The venue was super cute and magical. Runnymeade Plantation does not have a house on the property anymore but is more of a ruins set on a beautiful piece of land. The ceremony was overlooking the water and the reception was all under one giant tree. It was a fairytale wedding! We had so much fun!! Once people started dancing, we joined in and didn’t leave the dance floor until the big sendoff!

The wedding after party was at a fun place called The Alley! We all just hung out for a while longer to keep the party going!

The next day we went to the beach!! Folly Beach was just a quick drive out of town. Brian’s parents had just moved to the beach about an hour away from Charleston so they came to hang out with us. We grabbed lunch at a waterfront restaurant and walked in the sand and on the boardwalk. I miss living close to the beach and being able to go whenever! It feels so good to have the sand between my toes. Such a relaxing afternoon hanging on the beach.

After Brian’s parents headed home, we had dinner plans with a friend. It was a decent walk from our hotel but we decided to just head the way of the restaurant and stop wherever we wanted on the way. We had driven by a place with outdoor chandeliers and found that one to explore! It was the rooftop bar of the Grand Bohemian hotel and it was gorgeous. I had a gin/sparkling rosé cocktail that I loved!

For dinner we went to Oku for delicious half priced sushi rolls. We got a few different ones and they were all good!

Then we hit up The Cocktail Club. Their drinks were super impressive and lovely. Super fun to hang out with an old Nashville friend in her new city!

We were still a bit hungry so we started walking back towards our hotel. We were really just looking for a bathroom but ended up finding this really cool restaurant called the Charleston Grill inside the Belmond Charleston Place. The bartender was so friendly and amazing and made great food recommendations. We got truffle popcorn, great cocktail, incredible homemade bread with butter and squab.

We also hit The Gin Joint which was definitely on our Charleston list. We loved it! The gin options were so good and the cocktails were incredible.

Our last stop right before we left for the airport was one of the best of the weekend. It was a little oyster bar called Raw 167. Not lying when I say these were the freshest tasting oysters I have ever consumed. We also got their lobster roll which was equally impressive. Tiny little spot not to be missed!

Then we had to fly back to our normal lives in Nashville.

All in all it was such an incredible weekend. I might be minorly obsessed with Charleston now. Who knows, we could end up moving there in a couple of years if we get tired of Nashville. The food scene is vibrant and thriving, the beach is so close, and everyone we met was pretty awesome.

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