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Our anniversary trip to Charleston, S.C.

One of the many things I love about Charleston, S.C. is that you can always find or experience something new every time you visit.

We’ve been to Charleston many times before, but this trip was extra special since we were celebrating one year of being married. I can’t believe it’s already been a year!

Belmond Charleston Place

We stayed at the Belmond Charleston Place, a swanky, big-chandelier kind of place one block down from the market. Asher geeks out on credit card points, so we landed this place free of charge.

The Historic District

Whenever we go to Charleston, we take a walk along the battery and through the historic district. Shopping on King Street is fun, but this is by far my favorite thing to do.

Hidden Passageways & Alleys

We visited the hidden passages and alleys of Charleston – Stoll’s Alley, Longitude Lane, Unitarian Church Graveyard, Bedon’s Alley (my favorite), Philadelphia Alley, Michael’s Alley, Unity Alley and Price’s Alley.

The Unitarian Church Graveyard is where the supposed Annabel Lee from Edgar Allan Poe’s poem is buried. It’s worth the visit.

Dinner at FIG

We don’t always go to fancy restaurants, but our anniversary called for a celebration. We made reservations at FIG, a place I’ve always wanted to go. The menu is seasonal and changes with the availability of local ingredients. It was REALLY good, but I still have my Charleston restaurant favorites.

Aperol Spritz

As a nod to our Italian honeymoon, we ventured over to La Farfalle after dinner for a classic Italian cocktail – the Aperol spritz. We loved it! And we both agree that we want to get dinner at La Farfalle on our next trip.

Off Track Ice Cream

We made a quick stop at Off Track Ice Cream for Asher to grab a cone of bourbon honeycomb. This place is perfect for vegans too! They have vegan flavors made from cashews.

Breakfast at the Harbinger

I’m a huge fan of going for a ride to look at houses – a girl can dream, right? So we made a pit stop at the Harbinger for breakfast before our adventure. Asher opted for the June Bug toast and I ordered the Early Bird Granola Bowl with nut milk. It was such a cute place!

Plants & Antiques

Stumbling upon Roadside Blooms and The Station Park Circle was one of my favorite parts of the trip! We wandered around the antique store before stopping by the plant shop next door. I’ll definitely be going back.

Millers All Day

We made a pit stop at Millers All Day to hold us over until our dinner reservations. Millers is one of my Charleston favorites. We always order the Millers Plate, and the bacon is to die for.

Shopping on King Street

Shopping looked a little different with coronavirus restrictions, so we didn’t spend a lot of time on King Street. My King Street shopping staples are Candlefish, Savannah Bee Company, Anthropologie and Madewell.

Charleston Window Boxes

One of my favorite things about Charleston is all the pretty window boxes. And if you look closely, you might just find a little lizard friend.

Dinner at Basic Kitchen

I’ve heard so many good things about Basic Kitchen, so we decided to give it a try. I LOVED it. Y’all know I’m all about healthy highs and feeling good about what I put in my body. It was by far the cutest restaurant! We ordered sweet potato fries to share (which I will NOT be sharing next time). Asher had the shrimp scampi, the special that day, and I ordered the basic bowl. I didn’t know chickpeas could taste so good.

Will Walk for Biscuits

We ended our trip with one more walk through the city – this time to find biscuits. I introduced Asher to Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit a few years ago, now we can’t make a trip to Charleston without going to Callie’s. The cinnamon biscuits are hands down the best, but I could definitely eat that peach basil jam with a spoon.

Carlee Alexandria Travel & Lifestyle

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