Just a quick 5-hour drive northeast of Atlanta sits Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston is a great coastal city filled with excellent food, beaches, and lots of great shopping. You can get there from Atlanta on one tank of gas and its only a quick flight from most east coast cities.
My best friend Jessica and I decided to take a quick weekend road trip to Charleston for the Charleston Food and Wine Festival. This year the festival partnered with Nikon and Saveur magazine to host a photography tour around different parts of the city. Nikon loaned us their Nikon 5600 DSLR camera and gave a guided photography tour around Charleston. I’ve been to Charleston before for work and pleasure but this time it was nice to view the city from a different lens. I needed a brush up on my photography skills and have been in the market for a new camera. This was a great experience to enjoy some great food and wine and learn something new.
Check out my photos from the trip below and tips on things do during your next trip to Charleston.
Charleston, South Carolina City Guide
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
The Obstinate Daughter
Butcher & Bee
Carmella’s Dessert Bar
This weekend I visited Folly Beach, SC with a few gal pals of mine for my 25th birthday. Folly Beach is located on the outskirts of Charleston. Despite a few pre -birthday stresses the trip turned out great!
A Sunrise View from my window of Folly Beach
We stayed in a cute townhouse located on the harbor. Each of us had our own room and bathroom, which worked out perfectly. I had the master bedroom with a view of the water.
(Our Town Home)
Charleston is known for its rich history and food. We arrived to town around 7pm on Friday. We got settled into our vacation rental and immediately headed to dinner. We discovered the Crab Shack, a run down little seafood shack in Folly. According to the sign they are known for having the best seafood in Folly. Unfortunately what I ordered was a miss. 🙁
I had a full day of events planned for us on Saturday so Friday night was just a chill night.
Saturday was filled with fun and excitement. We spent the whole day in Charleston siteseeing and eating our way through the city. We headed over in the morning to shop King Street and visit their famous farmers market. After walking through the streets of Charleston our stomachs started to churn. So we headed over to Five Loaves Café a recommendation from Olivia from Everyday A Musings. Five Loaves Café is a little shop located in the upcoming arts district of Charleston. I ordered the Portabella Mushroom Burger with a Crab Tomato Soup. This is a great place for cheap eats that will satisfy your lunch cravings. I really enjoyed my burger and I hope to recreate it at home soon.
After lunch, three of us went on a carriage ride tour of the city. Thanks to Groupon we saved $10. I learned a lot about the city that I didn’t know like JFK and his mistress Inga would sneak away to Charleston to mess around. The main reason I wanted to visit Charleston was because of its rich architectural history. I am an art history buff and I love architecture. Three days in Charleston just isn’t enough time to see all that I wanted to see.
Later that night we headed back into the city and had dinner at Basil, a well known Thai restaurant in downtown Charleston. While waiting for our table we headed next door to Chais, a lounge next door for drinks. Basil was great and definitely exceeded my expectations. To end our last night in Charleston we headed home to cupcakes from Cupcake , a bakery in Charleston. We enjoyed Vanilla, Red Velvet, and Cheesecake cupcakes.
On Sunday, we gave our farewells to Folly Beach by taking a visit to the beach to enjoy the ocean views. It was too short of trip but I had a great weekend and I am glad I spent it with friends. I can’t wait to plan my next trip!