In mid January I traveled to Charleston, South Carolina with my mom for a long weekend away. We left late in the afternoon on a Thursday, and came back mid-afternoon Sunday.
Upon arrival on Thursday we headed straight to Poogan’s Porch for dinner. Poogan’s is one of our favorites, and we always try to make it in for a meal! We shared a plate of fried green tomatoes, and I had the short rib ragu as my entree. I’d highly recommend checking Poogan’s out! After dinner we headed out to Isle of Palms, where we were staying for the weekend. Isle of Palms is only a 25 minute drive from downtown Charleston, which makes it ideal for staying at the beach but getting to experience Charleston as well.
On Friday we had a lazy morning; I spent my morning on the porch overlooking the ocean reading Hillbilly Elegy with a cup of coffee. We were so lucky with the weather the whole weekend - it was sunny and in the 70s, which made for a few perfect mornings on the porch!
After our lazy morning we headed into Charleston for lunch at Husk, followed by some shopping on King Street and in the Charleston City Market. At Husk we indulged in their pimento cheese appetizer (honestly, I can’t say no to pimento cheese!), and a Dragoon’s Punch (a staple on their drink menu). I had their fried chicken for an entree. Their menu changes daily, so you never really know what you’re going to get. After a bit of shopping we headed back to the house for some more time on the porch. Later that evening we headed to Sullivan’s Island (about a 10 minute drive from Isle of Palms) for dinner. We were hoping to go to Taco Mamacita, but found out that the restaurant had closed! Apparently the old owners are renovating the same spot and opening a pizza place. We ended up at Poe’s Tavern, which is a local favorite.
Saturday ended up being a day we spent at the house, followed by dinner at Minero Restaurant on East Bay Street in downtown Charleston. A relatively new upscale Mexican restaurant, we were trying Minero for the first time. We weren’t disappointed! The guacamole was superb, and my chopped salad was incredibly filling. We left happy, filled, and excited to return on our next trip!
On Sunday we met some family for brunch and headed back to North Carolina. I consider myself pretty lucky to live so close to Charleston and the surrounding areas. Voted the Best City in North America by Travel & Leisure a few years in a row, it’s easy to see why upon visiting. Not only is it picturesque, but the food, shopping and people are extremely memorable. No matter how many times I visit, I always have something new on my to do list. Whether it’s visiting a new restaurant or taking a tour at a local plantation, there’s never a shortage of things to do nearby!