Hello & Happy Friday!
Is it just me? Or do you feel like this week has been completely thrown off by Christmas? I’m excited about January and the New Year. I’m ready for a lot of things. I wrote a little note on Instagram with my goal for the New Year, and I look forward to all of the changes and vulnerability to come. I love writing posts and sharing all of my coffee photos and travel pictures, but there is more to my life and my story that I want to share and be open about with you. ♥
Last Friday, Kyle and I decided to pack up the pups and head down to Charleston for a couple of nights. We just wanted a new scenery and to spend some time together before Christmas.
I hope you are ready for photo overload!
We ended up renting a pet-friendly Airbnb with a backyard so we could bring the dogs. There are a lot of pet-friendly hotels in Charleston, but having a backyard, they could run around was so much better. As you can see, they loved it! It was in the best location, James Island. That’s the middle point between downtown and Folly Beach. It took us only ten minutes to drive downtown and ten minutes to drive to the beach! If I were to ever move to Charleston, this would be the area I’d want to live.
Our host had the house decorated for Christmas, and it really felt like home. If you sign up with my Airbnb link, you’ll get $40 in travel credit! If you want to read about our last Airbnb experience, you can find it here! We took a little trip to the smoky mountains and stayed in a cabin in the woods. We have about two more trips planned coming up, and I’m excited!
Once we walked the dogs and tired them out, we headed downtown to walk around, and grab a late lunch. We didn’t make any plans for the weekend. We just wanted to relax, explore, and go with the flow. It was really nice to just walk around and take photos, stroll with coffee, and enjoy the weather. I was really in my element. I was even happier that I got to spend that time with Kyle.
Waterfront Park ♥
Kyle and I are going back to Charleston in February, and we are finally going to try Husk! I always talk about going but never do. I always hear great things about it, so it’s officially on the list.
I love the character and charm surrounding the city. You’ll find random bicycles, scooters, and flowers everywhere. It almost looks staged because it’s so perfect 🙂
Don’t get me started on the trees. They are the prettiest and oldest trees you’ll ever see in a city.
Some of the streets in Charleston still have cobblestones from the 17th and 18th century.
This path is off of Waterfront Park that’ll take you to The Battery and White Point Garden. It’s such a gorgeous spot, and it looks like it’s out of a movie. It’s even more gorgeous in the spring when the trees are full.
King Street is a trendy street in Charleston, but one of my favorite roads to walk is Broad Street. It’s less populated, filled with character, and perfect if you like taking photos. When you’re in Charleston, you must go down every side street because you’ll find something magical hidden just about everywhere.
I could take photos of flowers, windows, and doors just about all day long.
Kyle and I were so hungry later in the afternoon. The only thing we had to eat was coffee, turkey jerky, and fruit snacks. Such a balanced diet!
The last time I was in Charleston, Meighan and I were training for our half marathon. We wanted a destination for our last run together before the half, so we chose Charleston. We came upon this restaurant called, “Eli’s Table.” It was unforgettable, and I fell in love with the spot. The food, the atmosphere, the service, everything was perfect! I wanted Kyle to experience it too, so we decided to have lunch there.
We both started with a bowl of chili. It reminded me of my dad’s recipe, which I still think is the best recipe in the world. I love a good traditional cup of chili. Speaking of, I think I’ll make some chili today!
I ordered the charred chicken & vegetables. It came with grilled chicken breast, chef’s seasonal vegetable medley, crispy red potatoes. AMAZING. AMAZING. AMAZING! EVERY BITE! When it came out, I planned on just eating half and saving the rest for later, but it stood no chance. It was unbelievable. How does one make chicken and vegetables so tasty? I was going to order the same meal as last time, but I’m glad I decided to change it up and try something new. After dinner/lunch, we headed out to explore and walk more. I could have walked around for 24 hours. I am just so obsessed with the city, and that’s why I always want to go back. I know there is so much more to the Carolinas, but Charleston has my heart. It’s perfect because Kyle feels the same way.
We headed back to feed and walk the dogs before making our way to the beach. This was Kyle’s second time in Charleston, but his first time seeing the Carolina shore.
The coat I am wearing is from H&M! I’m pretty obsessed with it, and my goal is to get the pink and blue one, too! I know I don’t need them, but they are just so warm and too darn cute. The boots are still my favorite 🙂
It wouldn’t be a proper visit to Folly Beach without stopping at my favorite coffee shop, Center Street Coffee! If you’ve read my other Folly Beach travel posts, you know how much I love this place.
I ordered an Americano, and we headed to the pier to watch the sun go down.
We were a little late, but it was still beautiful.
My happy place.
Kyle and I didn’t want the night to end just yet, so we decided to head to the Holiday Festival of Lights on Jame’s Island.
We drove through all the lights, and then parked the car to join the festivities!
I loved the lights hanging on the moss. So gorgeous!
You’re never too old to roast marshmallows!
I love when the marshmallows get super burnt 🙂 We had so much fun walking around, and it really put us in the Christmas spirit. We headed back around nine, popped some popcorn, and watched the movie Nightcrawler. The perfect night. We were up at sunrise with the dogs. We packed them up into the car and headed to Sullivan’s Island. This is one of my favorite beaches in Charleston. I took Grumples to this beach about three years ago, back when my parents were living in Charleston. I was so happy to bring him back! It was pretty chilly and foggy, but that didn’t stop us. The dogs were way too excited!
I loved how happy their little faces were.
Leo was excited that he could dig as many holes as he wanted without getting in trouble. He LOVES to dig…
These sandy boys had the best morning walk along the ocean!
After cleaning the boys, and getting ready, we headed back downtown to grab coffee, shop, and have a late brunch. I made a list of coffee shops and restaurants from your recommendations to try. I’ll make sure to cross them off every time I visit.
We walked into The Rise Coffee bar for an Americano. Kyle doesn’t drink coffee, CRAZY. I KNOW! But, he understands my love for it. Even though I love coffee, I only drink 1-2 cups a day. When I’m on vacation, I tend to drink more, but I try to keep my caffeine under 300mg a day. Too much coffee makes my anxiety levels high and stomach ache, so I make sure to monitor it.
The desserts looked so good, but we were saving room for brunch. I just want to say, the barista working was so sweet to us! I love walking into a coffee shop and feeling like you’re at home. I highly recommend this little coffee shop! 🙂
College of Charleston ♥
A couple of summers ago, Becca and I asked Kyle to take our photo. When we looked at it, we couldn’t stop laughing! It was half of our heads and mostly sky. It was hilarious. Now, Kyle has been trying so hard to play around with the camera, learn angles, focus on subjects, and get more creative. Now, he officially takes fantastic photos. A lot of the pictures on my blog posts are taken by him. I’m giving him the camera I use in these posts next year when I get a new one! I love seeing him take photos because he genuinely enjoys it now. It’s really cute because sometimes he’ll send me a photo and call it a “Taralynn picture.” He is the cutest. I love him so much!
Remember when I said he’ll eventually be better at blogging than me? Well….
It still looks like Fall in some parts of Charleston.
We were so ready for brunch, so we headed to Poogan’s Porch!
We were lucky because we were seated right outside on the porch. That’s the spot I was eyeballing!
We started with fried green tomatoes! It’s a MUST 🙂 It came with goat cheese and seasonal chutney. All of the of flavors paired so perfectly together.
I ordered the Ike’s Down Home Breakfast! Tow over-medium eggs, bacon, grits, and cinnamon apples. The bacon was so crisp, the grits were FANTASTIC, and everything else was just as great.
We just walked around and explored after our late brunch.
My boots were only $20! They are a rust color with a gold metallic heel. You can find them here. My shirt is one of my favorites. I bought in two colors! It’s from Ann Taylor! 🙂 You can find it here! Plus, they are having 40% off storewide. I also just found out they make it in a dress too, and I bought it. You can never go wrong with a comfortable black dress that can be worn all year round at a casual or formal event. The bag I’m wearing is sold out, but here is a very similar one for only $19.99! I had a lot of people asking about it, but I’ll let you know if it’s ever back in stock!
Flowers all year round? I’ll take it.
We made it back to the Airbnb around 6 pm, we popped popcorn, watched another movie, and then headed to bed early! It was such a fun and relaxing little getaway! We headed back to Charlotte early morning on Sunday to get ready for our Christmas get together! 🙂 That post will be live Monday!
Have a great weekend everyone, and I’ll see you next year!!!!
Questions for you!
- What do you want to better next year?
- Have you ever stayed in an Airbnb?
- Where should I travel next?