It’s another rainy and cold day here in the Carolinas, and I just can’t wait for the warmer weather to get here. I spent about thirty minutes looking at beach vacations contemplating on booking this morning. Even Charleston was cold last weekend. The cold weather went perfectly with the weekend mood though. We wanted to have a relaxing weekend and spend some time together. We have more Charleston vacations planned in the future, and we’ll be doing more beachy and plantation type things! This weekend was all about cuddling up, walking with tea, exploring antique shops, and catching up on some reading. My parents were kind enough to take the dogs for the weekend, so we didn’t have to worry about taking them out frequently.
Kyle and I arrived in Charleston Friday afternoon. He picked out a nice Airbnb smack dab between King Street and Meeting street. It was the perfect location for stepping out and walking around the town, which is what we planned on doing all weekend.
I’m usually always “on the job” on vacations. I’m constantly thinking about getting the shot, dressing cute to take photos, wearing makeup, doing my hair, going to fancy restaurants, and just go go go go go! I wanted to have a weekend away from my Instagram stories, away from spending the time to get ready, and away from “blog mode.” I didn’t work while I was in Charleston, I stayed off Instagram most of the time and spent my moments in the moment. I still took photos now and then, took shots of my food, and managed to get content, but none of it was planned. I found myself thinking “oh gotta walk the waterfront to get pics” or “can’t eat there with the bad lighting” and it was ridiculous! So that is when I decided just to have a weekend away…like really away. I only packed my athleisure!
Before heading out, we had lunch! I made a giant to-go salad to eat all weekend (recipe coming Friday.) I mentioned this in my recap post, but I don’t like dining out every meal on vacation. I like choosing one meal to dine out, and then eating my own food or leftovers later.
We spent the afternoon just walking around the shops, exploring antique stores, and enjoying the gorgeous streets. I think walking around the historic downtown is one of my favorite things to do. I can’t get enough of the beauty.
Caviar and Bananas a block up from our Airbnb, so we stopped in there frequently to grab snacks or tea. It is very similar to Dean and Deluca.
All of their treats looked temptng! If I lived there, I’d a grab coffee, a raw bar, and read the paper in the mornings.
I ordered a blueberry tea! 🙂
After walking around for hours, we headed back to our Airbnb to relax. I made more tea with lemon and sat down to read my book. I’m so behind on the book club, but hoping to have it read and the post written at least before the end of February.
We headed out later in the evening to pick up wraps for dinner, and I also had the kale salad on the side. I could eat the kale salad ten times a day! Couldn’t get enough 😀
It was so lovely to watch the evening news with Kyle and watch the sunset in the living room. I think a giant window in the living is a must if I ever move into another home.
Not only was it nice to watch the sun go down, it was even better to watch the sun come up with my morning cup of coffee.
Kyle and I ended up falling asleep at 9:30. I sometimes think when you’re relaxed, stress-free situations can just make you so sleepy. I slept like a baby! I sank into the bed, and it was like sleeping on a cloud all night. Even though we were staying at an Airbnb, it felt like luxury hotel sheets.
It was kind of nice to have my morning to myself instead of walking several miles with the dogs before I can sit down to have coffee. I love my dogs so much, and they are worth every responsibility that comes with them, but it was nice to have a little break.
Mid-morning I had my tea and protein yogurt with a waffle for breakfast before getting up and ready for the day. I loved the slow start to my morning.
We walked and explored new areas of Charleston before stopping at one of my favorite spots, Carmella’s.
I’ve mentioned Carmella’s in a lot of my Charleston posts on the blog. I love Carmella’s for desserts, coffee, lattes, gelato, and other sweet treats.
I had a lemon citrus tea.
We came at the perfect time. There was a theater group performing live in the cafe, and they were all talented. We had tea and listened to them sing for about an hour.
We put our names down for a table at Basic Kitchen, and it was a 45-minute wait, so we decided to go grab a green juice while waiting. I had the green juice from Beech before, and it was on point. It has kale, green apple, ginger, romaine, spinach, cucumber, celery, parsley, and lemon.
They still couldn’t get us a table after we waited for fifty minutes. I didn’t understand why because there were so many empty tables and they were sitting other people right away. But, oh well. We took a seat at the bar when two spots opened up.
The whole style and vibe of the restaurant was awesome, and right up my alley. Despite the weird wait situation, I do recommend Basic Kitchen. It has a great menu and so many healthy options.
I broke my “one cup of coffee a day” rule, but I’ve been doing so well, and I didn’t mind treating myself since it was a special occasion. I ordered a small coconut milk cappuccino. I’d like to come back and have breakfast with coffee next time because the espresso flavors were smooth and strong.
I was so hungry that I could have eaten everything on the table!
Kyle ordered the Basic Bowl. It had brown rice, sesame kale, braised beans, grilled brussel sprouts, grilled sweet potato, grilled chicken, farm eggs, and sides of Magic Green, Thai Peanut, and Carrot Ginger sauces. How delicious does that look?
I ordered the Thai spiced turkey burger. It came with sesame slaw, pickled cucumber, and sweet potato fries. I ordered extra kale on the side and ended up using the carrot ginger dressing from Kyle’s dish. It tasted awesome!
I loved how fresh all of the food tasted. I am looking forward to going back and having breakfast!
We spent the afternoon shopping around King Street. I found a lot of cute summer shorts and tops. How adorable is this Friend’s sweatshirt?
We stopped back into Caviar and Bananas to grab dark chocolate for dessert and popcorn before heading back to the Airbnb to watch movies. I had to buy some coffee to bring home! I can’t wait to try this roast once I get through my current.
So many choices…& the cereal one was looking pretty good.
I ordered a lemon/ginger/turmeric detox tea with a splash of honey!
We walked around the town a bit more. It was really cold out, so the Saturday night in Charleton was very quiet. In the summer, downtown is swamped.
I spy a Kyle 🙂
For dinner, I had my lunch leftovers with my kale salad. I also grabbed a One Love Kombucha (probably the best Kombucha I’ve ever had) to go with my dinner.
Last morning in Charleston <3
We packed all of our stuff and headed out to walk around for about an hour. It was FINALLY nice out. No matter how many times you visit Charleston, there is always something new to explore. I have a GIANT list of things I want to do there this summer. I’ll be in go go go mode when I go back next time.
After walking around for a while, we headed to Huriyali before heading back to Charlotte.
I feel like this deserves caps, bold font, and exclamation points…
ADD THIS PLACE TO YOUR LIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I couldn’t help but swoon over the gorgeous food. Restaurants like this inspire me to make similar dishes.
I ordered the green bowl. It had banana, pineapple, kale, spirulina, avocado, nut and seed butter, almond milk, topped with seeds, coconut flakes, and cut fruit.
Kyle ordered the burrito bowl. It came with scrambled eggs, fresh herbs, seasonal quinoa, guacamole, salsa, beans, onions and cashew cream sauce. I had a bite, and I can confirm that it was TASTY.
The coffee was outstandng!
I have ZERO complaints. It was fabulous!
Green Juice: Seasonal Greens, Ginger, and Lemon.
The perfect way to end our trip 🙂
I took some cool photos of our Airbnb! 🙂 If you want a place in Charleston near King Street, this one was AMAZING! You can email me for details. I highly recommend Airbnb, especially if you’re traveling with pets, or alone! If you sign up with this link here, you can get $40 in travel credit! 🙂
The Airbnb was 4 bed/2 bath/ had cable/gorgeous kitchen/a view/parking garage/amazing location/and the host was so great to work with!
If you missed my last Charleston post, check it out here! 🙂
Questions for you!
1. Do you like laid back weekend getaways, or explore-mode weekend getaways? (I like both.)
2. Have you ever stayed in an Airbnb?
3. Where is the last place you took a road trip to?