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One Day in Charleston, South Carolina

I have been wanting to visit Charleston, South Carolina for a while. The charming photos and of course the southern food was a selling point. Another was that it is on so many lists as the must visit city. So when I finally had the opportunity to visit, I jumped on it. While only being there one day, I can say I look forward to going back.

I did a girl trips to Charleston with my mom, sister, and niece. Once we arrived we got a Lyft to grab some food at Hominy Grill. They serve breakfast and lunch. The staff is extremely friendly and the atmosphere is really nice. You have the choice of sitting inside or out.

Hominy Grill ©2019 HollyDayz

We gave the waitress the easiest order ever. Everyone wanted shrimp and grits with a sweet tea. It was a must try since this low country dish is a staple in Charleston. We also ended up ordering biscuits that came with homemade jam and it was so delicious. The shrimp and grits had a little kick to them.

Shrimp & Grits ©2019 HollyDayz

We then took another Lyft down to the French Quarter and walked around part of the market. They had teas, hot sauces, jewelry, and so much more being sold there. Although I wanted to take a walking tour I was out numbered and ended up on a carriage ride tour instead with Charleston Carriage Works.

The Market ©2019 HollyDayz

There are only a handful of carriage ride tours as they only allow around 20 something carriages to be out giving tours at a time. There is also a lottery system that tells the guides which route they can take. So you may or may not see things you wanted to see. Also there is a chance you take another carriage tour and see something completely different or the same exact thing. It is the luck of the draw.

Charleston Carriage Works ©2019 HollyDayz

Personally I didn’t like this and would have preferred the walking tour because I would have seen more with no stipulations. Nonetheless the carriage tour was nice and something to consider. They do make sure to let you know how they take care of the horses and such. We got back story on the houses, war, slaves, ghosts, and fires.

The Many Houses of Charleston ©2019 HollyDayz

After the carriage ride we walked around a bit visiting some candy shops before heading over to Rainbow Row. Rainbow Row has an array of colorful Georgian styled houses. They are pretty nice and picturesque. There are 13 of them and each has their own bit of history. We also spotted the oldest liquor store in the country across the street from there. At least that is what we were told.

Rainbow Row ©2019 HollyDayz

We walked further down towards The Battery, which is a defensive seawall and promenade landmark. This area is a great place to walk and stare out at the water. It is also known for their antebellum homes. These homes also have their own bits of history. They are huge and I am sure cost in the millions.

The Battery ©2019 HollyDayz

Next up, some lunch. We headed over to Jestine’s Kitchen because there were many online recommendations for it. Apparently there is usually a long line to get in, but we didn’t have that issue. We walked right in and were seated.

Fried Green Tomatoes ©2019 HollyDayz

There is plenty to choose from on the menu and the prices are reasonable. We also got difference dishes this time. The appetizer we chose was friend green tomatoes. I hate tomatoes, but will eat fried green ones. They were good.

Out of all the food ordered the winners were the fried shrimp, fried green tomatoes, and fried okra. Everything else was not the best. With all the recommendations and Southern Living and the O Magazines on the wall giving praise, we weren’t impressed. Maybe it was the cook for that day, not sure.

We had a great time in Charleston and I would love to go back. There is so much more to see and experience. The weather for February was nice and warm, in the 70s. The ride share there has some colorful drivers. We had one good driver out of all the ones we took. The rest didn’t get the highest scores.

See our time in Charleston, South Carolina below!

Have you been to Charleston?

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  • Lori Ferguson

    Ah – thanks for sharing such gorgeous photos! Your post brought back wonderful memories – hubby and I had a get-away in Charleston a few years ago and it was wonderful. We did do the horse-drawn tour, and that worked well for me. (I have mobility challenges and the company met my needs so well.)

    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you. I am glad it brought back some great memories for you. It is such a pretty place. I would like to go back one day soon. Yes, my mom has mobility challenges too. Also my niece decided to wear cute shoes and her feet were hurting so the carraige ride it was.

  • Jimmy

    Definitely somewhere I’d want to visit. The area by the water and huge homes may draw most of my attention. Even though I am picky, I’m into trying different restaurants, especially if the online audience is giving it praise. I’m more into walking myself, but a horse ride here and there doesn’t sound too bad. Greats photos as always.

    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you. It is a really nice city. A lot of southern hospotality minus the Lyft drivers.

  • Lauren Floyd

    Charleston is on my bucket list too! I created a whole fantasy about the city when I was single and applying for a job there. It’s actually driving distance from Atlanta. I may have to make it a quick mother-son trip.

    • Holly Dayz

      That sounds like a great idea. Go and have some fun. It is really nice.

  • Linda (LD Holland)

    It has been such a long time since I was last in Charleston. But I did spend time in the south and never did get a taste for grits. I would have liked the carriage tour. But it is interesting that each takes a different route so you may miss what you want to see. The houses on rainbow row do look very colourful. Love that your one day visit convinced you that you need to return. Me too!

    • Holly Dayz

      I love grits if made right. Not everyone makes them very well. Yea, they are on the lotto system, which I also found interesting.

  • Kendro

    This sounds like a great vacation getaway. Looks lovely.

  • Kim

    I want to take my husband and my daughter to Charleston. My family is from S.C. so we would spend our summers down there. Charleston was a good day trip for us from where we were. FYI: I’m salivating over that shrimp & grits.

    • Holly Dayz

      My grandmother was from South Carolina. I would like to do more exploring in the state in general. I hope you get back again soon. Those shrimp and grits were great.

  • Stacie Branson

    Wow, Charlston looks very bright and fun. Your pictures make me want to visit soon!

    • Holly Dayz

      It is very bright. Lots of beautiful colorful houses too.

  • Anji

    Great information that has put Charleston, SC on my radar as a place to visit!

  • Shantel

    I’m bookmarking this post. I just booked a minii trip there and I has no c,lue what I hard planned to do. The food looks delicious.

    • Holly Dayz

      Oh how awesome! Have fun. The shrimp and grits were my fav!

  • Antoinette

    I live a little over an hour from Charleston and I never get tired of visiting. It’s a beautiful city.

    • Holly Dayz

      Oh nice. If you have any other recommendations for places to eat, please send them my way.

  • Jean

    The carraige tours look interesting but I’m with you, I’d prefer to walk around and see/eat the things I want to eat. Is the lottery done to ensure that the streets don’t get over crowded?

    • Holly Dayz

      Yea, especially when you find out they have a lottery system and that determines were you go. Yea, they try to control who is where.

  • Mimi Green

    Charleston is on my list. I hear nothing but great things about it. I have family their but I’ve only breezed in and breezed our for events. I need time to take it in.

    • Holly Dayz

      I heard nothing but great things about Charleston too. It made me want to go even more. Yes, go and check it out.

  • Ola

    Southern food is so dangerous isn’t it? LOL! I’ve been to SC but never to Charelston. This post definitely makes me want to plan a trip there real soon.

    • Holly Dayz

      It really is, but it tastes so good. I hope you get there soon it is a nice city.

  • Elaine Masters

    This all sounds so interesting (well maybe not the dodgy carriage system.) I’d definitely go overboard on shrimp and grits. Love the colorful buildings and the seaside walkway. Didn’t know the city was on the coast! This west coast gal needs to get down there!!

    • Holly Dayz

      The shrimp and grits were great. I really liked seeing all the houses too. They are beautiful. Yes, it is beautiful you will enjoy.

  • Kiwi

    I was just in Charleston myself last September for a press trip I stay in a beautiful cottage. I love Rainbow Row So Instagramworthy!

  • Karlaroundtheworld

    OMG this was initially plan of our big US roadtip but we had to skip cause we ran out of time. Everyone told us we should visit nad this just made me want to go. What would you see if you get the chance to go back again?

    • Holly Dayz

      Aww, well I hope next time you will get to go. I would want to check out more places to eat.

  • Kathleen

    I lived it Charleston when I was in my 20’s. It was a lovely place to live, with all of the southern charm. I haven’t been back in quite a long time though. It’s so disappointing when you are looking forward to a restaurant that has such great reviews and then the good isn’t good. Sometimes it makes me wonder if the reviews were paid reviews and not honest ones. I will be sure not to eat at Jestine’s Kitchen if I go back.

  • Joyce Brewer

    My Dad was from Charleston and I still have family there. I’ve only been back once since my Dad passed away and this is reminding me to consider another trip. The history there is unlike any other place. It’s where my enslaved ancestors likely came ashore and remain to this day.

  • Brianna Simmons

    I lived in Charleston 20 years ago and have fond memories of the Battery and Rainbow Row. I’d love to go back to try all the amazig restaurants like Hominy Grill, those shrimp and grits look divine!

  • Nadalie Bardo

    Oh wow I love how colourful Charlestown is! I’ve never been but hoping to visit this summer when I’m in the area.

  • sherianne

    I have also wanted to visit Charleston but haven’t been able to yet. Taking a tour by carriage sounds wonderful and I love the colors of rainbow row. Great food suggestions as well

  • Jas

    The photos and southern food are selling points for me too and I’ve been wanting to visit for the longest time. Totally living vicariously through you and how cute is Rainbow Row!!! The food at Jestine’s Kitchen looks to die for as well. What time did you go that there was no line?

  • Jonna

    Charleston is such a beautiful city. I’ve been a few times and always enjoy it.

  • Imani

    Loved the post and the video of Charleston. It’s a beautiful and historic city, I’ve been twice and cherished every moment. Next time I go—-and there will be a next time, I’ll have to check out some of your recommendations.

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