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Spring Break was about a week ago, and it was such a refreshing break that I definitely needed. It couldn’t have come at a more perfect time, and I am so thankful for the rest and a little dose of adventure that we got. The week started out lazy, catching up with friends over good food in my hometown, but halfway through the week, I teamed up with a good friend from high school to take a mini trip to one of my favorite cities- Charleston, SC! It ended up being a little too chilly (and windy!!!) to actually swim, but the weather was perfect for everything that we ended up doing. We kind of planned as we went, and everything ended up turning out really great. Find you a travel buddy that is as flexible and easy-going as Annalise! Keep reading for the outline of what we ended up doing and some tips for your next trip to Charleston.

P.S. If you ever want to do a session in Charleston, hit me up!!! I would love to go back and do portraits here.

 Our trip was Wednesday- Friday which I highly recommend because we were able to avoid the weekend crowd. Getting down to Charleston was a breeze, but we did run into a little unexpected traffic on the way back from Charleston, so be sure to plan accordingly. We also tried to save as much money as we could by bringing a cooler of lunch food (deli meat, bread, cheese, etc.) and snacks/bottled water. So, even though Charleston can be expensive, you can still be smart with your money! Here’s how we ended up spending our days:

  • Wednesday: We packed a lunch and ate on the way. First stop was the Charleston Waterfront Park. Next, we ventured to Sullivan’s Island for some delicious gelato at a place called Beard Cat’s Sweet Shop. Then, after settling into our hotel, we ended up visiting Rainbow Row and shopping downtown on King Street and finished the evening with a yummy dinner at the Bay Street Biergarten. Try their Crazy Taters (loaded tater tots with chicken). They’re amazing!
  • Thursday: We spent the entire afternoon exploring the USS Yorktown. It was very cool and definitely worth the $22 admission. If you plan to visit this battleship, make sure you allow plenty of time to explore. We were there from about 10:30 am until 4:30 pm (including a little break for a picnic lunch in the car). We were pretty exhausted after that, but we still wanted to walk on the Cooper River Bridge. It was super WINDY, but we got to see the most perfect sunset over our excellent view of little Charleston from the bridge. Afterward, I got a slice of pizza at Steel City Pizza to tie me over until a late night dinner at Waffle House, of course! 
  • Friday: BEACH DAY! We ventured out to Folly Beach and stayed on the beach for the afternoon, soaking in the beautiful weather before heading home.


Rainbow Row


BeardCat’s Sweet Shop, Sullivan’s Island


USS Yorktown


Aboard the USS Yorktown


Proof of how windy it was!


Cooper River Bridge at sunset


Folly Beach

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April 4, 2017

Spring Break Trip | Charleston, SC | Travels

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