Charleston – Love It!
Hello, sorry it has been awhile since I’ve posted. Unfortunately, my head cold turned into a chest cold, that turned into an upper respiratory infection, that turned into an “extreme immune response” that turned into a 5 am ER visit. Thankfully, I received great medical care and am finally starting to feel better. It’s always something…
Anyway, now to one of my favorite parts of the trip so far – – Charleston, SC! We love this place!!! It is so pretty, filled with history, culture, ahhhhmazing restaurants, and so much to do and see. We could not fit it all into the 6 days we were there, but we’ll be back. Because, (bomb drop) we are seriously considering moving there – yes, moving as in buying a home. It is affordable, the people are so friendly, the homes and the whole area is beautiful and we can just picture our life here. I could go into a huge list of considerations, but won’t bore you with all that. It will be really hard living so far from our fiends and family, and maybe this isn’t a forever move, we’ll have to see how it all works out.
This restaurant is so special, it deserves a mention here. Housed in an 18th century mansion, we found this place on Yelp and with 5 star reviews, had to give it a try. What Yelp didn’t mention is that they are reservation only because they book up – quick. We arrived upon opening at 5 pm and when I told the maitre’d that we were only in town a few days and that I write a travel blog, he found us a spot at the bar – we’ll take it! The bar staff was chatty and informative and provided a lot of information on the history of the house. For one thing, it is haunted. I asked if he believed in that sort of thing and he said that the kitchen staff has told him stories that can’t be explained. So, maybe? They have retained a lot of the original fixtures and some furnishings. It is beautiful and has an oh-so-southern vibe to it. Then there is the food – OMG!! So good. Joel and I both ordered the fried chicken dinners because that is what they are known for out here and it did not disappoint. Their mac and cheese is award wining and you will taste why. I told the bartender they should rename it “slap yo mama mac and cheese” because my mom’s homemade mac and cheese couldn’t hold a candle to it. Joel went traditional with the fried collard greens and I am like UH UH. No way. Anyone who knows me knows I am not touching a fried collard green. First, it’s a vegetable, a green one and looks gross. I got the mashed potatoes and Joel was so jealous because guess what, fried collard greens aren’t so special after all…..hmmmm.
The USS YORKTOWN battleship pictured above is docked at Patriot’s Point as part of a large maritime museum featuring a fleet of historic ships, Cold War Memorial and Vietnam Experience exhibit. We only visited the exterior of this museum because we took the water taxi tour around Charleston Bay, had lunch at a great waterfront restaurant and didn’t have much time left before we had to get back to the Airstream to feed the dogs. However, I did want to give this a mention because the YORKTOWN fought in both WWII, Korea and Vietnam. My Grandfather was a Naval Officer and served in both WWII and the Korean War and my Dad was also in the Navy serving in Vietnam, so this held some extra interest for me personally. This ship has been through a lot! Impressively, in WWII while fighting the Japanese, the ship survived 7 kamikaze plane strikes and multiple bombs, one of which passed through the first deck and exploded near the ship’s hull. It punched two large holes through her side, but she remained operational and continued to provide air cover until Japan’s surrender on September 2, 1945.
As I mentioned, this place is not only beautiful, very green with flowers and trees everywhere, but if feels like a vibrant happening place. There were a lot of tourists! We visited the City Market which is an indoor/outdoor market with all sorts of wares from women hand weaving baskets, jewelry, food specialties, to southern biscuits baking in the oven – the smell is so unfair! It’s a great place to pick up one-of-a-kind treasures.
Harken French Café and Bakery
The Harken Café is located in the French Quarter and we stopped in for coffee/tea bakery treats for breakfast one morning. The place is so cute and I felt transported to France by the historic interior and French décor. It was packed and we were lucky to get a seat, the place is pretty small. Joel had the 7 layer bar (he said it was better than mine, but hey, these guys are professionals!) and I had the blueberry pie cookie. It was unlike any cookie I have had before because there really was a blueberry pie filling taste tucked inside a molasses cookie. You will note both our plates are empty before I could get a pic – we’ll be back!!!
James Island State Park
We stayed at a State Park on James Island. It is a HUGE park with miles of paved trails that wind in and out of forests, play ground areas, a story land, a water park, game fields and the RV park. It was fun to ride our scooters and easy to get lost with all the crisscrossing paths. At one point we found ourselves at a long dock with a water inlet from Charleston Bay. While we were hanging out on the dock a small pod of dolphins ventured their way down the inlet to feed. They were so graceful as they glided through the water leaping up for air so we could enjoy the show.
It is July and it is warm, dare I say hot. So yes, I took advantage of an afternoon at the on-site water park. I love floating down the lazy river and didn’t go down the waterslides, but enjoyed watching the kids have a good time on them. People are so friendly, hardly a person will walk by without saying hi and if they are next to you, will strike up a conversation.
Lazy river, I miss you already…