With our baby girl’s due date quickly approaching, my husband and I decided to take a mini trip to the beach (all by ourselves!) before we become a family of 4! We knew we wanted to go to the beach, but I also wanted to keep our drive under the seven hour mark from Atlanta (being almost 30 weeks preggo, I really wanted to keep my car time to a minimum!) Since neither one of us had ever been to Charleston before and it was only 5 1/2 hours away, it was an easy decision for us!
Where to Stay
I really knew nothing about Charleston and wanted to stay at a hotel that was right on the beach. There are actually only a few hotels located right on the water, so we had to stay on the Isle of Palms (about 12 miles outside of the city) to do that. Since it was the high season when we went, almost everything was booked. We really wanted to stay at the Wild Dunes Resort, but were unable to find dates that worked for us, but hopefully next time we visit we can stay there! We ended up staying at the Palms Resort and it was okay, but nothing to write home about.
Where to Eat
When we got into Charleston, we stopped at the Charleston Visitor’s Bureau to pick up our Charleston Heritage Passports for touring later. While we were downtown, we popped into a little Donut shop, Glazed and got two gourmet donuts to go (they were outstanding!). After that, we headed to the Isle of Palms to get some lunch. Even though we didn’t get to stay at the Wild Dunes Resort, we wanted to check it out since it was so close to where we were staying. We enjoyed an amazing lunch there at one of their restaurants, Coastal Provisions.
For dinner that evening, we went to Poogan’s Porch, which came highly recommended from one of my friends. This place was BY FAR our favorite restaurant stop while we were in Charleston! Poogan’s is one of the oldest establishments in Charleston and they serve a Low country cuisine in a gorgeously restored Victorian Home. We had dinner there, but I heard they serve a mean brunch as well! One of my favorite things about the restaurant is that they had a mocktail menu! We started off with two appetizers, the fried green tomatoes and the pimento cheese fritters…they were RIDICULOUS! For our entrees I had their Pan Roasted Scallops and my husband had the BBQ Mahi Mahi. Both entrees were to die for and our service was impeccable! I HIGHLY recommend you eat here if you are ever in downtown Charleston.
After taking some pictures at Rainbow Row the next morning, we decided to try Hominy Grill (another restaurant that came highly recommended) for brunch and it too was amazing! Tom and I shared the Sweet Potato Waffles, the Heirloom Buckwheat Pancakes and their Curried Chicken Salad. One thing that we noticed while we were in Charleston is that we had amazing service everywhere we went.
The last restaurant we went to for dinner on our last night was Poe’s Tavern, located on Sullivan’s Island. I wasn’t feeling the greatest and didn’t want to drive too far, so we stopped here for a casual dinner. The food yet again impressed us as I enjoyed their fish tacos and Tom had the “Tell Tale Heart” burger.
What to Do
Definitely be sure to visit Rainbow Row for some gorgeous, historic scenery. I was having some major hip pain while we were there, so we unfortunately didn’t get to use our Charleston Heritage Passports. The Passports give you access to 12 museums, attractions and plantations in downtown Charleston:
- The Avery Research Center
- Aiken-Rhett House
- The Charleston Museum
- Charleston Library Society
- Drayton Hall
- Gibbes Museum of Art
- Nathaniel Russell House
- Edmondston-Alston House
- Historic Charleston Foundation Festival of Houses + Gardens
- Middleton Place
- The Preservation Society of Charleston + Fall Tours of Homes & Gardens
- S.C. Historical Society
I wish I was able to tell you more about these historic sites, but will have to tour them on our next visit. I was also told to go on a carriage ride while we were in town, but I felt guilty making a horse carry my pregnant booty around town while it was almost 100 degrees!
While we were on our “Baby Moon” we basically just enjoyed eating, sleeping in, sitting on the beach all day and not having any responsibilities for 3 days..THAT was heaven for us. My husband works crazy hours so it was nice to just wake up next to each other without an alarm clock or toddler waking you up! If you are expecting a baby, I definitely recommend you take some time to get away with your hunny before the baby comes. I was 29 weeks pregnant when we went and am glad that we didn’t go any later than we did! I would suggest not going anywhere after 30 weeks, unless you are Wonder Woman..which I am definitely not with this pregnancy. Getting away for just three days was the perfect amount of time to feel refreshed and I couldn’t wait to get back home to our sweet Bennett!