We didn’t originally plan to stop in Charleston, SC but I’m so glad we did.
Read about where we slept, what we ate and saw…
SEE: There is so much that Charleston has to offer – the area is rife with history and planations you can visit. We only stopped in the area for one night and felt like exploring the old town was the best way to spend our evening. Our afternoon plans for exploration were to put to bed by an insane tropical storm which locked us away in our hotel for a while!
I love nothing more than a mooch – wandering around cities and towns aimlessly, just taking in what is going on around us and I feel like the old town of Charleston was the perfect place to do this. So many beautiful buildings, a gorgeous waterfront (the pier even had swings where couples were sat chatting – so lovely! I wanted a swing but alas there were non free!) and so many beautiful shops, bars and restaurants.
I feel as though the city had an almost Cuban feel to it, and the atmostphere was electric. I could have stayed there for days just exploring.
SLEEP: We stopped at The Sleep Inn off the Savannah Highway which was a great base for us – the hotel itself was clean, reasonably priced and offered free breakfast and wifi. The beds were beyond comfortable too which was much needed after a terrible night in Jacksonville (read about that gem of a hotel here…). There was a lot of food options in the area too; this would be a great stop off for other road trippers! Admittedly the paint choice of the room isn’t to my taste but the hotel was a location for us.
EAT: When we were driving down the Savannah Highway towards our hotel my eyes were drawn to a mint green small building just off the side of the road called Boxcar Bettys. The restaurant stated “fried chicken sandwiches” so we knew that was the place for us. We dropped our bags off at the hotel and walked down (there is parking!) and oh my, what a treat BCB had in store for us.
We love burgers, we love fried chicken and I love buffalo sauce. When I saw a fried chicken buffalo burger on offer, I knew that was going to be mine. Chris had chicken with bacon and cheese whilst we shared a fries. Food was really affordable and my god was it delicious. The building itself was simple and well decorated, with free WIFI and their own merch. Very cute.
The local area chock full of chain restaurants with the odd independent offering scattered but I am so glad that we decided to stop by Boxcars – the chicken was to die for, the bread buttery soft and delicious with the great of buffalo sauces. I’d have happily eaten here again for dinner the same night if I hadn’t have been so full!
OVERALL: I absolutely loved Charleston. I’ve read that other areas aren’t particularly safe, but how true that is I don’t know. I can confirm that I ate like a king, slept like a baby and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the historic downtown city of Charleston. We’ve said we’d like to stop by again next time we visit and maybe travel around a bit more as I feel like the area was busting full of things to explore more.
Do you have any recommendations for Charleston?
You can see my vlog of our visit here: