24 Hours In Charleston

This weekend was a whirlwind but it was so incredible! Why did we go to Charleston you ask? Well, as you may or may not know, Chase is applying to medical school soon which means he has to take the MCAT! When we logged on about 5 months ago every MCAT was booked in Florida until June!!! So it was Charleston or Utah and the choice was obvious. 


For the first 7 (yes 7 whole hours) Chase was busy strutting his knowledge on the MCAT and I took off early to start exploring. It was really rainy all day but I muscled through and got some pictures. What was so great were the people all around the city. Despite the rain, they were still out on morning jogs with their pups and didn’t hesitate to show their southern charm with a good morning hello.  

Despite only being in what is now one of my new, all-time favorite cities for 24 hours, I managed to do almost everything on my list! If you find yourself in my quick-trip situation or if you are just looking for some ideas for an upcoming trip, I’ve got you covered. This is definitely not an ultimate guide (even though I would love to be able to use that classic click-bate title) but it is a great place to start.

Rainbow Row:

The moment I turned onto E. Bay Street I gasped at the insanely gorgeous rainbow houses! This is a can’t miss sight people. I felt so inspired walking through the rows of pastel colored houses, imaging each color topping a cupcake (because that’s just how I roll). Later, I got to take Chase back and we made it right at golden hour. The sun was seeping through the buildings and there were birds chirping above us. We actually thought, “these bird sounds are fake” because it was surreal, like a dream. 

The Daily:

At first, I was like this place is way to hipster for me and regretted stopping by. BUT THEN I tasted the magnificent iced vanilla latte they bestowed upon me and was instantly proven wrong. This coffee is the best! I seriously loved every sip and wished I lived closer so I could get it everyday. 

Battery Park:

The long, hanging trees completely covered the park. Every time you looked up it was like you were engulfed in this beautiful new side of nature. The entire park runs along the waterfront so in a few steps you can walk along the boardwalk and enjoy the ships setting sail. 

Crave Kitchen & Cocktails:

Known for their world famous Mac and Cheese, Crave Kitchen is a must. It’s in Mount Pleasant on your way to Sullivan’s Island if you’re already headed there, make sure to stop by! The kitchen is closed from 4-5 so we ended up having to skip it as lunch and wait for dinner. But it was so worth it. We ordered the fried pimento cheese for apps and each got a bowl of the famous Mac and Cheese (Chase got bacon on his). Everything was delicious! 

Jenni’s Ice Cream:

I have been following this shop on Instagram forever so I couldn’t wait to try it. I ordered the salted caramel and Chase got double chocolate fudge. It was so yummy and fresh! It’s also located right on King Street so you can check out all of the bars and night life on your way. 

Callies Little Hot Biscuits:

To end our quick little trip, we woke up early and headed to get some good ol’ southern buttermilk biscuits. This teeny shop is easy to miss but you will regret it if you don’t go! My favorite food of the whole entire trip! We got a box of classic buttermilk biscuits, a rainbow sprinkle biscuit and grits in a biscuit bowl. I could have cried I loved these biscuits so much. I even dreamed about them last night. Everything was fresh and not too crumbly, not too dry, not to moist, just perfect. The line can get long so I suggest going earlier if you can. Seriously, do not miss this place!!!

Do you have any tips or favorite places in Charleston? I need more recommendations for things to do next time!


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  • Reply Debra McElroy May 17, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Meghan – I was fortunate to live in SC for 12 yrs ( Columbia) Charleston was the place to go on weekends or day trips! Just 1 1/2 hrs from Columbia. I adore Charleston and I’m so glad you were able to enjoy it ..there is so much to see and do – plus the history behind it !
    Hope Chase did well on his MCAT!
    Here’s to all your travels !

    Debra McElroy
    ( friends w/ your parents and was in there wedding)

    • Reply Meghan May 17, 2017 at 11:34 am

      That is awesome, Debra! I’m slightly hoping Chase get’s into medical school there haha we also stayed in Columbia one night last summer. The historical park there was so cool!
      Thanks Debra!

  • Reply Chantell Cruz May 27, 2017 at 10:25 am

    You don’t know how thankful I am for this blog post! I’m driving up to Maryland to second shoot a wedding, and the drive from Jax to MD is too much for me at once. So I’m spending the night in Charleston! This proves that I can definitely experience enough of Charleston’s charm, even if I’m only there for 24 hours. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your experience! I can’t wait to visit now!

    • Reply Meghan May 29, 2017 at 9:57 am

      Ahh sweet!! So glad I could help you out here. It’s seriously such a beautiful place to visit. Have fun!!!

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