Beaufort, South Carolina

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I've been wanting to see Beaufort, South Carolina for the longest time now, so when I knew we were going right past it on the way to Jekyll Island, Ga, we just had to stop and it was absolutely one of the cutest coastal towns I have seen. We will definitely be going back.



Caroline actually rode in her stroller this trip. This is huge for us because she has never willingly done this before. She was actually asking to get in it, which was a great relief because it was so hot and lugging her around on my hip makes it even hotter.
 

We stopped for lunch at Plum restaurant. It was really good, I'd recommend it.  Coming off of eating in Charleston, expectation for restaurant meal standards are set very high, but it was a good, simple meal. Juston was so excited to finally have oysters.


The Beaufort waterfront is just beautiful. We only spent a few hours in Beaufort, so I definitely can't wait to get back and really explore more on foot and see more sights. 



The homes we passed along thewaterfront were breathtaking. I just haven't seen many things more beautiful than the lowcountry. Here are a few of my favorite homes.





We plan on returning to both Beaufort, NC and Beaufort, SC next fall for a week and really spending more time. I think the plan is to rent a house and try catching our own dinner a few days. Juston found the perfect house in Beaufort, SC that has it's own dock complete with crabbing baskets and supplies. It will just be a dream come true if we actually make that vacation work. I would move to the Lowcountry in a heartbeat, especially if I could bring the rest of my family along. I don't think that my parents would take much convincing ;)

Charleston, South Carolina

Monday, July 20, 2015

 Charleston is always a good idea. I don't care what time of year, in my opinion, you can never go wrong with a trip to the Holy City. We were just there in March for the Cooper River Bridge run and decided to work it into this trip as well.We have some wonderful friends who opened up their home to us for a couple of days, so we couldn't turn that offer down!



We drove from Beaufort, NC to Charleston and our first stop upon arriving was meeting up with our friend who works at The College of Charleston for a tour of the campus. After walking around for awhile, we headed over to have dinner at a place I've had on my list to try for a while but never had gotten around to. We went to Fleet Landing and it was wonderful. There was about an hour wait because there was a storm rolling in so the outdoor dining was closed. After dinner, we went to our friends home and got unloaded and just hung out for the rest of the night. 
The next morning, as usual, our first stop on town was for food at Husk.  We tried last summer to get in for dinner one night sort of last minute but they were booked solid, so we were so happy to walk right in to a seat on the second story piazza with no wait for lunch. It definitely did not disappoint.
 

Caroline loved sitting on the piazza and watching all the horse drawn carriages go by. She literally asked to pet every single one she saw. 


I got the shrimp and grits and they were DIVINE! I would absolutely recommend them if you ever eat at Husk. 

   

The piazza seats at Husk give you a view of the Mills House across Queen Street. 


 
Another favorite of ours, Poogan's Porch on Queen Street was all decked our for the fourth. Honestly, I could just eat on Queen street every day between Husk, Poogan's and 82 Queen. 

 
 
I'm obsessed with the window boxes all over Charleston and kept taking pictures, so Caroline stood in front of one and said, "Get a picture of me and these flowers, Mama"  Don't have to tell me twice.



 
After lunch, we hit the streets to walk it off as usual and when Caroline spotted all the kids splashing around in the Pineapple fountain, she begged to get in! When in Charleston...
I had no other clothes with us and wasn't about to strip her and put her in, so I told her to stay on the top two steps so she didn't get soaking wet. Of course, she fell in haha. It probably felt great, so oh well. Can't say I didn't see it coming.

 
Gorgeous Waterfront Park



This is the Palmer House where Juston booked our stay last summer for my 30th bithday. 





Rainbow Row, probably one of the most photographed places in Charleston. 





Once we finally wound our way from the Battery around to the City Market, we found Big Al, the sweetest horse that just let Caroline love on him for the longest time. She is obsessed with horses...a true Kentucky girl. 


The crepe myrtles were all showing off and just beautiful!


A bridal photo shoot was going on when we were strolling though the College of Charleston. I have to say, after touring the campus, I totally did college all wrong. I need a do-over so I can apply here!

It was another great Charleston trip for the books! We already have our return to our favorite city planned for November. The next stop on our trip was Beaufort, South Carolina. I'll get those pictures all loaded for the next vacation post. Happy Monday!


Beaufort, North Carolina

Friday, July 17, 2015

I've done such a terrible job of keeping the blog updated this summer, but it has just been flying by and we've been worried more with fun and traveling.  We've got a slow weekend upon us so I'll try and get caught up between all the relaxing and pool time ;)
We took our family vacation a couple of weeks ago and it was so fun! Typically, my whole family will do the beach for a week in the summer, but since my sister and her family were doing a week in Disney this summer, the whole family never got anything planned, so I left it to Juston to plan our trip after suggesting a few different places I'd like to see or re-visit. I'm going to do a seperate post for each stop on our trip so that they don't all run together. We'll also surely revisit each of these places at some point in the future, so any suggestions on things to do, eat or see are welcomed :)

 
Juston and I usually split driving time when we take trips and whoever isn't driving rides in the back with Caroline to do her bidding;) This was the scene through most of West Virginia. I snapped this while we were stopped at a toll charge booth. 
 
I swear, somehow, we always end up stopping at the same rest stop in North Carolina. It's so nice and usually a good point to get out and stretch our legs. From our house, it takes right at five hours to get here. We stayed with friends in Sanford, NC on the way to Beaufort, and brought along their oldest daughter for our first leg of the trip. It was so nice to have some time with Lexi. We haven't gotten to visit with her much since she's been at Auburn, so stealing her for a few days worked out great.  

We stayed at the Inlet Inn in Beaufort and it is such a charming little town. The view from our balcony, seen above and below was so beautiful. That's Carrot Island visible across the river and there are wild horses there that you can sometimes spot from the balcony. 

Caroline loved being able to walk our the french doors onto the balcony and see the people on boats, paddleboarding, kayaking and walking their dogs along the water. 


Is this not the cutest house with the cutest fence?! I didn't get it in the shot very well, but there's a mermaid perched high atop the home keeping watch. 

Have I mentioned how over pictures Caroline is 95% of the time? I've probably worn her out with my constant picture-taking, but I love looking back on all these memories. I would definitely recommend the Inlet Inn if you're looking for a place to stay in Beaufort. 
 

Juston went out on a fishing boat one day we were in town, so Lexi, Caroline and myself hit the shops of course! There is no shortage of adorable places to shop in Beaufort, and they're all right there together on Front Street overlooking the water. 


Caroline had a blast with her Aunt Lexi! 

We passed this quaint beach cottage driving around one day we were there so I had to snap a picture. 





One of Beaufort's highlights was taking the ferry boat over to Shakleford Banks to walk around shelling and seeing the wild horses! As soon as we got off the boat, they were just hanging out there like the official welcoming committee. I think if we'd had more time in Beaufort, we would have packed up everything for a day and just spent a whole day at Shakleford shelling and exploring. As it was, we were limited on time and only spent about an hour or so, but it was definitely worth the trip. 



Waving at all the boats as we passed them. She'd get so offended when people didn't see her to wave back.  

The thing we did not realize about Beaufort was that there is no real beach within walking distance which ended up not being a huge deal. We just drove to Atlantic Beach and used the public access there instead.




Caroline has loved the beach and the ocean since her firth trip there, so she got so excited when we finally got there! She loves running full speed into the waves and giving her mama a heart attack.  She only got a mouthful of salt water once the whole trip, so that was much better than what I was expecting.


I'll do another post that focuses more on what Beaufort has to offer, but I will say, we'd love to go back, just in a different capacity. I think our return trip will be more focused on Juston fishing and me and Caroline shopping and relaxing. Lexi and I really wanted to paddleboard, but when we tried to rent them, they only had one and it was out last day there, so unfortunately we didn't get to. But Beaufort was a great first stop on our vacation. Next up...Charleston...