After pulling out of Maine and heading south, we picked up 98 square feet in NC and pointed our wheels towards the coast.
First stop - Charleston, SC. We absolutely loved this charming little southern seaside community. It was so rich in history and no different than any other town that we loved - we pretty much ate, drank and walked our way around town on several occassions! And it's a place that we could almost see ourselves living - beautiful ocean, cool downtown, lots of activities, etc. Of course that means we'd have to pick up adorable southern accents....which Tracy has been diligently practicing!
"Yes, I'm just the cutest southern bell you ever did lay eyes on" It flows right off the tongue!
Here are the highlights of our coastal trip to this lovely city:
|Just a sampling of the shells we |
collected one day!
|Miles of beautiful beach to take our morning stroll on|
|Balls! Historic parks had cool war time displays - including|
this one complete with Cannonballs!
|Historic buildings all through|
|Gas Lanterns everywhere - such a unique touch |
to this historically rich city
|Southern charm - huge, old mansions overlook|
the parks and the bay.
|Cannons once protected this area and supported|
the Fort out on the bay
|Strolling through these cemeteries|
was actually not creepy at all
|We found ourselves looking at each one since |
dates back to the 1700's fascinated us
|Even pubs are old...Circa 1880|
|The exact kind of dark, eerie pub you want to visit|
when in a town like Charleston!
Sticky Fingers BBQ - no trip would be complete without some delicious southern wings and that's just what we got - the BBQ/Ranch dipping sauce was amazing!! The drinks were yummy, too
|Loved the name - couldn't|
resist stopping in!
|These went perfect with our |
Rooftop Bar - had a couple of cocktails with an old friend, Kelly Moran, and enjoyed the incredible view. Plus, we learned that no building can be taller than the church steeple....yes, religion is very strong down here in the south! Apparently the Happy Campers forgot to snap some photos!
Cupcake - Like most college towns, Charleston has a collection of neat little shops all around - so when we saw "Cupcake", we knew we had to have one (or two)! Plus, Martha gave them a thumbs up! Delicious - and a good laugh since we ate them in the car while parked next to a church as a wedding let out.....nothing like stuffing your face with a chocolate cream cheese frosted cupcake while watching some poor chick squeezed into a wedding dress!
|Amy promised to get ONE and we would|
split it. Guess how many came out?
Festival of Lights - Voted in the Top 10 of Christmas light displays each year! On James Island, they assemble this amazing 3 mile drive of Christmas Lights every year....and just our luck, it opened while we were there! We couldn't believe how cool it was with everything from deer to animated snowball fights, to an undersea world, to candyland - it was endless with imagination! The pictures can never do it justice since many of the lights had movement to them....and it's hard to capture the magic that comes with flickering lights via camera.
|This was cool - the dragon swims up as the fisherman|
tries to reel in his catch
|Snowball fight over the road as snowman family |
watches - very fun!
|Ahoy Matey! Crap, here comes a Croc!|
|All different "lands" lined the streets|
|The church was cool|
|Tracy's personal favorite. Sponsored by Weight Watchers,|
Rudolph and Santa are measuring the chimney.
Seriously made me laugh out loud!
|Animals heading to the arc before we head into Candyland|
|The farm had some charm to it with the green grass|
Boone Plantation - the incredible 500+ year old oak trees that line the entrance were the inspiration for scenes in Gone with the Wind. And the original brick slave houses are still standing and now provide education to folks who visit. The history of this place was amazing - they've produced everything from cotton, to bricks, to pecans...always adapting to the demands of the area.
|500 year old trees greeted us as we drove into the Plantation|
|Sitting on the deck where supplies would arrive to the |
Plantation via boats on waterway channels.
This structure burnt down, and they rebuilt it
to maintain the Plantations heritage
|Inside one of the Slave Houses|
This area has been used in the making of
many movies....including The Notebook
|Battle of Secessionville was going on when we were|
visiting - yep, the South still loses I'm afraid
|Can't you just see us dressed up like this? LOL!|
|One of the most photographed trees - it's branches|
extend out in so many directions.
Built in 1750 - the oldest existing structure on the Plantation
It seriously still smells like smoked meat inside!
As you can see, we really enjoyed Charleston. If it stayed just a bit warmer in the winter, there's no question 98 square feet would have taken up residence for the next few months.
Dear, sweet Charleston, I do believe we'll be back one day to take in more of your amazing grace and charm! (said with a southern drawl)
Until the next exit...
Amy & Tracy