Brandon and I headed out on a much needed fall vacation to the Carolinas! We had gotten engaged 3 years back in Asheville and had been dying to go back and explore just a little bit more.
So we head out on the long journey to Asheville, NC. Our first trip down we took the Blue Ridge Parkway and we knew this time around we wanted to take it again! It definitely adds a lot of time to the trip but it is well worth it, especially in the fall.
We took plenty of snacks and stopped often to take in the view and explore. We were so lucky to have such a beautiful day with all the perfect fall colors.
Just right off the BRP we stopped at Linville Falls Winery to stretch and taste some wine! It was a cozy little place to enjoy a glass and we took a bottle to go!
Once we got to Asheville we checked into our hotel and went for dinner and then downtown to explore all their great breweries! You really cant go wrong hopping around downtown. We stumbled upon The Times Bar and we absolutely loved it! The bar was so esthetically pleasing and the cocktails were absolutely amazing.
Before we headed out on our voyage to Charleston we grabbed breakfast at Early Girl Eatery.
It did not disappoint! We really wanted to go back to Biscuit Head where we had been before but they were closed.
On our way to Charleston we stopped in Tryon, NC and if you are an antique lover like us you must stop! We stumbled upon 3 right in a row - Architectural Warehouse, Tryon Antique Mall and Dark Horse Antique Mall. Let me tell you, they all had such great unique things to offer and I wish we had more time to shop around. But, Architectural Warehouse was ah-mazing! The collection of antiques from chandeliers to leaded glass windows to doors was incredible!
We made it to Charleston, my absolute favorite city of all times! This was probably my 6th time here and I fall in love all over again each time. There is always SO much to do, sooo many great places to eat and drink and the southern architectural design takes my breath away.
We checked into our air bnb which I was most excited about because it was completely different than anything I have ever stayed in before! Hemingways Hideout is a 1948 yacht. It was such a unique experience to sleep on a boat. There were a handful of other boats docked around us but ours was located with the best view and felt the most private.
We explored, ate and drank our way through Charleston for the next 3 days and loved every minute of it. You honestly cannot go wrong with any restaurant you go into, any street you walk down or beach to visit! This trip we went to some of our favorites and also explored some new things!
I love this place! It's a bit speakeasy, tucked away with such great cocktails! My personal favorite is the bartenders choice which you choose 2 words from a list and the bartender makes you a drink out of your two chosen words. Such a fun concept to try something new!
A unique place in an old church to eat or just grab a drink!
Look familiar? This is the famous scene from the Notebook when Noah takes Ali out in a canoe! We were able to self guide our own canoe through the gardens and it was so beautiful! Keep your eye out for alligators!
Such an adorable place for dessert. We indulged in some champagne and a cake while we waited for our dinner reservations! Yes, dessert before dinner!
Ive had dinner here before and it is always outstanding. We dinned al fresco under the moonlight and buzz of downtown. Of course we had an oyster shooter, or two!
No matter the amount of time I spend in Charleston it never feels like enough time. I am always eager to get back and enjoy the delicious food and great southern charm. However our time had come to an end and we were off to Wilmington to spend a couple days with some great friends! We had also been to Wilmington before and love it just as much. Plenty of great food, bars and beaches!
We of course had to eat at the infamous Fork N Cork, come with a big appetite because wow its a lot of amazing food. A new place we had checked out was Satellite Bar & Lounge, they have such a great outdoor space where we were able to play corn hole and just relax.
The memories we made with our friends, exploring new places and the great food we experienced was all unforgettable. We had such a quick, yet amazing trip! Till next time Carolinas!