I find myself continuously obsessing over vacationing in Europe, but after my Mommymoon alone last month in California, I had a lot of time to think.🤔 And what I concluded is, it’s time to see America. It’s time to start researching and constructing our bucket list 📝of National Parks, National Monuments and the American Beauty that is Mother Nature. It’s time to start checking some states off our list…🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
My brother in law JR is from Asheville, NC and my sister and him decided to baptize my niece Charlee southern style. Since the easy route is never my thing 🙅🏽I decided it would be a good idea to fly into Birmingham, Alabama spend a night there giving that state a quick ✔️. Drive 2 hours to Atlanta the next day, giving Georgia a ✔️. But that plan got nixed by my husband 🙎🏻♂️Which brought us to our final itinerary. Charleston>South of the Border>Charlotte>Asheville>Nashville…Shaps are heeeeeading down South! Yeehaw!!! Do they say that there or is that Texas? 😂
Shaps packed up headed to the airport and flew ✈️into Charleston, SC with the intention of spending 1 night (Friday) and winging Saturday….
Saturday is currently a work in progress so stay tuned…😱
With the help of my trusty travel planner, Odellia, with Take Off Travel she constructed an itinerary for us and we set off. We stayed at the Embassy Suites which gave us good walking distance 🚶🏽♀️🚶🏻access to Kings Street (Charlestons version of hipster Rodeo Drive). 👚👖👗👒👛💰
After we checked in we drove around to get aquatinted with the town not in our beloved Sprinter 😭🚐✖️. But don’t cry for me Argentina bc the rest of the clan is in route as we speak driving my most prized possession. 🚐✔️And for those of you who’ve followed my Grandma “Pips” 👵🏾who broke her hip a month ago. Well I like to joke that we strapped granny to the roof rack, because well we basically did. We just got her out of rehab a few days ago just in time To make this trip. Where the Torrellas’s go Pips goes… Pips is a true tough cookie! 👵🏾💪🏽👏🏽👍🏽
Charleston can be described as the following:
“Charleston, the South Carolina port city founded in 1670, is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses, particularly in the elegant French Quarter and Battery districts. The Battery promenade and Waterfront Park both overlook Charleston Harbor, while Fort Sumter, a federal stronghold where the first shots of the Civil War rang out, lies across the water.”
Our first stop was driving along the water in hopes to get a glimpse of Fort Sumnter, 🏟(where the first shots of the Civil war started) which we didn’t. 🔫🔫🔫But what we did find were the craziest historical mansions in all unusual colors.
I could’ve kept on walking to see the mansions however 4 hungry brats tantrumming signaled it’s time for lunch. 🍗🍖🍞
We headed over to Kings Street to find a place for lunch, ended up at Jim and Nick’s BBQ and then walked the strip. After endless complaining about shopping (what I wanted to do🙋🏽) we waved the white Flag 🏳 and headed over to Odie’s suggestion of a horse and buggy ride through downtown historic Charleston. We chose Palmetto Tours. 🐴
The Horse and Carriage ride lasted an hour and gave us a good view of the antebellum town.
We learned that Charleston is a religious city with over 150 churches of every domination and enjoyed clunking over cobblestone roads. 🐴📸
We were able to hit the city market (like an open air flee market) as they were just about packing up the stalls, we had just enough time to buy 1 xmas ornament for our tree. 🎄
To be fair all 4 kids were feeling under the weather,🤕🤒😷😈 and I was actually the sickest but pushed through. 😭So taking them out to dinner was out of the option. Happily they stayed back with our nanny at the hotel while Craig and I enjoyed a peaceful dinner at High Cotton. The highlight of my entire day was the praline soufflé, which took a half hour to make.🕛🕡🕢🕛
I begged them to push me to the front of the line since I was exhausted feeling sick and couldn’t keep my eyes open for my 2nd helping of soufflé but I was denied and home we went to bed. 😴💤
We had bright plans for the morning including breakfast at highly acclaimed and recommended Hominy Grill, but alas we spent breakfast time at the closest urgent care to check 5/6 sick and congested Shaps 🤒🤒🤒🤒🤒👨🏻
So we settled for the Sunflower Cafe, 🌻 down the road and the highlight was Shane’s Sprinkle waffles 🍘and my buttery grits 🍚.
We are now on the road 🛣headed nervously 😲😳😝with excitement for the cheesiest tourist trap called South of the Border. It’s literally at the Border of NC AND SC in Dillon, SC. The highway is literally littered with 100s of kooky 1950 signs counting down to your final destination, which is Pedro Land.
If you have ever driven to Florida as a kid, you know exactly what I’m talking about…wish us luck! ☘️ Pedro here we come! 💑👭👬