So you’re visiting the Lowcountry and want the ‘true’ Charleston experience? What should you do? How can you possibly choose what to see with all of the amazing things to do and see here? This week, we decided to see what a local would do given a chance to vacation in their own city...
I had a few days to myself and decided to have a true ‘Staycation.’ For those unfamiliar with the term, a staycation is when you vacation in your own home town. I started my planning by writing down all of the ‘tourist hotspots’ as they’re known to us locals; places that I’ve always meant to go, but never really taken the time to visit/tour. Since moving here many years ago, I’ve always enjoyed exploring. Especially in my line of work, exploring different neighborhoods and communities is in the job description.
I started the staycation by enjoying Second Sunday on King Street. It was a hot day, so I made sure to enjoy a cool popsicle from the King of Pops. My husband and I strolled down King Street, admiring the local musicians, performers and artists. I had a craving for tacos, so we decided to make our way to East Bay Street to try out Minero. We had heard great things about it and love chef Sean Brock, so decided to give it a try. We weren’t disappointed. On the way back to King Street, we cut down Queen Street and discovered a cute vintage shop, Curiosity. It was a bit off of the beaten path, but definitely worth wandering into (located at 56 1/2 Queen Street).
Day two I decided to head down to Folly Beach for a beach day. I dropped into Baguette Magic to grab a quick breakfast, making sure to leave reasonably early so that I could beat the beach traffic. To my surprise, I was able to get to the beach with little hassle (parking at Folly Beach is free if you head away from Center Street and ensure that all four of your tires are off of the road). After some sunbathing and frolicking in the ocean, I decided to walk to the Folly Beach Pier. Here they have public restrooms, a restaurant, and showers. After a quick break, I crossed the street to The Juice Joint and bought myself a refreshing juice for the walk back to my beach chair. I decided to end the day with a stop at The Barrel for a cold beer, game of cornhole, and to enjoy some live music. The sunset over the marsh was spectacular and I’m never disappointed with the views that The Barrel has to offer.
On my last day of my staycation I decided to go for some cooler options and catch a mid-day movie at the Terrace Theater. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to go to a movie in the middle of the day when all of your friends/family are at work. It felt mischievous. If you’ve never been to the Terrace Theater, it’s worth checking out! A nice glass of wine and scoop of gelato while watching an indie film was the perfect ending to my mini-vacation, I meant staycation.
While I admit, I didn't actually make it to anything on my list, such as Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation, or The Black Fedora Comedy and Mystery Theater, I did get to experience just enough to go back to work relaxed and satisfied!