Visiting and exploring Charleston, SC has been something that I've been wanting to do for a while. So, naturally when my husband's response was "wherever you want to go" when I asked him where we should go on our first vacation as a family of three, I said "we're going to Charleston!"
Our little guy had just turned three months old and was taking his first flight. To say we were nervous about flying with an infant was an understatement. Flying can be stressful as it is--- adding a newborn to the mix just made it seem that much more stressful and crazy. Turns out, he's a flying champ! He did so great on the flight there and back. He was a champ sleeping in a different place and was laid back when we were out and about all day being touristy. We could not have asked for our first trip with the baby to have gone any better...seriously! (side-note: I flew with him and a friend to Texas a few weeks ago...I have another witness to how much of a travel champ he is).
Where do I begin??? Charleston is hands-down the most adorable town I've ever visited! I loved the cobblestone sidewalks, the horse and buggy rides all over town, the short walk to waterfront park, getting lost in alley ways that led to beautiful gardens, the color palette. I could go on and on!
On our first day there, we wondered all over Downtown, the Market and Waterfront Park. I'm so glad my husband didn't get tired of hearing me say "hold on a second"; he knew that meant I was stopping to take a photo :) We ate at Jestine's Kitchen and had dessert at Christophe Artisan Chocolatier - Patissier.
The next day we ate lunch at Quelogy and took a carriage ride through the historical district and were introduced to the rich history of Charleston. Followed by dinner on the rooftop at Charleston Crab House! Before turning in for the night we went to James Island County Park to see the Festival of Lights! We drove through the lights and then pulled over at one of the villages along the way to roast marshmallows (yum!) and to take the little guy on his first carousel ride! One of the coolest things we noticed throughout town was that if you donated a canned good to the food bank and/or animal shelter, your admission price was discounted!
We spent day three at the aquarium! While there we saw the dive show and the huge sea turtle, Coretta. Afterwards we wondered around King Street and had dinner at Nick’s BBQ (my husband loves BBQ so he was in heaven with the variety of BBQ places to choose from).
On our last day we did a quick trip to Folley Beach and Magnolia Gardens before we (sadly) had to make our way back to the airport. It was so fun to be out on the beach a week before Thanksgiving…in short sleeves! That doesn’t happen around here often! I wish we had more time to wonder through Magnolia Gardens on this trip; I think another trip is in order J
Overall, this was a very fun and memorable trip for us! I can’t wait to take our little man on more adventures and explore with him!