A Weekend in Charleston With Kids

Back in June we took a family babymoon to Charleston. We had originally planned for a bigger trip, but decided to scale back and drive to Charleston for a long weekend. It was a lovely city and we would highly recommend.

We left Thursday afternoon and drove about 8 hours and stayed in a hotel somewhere in middle Kentucky. We drove the remainder 7 or so hours Friday morning and arrived in Charleston in the afternoon on Friday.

We checked in to our hotel, The Holiday Inn Historic Downtown Charleston. I often opt for hotels over Airbnb, as I know Ollie’s favorite part of any vacation is the pool and finding an affordable, centrally located Airbnb with a pool usually isn’t realistic. The Holiday Inn was a great place for us to stay, it was a stones throw from King Street, which is the main shopping and dining area, it was clean and nice, and I already mentioned the pool.

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Friday night, we did some light exploring of King Street and grabbed dinner a cute Italian race car themed wood fire pizza restaurant, Monza Pizza, then we grabbed ice cream and headed back to rest up/

Saturday was spent exploring much of the city. we started with an amazing acai bowl at Playa Bowl. We shopped our way down King Street including a darling farmers market and art fair in Marion Square. Of course, high on my list was the charming homes below on “rainbow row.” These beauties did not disappoint. This street was everything I hoped Charleston would be including palmetto trees, beautiful flower boxes and charm charm charm!!

Charleston with Kids

We took a playground break at Hazel Parker Playground, then continued exploring down the stunning waterfront district and to the beautiful park at the southern point of the city, White Point Garden. We stopped for a bite at a hoppin’ spot, perfect for lunch,especially with kiddos, Brown Dog Deli. After A LOT of walking we headed back to the hotel for a swim and to rest up before dinner.

We got a hot tip to check out Basic Kitchen for dinner, and it was great spot. Not only was it super duper cute, but food was delicious and so fresh. In fact Ollie had a grand time photographing the garden.

Charleston with Kids
Charleston with kids
Charleston with kids
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Charleston with Kids
Charleston with Kids

Sunday started with breakfast at a cute little spot, Another Broken Egg. We made our way through the Charleston City Market, a cute spot for souvenir shopping. It was definitely a little too crowded for us, but a must hit for artisan Charleston-themed trinkets. Our main attraction for the day was taking the ferry to Fort Sumter, the site of the start of the Civil War. It was interesting, especially for older kids and the boat ride and views were top notch.

After the boat ride we headed back to the hotel room for Ollie to enjoy the pool and to rest up before dinner. Our last meal in Charleston was a well designed spot, called The Rarebit, with mid-century inspired decor and serving American comfort food for a great price. And finally, dessert (for our second time) at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.

Charleston with kids
Charleston with Kids

MUST SEE SPOTS

  • Rainbow Row

  • King Street

  • The Battery

  • Fort Sumter

Charleston with Kids
Charleston with Kids
Charleston with kids
Charleston with Kids

We loved our visit to Charleston. While we didn’t do too many kid-specific things, our kiddo still had a great time. He loved exploring and was happy just to have swimming time at the pool. It was a lot of walking for a woman 6 months pregnant, but I made it. The food was great and the city definitely charmed my pants off. If I were planning this trip again, the only thing I would do differently would have been to give us one more day to drive over to the beach.

A Bargain Statement Top

There was a time in my life when I frequented Forever 21 on at least a weekly basis, well, mama ain't 21 anymore, so popping in to the fast fashion mecca is a rare occasion. After losing not one, but two of my favorite pairs of sunglasses called for a cheap eyewear thrill. I didn't find any sunnies, but this top caught my eye and I snagged it. I just love a statement top that works well for day or night and a both casual and semi-dressy occasions. Plus, it really it really pairs perfectly with one of my travel staples, my favorite Levis. Gingham was such a hot trend this summer, but I love that this top can take us seamlessly right into fall. Hope you have a great weekend, lovelies! 

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Gingham Wrap Top
Gingham Wrap Top
Gingham Top

top: Forever 21 / jeans: Levis/ shoes: Sam Edleman / hat: J.Crew (similar) / bag: Loeffler Randall / sunglasses: J.Crew. 

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All About the Shirt Dress

This dress! This dress is hands down my favorite piece I bought this year. A classic shirt dress, with an easy, drapy cut is tough to beat.  I am obsessed with the versatility to dress it up and dress it down too.  Plus, I can't wait to layer it with booties and a suede moto jacket as the weather turns. This dress happens to be from Faithfull.  Are you guys familiar? I seriously want one of everything from their site.  It's all just so good!  Easy, classic pieces that each look like they were pulled straight from Jane Birkin's closet. They are definitely one of my new favorite brands on my radar.

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Faithfull Shirt Dress
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Shirt Dress

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