Charleston Recs?

Happy Hump Day!

I am glad we are halfway to the weekend!  I've been in a grumpy mood all week that I can't seem to shake. Bryce has been out of town and is returning home today, so I am hoping his return (and his birthday celebration tonight) will put me back in a happy mood!

On a side note...he has requested a buttermilk pie for his birthday dessert--anyone ever made this before?  I pinned a few recipes here for them, but would love any tips or recipes you might have given that I'd never even heard of this type of pie prior to the other night!

Now onto today's post..I am so excited to say that Bryce and I are in the process of planning a Charleston trip!  This trip has literally been more than 2 years in the making and we have finally carved our the time to make it happen.

That being said, neither of us has ever been to Charleston before, so I need your help!

We were fortunate to book a hotel in the museum district for free using Bryce's points (all his work travel does have its perks...) which really frees us up to splurge and take advantage of all Charleston has to offer.

So far all we have arranged is dinner reservations at Husk, which I am super excited about!

We also will definitely be hitting up King Street for shopping, soaking up some sun on a beach, taking a carriage ride, and also visiting some of the historic attractions.

When we travel we like to have a good balance of scheduled activity as well as unplanned time to also explore freely.  I've got a working list of ideas going, but would love your input too!

So here's where I need your help:

Folly Beach vs. Sullivan's Island vs. Isle of Palms:
Ally from the blog Life As I Know It was sweet enough to email me some great suggestions including a description of the 3 beaches. (Thanks to Kathryn from love, raleigh  and and Zelle from a southern style for their suggestions as well!)  Sullivan's Island or Isle of Palms sounds more like Bryce's and my scene, HOWEVER, I am debating if we should go for Folly Beach simply to eat at Taco Boy?  I've heard really good things about the restaurant and Bryce is a huge fan of Mexican food, so I'm not sure if this should make the decision for us or not?

We are big brunch fans and will be in Charleston for a total of 4 breakfast/brunches.  I've got High Cotton, Hominy Grill, and Virginia's all on my list for this and am drooling over their menus.  Anywhere else we should look into?

We will have 3 lunches and 3-4 dinners (the first night we get in late, so may or may not go out for dinner...).  Our last night we have reservations at Husk, but otherwise haven't booked anything.  Since researching places on my list here are the top contenders:  Magnolia'sHank'sBowen's Island
and Stars.  Anything to add to the list?  Are any of these that are shining stars amongst the rest?  Any suggestions of places that just scream Charleston!?  When making suggestions, it would also be great to know if you think it's more of a lunch or dinner place and if we should make reservations...

King Street Shopping
I imagine we'll just walk up and down the street and go in any shops that tickle our fancy...let me know if there are any that we must make sure to visit, though!

Anything we must see or do while there in addition to the things I already mentioned earlier in the post?

Lastly, I might be able to squeeze in a blogger meet up or two while we're there, so if you're in the Charleston area and would be interested...let me know!  Maybe we can work something out!

Since writing this I am super excited for our trip, but also overwhelmed--I have a feeling it will take many trips to Charleston before we feel like we've hit everything!

Also, put in a little prayer that the weather will be warm and nice when we are there!  I ordered this pretty on Rue La La and am hoping it will arrive in time for our trip!

Also, how perfect would this belt be for Bryce to wear in Charleston?  Click here to enter to win one for a special guy in your life before it's too late!

Any and all recommendations are greatly appreciated!

Thanks and have a great day!