This girl has my heart. Sara lives in Portland and I live in Baltimore. We met in NYC when she was living in Boise ID and I was living in Frederick MD. We’ve been best friends since the day we met, but weve never lived close to each other so when we hang out, it usually involves a lot of travel. We’ve explored Phoenix, New York, Amsterdam, Vegas, Paris, Seattle, Vancouver, DC, San Francisco, and Bruges, but this was first time either of us had been to Charleston, South Carolina and it was so completely charming.
Sara and I found a house on Air BnB a little ways away from the city. Down a dark, forested road was this cozy little building in a commune with walls full of pictures, trinkets, stacks of records and tapes, an outdoor shower, a ladder you climb up to the bed, and a ton of land. We were given homemade ginger kombucha when we first pulled in and we sat on the little dock looking over the lake on the grounds for a few hours before driving into the city.
We had four days in the city; we explored marshes where trees grow out of swamps, forests where spanish moss swings slowly from the trees, the coast with light sand, peppered with lighthouses, found a local carnival, and drove down tree lined paths at the Botany bay Plantation. I had my first South Carolina BBQ brisket (forgive me, Carolinas, but I’ve had Texas brisket and I won’t let you win this war) and we let Yelp be our guide through the restaurants in the city, except that we had to decide for ourselves if Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier or Macaroon Boutique had better macarons. It turns out one week in Paris was not enough training for my palate because I ate them all happily.
We spent time in historic districts, swooned over the old buildings, selecting the ones we’d both move into. We even checked out a local improv company on one of our last nights in town. It was our only night out — we even spent halloween fully dressed up as a fox and bee in Starbucks, laptops open as we worked into the night.
In the end, I fell in love with the city. We saw a lot in a few short days even though we spent most of our time drinking lavender lattes and mochas at Black Tap Coffee as we planned for a workshop in Austin TX. So here it is. Tons of love from my best friend who lives on the other coast, from the time we picked a city at visited for a few days. Charleston SC, I think you’re swell.