48-Hour Guide to Charleston

Those of you who follow me on Instagram probably saw I was in Charleston last week. This trip was a girls’ getaway with my mother-in-law, Yvette, and sister-in-law, Ashley. We all three love to travel and have taken a few trips together. I am truly blessed to have married into such a great family with a MIL and SIL I love to hang out with!

SHOP MY LOOK

(You can shop Ashley’s look here.)

We landed around 3:00pm on Tuesday and left Thursday at 3:00, so we truly were only in Charleston for 48 hours. Because of this, we really wanted to pack in as much as we could! I always like to put together an itinerary before I travel to optimize my time, so I obviously put one together for this trip.

I want to share with you guys what we did, where we ate and where we stayed on our trip. I hope you find this helpful when you visit Charleston and that it saves you some research beforehand!

WHERE WE STAYED

While we were in Charleston, we stayed at the beautiful Belmond Charleston Place. I absolutely loved our experience there! The staff was incredible, the holiday decor was amazing and our room was stunning! We had the cutest balcony that overlooked one of the main streets in Charleston and the location was perfect. We were able to walk pretty much everywhere from our hotel.

I also loved that they had shops and restaurants on the lobby floor! One night after dinner my MIL and I hung out at the Thoroughbred Club downstairs, sipping (decaf) coffee and listening to jazz music. It was one of the highlights of the trip for me and so nice to be able to walk right upstairs to our room when we were done!

WHERE WE ATE

Food was at the top of the priority list for us on this trip! Charleston is known for its restaurants and we did our best to squeeze as much in as we could this trip!

BREAKFAST

Black Tap Coffee: Last time I was in Charleston I stopped at Black Tap Coffee and tried a lavender latte. As soon as I knew we were going back to visit, I immediately added it to our itinerary. Not only is the shop adorable, their coffee is great. This visit we also ate breakfast there and I have to say, the quiche was delicious.

The Rise Coffee Bar: Another place I stopped last time I was in town was The Rise Coffee Bar. Rise is the cutest little coffee shop off King St. with great pastries and coffee. Their iced latte doesn’t disappoint!

Butcher & Bee: On our last morning in Charleston, we swung into Butcher & Bee for breakfast. I’d heard great things about this place and was dying to try it! Our waitress was so sweet and everything we tried was tasty. Be warned, they give you huge portions! :O It was so good though!

DINNER

The Darling Oyster BarAfter we unpacked at our hotel, we immediately headed out to explore and grab some light bites and drinks before dinner. I knew I wanted to visit The Darling Oyster Bar while we were there and it did not disappoint! We each ordered a drink and split an order of shrimp cocktail. Their shrimp was so good and had the most delicious seasoning on it!

The Ordinary: After our drinks and appetizers, we headed over to The Ordinary (within walking distance of The Darling Oyster Bar) for dinner. Since we’d just eaten shrimp, we decided to split two orders of the lobster roll special and it was great! Ashley and I also both ordered one oyster slider to try before our entree and it was absolutely incredible. It comes on a hawaiian roll—so good!

Husk: I tried to get into Husk last time I visited Charleston, but you have to make reservations weeks in advance! This time around I knew to put us on the list early. Right in the middle of downtown, Husk is maybe the most popular spot in Charleston. Their menu is very southern and they offer true comfort food! Definitely worth a visit.

DESSERT

Jeni’s Ice CreamAnother place I’d been before, Jeni’s ice cream was at the top of my list this visit. Dallas folks, here is a list of places you can buy Jeni’s in the area! It’s 100% worth the splurge.

Sugar BakeshopThe cutest place ever! This was our first time visiting Sugar Bakeshop and would definitely go back. They have so many baked goods (including dog treats!) and you can actually order entire cakes from them if you have a celebration.

WHAT WE DID

Magnolia Plantation: I’ll be honest, I didn’t know what to expect when my MIL recommended we take a plantation tour on our trip. I did some research and realized Magnolia is one of the most popular plantations in Charleston, so we decided to take a tour of the home as well as a nature tram ride. I ended up having a blast and would totally recommend this to anyone visiting Charleston! The tram ride was so fun (we saw an alligator!) and the home was beautiful. So much interesting history!

Haunted Jail Tour: This was a blast! I thought this may be a little hoaxy, but it was so spooky! Basically, you take a tour of the haunted prison with a group of other people while the tour guide shares stories of the people imprisoned there. Be sure to take lots of pictures (with the flash on)—you never know what you’ll see! Also, be sure to check out the Ghost Hunters experience at the prison here!

5 Things You Must Do In Canon Beach

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw we visited Canon Beach recently. This was our first time in Oregon and we absolutely fell in love. I wanted to share some of my favorite things about Canon Beach for those of you planning a visit!

GRAB COFFEE AT INSOMNIA COFFEE CO.

It’s no secret I love a good cup of coffee. Even more, I love trying new coffee shops. During our stay in Canon Beach, Mark and I made our way to Insomnia Coffee Co. and I fell in love. Not only is the coffee amazing, the shop is absolutely adorable. I ordered an iced lavender latte (my favorite) and it was incredible. Highly recommend it!

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DRIVE TO DEPOE BAY TO WHALE WATCH

This was the highlight of our trip by far. I love all things ocean and have been dying to go whale watching for years. When we stumbled upon the Whale Research EcoExcursions, we knew we had to book it ASAP. This tour was absolutely perfect. The company that puts on the tour is run by marine biologists, so they were extremely well educated. The tour guides knew every whale by name! This tour took place on a small raft boat and lasted an hour and a half. We saw a whale within the first five minutes of the tour and over the next hour and a half, ended up seeing eight to nine different whales. I definitely plan to do this tour again next time we visit.

WATCH THE SUNSET AT HAYSTACK ROCK

Haystack Rock is just as cool in person as it is in pictures. This iconic rock is absolutely enormous and so cool to see up close. There are several tide pools surrounding it also, with some marine life to check out. During sunset, the beach fills up with everyone wanting to take in this incredible view. We spent a couple nights hanging out by the rock while the sun set. It really does feel like a scene from a movie! (Ps you may recognize this rock from The Goonies.)

GET DINNER AT THE WAYFARER

Mark and I like to have one nice dinner whenever we go on vacation. When in Canon Beach, we chose The Wayfarer for that meal. This restaurant is a Canon Beach staple and has the most magnificent views. I would highly recommend making reservations if you’re planning to go around sunset as it fills up quickly. There is a great patio also, so definitely take advantage of that if you can. The restaurant’s menu changes regularly, so you’re only getting the freshest foods!

HIKE ECOLA STATE PARK

Even if you’re not an outdoorsy person, hiking Ecola State Park is a great way to spend a few hours in Canon Beach. We were there on Labor Day weekend, so I’m sure it was more crowded than normal, but we definitely had trouble parking and had to find a parking lot nearby and hike up. The trail was gorgeous and difficult enough for me to work up a sweat. However, there were many children and elderly people hiking as well, so it’s definitely doable no matter what your fitness level. If you’re unable to hike for any reason, you can also drive to the top and take advantage of the overview.

We absolutely loved our time in Canon Beach and are definitely planning to go back. There are so many things we just didn’t have the time to do, so I’m already putting together a list for next time. If you’ve been to Canon Beach and have additional suggestions about what to do, I’d love to hear them!

Weekend Guide to Denver

My sister has been living in Denver for about two years now and I love the excuse to go visit her and hang out in one of my favorite cities. I’m not a big fan of cold weather, so visiting this time of year is my favorite. You get a break from the lingering heat in Dallas and can enjoy Denver before winter is in full swing.

Since I just spent a fun (and quick) weekend in Denver, I figured I’d throw together a weekend guide to the city. There is so much to do there it can be overwhelming, so knowing where to go is essential.

BLACK EYE CAP HILL

My sister lives only a couple blocks from this adorable coffee shop, so I knew it was a must visit. I am pretty much dead in the morning before I get coffee, so this was one of our first stops. My sister and I both ordered an iced latte and it was wonderful. Plus, how cute is this place?

UNION STATION

This historic Denver landmark is full of food, drinks, shopping, etc. And the remade interior is seriously amazing! We stopped in here for some of the best ice cream in Denver at Mailbox Ice Cream. There is also a popular bar in Union Station called Terminal Bar that is a must try!

LARIMER SQUARE

I’ve been to Larimer Square the past few times I’ve been in Denver and absolutely love it! There are so many fun shops and restaurants up and down the street. Parking can be tough, so definitely try to snag a spot a street or two over if you can. This area is walkable and always crowded, so safety isn’t an issue!

RED ROCKS PARK

If you’re staying in Denver, but want the opportunity to hike and explore the outdoors, I highly recommend Red Rocks Park. Only 30(ish) minutes from Denver, it’s a much shorter drive than the mountains, but with equally awesome views. We saw several deer wandering the trails too!

PEARL STREET

My family has visited Boulder several times and love it. Anytime we are in Denver and have a free evening, we love to drive out to Boulder (also about 30 minutes from Denver) and grab a bite on Pearl Street. It’s got all kinds of stores and restaurants and there is pretty much always some live music to enjoy also.

I hope this gives some of you an idea of where to go next time you visit Denver. There really is so much to do there, this only begins to scratch the surface. I’d love to hear some places you enjoy in Denver for the next time I’m there!