A Day Trip to Charleston, South Carolina

by DanicasDaily on November 17, 2011

Happy Friday Eve all!  Thanks for letting me know that I need to try “Fresh Green Boiled Peanuts” versus canned.  It actually really makes sense because I am a big fan of fresh, not canned, fruits & vegetables.  I think we may be checking out the Hilton Head Farmer’s Market tomorrow (gahhhhhhh, I am so excited!) so I will search for the Peanut Man! LOL….

Today we decided to head over to Charleston, South Carolina for a day trip.  We started our trip at the Visitors Center to see what there is to do.

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It is actually pretty overwhelming because there are a ton of things to do in Charleston from taking a tour (trolley, bus, carriage, walking) to visiting the lighthouse, museums, old buildings, aquairum (they have a white alligator!), etc..  There is so much history and character in Charleston that it is incredible.

While we pondered what to do, we decided to hop onto the FREE Trolley that takes you all over downtown so we could see where we wanted to go back and check out.

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Stop #1 ~ the Moon Pie store!

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We picked up a vanilla and chocolate to try although I really wanted banana.

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The ingredients are totally on my not so good list, but, you know what ~ it’s part of experiencing the south and I didn’t want to miss out.  The entire pie is 6 points+.

I had 2 bites and gave it to The Husband.  He LOVED it, I thought it was just ok ~ I think it was a texture thing for me.

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A few of you recommended a carriage ride as a great way to tour Charleston ~ Stop #2 ~ the Big Red Barn.

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While we waited we talked to Marvin like he would talk back to us like Mr. Ed or something.

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CHEEEEESE!

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Our tour took us through downtown, “The Battery” and all along the water.

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These stairs were developed back in the day when men were not allowed to see women’s legs.  Men would enter on the left, and women on the right……because…..

Well, women are always right Winking smile

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The houses in The Battery are some of the oldest houses in Charleston and the history of each one is truly fascinating.

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Our tour guide was awesome ~ I wish I could’ve shared all her knowledge with you all…all I can say is if you are wondering what to do in Charleston ~ take the Carriage Ride ~ it’s like no other ride and definitely better than being cooped up in a bus or car.

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After our Carriage Ride, we walked around the city and through The “French Quarters”……

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and the City Market.

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The City Market is pretty cool because it is full of local vendors who are making items that are unique to Charleston like these hand woven baskets.

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I am 100 million % IN LOVE with Benne Wafters (aka Sesame Cookie Crackers).

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If you have ever eaten sesame candy, it is sorta like that…..super crunchy, slightly sweet & salty with a big sesame crunchy that just melts in your mouth.

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My favorite sign of the day Open-mouthed smile

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Other signs that had us laughing for a bit…..

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I LOVE these handmade bottles…..

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Wooden baskets….

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Finger puppets Open-mouthed smile

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I totally resisted the hot sauces……I thought about it but figured I can wait until we are in Florida and visit Tijuana Flats in Kissimmee.

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Gullah Foods!

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Stop #3 ~ Rainbow Row.  Rainbow Row was actually different than what I thought but it was still interesting.  All of the houses on Rainbow Row were built in the 1700’s and have been restored.

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All of the owners intentionally painted their houses a different color….

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Creating a Rainbow Row of houses 4 blocks long.

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Since stones are not native to Charleston they were all imported from England (according to our guide).  We decided to walk down the cobblestone street to the beach.

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To watch another South Carolina Sunset!

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It was so peaceful and breathtaking……I LOVE Charleston, honestly maybe even more than Savanaah, GA.  There is so much to see and do ~ everyone is super friendly….

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But, honestly, how could you not love walking down your cobble stone driveway from Rainbow Row to the beach and seeing this every single day?!

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Before heading back to town, we decided to stop for a quick bite at Andolini’s for pizza!

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It was SO DARK inside, but, I managed to snap a few pictures without using the flash!

The Husband and I shared a delicious and refreshing Large Italian Salad.  Their homemade creamy Italian dressing and huge grates of mozzarella really made this salad fantastic.

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Then, we received quite possibly the largest pizza I’ve ever ordered in my life! I was actually kind of excited since we were all starving since we didn’t have lunch LOL.

1/2 Veggie (for the girls) and 1/2 Pepperoni/Olive (for the boys).

This totally hit the spot ~ I like how the crust is thin, light and crispy but their mozzarella is super creamy.  I never imagined putting green olives on a veggie pizza but I really liked the salty bite when paired with the veggies and CHEESE!

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Tomorrow is our last day in Hilton Head.  I think we are going to attempt to go to the Farmer’s Market and maybe head over to Daufuskie Island to rent golf carts to tour the island!!!

Anything we missed this week in South Carolina that you all think we should do?

Night all!

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