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Experiencing Beautiful Boone Hall

After brunch and exploring some of the sites in downtown Charleston, it was time to venture a little bit outside of the city. One of the things that we really wanted to check out while we were in Charleston was a plantation because we were right in the middle of the original American South. Based on our research, we decided that Boone Hall was the perfect plantation for us to visit, and I think that you’ll see why!

The Wandering Weekenders- Experiencing Beautiful Boone Hall

Boone Hall

Boone Hall is easily one of the most recognizable plantations in all of America because of the beautiful live oak trees that form a tunnel that leads straight up to the beautiful plantation house. If you’re a big fan of The Notebook, you might also recognize the actual plantation house from that movie as well. I think that it was the house that Allie’s parents lived in.

The Wandering Weekenders- Experiencing Beautiful Boone Hall

The Wandering Weekenders- Experiencing Beautiful Boone Hall

Besides the beautiful grounds, there’s also a lot of history at Boone Hall as well. Some of the original slave houses are preserved on the grounds, and Boone Hall has done a great job of turning these houses into a great teaching tool for the public. The last thing we want to do is forget about what the slaves went through when they were living and working on the plantations.

The Wandering Weekenders- Experiencing Beautiful Boone Hall

The Wandering Weekenders- Experiencing Beautiful Boone Hall

The Wandering Weekenders- Experiencing Beautiful Boone Hall

One of my favorite parts about our trip to Boone Hall was our tour of the house. Everything has been completely refurnished, and they even furnished and have staged the house to show how it would have looked during the 1800’s. I loved learning all about the history of the home and the original occupants, and learning about all of the movies that have been filmed there as well. The only downside was not being able to take pictures inside!

The Wandering Weekenders- Experiencing Beautiful Boone Hall

The Wandering Weekenders- Experiencing Beautiful Boone Hall

The Wandering Weekenders- Experiencing Beautiful Boone Hall

After walking the grounds and touring the house, don’t forget to take a tour of the grounds on the Plantation Coach. They drive you all around the grounds and you get a chance to see more of the plantation. We didn’t have enough time to take the tour, but we did see some people drive in the same direction as the coach so we thought that we’d drive around for a little bit to see some of the grounds for ourselves. Um, yeah, we definitely shouldn’t have done that because I’m pretty sure that we were in a personnel only area! We quickly turned ourselves right back around so we wouldn’t get in trouble!

The Wandering Weekenders- Experiencing Beautiful Boone Hall

The Wandering Weekenders- Experiencing Beautiful Boone Hall

Alas, after we were done with our self-guided tour, some of us had to get back on the road to Atlanta while others had to hop on a plane back to Houston, so girls trip was officially over. Visiting Boone Hall Plantation was the perfect end to our girls trip. The grounds were beautiful, and I could imagine myself in a corset and a big hoop skirt running around with Scarlet O’Hara or something! For only $24, I definitely recommend a stop at Boone Hall Plantation during your trip to Charleston!

The Wandering Weekenders- Experiencing Beautiful Boone Hall

The Wandering Weekenders- Experiencing Beautiful Boone Hall

I’m linking up with Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World for Wanderful Wednesday and KerriKate, and Emily for the very last Wanderlust Wednesday!

The Wandering Weekenders- Experiencing Beautiful Boone Hall

Other Charleston Posts:

6 Things I Learned While Visiting Charleston
Charleston: Shopping On King Street
Exploring Historic Charleston
Eating Our Way Through Charleston

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A stop at Boone Hall during your next trip to Charleston is a must! Here's some tips for your trip!

A stop at Boone Hall during your next trip to Charleston is a must! Here's some tips for your trip!

Eating Our Way Through Charleston

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you know how much I love to eat and try  new foods and restaurants, so it definitely shouldn’t be a surprise that we were very particular about where we ate out during our time in Charleston.

The Wandering Weekenders- Eating Our Way Through Charleston

Saturday

Eli’s Table

The Wandering Weekenders- Eating Our Way Through Charleston

After a very long day of walking around Charleston, we were more than ready for our 7:30 dinner reservations at Eli’s Table. Since it was mid March and the weather hadn’t turned to muggy and sweltering just yet, we were very excited to sit outside and enjoy the patio.

The Wandering Weekenders- Eating Our Way Through Charleston

The patio was gorgeous, and we loved the scenery, the weather, and just reminiscing about our day. After about 15 to 20 minutes of talking, we realized that nobody had come around to really talk to us about the specials or to even take our drink order. Our waitress we soon found out, was taking care of a couple of other tables, but just decided to not come by and see how we were doing. After waiting for a little while longer, talking to the hostess and another waiter, we finally received some glasses of champagne for waiting and our drinks.

The Wandering Weekenders- Eating Our Way Through Charleston

For dinner, we all decided to split a few dishes, and while everything was very good, we weren’t blown away by anything in particular, especially since we had Husk earlier in the day. Or maybe it was because the service had already left a bad taste in our mouths, either way Eli’s Table was good, but not something to write home about.

The Wandering Weekenders- Eating Our Way Through Charleston

After dinner, we grabbed an uber and headed back to the hotel and spent the rest of the night talking and sipping on some of the Italian wine that Stacy brought us from Italy!

The Wandering Weekenders- Eating Our Way Through Charleston

Sunday

Rainbow Row

The Wandering Weekenders- Eating Our Way Through Charleston

The Wandering Weekenders- Eating Our Way Through Charleston

The Wandering Weekenders- Eating Our Way Through Charleston

Since we had kind of blown by Rainbow Row during our walking tour the previous day, Sunday morning we woke up bright and early to get some pictures in front of it. Unfortunately, the weather really wasn’t cooperating with us, and the morning was a drizzly mess.

The Wandering Weekenders- Eating Our Way Through Charleston

The Wandering Weekenders- Eating Our Way Through Charleston

The Wandering Weekenders- Eating Our Way Through Charleston

We decided to make lemonade out of lemons, and we used Stacy’s really cute and colorful umbrella as a prop for our pictures. It looked so good against the brightly colored houses of Rainbow Row! The overcast day also gave me a good excuse to play with the manual mode to see if I could brighten up the dreary day.

The Wandering Weekenders- Eating Our Way Through Charleston

The Wandering Weekenders- Eating Our Way Through Charleston

Poogan’s Porch

The Wandering Weekenders- Eating Our Way Through Charleston

We quickly ran out of time at Rainbow Row because we had to make it over to Poogan’s Porch for a brunch date with one of Stacy’s friends from Minot that was now stationed in the area. When we walked in the door at Poogan’s we could easily see that there were a lot of people waiting for a table for brunch, so we were very glad that we had made reservations. Like I stated previously, Charlestonians take their brunch very seriously, and you should definitely make reservations for your time there.

The Wandering Weekenders- Eating Our Way Through Charleston

When we sat down at our table, it seriously took all of my will power to not order one of everything on the menu. Everything looked so fantastic that Stacy and I ended up ordering a plate of biscuits and gravy to share before our meal, and believe me they were worth every calorie!

The Wandering Weekenders- Eating Our Way Through Charleston

While everybody else opted for a traditional breakfast for brunch, I opted for lunch instead and got the fried chicken sandwich. It was definitely not healthy at all, but so amazing! It was the perfect last meal in Charleston for me!

Waterfront Park

The Wandering Weekenders- Eating Our Way Through Charleston

Sadly, brunch ended way too quickly, and after we said our goodbyes, we made our way to our last stop in the city of Charleston, Waterfront Park and the famous pineapple fountain! Again, another thing you know that I’m obsessed with if you’ve been reading for a while is pineapples, so despite the rain, I was in absolute heaven getting to take pictures of that fountain and see it in person.

The Wandering Weekenders- Eating Our Way Through Charleston

The Wandering Weekenders- Eating Our Way Through Charleston

It was so beautiful, and I think that the rain ended up being a good thing and kept the crowds of people away!

The Wandering Weekenders- Eating Our Way Through Charleston

And just like that, I’m going to leave you hanging for the last piece of our Charleston trip where we visited the beautiful Boone Hall Plantation! Until next week! I’m linking up with the amazing Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World for Wanderful Wednesday! Have a Wanderful day y’all!

Other Charleston Posts:

6 Things I Learned While Visiting Charleston
Charleston: Shopping On King Street
Exploring Historic Charleston
Experiencing Beautiful Boone Hall

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Eating in Charleston is an experience, and I've got a few restaurants you can't miss, including the famous Poogan's Porch for brunch!

Eating in Charleston is an experience, and I've got a few restaurants you can't miss, including the famous Poogan's Porch for brunch!

 

Exploring Historic Charleston

After our morning of shopping and a fantastic lunch at Husk, we were fully refreshed and recharged and ready for our walking tour around Historic Charleston.

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Historic Charleston

Historic Walking Tour

Normally on our girls trips, we like to really get to know the city. One of the ways that we feel like we do that is by walking around and exploring the city, the other way is by taking a tour because you can learn some really valuable information from a knowledgeable tour guide. So obviously, the best of both worlds is a walking tour.

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Historic Charleston


The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Historic Charleston

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Historic Charleston

When we were doing our research for our trip, Stacy stumbled across the Highlights of Charleston with Oyster Point Historical Walking Tours. Not only would we get to know the historical part of Charleston, but we’d also get to walk down to the Harbor and see the famous Rainbow Row. The tour was only $20 which also made it very affordable too.

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Historic Charleston

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Historic Charleston

Our tour guide was fantastic, and we really learned so much about Charleston during the tour. I really had no idea that Charleston is one of the oldest cities in the United States, I mean obviously I knew that it was part of the 13 original colonies, but I didn’t know that it was founded in 1670. I also didn’t know that Charleston was actually founded by a company, and not by people that came over for religious freedom like the pilgrims. I actually makes a lot of sense, considering that Charleston is a huge harbor (I can’t remember if our tour guide said that it was even bigger than New Orleans).

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Historic Charleston

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Historic Charleston

One of the things that I thought that the tour guide did a great job of was talking about slavery and its effects in Charleston. Because Charleston was a major port, slavery was one of the principal imports in Charleston, and families were routinely ripped apart at the slave auctions. The tour guide also did a great job of explaining what it was like for slaves in the rice plantations, which was a major crop in the low country, where Charleston is located. The slaves were forced to work in the most horrible conditions (working in water of the rice plantations, getting bit by mosquitos carrying terrible diseases, and just all around toughness) where they would most likely die at a very early age because of the extreme conditions they were forced to work in. It’s not the normal idea that we have in our heads of slaves picking cotton in the South.

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Historic Charleston

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Historic Charleston
One of the oldest theaters in the country!
The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Historic Charleston
The oldest house in Charleston, and it’s pink!

After we explored the historic parts of Charleston, we made our way towards the Harbor, but not before taking a stop at Rainbow Row. If you can believe it, Rainbow Row was created because one woman decided to paint her house pink, and now it’s one of the most recognizable places in South Carolina!

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Historic Charleston

As we made our way along the Harbor, our tour guide pointed out some of the more famous houses along the way, but all I could do was just imagine living in a house as beautiful as some of those and waking up to the beautiful harbor every day!

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Historic Charleston

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Historic Charleston

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Historic Charleston

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Historic Charleston

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Historic Charleston

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Historic Charleston

Historic Charleston City Market

After our tour ended, we had some time to kill before dinner, so we decided that we needed to do some more shopping, and the Historic Charleston City Market was just the perfect place for us to explore! While King Street is known for some amazing shops and boutiques, the Charleston City Market is known for more local and handmade gifts and souvenirs. Unfortunately, some of the shops were starting to close up when we got there, but we still managed to find some adorable magnets with Rainbow Row on them, of course!

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Historic Charleston

We still had a while before dinner, so we decided that it was time for some ice cream! There was a Ben & Jerry’s close and we all grabbed a cone for a snack. Since it was starting to warm up the ice cream was melting pretty fast, and I was eating the ice cream in the most unladylike of fashions when all of a sudden a guy with a camera literally walked up to me and flashed his camera in my face and took some pictures. I’m pretty sure that I had my mouth wide open and might have had a chocolate mustache, which made for a very unattractive picture. We were all so shocked that we didn’t have a chance to say anything to the guy! It was definitely the craziest thing to happen to us during the trip!

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Historic Charleston

And on that crazy note, I’m going to make y’all wait until next week to hear about our Saturday night dinner and our trip to the beautiful Boone Hall Plantation! I’m linking up with Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World for Wanderful Wednesday.

Other Charleston Posts:

6 Things I Learned While Visiting Charleston
Charleston: Shopping On King Street
Eating Our Way Through Charleston
Experiencing Beautiful Boone Hall

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A walking tour with Oyster Point Historical Walking Tours is the perfect for exploring historical Charleston and getting acquainted with the city!

A walking tour with Oyster Point Historical Walking Tours is the perfect for exploring historical Charleston and getting acquainted with the city!

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