Charleston, South Carolina —[Traveling During COVID-19 Part 5]

As Covid-19 cases continue to increase again, traveling by car is still pretty popular. Some are not comfortable flying just yet (which is also the case for me), but I’ve been taking my cat on my trips recently, so I wanted to drive somewhere that was close so Salem could come! He’s been to four states and counting!

Salem on the way to South Carolina!

Now I’m not too sure what I was thinking when I thought “close” since this was a 13 hour drive from Northwest Indiana, but it wasn’t that bad and Salem did really well for his longest road trip yet! It was like driving to The Smoky Mountains, but adding an extra four hours. (You can read that post here!)

Charleston is a location I had wanted to visit for some time now, but I never thought it would be during a pandemic or in this case, a road trip. Driving was honestly cheaper though and it was nice having our own car to drive around as well. I would strongly suggest having a car if you plan on visiting the surrounding cities like Mount Pleasant and Folly Beach, but Charleston itself is a very walkable city.

Rainbow Row
A storm forming over Folly Beach

Where To Stay:

The best time to visit Charleston is in the spring. The weather is just right and the crowds are just starting to roll back around. Even though it was a little crowded downtown, the weather was absolutely perfect! We left 40 degree weather back in Indiana for 80s! I think Salem enjoyed it too when he would go outside on the patio. 😺

Salem at the Airbnb

Depending on what you have planned, staying inside Charleston would be best. Since I had Salem with me, I wanted to get a spacious Airbnb for him, but still be close enough to Charleston and Mount Pleasant (I’ve come to find out that traveling with a pet limits your options significantly and this is another reason we stayed outside of Charleston). Hanahan was a perfect location for us. It’s literally a 20 minute drive north of Charleston, but it’s also 20 minutes away from Mount Pleasant.

Another great location to stay would be along the coast. There are many beach houses to choose from on Airbnb in Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, and Isle of Palms. There are also a few hotels that offer ocean views, but it might be cheaper to look on Airbnb if you want to save money.

Taking selfies in Sullivan’s Island
Mom’s & I

What To Do:

If you want to explore all of Charleston and the surrounding cities, you would need at least three full days. Everything we did took place outside since Covid-19 is very much still active and we wanted to take all precautions. Like I mentioned earlier, Charleston is a very walkable city, so you are able to park your car for the day and basically walk everywhere. Some places I would recommend are:

Rainbow Row
Waterfront Park
In front of the Pineapple Fountain (Waterfront Park)
King Street
Outside a random house on Rainbow Row
The colorful homes of Charleston

The architecture in Charleston is to die for! Every house is so unique with its own style. You could spend the day walking up and down South of Broad admiring all the beautiful homes and looking at the pastel colors. Some of the houses still have “haint blue” porch ceilings. It was believed that this would help keep the evil spirits away. 20 South Battery is known to be one of the most haunted locations in Charleston and they also have “haint blue” porch ceilings. It is now a bed and breakfast with a few active ghosts to join you on your stay. You can read more about the ghost activity here.

20 S Battery
South of Broad
South of Broad
South of Broad
South of Broad
South of Broad
I searched everywhere for this door….
….and then I found it!

Boone Hall Plantation is definitely worth a stop if you’re in Charleston. There is soooo much history here, but also so much beauty to appreciate from the oak trees and garden. You can tour the property at your leisure and learn about the history as you go.

Fun Fact: The house was featured in The Notebook and it was used as Allie’s family’s summer house.

Avenue of the Oaks
Boone Hall Plantation
Boone Hall Plantation
Boone Hall Plantation
Boone Hall Plantation
Boone Hall Plantation
Boone Hall Plantation
Avenue of the Oaks
Avenue of the Oaks (also the entrance to Boone Hall)
Avenue of the Oaks
Avenue of the Oaks

Where To Eat:

This was my favorite part because I had not sat down to eat at a restaurant in forever! For the past year, I would always order food to go from restaurants, so it was nice to finally enjoy some meals outside! You can’t go down south and not eat Southern food (or fried food), but you also cannot go by the coast without eating fresh seafood. It was all so good. I was basically in okra heaven! Some restaurants I would suggest are (all have outdoor seating):

Crab bruschetta & stuffed hush puppies from Fleet Landing

Charleston was such a fun road trip! I would highly recommend visiting whenever you get the chance. It can be easily overlooked for other locations like Savannah or Myrtle Beach, but I promise Charleston has everything you’re looking for in a vacation or a three day getaway. Whether it be a girls trip or some family fun, there are endless things to do and see!

Xox
La Flare
Salem James ❀ (so glad I get to bring him along!)
A little Indiana scenery

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  1. It looks like you had a great time! Surely adding Charleston to my travelling list now, that Rainbow Row looked amazing! I am a huge sucker for pretty coloured houses and doors! I love that you took Salem too, he looks like he enjoyed his vacation! Thanks for sharing x

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  2. First off, I LOVE that you bring your cat on adventures with you. Unfortunately my girl hates car rides.

    I’ve been to Charleston for a day, but didn’t really get to explore. I would love to go back! I love those towns with that southern charm feel. The old homes are incredible!

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    1. I loveeeddd the architecture! It was so beautiful! I feel like you need at least three days to see mostly everything! I hope you get to make another trip. Thank you so much for reading πŸ’•

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  3. Wow, it looks so gorgeous! I had no idea Charleston could look almost tropical from the trees, with a lot of classic architecture. I cannot imagine taking my cat on such trips – she has a crippling fear both of our car and the box we have to transport her in, so I’m not sure she’d enjoy it too much!

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    1. Salem hatesss being in the carrier, so i let him out as soon as i get into the car. He’s been doing better on each trip which makes me very happy! Charleston was so pretty! I hope you get to make it someday and see for yourself! Thank you so much for reading!😊

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    1. Thank you so much! I loved Page’s! I made sure to rearrange the itinerary so we could make it for brunch! Traveling with your cat (or pet) makes road trips so much better. It’s nice having them close. Thank you so much for reading πŸ’•

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  4. Wow your photos are gorgeous and I’m incredibly jealous as it looks like you had a wonderful time. I love that you took your cat and Salem looks like he’s enjoying himself on the trip! Thanks for sharing this!

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  5. It is my DREAM to visit Charleston! Once my wedding and honeymoon have passed, this is where I’ll be going next. Your photos are incredible.
    It’s so interesting to see how COVID effects different parts of the world, isn’t it!?

    Rosie

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    1. Thank you!! I hope you get to visit soon! It was definitely crazy to see how many people didn’t care about covid (no social distancing, no mask, etc) , but i still kept my distance. I’ve been in the house for too long and the whole time people were going out like nothing. 😭😭😩😩😩 thank you so much for reading πŸ’•

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  6. My husband and I travelled from Europe about five years ago and did a road trip from Washington to Florida and we spent a few days in Charleston en-route. It was such a magical place, and the architecture was gorgeous. I love your photos, they certainly brought back memories.
    And Salem is so adorable!
    Suzy
    http://www.thegreybrunette.com

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  7. Nice pictures. I love the small town feel mixed with the giant mansions. Will definitely make a note to stop by if I ever go back to SC.

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  8. I’ve always loved how much history charleston has and the vibe of it. I lived in Boston so I appreciate the older vibe if you get what I mean. Those pictures are absolutely beautiful

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    1. I visited Boston in 2019 when I went to Salem! Loved the architecture! We also went to the oldest bar and oldest restaurant in Boston. Super cool! The East Coast alone has a lot of history and beautiful architecture . I appreciate it as well! Thank you so much for reading !!!πŸ’•

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