We decided we would try and sleep in after all of our driving the last few days. And by sleep in, I mean we woke up at 7:30am totally still exhuasted from our adventures from Day 2. The only thing keeping us from sleeping in a little longer was the thought of the amazing breakfast awaiting us at Hominy Grill.
When we finally got there around 9:30am, we were lucky enough to be seated right away. Because we spent the night before pouring over the menu and Yelp reviews, we knew exactly what we wanted to order, The Nasty Biscuit and Shrimp and Grits. The food was so incredible that when our waiter offered dessert, it was impossible to say no. Saying yes to dessert was easily the best decision we made all day. Both the chocolate pudding and Carolina Jam Cake had us licking the plate clean and searching google for the recipes.
With rain clouds looming, we decided to check out King Street, aka the Rodeo Drive of Charleston, so we could easily pop into a store if the rain started coming down too hard. Any shopping trip wouldn’t be complete without Tori dragging me into Vineyard Vines and Lilly Pulitzer to hang out while she tried on half the store.
Over an hour later, we made our way to the Dock Street Theater on the recommendation of our tour guide from the day before. It was incredible to see the disrepair the building was in back in the 1930s compared to the fully restored theater that stands there now.
Next was another recommendation from our tour guide, St. Michael’s Church, which is so old that President George Washington has attended services there. Despite being in use over 250 years, the church is absolutely gorgeous inside. As soon as we saw the Tiffany (as in Tiffany & Co.) stainglass windows, we understood why they were protected by bulletproof glass.
Our next stop was the Old Exchange Building & Provost Dungeon, where we learned about the long and colorful history of one of the top three colonial buildings in the US. Hoping that the weather would hold out, we headed down to White Point Garden at the tip of the pennisula. While the walk there along the battery was a bit windy, it was well worth it to take in the great views of both the harbor and the historic homes. After our walk through White Point Garden, we decided to take Meeting Street back towards historic downtown.
We had been a bit disappointed throughout the day at the lack of places to buy souviners and so we were very excited when we happened across the Historic Charleston City Market on our way to check out a candy shop across the street. The market has over 3 blocks of stalls selling just about anything you could be looking for including paintings, jewelry, and woven sweetgrass baskets. An hour and one watercolor (an original by Zoe Lynn Bergmann) later, it was time to find a place for a drink and some dinner.
We decided to check out Pearlz Oyster Bar after seeing that they had a great happy hour menu.
The house brews really hit the spot and were a steal at $2.50 a piece during happy hour. The food was great not only for our stomachs but also for our wallets.
Even though the day had finally gone from overcast and rainy to beautiful and sunny, we decided it was in our feet’s best interest to head back to the hotel. Lucky for us, we made it back before sunset and were able to sit poolside while watching the sun sink into marina.
Be sure to check back tomorrow to hear about our Sip & See tour and last night in Charleston. If you want to keep up with us throughout the day, we’ll be live posting on instagram! Follow us @TheDailySoiree or search #SoireeGoesSouth.