If you missed part 1 of my Charleston weekend adventures recap, check that out first! :) I was there for my college friend Sarah’s bachelorette weekend.
When I last left off we had just finished up a gorgeous morning run and a fun brunch on Saturday. Now that we were all fueled up we spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the city by bike! We made our way over to the Arthur Ravenal Jr. Bridge, which goes over the Cooper River connecting downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant.
There were a lot of runners and walkers and a few other bikers out enjoying the day! We biked halfway up and then stopped for some pictures before heading back down the way we came. I was huffing and puffing making it up – those slow climbs are always hard!
The views were worth the effort, though. :)
After the bridge adventure our final stop via bike was on the other side of the city for a distillery tour at High Wire Distilling Co.!
It was fun to learn more about how their alcohol is made – and to sample some of them! I especially liked their gin – really flavorful and herby.
After returning the bikes and cleaning up for dinner (apparently we failed to take any photos of us dressed up for the evenings – oh well!) we headed over to Husk! Sarah’s sister Alexandra made a reservation for us there a month ago, which was awesome because this place is arguably the best restaurant in Charleston and very hard to get into. Matt and I dined here when we came to Charleston, too – I was so excited to come back. Such a cute place with great food!
We started with some bubbly before moving on to a Pinot Noir.
This bread was so. good. and the butter was pork infused – wow!
To start, I had the southern fried chicken skins with pimento cheese and scallions. You guys – this was SO amazing. But also huge – Sarah started with this too and we should have shared one because we only made it through about half each! I also had some of the beets with yogurt, citrus, sumac, honey, jalapeno, and dill – we shared it around the table. Super refreshing!
For my entrée, I ordered the cornmeal dusted catfish with pan fried Carolina gold shrimp fried, roasted fennel, and sweet pepper braised rapini. I had a variation of this dish when Matt and I came here and loved it – the catfish had such a nice, non-greasy crust.
For dessert, we shared one of (almost) everything. ;) My favorite was the cobbler, but everything was good!
What a feast and great company, too! I didn’t know all the girls on the trip beforehand but we all got along great and conversation flowed easily. :)
On Sunday morning, two of the ladies had to head out early; the other 4 of us head out for another run! Since we had already explored Battery Park and the waterfront area a bunch, this time we decided to run over to The Citadel, which is the military college of South Carolina.
There’s a park next to the Citadel that we ran through after exploring campus a bit. Pretty!
We covered about 4 miles again and finished up at a really cute coffee shop called Brown’s Court Bakery for a little caffeine boost!
After showering and clearing out of our Airbnb, we headed to brunch at popular Hominy Grill! One of the ladies headed there first to put in our names (it was only a few blocks from our place) while the rest of us cleaned up the house and locked up. This worked out really well so we didn’t all have to wait too long!
I had their shrimp omelette plus a salad – and a biscuit, of course. :) Their biscuits are so good!
By the time we finished brunch it had gotten sunny and turned into a beautiful day! We strolled around a bit and grabbed juice (I created my own: carrot + celery + kale + lemon) and a snack (PB protein bites) at Five Loaves Café, which was really cute. I want to have a sit down meal here next time I come to Charleston!
I was so sad to say goodbye to beautiful Charleston and my travel buddies! We had the best time – great location, great weather, great group of ladies. Can’t wait to see all of them again, and to celebrate Sarah and her fiance, in a month at the wedding! :)