Alright, I’ll admit it: I love to hate DC tourists, but I love being a tourist myself. Anyone else with me?
While most of my trips in 2015 are coming up over the next few months, Jenn, Kristyn, Alicia, and I booked our tickets home from the Southern Blog Society Conference later in the evening so we could do just that—play tourist.
After the goodbye breakfast, we packed up our bags and headed out to Historic King Street. We made good friends with the girls at Moon and Lola during our visit, and wanted to say goodbye. Of course, we all ended up picking out a few more goodies for the road because how could we not?! If you’re in Charleston, I highly recommend you stop in for a visit—whether you’re in the market for wall art, jewelry, or some new bar cart accessories, they can hook you up.
After our shopping excursion, we were ready to eat. During the conference, it felt like we were on the go all the time and never really had the opportunity to sit down and enjoy a real meal. So we headed to Nick’s BBQ and enjoyed an awesome meal of barbecue sandwiches, mac and cheese, and a cold one.
Once we were rejuvenated, we headed out for Rainbow Row, a famous line of houses known for their colors. Pro tip—we took to-go cups of water for the road which was definitely the right play because Charleston is extremely hot and humid in the summer.
En route to Rainbow Row, we stopped by the Charleston City Market to look at local artisan creations and the Pineapple Fountain again to enjoy the waterfront. While sitting near the fountain, we noticed it was raining in the distance. So instead of heading back to the hotel, we hit up Pearlz Oyster Bar (again!) for an afternoon snack.
After a few rounds of sangria and some seafood snacks, we headed to visit the Emanuel African Methodist Church and pay our respects. I have never witnessed so much love and compassion as I did outside that church, and we all supported each other in prayer.
Throughout the day, I wore this lightweight vacation-scened linen-blend dress from Old Navy and it was perfect for a day of playing tourist. It kept me cool and was a no-fuss look when paired with my favorite pair of walking sandals I scored at J Crew back in 2008. (The oldest shoes I own!).
Our final adventure was trying to fit our 12 bags in a Toyota Camry so we could get to the airport on time. With the help of our Uber driver, we shoved the big bags in the trunk and sat with all the little ones.
All of our bags made it home with us, but I think I can safely say we’re all ready to go back.
** SHOP THIS POST **
Old Navy Vacation-Scene Linen-Blend Dress
Ray Ban Aviators
Yellow Necklace—similar here
Knox Thomas Designs Coordinates Bracelet c/o
Michael Kors Watch
J Crew T-Strap Sandals—similar here
Photos by Kristyn