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Charleston Day Trip

Only one day in Charleston, SC?  Hit up the highlights with this One Day Charleston Trip!

Perfect Charleston Day Trips- Southern brunch, shopping, exploring historic areas, oysters and dessert on the rooftop bar! / Running in a Skirt

Hi friends!

As I briefly mentioned yesterday, the hubs and I took a Charleston day trip on Sunday!  I have to admit that one of my favorite parts about general aviation flying is the definition of a practical day trip really opens up.  Driving to Charleston from the mountains takes four plus hours, but with good weather it only takes a little over an hour to fly.

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The hubs and I were itching to go SOMEWHERE this weekend, but we decided it would be much easier if we just went for the day… no packing and no getting doggy day care for Rhett!

Plus, flying meant we got to catch some views of the mountains in the early morning.

Fall Color in WNC for plane/ Running in a Skirt

We were airborne by nine and the fall color in the mountains was gorgeous.

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We were in Charleston by our 10:30 brunch reservation! Because nothing screams Charleston like a good southern brunch.

Perfect Charleston Day Trips- Southern brunch, shopping, exploring historic areas, oysters and dessert on the rooftop bar! / Running in a Skirt

We ate at Magnolias and split the Smoked Salmon Frittata…

Perfect Charleston Day Trips- Southern brunch, shopping, exploring historic areas, oysters and dessert on the rooftop bar! / Running in a Skirt… and Banana Pudding Stuffed French Toast.

Holy sweets batman… that was a syrupy peanut butter dressing! 

Perfect Charleston Day Trips- Southern brunch, shopping, exploring historic areas, oysters and dessert on the rooftop bar! / Running in a Skirt

After brunch we walked through the market and down King Street.

My favorite part is exploring the historical and residential areas south of Broad Street.

Perfect Charleston Day Trips- Southern brunch, shopping, exploring historic areas, oysters and dessert on the rooftop bar! / Running in a Skirt

There are hundreds of iron gates that I find enchanting.

Perfect Charleston Day Trips- Southern brunch, shopping, exploring historic areas, oysters and dessert on the rooftop bar! / Running in a Skirt

We walked for several hours (had to burn off that breakfast!) and eventually ended up along the riverfront where we found a bench and watched the boats.

The hubs was sweet enough to carry my bag from my King Street shopping.  New scarf– woo-hoo!

Perfect Charleston Day Trips- Southern brunch, shopping, exploring historic areas, oysters and dessert on the rooftop bar! / Running in a Skirt

The weather was still fairly warm and humid, a vast contrast from the mountains.

Perfect Charleston Day Trips- Southern brunch, shopping, exploring historic areas, oysters and dessert on the rooftop bar! / Running in a Skirt

For an early dinner we got a huge bucket of steamed local oysters at AW Shucks and had a feast! It was kind of a messy disaster, but totally worth it.

Perfect Charleston Day Trips- Southern brunch, shopping, exploring historic areas, oysters and dessert on the rooftop bar! / Running in a Skirt

And to finish off our perfect Charleston day we found our way to the Market Pavilion Bar.  It’s one of my favorite places in the city because of the views of the Cooper River Bridge.  I like to talk about the time I ran over it in the Cooper River Bridge Run and the hubs always pretends like the stories are fresh and new.  Good Man. 🙂

Perfect Charleston Day Trips- Southern brunch, shopping, exploring historic areas, oysters and dessert on the rooftop bar! / Running in a Skirt

To cap off the day we had this killer ice cream sandwich.  It’s homemade and so delish.  If you are ever up there, I highly recommend it.

Perfect Charleston Day Trips- Southern brunch, shopping, exploring historic areas, oysters and dessert on the rooftop bar! / Running in a Skirt

After dessert we left town and got back home just before the sunset in Asheville!  It was a busy but perfect day in one of my favorite cities.

Want to learn more about general aviation, what and why I fly?  Check out this post about the time the Hubs flew us to the Bahamas!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Come back tomorrow for more pretty fall views.  I’m visiting the Biltmore Gardens with my friend Marilyn!

I’m linking this post up for Travel Tuesday and Weekend Wanderlust.

Your turn!

What’s your favorite day trip?

Do you have any favorite places in Charleston?

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By | 2017-08-15T14:04:07+00:00 October 27th, 2015|Flying, Southeast Travel, Travel|47 Comments

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  1. Andrea November 4, 2015 at 9:32 am - Reply

    All of the food looks amazing! Charleston is such a great food city!
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  2. Courtney {Alkeks Abroad} November 2, 2015 at 3:33 am - Reply

    What a fun way to get around, sure beats driving! I have had Charleston on my US travel list for too long, I need to check it off!
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    • JulieWunder November 3, 2015 at 11:02 pm - Reply

      It does beat driving! Great to see you here today!

  3. Mandi Korn October 30, 2015 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful day trip. We went to Charleston on our Honeymoon and had a blast, and I cannot wait to go back. I am glad that you mentioned the restaurants that you like, Im always up for recommendations on good food. Your views of the mountains from the plane are amazing too.
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    • JulieWunder November 3, 2015 at 10:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks Mandi! It’s such a good time there. Also try Hanks, Husk and SNOB!

  4. Jess @hellotofit October 29, 2015 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Those mountains are GORGEOUS! Ray and I will be traveling to Charleston in a couple of weeks. I made dinner reservations at Magnolia’s!

    • JulieWunder October 29, 2015 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      Oh fun!!! I’m so glad you get to go! Try Hanks, Husk, Saffron for bagels and the coconut cake at Charleston Grill 🙂

  5. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages October 29, 2015 at 3:01 am - Reply

    What a fabulous day trip, it looks gorgeous!
    Thanks for linking up for #wednesdaywanderlust

  6. Farrah October 28, 2015 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    I’ve never been to South Carolina, but my current apartment-mate is from there! 😀 Looks like you had a ton of fun, and yay for such a pretty view! I am all about the stuffed french toast lately–that looks all sorts of amazing! <3

  7. Diana Elle October 28, 2015 at 5:53 am - Reply

    We’re going to Charlotte in Dec, I’m hoping we get to drive to Charleston to visit!
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    • JulieWunder October 29, 2015 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      It’s a great place! I hope you get to go! So nice to see you here today!

  8. vince DiCarlo October 27, 2015 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    So did you write the forecast for the flight?

  9. [email protected] October 27, 2015 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    So glad you had a great Sunday in Charleston! What a beautiful place to spend your day. And that dessert looks yummy!
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  10. kathy October 27, 2015 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    I have never been to Charleston. I hope to go next Spring or Summer! You and your husband are a beautiful couple!

  11. kathy October 27, 2015 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    I have never been to Charleston! I hope to go next spring or summer. You and your husband are such a beautiful couple!!

    • JulieWunder October 29, 2015 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      You are too kind! Thank you! Charleston is great– you’ll love it!

  12. Dan Steadman October 27, 2015 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    favorite day trip is Asheville or the Blue Ridge, have been to Charleston once…favorite place is Hyman’s Seafood in Charleston

    • JulieWunder October 29, 2015 at 6:22 pm - Reply

      Oh yeah… that place is sooo good. I don’t even really like fried food, but I LOVE that!

  13. Nicole L October 27, 2015 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    I love the southern charm of old town Charleston! And those aerial views of the trees..AMAZING!
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    • JulieWunder October 29, 2015 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      Thank you! It’s a special place. Great to see you today.

  14. Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders October 27, 2015 at 10:29 am - Reply

    The views of all of the fall foliage from the above is absolutely beautiful! It definitely seems like you got to see a lot during your day visit. Your brunch looks absolutely amazing, and I feel like I shouldn’t have read this while hungry!
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    • JulieWunder October 29, 2015 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      I totally feel ya!! I read way to many blogs hungry and then can’t think straight! Great to see you today!

  15. Lauren October 27, 2015 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Ohhh I’m hoping to get to Charleston soon! I’ll be moving down South in a week of so and this city is on of the top of my list! That brunch looks divine and I would make the trip alone for that ice cream sandwich!! 😀
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    • JulieWunder October 29, 2015 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      You’ll love it! It’s a really unique place.

  16. Jenny October 27, 2015 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Ooooh, Charleston just sings to me! We get down there any and every chance we get. We love to stay at Charleston Place or Market Pavilion (um, rooftop bar!) and we love happy hour at Pearlz–try it next time and let me know what you think! And Toast for brunch, but I heard that they recently stopped their bottomless mimosas, so we might be looking for a new brunch spot…priorities. 😉 What a perfect Sunday you had!

    • JulieWunder October 29, 2015 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      I’ll have to try happy hour at Pearlz! I’ve done Toast and love it– we just didn’t want to wait this time.
      Have you done Hanks or Husk for dinner? Wow so good!

      • Jenny October 30, 2015 at 4:47 am - Reply

        Yes! Hanks is nostalgic–my grandparents used to love going that place, so we still make a point to go. Husk is AMAZING! We went to Husk Nashville earlier this year, and loved that one too!

        • JulieWunder October 30, 2015 at 11:12 am - Reply

          Ohhhh!!! I want to go back to Nashville!

          • Jenny October 30, 2015 at 5:36 pm

            🙂 So fun!

          • JulieWunder November 3, 2015 at 10:56 pm

            Thanks Jenny! 🙂

  17. Annmarie October 27, 2015 at 9:32 am - Reply

    I have never been to Charleston but always wanted to go. I am a huge history buff and it seems like there are so many interesting things to see there!

    • JulieWunder October 29, 2015 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      Yes! We’ve done all the history stuff in the past, so didn’t do it this time… but it’s a perfect place for history!

  18. Diane October 27, 2015 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Love the fall foliage !! Food looks delightful and you guys look marvelous !

  19. [email protected] October 27, 2015 at 8:15 am - Reply

    I am so jealous! I bet that having a plane really does open the door to more traveling opportunities! I love Charleston! We have been there in a few years, but every time we go, I always want to go to Gaulart & Maliclet.
    Love the pictures! You look beautiful!

    • JulieWunder October 29, 2015 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      It’s such a cool place. I do feel very blessed– it’s a lot of fun.

  20. Tanja October 27, 2015 at 8:08 am - Reply

    The ice-cream sandwich looks great! And the view from the helicopter,amazing! Looks like a nice day trip! #travel tuesday
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  21. Rachel @ RachelMcMichael.com October 27, 2015 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Looks like you guys had a fantastic day trip! Just seeing that banana pudding stuffed french toast is making my mouth water! I need a spontaneous day trip in my near future!!
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    • JulieWunder October 29, 2015 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      Yes you do! It’s a lot of fun, especially when it involves stuffed french toast!

  22. Blane Sherer October 27, 2015 at 5:25 am - Reply

    See, there are advantageous to some spontaneous traveling ( smile ).
    Loved those mountain shots from the air ( beautiful ).
    That chocolate ice cream sandwich looked especially tasty !

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