Spring Break in South Carolina: Folly Beach & Charleston

 

Like most people, when I go on vacation with my family, I like to take a break from work. Hence, why there aren’t in-depth posts here on the blog about most of our travels. When we’re away, I don’t want the pressure of recording all the details or feeling like I need to check out certain things to report back; on vacation, I generally like to go with the flow and relax.  I’ve written about some of our shorter closer-to-home trips, but the bigger ones I usually just share through Instagram posts (if interested, check out Idaho, Asheville, Mexico, Croatia, Barcelona, Maine, Vermont, California, Nicaragua).

This is my rambling way of explaining why this post about our Spring Break trip to South Carolina — specifically Folly Beach and Charleston — is mostly scenes and quick tips, less of a thorough guide. But sometimes, that’s all you need — inspo for a destination, a starting point for planning, and a few ideas for activities.

Hanging on a street corner in Charleston

So, the quick gist of our trip:  We spent three nights in Folly Beach, three nights in Charleston (and one in NC on the way down to break up the eight-hour drive).  At the last minute, my friend Margaret and her family decided to meet us there, so we spent a lot of time with them (though stayed in separate places since we’d already booked when they decided to join).  Our crews always have a great time together and similar traveling sensibilities (very important when traveling with others).  She also posted about the trip in her Designer’s Guide to Charleston SC  (she’s an architect and interior design extraordinaire), which includes details that this post doesn’t, so be sure to check it out for even more travel inspiration!

FOLLY BEACH

Center Street, the main strip in Folly

This actually wasn’t our first Spring Break getaway to the area, though last time we stayed in Charleston and Isle of Palms.  During that trip, we took a drive south to Folly and decided that next time we would stay there.  Both are great in their own ways, but Folly has a more laid-back surf vibe and more of a town, plus there is excellent fossil hunting! We found a rental through Airbnb that was perfect — just the right size for our family, an easy walk to the beach, and surrounded by leafy trees.

We loved our Airbnb

Two-minute walk to the lovely beach

Just one of many Folly fossil finds

An evening (dog)walk on the beach

Part of the reason we went to SC for Spring Break was better chances for warmer temps than more northern beaches, and that was a good call, because the weather was fantastic.  Sunny and high 70s made for very pleasant days on the beach, and the water wasn’t too cold for swimming.

Plenty of space for everyone

Kadima on the beach, always

Dogs can enjoy the sand & surf, too — if they’re leashed

We ate most of our meals out, but had breakfast and snacks at the house.  There are a bunch of good restaurants and places to get a bite in town, most of them casual and fun.  Our favorite easily Chico Feo, with delicious tacos, sandwiches, bowls, and drinks.  For snacks and stuff at the house, Bert’s Market had everything we needed and then some. It’s not a huge grocery store, but they also have take out sandwiches and other freshly made fare, plus it’s open 24 hours.  And non-food related, but I must mention the great massage I had at Folly Beach Medispa.

Yummy food and awesome outdoor seating area made Chico Feo our fave

A view of the town at sunset from the Snapper Jack’s rooftop

The garden area of the tucked away spa

Before we headed to Charleston after we left our digs in Folly, we went to see Morris Island Lighthouse.  You can’t actually go in or even get up close to it, but we walked to a small beach to get a view.  However, the path leading to the beach may have been the highlight, the stretch of asphalt covered with colorful graffiti.  The walk should have been quick, but we kept stopping to check out the art beneath our feet.

It’s about a half-mile walk down the painted path to the beach

All kinds of drawing and scrawlings

A view of Morris Island Lighthouse from the beach

 

CHARLESTON

Taking in a Charleston street view

Okay, I’ll be straight up:  This part of our trip was really a lot of eating and drinking and walking around.  We’d been to the city before and had done a lot of touristy stuff — Fort Sumter and  tours of historic places, etc. — and we didn’t feel the need to repeat them.  So, besides the guys taking a water taxi to the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum (while Margaret, Sasha, and I shopped on King Street), we really mostly ate, drank, strolled, and just enjoyed hanging out with everyone.  Here’s a recap of that in pictures. 🙂

 

Some of my very favorites in one pic – at 167 Raw Oyster Bar

The Charleston City Market is must-do

Strollin’ the cobblestone streets

Great sandwiches and a lovely outdoor patio at Circe’s Grotto

The French Huguenot Church was built in 1687

Charleston traffic

Charleston city scene

 

Love all the flower boxes along the sidewalks

Yorktown aircraft carrier from the guys’ visit to the museum

The Vendue Hotel has a fun, artsy lobby (and great rooftop for bites and drinks)

Had to take advantage of the photo ops 😉

Dinner at Church and Union + Fun tidbit: Margaret and I were friendly in college, but hadn’t seen each other for years until we randomly re-met at a playgroup on Capitol Hill when our now 16-year-olds were tiny babies! We’ve been hanging out on the regular since.

One last shot of (most of) our crew

 

Have you been to Folly Beach or Charleston?  What are some of your favorite things to do and places to go there?

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