Back in August, we headed South for my mom’s wedding. Her and Mark got married on Folly Beach, which is about 20 minutes or so from Charleston. It’s a super cute little beach town with fun little shops, restaurants and of course an amazing ocean view.
We stayed at the Tides Hotel, which is one of the only hotels on this beach. We enjoyed our stay and the wedding was held here too!
We grabbed a quick dinner since the 4 of us were starving from traveling all day. This was our first “officially on vacation” photo.
The kids enjoyed their kid friendly strawberry daqs.
Brooke was LOVING all of the seafood!
That night we checked out the beach and the kids of course loved swimming in the pool.
The next morning we headed out for some girl time!! Pedicures and a tea room lunch with the bride to be…my mama!
Brooke loved it.
My sis and I snuck out to grab a quick “Folly Vice” at the beach bar. Gosh it was tasty!
Later that night was the rehearsal dinner. We all had dinner & drinks at the Pier which was next door to our hotel…I never did get to walk that damn pier! haha
After that we played in the ocean…I mean, figured out who went where for the next day!
The wedding was beautiful! If you missed that post, you can catch up on that here.
We had a semi-early morning the following day as well, as we had a carriage ride/tour to catch.
The kids loved their new hats.
They did pretty well on the carriage tour, but it was hot (obvi) and history isn’t exciting to them yet. They did pretty well though!
We had so much fun and were very grateful that my mom and Mark put together this activity for us to enjoy. We only wish we had more time to go back and explore the old streets and sights!
They loved getting to pet the horse.
After that, we walked the market, hit up the Charleston tea & spice shop –yum!! We also enjoyed a nice lunch together on a rooftop–which I am totally blanking on. Mom?
That was our final night in Charleston. I believe I ordered this AMAZING Low Country dinner that night, which happened to be at our hotel restaurant.
When we got up the next morning, Joe & I went off to Savannah, which I posted about here.
When we returned, we picked up the kiddos and checked into a Marriott in historic Charleston. It ended up being a good place to walk to a lot of places! We walked over to this BBQ joint which was quite delish!
We made sure to make plenty of pit stops for ice cream, because, vacation.
The next morning Joe found this amazing little French breakfast place, it was SO good!
Brooke & Daddy basically had dessert for breakfast.
I was pumped to have some Orangina! It has been YEARS since I had this. I’m thinking the last time was when we were in Paris on our honeymoon, 2010!
We walked up to the market, hit up a Starbucks and let the kids rest here and there. We stopped at this old water fountain and of course read the history all about it.
We found some little Raw bar and the kids sort of ate whatever it was we ordered them. Joe really enjoyed his lobster roll & I had a divine glass of rosé and some ceviché.
That night we had a fancy dinner at the Charleston Hotel. We all got dressed up and walked there. On the way, Bradley kept seeing these bicycle guys and was throwing a FIT because he wanted to drive one! We promised him on the way back to the hotel, we’d get one.
The kids were PUMPED for their big bowls of popcorn!
Mark, mom & us
Our fun little ride back to the hotel.
Overall Charleston is not extremely kid friendly, as it’s just a lot of walking, eating, history, and repeat. I thought our 3 & 5 year olds did amazing!! They dined out at fancy restaurants and kept up with most activities. My mom and Mark took them to the Aquarium the day Joe and I went to Boone Hall Plantation.
Joe and I had a drink at the Market Pavillion Rooftop bar that night and Saturday morning we went back home.
It really proved to us that we need to travel more. Joe and I always went away a few times a year before kids and well, the idea of flying with babies terrified us. We SO needed to get out and explore. The kids are ready and it was so good for all of us to be in new places, get out of our routines and shake it up a little.
Not to mention, I really loved spending time with my mom. We can’t wait to come back, or heck, just drop the kids off and keep heading South haha!!