Road Trip: Charleston, SC (Part 1)

I am SO sad my road trip is over, but SO excited to tell you all about it. Our road trip was five days, so I’m going to split up these posts the best I can!

So, let’s start from the beginning. On Monday (12/26), Ben and I groggily (well, I was groggy at least) got up, packed up my car and left Chicago a little after 7 a.m. We drove straight to Charleston from Chicago, so it was going to be a long day! I wasn’t feeling the best (a weekend of eating bad food for Christmas had my stomach in a tizzy) but luckily the excitement of the trip took over. The weather was pretty rainy for the first few hours until we got through Indiana. We stopped in Kentucky for a slightly longer bit to eat some PB&J, veggies and sour gummy worms (duh). 🙂

After millions more hours (okay, maybe just 6+) and most of  Aziz Ansari’s audio book “Modern Romance: An Investigation,” we stopped in Asheville, NC at Buxton Hall Barbecue for dinner. SO good! There was over an hour wait which was NOT okay, but somehow we walked up to the bar and magically two seats were open so we snatched those up.

Buxton Hall Barbecue

The vibe of the place was awesome and the food was really good! I wish we would’ve been feeling better, but at that point we had been in the car for over 10 hours and just wanted to get to the hotel.

After a quick snafu with the hotel (so … they didn’t have our reservation – thankfully we called and they had it fixed by the time we go there!) we headed into the last 4-5 hours of the drive before pulling into foggy Charleston a little after midnight. We stayed at the Hyatt House. The hotel was very nice and right on King Street in Charleston, which was wonderful for our couple of days there.

After sleeping in a tiny bit on Tuesday, we headed to get some … can you guess?


Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

We made a stop at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts a few blocks up King Street and brought a couple of things back to the hotel to eat! 🙂  We ended up getting a sugar cookie donut (my fav), some sort of caramel donut, apple bacon fritter and then an orange glazed donut. So good!

Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts

The donuts fueled a fun little workout (the only time we had to workout the whole week …)

Charleston Workout

We got ready for the day (AKA I put on the worst walking shoes every … #foreshadowing) and then headed over to Hominy Grill for lunch.

Hominy Grill

I got a fried catfish po-boy sandwich (no picture, imagine that) but Ben got the best thing ever – the Charleston Nasty Biscuit with fried chicken breast, cheddar cheese and sausage gravy. I wish I could’ve eaten it! (Ben supplied me with this picture because I suck.)

Charleston Nasty Biscuit

Once we rolled out of Hominy Grill, we started walking all the way down King Street through downtown Charleston and over to the water.

Downtown Charleston

Downtown Charleston

Downtown Charleston

Downtown Charleston

Downtown Charleston

Downtown Charleston

Photo cred to Ben again ^^ 

We gingerly walked home (because YO GIRL wore the WRONG shoes – ouch), took a quick power nap and got ready to go out for the evening. We made reservations at Eli’s Table, where we had a couple of drinks and some dinner. I had fish, Ben had a steak and it was really good!

Eli's Table - Charleston

We walked a couple of blocks to Bulldog Tours for our Ghost & Dungeon Tour!

Charleston Ghost & Dungeon Tour

While I’m terrified of the dark and ghosts and cemeteries … the tour was so much fun. I highly recommend going on a ghost tour if you ever go to Charleston! We heard some crazy stories (this is the craziest of them!)

Charleston, SC

After the ghost tour, we headed over to the Pavilion Bar for a drink on the rooftop before heading back to the hotel for the night.

Pavilion Bar

And that’s Charleston! Tomorrow I’ll tell you all about our third day at Magnolia Plantation and the first couple of hours in Savannah, GA!

Have you ever been on a road trip?



    • Jessie says:

      Ben LOVED it. I had a bite (only because dairy and I are not friends) and it was amazing. He honestly could’ve eaten it for every meal, too! Thanks, Mallory!!

  1. Amy says:

    This is great to hear about your trip:) I couldn’t do a road trip longer than 4 hrs per day—cars and I don’t get along—motion sickness:( but this sounds like it went so well!

  2. Megan says:

    Charleston looks so pretty! And the food & doughnuts look good too. The ghost tour sounds like a lot of fun. I can imagine that they have a lot of stories there. That’s amazing that you drove it all in one day too! The longest road trip I’ve been on is only to Denver which is an 8 hour drive. I don’t know if I could do anything longer than that, hah.
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    • Jessie says:

      It was SO pretty! The stories were creepy and crazy. We had thought about doing a prison tour – apparently that was the scariest tour – but I’m glad we didn’t, just because I got so claustrophobic! It was a LONG drive, but worth it. I don’t think we’d ever drive that far again, though. Ben’s back was totally effed up after the long ride.

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