Monday Tuesday everyone!
Sorry for the unexpected hiatus. I was trying to get a million things done Thursday night and around 8:30, I sat down on the couch thinking, wow, I actually got that done faster than I thought…only to realize Friday morning that I forgot to get some blog posts ready while I was out of town. Sometimes real life just gets in the way, I guess!
But I am so excited to be back to share our trip to Charleston, South Carolina this weekend with you. We went down there for Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival (more on that tomorrow!) and had such an amazing time shopping and eating our way through the city. And man, what a gorgeous city! The cobblestone alleyways, the southern porches and tiered homes, the ocean front views, the weather…it was almost like a mini tropical vacation.
Of course, marathon training (4 more weeks!) doesn’t stop when traveling, so I kicked off our mini-vacay with a 12 mile run around the historic downtown area. Jeff was gracious enough to drive me to King Street, the main shopping stretch, at 7am to watch me start and then met me back by the waterfront when I finished around 9am. I had to stop myself from taking too many photos or I would have never got into a running rhythm, but I had to take a few of the stores I was dying to come back to (Anthro!) and then of the sunrise of the bay.
After a few miles of running through the downtown, I decided to head up East Bay Street to the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge to get a little hill work in. It ended up being just a bit more than a little hill, so I stopped to take a few pictures before turning around and heading back down to the water to meet Jeff.
I was pretty darn exhausted at this point, so once we met, we headed straight to find a brunch spot, which, of course, meant me getting us lost (I swore I remembered where to go after running it!) but eventually we found our way to this adorable brunch spot called Kitchen 208–complete with an outdoor patio, so my sweaty self wouldn’t have to offend anyone.
We ordered coffee to tide us over until our brunch dishes arrived: I had the Cobblestone with egg + benne seed bun + tomato + arugula + gruyere cheese + candied bacon + lemon mayo + fruit, and Jeff had the special with hash, potatoes, and gravy. The food was amazing–it ended up being my favorite spot we ate at all weekend!
During the time we spent in historic Charleston, we also ate at The East Bay Meeting House where we had delicious smoked salmon bagels and cappuccinos…
…And picked up sandwiches at the Easy Bay Deli before hitting the road back home on Monday (definitely recommend!).
I wish we could have checked out even more places in the downtown area, but alas, the music festival was also a food festival, so we had to save a little room–more on that tomorrow!