Southern Charm + Day Three

On our third and final day in Charleston, we wanted to make sure we took in all the southern charm this beautiful city has to offer. Beginning with the longest continually operating plantation in the United States.

Mia at Boone Hall Plantation

Boone Hall Plantation

After another delicious buffet breakfast at Swamp Fox in the Francis Marion Hotel, we headed to Boone Hall Plantation. Just 20 minutes from the heart of historic Charleston in Mount Pleasant, the plantation offers a unique step back in time.

Upon arrival, you’re welcomed by this stunning and quintessentially southern driveway. Live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss transport you back in time.

Live oak tree-lined driveway

To a time when life was much harder.

Slave cabin
One of the few slave cabins that still stand.

The history of the plantation is fascinating. We toured the house, which was built in the 1930s and is actually the fourth house to stand in this spot over the plantation’s colorful history. We then roamed the English-style garden, took a ride through the extensive former cotton fields and listened to a guide talk about what life was like for the slaves who lived and worked at Boone Hall Plantation.

Girls at Boone Hall Plantation
House #4, built in the 1930s
Looking through the gates down the long driveway
From the house looking back down the long road
Ancient oak and marsh
Side-yard, marsh
Model on ancient oak tree
Was really proud of myself for coming up with this

After about 3 hours at Boone Hall, we headed back into town for a light lunch and more exploring before dinner!

South of Broad

South of Broad Charleston, SC

Just across from our hotel is the Hotel Bennett, where we stopped at La Patisserie for some quiches and decadent French pastries! I had the veggie quiche (a bit too runny due to too many onions), Layla had the Loraine and we shared a Royal pastry and a S’mores danish. All very good, but I highly recommend the S’mores danish but only if you like dark chocolate!

After that, we set off for the legendary South of Broad area of Charleston.

King Street Charleston, SC
House with teal shutters on King Street, Charleston

And it did not disappoint – history everywhere.

Brick house with black shutters and tree at sunset

Unique architecture, colorful shutters, and beautiful plants bursting from every bit of stone and brick.

Neo-classical home on King St
Brick historic home on King Street, Charleston
Light blue shutters and colorful windowbox
These colors!!!
Historic house, brick with black shutters and colorful windowboxes
House with elaborate front garden
Looking up at detailed house and pink crepe myrtle on King St.
Be a tourist – look up!
Golden evening glow on vintage home with lush green garden and white pickett fence
Visiting in 1930

By the time we reached the end of King Street, my family had abandoned me and my camera and were watching the boats and waves roll by from White Point Gardens. We made our way across the park and up another street…

Looking down a cobblestone street
Brick and stucco exterior with dark shutters and overflowing windowbox

…where I found one facade that I was particularly fond of…of all the many breathtaking homes, I’m not sure what it was about this one.

Model in front of historic house.
Family in front of historic home.
So we took plenty of photos!
Historic home at sunset.
Same house, different angle
Rainbow Row.
One last stroll past Rainbow Row

Of course, we had to have some Carolina barbecue for dinner at least once, so we ate at a place recommended by our relatives who were also in town at the same time; Poogan’s Smokehouse. I really don’t eat pork (yes, that includes bacon) but their pulled pork sliders were delicious!

We decided it was fitting to end the trip the same way we began. By getting some ice cream treats and heading to Waterfront Park for one more sunset.

Chocolate ice cream
Chocolate Hazelnut – so creamy!

Shop my outfit: HERE!

Day three recap:

See: Boone Hall Plantation, South of Broad, La Patisserie for light lunch, Poogan’s Smokehouse for BBQ.

Skip: White Point Gardens was not very impressive; perhaps it is during a different season, or during an event?

We are already wanting to return to this beautiful historic city! Maybe this time without the kids😉 . Are you inspired to see Charleston, South Carolina now?

xo, Mia


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