Charleston Guide and Photo Diary (Guest Post)

First and foremost, I would love to introduce myself as I am honored to be authoring a guest blogger post for the Life of Love blog. As a resident of Naples, Florida, beautiful beaches, shopping, and dining surround me in all directions. However, sometimes it is so nice to get away and explore other southern towns. On a recent road trip to Charlotte, NC we decided to take a small and well-deserved detour to the beautiful Charleston, SC. Although we only had one night in this southern charmer of a city I can honestly say we will be back…soon!

We began our journey to explore Charleston at the beautiful Boone Hall Plantation. If this spot looks familiar then you might be a Nicholas Sparks fan. This site was used in shooting Allie’s home in the very darling movie, The Notebook. Although it was a very hot summer day the tree-lined scenic drive provided some much needed shade. Another bonus for us was that this property allowed dogs, which was ideal for us since we were traveling with our two pups in tow. Although the dogs cannot go inside the homes, much of the plantation’s beauty can be seen from the outside.

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We then checked in to the Grand Bohemian Charleston, which was in perfect proximity to the charming downtown area. The hotel also kindly recommended some great places to eat that were tailored exactly to what we love.

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Once we got our two doggies down for a nap, we went out for some exploring and shopping. We decided to check out a few of the recommended restaurants to make our plans for later. Poogan’s Porch on Queens Street was the winner! Not only was this restaurant named after a dog, but the food was southern perfection.
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After our dinner we took a nice stroll to check out the famous Rainbow Row, which is a series of 13 colorful and very historic houses. It is near the water and definitely worth a look.

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After waking up in our beautiful room the next day, we were excited to tackle some early morning shopping and last minute sightseeing before beginning our long drive home. After walking through some charming side streets and checking out the daily market, we took a bike taxi with the dogs and headed back to our hotel, which kindly let us do a late check out. Our last stop was recommended by many and did not disappoint. Angel Oak is just a short drive outside of Charleston and is said to be anywhere from 400-1500 years old. Many braces protect this tree and preserve it in hopes that it lives on for hundreds of years to come, which would be nothing short of impressive. IMG_8517IMG_8502IMG_8536

Even though we feel like we accomplished so much in our 24-hour visit to Charleston, we longed for more. I know we will return to this beauty of a city that has a blend of all my favorite things: history, shopping, and dining. Until next time…

*This post is a guest post written by my amazing friend Nikky*

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