We finally made it down to the Low Country to visit Bryan’s folks, celebrate my and his mom’s birthdays, and get away one last time before he really got busy with school. We drove down Thursday night after work and school and stayed at their lovely little rental in Beaufort, SC.
Common Ground Coffee Shop in Beaufort, SC, was our first stop on Friday morning! Anything from lattés and brevés to organic hot tea, from cinnamon rolls to sandwiches. So quaint and a great view of the coast. (Bryan and his mom)
Lunch at one of my in-laws’ favorite little local gems, Red Rooster Cafe!
Pimento Cheese and Bacon on a Burger with Sweet Potato Fries and Sweet Tea in Mason Jars! What more could you ask for?! (Not exactly a lean meal, but hey, it was my birthday weekend. After all, you don’t turn 31 every day!)
I love the coast! Who needs mulch when you have seashells?!
We checked out all kinds of antique shops and other little local stores around Beaufort and Port Royal, SC, on Friday.
Shrimping Boats, Port Royal, SC
Birthday Dinner at Dockside Restaurant in Port Royal, SC
Baked Scallops, Cajun Rice and Steamed Veggies
Adorable little book shop in Bluffton, SC, on our way to Savannah on Saturday.
The front of The Storybook Shoppe. There were several art galleries and local shops in Bluffton that caught our attention, but this was my favorite.
Welcome to Savannah, home of Joel Chandler Harris, one of my all-time favorite authors and storytellers!
Bryan and his folks in Savannah – don’t you just love those trees and all that Spanish Moss?!
I just loved this old building.
There were all kinds of statues and monuments along the river.
We stopped at a half dozen antique shops and a few art galleries, including this one where Artist Susie Chisholm was sculpting historic figures.
The city market in Savannah was bustling with street musicians, vendors, and tourists. Of course, I bought a couple of bags of Savannah Pecan Coffee Beans!
Sunday, we met up with our good friends Dave & Rachel, who happened to be in Charleston for their anniversary weekend! We had lunch on Johns Island at one of their favorite spots (and now one of ours), Fat Hen! Its only about 10 minutes outside of Charleston, and a must-do if you’re in the area.
BBQ Duck Sandwich with Slaw at Fat Hen
Our final stop before strolling around downtown Charleston and heading home was to one of our favorite coffee houses for a little dessert – East Bay Meeting House. It’s moved across the street from its original location, but still has great atmosphere, decadent desserts, and delicious coffee! (Though, I miss the old, green leather couch.)
Bryan and his favorite Roasted Chestnut Brevé
Dave gets a little intense with his chocolate cake and macchiato – and Rachel just laughs at him.
My favorite part (besides the atmosphere) is that all their products are organic! Yay! And I love supporting local vendors instead of big chains, as often as possible.
One last shot of the delicious organic cake! And that’s a wrap on this Low Country weekend-getaway-to-remember! We’ll be back soon!