Charleston via Train
Every year my family ventures south via train. 24 hours of chats, snacks and sleeper car fun. We arrive early in the am in Charleston, SC. It’s one of my favorite places to visit in America. The food scene is insane, water views are beautiful, the historic homes and streets are picturesque and everyone says hello. Did I mention the rooftop bars-a-plenty?
This year we stayed at the French Quarter Inn. It’s situated just perfectly in the heart of the historic district. Champagne at check-in, an enclosed, private terrace and rooms inspired by Paris.
Every visit I search out new restaurants. Part restaurant and part dry goods shopping spot, Two Boroughs Larder was such a special find. Their menu changes often, and like many new spots, it’s creative and non-traditional, paired with southern, seasonal offerings. I happily consumed roasted brussels sprouts with fried artichoke to start. Lunch was my favorite: a large bowl of noodle soup combined with pulled pork, homemade spicy kimchi and boiled egg. So so delicious. Decor and marketing is inspired by their adorable corgi, Walter. Shirts and growlers adorn a Walter silhouette with clever sayings like “Walter always saves room for dessert.”
Another notable spot with a new menu everyday. Watch their facebook and twitter feed around 11am for their newest selection. Butcher & Bee is amazing. Not only will their unique sandwiches (based on seasonal ingredients) blow you away, but so will their branding. How amazing is that logo?! Seriously. I enjoyed the banh mi sando with pork pate. Washed it down with some sparkling water and walked off the baguette while visiting their vegetable garden, right outside the restaurant.
I can’t say it enough, Charleston is a beautiful place. Visit + eat + drink.