Oh my lanta, the food. You know it was a good vacation if you came home and discovered your pants are WAY too snug, amen?! Charleston has the tastiest cuisine. SOOOO many (probably too many) options, but it’s all. so. good.
Last year we started a little tradition. The day after Christmas Pearce and I take off on a vacation to recover from the madness (I mean that in the best way possible!) of Christmas, escape our normal routine, and spend uninterrupted time together. It’s my favorite. Last year we went to Asheville, NC and this year we made the trip to Charleston, SC. Why Charleston? Pearce had never been before this trip, I adore the city, and it’s close to home.
Well, hey! I realize that Thanksgiving is now old news but I totally meant to get this post up on Monday. Oops! We had lots of fun over Thanksgiving and I hope y’all did too! I’m actually STILL unpacking (my golly, please tell me y’all take a week to unpack from big trips as well?!) and editing pics from the trip. We took a TON!
If you’re following along on Instagram or Snapchat (@winsomeandgold) you know that last Saturday my best friend, Catie and I took a day trip over to Savannah to celebrate her golden birthday! Also, who knew golden birthday’s were a thing? I totally missed mine (18th). Savannah is just under two hours from us so the trip isn’t bad at all. READ MORE
I’ve always enjoyed visiting Jekyll Island but didn’t quite fall in love until our first stay at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, for our honeymoon. What was once a winter vacation destination for some of the wealthiest families in the country (think Rockefellers, Pulitzers, and Morgans) is now the perfect mix of historic charm and luxury accommodations. If it’s good enough for the Rockefellers, it’s good enough for me, right?!READ MORE
I love Asheville! While I don’t feel like I’m “hip” enough to fit in, it’s a really neat place to explore! I’d highly recommend visiting for a romantic weekend away!
We did a bit of exploring but mostly, we ate (I know you’re not surprised!) a few of our favorite’s were: 12 Bones for barbecue, 67 Biltmore for the tastiest comfort food, and the Omni Grove Park Inn for everything else. We stayed with some of our best friends who live right outside of Asheville (and their sweet daughter, Abigail) but if we were to go back and stay in a hotel it would absolutely, hands down be the Omni Grove Park Inn. Pearce and I spent one evening, just the two of us at the Omni exploring the property, dining (go to the bar and order a couple cheese plates and then make your way up to Edison for dinner), and taking advantage of the stunning mountain views + cozy oversized fireplace. It’s nothing short of magical.
While you’re in Asheville make sure you head downtown and visit the chalkboard wall as well as Wicked Weed Brewery. There are a ton of great shops, coffee bars, and breweries downtown that you’ll want to check out. We could have easily spent an entire day exploring this area.
I should also mention a few attractions in the area worth visiting – The Biltmore Estate (be sure to make reservations in advance), Cataloochee Valley (hunt down the Elk, they’re awesome!), and a drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway to check out the stunning waterfalls!
If I could visit Anna Maria every weekend I’d be a happy girl! Bean Point is the best escape from the crowd! Enjoy the white sand + gorgeous water without all the noise! It’s perfect. Just be sure to pack some COLD water (we forgot to put ice in the cooler) and apply lots of sunscreen (water washed ours off – the poor guy above turned into a lobster!) and you’ll want to stay all day! We grabbed a few Publix subs (from the nicest Publix ever – right on the island) and made a day out of it! Unfortunately when we were heading back to our car Pearce had a little accident with a piece of driftwood buried under the sand (I’ll save you from the unpleasant details) and the police officers on the island were SO helpful getting him all fixed up!
Next time I’m bringing a float. I have my eye on this one – isn’t it precious?!
After a day at the beach we did some exploring on the North end of the island. Definitely my favorite end. It’s quiet and pretty darn cute! If you’re staying on the island you can rent a scooter, golf cart, or bike to get around town – but everything on the North end was within walking distance from the beach!
We stumbled upon this shop and I took a picture of everything inside (Pearce thinks I look like a “tourist” when I do this – but I’m okay with that). #whencanimovein?
After I took a thousand pictures and tested out ^ that couch (which I spent three hours googling the following day) we were off to find some grub! I read GREAT reviews on these: Waterfront Restaurant, Blue Marlin Grill, Beachhouse Restaurant but we ended up finding this gem and LOVED it. So. Good. Outdoor restaurants are my fave!
Until next time Anna Maria! You completely redeemed gulf coast beaches for me!