Charleston's colorful streets were absolutely charming. Palm trees lined the sidewalks and luxury shops glittered with tantalizing goodies. The building architecture and pastel exteriors were beautiful. Downtown emitted a preppy vibe; the area was historic yet eclectic, mellow yet energetic. By the time we reached South Carolina, we were starving. After some quick research, we visited Magnolia's for lunch. Pictured below are the phenomenal fried green tomatoes I devoured in about thirty seconds flat. Crispy tomatoes covered a bed of rich cheddar and onion grits. Tomato chutney and tangy mustard enhanced the flavor. Every bite was heaven. Michael ordered a fried catfish sandwich, which was just as satisfying.
We spent the rest of our day exploring the city. My favorite spot was Vendue Wharf Pier in Waterfront Park. Stretching over Cooper River and bright green marsh grasses, the pier was incredibly refreshing. Flags waved sporadically in the cool breeze, and several wooden swings rocked back and forth in the shade. We took cover from the sun for awhile, savoring the blue skies and salty air.
We stumbled upon an adorable pineapple-shaped fountain in Waterfront Park, which I immediately had to photograph and send to my mom. She has a large collection of pineapple knick knacks, and I knew she would love it. Some other highlights from our trip: eating pineapple mango gelato at Belgian Gelato, browsing the Charleston Farmers Market, and frolicking around White Point Garden after dinner. We also visited the Angel Oak Tree, believed to be the oldest tree East of the Mississippi River.
One night wasn't nearly enough time to explore Charleston, but I got a lovely little taste of the city, and I can't wait to return for a longer visit.