Hi friends! I know we have all had a whirlwind year and the holidays are shortly upon us. I have done a lot of traveling this year — and have been out of town almost every weekend since June. Whew! So before gearing up for the holiday season, I made time for a much needed STAYCATION!

Conde Nast Charleston 2013

Conde Nast

We are so blessed live Charleston, South Carolina. The Holy City has been busy snapping up international travel & destination awards:

Best City in the World 2012 – Conde Nast

Top City in the USA 2013 – Conde Nast


Ravenel Bridge

In 2012 Burton and I traveled cross country for 9 months with our spunky dog Luna. We fell in love with many cities, but were content to return to the Carolinas and call Charleston HOME.  I enjoy living in a city where we can bike or walk everywhere. And where foreign languages tickle my ears as I walk through our cobblestoned roads. And the food? It’s ah-mazing!!


Downtown Charleston at CofC

Here is a run down of an ideal weekend staycation in Charleston:


  • wake up leisurely late as I don’t work on Fridays 🙂
  • bike over to Taco Boy to meet friends on the patio for fried avocados and mango margaritas
  • drop by Earthling Day Spa for an afternoon massage
  • hop back on my bike and cruise Waterfront Park to The Battery
  • circle back around for a sunset dinner at Fleet Landing
  • cocktails at Rarebit (Moscow Mule) or Belmont Lounge (Manhattan)
  • pop in for show at Redux before biking home
  • bourbon nightcaps on the porch with friends


  • brisk walk to Kudu for a to-go coffee
  • sip my coffee as I wander around the corner to Marion Square for the Farmers Market
  • place an order for crepes, while picking out fresh flowers for the week from Johns Island farmers
  • pet ALL the dogs, adore all the children
  • enjoy a picnic blanket with friends while we eat, laugh, and people watch
  • light lunch of cucumber soup at Gaulart & Maliclet known by locals as “Fast & French”
  • rooftop cocktails at Cocktail Lounge
  • oysters for dinner at The Ordinary


  • beat the noon brunch rush at Hominy Grill, chocolate pudding as my appetizer
  • drive over the Ravenel Bridge with the windows rolled down, out  to Station 28.5 on Sullivan’s Island
  • enjoy my bare feet in the sand, before heading to Poe’s Tavern for a bloody mary on the porch
  • sunset bike ride to Salty Mikes at the marina, looping back downtown to race through the ghost ridden cobblestone alleys
  • place a to-go order for for pad thai from Basil, enjoy it on my porch with my boo 🙂

MONDAY – back to reality!! 🙂

pink fountain

Waterfront Park Fountain

Need more ideas?  Click here to read what Freunden von Freunden loves about Charleston. Daily Candy raves here.

Planning a visit?? Please get in touch, and please come visit!! I have tons of suggestions — from romantic to quirky to adventurous. And … I would love to meet YOU!!