SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY Charleston, South Carolina has long since been a foodie destination, and lately, that reputation has only expanded. We packed our suitcases with SOREL shoes, our cameras, and some roomier clothing to indulge in the local dishes. 

For our first day, Stephanie and I rented bikes—the perfect way to see the city before the day reached high temperatures. We started our exploration south of Broad, along the piers. We passed by so many cute little houses, narrow alleys, gas lamps, couples walking their dogs…I can see why a lot of people are moving to Charleston at the moment. It’s pretty magical.

SWEET CAROLINA GIRLS We kicked off our Charleston food crawl by indulging our sweet tooth at Sugar Bake Shop. It was just as heavenly as it sounds. It’s a cute small little shop filled with some of the prettiest cupcake and cookies I’ve ever laid eyes on. Fresh berry filling, just the right amount of frosting—I definitely don’t feel guilty about having dessert for lunch when it tastes this good.

5 O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE After all that biking around and exploring, you guys know where my mind goes – cocktail o’clock. Charleston is filled with some of the cutest, swankiest cocktail spots, but the  one that called to us was the Gin Joint. We watched our bartender craft some of the loveliest drinks while we sat up at the bar. I had one of the best Old Fashioneds I’ve ever had, made with local bourbon.

FARM TO TABLE The next morning, Stephanie and had a picnic just outside of Charleston. South Carolina is definitely heating up already, so I’m glad we got an early start. We both wore our SOREL wedge sandals, and despite the amount of walking and picking our way through uneven ground, we both left without having aching feet. On our way back into town we passed by this gigantic fresh fruit stand. I just had to know if Southern strawberries are just as good as Orange County strawberries, and spoiler—they might be better.

SOUTHERN SAMPLER Stephanie and I planned a true food crawl to be able to sample as many Charleston hotspots as possible. I paired my SOREL cuff sandals with this swishy skirt and Reformation tank. Our first stop on the food crawl was Darling Oyster Bar. Sure, we got oysters, but that wasn’t even the half of it. The chef treated us to a live demo of some of the most popular dishes: ceviche, clam chowder, this gumbo of sorts with an egg yolk in the middle and brussel sprouts. It was heavenly.

KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL After the Darling Oyster Bar, we hit up 5Church Restaurant. So named because it is in fact an old church. Such a cool location with vaulted ceilings, kitschy artwork, and delicious food. Stephanie and I actually got to go into the kitchen and watch the chef prepare the best burrata and tomato salad. It was gorgeous, and all of the different heirloom tomatoes made for a colorful dish. We had braided ravioli, a tuna tartare, and of course, some tasty cocktails.

COASTAL CUISINE Our final indulgence was Cannon Green downtown. The sun was setting, and Stephanie and I tucked into pasta, a burrata and microgreens dish, and a little bit of a tropical cocktail. Not only was the setting sublime, so was the food. The grilled bread was calling to me, but after indulging as much as we did, I tried my very best to stick to the microgreens. It worked…for like a minute before I dived into the pasta. Vacation complete.