This is part two of my road trip recap. In case you missed part one: Georgia.
After our time in Savannah, we hit the road up to Charleston. First we stopped off at Hilton Head Island to see the lighthouse.
Harbour Town Lighthouse
The Harbour Town Lighthouse is located within the vacation community, Sea Pines, so there is a fee to enter into the private area. Once at the lighthouse, you can pay to climb the 114 steps to the top for some great views! This lighthouse climb wasn’t scary at all!
We spent a little time walking around the area and enjoyed the day as the weather turned from dreary gray to a nice pretty blue! This was early December, so there were Christmas lights up:
Then we headed up to Charleston.
Early Bird Diner
I have a friend that lived in Charleston for several years and she gave me lots of recommendations on places to eat, including this one – Early Bird Diner. I had the pulled pork and mac & cheese. Yum!
Holiday Festival of Lights – James Island
That night, we went to check out the Festival of Lights. It is a 3 mile long drive-through Christmas light extravaganza! And since it was 3 miles I thought to myself “this would be awesome if they did a 5k through here” and I later found out that they do!
Photo Credit: Holiday Festival of Lights
Middleton Place Plantation
The next day, we went to see the Middleton Place Plantation, established in the 1730s!
We walked around the grounds and enjoyed the nice day.
We came upon this “Secret Garden” looking spot:
And I loved the mossy trees:
And even some flowers still in bloom in December:
Tavern & Table
Each day we were in Charleston began with cloudy gray skies but quickly turned to this beautiful blue! We ate lunch at Tavern & Table, which is right on the water in Mt. Pleasant. This was another recommendation by my friend and I really mealed down!
Appetizer- Pimento cheese & bacon jam
Main course – Fish tacos
Dessert – S’mores – lava cake with marshmallow & graham cracker ice cream – YUM!
Carriage Tour Downtown Charleston
We took a carriage tour in downtown Charleston and it was really fun! We learned so much about the city and our guide was really great! I would recommend this tour option if you want to learn more about Charleston.
Rainbow Row is the name for a series of thirteen colorful historic houses in Charleston.
The sun was beginning to set and it was lovely by the water.
Boone Hall Plantation
Our second to last day in Charleston we tried to go to Boone Hall Plantation but it was closed for a private event (filming of some sort) so they gave us free passes that were good for one year. Luckily we had time to go back the next day before I flew home.
Boone Hall is where the outdoor scenes for the film, The Notebook, were shot. If you are a fan of the movie, you may remember the scene where Noah drives over to Allie’s family home to find the gates closed and they are gone.
We walked around and toured the grounds, including the slave houses that are alongside the driveway leading up to the plantation:
Then we went on a tour inside the main house. That is where we learned that the outdoor scenes of The Notebook were filmed on the grounds, but the indoor scenes were filmed at a mansion in downtown Charleston.
Again, the day started off dreary and gray but pretty soon we had beautiful blue skies!
Remember the lake scene in The Notebook?
Apparently Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds also got married at Boone Hall Plantation.
The plantation is still a working plantation today so they were growing crops, such as cotton:
We did not have time to take the carriage tour around the grounds but I would certainly recommend it if you get the chance!
Another Broken Egg Cafe
Finally, we had some food before my aunt dropped me off at the airport to head back to Nashville. Apparently this cafe is a chain, but it was pretty good! I had the cinnamon roll (delicious!) and yogurt with fruit that was soaked in a little bit too much honey for my liking.
They had a quote hanging near our table that said: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” – St. Augustine. Love that!
That’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed this travel recap and if you get the chance, please take a visit to Charleston!