This was an impulse trip and yes, we booked it because we wanted authentic southern/soul food. We had the worst staycation ever in October. We were in Philly enjoying Halloween stuff when I got news my grandma died (mom’s side). It was unexpected. We headed back to Manhattan as soon as we found out. When we got the email from Jetblue that they were having airfare sales, we were like this vacation sucks. We were already stressed out on top of it and haven’t had much us time. So we immediately got in touch with our jobs and were like – we need these days off in January. Charleston was a pleasant getaway and it cost us $740 airfare and hotel for 3 nights, travel insurance for 2 people, not per person. Great deal and such good food. Also flying south is cheaper than vacationing locally. Keep an eye out for those airfare sales.
We like our 2-3 night getaways to the south because we get to eat authentic southern/soul food. We go to Harlem to eat that food and it’s not as good as the soul food in Philly. But in the South – it’s to die for. On top of that we are bored of NYC. We don’t like what it’s becoming. Each neighborhood is losing its character faster and faster as the waves of gentrification keep erasing the true faces of NY. So we started to explore other areas and we are finding we love how other places preserve their history while ours develops over everything.
Charleston, how you won our bellies over. I forgot to take pics of all the yummy food we ate because we were too busy eating them! Hominy Grill and Jestine’s were our favorites. We ate at Jestine’s 3 times. We have a list of places to try when we go back. We asked every cab driver and tour guide. We don’t like fancy food, we like to go where the locals go and Charleston did not disappoint. At Hominy the fried chicken, ocra stew, and fried green tomatoes were our favorites. At Jestine’s, the fried chicken, meatloaf and desserts – oh my god. So worth shortening our lives over that food. Our guide’s answer was they all eat the same place 🙂
Think they have a thinner building than us. This one is about 9 steps wide if I remember correctly. So cute. Ours is in the West Village and is about 11 of my steps wide.
It’s also a pretty city that’s safe to walk around. We walked everywhere. Next time we will go on historic city tours. We like to leave some mystery for next time so we can fly down, explore and most importantly eat.
The one thing that we suggest is if you have never been to Savannah or Charleston go to Charleston first. We kept comparing it to Savannah which is a really beautiful city and that took a bit away from Charleston for us. Even our local Charleston tour guide said Savannah is more beautiful. The only reason why we kept comparing them was because we’ve read so many articles saying Charleston is prettier. The food is better in Charleston but the people are just as charming in both places. To be fair, there were a lot of fires that burned the city throughout history so a lot had to be rebuilt. If you want to see the south at it’s prettiest go during azalea blooming season in Spring. One last thing, bring shoes that can we worn on cobblestones and uneven ground.
When we flew home, the TSA guy checking our IDs and tickets chatted with us for a while. We held up the line. We found out his friends are almost neighbors of ours and he loves Bay Ridge! Bay Ridge isn’t considered hip like a lot of other parts of Brooklyn. We hope it stays that way, we don’t want it to change. It’s one of the few places that feel like a real NY neighborhood. When the guy went on about where he’s eaten, a diner called Hinsch’s now Stewart’s, we eat there too. Such a small world. That was a nice ending to our trip.