….I JUST started this blog about what to do in and around Savannah and am ALREADY writing about a daytrip to Charleston! I’m never going to hear the end of it…
That being said, I love running up the old Savannah Highway to Charleston for a daytrip. For some reason, walking along the Battery and exploring the alleys NEVER gets old to me and I think a lot of folks who are visiting Savannah share the same sentiment. Going to a friend’s wedding was the perfect excuse to get back up and reconnect with such a pretty town.
On the way to Charleston, I always drive past a cool area that is dotted with vintage clothing boutiques, funky old drive-in restaurants that have been refurbished, and lots of local character. I could just FEEL that the area was going to have something in store for me. For a couple years, I’d drive by and whisper to myself, “next time, next time….” Now that I know the area is called West of Ashley / Avondale, I wanted to spread the word about the great food, shops, and outdoor venues located there.
While my beau was out sailing with the guys, I followed back over the bridge to hit up a couple places I’d been eyeing over the years. First things first, I needed to get my fix of fresh and local food so I headed to The Glass Onion
, a joint my foodie friend had been raving about for some time. The restaurant was relaxed, affordably priced, and did not disappoint. Always a fan of a blue plate, I grabbed the special mussels that were simmered in a hearty roasted tomato broth, garlic, a healthy dose of Cajun/Creole seasonings, and served with a well-sized (not too big, not too small) portion of pomme frites. It was exactly what I needed but not exactly enough to sop up all the tomato jus left in my bowl. A hunk of the creamiest cornbread I’ve ever had remedied that! Check please!
I thanked myself for making such a wise lunch decision by walking around the block to explore. I had already checked out the Byrnes Down ranch style neighborhood to quell my mid century modern preservation fascination (YES – ranch homes are eligible for preservation
!) & and found a cool West Ashley Green Space trail
where I can take a walk next time…..when my pants aren’t about to pop off.
I then stumbled into Bashful boutique
which offered great style for gals who do not want to spend a fortune on trendy pieces.
After such an exhausting afternoon I met my beau back at our fabulous French Quarter pied a terre for the weekend.
If you happen to be heading to Charleston after your visit in Savannah, I would highly recommend 4 Unity Alley Bed & Breakfast
. AND I’m not just saying that because its next door to my new favorite place to eat of all time, McCrady’s
. The owners are super friendly, our room was immaculate, and dresed in period style furniture and simple linens. My favorite part was that we met up in the morning for breakfast with the other guests and had spirited conversation about what we’d seen and were going to do for the day. Oh, and my other favorite thing is the location is next door to McCrady’s!!!
Even though we only had time to belly up to the handsome, I can say without a doubt that we will be back for more. The bar is between the origianl tavern ( circa 1700’s) and the “Longroom,” (used for a banquet for George Washington on his tur of the South). The attention to detail and availability of local food was unparalleled-the chef even has a farm, McCrady’s Farm, and lives his life part time chef and part time farmer which is very reminiscient of what we saw while travelling through Maine this past summer. McCrady’s was truly one of my favorite places to have a cocktail.
So if you find yourself for a day to explore and eat, you should definitely take a drive up to Charleston…..