Two weekends ago Heather swept me off to Charleston for a relaxing weekend, with the impetus for the trip being a Shovels and Rope Show at the Charleston Music Hall. It was a short trip, graced by a couple of colds, but it was so lovely!
The last time we were in Charleston was also to see Shovels and Rope at the Music Hall, but that time we stayed downtown. (Also, that same weekend was when my sister had her gender reveal party when she was pregnant with Louisa. Time flies.) Since this was a shorter trip, and we spent the entire time downtown on our last visit, we stayed closer to our Air BnB this time around.
We stayed in an incredibly cute Air BnB on James Island, right on the water. Saturday morning we ate breakfast and drank coffee on very low-country wrap around porch, enjoying a sunny, warm morning away from the cold in the mountains. The hosts let us use their bikes and we rode all over the island, stopping to watch the boats, birds and tiny fisherman.
We read that there was a street festival going on in Folly Beach so we headed towards the beach that afternoon! Asheville has definitely jaded me in terms of what I expect from a “Taste of Folly” street festival. It was basically a few local food trucks, a soap maker, and a lot of public drinking games. The atmosphere was very relaxed and the everyone we met was so friendly. I like the unassuming vibe there. There was even a street-side mimosa bar, the photo of which I seem to have misplaced. We ate an amazing lunch at a super cheesy dog-themed bar, which I loved. The rest of the afternoon we spent walking along the beach, just chatting and dreaming, as you do. I would have killed for a blanket to take a little nap in the sun. So good.
Saturday night we put on our dancing shoes and headed downtown. At this point in the night, we were really struggling, feeling sick with colds that neither of us have fully kicked yet. Damn you, winter. I rationalized drinking a margarita at dinner as I felt like the jalapeno would do me some good.
As always, we spent about three songs in our seats before heading to the front to get down! The Charleston Music Hall is an awesome venue because it’s fairly small, and fully seated, but with very wide aisles where you can gather close to the stage without bothering the people who want to sit. I spotted lots of elderly folks and pregnant ladies in the crowd, and it was cool to see that everyone can have fun, even if you don’t want to stand for two hours.
They played an amazing show, per usual. I am so glad they are back on tour! Sunday, we woke up to rain and headed home. It was a sweet little trip