We had the most magical time in Charleston last weekend!
This was the second time Shovels and Rope put on the High Water Festival. Heather went last year and this was my first time. Although you would never catch me at Bonnaroo (too stressful!), this was my kind of festival! The setting was insanely gorgeous, against the Cooper River at the Riverfront Park in North Charleston, and the logistics were just planned so nicely!
Instead of rushing to leave after work Friday night, we drove down Saturday morning (huge shout out to our dog sitters who ROCKED puppy potty training!) and went right to the festival since our hotel room wasn’t ready yet. We set up our little blanket near the main stage and caught some of the earlier acts while basking in the sun with a beer.
We spent all afternoon cruising around, checking out the vendors, sampling some whiskey and wine and generally enjoying life. Sun has been on hard to come by in Asheville this spring, and it felt so good to just laze around and get a little Vitamin D. Saturday night was the highlight for me since BRANDI CARLILE was playing! I’ve been low-key obsessed with Brandi since I saw her at Floyd Fest years ago and I cried watching her sing The Eye. This time, I staked out a place in the front and had the time of my life! She is such a positive presence and so insanely talented. I cried again when she spoke about her wife and kiddos, she is just such a well-spoken woman.
All Brandi-crushing aside, it was so nice to just do simple stuff together and I left feeling super content and reconnected with my love (Heather, not Brandi, duh!). I even thought it was funny, instead of totally miserable, when the fire alarm in our hotel went off at 4:30 am, forcing us to spend 45 minutes in the parking lot. It was that great!
Sunday, we were back for more delicious sun, beer and music! Again, we posted up on our blanket and bopped back and forth between the two stages. The music was back-to-back with minimal lag time between shows so there was always someone to see if you chose. Of course, the big acts were at night, and they didn’t disappoint. Shovels and Rope and Band of Horses closed the festival with two beautiful shows!
We both took off Monday and Tuesday and, on Monday, we wanted to wake up at the beach! So Sunday night we drove 30-ish minutes to our favorite spot, The Beachside Boutique Inn. We were upgraded to an insane room, with floor to ceiling windows throughout. It was so amazing and the perfect spot for what turned out to be a rainy day. I love rain and relished in the opportunity to drink coffee in bed listening to the rain while watching Fixer Uppers. We don’t have cable so that’s a true luxury in my book!
For lunch, we had to eat at the Lost Dog, where I had a Shrimp Cake Eggs Benedict and Heather had the Thai Shrimp Wrap. It was totally pouring when we were finished, and we had just spent the whole morning in our beautiful hotel room, so we decided to do what you do when it rains at the beach – find a brewery.
At Low Tide Brewery I had a flight of super unique beers I would never normally try. The standout was Morning at the Monastery, a Belgian Tripel, and Mermaid Tears, a blueberry sour – both delicious and both styles I usually dislike. Next, and last up, was Charles Towne Fermentory. At Charles Towne, we stayed in our lane with delicious, hazy IPAs and Battleship. After those, it was time to hedge our bets and drive back to the beach where we ended the glamorous evening with pizza in our hotel room.
Tuesday we woke to the sun! After the lovely BnB breakfast, we walked the beach for a while, full of jealousy for those camped out for a day in the sun, before driving back home.
It was a weekend to remember!
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