I had the most fun birthday weekend in St. Helena Island and Charleston. Even though its April, we are still braving sporadic change in temperature. I wanted to escape to Charleston for the warmer weather and it also happens to be one of the prettiest cities in the US. So I was excited to revisit this charming city and make it a birthday getaway with friends and family.
Even though the destination was my pick, my friend Sumita planned everything else (Thank You!). We arrived at our rental home very late at night, with no cell service and no clue as to where the house was. After spending some time trying to figure it out on our own, we contacted the owner who very kindly came over and directed us to the right property. I have to say it was quite thrilling at that time of the night. Mind you, I had no idea where we staying until we got there. In no time, the clock struck 12 and there was a cake, a birthday bunting that magically appeared on the wall and carefully smuggled gifts.
The next morning I woke up to the sound of birds, moss-covered trees, and private pathways leading to horses. Our rental property was a charming cottage in Saint Helena Island, South Carolina. This equestrian style home is located on Camelot Farms where you can experience the quiet Lowcountry life, go on horse rides and relax on the beach.
After a hearty breakfast and some cake, we drove up north towards Charleston to see a plantation. After much pondering, we decided to go to Middleton Place (again). We were welcomed to perfectly landscaped gardens, serene lakes, old live oak trees overlooking the river, farm animals and some live music too.
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After the plantation tour, we went to Minero for some Mexican food. I loved the fish and lamb tacos, and chicken wings. I was refueled and ready to explore the charming streets of Charleston, so the ladies headed to Church Street and Broad Street. The French Quarter is full of colorful streets, cobblestone alleys, and pretty homes. We were happily taking pictures, enjoying the cool breeze before it was time to head back to our equestrian cottage.
The next morning we woke up early and headed to the beach just in time to catch the sunrise. It was a beautiful time and place and we had the beach to ourselves. What a start to a fresh day which also happens to be my father’s birthday, so I sent him my wishes.
Then we headed to the nearby town of Beaufort for breakfast. My friend recommended that we go to a local cafe and Blackstone’s Cafe was conveniently open.
Just like that, the birthday trip was over and it was time to head back home. I am another year older and grateful for living this beautiful life. What a way to kickstart my travel adventures this year and I can’t wait to share more on the blog.