Along with much of the region, I’m gearing up for the impending snow storm that’s expected to hit Baltimore. I think it’s safe to say that I’ll be parked on the sofa for the rest of the night enjoying a few guilty pleasures: a glass of wine while watching The Bachelor and undoubtedly a little online shopping. I’ve highlighted some of the best President’s Day Sales below, and you can also scroll through the widget to shop the items that I’m adding to my cart.
I’ve been on several international trips as far as the Middle East, but I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I haven’t traveled much domestically. Charleston, South Carolina has been at the top of my list for a while now, so I didn’t think twice when booking a spontaneous trip last weekend. My younger siblings and I flew down early on Friday morning, arriving to gorgeous blue skies and warmer temperatures. We had three full days to explore, spending most of the time wandering down cobblestone streets admiring the architecture and eating our way through the city.
Things took a turn for the worse only 16 hours into the trip when Natalie came down with food poisoning. We ended up taking her to the emergency room in the middle of the night to avoid dehydration. Fortunately, we weren’t there for long, but the hospital didn’t have electricity so her room was lit by a lantern. As if things couldn’t get any worse, we couldn’t find a cab at 3am and walked the two miles back to our hotel. I couldn’t make this up even if I tried–I swear my family could rival the Griswolds.
We stayed at The Mills House in the historic area of downtown Charleston and loved our hotel choice (after all, the exterior was painted pink). It opened in 1853 and even once hosted Robert E. Lee. The hotel is supposedly haunted, but we luckily didn’t have any ghost encounters!
The Battery: The scenic promenade and historic park was the perfect spot to catch the sunset and a glance of Fort Sumter.
King Street: We spent several hours popping into boutiques and cute little coffee shops…so much good shopping in one area!
Waterfront Park: For an afternoon treat (when temperatures rose to 64 degrees), we bought ice cream cones and sat on the swings that line the harbor.
Rainbow Row: A must-see when visiting Charleston, Rainbow Row consists of thirteen colorful houses on East Bay Street.
Since we were visiting in January, we knew we would miss the humidity that’s characteristic of Charleston weather, but were still hoping for a change from the snow and freezing rain in Baltimore. I packed a few different items to mix and match, including a new pair of heels (currently 40% off!) and some denim options.
Cru Cafe: If the sun is shining, sit at a table on the porch. The cafe is small, so you’ll need reservations, like most restaurants in Charleston.
The Rooftop at The Vendue: Go for the bar and the atmosphere, but skip dinner.
Whisk Coffee and Juice Bar: Stop in for a wheatgrass shot for a morning hangover cure, or refuel with a green smoothie mid-afternoon.
Peninsula Grill: Post-dinner, grab a seat at the bar and enjoy a slice of their famous eleven-layer coconut cake with a glass of champagne. It was so good that we considered shipping an entire cake to Baltimore.
Husk: You can’t travel to Charleston without trying shrimp and grits, so order a bowl to share along with Husk’s signature burger.
MoonPie General Store: Don’t miss their ice cream power hour every day from 2-3pm. While you’re there, pick up a few old-fashioned candies from your childhood.
Poogan’s Porch: A great brunch spot with an extensive cocktail menu. If you’re having a YOLO moment like we were, try the fried alligator as an appetizer. For the record, it wasn’t bad and I didn’t have an allergic reaction.
When it comes to fitness, I’m a commitment-phobe. One week I’m into running, and the next week I’m convinced that I can teach myself to do a headstand while stand up paddleboarding (nevermind the fact that I’ve never even been on a SUP board before). With such a dynamic schedule, it’s hard for me to maintain consistency in my workout routine. Enter ClassPass, the answer to my inability to focus on one fitness program at a time.
ClassPass is a monthly membership to boutique fitness studios in your city, offering a wide range of classes from bootcamp to barre. For $79 – $99 a month (price varies by city), ClassPass members get unlimited access to studios in the ClassPass network. ClassPass just launched in Baltimore and Annapolis, so you can skip the waitlist and join now!
I’ll most likely never become an advanced yogi, and there’s definitely no way in hell that I will ever run a marathon, but staying fit through my many different attempts at exercising? I’ve got that covered.
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