2.23.2021

Shopping Trip Recap


This post, finally I have it for you.  I promised it to you last week and then so much happened and I also realized I did not have the information I needed for you, so it is very, very delayed.  But I have extra information to share so I hope that will help ease the delay.  I can not believe this trip was almost a month ago, I am so very ready to do it all again.  

How about next month?


So to begin we traveled from Atlanta to Greenville, South Carolina ... we stopped at a great shop on the highway that was not on our radar at all but turned out to be a gold mine. Lavonia Antique Mall is huge and so full and requires some time to shop.  It is worth it, I promise. All of the sources below are from my darling friend Anna Louise Carter of Designed by Dixon.  She was so good to us and had the best recommendations!!

Where to shop ... Cottage Grove (we hit the jackpot here!!), In Greer go to Plunder and Buncombe Antiques, and in Cowpens check out Marketplace on Main.  We hit Cowpens on the way to Columbia and got some great things!

Where to stay ... while we were traveling we used the Hotels Tonight app when we hit town and each hotel was amazing.  In Greenville we stayed at the Embassy Suites in Downtown and ate dinner at Ruth's Chris in the hotel.  We were exhausted and it was perfect!  And little tip, the best Old Fashioned I have ever sipped was here at the Ruth's Chris.  


Where to eat
... Kitchen Sync (delish!!), Pomegranate on Main, Maple Street Biscuit Company, and Husk Greenville

From Greenville we drove to Columbia, South Carolina and stopped in Little Mountain on the way there.  We only had time for one shop, but according to so many ... you will want to make an afternoon of it, there is a lot to hit. The sources below are from my sweet Kayla Sweigart.  She was so inspirational to me while I was in town.  If you have not been to Little Green Door make plans to do so immediately. 


Where to shop
... Little Mountain on the way in for sure, Red Lion in Columbia and do not miss Little Green Door.  In Camden check out Camden Antiques Market, Antique Barn Mall, Menagerie and Rutledge Exchange.  If you hit Red Lion make sure you give yourself plenty of time.  It is huge and oh so packed full. 

Where to stay ... Hotels Tonight hooked up us with a room at The Graduate and we could not have loved it more!!!  The inspiration does not quit in this stunning place!

Where to eat ... We had dinner after arriving at Gervais & Vine and loved it, every single thing we ate was delish! Other do not miss locations include Spotted Salamander, The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli, Dl Prato's, Mr Friendly's New Southern, and Cola Restaurant.  We got to go from Spotted Salamander and I am still dreaming of the deviled eggs!!!


We left Columbia headed for Charleston, South Carolina and arrived just before 5:30.  Oh the sunset views over the Ravenell bridge, breathtaking! We stayed two night in Charleston, the first with friends and the second at a hotel.  This part of the trip was just so very good. Charleston is one of my favorite cities but Krystine Edwards did help us with where to eat and where to go.  She is the end all, be all for all things real estate if you need a girl in the area. Kayla was so good to share some sources with us for shopping ... I loved them all. 

Where to shop ... Terrace Oaks, Eclectic Finds Antiques & Interiors, Mount Pleasant Mall, and Antique Mall of Charleston.  If you are window shopping you can check out the places downtown, but be prepared for the prices, they are very high.  I fell in love with so many things, but could not afford to take any of them home or offer them for resale. We found some real goodies on Facebook Marketplace will here in Charleston, there are some great sellers with some amazing items!

Where to stay ... Hotels Tonight found us a room at Zero George and we immediately said yes.  It is stunning and so lovely and has the best mix of a bed and breakfast and the luxury of a boutique hotel.  They offered us champagne upon checking in and treated us to a warm and yummy breakfast the next morning!! We chose to eat dinner here and had an amazing five course dinner.  It was over the top delicious and I skipped the wine pairings but hear they were perfect.  I highly recommend. 

Where to eat ... I could make this section so very long.  You must pop into Hot Little Biscuit, Glaze, Leon's Oyster Shop, Nico (Mt Pleasant), The Obstinate Daughter (Sullivan's Island), Xiao Bao Biscuit, Sorghum and Salt, The Grocery, The Ordinary, and 167 Raw. 


When we left Charleston to head home we stopped twice, once in Aiken and once again in Augusta. Our original plan was to spend one night in Charleston and then the next night in Aiken, but we were enjoying ourselves so much in Charleston we decided to mix Aiken and Augusta into one day.  We have already decided to once again shop both Aiken and Augusta as we barely scratched the surface in these cities. 

Where to shop ... Aiken Antique Mall, Antique Emporium, Menagerie Aiken, Riverfront Antiques (on the way to Augusta), Bargain Hunters of Augusta, and Marketplace Antiques.

Where to stay ... we didn't stay the night, but look forward to going back!

Where to eat ... we only stopped for drive thru on this extra busy day, but also will report back when we return

We had an amazing trip and have already decided that we will embark on another trip in March.  We loved the inspiration, the time away, finding new locations to eat and shop, and most of all providing you with fun finds of the day. I hope you loved it as much as we did.  

Til the next one ... 

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