Charleston, SC is an absolutely beautiful city, full of history and all of the southern charm that is portrayed in the movies. I’m a little bummed I didn’t allow myself more time here because there is just so much to see and do and eat! I will definitely be back as I can see what a great place this would be to visit on vacation or with a group of friends or family. I didn’t even get a chance to visit the beach!
Charleston is an incredibly clean city and that makes it so much more enjoyable to walk around. Speaking of which, this is a very walkable city – I love this! You can explore so much by walking all over the downtown area, stumbling upon interesting and historic places as you go. This city is so full of history and they really embrace this fact. There are placards all over that denote important facts and figures throughout the whole city allowing you to learn so much just by walking around on your own. It makes it really fun to explore this city by foot. If you do get tired from walking, or the heat and humidity start to get to you (make sure to hydrate!), there is also a free trolley that services downtown Charleston to aide your exploration.
Charleston is becoming very progressive in the restaurant scene, too. This is excellent news for those of us looking for more allergen-friendly and clean fuel options when we travel! There are so many fantastic places to eat, I literally needed more time just so I could eat more meals!
I love how this city is full of such lush greenery and it is surrounded by water! It makes the air feel really clean! It’s just breathtaking to walk around and take in all the sights and smells. Just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to reasons that Charleston a fantastic place to nourish your mind, body, and spirit!
Whether it is your first time visiting or you are a Charleston local, here are my 5 recommendations for Mind & Body Nourishment in Charleston, SC!
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The motto here is “cleaner fuel, longer adventures” – how perfect is that?! Perfect for all of those wanderlusts, like myself. Food is where we get our energy for life, so I’m totally a fan of this as a theme for a restaurant. Basic Kitchen is a very vegan and gluten-free friendly restaurant (also making it very paleo friendly). Everything on their menu is notated to help guide you to the perfect choice of fuel. The staff here is super friendly and knowledgeable if you have questions about the menu. The menu items look basic (hence the name) and they taste delicious in their simplicity. That’s how real food ought to be! I totally wish I was in Charleston longer so that I could eat here more!
If you like fresh seafood, especially raw seafood, this is going to be your little slice of heaven! The oysters here are fantastic (even though they weren’t technically “in season”). To top it off, the bartenders who serve your food, really know their stuff when it comes to oysters. I have never had such an elegant and descriptive introduction to the oysters I was about to consume. It’s a tiny little spot, so there is usually a wait. But their service is very quick, since most things are served raw, so it is totally worth the wait! And they have much more than just oysters 😉
Caviar and Bananas, with it’s 2 locations, is a fantastic little find for a quicker meal or for grabbing something to go. They call themselves a gourmet food & market and serve up delicious salads, sandwiches, coffee & tea. You can order off the menu or create your own (I always love it when this is an option). They also have a small market that is filled with healthy snacks to grab and go. A perfect place to grab a picnic lunch or stock up on snacks for your Charleston walking tour 😉 The location by the college also has a great seating area and free wifi.
The trip to Fort Sumter National Monument is well worth the ferry ride and 2 hours of your day. The narrated boat ride in itself is worth it, especially on a beautiful day. During the 30 minutes there and back, you will learn not only about some of the key historic facts of Fort Sumter but also some great facts about Charleston. Plus, the scenery is spectacular!
Fort Sumter plays such a pivotal point in American history. I always think that learning about history, especially our own, is such an enriching experience. It helps to cultivate empathy, compassion, and understanding making it so nourishing for the mind and spirit. Plus it’s fun to visit historic places and use your creative brain to imagine what it must have been like during that time period.
Downtown Charleston History
Charleston is such a walkable city. There are plaques up all over the city (like the one pictured here) chronicling historic places, people, and events. You can learn so much just by walking around and stopping to read these little tidbits as you go. Get into you right brain and imagine yourself in the time and place described, you could even make a game out of it! This process leads to greater understanding of those who lived this life. Greater understanding leads to more compassion which leads to a better world for all.
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