Our Charleston Babymoon

When deciding where we would babymoon Matt and I knew we wanted to chose a special destination to us. Immediately I suggested Mexico…and Matt said no pretty quick, refusing to take his pregnant wife out of the country. Okay, fair enough. However, his next words were “what about Charleston?” I agreed on the spot and although we’ve been to Charleston many times together, we’d never really done it big with fancy dinners and such. So 5 months ago we booked it and began counting down to a wonderful weekend away. Well, our babymoon was nothing short of perfect. We stayed at the best bed & breakfast, dined at the most delicious restaurants, shopped King Street and enjoyed every second of our last vacation together as just the two of us, 24.5 weeks pregnant. It was truly perfect in every way.

We arrived in Charleston just in time for a delicious lunch at Butcher & Bee. I’ve never had a more amazing grilled cheese {and fries} in my life. Matt also enjoyed his grits & country ham. After filling our bellies we decided to head to the hotel for an early check in.

We stayed at the Fulton Lane Inn, a charming bed & breakfast located on King Street. And although the hotel is located just steps away from the busiest part of town, it is secluded on a quiet backstreet which made it even more perfect!

At check-in we were informed that we had the best room in the entire hotel – room 338. Our petite suite was absolutely gorgeous with high ceilings, a sitting area with fireplace, a whirlpool tub and a view overlooking King Street!

After a bit of relaxing and admiring our room we set off for a nice walk before having a pre-dinner drink and appetizer at 82 Queen, a quaint restaurant located just a few blocks away in the historic district. 

Afterwards we enjoyed a 9 p.m. dinner next door at Poogan’s Porch.

Lucky for us Charleston was celebrating restaurant week so we opted for a delicious 3 course meal.

The next morning we enjoyed breakfast in our room.

 Did I mention our suite had phenomenal views of King Street?

The weather couldn’t have been more gorgeous so we spent most of the day shopping King Street and walking the beautiful city.

{a quick bump pic}

We even snagged some shoes for Matt on sale at Banana Republic while we were out.

For lunch we stopped in at Toast!, another highly recommended restaurant {hailed as a “must eat” in Charleston by the New York Times}. We knew we couldn’t go wrong by starting out with some fried green tomatoes! This place definitely lived up to the hype. I can’t wait to come back and take advantage of their $12 bottomless mimosa next time!

 Feeling extra stuffed, we decided to head back to the hotel and change into some workout clothes for some exercise around the battery.

Matt was lucky enough to live here for 4 years back when he attended the
College of Charleston so we chose to walk his old 3 mile route he use
to run every day. It was so fun to hear him reminisce his college
stories along the way {which he loves to retell every time we visit}.

Part of our route took us down “Rainbow Row,” one of the most colorful streets in Charleston.

Of course we then needed a little afternoon ice cream treat from The Fudgery afterwards.

For dinner we enjoyed another 3 course meal at 82 Queen. This was one of my favorites. I still can’t get over how amazing the lemon cake {not pictured} was for dessert!

Before leaving town we stopped at Hominy Grill for brunch – a tradition we have every time we visit Charleston. We never miss a meal here during a trip.

Of all our trips to Charleston together, this one was definitely our favorite. We had such a wonderful babymoon and are already excited to bring Caroline here one day {soon}!




  1. Kelly Crusenberry
    January 21, 2014 / 1:36 pm

    Wow you look absolutely pure joy! Absolutely love Charleston and I'll agree, Toast! is one of my favorite places to eat at.

  2. Laura at Simply Lowcountry
    January 21, 2014 / 1:44 pm

    You look wonderful!! I am so, so happy you enjoyed your time here in Charleston!! Toast and 82 Queen are both regular favorites of ours!! Quick question for you: love your boots, where did you find them!? I've been looking for a simple pair of brown boots and these are perfect. Xo-Lsimplylowcountry.com

  3. Dee Stephens
    January 21, 2014 / 1:50 pm

    So fun! Fancy dinners out are a lot cheaper when one person isn't boozing!! Love it all. Gorgeous pictures!

  4. Amanda {Kids and Cabernet}
    January 21, 2014 / 1:52 pm

    You look do cute! What a wonderful Babymoon! I'd love to go to Charleston one day, seems like a beautiful place!

  5. Katie {Miss Dixie}
    January 21, 2014 / 1:58 pm

    Um, your trip looks perfect! Taking notes on your restaurant choices because they all look incredibly divine!

  6. Becca @ Life as a Fitzgerald
    January 21, 2014 / 2:00 pm

    Your babymoon looked amazing! I absolutely LOVE Charleston, and thankfully it is only 4 hours away from me :). We went to Poogan's Porch this summer for our anniversary and loved it. By the way, you look fantastic–absolutely glowing!!

  7. Meg {Boo Boos & Briefcases}
    January 21, 2014 / 2:13 pm

    Looks like the perfect weekend! Hominy Grill is a favorite of ours and no trip to Charleston is complete without a visit there!

  8. Zelle B.
    January 21, 2014 / 2:28 pm

    Your weekend looked incredible! I know you loved every minute of your babymoon! I absolutely love Charleston and can never get there enough!xo

  9. the girl in the red shoes
    January 21, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    What a perfect little getaway! You two are the cutest!

  10. Chelsea Farley
    January 21, 2014 / 3:02 pm

    I Love this pictures and hearing all about your trip! My husband and I were married in Charleston and stayed their for our Honeymoon! We ate at Poogan's Porch the morning after our wedding!!

  11. Jackie
    January 21, 2014 / 3:06 pm

    I have never been to Charleston. It is on my list! Your photos make me want to visit even more 🙂

  12. Bliss and Blunders of a Newlywed
    January 21, 2014 / 3:09 pm

    Oh my stars! That just looked like the most precious and relaxing trip! That is so great you had that time before Miss Caroline arrives!

  13. StephSeekingJoy
    January 21, 2014 / 3:10 pm

    Charleston's one of my very favorite cities, and it looks like y'all enjoyed every second of it! I have so many restaurants there that I can't wait to try out on my next visit. What a beautiful town!

  14. Brookley @ Sweet B's and Sunshine
    January 21, 2014 / 3:14 pm

    How sweet! Good for y'all to take a baby moon:) happy to hear it was so perfect! We love Poogans, and actually had our wedding rehearsal brunch there:) Can't wait to go back to Charleston soon!

  15. Stephanie
    January 21, 2014 / 3:20 pm

    Such a great weekend! Y'all make me want to plan a trip to Chareleston!

  16. Jordan Cole
    January 21, 2014 / 3:22 pm

    I have been particularly homesick lately and this just amplified it…in the best way though. Looks like you all ha such a fantastic time!

  17. megan
    January 21, 2014 / 3:24 pm

    Toast is one of my favorite spots for brunch! In high school, we ate at Fulton Five before prom and it was amazing. I've always wanted to check out their hotel but haven't really had an excuse to. Y'all definitely hit up some good spots for your babymoon!

  18. Kelly Elizabeth
    January 21, 2014 / 3:51 pm

    How FUN! Charleston is such an AMAZING city! You look beautiful too!

  19. Colleen Horn
    January 21, 2014 / 4:22 pm

    Charleston holds a special place in my heart (it's where my husband proposed to me) and I love hearing about people having fabulous trips there =)

  20. Elisabeth
    January 21, 2014 / 4:28 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing trip. Last time I was in Charleston, I went to 82 Queen too. It was one of the most delicious meals I've ever had.

  21. Mandy
    January 21, 2014 / 4:51 pm

    I have always wanted to visit Charleston and your post today has now brought it to top 5! It looks so awesome and beautiful! And you are adorable! you definatley have the "pregnancy glow" going on. I hope that doesn't make me sound creepy!!!!

  22. Sarah O
    January 21, 2014 / 5:00 pm

    What a fun trip! I love the idea of a babymoon. My husband and I went to 82 Queen for our anniversary dinner back in April and loved it too.

  23. Shelby {Recent Somethings}
    January 21, 2014 / 5:09 pm

    Y'all definitely did it right when you visited! All of the food looks so, so good and your views were amazing.

  24. April of A. Liz Adventures
    January 21, 2014 / 5:37 pm

    Such a fun weekend! How great is Butcher & Bee?! I ate there this past September and fell in love with it.I hate we couldn't get together while we were both there but we will just have to plan a fun night out here in the QC!

  25. Jillian Manesh
    January 21, 2014 / 5:41 pm

    aww so fun! charleston is one of my favorite cities! xo

  26. Courtney Sweet
    January 21, 2014 / 5:43 pm

    You guys are too cute. I've never been to Charleston but I've always wanted to go. It seems right up my alley with charm. All your food is definitely making me hungry for lunch…too bad it isn't anything as awesome, shoot.

  27. Heather Woyak
    January 21, 2014 / 5:55 pm

    You guys are super cute! Yay for Babymoons!

  28. Shayna @ The Fancy Yancey
    January 21, 2014 / 6:30 pm

    Oh my goodness this looks & sounds like such an amazing time!! All of the food looks delicious too! So glad y'all had such a fun trip!!

  29. Jessica
    January 21, 2014 / 6:39 pm

    Charleston seems a good place to go! You are a very beautiful pregnant woman!

  30. Jaclyn Hood
    January 21, 2014 / 7:26 pm

    Looks like a wonderful weekend! 🙂 I hope to visit Charleston sometime soon!

  31. Laura {happily ever} Parker
    January 21, 2014 / 7:31 pm

    That looks like a wonderful babymoon!! Ahh the fried green tomatoes and ice cream both look DELICIOUS!

  32. Kristal @ The Strong Family
    January 21, 2014 / 8:08 pm

    Well, I definitely want to visit Charleston even more now. Someday we'll get there for a getaway! Glad y'all had a great babymoon! I've said it before, but you are just the cutest pregnant lady! 🙂

  33. Jamie Vespa
    January 21, 2014 / 8:20 pm

    Looks like such an amazing trip! Glad you had a great time!!!

  34. Alyssa at Southern Abundance
    January 21, 2014 / 8:36 pm

    Okay, so I had never heard of a babymoon until you mentioned on here a few post ago and now I just think it is the cutest idea in the entire world! Charleston is one of my favorite cities and I'm so happy for y'all that you got to enjoy a weekend together before baby C arrives 🙂

  35. Tara McSwiggan
    January 21, 2014 / 8:37 pm

    I love Charleston. It is definitely one of my favorite cities! Your post and pictures brought me right back and would love to make a trip back soon! Glad you had an amazing babymoon. Thanks for sharing!

  36. Katie Stroud
    January 21, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    Looks like the perfect little getaway 🙂 And you look fabulous btw.. I hope I look as beautiful as you when I sport my own baby bump. Have a great week!xo

  37. Nichole
    January 21, 2014 / 8:51 pm

    Looks like THE best time! I recently took a trip to St. Augustine, and had a similar trip…well, minus the baby part 😉 I need to add Charleston to my list!

  38. Casey
    January 21, 2014 / 9:04 pm

    All of this looks amazing!!

  39. Sara Elizabeth
    January 21, 2014 / 10:08 pm

    Um, the ice cream? SOLD! You are beyond adorable and you both look so relaxed-and-not-at-all like you're going to be parents soon!!! Totally love the breakfast area. I could sit there all day and stare at that view!

  40. Colleen Sullivan
    January 21, 2014 / 10:24 pm

    Yum all that food sounds delicious!!! I am dying to getaway with my husband! We haven't been away alone in over two years…pretty much since our son was born!

  41. Brandi
    January 21, 2014 / 11:11 pm

    Happy Babymoon!! I am drooling over all the delicious food!!

  42. Mindy
    January 21, 2014 / 11:18 pm

    Ahhh all of your pics have me wanting to go back to Charleston now!! I love Poogan's Porch…and how lucky that you went during restaurant week!!

  43. Sundresses and Smiles
    January 22, 2014 / 1:13 am

    This looks like the perfect getaway! I have never been to Charleston but am going for a bachelorette this summer!

  44. Tara
    January 22, 2014 / 1:40 am

    This looks like the perfect babymoon! Charleston should be on my list of places to visit. And I'm totally craving a grilled cheese and fries now! Haha.

  45. Jodi
    January 22, 2014 / 1:46 am

    You and April didn't get together? The food looks amazing! Glad you had a great time!

  46. Heather
    January 22, 2014 / 2:05 am

    How fun! I love the picture in the hotel room where you can see you taking the picture in the mirror. You guys are adorable. Can't wait to see this baby!

  47. Jenn @ What You Make It
    January 22, 2014 / 2:40 am

    Gorgeous pictures! I've never been to Charleston, and now I want to visit! It looks like such a pretty place. Happy Babymoon! : )

  48. BLovedBoston
    January 22, 2014 / 2:24 pm

    All that food looks so good!! We're headed to Charleston in March so I am taking notes on all your recommendations!! You guys both looks so great!!

  49. Jessi Otey
    January 22, 2014 / 8:04 pm

    yay I love Charleston!! These are the best pics of you two (or should I say three??) Hunny and I are headed down and staying at the Francis Marion on King Street in May and now I simply cannot wait!

  50. Rosenny Ramirez
    January 23, 2014 / 12:09 am

    looks lovely! you are glowing <3 beautiful. would love to visit this town some day.

  51. Emily
    January 23, 2014 / 3:12 am

    What an amazing look place!! We must add this to our list of places to visit! And how awesome that you were there for restaurant week!! You two look so happy and adorable!! That little one is pretty lucky to have such sweet parents!

  52. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    January 23, 2014 / 7:19 pm

    What a lovely baby moon – we are busy looking for ideas at the moment and I cannot wait x

  53. The Modern Tulip
    January 24, 2014 / 12:36 pm

    This looks like SO much fun! I love the idea of a baby moon! My husband and I visit Charleston frequently throughout the year and King Street is one of our favorite places. There are some amazing restaurants hiding around those parts. I'm going to remember this post for the next time we go. I saw a few places we've never been! PS. You are adorable pregnant! XO

  54. Morgan S.
    January 24, 2014 / 2:45 pm

    Oh yay! You chose my hometown {at least it has been for almost 9 years now} for your baby moon! I won't be getting a baby moon this time…the 3rd kind of makes that difficult 😉 Glad you had a good time!www.styleoyster.blogspot.comwww.thegymbunny.com

  55. Megan
    January 26, 2014 / 1:40 pm

    Sounds like a great trip! Charleston is one of our favorite cities, and my husband and I hope to move back there again one day. I was excited to read that your husband is a CofC graduate, because that's where I went to school as well!

  56. Tiki
    June 8, 2014 / 3:39 pm

    Great post! I'm planning a trip to Charleston in August and found this extremely helpful: the pics, restaurant recommendations, lodging. SN: are those Loeffler Randall boots you're wearing in most of the pics?? I have two pair and wear them almost every day during the cooler months, lol.

  57. Carli and Chris
    April 19, 2016 / 2:21 am

    My husband and I are gearing up for our babymoon weekend getaway to Charleston next weekend and I am totally using your restaurant picks to plan our trip! *insert heart eyes emoji here*

    • Brooke Behrendt
      July 13, 2016 / 9:19 pm

      We are thinking about a babymoon to Charleston next month also! With all of the crazy Zika updates, we're waiting to book anything and continuing to do our research but so far, that is our plan! Would love any feedback you have to share 🙂 Hope you had an amazing time and CONGRATS on the upcoming baby too 😀

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