By Amanda Cleary Eastep
We’re not calling our upcoming trip a vacation. I’ve deemed it, rather, a scouting expedition.
This is because we plan at some point to get the hell out of Illinois.
Planning a trip to a new location is fun but takes time and research. Since we’re focused on very prelim looks around Asheville, NC, and Charleston, SC, we haven’t packed our itinerary with lots of activities. But here are a few places on the list so far.
We’re open to suggestions!
River Arts District–We’re more into the handmade and unique than the factory-made and boutique.
White Duck Taco Shop–As far as food goes, our stomachs gravitate toward any restaurant that isn’t on every corner in America. In planning where to eat, we asked friends who visited the areas, searched Urbanspoon and Yelp, and have even been noting places Guy Fieri reviews. I have planned on one specific restaurant for each day to give us a goal but also freedom for spontaneity.
A short hike–The options seem pretty endless for ‘easy’ to ‘difficult’ hikes through scenery that I’m anticipating will inspire me to give up my day job and sell dream catchers at the local farmers market.
Hominy Grill–If it seems like this trip is a bit focused on food, that’s because all of our trips are.
Egan and Sons (formerly of NJ?)–I read about this great little small business on one of my fave marketing blogs, My Marketing Cafe, which featured it in a recent post.
The ocean–My spirit feels revived every time I’m either in the woods or near the water. During our trip to Islip, we rolled up our jeans, donned our winter coats, and QUICKLY dipped our toes in the icy Atlantic.
Any suggestions for places to visit in Asheville or Charleston? Let us know in the comment section!
In addition to the comments below, I have received these great suggestions from Facebook! Thanks, fellow Scouts!
Visit Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston. I know, I know…not food. But the photo ops are abundant there. I’ll put together a small albums of pics on my page. Everyone tends to head to the fort for a visit (Fort Sumter). I prefer a drive around The Citadel and a walk through the College of Charleston. Two starkly different college campuses, yet both gorgeous in their own way. The Citadel is obvious military with it’s perfectly manicured lawns, minimalist decor, and clean white buildings. C of C is so uniquely southern and gorgeous. I will have to go back and sort through notes and pics to see if I can remember the names of the cafes we have visited, but Ned swears by the fried green tomatoes anywhere in SC.
Asheville downtown, eat at Tupelo Honey Cafe…also visit the Most General Store..ah shopping…or try lunch at the Early Girl Eatery…
Oh–there’s a super cute little French bistro in Asheville that has a back porch (if it is open). I’ll try to think of the name of it. Right downtown. Good crepes!