Last week was my last spring break ever and while I’m still trying to cope with the fact that I probably won’t have a long break for a while, I can’t help but love how my last break in college went. A couple of friends and I got to go to Charleston and Savannah with a couple of pit stops here and there and despite the cold weather, abrupt sickness and sudden change of plans, the break turned out to be an awesome road trip filled with lots of food and lots of Ed Sheeran.
Here are just a couple of highlights from the trip:
Best brunch spot: Park Cafe in Charleston, SC
This was the perfect place to go on a rainy day. The cafe had a full-service coffee bar and allowed us to order drinks while we waited for our table. The food was absolutely amazing (the Ricotta Gnocchi is to DIE for) – all of the ingredients are fresh and sourced from Charleston purveyors so the food definitely speaks for itself. You definitely feel like you’re “living simply” when dining here.
Best coffee shop: Black Tap Coffee in Charleston, SC
We ventured to this coffee shop on yet another rainy day and stayed here for a couple hours while the rain passed. Like Park Cafe, the place espoused a simple feel and I felt like I was in my own home while I enjoyed the coffee and company. The shop’s craftsmanship is beautiful and was evident in its long wooden tables and beautiful artwork. Succulents and modern art pieces decorated the room. In addition to the beautiful atmosphere, the shop sources, roasts and crafts some of the best coffee in the world. They make it their mission to make every conversation around coffee approachable, whether that conversation is with a first time coffee drinker or a coffee connoisseur.
Best dinner spot: Leon’s Oyster Shop in Charleston, SC
Recommended by a friend, Leon’s is located at the end of the infamous King Street in Charleston. We had a party of eight and got there right before the dinner rush. The staff seated us very quickly in the middle of the restaurant at a round, wooden table with water jugs on it. The place had a modern, nautical feel that made you feel like you were in a dining room on a boat. Since Leon’s is known for its seafood, I got a batch of fried oysters that beat any other oysters I’ve had before, a fish dip and some soup. I highly recommend splurging on food here because it’s well worth it.
Best lunch spot: Starland Cafe in Savannah, GA
Another sweet recommendation, Starland Cafe is located in a quaint house near the Starland District in Savannah. The cozy cafe offers paninis, salads and soups at a great price. Think of Panera Bread but 10 times better. We came right in the middle of lunch rush, so we had to wait a while for our food, but it was definitely worth the wait. I had a panini similar to a Cuban sandwich and a Side Sink salad that had a tomato-infused buttermilk dressing, dates, golden raisins, red grapes, crunchy rice noodles, tomatoes and red onions. Safe to say, I left one happy and content gal.
Best attraction: St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, GA
If you get the chance to spend St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, please do it. The city hosts one of the largest and longest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the world and has an accompanying festival to go along with it. The parade lasted over four hours and boasted beautiful floats, tons of Irish clans and traditional Irish dancing. My friends and I danced on the river front and celebrated until the sun went down. It was by far one of the best experiences!
Needless to say, this spring break was wonderful. I got to travel, try new food and spend some time with sweet friends. It was the absolute perfect way to spend my last break.