When planning our spring break trip, Emily and I decided that we wanted to make an effort to see more than just historic downtown Charleston. So, we decided to explore the surrounding neighborhoods of Mount Pleasant and Sullivan's Island. We also headed north to explore a couple historic plantations, but more on that next week.
Sullivan's Island and Mount Pleasant are idyllic places that look more like a movie set than real life. In fact, much of The Notebook was filmed in these two locations. Everywhere we turned we felt like we were in a Nicolas Sparks novel.
We started our morning on Sullivan's Island. As west-coast Floridians, we are accustomed to sunsets at the beach, but this was the chance to appreciate a sunrise. Unfortunately, our ambitious plans were thwarted by the time change and a crazy cold snap. We still arrived early, but had to endure freezing temps. No seriously, it was 32 degrees! Neither of us had packed appropriately. Emily was walking around in a sundress and sandals. I had at least packed this adorable yellow ruffle sweater and sailor jeans (size down in these jeans, they stretch a ton). I could see the jealously in Emily's eyes in between shivers!
We only lasted about an hour on the beach before we ran back to the car and headed towards Mount Pleasant. Mount Pleasant was definitely my favorite area (technically it is a town). It is beyond cute and charming. We strolled the picture perfect neighborhood, picking which picket-fenced, pastel house we wanted before heading to the main street for a little boutique shopping and coffee.
After such a picturesque morning, Emily and I headed back towards Charleston to meet our fabulous friends Louis and English for lunch at The Park Cafe (you can check out all of the fabulous places we ate here). After lunch we returned to historic downtown Charleston, since there is so much to see and do there. But, I am happy we took the time to see some of the gorgeous surrounding areas.