Thursday, June 16, 2016

Amy's Birthday Weekend Getaway to Charleston, SC

Jack and Amy's Weekend Getaway to Charleston, SC
Friday, June 10th through Sunday, June 12th, 2016

Amy and Jack at the Botany Bay Sunflower Fields

For her Birthday weekend Amy requested a little weekend getaway to the Charleston, SC area.

Friday, June 10th, 2016

We both took Friday off from work and made the 3 hour drive down to Charleston, SC arriving just in time for lunch.

 Amy at the Fuel Cantina

After lunch we did a little shopping and exploring around downtown Charleston. 

 Waterfront Park - Downtown Charleston, SC

Waterfront Park - Downtown Charleston, SC

 Amy at Waterfront Park - Downtown Charleston, SC
 Downtown Charleston, SC

  Downtown Charleston, SC

  Amy in a church cemetery - Downtown Charleston, SC

We also stopped to get me a sample flight at the Southend Brewery.

Enjoying a Flight at the Southend Brewery

After checking into our accommodations we hit the Tradesman Brewing Company, which turned out to be my favorite of the (5) breweries we would visit on the weekend.

Enjoying a Flight at the Tradesman Brewing Company

We then drove on down to Folly Beach for dinner and an early evening stroll to check out the Morris Island Lighthouse.  

The Morris Island Lighthouse 

 Amy and Jack at Folly Beach

Folly Beach

 The Morris Island Lighthouse from Folly Beach

It was a very enjoyable start to our weekend getaway!

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

For Saturday, we would spend most of the day at Botany Bay Plantation heritage Preserve on Edisto Island, SC

Several years ago Amy and I made a visit to the Botany Bay and declared it one of our all-time favorite beaches!

 Botany Bay Beach

During that visit, one of the preserve volunteers recommended that we come back in mid-June to catch the sunflowers in bloom!

About 400 of the 4,630 acres at Botany Bay Plantation are covered with fields of Sunflowers and Corn.

Therefore, one of the main things that Amy wanted to see for her Birthday Weekend was the Botany Bay Sunflower Fields.  We were definitely not disappointed!

 The Botany Bay Sunflower Fields

Amy at The Botany Bay Sunflower Fields

 The Botany Bay Sunflower Fields

 The Botany Bay Sunflower Fields

Even when the sunflowers are not in bloom, Botany Bay Beach is still an amazing place to see!

 approaching Botany Bay Beach

 from Botany Bay Beach

 Amy exploring Botany Bay Beach

 Pelican over Botany Bay Beach

Botany Bay Beach

Despite the 0% chance of rain forecast for the day we ended up getting caught in a rain shower, which was actually quite refreshing on a hot and humid June day!

Botany Bay Beach

Amy in the Rain

Later when it got too hot to do anymore outside exploring, I quenched my thirst by visiting (3) Charleston area breweries.  Holy City Brewing,  Freehouse Brewery,  and Westbrook Brewing.

 Enjoying a Beer at Holy City Brewing

At the Freehouse Brewery

The Westbrook Brewing Company tasting room

Here are my rankings of the (5) Charleston Area Breweries we visited:
1.  Tradesman Brewing Company
2.  Holy City Brewing
3.  Freehouse Brewery
4.  Westbrook Brewing Compnay
5.  Southend Brewery

Note:  In case anyone is interested, here were our accommodations for the weekend

Basically it was a studio apartment above a garage attached to a really nice single family home located in a residential golf course community about 15 minutes outside of downtown Charleston.  It additional to what is shown, there was also a full bath and laundry room with full sized washer and dryer.

It was very clean, spacious, comfortable and came equipped with everything we could need.  The cost was fairly reasonable especially compared to some other downtown accommodations that we looked into!  I would highly recommend it! 

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

Before heading home on Sunday, we decided to check out Charles Towne Landing.It was an enjoyable visit, but Charles Towne Landing is not a destination I would put on your must see list!

 Charles Towne Landing

 Charles Towne Landing

Charles Towne Landing

It was an awesome weekend with my Love and a great way to celebrate her birthday together!

The complete photo sets are posted here:

Day 1 - Charleston, Folly Beach, and the Morris Island Lighthouse

Day 2 - Botany Bay - Sunflowers, Beaches, and Beer
Day 3 - Charles Towne Landing

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