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Angel Oak Tree and Beaufort, South Carolina
The Angel Oak Tree

The Angel Oak Tree

During our honeymoon, we took a few side trips to explore more of the area.  In between Charleston and Savannah, we stopped to check out a massive tree.  Located on Johns Island is a tremendously old oak tree called the Angel Oak Tree.  We were told to stop by to check out this insanely old tree.  We were definitely in awe as we walked up to the tree.  Standing beneath the tree, we fell silent as we looked up at the massive limbs twisting above us.

Wires and beams holding up the ancient limbs  

Wires and beams holding up the ancient limbs  

For a little background on the tree, it is over 1500 years with a height of 65 feet and a circumference of 25.5 feet. Many of the limbs are so massive that they are supported by wires and beams so that they do not completely collapse.  

 We snapped a few pictures, but pictures don't really do this old tree justice.   The only way to understand how breathtaking this tree is, is to experience it yourself.  A day trip to the Angel Oak Tree is a must if you find yourself near Charleston, or a good pit stop between Savannah and Charleston. 

While on Fripp Island, we decided to explore the town of Beaufort, a historic town in South Carolina's low country.  Beaufort is the second oldest town in South Carolina.  I had heard that a lot of filming for the movie, Forrest Gump, had taken place in and around Beaufort and wanted to go check out its picturesque views.  While driving to Beaufort, we enjoyed the beautiful scenery.  The drive was relaxing and picturesque.  Once we arrived in town, we noticed that there were people everywhere and that there was a big festival going on.  Although we did not attend the festival, we enjoyed walking around and looking at the view the town had of the surrounding water.  

Beaufort, South Carolina

Beaufort, South Carolina

On our way out of town, we noticed that the houses in Beaufort were incredible.  We drove around for about a half hour looking at the unique, old homes that all boast antebellum character and architecture.  We stumbled across some amazing properties that must be visited in person.  Anyone interested in old homes, beautiful scenery, and lots of history would love a trip to Beaufort, South Carolina. 

Charleston, South Carolina
Sarah outside the piazza at the Governer's House Inn

Sarah outside the piazza at the Governer's House Inn

The first couple days of our honeymoon were spent in Charleston, South Carolina, where we got to experience some excellent cuisine, southern hospitality, and humid weather.  After rolling into Charleston around 1:00 AM, we were grateful for a comfortable bed and cool room at the Governor's House Inn, a bed and breakfast located in the historic downtown area.  

The Governor's House Inn was one of my favorite parts of our honeymoon.  The historic home was built in 1760 and is a true testament to the grandeur of the era.  Each room was beautiful and stately.  The breakfast each morning was delicious and kept us full well into the afternoon, even after a day of walking among Charleston's unique alleys and seeing it's beautiful architecture.  

A beautiful home near Rainbow Row

A beautiful home near Rainbow Row

One of the highlights of our time in Charleston was the unique Rainbow Row, featuring homes painted in beautiful pastels.  As a souvenir from our trip, we picked out a painting from a local artist, capturing the beauty of this stretch of homes.  

We found that one of the best ways to see the city is on one of the many carriage rides.  This is a great way to get off your feet for a bit, learn about this city from a tour guide, and really travel about in the same way people would have if it were the 1700s.  Our tour was through the Palmetto Carriage Company and our tour guide did a wonderful job pointing out unique facts about the city as we slowly made our way through on the carriage. 

To wind down the first full day of the honeymoon, we indulged in a decadent dinner at the Charleston Grill.  After starting off the meal with the most delicious crab cake either of us had ever had, we enjoyed the live music before our meals of branzino and guinea hen.  We ended the meal with a complimentary taste of dessert wine with a sampling of their desserts.  

As a nightcap to our final evening in Charleston, we sought out The Gin Joint, a small bar with a plethora of drink options.  What set this bar apart from your average bar, was that we had the option to choose two adjectives and then the bartender creates a drink for you.  Cody chose "refreshing" and "unusual" and Sarah went with "sweet" and "fizzy."  Both drinks turned out to be top notch.  Even if we had not been satisfied with our drinks, we could have sent them back for another attempt, free of charge.    

We found ourselves back in Charleston for a few hours at the end of our trip for a final lunch before our flight home. We ate at Poogan's Porch, enjoying a yummy brunch of pulled pork eggs Benedict and cinnamon French toast topped with pecans and strawberries. The restaurant was in an old house that had been converted.  It was a filling last southern meal to send us back to Chicago. 

Cinnamon French Toast

Cinnamon French Toast

Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict

Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict

Overall, Charleston provided lots of history, relaxation, and hospitality.  If you find yourself in the south, definitely put this city on your list of stops!