Welcome to our first Wanderlust Wednesday post! On Wanderlust Wednesday, Hannah or I will create a sample itinerary for a city that we haven't been to, including where to stay, what to do, and, most importantly, what to eat when you're gluten free. Our goal is to give gluten free travelers some inspiration and guidance, as well as an idea of how we research our own trips!
(As these posts are a little more time-consuming than our other posts, we're not sure yet whether we'll be doing these every week, but we'll try to do them as many as we can!)
For my first Wanderlust Wednesday, I've created a gluten free itinerary for Charleston, South Carolina, which has been on my travel wishlist for a while. My itinerary was based around a two-person trip (I imagined taking this trip either with my boyfriend or my best friend), but could easily be modified to fit a larger group.
When traveling to Charleston, I'd plan my trip for spring or fall, because the summers can get pretty hot and I'd like to be able to walk around outside comfortably.
Where to Stay:
I think Airbnb rentals are often the best deal when you're traveling. A few good finds:
This Airbnb (~$190/night) is a reasonably priced, beautifully decorated, and private! Plus, a private porch. Sign me up!
Alternatively, this Airbnb (~$175/night) is a house built in 1880, and it's almost too cute for words!
And here's a third option (~$175/night) in the French Quarter - but be warned that this one doesn't come with a full kitchen!
For breakfast on the first day, I'd whip up something quick and easy in the Airbnb's kitchen. That way, I could get out the door quickly to fit in a full day of sightseeing.
After breakfast, I'd begin exploring the city! Having never been to Charleston before, I'd probably opt for one of the city's many walking tours. (Don't forget to bring your comfy shoes!) A few walking tour options near the French Quarter: Charleston Sole, Charleston Footprints, Old Walled City, and Lowcountry Walking Tours.
After the tour, I'd take a little more time to meander around the French Quarter (including East Bay Street's charming Rainbow Row) and the nearby waterfront. Charleston's extremely picturesque, so I'd be sure to take lots of pictures!
After walking around and working up an appetite, I'd head over to Sticky Fingers Ribhouse on Meeting Street for lunch. Sticky Fingers has a separate gluten free menu (woohoo!). My pick would probably be the Signature Sticky Sampler lunch special. Nothing like some good barbecue!
After lunch, I'd explore some of the cute boutiques on and around King Street. A few of my must-sees: Mac & Murphy (art and stationery), Candlefish (hand-poured candles), and Blue Bicycle Books. I'd make my way down to the Historic Charleston City Market, which closes at 6 p.m.
Next, for a slightly early dinner, I'd head over to Slightly North of Broad (SNOB), where almost the entire menu can be modified to be gluten free! I'd probably try the gluten free Shrimp & Grits (when in the South...), followed by (what else?) Creme Brulee. Although Chocolate Pot du Creme does sound tempting...
I'd start the day with another quick breakfast at my Airbnb, and then I'd head over to Black Tap Coffee to grab some coffee.
Charleston and the immediately surrounding area are home to some beautiful old mansions, many of which offer tours. This would be my day to tackle those! A few possibilities: the Nathaniel Russell House, the Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, and the Edmondston-Alston House.
For lunch, I'd head over to Five Loaves Cafe or Brown Dog Deli, both of which offer gluten free salad and sandwiches at a reasonable price!
In the afternoon, depending what I felt like, I'd do another mansion tour and/or head over to the Charleston Museum, which has a lot of cool history exhibits.
For my second dinner in Charleston, I'd go to Magnolia's, which reportedly does a fantastic job catering to celiacs and other gluten free folks.
For the third and final day, I'd sleep in a little bit and then go to Kitchen 208 for a late breakfast. Gluten free options are marked on the menu!
After breakfast, I'd return to any boutiques that I wanted to look at again, or shops that I missed the first time around then. (Last chance to pick up some souvenirs!) Next, I'd go to lunch at Minero, a Mexican place with a celiac-friendly menu.
Then, I'd use the early afternoon to do a harbor cruise: Charleston Harbor Tours is one well-known option, and SpiritLine Cruises and Sandlapper Water Tours offer them as well.
After the tour wrapped up, I'd spend some time meandering around White Point Garden/Battery Park, a gorgeous public park located right along the waterfront.
For my final dinner in Charleston, I'd stop at Husk, one of the city's most famous restaurants. It's a little bit expensive, but it's supposed to be delicious, and sources claim that it can cater to a gluten free diet! According to the experts, Husk's popularity means that you should make your dinner reservation well in advance.
And then, sadly, it would be time to head home!
Hope you enjoyed our first Wanderlust Wednesday post - we hope to bring more to you soon!