Ireana Walker, Charleston local and lifestyle blogger @xoxoijoelle, experienced the ultimate Charleston staycation last weekend. She explored a few of the amazing destinations the area has to offer – starting in North Charleston before heading downtown and out to the barrier islands – behind the wheel of a Toyota Highlander.
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The new Sweetgrass Inn at Wild Dunes Resort provided the perfect place for Ireana to rest her head + eyelids on Saturday night.
FUEL UP: COFFEE + BREAKFAST AT LODI COFFEE
2210 Ashley Phosphate Rd, North Charleston, SC 29406
Lodi Coffee is a drive-thru specialty coffee shop that opened late-2020 in North Charleston. Complete with a menu full of organic matchas, flavorful frappes, a whole lotta’ lattes, and fresh-baked daily pastries + sandwiches, Lodi Coffee will leave you ready to conquer any adventure.
SWANK DESSERTS: MILKSHAKE MAKING
11 A S Cedar St, Summerville, SC 29483
With her coffee in hand, Ireana ventured to the heart of Downtown Summerville for a milkshake making how-to with Danetra Richardson of Swank Desserts. If you’re looking to indulge your sweet tooth, make sure you leave room in your schedule – and in your stomach – for a pit stop at this Summerville sweet shop. Swank’s menu changes based on seasonality, inspiration, and guest favorites; one of their current features: the banana pudding milkshake. This shake is bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s! 🎶🥤
LUNCH STOP: PIT TOUR AT LEWIS BARBECUE
464 N Nassau St, Charleston, SC 29403
For her next stop of the day, Ireana took her Toyota to downtown Charleston for a learning lunch. She received a behind-the-scenes tour of Lewis Barbecue’s pits + smokers before enjoying a “backyard” lunch. This central Texas-stye barbecue joint features daily specials, and a full menu of meats, sandwiches, sides, and desserts. (Pro tip: Don’t skip out on the Green Chile Corn Pudding or the Mac & Cheese.)
COASTAL DINNER: THE OBSTINATE DAUGHTER
2063 Middle St, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482
For dinner, Ireana went Island hopping – from Isle of Palms out to Sullivan’s Island – for a coastal dinner at local hotspot The Obstinate Daughter. Pizza, pasta, small plates, and a raw bar are the focus of the seasonally changing menu, which is rooted by the Lowcountry’s many farmers + purveyors. Ireana enjoyed the Cavatelli with fennel and sausage ragu, which is a can’t-be-missed menu item.