Originally published as part of a series for Go Savor. Written and photographed by Deb Smith from SmithBites.

Charleston, South Carolina has to be one of our most favorite trips we’ve taken! The city has such a great vibe – it’s deep rooted history is prevalent in the architecture and wrought iron scrollwork, while you’ll find musicians performing on the streets. And if you love food like we do, then Charleston is the place for you!

We savored all this great city had to offer – we took a cooking class, enjoyed BBQ Shrimp & Grits for the first time in our lives, and tasted some of the best gelato I’ve had since being in Italy. We even had time to enjoy a slice or two (or three . . .) of authentic wood fired pizza; good thing the city is designed for walking, ‘cuz walk we did! Museums, the ever so lovely College of Charleston is smack-dab in the middle of downtown as is one of the oldest cemeteries in the country which is also known for a bit of folklore.

One of the highlights for me was visiting ‘Baked‘ which had been on my radar for more than a year; this little gem, specializing in quintessential retro desserts, did not disappoint. We got our sugar fix on granola, coffeecake, lemon scones, a cheesecake bar and a brownie over than span of seven days; four-layer cakes, assorted cookies, marshmallows, pies and tarts and of course, their books are also available. The lines can be long but customers wait patiently and the waitstaff does a great job of keeping everyone moving – all with a friendly smile.

Our week just wasn’t long enough and we are already making plans for a return trip. Head over to Smith Bites and see what else we ‘savored’ in Charleston!