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Our Family Trip To Charleston 2018

Eva Amurri Martino poses with her husband Kyle and their two kids Marlowe and Major at the site of their 2011 wedding in Charleston

We just got back from our annual trip to Charleston, South Carolina– and I gotta say we had a total blast.  It was definitely our favorite trip we’ve ever taken down there, and I think one of the reasons why was that we were determined to really explore the city– day and night! Kyle and I lined up amazing dinners for every single night, and Marlowe discovered her new favorite (albeit very pricey) food: Oysters.  I guess at just under four years old she is no longer a cheap date! LOL. Today I thought I would share our family album from the trip, along with some of the highlights we experienced while there.

Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe looks out the window of their Charleston rental home

Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe poses outside a building in Charleston.

Eva Amurri Martino's children Marlowe and Major pose in front of a house in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino's husband Kyle looks out onto the Charleston street with their kids Marlowe and Major

Eva Amurri Martino's kids Marlowe and Major hold hands on a cobblestone street in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino's kids Marlowe and Major hold hands on a cobblestone street in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino's husband Kyle and daughter Marlowe walk together through the streets of Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe stands in front of Charleston Carriage Works

Eva Amurri Martino's husband Kyle and son Major smiling in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe covets her ice cream sandwich while sitting in the back of a peddy cab

Eva Amurri Martino's husband Kyle and son Major smiling in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino's kids Marlowe and Major laughing on a park bench in Charleston.

Eva Amurri Martino's son Major and daughter Marlowe enjoying ice cream sandwiches in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino's son Major and daughter Marlowe enjoying ice cream sandwiches in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino's son Major walks down a Charleston cobblestone road

We opted to stay at a rented apartment in Downtown Charleston this time around, and the location was pretty perfect.  We were walking distance to so many great activities and restaurants, and near this splash pad/fountain on the water that the kids loved going to on really hot afternoons.  If you’ve never been to Charleston before, it’s pretty much the most picturesque city ever, and we all had a great time walking around and taking in the scenery in the early mornings and late afternoons.  Otherwise it was so hot we had to either be at the beach or inside at a museum! We also took some siestas a few days. 

Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe and son Major running through the sprinklers in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe and son Major running through the sprinklers in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe running through the sprinklers in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe running through the sprinklers in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe running through the sprinklers in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe sits in the sprinklers in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe running through the sprinklers in Charleston

Kyle’s parents live in Charleston, and so do two of his siblings! It was really fun to visit with them, and to go out on “Papa’s Boat” one day with the kids.  The kids have grown up so much since the last time we were there, and they can both sit on the boat with their own life vests on and enjoy the ride.  We also went to the local beaches. My favorite was the beach on Sullivans Island, at marker 28.  There is a big tidal pool that the kids can play in, and even the ocean is so shallow for yards and yards.  And very calm! It was the perfect place to introduce Major to the ocean.

Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe and son Major look out on their grandparents boat in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino's son Major wears a baseball cap and a lifejacket on his way to ride on a boat with his grandparents

Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe hangs out on a boat with her grandparents in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe on a boat with her grandparents in Charleston

The food scene in Charleston is just sooo good.  Kyle and I did some research before we went to make sure we were hitting up all the restaurants that are great RIGHT NOW, not years ago! You can find all my Charleston recs at the bottom of this post, but my favorite two places we ate were probably RAW 167 and Xiao Bao Biscuit.  My favorite cocktail bar was The Gin Joint! It was so fun to spend the day with the kids exploring, and then to get all dolled up at night and put energy back in to our marriage.  It really and truly re-energized us as a couple and felt like we were dating again! Except we had all these hundreds of pictures of two cute kids to look over during dinner…LOL.

Eva Amurri Martino's kids Marlowe and Major sit outside of a raw bar in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino's husband Kyle poses in front of RAW 167 in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino wears a bright green dress in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino wears a pair of stylish nude sunglasses and a green sundress in Charleston

A closeup of Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe's favorite food: Oysters

Eva Amurri Martino's husband Kyle strikes a pose in Charleston

The part of the trip that I was MOST looking forward to was visiting where we got married with the kids.  Getting married in Charleston was an important choice for us because we knew it was someplace we would be able to come back to again and again as our family grew, since Kyle’s folks are from there.  The kids are old enough now to understand the things we explain to them, and we thought it would be the perfect time to visit the little secret garden courtyard where we said our vows– and the historic Hibernian Hall where we had our reception!  Walking in to the courtyard was just as magical as I remembered it, and I have to say it was completely surreal to see my kids running around in there.  It was so beautiful to pay our respects to the place and energy that brought us full circle as a completed family of four.

The Martino's pose in front of the church Eva and Kyle were married in Charleston in 2011.

The Martino's pose in front of the church Eva and Kyle were married in Charleston in 2011.

Eva Amurri Martino wears a striped sundress in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino poses with her husband Kyle and their two kids Marlowe and Major at the site of their 2011 wedding in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino smiles happily at the site of her 2011 wedding to Kyle Martino in Charleston.

Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe peers through a slotted gate in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino gets a sweet kiss from her husband Kyle while her daughter Marlowe and son Major look on at the site of their 2011 wedding in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino's son Major and daughter Marlowe pull onto their parents as they have a moment at the site of their 2011 wedding in Charleston.

Eva Amurri Martino walks through the site of her 2011 wedding to Kyle Martino with their two children Marlowe and Major

Eva Amurri Martino's son Major and daughter Marlowe pull onto their parents as they have a moment at the site of their 2011 wedding in Charleston.

Eva Amurri Martino at the site of her 2011 wedding to Kyle Martino in Charleston.

Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Major climbs a tree in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino's kids Marlowe and Major sit in a stroller in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino's son Major running around the site of his parents 2011 wedding in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino's son Major walks on the grass in Charleston

We only spent five days in Charleston, but we really did squeeze out every last drop of fun! We’re excited to plan our trip next Summer.  If you have any amazing Charleston recommendations please leave them in the Comments section below so that you can help other have the best visit ever! Thanks!

Eva Amurri Martino's husband Kyle carries their daughter Marlowe on his shoulders in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe screams with excitement in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino and her children Marlowe and Major pose in front of a colorful backdrop in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino kisses her daughter Marlowe on the cheek as they both enjoy an ice cream cone in Charleston

Eva Amurri Martino poses with her daughter Marlowe in Charleston while eating ice cream

Eva Amurri Martino poses with her daughter Marlowe in Charleston while eating ice cream

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10 Comments

  1. melanie says:

    Hello Eva,
    Your presentation of your trip is fabulous! Thank you for sharing all his with us!

    With pleasure!

    07.19.18Reply
  2. Stephanie says:

    Major has a Peaky Blinders haircut! You’re a good Mama…❤️

    07.19.18Reply
  3. LaTasha says:

    Your family photos are EVERYTHING ❤️📸 and I love the story behind the trip 👰🏽💍🤵🏻, I swear you haven’t aged 1 bit in the last 7 years!

    Quick question, where are the nude color flats from that you wore with a few of your outfits? I love them!!

    07.19.18Reply
    • Aww thank you so much! They are from Tory Burch and I’ve had them for years!

      07.22.18Reply
  4. Linda says:

    Eva, Thank you for sharing! What a gorgeous album and such fun memories! Did you use your LUMIX for these shots?

    07.19.18Reply
  5. Marie Mocek says:

    Thanks for sharing your family vacation. Do you hire a nanny while there or do grams and gramps help out so you can have couple time? Your children are beautiful. Thanks for all the great tips on where to eat. I am hoping to go there in the next year with my hubby. Enjoy all your posts.

    07.19.18Reply
  6. Margaret says:

    This couldn’t have come at a better time because I am headed to Charleston in Sept! Thanks for the great Recs 🙂 did you stay at an Airbnb? We’re debating between a rental and hotel.

    Thanks!
    Margaret

    07.24.18Reply
    • Hi! Yes, we did Air bnb. I prefer rentals when we are traveling with the kids. But alone, Kyle and I LOVE a great hotel! Enjoy your trip!

      07.30.18Reply
  7. Jo says:

    Lovely photos and a great roundup of the must see places there. I am curious to know how you get so many shots with the four of you. Who takes these photos? Our family album looks like that of a ‘motherless’ family as I am always behind the lens and barely ever in shot.

    07.31.18Reply