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This past weekend Kelli Boyd, with Kelli Boyd Photography, and I had the pleasure of attending the 4th annual Garden & Gun Jubilee in Charleston! I’ve already been to a few fabulous events hosted by Garden & Gun (such as the Southerner’s Luncheon & Dinner and a Show as part of the Southern Grown Festival). I had been anticipating this weekend for a while since I knew it would be an exciting three-day event. Kelli and I teamed up with Explore Charleston during our stay in the Holy City to share my #GGJubilee experience through their Instagram stories! So, Kelli and I packed our bags (filled to the brim with essentials from J.McLaughlin and Lauren Milmine Jewelry) and headed up the coast!
If you’ve never been to the G&G Jubilee, picture it as an extension of their magazine. They bring together the people, products and personalities that their brand is known for, in a unique way that connects G&G readers from all over the country. The festival boasts sporting essentials, curated shopping, food, music, art and live entertainment. Did I also mention that it’s a dog-friendly event? Yes, please!
December in Charleston is always such a pleasant time to visit, since the weather is mild and you can grab some amazing gifts just in time for the holidays. What’s even more exciting than the curated shopping, is the opportunity to speak with these fascinating makers + skilled artisans. It’s such a refreshing experience to meet the men and women that create their own products and have developed their own company, instead of just making small talk with a salesperson. This enriching experience truly deepened my appreciation of the south + southern makers.
Our first stop was at The Restoration, a luxury boutique hotel that’s located right off of King Street. I can’t even describe how much I LOVED this hotel. Not only are the rooms incredibly spacious, but there’s also a charming coffee shop next door, The Rise Coffee Bar, along with The Port Mercantile Retail Store. On to top of the prime location, The Restoration has a remarkably friendly and accommodating staff. They were also one of G&G Jubilee partners, which made the logistics even easier. Since The Restoration is in the middle of downtown, you can easily walk to all of my favorite Charleston restaurants and shops such Callie’s Biscuits, Croghans, Hampden Clothing, Moon and Lola, and Finicky Filly.
After checking in, we hopped into an Uber and headed to Charles Towne Landing for a day of cocktails, conversation + shopping. We also ate lunch at the Jubilee Diner — which, wait for it — offers the most popular dishes from the Southerner’s Cookbook. My favorites were the bacon wrapped crackers and their pimento cheese sandwich. We also enjoyed wine along with a cheese and charcuterie board from Sheep Goat Cow — a gourmet cheese shop down the street from St. Philip’s Church (where Casey and I got married) on Church Street. Kelli and I also spent a good bit of time in the FarmShed — a gathering place for everyone to relax and meet other Jubilee peeps. We met a handful of couples from Tennessee to Missouri — all who share similar interests (like their love of Spaniels).
We then headed to the Jubilee Village — where we explored the monogram and sporting tents. No day at the Jubilee would be complete without tasting the Rum Cake from the Red Truck Bakery and Counter Culture‘s delicious coffee. I was also fortunate to catch up with Alex, from Doorman Designs (who made my beautiful pecky cypress table that’s the highlight of my new office), Perri, from Camp Perri, who had the most adorable gingerbread kits for kids, and Jennifer from ZAGS wraps who I featured on Lavin Label this summer!
We definitely had an unforgettable time and we’ll be back next year! It’s certainly a celebration of all things southern — and proved to be a great getaway during this busy holiday season!
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Special thanks to Garden & Gun, The Restoration and Explore Charleston for your southern hospitality.