Nothing says southern charm quite like Charleston. I love this city! Charleston has stolen my heart, and I am certain that it will win you over as well. Charleston is my go-to city when I need to get away for a fun girls trip or just need to get my southern fix!
Even though I am not native to the south, I feel like I have come up with a pretty good list of what to see and do while you are in Charleston. Shopping, eating, night life, history galore, did I mention eating?!?
Here is the West Meets South’s mini guide to Charleston:
Zero George: This place is the bees knees of boutique hotels. Not to mention that is is dripping with both history and charm. I haven’t actually stayed at the hotel, but I did take a little tour inside when my sister and I signed-up for their cooking class, which is a must do! I love that you can take their class even if you aren’t staying at the hotel. The thing that won me over the most was their big, beautiful front porch. It will make you want to kick up your feet with a glass of sweet tea in hand! If you are doing a weekend getaway with your love, this is the place to stay.
HomeAway: So I am a little obsessed with all of these sites that allow you to rent other people’s homes. The idea kind of sounded a bit creepy at first, but once you’ve done it, you’ll be hooked. The photos of this apartment speak for themselves. Next girls trip comin’ at ya!
Wherever you end up staying, just make sure you stay near King Street. King Street is the main hub of the city and will get you to all of the main hot spots!
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK:
Charleston is a foodies dream! There are just too many places to mention, but here are a few of my favorites!
Hominy Grill: I have only been here for breakfast and lunch, but I would recommend the Charleston Nasty Buscuit and some She Crab soup.
Two Boroughs Larder: This place feels like a hip little urban oasis. A great breakfast spot as well as a wine and beer bar.
The Rooftop Bar at The Vendue: We don’t have a lot of fun bars where I come from, so I jump at any chance to sip on a cocktail at a fun rooftop bar. The Vendue has the perfect bar overlooking the city and the water. It’s also a great place to watch fireworks for the fourth of July!
Husk: You have to eat at husk at least once, but you’ll need to make reservations a couple weeks in advance. You may be able to sneak in for brunch on Sunday morning if you get there right when it opens, but if you want dinner, make sure to make a reservation. The Husk bar is also a great place to go for a pre-dinner drink.
The Ordinary: If you want sea food, then this is your spot. Be sure to try the oysters.
Butcher and Bee: Butcher and Bee is sure to satisfy your late night food cravings. It opens late night from 10-2 am, so it is a fun place to go to grab a late night meal. They also play really fun music. I may or may not have gotten my dance on there.
WHAT TO SEE:
If you are only there for a weekend, then I would spend one day shopping on King Street and exploring the houses downtown. The next day I would visit one of the plantations. These are my favorites:
Boone Hall: If you love a tree lined driveway, then Boone Hall is the place to go.
Magnolia Plantation: Magnolia Plantation is known for it’s beautiful gardens. They will not dissapoint.
FOR THE LADIES: Last time I went to Charleston for a girls weekend my friends and I decided to have our make-up done at Pink Dot Beauty Bar. Can I just tell you how much fun this was! It is the perfect way to start night out on the town. There is even a wine bar next to Pink Dot, so we enjoyed some wine and cheese as we got ready. It was truly one of my favorite parts of the weekend!
I could go on and on about other fun places to check out, but this mini guide will get you started!