Alright y’all, this will be a longer post. Grab a snack, and stay a while. 🙂 I know that there are so many wonderful options of where to eat and what to do in Charleston, so I hope you enjoy reading about my personal favs! I had the pleasure of bringing my Meme to Charleston for her 70th bday, and showing her around–She absolutely adored it! This is my favorite blog post yet, mainly because I am so in love with this wonderful place. I hope you enjoy my recommendations!
Where to stay:
We stayed at the Francis Marion, the oldest hotel in Charleston, located on King Street. This was such an elegant, vintage hotel. You can feel that you are in a historic building the moment you walk in. The grand lobby with crystal chandeliers, marble floors, and antique blue carpet was decorated in the classiest Christmas decor. (We enjoyed hanging out in the lobby in the mornings drinking coffee before our adventures!) Our hotel room had the same antique-feel as the lobby–It was lovely. 🙂
Another really great historic hotel is the Mills House–My mom and dad love to stay here when they come to Charleston. This is a smaller hotel than Francis Marion with a beautiful lobby as well. It is pink on the outside with a gorgeous wrought iron balcony!
We also got a tour of The Vendue, a more modern hotel. I am for sure staying here when I come back to Charleston with Jordan. It is so chic and classy. The rooms have exposed brick and lots of windows, which I love! Also– There is live music in the “drawing room” at night. The staff is also so wonderful, and we were treated like queens while we hung out there!
What to See:
Rainbow Row: This is pretty much a given when coming to Charleston. It is the most iconic and colorful street to walk down. The whole street of houses is just so charming to look at.
The Battery: If you are going to walk down Rainbow Row, you may as well walk down the battery too–it is very close by! The Battery is a defensive sea wall, and also a landmark that stretches along the lower shores of Charleston. Also a gorgeous scene with grande antebellum homes to view along the way.
King Street: The ultimate street for shopping! Tons of high end shops, and simply another very pleasant street to walk down. There really is no avoiding King Street when going to Charleston.
The Historic City Market: Make sure to walk through the city market as well! (Another historic building of course). Mostly open on the weekends–not sure about during the week. So many local vendors come to the city market to sell their goods (paintings, historic tiles, snacks, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, etc). Even if you don’t plan on buying anything, it’s a neat part of Charleston to see.
Rooftop bars: For sure go to a rooftop around sunset to get a view of the city! My two favorite rooftop bars are the rooftop at the Market Pavilion Hotel (you can still go to this rooftop if you aren’t a guest at the hotel) and The Vendue Rooftop!
Plantation home: I loveeee plantation homes, and I highly recommend going to see one if you have time while you are visiting. My favorite one to visit is Boone Hall–The oak trees are so incredible to look at, and its a lovely spot for pictures! (It’s actually America’s most photographed plantation and featured as the backdrop in several movies).
Okay, finally, where to eat!!
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit: You’ll eat a lot of biscuits in Charleston, but these are unique and a must. It’s the cutest little shop on King Street, and always has a line out the door. Since the place is so small, there is pretty much only standing room during peak season. I recommend grabbing some biscuits, and then walking down King Street to shop!
Poogan’s Porch: Located in an old historic home. As classic as a southern breakfast gets. Biscuits, whipped honey butter, eggs, home fries (fried in duck fat), bacon, sausage, grits, and mimosas :).
Magnolias: Very southern, charming upscale restaurant. It’s a calm and quiet place to dine. Order the down south egg roll and brussel sprout salad!
82 Queen: Lowcountry cuisine. This place felt the most private of any place that we ate at–wonderful for a special date night. Also the best filet I have ever had (a very bold statement, I know). You will not regret ordering it.
Revival: This place is only 5 months old!! It used to be a coffee shop, but now is a very modern restaurant (but still southern). The only place that did not feed us biscuits before the meal lol! They serve an “edible terrarium” instead (olive paste base with an assortment of veggies to dip), which was delicious! See picture below. Order the lowcountry pirlou. The service here is wonderful–We were served complimentary champagne and a custom dessert from the chef for Meme’s bday.
Husk Bar: This bar also serves food, and it is such a cool place to have a few drinks after dinner as well–Go upstairs! Super cozy-feel, brick barn-looking building. We walked over here from 82 queen to have a few drinks after dinner.
I hope that y’all try some of these places when you visit Charleston next! Let me know what you think of them! 🙂