We LOVE Charleston. We have family that lives there, so we have visited numerous times and it never gets old. We love the beautiful mix of the old historical houses with the new updated mansions. Sometimes I like to pretend I live in one of the houses on Rainbow Row. We visited Charleston for our first anniversary and have returned a handful of times since then and with the help of our family who are locals, we can pretend like we are locals too.
When we visited for our first anniversary, we stayed at King Street Inn. I highly recommend this adorable Inn! It’s located in the heart of downtown and in walking distance to everything. Every room is filled with beautiful furniture and not your standard “hotel” beds. There is cheese, crackers, and wine every evening, and there is a beautiful patio garden for sitting.
Are you visiting Charleston and wondering what you should do and where you should eat? Thanks to my wonderful brother-in-law who is a fabulous host, I have listed some recommendations, everything from the basic tourist attractions to the local eats.
- Carraige Rides and Ferry to Fort Sumter: touristy but really neat and informative
- Walk to The Battery: Located downtown by the water, there is a dock full of swings to just sit and relax
- Rent bikes! Ride around downtown and experience it this way
- Folly Beach: if you are from NC, don’t waste your time, our beaches are so much more beautiful. However, if you have a few days to kill, you can venture to Folly Beach. Make sure you visit Blu, an oceanfront hotel where you can grab a drink, sit and relax.
- Tour the Plantations: Middleton Place, Drayton Hall, Magnolia Plantation
- Visit Shem Creek: this is a neat area on the water in Mt. Pleasant
- Go to the Farmers Market and the Market Pavilion downtown
- If you want a great view and atmosphere, vist The Watch, Vendu, and Stars, these are on the rooftops of buildings, but not known for food. Don’t eat here, just grab a drink and enjoy the view! Very pricey too.
- Local coffee/bakery shops: Kudzu and Black Tap
- Go shopping! Lots of shopping downtown 🙂
- Cru Cafe: if you are visiting the Market Pavilion, this will be a great place to stop for lunch, as it is close by
- Leon’s Chicken and Oyster Shop: this is in an up and coming part of downtown. Very good, and the fried chicken sandwich is amazing! Not too pricey either.
- Bowens Island: We LOVE this place. You are likely to not know about it if you are simply a tourist. We go here everytime we visit. It is located off of the sound, and is very low key. Great place to hang out and very casual. Stay for the sunset as it is an absolutely breathtaking view! Mostly fried seafood, not pricey.
- SNOB: Charleston staple, must go.
- Cypress Magnolias: Charleston staple
- High Cotton: Charleston staple
- Poogans Porch: Charleston staple…and those BISCUITS
- 167 Raw: Seafood, located downtown
- The Ordinary: Seafood, downtown
- Hanks: Seafood, downtown
- Halls Chophouse: Steakhouse, it’s not Charleston style food, but absolutely FABULOUS. Very pricey
- Trattoria Luca: Italian, located downtown
- Obstinate Daughter: Italian, located on Sullivans Island
You are ready to go to Charleston, now go travel like a local!
Have you been to Charleston and have other things to recommend? I would love to know about them!
Lastly I’ll leave you with this Charleston image that melts me…