There is no shortage of southern charm in Charleston. This city is best known for it’s historical beauty, secret gardens, old mansions, & cobblestone streets. As you walk the gas-lamp lit streets, you might feel as though you have traveled back in time. Come for the beautiful pastel hues and stay for the delicious southern food. You will not regret booking a ticket to this romantic city.
THINGS TO DO
Rainbow Row ($) — 13 historical houses all boasting with beautiful colors. Truly a must see. It’s the perfect backdrop for a photo op. These houses acquired the name “Rainbow Row” over time but according to tall-tales, the houses were painted in the various colors so drunk sailors coming in from sea knew which houses they were to bunk in. Another one is the homes were painted the different colors so that slave owners could tell illiterate slaves which building to go to for shopping.
Riley Waterfront park ($) — Beautiful waterfront park in the heart of the French Quarter. This area used to be a center of maritime traffic and was transformed in to this park in 1990. Great walk along the water with multiple fountain’s to cool off in!
Magnolia Plantation tour ($$$) — Beauty, charm, and character oh my! This plantation tour is the epitome of southern charm. Head there in the spring/summer for beautiful garden displays! Check the prices on their website before you go so you know what you’re getting into – lots of upcharges…
Charleston Historic Carriage tour ($$) — A history tour in a horse drawn carriage. Need I say more?
The Mills House ($$) — This boutique hotel has charming decor and is pretty in pink. It’s romantic courtyard is a great place to have breakfast. If you’re staying in the summer months you’ll love to lounge on the rooftop pool and jacuzzi!
Belmond Charleston Place ($$$) — Located near the french quarter downtown, this glamorous hotel is known for it’s incredible decor and service. Did I mention there is a rooftop heated saltwater pool?
The Vendue ($$) — A design oasis, this chic downtown hotel offers unique guest rooms, innovative dining, and beautiful curated art everywhere you turn.
EAT & DRINK
Basic Kitchen ($$) — Downtown hotspot known for it’s clean/healthy food. They have a myriad of Vegan options. Our favorite plate was the Basic Bowl – delicious!
Husk ($$$) — Situated in a renovated historic home, if you’re a foodie this is the restaurant for you. Top notch service, extraordinary food, and a quiet courtyard setting.
1 Broad ($$) — This quaint breakfast spot is known for it’s delicious food. I highly recommend the Ricotta/Jam Toast, you will not be disappointed!
Leon’s Fine Poultry & Oysters ($$) — An absolute neighborhood gem with great seafood and an extensive European wine selection.
King Street ($$) — The main shopping street in Charleston. This street is lined with cute boutiques as well as well known brands. Keep in mind, the shops close pretty early (6-7pm).
The Commons ($$) — tucked away in a courtyard it’s easy to miss this cute shop. Make sure to stop by for the beautiful home goods all made in the USA.
The Shops at Belmond Place ($$$$) — Luxury shopping mall with high end service. The Gucci store is to die.
Walk ($) — Charleston is a fairly small city and you can walk the majority of it in a couple of hours. Take your time and enjoy the sights!
Bikes ($) — If you’re feeling up to it renting a bike can be a great way to cover most of the city in a smaller amount of time!
All in all, Charleston is a great place for a wedding, a family vacation, a girls trip, a bachelor party, and so on! If you’re headed here for one of the aforementioned share this with your friends and spread the love! For more travel guides check this out.