Hi, friends! The Charleston travel guide is here! This has probably been the most requested blog post recently! We didn’t have a chance to do a lot of touristy stuff, but we did a lot of walking around King Street and the areas around there. Our trip also involved lots of eating and drinking! The weather was absolutely beautiful and we planned it just right because the rain rolled in when we left Monday morning. Andrew and I took a trip there 3 years ago for our babymoon and it rained the whole time. So I was excited to get back there and see the city in the sun!
We left Friday evening and drove 4 hours to get there which was actually a pretty easy drive. If you are local to Jacksonville, the drive is totally worth it for a weekend getaway. We arrived pretty late that night and met our friends at their family’s town home. Because we stayed there both times, we sadly have not had any hotel experience.
Saturday morning we woke up and walked down to Queen Street Grocery for a yummy breakfast. Queen Street has the most gorgeous morning sunlight coming through the trees with the prettiest quaint homes lining the street. I enjoyed our quiet morning stroll after breakfast to get us to King Street. We stopped in the cutest little boutiques – some with merchandise very specific to Charleston. King Street reminds me a lot of Soho in New York City. Lots of people walking around, busy sidewalks, and store after store as far as your eye can see. I loved it! We shopped most of the morning (the guys took off on their shopping adventure and us girls hung around stopping in almost every store) and then found our guys at the bar at Mellow Mushroom. This was not on the agenda but it was down King Street and we couldn’t pass up yummy pizza and drinks. Our lunch reservation was supposed to be at Paw Paw which will be a place we will try out next time for sure! After lunch we continued our walk and came across the cutest boutique with an upstairs bar – Skinny Dip which is genius for the men shopping with us! I loved this idea! We continued shopping for a little bit and then made our way back to get ready for dinner. Drinks at the rooftop bar at Stars is highly recommended – I actually saw this bar on the last episode of Southern Charm! Dinner at Prohibition made for a fun atmosphere and drinks at Revolution were so yummy!
Sunday, the guys took off for golf and us girls headed out to see more of Charleston. We made our way to the battle field which is right on the water and drove by there to make our way to Rainbow Bow – the iconic color filled homes which you can tell everyone loves to see. I took a ton of my pictures there and it’s funny to notice other bloggers I follow who have done the same. It’s definitely a pretty spot to see! After, we made our way to Basic Kitchen for lunch. This may have been my favorite restaurant! If you are looking to sneak in a healthier lunch, I would highly recommend this place. It is right off of King Street, so after we ate we continued making our way down and stopped in a few more shops. Sapphire Boutique, Candlefish and Starbucks helped fill the last hour before we returned home to the guys. That night we headed out for drinks at the rooftop bar at The Vendue Hotel. It was a chilly, overcast evening which wasn’t the greatest for being outside, but I could tell on a warm, sunny day this place would be so fun and the views so pretty. Make sure to go all the way to the top too and hang out at that bar! After drinks, we had Thai food on our minds so we filled our bellies with Basil. So yummy and the portion sizes were huge! 2 things to note: our lunch reservations were for Husk and dinner was supposed to be at Eli’s Table. Andrew and I went to Husk for dinner 3 years ago and it was delicious! I highly suggest making dinner reservations as far out in advance as you can.
The next morning, the rain rolled in so we packed up and started heading home. I was looking forward to getting back home to the little guy. We stopped by Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit. It was so quaint who doesn’t love a yummy homemade biscuit?! It made me think of my great grandmother who used to make the most delicious homemade biscuits. A quick stop by Starbucks one block down and we made the 4 hour trip home. All in all, Charleston was a great trip! Next time, I hope to try more restaurants for sure!
Other places Andrew and I tried out when we were there 3 years ago were Hominy Grill for breakfast and Jenni’s ice cream. Highly recommend both of these! Other restaurants recommended but ones we have not tried are Poogan’s Porch, The Darling Oyster Bar and Miller’s All Day.
I hope this was helpful if you have a trip planned soon! Would love to hear if you try any of these places out!