Charleston is the most charming city in the south, and one of my favorite places to visit. It is a quick three hour drive from Charlotte, and it is pretty much a straight shot. I traveled with Kristen, from Every Chic Way, for a fun girl’s weekend, and we had a blast! I only wish we could have stayed longer! You really can’t go wrong visiting Charleston, and I wanted to share some of my absolutely favorite places to stay and eat and a few things to do!
Stay: We stayed at the Kings Courtyard Inn, and it was amazing (pictured above). It is located right on King Street, so you can walk everywhere – to restaurants, shops, the Battery, Rainbow Row, etc. Kings Courtyard Inn is a very charming Inn with old southern charm. They serve complimentary wine and cheese in the evenings, bring complimentary breakfast right to your room every morning, and have a beautiful courtyard and patio for lounging and relaxing. They also have a really fun Girlfriend Getaway Package available year-round. Another thing that is really important to me for hotels is feeling safe, and I felt like I was at home the entire time I was there!
Eat: I may have mentioned that eating is one of my favorite hobbies, and Charleston is one of the best places to indulge!
Drawing Room: Honestly I cannot express the delicious-ness that is this food. Kristen and I were treated to a wonderful meal that not only had amazing taste and impeccable presentation, but it also connected to the history of Charleston. Each ingredient was a part of a larger story related to Charleston’s history, and I loved learning about each dish. I would recommend eating here every day for the rest of your life if you’re up for it!
The Watch: This rooftop restaurant has stunning views of the city and the Ravenel Bridge, and who doesn’t love a rooftop bar? Located on top of The Restoration Hotel, The Watch is right off King Street and is perfect after a day exploring Charleston. The food was classic southern fare, and my favorite was the hush puppies served with pimento cheese and pepper jam!
Kitchen 208: If you stay at the Kings Courtyard Inn, you get a coupon for $2 off your food. I love a good coupon. This is the perfect spot for a quick and filling lunch before you begin your afternoon in Charleston. They serve classic southern food – I got the friend chicken sandwich that had WAFFLES instead of bread. My life was complete.
Eli’s Table: I have to eat at Eli’s Table on every trip to Charleston simply because they serve breakfast all day and their shrimp and grits are the best I’ve ever had. The best part about the shrimp and grits is that the shrimp is grilled – this is the key!! You can always count on friendly service and delicious food here!
Peace Pie: This may have changed my life. Thing icecream sandwiches elevated to the most delicious version ever. I had the Salted Caramel Apple Pie, which basically made me cry with happiness while I was eating it (if you saw my insta story, you understand). You must stop here (it’s located on Meeting Street) between meals if you have a sweet tooth like me!
Sugar: You’ve seen the classic pictures of this tiny place, and it really does live up to the hype. We ventured a few minutes out of downtown Charleston and made our way over to Sugar for some cupcakes. They have unique flavors and there are cookies and drinks as well as cupcakes. The shop is tiny, so plan to sit outside or take your goodies to go!
Do: If you’re in downtown Charleston, King Street Shopping is the perfect way to spend a day with your girlfriends. There are endless shops nestled inside of historic buildings. From chain retailers to charming local shops, there is something for everyone.The Battery is the perfect escape from bustling Charleton, and running (or in my case, walking) along the water is so peaceful. We visited early in the morning and had the place to ourselves. It was so peaceful and it was amazing to just sit and stare at the water. Rainbow Row is a classic Charleston stable that you must visit, if only for a gorgeous picture opportunity. I love looking at all of the homes in downtown Charleston and wondering who lives there, who used to live there, and their story. I also wonder how much they cost, but I won’t be buying one unless I win the lottery!! Finally, one of my favorite things to do in any city is to go to their local market. The Charleston City Market is full of local goods that are unique and always perfect for a gift for the family and friends at home.