Babes Guide to CHARLESTON

It was a quick weekend in Charleston, but I wanted to be sure to do, see, eat and drink as much as I could. Just for blogging purposes, though :). I went in late July which means it was very hot. Charleston gets really humid and muggy in the summer. Still super charming, but aim to go early spring or fall to really get the most out of the city and so you feel up for doing outdoor activities.

The airport and navigating the city is really simple, you shouldn't have a problem except flights to get to Charleston can be a bit pricey (especially from Los Angeles!) Still, it's got so much charm, I couldn't help but really feel like I was on a true vacation. There decor, architecture, friendly atmosphere and southern charm really gets you.

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So excited to share some of the favorites, and make sure to email me if you have specific questions, I am happy to help!


EAT:

R Kitchen

Husk: So good for dinner! It has the most savory, rich, delicious southern meal you'll have, and it's on the cutest street downtown
Poogans Porch: A great for dinner or brunch. It's right next door to Husk on Queen St.
Hominy Grill: A really great spot for lunch! 
Magnolias: Really cute and casual for brunch or lunch on East Bay Street
Park Avenue Cafe: More healthy options, good salads and sandwiches. 

Xiao Bao Biscuit: One of the best restaurants downtown because of its unique menu options that leave you super satisfied. 

Leons Oyster Bar: Love the vibe and decor here, one of the best for drinks and a light dinner. 

Chez Nous: A French boutique restaurant close to 86 Cannon, and they are all about the details like a handwritten menu, fresh bread, and quaint interior.  


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DO:

Charleston is a super walkable city. There are a couple of must-see places during your walking tour :). 

The "Main" Streets in Charleston: King (the most "famous"), East Bay, Brad Street, Market Street, Tradd (a local favorite, great for a photo op). King is probably the most well known and where a lot of bars/restaurants are located. 

Waterfront Park: It's right on the water, and it's really pretty at dusk. There are cute bench swings you can hang out on!

Charleston City Market: This is a really touristy artisan market on Market Street, good for walking around or walking off brunch.

Rainbow Row: This is the super instagrammable spot that has all the beautiful colorful places. 

Two of the cutest shops on Kings Street: Hampden Clothing and Lily. Hampden Clothing which has an incredible list of designers like Sea, Ulla Johnson, Tibi, Stella McCartney, Isabel Marant, Zimmermann, and Marni. 

Bike down to Black Tap Coffee for the Iced Lavender Latte

Go to Colonial Lake, a beautiful public park

 Check out the Broad neighborhood, where you can see the White Point Garden on The Battery. 

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SEE:

Fort Sumter
Definitely see one of the Plantations. Most of them are in Mt. Pleasant which is a 20 min Uber from downtown (other side of the suspension bridge). They are just stunning and there are so many. Go for the history and for the views of the grand oak trees and Spanish moss. Boone Hall is where we got married and especially famous for the views and history (I'm biased but it's stunning). Lowndes Grove, Legare Waring House, and Middleton Place are all gorgeous as well.

Go to the BEACH! I suspect the weather should be nice in April so you may be able to squeeze a beach day in. Charleston is a city on the ocean so there are some great beach towns. Sullivan's Island and Isle of Palms are closest to downtown (25 min Uber).

The Islands: Charleston is surrounded by islands. Kiawah is the most well known. Others are John's, Folly. Never been but heard they are lovely.

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DRINK:
Reds:  It's in Shem Creek Park which is essentially a bunch of waterfront divey seafood restaurants/bars. It's a 15-20 min Uber from downtown and supposed to be fun.
Bay Street Biergarten: on E Bay St downtown. Small but they have a great outdoor space, bocci and live music. 
The Bar at HUSK: same owners of Husk (the restaurant) and its right next door. They restored an old house and turned it into a cozy bar. Kind of feels like a speakeasy and generally low key. I'd come here for a nightcap after dinner.
The Alley: on King St and it's a bowling alley. Never went but almost had my night before wedding drinks here. Looks totally fun and who doesn't like bowling?
Vendue Hotel Rooftop Bar: haven't been but everyone raves about it.
Stars: another nice rooftop. Well known.

The Darling Oyster Bar is the perfect location for cocktails. We love sitting at the Raw Bar and drinking their Paloma cocktails or a glass of Rosé. The Darling has a wonderful atmosphere and the appetizers are delicious.

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STAY: 

86 Cannon is a brand-new, beautiful Charleston Inn that’s actually a restored home from the 1860s. It’s an intimate space, with only five rooms, so it’ll feel like your own private escape in the city. You may have arrived just before check-in, but don’t fret! After traveling to Charleston, you are probably hungry for a bite to eat.

Grand Bohemian Charleston: This place is pretty pricey, but it's got gorgeous architecture and is super glam. 

Planters Inn: Historic home and classic Charleston mansion.

The Restoration: My favorite. It blends old and new it's got a unique blend of edgy-urban-meets-southern-comfort.

Quarters on King: Located in the best area in Charleston (per my opinion) this is gorgeous and right in the mix.

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What to wear: 

My dress here is from Zara, not available online but I highly recommend wearing something light, and comfortable since it can get SUPER hot out especially during the summer. Bust out the easy dresses, rompers, flat sandals and pastels. 


Guys, what have I missed? Have you been here before? I am in love with how cute, and colorful this place is! I cannot wait til you go!

Let me know, xoxo

Krista