Ahhhh the southern sweet charm of the south, can life or people get any better?! You can be in the most touristy of spots and the cashier at the boutique you are spending too much money in is genuinely interested in making conversation with you. It’s amazing, so friendly, and so full of chic charm! Everywhere you turn is photo worthy!
Restaurants in Charleston
This past June, my husband and I took a couple’s trip to Charleston, South Carolina with a few of our best friends. Spending a few days in downtown Charleston and a few days on the beach at Isle of Palms (it was mid to end June, so the stay at the beach at some point was a must). It’s pretty hot in June in the Charleston area. The city itself is not that windy so it tends to get humid and muggy, so the trip break-up with the beach was a great balance!
Charleston has SO much to offer, the food, the drinks, shopping, culture, and did I mention the food and the drinks?! There’s a point where there is so much food and drinking consumed that you literally become not hungry anymore- how does that even happen?? The food can be eclectic, or it can be fried chicken served on waffles. With endless amounts of oysters and chocolate martinis (thanks Tracey), and cold coffee brews served in mason jars with delicious desserts, you just can’t go wrong with the selection of options there. Just prepare yourself for the eating, like bringing stretchy bike shorts and yoga pants with cute tunic tops! If you are a foodie, or just like good food in general, the food situation they’ve got goin on in Charleston is to die for.
Interested in my all time fave restaurant in Charleston? Take a look at my blog on Instagrammable Places in Charleston for my favorite restaurant and a downloadable map to walk Rainbow Row for a photo session after you visit my favorite Charleston restaurant!
Shopping in Charleston
Another great thing to do in Charleston is shop. The city offers a wide range of shopping including high end stores, cute privately owned boutiques, and a huge flea market. The first shopping mission we went on was the main strip of shopping that runs on King Street between Spring Street and Queen. This strip of shopping is only about a mile, but make sure to wear your shopping shoes. You never know how many trips to Free People or Vineyard Vines you will be making in a day!
If you’re not into main stream shopping, there are a ton of adorable boutiques around the city. Some of my favorites are right on Queen Street, walking east from King Street to the water. Indigo, Maris DeHart, Bennie & Coco, and Jahde Leather Atelier. These are the shoppes where you can find unique one of a kind pieces, like my new favorite pair of hot pants, a red corduroy high rise flare pant! If you’re into the flea market shopping, head to Market Street between Bay and Meeting Streets. They have fun and unique finds and a small children’s gift booth where you can pick up goodies for the littles.
Sailing in Charleston
Like I mentioned earlier, it gets a bit hot in the south in June! If you get the chance to eat some cold sushi and get on some water, I highly suggest it. When we stayed in Charleston, the hubs and I took one day to celebrate our ten year anniversary with a fancy restaurant dinner and a sailboat cruise out on the bay. We ate at a fantastic sushi restaurant, O-Ku. We tend to like to eat early, so a 5:00 dinner meant great service and not busy! After dinner we walked to a sail boat pickup (booked on Air B&B) that was at the South Carolina Aquarium. The sail trip was about an hour (included drinks!) and toured inside of the Charleston Bay. The driver of the boat circled around the Shutes Folly Island and in the distance you could see Fort Sumter. It was truly a remarkable sunset site!
Although group tours are not really my thing, I promised my better half that I would go on one with him! And, I’m glad that I did! We chose the Haunted History Tour of Charleston that was led by Kevin that we found and booked on AirB&B. He was so full of historic information about Charleston that my brain literally couldn’t probably have gone longer than the 90 minute tour! He took us through haunted churches, hotels, houses, parks, and graveyards, each location learning about some spooky death story and how their spirits still wander around the area. We learned that an Army General still haunts room 8 at the Battery Carriage House. We also learned of a couple who owned a hotel back in the 1800’s, who killed travelers who stay with them, still wander the park where they were hanged…oooooo!
Boat Rental Charleston
After our stay in the city, we headed to Isle of Palms where we stayed in a condo on the beach. One of the days we rented a boat for the day from the Isle of Palms Marina. Although it was kinda pricey to rent a boat (about $500 for the day) It was amazing to get on the water! The water is warm and crystal clear… no stingrays for this girl!
Best Place to Visit Charleston!
Charleston is hands-down one of my favorite spots.The city has so much to offer with great restaurants, amazing shopping, boat rentals, and tours- all of the good things! I am excited to go back and take our little people with us. Our littles are our best beach and dinner dates!