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A Weekend in Charleston

I was born in North Carolina so it’s no surprise that I love the south. We are purchasing a new build on the Isle of Palms, South Carolina and I could not be more excited. I’m calling this our transition home. The husband is calling it our vacation home. Only time will tell who is correct.

Below is a recap of our latest trip to Charleston. If you’ve never been, imagine that Old Town Alexandria and Nashville had a baby. Now, add palm trees. That is Charleston.

Where We Stayed |

We’ve been here multiple times, and this is the first time we stayed in Downtown Charleston. Our hotel was nothing to write home about, but it wasn’t bad. I would stay here against but only if my first choice isn’t booked.

First Choice - The Hotel Bennett

Honorable Mention – The Restoration

Eats and Drinks |

It’s no secret that I love food. Like really, really love food, so when I say something is AMAZING, that is no exaggeration.

Nico – AMAZING. If you love seafood, specifically oysters, this is the place for you.

Mex1 on Sullivan’s – Low key, family friendly, near the beach.

The Oyster House – in the heart of downtown Charleston. Grab a bite here and then explore the city on foot.

The Salty Cowboy – beautiful views, average cuisine.

Bourbon and Bubbles – Low key, dark, quaint. Grab a Champagne flight and then a rickshaw back to your hotel.

Camellias – apparently this is a well sought after spot in Charleston. I had no idea and it was empty when we went. Nothing like a nightcap of champagne and caviar. I will definitely be frequenting this tiny little champagne bar if only for the chandelier and amazing mixologist.

Places to See and Things to Do |

I play tourist no matter where I am because why not? You should see me around the DC monuments (even though I lived here for 25 years) Here are a few of the stops we made in Charleston.

Angel Oak Tree – It’s 400 years old and the size of a New York City block. It’s magical and mind-blowing.

Explore Downtown Charleston – Start on Battery and just walk aimlessly. You’ll see tons of cute alleyways and beautiful architecture. It’s dreamy.

The Beach – There is free parking directly on Palm Blvd which is about 15 minutes from Charleston. Park near anyone of the beach access points.

Golf – Charleston National is beautiful. Wild Dunes Ocean Course is the choice if you want to play with gators. Plus the last two holes have amazing ocean views.

Bottom line: This is just a drop in the bucket. There is tons to do and see and the people are genuinely nice.

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