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.