Your Guide To…Charleston, S.C.

30 Sep

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Ahhh Charleston. Quaint, charming Charleston. I have completely fallen head over high heels for this city. It’s the kind of place you just never move away from because you have everything you need  – beaches, palm trees, historic homes, farm to table restaurants, a lively downtown, beautiful scenery, and friendly people. But alas, most of us do not reside in such place. And that is why I have created Your Guide To Charleston for when you visit (every. single. year).

The only thing I don’t yet have the lowdown on is shopping. But if you are looking for a kick-ass bachelorette weekend, start here.

Sights

The Battery, Rainbow Row, & Downtown

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Rainbow Row

 

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East Bay Street, Downtown Charleston

 

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Historic home along the Battery

 

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The Battery

 

Charleston really sweeps you off your feet with charming homes and breathtaking views. You will want to start any trip by exploring the downtown area, either by foot or by horse & carriage (because, why not?). The Battery is the southern tip of Charleston and features some of the oldest homes right along the coast. If you follow the street into the downtown area you will pass Rainbow Row, the iconic rainbow painted homes that Charleston is known for. A tour of either the downtown area or residential areas will fill you in on all the interesting history along the way. If you are looking for a horse & carriage tour, try Palmetto Carriage.

Sullivan’s Island

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Sullivan’s Island, Mount Pleasant

 

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Sullivan’s Island Beach

Sullivan’s Island Beach is in Mount Pleasant, a suburb just outside Charleston. The definition of low-country, it is worth the trip about 20 minutes outside the city to see. When you aren’t laying on the beach or dipping your toes in the ocean, check out The Obstinate Daughter for lunch, a great restaurant on the main strip near the beach.

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The Obstinate Daughter – a great spot for lunch or dinner

 

Boone Hall Plantation

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The beautiful Estate at Boone Hall

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A photo I took on the drive in

 

Oh my goodness. Boone Hall is a bride’s dream. The roadway into Boone is a tree-lined, moss covered fantasy that leads to a breathtaking white-pillared home. Boone is worth exploring but if you don’t have the time, just driving in and taking in the peaceful views is a must-do.

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

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Drayton Estate at Magnolia Plantation

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My picture perfect afternoon at Magnolia

 

Another beautiful plantation, Magnolia is the only privately run old plantation left in Charleston. The old Drayton home on the property is fun to tour, where you learn about life in the 1800’s in the deep south. To the left of the home is the most gorgeous pond I’ve ever seen. Picture perfect Kodak moment. If you are a fan of gardens, there are acres upon acres to explore. Rest assured, you will be in flower paradise.

Food

F.I.G.

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Probably the most sought-after reservation in town, you must book early to get in. F.I.G. serves seasonally and locally inspired food, and is a must-hit for any foodies out there. If you can’t get a reso, you can always try going right when they open at 5pm and sitting at the bar or one of their first come, first serve community tables.

Husk

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Located in a beautiful old home downtown, Husk does not disappoint. I’m a huge fan of Husk in Nashville, and this location (there is also one in Savannah), has a menu abundant with seafood and fresh vegetables. A reservation is almost as hard to get as at F.I.G., so be sure to book early if you can.

Cypress

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Cypress is from the same openers at Magnolias and Blossom, and is located in the East Bay region of Charleston, not too far from downtown (King St.). You can generally walk into Cypress get a table with a bit of a wait, but you can pass the time sipping on a tasty cocktail in their upstairs bar. I love that Cypress does caeser salads made freshly at your table – it’s always fun to watch them make it.

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The steak at Cypress

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Caesar salad made fresh at your table

 

Nightlife

Stars

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A busy two-storey bar along the main strip of King Street, Stars is one of the more popular spots to be. The rooftop patio overlooks the city and features two bars on either end. Go early to avoid a line-up.

The Rooftop at Vendue

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The Vendue hotel features some of the best views of the city. More of a swanky cocktail bar, the roof is a little bit of an older crowd than you will find on King Street.

The Cocktail Club

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A small but cute bar featuring some seating and a huge selection of liquor. Located right on King Street just down from Stars.

Republic

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If a club scene is more what you are after, stop by Republic on King for some drinks and dancing.

Hope you enjoy your time in low-country!

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