Charleston Travel Diary

Charleston Travel Guide / Where to eat, shop, play in Charleston, SC

Happy Friday y’all! I am so excited to share this post with y’all today! If you caught any of my (many πŸ˜‰) Instagram posts over the past few weeks then you might have seen peeks into our tip to Charleston. Tyler & I spent a few days there with his parents before venturing to Hilton Head for our annual family vacay (I’ll be putting together a HHI Travel Guide next week– stay tuned!). We had the best weather and the best time exploring the city! It had been a few years since I have been, and Tyler had never been so we knew we wanted to make the most out of our few days. Y’all, I forgot just how photogenic Charleston is! It is seriously a bloggers dream. So many beautiful, colorful buildings around every corner. Needless to say, I was in heaven and a little camera happy. Hence this image heavy post! Keep reading to see where we stayed, ate, shopped & played.

Charleston Travel Guide / Where to eat, shop, play in Charleston, SC

Where to stay in Charleston
Restoration on King

This hotel is just stunning! We had the most incredible suite for our trip, including our very own private patio! Say what!? We heard a little rumor that when Restoration on King renovated they originally created these massive suites to sell as condos. When they didn’t sell, they continued to rent them to guests of the hotel. Which would explain why they had a full kitchen, and why it felt more like a condo than a hotel room! Either way, were blown away by the room. Sadly, our air conditioning was out most of our stay so we didn’t get to enjoy the room like we had hoped. The hotel is still stunning and I would definitely recommend staying there.

Belmond Place

When I attended the Southern Blog Society Conference in 2015, I stayed at the Belmond Place with some blogger gal pals and we loved it! The rooms were very nice, and the location couldn’t be better!

Charleston Travel Guide / Where to eat, shop, play in Charleston, SC

Where to Shop:
Anywhere on King Street!

You can really spend a full day shopping on King Street! There is everything from boutiques to gift shops, to your typical mall stores & designers shops. There are plenty of shops for men too.

Maris DehartΒ (pictured above!)

We stumbled upon this shop when we were walking to rainbow row, and I wanted one of everything! The store is so chic & the price point was much lower than I thought it would be. Definitely a must shop.

Candlefish

Who doesn’t love a good candle?! This shop has so many to choose from, plus plenty of cute gifts too. AND you can make your own candles! We didn’t get a chance to do it, but I definitely want to next visit.

Skinny Dip

I’ll be honest, the clothes they sell are a little out of my budget for the most part, but it is worth stopping in! There is a coffee & wine bar upstairs and they have sell some pretty cute gifts & accessories!

Charleston Travel Guide / Where to eat, shop, play in Charleston, SC

Where to eat & sip
Poogan’s Porch (pictured above!)

We opted for brunch here on our last day and it did not disappoint! They look like they have an amazing dinner menu too. If you want to sit on the second floor porch, call a few days ahead, make a reservation & ask for to sit on the porch!

The Watch

I’m a sucker for a rooftop, and we were told this one had the best views in the city! We had lunch here one day and had the best experience. The fish tacos were delish!

The Rise Coffee Bar

This coffee bar was attached to our hotel & it is just adorable! It’s very small, but the drinks & pastries were so good.

Pawpaw

We had lunch here our second day and it did not disappoint! The atmosphere is nice and the food was really good. The fried chicken sandwich was SO yummy.

Slightly North of Broad

Dinner Day 2. We didn’t have any reservations this day because we couldn’t decide where to eat. We kept asking around and ‘SNOB’ kept coming up in people’s suggestions. I checked out the menu online and honestly wasn’t that excited about it. Disclaimer, we had two picky men with us who don’t do seafood so we were limited on restaurants πŸ˜‰ We were able to get a reservation here last minute and it was my favorite meal of the trip! It exceeded my expectations by far! The scallops were so dang good!

Oak Steakhouse

Dinner Night 1! If you’re looking for a good steakhouse, go here! The sides are served family style and are just as yummy as the entrees. Make a reservation though, it isn’t very big.

Rudi’s Caffe E Vino

This is the coffee & wine bar on the second floor of Skinny Dip! They have the cutest patio and FrosΓ©!

Sugar Bakeshop

Pinterest made me do it. I saw this little bakery pop up in so many Charleston Travel Guides and for good reason. Their cupcakes were amazing! P.s. It’s off the beaten path, but worth a visit if you have a sweet tooth.

Edmund’s Oast

We had dinner here during the Southern Blog Society Conference a few years back and I still remember how yummy it was. Amazing atmosphere & patio too!

Charleston Travel Guide / Where to eat, shop, play in Charleston, SC

What to do in Charleston, SC:
Take a carriage ride

We did this day two and had so much fun doing it. Cheesy? Yes. Fun? Yes!

Rent Bikes

We didn’t get a chance to rent bikes but next time I really want to. It’s the perfect way to explore any city!

Snap a photo of rainbow row

I mean does it get any prettier than those colorful homes?!

Walk the riverfront

This is where you’ll find the pineapple fountain

Eat & shop until your heart’s content 😊

Charleston Travel Guide / Where to eat, shop, play in Charleston, SC

Two Piece Set: only $31, size up! / Steve Madden Sandals

Charleston Travel Guide / Where to eat, shop, play in Charleston, SC

View from The Watch

Charleston Travel Guide / Where to eat, shop, play in Charleston, SC

Charleston Travel Guide / Where to eat, shop, play in Charleston, SC

Charleston Travel Guide / Where to eat, shop, play in Charleston, SC

Charleston Travel Guide / Where to eat, shop, play in Charleston, SC

Lace Top / Skort: size up / Sunnies / Bag

Charleston Travel Guide / Where to eat, shop, play in Charleston, SC

Charleston Travel Guide / Where to eat, shop, play in Charleston, SC

Charleston Travel Guide / Where to eat, shop, play in Charleston, SC

Candlefish!

Charleston Travel Guide / Where to eat, shop, play in Charleston, SC

Charleston Travel Guide / Where to eat, shop, play in Charleston, SC

Dress / Necklace c/o / Sandals

Charleston Travel Guide / Where to eat, shop, play in Charleston, SC

Lunch at The Watch!

Charleston Travel Guide / Where to eat, shop, play in Charleston, SC

Charleston Travel Guide / Where to eat, shop, play in Charleston, SC

Charleston Travel Guide / Where to eat, shop, play in Charleston, SC

Skinny Dip Charleston

 

26 Comments

  1. Anna English
    June 2, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    Charleston is my favorite city!

  2. June 2, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    I feel like I’m the only blogger in the world who hasn’t been to Charleston LOL – it looks so fun! Thanks for sharing your recs – will bookmark this to revisit later!

    http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

  3. Adaleta
    June 2, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    Wow all these photos look so amazing!

  4. June 2, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    I think this is the second Charleston travel guide I’ve seen this week and now I definitely want to visit!

  5. June 2, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    Charleston is one of my favorite cities! πŸ’—

  6. Liz
    June 3, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    Where was this like two weeks ago haha! I guess that means I have to go back πŸ™‚

    Liz
    http://Www.lizzieinlace.com

  7. June 3, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    Charleston is so beautiful and I hope I get to visit sometime soon. I used to drive through it with my family when I was a little girl, but I haven’t gone on a trip there as an adult. I’m really hopeful I get to!

  8. Kendall
    June 4, 2017 / 4:07 am

    Charleston is so dreamy! Definitely on my travel bucket list!!

    xx Kendall | mystyledlife.com

  9. June 4, 2017 / 9:13 am

    I LOVE Charleston! Such a good list of places to visit- Candlefish was one of my fave stores. I want to take another trip there soon πŸ™‚
    xoxo, Jenna
    Bostonchicparty.com

  10. June 4, 2017 / 10:53 am

    Love this guide! My husband and I have been DYING to go to Charleston! Maybe after bebe W is born we can hop down there for a weekend!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

  11. June 4, 2017 / 11:52 am

    It looks beautiful! I love all the bright vibrant colours! Charleston is definitely on my list to travel to and even more after seeing your photos!

  12. June 4, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    Love this city! I stayed at the same hotel last time I was there and was so impressed with how big and gorgeous our suite was! Definitely planning to go back.

    Xx,
    Megan

    http://www.styledbymegan.com

  13. June 4, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    Charleston is one of my favorite places! I love all these pretty pictures!!

  14. jcrewismyfavstore
    June 4, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    This looks like a fabulous trip! Thanks for the photos and the tips!!!

  15. June 4, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    OMG this city is beautiful! I have been wanting to go there forever πŸ™‚

    – xo, Azanique | LotsofSass.com

  16. June 4, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    Charleston looks so dreamy and is definitely pretty high up on my travel list! Love your photos

  17. June 4, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    Charleston is one of my favorite cities ever. It’s so charming and the food is unbelievable!! Loved this guide!! xo, Jaime Sunflowers and Stilettos

  18. June 4, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    Hoping to get back to Charleston soon! The food is amazing and so is the shopping!

  19. June 4, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    Love!!! Bookmarking this one!! Really want to visit!

  20. June 4, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    I love Charleston! This guide is amazing. Thank you for being so detailed! And your striped dress is adorable.

  21. Nina
    June 4, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    Im dying to go back to Charleston! I’ll have to bookmark this post!

    Xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

  22. June 4, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    We went to Charleston for family vacation in September and loved it! Such a great city.

    Best,

    Candace