charleston weekend

A weekend in Charleston

Hey busy bees!

I'm so excited to be sharing something a little different on the blog this week. Instagram polls are my favorite way to get an idea of what my audience would enjoy reading about, and a while back, my followers voted to learn more about our trip to CHARLESTON!!! If you know me well, you know Charleston is my FAVORITE city. I’ve been for Bachelorette parties, couples weekends, girls weekends, and I took my Mom over Spring Break last year for her first trip!

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I've been to Charleston four times and is truly my FAVORITE place. The best food, historic homes, views and shopping EVER!!!

If you haven't been, make it one of your goals this year to go! The best thing about Charleston is you can do a lot in a weekend.

I am no EXPERT on Charleston, but if you're looking to plan a weekend, I can definitely give you some tips and some epic spots. I'm keeping my tips short and simple, because I've read a few blogs on Charleston and it can be overwhelming! 

Enjoy and don't forget to share with any friends that might be going! 

Let's get started!

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When is the best time to go?

In my opinion, the best time to go is in the early Spring or Fall. A local told me that April and October are the busiest times in Charleston. It can get really hot in the Summer, so just be mindful of that! 

I have personally been in April, May, June and July. My husband and I will be going for the first time in the winter, this January, for a wedding! We can’t wait!

Throwback picture of my Bachelorette party in Charleston. We stayed at the Embassy Suites.

Throwback picture of my Bachelorette party in Charleston. We stayed at the Embassy Suites.

What are some great restaurants?

1. Magnolia's

Classic comfort food, amazing service, exceptional food. Last time I was there I got the buttermilk fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, asparagus, fried green tomatoes, and a white chocolate ice cream scoop for dessert. 

2. 82 Queen

We had a private room here for my Bachelorette party. Can be a little pricy but offers amazing traditional Southern food and impeccable service. Beautiful, historic restaurant. 

3. Fleet Landing

Awesome seafood on the water! 

4. Poogan's Porch

One of the best restaurants in Charleston. I love going for brunch! MUST EAT HERE!

5. Husk

Definitely pricey but one of the most beautiful restaurants in Charleston! 

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6. Callie's Hot Little Biscuit

There's a standalone restaurant and there's also a small one inside the Old City market. I LOVE their pimento cheese biscuit and iced coffee. YUM!

What are the best bars? 

There are SOOO many and half of them we just stumble into! These are some of my favorites that we manage to hit every trip! 

1. Prohibition

2. The Rooftop Bar at Vendue

3. Stars Rooftop and Grill Room

4. Uptown Social

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What are some things I should do while I'm there?

1. Go shopping on King Street

2. Tour a historic home

The Nathaniel Russel house is my recent favorite, but my Mom and I also visited the Aiken-Rhett house! 

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3. Visit a plantation

I can't personally speak to this, but it's next on my list. I want to do Magnolia! 

4. Go to Folly Beach for the day

5. Go to the Waterfront park and see the iconic Pineapple fountain

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6. Do a carriage tour

If you're an animal lover, sorry if this offends you, but I have done a tour almost every time I've visited Chucktown. It's a great way to explore the city without walking too much (especially when it's hot!) Old South Carriage company is what we usually use. They claim to take very good care of the horses and the horses go to nearby plantation to run and play a few times a week so they can take a break from shifts! It's really fun and a classic Charleston thing to do!

At my Bachelorette party in Charleston, my girls and I did a carriage tour!

At my Bachelorette party in Charleston, my girls and I did a carriage tour!

7. Go to the Old City Market 

Find some souvenirs, meet some locals and find other awesome handmade goods!

8. Eat all the pimento cheese.

And biscuits; just do it!

9. Walk the Battery and see the most beautiful homes, overlooking the water! 

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10. Go to the Farmer's Market on a Saturday (seasonal) and check out local vendors, tents with awesome food, coffee, and more locally made items. When we went, there were also street dancers and musicians! 

11. Visit Rainbow Row! It's a row of beautiful, brightly colored, historic homes! It's a Charleston icon!

11. Do a haunted jail tour or haunted walking tour! I dd this a few years back and it was SO creepy and fun! There are lots of street vendors that you can book with. We did it through Ghost City Tours, I believe.

 That's all I've got for now! I'd love to hear YOUR favorite places in Charleston so I can add to my list! Comment below, and don’t forget to tag or share this post with a friend for an upcoming trip!

xo,

Danise