Happy Weekend Guys!
Charleston, South Carolina has been on my list of places to visit down south, so this past weekend G ( you know her, recurring character on my blog, bestie & partner in crime) and I made a weekend trip out there. The idea was to escape the NY winter, bathe in the Charleston sunlight and enjoy cool weather while sightseeing. So it was like that, in no way at all. It rained the entire weekend and was quite chilly. But that didn’t stop us from enjoying all that Charleston had to offer.
If you have only the weekend to explore Charleston…..
Here’s the low down on the low country for y’all:
How to get there and transportation inside the city:
If you live in the NY/ NJ area, there are direct flights to Charleston. There are convenient flights from all major cities too.
If you are only staying the weekend, Uber, ( which mostly came to $10-$15 a ride) we found was the best mode of transportation in the city followed by walking. We pretty much walked to all the main points of interest which is a great way to explore a new place and only took uber if we were tired or getting back to the hotel after dinner. There is also free transportation within the city called DASH trolleys which drop you off at key points of interest.
Where to Stay:
We stayed at the Hampton’s Inn in the Historic District. It’s affordable and conveniently located across the visitor center.
Charleston has a great shopping scene. Vintage, boutique, high end or chain stores, antiques and art galleries there’s something for everyone. Most of the shopping is on King’s Street and you can happily spend an afternoon engaging in light retail therapy.
Stores I enjoyed going to on King’s Street:
Lily – this is a really beautiful boutique with cute handbags and very fragrant perfumes and I ended up buying a perfume from there!
Sephora – so why am I bringing up Sephora when you can find it in every other city, you ask ? Well I’ll tell you. This seems to be a recurring theme in most of my travel posts but err it’s the humidity. It does a number on my hair and it is a complete mess. Plus as I mentioned it was raining the entire time we were there which didn’t help. If you have wild curly locks like me and don’t have any detangle oil with you, a quick stop at Sephora will tide you out though the day. G comes up with all sorts of hacks like this !
Historic Charleston City Market: This is a vibrant historic market in downtown Charleston and covers four city blocks. Originally used in the 18th and 19th century for selling beef and produce, it is now houses several vendors and stores that sells clothing, food, arts and crafts and is open all year round.
Where to eat:
Charleston has exceptionally good restaurants. Here are a few that we enjoyed:
- Husk – One of Charleston’s upscale and very pretty restaurants. Try the Shrimp and Grits. Nuff said!
- Oyster House: The oyster shooters, hushpuppies and buffalo oysters are a must!
- Hominy Grill: Great for Brunch! Must try the house-made ginger pumpkin bread, southern fried chicken, salmon potato cakes with poached eggs. Ahh it was divine! And yes we had dessert! The chocolate pudding was something of a religious experience. I would go back just for it. Rich, thick and deep it was one of the most delicious desserts I’ve ever had and Alton Brown’s top pick for the ‘Best Thing I Ever Ate’.
For the Chocolate and Coffee lover in you:
- Sugar – the double chocolate and almond cream flavored cupcakes are delicious.
City Lights Coffee
- Black Tap Coffee – A cozy hipster coffee shop with kick-ass lavender lattes.
Sightseeing was a bit of a challenge for us with only a day and a half to see as much as possible in the rain and still enjoy the town. Definite places to visit:
- Walk down Rainbow Row and see the brightly colored houses on East Bay Street. It is probably the most photographed street in Charleston.
- Take a carriage ride around town from their oldest carriage company Palmetto Carriage Works. Not only will you get to see the main sights this way, you’ll also learn a lot of Charleston’s history.
- The Battery with its historic park and picturesque promenade is at the southernmost tip of the peninsula where the Cooper and Ashley river meet. The park is surrounded by historic antebellum houses offering incredible views of the river. There is also a huge beautiful gazebo at Battery Park which is a popular destination for weddings and social engagements.
- Tour The Nathaniel Russell House famous for its spiral elliptical staircase known as flying staircase and The Aiken-Rhett House Museum to experience life in antebellum Charleston.
- Southern hospitality is really something to be experienced. It is probably the most polite city in the U.S. We were rudely jolted back to reality when we returned to NYC.
- Charleston is a legal town and is full of law offices.
- Condé Nast Traveler named Charleston one of the best cities to visit in the US.
- The movie The Notebook was filmed at Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston.
- We had the best Uber experience, in fact every driver was a mini tour guide.
Have you guys been to Charleston? What was the favorite part of your visit?
Have a wonderful weekend!