Monday, April 29, 2019

Three Days in Charleston!


TRAVEL DAY

Depending on when you are traveling in, this day could be either a full day or just half a day! If it's a full day, skip ahead to day one below!

If it's only half the day or the evening, then I would suggest spending the day checking into your hotel (I will forever recommend The Dewberry - see more in this post), getting settled, unpacking, and then freshening up before heading to grab a bite to eat! For dinner, or a late lunch on your first day in Charleston I would recommend Leon's Oyster Shop!

Leon's is the perfect place to kick off your stay in Charleston. It's casual, cool atmosphere and really good food are ideal for unwinding after a day of travel. Get the fried chicken sandwich - you can thank me later!

DAY 1


MORNING

I suggest heading down to the Charleston City Market, where you can spend a good amount of time getting lost in all the vendors. Be sure to check out the sweetgrass baskets, which are handmade by local artisans & have a history that dates way back in South Carolina. I love my basket & am always tempted to get more when in Charleston! 

After perusing the City Market, I suggest taking a carriage tour! The start of the tours are located conveniently right next to the market, which makes it the perfect way to round out the morning. A carriage tour is a great way to see the city & also get a bit of the history, which Charleston is full of. 

AFTERNOON 

Located right in the heart of downtown just steps from King Street is the College of Charleston. It's such a beautiful campus and worth spending some time taking a leisurely stroll through. It will transport you back to college, and make you wonder why you didn't go to school down south!

Candlemaking Class at Candlefish!
I highly recommend doing this candle making class if you are in Charleston! Candlefish quickly became my favorite candle company after discovering them the first time I was in Charleston. The class itself is such a fun way to learn about how the candles are made, plus it's BYOB - what's better than that!? Such a fun activity to do while sipping wine with your girlfriends!

Even if you don't do the class, I still definitely recommend at least popping into Candlefish while you're in town! The candle library is amazing - there is a candle scent for everyone - and the shop itself is so cute!

DINNER: 167 Raw



DAY 2


MORNING

Bike around town! If you are staying at the Dewberry, they have complimentary bikes for their guests to use, but if not, there are also various other bike rental services in town. 

Head down to the South of Broad neighborhood, where I suggest leaving the bikes on a bike rack and walking around. The South of Broad neighborhood is so beautiful and better to be seen on foot in my opinion! This is where all the old, historic, southern homes are located - it is dreamy!

After exploring South of Broad, be sure to check out White Point Gardens at the battery, and then walk along East Bay Street up to Rainbow Row. From here it's a quick walk to see the Pineapple Fountain - a popular Charleston attraction!

LUNCH: Taco Boy 

AFTERNOON

If you still have your bikes, head to the Cannonborough neighborhood! There are various shops & restaurants to check out - some of my favorites were Mac & Murphy & the Cannonborough Collective. Be sure to pop into Sugar Bakeshop for a sweet afternoon pick-me-up! The cupcakes are delicious and pair well with a sweet tea or iced coffee! 

Head to Hampton Park to explore! 


DINNER: Husk

Be sure to pop into Husk's bar next door for a before or after dinner drink! 



DAY 3

BREAKFAST: The Daily

MORNING 

Charleston is known for it's old southern plantations, which are not only rich in history but also insanely beautiful! Heading out of downtown Charleston to one of the local plantations, is such a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. Boone Hall, Magnolia Plantation, and Middleton Place are the three that were recommended most both times I've been in Charleston. I've been to Boone Hall, which was beautiful, historic, and closest to downtown Charleston, but I'm sure you can't go wrong with any of them!

LUNCH: Caviar & Bananas

AFTERNOON

Saved the best for last... shopping on King Street! On your last afternoon in town, spend some time popping in and out of all the amazing shops on King Street ... there's a lot of them! You can find everything & anything on King Street, but if you are looking for shops you can't find at home, there are definitely those as well.

Some of my favorites are Candlefish, the Skinny Dip, Lake Pajamas, Hampden Clothing, Lily, and Beckett Boutique! Be sure to pop into the Skinny Dip and check out their coffee & wine bar ... the perfect mid-shopping break!






TRAVEL DAY

If time allows, on your last morning in Charleston, I would recommend picking up coffee & biscuits from Callie's (because at this point you know how amazing they are) and taking a final stroll on King street. The perfect way to fuel up and get a little bit of fresh air & sunshine before heading to the airport!



xo. G 

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