Last week we visited Charleston for the first time and we found the city to be incredibly beautiful and charming. We loved everything from the food, architecture, hospitality and did we mention the food?! Our vacations are often planned around meals and Charleston did not disappoint with the food scene (see below for where to eat)! We had a memorable time just catching up with our good friends and exploring all of the charm the city has to offer. I would definitely recommend a visit to Charleston and Savannah (they are only a 2 hour drive apart) for 4-5 days to have enough time to see all of the history, landscape and fit in all of the yummy food!
One of our favorite things to do in Charleston was walk down all of the charming streets with the most beautiful homes. The homes here were full of so much character and Southern charm. Of course the pink ones were my favorite!
We stayed in the cutest and super convenient Airbnb. It was beautifully decorated and also walking distance to the popular King Street. We love staying at an Airbnb whenever we travel in groups – it makes coordinating so much easier. Plus having a communal area to chat, eat and bond is terrific!
We were pleasantly surprised by the amazing Charleston food scene. We ate SEVERAL times a day and took full advantage of all the great happy hour specials! One of our favorite spots was Lewis Barbeque. The husband was especially excited to visit this eatery because the owner was the former pitmaster at LA Barbeque in Austin.
One of the cutest streets in Charleston was a section called Rainbow Row where the historical houses were so colorful and charming.
One of our favorite happy hour spots was The Darling Oyster Bar where oysters were only $1! The ambiance was just as wonderful as the yummy food and delicious cocktails! I wish I had a chance to come back here for weekend brunch and taste of their bloody marys!
We ventured to Folly Beach one afternoon but unfortunately it was a bit cloudy. Next time, we will try to hit up Sullivan’s Island which we heard great things about!
We also had a great evening at 492 King where we snacked on delicious appetizers (get the beef tartare and popcorn) and sipped creative cocktails!
Other favorite restaurants included:
Leon’s Oyster Shop – great decor and fried chicken
Cannon Green – AMAZING ambiance and courtyard. Go for happy hour!
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream – creative flavors
Husk – notable chef/James Beard award winner. Get the fried chicken skin and lettuce wrapped pig ears!
The Ordinary – another great place for oyster happy hour and fresh seafood. The restaurant use to be a bank so I was in love with the vaulted ceilings!
As you can see I mix and matched a few of my looks to minimize packing. I hope to do a travel related post soon on tips for packing for travels!