We arrived in Charleston about 3pm and took a 20 minute Uber from the airpot to our hotel. We stayed at The Dewberry, which Cory had found after researching all the best hotels in Charleston.
This hotel was amazing yall! It had touches of old charm, while still being fresh and modern. It was also in a great location, with about a 10 minute walk to most of the places we went. (We ended up taking a lot of Ubers because we always seemed to be running late for our reservations (haha), but everything seemed pretty walkable.)
After getting unpacked and settled into our room, we walked down King Street and stopped in a few shops on our way to dinner. Some fun boutiques to check out are Shirtini, The Skinny Dip, Maris Dehart, Finicky Filly, and Lily.
Cory had made dinner reservations at McCradys Restaurant that night, which was a 15-course tasting menu with an open kitchen and only 22 seats. The food was unbelievable and I even tried caviar for the first time. (Before you make any judgements, go to McCrady’s and order the cavier! Seriously, SO GOOD!) The whole experience was definitely one of our favorite pieces of the trip.
We finished off our first day by ordering room service milk & cookies back at our hotel!
We woke up around 9am and went to Husk for brunch. While this wasn’t our favorite meal, if you do go, I’d recommend the amazing baked cheese grits. Maybe try going for lunch or dinner instead of brunch!
After brunch we wanted to check out a little bit of Charleston history, so we went to the Nathaniel Russell house, which was home to a wealthy shipping merchant from the 1800’s. I always think it’s so interesting to see where people lived and imagine how their lives were.
For lunch we went to Minero, a casual Mexican restaurant led by award winning chef, Sean Brock. (Sean Brock is also the head chef of McCradys and Husk.) If you go to Minero, make sure you try the queso and Minero Sangria! It was all super tasty and a fun and quick stop to re-engerize us for the afternoon.
After lunch, we spent the rest of the afternoon exploring Charleston. We walked down Waterfront Park, saw Rainbow Row, took pictures in front of the Pineapple Fountain, and walked around some of the prettiest neighborhoods south of Broad. I was so inspired by all of the colorful houses that I tried to convince Cory that we should get a pink house, but he said no haha!
After freshening up back at The Dewberry, we had drinks and appetizers from The Darling Oyster Bar. This was just the cutest little spot! We recommend the baked oysters and tomato & peach toast! Even if you think you don’t like oysters, give the baked ones a chance, I think they’d surprise you! One of our favorite things about Charleston ended up being the amazing southern food. No surprise there!
As if dinner wasn’t enough, we stopped at Carmella’s, a dessert bar on East Bay Street for a little late night treat. Carmella’s serves a variety of Italian indulgences like gelato, tiramisu, and cannolis. Yum!
Monday morning we had brunch at Butcher & Bee, a super cute little restaurant located in the city’s NoMo neighborhood. We recommend the the bacon wrapped dates and stuffed French toast. They were both excellent.
After brunch we went to the famous Boone Hall Plantation. Part of the Notebook was filmed here, which was definitely part of why I wanted to see this plantation over any others. Haha!
If we had more time I would of also wanted to go to Middleton Place and Drayton Hall. They both looked beautiful, but all of the plantations were further outside of downtown Charleston, so they would of taken up too much of our time to see more than one.
Once we finished the plantation tour we headed to lunch on Sullivan’s Island at the Obstinate Daughter, which was only a few blocks from the beach. The ‘Old Danger’ pizza was SO tasty and a must try! Once we finished, we walked to the beach and spent some time walking on the shore and laying on the sand. It’s definitely something fun to do if you want to mix it up while in Charleston.
Hungry from our time at the beach, we got ready for dinner at Hall’s Chophouse. With too many options to choose from we did what anyone would do, we ordered way too much food. We got filet mignon with creamy gorgonzola, lobster, pepper jack cream corn, mac n’ cheese, and a baked sweet potato skillet. We left feeling very happy, full, and wishing there was room for more.
Sadly this was our last day in Charleston, but since we didn’t fly out until 2pm, we had a little time to go to brunch at Poogan’s Porch. This restaurant was located in a beautiful restored Victorian-era home and was named after a family dog that loved to sit on their front porch. The food all sounded so amazing that we ordered 3 entrées because we couldn’t decide what looked the best! (Haha oops!) We got the chicken & waffles, French toast, and pulled pork Benedict! Cory said it was one of his favorite eggs Benedict he’s ever had! (We’ve had a lot of eggs Benedict! Haha!)
I had heard about this little paper goods shop, Mac & Murphy, and knew I wanted to check it out before we left town, so after brunch we made a quick stop to do some shopping! The store did not disappoint! I got the cutest little stationary set and I’m now super inspired to write some hand-written notes!
If we weren’t already full enough, we decided we couldn’t leave Charleston without getting some ice cream, so we stopped at Jeni’s Ice Cream for one last final treat before we left for the airport. Jeni’s had so many unique flavors like sweet cream biscuits with peach jam, brown butter almond brittle, and Riesling poached pear. We left very satisfied and very happy to end our trip on this sweet and refreshing note.
Overall, Charleston is definitely my new favorite city! There was SO much to do and see and I can’t wait to go back and explore it even more!