Travel Guide | Charleston

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One of my main goals for leaving my day job was to start traveling to places I wanted to explore. I even started a bucket list of places I’d like to visit and am slowly working on crossing some of them off with a few upcoming trips I have planned. With Charleston being a place I’ve traveled to quite a bit over the last few years both for work and pleasure, I feel like it’s my home away from home. From my favorite Charleston restaurants, to the best things to do and see, here’s a few of my favorite things to do while in the Holy City. 


Spectator Hotel

Belmond Charleston Place

The Restoration

Zero George

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This city is without a doubt, one of the best foodie towns I’ve ever been to. I dream about some of the dishes at these Charleston restaurants. With the seafood being insanely fresh, combined with the comfort that southern food can be, it’s a winning combination. Below are my favorite restaurants, and any must order items are written in italics. But truly, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu at any of these spots. 

Breakfast & Brunch

Park Cafe

Palmetto Cafe

Lost Dog Cafe – Folly Beach

Whisk – juices & smoothies


Poogan’s Porch


Lunch & Dinner

167 RAW – lobster roll

Edmunds Oast – shrimp toast

The Ordinary – smoked oysters

Charleston Grill – crab cake

The Darling Oyster – fish sandwich

Leon’s – frozen gin & tonics

Butcher & Bee

Pearlz Oyster Bar

Cru Cafe

Drinks & Sweets


Jeni’s Ice Cream

City Lights Coffee

The Daily

Normandy Farm

The Watch 

The Gin Joint

The Bar at Spectator Hotel

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Charleston, things to do in Charleston, the best places to visit in Charleston - My Style Vita @mystylevita


With Charleston being the biggest wedding destination behind Vegas, it’s safe to say there’s a slew of photographer options in the area. Grab your bikes and snap photos around King Street, The Battery and at your favorite seafood spot to capture all the colorful memories.

I’ve always worked with Kim Graham who is incredible. On my most recent visit I worked with someone new, Sloan. Both are fantastic! PS all of the photos in this post are by Kim Graham. She’s also my favorite Instagram account I follow.

Kim Graham Photography

Sloan Photography


The Battery 

King Street Shopping

Rainbow Row

Kayaking/Paddle BoardingWe did this tour on Folly Beach

Ride Your BikeMany hotels have them available, or rent one. It’s the best way to get around the city.



Charleston is home to several great beach towns that are a short drive (15-30 minutes max) and are great for a change of scenery from downtown. Plus, if you’re looking to visit some history at the plantations, most of them are going to be outside of historic downtown.

Folly Beach – Possibly the most popular beach out of the three, this is home to The Rathershacks where I highly recommend staying. Be sure to also get brunch at Lost Dog Cafe

Sullivans Island

Mount Pleasant – Not a beach town, but Mount Pleasant is home to many plantations and historic sites. This is also where you would access Sullivan’s Island

Isle of Palms

 PS how to dress the right way for a day on a bike in Charleston.
7 Comments | July 29, 2015

7 thoughts on “Travel Guide | Charleston

    1. Jessica Post author

      Your guide made me realize I didn’t eat ANYWHERE! I stayed at the hotel 90% of the time. Such a shame, oh well time to go back!


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