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.
WHERE TO STAY
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
Lost Dog Cafe – Folly Beach
Whisk – juices & smoothies
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
Sugar Jeni’s Ice Cream City Lights Coffee The Daily Normandy Farm The Watch The Gin Joint The Bar at Spectator Hotel
Drinks & Sweets
Jeni’s Ice Cream
City Lights Coffee
The Gin Joint
The Bar at Spectator Hotel
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.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
King Street Shopping
Kayaking/Paddle Boarding – We did this tour on Folly Beach
Ride Your Bike – Many 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
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