My first trip to Charleston, South Carolina was for a friend’s wedding. The visit was sweet but definitely too short. Therefore, I was excited to return spending the weekend exploring the city. This southern town is beautiful and rich in history, but did you know that it has also been consistently voted one of the top cities in the US and even one of the top destinations globally? Well, I can see why. The city offers a wide variety of sights, activities, and delicious eats…here’s are a few highlights.
Known for its southern cooking, you won’t find a shortage of low country food in Charleston (think shrimp, grits, crab, biscuits – things with lots of butter). A few places that rank high on places to try include Husk, S.N.O.B. (Slightly North of Broad), and Hominy Grill. The first two take reservations and a better destination for dinner. Hominy Grill is THE place to go for brunch but go early since it’s on a first come, first serve basis.
Being the oldest city in the Southeastern U.S., Charleston’s architecture and many churches tells a story about its founding and evolution. Take a walking tour to learn about the colonial style columns that were the inspiration for the White House, see the many piazzas (which are porches and always positioned at the side of a house), and spot the occasional art deco style building.
In addition to the city’s architecture, I took great pleasure in discovering little unique and ornate details that decorated the streets. From marble steps to the variety of vintage door knockers, Charleston is full of inspiration for that next decorating project. If only I could justify buying a large brass chandelier for my dining room…hmmm.
Finally, it wouldn’t be a trip if there wasn’t shopping! King Street in the downtown area has a wide array of stores to window shop. There are a lot of well known and high-end stores like J. Crew and Louis Vuitton, but I recommend skipping those to find the boutiques unique to the city. I discovered Hampden Clothing and their sister store, James, (for shoes and accessories) that sells a mix of well known labels, like Rag and Bone and Alexander Wang, local jewelry designers, and vintage pieces. I scored a pair of vintage clip-on Chanel earrings that can double as shoe clips. I felt like I kid in a candy shop!
It was a fun filled trip and a nice break from the cold weather. This charming city will definitely be a repeat destination for me, hope you’ll visit too!