Exploring Charleston

I've always wanted to visit the beautiful town of Charleston, South Carolina. So, for my birthday weekend & to kick off our two-week road trip, Stephen and I headed to The Holy City to eat our way through southern culture - and braved the hot hot summer days!

Here's a quick little photo gallery of our trip with a list of what we did and where we ate! 


+ The City Market - a long strip of local makers (indoor and outdoor), this is where you can find plenty of souvenirs and get a taste of the makers and artists of Charleston 

+ Waterfront Park - Walk along the beautiful waterfront park in the summer and you'll see tons of kids jumping in the fountains and families lounging in the grass. Our hotel was right near the park and it was a great evening stroll.

+ Rainbow Row - Basically speaks for itself, but it's a colorful row of houses that you can't miss.

+ The Olde Pink House – The oldest building in Charleston & one of the oldest in the entire state, this cute little house used to be a tavern for sailors back in the day. Now, it's an art gallery that makes for some great photo ops.

+ Walking/Carriage Tours: Although we chose to walk through the city alone - we saw tons of both of these tours and feel like it's a must-do when we go back (in the fall tho, bc wow it's hot). Learn all about the history of the city & if you hop on the carriage tour, your feet will definitely thank you.

+ Bike ride through the city: Luckily our hotel had complimentary bikes (and cookies + milk + wine OH MY!), so we snatched up a couple of those in the AM and rode around town before stopping at Eli's Table for breakfast. The trail along the water is beautiful and you get a chance to see some incredible houses while getting a mini-workout. Fine by me!

+ Folly Beach: For a cute little beach town & to hit up some beach shops: Relax on James Island and make a pit stop at Lost Dog Cafe. All around a cute town and if you stay at the Vendue, you can head to their sister property at The Tides Hotel!

Dine & Drink

  • Husk Restaurant - For dinner: Located in a beautiful home, their chefs create incredible, unique handcrafted meals. Although it is a bit pricey & the portions are small, their menu is different every day and they specialize in farm to table produce.
  • Eli's Table - For breakfast & lunch: If you're looking for a cute little restaurant with an outdoor patio.
  • Hyman's - For seafood: This restaurant has incredible customer service and is located in a building that dates back to the 1890's. When you sit at your table, check out what famous actress or musician sat there before you. The flavorings on the fish is amazing & it's reasonably priced.
  • Jeni's Ice Cream - For the sweet tooth: Delicious flavors – not your typical vanilla and chocolate. You best believe I had the Raspberry + Lemon combo. All the noms.
  • Lost Dog Cafe - For brunch & going up on a Monday: If you happen to spend a Monday on Folly Beach, mason jar mimosas for $3 are a no-brainer. But their food, great all day, any day. I had the eggs benedict pictured below and it was amazing. 
  • The Rooftop Bar (at the Vendue) - For drinks & a beautiful view of the city, this bar is located above the Vendue, where we stayed, and had a couple of great evenings and cocktails here

We know there was so much more to see & eat but that gives us the perfect excuse to go back! Overall this is a beautiful city (maybe even surpassed my love for Savannah), so if you have a long weekend, I highly suggest visiting this town full of history & southern hospitality.

If you have any other favorite spots in the city or have questions about where to stay, let me know in the comments!

TRAVELSarah Hill