Charleston's Southern Charm

Charleston Southern Charm – Sarah Heyl

While the title may seem like this is a recap of the latest season of Southern Charm (yes, I’m a little obsessed) it’s actually a recap of the best trip to Charleston & Folly Beach with 10 gals for my bachelorette!

We tried to mix in a little bit of everything; beaching, pampering, exploring and good eats, because I wanted this to be a vacation for all, and not just your typical bar crawling every day bachelorette party (while there is nothing wrong with that, I just can’t hang anymore..ha).

See below for a little photo gallery of the must-see spots in Charleston! I’m pumped that it’s only a 4 hour drive from Jacksonville because Stephen and I will definitely be going back as there’s a ton of spots I missed and have been dying to go to.



You can’t go wrong with a stroll, bike ride or drive downtown through the historic district. The homes, churches, architecture, greenery and charm are to die for. I personally would not recommend the horse drawn carriage rides, and would opt for exercise on the holy spokes bike rentals you can find along most streets! We also shopped up and down King Street and found a ton of cute local boutiques which I cannot wait to stop into again.

Charleston South Carolina – Sarah Heyl
Charleston South Carolina – Sarah Heyl
Charleston South Carolina – Sarah Heyl
Charleston South Carolina
Jeni's Ice Cream - Charleston South Carolina
Charleston South Carolina - Sarah Heyl


In between our beach days, we hit downtown Charleston for a delicious brunch, dinner and a few treats along the way. My favorites are below:

Taco Boy (Folly Beach and Downtown!)

Poogan’s Porch (the best shrimp and grits and full on southern breakfast)

5 Church (dining in an old church with stunning architecture and history galore)

Darling Oyster Bar (the best interiors, cocktails and..oysters!)

Jeni’s Ice Cream (duh)

Millers All Day (aka breakfast all day!)

We also hit up a rooftop brewery called Revelry and it was great for a quick day drink or two. Unfortunately, the evenings were a bit of a blur…and the bars we hit up were pretty busy as it was Labor Day weekend, but you can’t go wrong with most bars along King Street!

Charleston Southern Charm - Darling Oyster Bar


When on vacation, it’s obvious that there were lots of splurges, laughs, drinks flowing and 3 outfit changes daily. I could not have asked for a better weekend and I highly recommend treating your bachelorette as an exploration vacation so the investment is ten-fold for everyone involved (and so that you can remember most of it.) All this to say, it was an incredible trip with the most fun group of girls. After bonding over basically everything, it’s now our mission to make a trip happen every 10 years and not just for a wedding. Montauk 2028 here we come. ;)

Sarah Heyl - Charleston Bachelorette
Downtown Charleston Historic District