Charleston is one of my favorite southern cities. There is just something about it- the people, the atmosphere, the charm, and of course the food. I have visited multiple times and always want to go back. Whether it is your first time or 50th timing visiting, there are so many places to go and things to do that will remind you why it’s the most amazing places. Here are a bunch of my favorite sights and food places that you should definitely check out next time you’re there!
For the Foodie:
How do you say no to green fried tomatoes at brunch?! You can’t. Unbelievably fantastic food, with a classy southern atmosphere.
(Slightly North of Broad Restaurant) – It is decorated perfectly…both delicate and charming. Peach Sangria is en pointe. Everything that I tried was de-lic-ious. Bonus – it’s priced pretty decently! The Shrimp and Grits, and one of the best things I’ve ever eaten – Pan seared swordfish on top of Carolina gold rice middlins.
Their pralines melt in your mouth and they give them to you hot and fresh to take home (or on a carriage ride around the city). If you've never tried pralines before, you can sample them very fresh.
A family run business since 1924. Every seat is labeled with a celebrity name who has sat in the seats over the years. The hush puppies, boiled peanuts, and the fried green tomatoes…mouth. watering. Flounder stuffed with crab. Do I need to say more? My goodness it’s all so delicious.
For the Explorer:
The City Market Downtown
This charming market was established in the 1970s. This 1,240 ft long market filled with 440 rooms of local vendors starts at Meeting Street and goes all the way to East Bay Street. I may be slightly obsessed with the wine scented candles of Rewined. They make the perfect gift!
It may be super touristy, but no shame. It’s a great way to see the city and learn more about the Holy City's history. We used the Old South Carriage Tours Company, which is right off Market Street. They were great!
Boone Hall Plantation
It is located in Mount Pleasant, only 8 miles away from the downtown area. Worth the drive out! It was founded in 1681 and covers about 740 acres. It is one of the oldest working, living plantations in the States. The driveway is lined with old oak trees that were planted in 1743 with Spanish moss draping their branches. Embodying southern heritage and a sight you will never forget! There are rides around the plantation grounds, and can take a tour of the plantation home.
Fun facts: The part of the notebook where Ryan Gosling jumped into the water happened here! Also Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds got married at The Cotton Dock.
Angel Oak Tree
This 1500 year old tree will blow your mind! It’s roughly 66 ft tall, and it’s longest branch is about 187ft long! There’s plenty of shade to enjoy a picnic nearby.
Charleston Riverdogs Baseball game
What could be more American than watching a baseball game with a cold beer, a hot dog, and some hot boiled peanuts?! Exactly. The Riverdogs' games are a perfect way to hang out with friends and watch some good baseball. Who knows, maybe you'll even run into Bill Murray!
Edisto Island or Folly Beach
Both fun, relaxing beaches. Really no way to go wrong with a beach.
It sits along the banks of the Cooper River, where if you look closely, can see dolphins coming up to say hello! It is located on the former Charleston Naval Base. There are piers to go fishing, a dog park, playground, sandbox and water fountain. Make sure to take a look inland to see the colors of Rainbow Row which dates back to about 1740. They run from 83 to 107 East Bay Street, and used to belong to merchants who would run the stores on the ground floor and live above them.
2nd Sunday on King Street
Every second Sunday, the traffic on lower King Street is blocked from Calhoun to Queen streets from 1-5pm, making it a pedestrian walkway to fully enjoy everything that King Street has to offer.
Paddle-boarding or Kayaking on Shem Creek
It's an incredible way to see the area, whilst getting some exercise in from the water.
What better way to cap the day exploring than a cold drink, munchies and a breath taking view?! There are loads of other roof top bars in the area if you decide to roof hop.
Let me know whether you have any questions about your trip to the gorgeous Holy City!