WHERE TO STAY:
THE PLANTERS INN (112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401). I have to admit, I picked this hotel because I read that this is where Ryan Phillippe proposed to Reese Witherspoon. This hotel ended up being amazing. Not only is it really nice, it is VERY centrally located, right beside the HISTORIC CHARLESTON CITY MARKET (open daily 9:30am – 5:30pm). Historic hotel with nice sized rooms. Our view was of the inner courtyard. Tips: Ask for a room not facing Market Street as a lot of the online reviews said these rooms were noisy. Charleston Market is a little touristy but a great place to get souvenirs.
FAVORITE PLACES TO DRINK/EAT:
FLEET LANDING (186 Concord St, Charleston, SC 29401) Seafood, $$. This restaurant is right on the water and serves amazing seafood. My husband got a huge apricot-glazed flounder and I had some amazing she-crab soup. I had never heard of this before but apparently it is a Charleston specialty. Lunch served 11am – 4pm, dinner served 5am – 10pm.
RITA’S SEASIDE GRILL (2 Center St, Folly Beach, SC 29439). Burgers, Seafood, $$. Folly Beach is located 20 minutes from downtown Charleston. Not only was the food really good – there was a live cover band and it was an overall really fun spot right near the beach.
LOST DOG CAFE (106 W Huron Ave, Folly Beach, SC 29439). Breakfast/Brunch, $$. Another restaurant we loved in Folly Beach. This place was super cute, they serve their water in mason jars. The restaurant was dog-friendly and had a dog theme to it. It is very laid-back and charming – perfect for a beach town. I would recommend this place for breakfast, the grits were to die for!
NOTE: I will admit that we did not get to spend as much time as we would have liked in Charleston. A few restaurants that were on our list but that we did not make it to were: FIG (232 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401), SLIGHTLY NORTH OF BROAD (SNOB) (192 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401), HUSK (76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401)
MAD RIVER BAR AND GRILL (NOW CLOSED) – I am super sad to see that this bar has now closed. I won’t post too much – but I am hoping that the next owner keeps the building looking the same. This bar was in a great location and was formerly a cathedral converted into a bar. Let me know if you know what happened to Mad River!
THINGS TO DO:
WALK AROUND AND EXPLORE CHARLESTON: Ultimately, my favorite thing to do here was just walk around and explore. This city is so historic and charming. I loved the cobblestone streets and all of the beautiful houses (make sure to check out all of the beautiful antebellum homes near THE BATTERY). If walking isn’t your thing, I would recommend the PALMETTO CARRIAGE WORKS TOUR – this horse-drawn carriage tour was a great way to see a lot of Charleston and learn some of the city’s history from the tour guide.
WATERFRONT PARK (1 Vendue, Charleston, SC 29401) – this park has beautiful trees, fountains and walking paths. It is incredibly peaceful and a great spot to just sit and relax on one of the benches overlooking the water.
RAINBOW ROW (Elliott St, Charleston, SC 29401) – 13 historic homes painted pastel colors.
FORT SUMTER NATIONAL MONUMENT – Fort Sumter is a fort located at the entrance of the Charleston Harbor. It is where the American Civil War began. Tours are $19/person and depart by ferry from Patriot’s Point (40 Patriots Pt. Rd Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464) and Liberty Square (Liberty Square
340 Concord St. Charleston, SC 29401). On the tour you have a little under an hour to explore Fort Sumter and can either listen to the tour guide or explore on your own. Tip: there is very little shade at the fort, so bring sunscreen, etc.
FOLLY BEACH – Folly Beach is located 20 miles from downtown Charleston. I would recommend staying here for at least a night. The sunsets and the Morris Island lighthouse were beautiful.