I recently spent a long weekend with girlfriends in Charleston, and it was a blast! I know I talk about Charleston a lot, but it’s truly one of the most versatile cities in the southeast - whether it’s a family beach trip or a bachelor(ette) celebration, Charleston has something for every type of trip! So, what did my friends and I do during our time in Charleston? Here was our itinerary:
Thursday: Traveled to Charleston/Isle of Palms
Out of the five of us, only three of us could make it down early. Once we got to Isle of Palms, we stopped by the local Harris Teeter before continuing on to the house. After a little down time at the house we went to dinner on Sullivan’s Island - about a 10 minute drive! A few weeks ago I made a reservation at the Obstinate Daughter - it is one of my favorite restaurants outside of Charleston and it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Before dinner we made a quick pit stop at the grocery store to pick up necessities for the rest of the weekend. We went to bed somewhat early, as we knew the rest of the group was arriving the next day and we’d be on the move!
Friday: Toured around Charleston
Friday morning was spent lazily enjoying the ocean view (from the house and with a walk on the beach) before we headed into Charleston for an early lunch and walk around town. We walked around the Battery and grabbed a late lunch at Basic Kitchen. The Battery is the area where you can see Rainbow Row, cobblestone streets, and the beautiful pink house on Chalmers Street. Here’s a quick route you can take if you’d like to walk around one of the oldest areas of Charleston:
Park on Queen Street in the parking deck across from 82 Queen/Husk/Poogan’s Porch
Turn right on Queen Street, then right on Meeting Street, and Chalmers Street will be on your left
After Chalmers Street you can head towards Broad Street and E Bay Street
Rainbow Row will be on your left
From here you have a few options: continue to weave through the side streets back towards your car, or continue down East Bay towards the Market!
After a bit of shopping (including stops in Hampden Clothing and Candlefish) we grabbed coffee at Black Tap Coffee (order the lavender latte!), and then headed back to Isle of Palms for a quick driving tour (including Wild Dunes Resort) and to get started on dinner for the night. We decided to spend Friday night in to relax.
Saturday: Relaxing and Dinner in Charleston
After another lazy morning in (this time with an attempted walk on the beach - it was barely above freezing when we tried so we didn’t get very far), our group headed to lunch at Vintage Coffee Cafe in Mt. Pleasant followed by a quick stop at GDC Home. We then got ready for dinner and drinks in downtown Charleston. Before our dinner reservation at High Cotton we grabbed drinks at the Pavilion Bar at Market Pavilion Hotel - during the spring and summer this rooftop bar is a great spot to enjoy the warmer weather and views of downtown Charleston and the Ravenel Bridge. Dinner was phenomenal! Looking for restaurant recommendations in Charleston? Head over to this post to see what I recommend!
Sunday: Packed up to head home
After a successful girls trip that included the right mix of leisure and fun, we packed up to head home to Charlotte. Since it’s only a 3.5 hour drive, Charleston and the surrounding area is the perfect quick getaway! I’m looking forward to a few more trips to the lowcountry in 2018!