I know that by now we could all use a weekend getaway, I know that I could! One of the first stops I can’t wait to make is a weekend in Charleston, South Carolina. Just writing this made me want to transport myself there!
From the Spanish-moss covered buildings to the incredible food scene, Charleston should be a must-visit on everybody’s list. Whether you plan to frequent one of the many beaches nearby or plan to shop-till-you-drop on King Street, there’s something for everybody down south. Here we outline the perfect weekend in Charleston itinerary full of food, shopping, and history.
Check into Beach Club — The Beach Club Charleston is a seaside resort that sits on top of a marina offering you breathtaking views. Enjoy your mornings sipping coffee in their iconic seersucker robes or enjoy a glass of wine on the balcony after a day of exploring. Relax in your deep tub or spend your free time enjoying their heated pool.
Tour Drayton Hall — To truly learn about the history of Charleston and early American history, head out to this 18th-century plantation. It’s the oldest preserved plantation house and one of the first examples of fully executed Palladian architecture. Their preservation policy means all imperfections and changes over time are still preserved for maximum educational tours.
Dinner at NICO — This french oyster bar will not disappoint. Enjoy an incredible cocktail on their outdoor patio as you work your way through the menu. All the oysters are personally selected for the restaurant so you know you’re getting the best. If you’re wanting to experience the fresh seafood scene, try out the octopus or trout almondine. And don’t forget dessert! Order the baked Alaska or their take on creme brulee which comes with sugar cookies to dip.
Bike Sullivan’s Island — Explore a different part of Charleston on bikes with a tour on Sullivan’s Island. The island is chock full of prime real estate and an expansive beach to enjoy. Holy Spokes bike tours offer bike tours on totally Insta-worthy beach cruisers.
Home Team BBQ Lunch — After you’re done with your bike tour, walk over to Home Team BBQ ready to eat! Their ribs and dry rub wings are some of the most popular menu items but their salads are also popular if you are looking for something lighter. Enjoy their selection of well-known drinks like the frozen “game-changer” or frozen Irish coffee.
Shop King Street — The best part of trips is taking in the local shopping scene! Enter: King Street. Shop along the historic district of Charleston while you take in all of your favorite shops from Vineyard Vines to Cynthia Rowley.
Dinner at Indaco — To switch up cuisines on your trip, check out Indaco. Everything from their pasta to their pizzas is delicious and after you’ve spent the afternoon shopping, you’ll want to refuel. Start with the fried artichokes and then move onto the tagliatelle or mushroom pizza.
Downtown Walking Tour — To learn more about the historic (and beautiful) downtown Charleston, spend your morning with Bulldog Walking Tours. They’ll take you around explaining the history of the beautiful buildings of Charleston. You’ll even spend time at Rainbow Row — a colorful row of pastel homes that make for an amazing Instagram backdrop.
Historic City Market — After your morning of learning the history of Charleston, head over to the city market. This hub of local arts and crafts is 4 city blocks long. You can explore local artists or pick up a sweetgrass basket — a basket that was traditionally used to winnow rice on plantations that make for a special Charleston souvenir.
Lunch at Delaney Oyster House — Continue walking after the city market to enjoy a well-deserved lunch at Delaney Oyster House. For a light lunch, try their incredible caesar salad with a side of a spritzer — the Sumac Splash is a refreshing cocktail with pink peppercorn that will blow your mind. Of course, try out oysters and a lobster sandwich if you want to indulge in the fresh seafood.
Happy Hour at Vintage Lounge — After a day of walking, you deserve a happy hour to relax! Vintage Lounge has an amazing patio and an even better espresso martini. Schedule a later dinner reservation to fully enjoy this chic lounge with great cocktails.
Luxe Dinner at Hal’s Chophouse — Indulge in your last night with a white tablecloth dinner at this famed chophouse. From the incredible waitstaff — they bring out a tray of real cuts of meat to talk you through your selection — to the delicious martinis, you won’t regret going big on your last night in this historic city.
While we spend our days dreaming of our next destination, now is the time to start making a list of new places to visit. Charleston is a city with incredible history and even better food. To take advantage of everything for a fun weekend in Charleston, follow this short weekend itinerary chock full of eating, drinking, shopping, and exploring.
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