when thinking about a place for a perfect long weekend, charleston always is at the top of my list. the vibe is sophisticated and southern. the architecture is dream like and the cobblestone streets are beyond romantic. i always spend a few days in town, when i go for a week at the beach in south carolina. i often daydream of coming back sans kiddos and trying all of the fabulous fine dining! check out my picks for a classic charleston visit.
buggy tour / www.palmettocarraige.com / take a tour of historic charleston in a horse drawn buggy / these tour guides are knowledgable and entertaining / this is the best way to take in the achitecture of the area and learn about the city’s rich historic past
aquarium / www.scaquarium.org / 100 aquarium wharf / this aquarium is unique in that it celebrates and educates its guests on the ecosystems located in south carolina / guests can visit six different ecosystems located in the state as well as other exhibits and a 4d theater / our family loved an afternoon here and the views of the harbor were fantastic
waterfront park / www.charlestonparksconservncy.org / 1 vendue / stroll past the beautiful pineapple fountain / this park has great paths to walk along the harbor / there are family sized swings for taking a break and looking for bottlenose dolphins
boat ride / www.charlestonharbortours.com / take an afternoon tour of the harbor / you can see rainbow row and the battery from the water / you’ll also learn more about the history of charleston and the surrounding area
rainbow row / east bay street / in the early 1900s these homes in historic charleston were renovated and painted in pastel colors / this is a can’t miss tourist attraction and one of the most photographed parts of charleston
angel oak / www.angeloaktree.com / 3688 angel oak road / angel oak is a historic live oak tree estimated to be 400-500 years old / it measures 28 feet in diameter / this is quintessential low country and a beauty not to be missed
city market / www.charlestoncitymarket.com / 188 meeting street / strolling through this outdoor market you will find a wide array of vendors / this is the place to get a sweeetgrass basket and benne wafers
hyman’s seafood / www.hymanseafood.com / 215 meeting street / fried green tomatoes with cajun mayo ( i prefer mine topped with remoulade or cocktail sauce) / veggie plate with a side salad with blue cheese dressing, snap peas, red rice, fried okra, and mac-n-cheese / this is by no means diet food, but i come back here every time / it’s nostalgic and tasty
mellow mushroom / www.mellowmushroom.com / 309 king street / pinot grigio / greek salad, add artichoke hearts with esperanza dressing / yes, yes, this is a chain, but it’s yummy, my kids love it and sometimes you just need a salad when you are a vegetarian in the deep south
hominy grill / www.hominygrill.com / 207 rutlegedge avenue / mimosa / grilled vegetable omelet with goat cheese, homefries and toast / this is some seriously tasty brunch fare
cupcake / www.freshcupcakes.com / 433 king street / death by chocolate / seriously yummy treats!
king street shopping / king street has all of your favorite retailers as well as some local gems / i love lula kate, hampden clothing, and bob ellis shoes
charleston place shops / www.charlestonplace.com / 205 meeting street / these upscale shops are such fun and the setting is refined and relaxing / look for gucci, louis vuitton, and calypso st. barth
benne wafers / www.oldecolonybakery.com / look in the city market for these sesame seed cookies / the taste is light, nutty and unique
palmetto goods / www.tigertowngraphics.com / you can find a plethora of cute and preppy souvenirs of your trip
handmade gullah basket / www.charlestonsweetgrass.com / these sturdy and beautiful baskets are available at the city market and come in any size and shape you could ask for
she crab soup / www.gullahgourmet.com / when in charleston, if you aren’t a vegetarian, you have to try the she crab soup / it’s a cross between a bisque and a chowder / i can still remember lunching on this at 82 queen as a child
charleston rice spoon / www.historiccharleston.org/shop / this 15 inch serving spoon made especially for rice is a classic charleston keepsake, and makes a great housewarming or wedding gift
charleston receipts / www.jlcharleston.org / the junior league of charleston’s classic cookbook is the oldest cookbook in print and has over 750 traditional gullah recipes
firefly sweet tea vodka / www.fireflyvodka.com / this vodka is made 30 miles outside charleston and is super yummy and southern! enjoy this with fresh made lemonade!