Craig and I had such a wonderful visit to Charleston last week with JetBlue Vacations. When Charleston came up as an option in our partnership to experience one of their vacation destinations it was a no-brainer. Having visited the city for the first time during my girls trip last fall, I was really excited to go back with Craig. It’s such a quick and easy flight, about 2 hours from Boston, just enough time for me to post an Instagram and watch a movie, haha! Seriously though that JetBlue free WIFI and personal TV situation is THE BEST. The perfect long weekend or mid-week escape, Charleston is a great getaway, particularly as the weather gets colder. If you’re headed south, here are some of my favorite things to do and see, and of course where to eat, in Charleston.

*For those of you looking for outfit details I’ve linked to everything I’m wearing at the very bottom of the post!

What to Do & See

If you only do one thing in Charleston, make sure it’s somewhere South of Broad. The charming historic neighborhood is so fun to explore. Walk around and get lost on the cobblestone streets and hidden alleyways. We spent hours discovering little side streets and admiring beautiful aging stucco homes and historic architecture. The city has done a great job of placing informational signs throughout so you can read about the history of the homes and buildings. It’s also a great city to explore by bike, you can rent them or most hotels have them available for guests. We didn’t get the chance to visit any plantations this trip but there are several only a short drive outside the city, last trip I visited Middleton Place which was absolutely beautiful. There is a ton of great shopping in Charleston, much of it right outside our door at Belmond Place. My absolute favorite store is Candlefish, a must visit in the city.

Where to Eat

This basically deserves its own blog post. There are SO many good restaurants in Charleston it’s unreal. You could spend a week there and not even scratch the surface. From cafes, to coffee shops to bakeries and restaurants there is no shortage of amazing places to eat. We fit as many restaurants as we possibly could into our three day trip but there are so many more on our list we want to try. Here are some of my favorites:

 

Bakeries/Coffee Shops
Sugar Bakeshop – A must visit in Charleston, and I’m not even a sweets person
Black Tap Coffee – Order the lavender latte, you won’t regret it
The Rise Coffee Bar – I tried the rosemary latte and it was so good. A cute little coffee shop in the Restoration Hotel.
Lunch & Dinner
Minero – Delicious Mexican food, order the queso!
Callie’s Hot Biscuits – We had a quick lunch here on our last day. Can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.
The Obstinate Daughter – We had to take a cab here because it’s on Sullivan’s Island but SO worth the trip. The food is SO good.
Basil Thai – We were craving Thai so walked here from our hotel. I had the red curry and Craig ordered the basil duck. It was delicious.
167 Raw – Expect a wait here, we went for lunch and there was a line out the door. But it wasn’t that long and it was WORTH IT.
Leon’s Oyster Shop – We had a great lunch here sitting outside on their patio. Craig had the frozen G&T and it was out of this world. Definitely order the fried oysters.

Where to Stay

I loved our hotel this trip, the Belmond Charleston Place, because it was SO convenient. We walked practically everywhere, and the location couldn’t be more central. Close to shopping, restaurants, the historic South of Broad neighborhood and the harbor you can really fit a lot in with such close proximity to everything. We stayed on the Club Suite level which gave us access to complimentary breakfast starting at 6:30 every morning (we are early birds so we LOVE when we can eat early). They also had water, snacks and happy hour available everyday for guests to enjoy. We also took advantage of the rooftop pool and jacuzzi during our stay. If you want convenience, I definitely recommend staying somewhere in that area.