Girls Weekend in Charleston, SC
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Charleston, South Carolina, has woven its way into my heart with its enchanting blend of Southern hospitality, historic charm and coastal allure. The cobblestone streets of the historic district whisper tales of the past, each building telling a story of resilience and character. The vibrant colors of Rainbow Row and the graceful architecture transport me to another era, making every stroll through the city a step back in time. The warmth of the locals, the delectable Lowcountry cuisine, and the gentle breeze from the harbor create a tapestry of experiences that make Charleston not just a destination, but a cherished escape where time seems to slow down, allowing me to savor every moment.
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Where to stay in Charleston
The Ryder Hotel
Trendy boutique hotel with an outdoor pool and retro restaurant close to Charleston's shops and restaurants.
Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston, Autograph Collection
Trendy property with high-end rooms and suites.
The Dewberry Charleston
Charleston’s reigning style stay overlooking Marion Square, with a popular terrace lounge and must-visit rooftop bar.
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Things to do in Charleston
Hotel: The Ryder Hotel in Charleston seamlessly blends modern sophistication with the city's historic charm, offering a luxurious retreat where every detail reflects Southern elegance. The food and drinks by the bar are top notch and perfect for a pre-dinner drink or a relaxing day at the pool
Rainbow Road: Make sure to stroll down Rainbow Row, where the pastel-hued historic houses create the perfect backdrop for unforgettable memories and Instagram-worthy moments with your favorite travel companions.
Charleston City Market: A visit to the Charleston City Market is a sensory delight, where the vibrant array of stalls and the lively atmosphere immerse you in the heart of the city's culture, offering a treasure trove of local crafts, flavors and Southern hospitality.
Riley Waterfront Park: Picnicking at Riley Waterfront Park in Charleston is a serene escape, surrounded by the gentle rustle of palm trees and the picturesque views of the harbor, creating a perfect backdrop for savoring good food and great company under the Lowcountry sun.
Food Tour: Embark on the Bulldog Food Tour in Charleston, where every bite becomes a delicious chapter in the city's culinary story.
Strolling through the Southern Houses: Seeing all of the Charleston architecture is part of the experience.
Girls Night Out: For an unforgettable girls' night out in Charleston, head to King Street, where the vibrant nightlife comes alive with chic rooftop bars like The Watch, trendy cocktail lounges such as Prohibition, and the lively energy of Republic Garden & Lounge, ensuring a night filled with laughter, music and the unmistakable charm of this Southern gem.
Sewing Down South: Bravo fans should make their way to Sewing Down South in Charleston for a true taste of Southern charm, where the delightful creations of the beloved "Southern Charm" star, Craig Conover, come to life, offering a unique blend of style, hospitality, and a touch of the Bravo magic.
Folly Beach! Embarking on a day trip to Folly Beach from Charleston is a delightful coastal escape. As you traverse the scenic route, anticipation builds for the laid-back vibes awaiting at Folly. Upon arrival, the rhythmic sounds of crashing waves and the salty sea breeze welcome you to a sandy haven. Spend the day strolling along the iconic Folly Pier, collecting seashells or basking in the sun on the expansive shoreline. Indulge in fresh seafood at one of the beachside eateries, savoring the local flavors that perfectly complement the oceanfront setting. Whether you choose to take a dip in the Atlantic, try your hand at surfing or simply unwind with a book, a day trip to Folly Beach promises a rejuvenating seaside retreat just a short drive away from the historic charm of Charleston.
Places to eat & drink in Charleston
Husk: Husk restaurant in Charleston is renowned for its commitment to Southern ingredients and culinary traditions, offering a menu that reflects the region's rich flavors and local produce.
Evo Pizzeria: EVO Pizzeria in Charleston is a beloved spot known for its wood-fired pizzas and creative toppings, providing a unique and delicious dining experience.
Poogan’s Porch: If you want to feel like a true southern bell, Poogan’s is the place to go. The fried green tomatoes and Southern vibes are perfect for being in Charleston.
The Darling Oyster Bar: Charleston's oyster bars boast a coastal charm where the briny, succulent delights of freshly shucked oysters take center stage, creating a quintessential Lowcountry culinary experience. The Darling is one of the most iconic of these locations.
167 Raw: This place has amazing seafood and a cool nautical ambience.
Off-Track Icecream: The absolute best icecream spot in Charleston. Right in the heart of town and worth waiting in the line!
Pearlz Oyster Bar: With the freshly caught oysters and seafood, I highly recommend sitting at the part and seeing the shucking happen all in front of you. The raw bar seafood tower is a must.
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