travel | Where To Stay In Charleston

When staying in Charleston, I knew I wanted to be close to downtown (preferably within walking distance), but still some place affordable. The Restoration was the perfect place for me. Located right off King Street, this hotel was so convenient, with a gorgeous interior and amazing service. There was also a coffee shop (with great coffee) and delicious roof-top restaurant attached to the hotel, so there was really nothing missing!

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As soon as I checked in, I felt pampered immediately. Someone helped me with my bags right away and made sure I knew exactly how to get to my room. Once in my room, I was so impressed with the decor and layout. Seriously roomy and so cute!

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There was also a menu available for breakfast. All you have to do is check what you want, slide it under the door and voila, breakfast will be served in the morning!

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One of my favorite things about the room was the spacious bathroom. The shower was fantastic and there was so much room to move around!

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I also loved that The Restoration stocks their bathroom with¬†high-quality products. It made showering so much more enjoyable. ūüôā

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If you’re looking for someplace to stay the next time you’re in Charleston, I highly recommend The Restoration. It had everything I was looking for and made my trip super convenient.

In case The Restoration is unavailable on your trip, I’ve also heard great things about The Mills House.

travel | Things To Experience In Charleston

I hope you all enjoyed my first post about Charleston in which I shared the best places I ate while visiting. For part two of my Charleston blog posts, I wanted to share my favorite things to see and do in the beautiful city.

Sunset Cruise

One of my favorite things I did in Charleston was the Schooner Pride sunset cruise. I’d read several great reviews about this cruise and knew I had to experience it for myself. The cruise took off at 5:30 pm not far from downtown and ended at exactly 7:30 pm.

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There were about 50 people on the sailboat, so it was slightly crowded. If you plan to get drinks (soda, beer and wine), bring cash! I also recommend getting there 15 minutes before the sail begins to snag the best seat.

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King Street

I was very lucky to stay right off King Street at The Restoration (blog post coming on my stay soon!), so I would walk up and down the street several times throughout the day. As a shopping pro, I loved being so close to so many great shops.

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One of my favorite places to shop was Hampden Clothing. My coworker told me this place was a must-visit and she did not lie!

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There were so many fun streets to venture off onto as well. I loved stumbling upon this colorful bicycle on Market St.

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Rainbow Row

One of the most iconic spots in Charleston is Rainbow Row. A series of pastel-colored homes (14 to be exact) create a striking street that is both beautiful and extremely photogenic. I took so many photos here my camera almost died!

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White Point Garden

The first place I stopped in Charleston was White Point Garden. This park offers stunning ocean-front views and incredible homes that I could stare at all day long!

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I loved walking up and down the sidewalks outside White Point Garden.

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I even made a dolphin buddy that just hung out by the park for quite awhile.

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Historic Downtown

Exploring historic downtown Charleston was such a blast. It was so fun to learn about the town’s history and to see the old buildings.

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St. Philip’s Church was so fun to see too, especially when I found out it leans 3 degrees because of an old earthquake.

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So many fun and colorful buildings to see.

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I would love to hear about your Charleston experiences. I definitely hope to go back soon and would love to hear if there’s anything I missed! Stay tuned for more fun Charleston posts.

travel | Where To Eat In Charleston

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know I took a trip to Charleston this past weekend. I was there for a bachelorette party and decided to stay an extra two days by myself (first solo trip ever!) to explore the city I’d heard so much about.¬†There was¬†so¬†much to see and do in Charleston, I could go back for another week and still not get it all in!

I plan to share a few posts with you guys so I can really get to everything. For my first post, I wanted to discuss where to eat in Charleston. Even though I was only there for a weekend, I felt like I got to experience several fun places!

coffee + breakfast | Black Tap Coffee

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One place I was dying to try was Black Tap Coffee. I’d heard great things about their lavender latte and knew I had to give it a try. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. Since it was super hot and humid in Charleston, I had mine iced. So, so good!

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coffee + snack | The Rise

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One afternoon, I ventured into the coffee shop attached to my hotel called The Rise Coffee Bar. I had no idea what to expect as I’d never heard of this place, but was pleasantly surprised by some refreshing (and strong) iced coffee and a¬†delicious¬†monster cookie with oatmeal, m&ms and chocolate chunks. It was the perfect snack to hold me over until dinner and the atmosphere is so cute!

lunch + dinner | Poogan’s Porch

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One restaurant that came highly recommended was Poogan’s Porch. This adorable place is the epitome of southern. I started with a tasty local beer and the crab soup, which was creamy and so good! For my “meal” I had one of the day’s specials: shishito peppers and fried okra. It was southern and delicious. I’d suggest making reservations so you definitely get a table as this place fills up quick!

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dinner | The Watch

My¬†first night in Charleston, I ate at The Watch with my bachelorette group. Coincidentally enough, this restaurant was connected to the hotel I stayed at (more to come on that later), The Restoration. I absolutely loved this restaurant! It’s farm to table and you can tell the food and drinks are top notch. I enjoyed the herb roasted chicken, while a couple other girls in my group ordered the lobster mac n’ cheese, which also looked great. Everything was served quickly and the service was great!

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dessert | Jeni’s Ice Cream

The final night I was in Charleston, I decided to treat myself to something sweet. I’d heard great things about Jeni’s from several bloggers and websites and couldn’t wait to give it a shot.

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I tried the salty caramel ice cream on a waffle cone and oh my gosh ‚ÄĒ AMAZING! I also sampled several other flavors and they were all incredible. I highly recommend this place.

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There were quite a few places I didn’t get the chance to try, so I definitely want to go back! Husk (make reservations as soon as possible as this place fills up way ahead of time), Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit¬†and Leon’s Oyster Shop are on my list for next time!