48-Hour Guide to Charleston

Those of you who follow me on Instagram probably saw I was in Charleston last week. This trip was a girls’ getaway with my mother-in-law, Yvette, and sister-in-law, Ashley. We all three love to travel and have taken a few trips together. I am truly blessed to have married into such a great family with a MIL and SIL I love to hang out with!

SHOP MY LOOK

(You can shop Ashley’s look here.)

We landed around 3:00pm on Tuesday and left Thursday at 3:00, so we truly were only in Charleston for 48 hours. Because of this, we really wanted to pack in as much as we could! I always like to put together an itinerary before I travel to optimize my time, so I obviously put one together for this trip.

I want to share with you guys what we did, where we ate and where we stayed on our trip. I hope you find this helpful when you visit Charleston and that it saves you some research beforehand!

WHERE WE STAYED

While we were in Charleston, we stayed at the beautiful Belmond Charleston Place. I absolutely loved our experience there! The staff was incredible, the holiday decor was amazing and our room was stunning! We had the cutest balcony that overlooked one of the main streets in Charleston and the location was perfect. We were able to walk pretty much everywhere from our hotel.

I also loved that they had shops and restaurants on the lobby floor! One night after dinner my MIL and I hung out at the Thoroughbred Club downstairs, sipping (decaf) coffee and listening to jazz music. It was one of the highlights of the trip for me and so nice to be able to walk right upstairs to our room when we were done!

WHERE WE ATE

Food was at the top of the priority list for us on this trip! Charleston is known for its restaurants and we did our best to squeeze as much in as we could this trip!

BREAKFAST

Black Tap Coffee: Last time I was in Charleston I stopped at Black Tap Coffee and tried a lavender latte. As soon as I knew we were going back to visit, I immediately added it to our itinerary. Not only is the shop adorable, their coffee is great. This visit we also ate breakfast there and I have to say, the quiche was delicious.

The Rise Coffee Bar: Another place I stopped last time I was in town was The Rise Coffee Bar. Rise is the cutest little coffee shop off King St. with great pastries and coffee. Their iced latte doesn’t disappoint!

Butcher & Bee: On our last morning in Charleston, we swung into Butcher & Bee for breakfast. I’d heard great things about this place and was dying to try it! Our waitress was so sweet and everything we tried was tasty. Be warned, they give you huge portions! :O It was so good though!

DINNER

The Darling Oyster BarAfter we unpacked at our hotel, we immediately headed out to explore and grab some light bites and drinks before dinner. I knew I wanted to visit The Darling Oyster Bar while we were there and it did not disappoint! We each ordered a drink and split an order of shrimp cocktail. Their shrimp was so good and had the most delicious seasoning on it!

The Ordinary: After our drinks and appetizers, we headed over to The Ordinary (within walking distance of The Darling Oyster Bar) for dinner. Since we’d just eaten shrimp, we decided to split two orders of the lobster roll special and it was great! Ashley and I also both ordered one oyster slider to try before our entree and it was absolutely incredible. It comes on a hawaiian roll—so good!

Husk: I tried to get into Husk last time I visited Charleston, but you have to make reservations weeks in advance! This time around I knew to put us on the list early. Right in the middle of downtown, Husk is maybe the most popular spot in Charleston. Their menu is very southern and they offer true comfort food! Definitely worth a visit.

DESSERT

Jeni’s Ice CreamAnother place I’d been before, Jeni’s ice cream was at the top of my list this visit. Dallas folks, here is a list of places you can buy Jeni’s in the area! It’s 100% worth the splurge.

Sugar BakeshopThe cutest place ever! This was our first time visiting Sugar Bakeshop and would definitely go back. They have so many baked goods (including dog treats!) and you can actually order entire cakes from them if you have a celebration.

WHAT WE DID

Magnolia Plantation: I’ll be honest, I didn’t know what to expect when my MIL recommended we take a plantation tour on our trip. I did some research and realized Magnolia is one of the most popular plantations in Charleston, so we decided to take a tour of the home as well as a nature tram ride. I ended up having a blast and would totally recommend this to anyone visiting Charleston! The tram ride was so fun (we saw an alligator!) and the home was beautiful. So much interesting history!

Haunted Jail Tour: This was a blast! I thought this may be a little hoaxy, but it was so spooky! Basically, you take a tour of the haunted prison with a group of other people while the tour guide shares stories of the people imprisoned there. Be sure to take lots of pictures (with the flash on)—you never know what you’ll see! Also, be sure to check out the Ghost Hunters experience at the prison here!

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. 🙂

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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.