I could quickly succumb to the day-to-day life of living off fresh seafood, enjoying sunsets by the harbor, being surrounded by the grace of moss covered trees, and strolling the cobblestone streets of Charleston, South Carolina.
The first time I visited the low-country I was captivated by its beauty, southern charm, and local hospitality, and with travel being convenient I have seized every opportunity to go back! While the city still maintains its same familiarity, every visit brings about a new adventure! There are always undiscovered places to go, things to see, and restaurants to dine.
Those closest to me know that I am a self proclaimed, “foodie”. So, it makes since that I would start with my take on Charleston’s culinary scene! I love food, don’t get me wrong, but it’s the experience that I find most memorable. Since I was a little girl I have always associated sounds, scents, and specifically food, with memories and great times. Dining in Charleston is that for me. It takes me back to clam boils at the beach as a child, the smell of biscuits reminds me of Grandma Dean’s kitchen, and sipping wine on rooftops is a flashback to that time abroad when I dreamed of someday sharing that same experience with the love of my life. So, next time you travel to the beautiful city I suggest paying these restaurant’s a visit. Not only do they take me down memory lane, but their service, vision, and award winning dishes have gained them national recognition!
- Pearlz | 153 E Bay St
- Pearlz is hands down one of Charleston’s best local hideouts. While there menu offers an assortment of fresh, local catches they are most famous for their raw oyster bar, hints the name Pearlz. It is a casual atmosphere and a great place for grabbing drinks with family and friends. If you decide to go however, prepare to wait (it’s worth it). If you are able to snag a seat at the bar, you can watch the guys husk oysters, which adds to the experience. Honestly, I have never traveled to Charleston and not ate at Pearlz, if that tells you anything!
- 82 Queen | 82 Queen St
- The first place J and I traveled to together was Charleston, and on our first night their we had a romantic dinner at 82 Queen! Therefore, the restaurant has a special place in my heart for more reasons than their food alone! If it’s not to humid I suggest sitting outside. At night the patio is beautifully illuminated by market lights strung from the overhead trellis, which is the perfect setting for a romantic evening!
- Poogan’s Porch | 72 Queen St
- For lunch it’s Poogan’s Porch! The food is always amazing and the service is top-notch. After all, in a city that is full of amazing restaurants, you have to stand out, and their fresh approach to a Lowcountry cuisine definitely does. Poogan’s Porch was once a spacious and grand Victorian home that was renovated into a restaurant. I suggest getting the, “Fried Green Tomato BLT.” Delish!
- Circa 1886 | 148 Wentworth Street
- I saved the best for last! It wasn’t until a recent visit that I discovered the grand luxe of Circa 1886, a horse-stable-turned-fine-dining-resturant in Wentworth Mansion’s garden. I highly recommend reserving a table for your final night. Executive Chef Marc Collins puts a fresh-spin on traditional Lowcountry dishes. When there, I had fresh Salmon, which Chef Collins paired with cold collard greens, cold rice, and pieces of melon. The warm salmon paired with the chilled sides made an exquisite and unique combination. The honeysuckle mojito’s are also a must!
Now onto a topic that is equally right up my alley, retail! If you are not familiar with Charleston’s shopping scene let me sum it up for you in two little words: KING STREET! King Street retains its status as the ‘SoHo of the South’ and is great for an afternoon of perusing around. Below are a few of my favorite boutiques and local shops that can’t be found elsewhere, which are my favorite types of stores to shop when traveling. Click on the links and check out what each shop has to offer! Also, click here for more information on King Street.
- The Finicky Filly | 303 King Street
- Willy Jay’s | 300 King Street
- Jolin Boutique | 188 Meeting Street
- So Good Jewelry | King Street
- C Wonder | King Street
Having traveled to the city many times I have had the opportunity to become familiar with a few of the hotels. Below are some of our favorite places to stay.
- Harbor View Inn | 2 Vendue Range
- The Mills House | 115 Meeting Street
- King Charles Inn | 237 Meeting Street
- Wentworth Mansion | 149 Wentworth Street
- Charleston Place | 205 Meeting Street
Some of my favorite things to do (making Charleston the perfect place to visit) include: unplanned evenings, afternoon strolls, rooftop sitting, walks on the beach, and a good glass of wine, and I have found the perfect places to do all those things in the magical city! I hope you find my review of Charleston helpful. The city is the epitome of southern charm and I can’t wait for my next visit.
I hope this post finds you well!