In late March Greg and I headed south for 72 hours in Charleston. Ever since I went there 3 years ago for the Blog Societies Conference, I’ve wanted to go back with Greg. We both LOVE to eat and the city itself is so beautiful. We decided to stay at the Fulton Lane Inn and from having been there before, I knew it was going to be a great location.
Charleston Travel Guide: the Best Things to Do in 72 Hours
On our first night (Thursday) I had made dinner reservations at The Ordinary and it did not disappoint. If you love seafood, it’s worth experiencing. We had an incredible server with the sweetest southern accent and it made it that much more special. It’s worth noting that it books out pretty quickly so definitely plan to make a reservation 1 month in advance when they open up the books.
Friday was dedicated to walking around Charleston and enjoying the beautiful history and architecture. Although sunny, it wasn’t exactly warm so Greg found this great spot called Ladles Soups. I love a good soup for lunch and it was right near Sugar Bakeshop, where I ended up getting a little desert. In the afternoon I booked us a candle making class at Candlefish and it was so much fun. It’s about 1 hour and you learn how candles are made – and get to make your own! We smelled a bunch of different scents and I ended up with #18. I love anything jasmine!
That same night I had made another reservation at Poogan’s Porch. I’d been there before and I wanted Greg to experience it. The restaurant serves traditional southern food and it’s situated in an old Townhouse. The ambience is very cute and the biscuits basket is a slice of heaven. You get the sense that if you visit Charleston, it’s a good idea to make a few reservations. It’s a major restaurant/food city and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
After grabbing City Lights Coffee on Saturday morning, we ventured 20 minutes out to Sullivan’s Island. I’d heard of it from other bloggers and it just looked beautiful. The Uber car ride was very affordable (surprisingly so) and we got there right around 11am. Walking along the beach felt so therapeutic and it was nice to take in the fresh air.
The main street consists of a few local shops and otherwise restaurants. After eating a lot of southern food, we craved some simple pizza so we opted for the 450 pizza joint. Eating outside always feels special and the weather couldn’t have been better. Our whole trip also worked in our favor as we were there during spring break. Charleston felt pretty empty, especially at night, so we didn’t have to deal with massive crowds anywhere.
We got back in the mid afternoon and that’s when Greg surprised me with a private horse drawn carriage ride. He planned it right around sunset and it was the perfect ending for our 72 hours in Charleston. Seeing as we were still full from lunch, we had some yummy lobster rolls from Mason’s for dinner after.
Last but not least, if you like cake ( – and coconut), you HAVE TO get a slice of the coconut cake from the Planter’s Inn. We went in there and got it to-go. It was so worth it and best of all, we weren’t the only ones with that idea! I now understand why people have it shipped across the country – and I’m not beneath doing that myself one day! If you’re worried it might be too coconuty, it’s not. It’s very delicate and light, contrary to how it may look. If I leave you with one ultimate Charleston tip, it’s to make room for this slice of cake.