Charleston is one of those cities where you know you’ll have an amazing time. So many of my friends and family have gone and all LOVED it. The architecture, the food, the southern charm…what more can you ask for than a summer in Charleston?
I was in town for The Blog Societies Conference and it didn’t take long to fall in love with Charleston. Me, Katie and Monica got in on a Wednesday afternoon and after checking in at the Courtyard by Marriott we headed straight to the Stars Restaurant. Ordering mushroom risotto with fresh scallops and a refreshing cocktail was the perfect way to start the trip.
Thursday morning we ventured to The Daily to meet Tara and I had a delicious avocado toast and iced latte. Oh and special thanks to the chef who was so nice and let us try the sausage biscuit with homemade apricot jam – yeah, it’s as amazing as it sounds. And no they don’t sell the apricot jam – I asked.
Next on the program was walking through the city and taking a million photos of the architecture and generally appreciating the stunning views. Charleston is quite easy to get around so we walked down to the Pineapple fountain and stopped at Husk along the way where Ashley came to join us. I had to get my shrimp and grits fix in and the restaurant’s beautiful decor made the lunch even more memorable.
If I told you that we walked the streets for hours and took pictures of everything that was beautiful, would you believe me? Because that’s exactly what we did. You can’t help yourself – Charleston is simply stunning. We did attend the conference in between – don’t worry – but otherwise that’s pretty much all we did. Oh and we ate. A lot. Here’s a list of other restaurants we went to – and loved.
- The Darling Oyster Bar: The ambiance is gorgeous and it’s central location makes it very convenient.
- City Lights Coffee: Located right next to Belmond Charleston Place they make a mean latte and yogurt with granola bowl. Definitely went there every chance I had.
- Sugar Bakeshop: Stopped in to stare at stunning baked goods, not limited to the most stunning grapefruit cupcakes I’ve ever seen – and I don’t even like grapefruit!
- Poogan’s Porch: Held in a Victorian house it gives you the ultimate Charleston experience. It’s magical and the food is oh so good.
As the conference took up most of our time I didn’t get to do a lot of shopping but I did stop in at Candlefish where you get to taste different candles to find your perfect scent. Monica and I were pretty much in heaven and I can’t wait to pick up more candles from them for the fall/winter season.
On our last night in Charleston we stopped in at Zero George for tasty cocktails and the yummiest of cheese boards. The hotel is worth visiting for it’s unique charm and gorgeous interior.
I knew I couldn’t leave Charleston without visiting Rainbow Row so I woke up early before my flight left on Sunday to get some shots in. The summer in Charleston is very humid but when a city is this pretty it’s impossible to not have a wonderful time. I’m already dreaming of my next trip and all the places I want to visit.