I’m excited to share my travel guide for the perfect weekend in Charleston, SC. We had the best time exploring the charming streets of Charleston the last few days. Tristan and I drove there on Friday & spent 3 nights at The Vendue. It’s a centrally located “art” hotel in downtown Charleston. They have a resident artist, who if you are lucky, you may see in action. There are works of art all throughout the hotel as well. Our King room was nice enough… it is an older property so the walls were a little thin and there was no mini fridge in the room (I like to bring snacks, haha!)
On Friday night when we arrived, we went to the Rooftop at the Vendue… it’s known as the best rooftop in the city. It was SO crowded & tables are first come, first serve so we didn’t stay. We walked to dinner at High Cotton, a few blocks from the hotel. High Cotton is very nice, slightly formal, with elevated Southern food. We didn’t enjoy the crab beignets or the tempura fried lobster, but the calamari & filet mignon were great. We had banana pudding pie for dessert, which was delicious.
Saturday morning, we woke up early and headed to Bitty & Beau’s for coffee. It’s a short walk from the hotel and a really unique place. It’s ran by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I had an iced Brown Sugar Cinnamon latte and it was SO good. Then we walked down King Street to do some shopping. We stopped at Croghan’s Jewel Box, a well-known jewelry store, first. I was so excited to look through the estate jewelry and ended up getting a gold ring, made by a designer in LA using estate diamonds. We went in a lot of shops along King St and then picked up a late breakfast at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit. You can order online ahead of time for pickup. We each had 3 biscuits (country ham, cheddar, and cinnamon for me and blackberry, bacon, and shortcake for Tristan) and they were amazing.
We walked back to the hotel and made it back right as the rain started. It poured all afternoon so we rested in the room, then got ready for dinner. We walked to 82 Queen for dinner. We had the cheddar biscuits and She Crab Soup (what they are famous for), as well as the Jambalaya. The She Crab Soup and biscuits were delicious, the Jambalaya was just OK. The restaurant itself is really nice and charming. After dinner, we grabbed dessert from Carmella’s Cafe & Dessert Bar to take back to our hotel. We had the stuffed chocolate chip cookies… SO good.
On Sunday morning, we walked over to Rainbow Row early to catch it before the crowds. It’s such a beautiful street, I always love to check it out when I’m in town. We walked over to the Charleston City Market and explored a little. It’s a lot of the same stuff over and over throughout the market. We checked out a few boutiques on the street outside of the market as well. From there, we walked to Harken Cafe for coffee. I had the best iced Early Grey Lavender Latte. We sat outside and enjoyed our coffee, then went to Husk for brunch. We started with the chocolate monkey bread, and then I had the fried chicken and Tristan had the country fried steak. It was all delicious, I highly recommend making a reservation for brunch there!
We went back to the hotel briefly after lunch and then walked down to the Battery & White Point Gardens. It’s so beautiful along the water & then cool and shaded in the gardens. From there, we walked up Legare Street and then down Tradd Street, admiring the pretty and unique architecture. It was the perfect day for a walk through the city streets. After lunch, we grabbed drinks from Bakehouse, a cute coffee shop near the hotel. The frozen mint lemonade was SO good. That night, we were supposed to have dinner at Peninsula Grill, but we were tired of heavy Southern food so we went to Bourbon & Bubbles instead, a cute little whiskey bar on King Street. We shared a few appetizers (crab dip, cheese board, and bruschetta) and they were all great. They also had live music that night, which we really enjoyed.
On Monday, we got up early and grabbed coffee and muffins from Bitty & Beau’s again, then headed to the Angel Oak Tree. It’s about 25 minutes from the city, free to enter, and totally worth the drive. It’s a beautiful 400-500 year old oak tree that sprawls across the park. We went back to the city to have lunch at Little Jack’s Tavern, one of our favorites. They are known for their burgers and they live up to the hype. After lunch, we started our drive back home. I always enjoy the food and charming architecture and beautiful streets of Charleston. Hope you enjoyed my travel guide for the perfect weekend in Charleston, SC! xoxo