Hi lovebugs! If you follow me on IG, you know that my girlfriends and I took a trip to Charleston, South Carolina this past weekend. Minus the humidity- we loved it! We were only there for two full days staying with a friend in Avondale and exploring the best spots around town. I wanted to give you all a recap of my trip and hopefully this will be helpful for anyone thinking of visiting soon!
KING ST. – ROOFTOP BARS – CITY MARKET
Let me just say that Charleston is a beautiful city and it is definitely worth walking around and exploring. Every street boasts gorgeous historic homes that are filled with character, many of them painted in beautiful bright colors featuring ornate window boxes. I could get lost in all it’s beauty just walking around and enjoying the scenery.
We arrived late Thursday night around midnight, so we decided to stay in and catch up over a bottle of wine. The first day I woke up around 8am to visit King St. and snap some photos before the crowds arrived. I made a quick stop along the way at a SUPER cute coffee shop called The Daily. Located right next to High Wire Brewing, it’s the perfect spot to grab a quick bite and take some IG worthy mural pictures.
I headed down the strip with photography in mind, shooting some of the locals favorite spots before I was distracted by a beautiful boutique where I shamelessly spent the rest of my morning (oops!). I was obsessed with this boutique and highly recommend you visit SXC at 525 King St. (there was no signage but it’s under Modelbride). There were probably 100 garments I wanted to buy but I left with a gorgeous yellow dress that I’ve included the link to here, and wore out on Saturday night. @shop_sxc
The rest of the afternoon was spent exploring downtown Charleston around Meeting Street. We stopped in to one of my friends clients restaurant, Blossom, for some brunch cocktails and bites.
Blossom was a stylish eatery filled with lots of natural light, trendy decor, and a patio garden outside- perfect place for a daytime date! The menu offered many Lowcountry dishes, fresh seafood, wood-fired pizzas & small plates. I had their daily special of the Shrimp & Artichoke Wood Fired Flatbread paired with a Cucumber Mint Cocktail. d e l i c i o u s
After brunch we decided to bar hop the local rooftop bars, stopping by The Vendue, City Market, & Henry’s House.
The Vendue is the #1 hotel in Charleston & the first art hotel in historic downtown offering boutique hotel rooms and over 300 pieces of original art. It’s rooftop includes a bar, pool, and beautiful skyline views of the town. This is a great spot if you want some views of the Charleston Harbor, Waterfront Park, The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, and more.
The Historic City Market is one of the nation’s oldest public markets and the cultural heart of Charleston. It is the home to more than 300 vibrant entrepreneurs and is open almost every day of the year. A great place to buy some local trinkets and gifts to take home with you.
We spent a lot of time at Henry’s House exploring all it has to offer. I was already full from brunch but it’s one of the places I wish I had eaten at on my trip because it smelled S O good. Henry’s house, located next to city market, is an eclectic restaurant and bar. They offer live music, a beautiful southern porch and roof top deck, a dance lounge, and a classic speakeasy bar where we spent most of our time drinking wine and feeling fancy. I will absolutely be back the next time I am in town.
That night we stayed close to the condo and stopped at a few bars in Avondale. The Roost Bar & Grill was the nights hot spot. They had a wonderful 90’s / early 2000’s cover band playing. If your in this area, check this spot out as it’s one of the only places around that offer live music.
SHEM CREEK – RAINBOW ROW – DECO
The second day we decided to visit Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island, & Shem Creek. We rented out kayak’s and paddle boards from Natures Adventure and spent four hours on the water watching dolphins and swimming in the beautiful creeks and inlets. It was so relaxing paddling the calm waters and viewing the beautiful homes built along the creek.
For lunch we headed over to Red’s Ice House – clearly the locals choice for eating and drinking the day away. The food was delicious ( I had their lobster roll & bacon wrapped scallops) – but the best part about Reds was the view from their rooftop bar where you could see the entire creek from a birds eye view.
In the afternoon we visited Rainbow Row – a check off on our touristy guide to do list. The series of thirteen colorful pastel historic houses represents the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States!
On our last night we were invited out for VIP bottle service at DECO Nightclub. It is the largest upscale dance club in Charleston, South Carolina and one of the only places offering the VIP service. We drank and danced the night away behind the DJ booth and snapping a few pics of Lil John who made a guest appearence!