CHARLESTON, SC.

My mom, sister and I decided to (finally) take a girls weekend together this summer, and with only a few days to spare, we decided on a semi-local city that is perfect for a ladies trip: Charleston! Home to many a bachelorette party, an amazing food scene and historic, charming neighborhoods, we were on the go constantly, and we still didn’t see and do everything the city has to offer. There are tons of awesome Charleston guides out there from Jess Kirby, Camille Styles and Conde Nast Traveler to scan if you’re planning your trip (I did!), but here’s what we decided to do during our visit:

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WHERE WE STAYED

We decided to stay at what I would consider one of the most popular hotels in Charleston, The Dewberry. It’s vibe is quintessential Charleston with a centralized location and great in-hotel restaurants and bars. Seriously, you guys.. their signature scent—filling the entire building from the second you walk in— is to die for and The Citrus Club cocktail lounge on the top floor of the hotel has the highest rooftop bar in the city. (You must try their French 75!)

WHAT WE ATE

There are.. SO MANY.. restaurants in Charleston, and all with amazing menus and accolades. It’s really about choosing places that suite your preference, or else you’d be here for weeks eating and drinking! For brunch, we went to a Charleston classic, Miller All Day, and an even more classic option: the Sunday Gospel Brunch at Hall’s Steakhouse. I really enjoyed our daytime stops: Leon’s Oyster Bar, Minero, and Darling Oyster Bar. We also chose some more casual dinner options: Melfi’s and Coast.

While I want to stray away from listing places I didn’t actually visit, there were a ton of places that other travel guides and publications said were some of the top restaurants in the city that we didn’t have time to visit, such as Husk, Le Farfalle, Chez Nous, The Ordinary, Zero Restaurant, Fig and The Establishment to name a few...

WHAT WE DID

Honestly, most of our time was food and drink hopping. Isn’t that the best way to experience a city, after all? But we did make time for some must-do activities: strolling Rainbow Road and South of Broad, a candle-making class at Candlefish, and window shopping down King Street. I cannot wait to visit again to eat, drink and see all the things we didn’t have time for this time around!