A Weekend in Charleston

Updated: May 2



An April weekend in Charleston, South Carolina is just what you need to reset, relax, and unwind. This past weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting this charming city for a second time. In fact, this is where my husband and I went on our baby moon almost exactly a year ago. If you’re looking for a beautiful time of year to visit this city, I highly recommend the April/May season before it gets too hot! There are so many fun things to do, from the delicious culinary surprises to the historical stops, and fun nightlife. You can just spend hours walking the streets of downtown and admiring the beautiful architecture and different sites along the way. I put together this guide of some of my favorite things that I did while in Charleston.


Walk or Ride the Streets of Charleston



There are so many sites to see in Charleston, and the best way to explore downtown is either by walking or renting a bike. Make sure you walk by Rainbow Row and try to grab some pictures. Rainbow Row is a collection of pastel colored house located near the historic Waterfront Park. While you are there, walk-through waterfront park and make sure to take your picture by Charleston’s famous pineapple fountain! From there you can spend your time, exploring the streets, snapping pictures, and admiring the beautiful architecture. Make sure to stop by City Market to admire the local artisans’ products and maybe pick up a painting or candle. If you need to take a break from walking and stop at a fun rooftop, I highly recommend the rooftop at the Vendue! You can order some drinks and Apps and just hang out!











If you’re looking for a fun creative activity to do, I recommend making a Candle at Candlefish on King Street. This candle store runs classes where you can design and make your own candle. What a great souvenir that you can bring home with you, and actually use! Just make sure to sign up ahead of time to reserve your spot. And yes, its BYOB!


Folly Beach


Both times I went to Charleston, I made a stop by Folly Beach. Folly is a cute little beach town, with restaurants, bars and little Knick knack souvenir shops. As both my trips were in April, the weather was still a little chilly to sit on the beach, but it was still fun to walk around and grab brunch at the Lost Dog Cafe. I enjoyed a delicious vegetable quiche with a side of fruit and cheese grits. I can't leave the south before having a serving of Grits! If you are looking for a beach day, it is definitely worth checking out Folly.



Visit a plantation




There are so many plantations to visit while in South Carolina. We decided to visit one of the most popular ones while we were there Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. As soon as we started driving onto the property I was in awe staring at the beautiful Spanish moss. The trees fill the property and make for great photo opportunities. Once you enter, you have the choice of paying for various timed tours that are offered throughout the day. Sabino and I chose to do three tours while on the property. We did the Nature Boat, From Slavery to Freedom, and the Audobon Swamp Gardens.




On the Nature Boat, we were taken on a 45 minute boat ride through the old flooded rice field along the Ashely River. The tour guide provided us with the history of the area and we got to observe plenty of wildlife, especially Alligators! If you can make this tour towards the end of your day so you can sit back and relax and rest your feet.









On the from Slavery to Freedom exhibit, we were taken to see 4 preserved cabins from the 1850’s and a smoke house from the 1900’s. The guide respectfully tells the history of the people who lived there and worked on the plantation.




The Final tour we did was the self-guided tour of the Swamp Gardens. This was probably my favorite walk we did. You have to drive to the entrance of the swamp gardens and the area has its own parking lot. When you purchase this tour, you are given a code that you can key into the gate to enter the area. Here, you can walk around and observe the various wildlife and plants.







Let’s talk about the Food


Charleston has an amazing food scene and it is impossible to try everything in one weekend! I’m going to a list the restaurants we ate at and really enjoyed, but this list is far from comprehensive!


Breakfast/Brunch


Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit- I mean can you go to the south and leave without having a biscuit? I think not!


Caviar and Bananas- Cute little spot, can be grab and go or they have a few tables inside and outside. I got the Sunrise Breakfast Sandwich


Big Bad Breakfast- Cute sit down spot, we ate outside. They have a pretty good variety of food options


Poogan’s Porch- If you want a classic Southern Brunch, Poogan’s wont disappoint. Some classic southern options are Fried Green Tomatoes, Pimento Cheese Fritters and Biscuits with gravy


Another Broken Egg Cage- Cute little spot with eggs and pancakes galore


Lunch/Dinner


Husk- If you’ve been researching Charleston, you have definitely heard about Husk. A delicious farm to table restaurant with a rotating menu. If you want to go to Husk, make your reservation now! We ate dinner at 9:00 p.m, and it was worth it!


Darling Oyster House- A must if you are a fan of oysters. I love a good raw bar and the Darling Oyster does not disappoint! They also have Paloma’s on tap which is by far my absolute FAVORITE cocktail


Butcher and Bee- Another locally sourced seasonal menu. We really enjoyed their dips


Lewis BBQ- Delicious BBQ options, with plenty of yummy sides to pair it with!


Dessert


Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream- I still dream about their brambleberry crisp!


Let me know if you’ve been to Charleston, and what some of your favorites are!




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