Charmed By Charleston

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Every time I have to leave Charleston, SC I go kicking and screaming. The town is one of the most charming and beautiful places I’ve ever been. It is rich with history and full of to-die-for food. Trust me, Charleston’s ocean setting and can’t-stop-till-you-drop shopping make Charleston a top travel destination.

With my sister’s help, she’s a local, I put together a little guide for doing Charleston right. Dig your teeth in!

Things to Do in Charleston


Charleston Place: A beautifully Southern hotel complete with a great bar, go-to shops, and a lovely spa. Can I check in now?

Zero George Street Boutique Hotel: Tradition meets the contemporary South at this inviting hotel. It’s composed of five restored historical residential buildings.

Things to Do in Charleston
Zero George Street Boutique Hotel


Zero George Street Boutique Hotel
Zero George Street Boutique Hotel


Walk along Rainbow Row and The Battery

Rainbow Row | Things to Do in Charleston
Rainbow Row

Take a carriage ride

Peruse the historical City Market for straw sweet grass baskets

Browse the farmer’s market in Marion Square on Saturday mornings to enjoy breakfast & discover local artists.


Read more: 36 Hours in Charleston



Hampden Clothing: for designers including A.L.C., Current/Elliott, Equipment, Jenni Kayne, Rag & Bone, & Tucker

Hampden Clothing

Palm Avenue: for Lily Pulitzer

Acquisitions: for amazing home wear and furniture

Lily: for cards, stationary, jewelry, and beautiful trinkets


The Macintosh: The menu changes with the season and never fails to impress for cocktails & dinner

Poogan’s Porch: A Breakfast, lunch, & dinner must – the shrimp & grits

Poogan's Porch
Poogan’s Porch

Blossom: Go here for good ole’ Southern seafood

Husk: The pig ear lettuce wraps sound risky but they are to die for

Hall’s Chop House: Hall’s boasts a versatile menu but I always pick a steak when dining here

Hominy Grill: Oprah’s favorite restaurant in Charleston serves up delicious breakfast and lunch (Don’t miss the okra & shrimp beignets)

Hominy Grill
Hominy Grill


The Cocktail Club: An diverse cocktail menu + regular live music = a great environment for gathering and drinking

The Cocktail Club | Things to Do in Charleston

Midtown: The inside bar, outdoor patio bar, pool table, and live music make for a laid back college bar

The Rooftop Bar at Vendue Inn: Go here for refreshing cocktails and one-of-a-kind views of the Charleston harbor


When I was in Charleston last week I experienced typical Southern summer weather – warm & humid with afternoon showers. One day I worked with the weather by wearing this lightweight Anthropologie jumpsuit. The ikat jumpsuit packs great and has a feminine fit with the tie waist so it was the perfect choice (speaking of jumpsuits, I’m also currently coveting this Anthropologie romper for summer!).

I also embraced the city’s proximity to the water and sported this J.Crew floral anchor tee. Let’s be honest, I often throw a nautical twist into my dressing.

All in all, my sister and I agree that Charleston is the perfect city to travel to with girlfriends, with your family, or for a couple’s weekend. Xoxo travel bugs!

Charleston guide


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