Welcome to Charleston, the charming city known for its rich history, beautiful architecture, and vibrant culture. I have been to Charleston twice now, and the architecture and character just doesn’t get old to me! Ahmad and I spent majority of our trip walking through neighborhoods, shopping on King Street, and eating as much as we could. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, this city guide blog post will help you make the most of your time in Charleston.
WHERE TO STAY
If you’re looking for a luxurious and unforgettable stay in Charleston, The Spectator Hotel is the perfect choice. This boutique hotel offers a unique blend of Southern hospitality and modern elegance, with beautifully designed rooms and impeccable service. From complimentary breakfast, to the butler service that will steam your clothes and more – you will not want to leave! The hotel is located in the heart of the Historic District and has easy access to Charleston’s top attractions, restaurants, and shops. From the personalized attention to the exquisite amenities, staying at The Spectator Hotel promises a truly exceptional experience that will leave you wanting to return again and again.
Charleston is a food lover’s paradise, with a thriving culinary scene that celebrates Southern flavors. Be sure to try some classic dishes like shrimp and grits, she-crab soup, and fried green tomatoes. I highly recommend making dinner reservations as they are hard to get in, unless you don’t mind sitting at the bar or waiting.
Leon’s Oyster Bar
The Darling – Raw Bar
The Palmetto Cafe (brunch)
Delaney Oyster House
1. Explore the Historic District: Start your journey in the heart of Charleston, the Historic District. Take a leisurely stroll along the cobblestone streets and admire the well-preserved antebellum homes. Ahmad and I walked for over an hour down the neighborhoods exploring and looking at the different architectural details of the homes theres, a little inspiration for our renovation. Don’t miss Rainbow Row, a series of colorful Georgian row houses that are a photographer’s dream (at least that what it looked like to us, there were so many photographers taking pictures in the streets).
2. Take a Boat Tour: Explore Charleston from a different perspective by taking a boat tour. Whether you choose a harbor cruise or a guided eco-tour, you’ll have the opportunity to see the city’s skyline, historic forts, and maybe even spot some dolphins along the way.
3. Relax on the Beach: Charleston is home to some beautiful beaches, perfect for a day of relaxation. Head to Folly Beach or Isle of Palms.
4. Visit the Charleston City Market: Immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting the Charleston City Market. This historic market stretches for four blocks and is filled with vendors selling everything from handmade crafts to local produce.
6. King Street: Make sure to bring your walking shoes because King Street is about 300 blocks they say! I didn’t count, but its a long walk. Pop in and out of local shops, stores you know, hotels, restaurants and bars. There are two luxury stores (Gucci and Louis Vuitton) on the strip if you are looking to splurge.
Charleston is a city that seamlessly blends history, culture, and Southern charm. With its picturesque streets, delicious cuisine, and warm hospitality, it’s no wonder why Charleston is a favorite destination for travelers. So pack your bags and get ready to explore all that this enchanting city has to offer.
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