It's about DAMN time. I have finally gotten around to putting together some of my Charleston favorites from almost a year ago when Tyler and I went for the first time. Talk about a southern gem! I was blown away by the beauty of the historic city, the pastel homes, the foodie scene, and the splendor of the side porch life. I was basically channeling my inner Allie from the Notebook all weekend long and trying to purposefully run into Julia Engel from Gal Meets Glam. #shameless. Unfortunately, I didn't see her, but she did respond to one of my thirty Instagram story shout outs. Mission accomplished: she knows I exist.
The Restoration (75 Wentworth St): We stayed here! It's a quaint, swanky hotel located in the heart of it all. They have complimentary bikes, unlimited fruit water, and they bring you a Nantucket breakfast basket every morning. They also have an amazing rooftop bar, The Watch Rooftop Bar, with a great view of the city.
Zero George (0 George St): Charming, luxe boutique hotel. For those of you Charlottesville and UVA fans, you should know that this hotel is owned by Pippin HIll Farm. That should tell you something.
86 Cannon (86 Cannon St): Sophisticated southern charm. Those are the three words I would use to describe this boutique hotel. It's small, intimate and full of history (built in 1862).
The foodie scene in Charleston is on point. Below were my favorite restaurants and dives.
167 Raw: My FAVORITE restaurant and full of attractive, bearded men. You have to try the scallop Po' boy and the ceviche. It's a small venue, so you will likely have to wait, but it it totally worth it! 167 also has an amazing seafood market and food truck in Nantucket!
Husk: Talk about double front porch goals! The ambiance and the food here was spectacular. I highly recommend getting there early and checking out the adjacent mixology bar.
The Daily: If you are a basic betch, this place is for you. I'm talking avocado toast, smoked salmon benny, the whole nine yards.
Black Tap Coffee: You have to try the lavender latte. It's unique and refreshing!
Tour historic Charleston by carriage: This was so much fun! We learned a ton about the city and the SOBs that live there, as in South of Broad's finest. We went through Palmetto Carriage.
Rent bikes and explore: My favorite bike stops were at Rainbow Row and the Pineapple Fountain, obviously.
Visit Boone Hall Plantation: If you want to feel like you were in the Notebook with Noah, you have to go. This was Allie's parent's plantation in the movie. Nothing beats the picturesque drive in along the Avenue of Oaks.
Rent a vintage car and drive around town: BEST IDEA EVER! Tyler and I rented a 66 Ford Mustang convertible in robin egg blue and set out to explore. It may have been 90 degrees with 100% humidity and no working AC, but it was worth every second! Here is where we rented our car: Dream Classic Rentals.