I don’t know about you but I am dreaming about my next vacation. I want to plan something for Matt and I for this year and in doing so I was remembering all of the vacations past and without a DOUBT Charleston will be in the top 5 for me! With that being said I wanted to give you all my Charleston Travel Musts in case that is some place you are wanting to head out this Summer!
What I noticed about Charleston is that it seems to be 1 part Colonial, 1 Part Spanish and 1 Part Modern and all of those parts make for one incredibly beautiful city full of rich history. I LOVED how every street was lined in vintage gas lamps. Something I learned while there that the city MUST keep those lamps. Any place in Charleston over 75 years old MUST remain exactly the same on the outside as it was over 75 years ago. Which adds to the charm for all of us visitors now.
How about we start with FOOD! Isn’t the way to everyone’s heart through food?
* Hominy Grill, Charleston
You guys first off 2 words- Charleston Nasty! Yup that my friends is this glorious biscuit I had for lunch one day! Everything about this place was so homey and so good! Get there early the wait is NO JOKE
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*167 Raw, Charleston
No, not just because I have seen this place on Bravo’s Southern Charm (God, I love that show) did we love it but because it was fresh, fast and delish! The Lobster Roll was great and the Oysters super fresh!! Check it out HERE
* Hall’s Chophouse, Charleston
If you want a purely amazing steak set in an old style steakhouse staple this is the place for you! This is quite the Charleston staple and we really enjoyed our meal and the wine selection here! Make sure you have a reservation thats for sure! Click HERE to explore the menu!
* Husk, Charleston
First of all look how stunning this location is! Second a place named by Bon Appetit as restaurant of the year and a highly awarded in house chef….. Yes, Yes, and Yes! This place is TOP notch… add it to your list! HERE to learn more!
Where to Stay?
Zero George was where we stayed in Charleston and it literally took my breath away. The Zero George is located in a series of buildings including an old carriage house that dates back to 1803! And now in 2016 is the must luxurious place Matt and I have stayed to date!
Oh ya, to compliment your stay you get to tool around Charleston in these awesome Zero George bikes! Wish I could have fit it into my suitcase to take home! This is small, has 16 rooms and you get the feeling that you are at a friends home…. if that friend lived in a Historic Mansion with Room Service!
Things to Do
Boone Hall Plantation
One of our favorite places to visit in Charleston was Boone Hall Plantation most likely the most famous plantation still standing today for many reasons:
1. It is in mint condition, the family stills owns this and in fact when they are in town they stay in this home
2. The slave homes are original and still standing, most plantations had them torn down but here you really can go inside history. It is powerful.
3. Many many movies have been filmed here including a little film called THE NOTEBOOK!!!!
In the Charleston harbor sits a Destroyer USS Laffey and the Battleship USS Yorktown which have been turned into museums and it was incredible.
Something that was also neat to see while touring the ships is how all the volunteers were Veterans. Some of them even served on one of these ships. And the Destroyer was actually hit during a war and people lost their lives…. so yes, these ships did see combat.
I spent one morning at the Charleston Slave Museum, which is really where and how this city and our nation got its start. Charleston was the largest port for bringing in slaves and selling them, they estimate that over 300,000 people were bought and sold here right here at this location. This is just incredibly educational, this is building which housed the halls where REAL people were sold is now a museum. I can barely let my mind wander to picture what it was like back then for the people inside these walls. The artifacts and diagrams on the wall depicts what life was like back in the 1700s-1800s and you really need to see it for yourself.
It is very hard to narrow down things to do in this incredible city because I could go on and on. But lastly please stop at the very Instagram friendly pineapple fountain!
If you want more tips, places to see and shop just ask! Now I am going to spend the rest of the afternoon dreaming that I am sitting in front of my computer at the Zero George on a sunny Charleston day!