Monday, 19 August 2019

How To Spend Three Days In Charleston

How To Spend Three Days In Charleston ItsHollieAnn
Despite still having a couple of destinations to tick off this year, we're already thinking about where we'll head to in 2020. We're trying our best to keep things simple but there's just so much we want to see that it seems silly to waste any time. That in mind, after the incredible two months I spent in Charleston last year, we're thinking of stopping off there for a few days en route to our destination. 

When I thought about it realistically, Charleston is a big place and even after seven weeks of exploring, I still boarded the plane home with things on my to-do list. However being fortunate enough to spend a few days there is better than no time at all so I've compiled my perfect three day itinerary. Of course, everybody's wants and needs are different but if my wife and I head back to CHS, you can bet this is what we'll get up to. 

STAY

In my ideal world we'd stay in Mount Pleasant on the side closest to downtown for two reasons. Firstly it's far less expensive than staying on the peninsula itself and secondly, the majority of things we'd be doing are on that side of the city. You can find more budget accommodation near the airport or on Savannah Highway however, with needing to get a couple of Ubers, it makes sense to stay as close as possible to the places we want to visit. We'd likely rent a car but still, staying in Mount Pleasant would make the most sense for us. 

DAY ONE

For me, I'd love to show my wife downtown before anywhere else because it's so great. We'd have a slow morning after arriving the night before and catch a 10 minute Uber to Stars Rooftop & Grill Room for weekend brunch. 

After finishing a mimosa or two on the rooftop we'd head down King Street to window shop - Everything from Gucci to Forever 21 is all on the same street and it's the perfect excuse to stroll past the The American Theater from The Notebook on the way. At the end of King Street, we'd head right onto Broad Street taking in the sights of St Michael's Church and some incredible historic buildings. We'd circle back on East Bay Street stopping off at Market Pavilion Rooftop for the view and a drink before strolling around the market and French Quarter before dinner. 

At this point you could head towards the Calhoun Mansion and tour the house or opt for a carriage tour of the city. Neither are up our street but I've heard they're well worth doing if that's your thing. For us, I'd probably suggest walking along The Battery and seeing Pineapple Fountain at golden hour.

Dinner has me torn - I'd love to either head to Hanks Seafood because my goodness it's delightful however Halls Chophouse is equally as incredible. It would depend on whether we were feeling meat or seafood.

At this point, after  a day of travelling, I'd most likely be ready for bed. However, if this wasn't your first day in the city you may opt for cocktails on King Street to round off the evening. Prohibition has a great atmosphere (and very strong cocktails) and Uptown Social has a very relaxed vibe but also has a lot going on of a weekend. 

DAY TWO

Our second day would start with brunch at Pages Okra Grill. Their fried green tomatoes are an absolute must - Be sure to get there early to grab a table. Afterwards we'd head to Boone Hall Plantation. It's a big part of Southern history and is still a working plantation as well as a historic house and garden. There are a couple of plantations around Charleston so have a read up on each and choose the one you'd most like to visit - Magnolia Plantation would be a close second for me. 

Though there's a lot to see, it doesn't take too long to tour the plantation so we'd head to Sullivans Island afterwards for lunch and a walk on the beach. My favourites for food are Home Team BBQ and Mex 1 but there's a host of great spots including Poe's Tavern and The Obstinate Daughter. With it being close by, we'd most likely head to Isle of Palms afterwards  for another walk on the beach and to swoon over the gorgeous homes. 

We'd spent the rest of the afternoon on Shem Creek. I absolutely loved it there and I know my wife would too. Such a relaxed vibe, sitting out on the water, watching dolphins swim by. Tavern and Table comes highly recommended but my personal favourite is Salt Water Cowboys - Sipping wine, eating Pimento Cheese is such a delightful way to spend an evening. 

As a note on Shem Creek, I'd love to stay at Shem Creek Inn given the price was right - It looks divine. 

DAY THREE

Now it may not be for everyone but I'd spend our third day at Folly Beach. It's such amazing beach town and I just know that we'd have the best time, walking along the pier and stopping at the beach bars along the streets. 

There are so many places to choose from so I'll let you do your own research but I have to say, the calamari as Snapper Jacks was delightful. 

On the way home, I'd love to stop at California Dreaming and watch the sunset. So many of my friends in Charleston recommend it all the time and it'd be nice to stop by if we were back in town. 

Afterwards, depending on what our ongoing travel plans were, we'd either head downtown for a couple of drinks or back to our hotel for a good night sleep. 
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There are so may things to do in Charleston and I'd feel extremely limited only having three days in the city but, if that was the case, this is definitely how I'd spend my time. What would you add?

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