Charleston Travel Guide

Earlier this spring, Michael and I traveled to Charleston, South Carolina for the first time and let me tell you... we fell in love! While we were only there for a long weekend, we packed SO much into those few days and now we just have an excuse to go back! ;) Here were some of our favorite spots we hit during our trip.


We opted to stay in an Airbnb (it was actually our first time!) and could not have loved our experience more! We stayed in this beautiful home right in the center of Charleston's Historic District, just a few blocks away from King Street. Our host, Emma, was so kind and gracious and we just had the most magical time staying here! 

We were also told about some other fantastic hotel options in the city, which we looked into, such as The Mills House, Planters Inn, and The Restoration. I imagine you would be hard pressed to have a bad stay in a city this beautiful!


We truly enjoyed everything we ate and drank during our stay. There were so many amazing options and we had lots of recommendations from friends, so it was hard to choose! We definitely didn't make it to every place we were told about, but these were a few of our favorites during our short stay.


The best spot we ate for breakfast was this little crêperie we stumbled upon near The College of Charleston. Breizh 'Pan Crêpes provides an authentic French atmosphere with some of the tastiest crêpes we've ever had. They were so good that I totally forgot to take a picture before they were gone! ;) Highly recommend stopping by this family owned shop but be prepared to wait a few minutes!

One place we weren't able to make it to but is definitely at the top of our list for the next trip to Charleston is Callie's Hot Little Biscuit. We unfortunately didn't have time to wait out the crowds here but the food smelled and looked SO good!


We stopped by The Vendue for a relaxing retreat after a lot of walking one afternoon. We were able to sit on their rooftop, with a beautiful view of the city, and have drinks and a late lunch. We recommend the pulled pork nachos!

Poe's Tavern is located on Sullivan's Island (a short Uber ride from where we were staying) and is named for the one and only Edgar Allan Poe! We decided to head over this way for an afternoon in order to lay on the beach, which was just 2 blocks from here. It was pretty busy (Saturday afternoon) but the wait wasn't too bad and the food, along with the atmosphere, were great!


Coast Bar & Grill came as a recommendation from some friends and it did not disappoint! This was probably my favorite meal while we were in Charleston. They specialize in seafood and the food couldn't have been more delicious or fresh! We also enjoyed some local drinks - I had a Palmetto Mule and Michael had an Amber Ale from local SC Palmetto Brewery. Both got an A+!

Husk was another dinner spot that came to us by way of many recommendations. They're all about the farm-to-table experience and use local ingredients and sources, making their menu ever-changing. We didn't visit the bar beforehand, but everyone told us that it's a really great place to grab a drink while waiting for your table.

*I should be sure to note that for both Coast and Husk, you would be wise to get a reservation ahead of time. These are two very popular restaurants and, from what we were told, are nearly impossible to just walk into!



We took a boat tour out to Fort Sumter and enjoyed every minute of it. I'm a water person, so I loved being on a boat, and the whole thing was just really fun. We even saw dolphins! The tour was self-guided once you arrived on the island, so we were able to explore on our own, which we liked.

We also visited Patriot's Point Naval and Maritime Museum. Michael is a huge history buff, as well as being the most patriotic guy ever, so this seemed like a perfect thing for us to do. Patriot's Point is the home of several war exhibits, a submarine, and a massive aircraft carrier, The USS Yorktown. You could easily spend an entire day here because the whole thing is so vast. For any history lovers, this would definitely be a recommendation for you!


Charleston is an amazing walking city and lends itself to many opportunities to explore. We had so much fun wandering down streets and peaking at all the historical buildings, homes, churches, and gardens. Be sure to check out King Street for great shopping and Broad Street for the beautiful homes and gardens. We also made the 1 mile [approx] walk from Waterfront Park down along the Cooper River to Battery Bark and Whitepoint Garden at sunset and couldn't suggest this more!

If I had to choose one word to describe Charleston, it would be charming. Our trip was so fun and romantic and I seriously can't wait until we get to go back! Have you ever been!? What are your favorite places!?