A Weekend In Charleston: Where To Eat, See, And Shop
Charleston is one of the world’s most celebrated cities and there’s a reason why so many first-time guests come back over and over again. The area might seem small, but it’s mighty in taste, culture and of course, hospitality. It’s an antebellum town in the heart of the American South with plenty of hidden alleyways, colorful streets, waterfront parks and quiet beaches that will easily put the city on your Top 5 list of favorite cities. Simply put, it’s a traveler’s version of love at first check-in.
For a quick getaway, here’s what you need to see, eat, stay and experience in Charleston, South Carolina.
What To See
If you’ve ever seen the Hollywood hit The Notebook starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams (or five, six or seven times like some of us), then the Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens will look very familiar as it served as one of the movie’s filming locations. Boone Hall Plantation is one of America’s oldest working plantations, and one that has continually grown crops for over 320 years.
The antebellum era plantation is located in Mount Pleasant, which is about a 15-minute drive from Downtown Charleston. It’s a great place to see and learn about Charleston as you take a step back into history. The grounds and gardens are beautifully preserved and maintained and the live oak alley is truly stunning. If you are in town, check out the Lowcountry Oyster Festival at the end of January.
1235 Long Point Road
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 29464
If you are looking for a place with great ambiance, a great menu, and even great history, look no further than 5Church Charleston. It’s Charleston’s premiere and posh new American dining destination and cocktail bar that is actually in a former church. Visitors are often in awe of its dramatic décor and sophisticated style. A lot of diners will even go as far as saying that it is one of the most beautiful restaurants they’ve ever been too with a variety of great options on their menu from the chicken BLT to amazing fish tacos. Here’s a little tip: their red velvet cake is gluten-free.
32B N Market Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
Where To Shop
The Historic Charleston City Market is in the heart of the downtown district and a must see in this charming city. It was first established in the 1790s and is a market that stretches for four city blocks. The market hall, which contains everything from Charleston memorabilia, knick-knacks, handmade décor, clothing items, toys, art, sweets and more, has been described as a building of the “highest architectural design quality.” And those who visit can definitely agree. The market also sells souvenirs, jewelry and locally-made Gullah sweetgrass baskets.
188 Meeting Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
Where To Stay
Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant is the area’s new stylish, comfortable accommodation option. A boutique hotel, it offers 158 distinctively styled guestrooms and suits along with a full-service restaurant called Eliza’s Kitchen and Bar, a resort style oasis pool and plenty of indoor and outdoor bar space.
What makes Hotel Indigo stand out is that it’s both upscale and affordable and only a few short minutes away from Charleston. With Lowcountry charm, each room has gorgeous beds, plush beddings, oversized rugs and locally-inspired artwork that will make you feel like you might never want to go home. Both family and pet friendly, it’s also the first Indigo hotel in South Carolina.
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250 Johnny Dodds Boulevard
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
For reservations, call: (843) 884-6000