From the incredible food, secret gardens, cobblestone streets, wrought iron gates, and brightly colored homes there is history in every corner of this charming city and it stole our hearts! If you saw my latest Instagram you know that we got back from one of our favorite cities last week! Michael and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary with a four day trip to Charleston, SC. I am going to be breaking down our trip day by day over the next week and will be sharing our full four day Charleston itinerary at the end! We had been to Charleston before but only for a few hours while passing through to another destination. The first time we saw Charleston together we knew we needed to plan a trip to explore this colorful and charming place!
We chose to stay right in the heart of downtown and it could not have been a more perfect location! The hotel was within walking distance to everything and we didn’t touch our car the entire trip. We stayed at The Vendue which is known for having been five historic warehouses and dated back to 1780. Having been renovated in 2014 it then became Charleston’s first boutique hotel that is dedicated to the arts with beautiful displays all throughout the hotel. The hospitality from everyone at the hotel was overwhelming and so nice! From the complimentary bikes, morning coffee and tea, nightly milk and cookies, and truffles on our pillows… We were truly spoiled and did not ever want to leave!
We arrived around 10am, checked in to the hotel, and immediately began exploring! If you know Michael and I personally then you know we both love to shop. So find it no surprise that the first thing we wanted to do on day one was make our way to King Street! We explored little alley ways and side streets next to our hotel as we made our way up to King Street. And let me tell you Charleston shopping did not disappoint! With stores like Club Monaco, Vineyard Vines, Dumas, Madewell, Lilly Pulitzer, Kate Spade, Ben Silver, and Louis Vuitton we shopped until we dropped. We stopped in Gentry on King Street for lunch and shopped some more while enjoying all that King had to offer. I wore this adorable red pom pom sundress and it was perfect for the day’s events! Soft and comfortable for the long drive in and cool and flowy for walking and shopping in the Charleston heat. And oh the heat… Charleston humidity was no joke!
After freshening up from our extensive shopping day we headed to FIG for dinner. We had heard so many incredible reviews about this restaurant that we couldn’t go to Charleston and not try it! If you want to try FIG, I recommend getting a reservation a couple of months ahead of your trip. We couldn’t believe how quickly they fill up. With a creative and seasonal menu by some of the top chefs in Charleston served in a relaxed bistro setting, people come from all over to try these creative dishes. We had to try the Ricotta Gnocchi & Lamb Bolognese which is one of their specialty dishes and it was mouth watering. I had the Soft Shell Crab and Michael had the Chicken al Mattone. Their menu changes often but if these are on it when you go I absolutely recommend them!
After dinner we walked through Charleston City Market. This market is one of the nation’s oldest public markets and is right at the heart of Charleston. The market is open every day of the year except Christmas day and since it was a Saturday we got to enjoy the night market. With rows and rows of Lowcountry Sweetgrass Baskets you will not want to miss this historic landmark on your trip. I enjoyed watching the baskets being made more than anything!
After the market, we walked down to Rainbow Row and the Battery. The next day we took a guided tour of the city and I was so happy that we had taken the time on this first night to walk around and take in all of the historic homes and architecture. It made the tour and all the little details that we learned that much more enthralling as we were constantly looking at each other saying, “I saw that last night but never would have known.” After admiring rows and rows of gorgeous homes along the Battery we walked back toward the hotel and enjoyed some gelato while watching the sunset at Waterfront Park.
That’s Day One! I had several blisters from all of the walking and we slept like babies that night but it was so worth it. I can’t wait to share the rest of our Charleston trip with you all! Check back next week for days Two, Three, Four, and the full four day itinerary!