I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of traveling to Charleston. Luckily it’s not a terrible drive from Knoxville (a little under 6 hours) and it’s makes the perfect little long weekend spot. I’ve visited for Bachelorette parties, half marathons and blog conferences and I’m already wanting to find another reason to go back. Not to mention it’s the most picture perfect place!
I’ve been wanting to share a little more travel around here but the truth is, I’m horrible at remembering to take photos of restaurants, hotels and all that fun travel stuff! We’ll just file that under the “needs work” tab, but for now, I’ll just use some iPhone photos and give you a little play by play.
Charleston – Stay:
Renaissance Hotel: Last year we stayed at the conference hotel (The Belmond – see more from last year’s stay here) and got the block rate for our room but this year we did things a little more budget friendly and stayed around the corner at the Renaissance Hotel. It’s still right in the middle of King Street & Meeting Street and was super convenient and easy. The hotel was nice, the staff was nice (shout out to the sweet cleaning lady that helped me find my romper I dropped in the elevator when I was rushing to check in & get ready for the welcome party!) and for as little time as we spent in the room it was perfect for our stay. I would highly recommend it for a group of girls, maybe a girls weekend, birthday party or bachelorette party, especially if you don’t need to splurge on a nice hotel with big rooms.
Charleston – Eat:
167 Raw: Josh, Brittany & I met Jessica & Cathy at 167 Raw and they just raved about the Lobster Roll so we all listened and o.m.g was it delish! The food was great, the service was fantastic, and the atmosphere was a cool, dive bar vibe and I think it was probably my favorite of the trip. I love finding what feel like hidden gems in cities and I definitely feel like 167 Raw is one of those. It’s tiny inside and very casual but they have cute servers, good music, great drinks and fantastic food. It’s absolutely a Charleston MUST!
Husk: So I’ve heard great things about the Husk in Nashville but have never been so I wasn’t opposed to trying it out while in Charleston. We actually couldn’t find a place with a reasonable Sunday brunch wait to we settled at Husk to get out of heat. But it was definitely worth the wait! The bloody mary was great, and my meal was delish! I didn’t get the shrimp and grits but I hear it’s the best in Charleston, so that’s definitely worth going back for! They also had Sweetwater Valley Cheese on the menu so that automatically gives you bonus points in my book!
Macintosh & The Cocktail Club: We were planning on stopping into Macintosh for dinner but with an hour and a half wait we decided to go to the rooftop next door and have a few cocktails at the Cocktail Club before dinner. For cocktails I went for the house favorite, the Double Standard and I so wish I could recreate it at home! Straight from their menu, the Double Standard is Serrano-infused gin & cucumber-infused Svedka vodka, shaken with muddled ginger root, lime juice, cilantro & The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters. So refreshing in that Charleston humidity! As for Macintosh, it was good but not my favorite of the trip. I got scallops and truffle fries and both were still great, just not my favorite.
Pearlz: Pearlz was a late night dinner place on our first night and I was so drained from the day I hardly even remember the food! I went with Josh and a big crew of girls so everyone was so excited to be there, we had just left our first event and everyone was just chatting about all things blogging. I had oysters Rockafeller, always a favorite and they were delish. A great first meal in Charleston!
Jeni’s Ice Cream: I know this definitely isn’t a unique to Charleston spot, but we chose ice cream after dinner at Jeni’s instead of going out for drinks and it was the best decision ever. I got the pear prosecco ice cream and oh-em-geee. I have dreams about that ice cream.
Charleston – Do:
When you’re traveling for a conference or an event you pretty much already have a schedule but you can always squeeze in or schedule a little exploring time!
King Street: This trip we did a little King Street shopping which is always fun and now that I’m a shop owner I love stopping into little local stores to see what they’ve got. Although I feel like I missed a ton that I would have loved to stop into, so next time I’ll be sure to research the cutest little Charleston shops to visit.
Rainbow Row: Charleston is just so fun to walk. Literally every corner is a new, cute house, alley way, corner, church, you name it! It’s all so perfect! The walk from our hotel to Rainbow row wasn’t super far so we did a pretty quick walk down to rainbow row and the waterside for some pretty scenery on our last day before we went home.
Still on my list for next time: Folly Beach
Anyone else have any other Charleston favs I need to add to my list?!
Hope you liked this little Charleston Out & About post! Thinking of doing another one for my weekend trips to Nashville, so let me know if there’s anything else you want to see! xo!