It’s hard to pass up good food, Southern charm, and pastel colored homes, so it’s a good thing Charleston has all of the above! Whether you’re interested in the history, enjoy leisurely strolls through parks, or just some southern hospitality, Charleston has something for everyone. Here is a quick weekend itinerary to make the most out of your stay.
Where To Stay
The French Quarter and the Downtown area are really just a few blocks apart but you definitely want to stay in this vicinity. There are plenty of quaint Airbnb’s full of history and character to give you the full southern feel. You’re also close to all of the major highlights listed below.
What To Do
Visit Plantations:Magnolias Plantation – Right on the Ashley River, it is one of the oldest and most popular plantations. The historic house and garden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Boone Hall Plantation – The Notebook was shot here!Haunted Jail Tour: Explore the dark side of Charleston as a tour guide leads you through eerie cells and hallways of an abandoned jail while you learn about some of the wild killers who were held captive there.Explore historic streets:Rainbow Row- A popular street lined with 13 colorful houses makes the perfect backdrop for an afternoon stroll.King Street- Historic street that has been brought up to date with the best shopping boutiques. Also a hotspot for nightlife.BBB (Be a Beach Bum):Folly Beach – Surrounded by surf and souvenir shops, Folly is also home to a beautiful 1000 foot pier.Sullivan’s Island – A fun little coastal town filled with wide beaches, shops, restaurants, and water sports.Old Slave Mart Museum: A historic building that once auctioned off slaves is open to the public for a walking tour.Historic Charleston City Market: This National Historic Landmark built in the 1790s spans 4 city blocks and throughout the 19th century allowed local area farms and plantations to sell their meat and produce. Today, you’ll find a variety of vendors selling souvenirs.
Where To Eat
R Kitchen: An open kitchen concept restaurant serving a 5 course meal where patrons don’t know what’s on the menu until they arrive. With only 2 seating times available, reservations are a must.Poogan’s Porch: A traditional Southern restaurant operating out of a Victorian town house. And yup, you guessed it! You definitely want a table on the porch.Halls Chophouse: A family owned surf and turf restaurant hosting a cool gospel brunch party on Sundays.Hominy Grill: Casual restaurant serving Southern classics in a homey environment.
Where To Unwind
The Rooftop at the Vendue: Offers unbeatable views of the city while serving up sandwiches, light bites, and creative cocktails.Bar at Husk: A restored Victorian era building turned into an exciting, dimly lit bar.The Darling Oyster Bar: A more modern restaurant serving fresh oysters and fried food in cozy plush booths.