Charleston Recap + Highlights

charleston recap

I wanted to do a quick recap + highlight post today on our trip to Charleston, South Carolina. I thought it might be helpful to share our experience in case any of you are interested in vacationing there. Long story short – we would highly recommend it! Read on if you want all the details…

charleston recap

Getting There

To begin, we were debating between flying or driving but the Richmond airport does not have a direct flight into Charleston. After making a connection the travel time would be about the same so we liked the idea of having our car. The total trip time took us about 6 hours. It was an easy drive but it is a little long if you were only visiting for a quick weekend trip.

charleston recap

Where to Stay

We stayed at 86 Cannon – a boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Charleston and we absolutely LOVED it. Everything about the hotel was top-notch: from the champagne toast upon arrival to the amazing interior design throughout the rooms to the delicious breakfast and wine happy hour each day. They only have about 5 rooms so it is an incredibly intimate feel. Since we didn’t have the kids with us, David and I spent a lot of time hanging out on their porch reading books and chatting. It felt like a home away from home. This was our favorite part of the whole trip – highly recommend!

charleston recap


The food scene in Charleston is unreal! We did A LOT of eating and drinking and had so many recommendations from friends that it was really hard to choose which spots to visit. My favorite part of the Charleston recap….here is where we ate:

  • Magnolias – this is a popular Charleston staple serving southern food. I had the most delicious fish of my life & a wonderful martini.
  • Leon’s Oyster Shop – An adorable, very casual stop for lunch. Loved the vibe in here. Order the fried chicken, oysters and frozen rose!
  • Fig – Get reservations here ASAP. They open up 30 days before your requested date and the only reservation we could get was 10:00 pm. WAY past my bedtime but so worth it! The food is amazing.
  • Obstinate Daughter – This was David’s favorite stop. It is located on Sullivan’s Island so we stopped here for lunch while we were visiting the beach.
  • Husk – Grab a drink at their bar next door beforehand and don’t miss the pig ear lettuce wraps


charleston recap

charleston recap


Since this was a couples trip, we kept our activities pretty flexible so we had time to leisurely walk and shop and eat. Here are some of the other things we did:

  • Nathaniel Russell House Tour – a beautiful historic home that offers tours
  • Bike ride through downtown – 86 Cannon has bikes so we took them out for an afternoon of exploring the Battery & Rainbow Row
  • Carriage tour through historic downtown – this is slightly controversial but we loved this company & it was such a great way to learn about the history of Charleston
  • Visit art galleries – we fell in love with Kathleen Jones art while at Meyer Vogel gallery. They are lots of great gallery options in town!
  • Visit the beach on Sullivan’s Island
  • Shop on King Street


nathaniel russell house

Other Resources

  • Gal Meets Glam has a wonderful guide to Charleston here
  • A very comprehensive list from David’s cousin’s friend here

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Recommended Stops We Didn’t Get To…

  • Restaurants: Xao Bao Biscuit, Hominy Grill, Poogan’s Porch, Poe’s Tavern, The Ordinary, Lewis BBQ, Pearlz Oyster Bar, Darling Oyster Bar, The Ordinary
  • Activities: Aquarium, Aiken Rhett House, Fort Sumter, Boone Plantation, Angel Oak, Gibbes Museum of Art
  • Shops: Luna, City Market, Charleston Rice Beads, Finicky Filly, Rewind


I hope this Charleston recap was helpful. We loved our time and still have so many spots to try. I can’t’ wait to visit again with the kids in tow. You stole our hearts, Charleston!


I’m always happy to answer your questions in the comments or shoot me an email! XO

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