Defined by its cobblestone streets, pastel antebellum homes, and foodie-approved restaurants, it’s no wonder that Charleston has become one of the most popular U.S destinations.
If you’re traveling from Miami, catch a direct flight from MIA and you’ll be in Charleston in only 1 hour and 20 minutes. Flights are super easy and AA offers great times and rates.
My two personal favorites are The Belmond Charleston Place and The Dewberry. Both are centrally located and fab in different ways. The Belmond is more “traditional Charleston” whereas the Dewberry is chic and modern. Plus, their rooftop bar will not disappoint! Charleston offers a large variety of accommodations so there is guaranteed to be something suitable for every preference and budget.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Charleston has over 300 years of remarkable history. Start the day with a walk along the battery, take photos along Rainbow Row, tour one of the famous historic homes and definitely visit a Plantation. Magnolia Plantation is known for its beautiful gardens and Boone Hall Plantation is where The Notebook was filmed.
Charleston is one of the foodie capitals of the U.S. If traditional Southern cuisine is your forte, this city is a must on your bucket list. Shrimp & Grits and Chicken & Waffles can be found on 90% of the menus. Some popular favorites include FIG, Husk, Magnolia’s and Charleston Grill. Be sure to make reservations in advance, as the hot spots tend to fill up quickly.
If you are staying downtown then you are within walking distance of all of the best attractions, restaurants and shops. King Street is Charleston’s main destination for great shopping. There you can find everything from Designer stores to mom & pop local boutiques. Definitely stop by Hampden for an amazing curation of designer and contemporary pieces and Kids on King for the cutest children’s-wear.
- Camellia’s Champagne Bar at the newly opened Hotel Bennett- so dreamy!
- Citrus Club at The Dewberry- chic rooftop bar with amazing sunset views.
- The Nathaniel Russel House Museum- an eclectic look into Charleston’s history.
- King Street- the ‘Worth Ave’ of Charleston.
- Magnolia or Boone Hall- plantations rich with history and Instagram-worthy photos.
- Downtown Historic Charleston- take a walking tour, you won’t be sorry!