Charleston has very rapidly grown into a big tourist destination – and is a very trendy city with fun for all ages. The shops, bars, restaurants are fun, eclectic and for the most part very unique. My boyfriend Matt and I don’t have kids yet so most of our travels currently all revolve around trying new restaurants, cocktails, and adventures in each respective city we visit.
If you haven’t been, I highly recommend taking the trip. It was only a little over six-hour drive for us from Orlando, so it wasn’t too bad.
We stayed at the historic Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel, originally reported to have opened in 1853, and is rumored to be haunted after a massive Charleston fire while General Robert E. Lee was staying there. If you enjoy an older, beautiful, historic hotel, this is definitely the place; but not necessarily the place if you’re looking for modern and contemporary accommodations. You can read up on more of the Mills House history here.
There were SO many amazing restaurants and bars, Charleston would be a great destination in my opinion for a girls trip, romantic getaway, and even family vacation with all of the history in the area.
Let’s start at Hall’s Chophouse in downtown Charleston on King Street where the son, Billy Hall, greets you at the door (we had the pleasure of being there the same time he was that night, but were told he actually does this a lot). This is a higher-end, white tablecloth restaurant so if you’re looking for a nicer upscale dinner – this is your place. We both had filet mignon, lobster mac and cheese, and brussel sprouts, paired with a Daroushi Cabernet Sauvignon. The sides come family style – so there was PLENTY of food for two people. This place knows what they’re doing and their standards are very high. The customer service was incredible and I 100 percent recommend it.
Now, just down the street from the Mills House, is a great place for breakfast, called Eli’s Table. My boyfriend Matt had an insanely deliciously “French Onion Benedict” and I had a wild mushroom omelette – and, I had to add a sweet potato pancake – when in South Carolina, right?!
Photo: Prohibition restaurant & bar, historical doors
And you CANNOT visit Charleston without visiting the inside of the Belmond Charleston Hotel, especially at Christmas time. The way the Belmond is decorated for the holidays is amazing – with a fully involved Christmas train-track inside, and a massive Crystal-like chandelier with a REAL, massive Christmas tree, you must add this hotel to your list. There’s a great bar inside for a cocktail, and the Belmond is also connected to the luxurious Charleston Place shops.
Matt & I inside the Belmond:
Two separate towns that are totally worth the visit not far from Charleston is Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island. When it comes to living, the properties on these islands are certainly some of the more exquisite and exclusive neighborhoods and homes you may ever see. They are stunning, and along the water.