I escaped to Charleston, South Carolina this weekend to explore and wanted to share some of my favorite spots with you. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did! xx
1. Camellia’s Champagne Bar
Located inside the new Hotel Bennett, this champagne bar is as colorful as its namesake flower — definitely pretty in pink. The egg-shaped room design was inspired by the famous Faberge jewel boxes and has gorgeous pieces of Camellia flower art. I’d visit this spot for afternoon tea, pre-dinner cocktails, or a nightcap.
2. Basic Kitchen
I stopped in at least two times a day to try something new off the menu, mostly their drinks. Basic Kitchen uses seasonal, local produce and changes their menu based on what’s available. Perhaps my favorite menu items were their (dirty) Chai lattes and the oat milk matcha lattes. Basic, I know, but so worth it!!
3. Zero George Luxury Boutique Hotel + Restaurant
The photos don’t do this historic haven justice. By far, my favorite part of the trip was spending time at Zero George. Travel and Leisure described Zero George as an “Oasis of Luxury”, and I couldn’t agree more. If you don’t end up staying at this Southern chic sixteen-room hotel, then you must dine at Zero. Condé Nast named Zero George one of the Top 5 Foodie Hotels in the World and the Chef’s Tasting Menu does not disappoint.
4. BYOB Candle Making @ Candlefish
I wasn’t exactly sold on candle-making when we first decided on the plan, but this ended up being one of the best parts of the trip. You pick your favorite scents from the shop, pour your own candles, and custom label them. Once your candles dry, you can pick them up and take them home. Class is $55 and includes the workshop and two candles. Plus, you can bring your own alcohol to enjoy while making candle making.
5. Rainbow Row
Rainbow Row is a name for a series of thirteen multi-colored homes on East Bay Street. This street has essentially evolved into a row of annoyed boyfriends taking “candid” shots of their girlfriends walking alongside the homes, but it still remains an attraction. Each of the homes have their own unique history and one of them just got featured on Southern Living for finally going up for sale. The homes are near the bay, so if it’s nice out you can walk along the water afterwards.
While Charleston had so much to offer, these were just a few of my top spots. I received plenty of incredible suggestions on my Instagram post: Husk, Butcher + The Bee, Melfi’s, and so many others. Hopefully next time I’ll get a chance to visit them all. Leave your Charleston recommendations below!