Charleston, SC had been on my travel-list for several years now and I FINALLY had the opportunity to go thanks to the wonderful people over at The Quarter's on King. I went mid-week on a solo adventure, and it was every bit worth it, but obviously I can't wait to bring Sam back!
Charleston, SC is as picturesque and quaint as everyone makes it out to be. The streets are lined with colorful historic houses, cobblestone roads, beautiful churches, shops, and THE FOOD. You could take a trip to Charleston, SC solely to eat at as many of their renowned restaurants as possible - with good Lowcountry cuisine, Oysters, and otherwise. I wish that I could have fit in every single recommendation.
Also, the history! Learning the history of a place is one of my favorite parts of travel, and Charleston, SC having been founded in 1670 as Charles Town, is rich in it's history. I ended up taking a few tours, and I'll share what I can remember but because my long-term memory kind of stinks, I'll also link to some good resources for learning more 🙂
Stay: The Quarter's on King
The Quarter's on King are a prime location. Located at 292 King Street, they are situated right in the heart of Charleston's Historic District and right atop the best shopping in the city.
I enjoyed the one bedroom loft during my stay, and would absolutely recommend these accommodations to anyone visiting Charleston. They offer a range of accommodations to fit every unique traveler/group of travelers, and can even accommodate up to 50 people for special occasions such as weddings and family reunions.
My one bedroom loft was just as bright, beautiful and clean as the pictures. With tall ceilings, windows overlooking King Street, a full kitchen, living, King bedroom, and 1 and a half bathrooms, I felt like I had the opportunity to experience what it would be like to live in Charleston. It felt like my own apartment, but with a daily cleaning service.
I was able to walk most places from my loft at The Quarter's on King, including to my incredible lunch at Husk that was literally just around the corner!
If you choose to stay here for your first or next visit to Charleston, I know you'll be so delighted by their accommodations and friendly service. Book now, thank me later!
Check-in, Lunch at 167 Raw, Walk King Street & Dine at Zero Restaurant and Bar
Took the morning flight and made it into Charleston just in time for lunch! Dropped my bags at The Quarter's on King office, and then walked down King Street, through a neighborhood of pretty houses and over to 167 Raw for a bite (Thanks to the recommendation of Reid over at Quarter's on King)!
*What I learned before arrival is that it's best to have a reservation for your meals at the most popular spots! Fortunately there was no wait for a party of one and I was able to plop myself down at the oyster bar!*
167 Raw was such a cool little spot! The restaurant itself is actually very small, cozy, and probably seating a total of 20 people or so, which is most likely why there is usually a wait. That and the fact that it's a Charleston favorite. There wouldn't be a wait if people didn't love it and I've heard it's definitely worth the wait, especially if you're going to order the Lobster Roll!
I wish I'd known that before I ate there! I ordered a shrimp taco and a fish taco to keep it semi-light - first seafood of the trip and both were delicious!
After lunch I checked-in to my loft over at The Quarter's on King and rested a bit before doing some window shopping and perusing along King Street!
I could've napped the afternoon away in that loft because it's in such a prime location that you feel like you're in the middle of the action and not missing out on anything since you can see down onto the street below. Sometimes I get the feeling of FOMO or guilt if I spend too much time in my hotel on a trip, but after my early morning flight and with how CUTE that loft was, I felt pretty content resting awhile.
There are 3 parts to historic King Street: Upper King - Design & Dining District, Middle King - Fashion, Boutiques and a mix of Shops and Art Galeries and Lower King - Antiques.
I had a lot of exploring to do, a lot of self-discipline to practice while walking arounds such adorable shops (lots of wish list building in my head) and was able to work up an appetite for dinner at Zero George Restaurant & Bar.
Zero George Restaurant & Bar is at the quaint boutique Zero George Hotel, and was named one of the Top 5 Foodie Hotels in the world by Condé Nast. Recommend you make reservations!
From the moment you walk in, the ambiance is unique. You walk into a tiny and beautiful kitchen on the left, opposite the hostess and wonder for a second whether you took the wrong door, but you didn't! If you are a little early for your reservation there is a room with a cozy bar just beyond the hostess and then that room leads to where I enjoyed my farm fresh and seasonal 3 course dinner.
Breakfast at Glazed, Aiken-Rhett House Tour, Lunch at Husk, Tour Boone Hall & Dine at Cannon Green
I did A LOT my second day because I wanted to fit as much as I could into the trip! I will admit I was ready for bed by the end of day two but it was all worth seeing, and I almost wish I had packed every day of the trip that full of activities.
After breakfast I had just enough time to fit in a Historic House Tour before my lunch reservation. There are two that you can tour, The Aiken-Rhett House and the Nathaniel-Russell House, but for the purpose of time I only toured one and went with The Aiken-Rhett House. Tours are $12 for one house or $18 for both.
At the Aiken-Rhett House you take a self-guided audio tour and I will admit that it was somewhat eery walking around a house and it's quarters that were built in the 1800's because I was by myself! And some of the outside quarters are dimly lit/ have no light...
It was really interesting though, to get a glimpse into the life of the wealthy family that once occupied the home, and to see the original slave quarters that have remained intact and unchanged since the mid-1800's!
My favorite room was the ball room - I just love to imagine the parties back then, and the 19th century dresses and dancing! The room had huge gold mirrors and you could still see traces of a once elaborate wall paper.
For lunch I headed over to Husk, which had been recommend to me by quite a few of you lovely people so I was really excited for it! This is one that you'll definitely need to reserve probably at least a week or more in advance if you plan on going for dinner (or supper as they say in the South). By the time I looked up supper reservations, they were booked solid!
Husk is all about real, authentic Lowcountry cooking, with ingredients strictly found in the South and has been recognized as one of the best restaurants in the South, as well as best new restaurant in America by Bon Appetít and Southern Living. The restaurant is a GORGEOUS house centrally located downtown, and was just a short walk from where I was staying over at Quarter's on King.
The menu changes daily, and is updated twice daily on their website! While I was visiting for lunch, I enjoyed the Shrimp & Grits, a glass of rosé, and a basket of fresh rolls and butter - it was also my first time ever eating Shrimp and Grits and the best way to experience it - delicious!
After lunch I caught a Lyft over to Boone Hall Plantation - one of America's oldest (still) working plantations!
General Admission is $24 and there is a lot to do at Boone Hall, so I would suggest going earlier in the day to make time for everything: Slave History and Exploring the Gullah Culture (make sure you catch the live performance - it was my favorite), House Tours, a Plantation Coach Tour, the Garden and the Butterfly Pavilion, as well as their Boone Hall Farms Market just down the road.
What started out as a tiny cabin on a huge piece of land turned plantation by Major John Boone in 1681 has become one of America's most photographed plantaion's, for good reason! Just driving up through the two rows of Live Oak trees is enchanting all on it's own. It's no wonder Boone Hall has been home to so many weddings, events, TV shows and movies throughout the years too.
For dinner a took a Lyft over to Cannon Green. Cannon Green has been featured in magazines across the country for it's local farm-to-table fare with a mediterranean touch, but also for it's stunning and romantic garden-inspired ambiance. Cannon Green hosts a very popular Sunday brunch t00!
Menu's change seasonally, and while I was there I enjoyed the Roasted Chicken (Farro, currants, spinach, chickin confit, pumpkin puree), the BR COHN – CABERNET 2015 and a really delicious upside down apple cake with a scoop of lemon gelato. Would recommend it all, and really enjoyed the Chicken with the pumpkin puree touch.
11am Walking History Tour, Lunch at The Obstinate Daughter, Explore Sullivan's Island, Dinner at The Ordinary
My 3rd day didn't go exactly according to the itinerary I had set for it. Listed above is everything that I planned to do, but the day went spontaneously a different direction after the 11am History Tour.
I didn't grab breakfast before the 11am Tour because I had devoured every bit of my dinner the night before and wasn't really hungry. Big mistake! Eat something before the tour so you don't want to pass out half-way through. This is probably why all plans changed afterward too.
As recommended by the people over at Quarter's on King, I took the Tommy Dew History Tour which did not disappoint. There are a wide variety of different history tours to choose from when visiting Charleston, SC but Tommy Dew's tour was excellent if you're up for a walking tour! I love walking to explore a city, to get a lay of the land and the feel of the culture. Tommy Dew is immensely knowledgable, and has been featured as one of the most in-depth tours by the Wall Street Journal, and one of Charleston's Top 5 City Tours by Southern Living. Really recommend his tour!
After the tour my original plan was to catch a Lyft to Sullivan's Island where I would lunch at The Obstinate Daughter and explore the town of Sullivan's Island, but my hunger got in the way of my plans. Still recommend doing this though, and want to go next time around because both the restaurant and Sullivan's Island were recommended to me, again, alot!
Tommy Dew gave a couple recommendation's for lunch around where we ended our tour, so I headed to Eli's Table, chowed down on a steak burger and then decided to wander around Charleston more because the streets, houses and shops are all so lovely and picturesque.
For dinner I walked over to The Ordinary - party of one at the oyster bar! The Ordinary is a "seafood hall" known for their local seafood and oysters, and fun atmosphere!
I ordered a dozen of their local oysters on the half shell along with an Air Mail cocktail and enjoyed watching the action behind the oyster bar. If you don't like oysters, don't worry, they offer plenty of other seafood options! But the oysters were delicious!
Check-out at 11am, Lunch at Minero, Off to the airport!
I was so sad to leave!! That little loft at The Quarter's on King felt like it became my Charleston home...I can't wait to go back because there are so many more places to eat and things to see!
Before I left I ate some food over at Minero, another recommendation by the folks at Quarter's on King while I was saying goodbye. Being from Texas, I'm always curious how Mexican food is in other states! Not too shabby.
Minero is managed by The Neighborhood Dining Group, the same company over Husk.
After lunch I was off to the airport, ready to get home and tell Sam all about my little lone adventure...
I'll be back Charleston! Thanks to Quarter's on King for hosting me <3
Little Funny Trip Moments
- One of my Lyft drivers asked if guys in Austin/Texas actually wear cowboy boots! Whaaa?! Yes!
- Someone thought I was in college there at the U of Charleston! Either because I look very young, look like a local or both 😉
- Someone asked if I was influencer...never have I been asked that before! But I guess so!? Idk, I don't really call myself that, but it was just because I was taking a picture of food with a big ol Nikon camera.
- One of the oyster bar guys enjoyed making fun of me for taking pictures of my food too, in jest. One of the many fun/awkward parts of being an "influencer". I've learned to get over it!
- It's hard trying to get pictures of myself on a trip for my blog and Insta while traveling solo, so I had a JOBY Flexible Gorilla-pod with me, and got caught taking pictures of myself several times! Even had a nice couple offer to take a picture for me! Haha.
- Shamelessly told The Quarter's on King people that I had a half full bottle of wine in the room and that someone should definitely get it and enjoy it, while checking out! I cant see wine go to waste 😉 but I think they thought I was a little odd to suggest it, haha.