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Charleston SC, Travel Guide

I recently traveled to Charleston SC. I fell in love with the quaint historic city. The city was clean, beautiful, not overcrowded and full of history. We spent most of our time checking out plantations, gardens and eating our way through the town. I’m going to share some of the spots we loved in my Charleston SC, Travel Guide. In the meantime click here and request your own free travel guide to be delivered to your mailbox!

Charleston Travel Guide
Rainbow Row
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Pineapple Fountain
boone hall plantation

What To Do:

  • Visit Boone Hall Plantation
    • Boone Hall was my favorite spot. It had a great mix of history and beauty. BONUS: It’s also where the movie, The Notebook was filmed. It was such a pretty, romantic spot.
  • Magnolia Gardens
    • Magnolia was a little disappointing because nothing was in bloom. It was still beautiful and a lot of great history. However; it’s more like walking through woods/nature and no flowers. We were disappointed because it is marketed as flower gardens but that’s not the case. It was still full of a ton of great history.
  • Rainbow Row & The Pineapple Fountain
    • These spots are within walking distance of each other. They are a must see while in Charleston.
  • Historic Charleston City Market
    • This market changes vendors throughout the day. So, you will see all sorts of different creators and makers selling their local goods. It was a really cool thing to see. I picked up souvenirs for my kids here.

What To Eat:

  • Breakfast
    • We enjoyed Harken Cafe. Their avocado toast and lattes were amazing. It was also right across from our hotel.
    • The Rise was another coffee shop that came recommended.
  • Lunch
    • RuRu’s Taco & Tequila was SO good. We had great service and food here.
    • Poogan’s Porch was a spot we wanted to try but they were always so busy and we couldn’t get it. I’d suggest making reservations ahead of time!
    • Harken Cafe is also a great, quick lunch spot. They have delicious subs and salad.
  • Dinner
    • Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar was so good. The mussels were amazing.
    • Leon’s Oyster Shop came highly recommended. I tried Oyster’s for the first time here and they were so good. Order the “world famous” oysters.
    • 39 Rue De Jean was our favorite dinner spot. It is a french restaurant with great vibes and even better service. Every thing we ordered was delicious. The charcuterie board was so unique and definitely a must try.
  • Dessert
    • Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe has great milkshakes and cakes. Try the Espresso shake.

Where To Stay:

  • The Mills House
    • We stayed at The Mills House, it is the cutest pink hotel. It is in a great location and within walking distance from most of the downtown Charleston spots.
  • The Vendue, The Restoration and The Elliot House Inn were all recommended spots as well.

Charleston Outfit Ideas

Charleston Travel Guide
magnolia gardens
magnolia gardens
floral dress

Overall, Charleston SC is a great weekend spot. I would love to go back because there is so much to see here. I hope this helps Charleston, SC travel guide helps you plan your trip. If you have any questions feel free to send me a DM on Instagram and also make sure to check out my “Charleston” highlight there to see more of our trip.

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