My husband and I had the pleasure of spending the first weekend of August in Charleston, without the kiddos. To make this happen, I had to find a sitter, coordinate my husband flying in from Denver and leaving at the end of the weekend to fly to Boston. We chose a flight that gave us a layover in Chicago together, because we’re that kind of couple. Of note to many: Southwest now flies into Charleston! If you book far enough in advance, with many cities, including Nashville, you can score a direct flight!
First, let me ask this: WHY have I never been to Charleston? We loved our weekend so much we want this city to be our go-to getaway place every year from now on. We might even bring the kids with us next time…
Quick breakdown for those just wanting just a summary:
- We stayed at Charleston Place hotel and loved it. Perfect location, lovely service, attention to details. Consider the Club Level if you can swing it for the all the little extras like free food and an open bar. This hotel is large, but the service and attention to detail make it feel much smaller. This an urban resort, to be sure.
- We ate at Macintosh, Husk and Charleston Grill. All were fantastic, but our favorite was Charleston Grill. It was so out of this world, I think we may have wept during our meal…or angels started singing with harp accompaniment. (Oh, I’m about to cry again.)
- From Charleston Place, we were able to easily walk everywhere. We never once called a cab or used our rental car.
We ate breakfast at our hotel. Since we were staying in the club level at Charleston Place, we were able to take advantage of all-day-long luxuries, like an open bar and buffets filled throughout the day with fresh fruit, salmon, sushi, cheeses, homemade breads and more. Yes, it costs more, but if you want a more private experience and the ability to have some low-key “fee inclusive” meals, snacks and cocktails, this is a good bet.
After breakfast we went for a long walk, as all we really had on the agenda were reservations for lunch… and then for dinner!
Next up was lunch at HUSK. We walked there. In fact, we never got in our car again once we arrived at the hotel Friday afternoon, which, for my husband and me was perfect. We never called a cab either, choosing to walk everywhere and immerse ourselves in this beautiful place.
After lunch we… walked some more. The cobblestone roads and historic buildings and houses – many of which are 200-300 years old – were incredible. I felt like I was stopping every 10 seconds to take more photos. My husband indulged me, but we weren’t moving quickly. I wanted to capture it all. I had to pick through 153 photos to give you the following, but I think I picked out a nice representation of Charleston and why we fell so hard, so fast.
We’re not big “graveyard” people, but we couldn’t help but wander into St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church’s graveyard and feel the quiet and reverence. The cicadas were in full song as we wandered among the rows of 300 year old headstones, weathered with age.
We eventually made our way back to the hotel in time for a quick change before setting off again for another meal. This one ended up being our favorite: Charleston Grill, which is actually found inside Charleston Place (which we had no idea when we booked!).
We rolled our way up the stairs, went to bed, got up the next day for another long walk, then drove away to catch our flight. We vowed then and there we would be back!
- We stayed at Charleston Place hotel and loved it. Perfect location, lovely service, attention to details. Consider the Club Level if you can swing it for the all the little extras, free food and bar.
- We ate at Macintosh, Husk and Charleston Grill. All were fantastic, but our favorite was Charleston Grill.
- General Manager of Charleston Grill, Mickey Bakst, was featured in Executive Travel magazine. See that article here.
- Do take the time to walk into the old churches and graveyards.
- Charleston makes for the perfect weekend destination getaway, but I can see how a whole week would be enjoyable. With a week, I’d hit the beaches, Cypress Gardens, the Hunley submarine and the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier. I’d also want to take the ferry to Fort Sumter and eat, eat, eat. The food in this city is incredible.