If you’ve been following me for awhile you know that Charleston, South Carolina holds a special place in my heart! I grew up living two hours away from Charleston before I moved there for 5 years to attend and graduate from The College of Charleston. I recently went back to the old historic city for a girls weekend getaway and boy was it different than my college experience. The town and gorgeous scenic views along with some of my oldest friends will always make Charleston feel like home to me but the stores, restaurants and businesses are forever changing! Let’s be honest, I’m a little behind on this blog post but I wanted to give you all a run down of our girls weekend – the things we did, the amazing people we met and everyones favorite, the delicious food we ate!
First, Let’s Talk About Where To Stay!
The Bea’s Nest
Mary Jo of Port to Palm hosted us at The Beas Nest – a luxurious coastal vacation home located on the Isle of Palms, just a quick 30 minute drive from Downtown Charleston and a block away from the beach! A little bit about the history:
” Once known as ”Bea’s Nest,” 716 Carolina Blvd was originally owned by acclaimed American poetess Beatrice Witte Ravenel. It blends the the rich history of Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island with modern touches to provide its guests with an amazing experience steps from the beautiful Carolina beaches. We are excited to share it with you and your family.”
Once we dropped our bags off at the house and settled in we quickly made our way over to Mount Pleasant to have a relaxing spa night at The Woodhouse Day Spa. Picture this -sipping on a glass of bubbly in a fluffy white robe, while soft music plays in the background surrounded by the most fabulous group of bloggers. Woodhouse offers a wide variety of rejuvenating and relaxing services from invigorating facials to therapeutic massages. My Swedish massage left me feeling rested, rejuvenated, and ready to conquer the Holy City!
The Next Day – It’s Time To Eat!
We spent the afternoon at a luncheon hosted by Lauren Taylor Law Firm at Merchant’s Hall, a gorgeous venue with a spectacular view of the Charleston City Market. I was able to taste 5 church, a fabulous local restaurant on Market Street, for the first time because they catered the luncheon. 5 Church definitely lived up to their notoriety with creative crudités, a delicious citrus salad and a spicy ahi tuna poke bowl. You know I always save the best for last – that being the banana pannacotta + milk chocolate ganache dessert (insert salivating emoji here). I still crave that little mason jar desert til’ this day!
Some Other Amazing Food Recs
A quaint little wine bar located in the heart of downtown Charleston on King Street. Kick off your weekend exploring all of the huge selection of wines on tap and I highly recommend the charcuterie board. No meal is complete without dessert so you have to try the Oreo Bomb. It is a homemade ‘Oreo’ cookie with caramel mousse, chocolate truffle and caramel creme topped with chocolate glaze.
A weekend in Charleston is not complete without a fun Sunday brunch spot! For the ultimate bloody mary I would highly recommend The Darling Oyster Bar located on King Street, a well-known vintage raw oyster bar serving up traditional low-country cuisine. Opt for the hush puppies, shrimp & grits, biscuits & gravy, a dozen raw oysters and The Captain – the ultimate bloody mary for the perfect Sunday funday meal.
All Things Beauty
For all things Nails you must go see Angela at Lu.nu.la Nail Lab! She is hands down the best and can literally perfect any creative nail look you desire. She was such a pleasure to work with and I can’t thank her enough for the best manicure I’ve had to date!
For all things Hair & Makeup you must go to Largo Salon for hair and see Barbie Melvin & her team at Pink Mansion Beauty. This was my first time visiting Largo and their super swanky salon offers the ultimate vibe, especially for a girls’ night out! This was my second time getting my makeup done by Barbie and you guys she is one of the most talented and down to earth makeup artists I have ever worked with! I left the salon that night feeling like I can conquer the world – even if it was just one bomb night out downtown with my girls.
Lastly, All The Fun Things To Do & Places To Be
Did you know South Carolina is home to some of the nation’s most historic landmarks, including Middleton Place. Middleton Place is home to the oldest landscaped garden in America. Whether you’re touring the house museum, visiting the restaurant or inn, or exploring the working stable yards, Middleton is just one of those places that you can spend all day enjoying! I think my favorite part was getting to know all of the farm animals – be sure to say hey to Kevin (the peacock) while visiting.
To end our Charleston girls weekend we went on a sunset cruise around the Charleston Harbor with Carolina Girl Yacht, a beautiful venue for weddings, rehearsal dinners or corporate and social events. Although it was a bit chilly, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to enjoy the beautiful view of The Battery at sunset with while drinking cocktails from the bar.
Carriage Rides & Rainbow Row
Of course we can’t forget about the infamous Rainbow Row, a series of 13 homes in bright pastel hues lining the historic waterfront. It represents the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States! If you’re looking for that ‘gram-worthy photo, I promise you will get it here, located downtown on East Bay Street.
I hope this post inspired you to make a trip to visit the Holy City, a perfect weekend getaway in southern South Carolina!
A huge Thank You to Jaime Huffman of the Charleston Blonde for coordinating this entire trip and for the gracious host partners! I am extremely thankful for all of the wonderful opportunities that blogging has given me like visiting new places and meeting some amazing new people along the way.
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