Charleston, South Carolina is one of those cities I would have never visited if it were not for my husband wanting to go there. I was skeptical going there, but Charleston was a hit!
We stayed at Charleston Place which was all done up for Christmas.
The lobby, bar and common areas were wonderful, however we did not care for the room because it felt tired and dated. We loved the bar because it was a combination of locals and tourists and the restaurant, Charleston Grill, served us one of the best meals we have ever had…and we have eaten at 3 star Michelin restaurants. We had the chef’s tasting menu so each course was a surprise and every bit was delicious. They were kind enough to let us split one wine pairing between us since we wanted to enjoy the food and not get too drunk.
One day we just walked around the city. My favorite part was looking at the houses that were in immaculate condition. I could see myself sitting on one of those porches with family and friends sipping some sweet tea or cocktails. I could see my husband spending all his free time working on the house.
Visiting plantations is one of my favorite activities in southern towns. I normally do extreme amounts of research before going on trips, but with this trip I was, “going with the flow” and did not do any research. It would have actually helped for this day though because when we got the plantation, it turned out it did not have a plantation house because it had been destroyed. There were extensive gardens, however not much was in bloom.
Our last day was spent exploring one of the nearby islands. This trip was in late November, so it was not beach weather, but we still had a nice walk on the beach. It was a cute little beach town that I imagine would be a blast in the summer.
We had a great time in Charleston and found it to be a quintessential southern city.