Have a few extra vacation days stashed in your back pocket? Looking for a quick weekend trip to get away? Hop in the car or on a flight and head to Charleston, South Carolina. The colorful southern city is full of history, charm, and lots of soulful cooking. With a beautiful downtown and amazing golf courses and beaches within reach, you will be able to fill your time with the best food, traditions, and fashions of the city. Book yourself a weekend trip and follow this 48-hour guide to Charleston for sun, fitness, food and shopping.
48 Hours in Charleston
When you arrive on Friday night, head to The Macintosh for a post-travel drink and appetizer. The restaurant is located on King Street which runs through the city and is filled with the best shops and eateries. Order one of the signature drinks like The Witch Doctor. Head down King Street to Broad Street for an amazing dinner at Magnolias, which is known for its exquisite upscale southern cuisine. Make sure you inquire about the daily specials as they are out of this world—and don’t pass on the short ribs or fried chicken dinners. Take an after-dinner stroll around the French Quarter and head home for a good night’s sleep.
On Saturday morning you will wake up well fed and rested, ready to take on the city. For a great iced coffee and breakfast head to The Daily, which offers fresh produce straight from their favorite farmers in the lowcountry and pastries baked daily. Our personal favorites were the coffee, juices, and smoothies. Head over to Meeting Street to B’s Bikes and get suited up to see the city on two wheels. I recommend heading down Meeting to White Point Garden on The Battery and to take in all of the amazing homes and water views South of Broad. Zigzag your way through the streets, which are lined with historic homes and jasmine plants. Have your picture taken in front of The Pineapple Fountain or homes of Rainbow Row.
End your ride in the in the lovely Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood and pop into Mac & Murphy, an adorable stationery boutique. The area is known for its off-the-beaten-path eateries, homes, and laid-back vibe. Stop at Five Loaves for a great lunch of soup, salad, or sandwich. After your busy morning, it is certainly time to relax. Pack a bag full of goodies and head to the beach at Sullivans Island. This is one of the city’s favorite beaches; Relax under an umbrella or bring a bag full of beach activities.
Once you get back to your hotel and freshen up, hit up King Street for some amazing shopping. The street is lined with high-end designers, retail favorites, and local boutiques. Don’t miss Hampden Clothing, M. Dumas & Sons, and other local favorites. At the bottom of King Street, in the market area, you will find the Market Pavilion Hotel, which has a rooftop bar and pool overlooking the city and harbor. Our favorite restaurant on the quick trip was Darling Oyster Bar, and if you like mollusks, it will be yours too. The restaurant is known for its fresh seafood, decor, and amazing staff. I can guarantee you will have a great night at The Darling.
On Sunday, plan to take in some of the city’s rich history. Before you set out on a day of learning take a class at Charleston Power Yoga on King Street. We suggest heading to a plantation, like Boone Hall, or signing up for a carriage tour of the city. For lunch, go to Leon’s Fine Poultry and Oyster Shop—and don’t forget to order hush puppies on the side of your meal. Go out for an afternoon paddleboard on Shem Creek before you head back to the hotel to pack up.
We know that a new city can be overwhelming, so especially if you don’t miss any of the must-see spots. On this quick trip, you will take in all the sights, activities, and live like a local.
Have you traveled to Charleston? What are your favorite spots?