Here’s The Inside Scoop on Charleston, SCBrianna Ciccotelli
The notable town of Charleston, South Carolina has been quite a popular destination for historic getaways and scenic road trips due to the unconquerable charm and beauty the city has to offer. The streets, the houses, the quaint little corners—everything in Charleston seems to showcase the true elegance of such a remarkable little town. It’s only fitting that your itinerary matches the top-notch charm of the oldest city in the state of South Carolina. Here’s where to stay, what to do, where to eat, and where to grab a cup of coffee in Charleston, South Carolina.
Book Your Stay at The Restoration
If you’re going to be visiting the largest city in South Carolina, it’s only fitting you stay in the center of it all—more specifically, at The Restoration. Located on King Street, where Charleston’s past meets Charleston’s present, The Restoration is in an ideal spot of town. Surrounded by boutique shops, popular restaurants, little businesses, and rich history, you won’t miss a beat when deciding to call this place home for the duration of your visit.
All The Restoration Has to Offer
The Restoration translates its hometown’s vibrant local history and culture into a casually chic, luxurious hospitality experience.
Consisting of five beautifully renovated buildings that showcase both the old and the new, The Restoration features a unique, classically modern design. This community-driven hotel offers just about everything you could ever want, complete with a gym, library, courtyard, pool, retail store, bicycle rental, spa, restaurant, and coffee bar, there’s almost no need to leave your hotel despite being in one of the most beautiful towns in South Carolina.
Rooftop Farm-to-Table Restaurant: The Watch
While Charleston offers the best of the best in the restaurant realm, The Restoration’s very own The Watch: Rooftop Kitchen and Spirits is a must-visit. This farm to table restaurant features Charleston’s finest ingredients, all locally sourced, and a feel-at-home atmosphere. Whether you’re in the mood for fresh seafood, southern cuisine, or even just a signature cocktail, you’ll find it on the menu here.
Grab Coffee at The Rise Coffee Bar
Lucky for you coffee lovers, the best of the best is located right inside The Restoration. The Rise Coffee Bar features coffee from local coffee roaster, Springbook Coffee. A popular coffee destination amongst more than just hotel guests, this coffee bar offers an exquisite coffee experience and top-notch service to make your morning coffee all the more enjoyable. Plus, each month they feature a specialty coffee drink—April’s being The Mint-to-Bee Latte. Crafted with mint, house-made simple syrup (sugar), wildflower honey and espresso and served cold, this drink is sure to spark up even the dungiest of mornings or sleepiest of afternoons.
Relax At The Amethyst Spa & Nail Bar
Just as the amethyst itself, The Amethyst Spa at The Restoration provides guests with a soothing, stimulating, tranquilized experience of a lifetime. Some of the luxuries offered are deep tissue massages, organic body scrubs, aromatherapy, and facials. Don’t forget to pamper yourself a little extra and get a manicure at the nail bar so your hand-game in your coffee photos is as strong as your coffee itself.
Unwind At The Indigo Relaxation Pool
The Indigo Relaxation Pool offers guests a relaxing place to take a dip, lounge in serenity, or just chill out with an iced coffee after a manicure and facial at The Amethyst Spa. Located on the rooftop, it also offers a stellar view of Charleston.
Shop At The Port Mercantile Retail Store
Looking for the perfect gift for yourself or a friend? Discover something new at The Port Mercantile Retail Store! This unique store contains goods ranging from necessities to gifts and more. Whether you’re looking for clothing, jewelry and other accessories, home goods, or even food and drink, The Port Mercantile Retail Store has a selection of everything on your shopping list. You might even stop and in and find something you didn’t know you needed in your life!
Take a Break At The Cultural Library
Looking for the perfect spot to sip on your coffee or become lost in a book? One of The Restoration’s finest amenities is The Cultural Library. This stylish space is filled with good reads including magazines, art journals, and a selection of iconic fashion books. Grab a drink with an old—or new—friend at the Honor Bar. Pour your own drinks—spirits on offer include Striped Pig Rum, Virgil Kaine Bourbon, and Hat Trick Gin—and chat with friends in the charming Culture Library.
What to Do While in Charleston
With so much ground to cover in what may be a short amount of time (depending on your visit length), we’ve got you covered with the bare minimum of what you must see and do when in Charleston.
Wander the Historic District & Rainbow Row
The quintessential Charleston experience includes two significant adventures—wandering and weaving through the historic district and taking a stroll down Rainbow Row. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, Rainbow Row is located on East Bay Street and features the longest stretch of Georgian row houses in the United States. When the houses were restored in the ‘30s and ‘40s, they were painted an array of pastel colors thereby earning them the name Rainbow Row.
Explore the Vintage Shops on King Street
Be sure to explore the vintage shops and galleries on lower King Street, named after King Charles II of England. A road rich with history and architecture, it now features Charleston’s most stylish boutiques, antique shops and art galleries in addition to an impressive restaurant and nightlife scene. Begin at the intersection of King and Queen Street and make your way down King towards the water to ensure you don’t miss a single hidden gem.
Walk To Pineapple Fountain
To continue your Charleston journey, take a walk on over to Charleston’s Waterfront Park to catch a glimpse of the infamous Pineapple Fountain. This eight-acre park is a popular neighborhood and tourist destination and the perfect place to set up a picnic or curl up and read a book.
Visit John’s Island
If you’re up for a short, scenic drive, take a trip to John’s Island—the largest island in South Carolina. Just a short 15 minutes from downtown Charleston, John’s Island is home to one of the largest living oak trees, Angel Oak Tree. Standing at a mere 65 feet tall, this oak’s true age isn’t known but is estimated to be anywhere from 400 to 500 years old. How’s that for some history?
Beach it at Sullivan’s Island
Finally, complete your Charleson visit by beachin’ it at the most beautiful beach in the South—Sullivan’s Island! Explore kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding, and fishing opportunities on the island and check out the assortment of restaurants along the beaches. Take a break from seafood and stop by Home Team BBQ for some southern eats and savory pre/post-beach cocktails. Might we suggest some wings and a Home Team Frozen Game Changer? Check out the full menu here!
Where to Eat in Charleston
It can be a little overwhelming deciding where to eat when you’re in a place such as Charleston. While there are hundreds of restaurants to choose from, we’ve narrowed it down to the top four on our must-try list.
If you’re looking for a more intimate dinner, definitely put Chez Nous at the top of your list. This new, quaint French restaurant is housed in an old carriage house and has an elegant dinner party atmosphere. Each night for dinner, the chef chooses only six dishes to serve—two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts. So, each and every visit to Chez Nous will be unique but the quality and care remain consistent. Of course, don’t forget to treat yourself to a glass of wine as their wine list is as outstanding as the experience.
Little Jack’s Tavern
Located on King Street, Little Jack’s Tavern is an old-school eatery serving up signature American tavern food. Recently winning Bon Appétit’s “Top Hottest New Restaurants” in the Southeast category in 2017, Little Jack’s Tavern is serving up more than just good food. Their staff is expertly-trained in fine dining and hospitality and offers the utmost of exceptional service. No matter if you’re looking for a burger, fries, steak, salad, beer, wine, or a cocktail—they’ve got it all.
Husk, another southern gem, is located on Queen Street in historic downtown Charleston. The project of James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock, Husk offers a dynamic menu that changes based on what the region’s producers provide daily. The Bar at Husk, located next door to the dining room in a separate carriage house, offers an impressive selection of historic and modern cocktails along with an enticing list of beers and wines. We’ve been told the Manhattan On-Tap is a must-try.
Xiao Bao Biscuit
Lastly, and possibly the most offbeat hidden gem in all of Charleston is Xiao Bao Biscuit. If authentic, Asian-inspired, comfort food is what you’re craving then this place has got you covered. This trendy spot was converted from an old gas station to the modish joint it is now. Not only do they serve Asian cuisine, but they have a notable beer, wine, and cocktail list as well. Stop by Xiao Bao Biscuit to see just what all they have to offer!
And there you have it—the ultimate guide to Charleston, South Carolina. Don’t forget to book your stay with The Restoration and experience the stay of a lifetime. We’ll see you in Charleston!