Charleston, South Carolina is one of my absolute favorite cities, so I try to visit at least once a year. This June my husband and I stopped off in Charleston for almost a week before heading north to New Jersey for his 15 year college reunion. We timed it so that we could enjoy the Spoleto Festival, which is an incredible performing arts festival that draws some of the most talented and interesting artists from all over the world. This festival also holds a special place in my heart because I performed in the festival right after my freshman year of college in a world debut opera called “Die Burgschaft.”
Where To Stay
Our favorite place to stay in Charleston is The Restoration Hotel. The location is perfect, the rooms are luxurious, the staff is excellent, and the design throughout the hotel is next level. There’s also a rooftop pool and bar with incredible views of the city. And best of all, the hotel offers free cruiser bikes that you can use anytime to explore the city, which we did everyday. In fact, our all time favorite activity of the whole trip was taking the bikes out in the middle of the night when the streets were empty and the air was balmy.
Where To Caffeinate
Below the Restoration Hotel is our go-to coffee shop in Charleston: The Rise Coffee Bar. They make great lattes and have the option for almond milk. Try the Mocha Of The Day!
Where To Eat
If you love southern food, then you really can’t go wrong in Charleston. Being gluten and dairy intolerant, I need to find a spot that has healthy options. Here are my favorites:
For fine dining, I love Fig.
For a great burger, my husband loves Husk.
For a quick, healthy bite, my go-to is Five Loaves Cafe.
Where To Shop
For the best selection of fashion forward pieces in Charleston, Hampden Clothing is hands down the place to go. But unfortunately, I’ve found the service to be aloof and snobbish, so if they can figure that piece out, I would be a fan.
This time around, my husband and I discovered a new shop selling expertly handmade bags and totes with an on trend masculine hipster vibe. We bought two bags and spent some time talking to the owners, who were lovely and passionate artisans. Check them out: J. Stark
Where To Sweat
Where To Spa
The Amethyst Spa at the Restoration Hotel is the best the city has to offer. They services include everything from massages, to gel manicures, to a gemstone facial! For a great blowout, head over to Tease Blow Dry Bar– they really know how to handle frizz on a humid night.
Where To Insta
The entire historic district is picture perfect. The architecture is beautifully preserved and overwhelmingly charming. There are romantic cobble stone streets with colorful homes reminiscent of a French provincial town, which is why I think I love Charleston so much. I grew up in Europe, and to me, Charleston is one of the most European cities in the U.S.