Logan and I just got back from our mini babymoon in Charleston. You know that I am down for any excuse to travel! Ideally, I would’ve loved to go to the Bahamas or somewhere tropical, but with all these life changes and expenses, we chose somewhere driving distance from Atlanta. We just bought a new home and have our baby’s arrival in March so we wanted to be a little cost conscious on a vacation. We really slowed down on traveling since our Spain trip in April and Utah trip in May, given we knew we were deciding to start a family. I did manage to fit in one last trip to Spain and the Amalfi Coast with my cousin in September, so I cannot complain! It was so nice being able to see her and spend one on one time together. My cousin Pam and I pretty much grew up together and she’s like a sister to me.
Anyways, on to this babymoon in Charleston. Logan and I had been to Charleston two years ago, but we stayed by the beach so we didn’t really get to explore. Since it’s only a 4.5 hour drive for us, we decided to go over Thanksgiving weekend. I was also out of vacation days so it worked out well given those constraints!
Logan and I had a wonderful time together and below are some of the highlights of things we did on our trip. We had lots of recommendations from friends and followers on IG so thank you all! Let me know if you have any questions.
Where to Stay
We stayed at the Dewberry in downtown Charleston, which is part of the Preferred Hotel Group. We’ve stayed at a couple of their properties and absolutely love them! It was a 5 star hotel so I knew it would not disappoint. The location was PERFECT- we walked everywhere. The staff was SO nice and they let us check in early at 1 pm. They also offer a car service and can drive you nearby if needed, but we did not utilize the service. The rooms were perfection- so clean and comfortable!
They also just recently opened up their rooftop bar called the Citrus Club, so we were able to check it out. You must have a reservation, even if you only want a drink, so book them with the concierge. It’s also the tallest rooftop in Charleston with amazing views! The drinks were on the pricey side, $18 but they were beautiful! They made me a really pretty and delicious mocktail. We will be back!
Logan and I’s favorite thing about traveling is the FOOD! I’m always looking for recommendations from locals and our trip revolves around finding the best restaurants. The Charleston food scene is AMAZING and there’s so much to check out. Below are the places we visited and are recommended.
The Tattooed Moose is a dive bar type restaurant but they’re known for their burger so we had to check it out. It competes with the local restaurant, Husk, for the best burger in town. The place was packed and the burger did not disappoint.
Halls’ Chophouse is on every local’s top list. This was recommended to us by MULTIPLE people and I knew we had to go. We made reservations for dinner ahead of time and they didn’t have many options except 9pm. The place is a family owned steakhouse that is ALWAYS packed. We were greeted by one of the Hall brothers and he took a fireball shot with my husband on the way out. The food was delicious and I love that you can order half portions of sides so we got to try out 3 of them. The whole experience was wonderful.
One Broad is right at the corner of rainbow row and it offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The breakfast menu wasn’t super extensive but it had the most delicious breakfast sandwich and TONS of pastry options. Definitely good for a quick little meal.
Millers All Day was recommended to us by one of the bartenders in town for brunch. The place was packed and had a little bit of a wait but it was all worth it! The decor is super cute too and they have 3 types of Bloody Mary’s, which unfortunately I did not get to try.
The Darling is one of the top seafood places in Charleston and I really wanted to check it out. It opens at 4pm daily except on Sunday they have brunch starting at 11am. Unfortunately, we could not make it for brunch but we stopped by the bar for a drink, shrimp cocktail and fries doused in clam chowder- YUM! I need to come back for their brunch next time!
Coast wasn’t recommended to us by I stumbled upon it on yelp. I was really craving peel and eat shrimp and they offered that on the menu and had good reviews. The food was great here!
Prohibition is a craft cocktail lounge that also serves food. We stopped here after dinner one night because Logan really wanted to check it out. I knew that a craft cocktail place would not disappoint when it comes to mocktails. They definitely knew what they were doing there! Our bartender was the sweetest and he was so nice when I asked him for a mocktail. He said it was his favorite thing to make and he was so creative. He made my drink look pretty and even used some fire! I definitely did not feel left out with my mocktails. They were only $5! They also had a live band that was so entertaining.
Sights to See
Charleston is a very walk-able city and our hotel was in the perfect location. We didn’t use our car at all during our stay and got a lot of exercise, which was needed after all the food we ate! We got lucky with the weather so we were outside the whole time. Some of the places we checked out were the Charleston City Market, which is an open air market full of small unique shops and of course Rainbow Row (pictured below), walked by the waterfront and did some shopping on King Street which is the largest shopping district in Charleston.
All in all, a babymoon in Charleston is the perfect way to relax before you for what is next- when you combine great food, good mocktails, and beautiful scenery, its hard not to be relaxed and enjoy your time as a couple!
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