Logan and I just got back from our mini baby moon/getaway last Sunday to Charleston. You know I’m 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 conscious on a vacation. We really slowed down on traveling since our Spain trip in April and Utah trip in May, since we made the decision we wanted to start a family. Logan did get me a trip to the Spain and the Amalfi Coast with my cousin in September and 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 so we had the best time.
Anyways, on to this baby moon. 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 for us! Last year we went to Cancun for Thanksgiving and I kinda like to keep that tradition going and traveling during that time. We don’t really do anything major for the holiday so it’s the best time to get away.
Logan and I had a wonderful time together and below are some of the highlights of 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.
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. They only accept reservations even if you’re going for a drink, so book them with the concierge. It’s also the tallest rooftop in Charleston with amazing views! The drinks were on the pricy side, $18 but they were beautiful! They made me a really pretty and delicious mocktail. It was the perfect place to stay!
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.
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 and I had two of them, we had such a good time! They also had a live band that was so entertaining.
Things to do
Charleston is a very walkable 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, Rainbow Row, walked by the waterfront and did some shopping on King Street.