Happy Monday friends! I'm back from a whirlwind long weekend in Charleston with Amanda and Pamela and a slew of other wonderful Charleston bloggers! We had a fantastic time exploring and eating our way through the city. We ate, laughed, fought lots of native critters and rather than go day by day I thought I would break it out into a few different sections starting with where to stay. Picture overload ahead - but well worth it!
WHERE TO STAY
We were lucky enough to stay at the brand new Spectator Hotel that recently, as in three weeks go, opened on State Street.
The hotel opens up to a grand lobby with styling that puts my table decor to shame! After checking in we were given fresh cocktails and led up to our room and given a tour of all the rooms features.
The hotel is old meets new with modern amenities throughout, including the most amazing bathroom I've ever seen - I'm talking Pinterest dreams bathroom!
The staff, service and attention to detail was impeccable. Everything was done with care and thinking of the guest - from heated towel racks to mini emergency kits in your bathroom.
What makes the Spectator Hotel different from other boutique hotels is the personal touches like a butler assigned to each room and turn down service every evening! I could not recommend this hotel enough - they have thought of everything including artisan breakfasts of your choice delivered to your room every morning.
If biking is your thing you can even take some from the hotel for the day - this wasn't an option for me since I still can't ride a bike - but I'm getting there!
Every guest is treated like royalty and you almost forget that you should explore the city. We can't thank the Spectator Hotel enough for a wonderful stay - I will definitely be back!
WHERE TO EAT
The food scene in Charleston is insane! Incredible restaurants on every corner and local spots that have been there for ages. We chose to keep it pretty traditional and eat where most tourists and locals like to take their out of town guests.
HUSK: If you've heard anything about restaurants in Charleston then you've heard of Husk- we wanted to experience it but since it is pricey, brunch was a great option. Being farm to table everything is very fresh so much so there was a baby caterpillar in my salad- I'll spare you the photo but I know that Pamela and Amanda both devoured their delicious burgers!
If it's a place you'd like to try I think brunch or lunch is better since there better dinner choices around.
Poogan's Porch: What made Charleston such a great destination were all the great blogging ladies we were able to meet. Jillian suggested Poogan's Porch and it was amazing. I had dined there previously for a rehearsal dinner, but the brunch was out of this world delicious.
I had the eggs Benedict with crab and it was cooked to perfection. The only downside is that it does get packed so reservations are a must! This was seriously the trip of weird bugs because there was a locust rattling under our table- I've never jumped so fast in my life to get out of my chair. I'm sad we weren't able to spend more time with the ladies, but so happy they made time for us!
We didn't really plan any places to eat and winged everything and that worked out really well for us! Our dinners were well priced and all the locations were easy to get to!
Hank's Seafood: On our first night I told the girls about Hank's which is an incredible seafood restaurant I ate at last year and one that I wouldn't mind revisiting- the She Crab soup and grouper with risotto did not disappoint and was definitely our fanciest meal the entire weekend.
Another restaurant where you want to make reservations, but we ate super early so were able to get a table for 3 at 5:45!
Vendue: Since we were meeting Shelby, Carly and Meg for drinks on the earlier side we decided to eat dinner at the rooftop of Vendue as well. I won't say it was out of this world, but it was tasty. We each got the same flatbread pizza, but it wasn't exactly as described because instead of kale we got arugula - not the same thing as much as they think it was.
Taco Boy: I'm not sure I've had a restaurant recommended to me more than Taco Boy. It totally lived up to the hype. Thankfully it was a quick Uber to the Charleston location. The tacos were very fresh and they put an original twist on some classics. It was my first time having Mexican street corn and it won't be my last! The highlight of my meals for sure!
WHAT TO DO
It's easy to walk your way through the city and take in all the sights and that's exactly what we did. We walked so much (25,000 steps alone on Friday)! Having been there before I got my barrings pretty fast and sort of toured the girls to the spots I knew they wanted to see including rainbow row and the pineapple fountain.
The architecture in the city is just gorgeous. We all loved that every alley led to a beautiful garden or enchanted house.
A carriage tour was a must for us and really no need to make reservations since there are so many companies you can jump in on a tour with!
Fun little fact - there are a certain number of horses allowed on the streets at a time so you have to wait your turn and there is s lottery to decide what part of the city you'll get to explore - we got the best one battery wharf!
OUT & ABOUT
We almost had a running joke all weekend that we wanted to visit every roof deck in Charleston! Three in just as many days was a good number for us!
Vendue Rooftop Bar - It's a great spot for drinks and there was plenty of seating which is hard to find at the other roof decks we visited. There is only one elevator to go up and down, so if you think there's s line it's only because the elevators run slow so it's worth it to enjoy there views.
Stars Restaurant - Fun location, well priced drinks and great views of Charleston.
The Cocktail Club - Shelby and Carly recommended the Cocktail Club and for good reason. There was a restoration hardware vibe with the decor and the cocktails were fresh and delicious! Both Amanda and I decided that we had the best Moscow Mules of our lives!
We could not have picked a more perfect weekend to go to Charleston since it was Tax Free Weekend...a few purchases were made, but I'll highlight them later this week! Side note - it was hotter than I could have ever imagined and the Evian Mineral Water Spray was a life saver - I took it out every time the heat was rising and I'm sure the girls were loving it!
I also figured out how to use Snap Chat this weekend so if you're interested in following you can find me @Blovedboston (Biana)!
Thank you for reading this very long recap and I hope you enjoyed it! Hope you'll link up below to share your weekends with us!
If you want to see my previous post on Charleston you can click here!
Disclosure: We were provided with a reduced price on our stay in exchange for an honest review of the hotel. All opinions are my own.
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