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A weekend in Charleston, South Carolina

Updated: Feb 8, 2021

Being the number one small city in the US for the 8th year in a row. Charleston has vibrantly painted Georgian houses, beautiful gardens, nice islands, and dynamic food scene where destination dining reflects its English, French and African roots- the city remains one of the country’s most charming cities.

Charleston
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Charleston location in the US

- King Street

Enjoy its charm as you walk down the beautiful King Street and stop in a local boutique to shop. Stroll along one of the city’s oldest streets, Longitude Lane, and discover mysterious spots such as Stoll’s Alley.


King street


- City Market

The city market is another interesting point in history that you might want to walk-in either to get a souvenir, or just to get the feeling of living in the 19th century.


City Market

My favorite store is actually few feet from the city market, it's called "The Spices & Tea Exchange of Charleston".


My spices cart is ready, hoping to make some sales today ;)

-Rainbow Row

After, smelling all international spices, continue your tour to learn about the history behind the brightly-colored houses on Rainbow Row, one of the longest clusters of Georgian row houses in the United States as you make your way to the waterfront. Then dine with a good seafood meal on a rooftop restaurant overlooking downtown.



A house door in the Rainbow Row



Southern living
It's not easy to capture a full house in tiny streets with parked cars. But I’ve tried anyway!🤗 .

- Who would say No to a day beach in Charleston?

A day beach to Charleston best beaches is always a good plan, especially it has many area beaches only a short drive away. You can’t go wrong by heading to Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Edisto, Kiawah, or Seabrook. During my last trip, it was very foggy, so I just stopped at Pier 101 for an ice cream .

Another look at Charleston doors, this one was few meters from the pier 101 🏖

- The Angel Oak Tree

The Angel Oak tree is the only tree is roughly 500 years old, and it’s probably the largest dang oak tree you ever did see. The park closes at 5pm sharp, and although you definitely have to drive down a dirt road to see it, the journey is totally worth it.


The Angel Oak Tree

-What about Charleston best restaurants?

Oh we don't want to miss that. My favorite dining place is "Stella" a greek restaurant that offers classy throwback diner for Greek dishes & meze to share, plus Mediterranean Sunday brunch. My advice is to make reservation at least 2 weeks ahead, otherwise the wait is about 40 min and more if there are many people before you. Overall, the wait is worth it.



- Lodging:

There are ton of hotels, airbnb to stay in Charleston but due it's considered the most visited US city all year around, it's preferable to make a room reservation at least one month prior your arrival to secure a good price.


The view from Mariott in at the marina bay!



Safe travels :)


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