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Christa
Chicago

Charleston

Two day trip - what are the must sees, eats, and drinks?

Traveling with my boyfriend for two days in March. Budget not a consideration and open to all cultures and experiences.


12 Answers

top answer by
Peggy

I like Poogan's Porch (haunted house!) restaurant and also FIG.  I also like Coast Bar and Grill, another restaurant.  Carriage rides and ghost walks are nice at night.  Of course Fort Sumter National Monument if you are into civil war history. We have Irvin House Vineyards and Firefly Distillery for vodka lovers and Charleston Tea Plantation, the only tea plantation in the US. Fort Moultrie (on Sullivan's Island) is a revolutionary war fort.  Friends of the Hunley is a civil war submarine currently being restored....Google it and see if that's of any interest.  Lastly, and this may sound creepy, Magnolia Cemetery Trust is absolutely beautiful.....old iron fences, gates, brickwork, etc a photographers dream.  I believe it's the oldest in town so lots of old charleston bluebloods rest there.

Forgot to cover breakfast.....Moe's Crosstown Tavern on Rutledge Ave. great breakfast. Old local bar with a history of illegal gambling and such many years ago. You'll likely be the only out of towners in there


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Poogan's Porch (restaurant)
  2. FIG (restaurant)
  3. Coast Bar and Grill (restaurant)
  4. Fort Sumter National Monument (attraction)
  5. Irvin House Vineyards and Firefly Distillery (restaurant)
  6. Charleston Tea Plantation (restaurant)
  7. Fort Moultrie (attraction)
  8. Friends of the Hunley (attraction)
  9. Magnolia Cemetery Trust (attraction)
  10. Moe's Crosstown Tavern (restaurant)
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answered by
Brew from Manhattan Beach

Charleston is an amazing place.  So many great restaurants, things to do, etc.  Restaurant-wise:  HuskSlightly North of Broad, and Magnolia's are amazing (with Husk being incredibly amazing).  For breakfast, Hominy Grill is a classic.  Drinks at the Roof Top at the Vendue Inn is great.  

Things to do:  a carriage ride around town is touristy and a must, imo, to get the lay of the land.  Make sure to ask around for a good company/guide.  I loved doing some walking tours.  We did a Civil War walking tour which was great.  


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Husk (restaurant)
  2. Slightly North of Broad (restaurant)
  3. Magnolia's (restaurant)
  4. Hominy Grill (restaurant)
  5. Roof Top at the Vendue Inn (restaurant)
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answered by
Pat from Charleston

This time of year?  One of the plantations along Ashley River Rd is a must: camellias  just finishing, azaleas just beginning...beautiful.  I'm partial to Middleton Place, but Magnolia or Drayton are also wonderful.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Ashley River Rd (attraction)
  2. Middleton Place (restaurant)
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answered first by
JR from Manhattan Beach

I'd hit up Husk for sure. When I was there, I wasn't able to get a reservation but sat at their bar next door and had a great pub meal which included a proper manhattan. I will be back there next time my travels take me to Charleston. 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Husk (restaurant)
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answered by
Tonya Russ from Charlotte

Happy hour for oysters on the half shell and Muscadet at 167 Raw and share some nibbles at Leon's and some sobering fresh juice and coffee at The Daily.

Callie's Hot Little Biscuit for breakfast and then walk across the street for homemade doughnuts at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. 167 Raw (restaurant)
  2. Leon's (restaurant)
  3. The Daily (restaurant)
  4. Callie's Hot Little Biscuit (restaurant)
  5. Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts (restaurant)
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answered by
Allie from Charleston

Do a carriage ride, worth the time. I love the Saturday Farmers Market in Marion Square (if you're coming in April - December) or there's some cool stuff amid  the crap in the Market Street Market. Check out the charlestoncitypaper.com to find out what festivals, oyster roasts, concerts, etc. are going on around the city... theres always something. Finally, Rent a Kayak or SUP from Coastal Expeditions and spend some time paddling around the marshes looking for dolphins, 

Food - Husk is a can't miss. Also Edmund's Oast for drinks and top notch small plates. Home Team BBQ for SC bbq, Butcher & Bee for lunch (or even better late night Friday and Saturday), Hominy Grill is a classic. For more adventurous eating try Xiao Bao Biscuit, Bowen's Island Restaurant (for Oysters!!!), The Park Cafe, Two Boroughs Larder, and  Roti Rolls food truck. 

For drinking... there are any number of places on Upper King Street (Area of king street north of Calhoun): Proof, Prohibition, Charleston Place Hotel all have great cocktails, Stars and The Cocktail Club are top notch rooftop bar spots along with great drinks. 

If you're down for some beach time check out Folly Beach (and get brunch at Lost Dog Cafe) or Sullivan's Island and get bbq at Home Team BBQ and even try and check out the lighthouses. 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Marion Square (attraction)
  2. Husk (restaurant)
  3. Edmund's Oast (restaurant)
  4. Home Team BBQ (restaurant)
  5. Butcher & Bee (restaurant)
  6. Hominy Grill (restaurant)
  7. Xiao Bao Biscuit (restaurant)
  8. Bowen's Island Restaurant (restaurant)
  9. The Park Cafe (restaurant)
  10. Two Boroughs Larder (restaurant)
  11. Proof (restaurant)
  12. Prohibition (restaurant)
  13. Charleston Place Hotel (hotel)
  14. Stars (restaurant)
  15. The Cocktail Club (restaurant)
  16. Folly Beach (attraction)
  17. Lost Dog Cafe (restaurant)
  18. Sullivan's Island (city)
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answered by
Emily from Rock Hill, South Carolina

Hi Christa,

I used to live in Charleston - I'd say stay away from the "touristy" restaurants (a.k.a. Hyman's Seafood) - food isn't that good and its super busy/overpriced.

Sullivan's Island is a gem - Poe's Tavern is amazing..and steps off the beach. Cypress on Easy Bay St. is awesome, as is Minero. For classier upscale bars - try East Bay St as well. Market Pavillion is a rooftop and has beautiful views. Enjoy the low country! Make sure you hit The Farmer's Market on the corner of Calhoun and King St. And Shem Creek Bar & Grill (for Happy hour)

Cheers!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Charleston (city)
  2. Sullivan's Island (city)
  3. Poe's Tavern (restaurant)
  4. Cypress (restaurant)
  5. Minero (restaurant)
  6. East Bay St (attraction)
  7. Market Pavillion (restaurant)
  8. Shem Creek Bar & Grill (restaurant)
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answered by
Jenna from Martha's Vineyard

There is so much to do, see, and eat in Charleston, what a special little place. If you are there on a nice day I would just walk around for hours admiring the beautiful architecture, especially south of Broad. It's an easy downtown to walk, nothing is too far. I would definitely do a carriage ride your first morning, you will get to see Charleston and get a history lesson along the way, then have lunch! A little off the beaten path and a great lunch place is Two Boroughs Larder, super amazing foodie destination. I haven't been back in a few years but when I spent the winter in Charleston I went there at least three times a week! Also great for lunch is Butcher & Bee, another interesting foodie spot. Neither of those are the long boozy traditional lunch spots but the food (quality and innovation) can not be beat. For dinner Husk and FIG are both great but very very busy. I think McCrady's (Husk's sister restaurant) is often forgotten but the food is great, and it's a sweet cozy spot. Have fun!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Two Boroughs Larder (restaurant)
  2. Butcher & Bee (restaurant)
  3. Husk (restaurant)
  4. FIG (restaurant)
  5. McCrady's (restaurant)
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answered by
Brad from New Jersey

If you don't go to Hominy Grill for shrimp and grits you might as well just stay home. Besides that don't miss Husk, FIG, and Craftsmen. The market and the carriage rides may seem like tourist traps but they actually are pretty cool so don't be shy about it.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Hominy Grill (restaurant)
  2. Husk (restaurant)
  3. FIG (restaurant)
  4. Craftsmen (restaurant)
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answered by
Russell from Columbia, South Carolina

Nevermind Husk or FIG, definitely try Chez Nous, Butcher & Bee and make the drive out to Sullivans Island for Obstinate Daughter. A carriage ride is a no must but make sure you get one of the two lower peninsula tours, get off and ask to wait for the next ride if they draw the warehouse tour.  If you dig history check out Forts Sumpter & Moultrie as well as The Hunley.  




answered by
Clay

Melvin's Legendary Bar- B-Q  is GREAT.   Very "down home" feel to it. GREAT  BBQ and reasonably priced. There's also other locations (it's sort of a local chain I think).


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Melvin's Legendary Bar- B-Q (restaurant)


answered by
Denise from New Orleans

Yes, there is a TON of great eating and drinking options in Charleston, but it's also one of America's most haunted cities. Bulldog Tours does a great tour of the old city jail most nights. It's been featured on all the "ghost hunter" shows. Even if you are not into the "spooky" factor, you learn a lot about the history of Charleston. Also take a stroll through the Unitarian Church in Charleston & Cemetery off of Lower King Street, it's a quick free, albeit beautiful old cemetery bursting with red camellias, old oaks & hanging Spanish moss. If you have a car, a visit out to the Angel Oak Treeis fun- it's the oldest living live Oak in the country and right out of a Tim Burton movie! 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Bulldog Tours (attraction)
  2. Unitarian Church in Charleston (attraction)
  3. Angel Oak Tree (attraction)




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