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funny doormat

This doormat made me laugh. Managing expectations! — Joanna

cinnamon projects incense

This weekend, we went to my friend’s apartment in Connecticut, and when we walked in, I couldn’t believe the amazing scent. It smelled like a bonfire — cozy, warm, fresh. It turns out that he was burning Cinnamon Projects 12 a.m. incense. I’ve never been an incense person, but I fell in love and we’ve been burning it in our home ever since. — Joanna

jcrew sweater

I’ve finally figured out something about myself — I feel most comfortable and like myself when I’m wearing jeans, flats, and a neutral sweater. For my fall uniform, I started with this sweater from J.Crew. It’s soft, comfortable and has a great three-button shoulder detail. Be warned, friends and family! You’ll be seeing a lot of it. (Two other pretty button sweaters: black and cardigan.) — Jenny

zero george hotel charleston

To belatedly celebrate our tenth anniversary, Alex and I are going to Charleston for a long weekend at the end of October. We’ve never been and are so excited! Do you have any recommendations for restaurants or things to do? We’re open to anything and can’t wait to explore. Thank you so much! — Joanna

P.S. More fun things, and the dinner-changing magic of candlesticks.

(Doormat photo by Cool Mom Picks. Charleston photo of the Zero George hotel.)

  1. therese says...

    Late to the game- but 167 Raw for a lobster roll/oysters/fish tacos. Little Jacks for a burger and fries and Lewis BBQ for all the BBQ – SO YUMMY. The Charleston farmer’s market will still be going on in Marion square, which is a fun Saturday morning activity. HAVE FUN, Charleston is the best.

  2. Lina says...

    All these folks suggesting Jeni’s Ice Cream: y’all, that’s from Columbus, Ohio, and can be procured in any grocery store. I love it, but no. That is not Charleston.

  3. Blue Bicycle Books, Little Jack’s Tavern, a mosey down Church Street, and a coffee from Kudu! Can’t go wrong no matter where you go!

  4. Emma says...

    We loved Charleston! While there’s a never ending list of restaurants I’ll recommend Nico in Mt. Pleasant. Great cocktails, fresh seafood, cool vibe. Enjoy the trip!

  5. Jean T says...

    My daughter went to College of Charleston in 2006 and never came back! She just got married at the Governor Thomas Bennett House. I second all of the recommendations in this conversation. You’ll love Charleston!

  6. Totally agree. Before I went to Charleston, I was so excited because I had seen all the beautiful pictures, but the segregation was horrifying. I couldn’t believe a place could be that racist in this day and age…

    It’s hard to be negative on a Cup of Jo post when most of the commenters are happily giving recommendations, but I really appreciate you for bringing this up. I just don’t think things will ever get better if we sweep them under the rug.

  7. ashley says...

    Many people will have many different suggestions for Charleston and I’m sure they’re all lovely. But what you need to do, more than Husk, more than anything else – is go to Raw 167 and stay at the Dewberry. You will not regret doing either.

    • Anna says...

      YES to Raw 167!! One of my favorite restaurants in the country (and I’ve been to all 50 states!) The most perfect food and casual (yet foodie) vibe.

  8. Heather says...

    Charleston is my happy place! We go every year. It’s hard to go wrong with food there and everyone’s suggestions are fantastic, but I had to chime in with one more that I love and didn’t see mentioned yet. If you happen to go to Isle of Palms (and if you’re staying downtown, you should definitely do a day beach trip to IOP or Sullivan’s…only 15-20 min away!), go to Acme Lowcountry Kitchen. It’s become our tradition to eat dinner there upon arrival and I get giddy just thinking about their she crab soup and shrimp and grits (9 different kinds!).

  9. Erin says...

    Leon’s, Darling, and the Ordinary are top of the list. Enjoy!!

  10. Where is the Incense hold pictured from? PLEASE AND THANK YOU. I MUST HAVE IT!

  11. jenny says...

    oh and take a carriage ride. gives the lay of the land and history….i’m from sc and still go when we visit. drayton hall is worth a little excursion as well.

  12. jenny says...

    I grew up near there and my husband and I took a weekend trip sans kids recently. Always divine and you can’t throw a rock without hitting great food. BUT….167 Raw is divine. The oyster po boy has a beet brown butter sauce that is seriously sublime. The rose on tap is pretty tasty too. Tiny spot but sooooo worth it. We wished we had gone back here instead of Husk honestly. Get callie’s hot little biscuits too….and frozen ones work well for the tip home as gifts (take a little cooler!). Have fun–wonderful time of year to be there, just wear comfy shoes!

  13. Rue says...

    My best friend and I did a besties weekend in Charleston recently and our AirBnB catered so strongly to the honeymoon/anniversary/babymoon crowd that it was hilarious. We thoroughly enjoyed our friendship weekend surrounded by the soft romance of our accommodations.

    You’re already swimming in recommendations but I’ll add Basic Kitchen, which tends to be off the recommendation radar but is fabulous. Also can’t beat the combo of going to Blue Bicycle Books for a new read and then walking down the street to sit in the outdoor courtyard at Kudu coffee shop to start your book!

  14. I went to college in Charleston (now over ten years ago, wow!). So much has changed but there’s so many lovely places you won’t be in any way disappointed. HUSK is amazing and worth all the hype – but Slightly North of Broad is an amazing place for southern food. You must go to the Gin Joint – awesome cocktail bar, if you can get a seat at the bar… so fun to chat to the bartenders while they make amazing drinks. Also Black Tap coffee is the best, Kudu is amazing because they have a gorgeous little courtyard, I used to study there all the time, the coffee is so strong but wonderful. You have to try the she crab soup – there are arguments about where to go for the best one (everyone has “the place”) but I love 82 and Queen. It’s definitely fancy (and a little stuffy) but so worth it. Closed for Business has all the best beers and I also love Mazda next door – best Cesar salad I’ve EVER had, with amazing pizza. If you like dive bars please go to Burn’s Alley, it’s a delight (even if a little bit of a dump) and great for some bar games. A little outside the main downtown there’s Five Loaves cafe, which is my fave for lunch (any soup is divine) and just near there is Sugar Bakeshop – my favorite cupcakes in the world. Also across the street from there is a wonderful paper goods store called Ink Meets Paper. Then finally near there is Fuel, a super cool bar / restaurant with amazing food. If you have a car – drive out to Folly Beach, it’s stunning any day of the year and you could even rent a stand-up-paddle board for a few hours, then grab tacos at Taco Boy or my second favorite Charleston cafe, Lost Dog. Any of my other local haunts have closed down due to prices, and you’ll probably be recommended all the other gems worth visiting. I don’t miss Charleston at all clearly ;) Have an AMAZING time!

  15. Allison says...

    I haven’t read through all the comments to see if this was mentioned, but if you happen to be there on the 20th you can attend compline at the Cathedral. A singular spiritual experience.

  16. Jessica says...

    The brunch at High Cotton in Charleston is honestly incredible.

  17. Marty says...

    Did you give him the “Ten Great Years” Beatles print for your anniversary? When you posted that (almost ten years ago lol!) I thought it was a great idea. So I bought that for my husband and held it for like 4 years and gave it to him for our 10th. We are on year 15 now.

  18. Josie says...

    Great city!

    Leon’s (old garage on hip upper king st)
    The Ordinary (modern charleston seafood in gorgeous historic bank building)
    Dewberry hotel (if you don’t stay there- must get a drink there. On meeting st in an old federal building. Check out the brass bar. The lounge (first level) is everything. Two good tiny shops ground level too.
    the grocery- inventive farm to table
    Edmunds oast – the brewery at the workshop is fine but go across the street to the fabulous restaurant/outdoor bar. Terrific beer and gorgeous setting
    Fig- a foodie institution
    Caviar & bananas- terrific salads (like a dean & deluca)
    Blind tiger – a dependably good pub with good menu

    Enjoy!

  19. Jessie says...

    The picture is of the Zero George Hotel. My husband and I stayed there! It was perfect. Great location but you do have to walk to get anywhere.
    You guys should do a horse tour, but make sure it’s one that takes care of their horses. Some places take them out in the heat and there is a big campaign to stop. We did a private one and it was very cool. We also did a walking tour with a guy named Tommy who’s been there since the 80’s. It was interesting to get a different perspective about The Civil War. Walk to see the Pink Ladies and the pineapple. Also visit the Calhoon mansion. For places to eat and drink for breakfast is Callie’s Hot little biscuit. But get there early. Lot’s of places to drink. For dinner’s Try Oak SteakHouse. Very good and awesome service. We did go to another couple of other places but they were just ok. Oh, we also walked 2 miles to a coffee place and on the way back stopped by a distillery where the lady pouring drinks for us was a food critic. If you are also able to rent a car visit a plantation and the only tea farm in the US. You will have a blast there!

    • EVP says...

      Do you have a reco for a specific carriage ride company in Charleston that is known to treat their horses well? I have never done one (bc I am generally very against them) but would consider it if there was a company known to be ethically responsible/treat their horses well…

  20. Melanie Sidwell says...

    omg! My college BFFs and I just went to Charleston for our annual girls trip. Get reservations at Husk. Take a tour at the McLeod Plantation. There is an open air market on Saturday night downtown that’s adorable. There’s also a van that sells booze popsicles if the night calls for it :)

  21. Monica says...

    Jeni’s Ice Cream!

  22. Historian of Record says...

    Please read BBC News’ “The awkward questions about slavery from tourists in US South” from Ritu Prasad and in between indulging in Charleston’s abundant charms, spend an hour or two at the McLeod Plantation and listen carefully to the stories the guides have to tell.

  23. Katherine says...

    Have dinner at The Grocery in Charleston – so so so good!

  24. Mekhala says...

    Can anyone help ID that gorgeous incense burner? Thank you!

  25. I cannot recommend 86 Cannon highly enough!!! My husband and I stayed there over July 4th, and I did not want to leave. It is a fabulous boutique inn in a traditional Charleston home and the decor is stunning. They have truly thought of everything from a glorious breakfast to bikes for guests to take into town. I would also highly recommend dining at Maison, Butcher & Bee, and breakfast and coffee at the Daily.

  26. Michelle Schnurr says...

    Regarding Charleston: Congrats! My husband and I just got back from a short vacay there and loved it!
    Foodie-wise, you’d be remiss to pass up Husk, one of the original farm-to-table restaurants. Make sure to make a reservation in advance, so you can sit inside (instead of on the casual back patio).
    Additionally, I recommend the Francis Marion hotel for the old belle-epoque feel. It helps that it’s in a great location!

  27. Betsy says...

    Happy 10 year anniversary! I live in Portland, Maine, but travel to Charleston frequently to see family. Favorite restaurants: FIG restaurant, Leon’s, Butcher & Bee, The Ordinary and Edmunds Oast. Shopping: Ibu, Hampden, and Little. Have a blast!

  28. Emily says...

    I think most of my food and drink spots have been mentioned multiple times already (for good reason!), but I would add Darling Oyster Bar as well. It’s just a block or two down from The Ordinary and we had an amazing dinner there. There’s also a Jeni’s Splendid ice cream a little further down the same street, which we frequented many times. Have a wonderful trip–Charleston is amazing and I hope to go back soon!

  29. Trish O says...

    We go to Charleston all the time…my entire life. I really like the restaurant Fuel. It is not a big famous place, but cute in an old gas station, has a great outside space, good beer and great food. Like a good local place should. Also, I have spent my life vacationing in Kiawah Island. Most beautiful place on earth. Go for a great beach day.

  30. Kim says...

    Also: does anyone have scent recommendations? I’m allergic to lavender, and sensitive to most florals, :( which are often included in blends, like the recommended 12am incense. Thanks in advance!

  31. Claire Walker says...

    Re: Charleston — Make a reservation at Fig!!! Same restaurant family as Husk and Husk gets more press but we loved Fig! There is this Brown Bread, Cottage Cheese, Eggplant appetizer that I still dream about. It sounded weird but we took a risk and it was the favorite thing we ate while in Charleston (which is a HIGH bar).
    Also: Oysters at The Ordinary; A cocktail & appetizers at The Gin Joint. Walk down to the waterfront and the pineapple fountain. So many places to eat it can be overwhelming but you’ll do great! One thing – all Charleston hotels have these bikes to rent but downtown Charleston is NOT a biking city! There are no bike lanes and both the sidewalks and streets are fairly packed. We tried to bike to lunch when we landed and first got to our hotel… we were the only ppl we saw on bikes until we went to the beach couple days later (ab a 35 min drive). Just FYI!

    • Caroline says...

      I second FIG! I’m from Charleston, and it’s probably the best restaurant in town!

    • Tammi Dower says...

      Fig is not related to Husk!
      I live in Charelston. In the F&B world so I know the details.
      Go to Fig and Chubby Fish for dinner, sit at the bar at Ordinary and order everyting on the menu…..it is excellent. Park Cafe and Basic Kitchen are great for lunch Babas on Cannon for breakfast or coffee. Graft wine bar for pre dinner drinks and walk to maison for dinner at the bar.
      Best burger in town is at the bar inside of Zero George. It is such a gorgeous space.
      Belmont or Estadio for drinks
      Halls for brunch on Sunday
      Off Track Ice Cream…you can get Jenis in your grocery store.

  32. K says...

    Hit 167 raw, the market, and Sullivan’s island in Charleston!
    Honorable mention: the aquarium, Gaulart and Macilet fast and french (super good lunches), palmetto carriage tours (they treat their horses best)

    • Ellie says...

      Absolutely second 167 Raw – I had fish tacos there 3 years ago and still dream about them

  33. Janelle says...

    My partner and I visited Charleston that same weekend last year! We were fortunate that our trip coincided with the Preservation Society of Charleston’s annual house tours. Absolutely recommend you take a tour to get an inside peak into their beautiful homes: preservationsociety.org. We loved wandering the historical streets and taking in the architectural beauty. Recommend going to the Slave Museum and original slave homes on Boone Plantation to learn of Charleston’s history and key role with slavery in the US.

  34. Cassie says...

    You absolutely MUST get the cheeseburger from Husk (go at lunch). It’s the most delicious burger I have ever had. I even planned a girls weekend to Charleston around the Husk burger so I could share my love for it with my friends. It takes a lot to make four women quiet, but this burger did manage to do so. Enjoy! It’s such a lovely city.

    • Deb says...

      Absolutely agree about the Husk cheeseburger.

  35. Mimi says...

    Enjoy your visit to Charleston! I went at the end of October as well, and the weather was perfect.
    For fresh oysters, I definitely recommend Bowens Island restaurant — it’s a casual place, but if you don’t mind the vibe and the labor, you can shuck the oysters yourself.
    And you can’t beat the personal pizza-sized sticky buns from Wildflour bakery. It looks like their downtown location is now closed (sadly), but if they’re still serving their sticky buns on Sunday mornings, it may be worth the hike to get there first thing (I’ve heard they can run out!)
    Enjoy
    -Mimi L, NYC

  36. Emily J says...

    I love Charleston!
    I’d recommend…
    – anything in the Melfi’s and Little Jack’s restaurant group. There’s also a natural wine shop (Graft Wine) across the street from Melfi’s in case you’re early!
    – a really good walking tour (I usually don’t go for the historic tour but this one was good!) http://www.tommydewswalkingtour.com/
    – a trip to Folly Beach and get some tacos and beers at Chico Feo
    – cocktails at the Dewberry! (if you only pick one thing it should be this!!:))

    Have a great time! Happy Anni!

    • Pamela Rich says...

      I second the recommendation of Jack’s and Graft Wine! We spent a lovely afternoon at Graft last December, followed by a delicious evening at Jack’s (best sliders ever!).

  37. Sara says...

    We live in Charleston and there are so many good food options! These are some of my favorites:

    Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
    Goat, Sheep, Cow
    167 Raw
    Lewis BBQ (best brisket ever!)
    Xiao Bao Biscuit
    Bon Bahn Mi
    Stella’s
    The Grocery
    Leon’s Oyster Shop
    Chubby Fish
    The Obstinate Daughter
    Chez Nous
    The Ordinary
    Hall’s Chophouse
    SNOB (for lunch only)
    82 Queen (for lunch only)
    Sugar Bakeshop
    Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

    Check out http://www.charleston.eater.com for more ideas! FIG and Husk get a lot of press, but aren’t quite as good as the others I suggested. Enjoy your trip!

  38. Torii says...

    Go to Chez Nous in Charleston for dinner! still one of the BEST meals I have ever had in my life, it is perfect for a date, cozy and intimate, that is my #1 rec

  39. Maranda says...

    I have now fallen down a rabbit hole of funny custom doormats and I can’t get out! What a great and unique potential Christmas gift idea too!

  40. Lauren says...

    Oh my goodness, you will LOVE Charleston. some of the BEST restaurants/drink spots – Market Pavilion Rooftop, SNOB, Poogans Porch, Blind Tiger Pub

  41. Beth Stevens says...

    I love just walking thru the streets and alleys looking, and taking pictures of the all the unusual door knobs, door knockers, and famous Charleston window boxes. They will be beautiful in October; full of fall flower goodness!!! On a walking tour, my guide first pointed these items out to me, and the historic significance of several of them.

  42. Eli says...

    I was married in Charleston in the Historic Renaissance Hotel (was home to the Citadel at one time). You can’t go wrong with any place anyone has mentioned in these comments. One of my favorite cities. My (soon to be ex) husband grew up about an hour away and went to CofC and we visited often.

    Find a joggleboard and get on! The Renaissance has one in their front courtyard, my favorite wedding picture is of me and my MOH on it right after the ceremony laughing. I desperately want one for my home. :)

    Congratulations on 10 years!! Many best wishes and future happiness for years to come!

  43. LK says...

    Leon’s converted my husband to a fried chicken lover (for some reason he didnt like it before…I know).
    Rodney Scotts bbq
    The Gin Joint (they have a menu with descriptions, choose a few and the bartender will build you a custom cocktail!)
    Rent bikes and ride up and down the residential area – the homes are INCREDIBLE.

  44. Amy says...

    We always do bottomless mismosas at Toast to start the day. Can’t go wrong with some liquid gold to start the walking tours :)

    • Jenna says...

      Stems and Skins was nominated for a James Beard. It’s neighborhood gem that’s off the beaten path and worth the 10 min Uber from downtown. Tinned seafoods, jamon Serrano and the best wine program in town run by and husband and wife team. We moved from there three months ago and this place is what I miss most. Safe travels and happy anniversary!

  45. Suzanne says...

    re: Charleston –

    It’s MAGICAL. I would recommend splurging on McCrady’s tasting menu (it’s heavenly) and be sure to check out the bathroom in the back – it has this hand scrub for guests that I’ve been absolutely obsessed with ever since.

  46. Elizabeth says...

    Leon’s! Great vibe. Husk is delicious and Kudos Coffee has a lovely outdoor patio. We went last spring for the first time – so fun and different from the northeast!

  47. Caroline says...

    On a recent trip to Charleston we took a speedboat tour of the harbor–so much fun! A great way to see the city from a different perspective, and even get a glimpse of Fort Sumter if you’re not interested in a full trip there. We booked through this company: https://www.speedboatadventures.com/charleston/

    Also joining in & recommending The Ordinary–along with the oysters, I loved the caviar service, stone crab, and cocktails!!

  48. Erin says...

    Sunset at Bowens Island is spectacular. The marsh is magic. Edmund’s Oast has a great patio and wine store. Fast and French for lunch! It’s a great stop if you’re cruising Broad Street or the Battery. I saw Lauren Hutton there once :)

  49. Beth Stevens says...

    And, definitely walk the Ravenel Bridge at sunrise or sunset. Stunning views of the whole area!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Thank you for these amazing recommendations!

  50. Beth Stevens says...

    I love Charleston, have been many times with my husband for work and my son lived there 2 years. Definitely recommend a walking tour; I’ve done 3 and all were different and very informative. I love the “insider tips” each of my guides gave. The Slave Museum is a must. The AikenRhett house is my favorite home tour; still contains many original pieces from the home, and slave quarters. A little known, and recommended by a local spot for a great history lesson through artwork is the city hall. A docent will happily give you a tour; painting of Washington, and Jackson were gorgeous and little amusing for the” subtleties” added by the artist.

    Restaurants, its hard to find a bad one. Fig, Husk, 167 Raw, Cru, Little Jack’s Tavern, Lucca, and for a completely different, very casual but uniquely fun and friendly experience, R Kitchen. (ask to sit at the bar so you can have the most interaction with the chef) For a rooftop bar, we like the Vendome Hotel, or Market Pavilion.

    Magnolia Plantation is our favorite plantation tour; they offer a talk on the Gullah history of the region that we found very informative and well performed.

    Have a wonderful time!!

  51. Meagan says...

    Charleston is insanely beautiful! My sister in law went in March and we had a great time. My favourite moment of the trip was renting bikes from docking stations around the city and riding all through the Battery and South of Broad area, where all the massive homes are. Our favourite street for homes was Church. There’s not a ton of car traffic in the lower half so it’s easy to do safely. College of Charleston is a beautiful spot to walk around (takes you back to school days!). If you have time, definitely go to Boone Hall Plantation. It’s where Ali’s summer house is in The Notebook, (and Ryan and Blake got married there, ha) and it’s got a lot of history. The slave quarters are still on the front lawn so it gives a true picture of what life on a plantation looked like. Restaurant Husk, Poogan’s Porch and a burger joint I can’t remember the name of came highly recommended to us but the restaurants are all always busy so book ahead to almost anywhere you want to go. 5Church is a REALLY cool spot- a restaurant in an old church. And there’s a place called The Blind Tiger (I think) that has a wicked outdoor patio (old arched brick walls with foliage growing on them). It’s such a unique, stunning city. Enjoy!!

    • Erin P. says...

      Loved 5Church—my mom and I went on a girls trip to Charleston in March and we went there twice, it was so good! Plus, so gorgeous inside!

  52. I LOVE Charleston. So beautiful, food is amazing, and easily walkable. But if you’ll have a car, or can get a ride, I’d highly recommend taking the time to visit the McLeod Plantation. It’s owned by the city, I believe guided tours are free, and it gives much more focus and discussion to the lives and challenges of the majority of the people that lived there (ie the slaves) than it does to the “big house.” It can be a painful topic to examine closely, but their programming is really well done, and we all owe it to ourselves and the future of our country to understand more about that time in America’s history. https://www.ccprc.com/1447/McLeod-Plantation-Historic-Site

    • Cecily says...

      I second this about McLeod Plantation, the tours are amazing, thoughtful, and don’t awkwardly skirt around the topic of slavery before whisking you away to the beautiful main house/gardens like all of the other plantation tours in Charleston!

  53. Elizabeth says...

    I love that incense holder! Where can I find it? Thanks

    • Jillian says...

      I’d like to know, too! Gorgeous.

    • Susan Young says...

      It caught my eye as well. The holder is on the same website as the incense.

  54. Wow 10th year already! Congrats and enjoy your visit to Charleston. Love is a beautiful thing!

  55. Kelly F says...

    Wild Olive for dinner – An absolute must-visit.

  56. Marissa says...

    I highly recommend 167 Raw! Best sea food! Make sure you order the ceviche.

  57. Tally says...

    Amen to Poogan’s Porch (shrimp and grits!) Husk and Callie’s Biscuits. There’s always some neat things on display at the Preservation Society on King St (right by Poogan’s Porch). Just walk and walk and walk until you get lost in all those beautiful gas-lamp-lit historic homes. Also Taco Boy for Tacos!

    If you have an afternoon go see the Angel Oak and have dinner or lunch at The Sanctuary Hotel on private Kiawah Island (they’ll let you on the island if you tell them you’re going to the Sanctuary) and ride bikes on the beach til you’ve had enough of the ocean and those gorgeous homes.

    • Tally says...

      And yes to Sugar bakeshop and Obstinate Daughter! If you have time sneak over to Mount Pleasant where there’s some insaaaaane antique/decor shops.

    • Cristina says...

      I second Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, 167 Raw (get the Pastrami Fish Sandwich if they have it), the Ordinary, and of course, Husk (plus their cute bar in the little house next door).

  58. Francelladell says...

    Charleston is a racist and sexist town – suggest going elsewhere!

    • I made a similar comment in the Friday post from this week. Before I went to Charleston, I was so excited because I had seen all the beautiful pictures, but the segregation was horrifying. I couldn’t believe a place could be that racist in this day and age…

  59. Manda says...

    that sweater sold so fast! :(

  60. Nina says...

    You had me at ‘bonfire.’ Hands down, my favorite scent. Ordered!

  61. Erica says...

    Xiao Bao Biscuit in Charleston shouldn’t be missed!

    • C says...

      I second this!!!

  62. One of my fondest memories was a mother – daughter trip I took to Charleston, my senior year of college. My mom and I would sit for hours at different restaurants- reminiscing on childhood memories; laughing until it hurt; crying; and talking about what the future looked like after college. Ten years later, we still take these mother – daughter trips, except, this time, with two kids. You will love everything about Charleston- the architecture; amazing food; history; the moss hanging from all the trees; and the romantic feel it has everywhere you go! One of my favorite restaurants was Hyman’s Seafood. Every table is decorated with little gold plates indicating which famous person has sat the very table you are dinning at. I hope you have a wonderful time!

  63. Tanya says...

    Take a chance on a horse carriage tour: a city-mandated lottery system that determines routes for carriage rides!

  64. Jenny says...

    I loved my visit to Charleston! Favorite restaurants were Husk (recommend the fried chicken skins and Dragoon Punch) and Chez Nous (small restaurant that only serves two appetizers/two entrees/two desserts- they post their menu on Instagram daily). Highly recommend Bin 152 for wine and cheese (best cheese plate we’ve ever had, and coincidentally same owners as Chez Nous). Have fun!

  65. Katie says...

    I just moved to the Midwest from Charleston. There are too many good restaurants, but we loved Rodney Scott’s, Moe’s Crosstown Tavern, Xiao Bao Biscuit, D’Al’s, Sugar Bakeshop, Daps, Workshop, Nana’s Seafood and Soul. Also, if you want to get good photos under some beautiful live oaks, Hampton Park is nice. If you were taking the boys I’d have a real list for you! Someone mentioned a tour and I agree. A walking tour will take you to fun places you might not find on your own and encourage you to explore. I also highly recommend McLeod Plantation.

  66. Meg says...

    Leon’s Oyster Shop in Charleston is a MUST!!! You will love the city. So much to see and do – just walking around is the best.

    • Cecily says...

      Second this, my ALL TIME favorite restaurant in Charleston, and it isn’t a tourist trap like so many of the restaurants further downtown! Ate there last night and recommend splitting the whole fish!

  67. Dee says...

    Another breakfast place in Charleston to suggest – Eli’s Table. Excellent sweet potato pancakes. Charleston is so charming. Enjoy!

  68. Victoria says...

    We just did this black history tour in Charleston last month and I’d highly recommend it! https://www.franklycharleston.com/ – “Slavery is not the HISTORY of the African American, Slavery interrupted the HISTORY of the African American.
    Allow Frankly Charleston Black History tour to share THE OTHER CHARLESTON, South Carolina with you.”

  69. This time of year is so perfect for incense that smells like that — I’m going to have to see if I can get some.

  70. Carrington says...

    Charleston! That’s so close! We live in Savannah but love to visit-please eat at Xiao Bao Biscuit. It’s so delicious!
    ❤️

  71. Sophie says...

    The Ordinary and/or The Darling for oysters + seafood! Great drinks at Starrs, don’t miss Leon’s Oyster Shop, and delicious Italian at Melfi’s. If you go out to Sullivans Island there are several local specialty grocery stores where you can buy sandwiches, beer, pimento cheese dip and take it out to the beach, and Kudu coffee is also great! Enjoy your trip!

  72. Amanda Thompson says...

    Yes! Native South Carolinian and very frequent visitor or to Charleston here! Restaurants: Husk, The Ordinary, 5 Church, Butcher and Bee. Grab coffee at The Harbinger and the wait at Callie Hot House Biscuits is worth it. Drinks at The Gin Joint are always great. Have fun!

    • Sarah says...

      You can skip the line at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit if you get the app. Just take them to go and sit in Marion Square Park and chow down. :)

  73. Hilary says...

    I have that J Crew sweater in dark green and can confirm it’s amazing! Super comfy and looks great. Even better? Wait for a sale. I got mine for 40% off a few weeks ago!

  74. Madi says...

    Oooh, I grew up close to Charleston & even honeymooned there! My biggest recommendation would be to TAKE A TOUR. Even if you aren’t normally tour people, Charleston is full of so much history that it’s worth it. It really changes the way you think of your visit.

  75. Stephanie says...

    Charleston is such a lovely city! You can ride bikes all over the historic area. Don’t miss the Unitarian Church graveyard, there’s a little passage way off King street very near the Preservation Society of Charleston & Billy Reid.
    My suggestions for places to eat: Leon’s Oyster Shop, Boxcar Betty’s and my all time favorite Cru Cafe.
    I hope y’all have so much fun!

    • Danielle says...

      I second the Unitarian Churchyard. Schedule a ghost tour after hours with Buxton Books!

    • LISA BROWN says...

      I LOVE Cru Cafe! Sit at the Chef’s window and watch dinner being made.

  76. Ellen says...

    I ALSO want tips for Charleston for the end of October. My husband and I had our eighth anniversary this week and are looking for a quick trip south, too. Can’t wait to hear the advice of these dear readers.

  77. perla says...

    i SO want to try the cinnamon projets 12 am incense !
    do you recommend any other scent joanna ?

  78. bree comstock says...

    Yes! Charleston is amazing. My husband and I invited 28 of our closest friends and celebrated our 40ths there. It’s one of our favorite cities! I would echo much of what has been said above…
    shrimp and grits a SNOB is life changing
    everything at the Gin Joint is excellent, really a not to miss
    on a previous visit we stayed at the Spectator, it was fantastic
    Husk is divine (if you get the right wait staff, we’ve had some issues)
    callies hot little biscuit is out of this world good

    Have such a ball!

  79. anjie says...

    What a cool incense holder! Could I have the details please?

    • Abbey says...

      I second that request!

    • Janet Gohlke-Rouhayem says...

      Me too!!!!

    • alice says...

      This is what I came to the comments for! Most holders lack one way or another, this one ticks all the boxes :)

    • Me too!

    • Jessi says...

      Same here! That burner is just beautiful.

    • Kim says...

      Thanks! I came to the comments to find out where to get the incense burner! Definitely a splurge for me to spend on myself… I hope they still have it so I can “casually” mention it when asked what I want for Christmas! Haha

  80. Patricia says...

    Almost anywhere you eat in Charleston will be great. If you’re looking for a fun thing to do at night, check out Theater 99 Improv, I always laugh SO HARD and it is a really intimate space. Also, check out Havens clothing store on King street. The clothes are beautiful and she’s a trip. Just walking around and looking at all of the old houses and seeing the beautiful landscaping is really interesting. I hope you have such a fun time!

  81. BB says...

    We stayed at the zero George (pictured in your post) and it was sooooo lovely. We ate at their restaurant in the courtyard and the food was unreal, the setting was magical, and getting to walk upstairs to our cozy bed was the best. We stayed a few nights at the dewberry as well but wish we had done every night at zero George.

  82. Marilyn says...

    We spent an amazing 10 days in Charleston in October of 2016.
    While we went to many restaurants (many of them mentioned)
    our absolutely best times were spent cycling. Our theory is you can’t see much in a car because you are going too fast and you can’t see much walking because you are going too slow. So… we find cycling is our sweet spot and Charleston has the best cycling ever.
    My favorite cycling day was leaving our hotel – The Restoration (btw
    super fun rooftop restaurant with great drinks and food and if you hit it right live entertainment) and riding across the bridge to Mount Pleasant, and continuing on to Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palm. We stopped at The Obstinate Daughter for lunch and made our way back to downtown Charleston.

    • Anonygirl says...

      Yes! I don’t ride a bike, but when I’m traveling, I walk as much as possible. It’s a much better way to immerse yourself in the culture.

  83. Joyce says...

    Is the incense very smoky? Thank you :) I love incense but not the smoky kind (my cats can’t tolerate the smoke!) Enjoy Charleston! xo.

  84. Jackie Korey says...

    i was just there two weeks ago! our recs:

    inn: andrew pickney inn. absolutely adorable and they serve the best hotel breakfast I have ever had (including the bed quiche of my life) + wine and cheese happy hour every afternoon

    lunch: poogans porch, millers all day, hyman’s seafood

    drinks: 5church (a cocktail bar in a converted church)

    coffee: betty and beau’s (a coffee shop started by a family whose two children had down syndrome. the entire shop is now employed by adults with disabilities)

  85. Wow! I’m so glad that so many people love Charleston! I lived there for 25 years so I’m nodding along with so many of the restaurant recommendations. I’d definitely recommend FIG (either make reservations or be okay walking in and sitting at the bar), grab a cup of coffee and walk around south of Broad St on the following streets: Legare Street, Church Street, Tradd Street.
    Avoid ‘the market,’ any restaurants around the market!
    I’m seeing Early Bird Diner recommended as well as Toast but this is so odd to me because I think Early Bird Diner is barely a step above waffle house (to me, at least!) and I’ve had horrible experiences at Toast!
    Out of all the beaches, Sullivan’s Island is the best beach!

  86. Katrijn says...

    I’ve only been once and had a great time, but can’t remember any names of the places we went (of course!) This blog is now based out of Charleston and she has an entire section of her website dedicated to a guide of the city: https://galmeetsglam.com/charleston-south-carolina-guide/

    Happy travels!

  87. Erin says...

    Hey!

    The incense look amazing. Any idea where that burner is from? So chic!

  88. Gina says...

    If you don’t go to Husk when in Charleston, you have missed a great dining experience. People make reservations months in advance but we were able to grab some a few days before. Also, Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits makes for an amazing breakfast (eat a light dinner the night before…). My biggest suggestion of all is checking out Boone Plantation. It is the mansion from the Notebook, but they still having standing slave homes and an AMAZING presentation of the Gullah Geechee culture which brought tears to me and my husbands eyes.

  89. Janie says...

    fastandfrenchcharleston. Best restaurant there. Food is amazing and the staff are super friendly. It’s like a little bit of France in the Deep South!

  90. Sarah says...

    a few favorite spots!

    coffee // Harbinger Cafe, Second State, The Daily, Mercantile + Mash

    lunch // Basic Kitchen (don’t miss!), Xiao Bao Biscuit (one of my favorite restaurants. ever.), Rodney Scott’s BBQ, Goat Sheep Cow (cheese shop w/ great sandwiches)

    dinner // 167 Raw (you’ll have to wait, but worth it!), Leon’s Oyster Bar (for your seafood fix), Chez Nous (small, french restaurant), Renzo (best pizza in CHS), The Obstinate Daughter (Sullivan’s Island – worth the short excursion), Little Jack’s Tavern (best burger in CHS)

    drinks // The Dewberry Hotel, Husk Bar, Edmunds Oust, Darling Oyster Bar, The Commodore (CHS classic jazz bar)

    sweets // Sugar Bake Shop, Browns Court Bakery

    shop // Billy Reid, Indigo and Cotton, Worthwhile, The Commons

    also don’t miss: getting lost on walks down alleyways + taking in the CHS architecture. enjoy!

    • Caroline says...

      Okay THIS is the best list of places I’ve read so far. Agree to all of them! Add in FIG for dinner and you have the perfect combo!

    • Meagan says...

      We ate at Mercantile and Mash twice- so damn good!

    • emily says...

      This is a great list! my addition would be Off Track Ice Cream downtown- traditional and vegan flavors, and a delightful nitro affogato!

  91. Mari says...

    Restaurants:
    1. The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island (grab some ice cream at the bearded cat afterwards and take a walk on the beach). My favorite!
    2. Xiao Bao Biscuit (Asian Fusion in a former gas station)
    3. Edmond’s Oast (especially for happy hour)
    4. Rodney Scott Barbecue ( ribs!!!)
    5. Le Farfalle (delicious Italian)
    6. Bowen’s Island for frogmore stew, oysters, key lime pie and a beer with a view of the marsh.
    7. Hometeam BBQ – get the wings and the banana pudding!
    Shop:
    Shoes on King
    Beckett Boutique
    Candlefish
    Worthwhile
    Proud Mary
    Copper Penny

    • mc says...

      seconding shoes on king! I’ve gotten all of my favorites there and the staff couldn’t be nicer.

  92. Sarah says...

    Think it’s supposed to read:
    “We’ve never been”

    Sorry, I’ve been grading papers this afternoon. ; )
    Have a great trip!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you!

  93. Meg says...

    We went to The Ordinary and Husk on Jenny’s recommendations from a DALS post (and Bourdain on Husk)! Both were outstanding!! Not sure if Chef Brock is still at Husk or not so that might change the recommendation. Hope you two have the BEST time!

    • Joaquina says...

      Chef Brock left moved to Nashville.

  94. Alexa says...

    I went to college in Charleston and was married there (down the street from the apartment where my grandparents lived as newlyweds!), and you MUST go for lunch or dinner at Chez Nous for an intimate, charming French meal. The menu changes every day and the chef scribbles it out wildly by hand ~ we went the day we got our marriage license and the menu is framed in our kitchen! :)

    Other thoughts: Second State for coffee and a walk along the Battery just after, The Ordinary for oysters and flavorful seafood dishes, Sugar for treats, The Belmont for cocktails, and Bin 152 for wine and cheese. Mostly just wander in and out of days by foot!

    • Meredith says...

      I second the Ordinary for oysters and a pink G&T!

  95. Hannah says...

    The Butcher and the Bee, Edmond Oast and Millers All Day are my personal favs! Have fun!

  96. Erp says...

    Omg you must must must go to Bowen’s Island for oysters!

    • Avril says...

      Yes this is a must, even if it’s a morning or not open —on the weekend OR we’ll before 5pm traffic glut. And then keep driving to Folly Beach, and take an hour to scenic route detour at least out the backroads to Wadnalaw Island and maybe all the way to Rockville it even Edisto. Angel Oak and Reds Ice House at Kiawah, or Fat Hen /Wild Olive on your way back to town. THIS is the Lowcountry most tourists miss out on. Lucinda Williams and Gershwin for your playlist

  97. Amy Smith says...

    If you’re headed to Charleston, you must go to ChubbyFish! https://www.chubbyfishcharleston.com/

    It’s got the best cozy neighborhood restaurant vibe and stellar food. It’s off the beaten path but a true gem.

    • Katie says...

      I second it! My old neighborhood.

  98. Kate says...

    You cannot go wrong with high end dining. But if you’re interested in trying a hole-in-the-wall favorite, try Moe’s Crosstown Tavern, and get the fried green tomato BLT. I have such good memories of this place from when I was in my 20s and had friends living here! Enjoy!

    • Katie says...

      Omg! I can’t believe someone mentioned this. My absolute favorite (after living there for 7 years)!!

  99. elise says...

    Study the history and architecture of this special place. It will make your visit much the richer. See if you can visit The College of Building Arts. Bon Voyage!

  100. stuart pennebaker says...

    You will love Charleston! If you decide to visit any plantations, I would definitely recommend McLeod Plantation. They are heavily researched based and focus on telling the story of the people enslaved on this plantation and avoid glamorizing the lives of plantation owners. BBC recently published a really interesting article about this site: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49842601
    Plus, my little sister works there and gives a fantastic tour…not that I’m biased or anything :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you for all these amazing recommendations!

    • Em says...

      Thank you so much for sharing this. I really appreciated reading about the wise approach they take at McLeod.

    • Katie says...

      Yes, to this!!

  101. Libbynan says...

    My son and his wife know what a homebody and introvert I am,so a couple of years ago they gave me an identical doormat but it says, “GO AWAY”. Everyone who comes to my door just laughs and laughs. I fail to see what is so funny.

    • Eloise says...

      I had one years ago (the perfect housewarming gift!) and would get another but my (since acquired extra-extravert husband) wouldn’t like it at all.

  102. R. says...

    Yay, Charleston!!! I go often. The Ordinary for dinner is amaaaazing!!! Seriously amazing and cool vibes and great service. 67 Raw is great. Goat.Sheep.Cow. for wine & cheese plates, or picnic supplies to go. Caviar & Bananas for a quick coffee/kombucha/popsicle stop (King of Pops – chocolate sea salt – MUST get!!!!). Husk for shrimp & grits. Walk down lower king street for the cute, unique shops. highly recommend a walking tour of Charleston to learn about the history of the city. Appreciate the architecture (singles!) south of broad. It’s a beautiful city!!!! Enjoy!!!

  103. Ashley says...

    Check out Maison (https://maisoncharleston.com), a fabulous new French bistro – the food is incredible, the people are wonderful and the cocktails are fabulous! This place is on its way to becoming a staple in the Charleston restaurant scene.

    Breakfast at One Broad, lunch at 167 Raw. Doar Brothers is another new spot with great drinks and delicious small plates. Mercato has delicious tacos in a beautiful, airy second-floor space – would be perfect for a late afternoon bite. Have a wonderful time!

  104. Hannah says...

    ah, charleston. that city and the 3 days I spent there with my boyfriend bear some of my fondest memories. I recommend Bin 152 — it’s a wine bar that also serves cheese and charcuterie. and get this! they serve an entire baguette with your wine and cheese. doesn’t get much better than that. we spent hours there on our last night, laughing and playing cards. it was so cozy and romantic.

    • Samantha says...

      I second Bin 152! My then-boyfriend-now-husband and I stopped in while on our very first trip together and that evening drinking wine, eating cheese and people watching is one of my fondest memories ever!

  105. Emily says...

    My favorite place for a weekend trip! Bowens Island for all you can eat oysters and the prettiest low country sunset views!

  106. Brooke Kunz says...

    Just got back from a getaway to Charleston with my husband! It was our first time too. We loved the Southern charm and history. DO NOT MISS:
    -renting bikes and cruising all over downtown to gawk at the historic homes
    -snapping a pic along the famed live oak entrance at Boone Hall Plantation (where Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds got married) https://www.boonehallplantation.com/
    -sunrise at Sullivan’s Island beach and a meal at The Obstinate Daughter
    -Melfi’s! (as recommended by Bon Appetit https://www.bonappetit.com/gallery/melfis-charleston-design)

  107. Megan says...

    If you haven’t already booked a hotel, The Spectator. https://thespectatorhotel.com

    Just lovely, with outstanding service.

  108. Ellen W says...

    I went this past spring with a friend and we stayed at The John Rutledge House which is a historic B&B and within walking distance of almost everywhere we wanted to go. We drove out to the Charleston Tea Plantation and had a lovely tour of the only tea plantation in North America. We stopped by the Angel Oak tree which is incredible and had a great lunch at the Angel Oak Restaurant.

    • littlebear says...

      Seconding the Angel Oak!! It’s an amazing lesson in resilience – at least 500 years (some say 1400) & still growing! Also definitely consider Middleton Place, Magnolia Plantation, and if you have time for a side trip, Pearl Fryar’s topiary garden (it’s awardwinningly amazing even if you’re not a garden geek.). Yes, we were there earlier this year!

    • littlebear says...

      Ooh, and a shout-out to Mr Ks Used Books, too!!

  109. I lived in Charleston for 6 years! It’s a pretty sweet spot. Be sure to go for a walk around South of Broad and grab drinks at Proof and the Rarebit, (King Street, v. cozy). Check out Sullivan’s Island and visit the Obstinate Daughter while you’re there. If you’re looking for something divey and delicious, try the Tattooed Moose. Venture out to John’s Island for delicious Italian at the Wild Olive, and no matter what you do, don’t skip the Glass Onion. The fries and Bearnaise alone make it worth it. There are about a million other delicious and fun places, so my best advice is to take it slow and enjoy!

  110. Allison says...

    SNOB, Poogans Porch and Husk are all incredible places for authentic southern cooking. Bananas & Caviar is a great deli/market for a mid-day snack or light lunch if you are downtown. Many scenes from The Notebook were filmed in Charleston, specifically College of Charleston’s cistern yard which is right downtown! You will love it – enjoy!

  111. Ashley says...

    I second the comments for Poogan’s Porch and Poe’s Tavern on Sullivan’s Island! Also, recommend Page’s Okra Grill. I had the best chicken and savory waffle I’ve had in my LIFE there. Honestly, everyone will give you so many restaurant recommendations you can’t really go wrong. The sunsets along the battery are so beautiful. We also enjoy touring through historic churches and walking through their cemeteries, going off the beaten path to see more of the beautiful houses and gardens, and iron-work on fences. I hope you enjoy your trip and are able to find a time of peace and get some fresh air.

  112. Dipal says...

    You will LOVE Charleston.

    Dinner at 67 Raw. Breakfast at The Daily. Get to Sullivan’s Island. Sullivan’s Restaurant is a sweet local gem – with amazing fried okra. Check out Ft Sumter, a cool piece of history and just a nice excuse to get on a boat.

    Gal Meets Glam has a very comprehensive overview (she moved from SF to Chucktown a couple of years ago): https://galmeetsglam.com/charleston-south-carolina-guide/

  113. Ooh I’m so excited you are going to Charleston because my mom and sisters and I are planning a trip there in January! I’ll definitely be lurking around here for recs.

    But where should we STAY? hotel? AirBnB?

    • Meagan says...

      Airbnb is insanely hard to find in the main area… we ended up booking one on the upper east side near Mercantile and Mash and the place itself was great but it was not a safe area, as we were told by every single Uber driver and judging by the vibe when we walked through it a few times. But Airbnb was the only affordable way for us to stay within walking distance of everything. If you can, stay near the college. (There is next to no Airbnb’s South of Broad that I could find that were not hundreds a night). And book as early as you can! They go really fast.

    • Meagan says...

      Oh and also our Airbnb was near a train yard that shook the entire house all nice and the Airbnb was haunted by something that grabbed my ankles from under the bed 😑 But everywhere there is haunted, as every single local will tell you.

    • Meagan says...

      All night **

    • omg thank you for the tips! i might have to reconsider the entire trip now, knowing everything is haunted!?

      I’ve found some promising ones; it helps that it will be split 4 ways between my mom, my two sisters, and me!

      :D

    • Meagan says...

      No problem, enjoy! Don’t let the ghosts bother you. They’re part of the charm 😆

  114. A says...

    Is that beauteous incense holder from Cinnamon Projects as well? I keep getting an error message when I click on their link. (I fear we readers may have killed it. ha!) ;)

    • Kumi says...

      Agreed, that incense holder is lovely, but alas could not find it on the linked site. Any one know where we can find it?

    • ellen says...

      The incense holder does not seem to be on their site.
      Wondering where it can be purchased?

      Thank you!!

    • Chelsea Brady says...

      Also looking for those details! There’s no photo credit for that one…

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes the holder is by Cinnamon Projects as well! Xo

  115. Eloise says...

    Oh, if only that doormat came in a “dogs” version!!

    • Ruth says...

      Pretty sure it does! I’ve seen it on Instagram!

  116. Kay says...

    The cinnamon projects link doesn’t work for me! Did we crash their site? lol

    • Maureen says...

      Hi Kay! I just tried and had to wait longer than usual, but it eventually went through!

    • Kay says...

      Thanks for replying! I tried again via google and it went thru after a while too :) xx

    • Melanie says...

      It’s not working for me either. Error message comes up.

  117. Annie F says...

    Go to FIG! One of the best meals of our lives was had there. Have a wonderful time! My husband and I went to Charleston on a “babymoon” before our first was born, six years ago, and we’ve been desperate to go back ever since.

    • Kate says...

      FIG was also one of the best meals of my life! I had their king salmon as my phone wallpaper for more than a year! (And I have 4 kids, haha).

    • Heather says...

      Yes to FIG! I went to Charleston with girlfriends years ago and we all still talk about that meal (and we had lots of good ones)!

  118. Carrie says...

    I would highly recommend Halls Chophouse in Charleston!

  119. Eliza says...

    AHHH! Charleston is my FAVORITE city! (says this Park Slope born-and-bred girl who now lives in NC). My husband and I have been about 6 times now over the past 10 years as our getaway (won’t take the kids with us) since it’s such a charming, romantic city. My recommendations for food: Toast and Hominy Grill for breakfast, Poogan’s Porch and SNOB for dinner, a nighttime walking tour with Bulldog Tours (we did The Ghost and Dungeon Tour and it was so much fun!). Also, the Farmer’s Market in Marion Square on the weekend is lovely, and you can walk down King Street for shopping right from the square. And definitely stroll down by the Battery and Rainbow Row-the side streets with their cobblestones and window boxes are the best!!!). Enjoy! We’re going at the beginning of Dec :-)

    • Eliza says...

      And hit up Sugar Bakeshop on Cannon St. for the most delish cupcakes!!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you!!!

    • Eliza says...

      I keep thinking of more! They have a great local theater scene there, so it would be worth seeing whether 34 West Theater Company or Dock Street Theater has anything good playing when you’ll be there. :-)

  120. Theresa says...

    I was in Charleston in August (stayed in Folly Beach). My mom and I did sunrise beach yoga with Serenity Tree Yoga…such an incredible way to start the day! It’s gentle yoga (very hands-on, which I like) and at the end you get an icy towel/essential oil rub. Best part? It’s donation only! If it fits in your schedule, I highly suggest! https://serenitytreeyoga.com/vacation-yoga-package-beachside/serenity-tree-yoga-events/

    Also we had a very good meal at Cru Cafe http://crucafe.com/.

  121. stu says...

    Yay! Welcome to Charleston! Lunch at Poe’s Tavern on Sullivan’s Island and a walk on the beach, Leon’s or The Darling for oysters, a bike ride by the Battery to watch the sailboats and check out all of the gorgeous houses. Also, there is so much art! I love just popping into random galleries on King Street and East Bay. There’s always so much going on!
    And Charleston has a fun farmer’s market (the people watching is beyond) in Marion Square next to Hotel Bennett. If you get too hot– it’s still warm here!– Kudu is a block away and has great iced coffee and/or mimosas. Happy vacation!

  122. Alex says...

    Oh my gosh! The grammar on that doormat is KILLING me. Whyyyyyy????

    • A says...

      Actually, I think the grammar is correct (don’t hate me haha). The subject is “a lot,” so it’s correct to say “there is a lot of kids,” as opposed to “there are a lot of kids.”

    • Sarah says...

      Ditto!

    • Alex says...

      A, I certainly don’t hate you, but I do have to disagree… the subject is “kids” and “a lot” is describing how many, not indicating an actual lot full of kids. It’s a quantifying adverb, and the plural noun “kids” requires “are” not “is.”

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      this comment thread makes me love you guys so much :)

  123. Anna says...

    Oh my gosh, Charleston is a FAVE! Love it there and have been lots of times. Check out Bitty and Beau’s coffee. All of the employees are special needs and make getting your coffee such a memorable experience. Early Bird Diner for breakfast – BEST Chicken and Waffles. Hominy Grill for shrimp and grits, Poe’s or Rutledge Cab Company (owned by Bill Murray!) for burgers. There’s so much to see and do just walking around – Rainbow Row, the Battery, City Market, shopping on King Street, etc. And totally worth a little drive to Sullivan’s Island for beach and food from Obstinate Daughter. And maybe you’ll see some of the cast of Southern Charm – my latest ridiculous reality tv obsession lol!

    • Cannot echo Early Bird Diner enough! A late-night favorite, and a mere uber ride away depending on where you stay. :)

    • Jessie says...

      Sadly Hominy Grill closed in April of this year :(

    • Anna says...

      What!?! So sad!!! We haven’t been to Charleston in over a year and I had no idea HG closed :-(

  124. Laura D. says...

    Charleston is my husband’s and my happy place! It’s fun to just walk around and marvel at how beautiful it is. We just got back from a quick weekend trip. Sullivan’s Island is beautiful and just a short drive from downtown Charleston. Cypress Gardens is another gorgeous destination. Some fun places to eat are Poogan’s Porch, Husk, Jestine’s, Fleet Landing, and Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit. Check out Candlefish, Blue Bicycle Books, and Sightsee Shop.

  125. Ellie says...

    I still have dreams about The Ordinary in Charleston. It’s an incredible seafood restaurant in an old bank (!) right on King Street. I love the glamour and drama of the building, and their oysters are to die for. GO!