Where to go in Charleston, SC?


One of my favorite sensations in life is the anticipation that comes before a trip. In the South they call this feeling “journey proud”. Next month we are off to Charleston, SC to attend the wedding of dear friends, I have never been!


Charleston, CS

Journey proud indeed, I’m daydreaming about wandering the colonnade of Oak trees draped in Spanish Moss and brushing up on historical facts on architectural and garden tours. I just read Gone with the Wind so I’m fresh on my civil war history and feeling thankful to Sherman for not burning this beautiful city (darn Yankees).



I love to land in a new city with my research done, a few must see places and eateries to land on,  but then wander the streets with a map to get steeped in the essence of the city.

Charleston Oaks

Have you been to Charleston? Most of our time will be spent celebrating the happy couple so please give me your recommendations of where to eat, drink and wander. I don’t want to miss any gems.

Charelston Houses

We have a reservation at Husk already, we booked it last year when Bon Appetite named it Best New Restaurant in America. So excited.



But where else?

Sigh. Thanks in advance for your recommendations.



10 Comments on Where to go in Charleston, SC?

  1. Corina
    January 31, 2012 at 6:05 am (9 years ago)

    I am Drews friend from a way way long time ago (or it feels that way at least) high school. Charleston is one of me and my husbands absolute favorite cities and we go about once or twice a year. Our favorite restaurants are Carolinas, Poogans Porch, and we just dined at High Cotton a month or so ago. Very good! You must have drinks at Cypress, and get the lavender martini! The coconut cake at the Penninsula Grill is worth the calories!

    Take a carriage tour…its a great way to see the city. Make sure you tell them its your first time there.

    You will LOVE Charleston! Please send Drew my best.

    Corina (Rice) Knott

  2. Stephanie
    January 31, 2012 at 9:32 am (9 years ago)

    Eeeee! So glad you’re getting to Husk. And Fig is supposed to be fab as well… Can’t wait! xo

  3. Allie
    January 31, 2012 at 6:14 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh! Husk is a MUST!!!

    Go to a plantation… Magnolia? Here’s a piece I wrote: http://www.thedailymeal.com/long-weekend-charleston

    ALSO – you MUST get up early and take a walk though the old part of town to the Battery. It’s magnificent. Stop for coffee and a breakfast treat at Baked on the way back. And if you’re looking to indulge, the coconut cake at The Peninsula Grill is unbelievable!

  4. applesandonions
    January 31, 2012 at 7:03 pm (9 years ago)

    Thanks ladies!!! This is so helpful, I’m making a bog list of all your ideas. xoxox, Lydia

  5. Karen
    February 1, 2012 at 12:13 pm (9 years ago)

    My husband just took me there for a birthday weekend (we live in Atlanta).

    Reservations at Husk were secured (well done, hubby!) and the dinner was….good. Not Spectacular but very solid. (I’m attributing that to our ridiculously amazing dinners in the past couple months – think Alinea in Chicago-calibre!)

    would definitely recommend “the bar at Husk” next door. and if you love hand-crafted cocktails, the Gin Joint is a MUST. Sit at the bar & keep the bartender, James, company.

    have a great time!

  6. Jennifer
    February 1, 2012 at 6:15 pm (9 years ago)

    Hey Lydia, I am Caroline Kimball’s friend from Greenville. Charleston is my heart!!! If you have a chance to hit Poe’s on Sullivan’s Island, it’s a great bar/restaurant dedicated to all things Edgar Allen Poe. Food is just burgers and such but it’s a great place to grab a drink and hang with the local flair.:) For super “southern” food, we used to hit a place called Jestine’s Kitchen. Fried Chicken, mac and cheese, more calories than you consume in a month, deliciousness. Hall’s is good steak house, great truffle fries, Mercato is supposed to be good Italian and well done on the Husk res!! Drinks on the roof at the Library at Vendue is pretty cool too. Have so much fun!!!

  7. applesandonions
    February 2, 2012 at 9:05 am (9 years ago)

    Thank you thank you thank you Karen and Jennifer!!!! I’m so excited xo, LEH

  8. Joan
    February 11, 2012 at 9:53 pm (9 years ago)

    You can’t go wrong wandering in and out of alley ways in the historic district. Enjoy! Charleston is a treat.

    Eat at FIG, Husk MacIntosh, The Grocery and all the gourmet groceries. New restaurants open every day. We are spoiled.

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