Charleston | Shop + Stay + Play



Happy Thursday Friends.  I have been meaning to do this post for awhile since I last did my favorite Charleston Eats Post.   I feel so lucky to call Charleston home.  It is such a fabulous city filled with so much historic charm, southern hospitality and fabulous food!  If you get the chance I highly recommend you visit Charleston.I get a few emails a week from people wanting to know where to stay and what to do here while visiting.  Keep in mind there are so many things to do here, so many great shops and great places to stay,  these are just a few of my favorites.
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Hampden Clothing314 King StreetOne of my favorite clothing shops in town, it is hard to leave here empty handed.  Stacy Smallwood, the owner does such a great job bringing cutting edge fashions to Charleston.

Sugar Snap Pea233 King Street also located in Mt Pleasant ( 712 S Shelmore Blvd)My favorite shop for the kids.  Filled with adorable clothes, toys, and gifts.

Finicky Filly303 King Street This shop is filled with all my favorite brands like Joie, Mara Hoffman, Tory Burch. You might remember my post about their Brown Box Club.  You must stop in if you are strolling King Street.

Open Door Shop1630 Meeting Street This off the beaten path and not walking distance from the main strip of downtown but worth a stop in.  They are a fabulous entertaining store.  I always pick up serving platters from here.
NOVEL1630 Meeting StreetIf you stop in Open Door Shop you must pop in Novel too, they are in the same building upstairs.  It is filled with The Library Collection By Lauren Lail,  Art by Way Way Allen and stationary by Liza Cleveland.

GOAT. SHEEP. COW106 Church Street If you love meat, cheese and good wine (like me) then you will be heaven in this shop. I have become addicted to it and stop in often for weekend appetizers.  They also make killer sandwiches at lunch if you luck up on one, but they sell out fast!
PINK CHICKEN225 King Street This adorable girls/women's store just opened here in December and I am already obsessed with it.  They have the cutest stuff ever, I am always buying Frances dresses here.  There are only two other locations in the US so stop in if you are in Charleston!

MAC AND MURPHY74 1/2 Cannon Street If you love paper products like I do you will want to stop in this charming store.  It is filled with adorable cards, notepads, wrapping paper and ribbons.

ECLECTIC875 Coleman BlvdThis home interiors store is in Mt Pleasant but if you are over that way you must stop in.  It is filled with the cutest home accents, art and decor.
CELEADON1015 Johnnie Dodds Blvd Another great home store in Mt Pleasant.  Filled with great furniture and accesories for the home.
SHOES ON KING335 King Street If you love shoes, this is your store.  Right now they are running their buy one get one free sale.
ROBERTA ROLLER RABBIT322 King Street I just stopped in this store this week and lets just say I am officially obsessed.  The most gorgeous Boho cover-ups, kids clothing, accessories (think gorgeous beaded necklaces and purses), and bedding!


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The Vendue Inn19 Vendue Range This was one of my favorite places to stay before we moved here.  The hotel was just recently redone and looks amazing.  Don't miss the rooftop bar and restaurant, The Drawing Room.

Zero George0 George Street
I have yet to stay at this boutique hotel but I am dying to!  I have heard nothing but rave reviews about the hotel and the service.  They have a restaurant on the property and offer cooking classes too!

MARKET PAVILION HOTEL225 East Bay
This hotel is worth it just for the rooftop pool and bar!   It is within walking distance to some great restaurants too.


CHARLESTON PLACE HOTEL205 Meeting Street
This hotel is right in the heart of downtown Charleston and walking distance to most shops and restaurants. 

PLANTERS INN112 N Market Street This hotel is located in the heart of Downtown too and home to the famous Peninsula Grill (they make the insane 12 layer coconut cake)!


P L A Y
The AQUARIUMIf you are traveling with kids, the aquarium here is awesome!

CARRIAGE RIDESIf you want to see more of Historic Charleston the Carriage Rides are such a fun way to see downtown.


THE ARTHUR RAVENEL JR BRIDGEThis is the bridge that connects downtown to Mt Pleasant.  If you want to see the city from a different view and get some exercise the bridge is great way to do that.  People walk and run this bridge everyday.   On a sunny day the views are pretty incredible.
 
USS YORKTOWNIf you have kids this is another fun activity to check out the USS Yorktown.
FIREFLY DISTERLLYThis is bit of a drive about 25-30 minutes from downtown but such a fun activity.  We did this last year for my birthday and had so much fun.  You get to tour where they make the Firefly Vodkas and do a tasting.  There is also a vineyard (Irvin House Vineyard) beside it where you can do wine tastings as well.  After our tour we bought a bottle of wine and sat on the property (its gorgeous) and drank it and listened to the live band.