I decided to escape the hustle and bustle of NYC to embark on a solo trip to Charleston. Although I didn’t know what exactly to expect from this Southern city, I was happy to discover that it was very much a solo traveler friendly city. The locals are incredibly kind and warm, making it easy to make friends, and the city it self is quite walkable due to its size.
Where to Stay
With so many hotels and B&B’s to choose from, it’s definitely tough to boil it down to one place. However, I was so happy with my decision to stay at the the Zero George hotel so much so that it has officially become one of my most memorable hotel stays. Although it is an upscale boutique, its comfy Southern charm makes it feel like home and the staff greatly contributes to this. The location is also ideal with it being walking distance from all the main areas downtown.
If you enjoy cooking, the hotel offers a cooking class with their Executive Chef Vinson Petrillo. I’d also recommend dining at the Zero Restaurant, an incredible experience with each dish being a work of art.
The hotel is made up of 5 restored circa 1804 buildings surrounding a courtyard with each building carrying their own unique character.
Complimentary wine and cheese during happy hour on the veranda was simply the best and the concierge service is super helpful in person or via text.
The room was a dream. I had to force myself to get out! It was incredibly cozy and airy. I also had my own little porch area with a view of the courtyard. So quaint!
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If all you did in Charleston was eat, you’d still end the trip on a successful note. The choices are endless, the coffee is strong and the food is full of soul. Here’s just a short list of musts.
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits
This was one of my favorites. The biscuits are fresh and inspired by the mother’s original recipe. The wait was 30 minute long but it was well worth it!
Absolutely loved the vibe here! The unique dining room features a rustic and historic building inside of the modern setting. The outdoor patio is decorated with fairy lights and greenery, making it the perfect place for a date or drinks with friends. Cannon Green also has the best happy hour in town. We ordered sammies with gruyere cheese, blistered shishito Peppers and chilaquiles + the Flying Squirrel (delicious) from the happy hour menu and the Raviolo from the first course menu which is a must!
Catch a slight breeze by the ocean and go for a stroll among the arching trees.
Photo by Flytographer
Shop at The City Market
The soul of the city, this street is where you’ll find some of the best eats, galleries, shops and hotels. Each building has a different personality and the aesthetics alone are enough to entertain you during your walk.
The French Huguenot Church
The unique architecture and blush pink color of the church make it a beautiful sight to see.
Photo by Katie Capo of Flytographer
House Hunt on Tradd Street
One of the prettiest streets in Charleston, you’ll feeling like you’re walking down Notting Hill in London. Great photo ops!
Visit the Big Red Barn near the City Market for a variety of tour choices by horse and carriage.
Photo op in front of The Mills House Pink Wall
Dock Street Theater
The original dates back to 1736 and is still going strong after a few renovations. Click here for show information.
Photo by Katie Flytographer