Mini Guide to Charleston, SC

Mini Guide to Charleston, SC

John and I are huge fans of Charleston, SC.  It is the perfect distance from home for a weekend getaway and we try to get over there several times a year.  There is just something about the history, low country and foodie scene that just keeps us coming back for more.  We LOVE it.  We always try to stay where we can park the car and walk for our entire stay.  I think mentally it helps us justify all of the delicious/ unhealthy food we eat.  As we continue documenting our travels you will soon learn that we essentially eat our way through a city and plan most of our schedule around trying different food places.

We used John's Marriott points on this trip to stay at the Charleston Grand Bohemian.  The Grand Bohemian recently opened and we were so impressed.  First, the property features a PRIME location in the heart of the action right off of Meeting Street and it is just a couple of blocks away from King street. Definitely met our park the car and leave it requirement. The property features an art gallery as well Élevé, their premier restaurant with a rooftop bar.  We ate breakfast at Élevé every morning we were in town and it was delicious.

Photo courtesy of the Grand Bohemian.  Photo courtesy of the Grand Bohemian.

The rooms were gorgeous with a modern flair and the bed was super comfortable.

Photo courtesy of the Grand Bohemian. Photo courtesy of the Grand Bohemian.

Oak Steakhouse

Photo Courtesy of the Oak Steakhouse facebook page.  Photo Courtesy of the Oak Steakhouse facebook page.

John was feeling like some red meat so we made a reservation at Oak Steakhouse.  When we have date night we have a strict no phones out at the table policy.  I apologize for my lack of food photos on this one but I will do my best to describe the deliciousness.  We started out with oysters rockefeller and they were outstanding.  Probably some of the best I have ever had. If you go to Oak, be sure to order at least one to try (you order them individually so that's nice if you just want a taste).  After that we ordered some of their daily fresh catch raw oysters.  They were locally caught that day and had a fabulous briny taste.  They were extremely smooth with no grit. For the main course John had the Cab Filet Mignon with the smokey bacon macaroni and cheese.  As you would expect from a higher end steakhouse, the meat was tender and cooked to perfection.  (I used to work at Ruth's Chris so I know a decent steak when I see one). The smokey bacon macaroni was beyond indulgent.  You are almost guaranteed a home run when you combine bacon with anything OR cheese with anything so it was a no brainer.  I ordered their classic bolognese that featured pancetta, pork and beef in the sauce.  It was served with a pappardelle noodle which was the perfect compliment to the bolognese.  We really wanted to order a crème brûlée for dessert but we physically could not eat another bite. All in all our trip to Oak Steakhouse was a big success!

Walk Around the Battery

We visited in March which means that the weather was that perfect mix of not too hot and not too cold. It was juuuuusstt riigghhtt.  John and I decided one morning we were going to take a walk around the Battery. We wanted to get a little exercise and look at the historic houses. There is a ton of history and if that's what you like, I recommend taking a walking tour because it is very informative! If you are into just having a peaceful relaxing Sunday walk this is also the perfect spot for it.


During our walk we got a little hungry and wanted something small.  We were meeting a friend for lunch later and didn't want to ruin our appetites so a snack was just the ticket. We stumbled upon this fabulous little open air cafe called Carmella's.

We both ordered coffee.  I had the vanilla latte while deciding on my snack.

As mentioned earlier, cheese is always a ringer so I ordered the Saint Nectair, Drunken Goat and the Peccorino Toscano.  John had some sort of chocolate desserty thing. Unfortunately I was too busy eating my cheese to take a yummy picture of it but you catch the gist.  Everything about this place was just lovely and made me want to stay awhile.

Second Sunday

If you have any flexibility when planning your travels, I highly recommend being in Charleston on the second Sunday of the month.  On the second Sunday of every month King Street is blocked off from Calhoun to Queen Street from 1 to 5 pm to allow people to enjoy everything that King Street has to offer. The shops and restaurants have displays out in the street and people can eat and shop as they stroll down King.  They also have live music and art displays.  It is wonderful and definitely worth making a special trip.

There are so many more fabulous restaurants, shops and places to stay in Charleston and I am looking forward to adding onto this mini guide after our next visit!  I'd love to hear your thoughts about what should be on the list! Comment below with your suggestions 🙂

Disclosure:  This post is not sponsored or endorsed by any of the locations listed.  All opinions expressed are intellectual property of Madeleine Raiford-Holland.