Looking for a quick weekend getaway from Baltimore? This past weekend I went down to Charleston, SC for a friend’s Bachelorette party – The city is absolutely gorgeous, filled to the brim with fun stuff to do and amazing food, and only a short drive to the beach. If that’s not the makings of an ideal weekend getaway, I don’t know what is.
Getting there & Where to stay: The flight is only a little over an hour long, with direct service via Southwest. If you didn’t know, BWI is a Southwest hub, so I always check out their site for flights first (they don’t use any conglomerate sites like Expedia, etc.) and I signed up for their emails for deals. You can find pretty reasonable flights, but it’s also a doable drive (about 8 hours) if you’re into that sort of thing.
Airbnb has some really cool spots in Charleston, including house boats! We stayed in a VRBO house in Folly Beach, which is about 20 minutes from downtown, and is a cute little hippie sufer town with some shops and restaurants. For us, waking up looking at the ocean was totally worth the short drive into the city, but there are plenty of places to stay downtown as well.
Things to Do: We barely scratched the surface on all the cool stuff this city has to offer! Our first day downtown we did a distillery tour at High Wire Distilling Co to mix it up from your usual brewery tour. It was really cool to learn about the different methods of distilling, and they make the best gin I’ve ever had, hands down – and I don’t even like gin! After the tour, we walked down to some of the shops and restaurants, grabbing a drink at the moody and dark Prohibition and then to Rarebit for the best Moscow Mule I have ever had in my life.
That night, we made our way down King St to a club that has a drag show on Friday and Saturday nights – Cure Nightclub. The show was great and we had a great time dancing and having a drink. (ok, I admit it – we had 2 each. … )
I always say if you’re gonna tourist – tourist it the hell up. Which means the pineapple fountain in Waterfront Park is a must see. But all tourist jokes aside (cough, socks and sandals, cough) the park is gorgeous and would be a great spot to bring a picnic and relax on the water. From there you can walk to Charleston City Market and pursue some Southern goods.
All the Eats: Honestly, I would go back to Charleston and do nothing but eat. Pay somebody to roll me from restaurant to restaurant. Seems legit to me..
But really – there are some amazing spots to eat, and we could only get to a few of them. We went to a yummy little spot the first night we got there in Folly Beach called Rita’s who had some unique and delicious drinks. Another favorite for dinner was Muse, where we sipped bottles of wine and dined on homemade pasta.
For lunch, we headed to Five Loaves Cafe, which let you build basically infinite combinations of fresh, homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches. Panera, your you-pick-two aint got nothin’ on this place.
For the sweet tooth, we walked over to Sugar from Five Loaves for cupcakes – the minis were basically the cutest things I’ve ever seen.
Like I said, we barely scratched the surface on all the delicious eats in this city, so don’t limit yourself. Open table and Yelp your way around, you’ll surely find something great.
There aren’t enough words or pictures to cover how much I loved my quick weekend getaway to Charleston (good company helps too!) but as a first time visitor, I will definitely be back. What are your favorite Charleston spots so I can add them to my list for next time? Let me know in the comments.