Charleston, South Carolina
This past weekend I had the pleasure of staying in Charleston with 74 of my closest blogger gal pals for The Southern Blog Society Conference. We had a blast trying new places to eat, shopping on King St. and of course learning so much from the conference! I'll have a total recap on the conference soon- but for now I wanted to give y'all a little weekend guide to Charleston, in case you're heading there for the Fourth!
WHERE TO STAY
John Robinson Cookhouse
Laura from Louella Reese was AMAZING and suggested we stay at the John Robinson Cookhouse during SBS Con! It was quaint and homey, and was just the right size and price for Laura, Emily and I. At $210 a night during high season, you can't beat the immaculate bathroom and walking distance to everything you ever needed at King St. Complete with off street parking, the outside area of the cookhouse had a patio perfect for brunching and an ivy covered wall that was a coveted location for blog photos! It was such a wonderful experience staying at the cookhouse, and I really felt like a local Charlestonian (is that even a word?)
The Belmond Charleston Place
While we stayed at the cookhouse, many bloggers stayed at The Belmond Charleston Place which also graciously hosted SBS Con! Although I can't speak for the rooms, I can speak for the hospitality and service I experienced while brunching before the conference at the Belmond. The lobby was gorgeous, with an Insta-worthy chandelier hanging in the center making you feel like you were in a princess movie!
WHERE TO SHOP
Moon & Lola
For personalized jewelry with a sweet southern touch like the Parker Bangle orOriginal Acrylic Monogram Necklace, dainty layers like the Dove Necklace and Amora Ring and chic statements like the Kalba Necklace
A collection of luxury, covetable items and every day classics. Before you splurge on that Tory Burch bag you've been eyeing, join their Brown Box Club to get a box of luxury goods sent to your doorstep monthly to try before you buy! Then splurge on the items you can't live without, and send back what you can part with.
Shoes On King
An overwhelming selection of designer shoes (think DVF, Kate Spade and Jeffrey Campbell) with the cutest handbags to boot. Emily of The Style Hunter scored the most gorgeous Rebecca Minkoff handbag while Laura from Louella Reese and I shopped the buy one get one FREE sale (yes you read that right!) Don't worry about missing out on the sale- the owners said it would be lasting at least a month long.
WHERE TO EAT
Two Boroughs Larder
A local hole in the wall that is sure to delight. Try the standard Bowl-O-Noodle, an Asian dish with a southern twist, or something new as the menu changes every day. Finish off with a glass of milk and homemade cookies from their adorable kitchen while you browse the many home-maker kitchen items for sale that cover the walls.
Another local favorite, Jack's Cafe is right off of King St. although hidden just enough to make you feel like a true local. A breakfast diner that serves your favorite omelets or pancakes all day long or try their piled high burgers that would make any mouth water.
Reasonably priced southern soul food that was MUCH needed. Try the hot chicken and ask for an extra cup of honey- add a side of mac n cheese and don't forget their legendary moscow mules!
Charleston House of Pizza
Nowhere near the heart of Charleston but well worth the 10 minute drive. The best pizza you can get while in town and the ONLY place to find the best house salad and baklava. When they told me their house dressing was famous, I thought they were kidding. But now my mouth is drooling just thinking about that salad. 2 thumbs up and best pizza I've had in awhile!
Five Loaves Cafe
Another local favorite found while apartment shopping near mid-town Charleston. Split a sandwich with a friend and get a cup of soup- you won't be disappointed. For brunch try the Southern Benny, complete with crabcakes, grits and pimento cheese (seriously my Dad's mouth was watering just looking at it)
Hope you enjoyed this little weekend guide to Charleston! Thanks for reading and have a happy 4th!