This blog post is wayyy overdue. My best friend Megan (check out her blog @sassyinstl) got married in April and this trip was her bachelorette party in Charleston last fall. I absolutely fell in love with Charleston and became totally obsessed with shrimp and grits. This post is a very long and detailed recap of the best trip ever!
We all arrived in Charleston around noon. We stayed in a hotel right outside the city for the first day. We didn’t want to waste any time, so we went right to lunch at Poogan’s Porch. My mom and the mother of the bride both eat grain free and the bride eats gluten and dairy free. Charleston is known for fried chicken and very decadent dishes so I definitely had to do some research on places we could eat.
Poogan’s Porch was the perfect place to kick off the weekend. Although there weren’t tons of options, they were super accommodating to our dietary restrictions. They also did brunch food on Thursdays which was hard to find. We got goat cheese omelets and watermelon mimosas which were delishhh!
We went straight from brunch to a horse carriage tour with Palmetto Carriage Tours. It was really hot but super interesting. It was nice to see and enjoy Charleston before the party started. After the carriage tour, we went back to the hotel to rest and refresh for dinner.
Before dinner, we went to Candlefish for a candle making class. This might have been my favorite part of the weekend. It's BYOB and you get to pick out your scents for your two candles- sooo much fun. Our bach group was too big and the timing didn’t line up for a private class, so we scheduled this when it was just four of us.
After candle making, we went to dinner at Hank’s Seafood. We had a great meal here but I wouldn’t say it was a must see. We picked it based on location (downtown, nearish Candlefish) and because the bride wanted some seafood! They were accommodating with allergies which was definitely appreciated. We had a full spread planned for the next day so we called it a night after dinner.
We got up early on Friday and had breakfast by the water at the hotel. Our Airbnb was nice enough to let us drop our bags at one of the other locations so we could go shopping and see the town. We walked down King Street, stopping in boutiques as we went. A few of our favs were Beckett Boutique and Hampden. We stopped at Candlefish to pick up our candles and then made our way to lunch at 82 Queen. I highly recommend this place! It has an adorable outdoor patio with butterfly shaped chairs. It was super hot so we decided to eat inside which was equally as pretty. We had the best server and the food was fantastic. This was my first time having shrimp and grits in Charleston and I was not disappointed- I didn’t eat anything else for the entire weekend.
After lunch, we stopped at an adorable coffee shop- Millers All Day. I’m not much of a coffee drinker but I could have stayed there all day it was so cute! They also had a bar in the back with other drinks.
We then made our way over to Rainbow Row and the Pineapple Fountain. My sister made us pick our favorite colored building and take a selfie in front of it.
We walked from Rainbow Row over to the Pineapple Fountain for more pics. After we finished our photo shoots, we sent the bride to get a massage at the Belmond. The rest of us went to Costco and Harris Teeter to shop for groceries and drinks for the weekend.
By this time, the rest of the girls started to arrive to our Airbnb. Our Airbnb was really cutely decorated and was a great size for 15 people. However, I am not linking it here because it was in a really bad area of town and we felt unsafe there. We all got settled and decorated the house with flamingos. The bride requested a flamingo theme so we went with Megan’s Last Flamingle. It was so much fun finding these decorations to go with the theme!
We cooked tacos and had some drinks at home while we waited for the whole group to get there. We had a lingerie fiesta (we had a range of people including the brides mom, mother-in-law and my mom, so we said bring something sexy or sweet so everyone could participate and feel comfortable) and had the bride guess who brought what. We followed with fiance trivia where we pre-recorded her fiance answering questions about their relationship. This was so funny and a great way to break the ice before going out for the night. Once the whole group arrived, we went out to a rooftop bar called Stars.
We woke up on Saturday, put on our matching team bride shirts, and went to brunch. We went to S.N.O.B and it was great. I had to do a little research to find a place that had great food, gluten free options and could accommodate 15 people. If you have a big group, definitely plan to reserve way in advance for Charleston! S.N.O.B had amazing shrimp and grits and different flavors of mimosas which was totally our scene.
After brunch, we went back and got ready to go to the beach. We went to Sullivan’s Island which was about a 20 minute Uber. The beaches were beautiful, quiet and free. It was nice to relax for a few hours but it got cloudy so we went back to regroup before dinner.
For dinner, the bride wore white and everyone else wore pink to go with the flamingo theme. It ended up being really cute!
We went to 39 Rue de Jean for dinner which is a French themed restaurant that also serves sushi. This place was more upscale than some of the other places we went but it went well with the vibe we were looking for. The service was great and the venue easily accommodated our group size and dietary restrictions. After dinner, we went over to King Street and bar hopped. There are so many bars over there we just picked a few and had a great time.
Sunday was our boat cruise day! We had brunch and bubbly at the house before leaving. It was about a 20 minute Uber to our Sangria Sunday boat cruise. The boat was $40 a person which included unlimited sangria. We didn’t love the sangria so some of us ended up buying White Claws while cruising. The bride said the boat was her favorite part of the trip. It was so great to get on the water and the captain let us control the music!
After the boat, we got some more drinks and food at Red’s Ice House which is right where the boat docks. They surprisingly have a huge gluten free menu and also serve frose. The sun took a lot out of us so we went back to the house and took naps and played games for the rest of the night.
On Monday, we checked out of our Airbnb and most girls went home. A few of us including the bride and our moms had later flights so we went to Boone Hall Plantation for the day. I’m so happy we were able to squeeze this into the schedule because it was beautiful. It was about a 30 minute drive to the plantation and then about 35 minutes to the airport. It was worth it! The plantation was nice enough to store our luggage while we walked around. We started in the butterfly garden, then watched a Gullah culture performance, saw where Blake Lively was married, went on a plantation tractor tour and finished with a house tour. My favorite part was probably the tractor tour because you got to see more of the plantation. After a few hours, we had to go to the airport to catch our flights home.
We absolutely loved our time in Charleston! I feel like we did so much in those 5 days but it wasn’t even enough. We can’t wait to go back!
Have you been to Charleston? What are your favorite spots?