Consistently named one of the top cities to visit or host an event, particular wedding-related events, is Charleston, South Carolina. With its old world charm and new world establishments, it has everything visitors are searching and more.
Where to Stay
Charleston offers many choices for accommodations during your stay. Listed below are five different hotels and inns that would be perfect for a weekend in Charleston or longer! Each accommodation has its own personality and is diverse in character leaving the guests to choose the hotel or inn that fits his or her style and the vibe of the weekend.
Emeline is a boutique hotel located on 181 Church Street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Seek out new adventures, while appreciating and wandering through the past. Wake from your beautiful suite to the sound of hooves on cobblestones. Leave it to Emeline to cater to your every need while you enjoy the beauty that is Charleston.
A 21-room tribute to Charleston’s gilded age, the historic Wentworth Mansion® exudes the glamour and grandeur of the Holy City. Italian crystal chandeliers, hand-carved marble fireplaces, and Tiffany stained glass create a setting of gracious hospitality, further enhanced by luxurious amenities and thoughtful guest experiences – all just a short stroll from King Street’s world-class dining and shopping.
Nestled in a quiet section of Charleston’s renowned King Street, Fulton Lane Inn is just steps from an eclectic selection of many popular Charleston restaurants, plenty of gorgeous and historic waterfront homes, as well as the antique and shopping districts. Fulton Lane Inn’s storied past dates all the way back to 1889 when our earliest building was first constructed for the YWCA. The antiquated charm that still thrives here allows our guests to get an even deeper sense of the city’s history. Immerse yourself in the days of old, and experience the very best of the city in relaxed, Southern-style, in one of South Carolina’s premier inns.
Historic and luxurious, the John Rutledge House Inn® is both an important historical landmark and a bed and breakfast in the heart of Charleston. Spend your days exploring Charleston’s shopping district, delicious dining options, and southern hospitality at this one-of-a-kind inn.
Blending the intimacy of a bed & breakfast with the thoughtful amenities and personalized service of a boutique hotel, the Kings Courtyard Inn is a rare find on Charleston’s celebrated King Street. Tucked within one of the city’s oldest buildings, this charming inn in the heart of the Antiques District features 41 freshly updated guest rooms and suites, including some with original fireplaces, four-poster mahogany beds and views of leafy interior courtyards.
Newly Married Couple Enjoying the Inn / Photo Credit: Kings Courtyard Inn
Where to Dine
Charleston is well-known for its fine cuisine. The restaurants listed below represent only a small microcosm of the dining experiences that you will encounter in Charleston.
FIG sources products with integrity, flavor and soul, and incorporates these seasonal offerings into their menu nightly. The result is food that is honest, straightforward and pays homage to the Lowcountry, a special place they are privileged to call home. However, the FIG experience is about more than just food. A sincere effort to educate the staff on all aspects of food and beverage culture is the basis for their service philosophy. It is their goal that guests feel special, comfortable and well taken care of.
Originally the Mansion’s stables, the intimate and eucalyptus-scented Spa at Wentworth Mansion is an unmatched setting to relax, rejuvenate, and replenish. Striking architectural details, including 14-foot vaulted ceilings, arched windows, exposed brick, and rustic beams, create an air of tranquility and comfort for facials, massages, body treatments, and other spa services.
Please note: the Spa is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Shopping in Charleston is epic! It can be an all-day excursion if you want it to be. With its legendary shopping reputation in mind, I consulted with Charleston’s own stylist Andrea Serrano who provided a list of her favorite stores and boutiques which you can find below.
If you are planning to step out and party into the wee hours of the night, Charleston has a hopping nightlife scene. Once again, I consulted with Andrea Serrano about her favorite spots to have fun! You will find her picks below.
There are many ways to see Charleston – by foot, by carriage, and by boat – just to name a few. Listed below are two modes of transportation for your sightseeing pleasure.
Charleston Carriage Works is a leading provider of carriage tours in Charleston. Located at 20 Anson Street, they are in the very heart of Charleston’s Historic District. They pride themselves on the care of our horses and maintain the highest standards for the way they operate their business. The custom designed and built carriages offer the highest level of comfort and safety available downtown, and the guides are the best qualified around.