Post # 1
We’re planning a honeymoon in Charleston, SC. My only requirements for our honeymoon were (1) near the ocean, (2) I wanted to fly (I’ve never taken a vacation with a SO and I was always jealous of couples in airports, it looked so fun to travel with someone, so I wanted to have that experience, and (3) I wanted a city where we can walk to neat restaurants and/or attractions. My Fiance pretty much just wanted to make sure I got what I wanted. He is, however, a huge history fan and he’s excited about visiting some museums, etc.
So, any bees with experience in Charleston – are there any attractions or restaurants that we MUST see? Anyone have any recommendations on great hotels? or any advice on which hotels to avoid?
Any advice is appreciated!!
Post # 3
Fun! I love Charleston!
I’m pretty fond of this restaurant: http://www.poogansporch.com/
And if you’re looking for something fun and different to do, we had a lot of fun taking a Pub Tour: http://www.pubtourcharleston.com/
Post # 4
Thank you! A pub tour? Oh my word, my Fiance just might die of excitement.
I also just found an older post with some great ideas on must sees, etc. I’m even more excited now about our honeymoon. We normally work opposite shifts, so the idea of being able to spend time with Fiance, uninterrupted, for 6 days is just too amazing to comprehend.
Post # 6
I looooove Charleston, and we will probably spend a couple nights there on our honeymoon before flying out to the Bahamas or something. I can’t really suggest restaurants because I’m not a foodie. And there’s too much seafood there for my liking, haha. But they have this awesome outdoor market that is fun to check out. Pub tours, plantation tours (although that could get a little dull), carriage rides through the city. Last time we were there we did a ghost tour and I about peed myself. There is so much history and beauty it’s hard not to enjoy just walking around.
Post # 7
I LOOOVE Charleston! My extended family lives there, and my fiance proposed there this fall! What a great honeymoon location – you guys will have a blast!
Delicious breakfast & lunch, and a very romantic dinner – my favorite restaurant in Charleston – The Hominy Grill. Yum yum yum. Reservations needed for dinner.
Also, Isle of Palms have great public beaches if you’re looking for sand!
Another great little sushi place near IoP is Bambu. They have an amazing outdoor patio, and it is really beautiful inside. Some of my favorite sushi, ever.
Post # 8
I went to college in Charleston! Here’s my suggestions:
My absolute favorite restreaunt in the world, bar none, is Station 22 on Sullivan’s Island. It’s a bit of a drive but not too far and it’s 100000% worth it. You will never have better cheese bread in your life (it makes the cheddar bisquits from Red Lobster look like softballs). Their fried green tomatoes are amazing and I’ve never had a bad entree (but I’d stick with seafood of some sort). Also get the Coconut cake even if you don’t like coconut. I’ve always hated coconut but it’s still my favorite cake ever, to the point where I almost want to ask them if they make wedding cakes lol.
I agree that the IOP is a much better beach than Folly. Less crowded (Folly tends to attract a lot of students…), less rocky, less smelly.
If your Darling Husband is into history, take him to the USS Yorktown off of Patriot’s Point (about a 10 minute drive from the city). My SO is a history buff and stayed there for 5 hours and would have stayed longer if I wasn’t in a hurry to get to Station 22 and their cheese bread :P.
A lot of people say do the carriage tours, but I’m kind of against them, especially in the summer. They make the horses go out in 101 degree heat and you can see them foaming at the mouth :(. It’s really sad. But the ghost tours are a lot of fun, just make sure you get a good guide!
Also visit the college (the most beautiful campus you’ll ever see) the Saturday morning farmer’s market on Marion Square (I’ve been all over SC and have yet to find a better one, try the nutella and strawberry crepes and bengiets!) and the old Market is always worth a look (I used to work at Market Street Bakery and they have the best chocolate chip cookies you’ll ever eat in your life…just avoid the eclairs. Trust me).
PM me if you want anymore info, I plan on moving back to Charleston after law school. It really is the greatest place in the world :).
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Eat at Fig- one of my best meals ever! (reservations a must). We did “Charleston Footprints Walking Tours”- *awesome*- the guy has fantastic trip advisor ratings-great way to get a good overview of the city. We stayed at Mills House Hotel- check Tripadvisor for the reviews. Great place for a honeymoon- esp. in April (we were there in August-ugh!)
Post # 10
I love Charleston! We’re going there for my bachelorette party in June, and I’m so excited. What a cool place to have your honeymoon! I don’t have any advice beyond what other posters said, but I’m definitely going to keep my eye on this thread for ideas, too. 🙂
Post # 11
I always feel bad because I never agree with what other people think of Charleston’s restaurants. As a “local” but not a native I think we have a different perspective on what GREAT food is. We are (my partner and I) major foodies and hail from Los Angeles where good food abounds.
Yes, there are some excellent restaurants here. But, (please don’t throw tomatoes!) none of the ones mentioned here would make my list of 1000 places to eat in this city. Of course, everyone’s tastes are different and surely some of these restaurants get good reviews but most restaurants have I think generally positive reviews.
The Macintosh was just voted as one of the best restaurants in THE COUNTRY. It’s supposed to be excellent. As is Halls Chophouse. Anson is spectacular and very southern. Magnolia’s is great but touristy. Virginia’s on King is great for breakfast. Oku is excellent if you want sushi/asian food.
When I get some time I will write some more casual joints and as always you can PM me if you need details on something or whatever.
Post # 12
@axeyourmakeupkit: none of the ones mentioned here would make my list of 1000 places to eat in this city
Not throwing tomatoes, but I’m a little put off by this. I don’t even think there are 1000 places to eat in Charleston, even if you’re counting the Kickin Chicken…
Post # 13
It was certainly an exaggeration, like as in if it was the last place to eat in the city I wouldn’t go.
That’s all I meant. We all have different tastes and what we consider good food. If you love it, I think that’s awesome. That is why there are all different kinds of restaurants for all different kinds of people.
Post # 14
@axeyourmakeupkit: I don’t think you meant anything by it, my feathers just ruffled because I have “foodie” friends that are always poo pooing my choices because they’re from New York and I’ve never lived outside SC, so clearly they know what great food is and I don’t. I think the ones you mentioned are great, also seconding Fig that someone else mentioned, though I’ve never been there personally (too expensive for a CofC student 😉 but I’ve heard wonderful things about it from my SO.
Post # 15
I know this is an old thread, but I just want to thank you guys if you’re still on this site! I’m going to Charleston in April and I can’t wait!! There’s so much to choose from, I’m having a hard time planning activities!
Post # 16
@thmpper: Charleston is a great Destination… and indeed very romantic !! And lots of great things to see and do there. Our personal faves…
Carriage Ride (April is a good time, the temps are cooler than in the middle of summer, as someone else mentioned)
The Market (interesting stuff… and they have a great hat merchant)
Historic House Tours (in the city itself… such as the Nathaniel Russell House)
The Charleston Museum… America’s first museum
And of course no visit to Charleston is complete with a Plantation Tour or two (some of the best in the country). Because of the age of the plantations and Sherman’s mission to burn them to the ground as he marched to the sea, no one plantation can offer up everything… but going to 2 or 3 will give you a better idea of what they all would have looked like in their prime
Drayton Hall… the oldest intact plantation house in America. Missed by Sherman because Dr Drayton hung a sign out that said “Quarantined due to Smallpox”… the soldiers were deathly afraid of smallpox so they moved on down the road.
Boone Hall … best example of Slave Quarters. And they have an EXCELLENT interpretive program on Black History and Gullah life. Also one of the most impressive line of Live Oaks.
Middleton Place & Magnolia Place (both also on Ashley River Road) are prime examples of the landscaping and magnficent gardens that Plantations once had.
And lastly… the eats in Charleston are fabulous. There are certainly highend places like SNOB (slightly north of broad), but there also equally some great “low country” inexpensive eats to be found at places like Barbara Jeans, and Fleet Landing.
Where are you planning to stay ? When we are in Charleston we like the DoubleTree which is pretty central, and well located to both the Carriage Rides, as well as the Market, and one block or so either side runs the Charleston Downtown Trollies.
Hope this helps,