Things to Do in Charleston

Charleston has been named the #1 tourist destination in the United States for years. That means it is one of the most popular wedding destinations as well. Good weather, a thriving foodie scene, beaches, and a historic city with buildings dating back to pre-Revolutionary War days, make it easy to see why people love visiting here. If you’re planning a destination wedding in Charleston, make sure you make a weekend (or a week!) out of it. There’s so much to do – your guests will leave with full bellies and experiences they’ll be talking about for the rest of their lives.

Charleston Plantation Tours

Magnolia Plantation

Boone Hall

Middleton Place

Historic Home Tours in Charleston

Edmonston-Alston House

Nathaniel Russell House

Aiken-Rhett House

Best Charleston Restaurants:

You could easily skip all the sightseeing and shopping and just eat your way through your Charleston vacation. This is an official foodie town, and with good reason.

Fine dining:

The Grocery: This is Erin’s favorite restaurant in Charleston. Fun, unpretentious atmosphere, constantly evolving and creative menu, small and large plates so you can share.

Husk: Charleston’s beloved James Beard award-winning chef Sean Brock creates inventive Southern cuisine inside this gorgeous old downtown home. He uses ONLY ingredients and resources found in the South (that means he’s barred himself from using olive oil), which results in authentic Lowcountry cuisine with the kind of modern twist Brock is famous for.

McCrady’s: Another Sean Brock joint, and, in our opinion, the best one. Inside the original McCrady’s Tavern which was built in 1788, Brock and his team create dishes that will surprise and delight you. Everything from the cocktails to the desserts is executed with perfection.

Fun & casual:

Minero: The best Mexican restaurant in Charleston. It feels high-end, but the food is inexpensive, and the tortilla chips are homemade. Awesome cocktail and margarita list too. Again, from Sean Brock.

Xiao Bao Biscuit: One of our go-to neighborhood spots. Tucked back into the residential area, this is a locals’ joint. Unique and flavorful Asian street food. The menu changes, but one thing that’s always there is the cabbage pancake. It’s everyone’s favorite. There’s also always at least one really fantastic fish dish.

Taco Boy: Fun, festive atmosphere. Big picnic tables on the colorful patio, outdoor bar, extensive and creative taco menu, delicious margaritas. Locations downtown and on Folly Beach.

Santi’s: Mexican hole-in-the-wall, off the beaten path. Cheap and delicious. Legit margaritas. Homemade tortilla chips. This is Ben and Erin’s go-to neighborhood restaurant. We recommend eating on the patio out back, surrounded by all the colorful twinkly lights.

Down ‘n’ Dirty Southern Cookin’

Martha Lou’s: This tiny little pink shack has been reviewed by the New York Times. Meat and three, or a veggie plate. Don’t miss this place.

Jestine’s Kitchen: Fried chicken, po’ boys, delicious veggies and cornbread served with butter and honey. You’ll want sweet tea with that. (Don’t be scared by the line around the block. It’s totally worth it. Erin has been coming here since she was a teenager).

Beaches

Folly Beach: This was Erin’s beach when she was growing up. Unpretentious, it’s where the locals and surfers hang out. There will be lots of people here, playing beach games, trying to hide the beer in their cups. Tip: The surfers all congregate at The Washout, at the north end of the beach. If you want to surf or just watch people surf, when you arrive at Folly on Center Street, turn left on East Ashley Avenue, and just keep going until you can’t go anymore. That’s the Washout. Here’s a map of Folly Beach: http://www.follybeach.com/islandmap.php

Isle of Palms: Gorgeous beach near Mount Pleasant, a little more upscale.

Sullivans Island: It’s quiet and less populated. This is another locals beach for people who want to get away from the crowds.