Where to Stay In Charleston
Before we even booked our flights, we had our eye on The Bea’s Nest, a stunning rental house on the Isle of Palms. Not only is it gorgeous, but it’s also full of history and charm! It was built in 1914 by American poetess Beatrice Witte Ravenel. Even with its modern updates–like the in-ground pool, outdoor fireplace, and stunning kitchen–it maintains all its old-school charm. Plus, it sleeps twelve people and is right on the beach, so there was plenty of room for the kids to run and explore while mom and dad get their relaxation on.
Historic Things to Do In Charleston
We really wanted to experience as much of Charleston’s history as possible during our stay. Between trips to the beach and local restaurants, we explored the neighborhoods and learned about the town’s origins. So fun and special!
Take a Carriage Ride Through Town
Now that we’ve experienced it, I can honestly say that the best way to tour Charleston is by horse-drawn carriage! We booked a tour with Palmetto Carriage Works, and we all had a blast. The tour guides were a ton of fun and super informative, and the kids loved petting the horses before and after the tour. It felt like we were seeing the city the way it was meant to be seen. And let’s be honest, who wants to be stuck in a car when the weather is this beautiful?
Walk Down Rainbow Row
Of course, if you’re going to Charleston, you have to take a stroll down Rainbow Row! This row of rainbow-colored homes on East Bay Street is one of the most popular spots in town. These homes were all built in the 1700s and mostly forgotten about until they were purchased and revitalized in the 1930s. My kids and husband were real troopers while I wandered down the street, taking pictures and stealing inspiration for my own house and garden.
Take a Peek at the Lowndes Grove
Call us nerds, but my son and I made a point to stop by the Lowndes Grove Plantation–not because of its history, but because it’s featured on one of our favorite shows, Outer Banks! Though the place isn’t open to visitors, we were still able to take a peek at Sarah Cameron’s house from the show and the dock where (spoiler alert!) the yacht blew up. And on our last night, we were lucky enough to catch the cast and crew filming at the beach! Definitely a highlight of our trip!
Visiting the Beach in Charleston
Between historic tours and outings, we spent a lot of time at the beach! Isle of Palms Beach was our favorite of the trip. It was close to the rental house and super quiet, which was perfect for our family. We got to explore tide pools, build sand castles, and just enjoy the great outdoors.
And of course I picked up a few new swimsuits for the occasion! I’ve been loving my suits from Coral Reef Swim. They’re cute, comfortable, and perfect for lounging at the pool or chasing the kids around on the beach.
Where to Eat in Charleston
No vacation in this family is complete without some real good food. These were our favorite local eats!
Mex 1 Coastal Cantina
The owner of Bea’s Nest recommended this spot, Mex 1 Coastal Cantina, and we’re so glad she did! The atmosphere were amazing, the food was even better, and the street corn queso was to die for! Seriously, I’m already dreaming of the next time I’ll get to visit.
My husband took one look at the Vicious Biscuit website and said, “We have to go there.” Basically anything you’ve ever dreamed of putting on a biscuit–fried chicken, pulled pork, you name it–they have it! It was our favorite brunch spot of the trip by far. Trust me. Add it to your Charleston bucket list.
Republic Ice Cream
What beach vacation is complete without a go-to ice cream spot? Republic Ice Cream on Sullivan Island is the quintessential beach town ice cream joint, and it was a hit with the whole family. I swear the kids asked to go there every day!
Our very last meal in Charleston was one of our favorites! Once again, the owner of Bea’s Nest killed it with this recommendation. We stopped at Lewis Barbecue on our very last day for some classic Charleston barbecue, and we loved it! We seriously can’t recommend it enough!
Plan Your Own Dream Charleston Vacation
We knew this trip would be fun, but we had no idea just how much the entire family would enjoy it! If you’re looking for a beachy destination with a lot of variety, add Charleston to your bucket list.