Charleston Mini Guide

I think I’ve convinced my friends Katie and Margaret to put together a real guide to Charleston, but here are just some of my favorite highlights from my weekend away.


  • Wander downtown, scout out work by local artisans
  • Drool over the amazing homes on rainbow row
  • Visit Robert Lange Gallery
  • Spend an afternoon at a plantation (we visited Magnolia which was a bit reminescent of Monet’s Giverny)
  • Take a walk on the beach (more fun with dogs!)
  • Learn to knit at the Village Knittery in Summerville (Katie’s mom’s great new shop)

EAT – It’s hard to go wrong in this city (and it helps to know people like Margaret who know everyone).

  • Sermet’s Corner – go local downtown cafe than makes you feel like you’re in Europe
  • Chai (great for happy hour. try the outdoor seating at the bar, and visit the bathroom for beautiful photos from Cambodia…ask for James, the traveling bartender to tell you tales)
  • Red Drum Gastro Pub – great ambiance but the best desserts you’ve ever had (that happen to be made by my awesomely talented “James Beard” nominated friend Lauren Mitterer)
  • Surf Bar – for a laid back afternoon on Folly. Known for their black bean burgers, but they also serve up a mean margarita
  • I highly recommend the train because it’s hard to find direct flights
  • Once in Charleston a car is helpful, but if you’re staying downtown, there’s plenty to do there and your feet will do just fine
  • Use a walk on the beach as an excuse to slow down. Keep your eye out for kite surfers


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