A Girls Weekend In Charleston

Oh boy, my heart is SO FULL after this girls weekend getaway to Charleston, South Carolina. As many of you know, I grew up in Virginia and all of my closest friends still live there. We do our best to see each other as often as possible and had been talking about doing a girls trip for months. After discovering that Charleston was only a 5 hour drive from Atlanta and 6 hours from Richmond, we decided that was the perfect place to meet for a weekend away!

When we first arrived on Friday it was POURING rain. However, we weren’t going to let the weather stop us so we gathered our umbrellas and headed out to explore. We stopped by Minero, a fun Mexican restaurant for some margaritas and guac. They had a great happy hour special and it was the perfect place to wait out the rain!

 After checking into our hotel (we stayed at the Days Inn on Meeting Street, it was right in the middle of everything and much nicer than we expected!) we ventured out to check out Market Pavilion’s Rooftop Bar. The views were incredible– you could see the entire city!

We enjoyed cocktails on the roof and watched the most glowy post-rain sunset!

We then ventured to Magnolias for dinner and all I can say is WOW. If you’re ever in Charleston you NEED to splurge on a dinner here. Some of our favorite dishes included the duck, tuna, and pecan pie dessert- an absolute foodie heaven!

The next morning we had plans to go to Folly Beach, but first needed a cup of joe. We stumbled upon Bitty and Beau’s and this became our go-to spot for a coffee throughout the weekend! This is an incredibly special coffee shop because their employees all have intellectual and developmental disabilities. With over 80% of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities unemployed nationwide, they created a path for people with IDD to become more valued, accepted and included in every community. We were all incredibly touched by their mission and values!

After coffee, we headed to Folly Beach! This little beach town is about 20-25 minutes from downtown Charleston and the perfect place to lay out in the sun for a couple of hours!

Later that afternoon, we went shopping on King Street.

Unfortunately for us, (but fortunately for our wallets!) it started to downpour again so we decided to grab a light bite at The Darling Oyster Bar to wait out the storm. This was the cutest restaurant and their preppy Charleston-inspired branding was on point. I could’ve hung out here all day!

It was still raining, so we popped into The Cocktail Club to try one of their unique craft cocktails. Once again, we were not disappointed!

Finally the rain cleared up and after a quick stop at the hotel to freshen up, we headed to Rainbow Row and Waterfront Park to make the most of golden hour! I was even able to squeeze in a little portrait session for my friends and I am so grateful I was able to document our last night.

 

Three of my sweet best friends- Gallion, Erin, and Emma. I met all three of these girls during my freshman year at Virginia Tech and they were all bridesmaids in my wedding. They are the type of friends who have the biggest hearts, make me laugh till I cry, and I know they’ll still be by my side when I’m 80 years old.

After taking in the last bits of sunshine, we enjoyed another rooftop cocktail at Vendue before heading to dinner at S.N.O.B (Slightly North of Broad). My favorite part of dinner? The literal pot of chocolate we ordered for dessert!

Our final morning in Charleston was bittersweet. We walked through The Historic Charleston Market, shopped a bit more along King Street, and finished our weekend with brunch at Poogan’s Porch.

Y’ALL. Brunch at Poogan’s Porch is a MUST DO. The mac n’ cheese was the best I’ve ever had (and I am seasoned mac n’ cheese connoisseur!!) and the chicken and waffles and pimento cheese fritters were to die for!! We could not think of a better way to end our weekend away!

This trip was a dream and I’m already planning another trip back as soon as I can!

Until next time, Charleston!

Here’s a quick recap of all our favorite places:

Food:

Minero

Magnolia’s

Bitty and Beau’s Coffee Shop

Rita’s at Folly Beach

The Darling Oyster Bar

S.N.O.B (Slightly North of Broad)

Poogan’s Porch

Bars:

Vendue Rooftop

Market Pavillion Rooftop

The Cocktail Club

Things to Do:

Shopping on King Street

Folly Beach

Historic Charleston Market

Rainbow Row

Waterfront Park

 

xoxo,

Marybeth

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