There are so many things to do, places to go in Charleston, and activities to enjoy. Hospitality is not just a word in the south, it is a tradition, and Charleston is full of tradition and hospitality. From restaurants serving up some of the best southern fare in the south to boutique and designer shops, you and your girlfriends will find this town perfect for a weekend getaway.
In Charleston, if your bride is a history buff, there are plenty of sites to see in and around the city. If you want a day of shopping, King Street is voted one of the best streets for shopping in the country. If you want a quiet day of relaxation, there are plenty of spas in the city. Charleston is a food town with many fantastic restaurants and bars. Charleston is located on the water, and there are beautiful beaches to lay out and catch some rays.A boat ride on Charleston Bay is a highlight of the city, whether it is a relaxing day trip or a nighttime sunset cruise.. And don’t forget the nightlife here in Charleston.
There is a rich history here and many ways to experience this. There are historic walking tours, carriage rides, and bike tours. You can walk down historic streets like the Battery with its mansions and Rainbow Row and more. These are excellent for learning about the city, but to have more fun, many history tours combine history with drinking, which can make a bachelorette weekend even more fun. There are even historic walking pub tours during the day, and haunted pub crawls at night or hire a carriage ride to take you on a trip through the city, stopping for cocktails along the way.
If history is not her thing, how about a great day walking on King Street. Voted one of the best shopping streets in the United States, it features a mix of fashion, food, boutique shops, art, and antiques. It is a must even if you do take a history tour. Walking down King Street and visiting all of the cute boutiques and fashion designers is so much fun. And to make it even more fun, there is the Sip n Shop tour that combines a walking tour with a shopping excursion while you sip champagne. What can be more perfect for a day out with your girlfriends?
As you peruse King Street window shopping or going into the many shops along the street. If you get hot, tired, hungry or thirsty, stop at one of the many excellent restaurants for lunch or brunch or just sit down and relax and cool down with a specialty cocktail. Then continue your shopping down to the historic Charleston City Market, known as the city’s cultural heart, with over 300 vendors selling authentic handmade goods. It is a perfect place to pick up a keepsake to remember your time in Charleston.
Spa days are in style in Charleston. The Spa at Charleston Place is voted by many publications as the #1 spa in Charleston. It provides impeccable service, and you and the girls will be pampered in style with mani/pedis, facials, and massages. Have a relaxing dip in the indoor pool when done or peruse the award-winning gift shop and pick up some mementos of your time here. Other 5-star spas in town are The Spa at Wentworth, with numerous options for you, The Earthling Day Spa offers treatments from around the world, and The Stella Nova Flagship Spa specializes in custom massage treatments. Get ready to be pampered in style. y.
If food is your thing, you have come to the right city. Charleston is becoming a foodie town with diverse choices. For fine dining try FiG and Husk where award-winning chefs delight diners with their interpretations of tastes of the south. The Ordinary is an upscale seafood restaurant and Magnolias is another establishment that plays with southern classics in a modern way. But fine dining is not the only food on offer. If you want a traditional southern meal, many restaurants throughout the city offer low country boils, fried chicken and other favorites of the south. For foodies take one of the food tours wher you will go to a few different restaurants and bars,
As noted, Charleston is located right on the water and has some great beaches. Folly Beach is a semi-private beach with a laid-back surfer vibe. You can go hang ten if you want to at “The Washout” or sit back and enjoy the beautiful boys on their boards. Sullivan’s Island is much quieter but has pristine beaches that are usually not at all busy or hectic. You can enjoy a day just soaking up the sun or rent a bike and tour the Island. The Isle of Palm is a little farther out of town but has all the watersports you can imagine and equipment rentals for your enjoyment. There is also the Windjammer Bar, where there is live music, volleyball tournaments, great food and drinks. It is the best spot on the Isle for some real fun.
If you are a water person but do not want to get sand in your suit, not to worry. Step aboard one of the Charlotte Harbor cruises. You can spend a day cruising the harbor seeing the city from the perspective of the water enjoying breakfast, lunch or just having a snack while sipping cocktails and champagne. Or come just before sunset for a night you won’t forget. You can make this a pre-dinner boat ride with gourmet snacks and delicious beverages or spend an evening aboard with dinner under the stars. Once you are back on land, you are ready to continue your night in Charleston.
And there is so much to do at night here. You can listen to live music or dance the night away. Two bars, The Commodore and The Forte Jazz Club offer top-notch Jazz and classic cocktails. If you want to light up the night,The Mynt, Deco Club and The Republic have large dance floors, VIP tables and specialty cocktails. A fun alternative to regular nightclubs is the packed everynight Cure Nightclub. THere are nightly drag shows so come and hoot and holler and have a blast with the girls. For more laid-back vibes, there are plenty of choices in town. The Cocktail Club and Prohibition arer upscale cocktail lounges with all kinds of unusual and delicious concoctions. The rooftop bar at Uptown Social has incredible city views, live music and delicious frozen cocktails.
Getting to Charleston is easy. American Airlines, Jet Blue and Delta regularly have flights and the Charleston International Airtport is only 12 miles from downtown Charleston. There is also an Amtrak station in town.
There are many places to stay depending on your budget. Many of the hotels are in historic buildings like The Wentworth an 1886 landmark and 86 Canon is another historical building from the 1800 that has been restored. There are also The Vendue, Charleston’s Art House historic and modern hotel located in an art house with over 200 pieces of art. Charleston Place is a 433 room grand hotel with a professional staff always with a smile on their faces and The Spa at Charleston Place . All of these hotels have excellent amenities and will treat your entire party like Queens. Tto save some money for the partying and seeing Charleston there are some very nice budget hotels just outside downtown. The Holiday Inn Riverview is located just 5 minutes from town and The Residence Inn by Marriot Downtown/Riverview and Spring Hill Suites by Marriot Downtown/Riverview are on the other side of Ashley River. All three of these hotels may be less pricy but they still have large rooms for everyone. Also all of these hotels have shuttles leaving for downtown.
Charleston has so much to offer for a bachelorette party you will never forget. Whatever your tastes or passions, there is something to offer you. Come see why it is one of the best places in the states for a fun and exciting party for the bride and all her friends.