How to Have a Girls Weekend in Charleston
By Caroline Eubanks
Known as the Holy City and Chucktown, Charleston, South Carolina is a beloved town for travelers to the United States. Frequently praised in travel publications, the palmetto-lined streets and colorful houses make it easy to see why.
Pick a date
There isn’t much of a “low season” in the genteel Southern city, but spring is peak time for events. Traveling during festivals like Southeastern Wildlife Expo or Spoleto Festival USA may mean paying higher prices. Countless airlines fly into Charleston International Airport nonstop to 23 airports and 17 cities in the United States.
Book a room
You and your gals will have plenty of choices when it comes to accommodations in Charleston. Boutique hotels like Vendue Inn, which has its own art gallery, and Zero George, set in a classic Charleston row house, are two of your best bets. Bed and breakfasts and small inns like Wentworth Mansion are dotted around the city. Rental properties both downtown and at the surrounding beaches are great options if you’re traveling with a large group.
Explore the area
Downtown Charleston is best experienced by foot so give yourself time to wander. Start on King Street, full of shops and restaurants, and continue to Market Street and East Bay. Take it down to Rainbow Row and the Battery. Book a tour of one of the historic homes to see how the other half lives. The Charleston Museum is the place to start if you want to learn about the city’s history. If you have time, head out to one of the barrier islands for a beach day.
Shop til you drop
The city is one of the region’s best shopping destinations. On King Street alone, you’ll find dozens of boutiques for all tastes. The City Market is another place to buy souvenirs and locally made goods including sweetgrass baskets. In North Charleston, get heavy discounts on your favorite brands at the Tanger Outlets.
When on vacation, splurge on a spa treatment at Charleston Place, one of the country’s most awarded hotels. Prepare for a night on the town with a blowout and a glass of bubbly at Dry Bar and get a pedicure and facial at Ladies Pamper Spa.
Eat, drink, and be merry
Charleston is a foodie town so expect to get countless recommendations on where to dine. You can’t go wrong, though, as just about everywhere is excellent. Reservations are recommended for top restaurants as well as Sunday brunch. Check out OpenTable to see what places can accommodate your group.
And while you’re out, check out one of the city’s rooftop bars, whether it’s Stars, Market Pavilion, or The Rooftop at Vendue. For classic cocktails, try The Belmont and The Gin Joint, but head to Market Street if you want to go dancing.
If you’re ready to book a flight, gather your girlfriends and head south!