Today we are featuring a chic southern girlfriends getaway by Erica J of Elevated Occasions. This Charleston, SC trip is everything you need in your life to get away from it all. Make sure to consider Charleston the next time you and your girls want to have some fun with loads of Southern Charm. Check out 5 ways to enjoy a Girlfriend Getaway from Erica J with some great tips and resources below, not to mention a beautiful team of Black Southern Belles by her side!
Images provided by Sloan Photography except where noted
Everyone loves a fun weekend to kick back and relax with friends! A few years ago, my grad school besties and I decided to have an annual “Girls Trip” reunion. We all moved to different cities after graduation, so the annual trip is our chance to catch up in person! Charleston has been on our weekend getaway list for a while now – having lived in the Carolinas for business school, the South will always have a place in our hearts! Charleston has beautiful architecture, rich history, great food, and tons to see/do! We’ve shared our trip highlights, and already can’t wait to visit again!
Charleston has lots of hotel choices, and everything in the downtown area is often within just a mile or so. We enjoy trying boutique hotels that have a distinct look and feel. We stayed at the lovely Zero George Street boutique hotel. Lots of bloggers post about it, so I knew this was the place I wanted to be! It has excellent rooms, top-notch service, and an amazing concierge staff (seriously, we texted them for a same-day Spa appointment, and they texted us back within minutes with options).
The reception and lobby are in a renovated historic brick house, and the guest suites are in beautiful historic buildings just next door. The grounds have tons of hidden gems to explore, including beautiful patios, gardens, and sitting rooms. The hotel also has cool retro bikes that you can take for a spin around the block! The outdoor areas at Zero George are the picture perfect places to relax after a long day and sip on sweet tea…or champagne!
2- Scenic Stops/Sightseeing
Our favorite sightseeing activity was just walking around this historical area admiring all of the colorful buildings!
Rainbow Row: Iconic set of 13 colorful houses that are always featured in Charleston photos. These were mostly built in the late 1700s and restored in the early 1900s.
Waterfront Park: Park overlooking Charleston Harbor, featuring a gorgeous pineapple-shaped fountain that represents Charleston’s wonderful hospitality.
Charleston Market: The market features numerous vendors selling souvenirs, food/candy, and art. One of the items that stood out the most to us were the hand-woven baskets made by the Gullah people. The Gullah are descendants of enslaved Africans who lived in coastal areas of South Carolina, Georgia, and surrounding sea islands.
3- Where to Eat!
Hominy Grill: This is a quaint, casual restaurant serving Southern comfort food from James Beard award-winning chef Robert Stehling. We saw (on many tables) the Charleston nasty, which is fried chicken in a biscuit with sausage gravy poured over – so we had to oblige and try some ourselves!
Husk Restaurant: The “Must See” place on our Charleston wish list. It’s yet another restaurant helmed by a James Beard award-winning chef, Sean Brock, that fully delivers!
Martha Lou’s Kitchen: At the recommendation of the Chef at Zero George Inn, on the last day of the trip we stopped by Martha Lou’s for some bread pudding! Martha Lou’s is an authentic restaurant, known for “Food that brings people together.” The down-home feeling and stellar food make this a must-see.
Xiao Bao Biscuit: Asian + Southern fusion in a converted gas station. My friend was craving some Asian amidst the southern fare, and this hit the spot on the last day of the trip!
Callies Little Biscuit: We didn’t actually go here, but Zero George gets their biscuits each morning for breakfast, and they were freshly-made…sweet or savory, it was just what we needed!
Sometimes you just want to shop…and that’s just what we did. It was fun exploring the interesting stores and boutiques such as Moon & Lola. We stumbled across some great finds and enjoyed just taking a leisurely stroll. We even stopped to cool down with a sweet treat at Belgian Gelato!
(photo by @Elevated Occasions)
5- Cooking Class
We couldn’t come all the way to Charleston and not immerse ourselves in a culinary adventure! Thus, we signed up for the cooking demonstration at the Zero George Street boutique hotel. The class, led by Executive Chef Vinson Petrillo of Zero Restaurant + Bar, was a journey in gastronomy. We learned about flavors, cooking techniques, and even what types of oils to cook with! The food was great, and it was wonderful seeing a real chef in action! I think this will be a new tradition for us when traveling!
We’re always looking for unique activities, so we took a scented candle making class at Candlefish. I was impressed with how darn cute this place is! They have a candle library along one wall where you can smell hundreds of candle scents. The rest of the main part of the store has a cool mix of candles and gift items such as art prints, notebooks, tote bags, etc. Nestled in the back of the store is their candle making area. There were about ten other folks in our class, and we all put on aprons and pulled up a chair to our chandler stations. Our instructor was a bundle of energy and told us more than I ever knew about candles! We got to pick our scents, pour the wax, and even make a custom label for our scented creations! Definitely a must do for a trip to Charleston! Classes fill up early so if you are visiting, plan ahead!
I hope you guys enjoyed this recap! Let us know in the comments any other local favorites or insider spots that we missed and have to go back for : )
Image by Erica J of Elevated Occassions
Cooking Class at Zero George + Bar http://zerogeorge.com/cooking-classes/
Candlefish (candle making) https://www.candlefish.com/
Moon & Lola https://www.moonandlola.com/
Photography: All photos (unless otherwise noted in caption) by Sloan Photography http://www.sloan-photography.com/
Travel Planning: Trip planned and curated by Elevated Occasions (@Elevated Occasions)
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