My Visit to Charleston, SC

Hi friends! Wanted to pop in today to share my trip to Charleston, South Carolina last week!

I went with one of my bestest friends, Kristan (Confessions of a Cookbook Queen). It had been a bit of time since we’ve seen each other, so we decided to take a few days and meet in the middle somewhere! She lives in Arkansas and I live in New Jersey, so we picked a place in the middle that neither of us had been to before.

Annnd we made the right choice, I’ll tell ya! We both LOVED Charleston and had a trip that was just the perfect little break.

We stayed at the Planters Inn right on Market Street. It was a fantastic location and the hotel itself is gorgeous! I definitely recommend it. The rooms are so pretty!


Also it’s right next to tons of ice cream and candy shops… you can see that gorgeous Praline that I have in that picture. It was from Market Street Sweets and they serve warm samples to everyone walking by. You HAVE to try one if you go! I came home with a pound of pralines in my carry-on and on my hips!

Also Peninsula Grill is right in side the Planters Inn and the food there was so so great! They’re known for their world famous Coconut Cake and I have got to say it didn’t disappoint.

penninsula grill collage

I also tried the Lobster and Corn Chowder and the Bourbon Glazed Shrimp..everything was fantastic!

We were blown away with how pretty Charleston is…all the homes were so cute and manicured…


And the cute cobbletone streets were so charming!


We walked to Battery Park and through Rainbow Row where all the houses are painted different colors…


Of course we ate ridiculous amounts of food… I got some great recommendations from you guys on facebook, but of course it was impossible to fit it all in the few days we were there.

We did hit Kaminsky’s Dessert Bar though! It was a few steps down from our hotel and had AMAZING pies and cakes..PLUS an entire menu of dessert cocktails. I ordered the Key LIme Pie Martini (OMGYUM!) and we split the Toll House Pie which was phenom!


Also taking some of your suggestions we went to Jestine’s for Fried Chicken (SO GOOD) and I also tried my first ever fried green tomato (where have you been all my life?).


Also we hit up The Bakehouse Bakery and had some amazing bar desserts (that’s a lemon layered bar and a Snickers layered Bar) and also had the Carnitas Nachos at Taco Boy.

For breakfast we did a few different things…

breakfast collage

Yes, we literally had cake for breakfast one morning. The cupcakes at Cupcake Down South were really good. The vanilla/vanilla was one of the best I’ve ever had!

The upper right-hand picture is Vanilla Croissant French Toast from Dixie Supply Bakery & Cafe. It’s this tiny little place that you could easily overlook if you didn’t know any better!

And finally the bottom right is a glorious Blue Crab Eggs Benedict from Penninsula Grill. We grabbed breakfast on our last day and since we were leaving quite early the Penninsula was the most convenient! And seriously the grits are to-die!!

In between all the food we hit up the Earthling Day Spa and spent an entire afternoon there. It was so relaxing!

And of course we shopped til we dropped…there is a ton of shopping on King Street in Charleston and we bought some of the cutest stuff!

While we were out walking we stopped by the pier near The Battery. It was such a gorgeous day and all the sailboats were out! SO cool!


And there was a Moon Pie General store a block or so from our hotel too…can you believe I’d never had a Moon Pie? SO of course I tried one..with a little champagne (compliments of the hotel). Keeping it classy up in herr.

<oon Pie

A lady at one of the shops we went into told us to go down to The Calhoun’s the largest residence in Charleston and it was so pretty!


Kristan thought it would be super fun to go on a tour of a Haunted Jail while we were there…I’m just gonna say that there was one person who screamed during the tour and it was NOT me.


It was such a great trip and I can’t wait to visit again with my family!

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Angel Perez
Sep 10, 2020 3:27 pm

that would be a good trip see yall people

Jul 28, 2014 8:25 pm

Looks like a great trip!! Makes me want to hop on a plane to Charleston 🙂

Jul 27, 2014 9:19 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed my home town. Next time try the Shrimp and Grits at Hominy Grill. Best I ever had!

Jul 27, 2014 4:35 pm

I love it! My hubby and I were just in Charleston two weeks ago. Such a beautiful and good food-filled city! I may be guilty of sampling more than my fair share of Market Street’s pralines. Love all the great photos. 🙂

Jul 26, 2014 5:44 pm

Isn’t Charleston wonderful? I go to school downtown (one street over from King Street), hard to hate going to class when you live in a place like this! Glad you had fun! 🙂

Jul 26, 2014 2:39 pm

My brother was born in Charleston, so needless to say I have lived there on several occasions. I’m so happy you found all the joy and pleasure there was to see there. The azaleas and wisteria growing in the trees were always my favorite. O and the crab of course! Just wanted to say I am so glad you liked it there. It was my home for many years even after I was married.

Jul 26, 2014 1:00 am

Awesome post. Loved your review of all the places you went to and what you ate. It makes me want to visit the area too. I am writing down some of your points of interest so I do not have to search again. You and Kristin had what I call the perfect girl’s retreat. Thanks for sharing.

Jul 25, 2014 9:12 pm

What a lovely vacation with good company and good food. I don’t think it could get that much better. Blessings dear. Catherine

Susan Van Noy
Jul 25, 2014 8:17 pm

Beautiful pictures, looks like a great girls trip…thanks for sharing????
The desserts looks amazing….yum

Jul 25, 2014 5:01 pm

Wow! What a delightful trip…I truly wish I were there! Ir would be worth every extra pound that I “wore” home!

Jul 25, 2014 4:13 pm

So fun! I grew up in NC, so I’ve been to Charleston once or twice, but not in SO LONG! You’ve motivated me to schedule a trip back there!!! PS- Moon Pies are one of my childhood staples. So glad you were introduced 🙂

Jul 25, 2014 3:32 pm

Charleston is such a beautiful and delicious place! Glad you two had so much fun!

Jul 25, 2014 2:59 pm

I’ve never been to Charleston but it’s definitely on my list! ESPECIALLY after seeing that coconut cake! Those cobblestone streets call to me!!

Jul 25, 2014 2:29 pm

Wow. It seems like your trip was foodie heaven! You make me want to go to SC right away!

Jul 25, 2014 1:17 pm

OOh, love this post! I’ve never been to SC at all and it looks like you girls had a great trip! Thanks for sharing all the fun details, I’m adding those stops to my “someday” travel list! =)

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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