Thursday, January 19, 2012

Schue Travel::Charleston

 Hi Friends!

I am super excited to bring back Travel Schue, which is a series that gives us a peek into the perfect travel guide to a fabulous city!  This week, the beautiful and stylish Natalie from Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers is here to dish on Charleston!


Have you ever visited her blog?  If not, you're definitely missing out!  She has an amazing fashion sense, food palette, and an adorable family!  I know we would be besties if {and when!} we are ever to meet!  And I think I could easily plan a trip to Charleston to make it happen...it sounds like such a charming town and Natalie's guide below definitely makes me want to book a ticket today!  So without further adieu...here is the ultimate guide to Charleston!

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I was beyond excited when Natasha asked me to guest post for her travel series. I am not a native Charlestonian but I have lived here 5 years and traveled and worked this area for 3 years before that, so I know the area pretty well and consider it home. If you have never been to Charleston trust me you need to visit. It is a gorgeous little city with so much historic charm. Here are a few my favorite things in the city (and it was hard to narrow down because they are so many great places to see here!):

 EAT
Charleston is filled with so many amazing restaurants so it is hard to narrow it down but here are a few of my favorites.

CAROLINA'S RESTAURANT
10 Exchange Street
This restaurant is tucked down a side street downtown. I love the vibe and the decor. They have the most amazing truffled fries and burgers here.


CYPRESS
167 East Bay Street
One of my all time favorite nice restaurants in town. The Wasabi Crusted Tuna is off the charts as is the Lavender Martini!


THE GLASS ONION
1219 Savannah Highway
This is more casual restaurant not actually downtown but it is worth the drive to it! They use all local ingredients and switch their menu daily. I love their Bibb Salad with pickled veggies and homemade Buttermilk Ranch.



DRINK

HUSK
76 Queen Street
The bar at Husk is one of my favorite bars to grab a drink. Husk was voted best restaurant in America this year so the food is pretty amazing too. The bar has such a cool vibe to it and they have tons of delish signature drinks


BIN 152
152 King Street
I am kind of obsessed with this wine bar. Not just for their extensive wine selection but for their Charcuterie plates. They will pick a selection of meats and cheeses that pair well with your wine choice. I seriously dream about that meat and cheese plate!



SHOP
 I am lady that loves to shop!

HAMPDEN CLOTHING
314 King Street
This is probably my favorite clothing boutique in Charleston. They have a great range of brands from Rebecca Taylor to Opening Ceremony. There are always gorgeous frocks to be found here!

ANTIQUES OF SOUTH WINDERMERE
22 Windermere Blvd
I love antique/consignment shopping and this place is always filled unique vintage things. They always have great Lucite stuff and lamps!

GWYNNS
916 Houston NorthCutt Blvd
This is the mack daddy of stores in Mt Pleasant. They have make-up, home decor, baby stuff and great clothes and shoes. A real one stop shop! They also run great sales, I always buy all my Tory Burch shoes here on sale!

PLAY

RAINBOW ROW/THE BATTERY
If you visit Charleston you must take a stroll down Rainbow Row and the Battery. Beautiful Historic homes line the streets on the water downtown.


SC AQUARIUM
If you have kids the Charleston Aquarium is pretty sweet. I take my little man there all the time and he loves it! Even if you don't have kids it is pretty fun to look at the sea life!

ART GALLERIES
Charleston has some of the best art galleries around. Once a month they do an art walk here were you can stop in the galleries have a glass of wine and view the art. I highly recommend this!

You can check out two of my favorite local artists, Sally King Benedict and Kate Long Stevenson while you are looking!


Ventura by Sally King Benedict

XI.I by Kate Long Stevenson 

Happy Travels and I hope this guide helps! xoxo

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Ok, do you want to eat and shop your way through Charleston now?  That wine bar looks amazing and so does Gwynn's for the sales!  :)  Thanks to Natalie for being here today!

Your can check out the other "Schue Travel" features below:

New York
Chicago

xo natasha

50 comments:

  1. Great post - my Dad and step mom live in Charleston and I got them a git card to Husk for Christmas - the first reservation they could get on a weekend was 2nd week of Feb!!!

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  2. What a great post. If I ever get the chance to go there I will definitely refer back to this post. This needs to be in a travel guide. I would LOVE to hit up all these amazing places. :)

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  3. Charleston is the most amazing city!! We got married there and hope to move there one day! It's THAT fabulous! :)

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  4. Ohemgee... Charleston is one of my most fave cities in this country. It's where hubby and I fell in love (at a friend's wedding) and where we spent one of our first family vacations.
    I've shopped King Street inside and out. Thanks for bringing up nice memories!

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  5. LOVE this post!! we're going to charleston for one of my best friends' bachelorette parties this summer and this will be bookmarked for reference =)

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  6. I love, love, LOVE Charleston. Best food, shopping, site seeing, ever! This post makes me want to go back!

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  7. I've been wanting to go to Charleston- this has definitely moved up on my list!

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  8. Great, now I need a plane ticket to Charleston...I definitely have to visit this amazing Gwyn's...right after stuffing my face (c: LOOOOOOVE Natalie and this is such a fun series, Natasha!!!

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  9. Ahh I love Charleston!! My family has a house on Seabrook Island and it is my absolute favorite place to visit. These are all amazing places to eat, shop, and visit!

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  10. As a fellow Charlestonian, I completely agree with these recommendations! Everyone should visit Charleston. :)

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  11. Charleston has been on my list for months now, and this sounds so fabulous. I'd love to walk along the water and marvel at the beautiful homes!

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  12. I love the Schue Travel features! I've never been to Charleston but would love to make it there some time soon!

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  13. Ok so now I want to visit Charleston! :)

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  14. Awesome Post! I am a follower of yours and Natalie's and I'm also from Charleston (but live in Greenville, SC now). Natalie's spot on with her choices of food and shopping. I'd stalk Gwyns when I lived there.

    Hope you are feeling well!

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  15. LOVE this!! We have vacationed in Charleston the past 2 summers in part because I was so intrigued by the city that some of my favorite bloggers call home and or also vacation to! My favorite thing is to read Charleston bloggers recommendations to help us plan out trip! I will definitely refer back to this post when we start to plan this years vacation!!

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  16. I would absolutely LOVE to go to Charleston! NOw that we're around the southern/eastern part of the country it's not that far of a drive!

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  17. LOVE this post. So wonderful. More more. I loved Charleston. And I just bought a SKB painting so I am over the moon. Such great spots in Charleston all in one post.

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  18. I've never been to Charleston but I've always heard good things! Love this series :)

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  19. Oh I love this series Natasha and I love her sweet blog...thanks for the introduction! :) Haha...that salami plate made me hungry.

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  20. Charleston is on the very top of places that I want to travel to! I've heard amazing things about Husk in town, too!

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  21. I love this!! Not only do I love Natalie, but now you have me wanting to plan a trip! Charlotte is definitely next on my travel list :)

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  22. This is one place Im dying to visit! Even more so now - great post!

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  23. So fun to read all the sweet comments! Thanks for letting me guest post! After the baby you must plan a trip here so we can meet in real life! xoxo

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  24. I was thinking of Charleston for a weekend trip. This post has them in the lead!

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  25. Yes, Natasha, please come visit Charleston so we can meet, too! Great post, Natalie. :) I can't believe I still haven't been to the Glass Onion and I live like 5 minutes down the road from it. The pickled okra on the salad may have just done the trick though.

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  26. I would love to visit cypress restaurant and the aquarium! all the places are great

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  27. So fun, this makes me want to hop a flight to Charleston for a long weekend!

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  28. I've heard nothing but good things about Charleston, would love to visit sometime! This sounds like a great guide.

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  29. Ooh this makes me miss living in Charleston so much! Natalie is one of my favorite coffee dates anoytime I'm in town and she is just as fabulous and gorgeous in real life!

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  30. Charleston is one of my all time favorite places to visit!

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  31. LOVED this post! charleston is one of my favorite cities. i moved there for a few months and im dying to go back to visit! xo

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  32. Charleston looks so cute. I have been wanting to visit for some time now but of course I am not up that way barely ever.

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  33. I loove this guide and it makes me want to go back to Charleston pronto! I was there on a quick trip in 2009 and my boyfriend and I have been talking about going back ever since! Thanks for all the tips!

    xxx
    Jenna

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  34. OK, where were you a year ago when my family visited Isle of Palms??? No, seriously, this was a really great post and it makes me want to go back to Charleston. Let me know if you want a post from Nashville. We have some great shopping and dining here also!

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  35. Now I know where to go if I'm ever in Charleston!

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  36. What an amazing post!


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    mintedmag.com

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  37. I love this post. And I love Charleston. :) Makes me want to hurry back there soon.

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  38. Charleston is on my wish list to visit. Hopefully, we'll go this year! I enjoyed Natalie's guest post.

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  39. What a fun series! I will have to add Charleston to my list! And I loved your outfit from Wednesday (I've been a bad commenter!)

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  40. The boyfriend and I have been planning a Charleston trip but the date of it is TBD! I love Natasha's blog and can't wait to check out some of these places she suggested when we finally make it down there!

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  41. Hi! I just followed over from Natalie's blog, nice to "meet" you!

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  42. Love this! I've always wanted to visit Charleston & now want to even more! Please keep doing these Schue Travels! Definitely have an Austin one soon! ;)

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  43. I love this, so many great places! It's always hard to decide where to go in Charleston, but next time I am referring back to this page for some ideas! I love Natalie's blog too, so cute!

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  44. Wow- I need to go to Charleston. Love Natalie.

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  45. You defff won't regretting making a trip to Chucktown! It's amazing!!

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  46. I LOVE Charleston. My sister and her family lived there for a little while and I loved to visit them there. We also went to the SC Aquarium which was awesome!

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  47. As a Charleston girl myself I must say I love Natalie's picks (although I may have a few more restaurants to add, we have so many good ones down here!).

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  48. Yes, you have to come to Nashville it's really fun! Thanks for following my blog and good luck with the giveaway!

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  49. love charleston and love natalie's blog! what a fantastic post! :)

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  50. He who would travel happily must travel light.

    Flights to Accra

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