Depending on the type of getaway you are looking for, Kristen recommends two different hotels. Zero George
is at the very beginning of George Street (hence the name), and the corner of East Bay. With only 18 rooms in several immaculately restored buildings, it’s an intimate and elegant option. Or stay instead at the Belmond Charleston Place
. There’s something fitting about celebrating a girlfriends’ getaway at the city’s grand dame. The recently renovated rooms combine classic luxury, with their marble bathrooms and beautiful art pieces, and the latest in-room technology. They are also in walking distance to the city’s most elegant historic houses as well as King Street shopping—not to mention the boutiques at the hotel itself.
After everyone has checked in, make a beeline for Leon’s Fine Poultry & Oyster Shop
on King Street for some of the best fried chicken you’ll ever taste or a salad if you are in the mood for something lighter. At 39 Rue de Jean
, just off of King Street at 39 John Street, the eclectic menu includes French favorites (Niçoise salad, charcuterie, and croque monsieur) as well as a selection of sushi.
A walk up King Street, Charleston’s premier shopping area, can include stops at Croghan’s Jewel Box
, with its selection of designer and estate jewelry; Hampden Clothing
, for designer pieces, shoes, and accessories; IBU
for beautiful garments made by women artisans around the world; and Blue Bicycle Books
, where you can peruse the latest volumes while finding out what recent reads your friends have loved. For the guys on your list, don’t miss the brand new Jordan Lash Charleston
, also on King Street.
Charleston, with its warm evenings cooled by occasional breezes off the water, is made for al fresco dining. Tonight head to the courtyard of the Peninsula Grill
where you’ll dine on contemporary versions of Southern favorites in a garden of boxwoods and crepe myrtles, illuminated by candles and carriage lanterns. After dinner, head to the Vendue Hotel Rooftop Bar
, for a nightcap and some live music. You’ll have views of the steeples and historic streets of Charleston.