Guys, I had such a blast creating this little itinerary for you! Stefan and I enjoyed our stay in Charleston so much and have so many suggestions to share with you.That’s why we created this little post here with lots of thoughtful suggestions! Not everyone goes away on vacation for the entirety of a week but rather the weekend! If this is you, you’ll love today’s post, as it gives you recommendations for 48 hours of fun in Charleston! And if you’ll be away longer then that? Try these three days of suggestions in this post and then read my Charleston travel guide! Hopefully you guys like my post on a 48 hour Charleston itinerary as much as I do! 🙂
A 48 Hour Charleston Itinerary
Shopping on King street:
Depending on where you’re coming from, you’ll more than likely be arriving in the evening. My recommendation? Try exploring the busy and exciting King st. If you plan to do any shopping on vacation, this is where you want to go. They have independent boutiques and the other usual suspects like Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. Aka my favorite stores that I can’t really afford! 😀
Ice cream from Jeni’s:
You’ll also find different places to eat as well, one of them including Jeni’s! While I did find their prices to be a little less than favorable, the ice cream is a dream. It’s some of the best, guys! While you’re there, you simply can’t leave Charleston without trying their lavender ice cream. I was shocked just how good it is. Enjoy it in the ice cream shop or walk around with it as you explore King street!
Photos at The Mills House Hotel:
Have you ever seen the iconic and the beautiful Mills House Hotel? It’s the stuff in my dreams. I mean, a BIG, PINK, building with palm trees? In love! 🙂 Anyway, the perfect way to end your night is to stop by the beautiful hotel and snap a couple photos for your Instagram! I recommend taking them between 6:30 and 8 for the best lighting situation for your photos.
Visit Folly Beach:
The thing Stefan loved most about Charleston? The dozens of beaches we got to visit! There’s a lot of beaches and islands located just 20 minutes from the city. Among our most favorite and the ones we visited, were Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach. We recommend leaving early one morning to arrive around 7:30am. The beach is beautiful in the morning, it’s cool out and there aren’t too many people there yet!
Grab coffee from Center Street:
Once you’ve arrived you have to stop by Center Street Coffee. Here I was recommended to order an iced cold brew with both the vanilla flavor and coconut! It tastes so good combined together. Once you’ve ordered that, bring it up to the long Folly Beach pier, grab a seat on top of a picnic table and enjoy the view!
Rest then grab dinner at Ristorante Juliet:
For one of our date nights, we visited Juliet for their happy hour! Unfortunately we aren’t quite 21 yet, so we couldn’t enjoy this to the fullest extent but their margarita pizza is only $8! Although we ultimately went with the potato and sausage pizza and totally enjoyed that decision. What I love about this restaurant is the modern decor and vibe. The pizza is equally pleasing as well. You can find this little restaurant near Leon’s and The Daily, which come highly recommended to visit too!
Bike to Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl:
If you’re staying at a hotel downtown, they more than likely will have bikes you can use. If not, try the Holy Spokes bike share. Their bikes are located all around downtown and coming in a mint blue color, their pretty cute!First stop, bike to Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl for a morning coffee! You will be in love with the vibe here and if you like records, you’re in luck they sell them here!
Explore South of Broad by bike:
The best place to get beautiful photos and capture this cities charm? South of Broad! This street/residential area is across from The Battery and some of the streets are cobblestone! Hello amazing pictures.. 🙂 Try biking through here for an amazing experience and see what homes you can find! Most of these will be old, filled with character and quite large!
Order food from Queen Street Grocery:
For a quick and inexpensive bite, I’m recommending you visit Queen Street Grocery, then take your food to Waterfront Park. Ever hear of the famous pineapple fountain in Charleston? Well it’s located in this park! You’ll find different quick foods like smoothies and sandwiches from this grocery, perfect to take to a park! Bring a blanket and have a picnic or maybe sit one their benches and enjoy the view of the water and the fountain!