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Travel Diary | Charleston, SC


Bar at The Dewberry Hotel

167 Raw

Ravenel bridge

I was amused by this polite request for no parking in the driveway

Rainbow Row

Tomato sandwich at Zero Restaurant

Last month I spent some time in South Carolina; a week on Kiawah and then a couple of days in Charleston. Charleston is one of my favorite cities to visit. It has so much history, beautiful architecture, charming people and of course, there's the food. I love it so much and wanted to share some of my favorite Charleston spots with you.

To Stay | The Dewberry Hotel

I loved The Dewberry for all of its well thought out details. From the bathrooms with the double sinks, to the brass bar with well made cocktails to the style and design of the space. The rooms were clean and modern and the location was right smack in the middle of Charleston. It was a nice walk either way toward the Battery or toward Upper King Street where so many fabulous restaurants exist. You can bet I'll stay here again on my next visit to Charleston.

To Eat | The Ordinary

To me a trip to Charleston is hardly complete without a stop at The Ordinary for dinner. I love bellying up to the bar for a cocktail or a glass of wine and to munch on the smoked fish paté while deciding what will come next in the culinary adventure.

To Eat | 167 Raw

Our first stop in South Carolina this trip was at 167 Raw. It's a small little raw bar and another spot worth bellying up to. It's more casual than The Ordinary and for me is a perfect lunch destination. We sipped a crisp glass of wine and noshed on guacamole and chips. I had the lobster roll which was the perfect mixture of cold lobster salad atop a buttery toasted roll. But that tuna burger that my friend had was so delicious. My next visit, that's what I'm getting!

To Eat | Zero Restaurant + Bar

Despite all the delicious eats, Zero Restaurant at the Zero George Hotel topped everything off. This is a different dining experience to be sure. Not formal but a bit fancier, in a casual fancy/five course tasting menu kind of way. I chose the omnivore menu and my friend the herbivore one. We started off with a number of little "snacks" and my favorite was their take on a tomato sandwich. I know, it sounds basic, but to me a summer isn't complete without the perfect tomato sandwich; this elevated version was wrapped in nori. The last course for my omnivore menu was a beef wellington which is one of my favorite things to eat in this world. On my death bed if given a choice of one last thing to eat, it would be this one from Zero George. Meat cooked perfectly. Earthy mushrooms. Decadent foie gras. Ahhh, meal complete and I was stuffed!

To Shop | Hampden Clothing

If you haven't heard of Hampden Clothing, then you might just be living under a rock. Well maybe not but this shop may be located in South Carolina however its presence is much bigger than that. Just check out the features in the likes of Town and Country or W or Harper's Bazaar to name just a few. But enough about that, let's get onto the actual shopping. This lil shop is chock full of fabulous designers that you don't see everywhere (like by Malene Birger, Simone Rocha, Ulla Johson) plus well edited selections of lines more ubiquitous (Tibi, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler). Even if you can't get there in person, you can shop online or have one of their stylists help.  They are happy to ship as I discovered after I left thinking about something that I should have bought which is now in my closet!


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