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Charleston Girl’s Getaway Travel Guide: What to Eat & How to Burn it Off

    The ultimate Charleston girl’s getaway travel guide: I’ll tell you where to stay, what to eat and how to burn it off! 

    Charleston Travel Guide Girls Getaway

    There are many destinations on my travel bucket list but South Carolina has been at the top of my list for as long as I can remember. When I decided to expand my wellness travel series, What to Eat & How to Burn it Off, I knew just the city to kickoff the first-ever Girl’s Getaway edition: Charleston!

    The Beach Club Group on Bed

    Quaint, picturesque and home to more James Beard Winners per capita than any other city in the US, I couldn’t wait to reunite with a few of my gal pals in the charming city of Charleston. (And in case you’re just now tuning in, be sure to check out past editions of What to Eat & How to Burn it Off including New OrleansSan DiegoVailMiamiUtah and Banff.)

    The Beach Club Resort Charleston

    Home base for our girl’s getaway was The Beach Club, a beautiful waterfront resort located in Mt. Pleasant right across the bridge from downtown Charleston.

    The Beach Club Charleston Guest Rooms
    The Beach Club Charleston Pools and Water

    The spacious guest rooms were light and airy with beautiful balcony views of the pools and marina.

    The Beach Club Charleston Lobby

    The lobby was so perfectly appointed, I wanted to take photos on every couch and every chair. I just couldn’t help myself.

    The Beach Club Charleston Lobby Group Photo

    Luckily for me, my friends aren’t camera shy. (Either that or they knew better traveling with a blogger!)

    The Beach Club Charleston Tiki Bar

    Since I knew we’d have a busy couple of days exploring the city, I wanted to stay at a hotel that would make it easy to carve in a little pool time during what little down time we had during our visit.

    Charleston Beach Club Poolside Group

    Besides, I had just picked up another one of my all-time-favorite high waisted bikini’s that begged to be worn.

    Fleet Landing Charleston Restaurant

    Now that we’ve covered where to say, let’s get right into the good stuff: where to eat in Charleston! For delicious seafood in a relaxed atmosphere, head to Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar located right on the water.

    Fleet Landing Charleston Seafood

    We feasted on fried green tomatoes, crab cakes, blackened fish sandwiches and more. Everything was super fresh and the views were spot on.

    The Darling Oyster Bar Table

    Sticking with the seafood theme, I had heard great things about The Darling Oyster Bar so I couldn’t wait to check it out with my girlfriends.

    The Darling Oyster Charleston
    The Darling Oyster Bar Charleston

    We ordered a lot of share plates including charbroiled oysters, lobster roll and collards with ham but you really can’t beat a simple raw oyster in my book.

    Slightly North of Broad Charleston

    Of course, if you ask anyone where to dine in Charleston you’ll be pointed towards Slightly North of Broad (SNOB) – and for good reason! The Lowcountry bistro is upscale yet homey at the same time. Fresh ingredients fill the menu, each with their own local, southern twist.

    Queology BBQ Charleston

    You can’t visit South Carolina without getting a taste of local barbecue, am I right? Quelogy, located directly across from the Historic Charleston City Market, hit the spot in all the right ways. Sweet, smokey, tangy and perfectly tender, it was everything that BBQ dreams are made of.

    Queology Bloody Mary

    Do yourself a favor and order the bloody mary, complete with a BBQ chicken wing garnish.

    Indaco Italian Restaurant Charleston

    For a nice change of pace from the traditional seafood and southern fare, head to Indaco Italian Food & Wine.

    Indaco Burrata Charleston

    One of my favorite meals of the entire trip, I can’t stop dreaming about the fresh burrata cheese, local peaches and homemade pastas we enjoyed.

    Indaco Short Rib

    The cafe even surprised us with a little pork belly appetizer which tasted like the best bacon I’ve ever eaten. Not normally a fan of the overly-fatty pork belly, this was nicely rendered, meaty and juicy. A must try.

    Elis Table Charleston

    For the best breakfast in Charleston, be sure to grab a seat a Eli’s Table in downtown Charleston.

    Elis Table Americano
    Elis Table Beignets
    Elis Table Breakfast Charleston

    Offering the ultimate mix of healthy and indulgent breakfast items, everything we tried at Eli’s Table was unique, flavorful and delicious.

    Tabbuli Charleston Restaurant

    Speaking of healthy, my final recommendation for the What to Eat portion of my Charleston Travel Guide is Tabbuli, a Middle Eastern restaurant.

    Tabbuli Charleston

    Pro Tip: Order a little of everything and share with the group. That’s the best part about traveling with girlfriends!

    Mercantile and Mash Charleston Group Photo

    Lastly, while there is no shortage of night life options in Charleston, we really enjoyed the following hot spots:

    Mercantile and Mash Charleston Live Music

    Live Jazz at Bar Mash

    The Cocktail Club Charleston

    Craft Cocktails at Husk & The Cocktail Club

    Prohibition Bar Charleston Swing Dancing

    Swing Dancing at Prohibition

    Republc Garden and Lounge Charleston Group Photo

    Live DJ & Dancing at Republic Garden & Lounge

    Biking Group Photo on Dock

    Now that we’ve covered What to Eat (and drink!) in Charleston, let’s talk about How to Burn it Off!

    Biking Charleston Harbor Marina

    One of the many perks of staying at a full service resort is that our daily resort fee included free bike rentals! We grabbed our bikes at their sister property next door and headed right to the Charleston Harbor Marina for a little morning bike ride.

    Water Taxi Group Photo

    My next suggestion: grab the water taxi at that same marina located outside of the hotel and head to Waterfront Park for a leisurely stroll around Charleston’s Historic District.

    Waterfront Park Group Photo

    One of the many reasons I love exploring new cities is that you are getting exercise all just by walking around, without it feeling like exercise!

    Charleston Historic District

    Every day we averaged around 15,000 steps without realizing it, simply from walking around and taking in the beauty and charm of Charleston.

    Downtown Charleston Historic District
    Charleston Girls Getaway
    Rainbow Row Charleston Houses
    Rainbow Row Panorama Charleston
    Rainbow Row Girls Getaway Group Photo

    After all that time in the city, you’re going to want to head to the water. My next suggestion for How to Burn it Off takes full advantage of this beautiful coastal town: stand up paddle boarding!

    Coastal Expeditions Charleston

    Offering kayaking, boat tours, paddle boarding and more, Coastal Expeditions is your ultimate guide to exploring Charleston by water.

    Paddle Boarding Coastal Expeditions Paddle Boarding Group Photo

    We decided to go with stand up paddle boarding and I’m so glad we did – we had a BLAST!

    Paddle Boarding Katie

    Ideal for people of all experience levels, the calm waters of Shem Creek made it easy to keep steady on our boards.

    Paddle Boarding Pelicans

    The best part was the wildlife in every direction including these precious pelicans that dotted the docks.

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    Even more incredible? The dolphins that surrounded us throughout our entire paddle. They were everywhere and it was unreal!

    Sailboat Schooner Pride Captain
    Sailboat Group Photo

    Sticking with the water theme, while not exactly a calorie burn, I highly recommend taking a sail around the harbor on The Schooner Pride. A great way to take in the views of the city, this leisurely sail ride was the perfect way to relax with girlfriends.

    The Alley Bowling Charleston

    Last but not least, if you’re looking for an indoor activity either to beat the heat or hide out from a little rain, check out The Alley, a bowling alley and entertainment hub in downtown Charleston.

    The Alley Charleston

    We were rained out for a couple hours the day we arrived to Charleston and I’m so glad we were because The Alley ended up being one of the highlights of our trip!

    Charleston Downtown

    There you have it friends! My Girlfriend’s Getaway Guide to Charleston: What to Eat & How to Burn it Off style.

    Downtown Charleston Group Photo

    How did we do? What did we miss? I’m all ears!

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    Where would you like me to head next? Do you enjoy the girl’s getaway style? Let me know – I’d love to hear from you.

    Charleston Travel Guide

    Disclosure: Explore Charleston provided my meals, activities and accommodations during my stay. Photography by Alejandro Photography. I was not compensated to write this post. All thoughts are my own. 

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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

    20 Comments

    1. How about Savannah, Georgia? I enjoyed your blog! I have family in Charleston and you covered a lot. Did you have any time for shopping? It is one of my favorite places to shop!

    2. After two years of subscribing, I do enjoy reading your blog….I grew up in EGR and my parents still live there. Ironically, when I saw your post about Charleston, I noted The Darling Oyster Bar….my husband’s nephew is the manager there, Philip Howell. I shared your blog with him and he said he remembers meeting you and to tell you “thank you”! Living now in the South (Atlanta), I’ve heard great things about The Darling and can’t wait to visit! Keep up the good work.

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