Escape to Charleston

I'm back in Bloomington riding the inspiration waves from last week's Southern C Summit held in Charleston. No trip to the Holy City is complete without eating great food, shopping way too much, and cruising the streets scoping out the beautiful historic buildings. I visited several new spots this year and had to share a few of my favorites with y'all.

Architecture

the southern c summit
the southern c summit

Our Summit headquarters was once again the art deco stunner, The American Theater circa 1942. This theater is a favorite venue on King Street; you may also remember this spot from The Notebook filmed in Charleston in the early 2000s. Right next door to the American Theater is the William Aiken House built in 1810. We had a fabulous lunch inside the house with kate spade new york tablescapes provided by Lifeguard Press.

William Aiken House

William Aiken House

William Aiken House
William Aiken House

After a quick bite and business card trading, I had to take a look around.

There is architecture galore in Charleston. I mapped out a little self-guided architecture tour downtown if you want to see even more.

Food

The Grocery Charleston
The Grocery Charleston

Charleston is a food town so leave your diet at home. I tried a handful of new restaurants this trip that were excellent! Some highlights...

  • Xia Bao Biscuit (pictured below right)- super cool restaurant serving up Asian style comfort food in an old gas station. I get the cabbage pancake with pork candy almost every time. 
  • The Ordinary - excellent seafood selection, if you love a raw bar then this is the spot for you.
  • The Grocery (pictured above)- popular fine dining spot with family style dinner options
  • Butcher & Bee - tasty sandwich shop with lots of vegetarian options
  • Callie's Hot Little Biscuit - teeny tiny shop serving up Callie's famous biscuits. Open late night too
  • Chez Nous (below left): Heavenly French cuisine, menu changes daily
  • Edmund's Oast: The swankiest craft beer bar I've ever seen, in a good way. They also have one of the best Happy Hours in town.

Shopping

croghans jewelry box
croghans jewelry box

King Street is shopping heaven in Charleston. There is always something fun happening at Hampden Clothing and Croghan's Jewel Box, and on this particular trip, some bloggers had styled little vignettes at both shops. At Hampden is was jaw dropping pieces from SUNO and Theodosia with special looks styled by the fabulous Chassity Evans of Look Linger Love and Hanna Seabrook of gadabout. Just a few doors down Croghans Jewelry Box that had set up a "Use Your Silver" gallery of sorts to show how you can use silver in different ways. This was genius because most  gave me new inspiration to utilize some of the fancier wedding gifts we received. 

New shop favorites:

Mitchell Hill Gallery
Mitchell Hill Gallery

I'm sure I'll discover even more on my next trip! Have you been to Charleston? 

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