OK, ladies, the busy holiday season is past, the kids are back to school and you need a break from work, laundry and life. It’s time for a girls’ weekend in Charleston. The winter weather is pretty mild compared to northern locations and there are plenty of fun events and activities to fill a long weekend.
Where to stay: Pick a cozy bed and breakfast like the Battery Carriage House Inn located right downtown with views of the Charleston harbor and easy walking distance to attractions and restaurants. Plus, they serve cookies and sweet tea in the afternoons.
Where to eat: We could recommend a list 2 miles long of fabulous Charleston restaurants but some favorites include McCrady’s for Southern fine dining, The Macintosh where you can have dinner on the back patio by the fire pit, or 39 Rue de Jean for a taste of France in the heart of Charleston.
Where to play: Enjoy the retro style of The Alley for a night of bowling, beer and some green chili nachos. Or come aboard The Schooner Pride, an 84-foot tall ship, for glimpse of Charleston from the water. We have three tours on the Pride: an afternoon dolphin sail, a relaxing two-hour sunset sail and a moonlight sail with live acoustic music and a glass of champagne.
Where to shop: Put on your comfortable shoes and get ready for a day of shopping along King Street. Whether you’re looking for national brands, one-of-kind gifts or local boutiques, King Street has all that and more. The only complaint after a day of downtown shopping will come from your credit card.
Where to visit: Stop off at one of the local plantations for a glimpse into Southern life many years ago. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Middleton Place and Boone Hall Plantation (closed until Feb. 13) are all a short drive from downtown Charleston. Block off a few hours so you have plenty of time to explore historic homes, gardens and gift shops. Depending on the weather, head over to Sullivan’s Island for a stroll on the beach and drinks at Dunleavy’s Pub or fish tacos at Poe’s Tavern.