Last weekend I had the opportunity to go back to one of my favorite cities in the world: Charleston, South Carolina. I met up with some ladies to explore the city and talk fashion and blogging strategies.
I’ve written about Charleston here on the blog before, because it really is one of my favorite places in the whole world. Here are some highlights from this trip, and suggestions should you ever have the good fortune to visit beautiful, genteel Charleston. You may have seen a few of these shots on Instagram…sorry for the duplication, but we all know it’s easier to carry an iPhone than a DSLR.
What do you wear when you travel? I’m always curious about what people consider “comfortable”…it varies so wildly.
For this trip, for some reason the first thing I reached for was my beloved Cult Electric t-shirt and trusty black blazer, which I initially paired with stretchy, skinny jeans. Blue jeans, traditional denim. And then I remembered why I hardly ever wear denim: It is SO. NOT. COMFORTABLE!
I never travel in denim, what was I thinking? I promptly changed into these loose leopard pants and went from a rocker look to a crazy lady look, and that’s OK. It kind of worked for me.
Turns out I wore my leopard pants last time I was in Charleston; maybe they’re my good luck Charleston pants? That’s what I’m beginning to think.
Belmond Charleston Place Hotel
After a few hours, I arrived at the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel, aka Charleston Place. The one with The Staircase. If you’ve ever perused shops in the neighborhood of Gucci and Louis Vuitton in Charleston, then you have probably seen The Staircase and The Chandelier in all their glory as you passed by. It’s really a breathtaking hotel lobby, with a kind of old plantation glamour.
I’ve always been mesmerized by The Staircase, and have always wanted to stay at Charleston Place, and for this trip, I did. Yay!
Like Planters Inn and The French Quarter Inn (where I’ve also stayed), rooms at Charleston Place are a reflection of refined Southern style. They’re a far cry from modern boutique hotels; but are still homey and elegant and apropo.
After checking in, we did a little shopping, and the weather was absolutely flawless. About 72 degrees, no humidity, not a cloud in the sky. Told you those pants are good luck!
While there, I also got a workout in at the fitness center, which is right by the hotel’s gorgeous indoor pool. The pool opens to a fourth-floor patio that was the perfect respite after an afternoon of shopping. If you stay at the hotel when the weather is nice, you must check it out. It feels like heaven up there on a spring day.
For dinner our first night, I suggested we dine at Cypress. After a quick change, we were off.
Cypress is a happy medium between causal and fine dining, and one of Charleston’s top restaurants. Be sure to have a cocktail at the second-floor bar before sitting down to dinner; it gives you a chance to see the spectacular two-story wine cellar.
If you stop by Cypress, try one of their signature dishes, Crisp Wasabi Tuna. Lightly breaded and fried rare tuna is served over a bed of carrots, turnips, radishes, edamame, and shiitake mushrooms, and a divine ginger-garlic glaze. If you like fish, it will not disappoint.
Our first day in Charleston was fantastic, and our second day, even better. There’s more to share…coming soon!