THE FULLEST Guide to Charleston
While Charleston is a metropolitan city, the spirit of Southern charm and hospitality is very much alive! Jenna Levine, the founder of clean beauty line LINNÉ Botanicals, plays tour guide around her city. She moved to this picturesque and exquisitely preserved town three years ago from Brooklyn for a slower pace, access to the outdoors, and incredible weather.
Charleston is best enjoyed from September through December and April through June. This scenic city offers something for everyone — from historic architecture to pristine beaches. Be sure to bookmark this guide for your next trip to Charleston, South Carolina!
The Post House is my favorite boutique inn. I’m admittedly very biased as it is owned and operated by friends, but everyone walking through their doors is treated with the same exceptional warmth. Last month, we co-hosted an event celebrating LINNÉ’s availability in their seven charming guest rooms. We had the most marvelous time wining and dining by candlelight on their outdoor patio. If you don’t stay here, do stop by for a drink or meal!
The Charleston Place is a true Charleston landmark. It’s a larger property downtown on Meeting and Market, in the middle of all the quintessential tourism. Appropriately, they host popular seasonal events, including a very family-friendly series over Christmas. Best of all, you can get a LINNÉ facial or body treatment in the spa!
The Pinch, also downtown, is my luxury boho-chic choice. It is great for short and long stays and particularly good for groups as they have well-appointed apartment-like suites. I’m a fan of their Parisian oyster bar, The Quinte, which serves excellent cocktails and precious bites in a handsome setting. I’m looking forward to attending the opening events for their new restaurant, Lowland Tavern, later this week.
My husband and I love to cook from the bounty of low-country produce and provisions. We are lucky to have great access to farms via various farmers markets and our Community Supported Grocer. I look forward to my weekly seasonal box and all the glorious add-ons, including fine cheeses and heirloom field peas. It’s not a relevant suggestion for a visitor, but I’m adding it here in hopes that Charleston locals will catch on to this game-changing way to grocery shop.
Welton’s Tiny Bakeshop crafts divine pastry using extraordinary ingredients, so I would suggest (that despite the abundance of perfectly laminated butter) it checks the box for a healthy bakery. Beyond the addictive savory danishes, coco baby leaf cookies, and butternut squash focaccia, you’ll return again and again to connect with the owners and their warm and welcoming team.
Vern’s was one of the most anticipated openings, and for good reason. The food is phenomenal, the atmosphere is buzzy yet cozy and handsome, the wine list is unique, and knowing the folks behind it all, you really want to route for them. But don’t just take my word for it — they were awarded Best New Restaurant of 2023 by the NY Times.
If you go to Sullivan’s Island for a beach day, pop into Sullivan’s Fish Camp for fresh seafood, inventive cocktails, and a fun, laid-back scene. I’m a big fan of their beet margarita and tuna tostada with salsa macha! Don’t forget to grab one of their cute hats on the way out if you’re into destination merch. After your meal, walk over to Beardcat for the best artisanal gelato and sorbet.
Every time I post a story or reel, I get a comment on my Hart Charm Necklace, and it brings me great joy to direct folks over to their King Street flagship to custom-design their own. The founder, Hart, is very into manifestation, and her charms are modern-day talismans to help express your goals and values. She has an amazing team to help you realize your vision, and the store is a light-filled jewel box. If time doesn’t allow, you can also shop her website, complete with gemstone collars, beaded bracelets, and perfect gifts.
Goldbug on Sullivan’s Island is a tiny treasure trove of hip bohemian finds from unique, contemporary designers. The entire shop is curated by jeweler Ashley Martin, who displays her fine jewelry alongside the work of other artists and a selection of luxe perfume and skincare, including LINNÉ.
Elizabeth Stuart Design is a home and garden store in Mount Pleasant. The sprawling store is a delight to explore and always inspires my vision for home decor. It’s my favorite place to buy gifts, but they also have lots to personally covet, including an interesting collection of photographs and fine jewelry.
The beach, namely Sullivan’s Island, is my happy place in Charleston. If weather permits, get out there to walk the beautiful coastline, cool off in the waves, and be sure to search for sand dollars!
Hampton Park is what I believe to be the most under-the-radar and undervalued destination in downtown Charleston. It is an extraordinary park developed by Olmsted in 1903 and boasts the most extensive floral displays of any park in the city. I’m lucky to have it a block from my house, so I enjoy it at least twice daily with my dog.