You may have seen on Instagram that Michael and I just took our FIRST anniversary trip to Charleston! We left Wednesday and stayed until Saturday and our anniversary was Sunday! We stayed at The Dewberry hotel.
“We hope your stay here is magical.”
These were the first words we heard at the concierge’s desk when we arrived at the hotel. And let me tell you, our experience was just that! This hotel is a recently renovated federal building. The style is mid-century modern with twist of classic souther charm. I’m telling you, it was to DIE for. It’s located downtown right on the edge of the historic district, overlooks Marion Square, and is perfect for walking or biking to the peninsula.
REVIEW ON THE HOTEL
Customer service: Absolutely incredible. I swear the second we called and said we needed something, they were at our room in 30 seconds. Remember how they said they hoped our stay was magical? Well, it’s because somehow they are because they can get to your room so quick. Also, when we checked in they asked us what we were in town for and we told them it was our first year anniversary. They insisted that whenever we wanted, they would bring drinks and a cheese plate up to our room…FOR FREE! I felt like royalty-it was the best. We did have one problem with our A/C and let them know about it. We left for the day and when we came back, they had fixed the problem and left us a sweet note apologizing. WHAT?! Who does that?!
Staff: The staff was seriously SO friendly. When we tipped them, they acted so shocked and grateful for it. I loved this because no one likes going to a snooty hotel and they were not like this at all. They acted like we were the only ones staying at the hotel and that we were their first priority. I seriously can not say enough great things about the staff.
Location: Like I said earlier, the location was PERFECT! We were within walking distance to everything. We rented bikes from here and rode down Rainbow Row, all through the Historic district and down by the coast. Plus, we walked to King St. to go shopping (because, duh, it’s my favorite). We walked everywhere for meals which was perfect because you get to eat a lot, and then get some exercise.
Room: To say I’m obsessed is an understatement. The style of the room is mid-century modern with a southern style twist. There is a custom made armoire that is super souther with a pretty floral print that we put our clothes in. The bathroom was all white marble with beautiful brass accents. They also give you complimentary slippers (MY FAVE!). The bed was super comfy + fluffy. The natural lighting was so great and the windows overlooked the historic district! I seriously can’t say enough great things about the room. It was a tad tight on space but since there was only two of us, it was perfect. We didn’t need a ton of space since we spent most of our time out of the room!
WHAT TO DO IN CHARLESTON
DAY 1: For Breakfast, we got up late and we walked to Toast and WOW. The New York Times ranked their Eggs Meeting Street their top dish and boy, was it good! It’s a fried green tomato topped with a crab cake and a poached egg and with a remoulade sauce on top. Talk about lick your lips and slap your momma good. This is definitely a must-go place when you’re in Charleston. There’s nothing special about the inside except the food!
After breakfast, we went to the South Caroline Aquarium and did a Ft. Sumter tour. The aquarium was fun because I love seeing animals but it’s not the best aquarium I’ve ever been to. If you don’t have much to do, I would say go but it definitely wouldn’t be high on my list of things to do next time I go on to Charleston.
Ft. Sumter was cool because you got to take a 30 minute boat ride out there. Plus it was cool to see where the Civil War started. I’m definitely a sucker for American history…I’m proud to be an American! However, once you get to the island, there not much to see. You get to see the fort, there’s a little museum when you get there. Like the Aquarium, it was great thing to do and see but I probably wouldn’t do it again!
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Michael & I ended up skipping lunch since we were so full from breakfast. We had late dinner reservations at Peninsula Grill and it was definitely worth going to. I would recommend it!
DAY 2: We wanted to go a Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives so Michael picked Early Bird Diner. Guy ate the Chicken and Waffles so naturally, that’s what I got. I liked it pretty well! It’s hard to go wrong with that dish. I probably wouldn’t come back the next time I go to Charleston but it’s definitely a good pick!
This was our day to go shopping (my favorite day!!). King St. is where all the shopping is. It has all my favorites including: Madewell, Anthro, H&M, and so many more great ones. Charleston does have a ton of amazing boutiques but I didn’t get the chance to go in all of them. If you take a Charleston trip, you definitely need to make time for the shopping.
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For dinner, we went to Circa 1886 and this was mine and Michael’s favorite place. They portion everything out so it’s not too much food but just right. Everything was cooked perfectly and tasted amazing. If you could only go to one restaurant in Charleston, I would definitely say go to this one.
DAY 3: Our last day we walked to breakfast to another Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives called Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit. I got the Bacon, Pimento Cheese, and scrambled egg biscuit and just…no words. It was seriously delicious! Definitely another must-go!
We only stayed half a day because we needed to get back home but the rest of the day, we rode bikes around and I had SO. MUCH. FUN. We rented bikes here (within walking distance of the hotel). I love riding bikes because A. it’s a much cooler way to look around the city and B. it’s so much faster than walking. You can cover more ground in a shorter period of time!
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RECAP OF WHAT TO DO IN CHARLESTON:
- Stay at The Dewberry hotel. The location was perfect and WOW, the rooms are to die for (as well as, the service + staff!).
- Go eat breakfast at Toast (get the Eggs Meeting Street dish), The Early Bird Diner (get the Chicken & Waffles), & Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit (get the bacon, egg, & pimento cheese biscuit + the oreo!)
- Eat dinner at Peninsula Grill. I got the filet dinner and for dessert we got a chocolate peanut butter mousse…GET IT! Also, go to Circa 1886. I got the Flounder with Gratin Potatoes (heavenly). This was by far our favorite place. Be sure to get reservations at both of these places.
- Go to King St. for shopping!
- Rent bikes at the Bicycle Shoppe and ride around Historic Charleston, Rainbow, and King St.. It was $7/hour-CHEAP!
THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM MARRIAGE THIS PAST YEAR:
When Michael and I were driving back home from Charleston we started talking about the past year and all that we’ve learned and what we want to get better at doing. Some are deeper than others but still great lessons. DISCLAIMER: Our marriage is not perfect but we have definitely learned little nuggets this past year.
- Always put Jesus first (duh).
- Keeping a house clean is hard. You have to make time for it during the week so it doesn’t build up on the weekends. Do a little bit during the week.
- The key to not fighting is talking about it before it blows up. This is something I’m not good at. Michael is much better at catching when I’m upset and making me talk about it. As much as I hate talking about it, it’s something that has saved me from blowing things out of proportion.
- Ask good questions on how the other is feeling. The goal is to get down the root and seek to understand, not be understood (wow, that’s HUGE).
- Make sure to put down a weed killer in August so when everything grows up in summer, it doesn’t look like Narnia in your yard (learned this from experience).
- Have the same interests so that when you travel together, you enjoy doing the same thing. There were a few things that we were not on the same page about on this trip but if you CHOOSE to be selfless, you end up enjoying things you normally wouldn’t because you enjoy seeing the other person happy.
- Singleness can either be an investment in your marriage or a deficit. In other words, if you are single, what are you doing right now that is either adding to your marriage or taking away from it? Food for thought…
- HAVE FUN! Marriage is what you make it. Travel together, go on dates, explore things. Marriage can be hard but if you make time to do things that are fun, it makes it so much more enjoyable!
So, my last, little, fun word of advice for all you bride-to-be’s is buy a perfume during wedding season and wear it to your wedding showers, rehearsal dinner, wedding day, and honeymoon. Then wear it on special on occasions. I brought my perfume on this trip and wore it to dinners at night. I love it because every time I smell it, it reminds me of my wedding! You definitely should consider doing this
Perfume: Creed Aqua Fiorentina
What are you favorite things to do in Charleston? Do you have any good marriage tips? Comment below!