Our travel spotlight shines on a wonderful southern city today, known for its unique culture and friendly people. Charleston, South Carolina is not only a historical city filled with gorgeous architecture dating back to the beginning of our country, but also a city that is in tune with modern culture, full of public parks, local commerce, the arts, and topping list after list of the best cities to visit in the United States. Charleston truly has it all. Susan and her husband Eric love to visit this charming city and so we’ve decided to highlight their experiences in the Lowcountry.
What to Pack
So let’s pack our bags- remember to pack bright– yes we mean bright not light- the colorful clothing is a signature style in Charleston, so why not do as the locals do and celebrate the elegance of color. Perhaps choose some turquoise jewelry from Susan Shaw and, along with your colorful wardrobe, you will need some beautiful yet comfortable shoes. The walking culture in Charleston is one of our favorite things about the city, but mind your heels- the locals know how to navigate the cobblestone streets in their stilettos but may we suggest a wedge or flat for your first visit? 🙂 The weather is another big tourism draw to the city- their mild winters make it a great place to go to when the rest of the country is covered in snow! But if you find yourself visiting in those hot summer months, you’ll be glad to know you are minutes away from some beautiful beaches such as Folly beach and Sullivan’s Island.
Where to Eat
The delicious restaurants in Charleston are an attraction all their own! Every meal Susan and her husband Eric enjoyed on their most recent trip was fabulous and we highlighted a few of them below.
If you’re a fan of Oysters, you must try Pearlz Oyster Bar on East Bay Street. Need the perfect necklace? Susan’s brand new gilded Oyster shell pendants are the perfect accessory!
For some of the best soft-shell crab you will ever have, visit Slightly North of Broad also known as S.N.O.B., maybe because their menu would please even the most discerning foodie.
Don’t miss Hank’s, a seafood institutuion for over 16 years. Meet the friendly people of Charleston at their community table while you enjoy your meal. If you have time, visit the City Market nearby, one of the nation’s oldest public markets and a treasure that tops the lists of things to see in Charleston.
Enjoy dinner at Coast in Hutson Alley, charleston’s newest restaurant scene, and then wander into the alley after dinner for some live music. This is what a perfect Charleston evening is made of.
Finally, enjoy a nightcap (a local bourbon perhaps?) at Victor Social Club in the alley. Bow tie not required but you’ll see them all around this vibrant and stylish city.
Where to Shop
Now there are many visitors who come to Charleston for the shopping. King Street has been named one of the “10 Top Shopping Districts in USA” by Forbes Traveler and you won’t want to miss it! Below are 2 shops on lower King Street who sell Susan Shaw jewelry in Charleston. Stop by and find something perfect to accessorize your Charleston look.
Julep (formerly Warren on King)
154 King Street • Charleston, SC 29401 • (843)724-9144
278 King Street • Charleston, SC 29401 • (843)202-0822
Shopping for the home? West of the Ashley River, you will find a fabulous interior design store where you can also find Susan Shaw jewelry.
1290 Sam Rittenburg Boulevard • Charleston, SC 29407 • (843) 571-5142
What to See
One of the highlights on Susan’s trip was the 69th annual Home & Garden Festival. They took the South Battery Home Tour allowing them to tour some of the most historical and gorgeous mansions, some dating back to before the civil war. No photos were allowed in the homes, but some of the photos below show their facades and gardens. If you find yourself in Charleston during this festival we highly recommend taking one of these amazing tours.
Some of the oldest homes in Charleston are on East Bay Street and make up what is called Rainbow Row. The architecture is a prime example of the uniqueness that makes this city so appealing to residents and tourists. Not to mention the fabulous colors!
The wonderful parks in Charleston are not to be missed! Hampton Park, Waterfront Park, White Point Garden are among some of the most visited. Susan and Eric visited the Magnolia Plantation where they enjoyed lunch and took these gorgeous photos below.
Many have referred to Charleston as “a city set in a garden” and we couldn’t agree more. If you travel between November and March you will be taken aback by the beauty of the blooming Camellias.
Legend of the Pineapple
The pineapple is a symbol in Charleston dating back to the city’s colonial days as a shipping port. Sea Captains would return from their travels with many exotic things, including pineapples which they would post outside their homes to signal to their friends they had returned safely. These pineapples were may times posted up on a gate outside their home as an invitation to come inside and enjoy stories of their travels. From this the pineapple became a symbol of hospitality and can be found all over the city including in the iron works of front gates. Below is a pineapple fountain Susan happened upon on her trip as well as a famous fountain in Charleston’s Waterfront Park.
We simply can’t mention Charleston without a shoutout to one of our favorite reality shows that is filmed there. Southern Charm on Bravo follows a group of 30 somethings who live and work in Charleston and, aside from some drama we’ve come to know in many reality shows, we love seeing the city, the culture and the fashion from their point of view. Speaking of fashion, one of the cast members, Jennifer Snowden has been seen this season sporting our jewelry! Many of her fans asked where to find the necklaces she has been wearing and so below is her Instagram account crediting Susan Shaw! Whether its our equestrian necklace, white turquoise intaglio necklace, or the turquoise quad-cross pendant necklace, she wears it all well!
Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a quick shopping trip with your girlfriends, we suggest putting Charleston on your list. Safe travels!
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