Charleston Travel Guide

Posted on February 25, 2014 in More Fun by | 10 comments

Lilly Pulitzer Charleston Travel Guide- Do

Walk the Battery: Head over to East Bay and take a walk along the Charleston Harbor as you marvel at historic Civil War site of Fort Sumter. Snap a photo in front of the Pineapple Fountain (meaning welcome) and you can’t miss our FAVORITE section, Rainbow Row… a charming strip of 13 pastel colored homes nicknamed.

Shop on King Street: There’s something for everyone on iconic King Street. It was recently developed into three unique areas: the Upper King Street Design & Dining District, the King Street Fashion District and the Lower King Street Antiques District. Make sure to visit our Lilly Loving friends at Palm Avenue! The store’s outside is, of course, the pinkest on King St.

Charleston City Market: For over 200 years, the Market has been a hub of hustle and bustle for vendors, locals, and tourists alike. A must-see for visitors to Charleston, you’ll find everything from paintings to pottery, Charleston’s famous sweetgrass baskets, and more.

Marion Square Farmer’s Market: Every Saturday morning from April to December, locals head out to Marion Square for the weekly Farmer’s Market. Sample fresh dips & spreads, take your pick at local meats & cheeses and stock up on fresh veggies for the week at this haven for “locavores.”

Second Sunday: Stroll onto King St. during the second Sunday of each month and you’ll find everything from street performers to samples from some of Charleston’s hottest restaurants. A place to see and be seen, Second Sunday closes off the streets as they will with restaurants’ tables and locals and tourists alike shop, dine, and enjoy Charleston at its finest.


Lilly Pulitzer Charleston Travel Guide- Dine

Caviar & Bananas: A hidden gem nestled between King St. and the charming College of Charleston campus, Caviar & Bananas is the go-to destination for students and residents alike. Full of gourmet specialty foods, tea, sandwiches, coffee, sushi, “Caviar” as the locals call it, is the quintessential hot-spot for the young and young at heart. It’s the perfect place to start your day.

Husk: Centrally located in historic downtown Charleston, Husk is the perfect spot to enjoy southern food, in a very eclectic and unique way. The spot is a converted colonial-style house with an amazing atmosphere of wooden tables and unique serving plates. Plus, their bar next door is a trendy place to visit for a cheese platter paired with some delicious cocktails or fine bourbon. The Light Dragoon’s Punch is a MUST.

Hall’s Chophouse: A famous family steak house, Hall’s Chophouse is the pinnacle of southern hospitality and superior service. Make sure to make a reservation in advance as it’s a hot commodity.

Fish: For an innovative twist on seafood, look no further than Fish Restaurant on King St. A spin on French and Asian cuisines, the decor leaves most guests wanting to spend their night (which we often end up doing…) at the bar of this eclectic seafood spot.

Magnolia’s: Ah, Magnolia’s! From the parmesan crusted flounder to blue crab bisque, we recommend it all. Plus, the outside is pink! Visit sister restaurants Blossom and Cypress as well.

Poogan’s Porch: Poogan’s Porch believes in conversations on porches, Sunday brunch, old Southern dogs, ghosts (oh my!), seersucker, biscuits, homemade & handmade, sweet tea, handwritten recipes, friends old and new, gracious hospitality and our Moms. Not necessarily in that order. Sit on the front porch and order the shrimp & grits… you won’t be sorry.

High Cotton: Heart pine floors and antique brick line this East Bay restaurant. A gem at any time of day, High Cotton is the perfect place for an afternoon spent above Broad St.


Lilly Pulitzer Travel Guide- Dwell

Charleston Place Hotel: Located in the heart of downtown, Charleston Place Hotel evokes the feeling of a grand, 17th century residence, from its lush personal suites to the Italian marble lobby with its signature Georgian Open Arm staircase and 12-foot crystal chandelier. Stay here for the perfect luxurious blend of old-world charm in a new age.

Vendue Inn: Located steps away from Charleston’s waterfront, this boutique hotel is rich with history. Make sure to check out the rooftop bar… the perfect place to relax, socialize and absorb the stunning views. Cheers!

Wentworth Mansion: A 21-room tribute to Charleston grandeur, the Wentworth Mansion was transformed from a private residence to a fully functional hotel steeped in tradition and splendor. Although a little bit away from downtown, the architecture, history and personal service are unbeatable.

The Restoration on King: This boutique hotel is surrounded by the city’s upscale shops and restaurants. The newly restored property contains 16 suites featuring exposed brick walls and original wood flooring fusing classic character with contemporary style. It’s a favorite of parents visiting students at the College of Charleston.

Lilly Pulitzer Charleston Dress Code

Our second delivery of our Spring 2014 Collection was inspired by Charleston. Check out our new White Dress Collection as many of the patterns are named after favorite streets & places in South Carolina’s oldest city. Our favorites include Kings Street Lace & Charleston Eyelet. Did you know that the students at College of Charleston graduate in all white? Happy shopping! xx.

Elizabeth Koeberer

Posted on February 26th, 2014 at 7:01am

Love love love Charleston !!! Thanks for the update – wonderful – planning trip back later in spring so info very helpful ! Did you get out to Kiawah ???



Posted on February 26th, 2014 at 8:23pm

Returning for our 9th visit. Now we have some new places to check out…. Like Fish. Can’t wait to get back to our favorite city of all!
Loveland CO



Posted on February 26th, 2014 at 10:10pm

You ladies keep typing “Kings Street” on everything you mention about Charleston… it is “King Street”



Posted on February 27th, 2014 at 10:08pm

Great travel guide! Brief but certainly hit all the “must do’s”! Having lived there and visited frequently, I concur!


Donna waltz

Posted on March 3rd, 2014 at 12:21pm

Your Comment


Ashley Kear

Posted on April 27th, 2014 at 9:48am

Next time you are down you must venture out of the city- go to the beaches (isle of palms, sullivans island-the drive to sullivans goes across some beautiful lowcountry scenery), plantations (Boone Hall!), and oh the food- too many places to name- boulevard diner (best collards), Melvin’s bbq (best onion rings), acme cantina (hole in the wall bar), Poes…I could go on! After all I am named after the river there…I better know that area!


Online Trip Planner

Posted on May 7th, 2014 at 8:22am

Before reading your article I was completely unknown about Charleston. I just searched on Google and after reading your article, it sounds like a lovely tourist city. I would love to be there. Thanks for the post.



Posted on May 27th, 2014 at 12:53am

I will be passing through Charleston for one day all the way from Australia. Any tips on must do’s for one day or where to stay? xo


destination guides

Posted on June 21st, 2014 at 6:33am

Firstly, I want to appreciate for this outstanding post. Well, if i talking about adventure so I visited Charleston with my girlfriend for adventure vacation. I’d definitely recommend travelers to take a tour towards this place.


bakery story

Posted on September 7th, 2014 at 11:33pm

Thanks for the marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it, you
will be a great author.I will be sure to bookmark
your blog and may come back later in life. I want to
encourage continue your great posts, have a nice afternoon!