A Charlestonian’s Guide to a Quick Getaway

It’s no wonder why Charleston, South Carolina has been voted the top city in the United States by numerous travel magazines. The history, beauty, shopping and vibrant food scene almost certainly appeals to everyone. What else could you ask for in a city? As a recent resident and frequent visitor, I’ve rounded up the top experiences so that you can live like a Charlestonian during your next visit. For more Charleston recommendations, check out my travel guide at Lavin Label.

Check in to Zero George Street, a charming boutique hotel where guests stay in historic Charleston single homes. It’s within walking distance to King Street (known for its shopping), award winning restaurants and the College of Charleston’s campus. Guests can bike around the Holy City c/o Zero George Street’s fleet of bicycles. And if you’re back in time by 5PM, enjoy their world class cheese board free to Zero George guests.

Zero George Street

You cannot leave Charleston without stopping by Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits located at 476 1/2 King Street. Everything from the menu will be sure to satisfy your taste buds but my favorite is their classic cheese + chive biscuits. You can dine in the charming cafe or grab it to go.

Callie's Biscuits

Head to King Street for some serious shopping. I recommend that you stop at Moon and Lola, Hampden Clothing, Croghan’s Jewel Box, Finicky Filly and Billy Reid just to name a few. Also, check out Candy Shop Vintage just a short walk away!

King Street Charleston, SC

Enjoy a ‘sweet’ break at Sugar Bakeshop located at 59 Cannon Street. Their cupcakes are the best. I recommend the vanilla + blueberry or strawberry buttercream. It also has the most charming storefront. Trust me, everything in this bakeshop is pin-worthy.

Elle Smith Photography- CHFW- The Lavin Label (24 of 291) copy

For dinner, mingle with the locals at Mike Lata’s The Ordinary – Charleston’s most sought after seafood restaurant. Enjoy craft cocktails and order the freshest seafood from their raw bar.

The Ordinary

For more Charleston recommendations, check out my travel guide at Lavin Label.

Kelli Boyd Photography


  1. Abigail

    Charleston is one of my favorite cities to visit – I’m delighted to have some insider recommendations about new places to check out!

    February 1, 2016 at 8:21 am
  2. Monica Lavin, Lavin Label

    Thanks, Rebecca! I’d appreciate that!

    January 5, 2016 at 1:20 pm
  3. Monica Lavin, Lavin Label

    That’s great to hear, Charlie!

    January 5, 2016 at 1:19 pm
  4. Rebecca Steinberg

    Love this guide. I will forward it to all of my out of town customers.

    January 5, 2016 at 10:37 am
  5. Charlie

    This is spot on! I was just there and ironically experienced 90% of what the writer mentions. Love it SL!!

    January 5, 2016 at 8:29 am
  6. Dian C

    Why is King Street referred to as”infamous”?

    January 4, 2016 at 9:53 am

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