Midtown Oyster Bar has the most extensive raw bar in Newport and is one of the city’s most popular eateries. We received numerous suggestions to try this place while in Newport, and so as massive seafood fans, we didn’t hesitate to try it out. I’m so glad we did because it was not only some…
Isn’t it funny how wearing a nice outfit can turn an entire day around? Whenever I wear something by Julie Vos or LoveShackFancy, my days tend to get better. It makes sense. When I look better, I feel better, and wearing things I like is almost like putting on armor that makes whatever happens on any given day that much easier to deal with. This white eyelet LoveShackFancy dress is one of my current favorites, and even though summer is coming to a close, that hasn’t stopped me from pulling it out. Stay tuned for how I style it for autumn!
I hope my Charleston Luxury Travel Guide helps you plan the best possible visit to the Holy City. I’m sharing all of the best fine dining spots to eat, the most fascinating places in town to explore, plus my favorite things to do in the area, including ideas for day trips, elevated tours, and so much more.
It’s been a long year of long (16 hour+) work days, long meetings, long weeks, long journeys, and non-stop 7-day work weeks. When you work for yourself, the work never ends, and it’s challenging for me to “turn off” to sleep because there’s always more to do. That’s why I’ve committed to taking better care of my body by booking massages when I travel, so I’m forced to slow down and set aside time to rest and relax. In Charleston, Robin and I had the best couple’s massage at The Spa at Hotel Bennett, and it was out of this world for so many reasons. Though this was our first visit, we’ll definitely be back!
Basic Kitchen promotes locally sourced, seasonal, and sustainable food choices and gives guests delightful, nutritious flavor profiles to indulge in a relaxed, bright and airy environment. More like eating at a loved one’s home than dining out, Basic Kitchen has enthralled us each time we’ve visited. The colorful, invigorating menu options open Basic Kitchen to anyone who loves good food (food allergy sufferers like me included!), making it a fantastic place to dine in beautiful, historic Charleston, SC.
We’d heard great things about Sorelle, one of Charleston’s most popular Italian restaurants. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time in our travel schedule to pop in for dinner, but we fit in a visit to the new Sorelle Mercato for lunch, which is a gorgeous European-influenced café offering a wide assortment of pastries, salads, soups, pizza, and of course a fantastic selection of hot and cold beverages.
Of all the excellent fine dining experiences I’ve had worldwide, The Restaurant at Zero George is easily one of the top five best meals I’ve ever had, alongside Syoka, Kin Toh, Clay, and Vegan’s Prague. This time was just as splendid as the last time we dined there, and it was yet another beautiful candlelit night to remember, surrounded by Charleston’s charming architecture.
If I had to summarize how Charleston looks and feels by sharing a single place, it would be Zero George Hotel. We dined at Zero George Restaurant on our last visit to Charleston and were floored by how incredible the food was. It’s easily in the top five places we’ve ever eaten, so we knew we needed to return this trip. The landscaping around Zero George Hotel and the attached restaurant was lush and stunning, and the cloistered, tranquil atmosphere made it the perfect place to rest and relax during our visit. We had a great stay – here’s why!
We dined at Tempest during our last visit to Charleston, and it was one of the highlights of our trips. Everything was so delicious, so fresh, and so inventive. They do an excellent job of creating new and rare flavor profiles that are unlike anything we’ve ever had anywhere else, and their fish is some of the freshest in the Holy City. If you like fresh seafood, unique yet sophisticated atmospheres, and fine dining, you’ll love Tempest as much as we did!
Church and Union Restaurant in Charleston, SC, is owned by the same group (5th Street Group) that owns Tempest, one of the best places to eat in Charleston. So, on our most recent visit, we knew we needed to try their sister restaurant. The entirety of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is painted on the ceiling of this converted church-turned-restaurant. One of my favorite things about both Church and Union and Tempest, aside from the outstanding food, is that they profit share with their employees, so the ones who make the group money earn more.
Susan Shaw, one of my favorite handmade jewelry brands, recently released a classical Greek-inspired collection, and it immediately called to me. I love the fun, architectural, and mythological inspiration they drew to create this collection, so I tried to channel that into my classical Greek-inspired look for dinner at one of my all-time favorite restaurants, Zero George in Charleston, SC. It was just after the storms from Hurricane Lee passed us by, and the humidity was at least 100% (haha), but that didn’t stop us from having an incredible time! More on our dinner later. For now, here’s one of my favorite outfits I wore in Charleston.