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.
This beautiful light and plant-filled space on the tour of the Biltmore Estate was the highlight of our visit. I couldn’t find much information about it, and the staff I asked about this said they didn’t know much about it other than it was used as an informal sitting room. Still, it was gorgeous and reminded me of my office at home, which has more than 50 large tropical houseplants and a similar walnut wood. I hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed making them!
One of my favorite things about traveling is seeing new plants, visiting gardens, and learning more about how local history influenced the area’s garden design (or vice versa!) The gardens at Biltmore Estate were a bit sparsely planted, but part of that is due to the fact that we visited in September. Still, the estate’s greenhouses were stunning and filled to the brim with tropical plants, rare varieties of variegated houseplants, and beautifully tended orchids. Here are some of my favorite photos from our visit, so be sure to read my thoughts on Biltmore Estate to know more before you visit!
The Biltmore Estate is America’s largest home. At 175,00 square feet or roughly four acres of floor space, this 250-room mansion has 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and more than 60 fireplaces throughout the spacious residence. The closest thing the United States has to a castle, the Biltmore Estate, cost the modern equivalent of $180 million to build. This sprawling estate, which once spanned 125,000 acres, is now 8,000 acres. Read on to learn more about visiting Biltmore Estate.
We ate at Charleston Grill the last time we were in Charleston, and it was such a wonderful experience that we knew we needed to return this time. Located inside beautiful Belmond Charleston Place, this celebrated and highly acclaimed restaurant is home to some of Charleston’s best food. Neither of us had a single dish we didn’t adore between this meal and the last- the food was that delicious! Here’s what we ate and what we thought this time around.
When I found this beautiful orange eyelet dress by Jude Connally, I knew I needed to add it to my wardrobe. I recently had my “colors done,” and I learned I’m a “true spring,” which means that colors like oranges, greens, pinks, blues, and creams look best on me. While I don’t plan to pigeonhole myself into these colors, it did make me realize that I didn’t own anything orange until I got this dress!
Circa 1886, Wentworth Mansion’s restaurant is a Charleston classic that blends traditional Lowcountry cuisine with modern fine dining. We had both breakfast and dinner here, and both were delightful meals I will remember for a lifetime. Everything from the service and atmosphere to the care the staff took in ensuring my dietary needs were respected made this a great dining experience all around. This seasonal restaurant is great for vegetarians, those who cannot eat gluten, or those who simply want a more elegant dining experience.
While guests of Wentworth Mansion in Charleston, SC, I booked a massage at their spa, Urban Nirvana, which is located between the hotel and Circa 1886 Restaurant. Though the spa itself was small, it was tranquil, quiet, and relaxing, and my massage therapist Carol was so kind and completely customized my massage experience. Here’s why I had a great time at Urban Nirvana.