If you're looking to grab a bite, a latte or a cocktail in Charleston, SC then look no further than The Park Cafe. Located at 730 Rutledge Avenue this cozy restaurant serves up tasty dishes in a light, airy and exceptionally decorated atmosphere. Using the freshest of local ingredients from Charleston purveyors the food is phenomenal and luckily for all of us, available all day long. Seriously. You can stop in for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner but their coffee bar, short menu and free wifi is available all day long. It's the perfect spot for a girlfriends' brunch, an afternoon catching up on work or a romantic dinner for two. Make sure to try the avocado toast for breakfast, fried egg sandwich at lunch or the grilled shimp and fresh pasta dish of the day for dinner!
When I first moved to the Holy City after college it was 2008 and there was this cool new boutique that had opened a year before. It was owned by two uber stylish brunettes and they filled their store with the hottest trends and celebrity styles. If I ever needed an outfit for a night out or a day by the beach it was my go-to. Fast forward 8 years later and iiBrunettes is still going strong and is as relevant as ever. I love their slightly edgy, slightly boho and forever trendy selection. In a world filled with seersucker and bright pastel fruit prints it is a breath of fresh air.
If you've ever driven into downtown Charleston from Lockwood onto Broad then I know that you have noticed the beautiful historic house with the deep green 2-story wrought iron and the black and white checkered tile. It's none other than the John Rutledge House Inn, a Bed & Breakfast operated by Charming Inns. John Rutledge was the first governor of SC, a member of the Supreme Court and one of the 55 signers of the US Constitution. In fact he even drafted the Constitution and entertained Mr. George Washington himself right in this very house.
When you check into The Wentworth Mansion it's like checking in to someone's home. And in the late 1800s that is exactly what this 24,000 square-foot, four-story building was, a home. The Wentworth Mansion was built by a wealthy cotton merchant Francis Silas Rodgers in 1881 and completed in 1886 for his family of 13. As you walk through the halls you can just imagine the children running in and out of the bedrooms and how busy the place must have been full of family members and staff.
If you ask me, no city does old-school southern charm like Charleston does. To fully immerse oneself in the historic beauty and opulence of this city, Charming Inns has got you covered. Their Kings Courtyard Inn is located right in the heart of all the action downtown, but has the perfect amount of luxurious privacy as you wander through the many courtyards to get to your room. Being one of the oldest buildings on Kings St, Kings Courtyard is as authentic as you can get. The Inn was a hotel back in the 1800’s, but has the perfect amount of modern luxuries without taking away from the beauty of it’s historic past. Think entering clean modern baths, after walking on old hardwood floors.
Circa 1886 is a fine dining restaurant located in the original carriage house of the historic Wentworth Mansion in downtown Charleston, SC. The name derives from the year it was built, 1886, and the character of the structure is still very much in tact. The wood-burning kitchen fireplace, stable doors and original heart-of-pine floors are all original and oozing with charm. One of Charleston's best restaurants, Circa 1886 serves a seasonal menu with a focus on local product, high quality ingredients and Southern flavors. With traditional Lowcountry dishes created by Chef Marc Collins, Circa 1886 is one of those places that you can know every item ordered will exceed your cullinary expectations.
Kitchen 208 Restaurant is an open kitchen establishment from the culinary team at Circa 1886 and the hospitality group Charming Inns that serves up casual dining on King Street in Charleston, SC. It is the sort of restaurant where all of my dreams come true. It’s quick, casual, offers alfresco dinning, serves really fresh items and REALLY great fries plus it’s right in the middle of the best shopping around.
Yesterday I brought you a preview of Charming Inns, a collection of historic inns & restaurants in Charleston, SC and kicked off a week long giveaway where someone will win an overnight at the Fulton Lane Inn. If you missed the announcement but want to enter you can find all of the details here. The Fulton Lane Inn is 3-story brick hotel located on King Street and surrounded by shopping, restaurants and within walking distance to pretty much anything you want to do downtown Charleston.
Happy Memorial Day everyone! I’ve teamed up with Charming Inns, a family-owned and operated collection of historic inns and restaurants in Charleston, SC, to give you an inside look at their properties and restaurants all week long plus an opportunity to win a stay at one of their Inns. Charming Inns owns the Fulton Lane Inn, the John Rutledge House Inn, the Wentworth Mansion, the Kings Courtyard Inn in addition to Kitchen 208 Restaurant & Circa 1886 Restaurant. Over the next week I’ll be sharing behind-the scenes looks of each of their properties and details on all of their summer specials. Plus you have a chance to win an overnight at one of their inns!
Today I’m chatting with Charleston artist, Kate Mullin Williford of Kate Mullin Art. I first became obsessed with her work when I stumbled across one of her cow paintings on instagram. I mean can I have an entire wall of cows in my house please? I love her signature style with all the bold colors and thick strokes. And I’m not the only one that has taken notice. She has been featured by One Kings Lane, Furbish Stuidos, The Gallery on Broad and many more.