“There is no city on Earth quite like Charleston…Wandering through its streets can be dreamlike and otherworldly, its alleyways and shortcuts both fragrant and mysterious, yet as haunted as time turned in on itself.” -Pat Conroy
Heading home after a fun visit to the Holy City. This was the first time we’ve taken the girls to explore downtown Charleston, and we packed in activities to give them a full introduction.
First stop was meeting family for brunch at The Rutledge Cab Company, which serves elevated diner fare in a former gas station/convenience store. Partially owned by actor, Bill Murray, the vibe is lively and eclectic.We chose The Dewberry as we had a wonderful stay there sans children a few years ago, and were pleasantly surprised by how accommodating it was to our family. The attractive, post modern decor and attentive service set it apart.
After checking in, we made our way to the South Carolina Aquarium. The perfect activity for inquisitive little ones, there are many interactive exhibits, including a children’s play zone, hurricane demo and even a chance to hold sea creatures.
Next on the agenda, was a walk to the Market and historic carriage tour, which was very exciting for Princess Eloise.
A little shopping down King Street led us back to the hotel in time to rest before dinner.
The Dewberry’s concierge recommended Basic Kitchen for dinner, and it has become a new Charleston favorite. The inventive menu of fresh, healthy and flavorful options features local ingredients, including produce and herbs grown in its very own courtyard.
We found a sweet ending to the night at Holy Sticks, which specializes in custom ice cream bars dipped in your choice of gourmet toppings.
With cooler weather in the air, we took a morning stroll to Waterfront Park and enjoyed brunch alfresco at Henrietta’s Brasserie before departing.
It was special sharing this beautiful city with our girls, and we look forward to our next visit.