Charleston, South Carolina

Girls Gone Charleston: A South Carolina Bachelorette

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I’ve been home for three weeks now and yet still haven’t had a chance to tell you about the glorious 12 days I spent in North and South Carolina in July, starting with Charleston. So let’s recap, shall we?

Charleston, South Carolina

It all began with a bachelorette party for my friend Layne, during which we holed up in the most gorgeous marshside home in Awendaw. Layne didn’t want anything too crazy, so the first night, we picked up pizza at Mellow Mushroom and stayed in playing games. (That’s this granny’s ideal night to be frank.)

Charleston, South Carolina

The great thing about bachelorette parties is you can go in knowing no one but the bride and come out with fun new friends who no doubt will make the wedding that much more of a riot.

Charleston, South Carolina

On Saturday, we spent most of the morning and afternoon at the beach at nearby Isle of Palms. As has been a running theme this summer across the Southeast, the weather was finicky but we dodge the rain up until we retreated into a beach shack for some lunch, and the skies opened up and dumped their wrath down upon Charleston—something we experienced a second time the next day when we were caught up in a flash flood on King Street, miles away from the car.

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I have never been that wet in my life!

Charleston, South Carolina

My sister’s boyfriend is a Charleston native and pointed us in the direction of Vendue Inn to hit up the rooftop bar for sunset cocktails. I wish Nashville had more spots like this!

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We only had time for a quick drink, though, as our dinner reservation was looming. But you better believe this is the first place I’ll be coming back to on my next Charleston visit.

Charleston, South Carolina

Again, we took Josh’s advice—he used to work in the culinary world after all and cooks up a mean dinner—and booked a table at Cypress.

Cypress restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina

It’s not often I’m blown away by the meal—and I wasn’t even hungry to begin with so Layne and I split a plate—but the wasabi-crusted tuna over a bed of edamame was to. die. for.

Cypress restaurant in Charleston, South CarolinaFrom there, it was across the street to the Gin Joint when the evening really began. As Lemon did for me on my own New Orleans bachelorette, I made Layne a “Photo Hunt ‘o Men” scavenger hunt list. And boy did she take her job seriously!

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Sorry, Brian, we made her do it!bachelorette party in CharlestonLike any good Charleston evening, we spent several solid hours at the Blind Tiger, and then ended at some dance club on King that I couldn’t even name if I tried.

bachelorette party in Charlestonbachelorette party in CharlestonOn Sunday, Kara and Kim took off following brunch at Macintosh, while Layne, Jabeen and I had a quiet night in.

Charleston, South Carolina

This year has been a wild ride, so I value these brief weekend respites with good friends even more than I once did.

Awendaw, South Carolina

  • August 19, 2013

    This look so fun! One of my best friends spent some time down in Charleston and she misses it dearly. I hope I can convince her to visit it with me. 😉 I’m glad you (and the bride-to-be!) had a great time!

    • August 19, 2013

      Most beautiful city in the US? Quite possibly.

  • August 19, 2013

    Looks like you ladies had a blast even in the flash flood. I haven’t been home to SC in years and plan to go back this Thanksgiving. Charleston is a great place to live and visit. Poor Brian is going to be wondering what the heck is future wife was doing. LOL

    • August 19, 2013

      I bet Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to be in Charleston!

  • August 19, 2013

    That Photo Hunt ‘o Men is absolutely brilliant! hahaha Gotta remember that!

  • August 19, 2013

    I went to the rooftop at Vendue too. An amazing spot. Strange that there aren’t more rooftop bars in Charleston.

  • August 20, 2013

    That looks like a lot of fun (except for the flash flood part)! Was a guy in suspenders on the male scavenger hunt? 😉 And is it just me, or are the guys in Charlston especially cute?

  • August 20, 2013

    Life looks really good in Charleston, what a great place to eat, relax and live in one of America’s very cool and yet historic cities

  • August 21, 2013

    I can’t believe I still haven’t been to Charleston. It’s on “the list,” whatever that means (I’m not a bucket list person. One of these days …

  • August 22, 2013

    I love Charleston! My parents live in Myrtle Beach so I’ve been down quite a few times. Will be adding Vendue Inn to the list!

  • August 23, 2013

    I’m going to be visiting Charleston during October, I’ll be checking out these places for sure. Definitely will be visiting The Gin Joint, looks like you had a great time!

  • August 25, 2013

    My friend is getting married in December and we’re planning a bachelorette’s party for her. Getting some ideas from your post. Thanks for sharing.

  • August 30, 2013

    Awesome pics, awesome city!

  • September 6, 2013

    You certainly had an awesome time! Even with the heavy rains and flash foods going on. My friend is looking for homes for sale Downtown Charleston SC because her company is relocating her to the area. I might as well invite her to go to the places you have mentioned.

  • September 8, 2013

    You certainly had an awesome time! Even with the heavy rains and flash foods going on. My friend is looking at homes for sale Downtown Charleston SC because her company is relocating her to the area. I might as well invite her to go to the places you have mentioned.

  • November 8, 2013

    I think the lifestyle at downtown area of Charleston SC is really nice. I am going there too in this vacation. Hopefully, enjoy a lot in the downtown area and Palm Beach.

  • March 27, 2014

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  • August 30, 2018

    Could you send me that scavenger hunt?? It looks like fun!

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