Visit Charleston, SC with Elizabeth Marin

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Visit Charleston, SC with Elizabeth Marin

Visit Charleston, SC with Elizabeth Marin



I live in Charleston, South Carolina, a small, historic city on the east coast. It is a growing tourist spot thanks to Conde Nast Traveller, and rightfully so! I feel lucky to live in such a charming and art-centric city, all while being only a few miles away from the ocean. 

Best way to start your morning? 

Almost every weekend morning starts with a matcha latte at my all time favorite cafe, The Harbinger Cafe This is one of Charleston’s few vegan friendly cafes, and the interior is beautiful and vintage-inspired. I also love going to Kudu Coffee for a honey latte and croissant, and Second State Coffee to get a coffee and walk around Colonial Lake. 

How to fill your day? 

On a warm summer day, you can’t miss going to the beach or exploring the water by boat or kayak. My favorite beaches are Folly Beach and Sullivan’s Island, and we recently discovered Botany Bay). If I’m not near the ocean, then I’m probably walking my dog downtown and exploring different neighborhoods. I live near Hampton Park in the upper peninsula, and it’s a great park for walking and being in nature. 

Where to head for a night out?

Our go-to date night spot in Charleston is Bin-152 because it has such a cozy atmosphere and a great selection of wine and cheese. Le Farfalle is a must for candle-lit dinner, and their cacio e pepe is one of my favorite pasta dishes in the city. We also love going to Estadio on Spring Street for Spanish style tapas and drinks. Charleston is a foodie town, so you can’t really go wrong with grabbing a bite to eat. 

Suggestions on where to rest your head? 

If I could live at Post House Inn (@posthouseinn), I would. Every detail is beautiful and considered, not to mention that their coastal-inspired restaurant has some of the best food in Charleston. I would also suggest staying at Hotel Emeline or the Dewberry Hotel for their location and cozy ambience. Staying downtown is a must because I think that walking around and exploring is the best way to get to know a city.

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