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Your Ultimate Charleston Bachelorette Party Guide

March 5, 2024

Hey there, lovely brides-to-be and besties! Are you ready to plan the ultimate bachelorette bash in the charming Southern city of Charleston, SC? We’re here to guide you through all the must-knows for your unforgettable weekend getaway with this ultimate guide for a perfect Charleston bachelorette party. From getting around the city with ease to finding the perfect spots to stay and play, we've got you covered. Grab a glass of bubbly (to get the vibes right), and let's dive into all the fabulous details of your upcoming Charleston bachelorette adventure!

Jump to any section and start planning your getaway:

A. Getting To & Around Charleston

Getting to Charleston is so easy!! You can fly right into Charleston International Airport (CHS), which is super close to all the fun – like, only 25 minutes from downtown and a quick 40-minute ride to the gorgeous Folly Beach. And if you're road-tripping, no worries; the I-26 and the Coastal Highway (US-17) will get you here in no time.

Once you've landed in this fabulous city, getting around is just as easy. You don't even need to rent a car if you don't want to – seriously! Charleston has all rideshare options like Uber and Lyft so you can zip around town without any hassle. But hey, if you're feeling adventurous, why not rent a bike and cruise through the city streets? Or, hop on the Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) for a chill vibe – it's free and takes you around all the historical hotspots. Plus, the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) has buses that'll take you wherever you need to go.

B. Where to Stay in Charleston

First things first, Charleston is brimming with amazing Airbnbs and VRBOs that are perfect for you and your crew. Imagine cozying up in a chic downtown loft or a beachside bungalow – the options are endless! If you split a multi-bedroom house, this could be your most affordable choice, too.

Now, let's dive into some of the hottest spots to stay in Charleston:

1. Downtown Charleston

Spas in Charleston

If you want to be right in the heart of the action, downtown is where it's at! You'll be just steps away from all the best shopping, dining, and nightlife. There's nothing like waking up to those charming cobblestone streets and historic vibes. These are some of our favorite hotels in Downtown Charleston:

The Charleston Place

The Charleston Place is like the ultimate dream hotel for your bachelorette party! It's in the perfect spot, just a short stroll away from Charleston's historic charm – think adorable squares, cobblestoned streets, and that famous "Rainbow Row" of colorful houses. Plus, it's surrounded by art galleries, museums, and boutiques, so you can get your culture and shopping fix all in one go!

It’s also home to the Charleston Grill, where you can indulge in some seriously delish seasonal fine dining with a Southern and French twist. If you're in the mood for some retail therapy, the hotel's got you covered with high-end shopping right on-site, featuring world-famous labels like Gucci.

And let's not forget about the spa! Treat yourself to a rejuvenating deep-tissue massage, an Intraceuticals Facial, or the Southern Glow facial for that perfect bridal glow.

But the cherry on top? The rooftop pool deck with a retractable glass roof! You can soak up the sun, gaze at the stars, relax in the Jacuzzi, or take a dip in the heated saltwater pool. It's like your own private oasis in the heart of Charleston.

Hotel Bennett

This luxury hotel is smack dab in the middle of all the action, with Marion Square on one side and the lively King Street on the other. You'll be right in the heart of holiday parades, annual festivals, and the weekly farmers market.

At the fabulous Camellias champagne and cocktail parlor, picture a color scheme reminiscent of your favorite bottle of rosé, floral art, and an egg-shaped bar serving up Insta-worthy cocktails. It's the perfect spot to begin or end a Carrie Bradshaw-style girls' night out!

And when it's time to dine, have a seat in Gabrielle’s stunning dining room. The exterior might be all dressed up, but inside, you'll find a friendly vibe and delicious dishes that blend European techniques with coastal Carolina flavors. Think juicy steaks, fresh seafood, and shaved red beets – yum!

For a sweet treat, head to La Pâtisserie by the renowned French pastry chef Remy Funfrock. Grab a morning croissant, a ham and Brie sandwich for lunch, or a pain au chocolat whenever you want!

And remember to pamper yourself at the spa! It’s an on-site sanctuary offering restorative facials, rejuvenating massages, and boutique brands to take home; you'll leave feeling like a total queen.

2. Folly Beach

Beach lovers, this one's for you! Just 20 minutes from downtown Charleston, Folly Beach is known for its bohemian flair, fantastic surf, and lively bars and restaurants. Snag a beachfront property and wake up to the sound of the waves – it's like your own little slice of paradise. If you want the full experience, check out this laid-back oceanfront hotel:

Tides Folly Beach Hotel

This recently revamped property is at the end of Folly Beach's main drag, offering clean, coastal-inspired rooms and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. It's the only oceanfront hotel in the area, giving you direct beach access and a short walk to all the fun nightlife.

Don't forget to take a dip in the hotel's open-air pool, which is heated during cooler months, as you gaze out at the Folly Beach Pier and the gorgeous shoreline. The vibe here is laid-back and unpretentious, just like the beach community.

When it comes to dining, BLU Beach Bar & Grill has got you covered with casual breakfast, brunch, and lunch options, as well as more elaborate seafood entrées for dinner. And for your caffeine fix, the lobby's Roasted coffee shop has you covered. For a beachside cocktail, BLU's bar is your go-to spot.

3. French Quarter

For a taste of old-world charm and contemporary buzz, the French Quarter is a must. This area is all about elegance and history, with stunning architecture and picture-perfect streets. It's the perfect backdrop for your bachelorette adventures.

The Loutrel

You’ll fall in love with The Loutrel, a brand-new 50-room boutique hotel nestled in the French Quarter. This upscale spot is all about quintessential style, bespoke accommodations, and a stunning rooftop terrace overlooking bustling State Street that'll make your Instagram followers green with envy.

As for your room? Think chic, urban oasis with garden-inspired décor, contemporary furnishings, and curated artwork. Pamper yourself in the bathroom with its glass-encased walk-in shower, signature bathrobe, and custom amenities.

When hunger strikes, head to the Veranda Lounge in the hotel's elegant lobby. It's a garden-centric haven where you can sip on innovative cocktails, delicious small plates, and exquisite desserts.

Whether you choose a hotel or rental property, you’ll definitely want to deck out your digs with some super cute bridal decor! Think balloons, banners, and maybe even a DIY photo booth to capture all those unforgettable memories.

C. What To Do in Charleston

Alright, lovelies, buckle up because Charleston is about to blow your mind with all the fun things to do! This city is like a playground for us gals, with its charming cobblestone streets, historic sights, and endless activities that'll keep your bachelorette party buzzing from dawn till dusk.

Whether you're in the mood for some beach bumming, shopping till you drop, or soaking up the culture with tours and museums, Charleston has it all. Grab your squad, put on your adventure hats, and let's dive into all the fabulous things to do in Charleston!

1. Ghost and Haunted Tours

Time to get spooky! Charleston is famous for its haunted history, and what better way to bond with your bachelorette besties than by getting a little spooked together? Ride through the most haunted locations in the city at night and hear the eerie tales of the past from a knowledgeable guide and storyteller on the only Haunted Carriage Tour in the city. You may even encounter a friendly (or famous!) ghost or two. It's the perfect mix of fun and fright, giving you some stories to tell back home. Plus, it's a great way to see the city from a new perspective.

2. Beach Day

Sunshine, sandy toes, and salty hair – yes, please! A beach day at Folly Beach is an absolute must for your bachelorette crew. Folly Beach has that laid-back, boho vibe that's perfect for a day of relaxation and fun in the sun. Plus, it's a great spot for fruity cocktails and beachy photoshoots with your girls. So, don't forget to pack your cutest swimsuits, sunnies, and SPF!

3. A Historic Carriage Ride

Add a little old-world charm to your bachelorette getaway, and feel like royalty with a carriage ride through Charleston with Old South Carriage Co.! Cruise along the picturesque streets nestled in a charming carriage pulled by majestic horses. It's the perfect way to see the city's stunning architecture and historic sites while feeling like you've stepped into a fairy tale. Plus, it's a super cute photo op – think of all the adorable pics you can snap with your girls in the carriage!

4. Boat Tour of Charleston Harbor

Set sail with your girls across the sparkling waters of Charleston on a boat tour that'll make your bachelorette party unforgettable. It's the perfect way to soak up some sun, see the stunning Charleston skyline from a new angle, and maybe even spot some dolphins! There are many different ways to do this, from heading out on a sailboat to taking a scenic harbor tour on a larger boat.

5. Explore King Street

Unleash your inner shopaholic on King Street, the ultimate playground for you and your bachelorette crew! This iconic street is a treasure trove of high-end boutiques, local art galleries, and everything in between. Whether you're hunting for a one-of-a-kind souvenir or a splurge-worthy designer piece, King Street has got you covered.

When your tummies start rumbling, King Street is a foodie paradise with many amazing restaurants and bars. From the classic Southern charm of Husk to the fresh seafood delights at The Ordinary, your taste buds are in for a treat. And for those with a taste for the international, spots like Xiao Bao Biscuit and Basic Kitchen will transport your palate to far-off lands. Many restaurants on King Street offer private rooms or group dining options, perfect for your bachelorette party!

6. Charleston City Market

The Charleston City Market is a historic shopping hub that's been buzzing since the 1800s! Ladies, this place is like a treasure trove, filled with stalls brimming with toys, clothes, art, leather goods, and the most adorable regional souvenirs. You'll find tons of locally made products, so you can take a piece of Charleston home with you. Look for the "Certified Authentic: Handmade in Charleston" tile on vendor stations to spot the real deal.

The Market is smack dab in the heart of downtown Charleston on Meeting Street, super easy to get to, and surrounded by all the city's best attractions. There are plenty of snack spots scattered around, so you can sample the city’s best food while you shop.

7. Visit Rainbow Row

Get your cameras ready because Rainbow Row is about to become your new favorite photo spot! This block of 13 historic homes is a total eye candy with its vibrant pastel colors, and it's got a history that's just as colorful. These beauties date back to the late 18th century, and there's a fun legend that says they were painted in bright hues to help tipsy sailors find their way home after a night of partying in the local pubs.

But the real reason behind the pretty colors is even cooler – the folks who restored these homes in the early 20th century wanted to honor their history and the connection to the Colonial Caribbean merchants. The pastel colors also help keep the interiors cool during those hot Southern summers.

When the sun goes down, King Street is where the party's at! Whether you're into cozy dive bars, swanky rooftop lounges, or trendy speakeasies, you'll find your perfect spot for a nightcap. Dance the night away at Music Farm or Trio Club, or soak up the breathtaking views of Charleston's skyline at The Rooftop at The Vendue. And for a night of delicious food and lively vibes, Stars Rooftop & Grill Room is the place to be.

8. Yoga on the Beach

Yoga on the beach in Charleston

Alright, zen goddesses, start your day with a peaceful yoga session on the soft sand, with the soothing sound of the waves in the background and the gentle sea breeze on your skin. It's the perfect way to relax, recharge, and bond with your girls before diving into all the fun activities Charleston has to offer. Plus, it's a great way to find your inner calm and balance amidst the excitement of the trip. So, roll out those mats, strike a pose, and let the tranquility of the beach set the tone for an amazing day ahead!

9. Spa Day

There's no better way to unwind and pamper yourselves during your bachelorette weekend than with indulgent spa treatments like at the Spa at Charleston Place. Sink into a blissful massage, detox with therapeutic facials or wraps, and glam up with mani-pedis for the whole crew. It's the perfect opportunity to relax, chat, and enjoy quality time with your besties while being pampered from head to toe. You'll all leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the next adventure in Charleston. Treat yourself!

D. Where to Eat

Charleston is a food lover's paradise with an incredible array of restaurants serving everything from mouthwatering Southern classics to innovative gourmet dishes. Whether you and your girls are craving fresh seafood, hearty comfort food, or exotic flavors from around the globe, Charleston's got you covered. No matter where or what you’re doing, you’ll find charming cafes and lively bars for those mid-shopping refuels, fine dining experiences, or late-night snacks. Gather your gals, and let's dive into the delicious world of Charleston's dining scene!

1. Poogan’s Porch

Nestled on picturesque Queen Street, this charming spot is Charleston's oldest independent culinary gem, serving up fresh and delightful Lowcountry cuisine. This beautifully restored Victorian house is the perfect Southern setting for a scrumptious brunch or a cozy dinner with your girls.

The restaurant is named after Poogan, a lovable dog who once lived there and became a local legend. You'll even find a stone memorial for him as you enter – so sweet! Raise a toast to Poogan, and indulge in some heavenly Southern fare at Poogan's Porch!

2. Carmella’s Café & Dessert Bar

This delightful French Quarter spot combines generationally tested gourmet recipes with a regional flair with a vast array of ever-changing desserts, gelato, and sorbet, as well as fresh organic coffees, sandwiches, pizza, wine, beer, and cocktails. There's something to satisfy every craving.

Carmella's has a heartwarming backstory, with its roots tracing back to Carmella Solari's cooking in South Philadelphia in 1930. Fast forward to 2014, when her grandson Brian opened Carmella’s Café & Dessert Bar, bringing a slice of that family tradition to the South. It’s the perfect spot for your sweet tooth squad to kick back and have a relaxing bite or drink any time of day.

3. The Obstinate Daughter

If you and your squad find yourselves on Sullivan’s Island, The Obstinate Daughter is a must-visit. This sister restaurant to Wild Olive is a culinary treasure, where Chef Jacques Larson works his magic with elegant seafood, pasta, and pizza creations. Feast on mouthwatering dishes like the famous gnocchi, inventive pizzas, and spicy bucatini pasta. Seafood is the real star of the show here with delicacies like the grilled octopus with white beans and scallops and squid fra diavolo.

Dining The Obstinate Daughter is all about sharing, so you can taste a bit of everything without having to commit to just one dish. Go for the house-made pasta (the seasonal pappardelle is a dream), add a pizza to the mix, and don't skip on the greens – they're sourced from local farms and always super fresh.

4. Husk

Experience Southern cuisine like never before at Husk, one of the country's most celebrated new Southern restaurants! Executive Chef Ray England creates dishes that are a love letter to the Lowcountry, using heirloom products and ingredients sourced from the surrounding area.

The vibe at Husk is the perfect blend of casual and chic, set in a stunning Victorian-era home with modern décor. It's a place where locals gather, and travelers flock for a taste of award-winning Southern fare. With a menu that changes with the seasons and celebrates Charleston's grand traditions, Husk is an experience you and the girls shouldn’t miss.

5. 167 Raw

This tiny raw bar packs a big punch with its Cape Cod vibes, friendly servers, and mounds of oysters just waiting to be shucked. Sip on a glass of Muscadet as you watch the oysters arrive on Le Creuset platters piled high on a bed of crushed ice.

The lobster roll here is the real deal, a nod to their sister restaurant in Nantucket, and it's a must-try. But don't stop there – the sea scallop po'boy and fried cod taco are perfect for rounding out your raw bar feast. The chalkboard menu is your guide to oyster heaven, listing options by region, size, and salinity. With crudos, tacos, and ceviches also on the menu, paired with crisp wines and session ales, 167 Raw is the perfect spot for your bachelorette crew to enjoy the freshest seafood in town.

6. The Darling Oyster Bar

Located on the bustling Upper King Street, this gem is nestled in a historic 115-year-old building that's oozing with character. Think reclaimed wood, exposed brick walls, classic tile, antique molding, and a nautical theme that creates a vibe that's both cozy and chic.

The Darling Oyster Bar is all about casual seafood dining with a menu that showcases fresh, creative ingredients in an approachable style. The star of the show is the stunning raw bar, where you can watch your seafood being prepared to order while soaking up the lively atmosphere and gazing out at the historic King Street from the iconic storefront.

7. Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit

Brace yourselves, brunch babes, because Callie's Hot Little Biscuit is about to rock your world with the ultimate Southern breakfast sandwich! Located in the heart of King Street, the expert bakers at Callie's whip up a million of their signature biscuits each year, all by hand!

But it's not just about the biscuits (although, let's be real: it’s all about the biscuits). It's what goes on them that takes things to the next level. We're talking country ham, black-pepper bacon, and a drizzle of Carolina honey to sweeten the deal. It's the perfect combo of savory and sweet, making it the quintessential Southern breakfast experience that'll have you saying, "Y'all, this is so good!" in unison.

8. FIG

Foodie queens, get ready for an unforgettable culinary experience at FIG, the restaurant that set the stage for Charleston's dining scene! FIG stands for "Food Is Good," oh boy, does that feel like an understatement once you've tasted what Chef Mike Lata, the godfather of Charleston's culinary world, has to offer.

This refined Southern cuisine gem is about exciting, elevated, seasonal cooking. The menu at FIG is ever-changing – you might find something as simple yet divine as young beets in sherry vinegar served in a humble white bowl. There’s also the must-have chicken liver pâté, slow-baked red porgy with Carolina Gold grits, and the showstopper pan-roasted golden tilefish. Pro tip: order whatever the fresh catch is that day. The seafood preparations can’t be missed! FIG is the perfect excuse to get all dressed up with the girls for a night on the town!

Get Ready for a Memorable Bachelorette Party in Charleston, SC!

There you have it, gorgeous gals! Your ultimate guide to a bachelorette weekend in the charming city of Charleston, SC. With all these tips and ideas, you're all set for a weekend filled with laughter, adventure, and unforgettable memories. So pack your bags, grab your besties, and get ready to celebrate in style. Charleston is waiting to welcome you with open arms and a whole lot of Southern charm. Cheers to the bride-to-be and to a bachelorette bash that'll be talked about for years to come! Looking for more tips and information about Charleston on a future trip to the city? Check out our blog for local information you need to know!

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