Charleston, SC

How To Spend 48 Hours In Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina has quickly become a favorite among travelers to the South over recent years. While there’s a lot to see and do, 48 hours in Charleston is plenty of time.

Explore the waterfront, shop Kings Street and dine out on some of the best Southern fare around. Take a couple of our suggestions on how to spend the weekend here.

48 Hours in Charleston, South Carolina

Friday Afternoon

Check into The Vendue on the waterfront for one of the best views from your hotel room. It’s location is just far enough outside of the thicket to make for a sound night’s sleep without being out of walking distance. After arriving, walk the waterfront to get moving after travel, and visit the market too.

Go for a dip in the hotel’s pool, then shower off and dress for dinner. Head to Goat Sheep Cow North for a light yet delicious dinner at the bar.

The cheese and wine shop offers a few seats at the bar–perfect for savoring a cup of soup or a salad and sandwich along with a bottle of wine and a charcuterie board. Don’t miss out on a nightcap at the hotel’s rooftop bar. It’s one of the best rooftops in the city.

48 hours in Charleston


Sleep in and enjoy a leisurely breakfast on Saturday morning. Check the local events calendar to see if there’s a farmer’s market going on–there usually is–and go to shop local. Afterward, wander the boutique shops on Kings Street and hit Lewis Barbecue for a lunch of Southern favourites.

Visit a local distillery or brewery for a flight tasting in the afternoon, or take a walking historical tour of the city to learn a bit about the city’s rich history. If you have time in your schedule, take time to visit the hotel spa for a massage. It’s the perfect way to compliment a self-indulgent trip to Charleston.

Head to Poogan’s Porch for dinner. This elegant Southern restaurant in a former home serves up some of the best biscuits in the city. If the weather is nice, book a table on the porch for the full effect. After dinner, visit Vintage Lounge. It’s a bustling new spot in town with a wonderful menu of wines and cocktails.

48 hours in Charleston

Sunday Morning

Enjoy one last morning in Charleston with a visit to one of the city’s best originals, Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit on Upper King Street. Order a hot pimento cheese biscuit and a cup of coffee to round out the stay with a final Southern bite. Check out of the hotel and hit the road after one wonderful weekend in the city.

48 hours in Charleston

Molly Harris

Molly Harris is a freelance travel journalist dividing her time between the United States and the Western Balkans.

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